Tuesday greetings from Franklin Park, Illinois. This public transportation commuter is still trying to thaw out after the commute into work this morning.
Today, of course, is an important day in the history of the Archdiocese of Chicago as we welcome a new Archbishop, Blase Cupich.
When these large ecclesiastical events occur, I always remember what Saint John XXIII said when asked by a reporter something like, "What was the most important day of your life?" The reporter expected the answer, "The day I became pope." Instead, John XXIII answered, "The day I was baptized." So, today is a day to celebrate the baptism of Blase Cupich and to recall the day when each of us became adopted children of God in baptism.
Several weeks ago, while visiting Florence, Italy, I was once again in awe of the duomo in Florence.
The baptistery is undergoing major restoration. Here is a cool picture I took as I climbed the tower next to the cathedral. This is a shot looking down into the piazza and onto the enormous baptistery.
We spent lots of time inside the baptistery, where I once again gazed in amazement at the ceiling. Imagine being baptized in this space and then looking up to behold this image of the kingdom of heaven!
So, on this historic day here in the Archdiocese of Chicago, let's pray for all the baptized and, in a special way, for Archbishop Blase Cupich and the people of Chicago.
Gotta sing. Gotta pray.