30 December 2012

Less Than Orthodox Homilies?

If you are discouraged because the homilies you receive at Mass are less than orthodox, and possibly even heretical, remember that the validity of the sacraments are not dependent on the orthodoxy of the priest. Receive the Eucharist because it really is the Body and Blood of Christ, and when you get home and want a good homily, you can watch one on AirMaria’s YouTube Channel.

Also, make sure you pray for the priest that gave the unorthodox or heretical homily, and be extremely loving, kind and charitable towards him.

09 December 2012

Logic of God

Logic of a dictator: If I kill you, I must be right.

Logic of a martyr: If you kill me, I must be right.

Logic of God: I am right, but to convince you, I'll come back to life after you kill me.

05 December 2012

Canonization of Blessed John Duns Scotus

In three days is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception (December 8th); a feast that is very dear to me as a Marian convert to Catholicism and as a Franciscan. Exactly one month before this wonderful feast is another feast that is also very dear to me as a Marian convert and Franciscan, the Feast of Blessed John Duns Scotus (November 8th). It was his eloquent reasoning and rational thought that helped lead another Franciscan, Pope Sixtus IV, to approve the liturgical office of this Marian feast in 1480. The doctrine of the Immaculate Conception was eventually officially declared a dogma of the faith in 1854 by Pope Pius IX. The famous Franciscan scripture scholar from the 20th century, Blessed Gabriele Allegra, said of Blessed John Duns Scotus, “I see Scotus as the Doctor of the Immaculate Conception, of Christ as King of the universe, of the Church as the bride of Christ, as a defender of Christ's Vicar on earth, as a theologian of the mystery of the Eucharist.”

14 August 2012

Assistant vs. Associate

I recently wrote an e-mail to Fr. Edward McNamara through ZENIT regarding an issue that I've sought a definitive answer on in the past, but have only received ambiguous answers, none of which were definitive. To my surprise, Fr. McNamara personally replied to my e-mail. Since it was a personal reply, I assumed that it would not be publish on ZENIT, so I ask Fr. McNamara for permission to post his answer on my blog, which he gave.

This was my e-mail to him. There is no address because I was sending it to the ZENIT liturgy column, and wasn't sure who exactly would receive it. Fr. Edward McNamara, by the way, is professor of liturgy (Professore Ordinario di Teologia Sacramentaria e Liturgia) at the Regina Apostolorum University.

21 July 2012

Omission in Class Survey

My daughter found a major error of omission in a school textbook. At least, having spent so much time with me and her mother, she believes it's a major error. This is the text with the error:

Question 8

The religion I follow is
  • Christian-Protestant
  • Christian-Roman Catholic
  • Jewish
  • Hindu
  • Sikh
  • Islam
  • Buddhist
  • Atheist (I do not believe in God.)
  • Agnostic (I don't know if there us a God, or I believe the ultimate reality is unknown.)
  • Native spirituality
  • other
Did you notice the error?

20 June 2012

Modesty is Unremarkable

This is an e-mail that my friend Fr. Enzo sent me. I tried to find the source, but realized that he copy and pasted from a bunch of sources. Some of the words to sew it together may even his own. I thought it was so good, I had to post it here:

09 June 2012

Anglican, Orthodox or Catholic?

A person questioning the validity of church of Christ ecclesiology posed a question on a forum I subscribe to. I began struggling with the same question over 22 years ago, and it’s only been the last year or two that I’ve really begun to see an answer to this question. The question posed is (at least, my interpretation of the question): “Which church is the Church of Christ? The Anglican Church, the Orthodox Church or the Catholic Church?” My question was a little bit different: “Which church is the Church of Christ? The Eastern Orthodox Churches, the Oriental Orthodox Churches or the Catholic Churches?”

21 May 2012

The Lost and the Lame

I have a terrible sense of humour. At times, it can be one of my greatest strengths, but at other times, it’s my greatest fault. I have a number of other faults that were much worse than my terrible sense of humour, but through prayer, hard work, spiritual direction, confession, and even some psychotherapy, they’ve improved considerably. So I’m hopeful that my sense of humour will become less terrible.

