"Summorum Pontificum, Whole Lotta Shakin' Going On."
Forceful singing, eh. From the chair...with matching clenched fist, showing his Fisherman's Ring.
"Summorum Pontificum, Whole Lotta Shakin' Going On."
Forceful singing, eh. From the chair...with matching clenched fist, showing his Fisherman's Ring.
Courtesy of The New Zealand Herald
Pope Benedict XVI will release an album on which he sings and recites prayers to the Virgin Mary, his label said today. [Papa Benny has a label?! Grammy subito? Hah, wishful thinking.]
Can't wait. My brother bought a casette tape of John Paul II praying the rosary. Yeah, it's a casette tape and don't laugh if it is not a CD. He saved a lot just to buy the casette. And yes, CDs cost a fortune in the Philippines.
An age-old devotion of Eucharistic vigil was "reintroduced" into the Philippines to pray for former president Cory Aquino, who has been battling colon cancer. Reintroduced because it wasn't heard of for a veeeery looong time.
MANILA, July 30 –- A 40-hour prayer vigil for the speedy recovery of cancer-stricken former President Corazon C. Aquino is set to begin tonight at the the Shrine of Our Lady of Peace on EDSA (Epifanio delos Santos Ave.) at the boundary of Quezon City and Mandaluyong City.
Reports said the condition of the 76-year-old former President has slightly improved although still "not ideal," a day after a family member said her blood pressure had been erratic. (PNA)
Here is my take on the "Quarant'Ore". The 40 Hours Devotion, since it lasts for 40 hours was introduced by St. Philip Neri in 1548, in Rome. It is the continuous adoration of the exposed Blessed Sacramant, in honor of the time Our Lord spent in the tomb. Even though the devotion is for forty hours, a person is not expected to spend 40 hours in adoration.
This devotion is often practiced during the Sacred Triduum (which is Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Black Saturday) but can also be also offered in special times such as great Feasts, or for special occassions such as the collective praying for the healing of Mrs. Aquino.
On a side note, yellow has been the signature color of Pres. Cory. Her assassinated husband's favorite song was "Tie a Yellow Ribbon". So after his assassination, the opposition movement in the Philippines used yellow as the color against the dictator Ferdinand Marcos. The YouTube clip below comprise part 1 of Mrs. Aquino's before her historic speech at the joint session of the US Congress.
Beautiful speech. One of the proudest moments of being Pinoy!
Part 2 can be viewed here
The last part of her speech is here
This Mass was held last July 1st, 2009 at the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament, Hanceville, Alabama, the home of Mother Angelica and the Poor Clare Nuns of Perpetual Adoration.
You can view the video here
The photo below shows His Excellency celebrating the Pontifical Mass in Marytown's Chapel.
Wish more Pinoy bishops would do the same as Bishop Perry.
A Filipina nurse has filed charges against a hospital for allegedly forcing her to assist in a late-term abortion procedure in Brooklyn, New York City. [if someone forces you to wrok against your will that is tantamount to slavery isn't it? Do you need shackles and a whip to fall into that category?]
The Pope reacted to a news item regarding a copy of the Bible getting vandalized from the hands of gays and lesbians at an "art show". The adviser to the Pope said: 'It is disgusting and offensive. They would not think of doing it to the Koran.'
When its about gays, lesbians, blacks, Muslims, Jews...be careful! Remember racism and bigotry.
But when it is about Catholics, its fair game.
This is a response from a Filipino Jesuit about the TLM which was posted on his multiply account.
"...only some are interested in the Extraordinary form. Fr. Tim Ofrasio SJ says it daily. But not all of us. I myself am not. I would rather participate than watch or feel the ambience.(sic) [get that?] I learned that from Vatican II. [get that again? Vatican II taught him that. And I guess a lot of us too. Remember how Moses worshipped God in the burning bush? How Peter fell down on his knees when he realized Jesus in Luke 5:8? How Elijah reacted to a gentle whisper for God was there in 1 Kings 19:9-14? Our Masses are too noisy and too participative that we hear each other, and most of the time the priest but no time to hear Him.] But I probably don't mind attending it again; [at least he would not mind] though would not do it daily.""
Afterwards he was asked again:
"i am wondering, father, if ever the Jesuits are interested in the Extraordinary form of the Roman Rite..."
The Jesuit did not respond.
You can help me find his response by visiting the exchanges here.
I cannot make of his response in the first part. And certainly was hoping for an answer on the second part. But nothing... Silence means a lot, and I mean this time, A LOT of things.
