Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Snowy and Frigid Weather: Still the Star Came to Rest

Greetings from Chicago, where it is currently minus ten degrees. Our offices were closed yesterday due to the very dangerous conditions here in the Midwest. I worried about our employees and their families; slowly but surely most are returning to work here this morning. Here is a shot of our entrance that I took on my way in this morning.

These are the coldest temperatures I think I have ever experienced. I am speaking at the Hofinger Conference in New Orleans beginning tomorrow. So far, the flight is on time. We will see.

On Sunday, despite the fact that we received about a foot of new snow, we had a nice crowd at the 10:00 A.M. Mass for Epiphany at the parish I have been attending, Notre Dame de Chicago. Here is a shot of the interior, decorated for the Christmas Season. Apparently one tree's lights pooped out during the season. This is a stunning church building. The wreath is suspended beneath the central dome.

The celebrant at Mass, before the preface dialogue, announced that we would be praying one of the Church's eucharistic prayers for various needs. He said that he found one in particular that seemed fitting for Epiphany: "God Guides His Church along the Way of Salvation." Here is part of the text:
You are indeed Holy and to be glorified, O God,
who love the human race
and who always walk with us on the journey of life.
Blessed indeed is your Son,
present in our midst
when we are gathered by his love
and when, as once for the disciples, so now for us,
he opens the Scriptures and breaks the bread.

On a day when we celebrated the manifestation of Christ to the world, it was fitting to pray the words to our God, who loves us "and who always walk[s] with us on the journey of life." Seems that the star came to rest over Notre Dame de Chicago on Sunday and within this Catholic's heart and home.

Pope Francis' message for Epiphany echoed these sentiments: “Our life is a journey, illuminated by the lights which brighten our way, to find the fullness of truth and love which we Christians recognize in Jesus, the Light of the World. Like the Magi, every person has two great 'books' which provide the signs to guide this pilgrimage: the book of creation and the book of sacred Scripture. What is important is that we be attentive, alert, and listen to God who speaks to us.”

I hope that wherever you are, you are safe and warm, attentive to the book of creation and the book of sacred Scripture.

Gotta sing. Gotta pray.

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