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.