At times we look around and see people who inspire us, people who show courage beyond what we can imagine ourselves possessing, and we wonder, how do they do it?
When our children were little, they often had the opportunity to “help” in the kitchen preparing meals or baking desserts. Kitchen activity involved specialized tools and appropriate clothing. The children put on aprons to shield from whatever ingredients were at hand. It could be a bit of an adventure. The apron was part of the job, a way of “getting into” the joy. We dress for the work to which we have committed ourselves. In a sense, we “put on” the task.
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Today we are celebrating the feast of Mary, Mother of the Church. Why is this title appropriate for Mary? Mary is the new Eve. Eve said no to God: no to "the gift of divine grace that raises us out of a purely natural state and into a dynamic of communion with God." (John Paul II, Man and Woman). Mary said yes: yes to bearing the Son of God who would bring redemption to His people.
Today we are thankful to all the people around the world praying for the canonization of Father Patrick Peyton. Today we also remember three stories that remind us of the ways in which Father Peyton and others, by following the example of Saint Peter, and following the invitation of Jesus, were mindful of tending to the Lord's sheep.
"May all be one!" May we be united, acting in harmony, and at peace. Particularly now as we are still coming out of Covid and humanity faces so much crisis and war; and situations that cause division all over the world. "May all be one" may speak to the deep longing of the human heart for connection and union, when we can often feel so separated, alone, and fearful. Christ articulates this human longing – and today's reading offers so much to humanity.
This past weekend, I came upon a soccer game on the field behind the Father Peyton Center. From a distance, I couldn’t tell who was playing, whether they were high school or college players, so I walked closer and asked a man standing behind the net intently watching the game. Often, we see or hear things that we’re not sure about, then seek answers. Today’s saint, Justin, the martyr, was searching for how a human being could come to know God. For to love and serve God, first must know Him.