Today is the Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church and the fulfillment of my pledge to Bishop Zurek to stay off Facebook for the Lenten and Easter seasons. With this post I return with trepidation, but how long I remain will be left up to Bishop Zurek.
I have committed sins over the past year in both the manner and content of posts regarding happenings at St. Mary’s Cathedral, and I’m dealing with that through the Sacrament of Reconciliation, by making bicycle pilgrimages and using social media appropriately to encourage respect, dialogue, and honest relationships—in other words, “true friendship”.Pope Benedict XVI’s Message for the 43rd World Communications Day, 2009. . .
In 2018, Pope Francis decreed that the Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church be inserted into the Roman Calendar on the Monday after Pentecost (also known as Whit Monday) and to be celebrated every year. The decree was signed on 11 February 2018, the memorial of Our Lady of Lourdes, at the 160th anniversary of the Lourdes apparitions. It was issued on 3 March 2018.
St. Mary is Mother of the Church, and St. Mary’s Cathedral is the mother church of the Diocese of Amarillo. Because of this relationship, the well-being of the entire diocese is reflected by the state of our parish. My mission with today’s and subsequent pilgrimages and postings will be to bring about “true friendship” among the parishioners of St. Mary’s Cathedral for the benefit of the entire diocese.
A hint as to the destination of today’s pilgrimage can be found in the fact that today is also “Whit Monday”. As I journey to this parish I will be contemplating the first line of a letter from Bishop Patrick J. Zurek to the Faith Community at St. Mary’s Cathedral.
Today is the Memorial of a good friend of mine, St. Augustine of Hippo,also a brother bishop.Bishop Patrick J. Zurek, “A Reflection on Christian Life”