Thursday, January 24, 2013
The Beer Fairy
Arriving at my thirty-second year was a lot easier than arriving at my thirtieth year. It had none of the trauma of realizing that I had left childhood altogether behind. Rather, as one of my priest brothers reminded me, at thirty-two I have only one year left before I arrive at the age of the crucifixion. Indeed. That means that during the coming year, I will perform miracles and everyone will come to recognize me as the Messiah.
I spent my thirty-second birthday in the company of my Caritas brothers. These three other priests constitute my fraternity group which gathers once per month to pray and share the happenings of our lives together with the goal of recognizing more acutely God's presence and direction in our ministry.. This time one of us was absent, so our group was three. It was a really a refreshing time. Rather than spend the evening, as we usually do, watching a movie, we decided that each of us would read the book we had brought with us. No talking.
I enjoy these little gathering, but I have come to really appreciate the fact that at every gathering, we are visited by the Beer Fairy.
I am not a big drinker. I never really have been. I do, however, really enjoy a beer from time to time. I tend not to buy beer as Msgr. Woster doesn't drink it much, and I avoid drinking alone. So, it was too my great delight when, while at a Caritas gathering one morning, I stepped outside and discovered a six pack of Grain Belt Premium cooling on the deck of the cabin in Silver City. No one seemed to know from whence it had come. We were left to conclude that the Beer Fairy had visited us and left us a gift in our hour of need. From that time, she has been very good about ensuring that we have beer at every gathering. She even flew her beer cart alongside Fr. Spark's pick-up one evening to deliver her wares to him as he was on his way to our gathering. She is most generous. She never brings too much or too little. It is always just what we need. I wonder if she is as generous to all the other priest fraternity groups.