This Sunday, as I offer mass, I will do so with added liturgy of infant baptism. Does the mass go slightly longer? Yes, but I do so not to inconveniently delay anyone. I just thought it would be good to remember what happened when the waters raced over our heads: Satan was put on notice that God's Divine Life of adoption that we call justifying grace now marked us, that we no longer suffered the curse of the Adam's original sin, that our practice of faith, hope and love were now possible, that we had Jesus officially as our Savior, that the Holy Spirit marvelously took up residence in His temple, (the human body), that we became members of the Catholic Church. Do you celebrate your baptismal day with all the honors and sweetness of your birthday? Well, you should. If you don't recall the date of your baptism, find your certificate and set all sorts of reminders to celebrate it this year. Being born into this world is not the same as being of water and the Spirit (John 3).READ MORE
During the recent pilgrimage to Rome for Deacon Gabriel Terrill's ordination, I met up with a good friend whom many of you will recognize as the Cathedral's Sunday Televised Priest (and Telly Savalas look alike) Fr. John Lankeit. As is the case with close friendships, I see things about him you don't. It's not that he has skeletons in the closet, he's just down to earth, and I enjoy his humor—and that allows me to enjoy being me around him too. It's good to laugh with a good friend. It's a good day when you can. So, what's the humor here? Good old Fr. John wanted to play in a street Gypsy band. The best I could do was to have him stand behind the musicians and act his part to win the crowd. Voila! Here's the moment I captured a few of his imaginary musings! I think I'll take this happy memory all the way to the grave.