Thursday, June 26, 2008
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
First: The Holy Father made his apostolic visit to the U.S. I had the great opportunity to be present at Pope Benedict's gathering with seminarians and youth at St. Joseph's seminary in Yonkers, NY. I also had the great luck to be in the "pit" of seminarians that were gathered at the foot of the stage. To be gathered with thousands of youth, many bishops and cardinals, and the Holy Father was an amazing experience I will not soon forget. Along with the experience of being in the presence of the Holy Father, the great message that he gave to us in NY was one that was profoundly simple. The transcript can be read here.
While this message is not a new one, it is one that is needed by the Church in America. Calling the youth of the American Church to courage, to be courageous on the face of the secular agenda that is at complete odds with the mission of Christ's Church on Earth. I for one am very pleased that the Holy Father took the time to address and encourage those who tend to be the most active and zealous about the faith; the youth.
Thank you Holy Father for be the Shepard of the Church and for calling all of us to LIVEour faith.
Sunday, April 6, 2008
As I was rooting through a few old blog entries I rediscovered some comments I made about a little book by His Eminence Dionigi Card. Tettamanzi, written when he was still in Genoa (presumably still being well served by Mons. Guido Marini). His Eminence’s book is called The Great Tempter, entitled in the original Italian Il Grande Tentatore (Edizioni Piemme, 2001).
In this useful little book, indeed on the book’s back cover, Card. Tettamanzi gives us ten salutary points by way of a “decalogue against temptation”:
- Do not forget that the devil exists.
- Do not forget that the devil is a tempter.
- Do not forget that the devil is very intelligent and astute.
- Be vigilant concerning your eyes and heart. Be strong in spirit and virtue.
- Believe firmly in the victory of Christ over the tempter.
- Remember that Christ makes you a participant in His victory.
- Listen carefully to the word of God.
- Be humble and love mortification.
- Pray without flagging.
- Love the Lord your God and offer worship to Him only.
In this time when the Enemy is savagely gnawing at the Body of the Church we must remember to pray in a special way both for our spiritual and physical daily bread, for there are more than one kind of hunger today, and also for the grace to resist wicked temptations and physical and spiritual attacks on the Church and her members from both within and without.
Friday, April 4, 2008
Friday, March 28, 2008
This Sunday, March 30th, is Divine Mercy Sunday. This wonderful feast instituted on April 30th, 2000 during the canonization Mass of St. Faustina, is a wonderful opportunity for the faithful to embrace the endless font of mercy that Christ won for us by His sacrifice on the Cross.
This feast is special in that it was requested to be instituted by the Lord Himself. In St. Faustina's
diary the Lord requests a feast of His Mercy 14 times. The Church in Her infinite wisdom has instituted this feast for the Sunday after Easter Sunday.
On this wonderful feast a plenary indulgence is offered to all the faithful. The normal conditions for a plenary indulgence are required( a sacramental confession and reception of Holy Communion within 7 days prior or following Divine Mercy Sunday and praying for the Holy Fathers intentions) with the addition of the reciting the Our Father, the Creed, and a devout prayer recognizing the Mercy of Christ(Merciful Jesus, I trust in you!) all to be said with a spirit totally detached from all sin, even venial.
Let us all make the Lord happy on this feast by praising and receiving His endless mercy.
Mater Salvatoris, ora pro nobis!
Thursday, March 27, 2008
It is now the Thursday within the Octave of Easter and is it good.
The Easter season is so filled with rejoicing and praise to God that one can be overwhelmed, especially during the Octave (everyday is a Solemnity, crazy!). It is interesting when attending Mass during the Octave and forgetting in fact that it is still technically Easter. Just yesterday I was attending Mass and the Gloria was almost forgotten. The Lector walked up to the ambo and announced the reading from the Acts of the Apostles and BURRR!!! the organist cut him off when he realized that the Gloria was forgotten. Every one in the Church jumped a bit and most smiled all the way through the Gloria, but then it dawned on me... we ought to smile and be filled with joy during the Gloria every time it is sung. Think about it, this wonderful prayer that is proclaiming the glory of the Most High God ought to elicit joy, and so often it is glossed over as the congregation drudges through it with long faces looking at their watches as they think of the breakfast menu that will be offered in the parish hall after Mass.
The Gloria is essential to the worship of God because it praises his Glory. We ought to take this Easter serious for what is it, a celebration of joy in Christs' destruction of sin and death. Be joyful for He is Risen!!!