San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone calls in to talk about the Mass of the Americas, which he'll be celebrating this Saturday, January 15th at Old St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City. The mass will be in the ordinary form but will be done in Latin with the readings in English. Archbishop Cordileone talks about the history of this special mass and its purpose. He and Gus also discuss the homelessness crisis in San Francisco and the current state of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Also, based on today's First Reading from the Book of Samuel, where we see Hannah's struggle with infertility, Gus invites listeners who've struggled with that to call in and share their stories. And later, inspired by Hannah's infertility, Gus gives away powder from the Milk Grotto in the Holy Land. Legend has it that, at those location in Bethlehem, a drop of the Blessed Virgin Mary's breast milk fell here and turned the soft yellowish limestone there to a creamy white. For centuries now, the stone has been ground to a fine powder there and used as a devotional that has produced many miracles, including helping women who thought they were infertile get pregnant. Gus has some powder packets he picked up there back in 2019 and gives a few away to listeners who are experiencing infertility or know somebody who is.