March 24, 2007

Who done it?

Two weeks ago I went to confess my sins.

My confession was simple and straightforward.

The priest responded with a few words of
"advice" . . .
and assigned me a penance.

I voiced a prayer of contrition and asked God for forgiveness.

The priest absolved me.

The whole rite took about one minute.

His "advice" . . . ?

He said several times,
"What happens in this room is not about you;
it's about God."

Who sinned against God and neighbor?

I did.

Who was responsible for those sins?

I was.

Whom did God want inside that confessional?


Who confessed his sins?

I did.

Who received a penance?

I did.

Who expressed contrition and asked for forgiveness?

I did.

Who received absolution?

I did.

What did the priest say in absolving me?

"I absolve YOU . . . ."

On the other hand,
if that priest had it right . . . .

"Listen, God!
I sinned,
but it's not about me.
It's all about
YOU owe me."

She is ten years old, has received a heart transplant, and now owes 3.5 million dollars

She belongs to St. Joseph Church in Baltimore, Maryland.

The church is doing what it can to help her.

For starters, they have put up a website for her.
Click HERE for it.

Ninja Nuns?

This one's real.

However, I'm not sure about the ones in the following video.

Whatever you do, don't let this Brigittine nun catch you staring at her. I won't say she has the evil eye, but it sure looks lethal. Yes, that veil situation belongs to a real order of nuns, the Brigittines. It has white linen bands forming a cross with red dots at the intersections to signify the wounds of Christ."WHAT are YOU staring at?"

March 23, 2007

If I have been the victim of evil,

then my true and full healing
is when I become the opposite.
The opposite of a victim of evil
is a perpetrator of good.

Another strike against "Scripture Alone"

John 5:39-40
Jesus said:
"You search the SCRIPTURES,
because you think that in them
you have eternal LIFE;
and it is they that bear witness to me;
yet you refuse to come to me
that you may have LIFE."

John 17:20-21
[(In the presence of his disciples)
Jesus lifted up his eyes to heaven and said
"I do not pray for these [MY DISCIPLES] only,
but also for those who believe in me
through THEIR word,
that they may all be one;
even as you, Father, are in me,
and I in you,
that they also may be in us,
so that the world may believe
that you have sent me.”

1 Timothy 3:14-16
I am writing these instructions to you
so that … you may know
how one ought to behave
Great indeed, we confess,
is the mystery of OUR RELIGION:
He was manifested in the flesh,
vindicated in the Spirit,
seen by angels,
PREACHED among the nations,
believed on in the world,
taken up in glory.

Den Hwa Tai Bin Mun Ching?

Say that question real fast several times.

I don’t know, but that’s what you get for eating meat on Friday.

I saw the picture on Mark Shea's blog.
Click HERE for it.

March 22, 2007



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DEAD SEA SCROLLS EXHIBITION: Coming to San Diego, June 29–December 31, 2007

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March 21, 2007


The leaders of the Episcopalians in the U.S.A. have published a statement today that basically rejects the wishes of the worldwide Anglican community to which they belong.

The statement is online.
Click HERE for it.


Benedictine monasteries commemorate the death of St. Benedict today.

This is a fresco at the Abbey of Monte Cassino. It is known by two names, "The Glory of Saint Benedict," and "The Benedictine Paradise." It depicts saintly monks, nuns, abbots, bishops and popes who were Benedictines. The central figure is Saint Benedict.

BENEDICTINE MONKS are members of an uninterrupted tradition of more than one thousand four hundred years in the Church-- a tradition that seeks God through worship and prayer, work and community life.

Saint Benedict's "Rule for Monks" (written before A.D. 547) is a short book of spiritual teaching and practical regulations governing the lives of monks. In it St. Benedict states concisely that a monk is a man who obeys and serves God and his fellow monks in the context of:
(1) permanence in one community of fellow monks for life...

(2) under the discipline of a "rule" (a specific code of regulations governing monastic life)...

(3) and under the leadership of an abbot (the superior of an abbey or monastery).
The three vows that St. Benedict formulated for monks may be said to correspond to the above three points:
(1) the vow of stability unites a monk to one community for life;
(2) the vow of conversion binds a man to observe the specific disciplines of monastic life (essentially including the obligations of celibacy and of poverty or "community of goods");
(3) the vow of obedience places him under the leadership of both his abbot and his community.

-- Essential Practical Elements

Apart from the hours necessary for sleeping and eating, the "Rule" of St. Benedict divides the daily schedule of monastic life among three activities. These are liturgical worship in common, private prayerful spiritual reading, and work.

The daily hours of liturgical service in common are composed of the various Divine Offices throughout the day (i.e., Vigils, Lauds, Sext, Vespers, Compline) and the daily celebration of the Holy Mass.

The several hours of private prayer and reading are devoted especially to Sacred Scripture, but also may include other writings of spiritual, religious and theological importance.

Most Benedictine monasteries take up some sort of work relatively "outside" the immediate orbit of monastic life. These "outside" works might include parish ministry, schools or retreat centers. However, Benedictine life as specifically monastic requires the monks to be responsible for a rather domestic form of living: the monks themselves should do the cooking, cleaning, laundry, grounds keeping and whatever else is necessary to maintain their household and community life.

