Monday, February 28, 2011

Christians in the Holy Land

I recently discovered a magazine that covers issues surrounding in the near east. The magazine is a publication of a papal agency for humanitarian and pastoral support of all peoples in the region. There is a great article about Syria's Christian Valley. Take a look.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Feast Day of St Polycarp

Today is the Feast Day of St Polycarp; a disciple of John and Bishop of Smyrna. With the new deacons in Atlanta, it is nice to go back and read the words of this Father of the Church and his perspective on diaconal ministry.

Polycarp's Letter to the Philippians 5:2

In like manner deacons should be blameless in the presence of His righteousness, as deacons of God and Christ and not of men; not calumniators, not double-tongued, not lovers of money, temperate in all things, compassionate, diligent, walking according to the truth of the Lord who became a minister (deacon) of all. For if we be well pleasing unto Him in this present world, we shall receive the future world also, according as He promised us to raise us from the dead, and that if we conduct ourselves worthily of Him we shall also reign with Him, if indeed we have faith.
St Polycarp, pray for us.

New Deacons Humbled as They Begin Ministry

New Deacons Humbled as They Begin Ministry

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

The Three Most Profound Ideas I Have Ever Had

The Three Most Profound Ideas I Have Ever Had

Photos: Favorite Churches

Stained Glass Window: Ste Mere Eglise

This is one of my favorite stained glass windows. While touring Europe, I was accustomed to stained glass windows with people dress in ancient costume. In this one, we see airborne soldiers dropping from the sky in uniforms from WWII. All this while, under the watchful eyes of Jesus and our blessed Mother.

Exterior: St Mere Eglise

This is the exterior of the village church of Ste Mere Eglise. This is one of the locations where the first US troops dropped into Normandy the night before D-day. They still have a simulation of the American Soldier that landed on the church and was stuck there while the village was still occupied by the Germans . You can see the parachute on the right side of the clock tower.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

All Dogs Go to Heaven

Uga VIII laid to rest in Sanford Stadium; passed away in his sleep, on his bed, with his toys

For those of you not from the State of Georgia, UGA VIII is the beloved mascot of University of Georgia. Although he makes appearances at football games, he transcends football and is a symbol for the school. He represents strength, courage and loyalty as well as a kind and playful pet. He represents what we like to see in ourselves and our fellow man. That is why so many people are mourning his passing.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Friday, February 4, 2011

New Deacons in Atlanta

Tomorrow I will have the pleasure to serve as an usher at the ordination of 15 wonderful men to the diaconate. I have had the pleasure to know these men for all of my years of formation and it is strange that they are no longer attending classes at the St Stephen Center. Their encouragement will be missed. Please say a prayer for these wonderful men and their upcoming ministry to the Church.

Bill Bohn
Leonard Chambliss
Bob Grimaldi
Rick Kaszycki
Norm Keller
Ken Lampert
Scott Medine
Trinti Merlo
Bill O'Donoghue
Larry Welsh
Gary Schantz
Steve Shawcross
Mark Scholander
Dave Thomasberger
Curt Marsh

Thursday, February 3, 2011

And they have an App for this too!


And about the New Missal

As if you could not have guessed, there is an "app" for that. You can read all about it over at the Deacons Bench.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Photos: Favorite Churches 2

Cologne Cathedral (The Dom)
Photo: Robert Breuer

The Dom is probably my favorite church in the world. After three visits, it never ceases to inspire me and I am looking forward to planning a trip in the future. If you are ever in the Rhine Region of Germany, it is a must see.

Photos: Favorite Churches

St Mary Major, Rome Italy

The New Missal: And With Your Spirit

There is a lot of talk in the Catholic Church about the upcoming new Missal, which will be released at the beginning of the next Liturgical Year (Advent 2011). One of the key changes is the congregations response to the celebrant before the thanksgiving prayer over the bread and wine; where he says "the Lord be with you" we will respond "and with your spirit".

As an Anglican convert, this language is very familiar to me. However, I found it to be an interesting debate amongst Catholics of why the Church is going back to this language. Some are even suggesting that the Church is trying to return to ways before the Second Vatican Council (which I find humorous).

I found an interesting article that explains the origins of this statement and why we in the United States will soon be saying " And with your Spirit".