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18 May

To Celebrate a Life of Love: Raymond McDonald

Ray McDonald, born 1941, was baptized Pearl Harbor Day and raised in Rochester, NY. After graduating from Allegheny College, he joined the US Air Force, proudly serving in Germany during Vietnam. He moved his young family to San Antonio in 1972.

He was a proud board member of the Chamber Music Society, regularly attended the San Antonio Symphony, and graciously volunteered with many arts organizations. He found particular joy with the Esperanza Center which combined his love of arts, culture, and progressive politics. Ray daily walked his Castle Hills Forest neighborhood and often helped his neighbors. He found peace at weekly mass with his St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church family.

Ray is survived by children, Michael (Carolyn) McDonald, Sandra (Mike) Dizdar, and Andrew McDonald; sisters, Judy Capone and Jeanette Dill; grandkids, Zach, Audrey, and Jennifer; former spouse, Maria Prasser; numerous nieces, nephews, and friends. He joins in heaven his infant daughter, Michelle; parents, Bill and Katherine McDonald and brother, David McDonald. His family thanks Audie Murphy VA Hospital staff for their loving care of our father.

A future memorial service will include Military Honors at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery. Memorials can be made to EsperanzaCenter.org or St. Francis of Assisi San Antonio.

A video chronicle of Ray’s life can be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sV9E2R0xAxo.

15 May

Sixth Sunday of Easter

The Creativity of the Holy Spirit

“He will give you another Advocate to be with you always…” In these weeks leading to Pentecost, we are given readings that are filled with references to the Holy Spirit. This Sunday, we focus on joy, one of the gifts of the Holy Spirit. The joy in the early community came from witnessing great works—healing, bringing to wholeness, moving from surviving to thriving, especially for those who were neglected and did not count.

This pandemic is revealing immense needs—countless ways to love our neighbor. Like the Samaritans, we are witnessing the good deeds of others, small as well as large miracles of caring. The gifts given include words of encouragement to those suffering in any way, food deliveries, offers to run errands, volunteering to make phone calls to check on people, attending to our families, and incessant prayers of gratitude for those who sacrifice for the sake of others.

What signs are you seeing that fill you with “great joy”? What miraculous signs come from individuals, companies, businesses, and people taking care of other people?

If we are paying attention, we are listening, hearing, and seeing in new ways. Observing Mother’s Day called for creativity. Many are honoring graduates in new ways. All of nature is louder, more colorful, and cleaner. Jesus promised that we would never be abandoned or left as orphans. The Holy Spirit inspires us to sanctify Christ as Lord in every area of life: home, government, church, world, and all of creation.

What is the Holy Spirit seeking to do with his/her infinitely creative mind in your life? How can the Holy Spirit loosen the knots, lessen the worries, calm the anxieties about the unknown and move us to action?

So we pray the prayer many of us pray often:

Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created. And you shall renew the face of the earth.

O, God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit, did instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant that by the same Holy Spirit we may be truly wise and ever enjoy His consolations, through Christ Our Lord, Amen.