Last Things for April 2016

Jesuits of Old Like Today’s Astronauts

Six Jesuit priests once enjoyed fame in France that would be equaled by astronauts and Heisman trophy winners in the United States centuries later.

They were among the eight canonized North American Martyrs: Sts. Isaac Jocques, Antoine Daniel, Jean de Brebeauf, Noel Chabanel, Charles Garnier and Gabriel Lalemant. The other martyrs were Jesuit lay brothers, Rene Goupil and Jean de Lelande.

All these Jesuits were among many missionaries who came to what is now modern Quebec and also upstate New York in the 1500s, 1600s and 1700s, leaving everything and facing the unknown, committed only to bringing Christ to the indigenous people.

Mass at the Crossroads

Millions of people, literally, every year pass through Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport en route to places from Springfield, Missouri, to Johannesburg, South Africa. If they are there on Sundays, they can attend Mass, and also during the week.

Father Thomas Zahuta, of the Archdiocese of Atlanta, ordained in 2010, is chaplain. Attendance at the Masses invariably is good, many airline employees joining passengers. Permanent deacons assist. Confessions are heard during the week. People come with needs and worries. Others just wish to be with the Lord.

Father Zahuta also works nearby at St. John the Evangelist Parish in Hapeville, Georgia.

White Easter Season

An old custom in Europe was for all people to wear white clothes to Mass on the Sunday following Easter. They displayed, therefore, to one and all that they were baptized, and that living with Christ had brightened their lives.

Fifty Years Ago

In The Priest of May 1965, an article asked if difficulties then facing parochial schools were “growing pains” and if the system was about to expand greatly. Another article advised confessors on when to urge penitents to seek psychiatric care. A California speech therapist advertised a month-long session for priests to improve their preaching voices.

‘Go in Peace’

“O Lord, be my helper.”