Rerun: MONKees

THE THRILL OF THE CHASTE: Finding Fulfillment While Keeping Your Clothes On

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Deeply Contradicting the Catholic Faith with a Rohr

In the first chapter of his book, “Adam's Return,” Fr. Richard Rohr, O.F.M., asserts:
Incarnation is already redemption, and you do not need any blood sacrifice to display God's commitment to humanity. Once God says yes to flesh, then flesh is no longer bad but the very hiding and revealing place of God.
Are the death and resurrection of Christ not necessary for redemption?

Fr. Bruce Sibley has written a critique of Fr. Richard Rohr's writings and statements on such matters as the theology of Redemption, original sin, the paternity of God the Father, Rohr’s endorsement of homosexual advocacy, and more.

Fr. Sibley states:
To his detriment, Rohr, in his writings and conferences, gives the impression that Christ is not truly the divine Son of God, whose sufferings redeemed us from our sins, but rather just another guru, prophet, or great moral teacher, who like so many others before Him came to show us the path to self-enlightenment. Constantly quoting Buddha, Joseph Campbell, and Hindu aphorisms, Rohr's syncretistic vision of Christ strips the Incarnate Son of God of His divinity and His uniqueness as mankind's only Savior.
The complete text of Fr. Sibley’s critique, “The Fr. Richard Rohr Phenomenon,” is online.
Click HERE for it.

March 20, 2007

Her parents chose to raise her atheist

In 2003 she began to investigate the question of God.

This Easter she will enter into full communion with the Catholic Church.

She has a blog.
Click HERE for it.

MY ROUNDUP: Eucharist, Body, Blood, Communion, Covenant, Blessed Sacrament...

A worldwide "Year of the Eucharist," October 2004 to October 2005,
a synodal gathering of the world’s bishops in October 2005,
a document from the bishops of the U.S.A. last November,
a papal exhortation last week,
a papal document expected in coming weeks—
all concerning the Eucharist!

Click on any of the following to see the “Eucharistic” meanderings I've posted on the blog.

Apostolic Exhortation, SACRAMENTUM CARITATIS, "On the Eucharist as the Source and Summit of the Church’s Life and Mission"


A Brief Summary Concerning the Eucharist

From St. Francis of Assisi: A Letter to Clerics

The liturgy of the Church acclaims John 6 (the "Eucharistic Chapter") as the heart of the entire Bible

The Church is alive because of the Eucharist

In practice and in attitude, are we forgetting that the Eucharist is a covenant?

A Prayer for Trinitarian Life, Eucharistic Freedom, Gospel Faithfulness and Everlasting Communion


The Family Tree of the Eucharistic Liturgy

BACKUP FILES: Vade retro, Satana!

Jesus and Satan were disagreeing about who was better on the computer.

They had been going at it for days,
and the heavenly Father tired of hearing the argument.

Finally fed up, the Father said,
I have had enough.
I am going to set up a test that will run for two hours,
and, from those results, I will judge who does the better job."

So Satan and Jesus sat down at the keyboards and typed away.

They moused.
They faxed.
They e-mailed.
They e-mailed with attachments.
They downloaded.
They did spreadsheets.
They wrote reports.
They created labels and cards.
They created charts and graphs.
They did some genealogy reports.
They did every job known to man.

Jesus worked with heavenly efficiency,
and Satan was faster than hell.

Then, ten minutes before their time was up,
lightning suddenly flashed across the sky,
thunder rolled,
rain poured,
and, of course, the power went off.

Satan stared at his blank screen and screamed every curse word known in the underworld.

Jesus just sighed.

Finally the electricity came back on,
and each of them restarted their computers.

Satan started searching frantically, screaming:
"It's gone!
It's all GONE!
I lost everything when the power went out!"

Meanwhile, Jesus quietly started printing out all of his files from the past two hours of work.

Satan observed this and became irate.
"Wait!" he screamed.
"That's not fair!
He cheated!
How come he has all his work and I don't have any?"


"Jesus saves."

I saw it on the blog of F. P. Barbieri.
Click HERE for it.

March 19, 2007

A Prayer for Trinitarian Life, Eucharistic Freedom, Gospel Faithfulness and Everlasting Communion

At Mass, just before genuflecting, showing the Body of Christ to the people and saying, "This is the Lamb of God....", the priest inaudibly offers up a prayer to prepare himself privately for communion.
Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the living God,
by the will of the Father and the work of the Holy Spirit
your death brought life to the world.
By your holy Body and Blood
free me from all my sins and from every evil.
Keep me faithful to your teaching,
and never let me be parted from you.


God the Architect

Last August I posted this image. According to my visitor meter, that post received several new visits in the last few days.

. . . and several visitors in the last few days have been looking for my clothes

. . . and have come across the Benedictine monastic fashion review I wrote last year.
Click HERE for it.

Sexual Abuse, Priests, San Diego Catholic Diocese, Bankruptcy

March 18, 2007

Pope Benedict XVI: "...a slightly shy man.... He also smiles a great deal.... ...cheerful, with a degree of gravitas and a bit of a twinkle"

Earlier this year the Holy Father sat for the sketches that are the basis for his first formal painted portrait.

He will see its unveiling at the end of April.

Read about it.
Click HERE for it.

No! This is not it.


A pronunciation guide for Latin in Catholic Church usage

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