Weekly Musings from the Priest Administrator
Saint James Church, St. Augustine, FL
A Catholic Community of the Personal Ordinariate
of the Chair of Saint Peter

Saint Aloysius Gonzaga

Greetings from the Nation's Capital!

I arrived here Monday for the Orientale Lumen XXI (Light of the East) Conference at the Washington Retreat House near the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception and the Catholic University of America, to be greeted by our old friends, thunder and rain, and a stale, humid "afterglow" that defies what we experience in Florida, where at least the wind moves things along afterward.This is the 21st of a long series of annual conferences offered by Eastern Christian Publications and The Society of St. John Chrysostom, both headquartered here in the area. Many eminent speakers and representatives of the Eastern Orthodox, Eastern Catholic (Uniate) and Roman Catholic churches have spoken, and will continue to do so until noon tomorrow, when I head to Reagan National to fly home. The fellowship is also important, and I have had the blessed opportunity to meet new friends in the Orthodox churches and deepen my passion for the fulfillment of the Lord's clearly articulated desire (John 13-17, writings of St. Paul, etc.) to see ONE Catholic and Orthodox, Holy, Apostolic Church. Jesus will not come back for a Bride split down the middle by division, including the scandalous fact we cannot canonically receive communion from each other! What a horrible situation. And most sadly, too many Christians, historic and post-reformation, just don't see any particular point to fixing the situation. These conferences and their attendees DO GET IT, and we work and pray for the final restoration of real unity among us all.

On a somewhat different note, I overheard one family in the van that was taking us from the Union Station Metro to the hotel I'm staying at that it seemed that Father's Day was having a prolonged lease on life this year . . . I forget the specifics . . . but it did occur to me that that actually happened in my own home this year via an extended weekend devoted to ole' Dad (via presents and telephone calls, unusual for Father's Day), and then it struck me. Yes, of course, it's the Heavenly Father who is ultimately blessed and glorified by the Church and Body of His Son when God's people come together as one, just as the Holy Trinity is One! Things are indeed linked, in heaven and on earth!

We have officially entered the extended "Green Season" now in our liturgical life, and that green should remind us of that slow but sure growth of the things of the Spirit of the Lord in our individual and common lives. I pray all of you - through the summer heat and haze, wherever you're living at the moment - will sense the moving of the "wind" of the Lord in your lives day by day, and come together often to worship Him in Spirit and in Truth. Including at St. James, where we will gather again this Sunday at 10:30 a.m. to celebrate our New Life in Christ via Word and Sacrament. Hope to see some of you then!

Also, please remember the Golden Way Film Society event this Sunday afternoon at 4 p.m. at Abella's studio of dance (in the Industrial Park across from Cobblestone), where we will view the docu-movie "Dancing in Jaffa" concerning ballroom dance world champion Pierre Dulaine (now long retired) who returns to his native Jaffa to mentor and enable 11-year old children, Arab and Jewish Israeli, to learn to encounter each other with respect and mutual honor. The 90 minute movie will be followed by a short address by an area scholar and then some wine and cheese - and - dancing! The evening ends early at 7 p.m. so folks can be on their way. Presumably there will be something in the Record this week, hopefully the Compass local events magazine for sure, but in any case you're hearing of it here. Another opportunity to affirm our common humanity and somehow through it all lay groundwork for the ultimate Restoration (Hebrew: Tikkun) of all things at the coming of the Lord.

Have a blessed week, try to stay cool, and see you this weekend.

The Lord bless and Love you all,
Fr. Nicholas A. Marziani, Jr., D.Min.

P.S. For those so inclined, I am filling in for Fr. Ivan this Saturday at the Shrine Church for his noon Mass while he is out of town. It's a daily Mass, not the Sunday liturgy, but for those who want that opportunity, I just thought I'd let you know