Feast of St. Cecilia, Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2011
Fr. Anthony Brankin
Gospel: Luke 21:5-11 “When you hear of wars and tumults of wars, do not be afraid.”
Homily summary, given at children”s Mass: Today is the feast of St. Cecilia, an Italian girl in the time of the Roman Empire. Her parents wanted her to marry a pagan – who was not baptized. But she did not want to. So she was killed for her belief.
Are you searching for God’s calling?
She was a beautiful girl, and played beautiful music, and so today is the patron saint of musicians. She”s now living on in heaven, praying for us. The reason why Fr. Brankin chose the school”s religion books was because of the pictures in the books, by an Italian artist. The pictures do not just tell us a story; in the beauty, we see God. When something is beautiful, it is because God is inside it somehow. You love it because you see something of God in there. Music is the same.
An inner beauty
And did you ever notice, people you like the most have an inner beauty? They are kind, nice, and they make sense when they talk. If you want people to like you, be like God.
St. Cecilia prized her faith so much that she would rather give up her life rather than her faith. When you live your life beautifully, others will see God and all will be drawn to Him.