Saturday, March 28, 2015

500 years since the birth of St. Teresa of Avila, Doctor of Prayer



Today marks 500 years since the birth of St. Teresa of Avila.  See my post at Standing Before Mount Carmel. 




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Thursday, March 26, 2015

"...Because my parents won't take me to Mass"




I've known young kids wanting to go to Mass, but parents are too busy to bother:

For the first couple years as a priest, I would go through the usual Lenten ritual of sitting in the confessional for hours at a time, hearing various parishes kids’ confessions during school. And every year, I would hear the same litany of sins: “I was mean to my brother; I lied; I didn’t do what my mom told me to do; I said a bad word; and… I didn’t go to Mass.” 
As a young priest, I wasn’t yet jaded to simply chalk this up to the typical child’s confession. So, a little surprised that  a child didn’t go, I asked a simple question: “Why didn’t you go to Mass?”

And the kids would answer in one of three ways: “Because I had a [sporting event/vacation]”; “Because we slept in”; or (and most frequently): “Because my parents don’t take me.”

“Because my parents don’t take me.” 
I would hear that answer a lot. And what really struck me about this—what really shook me to the core—was not simply the frequency that this was said, but that most of the children were saying this with a deep sorrow in their heart and a deep longing to go to Mass. They knew they were supposed to be at Mass and they thought that t hey themselves were to blame for their not going. They didn’t yet realize that if their parents didn’t take them, then it wasn’t their (the kids’ fault), but the parents. 

Read the whole thing at Aleteia.

http://www.aleteia.org/en/article/how-parents-are-stealing-the-gift-of-the-mass-from-their-children-5889249563901952




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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The Annunciation


Today is the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary - Day on which she gave her fiat - her "yes" to God when the angel Gabriel appeared to her. God did not force Mary to bear Jesus; she freely chose to carry Him. She did not seek to understand before assenting in faith.

With that, I turn you over to Monsignor Pope - his blog still among one my daily reads.

I'm blogging from a mobile app, so hopefully this link will be live. 

Go read, "A Woman Wrapped in Silence"

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Ivan Dragicevic thumbs nose at CDF; holds public apparition in private home.




Contradictions


I don't know how to reconcile the two headlines at the website of Medjugorje Today .  The image above is a snapshot cropped from their homepage at the time of this post the night of March 19th (note the first post is at the bottom for March 17, and the one on top come second).  I could not read past the synopsis provided for each because that requires a $19 per month subscription - more than you would pay for access to some daily newspapers online.

This thread was on their Facebook page, giving further proof that it was a publicly held event, promoting the alleged apparitions of Medjugorje, in a private residence.  That's the only thing that is private - the house.




Allegory: A boy, a door and a window


I'm going to give a simple allegory for consideration.  A boy is told by his father, in front of his friends, not to go out the door to play outside.  The boy goes to his room and proceeds to climb out a window, with his friends encouraging him.  Was the boy obedient?  Were his friends respectful of his father's wishes? It doesn't take a university degree to understand that the father's intent was for the boy not to be outside playing; that the boy was disobedient, and his friends were disrespectful to his father because they heard what he said.

2013 Letter by Apostolic Nuncio to U.S. Bishops


Let's back up a bit. So, Cardinal Müller, speaking through Apostolic Nuncio, Archbishop Vigano, stated in a letter sent to all U.S. bishops, in 2013, that, "clerics and the faithful are not permitted to participate in meetings, conferences or public celebrations during which the credibility of such 'apparitions' would be taken for granted." [emphasis mine in bold]

A reasonable person reading that should understand that the CDF simply does not want events that promote the alleged apparitions of Medjugorje before the Holy Father completes his discernment and makes that known. Whether he will do that soon (it's been five years since the Commission was announced), or kick the can down the road, is unknown.

CDF intervenes recently in St. Louis to stop Medjugorje-related event


Last week the CDF intervened in St. Louis to stop an event involving Ivan Dragičević. Reportedly, over 1000 people were planning to attend, with tickets sold and a center rented.  Archbishop Carlson said he was to remind people that, "they are not to participate in events that promote the so-called visionaries of Medjugorje and in particular Mr. Ivan Dragičević." He then said, "please make this information available to the Lay Faithful." After pointing out that an event on March 18th had been cancelled, he said, "No other such events should be scheduled." 

But an event was scheduled, two days… was it private? 


Just for talking purposes, we would probably all agree that there is nothing private about using a restroom with 75 people watching.  If you do that, you are basically doing your thing in public.

