We live in a fallen world. We have to tell our children not to talk to strangers. We have to take out insurance policies and have our contracts notarized. We live in an ugly, broken world, in which we find it difficult to trust each other even in matters that are mutually beneficial.
On December 8, we celebrate the feast day of a World that is not fallen. We celebrate the truth that, right in the middle of this fallen world of ours, there is a World so beautiful and so pure and so free from sin that God chose her for His own dwelling. As St. Louis de Montfort famously preached, God made the earth for men and the heavens for the angels, and finding neither of these places suitable for Himself, he made for His own Dwelling the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Finally, Advent Season has begun! A time of spiritual preparation similar to Lent. Here are photos from the First Sunday of Advent High Mass which was followed by the blessing and distribution of the Miraculous Medal at St. Margaret Mary’s in Oakland, CA.
Photo: 2013 Slideshow presentation of Fr. Carlos Martins at St. Margaret Mary’s in Oakland, CA
The month of December gives an opportunity for all to be able to venerate more than 150 relics at churches throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Treasures of the Church is a ministry of evangelization of the Catholic Church. Run by Fr. Carlos Martins of the Companions of the Cross, its purpose is to give people an experience of the living God through an encounter with the relics of his saints in the form of an exposition. Each exposition begins with a multi-media presentation on the Church’s use of relics that is scriptural, catechetical, and devotional, leading to a renewal of the Catholic faith for many people. After the teaching those in attendance have an opportunity to venerate the relics of some of their favorite saints. An exposition involves some 150 relics, including those of St. Maria Goretti, St. Therese of Lisieux (the “Little Flower”), St. Francis of Assisi, St. Anthony of Padua, St. Thomas Aquinas, and St. Faustina Kowalska. The supreme highlight is one of the largest relics of the Church’s claim to the True Cross in the world and a piece of the Veil that, according to sanctioned tradition, is believed to have belonged to Our Lady.
The date and location of the next expositions are as follows (check the website for any last-minute changes):
Don’t forget to bring your religious items (rosaries, medals, scapulars, etc). Having them touched to the relics make those items 3rd class relics!