Subsequent to reading Father Phillips' post of yesterday reporting the communal reception of St. Peter the Rock into the Church I was admittedly somewhat taken aback. The initial reason for my confusion was that I was uninformed regarding the mechanism through which this was accomplished. I knew that such a process was available for individuals, but I was unaware of the possibility of communities proceeding in such a manner. It was obvious to me after reading several comments to the post that I was not alone. Be that as it may, following a night and morning of prayer and reflection upon the situation I felt that maybe some sage advice from St. Paul may be in order. Under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit his advice is, "Rejoice with them that rejoice; weep with them that weep (Rom. 12:15)." Our reaction to such glorious news as that which relates to St. Peter the Rock, or St. Luke's, ought never be tainted with self-pity or consternation that we were not the recipients of such blessings. Almighty God, through His holy Church, knows what He is doing. It is His program we are called to follow, not ours. So, rejoice with those congregations with as much zeal as if you were in their place, because sometime in the future, if you persevere, you too will be there. All this being said, I do beg that those of you who have "finished the race" will remember us who have yet to cross over. We are those who weep.