Prompted by the Catholics Come Home television commercials that aired throughout the Archdiocese of St. Louis this winter, Winch returned to the Catholic Church through St. Joseph Parish in Farmington.
"I really came home, and I just love it," said Winch, who had been born and raised Catholic but left the Church before she was confirmed. "I returned because I saw those ads. It was like the ads were talking to me."
It was no coincidence to Mother Mary Salvador that she was admitted to the hospital on Feb. 10, 2012 -- the same day President Barack Obama announced his so-called "compromise" for religious employers who objected to the HHS health care mandate.
The Passionist Nuns' superior, who was treated for pneumonia and a collapsed lung, said there's value to be found in the kind of physical suffering she experienced. With all of the evil present in the world, it's especially important now, more than ever, to take human suffering and turn it to prayer.
As the creation account in Genesis shows, our Lord recognizes the importance of rest from labor and taking the time to enjoy the beauty and goodness of life and creation. Far from speaking of merely six days of creation, the author of Genesis mentions that the seventh day -- the day of rest -- is itself an integral part of the whole creation process. It is sacred time. It is holy. Rest and renewal are intimately bound up with labor and production.
On Sunday, May 27, the Church will celebrate the feast of Pentecost, commemorating the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Blessed Mother and Jesus' disciples, as they awaited in fear in the days after His Resurrection and Ascension.
Pentecost is a birthday, of sorts, for the Church, when the Holy Spirit initiated the Church's mission, marked on the 50th day following Easter.
The archdiocesan Catholic Renewal Center is organizing several events to celebrate the feast.