His Eminence Cardinal Roger Mahony, recently retired leader of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, celebrated Mass with the ACE community in Carole Sandner Hall on Monday, October 31, 2011.
Cardinal Mahony, a long-time friend of ACE who has welcomed ACE teachers and ACE's Catholic School Advantage campaign into his archdiocese, spoke in his homily about Jesus' remarks in the day's Gospel reading.
In Chapter 14 of Luke, Jesus attends a dinner and gives this instruction: "When you hold a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind; blessed indeed will you be because of their inability to repay you. For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous."
Cardinal Mahony reminded the ACE congregation that "all are welcome at the table of the Lord," and he has seen how joyful the poor can be because "they sense the providence of God in their lives."
He said ACE teachers "bring great hope" to the schools serving the disadvantaged. Thanking ACE, he said, "The work that you're doing is basically setting up more tables."