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.