We hope all have been hearing about PRAY - the wonderful documentary that we have created telling the amazing story of the mission of Venerable Patrick Peyton. It will be released in theaters here in the United States in a couple of weeks! I’ve seen the film many times now and it always move me in new ways.
In my childhood home, we naturally tried to extend the useful life of things. A worn blanket became batting for a quilt; old tee shirts became cleaning rags and dusters. Clothing was mended, patched, and altered. Shoes were re-soled and re-heeled. Getting as much wear and use as possible from material things that served us was an unspoken value.
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The saint we celebrate today is probably the most popular saint in modern history. Throughout his life he bore a double cross; painful wounds on his hands and side that bled for fifty years and the cross of being a living saint suffering from the pressure of people who flocked to see him.
Hillary Ibarra reflects on interceding for strangers whom we love through prayer when other acts of love are not possible.
Somewhere within each homily, I usually find myself saying, “my brothers and sisters.” This isn’t something I always did, but with each passing day of priesthood, I find myself increasingly seeing and understanding the reality of Jesus’ words today’s gospel, that “my mother and my brothers are those who hear the word of God and act on it.”
A while back, I went for a retreat with the Sisters of Bethlehem in Livingston Manor in Upper New York state. These sisters are cloistered, living in hermitages. The hermitage is a place where these sisters live in seclusion from the world for religious reasons. They have hardly any interaction with the outside world … but I would say they are the center of the world through the power of prayer!