Sunday, March 24, 2013
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
It is still a wow. I was thinking this morning that the Pope and I have a few things in common. We both made the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. More remotely, there was a day when we realized our vocation to the Society and there was the day we walked into the novitiate, approached the altar two years later to pronounce vows and then continued with formation.
As I said, WOW.
Got asked to celebrate one of the community Masses yesterday for the Solemnity of St. Joseph about 11 hours before Mass. A bit of a challenge to get the homily together. As I woke at 4 AM I watched the inaugural Mass. And quoted the Pope's homily five hours later.
Sunday, March 10, 2013
Holy Cross has interesting geography. Beautiful campus built into the side of a steep bluff overlooking Worcester. Holy Cross students don't have to go to the gym to stay in shape. All they have to do is go to class. I've never seen so many sets of stairs built into hillsides. This is one steep campus.
The retreat ended on a high note. What was supposed to be a few inches of snow turned into 28+! Weston got 20 and Boston a bit over a foot. By Friday night the skies were clearing and then Saturday was glorious. Because I could not find my tripod prior to leaving Boston there are few pix inside the chapel (found it upon returning home). All in all a good retreat.
Celebrated Mass this morning for the first time during the sede vacante. Definitely required concentration to skip the line about the pope during the Eucharistic Prayer. Probably won't be much easier inserting a new name in a few days hence (one hopes).
Homily followed by photos from retreat.
The statue of St. Ignatius in a niche in front of the chapel. The eyes are amazing.
I wish I'd had the tripod. Could have taken photos inside chapel at a much lower ISO. The organ at Holy Cross is world class. It is frequently heard on radio broadcasts of organ recitals. This is not a small chapel.
The chapel at dusk on Friday night after the snow and wind stopped. The lights of Worcester are in the distance.
Finally Saturday morning after the blizzard. Lots of snow. The temps went into the mid-40's. By the time Ignatius and I left to return to Campion (via dinner in Cambridge) the Mass Pike was dry.
+Fr. Jack, SJ, MD