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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

How the "O Orien Antiphon" Guides us in Phoenix Today

"O dawn of the east, brightness of light eternal, and sun of justice: come, and enlighten those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death".  This is the O Antiphon of the day - orien meaning dawn.  And yes, I'm guessing this is where we derive the words orient, orientation, oriental in case you're like me and what to go play around with these later.

We need surety about a few things. As a human community, we rely on certainties such as sunrise and sunset so that we can maintain an order about life. Our cycle of life sort of depends on this basic natural phenomenon.  Imagine how lost our agricultural system would have become if we did not have this simple assurance of the daylight cycle. This would be true of every environmental system that relies on the sun - which is all of them.  We need light.  We need enlightenment. We need God's eternal brilliance to drag us out of darkness.

We got that here in Phoenix today, loud and clear from our beloved Bishop Olmsted. We are people who have sat in darkness & the shadow of death.  We were led astray perhaps by powerful, feted and fatted institutions who we thought were protecting and preserving our most vulnerable when in fact they were not.  It is time for light. It is now the time to wake from sleep.

I've attached the Bishop's press conference from earlier today.  Please pray for him and for all who are involved in this situation. And when you get a chance, please thank him for doing exactly what he was called to do:  "To be faithful to Jesus Christ and His Church".

May we all continue to be as courageous for the right to life.

News Conference at the Diocesan Pastoral Center, Dec. 21, 2010 from Diocese of Phoenix on Vimeo.

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