06 December 2014

Crossgaurd Lightsaber Crosier

As I’ve mentioned before, I live under a Rock (I really like the Syrian Orthodox interpretation of this). I was rather confused where the idea of the Pope’s unique new crossgaurd lightsaber crosier came from.



05 December 2014

I Saw Santa Punching Arius

It is the eve of the Feast of Saint Nicholas. To celebrate, I just posted a new video of a song I recorded yesterday.




07 November 2014

Prayer for Pope Francis

In the conclave that began on 12 March 2013, I had two hopes for the future papacy. I hoped that our future pope would be very Marian and I hoped that he would be very Franciscan. Although I believed these hopes were important for a number of reasons, there were two reasons that were of particular importance as I believe much of all the others would flow from them. I hope for the solemn papal definition of the Fifth Marian Dogma of Our Lady as Co-Redemptrix, Mediatrix of All Graces, and Advocate. I also hope for the canonization of Blessed John Duns Scotus.

03 November 2014

God's Not Dead

What would you do, assuming you’re a Christian, if you enrolled in your first philosophy course as a freshman in college, and on the first day, your professor demands that you write “God is dead” on a piece of paper, sign your name, and hand it in? I know what I would do, particularly now that I’ve seen the movie God’s Not Dead. This is what I would write:

“Dead are all the Gods” (cf. Wisdom of Solomon 13:10)
— Russell Jonas Grigaitis, O.F.S.

01 November 2014

Humble Correction of the Pope

This is a letter I wrote to the pope over six years ago. Less than three years later, on the Feast of St. Anthony of Padua, all the symptoms that facilitated me receiving the diagnoses of schizoaffective disorder went away. It was rather confusing and even disturbing, but in another three years, I began to understand why these symptoms developed in the first place and why they went away. (What happened to me should be the norm, but it's not in most "modern" societies.) Part of the journey in discovering this information involved flying to Toronto for the Psychosis 2.0 conference, which happened to be on June 13th, the third anniversary of all of my psychotic symptoms going away. (It also happened to be a Friday the 13th and a full moon.)

That Friday the 13th in June was also the day I started working on a new book. It is sort of a rewrite of my book Bricks & Barbwire, but it is so vastly different that it's actually a new book unto itself. The book Bricks & Barbwire was quite problematic as I had accepted the biogenetic models of psychopathology, which a growing body of unbiased (i.e. not funded by the pharmaceutical industry) research is discrediting.

21 October 2014

My Battle Against Hitler

An important book went on sale today: My Battle Against Hitler: Faith, Truth, and Defiance in the Shadow of the Third Reich by Dietrich von Hildebrand. It is actually a translation of part of the memoirs he wrote in German during the last decade of his life at the request of his wife, Lady Alice. Amazon says my copy is “In transit” as I pre-ordered it on October 12th, which just happened to be his birthday.

09 October 2014

Beauty of Mystérium Fídei

Last month, I decided to do something I had never done before and submit a paper to a philosophical conference. As a trained computer programmer that has only taken one course in philosophy, this was a rather assuming thing to do. However, I do consider myself a theologian, though only as Evagrius of Pontus so succinctly described this discipline: “If you are a theologian, you will pray truly. And if you pray truly, you are a theologian.” Unfortunately, almost two weeks after submitting my abstract, just as I finished my paper, I received an email saying that they had received an unexpectedly large amount of response and could not accept all of them, including mine. Thus, I have decided to post it here.

Displeasure with LinkedIn

Since LinkedIn will not allow me to post updates exceeding the maximum length of 174 characters, I am posting my update here so that I can post a link to it in LinkedIn.

At the risk of being penalized by the management of LinkedIn Corporation, I would like to voice my displeasure with this website. In attempting to configure LinkedIn as a potentially useful professional tool last spring (or late winter), I unexpectedly and accidentally gave LinkedIn my entire gmail address book, to my great embarrassment. I was not particularly happy about this, and as a professional computer programmer, I attribute this to incompetence (for sake of charity, I will not attribute it to malice) on the part of the developers of the LinkedIn website. Given a number of contacts in my address book for which a LinkedIn invitation from me would seem quite unprofessional, it seems my use of this website as a useful professional tool failed in this respect.

