Whats up and welcome!
This past weekend, I used to be in Rome to be current as the Holy Father canonized a quantity of new saints, perhaps probably the most notable of whom have been Pope Paul VI and Archbishop Oscar Romero.
This was a very special canonization for me because Pope Paul was the primary pope I ever met and I used to be with him on a quantity of events, notably when he met with the Capuchins.
He was so gracious to us and would have a special viewers with our Basic Chapter. He all the time spoke with such affection of the friars that he was very near when he was Archbishop of Milan.
And, of course, Archbishop Romero was a good friend of a few years. I labored for 20 years with the Salvadoran immigrants in Washington, and through that point I had an awesome deal of contact with Archbishop Romero.
In fact, Archbishop Romero’s canonization was an incredible supply of pleasure in the Salvadoran group, and about 6,000 Salvadorans went to Rome to be present for the canonization, including groups from Boston and Washington.
Saturday evening, I had a Mass with those from Boston and Washington at my titular church, Santa Maria Della Vittoria, Saturday night time. It was a really giant, standing room only crowd and we have been also very glad to be joined by a number of clergymen.
The day earlier than, I had met the group of youngsters of TPS holders from Somerville who have been in Rome to satisfy with the Holy Father, and so I invited them to attend the Mass as properly.
Sunday, of course, was the canonization ceremony itself. It was an excellent day and the gang prolonged all the best way down the By way of della Conciliazione to the river.
The Holy Father gave a ravishing reflection by which he spoke about giving ourselves absolutely over the decision to holiness:
The second reading tells us that “the phrase of God resides and lively, sharper than any two-edged sword (Heb 4:12). It really is: God’s phrase isn’t merely a set of truths or an edifying religious account; no – it is a dwelling word that touches our lives, that transforms our lives. There, Jesus in individual, the dwelling Word of God, speaks to our hearts.
The Gospel, particularly, invites us to an encounter with the Lord, after the example of the “man” who “ran up to him” (cf. Mk 10:17). We will acknowledge ourselves in that man, whose identify the textual content doesn’t give, as if to recommend that he might characterize every one of us. He asks Jesus how “to inherit eternal life” (v. 17). He’s looking for life without end, life in its fullness: who of us would not want this? But we discover that he asks for it as an inheritance, as a superb to be obtained, to be gained by his personal efforts. In reality, with a view to possess this good, he has noticed the commandments from his youth and to realize this he is ready to comply with others; and so he asks: “What must I do to have eternal life?”
Jesus’ answer catches him off guard. The Lord appears upon him and loves him (cf. v. 21). Jesus modifications the attitude: from commandments noticed so as to acquire a reward, to a free and complete love. That man was speaking in phrases of provide and demand, Jesus proposes to him a story of love. He asks him to move from the observance of legal guidelines to the present of self, from doing for oneself to being with God. And the Lord suggests to the man a life that cuts to the fast: “Sell what you have and give to the poor…and come, follow me” (v. 21). To you, too, Jesus says: “Come, follow me!” Come: don’t stand nonetheless, because it isn’t sufficient to not do evil to be able to be with Jesus. Comply with me: don’t stroll behind Jesus solely if you need to, however search him out every single day; do not be content to keep the commandments, to offer a bit of alms and say a couple of prayers: find in Him the God who all the time loves you; search in Jesus the God who’s the which means of your life, the God who provides you the power to offer of yourself.
Once more Jesus says: “Sell what you have and give to the poor.” The Lord doesn’t talk about theories of poverty and wealth, but goes on to life. He asks you to go away behind what weighs down your heart, to empty your self of goods with a purpose to make room for him, the only good. We can’t really comply with Jesus once we are laden down with issues. Because if our hearts are crowded with goods, there won’t be room for the Lord, who will grow to be only one thing among the others. Because of this, wealth is harmful and – says Jesus – even makes one’s salvation troublesome. Not as a result of God is stern, no! The issue is on our half: our having an excessive amount of, our wanting too much suffocates our hearts and makes us incapable of loving. Subsequently, Saint Paul writes that “the love of money is the root of all evils” (1 Tim 6:10). We see this the place money is on the middle, there isn’t any room for God nor for man.
Jesus is radical. He provides all and he asks all: he provides a love that is complete and asks for an undivided heart. Even right now he provides himself to us as the dwelling bread; can we give him crumbs in change? We can’t reply to him, who made himself our servant even going to the cross for us, only by observing some of the commandments. We can’t give him, who presents us eternal life, some odd second of time. Jesus just isn’t content material with a “percentage of love”: we can’t love him twenty or fifty or sixty %. It’s both all or nothing.
Pricey brothers and sisters, our coronary heart is sort of a magnet: it lets itself be attracted by love, however it may well cling to at least one grasp solely and it should choose: both it’ll love God or it should love the world’s treasure (cf. Mt 6:24); both it is going to reside for love or it’ll reside for itself (cf. Mk 8:35). Let us ask ourselves the place we are in our story of love with God. Can we content ourselves with a couple of commandments or can we comply with Jesus as lovers, really prepared to go away behind one thing for him? Jesus asks every of us and all of us as the Church journeying ahead: are we a Church that solely preaches good commandments or a Church that may be a spouse, that launches herself ahead in love for her Lord? Can we really comply with him or can we revert to the ways of the world, like that man within the Gospel? In a phrase, is Jesus enough for us or can we look for many worldly securities? Allow us to ask for the grace all the time to go away things behind for love of the Lord: to go away behind wealth and craving for standing and energy, buildings which might be not sufficient for proclaiming the Gospel, these weights that decelerate our mission, the strings that tie us to the world. And not using a leap forward in love, our life and our Church turn into sick from “complacency and self-indulgence” (Evangelii Gaudium, 95): we discover joy in some fleeting pleasure, we shut ourselves off in ineffective gossip, we settle into the monotony of a Christian life with out momentum, where a bit of narcissism covers over the unhappiness of remaining unfulfilled.
