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Last week I attended the funeral Mass of our beloved Bishop Thomas Costello in Syracuse, NY. He was one week shy of his 90th birthday. I don’t know when he had planned the ritual for that event but it spoke beautifully of his life and faith. Since then I have awakened most days with the words and simple, lovely tune of the Michael Joncas song, As Morning Breaks, playing in my head. It was beautifully rendered in the crowded cathedral on that day and continues to be a prayer of willingness in my morning silence.

As morning breaks, I look to You. I look to You, O Lord, to be my strength this day. As morning breaks, as morning breaks…