Today's feastday belongs to one of our Holy Cross "Window Saints," whose beautiful image we will soon enjoy - St. Laurence O'Toole. We should probably establish some kind of tradition around the saints for whom we have images at Holy Cross. Let's pray about it.
St. Laurence's window shows his episcopal crozier and his abbatial mitre - he was Abbot of Glendalough monastery and Archbishop of Dublin. He played a leading role in building the Church in Ireland, not only by physically erecting monasteries and churches, but by strenthening the holiness of the people and the prayerfulness of the liturgy. He was a great friend and helper of the poor. When urged by family, friends and monks to make a will when it was clear he was dying, he is said to have replied that he was joyful he had given everything away.
I'm still researching the meaning of the "House of Gold" icon at the top of his window. If anyone has clues, please let me know. It is a term for Mary in the Litany of Mary.
Eileen and Russell Johnston and family are the generous donors of the St. Laurence O'Toole window to Holy Cross Church. Let us pray that St. Laurence blesses their generosity in a special way today.