I knew from the very beginning that Ger would make the grade. He has a wisdom beyond his years and everything he sees around him is stored, processed and then framed with so much compassion and great skill.
"These images we have carried for years, they are set in the mind, they are the lenses through which we view things. So often we can't see through the net of these patterns. The magic of love is what Grainne and Ger have. It releases an energy.
"Love," says Father Pat, "is a great shelter within which vulnerability can be shown and gradually healed. Awakening and growth of love can be fascinating to watch. It arrives from nowhere. It calls two strangers from the crowd. They become a shelter to each other."
I'm thinking now of my friend as I pass on his words of love and I sense a sadness. Because of his calling, Moore missed out on the intimacy of a relationship. But in another way his sacrifice has brought him into all of our lives.
We will go back to the sermon. Well, it's not really a sermon - more of a sharing, I would call it. Back to Moore, then.
"To love somebody is an art. It doesn't come simply or cheaply, it is a lifetime's work. It is a risk. There will be storms, but there will be times when the beauty of your lives together brings unexpected joy. Deeply buried hurts will resolve and release themselves.
"Love does change everything. Where there is fear, courage begins to dawn, confusion gives way to clarity. In old walls unexpected doors open. Hearts awaken.
"Here is St Mary's Church, in this house of wise and intuitive shelter, God's house, you are surrounded by family, friends, people who wish you well."
There's a silence while he catches his breath. But the priest carries on. He looks over to Ger and Grainne: "I have watched you both do the simple things well. Continue at that. Lifelong commitment is a threshold. A marriage is not a business risk.
"Every day our lives are braided with luminous moments. Sometimes the most fleeting moments reveal themselves to be the things of greatest substance. You both do sense that - continue to do so."
Now I know why Moore told me to get to the church in time. His words were universal and true. There was a grace there in the old church.
Those moments illuminated the grey January day - and the man who never married lit up all of our lives with his harvest of lifelong wisdom.