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Visiting "God's Backyard"

April 4, 2010 - Kathleen Palumbo
Like many other area residents, I was fortunate enough to spend Easter morning in “God’s backyard.” Those of you who visit the grounds of the St. Theresa Monastery in Youngstown to enjoy the sermons of Fr. Richard Madden are familiar with the term, as part of his welcome.
Spring and summer offer a whole new dimension to Father's heartfelt sermons, surrounded by the brilliance of nature in its truest form.  There’s something poignant about the subtle charm of his words, being offered affront the backdrop of Mill Creek Park, the sweet sound of the birds singing, the faint lilt of the park’s nearby waterfall, and the sun's warmth breaking through the trees. 
I’ve been welcomed to that tranquil setting for many, many years, and upon leaving, always feel a little lighter, a little calmer, a little more blessed. 
This Easter Sunday, Father spoke of heaven, of the so-often referenced pearly gates and streets of gold of which we hope to achieve.   
I think I speak for many when I say, there is such beauty right here. You can find it amongst the wooden benches, the cobblestone pathways, and the friendly faces found nearby in the serenity of “God’s backyard.”


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