The Holy Spirit and Fire Ignites Priest
We almost had a real live demonstration of Matt. 3: 11-12, and/or a catastrophic event. Father Jerry Hogan, the circus priest, almost went up in flames. No he wasn't performing, just giving a homily. It wasn't boring before the fire, and it certainly wasn't after.
Father Jerry was talking about John the Baptist proclaiming:
I indeed baptize you with water...He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.
When the people sitting on the side aisle starting exclaiming. "Look out...the candles...your vestments...the flame...the chasuble...catching fire...Advent wreath..."
Father Jerry looked behind him. Father Jerry jumped down three steps at once!!!!!
Thanks be to God that he wasn't hurt. Nothing happened. The Advent Wreath is placed on the floor in front of the altar. And that's where Father Jerry stands to give the homily. The vestments weren't even scorched.
I think this is one homily I will never forget, (nor Father Hogan).