By the way, this priest celebrates Mass on TV. I've seen one of his Masses. Clapping, guitars...you get the picture.
The pinoy blog Monk's Hobbit posted the wonderful news that Fr. Tim Ofrasio, SJ will be celebrating the Extraordinary Form of the Mass on the Feast of their Holy Founder, St. Ignatius of Loyola at the Parish of the Lord of Divine Mercy, in Sikatuna Village, Quezon City.
Fr. Ofrasio is a Professor of Liturgy and Sacraments at Loyola School of Theology, Ateneo de Manila University, Loyola Heights, Quezon City. A fellow Filipino Jesuit confirmed this news in his own blog.
Praying and hoping for more Pinoy priests to celebrate the TLM! Deo gratias!
Today, the biretta and ferraiolo are black. Soon, it will be either amaranth or scarlet!
The Genuine Liturgical Renewal Bus Express is on its road tour, featuring three future bishops and one future cardinal! All aboard!!!
I found the transcript of the interview of LifeSiteNews.com with the former Archbishop of Toledo, Spain, Antonio Cardinal Cañizares Llovera who is the current Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments. In the interview, he speaks about the connection of the devotion to the Eucharist and being pro-life.
LSN: What is the connection between faithfulness to the norms of the liturgy and faithfulness to the Church's moral teachings?
Cardinal Canizares Llovera: There is no doubt about the connection.
To recognise what is the Eucharist is to recognise Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is the Son of God that became man. Christ is the most absolute 'yes' of God to man. He is the revelation of God and the revelation of the truth about man. Man cannot be separated from God; man was created in the image and likeness of God.
In creation, God manifests Himself as love in favour of man. In His Son, the true image of the Father, we have been created in the image of the Son. For that reason, all human beings have a greatness and a dignity that cannot be separated or violated.
Jesus Christ shows the face of God that loves man to the utter extremes. The biggest demonstration of this love of Jesus for Man is seen on the cross, dying for man. But this love could not be destroyed or chained by death. It has triumphed over death. [That is why I have always in my pocket a crucifix, not just a cross, but a crucifix to remind me of the greatest love story ever told and ever shown.] The love of Jesus, Son of God, brought to an extreme on the cross, shows how all men are loved by God with a love from which nothing and no one can separate us. Each man has been saved or repurchased by the blood of Christ, which is the blood of God. This is how much every human being is worth, the blood of God.
For that reason, between the Eucharist and the defence of life there is a link that cannot be separated. To live the Eucharist, is to enter in communion with Jesus Christ and as a consequence with His love. This is a communion of life and makes us participate in the life which is Christ. Divine life, eternal life, but at the same time it makes us be givers or carriers of love and defenders of life. [Beautiful...simply beautiful!]
If the Christians would live all that the Eucharist means, we would be defenders of life in every moment. [Here that Biden, Pelosi, Kennedy, Notre Dame...?]
LSN: We were wondering since the issue is very serious in the US and growing more so in Britain and Canada if there is planned a definitive statement or teaching on the reception of Communion by politicians and public figures who reject the Church's teaching on life. The issue still hasn't been resolved since the US election in 2004. [Great question!]
Cardinal Canizares Llovera: I think that the strongest words are found in St. Paul: one who goes to the Eucharist and is not properly prepared, duly prepared, "he eats his own condemnation." This is the strongest thing that we can say and what is the most truthful statement. [It's already in the Bible.]
When the Church states that to take part in or request an abortion, to take an active role in one way or the other, the person incurs automatically excommunication. This means that politicians should become aware and they should be helped to become aware of the gravity of their conduct. When they approve laws against life, in favour of abortion or euthanasia, priest and bishops should say this. [What happened to the dialogue at Notre Dame? The pope did his role when Pelosi visited him at the Vatican. He did it as bishop of ALL Catholics!]
I don't know if there's going to be a document on the politicians who are in favour of abortion, [oh. Rain on my sunshine.] but the politicians have to be conscious of the teachings of the Church that I have just pointed out.
LSN: There's a conflict in the US now. There are some bishops who are saying they will speak to, educate and address the issue with these people but they refuse to refuse. Others are saying, 'No, you may not receive Communion in my diocese". How is that conflict going to be resolved?
Cardinal Canizares Llovera: I cannot judge one group of bishops or the other group of bishops but I think that all of us know what has to be done, or should be done. In the presence of cases of public sinners ... at the same time we don't know what is happening in the consciences of those politicians. I understand the prudence with which we have to act. But I think also that it is our duty to clarify their consciences. To help the person to act in accordance with a right and true conscience. Bishops have a function to help the due formation of conscience. [precisely!] To form consciences in such a way that people should act in accordance with the truth.
