September 14 is the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross, and I can't help but reflect on how appropriate a few of today's happenings are.
First, as I posted yesterday, Amy O'Rourke is beautifully bringing faith, hope and love to the world following her police officer's husband's tragic death on Sunday evening. Today was Officer Patrick O'Rourke's funeral Mass. Amy addressed the hundreds in attendance, and once again took the opportunity to celebrate the gift of faith, marriage and family:
Amy O'Rourke is an incredible, tear-jerking witness to the conviction of the hope of the cross.
Secondly, today marks the beginning of Pope Benedict XVI's trip to Lebanon. It is a dangerous one. Already, a KFC was burned in the country, with protesters shouting anti-Pope slogans. One person was killed. The Holy Father is a brave witness to the light of faith, drawing his strength from Christ.
Thirdly, today is the birthday of Kenosis: Teen Disciples of Love and Life. It's been only two years since our first meeting with a dozen teens at Ruah Woods. Now, dozens have become involved and are sharing their conviction of God's love and self-gift with others.
So, we continue to exalt our Savior who died for us on the cross, asking for the courage to embrace the cross with Him, and to know how to receive His love more every day.