Monday, April 6, 2009
The South is Rising Again!
Although the picture refers to a different kind of rising - after my short visit to Greenville, South Carolina, I can certainly assert that the future of the Church in the United States will be heavily influenced by what is going on down South. Visiting the parish of the great Father Jay Scott Newman, and blogger-in-chief, Father Dwight Longenecker, after a wonderful supper with Fr. Newman, Fr. Longenecker and Joseph Pearce on the night of my arrival, I heard confessions for several hours on Wednesday. Then on Thursday I gave my lecture on the English Martyrs (apparently it will be on the St. Mary's website). On Friday before my flight back, I joined Fr. Dwight to celebrate Mass and preach at St. Joseph's School, which was extremely impressive. 500 young people - in nice uniforms, a beautiful choir and a devout celebration. A short and intense visit - but encouraging - the Church is alive!