Giving Witness: Warm Hearts in a Cold Church

The welcome hustle and bustle of the Xmas season is upon us (and the unthinking frenzy that often accompanies it), but we must not forget the many lawsuits that Bishop McDonnell has initiated, which continue to drag their way through secular courts like so many ghosts of Marley burdened with hard steel chains. 
The wise decision of Judge Ponsor to allow preservation of Our Lady of Hope Church continues to be appealed by Egan and Co., who apparently would like nothing better than to knock it flat. The "Satan on a Schwinn" controversy continues in Northampton. And most importantly, a response is due from the so-called trespassers at Mater Dolorosa to the over 100-count lawsuit filed against them.

 The faithful parishioners of Mater Dolorosa are up against it. It doesn't help that church officials cut off the heat and have been harassing the vigilers in the sanctity of their spiritual home over made-up "concerns" about extension cords and circuit breakers that never troubled them back when Fr. Alex put them in. 

As the temperature plummets, we must never forget our brothers and sisters who are giving witness in cold churches tonight, INCLUDING ST. STAN'S IN ADAMS, and every night—in fact, 24/7..... 

Remember the gospel for tuesday:

R. (7a) The Lord hears the cry of the poor.
I will bless the LORD at all times;
his praise shall be ever in my mouth.
Let my soul glory in the LORD;
the lowly will hear me and be glad.
R. The Lord hears the cry of the poor.
Look to him that you may be radiant with joy,
and your faces may not blush with shame.
When the poor one called out, the LORD heard,
and from all his distress he saved him.
R. The Lord hears the cry of the poor.
The LORD confronts the evildoers,
to destroy remembrance of them from the earth.
When the just cry out, the LORD hears them,
and from all their distress he rescues them.
R. The Lord hears the cry of the poor.
The LORD is close to the brokenhearted;
and those who are crushed in spirit he saves.
The LORD redeems the lives of his servants;
no one incurs guilt who takes refuge in him.
R. The Lord hears the cry of the poor.

god bless them.