The saint we celebrate today is probably the most popular saint in modern history. Throughout his life he bore a double cross; painful wounds on his hands and side that bled for fifty years and the cross of being a living saint suffering from the pressure of people who flocked to see him.
A while back, I went for a retreat with the Sisters of Bethlehem in Livingston Manor in Upper New York state. These sisters are cloistered, living in hermitages. The hermitage is a place where these sisters live in seclusion from the world for religious reasons. They have hardly any interaction with the outside world … but I would say they are the center of the world through the power of prayer!
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If you have not seen the Latest version of FATIMA, please do so, for your sake, for your family’s and as a celebration of her birthday. You will be inspired and filled with hope at the fresh retelling of this braking into our world by God’s transcendence, power and love.
If Jesus gets into your boat, as he got into Gregory’s boat, into the Late Congressman John Lewis’ boat, he will cause trouble, good trouble, in your life.
Several weeks ago, a missionary I visited in Bangladesh several decades ago, died. I thought of him as I reflected on these Scriptures today. Like St. Paul, he did not come among his people with eloquent words rather with the power of Jesus.
We are completing a monumental week for mothers who shaped great saints. There is Blanche of Castile, the mother of King Saint Louis IX of France. Monica, the mother of Saint Augustine. And the third amazing mother I'll leave anonymous until the end.