Mary is Queen of Heaven

My dear friends,

During this month of May we honor Mary, our mother and the Mother of God. I commend to you this delightful poem from Gerard Manley Hopkins. God bless you, and Happy Feast of Our Lady of Fatima.

The Blessed Virgin compared to the Air we Breathe

Wild air, world-mothering air,
Nestling me everywhere,
That each eyelash or hair
Girdles; goes home betwixt
The fleeciest, frailest-flixed
Snowflake; that’s fairly mixed
With, riddles, and is rife
In every least thing’s life;
This needful, never spent,
And nursing element;
My more than meat and drink,
My meal at every wink;
This air, which, by life’s law,
My lung must draw and draw
Now but to breathe its praise,
Minds me in many ways
Of her who not only
Gave God’s infinity
Dwindled to infancy
Welcome in womb and breast,
Birth, milk, and all the rest
But mothers each new grace
That does now reach our race—
Mary Immaculate,
Merely a woman, yet
Whose presence, power is
Great as no goddess’s
Was deemèd, dreamèd; who
This one work has to do—
Let all God’s glory through,
God’s glory which would go
Through her and from her flow
Off, and no way but so.

I say that we are wound
With mercy round and round
As if with air: the same 1
Is Mary, more by name.
She, wild web, wondrous robe,
Mantles the guilty globe,
Since God has let dispense
Her prayers his providence:
Nay, more than almoner,
The sweet alms’ self is her
And men are meant to share
Her life as life does air.

If I have understood,
She holds high motherhood
Towards all our ghostly good
And plays in grace her part
About man’s beating heart,
Laying, like air’s fine flood,
The deathdance in his blood;
Yet no part but what will
Be Christ our Saviour still.
Of her flesh he took flesh:
He does take fresh and fresh,
Though much the mystery how,
Not flesh but spirit now
And makes, O marvellous!
New Nazareths in us,
Where she shall yet conceive
Him, morning, noon, and eve;
New Bethlems, and he born
There, evening, noon, and morn
Bethlem or Nazareth,
Men here may draw like breath
More Christ and baffle death;
Who, born so, comes to be
New self and nobler me
In each one and each one
More makes, when all is done,
Both God’s and Mary’s Son.

Again, look overhead
How air is azurèd;
O how! nay do but stand
Where you can lift your hand
Skywards: rich, rich it laps
Round the four fingergaps.
Yet such a sapphire-shot,
Charged, steepèd sky will not
Stain light. Yea, mark you this: 2
It does no prejudice.
The glass-blue days are those
When every colour glows,
Each shape and shadow shows.
Blue be it: this blue heaven
The seven or seven times seven
Hued sunbeam will transmit
Perfect, not alter it.
Or if there does some soft,
On things aloof, aloft,
Bloom breathe, that one breath more
Earth is the fairer for.
Whereas did air not make
This bath of blue and slake
His fire, the sun would shake,
A blear and blinding ball
With blackness bound, and all
The thick stars round him roll
Flashing like flecks of coal,
Quartz-fret, or sparks of salt,
In grimy vasty vault.
So God was god of old:
A mother came to mould
Those limbs like ours which are
What must make our daystar
Much dearer to mankind;
Whose glory bare would blind
Or less would win man’s mind.
Through her we may see him
Made sweeter, not made dim,
And her hand leaves his light
Sifted to suit our sight.

Be thou then, thou dear
Mother, my atmosphere;
To wend and meet no sin;
Above me, round me lie
Fronting my froward eye
With sweet and scarless sky;
Stir in my ears, speak there
Of God’s love, O live air,
Of patience, penance, prayer:
World-mothering air, air wild,
Wound with thee, in thee isled,
Fold home, fast fold thy child.

DACA Solidarity Prayer Service

Please pray for our brothers and sisters among us who are impacted directly by this upcoming Supreme Court decision.  I will be participating in the webinar prayer service.  I will post my remarks separately.  God bless you.

Fr. Mitch​

Archbishop Carlson, along with the archdiocesan Immigration Task Force, and other Catholic leaders, will hold a virtual prayer vigil to express solidarity with DACA program recipients and to call for a more just and merciful immigration system.

  • ​The Supreme Court is expected to decide on the fate of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program within the next few weeks. If the decision is released on a Monday, the prayer vigil will be held from 5:00-8:00 p.m. on Wednesday of that week. If the decision is released on a Thursday, the prayer vigil will be held from 5:00-8:00 p.m. on Friday of that week.

  • The vigil will be live streamed on Facebook and other social media platforms.

  • Further information will be distributed as it becomes available. Please contact mariekenyon@archstl.org with any questions.

Beatitudes for Mothers

Blessed are mothers
who did without for us,
they will be rewarded.

Blessed are mothers
who lost sleep when we were sick,
they will find rest.

Blessed are mothers
who taught us how to pray, they
will share God’s kingdom.

Blessed are mothers
who comforted us,
they shall be comforted.

Blessed are mothers
who taught us right from wrong,
they will know justice.

Blessed are mothers
who shared with us
the meaning of peace,
they shall know peace.

Blessed are mothers
who taught us the importance
of loving God and each other,
they shall see God.

–author unknown

In Memoriam: Connie Rohrbach

In your charity, please pray for the soul of Connie Rohrbach who passed away Thursday, May 7, 2020. Please include her family in your prayers.
Visitation and services will be private.

Eternal Rest Grant Unto Her, O Lord……

One Step at a Time

Dear Friends,

Archbishop Carlson has communicated to us that we may resume public Masses on Monday, May 18.  He will provide guidelines directing how can best open while being safe and respectful of the ongoing concerns regarding the presence of the coronavirus in our community.  I will likewise post, probably on Tuesday, May 12, our guidelines regarding how to attend Mass the following week.  

The good news is that we will be able to celebrate together.  It will not be the same; and I believe we are learning it will never be the same.  What is the same is God’s love for us.  What is the same is God’s presence to us and within us.  What is the same is God’s promise to us.  The Holy Spirit will be sent upon each one of us and we will search together for the ways God is calling us to reveal his glory through our love for one another.

We will continue our Friday Eucharistic Processions for healing and peace in our community, every Friday at 6:00 pm..  This evening we will travel west on Delor, north on Ridgewood, east on Taft and south on Newport back to the Grotto.

Please also note that roses will be available on the sidewalk in front of church this Sunday from 9-11:30 AM.  Please come by!

You are in my daily prayer.  Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.