With little fanfare the Easter Season ended formally last night with Vespers from the Liturgy of the Hours. We resume the observance of Ordinary Time and will continue the proclamation of St. Mark’s Gospel, with the exception of next weekend, Trinity Sunday, when the Gospel of John (3: 16-18) is proclaimed; and several weeks during the summer when John 6 is read in its entirety, Jesus’ teaching on the Eucharist. We are today in the eighth week of Ordinary time.
In one of those quirky coincidences, the Church celebrates today three different saints at the same time. Venerable Bede was probably the greatest scholar of the Dark Ages and was named a Doctor of the Church. Gregory is also known by his monastic name, Hildebrand, and is noted for Church reform and strengthening the papacy. Mary Magdalene De Pazzi was a post-Reformation mystic of some note.
Yesterday the National Catholic Register carried a story from Denver, where Archbishop Aquila announced that his diocese will return to the ancient practice of celebrating Confirmation and Eucharist in the third grade. This is the largest diocese to do this in the United States. We will talk more about this shortly, but I am including the link for your information.
Last night I made a few changes to the layout of the website. There is a new site to help Catholics who wish to progress with their own reading of Catholic life and theology. The internet links to the books are not yet patched in, but I will do that shortly. Also, what is posted there took several years of research, so consider it a work in progress. But I do consider it a critical part of the Café menu.
Tomorrow I have a meeting downtown with my “handlers” so it may be impossible to post. Most likely our next full post will be Wednesday.