On Tuesday we welcomed 1,200 Eighth Grade students from our Catholic schools to the Cathedral. This is one of my favorite annual events. It allows the students to enjoy a solemn Mass at the Cathedral – with commentary by yours truly. I remember Monsignor Ronald Knox’s book “The Mass in Slow Motion” which were commentaries he gave school girls during Masses he celebrated for them. I was very impressed by how well behaved and interested our students were in the holy rites. Art, music, beauty and sacred mystery draw us to the Lord. I explained to the kids the meaning of each of my vestments – gave an illustrated homily — and presented each student a blessed medal of St. Michael (I know . . . my vanity!).
We posed for “photos with Pope Francis” afterward. It’s times like these that I am so grateful for our Catholic Schools – and our dedicated teachers and staff. I love seeing the cathedral filled to overflowing – especially for the sanctification of our young people. Thank you to all who donated to this beautiful Temple of the Living God.