A blessed Trinity Sunday to you all! I know most Catholics would understandably pick Christmas, Easter, or perhaps some other feast as their favorite day on the liturgical calendar, but today is MY favorite feast day, for a very important reason I’ll share in my next post and my next Facebook Live broadcast. I’ll be starting a special novena to the Blessed Trinity today for an extremely URGENT special intention I’ll clue you in on later in this letter.
Before I talk for a bit about one aspect of Pentecost (last Sunday — and we’re still within the octave of Pentecost, folks), the birthday of the Church, let me first mention briefly in passing two other personal birthdays I celebrated this past week. If you visited my website (www.gerrymatatics.org) or my public figure Facebook page this past week then you already know of the birth of our first grandchild, Philomena Rita Marie Matatics, born at 9:20 pm Thursday night (June 8) and born again by the holy sacrament of baptism the next day at noon. This newest Matatics and her proud parents, my second son and his wonderful wife, are all doing well, thanks be to God.
On Monday, three days before our granddaughter’s birth, we celebrated the birthday of Leslie, my wonderful, lovely, patient, kind-hearted, affectionate, talented, intelligent, savvy, supportive, spiritually-minded, devout and companionable wife of 34 years. God has showered us with many blessings over the years -- especially in our ten children (and now our first grandchild) -- and I look forward with joy and hope to all that He has in store for both of us in the years to come.
One thing I am particularly appreciative of about my dear wife is her consistent and courageous support of every unpopular and unprofitable (in financial terms) stand I have ever taken throughout my life. By God’s grace I have, my whole life, always valued truth over money — in an age where most people, even so-called Catholic leaders, seem more inclined to make the opposite choice. At every step along our pilgrimage toward a consistent classic Catholicism, my wife has courageously kept pace with me. To cite but four major examples: