Fr. Virgil Cordano, RIP

Fr. Virgil Cordano, OFM, a name and face synonymous with Santa Barbara in the eyes of many, died yesterday at 89. The funeral next Friday will be on the steps of the Mission, so great are the crowds expected. He was one of my spiritual directors, and his guidance to me is summed up in the book he recommended I read: Abandonment to Divine Providence, by Jean-Pierre de Caussade, SJ. Ours is not to worry about the future, says de Caussade, but to act faithfully in the present, doing what we know to be God’s will here and now, “lovingly accepting all that God sends us at each moment.”