Today is the feastday of Saint Josemaria Escriva, and a Mass was held in his honor this evening at San Antonio’s San Fernando Cathedral, celebrated by our Archbishop.
Everything about this Mass was extraordinary. The Cathedral itself was beutiful, as it always is. The choir has never sounded better than it did tonight. So many of my friends, Brother Knights from our Council at the Cathedral, were serving around the altar, were acolytes, Eucharistic Ministers, a Deacon – heck, we almost had a quorum present, enough to hold an official Knights of Columbus meeting. 🙂
Archbishop Gustavo gave one of the best homilies I’ve ever heard from anyone. And his words at the end of Mass regarding the horrible mistake made by the U.S. Supreme Court in its ruling on marriage brought everyone to their feet giving him a standing ovation the likes of which I’ve seldom seen. And these were dignified Opus Dei types standing and clapping loudly.
And the people! I swear! Taken as individuals most Opus Dei folks seem just as normal as anyone else, but when gathered together (and the Cathedral was packed tonight), the presence of a powerful, happy, dignified love is so palpable it simply cannot be denied. It’s a feeling of family, of friendly acceptance, of belonging together that I have never sensed in any other gathering of people. But it’s always there with Opus Dei folks.
What a wonderful evening this was!