Archive for October 2009

Hallow = Holy

October 31, 2009

This morning I woke from sleep about 5:15am and was immediately aware of the strong blowing winding whistling through the buildings and trees.  I like a good wind.  It often reminds me of the Holy Spirit as described in the Acts of the Apostles on Pentecost Day.

When the day of Pentecost came it found them gathered in one place.  Suddenly from up in the sky there came a noise like a strong, driving wind which was heard all through the house where they were seated.   (Acts 2:1-2)

This evening is Halloween [All Saints Eve] and we as Catholics remember that it is the Holy Spirit that sanctifies us.  It is the Pentecostal Spirit that makes saints.  God calls us to holiness of life.  Each of us needs to explore what that will mean for us.  What form will that holiness express itself in each of us?

Open season for anti-Catholicism

October 30, 2009

Philip Jenkins, a professor at Penn State University, wrote a book called THE NEW ANTI-CATHOLICISM: THE LAST ACCEPTABLE PREJUDICE. Over the last few days, I have noticed a growing number of anti-Catholic pieces in major newspapers.  Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York has some thoughts on this subject that deserve to be considered.  I would recommend that each of the men who are part of the Guardian of the Redeemer become familiar with the CATHOLIC LEAGUE FOR CIVIL AND RELGIOUS RIGHTS.  Bill Donahue is the head of this watch-dog organization.  They publish a journal/newsletter called CATALYST which is worth a subscription.  Bill Donahue has just put out a new book entitled SECULAR SABOTAGE.  I wish that every parish would get a chapter of THE CATHOLIC LEAGUE active as a ministry to defend our faith and the family of the Church.

Pray

October 29, 2009

Hey, you haven’t prayed today, have you? I know you haven’t. Ids much more important than reading some yahoo’s blog post. Stop reading this blog, get off the computer and pray, right now!

Why make a retreat – 2

October 29, 2009

In this post a few weeks ago, St Ignatius explained to us how helpful it is to make a retreat.

Dom Jean-Baptiste Chautard (1858–1935) was for many years Abbot of Sept-Fons, a Cistercian monastery in France. He is best known for his writings on the apostolate, whose fruitfulness, he emphasizes, depends on the deep interior life of the apostle.

Dom Jean-Baptiste Chautard

Dom Jean-Baptiste Chautard

In his most well-known book, The Soul of the Apostolate, Dom Chautard explains why making a retreat like ours requires the engagement of our manly character traits in generous cooperation with God’s grace:

When we have to make a three days’ retreat, how unwilling some of us are!  To withdraw for three days from a life which, though full of things to be done, is easy, and to live on the supernatural plane, making the supernatural sink into every detail of our existence during this retreat; to compel one’s mind to see everything, during this time, by the light of faith alone, and one’s heart to forget everything in order to seek Christ alone, and His life; to remain face to face with one’s self and lay bare the infirmities and weaknesses of one’s soul; to throw the soul into the crucible, and turn a deaf ear to all its cries of complaint:  all this is a prospect which makes some people, otherwise ready to face any fatigue, turn tail and flee when there is no longer a question of an expenditure of merely natural energy.

No doubt, in this labor of detachment, grace shoulders a great part of the difficulty, making the yoke sweet and the burden light.  But still, what efforts the soul has to make!

                 — The Soul of the Apostolate, Part 1, Chapter 5.

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Out-of-town events

October 29, 2009

Next weekend (Nov 6-7) is big for conferences.  Catholic men will have major gatherings in Springfield MO and Houston TX.  In western PA, the St Paul Center (Scott Hahn et al) is holding the annual “Letter and Spirit Conference.”  (note that CDs of the talks are available for pre-order, in case you want a nice Christmas gift for your pastor).  Speaking of Scott Hahn, he’ll be giving three talks at this one-day retreat just down the road in Doylestown during Advent — and it’s free!

Battle for Christmas 2009 is underway

October 27, 2009

The first Nativity Scene Lawsuit of the 2009 Christmas Season is officially underway.

press release from the Thomas More Law Center, announcing the filing of the lawsuit, quotes the Center’s president, Richard Thompson, who said:

Every Christmas holiday, militant atheists, acting like the Taliban, use the phrase ‘separation of church and state,’ — nowhere found in our constitution — as a means of intimidating municipalities and schools into removing expressions celebrating Christmas, a National Holiday…. However, the grand purpose of our Founding Fathers and the First Amendment was to protect religion, not eliminate it…. [S]ystematic exclusion of Christmas symbols during the holiday season is itself inconsistent with the Constitution.

My Church needs this sign

October 27, 2009

From “Again and Again”

“Not-turned off cellphones in church — 100 prostrations!”