Four years ago, the course of my life changed and went in a direction I could never have imagined.
On Sept. 14, 2018, the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, a small group of my parishioners at Resurrection Parish in Chicago and I prayed prayers of deliverance over my predecessor’s rainbow banner.
We found it, damp and moldy due to a leak, as we were cleaning out the sacristy for a new season.
We placed it out in the sun to dry, and then, as one must do when disposing of any object displayed in the sanctuary during Holy Mass, we burned it. Objects like this cannot just be thrown into the garbage.
When the parish officially opened in June 1991, the former pastor, Fr. Daniel Montalbano, proudly hung the banner at the front of the Church, covering a depiction of Our Lord’s Passion. Montalbano’s banner had a large rainbow superimposed over a lavender cross.
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