Friday, September 18, 2009

Vatican Web Site Gets Hi-Tech

Check out what my boys at the Vatican did with their website! They added a virtual tour of the necropolis beneath St. Peter's Basilica!

I'm so proud of my boys it isn't even funny! Way to go Comastri!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Totus Tuus

Just an update. This past Sunday, I professed my solemn vows as a Franciscan Friar in the Province of the Immaculate Conception at our retreat center in Canada. I thought it funny it was on the day that is normally the memorial of St. John Chrysostom, a doctor of the church who was constantly in exile because of his integrity and faithfulness to the truth. Also, being the 24th Sunday of Ordinary Time, the readings were about taking up the cross.

The yesterday, the Feast of the Triumph of the Holy Cross, I was ordained to the diaconate. I'm excited to be able to bless things, and my parents indulged me by buying me a copy of the Shorter Book of Blessings.

Today, the Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows, I returned to The Martyrs' Shrine in Midland, Ontario, where I had spent a month in retreat in preparation for these happy events. I had forgotten that today also marks the 25th anniversary of Pope John Paul II's visit to the same Martyrs' Shrine, where the likes of Sts. Jean de Brebeuf and Gabriel Lalemant gave their lives, a place that, to paraphrase JPII, gives witness to the triumph of the cross.

Even neater was that JPII's visit to the Martys' Shrine was highlighted by the blessing of the Native Deacons, and here I was, a newly ordained deacon, visiting where JPII had come on pilgrimage 25 years ago. It seemed to me to be as if I was also being blessed by John Paul's intercession.

Tomorrow I head back to the parish that I have been assigned to in the US. It has been an adjustment coming back from Rome, but I am eager and ready to get to work.

Totus Tuus, Jesus.