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Quote from Fr. Chet for May 2015:

Mark tells us (that the next morning), after the successful day of healing in Capernaum, Jesus arose long before dawn.   I can imaging him tiptoeing across the creaky wooden floor, quietly stepping over the sleeping bodies of his companions, and going out into the cool early morning breeze.  It is clear from the gospels that Jesus loved to pray at the top of hills and mountains. So it is easy to picture Jesus swiftly striding up the steep hill behind Peter’s house until he reached the very top.  There he communed with his Heavenly Father for some hours. I wonder what Jesus talked about when he prayed?  What were his thoughts?  No doubt there was much gratitude and praise of God.  There were also prayers of discernment to know the Father’s will. There were prayers of petition for himself and all his loved ones.   Finally, there were prayers of blessing when he called down upon the whole of creation God’s blessing and love and mercy. Then there must have been long periods of quiet when Jesus opened his heart and mind to the Holy Spirit and to Abba, his heavenly Father.  If anyone has the prayer of union with God, we can be sure Jesus had it.

from Monsignor Chester Michael’s booklet, The Human Side of  Jesus,  copyright @ 2001

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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)