March Madness and FanaticismDear OLPH,
Towards the end of March every year, we are swept up in the madness of College Basketball. My team, Notre Dame, did not make the NCAA tournament, or even the NIT tournament. Rough year. We will have to wait until September 2, 2109 to see the Irish battle Louisville in football.
Madness may not be a word to throw around lightly, since it means, “A state of mental illness, especially severe; state of frenzied or chaotic activity.” Those who are mad are sometimes described as being out of their minds (or gourds, if you prefer the squash analogy)! Or if one is “mad with love,” one is swept up on passion and cannot be relied upon for reason. Come to think of it… fans are like this.
Intercede for us, dear Mother, in obtaining pardon for our sins. love for Jesus, final perseverance and the grace always to call upon you, Mother of Perpetual Help. Amen
The Church Year
- Advent - four weeks of preparation before the celebration of Jesus' birth
- Christmas - recalling the Nativity of Jesus Christ and his manifestation to the peoples of the world
- Lent - a six-week period of penance before Easter
- Sacred Paschal Triduum - the holiest "Three Days" of the Church's year, where the Christian people recall the suffering, death, and resurrection of Jesus
- Easter - 50 days of joyful celebration of the Lord's resurrection from the dead and his sending forth of the Holy Spirit
- Ordinary Time - divided into two sections (one span of 4-8 weeks after Christmas Time and another lasting about six months after Easter Time), wherein the faithful consider the fullness of Jesus' teachings and works among his people
The mystery of Christ, unfolded through the cycle of the year, calls us to live his mystery in our own lives. This call is best illustrated in the lives of Mary and the Saints, celebrated by the Church throughout the year. There is no tension between the mystery of Christ and the celebration of the saints, but rather a marvelous harmony. The Blessed Virgin Mary is joined by an inseparable bond to the saving work of her Son, and the feasts of all the Saints proclaim the wonderful works of Christ in his servants and offer the faithful fitting examples for their imitation.In the feasts of the Saints the Paschal Mystery of Christ is proclaimed and renewed.