Weekly DIAL Insights from the CEO
You Can Ring the Bell
"Our faith is born on Easter morning: Jesus is alive! This experience is at the heart of the Christian message." ~Pope Francis
I know we are now in the season of Easter, but Holy Thursday is my favorite day of the liturgical year. I can't put my finger on the exact reason, but it always invokes a great sense of mission and service for me. Last year was the first time that I participated in Holy Thursday at my new parish. As the Gloria was sung, my eyes looked not on the words being sung, but rather on a brief explanatory phrase that appeared in the worship aid. "The bells will ring during the Gloria and then be silenced until Easter." My previous parish didn't ring the bells or at least I didn't recall it. But in that moment, all I could do was keep looking at the words and then looking at the altar boy ringing the bells. Tears rolled down my face. I chalked up my emotional reaction to some jetlag, a newborn, and some beautiful music. But, then came this year. Same thing! In fact, this year a tissue was offered by a kind (and understandably concerned) stranger.