Before getting to the crux of this blog post, we wanted to share a few photos of our wonderful group of St. Patrick’s day visitors! Sr. Tara’s mom and Uncle Norm from Buffalo came out to visit, along with Bishop James Wall and Fr. Fred Adamson.
Bishop Wall and Fr. Fred are both really good at ‘surprises’. We were the recipients of just such a surprise on Sunday. Fr. Fred was schedule
d to offer Mass at the Monastery. And sure enough he processed toward the sanctuary as Mass began, but wasn’t alone! He brought Bishop Wall with him! It was WONDERFUL to be with our old friend, who is now serving as the Bishop in Gallup, NM.
The rejoicing over our new Holy Father Francis continues, especially as we prepare for his inaugural Mass tomorrow, on the Solemnity of St. Joseph. On the day after his election, at a Mass with the college of Cardinals, the Holy Father said: “Our life is a path. When we stop
walking there is something that isn’t right.” He continued: “when we walk without the Cross, when we build without the Cross, when we profess a Christ without the Cross… we aren’t disciples of the Lord. We are worldly.”
Pope Francis concluded the first homily of his pontificate by saying: “I wish that all of us, after these grace-filled days, might have the courage, yes, the courage to walk in the Lord’s presence with the Cross of the Lord.”
He does not appear to be a man who minces words. Direct, heart-felt, and challenging. Long live, Pope Francis!
Here at Our Lady of Solitude, we were blessed to see Our Holy Father’s words being lived out quite literally by a group of young people form a neighboring Parish, St. Henry Catholic Church, who did a Cross Walk to the Monastery! Enjoy a little slideshow of their visit!