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“I still haven’t made up my mind whether I shall publish it all. Some people are so humorless, so uncharitable, and so absurdly wrong-headed, that one would probably do far better to relax and enjoy life than worry oneself to death trying to instruct or entertain a public which will only despise one’s efforts, or at least feel no gratitude for them. Most readers know nothing about canon law. Many regard it with contempt and find everything heavy going that isn’t completely lowbrow. Some are so grimly serious that they disapprove of all humor. Others come to different conclusions every time they stand up or sit down. They seize upon your publications, as a wrestler seizes upon his opponent’s hair, and use them to drag you down, while they themselves remain quite invulnerable, because their barren pates are completely bald, so there’s nothing for you to get hold of.”
— St. Thomas More to Peter Gilles, 1516

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Thanksgiving
published 24 November 2016 by Corpus Christi Watershed

HE FIRST MASS of Father Junípero Serra, OFM, took place near Monterey Bay on Pentecost Sunday on 3 June 1770. It was celebrated beneath the boughs of a coast live oak, as depicted in an 1879 painting by artist Leon Trousset:

628 Father Junipero Serra’s first Mass near Monterey Bay in June, 1770 THANKSGIVING


Fr. Serra was canonized by Pope Francis on 23 September 2015, as a part of the pope’s first visit to the United States—the first canonization to take place on American soil. During a speech at the Pontifical North American College in Rome on 2 May 2015, Pope Francis said: “Friar Junípero…was one of the founding fathers of the United States, a saintly example of the Church’s universality and special patron of the Hispanic people of the country.”


Courtesy of A Few Little Fishes.