This version of The Weekly Francis covers material released in the last week from 3 April 2020 to 13 May 2020.
The Weekly Francis is a compilation of the Holy Father’s writings, speeches, etc which I also post at Jimmy Akin’s blog.
Daily Homilies (fervorinos)
- 3 April 2020 – Our Lady of Sorrows: disciple and mother
- 4 April 2020 – The process of temptation
- 26 April 2020 – Jesus is our pilgrim companion
- 29 April 2020 – The tangibility and simplicity of the small
- 30 April 2020 – Without witness and prayer, apostolic preaching is not possible
- “I would like to ask the Lord to bless artists, who make us understand what beauty is. The Gospel cannot be understood without beauty. Let us #PrayTogether once more for artists.” @Pontifex 7 May 2020
- “To be Christian is to belong to a people freely chosen by God, and to remember those who have preceded us on the journey to salvation. Let us ask the Lord for the awareness of belonging to the people of God which, in its totality, has the sense of the faith. #HomilySantaMarta” @Pontifex 7 May 2020
- “In the midst of isolation when we are suffering from a lack of tenderness and chances to meet up, and we experience the loss of so many things, let us once again listen to the proclamation that saves us: Christ is risen and is living by our side.” @Pontifex 7 May 2020
- “Today is World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day. Let us #PrayTogether for those people who work in these noteworthy institutions. May the Lord bless their work which does so much good.” @Pontifex 8 May 2020
- “How does the Lord console? By drawing near, while speaking little. Through truth: He neither speaks formalities nor deceives. Through hope: ”Do not let your hearts be troubled“. The Lord’s consolation is near, true, and opens to us the doors of hope. #HomilySantaMarta” @Pontifex 8 May 2020
- “Today at the Shrine of Our Lady of Pompei, the faithful lift up an intense prayer of Supplication to #OurLadyOfTheRosary. Let us #PrayTogether so that, through the intercession of the Holy Virgin, the Lord might grant mercy and peace on the Church and the entire world.” @Pontifex 8 May 2020
- “Today is the commemoration of Saint Luisa de Marillac. Let us #PrayTogether for the Vincentian sisters who have worked here at Santa Marta for nearly 100 years, while running the clinic.” @Pontifex 9 May 2020
- “The Church strives forward between the consolation of God and the persecution of the world. The Holy Spirit creates harmony within the Church. The evil spirit destroys. Let us place our trust not in temporal power, but in Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. #HomilySantaMarta” @Pontifex 9 May 2020
- “On the 70th anniversary of the Schuman Declaration, I hope that it will continue to inspire those with responsibilities in the European Union. They are called to face the social and economic consequences of the pandemic in a spirit of harmony and cooperation. #EuropeDay2020” @Pontifex 9 May 2020
- “It takes courage to pray. To pray is to go with Jesus to the Father who will give us everything. The Church progresses with this courageous prayer, because the Holy Spirit teaches us that we do very little, but it is God who ”does things“ in the Church. #HomilySantaMarta” @Pontifex 10 May 2020
- “In the #GospelOfTheDay (John 14:1–12), Jesus indicates two remedies for being troubled in heart. First: to not depend on ourselves but to have faith in Him. Second: to remember that here we are passing through and that Jesus has reserved us a place in Heaven. #ReginaCaeli” @Pontifex 10 May 2020
- “Today, many countries are celebrating #MothersDay. I wish to remember all mothers with gratitude and affection, entrusting them to the protection of Mary, our heavenly Mother. Let us also remember those mothers who accompany us from Heaven.” @Pontifex 10 May 2020
- “Many people have recently lost their jobs. Let us #PrayTogether for our brothers and sisters who are suffering for lack of employment.” @Pontifex 11 May 2020
- “What does the Holy Spirit do in us? He reminds us of everything Jesus said. He teaches us to understand it better,to grow in our understanding of the faith. He accompanies and supports us in discernment. He enlightens us in life’s decisions,both great and small. #HomilySantaMarta” @Pontifex 11 May 2020
- “I would like to remind you that on 14 May, believers of every religion are invited to unite themselves spiritually in a day of prayer, fasting and works of charity, to implore God to help humanity overcome the coronavirus #pandemic. #HumanFraternity #PrayTogether” @Pontifex 11 May 2020