27 August 2014

The Three Crowns


Yesterday, the following homily by Fr. Matthias gave me the impression that the Franciscan Crown had been “updated.” However, it seems that the Franciscans of the Immaculate have modified the Franciscan Crown and combined it with the Chaplet of Seven Sorrows introduced by the Servites while “creating” seven corresponding Glories. While the indulgences for the Franciscan Crown were abrogated by Pope Paul VI, a plenary indulgence has been granted for piously reciting the Three Crowns in a church or oratory under the care of the Franciscans of the Immaculate.


01 August 2014

Mocking My Thought

Today, I’m going to reveal something rather intimate. Actually, I’m going to reveal a number of intimate things that are intrinsically connected. The two main things that may seem most evident are: the reason for my unusual and uncontrollable sense of humour; and, the reason for my unusual and uncontrollable compulsion to, as some have told me, “think too much.” However, I will warn you from the start that if you believe that what I write is a definitive definition of these reasons, you would be in serious error. They are an attempt to define something that cannot be defined; and yet, they are the closest definition I can conceptualize at this moment. Perhaps later, even immediately after I’ve publicly publish this blog post, I may understand it much better.  Nonetheless, I will resist the urge to correct it as that may result in me continually rewriting this simple blog post for the rest of my life.


08 July 2014

Atheists United

As I was driving to church this morning, I noticed on a truck in front of me as I a was few blocks from the cathedral, a fish with feet, one of which held a wrench, and the word “evolve” in the body. I often wonder if the persons that have such things on their vehicles have any idea what the meaning of the fish is. I know from experience that the vast majority of Christians don’t seem to have any idea.


The Greek word for fish is ἰχθύς or ΙΧΘΥΣ (ichthus) and the early Christians used it as an acronym as follows:

03 July 2014

“The Healing of Families” -- Critique and Concerns

A little over a year ago, I first heard about Fr. Yozefu-B Ssemakula and his book The Healing of Families due a seminar he was giving in Edmonton. I was a bit leery, but after a third person suggested it to me, I decided to buy the book and go to the seminar. The book store was out of his book so I bought a CD and prayer card. Personal events on the weekend of the seminar prevented me from going, so that was the end of it.


The reason I was leery was because the whole idea of healing family trees seems quite odd to me. There is nothing in Scripture to suggest that this is necessary, no saints have ever taught it or suggested it, including those that came from very troubled families, and no Church documents endorses it. In short, if an idea is “new” regarding catholic doctrine, it is almost guaranteed to be heretical. The idea of “generational bondage” is not really new, but seems to stem primarily from Voodoo, which is a syncretizing of Catholicism with incompatible beliefs originating form indigenous African religions.

24 June 2014

Seamless Tunic

The Immaculate Virgin wove a Seamless Tunic 

like none other could weave,

the tunic of our human nature 

wedded to the Divinity.

I sometimes take this Seamless Tunic

haphazardly

from the Virgin Church,

then beg for clemency.

This Seamless Tunic is to me 

a profound mystery,

too much for me to comprehend

in my pain and misery.

Only in the life to come

will I begin to see

how this Seamless Tunic that I took,

my Mother was clothing me.


My Clement Mother

My Mother has shown such clemency towards me. My Mother loves me. My Mother is so sweet.


My Mother beheld me as I tied Her Son to the pillar, made bare His back, and tore deep furrows in His Flesh.

My Mother beheld me as I mocked Her Son with a crown of thorns, arrayed Him in a garment of purple, and struck Him with blows.

My Mother beheld me as I placed the beam on Her Son’s shoulder and made Him walk. She beheld me as I drove nails into His hands and into His feet. She beheld me as I raised Him up and as I waited for Him to die.

22 June 2014

My Indulgence for Today

I was hoping to visit the church I was baptized in today, but since I am 2000 miles away, that is impossible. Last year, there was a plenary indulgence granted for visiting the church you were baptized in during the Year of Faith. My friends thought it was pretty funning after the Tridentine Mass last year when I said I couldn’t go out with them for brunch because I was going to the church I was baptized in to gain a plenary indulgence. The reason they found this humorous was because it is a Lutheran Church. If you do not understand the humour in this, Google “Marin Luther” and “indulgences.”


Indulgences

This is something I wrote sometime shortly after the the Great Jubilee Year of 2000:

Indulgences

Most people do not understand indulgences, including many Catholics. Many think that indulgences are a thing of the past, and even a doctrinal error that has been done away with. This is too bad because many grace filled opportunities are lost due to this ignorance.

Before I explain what an indulgence is, let me explain what an indulgence is not. It is not a permission to commit sin, nor is it a pardon of future sin. It does not prevent temptation or remove the possibility of future sin. It is not an exemption from any law or duty. It does not redeem someone who merits damnation (the damned go to Hell, and the redeemed go to Heaven, or, if they need purification, to Purgatory). Most of all, an indulgence is not the purchase of a pardon which secures the buyer's salvation or releases the soul of another from Purgatory.

16 June 2014

New Book

I began writing a new book on Friday. Actually, it’s not exactly a “new” book, but a complete rewrite of my book Bricks & Barbwire. I’ve been thinking about how I should rewrite this book for the past few years, and I even began working on it last February, but didn’t get very far. After the conference I attended on Friday, I saw the direction this book should take; however, after today, I realized how much effort I will have to make so that this book is not misunderstood.


Today, I shared a story about G. K. Chesterton with someone. I find this story very meaningful and quite profound; however, from the perspective of the person I was telling the story to, it was horrible, depressing, and disappearing. Why would I find this story inspiring, and the other person have the completely opposite response?

02 June 2014

St. Lawrence Avenue in Edmonton

I stopped by the Back Porch this afternoon. I stop in every once in awhile. I think this is the second time since I spent a weekend with the Sisters of Life. In the course of conversation, I told the person I met there about the Sisters of Life and how we’re in the process of establishing the Co-Workers of Life in Edmonton.

01 June 2014

Birthday Candles

It is traditional to make a wish and blow out candles on your birthday, but you’re not supposed to tell anyone your wish. This year I lit six candles; however, I didn’t blow them out and I didn’t make a wish, but made a prayer intention.

This year my birthday falls on a Sunday, which is nice because I was born on a Sunday, but the Sunday this year is of particular significance to me. Today is the Seventh Sunday of Pascha (Easter) for both Catholics and Orthodox, which in the East commemorates the Fathers of the Council of Nicea (325). This was the first of the three ecumenical councils in which there was complete unity between East and West. This unity being ruptured after the Fourth Ecumenical Council in Chalcedon (451), and further ruptured after the Great Schism of 1054. This disunity in the Church weighs heavy on my heart.

Visitation Mission

As of today, I’ve got five years to go before Jews would traditionally say I’ve reached the age of wisdom. Last year, I was able to celebrate the Feast of the Visitation on my birthday because it was a Saturday and, the day before, the Carmelite Monastery, where I went for Mass both days, celebrated its 20th anniversary. Today is also an anniversary for another religious community: the Sisters of Life.


31 May 2014

Faith Comes by Hearing

Among those who do not accept the validity of infant baptism, Romans 10:17 is often cited as a proof text:
“Faith then cometh by hearing; and hearing by the word of Christ.”

The argument is that if faith must precede baptism and faith comes by hearing the Word of Christ, an infant that cannot understand the Word of Christ cannot be baptized. Such an argument reveals ignorance of what faith is and what hearing the Word of Christ is. Such things are taught by example in the Bible if one reads with the eyes of faith; this faith being the one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Faith.


30 May 2014

Public Opinion Poll on Catholic Dogma

Seems some people in Kalamazoo think they can change Catholic dogma by polling public opinion. Of course, changing Catholic dogma is like changing God: It is impossible. Only the Sacred Magisterium of the Catholic Church has the infallibly authority through the workings of the Holy Spirit to define Catholic dogma, so the only opinion that counts is the unchanging and perfect opinion of God. And, once God has inspired His Church to define a dogma, the Church is unable to contradict God and change this definition. Thus, public opinion polls on a defined dogma only encourage rebellion against God.

Now that we’ve established the true objective of such a poll (rebellion against God), lets take a look at whether there is any honesty in this poll, or does it simply present the usual straw man fallacy to encourage uninformed rebellion against God and His Church.

23 May 2014

Do Catholics still believe in purgatory?

Someone asked me the other day, “Do Catholics still believe in purgatory?” While this may seem like a direct question, the implied question is much more important: “Do Catholic beliefs change?” This is a very important question because if a single Catholic belief changed, the Catholic Church would no longer exist. The word catholic is just one marker of the Catholic Church. The four markers are: one, holy, catholic, and apostolic. Remove one of these markers, and the Church no longer exists. The marker that would be removed if a Catholic belief were to changed is apostolic.


