This week Ma has turned the landscape various shades of green and dotted it with pinks, purples and shades of white azaleas. Many of the trees are in full green, a sign that summer is just around the corner. Temperatures this week have risen too.
In my office space it is goo to be able to use natural light for much of the time.
The Church's liturgy is in a sense "in full bloom" today offering us three saints to venerate and remember: Pope St. Gregory VII, St. Bede the Venerable, and an Italian nun, St. Mary Magdalene de Pazzi.
Gregory VII, also called Hildebrand, served as a valued aide to seven Popes. Then he too was named to the See of Peter. He was known as a "reformer", one who worked hard in a thankless job. Because he had to call certain clerics and political leaders to task, he was not always popular. History repeats itself, doesn't it? When a leader has to remind his followers to toe the line, his popularity status soon drops. However Hildebrand kept his eyes on the eternal goal, and did much good to the whole church.
St. Bede was an English monk known even before his death as a learned and holy man. His writings, including his history of the Church, still exist to teach us today.
St. Mary Magdalene de Pazzi rounds off the trio of Saints offered for today. She died in 1607 in Italy where she had lived a life of intense prayer and good works in a Carmelite convent.
May all three of this saintly men and women intercede for our church and our world today.