I have had the opportunity to see some of Father Patrick Peyton’s work schedules/itineraries. They reveal an intense succession of mission events and media production that required him to move around the globe as most of us move around our local cities!
How deep are the wounds we carry, scars that say, “I am not loveable.” And this fear effectively makes it impossible for us freely and purely to love another, be it a spouse, our children, and good friends.
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The life of Saint Rita of Cassia, whom we remember today, is a wonderful story of faithfulness, redemption, reconciliation, and, especially, prayer. Born about 650 years ago in Italy to a wealthy family, she wanted to become a nun from her childhood, but instead she was given in marriage at a young age to a rich but immoral man. And that was just the beginning!
This is our ninth week of contemplating the key foundations, “charisms,” of the spirituality that Venerable Patrick Peyton learned in his Religious Order, the Congregation of Holy Cross. This week we’ll be reflecting on the fourth charism: Hospitality.
It is springtime here and bursting with life! It’s the month of Mary and we just celebrated Mother’s Day and the feast of Our Lady of Fatima. I’d like to continue thinking of Mary … particularly noting how she chose three simple children.
Where do we go and who do we trust when the crosses of our own life come along? This week we'll finish our reflection on the third charism of the congregation: The Cross, Our Only Hope, recalling His Mother Mary at the foot of His Cross as our inspiration.