Not only is the ceremony itself moving, but also moving is witnessing the effect it has on the people in the concourse. It elicits a wave of patriotism that is awesome, but even more, it elicits a wave of memories of loved ones who have fought to keep peace and freedom for our country.
Since the announcement was made, there has been an avalanche of headlines, both pro and con regarding the choice. Some of those headlines have tossed the choice off as a mere act of political correctness.
Perhaps it was. But if that’s the case, it may have backfired.
When I read Johnson’s book, I felt a connection to each of the 17 former abortion clinic workers who told their stories. No, I was not involved in the abortion industry as were these individuals. Still, I stood by and watched as something unfolded that I knew was wrong. So did they. At first.
But, what made the day even more awesome was the breaking news that Our Lady, Undoer of Knots: A Living Novena has been named one of the finalists for the 2016 Association of Catholic Publishers “Excellence in Publishing” Awards.
The long-awaited papal exhortation on the family was officially released this morning at 10am UCT. Amoris Laetitia, or “Love in the Family” is the Holy Father’s response and summation of the Extraordinary Synod on the Family that took place in the Fall of 2014. I spent a couple of hours skimming Read more…
It’s one thing to be thankful for suffering because you can offer it up for the sake of others – people you love, souls in purgatory, or persecuted Christians, for example.
It’s another to see your suffering, and in particular, the parts of you that are suffering, as instruments in praising God and to be truly grateful for their capacity to suffer.