Could barren churches be just one reason why young people leave the Church in droves? After all, what is beautiful and attractive about such a space? Not only did I find it uninviting, it was most inhospitable to the very Person of our Lord, Jesus, who had been relegated to some area behind a wall, almost apologetically.
Nearly four years ago, on the Solemnity of the Annunciation (March 25th), I made a formal Marian consecration, using 33 Days as a guide. Since then, I’ve reread the book each year, prior to renewing my consecration, and I always find something fresh and new.
A very happy and blessed Church new year to you all! It is the third week of Advent and we are only a couple weeks into this new liturgical year. So… how are your resolutions coming along? Huh—what’s that? You haven’t made any yet? There’s still time.
Thinking of all the crosses I’d borne throughout the years, along with those I’d watched friends and family carry, it occurred to me that one can’t enjoy blessings without having known something of suffering.
Have you ever listened to someone tell you the same story over and over again? How did you respond to that person after the fifth, tenth or fifteenth repetition? Did you realize that, in sharing the same story time and again, that person was entrusting you with something sacred—that you were standing on holy ground?