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Remember the Date...

In his apostolic exhortation The Joy of the Gospel, Pope Francis says, “the believer is ‘one who remembers.’” And one of the ways we remember the important markers in our faith journey is by recalling significant dates—holy days, saints’ days, Christmas, Easter.

The pope often asks people if they remember the date of their baptism. Without even thinking about it, I could answer, “Of course.” October 22, eleven days after my birthday.” I also remember the date of my First Communion (May 17). Anniversary dates mark the key events in our lives. Some we share in common; others are quite personal.

In the midst of all the dates, though, it’s also good to remember that because of our baptism we also have one foot in eternity. We had a baptism at our parish yesterday and I was struck by the words, “When the Lord comes, may they go out to meet him with all the saints in the heavenly kingdom.” Today is two years since my mom died. The date has me looking back; my faith keeps me looking forward.

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"And now let us begin this journey, the Bishop and people, this journey of the Church of Rome, which presides in charity over all the Churches, a journey of brotherhood in love, of mutual trust. Let us always pray for one another. Let us pray for the whole world that there might be a great sense of brotherhood.

I will now give my blessing to you and to the whole world, to all men and women of good will."

-Papa Francis quote

He does not know you, yet he prays for you.
He will most likely never meet you, yet he loves you.

This is your chance to show your love, for as the Bible teaches, "Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven."