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Snatched by Joy

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For a moment I was taken up into a heavenly choir.

I was with others in the packed pews during Archbishop Naumann’s consecration of our Archdioceses to the Immaculate Heart of Mary at Queen of the Holy Rosary.

I took a few photographs before and during the early part of the ceremony and the prayed along with the congregation during the rosary, Mass and act of consecration. How our human attention strays during a rosary or Mass! St. Paul, in his letter to the Romans, says, “For I do not do the good I want, but I do the evil I do not want.”

It was during the recessional song, “Salve Regina” that I saw Sister Doris, a Franciscan Sister whom I know, singing enthusiastically. We glanced at each other. I somehow felt drawn to join her in singing that hymn. So I put my arm around her and she her arm around me and triumphantly, joyfully, prayerfully we sang the concluding stanzas of “Salve Regina” as if in company with a vast heavenly throng.

It is hard to describe what that moment meant to me. That moment still resonates with me now. I felt as if momentarily raised to heaven and joined to that triumphant, joyful and prayerful choir singing praises to God. It was that special. No wonder I treasure that moment to this day.

Robert Luchi