ThomasAquinasCenter.GoHolyLate

The best homily I ever saw – it was a slide show, not a verbal exposition of Holy Scripture – took place at midnight Mass years ago at the St. Thomas Aquinas Center at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. It showed dozens of paintings by Vincent Van Gogh, accompanied by Don McLean’s song “Starry Night,” about a soul too sensitive to live in this world. It was a sermon about art, mental illness and suicide – but to a vulnerable student audience in 1970, it was more a loving embrance of sensitive souls, and suicide prevention. Today I think of St. Tom’s for its steady donations to my Episcopal parish food pantry, which always seem well-timed, just as we’re running out of food. The old midnight Mass has been moved up to 9 p.m. now, but the invitation is still the same – Go Holy Late. In my day that late-night Mass was always packed. (parish photo)

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