Posted by: fvbcdm | May 8, 2017

Feast of Saint Peter Tarantaise (8 May 2017)

Today in our Dominican calendar we celebrate the patronage of Our Blessed Mother over our Order. There is an old legend that one night, Saint Dominic dreamed that he was being shown around Heaven. He saw many people there, including the members of all the other religious orders, but none of his own. He began to weep, and Our Lady asked him why he was so sad. He explained to her that he didn’t see any of his preaching friars in heaven. Whereupon she opened the voluminous cloak that she was wearing, and there, gathered around her, were the early Dominicans, safely within her maternal protection. Be that as it may, we celebrate today the fact that the Mother of Our Lord is also Our Lady of the Rosary and the Queen of the Order of Preachers.

In two weeks, 103 children of our parish are scheduled to receive their first Holy Communion. Earlier this week, a group of ladies came to wrap the crucifixes which we give to each child for this beautiful occasion. This always reminds me of an incident one time in France.  My travel group and I were in the town of Avranches, near the famous Mont Saint-Michel. First Communion was being administered to the children at one of the parish Masses.  As I stood there, watching the little tykes going into the church dressed, as they do in France, like miniature monks and nuns, I got to talking to one of the local men there.  He said to me sadly, “They call it First Communion.  Actually, for some of them, it will be their last Communion, since their families are not practicing Catholics and the children won’t be brought to Mass again for years.”  That tragic scenario is taking place in our country, too, where Catholicism in some families is purely nominal and hypocritical, and the children are brought to church only for occasions like baptism, first Communion, and maybe Confirmation, and then not again until the wedding or the funeral.

Let us pray that the children who receive their first Holy Communion this year will be blessed with good families—families of faith, of devotion to Our Lord Jesus Christ in the Blessed Sacrament of the altar, families who take very seriously their obligation to give their children a very solid religious education and formation, and that these children will begin with their first Holy Communion a love relationship with Jesus in the Mass and Eucharist that will last all their lives.

Apropos of this, Our Lord says in the gospel: I myself am the living bread come down from heaven. If anyone eats this bread, he shall live forever; the bread I will give is my flesh, for the life of the world.  Thank you for seeking God’s truth, God Bless you, Father Victor Brown, O.P.

Note:  Father Brown composed this message some years ago.  Please pray for the souls of the faithful departed, including Father Brown.

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