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October 19, 2014

Sitting and Walking, a Pope and Politics

My dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

          On Sunday we conducted a successful Second Sunday Sitting: nearly
300 parishioners participated. The theme was living the faith in school and the
workplace. I began the conversation by offering some pastoral counsel on talking
about one’s faith with one’s peers, schoolmates, and colleagues. In response to
questions I addressed practical concerns such as traffic on the parish campus and
acoustics in the church. I gave updates about the ministry center and school and
plans for construction of the center’s west wing. I discussed the sacrament of reconciliation
and confessions and took specific questions about knowing God’s will
in one’s daily life. Thanks to all who participated. The full broadcast can be heard
          Tomorrow (Monday) 42 parishioners and I depart for our biennial parish
pilgrimage to Rome, Loreto, Assisi, and Orvieto. We will celebrate Mass at the
tombs of St. Peter and St. Paul. In Loreto we will celebrate Mass in the holy
house of Mary and spend a day in retreat. Walking with St. Francis of Assisi and
St. Clare we will consider the unity God intended for all creation and the more perfect
following of Christ as these two saints plotted it out for us. Orvieto is the
place of the extraordinary miracle of the real presence. There in 1263 a priest
who had lost his faith in the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist was celebrating
Mass. Suddenly the host he had consecrated bled; the altar cloth on which
those drops of blood—Jesus’ blood—bled can still be venerated. I assure you of
our prayers these weeks and ask you for yours for us.
           This Thursday at 7:00 p.m. Rocky Mountain PBS is airing a Colorado Experience
episode on World Youth Day ‘93 and the pilgrimage “to the peaks” of St.
John Paul II. Yours truly is one of those interviewed. It is well worth watching and
recording for it wonderfully captures the holiness and history of those days when
over 200,000 young people and the successor of St. Peter himself walked among
us, even in our own neighborhood: Cherry Creek State Park.
          Finally, I am sure no one needs reminding that as we speak elections are
being held and election day is two weeks away. We are obligated by our faith in
Jesus Christ to exercise the royal function of our baptism and seek to guide and
contribute to the affairs of our civic life. We are making available to you a Get Out
the Vote guide, which the Colorado Catholic Conference has published “to expand
upon those primary issues of concern to the Church...and to present additional
information Catholics can use to navigate this election season.” I ask you, too, to
join the Colorado Catholic Conference’s legislative network. Sign up at cocatholicconference.
org. As Pope Francis teaches: “A good Catholic meddles in
politics, offering the best of himself, so that those who govern can govern.”​

​                                                                                            Fr Ed

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