Tomorrow we celebrate Our Lady of Fatima, the most well-known Marian feast of this “Month of Mary.” The message from Fatima is a great message of hope. Yet a hope that is not naïve to real challenges that we must face together with the Lord.
If you understand this blessed are you if you do it? What was Jesus referring to when he asked this in the gospel, we heard at mass today. Recall that he had just washed the feet of the disciples and he was modeling for them a behavior. He was instructing his followers about service, humility and self- sacrifice. Then he said, if you understand this blessed are you if you do it. And ever since people have been doing it.
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Dear Friends in Christ, First a brief story; second, a stunning promise from Jesus; and third, a precious gift.
I watched a movie about a young woman who found her religious observance to be very restricting and not life-giving. I subsequently watched several other movies about this very conservative religious group. In each the theme was the same, a desire to seek a freedom or a way of life that was more life-giving.
Many of us are imprisoned by all sorts of means but the Word of God cannot be permanently imprisoned or silenced.
Dear Friends, today we remember my dear departed cousin, Judy Belanger Snell. Judy’s amazing grandparents lived the Catholic faith with a boldness that is often lacking today. Judy and I shared them with more than one hundred grandchildren and great grandchildren. I only hope and pray that some of their boldness has rubbed off on me and my generation.