April 03, 2009

Know a man interested in religious orders?

Vocation Discernment Retreats
at Prince of Peace Abbey
for unmarried adult Catholic men
up to 45 years of age
July 13-17, 2009
August 31 to September 4, 2009.
For more information,
please e-mail or call
our Vocation Director,
Brother Philip.
(760) 967-4200 extension 208.

April 02, 2009

B-16 gang hand sign

[I posted this two years ago, April 16, 2007. A new comment has just come in.]

At the oath-taking ceremony of new Swiss Guards, the Chaplain of the Guard gives a solemn reading of the oath.
I swear I will faithfully, loyally and honorably serve the Supreme Pontiff Benedict XVI and his legitimate successors, and also dedicate myself to them with all my strength, sacrificing if necessary also my life to defend them. I assume this same commitment with regard to the Sacred College of Cardinals whenever the See is vacant. Furthermore, I promise to the Commanding Captain and my other superiors, respect, fidelity and obedience. This I swear. May God and our Holy Patrons assist me!
Then a recruit’s name is called, and that recruit steps forward alone. With his left hand he grasps the Swiss Guard flag, holding up his right hand with the thumb and next two fingers open, as a symbol of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and he confirms the oath:
I, [Name], swear I will observe faithfully, loyally and honorably all that has now been read out to me. May God and his saints assist me!

March 30, 2009

Monday of the Fifth Week of Lent

The homily I preached at Mass today.
Click HERE for it.