I thank God for His blessings and for guiding me through the 12,921.6 mile pilgrimage. As of this evening, I have visited all 48 churches, 20 missions, an abbey, a monastery, all 8 stations, 3 chapels, 3 Newman Centers and our cathedral. Now, with the grace of God, I will convert this blog into book. Each location offered a new experience with a gift to share as the Holy Spirit guided me along the way.
For many people, New Year’s Day, January first, is the beginning of the new year. Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year and according to the Gregorian calendar, the Chinese New Year starts with the new moon that falls between January 21 and February 20. Did you know that the Catholic Liturgical year, Advent is the beginning of the year? Are you preparing yourself for the Anniversary of the birth of Christ? A wonderful article explaining the meaning of Advent, along with a digital Advent Calendar and a plethora of resources, can be found at the following link: http://www.usccb.org/prayer-and-worship/liturgical-year/advent/
Below is the prayer that has kept me going through this pilgrimage. I thank God for the strength he grants me, for I am not worthy.
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.