Every belief of the Catholic Church is apostolic. If it were not, it would not be a Christian belief. It is impossible for a single Christian belief to change; however, change is commonplace in Protestantism. This is why there are so many different types of Protestantism with so many different beliefs. Of course, the two essential Christian beliefs remain: Jesus Christ is God Incarnate; and, God is made up of Three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Without these two beliefs, one is not Christian. However, take away any of the other Christian beliefs, and one is not Catholic.

Why Did God Create Evil?

This is something I wrote over ten years ago. My thought has developed and matured, but I think there is some worth in what I had written:

WARNING: Some of the ideas in this article can be misinterpreted as heresy. This article must be read very carefully, and its ideas can only be correctly understood in the context in which they are presented.

The existence of evil in the world has been a major stumbling block for many, both Christians and non-Christians. How can a God who is good create evil? If God did create evil, then He cannot be entirely good. If God didn't create evil, then He didn't create everything. There seems to be no third alternative.

Know the Eucharist

In a conversation I had with the chancellor of the Edmonton Eparchy during the first part of Great Lent, he related a story to me, that may or may not have happened, about the historical meeting in the Holy Land between Pope Paul VI and Ecumenical Patriarch Athenagoras I in 1964. The story goes that when they embraced, Pope Paul said, “At least we agree that there are Three Persons in the Holy Trinity.” To which Patriarch Athenagoras said, “Don’t count. Don’t count.”

This story struck a chord in me and I thought back before I  began a family and was planning to make a living playing drums as a professional musician. After two months of music school, I realized that I didn’t want to spend my Friday and Saturday nights in a smoke filled room encouraging everyone to drink as much as possible so that I could take home a decent amount of the liquor sales. However, during one of my classes in those two months, we had to, in turn, play a particular rhythm with a small ensemble. After the class, a couple of my classmate approached me to find out what it was that I played because it sounded so much better than everyone else. I simply said that I played the rhythm that everyone else played.

What my classmates didn’t understand, and what I just barely grasped, was that there is a difference between playing a rhythm (counting) and being a part of the music (not counting). It could be possible to analyze every note to discover what made the difference, but perhaps the human mind could not comprehend all of the subtle nuances. However, it is possible for the finite human mind to be engulfed in the infinite. With the chancellor’s story, I realized I had a burning desire to experience theology this way, particularly Eastern theology; to be engulfed by the infinite richness and beauty of Eastern spirituality; to not count.

(Incidentally, St. Evagrius of Pontus said: “The one who prays is a theologian; the one who is a theologian, prays.”)

This morning, during Divine Liturgy at St. Josaphat Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral, I began to not count. I felt as if I were approaching the infinite; like I was between χρόνος (chronos) and καιρός (kairos). I could not describe it in words, but I knew the presence of God in the tabernacle. I knew God hovering over the gifts during the the Holy Anaphora. And I knew God on the altar after the consecration. I approached to receive the Eucharist like never before; and when I had received, I sensed… only bread soaked in wine.


The supernatural that I sensed before was only a thin taste of what awaits in the Heavenly Divine Liturgy, and my natural senses detected nothing but what is natural. I then realized the much truer meaning to what St. Paul was describing to the Corinthians in the 13th chapter of his first letter to them, particularly verse 12: “For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall understand fully, even as I have been fully understood.”

What we know only in part now has the appearances of bread and wine; then we shall have full knowledge of the Eucharist, spending eternity contemplating the Infinite. The closest we can come now with our natural senses is in marriage. The Greek word for know in the 1 Corinthians 13:12 is γινώσκω (ginosko), which is also found in some translations of Genesis 4:1: “Now Adam knew Eve his wife…”

22 May 2014

Is Ordinatio Sacerdotalis Infallible?

