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August 6: Day by Day with Father Bill

FEAST OF THE TRANSFIGURATION OF THE LORD

 
The 43rd Anniversary of the Death of Saint Pope Paul VI
The 76th Anniversary of the Nuclear Bombing of Hiroshima, Japan
 
-from Saint Pope John Paul’s homily on the 21st anniversary of the death of Saint Pope Paul VI
 
We, pilgrims on earth, are granted to rejoice in the company of the transfigured Lord when we immerse ourselves in the things of above through prayer and the celebration of the divine mysteries. But, like the disciples, we too must descend from Tabor into daily life where human events challenge our faith. On the mountain we saw; on the paths of life we are asked tirelessly to proclaim the Gospel which illuminates the steps of believers.This spiritual conviction guided the whole ecclesial mission (of Pope Paul VI) who returned to the Father’s house precisely on the Feast of the Transfiguration. In a reflection he had planned to give at the Angeles on that day, [Sunday,] August 6, 1978, he said, The Transfiguration of the Lord…throws a dazzling light on our daily life, and makes us turn our mind to the immortal destiny which that fact foreshadows.
 
Praying with Father Bill
 
May the mushroom cloud which rained downed untold death and destruction upon the innocent people of Japan never darken our planet again. Together, let us be committed to disarming our world of nuclear weapons.
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