June 16, 2007

Tagged by the Wingèd Man (thewingedman.wordpress.com)

Meme: Eight Random Things about Me

If you have been tagged for this meme, here are the rules.
1. You start with eight random facts/habits about yourself.

2. You need to write your own blog about your eight things and post these rules.

3. At the end of your blog, you need to choose and list the names of eight persons to tag.

4. Don’t forget to leave them each a comment telling them they’re tagged, and to read your blog.

Abiding by rule 1, here are eight facts/habits about me.
i. My monastic habit. Whenever anyone asks me what I wear underneath my habit, I respond with the following question. “What are you wearing underneath your clothes?”

ii. Habitually inside the pockets of my habit: a rosary, a handkerchief, and a set of keys (one to my cell and the cloister, one to the pipe organ in the abbey church, and one to my mother’s house).

iii. The only item I never remove from my person: a silver crucifix on a silver chain around my neck— underneath whatever I wear underneath my habit.

iv. As a Benedictine monk, I have made the vow of stability, uniting me to one specific monastery for life. Together with a permanent room in the monastery, the dark side of the vow of stability is that I have the potential for making my cell into a packrat’s nest. I am guilty of being in the process of actualizing that potential.

v. If I had the permission to pick out the one and only chore I would ever have in the monastery, it would be to garden as much as and however I wished.

vi. I eat the same as everyone else, but laboratory blood tests say my good cholesterol is at a level above the average, and my bad cholesterol is at a level below the average. My blood pressure is excellent, and the doctor says I will probably never drop dead from a stroke or a heart attack.
That means
I get
to die
I don’t know if I prefer it that way. Maybe I’d rather drop instantly dead when I’m good and ready.

vii. Whenever I’m traveling or just out in town running errands for the monastery, I always get asked, “Did anyone ever tell you that you look like Colin Powell?”

viii. One of the priests who belongs to the Missionaries of Charity (the order Mother Teresa of Calcutta founded) gave me a hair of Mother Teresa while she was still alive. I keep it inside a folded piece of paper inside a wooden box on my bookshelf.

Regarding Rule 2. I obeyed it already.

In Compliance with Rule 3.
i. Blessed Mary Ever Virgin.
ii. Blessed Michael the Archangel.
iii. Blessed John the Baptist.
iv et v. The Holy Apostles Peter and Paul.
vi. Holy Benedict the Father of Monks.
vii. Holy Stephanos the First Martyr
viii. Blessed Teresa of Calcutta.

Rule 4 doesn’t say where to leave the comment for the persons I tag. I choose to leave the comment RIGHT HERE: “I have tagged the eight of you, and ask you to read my blog.”

There! I have technically obeyed the rules of this meme.

What would happen if I “broke” a meme? Is it like those chain letters? Would bad luck befall me? Even though I have a first class relic of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta?

June 15, 2007

The Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Our Lord Jesus Christ

This solemnity is always on a Friday, the day on which Jesus died on the cross, and a soldier pierced his heart with a lance.

It is the Holy Gospel according to John that shows us the wounding of the sacred heart.

The same Gospel shows us the wound a second time. On the day Jesus rose from the dead, he appeared in the evening to his apostolic Church inside the "upper room," that is, inside the place where his Eucharist first came to be. Precisely there, Jesus made his first appearance to his apostolic Church after he rose from the dead. He immediately showed them the wound of his human heart, and then declared its Godly power:
PEACE be with you.
As the Father has SENT me,
so I SEND you.
Receive the HOLY SPIRIT.
Whoever's sins you FORGIVE,
they are FORGIVEN.
Those are the gifts we are to seek from the Most Sacred Heart:
a mission,
the Holy Spirit,
the forgiveness of sins.

I have posted a homily for the occasion.
Click HERE for it.

June 14, 2007

The cloistered Benedictine nuns of the Abbey of St. Walburga, in Virginia Dale, Colorado, have a “Wish List”

I saw it in their newsletter.