That is how it was for the person, who – the Gospel tells us – “went away sorrowful” (v. 22). He was tied right down to laws of the regulation and to his many possessions; he had not given over his coronary heart. Regardless that he had encountered Jesus and acquired his loving gaze, the person went away unhappy. Unhappiness is the proof of unfulfilled love, the signal of a lukewarm heart. However, a coronary heart unburdened by possessions, that freely loves the Lord, all the time spreads joy, that joy for which there is so much want in the present day. Pope Saint Paul VI wrote: “It is indeed in the midst of their distress that our fellow men need to know joy, to hear its song” (Gaudete in Domino, I). As we speak Jesus invites us to return to the supply of joy, which is the encounter with him, the courageous choice to danger the whole lot to comply with him, the satisfaction of leaving one thing behind to be able to embrace his method. The saints have traveled this path.
Paul VI did too, after the example of the Apostle whose identify he took. Like him, Paul VI spent his life for Christ’s Gospel, crossing new boundaries and turning into its witness in proclamation and in dialogue, a prophet of a Church turned outwards, trying to those distant and taking care of the poor. Even within the midst of tiredness and misunderstanding, Paul VI bore witness in a passionate option to the sweetness and the joy of following Christ totally. At the moment he still urges us, along with the Council whose clever helmsman he was, to stay our widespread vocation: the universal name to holiness. Not to half measures, however to holiness. It is fantastic that along with him and the opposite new saints as we speak, there’s Archbishop Romero, who left the safety of the world, even his own security, with a view to give his life in line with the Gospel, close to the poor and to his individuals, with a heart drawn to Jesus and his brothers and sisters. We will say the same about Francesco Spinelli, Vincenzo Romano, Maria Caterina Kasper, Nazaria Ignazia of Saint Teresa of Jesus, and our younger boy from Naples, Nunzio Sulprizio. All these saints, in several contexts, put at the moment’s phrase into apply of their lives, with out lukewarmness, without calculation, with the eagerness to danger all the things and to go away all of it.
Following the canonization, I remained in Rome for meetings around baby protection issues, however by Wednesday I was back within the archdiocese for our semi-annual assembly of the bishops of the Boston Province. This meeting is an opportunity for us to debate issues of mutual concern and share updates on what is occurring in our dioceses. This time, much of our dialogue centered round preparation for the upcoming November meeting of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
That evening, I attended the annual Diamonds of Dorchester Gala to profit St. Mary’s Middle for Ladies and Youngsters.
The middle is celebrating its 25th yr, and at this yr’s gala, they honored their first president, Joyce Murphy.
They introduced her with the John M. Corcoran Award, named for the center’s late founding trustee, who worked very intently with Joyce to rework the previous St. Margaret’s Hospital into the present middle for homeless ladies and youngsters.
They have achieved just extraordinary work in job-training, acquiring housing and lots of different packages to assist individuals break the cycles of poverty, abuse and habit and understand their full potential.
Those within the Boston space might recall that St. Mary’s Middle acquired a $1 million matching grant from Amazon earlier this yr and, through the night, they introduced that Amazon was additionally providing a further $250,000 matching grant.
Thursday afternoon, at the Pastoral Middle, we had a retirement reception for Bishop John Dooher, who lately concluded his service as bishop of the South Area of the archdiocese.
It was a stunning gathering attended by many of those who have worked or ministered with Bishop Dooher through the years.
Totally different individuals provided remarks including his classmates, Msgr. George Carlson and Father Brian Flatley, and Father Chris Hickey, who spoke about working with him at St. Mary’s in Dedham.
In fact, we additionally heard from the bishop himself.
It was an excellent event that confirmed how a lot he is beloved and appreciated.
That evening, I attended Regis School’s Let It Shine annual fundraising gala held on the Park Plaza Lodge.
Through the night, they honored Bill Mosakowski who, of course, is a large benefactor of Catholic schooling at all ranges.
Regis School, which was founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph, has been so trustworthy to its mission of educating working-class and immigrant students, so I used to be very glad to lend my help to them.
From there, I went to the Seaport Lodge for Cathedral Excessive Faculty’s annual Adopt-A-Scholar Foundation Dinner.
There, they have been honoring Linda Dorcena Forry, Vice President for Variety Inclusion and Group Relations at Suffolk Development, as well as Nancy Lane, who has worked for 31 years as a steerage counselor at Cathedral High. Nancy, who’s a Cathedral High graduate herself, is far beloved by the scholars and works so arduous to assist them with the school software process. In truth, this was the 15th yr in a row that Cathedral High had a 100 % commencement price, as well as a 100 % fee of those graduates happening to school. This exceptional achievement is simply one other testimony to the spectacular work they do at Cathedral High.
Till next week,