It's August already

It’s August already. Where has the summer gone? About this time when I was young, my Uncle Jim would begin teasing us about going back to school, which was about the last thing I wanted to hear. Summer and vacations still bring a certain freedom from responsibility that is both relaxing and rejuvenating. I spent most of the month of July on vacation at the home farm in Richland County. Some don’t consider that a vacation, but there wasn’t much farm work to do, and it was too hot to do much anyway. It really was a relaxing time for me. I hope you have been able to enjoy some vacation time during the summer as well.

Bishop Callahan celebrated a beautiful Mass at the Cathedral to conclude the second Fortnight for Freedom on July 4. His homily was eloquent. Many people and priests from the area attended. Thanks to the Knights who showed their solidarity with our bishop on this occasion. The struggle for religious institutions to have the freedom to act according to their own moral principles is far from over, but we are making progress in raising people’s consciousness about the issue. Please continue to keep this intention in your thoughts and prayers.

This month we celebrate the Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord on August 6, and the Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary on August 15. Both these mysteries draw us heavenward as in the former, the Incarnate Lord’s glory is revealed to his disciples, while in the latter, Mary, the Mother of our Lord, is raised body and soul to the glory of heaven. In the Apostles’ Creed we profess our faith in “the resurrection of the body and life everlasting.” That is about us, the consequence of our baptism into the risen Christ, and the reward of fidelity. May the celebration of these feasts help us not to lose sight of our heavenly goal and our Christian dignity.

May God bless you and your families. Enjoy what’s left of the summer.

-- Msgr. Michael Gorman, Chaplain