Feast of Corpus Christi

06-19-2022Pastor's LetterFr. Michael Straley

In the Breviary there is this interesting reading from a letter written to Diognetus:

“Christians are indistinguishable from other men (and women) either by nationality, language or customs. They do not inhabit separate cities of their own, or speak a strange dialect, or follow some outlandish way of life. Their teaching is not based upon reveries inspired by the curiosity of men. Unlike some other people, they champion no purely human doctrine. With regard to dress, food and manner of life in general, they follow the customs of whatever city they happen to be living in.

And yet there is something extraordinary about their lives. They live in their own countries as though they were only passing through. They play their full role as citizens. Any country can be their homeland, but for them their homeland, wherever it may be, is a foreign country. Like others, they marry and have children. They share their meals, but not their wives. They live in the flesh, but they are not governed by the desires of the flesh. They pass their days upon earth, but they are citizens of heaven. Obedient to the laws, they yet live on a level that transcends the law.

Christians love all men...in general terms, we may say that the Christian is to the world what the soul is to the body.”

Happy feast of Corpus Christi.