I'm so grateful for Fr. George Rutler's weekly homilies, pastor at St. Michael's Church in Manhattan, which always give me something to think and pray about.
Here's an excerpt from this week's column, which reminded me of our church project at Holy Cross:
In our distressed nation, nothing is more essential than what barbarians consider unessential. I think of the youth who in the days of Oliver Cromwell and his iconoclasts built a church in defiance of a hostile government. He was imprisoned in the Tower of London and died at the age of 27. The tablet in his church in Leicestershire is inscribed:
In the year 1653 when all things sacred were throughout the nation either demolished or profaned, Sir Robert Shirley, Baronet founded this church; whose singular praise it is to have done the best things in the worst times and hoped them in the most calamitous.