Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows. Mary’s life, as the Theotokos, was riddled with pain and suffering and yet she remained faithful. Her fidelity was rewarded. The lesson for us is to stand with her in the suffering of her Son, and her children and respond with faith in action. So then, like her, our faith and action shall be rewarded.
I had the honor to be an MC at his episcopal ordination. I was his MC at many liturgies. He always have me good advice and we enjoyed many great conversations. He was a good friend. Always called me “mijo”. I am heart broken to know of his death. #bishopciriloflores good night, sweet prince and hosts of angels sing thee to thy rest. #restinpeace
Francis was grounded in Christ. Francis identified with Christ. Francis put on the mind of Christ. Nothing and no one could diminish Francis’ ability to recognize his beloved Jesus in robbers and sinful friars and men and women who were dominated by desires contrary to God’s love. From his heart of compassion and love, Francis saw their deep need of God. He reached out with God’s love, which dwelt within his own heart, to touch the unknown yearning in the heart of the other. #franciscanfridays #saintfrancisofassisi #brotherfrancis (at The Grotto Portland)
In today’s gospel reading Jesus says to Peter, “Get behind me satan”. It is not a rebuke of Peter himself rather a rebuke of the evil one, the father of lies who would have us believe that we can be Christians without embracing the Cross. Jesus tells is to bear our cross. It’s not enough to simply carry it, we must also bear it as a sign of our witness of Jesus. Lift high the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. (at The Grotto Portland)