This past weekend I celebrated our annual Mass in honor of Our Lady Queen of the Angels, patron saint of this great city of Los Angeles.
The first reading for the liturgy was the prophecy of Isaiah that we usually hear during Christmas time: “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light. Upon those who lived in a land of gloom a light has shone.”
And as I listened to the prophet’s words, it struck me that many good people are suffering in the Church today. It is not only the young people who have been hurt by members of the Church. So many ordinary Catholics are feeling angry and betrayed, walking in darkness, as if they are now living in a land of gloom.