If Ivan Dragičević has his 'apparition' in a room by himself, then that is truly private. There is no one around to be influenced in such a way that, "promotes the so-called visionaries of Medjugorje and in particular Mr. Ivan Dragičević."  But, there is nothing private about Ivan having an 'apparition' in a residence with 10, 25, 75 or 175 people watching - people he does not know, mind you.  It's simply a public event, or meeting, held at a private residence.  It promoted the Medjugorje phenomena to everyone in attendance.

While information found at Medjugorje Today says it was by private invitation and no one was charged admission, I can't help but wonder: Were donations collected, and if so, how were they distributed and to whom?   If Ivan and the other visionaries of Medjugorje have daily 'apparitions' in a private room by themselves, there is no question about money (this goes to the criteria for discernment of presumed apparitions).

Justification Gymnastics

On the public Facebook page of Medjugorje Today, comments swelled in this thread which discussed the, "no charge" and "by invitation only" public event that took place in a private residence.  Remember what I said about the boy who climbed out the window to get outside, but probably didn't feel he did anything wrong because he listened to his father by not going out through the door.  I call it justification gymnastics, others might call it mental gymnastics.




Justification gymnastics like this could be mitigated if the Church explained more, and in a way that does not require an understanding of "Ecclesial-speak." Men - that is bishops - who have spent many years conversing with others who have backgrounds in philosophy, theology, Church history, canon law, etc., sometimes are not perceptive about what can be misconstrued, or possibly exploited.

It's clear to me, even in the 1991 Zadar Declaration, which is still in effect, that pilgrimages were permitted on condition that supernaturality was not presumed.  This is repeated over and again in official communications on Medjugorje, with similar language each time. Coupled with that in the Zadar Declaration, it says, "a healthy devotion towards the Blessed Virgin Mary according to the teachings of the Church may be promoted."  What does that mean, "according tot he teachings of the Church?" That piece of Ecclesial-speak is not necessarily understood by those gravitating towards alleged Marian apparitions.  One place we can look to see what that means is, "Marialis Cultus(1974). You will find the Rosary and Angelus promoted, and these have a very long history in the Church.  What you will not find is attending prescheduled apparitions, or using devotions, hymns, and medals not yet sanctioned, inserting references into the liturgy of the alleged apparition, etc.


Something is messed up


So, 1000 people were estimated to be coming to the main event believing they would be in the presence of Mary via a vision on demand by Ivan…  before it was unceremoniously cancelled.  Would those same 1000 people come to the cathedral in St. Louis to pray a Rosary and do a Holy Hour with Archbishop Carlson if he invited them?  Would they attend a public Rosary at their local parish if the parish priest scheduled it?

Or, does the spectacle of receiving the sight of someone having an apparition of an alleged heavenly being mean more than the simple act of giving to Mary a humble prayer and expecting nothing in return - no special messages, no sight of a glowing statue, no dancing or spinning suns, no Great Signs, or a Rosary turned to gold.


Being mindful, we don't know if the lady of Medjugorje is Our Lady 


Some devotees believe so strongly that the lady of Medjugorje, is the Blessed Virgin Mary, that anyone who points out certain facts or questions credibility is treated as if they are attacking the Mother of God.  See the response one man gets from a devotee after he simply quotes what Archbishop Vigano stated in his letter to U.S. bishops (same thread as cited earlier; I blacked out the names).



I pray we hear something soon, very soon.  However, I will not hold my breath. If there is anything that is predictable about the timing the Holy See has on Medjugorje, is that it is unpredictable.



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Monday, March 16, 2015

Noteworthy events coming up in the area

There are some nuts and bolts I would like to pass along - things happening locally.

March 19: St. Joseph's Day at St. Joseph's Church in Detroit


First, this Thursday is St. Joseph's feast day.  This feast day is to St. Joseph's Church in Detroit what Assumption Day is to Assumption Grotto.  It is a day of great devotion, liturgy, Italian Dinner.  You can get St. Joseph's oil, and they have a gift shop.  See the full schedule for the day starting at 6:30 a.m. and running through 8 p.m.

