Thursday, January 27, 2011

Last Formation Year

This Saturday, my class begins the last year of formation to the diaconate. It hardly seems like four years have already passed by and sometimes I still feel like I am an aspirant, discerning whether I have really been called to this ministry.

This year will be filled with classes where the "rubber meets the road". That means two semesters of:

The Gospels
The Sacraments
Liturgy - Rubrics and Style
Catholic Social Teaching

Each of these classes will be important in our service to the Church and I am really looking forward to each of them.

I recently went to the service for the Institution to Candidacy and Acolyte. One of the members of the class of 2011 pulled me aside and said "Don't blink, this year will pass by so fast you may miss something". It made me think about the last four years and where we came from and where we are going. It's coming fast; I hope I'm prepared.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

The Conversion of St Paul

Today, the Church celebrates the conversion of St Paul on the road to Damascus. It speaks volumes about the importance of grace and our willingness to accept it from God. Paul could have chosen to reject the experience, but he did not and it changed his life and the world.

He is also the only apostle that did not know Jesus personally and you can read in his letters that this fact caused many people to question his authority. But because of this fact, he became an example for us that belief in Jesus Christ, as the Son of God, is a grace from God. Christ himself spoke of this grace to St Thomas in the upper room. So in many ways, Paul is the only apostle that received Christ as we have; through a grace from God and a willingness to say "yes".

God our Father,
You taught the Gospel to all the world
through the preaching of Paul Your apostle.
May we who celebrate his conversion to the faith
follow him in bearing witness to Your truth.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son,
who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. +Amen.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Favorite Artists

Bouguereau 1875: Portrait of Jesus, Mary and John the Baptist

Friday, January 21, 2011

50 Years Ago Today

It has been 50 years since the first American Catholic was inaugurated president of the United States. On that day he gave a speech that will live on in history and worth reading again.

1961 Kennedy Inauguration Speech

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Alive Again

A Cogent Response to "Bizarre Land"

John Martens over at America Magazine wrote a cogent response to the paper by Canonist Peters and his blogging son. Although a biblical scholar, he brings a sharp focus on the issue as well as some of the motivations for bringing up this issue now, since the paper at the source of this debate was written 5 years ago.

You can read it here.

Monday, January 17, 2011

From Catholic Bizarre Land

A Catholic Canon Lawyer recently wrote an article that although Permanent Deacons in the Catholic Church can be married, Canon Law may still require them to still remain chaste. The entire article is HERE.

The response to this folly has been amusing. You can read some of that material HERE.


Friday, January 14, 2011

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Faith in Music: U2 - Magnificent

This song was inspired by the Magnificat or the Song of Mary; her "Yes" to God (Luke 1:46-55).


Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Yes - And You And I - live

I always thought that this song was about our relationship with God. To me, it needs to be that personal.

From the "Good News" Department

One of my favorite blogs has just released this NEWS.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Monday, January 10, 2011

Friday, January 7, 2011

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Quote of the Day

The basic theme is the one that you have noted: Do not become utterly absorbed in activism! There would be so much to do that one could be working on it constantly. And that is precisely the wrong thing. Not becoming totally absorbed in activism means maintaining consideratio -- discretion, deeper examination, contemplation, time for interior pondering, vision, and dealing with things, remaining with God and meditating about God. One should not feel obliged to work ceaselessly; this in itself is important for everyone, too, for instance, every manager, too, and even more so for a Pope. He has to leave many things to others so as to maintain his inner view of the whole, his interior recollection, from which the view of what is essential can proceed.
Pope Benedict XVI - Light of the World

Monday, January 3, 2011

Pray For Peace in the Middle East

As many of you already know, the New Year began with continued violence against Christians in the Middle East, this time in Egypt. Please continue to pray for our brothers and sisters who bravely live through this evil.