I attended the annual Red Mass tonight, hosted by the St. Thomas More Society of Orange County. If you are unfamiliar with the tradition of the Red Mass, it is a Mass that is usually held around the first Monday of October - the day the US Supreme Court begins its yearly term - and is attended by lawyers and jurists.
As I sat in the church, I contemplated the banner of St. Thomas More and thought to myself, how happy he must be, to see that despite all of the persecution that he witnessed, including his own martyrdom, the Catholic Church is still here and strong and Catholic lawyers like himself can come freely to celebrate the Eucharist.
The main presider was, of course, Bishop Tod Brown. At the end of the Mass, he thanked all of the assembled judges and lawyers, and told us how much he appreciated us. I thought, this is weird - you're saying this and you're the one facing possible contempt of court. Only in the Diocese of Orange.
Special shout out to Fr. Michael St. Paul and Fr. Ed Becker who took the time to come and concelebrate the Mass.