We are pleased to share the following article from The Catholic Voice, a publication of the Diocese of Oakland, California.
February 2021: COVID February. Nevertheless, we approach the anniversary of one of the most extraordinary Divine interventions since the Resurrection. This one, however, happened in dumping grounds on the outskirts of a small town, Lourdes, in the French Pyrenees.
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There is a beautiful story Pope Saint Gregory the Great recorded for us about a visit of St. Scholastica to her twin brother, St. Benedict, at his Monastery of Monte Casino. Like him, she was the abbess of a monastery so she could only go occasionally to see him.
Under normal circumstances, reporting to work at 8:30 A.M. on a Saturday would not be on my top ten list of favorite activities - but these are strange times! Not only was I thrilled to see my coworkers in person again, socially distanced of course, the significance of the day was creating an exciting energy! A statue, standing 8 feet tall, was being delivered from Italy - and that statue was to honor the legacy of Father Patrick Peyton.
A lamp is placed on a lampstand to bring the light: the light of Christ, the light of truth and love. That’s Saint Thomas Aquinas. He was born in Italy, living between Italy and France in the 13th century, and was one of the most brilliant people who ever lived, yet holy and humble in his search for TRUTH.
The other day I was going through a stack of cards and letters and came across some from our own, Father Jim Phalan. They go back to when he was serving as a Deacon and then Priest in the mountains of Peru. Now, for anyone under the age of 30, it might be hard to believe, but there was a time that we didn't have email or texts, and long-distance calls were pretty expensive – so we wrote letters to keep in touch.