52 Years

07-25-2021Weekly ReflectionFr. John C. Granato

My Dear Friends,

For all of you music fans out there, on July 26, 1969, the number one song in America was “In the Year 2525” by Zager and Evans. The number one country song on this date was a cover version of Chuck Berry’s “Johnny B. Goode” by Buck Owens and the Buckaroos. For those who like to read, the number one book was “The Love Machine” by Jacqueline Susann and the number one non-fiction was “The Peter Principle” by Laurence Peter and Raymond Hull. And for those who enjoy movies, the number one movie was “Easy Rider” with Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper and Jack Nicholson.

Also on July 26, 1969, in Waterbury, CT, a child was born, a young boy who was destined to become a Catholic priest. Since that fateful day, this young priest will have been alive for 18,992 days once Monday arrives. On April 3, 2001, I lived my one billionth second. And at the time of this writing of the bulletin letter, I have been alive for 455,012 hours or 27,300,740 minutes. This is kind of sobering when you think that on my 14th birthday in 1983, the number one song was “Every Breath You Take” by the Police. Of course, the lyrics of that song are a bit creepier and don’t mean what we might think it means, but as Pink Floyd sang on “The Dark Side of the Moon” album, the song “Time”, “So you run and you run to catch up with the sun but it's sinking Racing around to come up behind you again. The sun is the same in a relative way but you're older, Shorter of breath and one day closer to death.”

But enough of pessimistic, nihilistic, sobering nonsense. It is a glorious day today, or I should say, tomorrow will be the glorious day, for 52 years ago my mom and dad welcomed me into this world, and as long as I have my faith in our Lord Jesus Christ and my vocation to celebrate the Sacrifice of the Mass daily and receive Him in Holy Communion, all is right with the world. But this day is not about me. My birthday is about the woman who carried me in her womb and nourished me for nine months and has continued to love me every day for these last 52 years since the day she knew she was pregnant with child. Please remember my mom in your prayers.