March 22: St. Joseph's Dinner at Assumption Grotto


Assumption Grotto has a big dinner the first Sunday after St. Joseph's feast day.  From the main Grotto website:

St. Joseph Dinner - The annual traditional Italian dinner will be held in the gym on Sunday, March 22nd, following the Noon MassThe Romano family and friends will again host this event in honor of St. Joseph. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis (no reservations). Although there is no set price for this meal, your generous donation will provide continuing support for Assumption Grotto.  [See the link for more info]


March 25: Solemnity - Annunciation; Mass/Holy Hour for the Unborn

Mass and Holy Hour For the Unborn
Solemnity of the Annunciation
Wednesday, March 25th, 2015
6:00 p.m. Holy Hour Exposition of the Most Blessed Sacrament, Rosary, Divine Mercy Chaplet and Confessions
7:00 p.m. Holy Sacrifice of the Mass 
St. Isaac Jogues, 21100 Madison, St. Clair Shores, MI 48081 
See flyer here with more details 


March 27: Juventutem Mass at St. Josephat with Fr. Pullis


The Pertinacious Papist is reporting that Archbishop Vigneron's secretary, Fr. Steven Pullis, will be celebrating his first, public EF Mass on Friday, March 27 at St. Josaphat Church in Detroit.  He explains:

A particularly busy priest has undertaken the learning of the Tridentine Mass: Fr. Stephen Pullis, a young priest who currently serves as Priest Secretary to Detroit Archbishop Allen Vigneron, will celebrate his first public Mass in the Extraordinary Form on Friday, March 27 at 7:00 PM at St. Josaphat Church. He is no stranger to the Latin Mass; he assisted the Archbishop at last year’s Extraordinary Form Confirmations at St. Edward on the Lake Parish in Lakeport. 
It is always cause for gratitude when another priest learns the Traditional Latin Liturgy, but it is especially remarkable when that person has the non-stop agenda of the Secretary to the Archbishop. May God bless him for fitting this into his schedule. 
Juventútem Michigan will host its monthly dinner for young adults age 18-35 after Fr. Pullis’ first Mass.
Follow Juventutem Michigan on Facebook to keep up with their schedule.  They are quite active.


April 26: Dualing Pianos with Rev. Eduard Perrone and Mr. Gerrie Ball


This event is a spring fundraiser for Assumption Grotto.  Please consider buying a ticket and coming for an evening of fun.  See all the details here.  Tickets must be purchased in advance - none will be sold at the door. The deadline is April 21st, so don't wait.

Be sure to visit the Assumption Grotto homepage regularly to see what is going on.





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Sunday, March 15, 2015

Paul Ladmirault's glorious Sanctus and Benedictus (from Messe Breve)



The Sanctus from the Messe Breve written by Paul Ladmirault (1877-1944) is one of the most beautiful and remains my favorite after 10 years of singing, and hearing, the repertoire at Assumption Grotto.  Just as incense rises, carrying with it our prayers to God, Ladmirault's Sanctus ascends gracefully before exploding with majestic force just after 1 minute 30 seconds.

This was taken during the context of Mass, for which the Sanctus was written.  You will see the Consecration take place, with bells ringing, and then the choir will sing the Benedictus following the prelude.  It was taken today during the 9:30 a.m. Mass in the Extraordinary Form for Laetare Sunday in Lent.

The video was taken with a Canon EOS 40D camera which has HD video capability (click the gear box in the lower left after it starts playing if on a computer and set to 720 HD; or look for an "HD" on mobile in the lower right when it is playing.)  The focusing issues were not the camera's fault the a problem with the operator.  I'm still learning how to use it. I must mount this to a tripod when shooting video to minimize focusing issues and unwanted sounds related to movement.

The sound is decent considering I used no external microphone. This is the EOS 70D's built in microphone.  I do hope to capture better audio in the future with a mounted stereo microphone.
You will hear babies (a good problem to have in any parish), and kneelers coming down, or other noises.  That's life when recording during a Mass with a wide demographic that includes many young families.  I shoot from the back of the Church to minimize disturbing people and it just so happens to be where all the parents sit with babies for similar reasons.  I'm almost immune to those sounds.

Put on some decent headphones.









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Friday, March 13, 2015

CDF intervenes in St. Louis to stop Medjugorje related event






Recently, there were advertisements online for "An Evening with Our Lady and Ivan Dragicevic," but it is now missing. The alleged visionary of Medjugorje was to be hosted by the Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich Foundation in Missouri.  This flew in the face of a 2013 directive from Cardinal Müller, Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship, in a memo to U.S. bishops through the Apostolic Nuncio, Archbishop Vigano. The letter included lay people in those "not permitted" to participate in Medjugorje related events, especially involving any of the alleged visionaries. After reviewing the status of Medjugorje and noting the Holy See was still investigating, Cardinal Vigano stated:

"It follows, therefore, that clerics and the faithful are not permitted to participate in meetings, conferences or public celebrations during which the credibility of such 'apparitions' would be taken for granted."


