Padre Pio, Canon Law, and Herod the Tetrarch

A few items that may be of interest:

(1) Since today is the feast of St. Pio of Pietrelcina (aka Padre Pio), I thought I would share the remarkable story of Wanda Poltawska (a family friend of the man who would become Pope John Paul II), who was miraculously cured of terminal brain cancer through the intercession of none other than Padre Pio. Back in 1999 we published in Lay Witness magazine a first-person account by Dr. Poltawska of her healing, but tragically the computer files for that issue were lost. However, a few years ago the Catholic Digest published a good account of the incident, which may be accessed here. Enjoy!

(2) I highly recommend the canon law blog of Ed Peters. In his most recent post, he provides some interesting commentary on an address by Bishop Robert Vasa (for my money, one of the finest shepherds we have in the United States) on the role of diocesan bishops vis a vis the national episcopal conference (in our case, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, or USCCB). He also gives the latest on the “Catholic” Health Association, a topic that is all-too-familiar to Catholic Hour readers. [more]

(3) Today”s Gospel enda with the line, “And he kept trying to see him.” The “him” is Jesus. The “he” is, of all people, Herod the Tetrarch. Herod certainly is not a good man–he notes in passing in this Gospel that he already has killed John the Baptist–but nonetheless even he wants to see Christ.

Way back in 200 A.D. St. Irenaeus said that “the life of man is the vision of God.”  We are made for what is called the beatific vision, in which we will see God face to face. Our Lord said that those who are pure of heart will see God.

Our Lord tells His apostles how blessed they are to see what they see. They were blessed to spend three years on earth with the God-man. The Old Testament prophets and holy men longed to see what they see, but weren”t given that blessing.

While we don”t see Jesus as He walked on earth, and we don”t yet enjoy the beatific vision in heaven which no eye on earth has seen (1 Cor. 2:9), we do have the vision of the Christian faith, which invests every aspect of our lives with supernatural purpose and meaning. And we do “see” Our Lord, who is truly present in the Eucharist under the appearance of bread and wine. We see Him at Mass, and we see Him whenever we spend time praying before Him outside of Mass.

Let us seek the Lord”s face in all that we do today, and let us savor time with Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament.

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