Fr. Dave’s dad, Bob Pivonka, passed away on Monday. Let us keep the Pivonka family in our prayers this week. Fr. Dave wanted everyone to know that his dad was “home for Christmas,” which is a beautiful thought. Still, there will be an empty seat at the table for them this Christmas, and so let us all pray the Holy Spirit would give them peace and consolation during this time.
Though I forgot to mention it on this episode, I also had a “homecoming” last week when I got the chance to speak at my home parish (or one of them, at least) at St. Issac Jogue’s Catholic Church in Hinsdale, Illinois. It was really such a blessing to be back there, and such an honor to be there as a newly ordained deacon. That was my first speaking event as a deacon, and I will never forget it. How wonderful I got to share that joy with my hometown! Thank you for all who braved the windstorm to come hear me that evening.
I played a song at that event that I had just finished that morning! It is called “Divine Inheritance,” and I decided to close this They That Hope episode with it (it is at 23:24). The folks in Hinsdale seemed to like it and I hope you will, too.
Also in this episode is my spoiler-free review of the new Spider-Man movie. I’ll take Fr. Dave to see it when he gets back in town.
Fr. Dave and I will be back in the New Year, though I’m not sure if that means January 5th or (at the latest) January 12th. You are all in our prayers as we celebrate Christmas and welcome 2022.