My sense of humour is usually quite sarcastic and usually so quick that it’s out of my mouth before I consider the consequences. What are these consequences? I sometimes appear insensitive, self-righteous, and harsh.

15 May 2012

Tattoo Taboos

I just found this article on the National Catholic Register. I remember doing the interview, but I was never informed that it was published. I'm four years late finding out about it, but I guess it's better late than never.

Catholics Debate the Morality of Body Art

30 April 2012

I Don't Like Video Games

I've never been really big on video games. I haven't played very many video games, but I do admit that the video games I did play were a lot of fun. However, after playing them, I never felt that they added any value to my life. What I never understood was how anyone could keep plugging coins into those machines durning lunch hour when you could stand and watch the cool graphics for free while other people play (and pay).

12 April 2012

I am Disturbed by the Views of the ACP



On April 5th, The Irish Catholic ran this story under the headline, Fr Flannery under Vatican investigation:
Founder of the Association of Catholic Priests (ACP) Fr Tony Flannery is under Vatican investigation for some of his liberal views, The Irish Catholic has learned.

[...]

It comes just two weeks after the report of the Apostolic Visitation noted what it described as “fairly widespread” dissent among priests, religious and laypeople from the teaching of the Church.

09 April 2012

Stocking the College with Conservatives

Lisa Graas posted something a couple days ago that I almost commented on, but I was too embarrassed to express publicly how I really feel. After a couple days of thought, I've decided that I'm confident enough in my masculinity to express these feelings (or maybe my inhibitions are down because I can't sleep and it's past midnight). Lisa said "that [she] want[s] a Cardinal Dolan teddy bear that [she] can hug every time he does something awesome." Well, I feel the same way about the Archbishop of Toronto, Thomas Cardinal Collins.

Socialist? Communist? Progressive? Liberal? Choice?

Lisa Graas posted something on her blog that got me to thinking: There is a lot of evil in this world that is hiding behind seemingly good terms. I'm going to look at these terms and the definition given for them by the dictionary on my iMac.
Socialism: "a political and economic theory of social organization that advocates that the means of production, distribution, and exchange should be owned or regulated by the community as a whole."

08 April 2012

Christ is Risen!

Christ is Risen! Indeed, He is Risen!

Christus resurrexit! Resurrexit vere!

Χριστός ἀνέστη! Ἀληθῶς ἀνέστη!

Хрїстóсъ воскрéсе! Воистину воскресе!

22 March 2012

World Down Syndrome Day

I'm a day late for this one, but it's better late than never. Yesterday, March 21, 2012, was World Down Syndrome Day.

This is a special issue for me. Persons with Down Syndrome are an important source of inspiration for me. All my life I've too easily gotten caught up in measuring my worth by what I've accomplished and what others think of me. I've improved a great deal in this area over the last few years, and that improvement has been in a large part due to persons with Down Syndrome. These persons know their worth and they don't feel the need to prove that worth to anyone. They inspire me to be the best person I can be, not because they are less than me, but because they are more than me. I am become more when I follow their example.

We are all of infinite worth to God.

20 March 2012

44,000 Abortion Survivors in the U.S.

I just read the review on October Baby from LifeNews.com, and I was shocked to learn that there are around 44,000 abortion survivors in the United States alone. This number was obtained from a post on the RealChoice blog by Christina Dunigan. Of course, an accurate number would be hard to obtain as it's not in the interests of those supporting abortion (this includes the U.S. government) to keep records of the number of "failed abortions."

These are the stories that we need to hear. The stories of "clumps of cells" that can tell us how abortion affected their lives. Imagine how you would feel if someone tried to kill you before you were born. Imagine how you would feel if you had major physical disabilities because of the attempt on your life before you were born. We don't have to imagine. We can ask them, and these "clumps of cells" can give an answer.

