Failure is a fact of life, it happens to all of us. We try to do something, but fall short of the goal. The experience comes in all shapes and sizes. Sometimes it is relatively immaterial: we play a game and lose. We burn the pot roast. We try to lose a few pounds, but end up gaining. These are failures of a sort, but we soon forget them and they do not have a lasting effect on our lives.
None of us like to be deceived. Most of us would rather have the truth, even though it may be unpleasant. Most of us would rather our doctor be honest with us even if the news is bad. Or a teacher letting us know when our child is failing rather than let us think all is well. It is better to be troubled by a painful truth than to be consoled with a pleasant lie, but there is one notable exception.
In 1899, Fr. Paul Wattson, SA, Servant of God (then Episcopalian priest Rev. Lewis T. Wattson) took his vows as a Friar of the Atonement. Ten years later, in 1909, Fr. Paul and 16 others in the Society of the Atonement were received into the Catholic Church. One hundred and ten years after that, Deacon Jose Delgado followed in Father Paul’s footsteps, taking the journey from being an Episcopalian priest to a Catholic member of the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement.
Locally in the Peekskill, NY, area, and at events across the United States, men and women united in prayer with people around the world for the intention of unity between Christians. This week is one of prayer and celebration for the Friars, who carry on the legacy of their founder Father Paul Wattson, SA, Servant of God who founded the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity in 1908.
In our second reading today you heard a letter from Paul to the Corinthians, and I would not be surprised if you knew absolutely nothing about the city of Corinth. Corinth was a cosmopolitan city. People flocked there from all regions of the Roman Empire. It was a center of government, of trade, of sports, and was also known as sin city.
From January 18-25, the Friars have been celebrating the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, a global initiative initiated by Servant of God Father Paul Wattson, SA! Learn more about the Week of Prayer and the many ways the Friars have been involved in promoting these exciting events through the news coverage below.