Fr. Welzbacher is ready for the next chapter in his long career. (photos by Patrick Larkin/Review)
Rev. George Welzbacher sits at his desk in his office at the rectory beside St. John’s. Welzbacher is a big collector of books, and will have to get them all packed up before moving out.
On Thursday, June 13, the Rev. George Welzbacher turned 85 years old. He’s been a Roman Catholic priest for 62 years, most recently at St. John’s Catholic Church on the East Side. And with the closing of St. John’s on June 30, he’ll be going into retirement, nominally at least.
Though he’ll be moving into senior housing owned by the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, he intends to keep busy, helping out at a St. Louis Park church among other things.
Life is full of mountains. We don’t like to climb mountains unless we are mountain climbers. High school and college students are required to take classes in areas where they do not do well. Workers are often required to do jobs they don’t like. Physically we may get ill or injured. What about spiritually? In some of my ministry, I often meet people who think their mountain is too high. They may feel that they once walked close to the Lord. Then bad times came. It wasn’t their fault.
We are all on a road. Our mothers and fathers started us on this road. No two of us are exactly alike. No two of us will travel exactly the same road. One thing we all have in common is that our roads will never end.
Yes, our physical life ends because it is the temporary part of each of us. The eternal part of us, the spirit or soul, lives on forever.
Men wanting to integrate contemplative prayer into their busy lives will find support in a men's contemplative spirituality group that meets on the fourth Monday of every month. Its next gathering is from 7 to 9 p.m. on Monday Feb. 25 at the Benedictine Center, 2675 Benet Road, Maplewood.
One story in the Bible always encourage me to keep going. When God led His people out of Egypt to go to the promised land, twelve men were sent to spy out the country. Ten doubted God and only Joshua and Caleb said that they could drive out the inhabitants.
Credit card bills are arriving in the mail. We didn't think that we had spent that much before Christmas. Well, we will just pay what we can and carry the balance over to next month or the month after. Does the fine print say 16.8 percent interest on the unpaid balance?