19 March 2012

October Baby

This looks like a really good movie. It's coming to theatres March 23rd.

After watching the trailer, go to "RESOURCES" and "Watch Shari's Story." This small video may bring a tear to your eye and will definitely make you want to see the movie.

VirtueMedia

I just discovered VirtueMedia. Here's an example of a couple of their ads:

26 February 2012

C, E-flat, and G go into a bar

My daughter e-mailed this to me. It was so good I had to post it here.

C, E-flat, and G go into a bar. The bartender says, "Sorry, but we don't serve minors." So E-flat leaves, and C and G have an open fifth between them. After a few drinks, the fifth is diminished, and G is out flat. F comes in and tries to augment the situation, but is not sharp enough. D comes in and heads for the bathroom, saying, "Excuse me; I'll just be a second." Then A comes in, but the bartender is not convinced that this relative of C is not a minor. Then the bartender notices B-flat hiding at the end of the bar and says, "Get out! You're the seventh minor I've found in this bar tonight." E-flat comes back the next night in a three-piece suit with nicely shined shoes. The bartender says, "You're looking sharp tonight. Come on in, this could be a major development." Sure enough, E-flat soon takes off his suit and everything else, and is au natural. Eventually C sobers up and realizes in horror that he's under a rest. C is brought to trial, found guilty of contributing to the diminution of a minor, and is sentenced to 10 years of D.S. without Coda at an upscale correctional facility.

25 February 2012

I'd Like a Mass with Sacred Music Please

For the most part, I don't like praise & worship music. I like music that praises and worships God, but I don't really like the genre of praise & worship music. A few artist can pull it off, like Glenn Kaiser, Steve Bell, and, of course, John Michael Talbot. (Petra's pretty good at taking praise & worship music and making it into rock music, but then it isn't really praise & worship music anymore.) Aside, from these, and maybe a few others I'm not familiar with, I think praise & worship music sounds awful. To me it sounds like very poorly done secular music with religious lyrics.

Another type of music I don't like is religious folk music. Again, to me it sounds like very poorly done secular folk music with religious lyrics, even when it's done with an organ (I think with an organ it qualifies as a new genre).

What kind of music do we get at a Roman Catholic Mass? I can't say I've heard much of anything except praise & worship music, religious folk music, and even religious rock music. There have been some exceptions, particularly at my cathedral and some of the music at Easter Vigil, but they are very few.

What kind of music would I like to hear at Mass? Sacred music.

24 February 2012

end "its" life

One of my pet peeves is so-called "inclusive language." It's not inclusive but exclusive. God the Father, God the Holy Spirit, and even God the Son before the Incarnation, are neither male or female (of course, God the Son is a male now that he took on flesh), but we say "Him" and "His" because in English, like many other languages, the masculine form does double duty and can refer to one or more males, or, to a mixed group or an individual of unknown sex. This is called Standard English.

So-called "inclusive language" came about because some people wanted to push a political agenda that says men and women were the same. Note, I did not say, "equal dignity," but "the same." Of course men and women have equal dignity, but they most definitely are not the same. For instance, men can have all the immoral sex they want without the risk of getting pregnant. The people that pushed so-called "inclusive language" wanted women to have the same immoral sexual freedom, so they legalized contraception and abortion. That's right! The same political agenda that gave us legal contraception and abortion also gave us so-called "inclusive language."

18 February 2012

Private Papal Jet

There are many people that look down on the Catholic Church because of what they perceive as great wealth (I tried to counter this misconception four years ago in my weekly thought, The Riches of the Church). One person I have corresponded with over the years is fond of pointing out that the pope has the most expensive car in the world, the "popemobile." Actually, there are a number of popemobiles. The popemobiles are expensive, but they are hardly the most expensive cars in the world. I'm guessing the fleet of presidential limousines are just as expensive, if not more expensive. I know that Airforce One is much more expensive than the private papal jet.

