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In case you haven’t been following recent news, St. Junipero Serra was the saint whose statue was pulled down in California due to his alleged injustice toward Native Americans.  He has been considered a controversial figure for some time; here is what Bishop Barron had to say about him five years ago, when Pope Francis canonized him:

 

For part one, click here.

Whether we are at a protest rally, at the grocery store, at church, or wherever we are able to go right now (sometimes even at work), we see almost everybody wearing a mask.  The eyes excepted, each person’s features are hidden from our sight.

I hope that, among other things, the COVID experience awakens us to Continue Reading »

Two weeks have passed since the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officers.  Yet the powder keg ignited by the incident is still going strong.

Video footage of the event shocked, horrified, angered, and saddened many, myself included.  I join Pope Francis Continue Reading »

My brethren, let us consider how it can happen so often that someone hears something unpleasant and goes away untroubled, as if he had not heard it; and yet sometimes he is disturbed and troubled as soon as he hears such words. What is the cause of this inconsistency? Is there one reason for it or many? I recognize several, but one in particular is the source of all the others. (…) [T]he reason for all disturbance, if we look to its roots, it [sic] that no one finds fault with himself. This is the reason why we become angry and upset, why we sometimes have no peace in our soul. We should not be surprised, since holy men have taught us that there is no other path to peace but this.

-St. Dorotheus of Gaza
Text from Crossroads Initiative

Acknowledgement

By anonimus – [1], Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=10822708

I’ve been considering posting my thoughts on the George Floyd incident, and the resulting tumult sweeping the U.S.  But I don’t think I could do better than Bishop Robert Barron does in his homily from today’s Mass for the Solemnity of Pentecost.

 


Well there’s a controversy circulating around a recent phone conversation between President Trump and Cardinal Timothy Dolan, of the Catholic Archdiocese of New York.

Actually, the phone call involved Dolan and a number of other Catholic leaders. Its purpose was to address concerns about Catholic education — concerns related to financial issues, enrollment, and the impact of COVID-19. During the course of the phone call, the president and the Cardinal Continue Reading »

Well, we’ve crossed the threshold into the second month of our national emergency…that is, for those of us who live in the U.S.  For many other places, it’s been longer than that.

And from all indications, we still have a healthy stretch ahead of us.

During this time of quarantine and uncertainty, faith can be a major source of sustenance.

Most people who know me am aware that I Continue Reading »

FaceTiming With Jesus

EWTN is offering live Eucharistic Adoration, every day from 9 AM to 6 PM ET.

For the link to the video from England’s Tyburn Convent, click here.

Acknowledgement

By Juan de Juanes – [2], Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=23065137

[People] obtain more joy and recreation in creatures through the dispossession of them.  They cannot rejoice in them if they behold them with possessiveness, for this is a care that, like a trap, holds the spirit to earth and does not allow wideness of heart.

– St. John of the Cross, Ascent of Mt. Carmel

Acknowledgement

Spanish anonymous – http://www.cervantesvirtual.com, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=8653039