Thursday, the 27th week of Ordinary Time
Mass at noon: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday
Saturday at 5:00 - Sunday at 9:00, 11:15am and 8:30pm when school is in session
When the people gather for prayer, all are welcome.
Saint of the day - John XXIII
Readings for today’s Mass
Upon the death of Pius XII, Cardinal Roncalli was old and not a well man when he was elected and became John XXIII. The frontrunner for the conclave of 1958 was actually Bishop Giovanni Montini, (Paul VI) but he was not yet a cardinal. (By tradition popes are chosen from the College of Cardinals, tho it is not required that he be a cardinal.) The Cardinals expected little of Roncalli, he would make Montini a cardinal and keep the Chair of Peter warm for his successor, presumably Giovanni Montini. And that is basically what happened.
But no one expected Vatican II to happen during the interim.
There was much inside opposition to convening the council. One story recounts a member of the Roman Curia telling the Pope: "We can't possibly get a council ready by 1963." Undeterred, the persistent Pope John is reported to have answered, "All right, we'll have it in 1962."
Today is the anniversary of John XXIII convening the council that has since been known simply as Vatican II. With these now immortal words, he said the Council would serve to “throw open the windows of the Church and let the fresh air of the Spirit blow through.” And that has made a world of difference for the Church and where we are today.
As with the current papacy, Vatican II naysayers suggest the Holy Spirit made a mistake with the election of Cardinal Roncalli. Others recall that the Spirit works in mysterious and wonderful ways. St John XXIII's feast day is celebrated on the anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council in 1962.
If ever you find yourself doubting your potential, remember this “accidental” pope of whom little was expected. The Holy Spirit can do great things with people with a willing spirit. Sometimes with those you’d least expect.