On this calendar day, August 22nd, we honor the Blessed Mother under her title, the Queenship of Mary. This is another chance, another Sunday, to draw closer to our heavenly queen. Therefore, and you may have read this before, or heard me say it…WEAR THE SCAPULAR (anyone, but especially brown), WEAR THE MIRACULOUS MEDAL, and if you are able to go on pilgrimage, go and visit a Marian church or shrine. It is theologically, spiritually, morally, impossible to love Mary too much, to the point where it takes away from your love for Jesus! Devotion to Mary draws us deeper, like a mother’s warm and gentle embrace, into the place where Jesus dwells and waits for us…the Mother of God’s Immaculate Heart.
Fall Festival will soon be with us, however, as much as we are excited for a chance at fun and food, we must remember the 20th anniversary of the September 11 attacks that claimed so many lives. There may, perhaps, be a commemoration of September 11th before Fall Festival formerly begins, but even if we cannot arrange a way to remember that day; we will absolutely remember those who died for the coming month of September!
Finally, I have preached and spoken about the need for reverence at Mass and at Eucharistic adoration. The Eucharist, the BLESSED SACRAMENT, is literally life or death for us. Some people have asked a few questions about the Latin Mass, especially the new letter issued by the Holy Father, Pope Francis. I found a wonderful video called the Mass of the Ages and I plan to post this video to the parish Facebook page. Please check it out, share it, like it, and pass it along to others. It begins with a family coping with a loss, and then speaks about how so many celebrities across the world were raised to love the Mass and the Eucharist. It goes on to speak about how beautiful the words of the Mass are, in Latin, and how it forms all us, laity and clergy, into a people worthy to adore our Lord. Take a look if you have a chance!
Until next week everyone…
Our Lady of Perpetual Help…pray for us!
May the heart of Jesus, in the Most Blessed Sacrament, be praised, adored, and loved, with grateful affection, at every moment, in all the tabernacles of the world, even to the end of time. Amen. ~Fr. Martin Gallagher