Archive for May 2011

For this year’s graduates

May 31, 2011

I remember a number of years ago being present at the dedication service of the Anderson athletic center at Misericordia. My boss and I had been invited because our company had installed some equipment in the building.  The service included addresses and prayers led by both the Bishop of Scranton at that time, and the priest who was the Campus Minister.  I was appalled and bewildered, because neither their remarks nor prayers included any reference to Christ, to the Gospel, or to the Church.

I was reminded of that occasion recently when I read the baccalaureate keynote address delivered at USC by LA Abp Jose Gomez.  It’s a wonderfully simple proclamation of Jesus and the Good News in a public, university setting.

If you know someone graduating this year, might I suggest that you forward them the link to Abp Gomez’s address, or include a copy of his address in the graduation card you give them (remember…New Evangelization….new in ardor, methods and expression!).  It’s a message that all young adults need to hear.

Manhood considered

May 27, 2011

Simcha is always a gas to read.  Her recent Register post is no exception.

The significance of May 13th

May 13, 2011

30 years ago today, Pope John Paul II took a bullet for Christ and His Church:

Much like a magnifying glass concentrates the rays of the sun into a burning focal point, on that day the forces of evil concentrated all their destructive desire on St Peter’s Square.  Why?  Just imagine for a moment that they had been successful.  Imagine that the hand of Our Lady did not redirect those bullets.  Imagine a JP2-less Church.  Surely we’d have no Theology of the Body.  Perhaps no contemplating the Face of Christ.  The misguided ‘spirit of Vatican II’ might still have us uneasy about devotion to our Blessed Mother.  The true dignity of women and their feminine genius would almost certainly be less explored. Would we be striving to live a civilization of love and a spirituality of communion?  Would we be casting out into the deep in a new evangelization? We might still be afraid.

What would John Paul II have us remember especially today?  I suspect he would want us most of all to continue to be directed toward Jesus by the message of Our Lady of Fatima.  John Paul II visited Fatima on the first anniversary of his taking of that bullet.  Here are some of the things he said:

I come here today because on this very day last year, in Saint Peter’s Square in Rome, the attempt on the Pope’s life was made, in mysterious coincidence with the anniversary of the first apparition at Fatima, which occurred on 13 May 1917.
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In the light of the mystery of Mary’s spiritual motherhood, let us seek to understand the extraordinary message, which began on 13 May, 1917 to resound throughout the world from Fatima, continuing for five months until 13 October of the same year.
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“Repent, and believe in the gospel” (Mk 1:15): these are the first words that the Messiah addressed to humanity. The message of Fatima is, in its basic nucleus, a call to conversion and repentance, as in the Gospel. This call was uttered at the beginning of the twentieth century, and it was thus addressed particularly to this present century. The Lady of the message seems to have read with special insight the “signs of the times”, the signs of our time.
The call to repentance is a motherly one, and at the same time it is strong and decisive. The love that “rejoices in the truth” (cf. 1 Cor 13:) is capable of being clear-cut and firm. The call to repentance is linked, as always, with a call to prayer. In harmony with the tradition of many centuries, the Lady of the message indicates the Rosary, which can rightly be defined as “Mary’s prayer”: the prayer in which she feels particularly united with us. She herself prays with us. The rosary prayer embraces the problems of the Church, of the See of Saint Peter, the problems of the whole world. In it we also remember sinners, that they may be converted and saved, and the souls in Purgatory.
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In the light of a mother’s love we understand the whole message of the Lady of Fatima. The greatest obstacle to man’s journey towards God is sin, perseverance in sin, and, finally, denial of God. The deliberate blotting out of God from the world of human thought. The detachment from him of the whole of man’s earthly activity. The rejection of God by man.
In reality, the eternal salvation of man is only in God. Man’s rejection of God, if it becomes definitive, leads logically to God’s rejection of man (cf. Mt 7:23; 10:33), to damnation.
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And so, while the message of Our Lady of Fatima is a motherly one, it is also strong and decisive. It sounds severe. It sounds like John the Baptist speaking on the banks of the Jordan. It invites to repentance. It gives a warning. It calls to prayer. It recommends the Rosary.
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The message is addressed to every human being. The love of the Saviour’s Mother reaches every place touched by the work of salvation. Her care extends to every individual of our time, and to all the societies nations and peoples. Societies menaced by apostasy, threatened by moral degradation. The collapse of morality involves the collapse of societies.

Book bargain

May 10, 2011

The Ignatius Press Knox-Oakley translation of “The Imitation of Christ” is currently on sale at Amazon for $8.94 which is a 40% discount.  In my opinion, this is a super value.  It’s a smallish size well-constructed hardcover, a size which makes it convenient to carry along with my New Testament.  I far-and-away prefer this translation to the other two that I have (one older, one more modern).  I’ve never seen it priced this low.  If you’ve never read the Imitation, I strongly encourage it.  Book Four (the last section of the book) concerns Holy Communion and our reception of it.  I often take it to church and read a portion to prepare for Mass.

Our Lady of Pompei

May 8, 2011

Try to find time today to remember and to invoke Our Lady of Pompei.  You can get all the details here from Dom Mark.

Msgr Esseff’s message to Osama Bin Laden

May 2, 2011

Glenn thought this would be worth another look, given yesterday’s events.  Apparently, OBL was killed on Divine Mercy Sunday.  Too bad he never responded to Msgr Esseff’s invitation to dialogue.  Do you think he encountered divine mercy?…or divine justice?  Either way, he surely knows the Truth now!