July 17, 2015
Dear Brothers & Sisters:
This is a thank you letter. First of all, thank you for your kind wishes, for all your affection and beautiful words, for the gifts you have given to me these past few weeks. I cannot tell you how much I appreciate your kindness and how deeply I have been moved.
Secondly, thank you for your ministry to me. These past seven years you have always been there with your support, you have offered to help in so many projects and plans, you have challenged me and at times, demanded the best from me. You have reminded me that the only way we were going to get anything done is by working together.
Third, thank you for enriching my life with your beautiful sense of diversity. One of the great joys of my years here has been to preside at liturgies celebrated in all four languages, to see how despite our different languages and cultures, we can come together as one faith community. This wonderful parish has shown me that our Catholic faith embraces all cultures and people.
Fourth, thank you for your patience with me. There are times when I can be stubborn and driven; times when I simply do not listen; times when I can walk right past you and not even acknowledge that you are there; times when I have been short tempered and not very loving; yet, you have always been patient and forgiving.
Finally, in the Gospel of Luke, Jesus tells a parable that I frequently try to keep in my mind and heart. He speaks of how when a servant comes in from plowing the field or taking care of the sheep; he does not sit down and eat, he makes sure the master eats first then he can eat. He concludes the parable with these words: In the same way, when you obey me you should say “We are not worthy of praise. We are servants who have simply done our duty” Luke 17:10. In the end, I am filled with joy if I can say: “I am a servant who has simply done his duty.”
Rev. Joseph Tizio, C.SS.R.