The pope JPII in his encyclical Evangelium Vitae offers criteria that show how politicians should act with regards to the questions of life. Also the congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith published an instruction when Cardinal Ratzinger was the prefect on the way politicians should act on these questions of life. Also the most recent encyclical of Pope Benedict XVI, when he was referring to abortion offers criteria in such a way that politicians should act in accordance with truth. [And still Catholic politicians and even clerics , like Notre Dame, insist on following their own "teachings" and "dogma". This is silent apostasy at its best.]
I believe that the Pauline principle, that gives the title to the most recent encyclical of Benedict XVI, Caritas in Veritate, should be the principle that guides us to speak about this question. This principle, Caritas in Veritate [Love in Truth] should be the principle first for politicians when they come to Communion, and second it should be the rule for bishops when they decide to give or to withdraw Communion.
LSN: Is there a movement in the Vatican to return to the traditional manner of reception of Communion? (With the recipient kneeling and the host placed directly on the tongue.) [Here it comes!]
Cardinal Canizares Llovera: There is no resolution that forbids giving Communion in the mouth. In the same way, there is no norm that forbids Communion in the hand. Neither can be forbidden. [Then let's make a resolution! Resolve that the disrespectful manner of receiving Communion in the Hand be banned in the Catholic Church say "Aye!"] Neither one nor the other. This means that Communion in the mouth has a long history and tradition that expresses in a profound way the sense of adoration, reverence in the presence of the body of Christ. Everything that is at stake in the real presence of Christ. If Communion in the mouth goes with the gesture of kneeling, it expresses in a stronger way, with stronger force, the real presence of Christ, the sense of adoration, the participation in the body of Christ that offers Himself for us.
If the papal liturgy is a sign, an indication for all the Church, we should promote Communion kneeling and in the mouth. But, this does not mean not permitting or forbidding Communion in the hand if it is done with due respect. [How can this be done? Is kneeling and in the mouth on the same level of respectfulness? Is saluting a senior officer standing up the same as saluting him lying down? No need to be a rocket scientist to know this.] With a previous gesture of adoration. This could be kneeling, or a genuflection or with a deep bow. And also in the moment of receiving Communion, the right hand should be placed under the left hand forming a cross expressing in this way the recognition of the real presence of the body of Christ offered for us. We should take care that no particle should be lost. And the body of Christ should be received in front of the priest. [Well its not even a particle that is lost. Its the entire host Himself! They have taken away the Lord and we do not know where they have put him. Sound familiar?]
We should recognise that frequently Communion in the hand many times is not received in this way.
It is very lamentable. [Well, we should not just lament. We should take action.]
LSN: We know that over the years a great many people have seen and complained about abuses of the liturgy at Mass. What can the faithful do when they see these?
Cardinal Canizares Llovera: They should say to the priest immediately after Mass as a part of fraternal correction. If it is not possible, they should say to the bishop. If the bishop does not act, they should come here and report it to the Congregation. [Have we ever experienced a bishop addressing this issue. Let's put it in the context of the Philippines. . . . . Oh are we still on air, on line. Sorry, I forgot. Because, THERE IS NOTHING BEING DONE TO ADDRESS LITURGICAL ABUSE IN THE PHILIPPINES!]
There are two documents that are important. One by the Cong. for Divine Worship, Redemptionis Sacramentum, that talks about some of these abuses and talks about the rights of the faithful and how they should act.
The other is Sacramentum Caritatis, of Benedict XVI that also gives criteria on the way that the Eucharist is abused.
We should all fight to avoid abuses against the Eucharist. It is the holiest, greatest, most important [thing] in the Church and in life. We should respect the Eucharist and the rules and discipline of the Church that give the warranty of ecclesial communion that has its sources, its roots, its truth in the Eucharist, in the celebration of the Eucharist, in the rite that the Church has indicated. [Want an example? I remember visiting a Eucharistic Adoration chapel in a city in the south of the Philippines. Guess what? No one was in the chapel when I went it. The Host was exposed. I noticed something on the "leg" of the monstrance. It's cobwebs! Really. Now you draw the conclusion. Good Lord. Have mercy]
LSN: Is the liturgical revolution over? Is the Church in general becoming more balanced about the liturgy?
