Thursday, March 20, 2014

Five Things to Remember on March 20

  1.  As Spring begins, the poet Gerard Manley Hopkins comes to mind, especially his poem praising God for His creation, “Pied Beauty.” 
  2. Pope Francis stressed the need to trust in the Lord, not yourself, in his homily at Mass this morning. Said the pope: "The one who trusts in himself, in his own richness or ideologies is destined for unhappiness. The one who trusts in the Lord, on the other hand, bears fruit even in time of drought."  
  3. The Catholic News Service blog posted a video featuring Jesuit Father Jim Martin and his top ten things to know about Jesus. Father Martin recently published  the book "Jesus: A Pilgrimage."
  4. Concern for immigration enforcement has prompted the bishops' Committee on Migration to meet at the U.S.-Mexican border March 31-April 1, to pray where thousands of immigrants have died trying to cross the desert. Cardinal Seán O'Malley of Boston will be the main celebrant at the April 1 Mass in Nogales, Arizona. The U.S. Border Patrol reports that 6,000 people have died trying to cross the desert. Border groups say it's thousands more. Their plight is reminiscent of those who drowned near the Italian island of Lampesusa as they fled Africa for Europe in overcrowded rickety boats.
  5. God loves you.

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