Recently we celebrated the Ascension of the Lord and Pentecost. In the first reading on Ascension, two men dressed in white address the Apostles saying, “Men of Galilee, why are you standing there looking at the sky?” On Pentecost we experience the followers of Jesus in the Upper Room as the Holy Spirit descended on them and, on fire with Christ, they left the Upper Room to valiantly and exuberantly proclaim the mighty acts of God.
On the first day of this year, Pope Benedict XVI delivered his message on the celebration of the World Day of Peace and entitled it “Educating Young People In Justice and Peace.” Pope Benedict devotes his message to youth because of his “conviction that the young, with their enthusiasm and idealism, can offer new hope to the world.”
“The Lord be with you.”
“And also with … And with your spirit.”
This unsure response (or similar variations of it) by the people in the pews to the priest’s traditional liturgical greeting have been somewhat commonplace since the recent translation of the Roman Missal was implemented in December 2011.
The breeze rustles the cassocks of the clergy gathered outside the cathedral for the installation of Bishop John L. Morkovsky in Amarillo in 1958. Eighth graders from St. Leo in San Antonio on a 1953 school picnic wade in a muddy creek under the watchful eyes of habited nuns perched on a fallen tree.
Graduation is upon us, and for high school seniors, this marks a new step in their lives. Just as first baby steps “graduate” a baby to a toddler, the senior class of 2012 graduates teens into a new phase of young adulthood.
Religious liberty is the first liberty granted to us by God and protected in the First Amendment to our Constitution. It includes more than our ability to go to Mass on Sunday or pray the Rosary at home. It also encompasses our ability to contribute freely to the common good of all Americans.
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