Sign of the Cross, St. Anthony the Great, Sistine Chapel, Healing of the Paralytic 1.17.20

  • Tradition behind the external gesture of the sign of the cross; witness to discipleship; blessing of children. 
  • Father of monasticism: St. Anthony the Great. If we’re going to find God, we have to make room for him in our lives. How much silence are you getting these days?
  • Deacon’s fascination with the Sistine Chapel turns into a labor of love in his own church. Everyone has something to contribute to the beauty of the liturgy. 
  • Father Matthew prepares us for Sunday’s readings: Can we work on our boldness when approaching Jesus? Can we identify our wounds for healing? Do we recognize Jesus as God?