- “The peace the world gives isolates us from others. It lulls us to sleep, and is temporary and sterile. The peace the Lord gives is lasting, fruitful, contagious. It makes us go out to create community. It is filled with hope because it looks toward Heaven. #HomilySantaMarta” @Pontifex 12 May 2020
- “Today is International Nurses Day. Nursing is more than a profession – it’s a vocation, a dedication. During this pandemic, they have given an example of heroism. Some have even given their lives. Let us #PrayTogether for nurses. Message” @Pontifex 12 May 2020
- ““Remain in me and I in you” (Jn 15:4). This “remaining” is not passive but active. It is a mutual remaining. “I am the vine, you are the branches” (Jn 15:5). We branches need the lymph, and the vine needs the fruit of our witness. #HomilySantaMarta” @Pontifex 13 May 2020
- “Mother of the Lord, Virgin Mary, Queen of the Rosary, show us the power of your protective mantle. From your arms come the hope and peace of which we are sorely in need. #OurLadyOfFatima” @Pontifex 13 May 2020
- “Prayer belongs to everyone: to men and women of every religion, and probably even to those who profess no religion. Prayer is born within the secrecy of our being, in that interior place that spiritual writers often call the “heart”. #GeneralAudience” @Pontifex 13 May 2020
This version of The Weekly Francis covers material released in the last week from 31 March 2020 to 6 May 2020.
The Weekly Francis is a compilation of the Holy Father’s writings, speeches, etc which I also post at Jimmy Akin’s blog.
Daily Homilies (fervorinos)
- 31 March 2020 – Look at the crucifix in the light of redemption
- 1 April 2020 – Remain in the Lord (1st April 2020)
- 2 April 2020 – The three dimensions of Christian life: election, promise, covenant
- 6 April 2020 – Seek Jesus in the poor
- 7 April 2020 – Persevering in service
- ““Work” is the word the Bible uses to describe God’s creative activity: “God completed the work He had been doing” (Gen 2:2). God entrusted this task to mankind: Work is the human vocation. #HomilySantaMarta” @Pontifex 1 May 2020
- “Let us rediscover the beauty of praying the #Rosary at home during May! At the end of each Rosary, we can recite a prayer asking for Mary’s intercession, that the Lord might free us from this pandemic and life might serenely resume its normal course. Letter ” @Pontifex 1 May 2020
- “Let us #PrayTogether for government leaders who are responsible for taking care of their people. May the Lord grant them strength and teach them that they need to show great unity in moments of crisis for the good of the people, because unity is superior to conflict.” @Pontifex 2 May 2020]
- “A crisis is the moment to make a choice. This pandemic is a time of social crisis. How should we react? With perseverance, silence, and fidelity to God and decisions made earlier. A moment of crisis is like passing through fire to become stronger. #HomilySantaMarta” @Pontifex 2 May 2020
- “Let us turn this time of #pandemic into a test case to prepare for our collective future. Without an all-embracing vision, there will be no future for anyone.” @Pontifex 2 May 2020
- “Good Shepherd Sunday is a beautiful Sunday, one of peace, meekness, and tenderness because our Shepherd cares for us. ”The Lord is my Shepherd, there is nothing I shall want“ (Ps 23). #HomilySantaMarta” @Pontifex 3 May 2020
- “Let us #PrayTogether for the many pastors who give their lives for the faithful.I think often of priests,as well as other pastors who care for the good of the people: doctors. May the example of these shepherds,priests and doctors help us care for the holy,faithful people of God.” @Pontifex 3 May 2020
- “Let us #PrayTogether today for #vocations, asking the Lord for the gift of good workers for His Kingdom, whose hearts and hands are open to His love. [Message(]http://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/messages/vocations/documents/papa-francesco_20200308_57-messaggio-giornata-mondiale-vocazioni.html)” @Pontifex 3 May 2020
- “During the current crisis, we need good, free journalism that serves all people, especially those who do not have a voice: journalism that is dedicated to the search for truth and which opens paths toward communion and peace. #WPFD2020” @Pontifex 3 May 2020
- “During the quarantine, families try to do a lot of new things. There’s so much creativity to keep going. But sometimes there’s also domestic violence. Let us #PrayTogether for families, that they might persevere in peace, with creativity and patience during the quarantine.” @Pontifex 4 May 2020
