I believe in keeping busy. I inherited that German/Slovak quality of making sure that you stay busy. I still believe in it, but over the years I have also discovered that I enjoy being quiet and taking time for reflecting on life. In today’s Gospel we meet Martha and Mary. Martha is the perfect host, making sure all the details are taken care of. Mary is a little different – she enjoys sitting and listening to Jesus. Martha is frustrated and it seems that she may be overworked. Jesus tries to calm her down, telling her that relaxing and paying attention to Him is good for her. I’m not sure how this went over with Martha, but it is good advice.

Cardinal Dolan recently celebrated Mass at the Shrine of Saint Frances Cabrini in Washington Heights. Mother Cabrini is the patroness of immigrants and refugees. Afterwards he wrote the following message:

“I was moved as I recalled her work among Italian immigrants in the United States in the 19th and early 20th century. This work impresses me today as the Church continues to welcome immigrants from so many countries, particularly in these troubling uncertain times.

“It saddens me to admit that many, some even in the Church, opposed Mother Cabrini’s work. It troubles me that today in too many places hate and malice are directed against immigrants and refugees- in both words and actions.

“As a Pastor, I pray that understanding, respect and love might grow in dealing with newcomers to our land. I am proud of the welcoming that our parishes, schools, charitable and healthcare ministries have and do provide.”

-Fr. Andrew Reitz, O.F.M.