24 December 2013
So, when one phones in to find out what time Midnight Mass is, he might also want to ask if it is actually Midnight Mass that will be celebrated at midnight.
23 December 2013
This condition is very common. In fact, there have only been four humans that did not have it from the beginning of their existence. Two eventually developed it, one was Incarnate Divinity, and the other was His Mother.
20 December 2013
11 December 2013
Of course, not everyone agreed, particularly in North Africa, and councils had to be held to decide if they would use the Canon of Scripture the pope said they should: one in Hippo in 393 and two in Carthage in 397 and 419. Pope Damasus I wasn’t at these councils since he had died in 384.
07 December 2013
06 December 2013
05 December 2013
04 December 2013
03 December 2013
02 December 2013
01 December 2013
30 November 2013
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22 November 2013
If you were asked, “Sing to please this musician,” you would not like to do so without having taken some instruction in music, because you would not like to offend an expert in the art. An untrained listener does not notice the faults a musician would point out to you. Who, then, will offer to sing well for God, the great artist whose discrimination is faultless, whose attention is on the minutest detail, whose ear nothing escapes? When will you be able to offer him a perfect performance that you will in no way displease such a supremely discerning listener?
25 October 2013
15 October 2013
01 October 2013
Like the novena I asked for myself from March 11th to March 19th to Blessed John Duns Scotus for my healing, I also asked for a novena from October 4th to October 12th for Jennifer’s healing. March 11th was the 20th anniversary of my entrance into the Catholic Church and March 20th was the 20th anniversary of the beatification of Blessed John Duns Scotus.
30 September 2013
It is in relationships that we find meaning and power. The word person itself is defined by relationship and communion. This is why we say there are Three Persons in the Holy Trinity.
I guess we have to use the vernacular no matter what language we choose until we celebrate the Eternal Divine Liturgy in Heaven. But will we fully understand the true Liturgical Language? It seems we will spend eternity contemplating, but never fully understanding, the true Liturgical Language: The Eucharist/Incarnation, the mystérium fídei.
14 August 2013
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25 July 2013
27 May 2013
13 April 2013
07 April 2013
04 April 2013
03 April 2013
You can ask pretty much anyone that knows me to find out that I am quite often very gay. However, you will also find out that I have never had any homosexual inclinations. You see, until recently, the word gay had a very different definition than what is currently being applied to it today. This has impoverished our language as we now have no word to express the reality of gaiety. Instead, we are left with a word defining a scientific impossibility.
01 April 2013
Many are unaware that all Catholics are obliged to assist at Mass on all Holydays of Obligation, which includes every Sunday (the Vigil Mass the evening before counts). If one does not assist at Mass on these days without being prevented by a serious reason, it is a grave negligence that must be taken to the Sacrament of Confession before receiving Holy Communion again.
This means that all C&E Catholics cannot receive Holy Communion unless they first go to Confession. And, the Confession is invalid if they have no intention of not committing this sin again.
30 March 2013
28 March 2013
Before I explain my concern, let me say that I may have misinterpreted what this friend was saying, but similar sentiments have been expressed to me a number of times, so I’d like to explain my concern without singling anyone out.
Intercessory prayer is very important. God has many wonderful graces and displays of His love for us, but He will not give them unless we ask for them. Much of what God wants to give us, He does not give because we don’t ask for it. However, what if we ask for something that He doesn’t want to give us?
20 March 2013
19 March 2013
18 March 2013
13 March 2013
I was going to sarcastically explain how the media doesn’t have a clue and how the use of the terms liberal and conservative are quite WRONG in this context. The correct terms are orthodox and unorthodox, and if you think that unorthodox might be good, or even possible, the only two options with unorthodox are heterodox and heretical. And, by the way, one of the main reasons for the papacy is to maintain orthodoxy, which has happened for the last 2000 years despite some men becoming pope that weren’t planning on doing that at first.
10 March 2013
If this last possibility happens, I will not be disappointed, and I ask that you not be disappointed either. What will most likely happen then is that at the end of my treatment, my cancer will go into remission. After at least 10 years of remission, and maybe even more than 15 years of remission, I will have a relapse. When I do have a relapse, I'm going to start this all over again, and ask you to pray the exact same novena to Blessed John Duns Scotus.
02 March 2013
Due to my mathematical and logical way of thinking, combined with an almost unbearable compassion for others, I’ve often said that it was a very good thing that I have schizophrenia because 1 in 100 people have it, and if I didn’t have it, some other person in my group of 100 would have it, and he or she may not have been able to handle it as well. This, of course, was after I was hospitalized and began to actually handle it and became aware of this statistic. (I believe schizoaffective disorder would fall into this statistic. They did have me reading a lot of literature on schizophrenia.)
01 March 2013
In the last couple of months, my heroes have changed again. They are now the people that shovel my drive way and drive me to the cancer clinic. It's much nicer to have heroes that I personally know; although, I've sometimes felt like I personally knew Karol Wojtyła.
My mom bought me some ginger-ale and other stuff for people who are nauseous. I asked her if she got any rum to go with it, otherwise I probably won't drink it. What I really wanted was one of those deluxe hamburgers from Burger Baron with everything.
12 February 2013
Another thing that should be taken into consideration is that if you don't have the word "Cardinal" following your first name, your opinion really doesn't mean anything at all. And, if you do have the word "Cardinal" following your first name, your opinion only means something if you allow your opinion to be formed by the will of God.
11 February 2013
My friend also suggested that we pray a novena from February 19th to February 28th as a 'retirement gift' to our beloved pontiff. This is a very good idea; however, I suggest different dates. The F.S.S.P. has suggested a Novena to St. Peter for the Feast of the Chair of St. Peter, which is prayed from February 14th to the 22nd. I suggest we pray this novena but extend it an additional six days as a 15 day novena.
06 February 2013
Please pray the Prayer for the Canonization of Blessed John Duns Scotus, and if you wish, please add my intention. More information about my intention can be found by clicking on "Russell's Intention" (it doesn't look like a link, just plan text) towards the bottom of the page for the Prayer for the Canonization of Blessed John Duns Scotus. This prayer page can be found by clicking on the picture of Blessed John Duns Scotus in the bottom right hand corner of my website.
19 January 2013
Please read it:
08 January 2013
Prayer for the Canonization of Blessed John Duns ScotusO Most High, Almighty and gracious Lord,
Who exalts the humble and confounds the proud of heart,
grant us the great joy of seeing Blessed John Duns Scotus canonized.
He honoured Your Son with the most sublime praises;
he was the first to defend successfully
the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary;
he lived in heroic obedience to the Holy Father,
to the Church and to the Seraphic Order.
O Most Holy Father, God of infinite love,
hear, we beseech You, our humble prayer,
through the merits of Your Only-Begotten Son and of His Mother,
Coredemptrix and Spouse of the Holy Spirit.
03 January 2013
When I was in grade nine, I became a very big Ozzy Osbourne fan. One day, a girl that I respect very much because of her moral beliefs (never think that your morality doesn’t have an effect on others) said to me, “Ozzy Osbourne sucks!” I was dumb stuck in shock. Not because she disapproved of Ozzy (an opinion I respected), but because she said that he “sucks.”
What does the term suck mean in this context? This is vulgar slang for performing fellatio. I can only assume that the girl I mentioned above had no idea of the origins of the slang usage of this word.