In the past six weeks of rehab and recovery from my knee replacement surgery, you have all been in my thoughts and prayers, especially those in the prayer chain emails and those who have asked me to pray for them. As I write this on July 10, I still have a few more weeks of physical therapy but the wheels are in motion for me to be released to return to work on a full-time basis on July 17 and to return to my ministry in the parish; I plan to start assisting at Mass again next weekend. Thanks again for all of your thoughts, prayers and well wishes.
This week we have Optional Memorials (GIRM 355 – “On weekdays in Ordinary Time, there may be chosen either the Mass of the weekday, or the Mass of an Optional Memorial which happens to occur on that day …) for 3 Saints that I knew little about. Tuesday, St. Camillus de Lellis, Priest, who was a soldier addicted to gambling but his conversion led him to found a society (Camillians [M.I.]) that today numbers 1,120 religious, which established hospitals and cared for the sick with affection and diligence; patron of nurses, of the sick, and of hospitals. Thursday, St. Apollinaris, Bishop, Martyr, who was ordained bishop by St. Peter himself; renowned for his power to heal in the name of Christ, he was frequently exiled, tortured, and imprisoned for the faith, and finally martyred. Friday, St. Lawrence of Brindisi, Priest, was a Capuchin, linguist, military chaplain, diplomat, and minister general; learned exegete, forceful preacher, and conversationalist. And then on Saturday we have the Memorial (GIRM 354 – “If Mass is celebrated with the people, the priest should follow the Calendar of the church [i.e. celebrate the Memorial] …) Feast of a very familiar St., Mary Magdalene, but maybe a less known about her is that it is almost universally agreed today that her being identified as the sinful woman of Luke 7:36-50 is unfounded.