- “Some ideas cause division to the point that the idea is more important than the Holy Spirit who guides us. May the Lord free us from divisions, and help us understand this great mystery of Jesus: He is everyone’s Shepherd, in Him we are all brothers and sisters. #HomilySantaMarta” @Pontifex 4 May 2020
- “I welcome the proposal of the Higher Committee for #HumanFraternity that believers of all religions should unite spiritually on 14 May for a day of prayer and fasting, to implore God to help humanity overcome the #coronavirus. #PrayTogether” @Pontifex 4 May 2020
- “Today we pray for the deceased who have died because of the pandemic. They have died alone, without the caresses of their loved ones. So many did not even have a funeral. May the Lord receive them into His glory. #PrayTogether” @Pontifex 5 May 2020
- “There are certain attitudes that do not allow us to progress in knowledge of the Lord: wealth, apathy, rigidity, clericalism, worldliness… Freedom is lacking, and we cannot follow Jesus without that freedom. #HomilySantaMarta” @Pontifex 5 May 2020
- “Video” @Pontifex 5 May 2020
- “Let us #PrayTogether for men and women who work in the media. They have risked much and worked tirelessly during this pandemic. May the Lord help them always in their task to transmit the truth. Santa Marta Mass” @Pontifex 6 May 2020
- “It is not easy to live in the light. The light makes us see many ugly things within us: vices, pride, the worldly spirit. But Jesus tells us: ”Take courage; let yourself be enlightened, because I save you“. Let us not be afraid of Jesus’s light! #HomilySantaMarta” @Pontifex 6 May 2020
- “#Prayer is the breath of faith. It is like a cry that comes forth from the heart of the believer and is entrusted to God. Faith is having two raised hands and a voice that cries out to implore the gift of salvation. #GeneralAudience” @Pontifex 6 May 2020
If parking lot Masses come to my diocese I will need to be prepared. So thinking ahead to how to make it the best experience.
So how do you follow the general rubrics in a car. First off I guess I will have to buy a lowrider to stand and kneel.
This version of The Weekly Francis covers material released in the last week from 20 April 2020 to 30 April 2020.
The Weekly Francis is a compilation of the Holy Father’s writings, speeches, etc which I also post at Jimmy Akin’s blog.
Daily Homilies (fervorinos)
- 20 April 2020 – To be born from the Spirit
- 21 April 2020 – The Holy Spirit: Master of Harmony
- 22 April 2020 – Let the light of God enter in us so we do not become like bats in the darkness
- 23 April 2020 – Jesus prays for us before the Father, showing His wounds
- 24 April 2020 – Christ forms the pastor’s heart in closeness to the people of God
- 25 April 2020 – Faith must be transmitted, it must be offered, above all by witness
- 27 April 2020 – Always return to the first encounter
- 28 April 2020 – The small everyday lynching of gossip
- 21 April 2020 – Greeting of the Holy Father to the world of street newspapers
- 25 April 2020 – Letter of the Holy Father to the faithful for the month of May
- “We pray today for teachers who have to work so hard to take lessons via the internet and other media channels, and we also pray for students who have to take exams in a way they are not used to. Let us accompany them with prayer. Santa Marta Mass – YouTube” @Pontifex 24 April 2020
- “Jesus formed the hearts of the Apostles to serve the people.He taught them the pastoral attitude of being near the people of God.Pastoral ministry is not accomplished with structures, but with the heart of a shepherd.Let us #PrayTogether for the Church’s pastors.#HomilySantaMarta” @Pontifex 24 April 2020
- “As we look ahead to a slow and arduous recovery from the pandemic, the risk is that an even worse virus may strike us: that of a selfish indifference that forgets those who are left behind.” @Pontifex 24 April 2020
- “Let us #PrayTogether for those who provide funeral services. What they do is so painful, so sad, and they are touched deeply by the pain of this pandemic. Let us pray for them.” @Pontifex 25 April 2020
- “Today the Church celebrates the Feast of St Mark, one of the four Evangelists, the first to write a Gospel. It has a very simple style. If you have time today, read it. The simplicity with which he recounts the Lord’s life makes for an enjoyable read.” @Pontifex 25 April 2020
- “The #GospelOfTheDay contains the Lord’s final greeting: ”Go into the whole world and proclaim the Gospel“ (Mk 16:15). Faith always carries us out of ourselves. The faith needs to be transmitted and offered above all with witness. Go out so that people might see how you live.” @Pontifex 25 April 2020
