I set my alarm for 3:30 A.M. when I went to bed on Saturday night. I woke up with the alarm and sleepily watched the canonization Mass. For me, Pope John XXIII remains one of the central heroes of my life. He was a man who was supposed to keep the Church in neutral, not push any buttons, and maintain the status quo. Instead, inspired by the Holy Spirit, this simple man ushered in one of the greatest reforms the Church has ever seen. It is because of his actions that I am the Catholic that I am today.
I read with concern today the article published in the National Catholic Reporter by Fr. Thomas Doyle, "Records show that John Paul II could have intervened in abuse crisis - but didn't." I have always felt that the rush to canonize Pope John Pope John Paul II has been just that, a rush. It would seem to me that there needs to be a longer period of reflection before someone is named a saint. Fr. Doyle's article is deeply troubling and makes me even more uneasy about the quickness of the decision for canonization. Anyone else feel that way, or am I totally off base here?
I went to Mass at Notre Dame de Chicago yesterday and was greeted by the breeze blowing through these ribbons; just a wonderful announcement of the resurrection of Christ; lifted my spirits and brought me much joy.
Gotta sing. Gotta pray.