You are here
An overflow crowd of 400-plus people filled the Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe in south Omaha to celebrate its patronal feast Dec. 12. Mass, celebrated by associate pastor Rafael Majano of Assumption-Guadalupe Parish, and several dance group performances capped two days of parish festivities in honor of the Virgin of Guadalupe.
Deacon candidate Bart Zavaletta, a theology instructor at V.J. and Angela Skutt Catholic High School in Omaha, leads table discussions at an Ecclesial Movements and Lay Associations Gathering Nov. 29 at St. Peter Parish in Omaha.
Archbishop George J. Lucas’ scheduled activities:
Dec. 22-23: Seminarian retreat, Archdiocesan Retreat and Conference Center, Omaha
Dec. 23: Mass, Omaha Correctional Center, Omaha
Dec. 24: Christmas Eve Mass, St. Francis Borgia Church, Blair
Each year in the Advent readings, we are reacquainted with several Old Testament figures and prophecies plus New Testament figures such as Joseph, John the Baptist, Zechariah and Elizabeth. But on the Fourth Sunday of Advent, the church always saves the best for last by presenting to us the Most Blessed Virgin Mary. She is the preeminent example of Advent preparation and expectation.
In my last column, I talked about being recollected at the beginning of prayer and practicing recollection throughout the day. Today I’d like to focus on the stage of prayer that is known as acquired recollection, following the teaching of St. Teresa of Avila.
The apparition of Our Lady at Guadalupe, inscribed on the tilma worn by St. Juan Diego nearly 500 years ago, is pregnant with meaning and purpose. As Father Peter John Cameron, OP, recounts in his book, “Mysteries of the Virgin Mary: Living Our Lady’s Graces,” “The ‘first impression’ of Our Lady of Guadalupe on the indigenous people (of Mexico) must have been shocking.”
By peremptorily ordering the American bishops not to vote on local remedies for today’s Catholic crisis of abusive clergy and malfeasant bishops, the Vatican dramatically raised the stakes for the February 2019 meeting that Pope Francis has called to discuss the crisis in a global perspective.
There is a common, and I’ll admit somewhat understandable, interpretation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s “Lord of the Rings” trilogy that sees the great work as a celebration of the virtues of the Shire, that little town where the hobbits dwell in quiet domesticity.
It all started with a lost birth certificate. The Holy Spirit was at work that day and hasn’t slowed down since.