Today's readings brought me back to one of my first discoveries about healing. Like most kids, I had my share of skinned knees and elbows that were treated by this fluorescent red colored liquid called mercurochrome. These scrapes would heal in about a week, that is, until one trip to the ocean where the saltwater miraculously sped up the process. That was my "aha moment" with the healing properties of salt.
Often, Christians hearing the beatitudes despair of ever living up to them. Also, couples heading to divorce also despair of reconciling with each other. You know what, there is hope in both cases.
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Once, a passer-by asked a blind boy who was flying a kite, “Hey, do you know where your kite is?” The boy replied, “I cannot see it, but I can feel the tug of the string!” The awareness of the presence of the Divine power in our lives is the same. We may not be able to see but can feel His presence and experience His power and strength!
Today is the Feast of St. Charles Lwanga and Companions, also known as the Ugandan Martyrs. We commemorate these 22 Ugandan martyrs who were ordered to be put to death by their King Mwanga on June 3, 1886, for reproaching the King for his cruelty and immorality.
Today is the Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church. What does it mean for Mary to be Mother of the Church? For the Apostles and us today?
The life of Saint Rita of Cassia, whom we remember today, is a wonderful story of faithfulness, redemption, reconciliation, and, especially, prayer. Born about 650 years ago in Italy to a wealthy family, she wanted to become a nun from her childhood, but instead she was given in marriage at a young age to a rich but immoral man. And that was just the beginning!