Fr. Mike Coleman, Holy Spirit Catholic Church, Centralia
Last week, with about 30 brother priests from the Jefferson City diocese, I drove to St. Louis for my annual spiritual retreat. Half of us go in April half in June.
Part of the beauty of these retreats is having time to pray and fellowship with priest brothers we don’t often see.
We had Wednesday evening free. Normally we tend to go in different directions, hanging out with the priests we are closer too. This time it was different. Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals was on NBC with my beloved St. Louis BLUES facing the mighty Boston Bruins.
I was a junior in high school the last time the BLUES had been to the Finals. They had been swept in 4 by the Bruins. Never in their 51 year history had the BLUES won THE Stanley Cup.
It was wonderful gathering with so many brothers to watch this game, including priests from Ireland, India, Uganda and Nigeria. I felt a tremendous bonding between us. We shared special family moments during TV timeouts.
When the BLUES scored twice late in the first period to take a 2-0 nothing lead after one period our little TV room shook with our screams of joy.
For the complete column, see this week’s edition of the Centralia Fireside Guard.