Monday, November 28, 2016

I guess it's safe to say that Cardinal Dolan doesn't care if anyone is scandalized

He's gonna dance with the Rockettes every year and any priest or lay person who is working at the chancery better grin and clap....

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Friday, November 25, 2016

In Sinu Jesu

A few days ago I read about a  book, In Sinu Jesu that one of  Rorate Caeli's team of writers, really likes. It is recommended for use during Adoration and is praised by Cardinal Burke. I bought it and read it and I have to say that it made me a little uneasy.  The book is written by anonymous Benedictine and is his reflections on his inner locutions from Our Lord and Our Lady. The thing that bothers me is that the words of Our Lord in this book are...well... gooey. I cannot imagine the Christ speaking like this. Some people find the dialogue in St. Faustina's diary to be too sugary but I'll let that pass because she was a simple young woman  with a girlish vocabulary and who grew up in culture quite different from the post World War II West. The priest who wrote this book is a modern, educated American male so there would be no need for Our Lord to speak to him in such precious way.

There is so much repetition that I found myself skipping pages. Would God say the same thing day after day, year after year? God spoke to Moses and Noah with clear commands and He did not repeat Himself like a mother telling her kid to pick up his socks for the 50th time in a month. The volume of inner locutions worried me too. When I compare the amount of locutions  of In Sinu Jesu to what was said succinctly stated to  Saints Gertrude, Margaret Mary, Catherine Laboure and  St. Teresa of Avila it just seems so different. The chattiness in In Sinu Jesu  reminds me of Medjugorje and Fr. Gobbi.

I'm not knocking the priest. To his credit, he is not chatting on EWTN or  hitting the lecture circuit. He's only published his diary and done so anonymously. He remains quietly at his work in the monastery and in adoration of the Lord. However, it's possible that Father is mistaken about what he is hearing and the Church does not require us  to accept every word from every mystic.  My parish priest is busy so I'm not going to bother him  or our parochial vicar with it but I'd be interested to see what a good theologian priest's reaction to it would be to this book. For safety's sake I will stick to time tested and Church approved guides such as Imitation of Christ,or Visits to the Blessed Sacrament by St. Alphonsus or the great devotion of the rosary when I'm at Adoration.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving

The people at work have been carrying on and being miserable about the election. Several people claimed to be dreading Thanksgiving because their Republican relatives will be so happy. Some were even talking about staying home and sulking. Good grief.  Naturally I've kept my mouth shut but inside I've lost so much respect for my attorneys. Grown men and women pouting and dropping the F- word in the office is not pleasant at all.

I've been looking forward to Thanksgiving all month just like every year and as a Catholic I'm always amused that the first one  really was in Spanish colonial Florida and was the holy Mass.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

A woman to admire

Being Catholic I am perfectly used to powerful women and having gone to all girl schools I know that the female of the species can be more ferocious than the male under the right circumstances. Consequently, neither  Hilary Clinton nor 90% of female politicians today impress me. Although some people are calling Pope John Paul II "great," the name hasn't stuck yet. That is a rare title for a very few male saints  and only one woman, that I know of, a German Benedictine nun, who was blessed with visitations from the Lord, St. Gertrude the Great.  Her writings won the admiration of St. Teresa of Avila who looked at her as a role model. Both St. Philip Neri and St. Francis de Sales used her prayers and recommended her book, Herald of Divine Love. If you want a role model skip the pop starlets and singers and take a look at the Great One.