Saint Josemaria Escriva, founder of Opus Dei, passed from this life on June 26, 1975.

A mass for his Feast Day was held yesterday at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City. Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio, of the Diocese of Brooklyn, was joined by Monsignor Tom Bohlin, U.S. Vicar of Opus Dei, and other priests, along with members and friends of Opus Dei.

The mass at the Cathedral was held just hours after the decision in the New York State Senate to approve same-sex marriage. Commenting on it in his homily, Bishop DiMarzio said: “Yes, evil triumphed.” But quickly referred to the need to “begin again” as St. Josemaria was known to say, with a “Eucharist” centered life. The fact that some of the key figures in the decision were Catholic, points to the significant work of formation that needs to done.

In this difficult moment for both the United States and the Catholic Church in America, hopefully Catholics (who need to) will begin again to better understand, live out, and share the ‘treasure’ they’ve been given — with a Eucharist-centered life — rather than the self-centered life so common in individualistic societies. The best hope for the U.S. (to be saved from narcissism), has always been Catholics living a truly Christ-centered life. The Feast of Corpus Christi is a good time to start again.

This passage #715 from Escriva’s book, The Forge is timely: “We Children of God, who are citizens with the same standing as any others, have to take part fearlessly in all honest human activities and organizations so that Christ may be present in them.

“Our Lord will ask a strict account of each of one of us if through neglect or love of comfort we do not freely strive to play a part in the human developments and decisions on which the present and future of society depend.”

At the end of the mass, Msgr. Bohlin echoed St. Josemaria in calling for people to “drown evil in an abundance of good.”

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