Friday, October 28, 2011

Benedict XVI

This is a bronze in the Frauenkirche (Cathedral) in Munich, Germany where Benedict XVI was Archbishop before moving on to Rome.  Notice he is carrying the pastoral cross of John Paul II.  This bronze was obviously created before he changed to the current pastoral cross.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Right Diagnosis, Deadly Cure

This weekend, the Vatican published a document on the current state of affairs in the global economy. The amount of vitriol being bantered about on this subject has been interesting. I did, however, find an analysis that seems pretty balanced (i.e. I agree with most of what is said:)

Right Diagnosis, Deadly Cure

Friday, October 14, 2011

John Paul II

Bronze of John Paul II in the Munich Frauenkirche (Cathedral)

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Baltimore Catechism: Lesson 1

1. Who made us?

God made us.
In the beginning, God created heaven and earth. (Genesis 1:1)

2. Who is God?

God is the Supreme Being, infinitely perfect, who made all things and keeps them in existence.
In him we live and move and have our being. (Acts 17:28)

3. Why did God make us?

God made us to show forth His goodness and to share with us His everlasting happiness in heaven.
Eye has not seen nor ear heard, nor has it entered into the heart of man, what things God has prepared for those who love him. (I Corinthians 2:9)

4. What must we do to gain the happiness of heaven?

To gain the happiness of heaven we must know, love, and serve God in this world.
Lay not up to yourselves treasures on earth; where the rust and moth consume and where thieves break through and steal. But lay up to yourselves treasures in heaven; where neither the rust nor moth doth consume, and where thieves do not break through nor steal. (Matthew 6:19-20)

5. From whom do we learn to know, love, and serve God?

We learn to know, love, and serve God from Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who teaches us through the Catholic Church.
I have come a light into the world that whoever believes in Me may not remain in darkness. (John 12:46)

6. Where do we find the chief truths taught by Jesus Christ through the Catholic Church?

We find the chief truths taught by Jesus Christ through the Catholic Church in the Apostles' Creed.
He that heareth you heareth me; and he that despiseth you despiseth me; and he that despiseth me despiseth him that sent me. (Luke 10:16)

7. Say the Apostles' Creed.

I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth; and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, Our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried. He descended into hell; the third day He arose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, sitteth at the right hand of God, the Father Almighty; from thence He shall come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost, the Holy Catholic Church, the communion of Saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen.

Monday, October 10, 2011

The Final Stretch

The last few months have been flying by.  Ever since our class learned that the scrutiny board had approved our files in early September, we are in the final stretch before ordination.  Although, there are still a few approvals to get through, this one means that we can begin to plan for that day in February.  So now we are busy with:

  1. Selecting a class stole
  2. Ordering invitations
  3. Putting together a guest list
  4. Working with the parish to coordinate the Mass of Thanksgiving
  5. Not to mention classes in Gospels, Sacraments, Liturgy, Homiletics and Catholic Social Teaching.
I hope to have most, if not all, of this done by the last class before Thanksgiving.  That will allow each of us to truly enjoy the advent season.  But most importantly to spend a lot of time in prayer to make sure this is what we are called to do.

It will change every aspect of our lives.  Our relationships at work, home and church will be different.  I think for most of us, those changes have already begun.  It has already happened at professional meetings when colleagues, who are aware of this journey, ask about it the presence of others.  At first, the look on their faces is one of confusion; but in all cases (so far) they have been pleasantly surprised and supportive.  However, now they look at me in a different way.  The same is true at chruch and with the family.

And we must do our best to represent the Church as best we can because we are called to be a visible presence in the secular world.  A world that, quite honestly, does not understand or care.  We have the opportunity to give them an example of how a christian lives a christian life in the midst of the world.  To be a true disciple of Jesus Christ.  To show the world that "true joy" can be had in this life even when life is difficult.

Please pray for us and our final discernment to this ministry of the Church. 

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Tim Tebow and Christophobia

An interesting article by George Weigel on why so many people (especially in the media) dislike Tim Tebow.
Two weeks into the NFL season, ESPN ran a Sunday morning special exploring why the third-string quarterback of the Denver Broncos, Tim Tebow, had become the most polarizing figure in American sports — more polarizing than trash-talking NBA behemoths; more polarizing than foul-mouthed Serena Williams; more polarizing than NFL all-stars who father numerous children by numerous women, all out of wedlock. Why does Tebow, and Tebow alone, arouse such passions? Why is Tebow the one whom “comedians” say they would like to shoot?
 You can read the entire article at:

Tim Tebow and Christophobia

St. Vincent's Prayer for Deacons

Holy God,

Saint Vincent served You as a permanent deacon and gave his whole life and soul to You, even to the point of becoming a martyr. I lift up to You the deacons of the Church and all those who are being called by God to become deacons. Guide them as they discern how to serve the Body of Christ. Prevent the attractions of the world and the busyness of secular jobs from interfering with their vocations. Teach them to grow in humility. Help their families learn from their examples and support their diaconates with trust and joy.

Saint Vincent, pray for us. Amen.