Julian served as the principal celebrant at Mass this Sunday, and
in his homily he shared: That small, little gesture of the woman
touching Jesus' cloak did not go unrecognized or unnoticed, and she
received God's grace. We oftentimes find ourselves busy about good
and Godly things, but it doesn't mean we are always so well
connected to God. We need to push through the busyness to stay
connected to God. Even the small attempt at reaching out to God
does not go without grace. However we find ourselves these summer
days, let us not neglect to push through the crowd of busyness to
find life with Christ.
second session of the five-day "One Bread, One Cup" conferences
took place over the course of the weekend, and the students and
their youth and high school ministers departed on Tuesday
afternoon. You can see video and photo highlights of conferences 1
and 2 here: http://www.saintmeinrad.edu/youth/one-bread,-one-cup-2015/
Archabbot Justin presided for the Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul
on Monday. In his homily he encouraged: Both Peter and Paul
confessed Christ through their obedience to his will. In faith we
hold that the Church is divinely willed, even on a rock (Peter)
that crumbled at Christ's passion. Christ continues to love his
Church as he loved his disciples. This love extends to the
peripheries of the world through charity. With Peter and Paul as a
foundation, Christ continues to build the Church through us for the
life of the world.
James returned on Tuesday from a "field trip" to our motherhouse --
the Abbey of Einsiedeln in Switzerland. As has been the tradition
the last several years, most of the junior monks are able to take
turns visiting Einsiedeln some time during their junioriate to
learn more about our roots and foundation.
Today, Friday, we celebrated the feast of St. Thomas the Apostle.
Fr. Thomas, on his patronal feast day, was the principal celebrant
at Mass, and he enlightened us in his homily: St. Thomas said he
would not believe in a proposition but in a person through
experiencing Jesus Christ in the flesh instead of the stories from
the other Apostles and witnesses. How pitiable it is for us to
mistake a proposition for a person. How glorious it is for us to be
touched by the flame of Christ, the person, and say with Thomas,
"My Lord and my God." We do not settle for stories, but we demand
for an experience of the living God like Thomas.
of our responsories this week was Sirach 6:14-16 (below) … about
friendship. Thank you for being friends to us and for your prayers.
Let us continue praying for one another. And, reach out to your
friends and let them know they are a treasure for you.
Faithful friends are a sturdy
whoever finds one finds a treasure.
Faithful friends are beyond price,
no amount can balance their worth.
Faithful friends are life-saving medicine;
those who fear God will find them.