Fr. Joe's homily for today's feast of St. Anthony Mary Claret was especially delightful.
Fr. Joe began with a little background on the meaning of the word "tradition" using a family's preparation for Christmas as an example. Then he took a tripod and explained that everything in the Church is based on three legs. He stressed that all three legs are essential and if one leg of the tripod is missing it cannot stand. All three legs of the Church are necessary. Those legs are:
Tradition, Scripture and Teaching
|St. Anthony Mary Claret|
Fr. Joe reminded us that it is our parents, teachers and other helpful friends who can, just like St. Anthony Mary Claret, help us to reach the center by teaching us about our faith. And for our part, we need to make sure that the target we are aiming for is always Jesus.
In this Year of Faith, a simple, yet important message like the one that Fr. Joe shared with the school children, can go a long way toward helping everyone to understand the basic tenets of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Today I celebrate the blessing of a good priest like Fr. Joe, and Tradition, Scripture and Teaching! How wonderful it is to be Catholic!