- “Dear brothers and sisters, I offer you the texts of two prayers to Our Lady which you can recite at the end of the #Rosary. I too will recite them during the month of May, uniting myself spiritually to you. #PrayTogether Vatican Holy Rosary Links” @Pontifex 25 April 2020
- “Contemplating together the face of Christ with the heart of Mary,as we pray the #Rosary, will make us more united as a spiritual family and will help us to overcome this trial. I will pray for you, especially for those who are suffering the most. Please, pray for me.#PrayTogether” @Pontifex 25 April 2020
- “While we are combating #coronavirus, we must continue the effort to prevent and cure #malaria which threatens millions of persons in many countries. I am near to all who are sick, to those who care for them.” @Pontifex 25 April 2020
- “Let us #PrayTogether for all those who are suffering from sadness, because they are alone, do not know what future awaits them, or cannot take care of their family because they have no job. Let us pray for them today. Santa Marta Mass – YouTube” @Pontifex 26 April 2020
- “What patience the Lord has with each of us! He respects our situation, walks at our side as He did with the disciples of Emmaus, and listens to our dissatisfactions. He respects us. He enjoys listening to how we speak so as to understand us well and give us the correct response.” @Pontifex 26 April 2020
- “The #GospelOfTheDay (Lk 24:13–35) teaches us that two opposite directions are set before us in life: The path of those who let themselves be paralysed by disappointments and trudge along sadly. Then there is the path of those who put Jesus and others before their own problems.” @Pontifex 26 April 2020
- “Let us #PrayTogether for artists, who have a great capacity for creativity and show us the path forward through beauty. May the Lord grant each of us the grace of creativity in this moment.” @Pontifex 27 April 2020
- “At times in life we distance ourselves from the Lord and lose the freshness of the first call. Let us ask for the grace to always go back to that first encounter, in which He looked at us, spoke to us, and placed in us the desire to follow Him. #HomilySantaMarta” @Pontifex 27 April 2020
- “At this time, as indications emerge for a way out of quarantine, we pray that the Lord will grant us the grace of prudence and obedience to these indications, so that the pandemic does not return. #PrayTogether” @Pontifex 28 April 2020
- “Many times we make comments that set off a small daily lynching. May the Lord help us to be righteous in our judgments and not to begin or follow gossip that provokes an undeserved condemnation. #HomilySantaMarta” @Pontifex 28 April 2020
- “Easter brings us this message: the message of rebirth. We can be reborn with the same strength that raised up the Lord: with the strength of God.” @Pontifex 28 April 2020
- “On the feast of St. Catherine of Siena, Doctor of the Church and Patroness of Europe, let us #PrayTogether for the unity of the European Union, so that we might all move ahead together as brothers and sisters.” @Pontifex 29 April 2020
- “When confessing our sins we must not be abstract, but simple and concrete like children: ”I am a sinner because of this, this and this.“ This leads me to feel ashamed. Being concrete makes me serious rather than vaguely feel a sense of being a sinner. #HomilySantaMarta” @Pontifex 29 April 2020
- “Being poor in spirit, mourning, meekness, thirsting for holiness, showing mercy, purity of heart, and being a peacemaker can lead to persecution for Christ’s sake. But in the end, this persecution is a cause for joy and great reward in heaven. #Beatitudes” @Pontifex 29 April 2020
- “Let us #PrayTogether today for those who have died because of the pandemic, and in a special way for the ”anonymous“ dead.” @Pontifex 30 April 2020
- “Our witness opens the way for others. Our prayer opens the door to the Father’s heart. Let us ask the Lord that we might live our work with witness and prayer, so that the Father might draw people to Jesus. #HomilySantaMarta” @Pontifex 30 April 2020
- “Christianity is not only a doctrine, a way of behaving, a culture. Yes, it is also these things. But the core of Christianity is an encounter: the encounter with Jesus. A Christian is a person who has encountered Jesus Christ, and was open to that encounter.” @Pontifex 30 April 2020
So I once again drove to my parish and parked directly behind the Church where the altar is. Close enough that I can audibly hear the Mass from here I was parked.
