I was going to record a reflection for All Souls’ Day, but then I realized that was double work…I had one of the parish Masses last night, which, it turns out, was in fact livestreamed. So here’s the entire Mass; the Gospel starts at the 22 minute mark; the homily concludes at the 31 minute mark.
Just an audio reflection tonight…still working on my video production skills. Also having an issue with YouTube; it keeps defaulting me to YouTube Vietnam, and I have to manually change my location back to the US. I’ve had this problem before – well, last time it had me in Czechia – but I can’t seem to fix it. But that is for another day. Here’s a (kinda long) reflection on All Saints Day. Enjoy!
What…what have I done?
Just a quick few thoughts about the martyrs we celebrate today.
And pray for me; I have a 4 hour zoom meeting this afternoon. Some might call that it’s own form of martyrdom…
I have no idea what I did differently this time, but I think it worked. Still, this has been a rather frustrating experience. Some changes to our format may come as a result. We’ll see.
WordPress has drastically changed the back-end editor during my hiatus. Classic case of “This works fine, we better fix it.” It’s rather irritating, because I don’t have the time nor the inclination to learn this seemingly more complicated interface in great depth. Anyway…I’m going to try this again. If this doesn’t work, I might have to go back into hiatus for a few days until I can figure out a better solution.
UPDATE: Not gonna work. Seems that WordPress no longer supports audio files of this type. And yet all of my previous uploads seem to work, and they’re all the exact same file format. Looks like I have a project for the afternoon.
I’m finally back! I can’t believe it either. Here’s something for your listening pleasure…
Had a little bit of time in between Masses, so I figured I’d get this done now. Didn’t have much time to edit it, though, so there’s that.
Today’s readings can be found here. Pay special attention to the second reading.
Saint Ignatius of Loyola is one of my favorite saints, and has had a tremendous impact on my spiritual life. Ignatius, as you probably know, founded the Society of Jesus, or as they are commonly known, the Jesuits. I would not be a priest today – I would not be the person I am today – without the influence of some truly good and holy Jesuits throughout my life. So I spent just a few minutes reflecting on him today.
Totally forgot to work today’s scripture readings into this reflection. Pretty sure I failed to do that at Mass, too. Oh well.
Just a short take on today’s readings, which contain, on the one hand, some familiar imagery, and on the other hand, some rather bizarre imagery.