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!

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.