A Critical Conversation Continues (18.B)

I began my homily today by telling the story of the Speaker of the House of Commons telling Winston Churchill to withdraw an insulting remark he made about another MP. Churchill had a parliamentary excuse at the ready. “Mr. Speaker, I was quoting.”

Afterwards, one of his colleagues asked  whom he was quoting. The future prime minister answered without hesitation. “Myself.”

For some reason I went looking on my blog to see what I’d said about this Gospel in past years. My homily in 2015 seems to have stood the test of time, so this Sunday I am quoting myself!

Praise the Lord

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First World Day for Grandparents (17.B)

Today we are unwrapping a present from Pope Francis: the first World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly.

Starting this weekend, we’ll celebrate it every year on the fourth Sunday of July, the Sunday closest to the feast day of Saints Joachim and Anne, the parents of the Blessed Mother and of course the grandparents of Jesus, according to long tradition.

I am really delighted by the Holy Father’s idea, which connects with me on two levels. First, my own grandmothers played a huge and happy role in my young life. (My grandfathers died before I was born.) So did my elderly great-aunts.

Praise the Lord

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