The commisioning of priests and institution of the Eucharist…two great gifts
The beauty of Holy Thursday never escapes me Last night as even more beautiful because of the lessons taught to me by so many God seeking people over the last year. Lessons from people who past over 1800 years ago, and lessons from those living amongst us now filled my mind, heart and warmed my soul as we heard the liturgy of the word and celebrated the liturgy of the Eucharist
Father Tri, of St Brigid Catholic Church, reminded us the story of each life is what makes the church breathe the world. The story each life brings to the church helps pass on its’s lessons and beauty from generation to generation These stories allow the priesthood of the family to connect with the priesthood of the Church. To make this occur we all must listen, observe and react to the wisdom of God as it works its way into our lives throug everyone around us.
The Holy Eurcharist is the foretaste of heaven, the perfect mana, needed to nourish our souls with the grace to navigate e challenges of a fallen world. When taken in concert with reconciliation it enables us to stay on the path to heaven. It keeps Christ within our very blood…commingling a bit of heaven with our life here on earth..as we go about our day. So when we say take Christ with you wherever you go, if we partake of this holy nurishment we can do exactly that. No other God before or since offered such a gift to mortals. In fact no other God offered to make lowly man part of himself, and join in perfect communion in heaven, for all eternity if we choose to do so.
Pray for our priests that they may lead all souls to heaven. Pray for our priesthood in the family, that each man will be willing to lead their family to the best of their ability to the altar of God. Pray each mother makes their home a place where the stories of old, new and the future will enable The word of God to reach fertile ears and move those souls to Christ. Pray for the religious, that by their concerted life they make offerings the rest of us cannot for the salvation of the world.
So let us begin our Triduum journey, and honor the sacrifices made to bring us all the way to heaven.
Kalen helping bring the gifts forward with our Decon in formation Randy Ortiz
A few people asked me why the blog posts slowed down. So I thought I would address that this morning since I’ve blogged more than ever the last few months! I support two important activities for my children (outside of paying the bills and homeschooling): Blue Knights and First Lego League.
Blue Knights is a boys evangelization effort I run with some willing and faith filled Dads. I am the head coordinator this year for both our year groups, and my friend Les (John Paul’s Godfather) runs the first years. I am very happy to report three other friends are very excited and participating as well…one runs the before meeting games and the two new dads are digging into the program very quickly. This effort is time consuming though. We have one template meeting a month, and the second I have to brainstorm inside the program objectives. Between the meetings my sons and I work on the evangelization questions, daily prayer, and a few craft projects. The work is worth it when you see all the boys light up hearing about the great lives of our saints and teaching of our church.
The second major activity is the Darebot First Lego League team. Les runs this group, and I am one of two dedicated assistant coaches. During the fall and winter we can meet two to three times a week for several hours to prepare for the competition. I am helping build out the project and team building aspects of the competition. Thankfully Les is a great coach for the kids, and I just have to keep up.
For both activities I run separate WordPress blogs. You can view them and see all the fun events and activities yourself. It is where life is on display, and some pretty fun street & documentary photography! Here are the sights! Darebots and St Michael’s Blue Knights
So the next time you wonder where are the pretty pictures trees, flowers, Americana, and grace you’ve come to expect regularly…just know they go on in two different venues. I’ll keep pushing on here the best I can as well!
Today I found myself blessed to watch my son Kevin participate as an altar server at mass for the first time. It is a moment which almost put tears of joy in my eyes. Why? I could see in his eyes and his deeds he wanted this moment with all his heart.
Last night Kalen and I prepared Kevin by holding a practice mass, as conducted at RCA with Father Tran’s preferences, twice on our deck. Kevin impressed me with his memory of how the bells rung, the way people stepped around the altar, holding his hand on his chest and the procession in which he would accompany the priest to the nursery to deliver the Eucharist to those working there. I already knew he memorized much of the consecration prayers, but this was pretty amazing for me to see first hand. For all of his daily eight year old distractions, he was paying attention every mass.
Today two upper school boys, John Paul and Stephen, took Kevin over to the chapel to set up and do a final rehearsal. This is something which endears me to Regina Caeli. Our youth are normal youth, but we parents call them out a little more each year to live their faith. At the end of a 15 minute preparation, Kevin came out tripping over the seam of the smallest cassock and stood with Father Tran and Stephen to enter the mass.
He went down the isle with his serious face on, and nervously looked over to Stephen from time to time to make sure he was doing the right thing. Stephen looked out for Kevin as a big brother should, and Kevin earned a smile from Father Tran. Kevin sure made his Daddy proud. It sounds silly to many, but I was proud because he entered the Army of Christ today at the altar of our Lord as a willing servant for the community. it is a major step on the road to adulthood of life and faith.
Thank you God for letting me see this day in the company of so many good friends!
It is an interesting week in our house. Most of the normal home life continues. Dance, Robotics, and letting the kids play outside….normal life. After a few months being under so many guns it was nice to also have friends over and see a movie with them…and eleven kids had a pizza night! Then there was the opportunity to just for a few minutes enjoy John Paul getting to settle down on my chest for a nap…after a few minutes of ear piercing complaining!
Life is still crazy, but it needs living and sound of worship to abound for it to have meaning.