Today's readings deal with danger, departures, and the sadness of being apart ... topics and emotions that many people are presently dealing with to one degree or another. We are looking to friends and family for a sense that someone else is in our boat and rowing with us. The gift is that through friendship in the Lord, though apart, we are united.
God is to be found everywhere … including on a rock formation where exhausted St. Paul sought refuge and a place to pray. There he met Lydia, and some other women who had gathered along the river.
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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.
I’m reminded how long ago, as a college student, I was walking with a priest friend and asked if he could hear my Confession. He obliged, and I have never forgotten the experience, realizing in real-time, that the Holy Spirit was at work as we walked along the Charles River in Boston.
Dear Friends in Christ, First a brief story; second, a stunning promise from Jesus; and third, a precious gift.
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.