Happy Solemnity of All Saints!
Fr. Stephen Koeth, CSC has posted thoughtful homilies for the Solemnities of All Saints and All Souls on his blog. I was especially impressed by Flannery O'Connor's line, “this action by which charity grows invisibly among us, entwining the lives of the living and the dead, this is called by the Church, the Communion of Saints."
Mass was celebrated this morning by Cardinal James Francis Stafford, Major Penitentiary of the Apostolic Penitentiary. I was reminded this afternoon that it was he as archbishop of Denver who was instrumental in the success of the '94 World Youth Day, an event that was certainly formative in my and other's vocation to religious life and priesthood.
Afterwards, the house enjoyed a midday social followed by a festive lunch. I am grateful for the good conversations on politics, theology, liturgy, ecclesial life, etc (and fraternal banter) that goes on here at the house during and after meals. It is a blessed time.