On our first full day in Vietnam earlier this month, Brother Daryl Charron and I joined Father Dien Truong, Peter Tam Hoang, and the three seminarians who would become Pledged Candidates the following week at the church where Father Dien often celebrates Mass for the 5:00 PM Sunday Eucharist. We arrived early and Dien introduced me to the pastor who was playing the piano in the church basement.
The pastor was ordained in 1973. He greeted me warmly in his black cassock, extending his hand with a warm smile. He was very hospitable, reaching into his cassock and pulling out a rosary made of seeds from the rural area in Vietnam where he grew up. The seeds were about the size of marbles, rough and raw. Though he didn’t speak much English, Dien translated for us. My first thought was that he must have studied with Dennis Schaab … (read more…)
“And wherever he went, into villages or cities or farms, they begged him that they might touch even the fringe of his cloak; and all who touched it were healed” (Mark 6:56).
We continue our exploration of the life of Jesus in our Lenten series focused on the Paschal Mystery. A main theme that runs through Jesus’ ministry is healing. Multiple times throughout Scripture we hear of people reaching out to touch Jesus’ garment in their pursuit of a sense of wholeness.
It is an unusual person that does not bear the scars of struggles, difficulties, and loss. Our Prince of Peace continues to offer himself to us to mend all that ails us whether it be physical, emotional, or spiritual. He extends his gentle touch to us in the Eucharist and in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. He offers his healing presence as we rest in him in the silence of … (read more…)
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