For me personally, Saturday April 28 represented a new milestone when for the first time ever I celebrated six different sacraments in one day: An Anointing of the Sick at St. David’s Hospital in the morning, a Marriage at 2 p.m., a Reconciliation after that, and the Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist with the older children completing their Sacraments. Wow! If only I was a Bishop then I could have also ordained someone. Fortunately (on a lot of levels) I am not a Bishop. Six Sacraments in one day was enough.
Anyway, if in some places in our country the Catholic Church is contracting and shrinking, it certainly is not doing so here at St. Austin! All of these sacramental celebrations are wonderful signs of vitality and life. We are truly blessed by the Holy Spirit to have so much life in this place. It is a blessing and also a task. We need to continually shine the light engendered here beyond this place into our homes, workplaces, classrooms, markets and places of entertainment, into all of the world. What happens here at St. Austin is not just for our sake but for the benefit of all the world.
We have been truly blessed, and that means we also have a greater responsibility for truly being a LUMEN GENTIUM, a light to all the people.