Yesterday, my religious congregation, the Congregation of Holy Cross, celebrated the feast day of our founder, Blessed Basile Anthony Moreau. Among the first stories of Father Moreau that stays with me until this day was how in a moment of sadness and despair, alone in the small chapel of the motherhouse, he knocked on the tabernacle door and cried, “Are You there?”
Someone has said that a mystery is not something to be solved as much as to be experienced. Today we experience three mysterious persons.
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More than a million people attended his funeral in the dead of winter in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Who was this saint and what do you know about him?
It is said that the apostle John, in his old age, was so weak that someone would have to carry him to meetings. At the end of the meetings, someone would help him stand for his exhortation. Invariably, he would say, “Little children, let us love one another.” His disciples growing weary of hearing him say the same words, repeatedly asked him why he did it. He replied, “Because it is the Lord’s commandment, and if only this is said, it is enough.”
I was ten years old and had my first … and only … theatrical experience. O.K, to be honest, it was only in front of Ms. Morgan’s fourth grade class and I didn’t say a word. I played William Magee Seton, the husband of today’s St. Elizabeth Ann Seton. I can vividly remember standing with Mary LaFlamme who told the story of this holy woman—the first native born American citizen to be recognized as a Saint.
Friends - There is a splendid, magnificent, grace-filled, experiment you might want to know about and possibly take up in the New Year. It is called a NOVENA, a nine-day exercise in prayer that just might change the trajectory of your spiritual life for the better in 2021.