Memorial Day is a day to remember and a day to appreciate those who serve and their families. President Benjamin Harrison noted while it is a day of memory and sadness it is a day to celebrate and commemorate the bravery, strength and pride that fills the hearts of those who serve their country.
“I have never been able to think of the day as one of mourning; I have never quite been able to feel that half-masted flags were appropriate on Decoration Day. I have rather felt that the flag should be at the peak, because those whose dying we commemorate rejoiced in seeing it where their valor placed it. We honor them in a joyous, thankful, triumphant commemoration of what they did. We mourn for them as comrades, who have departed, but we feel the glory of their dying and the glory of their achievement covers all our great country, and has set them in an imperishable roll of honor.“ President Benjamin Harrison Independence Hall Philadelphia Decoration Day May 30, 1891.
I am at St. Bernard Abbey in Alabama this weekend attending their school graduation and it is my honor to be giving the commencement speech. I extend words of appreciation to Fr. Alex Bradshaw and Fr. John Mulligan for covering the weekend Masses in my absence.
Do not forget the Feast of the Ascension is this week, a holy day of obligation; Masses are at 5:00 PM on Wednesday and 6:45 AM on Thursday.
May the grace and peace of Easter remain with you always!
Let us continue to pray for peace in our world!
In peace and courage,