Posted by: fvbcdm | August 25, 2015

Feast of Saint Louis of France (25 August 2015)

This Friday I go to Houston, spend the night with my Dominican confreres there, and then on Saturday, our travel group — 33 people — fly from Houston to Atlanta and then on to Antwerp in Belgium, where we board a river cruiser for a very nice two-week cruise on the Rhine, the Moselle, and the Neckar rivers.  It’s a great way to travel.

Among the religious places we will visit will be the magnificent cathedral of Cologne and the church there with the tomb of our Dominican Saint Albert the Great; the city of Trier from which Saint Ambrose went to Milan, eventually becoming archbishop and a very great doctor and father of the Church; the Rhine valley with so many associations with the so-called Rhenish mystics of the middle ages, and finally the city of Basel in Switzerland which was the home city of Erasmus, a close friend of Saint Thomas More of England.

I will remember you in my Masses and prayers in those ancient and very venerable places, so rich in history and spirituality. And I ask a place in your prayers for the safety of my travel companions and me.

While we are gone, we will observe the sad anniversary of hurricane Katrina which brought so much death and destruction and suffering to so many. Because of it, there will not be a single person from New Orleans coming with us this year. I commend to your prayers those victims of the hurricane who are still struggling to get their lives back on track. They face daily frustration, anguish, and sorrow as the time goes by and they are still not back in what can be called their own homes, among their relatives and friends, and knowing as they do the suffering of exile, since that is what it is.

I will, God willing, be back on September 12, the feast of the Holy Name of Our Blessed Mother.  Thank you for seeking God’s truth.  God Bless you.  Father Victor Brown, O.P.

Note:  This message was composed some years ago.


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