Also close enough to notice the delay between the Mass and the Mass on YouTube. Somewhere between 30 to 50 seconds.
I would normally be super annoyed by the delay. I remembered we never actually hear or see things in real-time. There is always a delay based on the propagation of light and sound. Sure, not normally detectable, but the principle applies.
Distractions during Mass are nothing new. The phrase “squirrel” comes to mind. Except, today it was actual squirrels and a gecko navigating the windshield of my car.
Still, the physicality of the location helped me concentrate much more than I would have if watching at home.
Note: Picture from Passion Week.
So during the prayers of the faithful, I learned that Fr. Warren Keene had died.
He was one of the priests at my parish when I came into the Church. All three have now passed on.
I could find no obituary and he is pretty much absent from Google search results. What information I do have is from my own blog from previous posts on him.
Still, I wanted to praise and pray for this wonderful priest. He was a late vocation priest and had worked as an organic chemist for a decade. He entered the seminary in the Diocese of Gibratar and later received the S.T.B., M.A., S.T.L. and J.C.D. degrees from the Pontifical University of S. Thomas Aquinas in Rome. Ordained on October 25, 1981.
I loved him for many reasons. At Daily Masses his homilies were short, but not short on content. He had an obvious love of Patristics since the Church Fathers were often the focus of his meditations.
What I found most impressive about his was that during the consecration his devotion was so obvious. I believe that if I hadn’t already believed in the Eucharist, that I would have come to believe just by watching him. I saw Jesus there through his eyes. On Good Friday’s I particularly remember his meditations he gave, especially on the last seven “words” of Jesus. He was also the priest that was saying the Latin Mass for us. This parish had the indult that was required before the later Motu Proprio that opened this up.
During his time at my previous parish, he also worked as a Chaplain at a hospital.
Requiem aeternam dona eis, Domine. Et lux perpetua luceat eis.
This version of The Weekly Francis covers material released in the last week from 21 March 2020 to 23 April 2020.