Pine rails
8” or 9” spikes
Chicken layer pellets
Wooden snow fencing

Salsa (mild or medium)
Ground coffee
Chopped nuts for baking

Empty 35 mm film containers
Vintage jewelry (not plastic)
Unused postage stamps

Tax-deductible contributions support the life and growth of their monastery.

Abbey of St. Walburga
32109 North U.S. Highway 287
Virginia Dale, CO 80536-8942

They welcome telephone inquiries
Monday through Saturday
9:30-11:30 A.M. or
2:30-4:45 P.M.
(970) 472-0612

E-mail: abbey@walburga.org

They have a website.
Click HERE for it.

June 13, 2007

Contemplatives in Cyberspace

Carmelites reaching out to people by internet

[From Zenit.org, June 13, 2007]

Even contemplatives are using the Internet to spread the message of Christ.

Carmelite General Prior Father Joseph Chalmers says that contemplative religious are ready for God to "use us in a hidden way in order to further his plan of salvation for humanity."

And in a changing world, that means "using new technology to reach out to people," Father Chalmers said. "Every province has its own Web site. We also have an international bulletin that is available on the Internet.

"There are regular news items to the Carmelite family via e-mail messages. We have a virtual museum of Carmelite art in preparation."

With plans for galleries ranging from antique books, to music to Carmelite architecture, the virtual museum provides a look into the contemplatives' spirituality and history. The gallery of stained glass windows already features the monastery in Boxmeer, Netherlands.

The Carmelites are also using the Internet to prepare for their general chapter this fall. In September, the contemplatives will meet to consider "In Obsequio Jesu Christi: Praying and Prophetic Community in a Changing World." The site includes preparatory documents and a prayer in 11 languages.

Visitors to the site are also encouraged to pray with the Carmelites -- the Liturgy of the Hours is posted in a variety of languages.

The 55-year-old prior explained: "There are the normal ways of preaching, teaching, writing etc., as well as use of new technology. However, in Carmel there is an emphasis on contemplation. We gradually open our lives more and more to God."

THE MYSTERY OF CHRIST in the Gospels of the Liturgical Year


The “Liturgy of the Eucharistic Covenant”— the Mass— guides us in reading the Gospels. I have compiled the following reading “program” from the Gospel passages that the liturgical year uses.

Luke 1:26-38
Matthew 1:1-25
Luke 2:1-20
John 1:1-18
EPIPHANY (“supershow”)— Who Is This?
Epiphany to the Pagans
Matthew 2:1-12
Epiphany of the Trinity: the Baptism of the Lord
Matthew 3:13-17
Mark 1:7-11
Luke 3:15-16,21-22
Epiphany at a Wedding Feast
John 2:1-12
Other Epiphanies— Weekdays between Epiphany and Baptism of the Lord
Matthew 4:12-17
Mark 6:34-44
Mark 6:45-52
Luke 4:14-22
Luke 5:12-16
John 3:22-30
Luke 2:22-40
Matthew 4:1-11
Mark 1:12-15
Luke 4:1-13

THE CHRIST, “THE ANOINTED ONE”— The Chrism Mass (I include here all three readings of that Mass, since they all shed light on the anointing of Jesus.)
Isaiah 61:1-3,6,8-9
Revelation 1:5-8
Luke 4:16-21
Matthew 17:1-9
Mark 9:2-10
Luke 9:28-36
Matthew 21:1-11
Mark 11:1-10
John 12:12-16
Luke 19:28-40
John 6:51-58
Mark 14:12-16,22-26
Luke 9:11-17
John 13:1-15
Matthew 26:14 to 27:66
Mark 14:1 to 15:47
Luke 22:14 to 23:56
John 18:1 to 19:42
John 3:13-17
Matthew 28:1-10
Mark 16:1-8
Luke 24:1-48
John 20:1-9
John 20:19-31
John 21:1-19
Matthew 28:16-20
Mark 16:15-20
Luke 24:46-53
John 7:37-39
John 20:19-23
Matthew 25:31-46
John 18:33-37
Luke 23:35-43

June 10, 2007

The Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ

I have posted a homily for the occasion.
Click HERE for it.