Today's Holy Gospel points to the certainty of love in our Christian understanding of God and of how we are to live in God's presence. Indeed, St. Thomas Aquinas wrote, "Nothing shows the truth of the Gospel better than the love of those who believe." It is love that has the power to convince others of the truth of the message that Christians bear. But love can do this only if it is genuine, since we know that there are many counterfeit forms of love abroad in our world. So how do we know that our love is the kind that truly reveals God? We must love others as Jesus loved us, unconditionally, and for the good of the other. The task of discerning the path of genuine love is challenging, but in teaching us the importance of defending the defenseless and providing us a model of love to imitate, God helps us stay on that path.
Next Sunday we will celebrate All Souls Day at the weekend Masses. An indulgence may be obtained for the Faithful Departed by going to the cemetery during the Octave, November1-8, and praying for the departed. November 1st, All Saints Day, is not a holyday of obligation this year. There will be just the morning Mass on Saturday at 9:00 a.m. for the feast.
Bishop Pates has given us permission to proceed with our plans for a new elevator. There will be much more to come about this in the coming months as we get an architect and more concrete plans. We will keep you posted as we go along. We have begun a separate fund for this project and would appreciate your donations toward this needed work.
We fall back one hour next Saturday evening for Daylight Savings Time. Please make sure to set your clocks back on hour before you go to bed on Saturday.
My prayers are with all of you. May the Lord you all and your families abundantly.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
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From its roots in the Old Testament temple worship, the sacred liturgy of the Church has always seen music as an integral part of our worship. This is no more evident than here at the Basilica of St. John. Whether your tastes run from traditional Gregorian Chant, to contemporary worship with our folk group, to our ethnic diversity with the beautiful music from our Vietnamese and Hispanic choirs, to the timeless classics of the bell choir and our outstanding Basilica Choir, we live to "make a joyful noise," at the Basilica of St. John. In the words of St. Augustine, "He who sings, prays twice."
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