I thank God for His blessings and for guiding me. As of today, I've been blessed to have visited all 48 churches, 19 of the 20 missions, an abbey, a monastery, all 8 stations, 2 chapels, our cathedral and all 3 Newman Centers. Now, with the grace of God, I only have: 1 mission and a military chapel left to visit. Each location offers a new experience with a gift to share as the Holy Spirit guides me along the way. Where there is a will, there is a way. Where there is God, there is an answer.
According to Vatican Radio: On Sunday, Pope Francis announced the creation of 17 new Cardinals. A consistory will be held on the 19 of November, the eve of the closing of the Jubilee of Mercy. Thirteen of the new Cardinals will be under 80 years and will be eligible to vote in a conclave. The Holy Father said that those chosen come from five continents. They include three American Archbishops and Archbishops from Mauritius and Bangladesh. For more info go to: www.news.va/en/news/pope-announces-17-new-cardinals-in-consistory
"The practice of pilgrimage has a special place in the Holy Year, because it represents the journey each of us makes in this life. Life itself is a pilgrimage, and the human being is a viator, a pilgrim traveling along the road, making his way to the desired destination. Similarly, to reach the Holy Door in Rome or in any other place in the world, everyone, each according to his or her ability, will have to make a pilgrimage. This will be a sign that mercy is also a goal to reach and requires dedication and sacrifice. May pilgrimage be an impetus to conversion: by crossing the threshold of the Holy Door, we will find the strength to embrace God's mercy and dedicate ourselves to being merciful with others as the Father has been with us." — Pope Francis
The health sabbatical is over and I thank God, my family and everyone's
prayers during my difficult recovery. I've learned a lot and appreciate more.
Almost three weeks ago, on Mother's Day, I fell and broke my legs. Yes, that is legs and not leg. After having surgery, I will not be able to do any church hopping until sometime after October. Please keep me in your prayers. My goal of completing my pilgrimage will continue, eventually. May God bless you and please be safe!
Do you know all the terms used in church? I thought that I did and was very wrong. I've found it to be a whole new language. Here's a link to the basics: http://parishbulletin.com/organizations/14388/documents/altarserverglossaryofterms.pdf
Word on Fire Catholic Ministries has a fantastic article written by Fr. Steve Grunow entitled, "The Solemnity of Our Lord's Baptism." I highly recommend reading this article for a more in-depth look at such an important event in Catholicism.
Please excuse all the grammatical errors you find throughout this blog/website. I was unaware that there were so many until I started transferring articles for my book. It is rather embarrassing and I sincerely apologize for my inadequate English writing skills.
Forbes published an article yesterday about Pope Francis that I found both intriguing and inspiring. He is referred to as an "Epic Innovator" that should be emulated. http://www.forbes.com/sites/offwhitepapers/2014/11/12/pope-francis-secret-sauce-stop-pontificating/