Today is the 20th anniversary of Ordinatio Sacerdotalis. In honour of this important document, I am republishing something I wrote around the years 2002 or 2003.. maybe even 2004:


On May 22, 1994, the Solemnity of Pentecost, Pope John Paul II released an apostolic letter titled Ordinatio Sacerdotalis. The objective of this letter was to put to rest the debate regarding the priestly ordination of women, and to affirm that the reservation of priestly ordination for men alone is not merely a custom upheld by disciplinary force, but in fact a part of Sacred Tradition and to be held by all the Church's faithful. This letter leaves no doubt that woman cannot be ordained to the priesthood; however, many believe that this document does not contain infallible teaching, and therefore does not close the discussion of priestly ordination of women. The question, then, is this: was the pope speaking ex cathedra in Ordinatio Sacerdotalis?


09 May 2014

Franciscan Crown Pamphlet

I've taken up the hobby of rosary making. Although I've made the popular rosary promoted by the Dominicans, I like to make and promote the Seraphic Rosary, also known as the Franciscan Crown or Rosary of the Seven Joys of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The Franciscan Crown is a seven decade rosary that was given by Our Lady to a young Franciscan novice named Friar James in 1422. It may not be as popular and it may no longer have any indulgences attached to it, but it is still a prayer that is pleasing to God and to Our Lady.


To help teach and promote this venerable Marian devotion, I made this pamphlet. If you find it useful, please do make use of it:
Franciscan Crown.pdf

08 May 2014

Uninspiring Catholics on Pro-Life Issues

I was very disappointed that I wasn’t able to go to the March for Life today because I was feeling a bit under the weather. In lieu of going, I offer this blog post regarding an uninspiring attitude some Catholics have concerning life issues.


I’ve come to expect comments from secular culture to disregard life issues as not all that important or even to have a negative opinion inline with the culture of death. Such comments don’t bother me too terribly much as they are of the world; however, when I hear comments like this from Catholics, I find it very disturbing.

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!
Amen.

12 February 2014

Why are Catholic Bibles Different from Protestant Bibles?

What follows is a very simplified timeline of the Canon of the Bible. It could be made much more complicated by adding a great deal of detail, but this serves as a basic overview:

06 February 2014

Sexual Scandal in the Catholic Church

There is a terrible sexual scandal that is rampant in the Catholic Church. None of the secular media outlets are covering it. Instead, they focus on a few (very few) Catholic priests that have abused young boys and young men. This is an extremely small problem, and the Catholic Church is the leading institution in the world putting safeguards in place to prevent this from happening. However, there is a much bigger problem that seems to be prevalent in the majority of priests and even bishops. I say, "seems" to be, but perhaps the percentage of clergy involved in this scandal is not as large as some might suggest. Hopefully, the percentage of clergy involved in this scandal is far less than the percentage of laity that is involved in this scandal.

02 February 2014

Candlemass: Canticle of Simeon

A funny story about the Canticle of Simeon:
Lord, now you let your servant go in peace; *
your word has been fulfilled:

my own eyes have seen the salvation *
which you have prepared in the sight of every people:

a light to reveal you to the nations *
and the glory of your people Israel.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, *
and to the Holy Spirit:

as it was in the beginning, is now, *
and will be for ever. Amen.

31 January 2014

Pray for Your Bishop

Do you pray for your bishop? If you do, do you pray for him to do what you think God would want him to do? Do you agree with what your bishop does? Do you think God agrees with what your bishop does? Do you know what God thinks?

Most Catholics second guess what their bishop does. Few don’t. I would like to number myself among those that don’t, but I am not so fortunate. Please pray that I accept the grace from Our Lady to always assume the best from my bishop, and be more concern with the one thing that I can be certain that God wants him to do: to be a saint.

Why did Pope Venerable Paul VI begin the process that resulted in many indults to allow what he himself said was an abuse, even in places where this abuse was not in practice? We don’t know. I don’t know. Perhaps when I’m pope I’ll understand (I will never understand). Given that he now has the word “Venerable” in front of his name, there must have been a very good reason.

28 January 2014

Communion on the Tongue

There is a great deal of misunderstanding and ignorance regarding the common practice of Communion in the hand and the not so common practice of Communion on the tongue. Many believe that anyone that can receive Communion can choose either modes of receiving Our Lord. Some believe that Communion in the hand is the preferred mode of reception and that Communion on the tongue is a privilege given to those that do not understand the preferred mode; and, even a privilege that can be denied.

It is true that receiving Our Lord in the Eucharist is a privilege and not a right. However, if properly disposed and not prohibited by law, sacred ministers cannot deny the Eucharist to those who seek It at appropriate times (cf. CCL 843 §1). The question is: Can a sacred minister deny the Eucharist to someone,  who would otherwise be able to receive, solely on the communicants chosen mode of reception?

