Fr. Christopher Phillips will be celebrating a Month’s Mind Mass for the repose of the soul of Mother Angelica on the one month anniversary of her death. We hope you will join us in thanking God for her incredible life, and praying for the blessed repose of her soul.
The Season of Advent has a unique sense of mystery all its own. We know it best as that time of waiting before the Solemnity of the Nativity, but it contains a much more comprehensive expectation than mere preparations for Christmas. Truly, it collects the many strands of our faith, and weaves them into one fabric which is both lovely and awesome, for during Advent the cradle rests in expectation of the cross; the child Redeemer speaks of the coming Judge resplendent in the clouds; the awaited birth of Jesus is the beginning of His passion; the swaddling-clothes prepared by the expectant Mother foretell the shroud of Christ’s burial. Perhaps at no other time of the year is the totality of Christ’s work put before us so clearly as it is at this time of Advent.
Our celebration of the death of Our Holy Father Saint Francis was beautiful, and we thank all of you who came to share it with us. Since it was on a Friday this year and adoration was taking place in the Sacred Heart Chapel, the Transitus was held in the main church at the high altar. As always, Fr. Phillips delivered a very beautiful sermon on our saint, and we were so excited to share it with you. Unfortunately, due to technical difficulties (or to a technologically deficient nun operating the recorder) we don’t have the audio file. Perhaps it was fitting that, in celebrating a man who is the icon of evangelical poverty, we couldn’t hoard even the beautiful words that were spoken about him. Here are a few snippets of Continue reading
Hence, the august Mother of God, mysteriously united from all eternity with Jesus Christ in one and the same decree of predestination, immaculate in her conception, a virgin inviolate in her divine motherhood, the wholehearted companion of the divine Redeemer who won complete victory over sin and its consequences, gained at last the supreme crown of her privileges—to be preserved immune from the corruption of the tomb, and, like her Son, when death had been conquered, to be carried up body and soul to the exalted glory of heaven, there to sit in splendor at the right hand of her Son, the immortal King of the ages.
-Pope Piux XII, Munificentissimus Deus
The feast of Our Lady’s Assumption is a day of joyful celebration for us – not only because of the importance of this feast, but because of three very important anniversaries which are also celebrated today, days which have had a great impact on us: On this day in 1944, Rita Rizzo entered the monastery of the Franciscan Nuns of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Cleveland, Ohio. Thirty-seven years later on this same day, with incredible faith in God’s providential care she launched the Eternal Word Television Network, the world’s first global Catholic tv network. Two years after that, Christopher Phillips, an Episcopalian cleric, who despite much personal hardship and sacrifice had crossed the Tiber, was ordained a Roman Catholic priest, and established the first Anglican Use parish, Our Lady of the Atonement.
God has woven all of these threads together in the life and mission of our little community, and used each one of them to bring us to San Antonio. With much gratitude for Mother Angelica and Father Phillips – for the ‘yes’ each of them wholeheartedly gave to God, their sacrifices and fearlessness – we give thanks to Our Lord and His Blessed Mother!
Early this morning Fr. Phillips came to celebrate Mass in our house chapel, bringing us the shocking news that Our Holy Father has announced his resignation. One can feel the gamut of emotions that comes with an unexpected piece of news like this. And yet, as Father Phillips reminds us in his homily, we can continue to place our trust in God, Who will never fail to love, guide and protect His Church.
We unite our prayers with yours, asking God to bless, strengthen and comfort our beloved Holy Father, and to prepare the man Our Lord has chosen to succeed him.
Click the link below to listen to Fr. Phillips’ brief homily from this morning.