This is the time to crown our Blessed Mother, not just on the feast of her Queenship (August 22), but every day, and even several times a day. Crowning her Queen of our heart, Queen of the world will make a statement about who we stand for and with and reclaim ourselves for Christ the King and his Queen Mother, Mary.
In the past several weeks, there have been 50 recorded incidents of churches, parishes, and religious statues being destroyed in the United States and Canada. That list continues to grow. This is a cause for great concern, but not for hopelessness. Buildings, parishes and statues are structures that can be defaced and destroyed, but our faith cannot – as long as we cling to Christ and his Mother.
Violence, and then fire – an intriguing parallel between Pentecost and the George Floyd riots. But, unlike the violence and fire of an out-of-control plea for justice, the violence and fire of Pentecost were life-giving and transformative. They brought forth courageous men who went forth to spread the Good News to the ends of the earth. Many of them suffered martyrdom after having given witness to Christ. They were men and women of conviction who stood strong against hostility.
St. Patrick’s life is quite remarkable, and his circumstances make me think about today’s growing problem of human trafficking. He himself was a victim of this nightmare that has destroyed – and keeps destroying – the lives of defenseless women and men, most of whom are very young.
Our platforms need to be a way to raise others up to God and not a means by which we trample and beat them down. Those in the limelight have an even heavier responsibility to consider what messages they’re sending and how they’re coming across to others. Our minds and bodies were given to us in order to do good in this world, not to generate malice.