Thursday, February 02, 2012

Random thoughts

  • One of my favorite priests, Fr. Byers has been on fire lately.  He’s politely saying something that’s been on a lot of people’s minds. It’s great that our bishops have come out against the HHS mandate but it’s so late in the evening. It's like screaming because your toddler is crossing the road. Of course you should be alarmed but the original problem is that you weren't paying attention to your child in the first place.

     Anne Barnhardt (yeah, her style is not always to my taste but when she’s right, ole girl is right) has several interesting things to say about this mess and makes a sad prediction that I agree with. She thinks the average Catholic will shrug about the HHS mandate and do nothing while wishing that Father would please stop talking about it and get back to planning the parish festival. 
  • Candlemass at St. Rita's tonight was amazing. I think it must be one of the most beautiful Masses I've ever been too. Thank you Fr. Eagle for your enthusiasm and willingness to go the extra mile. The schola sang this antiphon while we all processed through the church with our candles behind the celebrant:

    Adorn thy bridal-chamber, O Sion, and welcome Christ the King: with loving embrace greet Mary who is the very gate of heaven; for she bringeth to thee the glorious King of the new light: remaining ever a Virgin yet she bearest in her arms the Son begotten before the day-star: even the Child, whom Simeon taking into his arms, declared to the peoples to be the Lord of life and death, and the Savior of the world.
     Hearing this who wouldn't get excited?


Adrienne said...

You better believe Ann is dead on. I dared to say the word "Marxist" on Mark Shea's blog (before he hooked up with Patheos) and I was instantly banned and insulted. These people like Mark are part of the problem.

Anyhoo - I'm counting on the "gates of hell shall not prevail" because that is the truth.

Anita Moore said...

Bella Dodd, the Communist party official who converted to Catholicism under the direction of Bishop Sheen, said that in the 1930s, the Communist party planted a bunch of infiltrators (I think the figure was 1100) in Catholic seminaries, and that a number of them made it as far as the college of cardinals. Can anyone seriously doubt this, in view of the fact that since Dodd's death, the Church has become almost unrecognizable from what it had been before?

In re Candlemas: I don't have the Extraordinary Form here, but I did watch the webcast of Abp. Thomas Wenski's solemn high pontifical Mass in Miami last night, preceded by the blessing of the candles and the office of Terce. It was 3 hours, but worth every minute.

Joe Potillor said...

Ann's dead on....thanks for the introduction. Your thoughts are dead on once again.

Pauli said...

It’s great that our bishops have come out against the HHS mandate but it’s so late in the evening.

Bingo. The Bishops were polled awhile back on single-payer and I think that that something like 90% were in favor of the idea. So they held off on criticizing Obamacare vigorously until the toddler on the highway was being put on a stretcher by paramedics.