Our Lady and Sheen

Epiphany in a strange land

Like the Magi of long ago, I find myself away from “home” for the Epiphany. I visited St. Margaret’s Parish, which I usually attend for the Traditional Latin Mass, and today for an amazingly done ordinary form Mass. This is a great model of a parish, with many lay apostolates in the bulletin, such as the Legion of Mary (it is only missing my brother Knights!).

I walked in half an hour before Mass to see a good number of the faithful gathered around the tabernacle praying the Holy Rosary, and about 20 in line for penance. As the church filled up, with around 300 or so parishioners, I noticed a few things about our Catholic faith.

First, as I looked around I noticed that there were huge young Catholic families. It was amazing to see this one family of 7 kids looking to range from 2-11, all quietly attentive, praying, and taking up the whole pew!

Second, I noticed that there were so many women in chapel veils. Also, many women without. All of them co-existing and natural, and showing the beauty of God’s creation.

Third, my friends know that I think there are two types of people, 1) those who believe that the Eucharist is the source and summit of our Christian life at the Mass. 2) Those who are ok with that, but also want doughnuts. This parish had a tent outside (beautiful Southern California weather)and most everyone stayed around and enjoyed them, children playing around, and socializing. It was good to see such family activities in a somber environment, without liturgical dancers and “childrens liturgy.”

Have a great Epiphany!


I forgot to include the best part of the homily of Rev. Fr. Wallace. He discussed the men we call the Wise Men, who were for all intents and purposes, astrologers. Those who look to the stars to discover the future and the interconnectivity of human “destiny.” Their practice in the occult, even for the good, brought them only to Herod. It was not until the evil king consulted Theologians and men of prayer that the path to Bethlehem was revealed.

Indeed, the Magi found the child Jesus, and, as the Gospel tells us, went home along another path. Their lives had been changed, and so they symbolically and literally left a different way than they came. As, Fr. Wallace concluded, he brought mention to the understanding that this new path that the Magi had taken would take maybe 30 years, and the realization would occur on a hill not so far from Bethlehem.

January 2, 2011 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. “For who distinguisheth thee ? Or what hast thou that thou hast not received ? And if thou hast received, why dost thou glory, as if thou hadst not received it ?” St. Paul
    1 Corinthians 4:7

    Humility for the New Year. Ready for Lent to begin.

    Comment by snelken | January 21, 2011 | Reply

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