We're still suffering it but also we are in a moment of great hope. [slowly but surely, I hope.] Pope Benedict XVI makes the renewal of the spirit of liturgy to rekindle in the conscience of all the true sense of the liturgy. Which should help to impose a great new unstoppable liturgical movement. Nevertheless, we have not yet applied in a truthful way the teachings of Vatican II read in continuity with the tradition of the Church. This is the commitment of this congregation continuing the [work of the] Holy Father that presides over us in faith and charity and over the whole Church.
We want a Church that should be present in the world, that is ready to transform the world and [lead] the renewal of mankind in accordance with God's will. This will not be possible without Sacrosanctum Concilium, without liturgy, adoration, without putting God in the centre of all, living of God's gift, and offering Him whatever we are in order to bring about His will.
In other words, there is no new humanity and there is no hope for man that is not grounded in God that would come from God and would return everything to God as His glory. The future of humanity is in the liturgy. [Soundslike Fr. Z!] read the last encyclical of the Holy Father, we can understand that the liturgy occupies a central role in the concerns of the Holy Father.
In the photo, a bare-chested, 19 year old Karol Wojtyla is standing between two co-workers at a military construction site in July 1939 in eastern Poland (now western Ukraine). The young Wojtyla is wearing a scapular.
Be proud to wear your scapular, wherever you may be, and what ever the situation may be!
Canon lawyer Ed Peters posted a comment regarding Pampanga Governor and suspended-priest Ed Panlilio's decision to run for the presidency of the Republic of the Philippines.
American Papist Tom Peters posted the video commentary of his father. My comments and emphasis.
The article below is from the Philippine Daily Inquirer.
MANILA, Philippines – Pampanga Governor Eddie Panlilio announced on Tuesday his intention to run for president in 2010 and leave priesthood.
In fairness though, the governor did a lot to stop corruption in a province dubbed the "Vatican of gambling and corruption". You can read his profile and some of his accomplishments and the harassment he had been receiving from those affected by his reforms here.
If you are wondering why I have fewer posts the past weeks, that is because I have been travelling the country on a business trip. A whole week at the south and another week up north. So it was like a quick trip of the whole country.
Blogging will resume...
In your spare time, please pray for my aunt who was diagnosed with breast cancer. St. Peregrine is the patron saint of cancer patients. He himself was stricken with the disease. The night before the operation to remove the cancer on his leg, he prayed before the image of the crucified Christ in the priory chapter room. His prayer led him into a deep trance-like sleep during which he envisioned the crucified Christ leaving the cross and touching his cancerous leg. When Peregrine awakened from the trance of prayer, he discovered the wound healed and the leg saved.
Please pray that God may heal my aunt from this affliction.
A Prayer to St. Peregrine for Sick Relatives and Friends
(Here mention their names)
Aided by your powerful intercession, I shall sing with Mary a hymn of gratitude to God for His great goodness and mercy. Amen.
“I would say there are two ways. There is the position where one stands up, taking the Host in the mouth, or else on one’s kneels. I do not see any third way.”
“OK, I have nothing against it. The important thing is that the faithful are intimately conscious of what they are about to receive, that is that they do not approach the communion with a lightheartedness that shows immaturity and being at a complete distance from God.”
"Yes, he was very right to do so. I believe that kneeling when receiving the communion helps one to gather oneself together and to understand the mystery in a more reverential way. To kneel in front of the Body of Christ is an act of gratuitous love and humility before God, and this sense of the sacred is seldom understood. In our days it is mostly adrift and lost or almost muted. “
“I am sorry to say, but there is no text of the Tradition which supports it. Not even if everybody takes it and eats it in this way. There is no text concerning this, and if we wish we could say that the Apostles were priests and thus had the right to take it by the hand. The Oriental Church does not permit it.”
"St. Joseph is Patron of the Church. You must pray a lot to St. Joseph in this situation, that he either open the bishop’s eyes or he close them for good. This isn’t a joke, eh? St. Joseph is truly very powerful. You must pray a lot to St. Joseph. Moreover St. Joseph was placed in the Roman Canon by Pope John. You can also put him into all the other Eucharistic Prayers after the Blessed Virgin Mary saying ‘and St. Joseph her Spouse’. I am convinced that St. Joseph will do a great deal."
This is the story of Eddie Cortez who survived an electrical accident back in 2006 when he was electrocuted with 7200 volts at least...twice.
His upper body suffered the effects of the shock, except for the brown scapular of Mt. Carmel he was wearing the day of the accident. Cortez says the scapular saved his life.
