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September reflection from Fr. Chet:

Taken from the Open Door Jan-March 1994 on HOPE by Monsignor Chester Michael

“We have a great need of the virtue of hope as we seek to overcome the difficulties and the limitations of the here and now.  Its opposites, despair and a negative attitude toward almost everything, have invaded too many of us.  Hope stands in the middle between two extremes (presumption and despair).  Hope is confidence in the mercy and love of God, but it also accepts responsibility for cooperating with God’s saving grace which has been bestowed on us.
Hope is based on our faith convictions regarding God and God’s plans for the human race.  Its degree and intensity is directly dependent upon how deep is our conviction regarding God’s power, God’s wisdom, God’s goodness, God’s love, and God’s faithfulness to His word and promises.  These five faith convictions regarding God do not occur automatically.  We need, first of all, to turn to God and depend upon God to give us the grace and energy to accept them; and we also have to do our part to cooperate with these new insights regarding God.  We need to think about them and reflect upon the different facets of these five truths regarding  God, discuss them with other and finally, choose the option of believing and accepting them wholeheartedly.  Our growth in each of these five convictions is truly and act of divine grace and ultimately a result of our prayer life.”
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Monsignor Chester Michael (1916-2014) RIP

We know that in everything God works for good with those who love him, who are called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28) RSV

(favorite Bible quote of Fr. Chet’s)

 10498207_10204416414319929_1052966899565092963_oPhoto by Dr. Tim Short of Fr. Chet who loved to hike in the Shenandoah Mountains

It is with great sadness that we report that Monsignor Chester Michael peacefully passed away on Thursday at 3pm on July 31, 2014 at age 97 while in hospice care. Rev. Msgr. Chester P. Michael, a retired priest of the Catholic Diocese of Richmond, was born in Berkeley Springs, WV, in 1916, ordained to the priesthood at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in 1942, and was a faithful priest of the Diocese for 72 years. Please remember Msgr. Michael and his family in your prayers.

Remembering Monsignor Chester Michael (click for more stories and photos)