Back in the Habit

Well, I hope everyone was able to have a peaceful and joyful weekend. It was very abnormal not to have public Masses on Saturday evening and Sunday – pretty quiet. Not really what a parish church is made for! (On a related note, Fr. Paul Scalia has written a good piece on this phenomenon. You can find it at ‘The Catholic Thing.’)

I was very encouraged how many people got their families together to ‘attend’ Mass via internet. There are live Masses all over the place on the web! Gracious! I know one family that was ‘in’ Atlanta at a cathedral, Birmingham at a monastery and Potomac Falls (Va) at a parish for three Masses! The live Masses are not a substitute for Mass in person, but in these times without public Masses, it is a pretty good option.

I spoke with one mother just south of Seattle. She, her husband and their two children dressed up for Mass. They followed along with the Mass as well as sang along in the Mass.

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The Perfect Man

In the last few days I have been thinking about St. Joseph and asking him for guidance and protection a bit more than I normally do. Is there a particular virtue of St. Joseph that strikes you? He had many.

The one I often think of is silent strength – which I guess isn’t just one virtue but a combination: humility, faith, self-awareness, confidence and courage. So, I guess I kind of blew up that question up above?! O well, there it is.

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The Sandwich Saint

Therefore, whoever breaks one of these commandments and teaches others to do so will be called least in the Kingdom of heaven. But whoever obeys and teaches these commandments will be called greatest in the Kingdom of heaven.

These are the concluding words of our Gospel for today’s Mass. They are a sober reminder from Our Lord of our opportunity and responsibility to pass on Jesus’ teachings clearly and fully. Which leads me to our discussion for today.

If you were to ask most Catholics whose feast day falls on March 17th, they would answer St. Patrick – all Irish would!

If you were to ask most Catholics whose feast day falls on March 19th, they would hopefully answer St. Joseph – any Italian would!

But, how about March 18th?

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