Monday of the Fifth Week of Lent
Here is the prayer that I offered at the Republican National Convention:
With firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, let us pray:
Almighty God, father of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Jesus, we beg your continued blessings on this sanctuary of freedom, and on all of those who proudly call America home. We ask your benediction upon those yet to be born, and on those who are about to see you at the end of this life. Bless those families whose ancestors arrived on these shores generations ago, as well as those families that have come recently, to build a…
A year-or-so-ago, on Pentecost Sunday, appropriately, I had one of those rare-but-dramatic moments of divine illumination.
I had just finished celebrating the Sacrament of Confirmation for about two-dozen of our special needs children.
None other than the President of Ireland, Mary McAleese, had attended that 10:15 Mass at St. Patrick’s that morning, and was very moved by the ceremony. She graciously asked to meet each of the children and their beaming families.
As I began the introductions, I bought her to our first child. “Madam President” I began, “this is a wonderful Down Syndrome young man.”
The proud parents, with all the courtesy…