Our Holy Cross community in North Easton, MA with its twenty priests and one brother welcomed a new religious superior. He met with us individually asking us about our lives in community, what we expected from him and the big question, “do we have a spiritual director”. I’m sure this question elicited a lot of different responses.
Wally Funk, at 82, the oldest person to ever fly in space, commented upon her return to earth that she had been waiting a long time to get up there and it finally happened. My thoughts turned to Mary Magdalene, whose feast day we celebrate today. As a disciple of Jesus, she joined the ranks of other men and women who stood by Him, and participated in His mission of bringing compassion and care to the masses. Wally Funk waited and she finally got up there. Mary Magdalene waited and she got to meet Jesus.
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The celebration of Our Lady of Mount Carmel is not one of the major Marian Feasts of the Year, like the Immaculate Conception or the Assumption, yet the reverence of Mary as Our Lady of Mount Carmel is one of the most widespread devotions found around the whole world. I have often wondered why that is...
The other day I went running at 6 am. It was a beautiful summer morning. The sun had just risen and the birds were singing as I was passing through a green field. GLORIOUS! I knew I was surrounded by the presence of the Lord.
Flower crowns have a very long history. Today we associate them with little girls celebrating First Communion and of course, the Crowning of Mary in May, but they have existed for centuries in cultures all around the world. From 1967’s Summer of Love, to the Native Hawaiian Lays, flower crowns have always been an important symbol of celebration. Queen Victoria married Prince Albert in 1840, and not only did she popularize wearing a white wedding dress, but she also wore a crown of flowers.
What do you do when you wake up in the middle of the night and can’t go back to sleep? It was 3:30am, made a cup of tea, sat on my screened in porch taking in the silence, retired to my room, and gave some thought to this homily. In the today's reading from Genesis, Abraham's wife, Sarah, dies, and Abraham seeks to find a place for her burial. The scene resurrects thoughts of their marriage; and the playful exchange about her conceiving a child in her old age.