Happy Wednesday of the Octave of Easter to you all.
April showers have taken hold here in the Chicago area, but there are lots of spring flowers and trees blooming. Each year I am struck by this miracle we call Spring. From the gray and seemingly lifeless comes forth new life - just wonderful.
US Catholic has an article by Bishop Trautman on the new translation of the Missale Romanum, There is a brief survey at the end of the article. I took the survey this morning. Try your hand at it. Here's the link.
Biggest news in the Catholic Church here in the United States was the appointment this week of Archbishop Jose Gomez as the coadjutor bishop of Los Angeles. Check out his brief remarks at his press conference here. There has been lots of buzz about the fact that Archbishop Gomez was ordained a priest in the Opus Dei prelature. I read a few articles that said that the Archbishop "resigned his membership" when he became auxiliary bishop of Denver several years ago. I am taking a cautious approach to this appointment. I spoke with some friends in Texas yesterday who spoke fondly of Archbishop Gomez. Other friends have called me with deep concerns about this man's affiliation with Opus Dei. Let's watch how this all unfolds.
Los Angeles is perhaps the most culturally diverse diocese in the United States, with a large Hispanic population. The fact that the Archbishop is Hispanic is a huge factor in this appointment. Many argue that the Archdiocese of Los Angeles is one of the most "liberal" in the United States. Frankly, I wonder what this means. Each time I have attended the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress (which every Catholic should attend at least once in one's lifetime!), I have never had the sense that the Catholics in Los Angeles are any more liberal than anywhere else. As a matter of fact, there is no place that I have been, save Vatican City State, where I have seen more religious sisters and brothers in full habits than I have seen in Los Angeles. When you go there, you will find large groups of habited religious gathering in outdoor areas to pray the Divine Office. Sure, they may use glass vessels at the celebration of the Eucharist (Cardinal Mahony allows this as the chief liturgist of the Archdiocese), and some people might take offense at liturgical dancing, but the care with which the liturgies at Congress are prepared and prayed is so evident. Lectors proclaim with conviction. Celebrants preside with life and care for the liturgy. The musicians are committed to lifting the congregation's song. The Catholic faith in Los Angeles is alive and well, and Cardinal Roger Mahony is largely responsible for having nurtured that faith over the last several decades. I will be praying for the people of the Archdiocese and for Archbishop Gomez.
Here are a few more photos from my parish, St. James, taken during the Triduum.
I hope you have a good Easter day.
Gotta sing. Gotta pray.