Thursday, June 15, 2006

Great comments

I've gotten some really great comments lately. Under the theology of the body post, Clare wrote a wonderful piece about the role of beauty in communicating truth. Thank you, Clare!
Also, Teodora-Yana Yaacov wrote from Bulgaria. It's amazing how the Internet connects people all over the world.
In another post someone who had HCL wrote to ask about blood counts. I can't find the particular post now so I'll answer it here. HCL (hairy-cell leukemia) is a blood disease I've had in the past. The person was concerned because his or her blood counts are declining.
That can be a bit scary because declining blood counts are the first sign the disease is returning. However, my doctor told me that the white cell count can fluctuate quite a bit and sometimes it doesn't mean much. At times my would dip down a little below normal but then come back up again. It's only recently--last year--that my platelet count got consistently back into the normal range. So it takes time. I'll keep the anonymous commenter in my prayers.

Corpus Christi

The feast of Corpus Christi is coming up this Sunday. It brings me back to some of the beautiful things Pope John Paul wrote in his encyclical on the Eucharist. He spoke of the way Mary is connected with the Eucharist:

" Mary is a “woman of the Eucharist” in her whole life. The Church, which looks to Mary as a model, is also called to imitate her in her relationship with this most holy mystery. Mysterium fidei! If the Eucharist is a mystery of faith which so greatly transcends our understanding as to call for sheer abandonment to the word of God, then there can be no one like Mary to act as our support and guide in acquiring this disposition." (from n. 53 and 54)

This works itself out in so many ways. For example, many of the great Marian shrines are also Eucharistic shrines. Think of the Eucharistic procession at Lourdes, just to mention one.

In what ways do you see Mary related to the Eucharist?

Monday, June 05, 2006

New translation of Theology of the Body

Click here for part 1 of the interview with Prof. Michael Waldstein, who did a fresh translation of Pope John Paul II's theology of the body talks.

Prof. Waldstein came to Boston in early February to work with us on the text. He is a wonderful person, a true gentleman. I had the impression that he is so steeped in John Paul's thought of respect for the person that he radiates this in his own life. He is so gracious and kind it was a real treat to meet him!

Saturday, June 03, 2006

Mary, Queen of the Apostles

Today in our congregation we celebrate the feast of Mary, Queen of the Apostles.
Bl. James Alberione gave us this devotion to Mary because it relates to closely to the mission of evangelizing. In a nutshell, his idea was very simple: Mary gave Jesus to the world by accepting the vocation to be his Mother. Literally, she gave him birth. Because of Mary, we have Jesus.

In a similar way, by giving the Gospel to people, we bring Jesus to birth for them spiritually. It's something that every Catholic is called to do. It can be in the most simple of ways, sometimes just a kind word or a smile or a friendly gesture.