Posted by: fvbcdm | April 18, 2012

Feast of Saint Perfecto (18 April 2012)



This is a time of the year when tragic events seem to occur more frequently than at other times. Last Sunday, we marked the sinking of the Titanic, which brought about the death of about 1514 people.  Today, April 18, is the anniversary of the great San Francisco earthquake in 1906, which caused the deaths of about 3000 people.  I remember well that one time, the sacristan of Old Saint Mary’s Church in Chinatown, San Francisco, brought me down into the area underneath the church and showed me the cracked rock foundation on which the church had stood before the earthquake.  The buckling of the earth and cracking of the rock almost totally destroyed the lovely old Tudor Gothic church, which was then rebuilt and stands today at the corner of California Street and Grant Avenue, one of San Francisco’s most beloved spots.  Thanks to the reruns of old movies, some of us have seen the 1936 movie “San Francisco” with Jeanette MacDonald, Spencer Tracy, and Clark Gable, which depicts the terrible events of that April 18, 1906.  If any of the people who died that day still need our prayers, we might pray for them as we remember that cataclysmic event.


But let us listen again to the words of Our Divine Lord from the gospel of today’s Mass. Jesus says: “He who acts in truth comes into the light to make clear that his deeds are done in God.”  Let’s consider those two phrases for a moment.  Our Lord speaks of “acting in truth” and of deeds “done in God.”  We can profitably use them both by way of an examination of conscience.  Do we “act in truth” always?  Are all our deeds “done in God”?  It’s all about love of God and love of neighbor.  If all that we do, finds its source in truth and is done in God, then we are living as God wills.  When we go to our rest at night, can we honestly say to ourselves that we acted in truth all that day, and that all our actions were done in God?  If so, we will have a clear conscience and will have pleased our heavenly Father.  Let’s give that some serious thought.  Thank you for seeking God’s truth. God bless you.  Father Victor Brown, O.P.


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