Saturday, July 30 - St. Peter Chrysologus
St. Peter earned the name "golden tongue"
for his brief yet concise homilies.
Sunday, July 31 - Ecc 1:2; 2:21-23 - Col 3:1-5, 9-11
Ps 90:3-6 , 11;14, 17 - Luke 12:13-21
As we look to the future, we naturally have feelings
The best thing we can do is to obey God's Word,
no matter what the immediate consequences.
Father, may my life be based on your Word,
which will last forever.
FROM POPE FRANCIS IN POLAND:
In his Homily, in WYD in Poland, Pope Francis spoke about a God who is contented by little things,
unlike ourselves who, he said, "always want to possess something greater."
To be attracted by power, by grandeur, by appearances", he added, "is tragically human".
God is near, God is real," the Holy Father said, and Mary offers us her nearness and
helps us to discover what we need to live life to the full. "She is a Mother who takes
people's problems to heart and acts. She recognizes moments of difficulty
and handles them discreetly, efficiently and decisively."
It is particularly striking how the coming of God into history came about: he was "born of a woman".
There was no triumphal entrance or striking epiphany of the Almighty.
He did not reveal himself as a brilliantly rising sun, but entered the world in the simplest of ways,
as a child from his mother, with that "style" that Scripture tells us is like a rainfall upon the land (cf. Is 55:10),
like the smallest of seeds which sprouts and grows (cf. Mk 4:31-32).
Thus, contrary to our expectations and perhaps even our desires, the kingdom of God, now as then,
"does not come in a way that attracts attention" (Lk 17:20), but rather in littleness, in humility.
There is no amazing deed done before the crowd, or even a word to settle a heated political question
like that of the subjection of the people to the power of Rome. Instead, in a small village,
a simple miracle takes place and brings joy to the wedding of a young and completely anonymous family.
At the same time, the water that became wine at the wedding banquet is a great sign,
for it reveals to us the spousal face of God, a God who sits at table with us, who dreams and holds communion with us.
It tells us that the Lord does not keep his distance, but is near and real. He is in our midst and he takes care of us,
without making decisions in our place and without troubling himself with issues of power.
He prefers to let himself be contained in little things, unlike ourselves, who always want to possess something greater.
To be attracted by power, by grandeur, by appearances, is tragically human.
It is a great temptation that tries to insinuate itself everywhere.
But to give oneself to others, eliminating distances, dwelling in littleness
and living the reality of one's everyday life: this is exquisitely divine.
We are a Roman Catholic church filled with the love of Christ.
We are centered on the Eucharist and the love of our Mother.
We are here to serve all in the name of the Lord.
The Holy Door was opened on December 8, 2015, The
Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. On that day,
the Holy Door became a Door of Mercy through which
anyone who enters will experience the love of God who consoles,
pardons, and instils hope. Similar doors were opened in each
Archdiocese, and will remained open for the duration of the Holy Year.
(for more details see our page on the Holy Year of Mercy)
In Catholic tradition, the Holy Door represents the passage to salvation--the path to a new and eternal life, which wa opened to humanity by Jesus.
It also symbolizes an entryway to God's Mercy--the ultimate and supreme act by which He comes to meet people. Mercy is "the bridge that
connects God and humanity, opening our hearts to the hope of being loved forever despite our sinfulness.
"The door is also a symbol of Mary--the mother, the dwelling of the Lord--and she, too, always has open arms and is ready
to welcome the children of God home. But the door especialy represents Christ Himself--the One and only way to eternal life.
Jesus said "I am the Gate. Whoever enters through Me will be saved, and will come in
and go out and find pasture." But doors are narrow, and people must stoop with humility and
"be brought down to size by conversion"
in order to be "fit" for eternal life.
During this Year of Mercy, the Church encourages us "To be Merciful and the Father is Merciful" ---- to go beyond the
physical acts of mercy by also incorporating
into our daily lives the spiritual works of mercy.
These works include "to counsel the doubtful, instruct the ignorant, admonish sinners,
comfort the afflicted, forgive offenses,
bear patiently those who do us ill, and pray for the living and the dead."
These works of mercy are things that can and should be done on a daily basis.
The spiritual nature of these works allows them to be integrated into our daily prayer life.