Thursday, June 28, 2007
I saw a well known priest's blog where he posted an admonition to traditionalists and conservatives not be too smug about the MP. With all due respect, Fr. but perhaps you should step away from the computer a bit or take a short trip out of your parish and take a peek at the world around you...smug? Smug! Who the heck is being smug?
The church is in a terrible mess. Millions of people have lost their faith. Millions don't bother to go to Mass at all anymore. An Italian friend of my husband's marvel when she comes to Mass in America because at home she never sees young people in church. Plus, the fight for reverance and beauty in the Mass is not over. Most of the American bishops are going to defy or ignore this just as they ignored the Ecclesia Dei Commission. Cardinal Sean O'Malley of Boston has already tried to downplay the MP in recent comments on his blog. Considering the state of his diocese you think he'd be happy to try anything but no...
Nobody's being smug. This is a time for intense prayer.
Our Lady of Akita, pray for us.
Friday, June 22, 2007
4 Latin Hymns
- Ave Maria
- Panis Angelicus
- O Salutoris Hostia
- Ave Maria
- O Sacred Head Surrounded (sung right this gives me chills)
- Oh God Beyond All Praising
- What Wonderous Love Is This
I tag anyone who wants to play.......
Thursday, June 21, 2007
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Sunday, June 17, 2007
One more thing, be kind to your parish priest. He puts up with a lot of personalities and deals with an incredible amout of needs in just one morning.
Friday, June 15, 2007
Thursday, June 14, 2007
Sunday, June 10, 2007
Saturday, June 09, 2007
We stayed at Foursquare Plantation in Smithfield and it was heavenly. The owners were lovely hosts and the breakfast was fit for royalty. We took the ferry from Surry and visited Jamestown, Williamsburg and Smithfield. We toured St. Luke's the oldest Protestant church in America (1632) and then we visited Good Shephard the town's only Catholic church. It's a very nice little church. They have no priest so they only have one Mass on Sunday. Priests from the military base come to celebate Mass for them. I guess the parishioners go to Suffolk or Williamsburg for confession or the priest hears it when he comes to them on Sunday. They're doing a great job but I was struck by how sad and a little strange a parish is when there is no priest at the center. I was also struck by how kind and friendly the parishioners we met were. They put the folks in Northern Virginia to shame and although they have just 200 families I noticed that they have more parish groups than my own parish. That's devotion.
Our last activity was to visit the Great Dismal Swamp but Rocky realized that I forgot to buy insect repellant so he decided that he wasn't going to risk taking me on the trail. He was right; the bugs are huge and very intent on biting so I didn't argue. Just hanging out on the driving portion of the park we saw wild turkeys. It's a great place and the next time I'm in the area I'm going back but covered in repellant.
Wednesday, June 06, 2007
I found that terribly touching.
Be honest. Are we crazy to expect a country with 40% literacy, cousin marriage and low status for women to be capable of democracy? Are they even capable of a government that doesn't rely on dungeons and midnight arrests in order to function? Iraq is not Germany, it is not Japan. It's not even Korea. The culture for modernity isn't there.
Maybe, just maybe it's not a matter of winning. Our military could passify the militants in one week if they were allowed to really put the hammer down. Maybe it's that there is nothing to win. Five hours after we leave Iraq will turn into a blood bath no matter how hard we try to teach them to live another way.
Sunday, June 03, 2007
--------------Our Lady of Akita
In Detroit this year there was only one ordination. A number of people have commented that this is pathetic. Well, it is but maybe this is a sign that God is not pleased with us. Us, the folks in the pews.
- Do you think God is pleased with the people who send their children to Mass or CCD but don't go themselves?
- How about the folks who make a salary of 150K or more but toss in change or one buck at collection time?
- What about the people who perform various functions at chuch, not because they love God but because they crave power?
- What about the people who attend every Sunday, make sure everyone knows that they are big deals at church and who loudly proclaim themselves good Catholics yet are using contraception?
- What about the people who seem to think that the pastor is their own personal priest and throw hissy fits if he can't come to their house everytime they call?
- What about the people who come to church and gossip in the pews before and after Mass?
- What about the women who come to Mass in shorts and stomach baring tops or the ones who wear pants so low that their buttocks are exposed?
- What about the divorced men and women who strut up to Communion and threaten to raise a stink if they don't recieve?
- What about the people who scream and carry on if their parochial school offers a scholarship to a few inner city children?
- What about the people who go to Communion yet do not believe in the Real Presence?
St. Fidelis once said that the presence of bad priests (and perhaps the lack of priests) is a sign that God is displeased with His people. That's something to think about.