It’s Friday the 13th—a day that strikes genuine fear into the hearts of many people who consider themselves otherwise rational. But if you run into a Catholic who is faithfully following the teachings of the Church, you won’t find them in distress today. That’s because Catholics have found something that far surpasses any superstitious belief: the truth of the Gospel.
The next time you go to church, bring a compass with you. Chances are you will find that the church is built facing the east. This is no coincidence. Though it has not been possible on every occasion, many Catholic churches have been built to face the east.
On Tuesday, the Church celebrates the Memorial of Saint Josemaría Escrivá, a faithful Spanish priest who founded Opus Dei in 1928.
Easter is over, summer has begun, and life feels as though it’s slowed down a bit. We’re a few weeks into Ordinary Time and we’re faced with a long stretch between now and Advent. But this Ordinary Time is not just an interlude.
The first reading from last Friday’s Mass struck me, and prompted me to think about Ordinary Time in a new way: