Father’s Column – September 29, 2019

Posted on September 29, 2019 View all news

Laudetur Jesus Christus! Gelobt sei Jesus Christus!
Sia lodato Gesù Cristo! Praised be Jesus Christ! 

The canonization of Bl. John Henry Newman is now only two weeks away. It will indeed be a moment a long time in the making as he is raised to the altar of the saints. A reminder about all the events coming up in celebration of this important moment for the Oratory. Tomorrow will be the final day to reserve a spot at the banquet at the reduced price of $60 per person. So please be sure to get your reservation in. Bishop Athanasius Schneider will be our guest that evening and for the Mass the following day. Please also don’t forget about the Eucharistic procession on Saturday, October 19. There will be Mass with the Archbishop at 8:00 a.m. at the Cathedral followed by the procession to Old St. Mary’s. I am encouraging all the men of the parish to be present. As a note to Old St. Mary’s, we will not be having our annual Forty Hours at the usual time this year. Due to all the events in October, we will delay Forty Hours until Lent. 

Finally, Adult Catechism will begin this week. Bro. Henry will talk this and next week on Pontifical Masses, to prepare us for Mass with Bishop Schneider. Please join us, all adults are welcome!

For your meditation this week, please find this reflection on Jesus, the Son of Mary, by Cardinal Newman. Please have a blessed week ahead!

“When our Lord came upon earth, He might have created a fresh body for Himself out of nothing—or He might have formed a body for Himself out of the earth, as He formed Adam. But He preferred to be born, as other men are born, of a human mother. Why did He do so? He did so to put honour on all those earthly relations and connections which are ours by nature; and to teach us that, though He has begun a new creation, He does not wish us to cast off the old creation, as far as it is not sinful. Hence it is our duty to love and honour our parents, to be affectionate to our brothers, sisters, friends, husbands, wives, not only not less, but even more, than it was man’s duty before our Lord came on earth. As we become better Christians, more consistent and zealous servants of Jesus, we shall become only more and more anxious for the good of all around us—our kindred, our friends, our acquaintances, our neighbours, our superiors, our inferiors, our masters, our employers. And this we shall do from the recollection how our Lord loved His Mother. He loves her still in heaven with a special love. He refuses her nothing. We then on earth must feel a tender solicitude for all our relations, all our friends, all whom we know or have dealings with. And moreover, we must love not only those who love  us, but those who hate us or injure us, that we may imitate Him, who not only was loving to His Mother, but even suffered Judas, the traitor, to kiss Him, and prayed for His murderers on the cross.” – Bl. John Henry Newman