The love of God is at the Heart of all things. Certainly Love is at the center of family life and it is love that makes human life and family life worth living. Since God is pure Love and the heart is the icon of both human and Divine love, the Sacred Heart of Jesus occupies a privileged space, second to none, in the life of the Christian person and family.
I like to think that today’s feast of Mary, Mother of the Church, and Pentecost are a perfect marriage of Spirit and youth. Today, the Church is young! We just celebrated Pentecost yesterday, and today’s feast was only placed in the calendar by Pope Francis in 2018.
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As I write this, I am very happy to be travelling to a mission in Michigan: my first foray, my first time on an airplane since COVID began. I must admit at the same time, I awoke this morning feeling something strange, so much so that it has called me to pray and ponder all day as I have travelled. What do I feel? What do we feel as a people? Do we know how we feel now? Are most of us feeling knocked around, at least a bit? Disorientated? Maybe vaguely stunned, and perhaps, even unconsciously, wondering, “who am I”?
In 1939, a father and son, who were avid art collectors, were living in peace. When the United States became involved in WWII, the son enlisted in the army. In 1944, the son died on the battlefield. The sad news arrived by telegram at the father’s home. And about a year later, a young man appeared at the father’s country estate...
Easter is a season of ongoing resurrection. It is a celebration that starts with one glorious morning but cannot be contained in a single day and so we continue to celebrate the Easter Season. We know Lent is 40 days and if you are like me, you feel each and every one. However, we forget that Easter is 50 days, and we are shortchanging ourselves if we are not rejoicing in it!