How greatly we welcome words that possess power to touch with hope and Joy! And this, we can say, is what happens when the words carry the distinctive tone of generosity, always felt among friends in conversaton. In search of lfie-giving Friendship, we willingly plunge, each lent, into the pious practices of fasting, prayer and almsgiving. At Easter we celebrate the Passover, that great turning point of history through which lost Friendship can be regained.Gruesome body marks show us that restoring Friendship comes at no small price; Judas can tell us that no amount of silver can replace the Friendship that has been rejected.
On Sunday Nov. 17, 2013, I gave my second of three talks on the theological virtues to SOURCE - Regina youth and young adult ministry. SOURCE is a joint ministry of three Regina parishes (Resurrection, Christ the King, and Holy Family) and the Archdiocesan Youth Office.
The first talk, on faith, is available here. The second talk, very appropriately in November, the month we honour the faithful departed, was on hope. It took place at Holy Family.
Well, there’s been one response to my suggestion of a Mob Mass from my last blog but so far no one has taken up the idea of organizing it. The respondent thought it a good idea especially in summer and perhaps in some small rural parishes but he/she expressed concern that the local parishioners may not be appreciative of having a bunch of strangers pack their parish, or perhaps the concern was taking away from one to pack another church.
In truth, I don’t know what the reaction would be for either scenario but I have faith the response would be positive in both cases. In any case, unless someone takes up the challenge, because as I said I don’t know how to really work social media to get that going, it wouldn’t matter anyway.
Onward an upward.