Wednesday, December 18, 2013

O Lord

December 18 greetings from the "home office" here in Franklin Park, Illinois.

Lots of Catholic news sweeping our country these days: new bishops for Marquette, Michigan and Portland, Maine; the archbishop of Saint Paul-Minneapolis steps aside while an abuse allegation is investigated; two American cardinals (Burke and Rigali) not re-appointed to an important Vatican congregation, while another American cardinal (Wuerl) is appointed to that same congregation. All of this goes on as Pope Francis celebrates his birthday and invites four homeless men (one with a dog) to Mass and to the party. If someone had told me a year ago that this was what mid-December of 2013 would look like for the Roman Catholic Church, I would have never believed it.

A colleague here at the office yesterday wondered aloud: "It seems that the Holy Spirit is hard at work these days." As I reflect on today's "O Antiphon," "O Adonai," or "O Lord," I join my voice with many others in thanking the Lord for the gift of Pope Francis and for a Church that is experiencing new vigor and a new outpouring of the Holy Spirit.

Gotta sing. Gotta pray.

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