The love of God is at the Heart of all things. Certainly Love is at the center of family life and it is love that makes human life and family life worth living. Since God is pure Love and the heart is the icon of both human and Divine love, the Sacred Heart of Jesus occupies a privileged space, second to none, in the life of the Christian person and family.
In today’s reading from Corinthians, Saint Paul mentions ‘encouragement’ 10 times. Yesterday, I found myself to be quite encouraged by an eye-witness account of a Patrick Peyton Rosary Rally in the Philippines. This account was from decades ago, and is still very powerful today. Let me share a part of that witness with you…
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Friends, Father Patrick Peyton, C.S.C., was in many ways a mystic who lived with one foot in heaven and one on earth. On this, the 29th anniversary of his death, I would like to share two simple glimpses into his charism: One is from an incident in 1953 and the second is a testimony from his mentor, Father Cornelius Hagerty, C.S.C., in 1963.
I would like to personally invite you, your family and our faithful friends around the world to a very special online event tomorrow, June 3, at 11:30 am EDT, to commemorate the anniversary of Father Peyton's call home to God. All of our beloved priests here at the Father Peyton Center will be concelebrating with me.
I like to think that today’s feast of Mary, Mother of the Church, and Pentecost are a perfect marriage of Spirit and youth. Today, the Church is young! We just celebrated Pentecost yesterday, and today’s feast was only placed in the calendar by Pope Francis in 2018.
In 1939, a father and son, who were avid art collectors, were living in peace. When the United States became involved in WWII, the son enlisted in the army. In 1944, the son died on the battlefield. The sad news arrived by telegram at the father’s home. And about a year later, a young man appeared at the father’s country estate...