Recently, the Holy Cross Family Ministries team in Easton had a beautiful day of retreat with Fr. Bill Dorwart, C.S.C. It was a precious opportunity for us to pause, reflect on our journey, and find nourishment to move forward. As Kierkegaard wisely said, "Life must be lived forward and understood backward." Today, as we come together to celebrate the Memorial of Saint Ambrose, Bishop and Doctor of the Church, we are reminded of the profound connection between living our faith and our actions, our prayers, and our commitment to embodying the Gospel in every aspect of our lives.
Today, as we delve into the Gospel's teaching, “Remember Lot’s wife,” we find a profound message for our times, especially when we consider the concept of the domestic church in light of Saint Elizabeth of Hungary's example.
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Today's readings invite us to reflect on the theme of rebuilding and revitalizing the Church. But let us begin by recognizing that each family is, in and of itself, a masterpiece of God and a Domestic Church. Within the walls of our homes, we have the power to renew and strengthen the foundation of the whole Church.
Today, we gather to explore a profound message drawn from the Gospel of Luke. To set the stage, I'd like to share a personal story, an incident from my own life that emphasizes the enduring significance of this message. Back in 2005, as the administrator of a school in Northeast India, I found myself thrust into an extraordinary situation one evening.
I invite you to reflect on a story that captures the essence of our tendency to procrastinate and delay what truly matters. It's a story of three young devils facing their final examination in Hell, a chilling scenario painted by Mark Link. They were trembling in cold sweat despite the heat. Their Principal, Professor Satanus, looked at them and said: "Just one question, what will you do on earth to bring a rich harvest of souls to me?"
Today, we honor the life and legacy of Saint Bartholomew, one of the apostles personally chosen by Jesus. As we explore the passages from the Book of Revelation and the Gospel of John, we find in Saint Bartholomew a guiding light for families in our modern world.