Archive for July 2009

New Website

July 31, 2009

Hey all,

Just wanted to direct all of you over to our NEW website.

Yes, it’s a mouthful of a URL, but if you BOOKMARK it, it won’t be so bad, now will it?

Use this site for resources for your own parish Men’s groups, contact information, group listings, and event planning (there is a LOT coming up).  It is a work in progress, and we all have jobs too, so check it often and watch how we grow!

We of course will continue to use the blog as a means of encouraging your sruggle to keep your eyes on the spiritual prize, so no fears about discontinuing the blog.

No go, check it out, bookmark it, and most importantly — tell your friends, eh?


Into Great Silence (well…my own, anyway!)

July 30, 2009

It is with a grateful heart that I write to thank you all for your prayers for my surgery yesterday.  I had some growths removed from my vocal cords, and now I wait and hope that there is no cancer.  I seem to have come through the operation pretty well.  To say that it is very sore swallowing is an understatement…thanks be to God for pain medication!  I have to remain in silence [no talking for at least a week and limited for another two weeks or so].  Those around the rectory have told me: “it is an ill wind that blows no good.”

So I am in a listening posture.  I can’t help but think of Walt’s recent post on “listening” from Fr. Dubay.  It has already been an interesting day with no words.  The silence is good.  Words become much more meaningful when you are deprived of them.  Lots to consider; and, I am sure that God is speaking to me now that I am not speaking.  I am reminded of Psalm 46: 10

“Be still and know that I am God…”

Holy Haiku 2

July 30, 2009

From the twitter feed of the excellent Nunblogger:

God wrote it clearly

But the people ignored it

So now — parables.

50 years ago this month, a music revolution…

July 30, 2009

A little diversion,

50 Years ago, The Dave Brubeck Quartet opened the doors of our understanding of the Beauty, Truth, and Goodness a little wider, and composed a song in a Revolutionary time signature — 5/4 time.  That’s 5 beats to a measure with a quarter note getting a whole beat.If you’re a Jazz fan, you’ve heard this song a million times.  In fact, when it came out, it sold a million records at the height of the Rock and Roll ascendancy.  If you’re not a Jazz fan, you probably still heard it — but now you know why its so famous… Listen to the Piano during the Saxophone solo and you will see how they managed to pack the five beats into the measure in a way to not lose track of the count.  Revolutionary.

A little light reading…yeah, right.

July 29, 2009

I just got my Ignatius press flier in the mail today, and I took a few minutes to sit down in some A/C and dream about all the books I can’t afford to read becasue there is no classy Theology library nearby (gotta get me some kind of pass to the Seminary Library up in Dalton somehow).

Anyway, I just about fell out of my chair at the prices on their summer sale.  Run… do not walk… stop what you’re doing,  and go over to Ignatius press and check out the OUTRAGEOUS prices.

Then come back here.


For the balance of my summer (and fall, and winter…), I will be sitting by the pool (okay, puddle in the backyard) cozying up to:

  1. Joseph Ratzinger — Values in a Time of Upheaval
  2. Adrienne von Speyr — John vol 2, vol 4 (I already read vol 1)
  3. Hans Urs von Balthasar — Expolorations in Theology II
  4. Hans Urs von Balthasar — Theo-Logic vols 1,2,3 and Epilogue
  5. Joseph Pieper — For Love of Wisdom
  6. Joseph Ratzinger — Church, Ecumenism, Politcs
  7. Joseph Ratzinger — Pilgrim Fellowship of Faith

Oh, and I have Piers Paul Reid’s ‘Death of a Pope on my iPhone, which I better finish up in a hurry.  In fact, right now… have a great day!

Surgery for Fr Leo

July 29, 2009

Late this morning, our Chaplain, Fr Leo McKernan, had surgery on his vocal cords.  Fr Leo will not be able to speak at all for a week.  For the next few weeks thereafter, his speech will be very limited.  Please pray for Fr Leo’s recovery from the surgery, and for his healing.  Prayers and well-wishes can be left in the Comment Box of this post.

St. Martha

July 29, 2009

At their home, in Bethany, Martha & Mary welcomed Jesus and warmly received Him into their lives.  It was their brother, Lazarus, whom Jesus raised from the dead.  Today is the feast of St. Martha.  In the “Office of Readings” we listen to the words of St. Augustine:

“Thus was the Lord received as a guest, who came unto his own and his own received him not; but as many as received him, he gave them the power to become sons of God, adopting those who were servants and making them his brothers, ransoming the captives and making them his coheirs…”

Brothers, like Martha & Mary let us welcome Jesus into our homes.  We can do this through prayer and listening to His words, as Mary did, sitting at his feet.  We, too, can welcome Him in one another, and in serving each others needs.  We can welcome Him in the poor and the stranger.  He comes to our door in many distressing disguises.  As we discern His presence in the “breaking of the bread,” may we see Him in our midst.