What was witnessed on January 6, 2021, was truly horrifying. This country has seen riots before — just look back to last May, June, and July. But we as a nation have never seen anything like the events that took place on a day when most Catholics throughout the world celebrate the Epiphany’s light.
It would be an understatement to say that 2020 has been a difficult year. Expectations are high for a better year in 2021, with the reality that, in some ways, even a little bit of improvement is better than this annus horribilis.
With the installation and blessing of sculptor Timothy Schmaltz’s “Angels Unawares” replica in Brooklyn’s Grand Army Plaza, we are reminded of a powerful reality — we are a nation of immigrants.
On December 9, 1531, a Mexican native, Juan Diego, originally named Cuauhtlatoatzin, was hurrying along to make it on time to Holy Mass for the feast day of the Immaculate Conception when he received an apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary, who spoke to him in his native language and who looked like he did — a Mexican native.
His Holiness, Pope Francis, published an op-ed piece in The New York Times last Thursday, entitled “A Crisis Reveals What is in Our Hearts.”
There is no need whatsoever for us to enumerate just how much of anannus horribilis (a horrible year) that this has been for our Church, our nation, our world.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio kept many parents and teachers in suspense this past weekend, about whether public schools would close and move to remote learning or if they might remain open. Mayor de Blasio made it quite clear that if the rolling-rate of COVID-19 cases reaches 3 percent, then all city schools will close.
We still don’t know exactly how Catholics voted in this election, but based on previous election cycles we can assume each candidate probably received more than 40 percent of the Catholic vote.
Pray for peace in our nation. This country is so much greater than a single presidential election. Pray that everyone can be women and men of peace and healing — of reconciliation — and that we can remember that we are called to be good citizens of this realm with our hearts and minds set on the world to come.
The editorial boards of secular newspapers do it. So why does The Tablet choose not to endorse political candidates? It’s a question we are often asked. Perhaps now is the time to offer some insight, during the final days of an election that seems to be tearing the country apart.