After reading this story, I think that is proof enough of the maternal protection of Our Lady to those who would faithfully wear her badge.
LONDON, JULY 16, 2009 (Zenit.org).- The Church of England's council of archbishops is expressing concern about a decision last month by Church of Sweden authorities to adopt rites for blessing same-sex unions. [Just expressing concern? What about outrage?]
A June 26 letter from the Anglican council to the Swedish central board affirmed the "problematic" nature of this move.
"Changes in the understanding of human sexuality and marriage," it affirmed, "would lead to an impairment of the relationships between the churches." [Because it is Sodom and Gomorrah all over again!]
It added that this could "further undermine the fragile unity of the Anglican Communion."
The letter was sent to the archbishop of Uppsala, Wejryd Anders, from Bishop Christopher Hill and Bishop John Hind, from the Church of England's Council for Christian Unity and the Faith and Order Advisory.
It stated that "although there is a continuing debate among Anglicans about human sexuality, the teaching and discipline of the Church of England, like that of the Anglican Communion as a whole as expressed in the Lambeth Conference of 1998, is that it is not right either to bless same-sex sexual relationships or to ordain those who are involved in them."
The proposal, the letter continued, "appears to be a fundamental re-definition of the Christian doctrine of marriage and of basic Christian anthropology." [Precisely! A DIY Christianity! This is what happens when you throw the pearls to the pigs as warned by the Lord. Once Christian doctrine is submitted to the whims of the times, you get hell unleashed! It's the Christianity Lucifer wants to have!]
It affirmed, "This position would be at odds with the biblical teaching about the significance of God's creation of human beings as male and female as this has been received by the Church of England and by the Catholic tradition in general." [Well, I have given up hope with heretics led by Jefferts-Schori and Vicky Gene Robinson. Come on, they have their own brand of Christianity and they have their own "Jesus". It's like talking to a kid about Shakespeare when what he has in mind is Barney!]
Meanwhile, the Anglican branch in the United States, the Episcopalian church, voted this week in a general convention to allow the ordination of gay priests and bishops. [See? All hell breaks loose. Lucifer is prancing in their midst.]
Moreover, in further sessions of the convention, the church is also expected to authorize rites for blessing same-sex unions.
England's archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, had warned the convention participants last week to refrain from decisions that will push the churches farther apart. [Just a warning? Like that would accomplish anything. This is what happens when the acknowledged leader, acting in primus inter pares, or in collegiality, has no capacity to censure erring bishops. That's what makes the pope different from the Archbishop of Canterbury or from the Patriarchs of Istanbul and Moscow. Collegiality really will not work!]
Bishop N.T. Wright of Durham, England, stated in a letter Wednesday to the Times of London that "the Americans know this will end in schism. The vote, he continued, to allow the appointment of "persons in active same-sex relationships" to all ministry positions is a "clear break with the rest of the Anglican Communion."
News reports are saying that Pope Benedict XVI will be in a cast for a month after breaking his right wrist in a fall in his chalet while vacationing in the Italian Alps of Aosta. A statement said Holy Father fell in his room. Despite the accident, he celebrated Mass and had breakfast before going to the hospital.
PRAY FOR THE HOLY FATHER...
Read the story of the late Michael Zeromski, Jr.
An interesting article from livingcatholicism.com. Here is an excerpt regarding the Brown Scapular...
Is the brown scapular necessary for salvation? The answer to this question is simple….NO. While all devotions to the Blessed Mother are worthwhile and beneficial the Church has never declared one of them to be necessary as She does the Sacraments, especially Baptism. One might ask what the reason is for this. The answer again is simple….Christ did not command it as He did the living of the Sacramental life.
So why wear the Brown Scapular? Within the Body of Christ, Mary holds a special place. She is the Mother of God. She was assumed into heaven. She is the queen of heaven and earth. For some specific reason God has deemed it necessary for her to intervene for us and to appear to some of us in this life. She counsels us always to pray without ceasing, to return to the Sacraments, to read and study the Scriptures, to be faithful to the Church, and to convert to her Son Jesus. If she has recommended a devotion to us as a means of demonstrating our devotion to her and as a possible means of growing in holiness than it must be worthwhile.
Wearing a brown scapular is meant to be an outward sign of an interior conviction and devotion to Mary. In imitating Mary, we model ourselves ultimately on the one who most perfectly imitated Christ while on this earth.
ARE YOU WEARING YOUR BROWN SCAPULAR?
This really ruined my day...for days now and counting...