Daily Homilies (fervorinos)
- 21 March 2020 – With a “naked heart”
- 22 March 2020 – What happens when Jesus passes
- 23 March 2020 – We must pray with faith, perseverance, and courage
- 24 March 2020 – The disease of sloth and the water that regenerates us
- 25 March 2020 – Faced with mystery
- 26 March 2020 – Knowing our idols
- 27 March 2020 – The courage to keep silent
- 28 March 2020 – The people of God follow Jesus and do not tire
- 29 March 2020 – The Sunday of weeping
- 30 March 2020 – Trust in God’s mercy
- “Let us #PrayTogether for pharmacists. They are working hard, together with doctors and nurses, to help the sick get better. Santa Marta Mass – YouTube” @Pontifex 16 April 2020
- “The #GospelOfTheDay (Lk 24:35–48) is one of my favorites: ”Their joy kept them from believing“ (v. 41). To be filled with joy: It is not merely being happy, positive, but is something else. It is to be filled with consolation, filled with the Lord’s presence. #HomilySantaMarta” @Pontifex 16 April 2020
- “The joy of the Lord is your strength (Neh 8:10). The joy of the Lord is the great strength we possess which drives us to continue being witnesses of life. Today let us ask for the grace of this joy, which is a fruit of the Holy Spirit. #HomilySantaMarta” @Pontifex 16 April 2020
- “Let us #PrayTogether for expectant women who will become mothers and who ask themselves: ”What type of world will my child live in?“. May the Lord give them the courage and confidence that it will certainly be a different world, but also one which the Lord will love tremendously.” @Pontifex 17 April 2020
- “The disciples had progressed in familiarity with the Lord. May the Lord also teach us this familiarity with Him, which is personal, but always communitarian: a familiarity in everyday life, in the sacraments, in the midst of the people of God. #HomilySantaMarta” @Pontifex 17 April 2020
- “We remember the difficult task entrusted to healthcare providers, nurses and doctors, in caring for persons with disabilities who have come down with Covid–19. Let us #PrayTogether for persons with disabilities and those who assist them.” @Pontifex 18 April 2020
- “Where does the Apostles’ courage come from? It is a gift of the Holy Spirit. Boldness – courage – is a gift that the Lord gives on the day of Pentecost. The Christian mission is born from this gift of the Holy Spirit. #HomilySantaMarta” @Pontifex 18 April 2020
- “Today the simple and disarming love of Jesus revives the heart of Thomas (Jn 20,19–31). Like the apostle Thomas, let us accept mercy, the salvation of the world. And let us show mercy to those who are most vulnerable; for only in this way will we build a new world.” @Pontifex 19 April 2020
- “The faithful and patient mercy of God never tires of reaching out to lift us up when we fall. He wants us to see him, not as a taskmaster with whom we have to settle accounts, but as our Father who always raises us up. #DivineMercySunday” @Pontifex 19 April 2020
- “The Lord waits for us to offer him our failings so that he can help us experience his mercy. #DivineMercySunday Homily” @Pontifex 19 April 2020
- “Let us #PrayTogether for the men and women who have a vocation to political life, which is a high form of charity. We pray for political parties in various nations, so that in this pandemic they might together seek the good of the country and not the good of their own party.” @Pontifex 20 April 2020
- “To be Christian is not only to fulfill the Commandments, but ”to be born again“ and allow the Spirit to enter in us and carry us wherever He wants. This is the freedom of the Spirit. May the Lord help us always to be docile to the Spirit. #HomilySantaMarta” @Pontifex 20 April 2020
- “The Christian response to the storms of life and history can only be mercy: compassionate love among us and toward everyone, especially toward those who suffer, who have more difficulties, and are abandoned.” @Pontifex 20 April 2020
- “There’s a lot of silence at this moment. May this silence, which is a bit new to what we are accustomed, teach us how to listen. Let us #PrayTogether that we might grow in our ability to listen. Santa Marta Mass – YouTube” @Pontifex 21 April 2020
- “Many things can divide communities: money, vanity, gossip. But the Spirit comes to save us from divisions. The Holy Spirit is the Master of harmony. He creates harmony in the community, because He Himself is harmony, the harmony between the Father and the Son. #HomilySantaMarta” @Pontifex 21 April 2020
- “In the time of trial that we are presently undergoing, we experience our frailty. We need the Lord, who sees an irrepressible beauty beyond that frailty. With Him we rediscover how precious we are, even in our vulnerability.” @Pontifex 21 April 2020
- “At this moment in which unity among us is very necessary, let us pray for Europe, so that it might succeed in creating the fraternal unity which the founding fathers drempt of for the European Community. #PrayTogether Santa Marta Mass – YouTube” @Pontifex 22 April 2020
- “When we are in a state of sin, we are like ”human bats“ who can move about only at night. We find it easier to live in darkness because the light reveals to us what we do not want to see. But then our eyes grow accustomed to darkness and we no longer recognize the light.” @Pontifex 22 April 2020
- “Let us allow the love of God – who sent His Son Jesus – to enter into us, and help us see with the light of the Spirit. Let us ask ourselves: Do I walk in the light or in darkness? Am I a child of God? Or have I ended up like a poor ”bat“? #HomilySantaMarta” @Pontifex 22 April 2020
- “Earth Day is an occasion to renew our commitment to love our common home, which is not a warehouse to exploit. Let us care for it and for the weakest members of our human family. #EarthDay50 Audience” @Pontifex 22 April 2020
- “There are families in need who cannot work and have nothing to eat. Then along come usurers to take what little they have. Let us #PrayTogether for these families’ dignity. And let us pray also for the usurers, that the Lord might touch their hearts and convert them.” @Pontifex 23 April 2020
- “Peter’s secret weapon is Jesus’s prayer. Jesus prays for Peter that his faith might not fail. What He did with Peter He does for all of us. Jesus prays for us before the Father, showing His wounds, the price of our salvation. #HomilySantaMarta” @Pontifex 23 April 2020
- “The pandemic reminds us there are no differences or borders between those who suffer. We are all frail, all equal, all precious. May we be profoundly shaken: Now is the time to eliminate inequalities and heal the injustice undermining the health of the entire human family!” @Pontifex 23 April 2020
This version of The Weekly Francis covers material released in the last week from 9 March 2020 to 15 April 2020.
