South Texas Catholic (Corpus Christi, Tex.), Vol. 43, No. 7, Ed. 1 Friday, April 4, 2008 Page: 2 of 28
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- SOUTH TEXAS CATHOLIC
April 4, 2008
Letter FROM the editor
Awe came upon everyone
By Paula Goldapp * STC Editor
My sister was about four and I was eight.
Perched on a concrete ledge that lined a boat ramp, she bent
over and peered into the dark waters.
I think my dad had stopped there that night to buy some
shrimp at the bait stand to fish with and the six of us scrambled
out of the station wagon to explore.
Upon spotting a tiny crab skirting across the surface of the
water, my sister screamed out in amazement and then I remem-
ber seeing her suddenly flop right in.
My dad was nearby and proceeded to rescue her.
It turned out that the water wasn’t too deep, just above my
dad’s knees. He quickly lifted my sister back to dry land.
We knew that even though the water wasn’t very deep, it
was actually deep enough to drown somebody because my
grandmother often explained to us how a person could drown
in very shallow water.
Growing up on Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia, Canada,
Nana learned to fear the waters of the mighty Adantic and
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eventually about every body of water she en-
countered throughout the rest of her life.
So, even though everything turned out fine
and die real danger level had not been very high, we all remem-
bered the event as “the time Kathleen nearly drowned.”
What brought the story' to mind was a phrase from last
We heard from the Acts of the Aposdes and we will continue
to hear the remainder of this Easter Season, about the activities
of the early Christian community.
The words that struck me were, “Awe came upon every-
The specific word that caught my attention was “awe” and I
called to mind times when I had a sense of diat word, including
the incident with my sister and the crab.
According to a few of the handy online, dictionaries, it is
defined as “an overwhelming feeling of wonder or admiration”
and it is “fear: a profound emotion inspired by a deity” and
again “a strong feeling of wonder, respect or fear.”
Yes, many events in my childhood and adult life have evoked
a sense of awe.
In this particular incident, my sister was so in awe of one
of God’s little sea creatures that she lost her sense of balance
and fell into what could have been a potentially dangerous
Her sense of wonder outweighed all fear.
The awe that is said to have come upon the early Christian
community must have been a profound emotion inspired by
God. And yet their new way of living must have also evoked
a bit of fear at times.
A healthy dose of fear and respect is good medicine for all of
us as we navigate some of life’s trickier paths, the ones where the
turns are so sharp that we can’t see what awaits us. Sometimes
we can get sound advice from others older and/or wiser who
have already traveled many of those roads.
But our fears cannot keep us from moving ahead even when
we aren’t sure what is around the bend.
And more importandy, our fears cannot be greater dian our
openness to life and the wonders it can bring.
The early Chrisdans acted on their new-found faith. We can
follow their lead during this Easter season. If our excitement
leads us into unknown waters, we can be assured that a loving
Father is standing nearby to rescue us.
In the next South Texas Catholic
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THE POPE IS
to the US and a lo-
cal group takes off to
share in this historic
THE ACIES MASS
brought together the
members of the local
Legion of Mary
and First Communions
are celebrated in parish-
es and missions around
classes this semester
gave students a look into
the history of the Church
in the US., delved into the
catechism, and more.
April 4 - Corpus Christi, St. Pius X School, Mass,
Mass, 10:00 a.m.
April 6 - Orange Grove, St. John of the Cross,
Confirmations, 11:00 a.m.
April 7 - San Antonio, Texas Bishops’ meeting
April 8 - Corpus Christi, Kenedy Foundation
meeting, 8:00 a.m. / Beeviile, St. James,
Confirmations, 6:00 p.m.
April 9 - Corpus Christi, Chancery, Presbyteral
Council meeting, 10:00 a.m. / Corpus Christi,
Chancery, Priests’ Personnel Board meeting,
12:30 p.m. / Corpus Christi, Chancery, Taping
of “Our Shepherd’s View” 2:30 p.m. / Gregory,
Immaculate Conception, Confirmations, 7:00
April 10 - Corpus Christi, Cathedral Hall, New
priests/employees orientation, 9:00 am. /
Corpus Christi, Cathedral, Mass, 12:00 Noon /
Corpus Christi, Holy Family Convent, meet HMSS
Mother General, 6:00 p.m.
April 11 - Corpus Christi, Chancery, Diocesan
Building Board meeting, 12:00 Noon
April 12 - Corpus Christi, Cathedral Hall, Sponsor
Couple workshop, 9:00 a.m. / Corpus Christi, St.
Philip the Apostle, Confirmations, 5:00 p.m.
April 13-Calallen,St.Thomasthe Apostle, Mass,
11:00am./CorpusChristi,St. Patrick's, Mother-
Daughter Tea, 3:00 p.m.
April 16-17-Washington DC for Pope's visit
April 18 - Corpus Christi, Our Lady of Perpetual
Help School, Mass, 8:00 a.m. / Corpus Christi, St.
Patrick, Confirmations, 7:00 p.m.
April 19 - Corpus Christi, St. Pius X, Consecrated
Life General Assembly, Mass, 9:00 a.m. / Refugio,
Our Lady of Refuge, Confirmations, 5:30 p.m.
April 20 - Kingsville, St. Gertrude, Confirmations,
1 1:00 a.m.
April 22 - San Diego, St. Francis DePaula,
Confirmations, 7:00 p.m.
April 23 - Corpus Christi, Omni Bayfront, Law
Day Luncheon, Invocation, 11:45 a.m. / Corpus
Christi, Chancery, Taping of “ Our Shepherd's
View", 2:30 p.m. / Corpus Christi, McCullough
Home, Bishop’s Guild Spring Reception, 6:30
April 24 - Corpus Christi, St. John the Baptist,
Confirmations, 7:00 p.m.
April26 -CorpusChristi, Corpus Christi Cathedral,
Confirmations, 5:30 p.m.
April 27 - Sinton, Our Lady of Guadalupe,
Confirmations, 10:00 a.m. / Corpus Christi, Our
Lady of Perpetual Help, Confirmations, 5:00
April 28 - Corpus Christi, Water Street Conference
Room, “ Walk for Diabetes" mtg., Noon
April 30 - Portland, Our Lady of Mount Carmel,
Confirmations, 7:00 p.m.
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