The Medjugorje event in the St. Louis area with Ivan was cancelled on March 2nd, but no explanation was provided by BACE Foundation at that time. Today we learn it was, in fact, Rome which intervened. This is explained in a statement by Archbishop Robert Carlson of St. Louis, dated March 3rd.  

See the letter here: http://archstl.org/node/4348020 or PDF here.

I don't know if the Archbishop himself was aware until contacted by Rome, though I do know someone who contacted that archdiocese some weeks back asking if this should be happening.

Just three days ago, the St. Louis Review, the publication of the Archdiocese of St. Louis, published the news.  


Bosnia-Herzegovina Bishops' ad limina concludes March 17

The international theological commission on Medjugorje was first announced on March 17, 2010. Next week, five years to the day, the Bishops of Bosnia & Herzegovina (BiH) will have their ad limina visit with Pope Francis. 

This does not seem coincidental.  After five long years, perhaps we will finally see the question of Medjugorje answered soon.  With the feast of the Annunciation coming up, it seems a fitting time of year for this.  This is a feast day known for Mary's fiat to the will of God (Luke 1:38).

My greatest hope is that truth will prevail, whatever that truth may be.  Mercy and compassion for others must subsist in truth.  And, as justice delayed, is justiced denied; truth delayed, is truth denied. 

May the Holy Spirit, and the Blessed Virgin Mary, enlighten our spiritual fathers to discern this phenomena and share that truth with the all the faithful.


The Bishops of Bosnia-Herzegovina in Rome for the ad limina.
Photo from the Bishops Conference website: http://www.bkbih.ba

- This post was updated at 5:15 PM, March 13. 

Monday, March 9, 2015

New post up at "Standing Before Mount Carmel"

At my other blog, which is for more in depth spiritual reflections, I look at Conversing with God in His own language.

Recent Posts here:





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Sunday, March 8, 2015

Sweet: Some wide, still shots, from Assumption Grotto with a GoPro




Some at the 9:30 A.M. Mass may have noticed me using a small handheld device.  It was a GoPro Hero 4. It's primarily for video and used extensively for outdoor sports, and a host of other things.

I think I need to get a lens for my Canon EOS 70D for this kind of wide, fish-eye effect.  There's a limit to the quality I can get with the GoPro. There are many more settings on the regular camera, especially for the indoor shots, but these aren't bad!




You really get the feel of what it is like inside the parish with this shot.  It is taken around the main intersection within the nave, about half way back.


This one is a bit blurred.  It takes quite a bit of pressure to push the button, which moves the camera.  If I do this again, it needs to be mounted to a tripod and remote snapped through an iPhone App.  Still, it is not my tool of choice because the same photo taken with my Canon EOS 40D could yield better options with how the lights appear.  I generally like a starburst appearance.



More from outside.


This is taken while standing in front of the grotto and shooting back down the walk towards the church. You see the statue of Bernadette off to the center, right.





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Saturday, March 7, 2015

Video interview reveals great virtue in a little girl displaced by ISIS



“Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children,
you will never enter the kingdom of heaven."
- Matthew 18:3


This is must see video uploaded just days ago.

Myriam is a child who has been displaced by ISIS.  Despite all the harm suffered, she speaks of forgiveness; and though she has lost so much, grace flows from the depth of her soul.  Myriam is an incredible witness to the love of Christ.  Learn from her. Pray for her and all who suffer persecution, displacement, and death.

There is a hash tag on Twitter #PrayForMyriam






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Sunday, March 1, 2015

Confession


Terence K. O'Leary has an excellent post up at The Catholic Thing asking: Is Confession dead?  Go read it.




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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Father Rosica, drop this embarrassing threat of litigation...

Father Rosica, drop this embarrassing threat of litigation - it is really making you look bad…. really bad.   What kind of priest, much less an official in the Vatican, uses litigation against a Catholic blogger over his reputation?  Reputation?

I can just imagine if the Pope went around suing people every time he felt his reputation was harmed.  If there is a chapter in the Imitation of Christ which encourages suing people over reputation, I missed it.  Perhaps there is merit in offering up any suffering you believe you've had over the words of a Catholic blogger for the strength and courage of Christians being martyred in the Middle East.  There's not even a question that they are suffering serious, unjust injury.

