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Two top-eleven college basketball teams came to town today. And the NBA-elite San Antonio Spurs, too.

Not too many people thought that the Hoyas would beat Marquette. (And they didn’t, in fact, beat Marquette.)

But even fewer people thought that the Terps would beat #3 UNC, and they did!

And nobody thought the Wizards could get three wins in a row, which they have yet to do this season.

The most cheerful basketball news of the day for me was this:


Roger Mason, Jr. at a Washington reading room, back when he was on the Wizards

Roger Mason, Jr. at a Washington reading room, back when he was on the Wizards

Roger Mason, Jr., of the Spurs returned this evening to his hometown. He went to Sidwell Friends with Chelsea Clinton. He also went to Good Counsel.

At Verizon Center this evening, they interviewed Mason’s mom. She is also a native Washingtonian. She refused to say that she was rooting for the Spurs. Her son may not be on the Wizards anymore, but she roots for Washington’s team anyway.

Now that is hometown loyalty.

sermonsI am a member of a little group of local priests who get together once a month and read a Sermon of St. John Vianney out loud to each other.

St. John Vianney, also known as the Curé of Ars, is the patron saint of parish priests. His sermons will put the fear of God into anybody. Excerpts of the sermons are available on-line.

Nine years ago today, I was in St. Peter’s Square when Pope John Paul II created Theodore McCarrick a Cardinal. Cardinal McCarrick kindly took all the seminarians along with him on the plane.

A year ago today, I was at Ceasarea-Philippi, where St. Peter declared, “You are the Christ.” The Lord replied: “You are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my Church.” (See Matthew 16)

jp-ii-mccarrFebruary 22 is the Feast of the Chair of St. Peter. It is the day to give thanks to God for the office He established, the office of Supreme Shepherd of the Church on earth.

We do not keep the feast at Mass this year, since the day falls on a Sunday. But let’s give thanks to God for the Papacy anyway.

Reliquary of the Chair of Peter in the Vatican Basilica

Reliquary of the Chair of Peter in the Vatican Basilica

Plus, here is the new official theme song of the Georgetown Hoyas:

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