From the President

Father Joseph P. Tierney

May 12

On behalf of Father Tierney, our school President, please see this week’s prayer.

May 12, 2020 | 3:40 pm

Good morning to the Hayes House.

First of all, I hope all of our Mothers had a special day with their families for Mother’s Day!  We all know that our Mother’s Day this year was vastly different from any other celebration, and I do hope that you were able to spend some quality time with your Mom, whether it was by visiting her, calling her or by ‘virtual’ means.  For those of us whose Mother is no longer with us, please know that she continues to watch over you and your family in a special way, spiritually.  I offered my Mass yesterday for all Mothers, living and deceased, from our Hayes Family.  God bless them all.

As we begin our fifth week in Easter, we are once again, given a wonderful gospel passage to reflect upon and use as our morning prayer this week.

Jesus speaks words of hope and encouragement to His disciples who are not quite sure as to what is to come next.  We once again find ourselves in the upper room before the Lord’s Passion and Death.   He says to His disciples two important things for us to contemplate upon: “Do not let your hearts be troubled, you have faith in God and faith in me…..know that I am going to prepare a place for you.” And second, “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life.”

Many people in the world who hear these words of Jesus, have hearts that are troubled due to the anxiety, fear and worry stemming from the COVID-19 virus and its impact on the world.  However, Jesus does not say run from these troubles, instead He says to all of us, ‘Have faith in Me.”  He offered these words at another time of fear that we recently heard in our Sunday gospel, “Do not be afraid.”  Our world, our communities and our families are troubled and need to be comforted and consoled by these words of Jesus. The fact that He states that he has prepared a place for us is comforting and good to know, particularly in these anxious times.  The place He has prepared for us is in His heart. The heart of Jesus who reached out to the woman accused of adultery, who reached out to the man born blind, to the woman whose son had died and to the thief on the cross.  The Sacred Heart of Jesus speaks to us and says, “I have you…..let me care for you…..let me ease your fears……let me heal your pain.”  Do not let your hearts be troubled.

My brothers and sisters, it is only through Faith will we get through these times, and only through His love will we be able to endure our struggles.  How?

Well, He said He is, ‘The Way, The Truth and The Life.”  Not ‘a’ way, or ‘a’ truth or ‘a’ life, but “THE”.  Is that who God is for you?  He is for me.  I trust in His call to lead me in my life.  I trust that the Word He has spoken is the Truth, not some popular opinion, but the undeniable Truth that He is with me/us in our struggles and doubt.  I trust that the Life He offers will get me/us through this time of testing and pain.  The Life He gave to all of us through His Death and Resurrection.  And so, I ask you this week to join me in placing my life, our lives in His hands, my/our fears into His embrace and my/our will into His heart by trusting that He will relieve our troubled hearts with His Love and Mercy and will call us to trust in His Way, His Truth and His Life.

Let us pray.  Good and gracious Lord, send forth your blessing upon the Hayes House and all our loved ones and friends.  Inspire us to live by faith, not fear.  To trust in your promise to be with us always, not in doubt and to pray that by your Love for us, we may all find the courage to recognize your Divine Presence among us each and every day.  We ask this through Christ our Lord.  Live Jesus in our hearts, forever.

In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.