“Gather the fragments left over so that nothing will be wasted.” Picture this: it’s a beautiful Sunday in the Easter Spring of 1955. The pastor, Father Wilfrid Ouellette, is distributing communion and whispering rhythmically, “Corpus Domini Nostri Jesus Christi, custodiat animam tuam in vitam aeternam. Amen.” May the Body of our Lord Jesus Christ escort your soul safely to eternal life. Amen. Little Wilfred, the 10-year-old altar boy, tried valiantly to receive the host, but unfortunately he missed...
Father Charles Matusik, C.S.C. died in 1996, we discovered among his papers a letter written to his parents when he was a young soldier in Italy in WWII. What a letter. He wrote: “Dear Mom and Dad, Something amazing happened to me! I went to visit a well-known priest in San Giovanni Rotundo. He bears the wounds of Christ. I went to confession to him. He could see into my soul. He told me that I was going to be safe from injury in the war, return home to America, enter the seminary and become a priest.”
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This is the 50-day Eastertide to go deeper into knowing and living the Faith. The two Mary's whose joy is beyond words when they encounter the Risen Jesus are told by Jesus to go to the Apostles and share the Good News with them.
To appreciate this great Mystery, come back with me to Palm Sunday. Jesus is going up to Jerusalem to die. What was in His mind as he mounts the donkey and deliberately goes to the center of Roman power in the holy city?
When we first meet Mary, she is all alone - then the messenger from the Most High God suddenly addresses her. Have you ever wondered how we know this?
ITE AD JOSEPH! GO TO JOSEPH! History and Pope Francis have infused these three words with layers of significance. Francis declared 2021 the year of Joseph. March is the month of Joseph, and in particular March 19, we keep a solemn festival in honor of Saint Joseph.