I can't help but wonder: Does Pope Francis know you are so concerned with your reputation that you would hire lawyers to go after bloggers in this fashion? And, you would risk causing a family man to lose his home, among other things?

I was completely unaware of the blogger and blogposts in question until you sent lawyers after this man.   I rarely comment publicly on this kind of thing, and I've been an advocate for finding ways to express our concerns with greater virtue (sometimes it's not what we say but the lack of restraint in how we say it).  However, the thought of a priest suing bloggers comes across as so outrageous I felt compelled to express  my own thoughts on the matter.

Without judging whether any part of what the blogger said is right or wrong, and whether I agree with how he chose to express his concerns or not, bearing patiently with injury, or long-suffering, is a fruit of the Holy Spirit.  From a discernment stand point, I don't see the Holy Spirit's involvement in threats of litigation or lawsuits against bloggers.  While you are concerned with your own reputation, what harm are you bringing to the reputation of the priesthood with litigation?

Here in the U.S., we can't sue public figures for defamation.  Just because it is possible in Canada doesn't mean it's a prudent response for a priest, even if there is some kind of injury.

With regards to claims that Salt and Light TV has suffered damage, I'm not buying it.  If anything, you've done more harm to it yourself.  So much for trusting in God's providence in the face of real or perceived injustice.

Get thicker skin, Father Rosica.  Bearing with injuries - again, real or perceived - goes with the priesthood.  This is what it looks like, and we - you and I - did this to Him, Father:


"William-Adolphe Bouguereau (1825-1905) -
The Flagellation of Our Lord Jesus Christ (1880)
".
Licensed under Public Domain via 
Wikimedia Commons.


Further reading:

*Edited it in after others suggested these Scriptural texts, as well.  I had thought of 1 Cor 6, but had to head out to work before I could find it.

Other edits: Comma added in "Get thicker skin, Father Rosica"



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Monday, February 23, 2015

Some new posts…

Since beginning a second blog with a targeted focus within Catholicism, and to dabble in Wordpress, while working at reducing word-count through the tool WP has for that, I've since made two posts.




I explain in the About page there, why I embarked on this path.  As I said the other day, Te Deum Laudamus will continue, but the new blog allows me to be free of current events and focus on the spiritual realm.



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Sunday, February 22, 2015

A new blog with a particular focus within Catholicism



I've been blogging since 2006 and have used this blog for just about any topic in Catholicism.  What I have found is that the temptation to discuss current events chronically pulls me away from deeper thoughts and prayer concerning the nuts and bolts of spiritual formation.

At the same time, it has been on my mind for some years now to look closer at moving to Wordpress, but I have been afraid of simply migrating my blog for fear of losing things.  This may happen yet as I plan to keep both blogs.

The new blog is called, Standing Before Mount Carmel.  It not only gives me a chance to learn Wordpress on the fly, but it allows me to escape the temptation to stay in the realm of current events.  That's not to say they are bad. Catholics need to be aware of what is going on in the world around them and we need to participate in the public square. This takes knowing what is happening and how we can make a difference by exercising our rights.  But, for me personally, with what little free time I have, current events are difficult to pull away from once I begin digesting them.  With Lent here, I wanted a break, but did not necessarily want to stop blogging or engaging in social media.  It will have a more targeted focus during this season.

In my first post there, I explain why the new blog  with some additional info. For that, see "Another day; another blog"

In my second post, just made a short time ago, I begin to look at a fruit of the Holy Spirit called, longanimity, or long-suffering.

Be sure to use the follow options there, but I will also post a link here to any new posts, as well as sharing in my social media.






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Saturday, February 21, 2015

New Book: "Lent with St. Augustine" by Waldemur Turek



In one of my feeds, I saw this book, Lent with Saint Augustine (Paperback) by Waldemur Turek,  mentioned last week and ordered it without hesitation.  I went on the hunt for an e-book version, but could not find one.  Alas! Today, I see it is at Amazon: Lent with Saint Augustine (Kindle Edition).  I don't think I missed it, but perhaps I did; or it just became available. 

My iPhone camera is not working well (or the lens is just old and worn out).  But, you can look through the murky pics to get an idea of what is in this 114 page book.  Just click the images to enlarge. 

I like the format. It's just over one page per day throughout Lent.  As you can see, it came from series of short talks by a priest from Poland.  It is now available in three languages: Polish, Italian, and English. 

I have a few pages to catch up.  













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