Daily Homilies (fervorinos)
- 9 March 2020 – The grace of shame
- 10 March 2020 – Sinners, but in dialogue with God
- 11 March 2020 – Vanity distances us from Christ’s Cross
- 12 March 2020 – Do not fall prey to indifference
- 13 March 2020 – Let us not forget the gratuitousness of revelation
- 14 March 2020 – Living at home, but not feeling at home
- 15 March 2020 – Addressing the Lord with our truth
- 16 March 2020 – God always acts in simplicity
- 17 March 2020 – Asking for forgiveness implies forgiving
- 18 March 2020 – Our God is close and asks us to be close to each other
- 19 March 2020 – Living in the tangibility of daily life and of mystery
- 20 March 2020 – Return to God and return to the embrace of the Father
- 9 April 2020 – Letter of the Holy Father to the Archbishop of Turin on the occasion of the extraordinary Exposition of the Shroud [Holy Saturday, 11 April 2020]
- 12 April 2020 – Letter of the Holy Father to the Popular Movements
- 10 April 2020 – Message of the Holy Father to the Parish of the “Due Palazzi” Detention Centre in Padua
- 12 April 2020 – “Urbi et Orbi” – Easter 2020
- “Dear brother priests, we have been anointed to anoint, to give of ourselves. Let us #PrayTogether today asking for the humility to protect this gift of anointing, and imploring God’s mercy for the people entrusted to us and for the entire world. #HolyThursday” @Pontifex 9 April 2020
- “Let us #PrayTogether. Follow the Easter Triduum liturgies: YouTube ” @Pontifex 9 April 2020
- “Gaze upon the outstretched arms of Christ crucified, let yourself be saved over and over again. #PrayTogether #GoodFriday ” @Pontifex 10 April 2020
- “This Face disfigured by wounds communicates great peace. His gaze is directed not to our eyes but to our heart, as if to say: Have faith, do not lose hope. The power of the love of God, the power of the Risen One overcomes all things. #HolyShroud ” @Pontifex 11 April 2020
- “Let us direct our gaze to the Man of the Shroud, in whom we recognize the features of the Servant of the Lord, which Jesus accomplished in His Passion. Participate in the prayer before the Holy Shroud through the media at 5 PM: Video” @Pontifex 11 April 2020
- “Do not be afraid, do not yield to fear: This is the message of hope. It is addressed to us, today. These are the words that God repeats to us this very night.” @Pontifex 11 April 2020
- “Let us silence the cries of death, no more wars! Since we need bread, not guns. Let the abortion and killing of innocent lives end. May the hearts of those who have enough be open to filling the empty hands of those who do not have the bare necessities.” @Pontifex 11 April 2020
- “Tonight we acquire a fundamental right: the right to hope. It is a new and living hope that comes from God. It is not mere optimism; it is a gift from heaven, which we could not have earned on our own.” @Pontifex 11 April 2020
- “In this night, the Church’s voice rings out: “Christ, my hope, is risen!”. This is a different “contagion”, a message transmitted from heart to heart – for every human heart awaits this Good News. It is the contagion of hope: “Christ, my hope, is risen!”.” @Pontifex 12 April 2020
- “Dear brothers and sisters, Indifference, self-centredness, division and forgetfulness are not words we want to hear at this time. We want to ban these words for ever! Message” @Pontifex 12 April 2020
- “Let us #PrayTogether for government leaders, scientists and politicians who are beginning to study a way out of the pandemic, though its ”aftermath“ has already begun. May they find the right way, always for the good of their people.” @Pontifex 13 April 2020
- “We will either bet on life, in favor of the resurrection of our people, or we will bet on the god of money, turning back to the tomb of hunger, slavery, war, the making of weapons, of children without an education. #HomilySantaMarta Santa Maria Mass – YouTube” @Pontifex 13 April 2020
