Tuesday, July 17, 2012

In Denver, The Appointed Hour

Tomorrow, the focus of Churchworld -- at least on these shores -- turns to the Rockies as a native son takes his seat as the Fifth Archbishop of Denver.

The MC at his predecessor's 1997 installation, the festivities for Archbishop Samuel Aquila's homecoming begin tonight with Vespers at a suburban parish....

Before they do, though -- in the interest of a handoff set in its best context -- one particular moment bears recalling: the notably impassioned Last Word given by the Second Founder of that incredible church from the chair at Logan and Colfax... its message worth heeding well beyond the Mile High City:

Lest anyone doesn't grasp the frame of reference, it's long been no secret 'round here that "while this scribe's churchman's mind is 99.44/100% pure Philadelphia, whatever's good and alive in my Catholic soul owes its origin to Denver...."

And over the moons since, suffice it to say that -- as only It could -- Providence took care of the rest, and brought it all to fulfillment.