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Goodbye to Monsignor Carde...

It was JC jnr's last Mass in our church today. He's been our parish priest for seven years and we are going to miss him terribly. He is very funny, very quick, is a brilliant ad-libber, a snappy one-liner, he's warm, caring, observant and generous. At Christmas each year, instead of giving people gifts, he sends out Christmas cards with a photocopy of his receipt from a huge personal donation to the Refugee Family Reunification Trust! But he also wrote Steve and I a letter and gave us a big bundle of petrol vouchers. He's very kind. It will not be the same without him. My friend next to me started crying during the first song and had tears in her eyes for the whole Mass. I didn't cry. JC jnr popped in the other day and told Christy and me that he was making a 'clean break' and we were not to visit him LOL! He said that's the way it's supposed to be. So I tried to just enjoy his last Eucharist.

He went to Viet Nam as a chaplain. There is a quote from him:
"I didn't talk about my experience in Vietnam for nearly 10 years. We sort of slinked home full of experiences of war we tried to bury. I thought I was unscathed but have realised over time that there were issues I had to work through. I find myself completely unable to watch imitations of violence and death on television, having witnessed the real pain and destruction of war. Other men I talk with, their families paid the price, they have a string of broken marriages and bad relationships behind them."
Msgr John Carde Armed Forces Padre

He will also no longer be the Vicar General. And in the true spirit of generosity, at a Mass where he should have had all the attention, he shared the Mass with a visiting Vicar General from Sri Lanka, who was visiting his niece here. He spoke about the tsunami and how it devastated his diocese (he lives in the south), and he spoke about the war in the north and the east. He said how disappointed everyone was with the terrorism and war there. He prayed for a lasting peace.

And so. I have been painting on and off all weekend. My shoulder is stiff and I couldn't turn around this morning but a good application of Tiger Balm and it seems to have gotten a lot better. I am going to do one more coat on one wall before it gets dark tonight. It's already half past eight. Better run! Catch you later...


Jan. 27th, 2008 10:14 am (UTC)
Sounds like an interesting man! You'll miss him. but you'll have some strong solid memories, too.
Jan. 28th, 2008 09:45 am (UTC)
He is a very interesting man. A man amongst men. And sure he has his faults too but they are hugely outweighed by his wonderful and gregarious nature. He is honest and challenging and we've been very lucky. And yes, some great memories.



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