July 2, 2017


We wish all of our parishioners, neighbors and friends a very Happy July 4th. I love our country and am grateful to those who made and make it possible to live with the freedom that we celebrate of Independence Day. Being a citizen also gives me the right to disagree and challenge some of the decisions made by our federal government or local authorities. And I do at times. But as I reflect on the blessings I experience as an American, I am grateful and thankful. Are there citizens in our country who may not experience some of the privileges I have because of their religion, skin color or orientation? Is it true that some have had to fight for rights given to others (e.g. women, people of color, the LGBT community)?

This week is about recognizing that we are all one and have the same human needs whether we are in our yard, at a family cookout, standing along a parade route, or watching local fireworks. There is “something in the air.” There is a feeling of pride, respect and togetherness. This will be exemplified once again on the Esplanade on Tuesday when the Boston Pops will bring our city to another level. I have never been to the 4th of July festivities on Storrow Drive, but I have watched it on television, and seeing the hundreds of thousands of citizens celebrating can get emotional.

In our lifetime we have witnessed major changes in society at large, our country and locally. It seems like we will never get back to the “way it used to be.” As difficult as that is to admit, it is a fact of life. The world is moving so fast that it is impossible to reverse direction. There are people who refuse to grasp that and believe that if we just mandate something or pass a law, that everything will return to “normal.”

I’m one of those people who is thrilled that I grew up when I did, and loved that time in my life. Naturally I would love our children to have the same experience today, but it’s not going to happen. They can’t long for the “good old days” because they never experienced them. They know their world and that is their reality. It has to be difficult for parents and grandparents today who want to be the primary role models in the children’s (grandchildren’s) lives and realize that at a younger and younger age they experience competition.

I hope you enjoy the Fourth of July holiday and festivities. There are certain traditions that we hope will go on forever!

Enjoy Life!
Fr. Ron Coyne


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