Detective Sherlock Holmes’ associate Dr. Watson is brilliant, but he often misses the obvious. Once, Holmes and Watson are on a camping trip. In the middle of the night, Holmes wakes up, nudges Watson, and says, “Look up and tell me what you see.” Watson replies, “I see millions of stars.” “And what do you conclude from that, Watson?” asks Holmes.
At seven years old, I am not sure I knew what the theology of the Eucharist was. I do remember walking home from Saturday morning class, picking a wildflower along the way and repeating three great mysteries: Blessed Trinity, Incarnation and Redemption. I had to recall these in order to be eligible for First Communion. First Communion was the number one priority and the central goal of my life for months.
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Much will be made during these days right after Easter about the different ways that Jesus appeared to His disciples after He rose from the dead. The early Christian community felt it was important to publicize these happenings as proof that He rose from the dead.
When we are in conflict, what do we need to do? We can deduce an answer from the way Jesus deals with the woman who has sinned and her accusers.
Throughout history, encounters with the Blessed Virgin Mary have led to unimaginable blessings and abundant fruits. Mary always draws us into a relationship (or a deeper friendship) with her Son, Jesus; however, the generosity of God shown through Mary has also included leaving the world with some remarkable, enduring graces.
“How are you?” “What are you up to today?” We can either pass over these daily questions or meet them with the quiet dread of our disquiet at the normal contents of our lives. We answer, “fine” and “nothing,” because we don’t find it worth engaging or because we are afraid to have to give voice to the meaning of what we do.