- “In the #GospelOfTheDay we hear that the women proclaimed Jesus’ Resurrection to the disciples. Today I would like to remember the efforts that so many women make to take care of others, even during this health crisis.” @Pontifex 13 April 2020
- “Let us #PrayTogether that the Lord might give us the grace of unity among us. In these difficulties times, may He allow us to discover the communion that binds us and the unity which is greater than any division. Santa Maria Mass – YouTube” @Pontifex 14 April 2020
- “To repent means returning to faithfulness. Today let us ask for the grace to look beyond our own security, and to be faithful even before the tomb and the collapse of so many illusions. Remaining faithful is not easy. May the Lord keep us faithful. #HomilySantaMarta” @Pontifex 14 April 2020
- “Jesus’ resurrection shows us that death does not have the last world; life does. Christ has been raised, so it is possible to have a positive outlook on every event of our existence, even the most difficult ones and those charged with anguish and uncertainty.” @Pontifex 14 April 2020
- “Let us #PrayTogether for the elderly, especially those who are isolated or in rest homes and are afraid of dying alone. They are our roots. They gave us the faith, tradition, and a sense of belonging. Let us pray that the Lord might be near to them.” @Pontifex 15 April 2020
- “God’s faithfulness is a patient fidelity to His people. God listens, guides, explains slowly, and kindles the heart as He did with the two disciples who had traveled far from Jerusalem: He made their hearts burn so they would return home. #HomilySantaMarta” @Pontifex 15 April 2020
- “They are called children of God who have learned the art of peace and exercise it, knowing that there is no reconciliation without the gift of one’s own life, and that peace must be sought always and in every situation. #Beatitudes #GeneralAudience” @Pontifex 15 April 2020
So I have been pondering on participation in the Mass.
Specifically, I think tomorrow when my parish is streaming the Sunday Mass that I will go and park in the back of the church behind the chapel. The Tabernacle is in an arrangement being center and behind the main altar and shared with the Marian chapel behind it.
What actual distinctions are there if I am physically present in the church during Mass compared with me being physically present behind the church during Mass? Sure there is a fuller sign value of being in the church itself during Mass, but what other distinctions?
If the walls were transparent, I would be in visual distance of the priest. So I am thinking about what level of physical proximity matters. At large Papal masses such as WYD people are often at the very edge or visual distance and have to rely on projection screens to watch. So I think I am in somewhat the same situation relying on a mobile device to observe the Mass. So I think proximity is important and that it is not the same as being at home watching a streaming Mass live.
So I am interested in theological speculations on this.
On just a psychological level, I see this as beneficial to myself. Watching a Mass at home just leaves me as purely an observer and my feeling of participation about nil. I am happy for others that this is more helpful for them. Although I have to remind myself not to rely on my feelings as the arbiter of participation.
For Holy Week I will be spending my holy hour outside in the back of the church. This morning I was doing the same. I know precisely where the Tabernacle is and that I was only a couple of yards from it. I can easily visualize the interior of this historic wooden church. I have been thinking of making a Stations of the Cross standing outside and behind each image.