April 17, 2020
Dear Parishioners and Friends of Our Lady of the Assumption,
Most of the ideas in the following column are taken from an article appearing in a prominent news magazine. Email me if you would like the article.
Last week, “In Rome, the silence was overwhelming as the Pope imparted the Urbi et Orbi blessing. A sad rain sprinkled the Square. Pope Francis was alone and seemingly forlorn, overlooking St. Peter’s Square in the Vatican. His homily was resounding, and echoed on the colonnades; “For some weeks now, it seems that everything has gone dark,” said the Pope. “We find ourselves frightened and lost… Embrace the Lord to embrace hope: that is the strength of faith, which frees from fear and gives hope.
Many participated in the ceremony online. In the United Kingdom, there were more than ten million. In Spain, it was the most-watched broadcast in March. Similar phenomena have unfolded in other parts of the world. In France, Sunday Mass on television is pulverizing all previous records with millions of viewers. In Germany, audiences are at an all-time high. On YouTube, thousands of parishes and priests are praying with the faithful across the internet and around the world. A recent national survey showed that more than half of American adults were praying for an end to the pandemic—and that a quarter of those who do not profess any religion are also praying to God.
During a recent homily, a Spanish priest said something insightful; “Many of the faithful have been asking if the coronavirus is a punishment from God. Well, who knows? ….. but it is easier for God to show His infinite mercy to men than His wrath. God’s wrath . . . is limited…What’s so special about God is His mercy, because His mercy is infinite.”
Yours in Christ,
Fr. Edward Domme
Our Lady of the Assumption Church
Rev. Edward C. Domme, Pastor
811 Guaymas Place NE
Albuquerque, NM 87108
Parish Office (505)256-9818