August already

FortnightforFreedom1It’s August already. Where has the summer gone? About this time when I was young, my Uncle Jim would begin teasing 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. On Sunday, July 22, the Gospel spoke of Jesus inviting the apostles, just returned from their first mission, to “Come away by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while.” (Mark 6:31) This is how I’ve spent most of the month of July, on vacation at the home farm in Richland County. 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 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. From all indications the struggle for religious institutions to have the freedom to act according to their own moral principles is far from over. 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 the Incarnate Lord’s glory is revealed to his disciples and 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