Cardinal Patrick D’Rozario, C.S.C. from Dhaka, Bangladesh, visits the Father Peyton Center in Easton, MA, and presides at daily Mass on Friday, September 17, 2021. Cardinal D'Rozario speaks about the spirituality of families, the importance of the Rosary, the mysteries of the Rosary, and the mystery of the love of Jesus.
It was a Friday evening meal for members of my local religious community, and I was seated at a table with one of our priests who teaches writing skills at the college. The college president was also at the table. The writing professor was beside himself with satisfaction with the students in one of his classes. After only three weeks the students were comprehending the subject matter, distinguishing nouns from verbs, avoiding run on sentences, excelling in class discussions, and expressing gratitude to their professor.
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Four years ago, I had an opportunity to officiate at a wedding in Cartagena, Columbia. A beautiful statue of a great saint stands just outside the Church near the beach. It is there that I learned about this wonderful Saint of the day, Peter Claver. As a Jesuit priest, he went to the missions in Cartegena, Columbia which was then the center of the slave trade.
Most of us have lived through both challenging and peaceful times. And because we've experienced both, we have perspective. But that doesn't mean that we don't feel anxious when we are in the midst of a storm, whether literally like the recent hurricane, Ida, or the U.S. and refugee evacuation from Afghanistan.
In today’s gospel, Matthew tells us we must be prepared to meet the Lord at any time, because we do not know when he is coming. How can we prepare? I came across an article from Our Sunday Observer in which Pope Francis identified ten secrets for being happy and I think they will also help us be prepared to meet the Lord.
When you first look at today’s readings, they don’t seem to have much common ground. The first reading from Exodus is a series of God’s “great deeds,” meant to elicit gratitude from the Israelites, a gratitude that flows from God’s fidelity.