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.”