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.
As some of y’all know, the members of Be The Straw are of Filipino descent. Thus, the devastation wrought by Super Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) and other natural disasters affects us in a particular way.
We ask that you join us in prayer either in your own way or by praying the following prayer provided by CRS:
God, who quiets great winds and stills rough seas We ask your protection for the people of the Philippines. Comfort them in their fear. Stay close to them in their danger. And we ask the intercession of Your Blessed Mother That together with her and with all your holy saints We may stand in solidarity with our Filipino brothers and sisters through their darkest hour through their longest night. Give us the courage to remain steadfast To reach out to them in their need To comfort them in their sorrow To hold them as closely as You hold them To see them through to morning. Amen.
Also, you might be interested in this prayer of the faithful:
For the people of the Philippines and all affected by Typhoon Haiyan. For their protection and their comfort, and that we may stand with them in their time of trouble, we pray to the Lord.
Maybe you can convince your parish priest to use it sometime (daily mass or even Sunday mass) or maybe you can pray the full prayer or intention as a youth group or classroom
If you can donate, and you want to help the efforts of those who are already on the ground in the Philippines helping those who need it, we suggest donating through CRS. 93% of their money goes directly to people and programs that help people. That’s only a 7% overhead cost - and that means that more of your money is actually going to help people. What can your money do?
$8 provides a water kit for a family. This includes 1 jerry can, 1 pail and aqua tabs for water purification.
$15 provides an emergency shelter kit. This includes tarps and nails that are combined with local materials to create emergency shelter.
$22 provides household living supplies. This includes sleeping mats, three blanket, utensils, plastics, glasses, and a cooking pot.
$28 provides hygiene kits. This includes a two-month family supply of soap, laundry detergent, toothbrush, toothpaste, feminine sanitary napkins, and towels.
People helping people. Family helping family. It’s been the Christian way for a long, long time, brethren. (cf. Matthew 35:35-36)