Her image hovers over the front facade of this enormous Church building in the middle of the Sunset District on a typical foggy summer morning in San Francisco. Saint Anne of the Sunset is bookended by angels at prayer as the novena launches in its 105th year.
This particular year is focused on the sacraments, giving a catechesis on each of the seven Sacraments over a nine day period. Today, Father proposed the question, “Who am I?” It is a loaded question which takes a life time in discovering the answer. Usually our reference point to this answer is a defining moment in life. When we think of that one important, treasured moment in life, nothing compares to the day of our baptism – immersed into the waters of faith and claimed for Jesus Christ. It was that day that we became sons and daughters of God.
When we spend our life living by this reality, we are not shaken by the world’s definition of who we are which is often defined by success, wealth, and popularity.
We belong to a Father who claims us through holy water, speaks to us directly in his Word proclaimed at Mass, and ultimately satisfies every longing in our hearts, not by manna or material wealth, but by the gift of his very self: the Eucharist.
I am reminded of one statement a priest in the Archdiocese constantly told the school children, “You are sons and daughters of God the Father, brothers and sisters of God the Son, temples of God the Holy Spirit. You have no idea how beautiful you truly are.”