December 01, 2006

I'm out of town until Sunday.

November 30, 2006


That's the name of a blog I came across this morning. It's subtitle is, "The Musings of a Priest in Massachusetts." He is a Romanian Orthodox priest.
Click HERE for it.

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew Receives Pope Benedict XVI at the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople

Click HERE for it.

November 28, 2006

Why has the Pope gone to Turkey, and what is he going to do there?

It's all explained on the Vatican's website.
Click HERE for it.

November 27, 2006


28 NOVEMBER 28 TO 1 DECEMBER 1 A.D. 2006
Heavenly Father,
from whom every family in heaven and on earth takes its name,
we humbly ask that you sustain, inspire, and protect your servant, Pope Benedict XVI,
as he goes on pilgrimage to Turkey-–
a land to which St. Paul brought the Gospel of your Son;
a land where once the Mother of your Son, the Seat of Wisdom, dwelt;
a land where faith in your Son’s true divinity was definitively professed.
Bless our Holy Father,
who comes as a messenger of truth and love to all people of faith and good will dwelling in this land so rich in history.
In the power of the Holy Spirit,
may this visit of the Holy Father bring about deeper ties of understanding, cooperation, and peace
among Roman Catholics, the Orthodox, and those who profess Islam.
May the prayers and events of these historic days
greatly contribute both to greater accord among those who worship you, the living and true God,
and also to peace in our world so often torn apart by war and sectarian violence.

We also ask, O Heavenly Father,
that you watch over and protect Pope Benedict
and entrust him to the loving care of Mary, under the title of Our Lady of Fatima,
a title cherished both by Catholics and Muslims.
Through her prayers and maternal love,
may Pope Benedict be kept safe from all harm
as he prays, bears witness to the Gospel,
and invites all peoples to a dialogue of faith, reason, and love.

We make our prayer through Christ, our Lord.

Bishop William E. Lori, Supreme Chaplain of the Knights of Columbus, composed this prayer.

The Knights of Columbus will pray for the pope’s intentions beginning on November 26, the Sunday before the pope departs (the Solemnity of Christ the King).

In addition, the Knights will print and distribute cards with this prayer.

The Knights and others joining in the Spiritual Pilgrimage will say the prayer each day during the pope’s trip.

You may read more about the Spiritual Pilgrimage, and also obtain a PDF version of the prayer card at the website of the Knights of Columbus.
Click HERE for it.

November 26, 2006

The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ the King, 26 November A.D. 2006

In HIM, we are anointed to be prophets, priests, and kings.

PROPHETS-- speaking in the name of God to the world.

PRIESTS-- giving worship to God on behalf of the world, and interceeding for the world.

KINGS-- providing and upholding the just order and conditions for the life and growth of the world according to the will of God.

The English word "authority" comes from the Latin word auctoritas that has the same root as the Latin verb augere, meaning "to cause growth or increase".

To wield authority in an authentic manner is to provide and uphold the order and conditions for the life and growth of those who are subject to one's authority.

In our own personal lives, do we uphold the conditions for our own life and growth according to the will of God? If so, then we are fit to be kings over others. If not, then we are not even fit to be their slaves.

I have posted a homily for today's Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ the King.
Click HERE for it.