These few words contain so many things. ‘To restore” implies first of all that some things are not, or are no longer under the dominion of Christ, and it is our duty to bring them back at their rightful place.
We should all rejoice that some of our children are making their First Holy Communion. They are receiving Jesus, truly present with His body, blood, soul and divinity under the appearance of bread. Our Lord wishes to be united to them, and to us, in order to share the riches of His love.
The power which created all things is so small that it fits inside of us. The fountain of life concentrates all of its vital force in a single bit of nourishment. The treasures of Heaven are distributed freely to all who come forward with good dispositions. Rejoice and be thankful!
Our children are a good example and encouragement to adult
Christians on this day. For months they have studied their
catechism. They have memorized the most common prayers.
They understand, at least in a child’s way, the basic truths of the faith. They have purified their souls by a good Confession. They have even cleaned their bodies so that they appear in church, neatly dressed in white, ready to meet our Lord.
Little children, at the time of your Holy Communion, ask Jesus for all the graces you need to lead a good life, worthy of Heaven. Pray for your family, your friends, and your priests. Pray for the Church in the modern world, for the conversion of sinners, and for the salvation of the dying. There are a million special intentions you could have for your prayers.
Every Catholic in the parish should fervently receive Holy Communion on this day, in union with our children. We should pray for each other and be a good example to each other. I ask you to pray that these children will persevere in virtue, so that one day, with them, we may enjoy the happiness of Heaven.
Are you making reparation for the sins of your past, for the sins of your family, and for the sins of the world? We will never do enough, but we all should do something extra during Lent. This is not the time for relaxation. We should accomplish good works, say extra prayers, read Catholic literature, and deny ourselves the sensual pleasures to which we may have been accustomed.
In the liberal atmosphere that permeates Western culture, obedience has been greatly abused as an excuse for great evil. However, obedience is a virtue and Catholics are supposed to seek to continually increase in virtue. This leads to the question: How does a Catholic obey boththeir religious and civil superiors when they are obviously perpetrating evil laws and doctrines?
For over a thousand years, the Faithful have sung the Mass with joy. This is not a new, modern idea. In fact, this tradition goes back thousands of years. Historically, it was a high honour to be asked to sing. And we're asking now! Starting February 19th, members of the Choir will be positioned throughout the church for a few weeks to help us get comfortable with when to sing, and also to help give us more confidence with the parts. Please join in as your are able and sing to the Lord!