Sunday, November 20, 2011

The Last Day

                                           Class photo with our Director of Formation

See the smiles on our faces?? That is because yesterday was the last day of diaconate formation classes for the Class of 2012.  It is hard to believe that we began this process almost 5 years ago. 

Many people have asked if I am happy but I am not sure if that would be the correct emotion.  At this point I am just a little tired (studying for exams, writing papers and presenting our last homily in homiletics class has kept us quite busy right to the end) and looking for some rest.  I look forward to being able to process it all during the Advent and Christmas Season.

The biggest adjustment will be not seeing these guys on a regular basis after 5 years of formation.  We will all go in our own directions and serve the Church in our own unique way.  It will be a difficult adjustment and I hope we stay in touch. 

But we are looking forward to our ordination retreat in January and ordination on February 11th at the Cathedral of Christ the King in Atlanta.  It's on the Feast Day of Our Lady of Lourdes; I cannot think of a better day to begin our ministry.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

USCCB on Laity Recieving Communion in Both Forms

Dedication of the Lateran Basilica

                                            Lateran Basilica, Rome

Today is the Feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica.  In 313, Constantine gave the Church the Lateran Palace for the Popes use.  Soon thereafter,  a church was built and was the first building dedicated to the Christian faith in Rome.  The basilica was consecrated in 324.  This basilica is the Pope's cathedral (as Bishop of Rome).  As such, it is considered the spiritual home of the People of God (who are the Church).  It is a beautiful place.

Relics of St Paul and St Peter above Altar

Statue of Constantine in Narthex
St Peter

St Paul

A Catholic in the Bible Belt

A Catholic in the Bible Belt

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Margaret Thatcher on Socialism

This Made Me Laugh

I had company this morning…

Tim Tebow: An Odd Attack on Faith

I have really not understood the sheer magnitude of hatred toward Tim Tebow in the NFL, with many people saying he has no place in professional football.  And doing so in a very ugly way.  It seems clear it is because of his deep faith, something that many media-types want to keep hidden.  But why is that?

  • Is it because he is counter cultural?
  • Because he acknowledges absolute truth?
There is a sickness going on in this country and it is not pretty.  Tebow may just be what the doctor ordered.

You can read more on the story HERE

Friday, November 4, 2011

Worth Another Look

Catholics Come Home