Today’s gospel reminds me of what can happen in marathon-like times; times when we can’t be sure when things like the Master will return … or when this pandemic will end.
One of the most moving moments in PRAY, the beautiful film we have recently released on the life and Mission of Venerable Patrick Peyton, is when Peter and Patty MacEntee tell their Rosary story. They recall that a few years into their marriage, already with a couple of kids, their life got listless and their marriage hard. Peter admits that he didn’t want to let go of the supposed freedom of sports all the time and drinking with his buddies… Patty was feeling left alone… But then Peter says that from watching EWTN he heard of Father Peyton and the importance of praying the Rosary at home… So they decided to try. Peter talks of their first Rosary together… You can see the memory brings tears to his eyes … He said it was really awkward… yet a really intimate moment… They opened themselves to each other – AND, TOGETHER, TO GOD Beautiful. Powerful in a gentle way… They say then that their decision to pray the family Rosary every day saved their marriage and has been one of the most important decisions in their married life.
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What a scene St. Luke paints at the beginning of today’s gospel. It sounds like the crowd might have benefited from some social distancing!
Leadership is the most influential factor in the success of any organization: a business, a church or a family. I know of a group of families that is growing and thriving beautifully as a Domestic Church clearly because of the leader's leadership. I would call him a level 5 leader.
There is a time for every purpose under heaven. Friends, while this is a trying time for all of us, I would like to point out three realities. First, the Gospel reality, second, the Pandemic reality and third, the Divine Comedy of the Christian life. To conclude, extra-special golden anniversary wishes!
Healing begins with your willingness to forgive yourself first. Today I would like to share with you first, two true stories of two families who lost a beloved child in a tragic accident. Second, the difference between forgiving and not forgiving oneself. Third, the grace and forgiveness offered by the Lord to us.