If you don't know this story yet, Abp. Andre Richard gave Holy Communion in the HAND to a non-Catholic, Prime Minister Stephen Harper! Canon Ed Peters, father of American Papist, Thomas Peters, has this to say....
Video tape shows Abp. Andre Richard (Moncton, New Brunswick) giving holy Communion to Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper at a state funeral. It is, of course, inconceivable that Richard did not know that Harper is an evangelical Protestant. [yeah. If he does say that he does not know, I'll tell the archbishop..."Your Grace, tell it to the marines!"] Obviously unsure what to do, Harper apparently slipped the Host into his pocket (!), and his office has not said what he eventually did with It. [Another reason why Communion in the Hand must be stopped!]
In any case, I hope his Excellency's office is vigorously pursuing the question as to what happened to the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Our Lord last seen headed toward a politician's pocket.
Update: Sources say Harper consumed the Host, some claiming right away, others, just after Mass when he asked a Catholic what to do with it. Either way, the PM's decorum is commendable. Now, about Catholics putting Protestants in such positions to begin with . . .
Are we even sure that Harper consumed It. If he did, he consumed It unworthily as someone who does not believe in the Real Presence. Harper should have just returned the Host to the archbishop or to any priest present. What has the archbishop to do about this sacrilege? What will Rome do about this?
The sad news I heard for quite a while was already posted over the internet. St. Jerome Emiliani Parish in Alabang, Muntinlupa has ceased to celebrate the Extraordinary Form of the Mass. I will let you read first the announcement from Richard M. Friend, the chairman of the Organizing Committee of the TLM in the parish
Sad, really sad. Pray for the restoration of the TLM! The only parish remaining to regularly offer the TLM in the country is Divine Mercy Parish Church in Sikatuna Village in Quezon City by Fr. Jojo Zerrudo.
The Pope urged priests to be 'men of intense prayer who cultivate a communion of love and life with the Lord.'
This message is CRUCIAL as many American dioceses are gearing up (if not already) for their annual ordination to the priesthood and to the diaconate. Holy Mother Church has over one BILLION members and is a global, worldwide Church. Hence, she NEEDS various types of priests:
What is NOT NEEDED, however are:
Right on the kisser! You nailed it Father! Layeth the smacketh down! I don't have to highlight the important points or else everything would be in bold letters. ROFL!
And the Holy Father's intent?
" With this decision I wish in particular to show paternal solicitude towards the Society of Saint Pius X, with the aim of rediscovering the full communion of the Church."
With the release of the new encylical "Caritas in Veritate" only a few days ahead of the Motu Propio, let's wait and see how the liberals and the western media would react to the Motu Propio.
I was looking for articles to comment over the web and read some articles telling how the Church should celebrate the Year of the Priest. Before the Holy Father's intent for the celebration of the Year of the Priest falls victim to those with "dissenting views opinions", like what happened with the interpretation of Vatican II documents, (we're so used to hear things like, "In the spirit of Vatican II..." or "As part of the reforms of Vatican II..."), I have gathered a few excerpts from the letter of the Holy Father, announcing the celebration of the Year of the Priest.
This Year, meant to deepen the commitment of all priests to interior renewal for the sake of a stronger and more incisive witness to the Gospel in today’s world, will conclude on the same Solemnity in 2010. "The priesthood is the love of the heart of Jesus”, the saintly Curé of Ars would often say. [It's what's in the inside that matters for a priest. You will definitely witness a priest who has a very deep prayer life. The signs? How they celebrate Mass, how they deliver their homilies, how much time they spent dispensing God's Grace through the sacraments. If a priest celebrates Mass as if it were his own show, you get a good idea of what motivates him to lead the Mass. It's not for the praise and worship of the Almighty by making present the same sacrifice on Calvary Christ did. It's for the clapping, the smiles and the accolades after Mass.]
“All good works, taken together, do not equal the sacrifice of the Mass” – he would say – “since they are human works, while the Holy Mass is the work of God”. [Never will it be the priest's own show!] He was convinced that the fervour of a priest’s life depended entirely upon the Mass: “The reason why a priest is lax is that he does not pay attention to the Mass! My God, how we ought to pity a priest who celebrates as if he were engaged in something routine!”. [I know some priests who complain of getting bored at Mass that is why they are into liturgical creativity. My! If you love someone, nothing will ever be boring! As Thomas Carlyle once said, "The merit of originality is not novelty; it is sincerity.” If you love what you are doing, there is no room for boredom.] He was accustomed, when celebrating, also to offer his own life in sacrifice: “What a good thing it is for a priest each morning to offer himself to God in sacrifice!”
