July 13, 2016 – Excerpted from Put Out Into the Deep, Bishop DiMarzio’s column in The Tablet:
My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord,
On July 16, we celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel. Personally, I have a very special devotion to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel and the feast is also so much a part of the life of our diocese, especially at the parish of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in Williamsburg. It has been my tradition to celebrate one of the Feast Day Masses and join in one of the two processions on that day through the neighborhood.
Several years ago while walking in the procession, I noticed two young people carrying a small child walking in front of me. It was a very warm day and, in fact, the tar from the streets stuck to my shoes. These two tattooed people wearing short shorts and sleeveless shirts were walking barefoot. My curiosity got the best of me and I asked them simply, “Why are you walking without shoes on this hot day?” Without hesitation the woman responded, “I am doing this for my grandmother.”
Read the full text of the Bishop’s column on The Tablet website.