In the coming days we priests will be quite busy – there is nothing unusual about that. We will be quite busy hearing the confessions of our children both in the school and in religious education. We will be trying to get our hearts ready for the Season of Advent and for Christmas. I firmly believe that getting our children to regular confession is important because they need to form good faith habits at a young age.
On November 19th, Saturday, our own Archbishop Blase Cupich will join the College of Cardinals. This is a distinct honor that Pope Francis is conferring on our shepherd. This gesture is an even greater validation of the archbishop whom the Holy Father personally chose. Even though it is true that previous Archbishops of Chicago have always been cardinals, this selection sends out a clear message. Pope Francis endorses our archbishop completely because he resonates with the Pope’s mind and heart. The Supreme Pontiff is confident that Cardinal Cupich will accomplish in Chicago and in the US what he hopes to bring about in the Universal Church.
Everyone loves a winner. Whether we are die-hard Cubs fans or lifelong loyal White Sox fans, as Chicagoans, we are all proud of our Cubbies. Their relentless never-die spirit, their inexhaustible optimism and their ability to come back after being down 1-3 in the World Series have inspired us all. This well-deserved victory has infused a spring in our step and a song in our heart. In spite of all the problems facing our city and state, for a moment we can totally ignore those monumental setbacks.
Born in India to deeply-committed Catholic parents, Fr Britto is one of seven children. He joined the Salesians of Don Bosco as a young man and was ordained a priest in 1981.
After he completed his priestly formation and his early education in India, he came to the US for his graduate degree in Journalism at...Read more...