22 January 2014

Pro-Life & Our Lady of Częstochowa

The 40th March for Life in Washington D.C. took place today to mark the anniversary of the decision on Roe v. Wade on January 22, 1973. Why was this date chosen to decided this historical Supreme Court of the United States (that’s SCUS, not SCOTUS) decision? I’m sure no one involved would admit it (that’s assuming  they were aware of it), but what would deter protesters from marking this date in D.C. more than inclement weather? (That’s assuming the First Amendment continues to be somewhat upheld without resorting to the Second Amendment.) Of course, inclement weather may not deter persons that believe in redemptive suffering, reparation and the crown of martyrdom.

12 January 2014

You are Beautiful

The more beautiful you imagine yourself,
The more ugly you become.

It is only when you recognize how completely ugly you truly are,
That Christ clothes you in His Beauty,
And, you truly become Beautiful.

Not that you are Beautiful,
But that He makes you Beautiful.

Terrible and Awesome Nature of the Eucharist

If we understood the terrible and awesome nature of the Eucharist, we would die of fear for just being in the same physical reality as Him. And yet, we don’t understand.
“it is a communion host that has been consecrated”
The above sentence is so blatantly ignorant of the Truth that even proper capitalization and punctuation cannot even begin to come close to the Reality we will spend eternity contemplating if we are so fortunate as to persevere to the end in accepting our utter and profound lowliness.

11 January 2014

Spiritual Communion

I have been Catholic for over 20 years now. Almost as soon as I entered the Church, I have, as much as possible, been a daily Communicant, sometimes even receiving Communion twice in one day and even assisting at a third Eucharistic Liturgy without receiving Communion.

We can thank Pope Saint Pius X for allowing us to receive Communion as much as twice a day, and even a third time in the form of Viaticum. This is reflected in the Code of Canon Law:

08 January 2014

Week with the Franciscans of the Immaculate

The Year of Faith has been very much a year of faith for me, and spending a week with the Franciscans of the Immaculate a couple of weeks before it ended was a very important part of it. This week was unexpected and pretty much unplanned. It was only half a month that the date was set and I didn't know which friary I'd be staying at until the day I was going to be sleeping there.

I was originally just trying to find a priest to celebrate the Feast of Blessed John Duns Scotus for my intention: In thanksgiving for all the graces received and for the health of my wife and our family. I would have preferred a Franciscan Friar of the Immaculate offer this Mass intention, but I would have asked any priest that could and was willing to celebrate the feast.

06 January 2014

Canonize Dietrich von Hildebrand

George Weigel has described Pope Blessed John Paul II’s 129 Wednesday General Audiences from September 1979 to November 1984 as “one of the boldest reconfigurations of Catholic theology in centuries.” He goes on to say it is a “kind of theological time bomb set to go off with dramatic consequences, sometime in the third millennium of the Church.” Weigel believes that it has barely begun to “shape the Church’s theology, preaching, and religious education” but when it does “it will compel a dramatic development of thinking about virtually every major theme in the Creed.”

Pope John Paul II based this work on the work of Dietrich von Hildebrand, having most, if not all of his books, some of which were published before Karol Wojtyła (Pope John Paul II) had even been ordained a priest.  Pope Venerable Pius XII informally referred to Dietrich von Hildebrand as “the 20th Century Doctor of the Church."  Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI said, “When the intellectual history of the Catholic Church in the twentieth century is written, the name of Dietrich von Hildebrand will be most prominent among the figures of our time.” And, Pope John Paul II said to Alice von Hildebrand  in a private audience towards the beginning of his pontificate, “Your husband is one of the great ethicists of the twentieth century.”

02 January 2014

The Serpent Approached the Woman

Why did  the serpent approach the woman and not the man?

While man (male) and woman have the same dignity as persons, the woman is of higher dignity in respect to her closeness to God. This is most evident in the way she was created and in the way her children are created, particularly in the Incarnation.

A man is not physically present when conception takes place within a woman. Only God and the woman are present with the donation made by a man. The man may be close, even in physical union with the woman, but the actual act of conception still takes place beyond his physical presence. In the Incarnation, the donation of a man is not even present.