Lecture No. 10: April 2014


[dropcaps] O [/dropcaps] ne week ago today, March 25, was the Solemnity of the Annunciation. As Knights, we are encouraged to observe the Solemnity by praying the Angelus and/or reading the Gospel of Luke through the report of Mary’s visitation with Elizabeth, her cousin and the mother of John the Baptist. The Knights also observe the day as The Day of Prayer for the Unborn Child, giving meaningful witness to our Catholic faith and our commitment to the preservation of life from conception to natural death. But you already know this if you read page 23 of the March issue of Columbia. My thanks to Dr. Murray Joseph Casey of Creighton University, a brother Knight.

Back on page 3 of the same issue, our Supreme Knight, Carl A. Anderson, reminded us that on the Second Sunday of Easter, Divine Mercy Sunday, Pope Francis will celebrate the canonization of Blessed John Paul II and Blessed John XXIII. I was fortunate to be in Rome when Pope John XXIII was declared “Blessed” and his earthly remains were elevated from the catacombs under St. Peter’s to a place on the main floor. It was an impressive occasion presided over by Pope John Paul II.

[one_half] I am sure the canonization Mass will be televised. My wife already has the calendar marked and the telecast will be recorded so we can witness this final step in the recognition process of both of these saintly men.

Blessed Pope John Paul II
Papacy: 10/16/1978 – 4/2/2005


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Blessed Pope John XXIII
Papacy: 10/28/1958 – 6/3/1963