Friends in High Places

Friends in High Places

Do you have friends in high places? When we ask this question we are typically asking whether or not we know people who have power and influence. But, seriously, do you have friends in high places? We all, no doubt, believe that we have a common friend in Jesus who sits at the right hand of the Father. It doesn’t get any higher than that.

I want to tell you about three other friends I have who live in a high place. Their names are Bernard, Regis and Thomas. They are the bells who reside in the tower above our magnificent church. Bernard is the largest weighing in at 8,400 pounds. Regis is the middle one who stands at 3,556 pounds. Finally there is Thomas who weighs a measly 1,680 pounds.

Those of us who live here in the South Hills don’t see these bells but we hear them every week day at 8:00 am, 12:00 pm and 6:00 pm. On Sundays, we hear them five minutes before Mass. We also hear them at funerals and weddings.

In monasteries and convents bells were used as a call to prayer. They are still used for that purpose today. When we hear those bells, it is a reminder to pause and think about God and the many blessings he bestows upon us. We might simply utter a prayer “Thank You,” every time we hear the ringing of the bells.

Recently, I climbed the narrow and tall spiral staircase to visit with these friends who enjoy a high perch. I also took a moment to enjoy the majestic panoramic view. As much as I enjoyed the view and liked these guys, I was glad to return to solid ground.

The next time you hear the ringing of the bells from our church, I hope you will see it as a call to prayer. At the same time, may you take heart in knowing that you too have friends in high places, namely, Bernard, Regis and Thomas.

Fr. Dave standing in front of the bells in the bell tower atop of St. Bernard Church.

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One Response to Friends in High Places

  1. Sharon S. says:

    How cool is that! Who knew we had these ‘fellows’ as our bells? Not me, but I’ll have a fresher perspective next time I hear them. Fr. Dave, glad you made it back down!

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