The Curé of Ars immediately set about this patient and humble task of harmonizing his life as a minister with the holiness of the ministry he had received, by deciding to “live”, physically, in his parish church: As his first biographer tells us: “Upon his arrival, he chose the church as his home. He entered the church before dawn and did not leave it until after the evening Angelus. There he was to be sought whenever needed." [In other words, the Holy Father also expects priests to stay at their posts! And not spend time gallivanting, appearing in TV and other radio programs, or running in the streets, or in picket lines, or in.... ok nuff said.]
If someone was troubled by the thought of his own frailty and inconstancy, and fearful of sinning again, the Curé would unveil the mystery of God’s love in these beautiful and touching words: “The good Lord knows everything. Even before you confess, he already knows that you will sin again, yet he still forgives you. How great is the love of our God: he even forces himself to forget the future, so that he can grant us his forgiveness!”
To a priestly confrere he explained: “I will tell you my recipe: I give sinners a small penance and the rest I do in their place”. Aside from the actual penances which the Curé of Ars practised, the core of his teaching remains valid for each of us: souls have been won at the price of Jesus’ own blood, and a priest cannot devote himself to their salvation if he refuses to share personally in the “precious cost” of redemption. [Again the Holy Father impresses upon priests the grace of the Sacrament of Penance which so many priests disregard nowadays. Quack psychology became a fad. Priests spent more time reading new age materials masked as self-help books. It so influenced the Church even becoming the yard stick of vocations to those in seminaries and monasteries. Imagine, if the Cure of Ars and St. Therese lived today and entered the priestly and religious life! They would have been sent out by their superiors using these psychological tools as a gauge for their "worthiness".]
Nonetheless, with exemplary obedience he never abandoned his post, consumed as he was by apostolic zeal for the salvation of souls. [Again as I blogged before, remember your job description! Remember why God called you according to your state of life. So many priest are confused of their roles. I know of a priest who spends more time managing the school but would not even celebrate one single Mass in the schools chapel. Not even ONE! You don't need ordination to run a school! Ordination is for....THE SALVATION OF SOULS not building a brotherhood of men!]
The Curé of Ars lived the “evangelical counsels” in a way suited to his priestly state.
His poverty was not the poverty of a religious or a monk, but that proper to a priest: while managing much money (since well-to-do pilgrims naturally took an interest in his charitable works), he realized that everything had been donated to his church, his poor, his orphans, the girls of his “Providence”, his families of modest means. Consequently, he “was rich in giving to others and very poor for himself”. As he would explain: “My secret is simple: give everything away; hold nothing back”. When he lacked money, he would say amiably to the poor who knocked at his door: “Today I’m poor just like you, I’m one of you”. At the end of his life, he could say with absolute tranquillity: “I no longer have anything. The good Lord can call me whenever he wants!”.
His chastity, too, was that demanded of a priest for his ministry. It could be said that it was a chastity suited to one who must daily touch the Eucharist, who contemplates it blissfully and with that same bliss offers it to his flock. It was said of him that “he radiated chastity”; the faithful would see this when he turned and gazed at the tabernacle with loving eyes”.
Finally, Saint John Mary Vianney’s obedience found full embodiment in his conscientious fidelity to the daily demands of his ministry. We know how he was tormented by the thought of his inadequacy for parish ministry and by a desire to flee “in order to bewail his poor life, in solitude”. Only obedience and a thirst for souls convinced him to remain at his post. As he explained to himself and his flock: “There are no two good ways of serving God. There is only one: serve him as he desires to be served”. He considered this the golden rule for a life of obedience: “Do only what can be offered to the good Lord”
[Well what can I say? The Holy Father nailed it.]
The Year of the Priest is not only for priests but more importantly for the laity. Priests need our support. Not financial support but moral and spiritual support. Prayers are more important for them than money. They need our prayers more than ever that they stay true to their vocation, THAT THEY BE FAITHFUL TO THEIR JOB DESCRIPTIONS, and that they be an Alter Christus when celebrating the Holy Sacrifice and the Church's rites.
Deacon Keith Fournier, writing in Catholic.org has this to say about suspended gay priest and dissident Geoffrey Farrow's attacks on the Knights of Columbus.
