"We are not called to live without the other, above or against the other, but with the other, for the other and in the other".
This - the Pope said - "means welcoming and bearing witness to the beauty of the Gospel; loving each other, sharing joy and suffering, learning how to forgive".
Pope Francis on Trinity Sunday
Working in the Church, I live by two calendars. One, the Julian Calendar, reminds me I have a dentist appointment, it lets me know my mother's birthday is coming up and tells me when the dog needs his heartworm medicine. The Liturgical Calendar is the other half of my world. Each Sunday is either highlighted as a feast day or a Sunday in ordinary time. It give me the dates for important feasts like Easter, Pentecost and just today, Trinity Sunday. One calendar tells me where I have to be and what time to get there, an important aid to a busy life! The other reminds me that no matter what day it is, God is there to share in my adventures, also important in my busy life!
Today we celebrated Trinity Sunday, that mystery of Father, Son and Holy Spirit, all wrapped in one God. I need that reminder as much as I need to remember to take care of the dog. The God who loved me into being, His Son who showed me how to be a disciple, and the Holy Spirit that helps me in my weakest moments.
The Liturgical calendar has days devoted to special saints whose lives when modeled, can bring us closer to God. There are days set aside to celebrate Mary, Jesus' mother, and days in ordinary time - time when nothing special is being celebrated yet God is still present to us in that simplicity.
Google "Liturgical Calendar" and print out the month of June. Celebrate with the whole Church the feasts of St. Cyril, Sts. Peter and Paul, the Sacred Heart of Jesus, St. Anthony of Padua ("Tony, Tony turn around, something's lost and can't be found." My keys would be lost forever without St. Anthony's help!), and yes, ordinary time, too.
Use the Liturgical Calendar to highlight your children's feast days and tuck a special treat in their lunch box. Light a candle in Advent. Count the day til Christmas. The Liturgical calendar can help us balance all those things we need to do with the opportunity to shine the light of faith on all the ways we "need to be."
It seems summer is finally here. Outside it's 90 degrees! Please take a moment before our summer schedules kick in to read the YM Newsletter. There are some important announcements about upcoming events and registration information for Confirmation.
Next week the YM office goes into our summer schedule. The office will be open Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 10AM-5PM. However, also note that our email is checked twice daily, every day of the week.
Wishing you all the blessings of warm summer days!