Friday, December 30, 2011

A Quick Note...

I've sort of let this blog rest for a couple of weeks. Spending time with the family during the Christmas Season. Merry Christmas everyone, and I plan to be back to blogging next week.

In the meantime, check out these sites for Catholic news and stories of interest:

Catholic Exchange

Friday, December 16, 2011

This Week's Headlines

As another week comes to an end, this is your chance to top off your glass with a final helping of news, current events, and just plain interesting stuff that may not have made into the mainstream media. A chance to linger for a few more moments before we close the door on the week. Below are some links to articles, blogs, and miscellaneous happenings that caught my eye over the past few days. Sample what you like - I'll serve up more next Friday...


A Blessed Christmas - "'Where will you have your Christmas?' A common question this time of the year. What’s it mean?"

Breast-Beating During the Confiteor - "Although the Second Vatican Council requested the removal of "useless repetitions," it must be said that not all repetition is useless."

Investigation concludes on alleged Fulton Sheen miracle - "The documents will now be shipped to the Vatican for consideration. If the alleged miracle is approved by the Pope, U.S. Catholics could witness the first ever beatification on American soil in the Diocese of Peoria, said the foundation."
What Hitting Reply Instead of Forward Taught Me About Sin - "Other people in my RCIA class struggled with the idea of confessing their sins to a priest, but I never had the slightest problem with this practice. Especially after that experience with the mistaken email..."

Can a bishop forbid Mass in Latin? - "What many people don’t realize is that the Second Vatican Council mandate that Latin be retained in the Latin Church’s liturgical worship (SC 36.1).  It said that the vernacular could be used at times for some parts of the Mass (SC 36.2)."

Humor Site Revealing of Pro-Abortion Culture - "...when ignorance or dismissal of the sanctity of human life has become this pervasive, it’s safe to say we’ve gone too far in participating in or subsidizing the moral corruption of young adults." [The things reported in this article are disheartening.]

Still Praying For Christopher Hitchens - "I have no reason to think that Hitchens had a sudden religious awakening at the end, but I can hope.  I can hope that at the end there was a small crack in the veneer large enough to let in the light."

December is just so busy... Not much time to blog. Check out these sites for more headlines. And post more in the comments section below, if you see anything of interest:

The Pulpit

Monday, December 12, 2011

Monday Musings

A few random thoughts and ponderings to start the week...

My son made his first Confession this weekend. He said, "It felt good. It makes you feel clean inside, and like a weight is off of you." He said he actually enjoyed it. Good for him. I was still nervous though. I hope he keeps his enthusiasm.

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My five-year-old daughter thought confession was OK (of course, she didn't have to go - she just sat in the pew and looked at books). But what she really liked was Mass earlier in the day. She loved the "pink" vestments that father wore. I told her they are actually "rose" colored. It didn't really matter what I had to say: "No Dad... THAT is pink!"

(By the way, the books that my kids look at and read during Mass are by a priest named Fr. Lawrence Lovasik. I highly recommend them. They can be ordered online from many Catholic sites or at a local Catholic bookstore.)

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In honor of Gaudete Sunday:

Gaudete in Domino semper: iterum dico, gaudete.
Modestia vestra nota sit omnibus hominibus:
Dominus enim prope est.
Nihil solliciti sitis:
sed in omni oratione petitiones
vestræ innotescant apud Deum.
Benedixisti Domine terram tuam:
avertisti captivitatem Jacob

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say, rejoice.
Let your forbearance be known to all,
for the Lord is near at hand;
have no anxiety about anything,
but in all things, by prayer and supplication, 
with thanksgiving, let your requests be known to God. 
Lord, you have blessed your land;
you have turned away the captivity of Jacob.

Friday, December 9, 2011

This Week's Headlines

As another week comes to an end, this is your chance to top off your glass with a final helping of news, current events, and just plain interesting stuff that may not have made into the mainstream media. A chance to linger for a few more moments before we close the door on the week. Below are some links to articles, blogs, and miscellaneous happenings that caught my eye over the past few days. Sample what you like - I'll serve up more next Friday...

Einstein, Imagination and the New Translation - "Of course it’s good that everyone understands what’s going on, but the good is the enemy of the best, and mere intelligibility is not really what the liturgy is all about."

G.K. Chesterton and the Use of the Imagination - "The right use of imagination then is to be lawful, not lawless. To be obedient, not disobedient. To use our creativity for worshiping the Creator, not for defying him."

When a Catholic parish closes, what do they do with the tabernacle, statues and windows? - "The practice of reusing religious items is a common one among Catholics."

Our Heritage of Beauty - "So great is the schism between faith and faithlessness in art after the seventeenth century that you might suppose that modern artistic formation consciously rejects belief in God." [Featuring an artist who harkens back to a better time in Catholic art.]

Seven Reasons to Own Your Own Missal - "Since the allowance of the vernacular in the Mass following Vatican II, the idea of people having their own Roman Missal has fallen into relative obscurity."

