Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Feast of the Assumption of Mary

Today we celebrate the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  It is a very special day for many people and cultures.  I have fond memories of the procession I participated in as a child.  All the little girls would put on their best white dress and be given a simple blue cape to wear as we walked in solemn procession behind the statue that the men carried.  I remember always trying to go to the ocean on this day to dip my feet into the water.  There are often gatherings at the beach on this day to bless the water and place a wreath out in the ocean.  As we pray this day let us recall what a great blessing our Lady is for us.  She has promised to intercede for us and will always be with us.  O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse in thee.

Pat Schifini, OSU

Friday, August 11, 2017

St. Clare of Assisi

Today the Church honors St. Clare of Assisi.  St. Clare left her comfortable life and in secret left her home and family to follow St. Francis.  She shed her regal clothes for the coarse habit of Francis’ followers, cut her hair and embraced a totally new identity.  Clare sought the contemplative life and knew the importance of prayer.  She praised God in her actions and sought to live the gospel message.  Clare taught her followers to pray, to be engaged in the world and to live the gospel message.  Let us follow St. Clare’s example of praying for the needs of the world.  Right now our world certainly needs prayers of healing and conversion of heart.  Let us pray for world leaders to seek peace and justice rather than weapons of destruction.

Pat Schifini, OSU

Sunday, August 6, 2017

The Transfiguration

“Jesus took Peter, James, and his brother John and led them up on a high mountain by themselves. He was transfigured before their very eyes. His face became as dazzling as the sun, his clothes bright as light.  Suddenly Moses and Elijah appeared to them, conversing with him.” – Matthew 17.1-3

I always love this part of the Transfiguration story as it provides such a vivid image of what was happening that day.  To think that Jesus took Peter, James, and John up the mountain to be part of an experience that had to be life changing for them.  They had a glimpse of Jesus in glory, his divinity shining through his humanity.   They are overcome with fear and awe and they fall to the ground.  Words fail but faith prevails.  They are empowered by this experience for the mission that was ahead of them.  May we have the faith of the early disciples in our daily living as we seek to be inspired by such an overwhelming event. 

Pat Schifini, OSU