Life on the Chrism Trail

Homily for the Votive Mass for Blessed Michael McGivney Display of Relics

March 9, 2023
Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish
Wichita Falls, Texas

Ephesians 4:1-7a, 11-13
Psalm 110:1, 2, 3, 4
Matthew 5:1-12a

I am overjoyed and filled with gratitude for the opportunity to gather with you this evening to celebrate this liturgy and to venerate the relics of the body of Blessed Michael McGivney, the founder of the Knights of Columbus.  I am especially grateful that the Diocese of Fort Worth should be the first diocese in the United States to receive the relics of this great and holy beatified priest. I believe that it is very fitting that Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish and the Knights of Columbus of all of Wichita Falls and the Northwest Deanery should be given the privilege of praying for his intercession and venerating the relics of his body, since the Knights of Columbus in this deanery have been so imbued by his spirit for over one hundred years. The spirit and body should be together. The spirit of Blessed Michael McGivney shows itself in your generous support for widows and children of your brothers who suffer untimely death, your solidarity in prayer for the faithful and patriotic brotherhood of men in the Catholic faith, and in your most generous support for the formation of priests in pastoral charity.

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