Thursday, March 31, 2011

Disturbing News from South Carolina

A disturbing event occurred in South Carolina last night. A small Catholic Church was ransacked and the only thing that was missing was the Blessed Sacrament. Although one may say they did not know the significance of their actions ( the local news apparently did not), it appears the vandals did. You can read more about it HERE.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Friday, March 25, 2011

Feast of the Annunciation

The Annunciation

"Hail Mary, full of grace," the Angel saith.
Our Lady bows her head, and is ashamed;
She has a Bridegroom Who may not be named,
Her mortal flesh bears Him Who conquers death.
Now in the dust her spirit grovelleth;
Too bright a Sun before her eyes has flamed,
Too fair a herald joy too high proclaimed,
And human lips have trembled in God's breath.
O Mother-Maid, thou art ashamed to cover
With thy white self, whereon no stain can be,
Thy God, Who came from Heaven to be thy Lover,
Thy God, Who came from Heaven to dwell in thee.
About thy head celestial legions hover,
Chanting the praise of thy humility.

Joyce Kilmer: 1917

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

I Had to Get on That Soap Box Again

It has been quite a while since I have posted, primarily because life, work and formation has kept me so busy. But when I saw the attached article, I had to comment. The article covered how our local airline, Delta, will probably lose $400 million due the situation in Japan.

So that is what we have come to; it all comes back to money. Let's forget about all of the suffering that is going on and the sacrifice that those men (and possibly women) are making to get the nuclear reactors under control. The people of Japan will have a difficult road ahead and for the nuclear power workers, they will most likely lose their lives for their homeland. I could care less about Delta Airlines losing a few million out of all of this. If the Japan market is so important to them, we should be hearing how the company plans to support the people of Japan in this difficult time.

It makes me very sad.

Please pray for the people of Japan, their struggle has just begun.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Jesus of Nazareth Part II

With the publication of Pope Benedict XVI's new book Jesus of Nazareth - Part II, he reinforces the Vatican II teaching that the Jewish people were not collectively responsible for the death of Jesus. The book has been praised, worldwide, by people of good will and reinforces what John Paul II began (the implementation of Nostra Aetate). The Anti-Defamation League put out a statement on the book last Wednesday.

This issue begs the question. With this sea-change in teaching, how do we put into context previous church teachings on the role of the Jews in the death of Jesus. It is clear previous teachings were flawed and had dire consequences for the Jewish people. How do we as Christians explain this to people?

To me it is an example of Church's continued growth in understanding of divine revelation. Divine truths do not change, but our understanding of them do if our underlying assumptions are flawed. The Church must be able to reflect its teachings through the lens of total freedom; free from all of the influence that originates from man (culture, etc.) and focus on those from God. It brings me joy to know that when Church leaders recognize the truth, they express this truth to the people of God. I think Pope Benedict did just that.