18 April 2014

Washing Women's Feet

Every year we hear commentaries on the controversy about who should have their feet washed during the Mandatum, which was reintroduced into the liturgy by Pope Pius XII in 1955. The arguments that it should be open to everyone are quite valid, particularly since the legitimate interpreter of this law, the pope, interprets it that way. The argument that it must be adult males to represent the 12 Apostles is a good point, but has no basis in the present law. (The actual number of persons to have their feet washed is not indicated. The law only indicates it is symbolic of service, not of the Apostles.) The only valid argument that it must be adult males is the use of the word viri. However, this can easily be changed and the example of the Holy Father indicates that it should be changed. The problem is that such changes only take place when there is major controversy; therefore, both sides have to dig their heels in and fight like cats and dogs so the Magisterium can give us some clarity. It took rioting in the streets to clear up some controversies, but I hope we don’t have to go to that extreme.

03 April 2014

John Paul II's Message to Russia

I just made this video combining video from, soon to be, Saint John Paul II's trip to Poland and audio from his trip to England. I believe this would be his message to Russia.

Pray for Ukraine and for all the Slavic nations.

31 March 2014

Obama: Winning the Fight Against Poverty

President Barack Obama has done more than any other president in the struggle to eliminate poverty, particularly with his Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). He has made it one of his highest priorities to guarantee funding to the one organization that is most dedicated to the anti-poverty cause. He was even willing to cut off all Medicaid funding for family planning to the state of Texas if they discriminated against this and any other such anti-poverty organizations.

30 March 2014

Idiots on the Road

When I was first learning how to drive (on a road with traffic, as opposed to in a field before I was old enough to get my learner’s licence) I was told that when someone is tailgating you, the best thing to do is to slow down and let the person pass you. This makes sense on a road with only two lanes, one for each direction, and seems to make just as much sense on a road with multiple lanes going in each direction. Obviously, you should only be in the far left lane (the fast lane) if there is traffic going slower than you would like in the other lanes. But, what should you do when this is the case and someone is tailgating you?

It is common knowledge that people tailgate because they are idiots. (I have looked into the etymology of the word idiot, so I can assure you that this is the correct term.) Tailgating is seemingly an attempt to make the person in front drive faster. If the person in front is already driving the speed limit or even 10 km/h (6.2 mph) over, this is an attempt to coerce this person to do something immoral (see: 2290 in the Catechism of the Catholic Church). Obviously, the person tailgating very much wants to exceed the speed limit and “endanger their own and others’ safety on the road.”

25 March 2014

“Virgin” vs. “Young Woman”

If you compare the Canadian Lectionary with the U.S. Lectionary, you will notice a major difference today.

Canadian Lectionary:
Then Isaiah said: “Hear then, O house of David! Is it too little for you to weary the people, that you weary my God also? Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Look, the young woman is with child and shall bear a son, and shall name him Emmanuel,” for God is with us.

24 February 2014

The Sinner

Shortly after becoming Catholic and assisting daily at Mass, I began going to weekly Confession. The first time I went to confession with Msgr. Reynolds, he asked me to make an act of contrition. I had to say, “I’m sorry father, I don’t know what that is.” He told me what it was and as an example, he recited the Jesus Prayer: “Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.” I didn’t know it, but this was my introduction to Eastern spirituality.

22 February 2014

Pray for Ukraine

Let God arise and let His enemies be scattered!
Let those who hate Him flee from before His face!
As smoke vanish, so let them vanish!
As wax melts before the fire,
so let sinners perish before the face of those who love God,
and sign themselves with the sign of the Cross,
and say joyfully:
Rejoice, most precious and life-creating Cross of the Lord,
which chases demons away through the power of our Lord Jesus Christ
Who was nailed to you, descended into hades and
having trampled down the power of the devil,
gave to us His precious Cross for the routing of all enemies.
Help me forever, most precious and life-creating Cross of the Lord,
with the All-Holy Lady, the Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary,
the honourable, heavenly, incorporeal Powers,
and with all the saints!
Lord, Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, the sinner!