It wouldn’t be very difficult for anyone who doesn’t already know me to find out
my favorite baseball or football team, what kind of music I like or my taste in food
or clothes. All they would have to do is watch me or listen.
I wonder, though, if it would be as easy for them to know that I am a Catholic.
Do I make my faith as obvious to the rest of the world as I do my love for the Green
This month, people in Southern California will get a great opportunity to show up
and demonstrate just how much their faith means to them. Holy Cross Family Ministries
and its local member, Family Theater Productions in Hollywood, California, in conjunction
with the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, is hosting “A World at Prayer Is a World at
Peace: The Rosary Bowl”
The event, which will take place on May 19 at the Rose Bowl in Southern California,
is a multicultural Rosary celebration for world peace. It will be the largest outdoor
recitation of the Rosary in Southern California in 50 years. It is free and open
to the public and will take place from 6 to 9 p.m.
The program will feature music, prayer and cultural exhibitions, as well as adoration,
the recitation of the Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary and a homily by Los Angeles
Cardinal Roger M. Mahony.
Holy Cross Father John Phalen, president of Holy Cross Family Ministries, says, “The
Rosary Bowl carries forward the tradition and mission of the ‘Rosary priest,’ Servant
of God Father Patrick Peyton, to foster world peace and support the spiritual well-being
of the family by encouraging daily family prayer, specifically the Rosary.”
to Show Off
While we shouldn’t wait for an event like the Rosary Bowl to display our faith,
such events do serve as a good reminder to us. Here are some other ways that we can
keep living—and showing off—our faith.
• If you can’t make it to the Rosary at the Rose Bowl, make plans to replicate
it in your own home or parish. There are suggestions on the event’s Web site for
ways you can take part without being present.
• Take stock of ways that you and your family are revealing your faith. If
you feel you’re not doing a good enough job of showing the world what your faith
means to you, focus on ways you could improve.
• Get out your rosary. Earlier this year, as my daughter Maddie was preparing
for First Communion, she started asking me questions about praying the Rosary. It
was a good opportunity to share with her what those prayers mean to me and refresh
myself on a practice I learned years ago.
• Father Patrick Peyton, C.S.C., known as the “Rosary priest,” often said, “The
family that prays together, stays together.” Take that slogan to heart and set aside
a special time for your family to gather and pray.
Next Month: Have You Seen God Today?