The words from Zechariah, “God is with us,” are a great reminder of the reality of God’s presence, making me think of Saturday’s veneration of St. Andre Bessette’s heart, a poignant meditation by Father Jomon during Eucharistic Adoration, and culminating with a beautiful Healing Mass. From where I stood, it was an amazing sight. People of all ages, nationalities, and parishes united in heart-felt prayer for their loved ones and themselves.
Amidst the bustling roads of India, where chaos and creativity intertwine, one cannot help but notice the intriguing and sometimes whimsical captions adorning the back of trucks. These words, painted with flair and humor, convey a slice of the nation's spirit. In the heart of India's highways, these captions become more than mere words; they are expressions of a nation's soul. They infuse drama into the daily commute, transforming the ordinary into something extraordinary.
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In the Holy Scriptures, angels are often depicted as messengers from the divine, with only three specific angels being named: Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael.
How many of you are good at traveling lightly? I must confess I still need to make progress in that area. I have had some good role models in Father John Phalen, Father Willy, and really all my brother priests that I’ve served with here at the Father Peyton Center who never seem to have to check luggage on a flight!
In Luke’s gospel, we hear Jesus expanding his family to include those who hear the Word of God and act on it. Now, whether you are from a large, small, or medium-sized family, most likely, there’s not too much confusion about who is in your family and who isn’t.
If you’ve ever gone to an Ordination of Deacons, then you have heard the bishop say these words to the newly ordained: “Believe what you read, teach what you believe, and practice what you teach.” Every time I have heard those words, they have had the same powerful effect as the first time I heard them.