Star Wars and the History of Vatican II - I may not agree with everything in this piece, but this line is priceless: "Jar-Jar Binks represents the really annoying, naive, wild, and even ethnic influences that drizzled into the liturgy and minds of Catholics and consequently empowered modernism to take more control...Jar-Jar is evil."
Vatican university hosts unusual tattoo conference - "Tattooed mummies in ancient Egypt, Crusaders who branded their foreheads with crosses, and New Zealand's inked Maori warriors were fodder for an unusual conference at a Vatican university Tuesday on the role of tattoos in shaping identity."

Just a Dad Playing Hero - "I’ve played Barbies.  I’ll admit it. Don’t you dare judge me.  I’m a father of four girls. I had no choice."

Jimmy Fallon on His Catholicism - [A fallen away Catholic on how the Mass has changed and why he hasn't gone back.] "I want the old way...like straight up, just Mass Mass."

Busy week - short list. Feel free to add more links in the comments section below... 

Monday, December 5, 2011

Monday Musings

A few random thoughts and ponderings to start the week...


Still loving the new translation. It might take a few more weeks to get the hang of all the new parts we have to say... especially, "And with your spirit." So far I have messed it up at least once at each Mass I've been to. But i know I'm not alone.

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A friend recently posted the following on their Facebook page:

"Homosexuality is found in over 450 species.
Homophobia is found in only one.
Which one seems unnatural now?"

My reply:
Many species also eat their young, kill their mates, and allow their wounded to be taken by predators. These are all "natural" things. But just because something happens in nature doesn't mean that humans should follow the example of these animals. I agree that homophobia is wrong... but that doesn't mean that homosexuality is just another form of "normal" for the human species.

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Tomorrow is St. Nicholas' Day...
Don't forget to put your shoes out tonight!

Friday, December 2, 2011

This Week's Headlines

As another week comes to an end, this is your chance to top off your glass with a final helping of news, current events, and just plain interesting stuff that may not have made into the mainstream media. A chance to linger for a few more moments before we close the door on the week. Below are some links to articles, blogs, and miscellaneous happenings that caught my eye over the past few days. Sample what you like - I'll serve up more next Friday...

Who’s Actually Upset with the New Roman Missal? - "Given the absence of any really significant or coherent opposition within the Church itself (and a laudable open-mindedness towards the changes even by ‘many’ clerics and laypeople who were formerly skeptical) it is becoming increasingly apparent that the only dead-set opponents of the changes are those outside the Church: ex-priests, professional critics, or reporters captivated by the prospect of another internal fight in the Catholic Church."

The Four Liturgists of the Apocalypse - [A great piece by Jimmy Akin about the new Mass translation. It opens with a tongue-in-cheek spoof on the Book of Revlation.] "...I saw that the Roman Missal they had was still in its shiny, new shrinkwrap. And behold, there were seven seals upon its shrinkwrap..."

This one is pretty funny too: Nuevo Trad Catholics Revolt

Bishop’s decree: Stop holding hands during the Our Father - "Only the priest is given the instruction to “extend” his hands. Neither the deacon nor the lay faithful are instructed to do this." [Read the bishops whole decree here]

For old Mass books, tradition decrees burial or 'cremation' - "The bishops' liturgy office recommends 'burying the Sacramentary in an appropriate location on church grounds, or perhaps in a parish cemetery,' after the switch to a new liturgical translation on Nov. 27."

A Consideration of St Cyprian’s Teaching against the Fear of Death - "Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God…..Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded."

Atlantis rises: US seminaries are changing - "I’m tremendously impressed with the quality of the candidates, their zeal... We’re seeing a real renewal of the priesthood."

Justice requires fundamental economic equality, not absolute economic equality - "When some folks in the Occupy Movement decry the disparity of wealth, they err if they think unequal wealth is itself unjust. Different activities can justly have different economic value, even vastly different economic value, and thus people can justly receive vastly different incomes or vastly different rates of income growth."

Are we sleepwalking through the great infanticide? - "Is it just me, or is there something sickly schizophrenic about a society that huffs and puffs in outrage at the killing of a baby in the light of day, but quietly supports it when it happens in the darkness of the womb?"

Vatican says seat-belt complaint drew papal smile - "...the Vatican was 'grateful for the affectionate concern for the Pope's safety,' but added that the complaint did not seem to reflect much flexibility in interpreting the meaning of the law."

The Robopocalypse Will Be Brought to you by Harvard - "Harvard researchers just announced that they've built a flexible robot that can crawl and slither under a pane of glass and into your home..."

8 Super-Simple Ways to Celebrate Advent - "For fellow converts or anyone else who needs some baby steps to get started celebrating Advent, here are eight of my favorite ideas from my readers..."
The miracle of A Charlie Brown Christmas - "The reason A Charlie Brown Christmas has endured is because the message is timeless- the true meaning of Christmas, which the elites had a problem with even 50 years ago."


 Feel free to add other links in the Comments section below...