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More cuts! My goal is to post such cuts once a week. Last week, I missed the cut. Here goes!
• From Andrew Fitzgerald, a day after the horrific tornado hit Moore, Oklahoma:
Oklahoma City Archbishop Paul Coakley was a guest this morning on The Catholic Channel on SiriusXM. The Archbishop was in Moore, OK, yesterday surveying the damage and talking to residents in the aftermath of the tornado and he talked about the remarkable resiliency of the people he encountered.
He described meeting a 94 year old woman who’d had her home destroyed. It was the second time she had lost her home to a tornado, the last time being in the devastating 1999 storm.
“She reached into her pocket and pulled out a stack of hundred dollar bills and she was handing them out to people,” recalled Archbishop Coakley. “This was a woman who, the day before, had lost her home for the second time and her response was to give, to share. This was truly the widow of ‘The Widow’s Might.’ She had nothing and yet she was giving her all.”
Amazing. Let's continue to keep the people in Moore in our prayers, along with all people, wherever they are, who are suffering because of natural disasters.
• Speaking of praying, this coming Sunday, the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, the Holy Father will be leading an hour-long, worldwide Eucharistic Adoration. This, says Vatican Information Service, "will be broadcast from St. Peter’s Basilica next Sunday, 2 June from 5:00pm-6:00pm local time":
theme is: “One Lord, One Faith”, which was chosen to testify to the deep
unity that characterizes it. “It will be an event,” Archbishop
Fisichella explained, “occurring for the first time in the history of
the Church, which is why we can describe it as ‘historical’. The
cathedrals of the world will be synchronized with Rome and will, for an
hour, be in communion with the Pope in Eucharistic adoration. There has
been an incredible response to this initiative, going beyond the
cathedrals and involving episcopal conferences, parishes, lay
associations, and religious congregations, especially cloistered ones.”
From the Cook Islands to Chile, Burkina Faso, Taiwan, Iraq, Bangladesh, the United States, and the Philippines, the dioceses will be synchronized with St. Peter’s and will pray for the intentions proposed by the Pope. The first is: “For the Church spread throughout the world and united today in the adoration of the Most Holy Eucharist as a sign of unity. May the Lord make her ever more obedient to hearing his Word in order to stand before the world ‘ever more beautiful, without stain or blemish, but holy and blameless.’ That through her faithful announcement, the Word that saves may still resonate as the bearer of mercy and may increase love to give full meaning to pain and suffering, giving back joy and serenity.”
• Congratulations to the great Dr. Ray Dennehy, who will receive, this weekend, the Rupert and Timothy Smith Award for Distinguished Contributions to Pro-Life Scholarship.
asked what receiving the Smith award meant to him, Professor Dennehy
told CalCatholic: “For the last 48 semesters I have debated abortion at
UC Berkeley—for the last 10 years in front of their School of Public
Health, mostly with Malcolm Potts. This year, for the first time, I did
not receive an invitation, so that was kind of disheartening, but then I
heard I was getting the Smith Award. That’s very meaningful. This is an
award given by my peers, by people in the trenches, and that gives it a
special kind of meaning.”
Professor Dennehy also told the story of a recent email from a former student who had never agreed with the pro-life position. “But once she got pregnant, and re-read some of my stuff, she told me that there was no way she could ever have an abortion. That one email made my whole career worthwhile.”
• Three weeks ago, I wrote a post, "Pope Francis, Romans 8, and the theme of theosis"; yesterday, the Holy Father began a series of audiences focused on ecclesiology, and he once again took up the topic of theosis, or divinization: