Today, we celebrate the feast of St. Agnes, who was martyred when she was only twelve or thirteen. Why was a child of this age martyred? How could she have accomplished enough in these few years?
Yesterday, my religious congregation, the Congregation of Holy Cross, celebrated the feast day of our founder, Blessed Basile Anthony Moreau. Among the first stories of Father Moreau that stays with me until this day was how in a moment of sadness and despair, alone in the small chapel of the motherhouse, he knocked on the tabernacle door and cried, “Are You there?”
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Someone has said that a mystery is not something to be solved as much as to be experienced. Today we experience three mysterious persons.
Being a priest is a wonderful experience for many reasons; one is the brotherhood we share along the way. The other day, some of my priest-brothers here at the Father Peyton Center were kidding me about my stories that come from talking to people at places like the gas station or coffee shop, or grocery store, which remind me of different readings that we hear at the Mass.
Scientific research has shown that prayer can affect healing. In 1988, San Francisco cardiologist Randolph Byrd conducted an experiment in which he asked a group of born-again Christians to pray for a group of hospitalized patients, and compare the results to similarly affected patients who were not on the prayer list during the time of the study.
"If you wish, you can make me clean." Those words contain the essence of how we begin each Confession; we speak the words, "Bless me, Father, for I have sinned."