Today is the anniversary of the dedication of the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels and for those of us blessed to belong to the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, it is a feast day for us. We started celebrating this morning in true Carmelite style: singing the Divine Office, hymns for Mass in three part harmony, and recreation (conversation) at meals. Knowing that all this festivity would take place today, I used my morning mediation time to reflect on the basis of the celebration.
Our Cathedral is truly grace-full, that is, full of many graces. As I prayed this morning, four specific graces came to mind and I will share them with you now.
Preeminently, every Cathedral is for the members of its diocese a connection to Rome, to Peter, to Christ. We are not alone. We belong to the Church which has weathered every storm through the past twenty centuries and has the assurance that the gates of hell will not prevail against her. We know this but we are body and soul people so we need physical reminders of it. The actual structural existence of the cathedral provides that. There is a place that I can go, a building within which I can stand, an altar before which I may kneel, and know that in communion with the Church, I will not be overcome. What a grace! (more…)