" In addition to praying for Fr. Farrow [yes we still care about his salvation] and exposing his errors so as to protect the faithful, [precisely!] I propose that our readers demonstrate their fidelity to the Magisterium of the Church and solidarity with the Knights of Columbus by engaging in a concerted action which is the opposite of what Father Farrow suggests: Those who have not yet obtained insurance through the Knights of Columbus should do so. Their products are excellent and their profits further the wonderful work of the Order which, unlike Father Farrow, is fully and completely faithful to the Magisterium of the Catholic Church. "
Farrow's work is to destroy the Church. He discredits the Order's history of charity by the support given by the KofC towards Proposition 8.
With his admittance that he is gay, he is fighting that gay marriage be allowed. Another case of do-it-yourself-Christianity. Shame.
Dispense him now!
New Haven, Conn., Jul 4, 2009 (CNA).- With the release of Pope Benedict XVI's encyclical just days away, the head of the Knights of Columbus is warning people not to ask how the Pope's teaching will validate their world view but how their views should change in response to the document.The Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus, Carl Anderson, states that those in positions of economic influence shold take notice of "Caritas in Veritate", the Holy Father's forthcoming encyclical, to be released on July 7th.
Our Supreme Knight knows what he is talking about. Read his bio here
MANILA, July 7, 2009—Roman Catholic bishops will choose one among them on Saturday who will serve the top post of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP).The 98 active bishop “electors” will gather on Saturday to Sunday for the CBCP’s 99th plenary assembly at the Pope Pius XII Catholic Center in Paco, Manila.
The CBCP is also expected to issue on Monday a pastoral statement on ecclesiastical, moral and socio-political issues affecting the country.
"Following Vatican Council II", Pope Benedict added, "in some places the impression arose that there were more important things in the mission of priests in our time: some people believed that the priority was to build a new society". [Most priests do not care about the sacraments anymore and these priests are mostly the one's hugging the spotlight through mass media!]
And he concluded: "The low numbers of priestly ordinations in some countries not only must not discourage us, it should stimulate us to dedicate greater space to silence [Silence...can't have it with a dancing priest, rock mass, clapping...try the TLM. Sacred Silence. A piece of Heaven on Earth!] and to listening to the Word, to improving spiritual guidance and the Sacrament of Confession, [which not only very few people go to, but few priests offer!] so that the voice of God, which always continues to call and to confirm, may be heard and followed by many young people"
Let us pray for priests that they stay true to their vocation, that priests remember the purpose of their ordination. That they may become priests after the Heart of Jesus, like how St. John Marie Vianney did.
for the victims...Requeim aeternam...
for their families...That the Lord may comfort them in their time fo bereavement and find solace in the promise of the resurrection.
for those who committed this dastardly act...that the Lord free them from the influence of the devil to sow fear, hate and death.
for the Church in Cotabato...to find stregth and hope in the example of the martyrs and saints in their witness of the Faith.
This openly gay priest was removed as pastor from the St. Paul Newman Center at Cal State Fresno in October 2008 for his outspoken defiance of church teaching over Proposition 8 and the issue of homosexuality.
Here is what this man suggests:
" So, what can priests do to fight the anti-gay agenda of the bishops and the K of C? Here is a short list:
1) Divest the full amount of your Knights of Columbus life insurance policy immediately. Take the check and invest the funds with an LGBT friendly fund. If every priest and K of C insurance policy holder were to do this, it would create a considerable capital drain on K of C and cripple their ability to write large checks to thwart LGBT legislation and ballot initiatives.
2) If you are a layperson, write them at tell them why you have done this. If you are a priest, simply inform them that you have decided to use the funds to promote social justice.
3) Pastors have the power to decide what is published in the Sunday bulletin and what is announced at Mass on Sundays. Do not let the K of C publish or announce.
4) Pastors may grant or withhold permission for organizations to use church facilities for their meetings. Most parishes have very tight facility scheduling. Create a program and tell the K of C they need to meet elsewhere."
Yeah. right. He is fighting against discrimination by being...hateful. I can hear a drop of dew fall into my glass of water for the deafening silence his bishop HAS NOT DONE to address the filth that this priest is spreading. The pope has fast tracked the process to dispense the ordained. Get him a one way ticket RAPIDO! Such bigoted view of the Knights. Of course we will support Prop 8 because legalizing gay marriage is an attack on the natural and moral law of marriage.
And as Knights, we are to defend that which attacks the Church, even if the attacks come from erring bishops or priests! If our holy founder, Ven. Fr. Michael McGivney were alive, he'll do the same thing. And as a Knight, I would give more of my time and money for causes such as the defense of traditional marriage and defense of the unborn!
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The devil is working double time. Pray even more!