One of my favorite songs to sing in my adolescence was a song by Dashboard Confessional entitled “Vindicated.” Released to accompany a certain web-slinging soundtrack in 2004*, it seemed to quickly be adopted as an anthem by many angst-filled Tobey-Maguire-version-Peter-Parker nice guys. Besides, the song features such a distinct contrast between the brooding gloominess of the verses and the explosive indignation of the chorus that it just feels cathartic to shout out the word “Vindicated!” every time it comes around.
So why do I mention this? Well, we experienced the great blessing in the Church’s use of this word "vindicate", not once, but TWICE in Her liturgical life today (three if we’re being technical).
With that being said, it’s important that we get the word’s meaning correct.
I’ve always been moved by stories of returning home - I attribute this to early exposure to movies like the Wizard of Oz, Homeward Bound, and E.T.. When I discovered the array of teachings regarding the vision of a pilgrim church, I was captivated. We are all journeying towards our true home - Heaven. I have been so intrigued and inspired by this concept of returning home that I once wrote and helped produce a play exploring this journey, The Walk Home (2008) - disregard the cheesy flyer.
Returning home is a beautiful thing.
Suffice to say, I have been fascinated by all the talk these past few days regarding LeBron James’ desire to do just that, return home. What did he mean? What does he consider home? Why does it matter so much to him? And so I read his essay and thought to myself, “Man, this is some insightful stuff.” Yes, I know, LeBron James might not be anyone’s go-to theologian, and at first glance there may not be much about Heaven that can also be found within Cleveland’s city limits, but I do believe that in LeBron’s honest words about returning home, there are some nuggets of wisdom that connect with our own returns to our true home. Yes, his essay doesn’t line up perfectly with our own pilgrim journey, but I do think that we can honestly learn things about the Kingdom, through the words of King James. Let’s see.
Pope St. John XXIII and Pope St. John Paul II, Pray for Us!
In honor of these amazing men becoming saints we are having a sale in our store! All our St. John Paul II clothes are now on sale! You maybe wondering why we don’t have any St. John XXIII shirts right now, but just you wait! We will be showing off our new shirt with St. John XXIII very soon!
A blessed Easter to all people! On this Feast of feasts, may the joy of the Risen Christ penetrate into our lives to heal us and renew us. His resurrection gives hope to those who struggle. The final victory is His!
Want to see an episcopal ordination? Check out today’s livestream of Bishop-elect Myron Cotta’s Ordination to the Episcopacy today at 2pm. Coverage begins at 1:30pm
More info from the release:
Pope Francis has appointed Reverend Monsignor Myron Cotta to serve as Auxiliary Bishop to the Diocese of Sacramento, serving 1 million Catholics across the community. Bishop-elect Cotta will be introduced and ordained in an elaborate ceremonial Mass, to be held at the ornate and historic Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in downtown Sacramento. The Cathedral is expected to be filled to its capacity of 1,200 parishioners, dignitaries, and guests for this very unique celebratory event. The Ordination and installation of a Bishop is a rare event in any Catholic community.
Bishop-elect Cotta is relocating to the Diocese of Sacramento from the Diocese of Fresno, where he has served for over 26 years. As a result, interest in this event is equally strong among the more than 1 million Catholics who reside in Fresno Diocese, as well.
You may even see one of your friendly Strawguys serving at the altar ;)
[…] I believe truth is like a fire. It’s like a fire that never goes out. People can try and ignore it, some even try and extinguish it, but honest encounters with it leave us changed. The truth of the person of Jesus Christ isn’t something that can be handled, manipulated, or transformed. No, truth transforms us.
May God bless us all the more richly this Advent and as we begin a new Liturgical Year, may God grant us the grace to put our hearts and affairs in order so as to prepare for the great feast of Christmas, as well as His return at the End of Time.