Last week we rejoiced (Laetare)! This weekend you may have noticed that the sanctuary looks a little different. We have entered Passiontide. These are the weeks of preparation for the sorrowful events of the Easter drama. The liturgies and readings of this time become a little more somber. The most obvious example is the veiling of the statues and crosses. This evokes in us a feeling of emptiness and longing for something more, something beautiful, which can only be fulfilled at the Resurrection!
On a lighter note, St. Paul’s was founded by Irish Catholics, so I hope you were able to celebrate the great Irish Saint. It is always good to remind ourselves that St. Patrick’s Day is not about leprechauns, dancing, and... good beer! St. Patrick was a missionary bishop who was wholeheartedly devoted to Jesus Christ and the Church. Here are some excerpts from his writings:
“Let every tongue confess that Jesus Christ, in whom we believe and whom we await to come back to us in the near future, is Lord and God.” – The Confession
“Jesus Christ has generously poured on us the Holy Spirit, the gift and promise of immortality, who makes believers and those who listen to be children of God and co-heirs with Christ.” – The Confession
“The truth of Christ urges me, for love of neighbors and children: for these, I have given up my homeland and my parents, and my very life to death, if I am worthy of that. I live for my God, to teach these peoples, even if I am despised by some.” –Letter to Coroticus
“I sold out my noble state for the sake of others —and I am not ashamed of that, nor do I repent of it. Now, in Christ, I am a slave of a foreign people, for the sake of the indescribable glory of eternal life which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” –Letter to Coroticus
St. Patrick, pray for us, that we may live the Faith, and share it as you did!