Cardinal Collins receives berretta and ring

I've been waiting and praying for this day for a number of years:

16 February 2012

Barbara Boxer: Insurance rights trumps religious rights

Senator Barbara Boxer has been trashed by some pro-life activists lately regarding an example she gave about the possibility of, as the Washington Examiner put it, "a dangerous precedence of religious rights trumping the right to be insured." I agree 100% with the validity of the example Senator Boxer gave; however, the conclusion is wrong.

This is a quote from the Washington Examiner:

28 January 2012

Filióque, Purgatory and Papal Primacy

Some may have been shocked to read in my post Ecumenism, Particularly Between East and West that at the Council of Florence, all but one of the Eastern bishops accepted the West’s use of the Filióque, the understanding of purgatory and papal primacy. If you are shocked, it is probably because you don't really understand these issues and most likely are more acquainted with the distorted view of these issues. The Eastern bishops of the 15th century understood these issues; however, the Eastern laity did not; hence, lasting unity between East and West was not achieved at that time. We should do better.

27 January 2012

False Irenicism

The following quote of Pope Benedict XVI come from the story The Renewal Of Faith Must Be A Priority For Church Today on today's Vatican Information Service:

Extraordinary Prayer of all Churches

Extraordinary Prayer of all Churches for Reconciliation, Unity and Peace beginning in and proceeding from Jerusalem

I found the above website while checking my news feeds this morning. This was the headline and first paragraph of today's top news post on this website:

Our Life In Christ

 


The Orthodox Church is evangelical, but not Protestant. It is orthodox, but not Jewish. It is catholic, but not Roman. It isn’t non-denominational – it is pre-denominational. It has believed, taught, preserved, defended and died for the Faith of the Apostles since the Day of Pentecost 2000 years ago.

I discovered the podcast Steve the Builder and subsequently Our Life In Christ, both of which are on Ancient Faith Radio, a while ago on, I believe, the Practical Ecumenism blog on the Holy Resurrection Monastery website; although, this blog had another name, which I can't remember, when it directed me to the Steve the Builder podcast. Steve Robinson and Bill Gould are no longer producing the Our Life In Christ podcast; however, I've been going through their archives (I only have 30 more episodes to go). I thoroughly enjoy these podcasts, and even had a link to them on my list of links. I had to take this link off my list, however, as I was going through their archive of podcasts because I couldn't in good conscience direct people there without a preface. This blog post is that preface, and the links are in this paragraph.


 

26 January 2012

Ecumenism, Particularly Between East and West



At the close of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, I want to give my thoughts on ecumenism. I must point out that these are my views and are not authoritative. I'm just a simple uneducated layman that is trying to be faithful to Christ and His Church. My views on ecumenism were a little different ten years ago, and even more different twenty years ago (it was nineteen years ago that I came into full union with the Pope of Rome). And, I predict that ten, twenty and fifty years from now, my views will be different than they are now.

19 January 2012

From January 18th to the 25th is the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. You may want to check out some of the documents of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, particularly the  2012 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity booklet. As well, the pope dedicated his Wednesday's General Audience to this week of prayer.

For the past 12 years, I've kept the picture below by my computer where I can see it when I write . It gives me hope that some day there will be unity in Christ's Church. It was taken on January 18, 2000. On that day Bl. Pope John Paul II opened the fourth and final holy door in Rome at St. Paul's outside the walls, a symbolic proclamation of the Jubilee year.

12 January 2012

Pope Pius XII: Friend and Rescuer of Jews

I've written a few times on my blog about the slandering of Pope Pius XII:
Today, I read an excellent article by William Doino, Jr.,  Pope Pius XII: Friend and Rescuer of Jews. I highly recommend reading this description of the true nature of Pius XII's relationship with the Jews and with the Nazis.

10 January 2012

CHAPTER 30: Critics

The self appointed lay judges in the Catholic Church, such as the persons involved with LifeSiteNews.com and RealCatholicTV.com, would do well to read Chapter 30 of The Cloud of Unknowing.