A Favorite Quote
For if true friendship is exchanged between God and us, between human
beings and angels, between human beings and human beings, true friendship is love. Blessed Simon Fidati of Cascia
An Augustinian friar 1348
The Cana Happening
It is understandable that, in 2002, when Church Fathers added the five additional Luminous Mysteries to the Rosary they included the Cana Wedding Party. This was an event of spiritual importance. For me, it provokes many thoughts.
First, I think it important to know that Mary and Jesus were invited as guests to this prominent social event in their town. They accepted, and I bet Mary was one of the most liked persons there. Like Mary, my own mother was popular at parties merely because, forgetful of self, she was genuinely interested in others and made them feel they were of value. At a cocktail party, I usually couldn’t see her because she was surrounded by other guests.
I am also certain that Jesus was having a good time taking part in the joyful event. When Mary wanted to get his attention, I picture him across the room, laughing at jokes with his friends. What great company he must have been!
It is interesting that Mary noticed the wine had run out. At that moment, she could have called Jesus and said, “The party is winding down, so let’s go home.”
Although others must also have known of the wine problem, Mary was the one who acted out of compassion for the parents of the wedding pair and for their guests. This thought sparks my daily reminder that I should be aware of the concerns of others.
I am fascinated by what Mary did next. She merely made Jesus aware of the problem. With faith, she knew he would know how to solve it. She didn’t tell him what to do and how to do it. With my weak faith, when I make a prayer request, I make known the goal with a suggested blueprint of how to get there.
By inviting Jesus to perform a miracle that would keep the wine flowing, Mary was doing much more than saving a social event. She was catapulting Jesus into his ministry — of removing his Man mask to expose his Divine Nature. From that moment on, he would be acknowledged not merely as a village carpenter but a miracle worker with divine power.
As joyful Catholics, we should always enjoy the Cana Happening. Like Mary, let us be aware of the needs of others. And let us invite Jesus to work within us in demonstrating our concern and love for others.
In other words, given what’s actually on offer in today’s religious market place, Catholicism often seems a balanced, moderate, and sophisticated option. For the record, this is how most people on the planet right now actually see the Catholic Church, in light of what else they see around them. That realization ought to have consequences not only for our missionary and pastoral strategies, but also for our own attitudes about the church.
John Allen in National Catholic Reports (www.catholicreport.org)
Hurrah for Bishop Michael Sheehan of Santa Fe for criticizing his fellow bishops who objected to President Obama’s commencement address at Notre Dame last May. He also said that withholding Holy Communion from pro-abortion politicians is a hysterical reaction.
I have long been an admirer of this outstanding Church leader, who’s motto is “Be happily and uncomplicatedly Catholics!”
(Submitted by Eric Thompson, Cleveland, OH)
Like a weaning babe
In my Mother Mary’s lap
I bask in her love.
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In the November 16 issue of America, Maryann Cusimano Love has her splendid article, “A Surge in Clarity”, about our losing war in Afghanistan.
1. What were the names of the two future disciples whom Jesus found casting their nets into the sea, and he told them, “Follow me and I will make you fishers of men”?
2. Who was the saint, born in Assisi in 1193, who established an order of women devoted to the poor?
3. The Vatican Library originated in which time?
(a) 13th Century
(b) 15th Century
(c) 17th Century
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