Sunday, August 29, 2010

king of spain

"once i was the king of Spain, now i eat humble pie
hey Clinton! hey Yeltsin! got problems?
you phone me, now I eat humble pie." (Moxy Fruvous - King of Spain - video -, 1992)
i found a mouse in the garage last night. however, it is being taken care of. on the other hand, this guy, Brain, from Pinky and the Brain, is much cooler! i always enjoyed their dreams of taking over the world, only to be eating humble pie when their plans came crashing down. indeed, the opening song to the cartoon began with this dialogue:

Pinky: "Gee, Brain, what do you want to do tonight?"
The Brain: "The same thing we do every night, Pinky—try to take over the world!"
this Sunday's Gospel is all about humility. it is the foundation to all other virtues! upon entering a room, do i take the lowest place, or the place of honour? i'm thinking Brain would demand the place of honour, while Pinky would be happy with the lowest place. true humility is difficult, because it frustrates our pride. just like Pinky humbles Brain, so do we as Christians humble our culture, and so do my brothers and sisters humble me. how many times must Brain fail at his plans before realizing that happiness, joy, and peace - as Pinky knows it - is what it's all about? why does the world not understand the joy that Christians have? and for me, time to put away dreams of taking over the world, and enjoy my coffee already - enjoy life! how's the motto go, the world is just awesome! love God, love neighbour! what else is there?

speaking of loving life, September is upon us which means the official start of the year - apparently! meetings are beginning, we have a new Sacramental Preparation Team here at the parish preparing our children for Christian Initiation - the Sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist, and Confirmation, and schools open soon as well. i have a meeting with the MRI doctor on Wednesday, hopefully to put a close on this chapter of my life. i have been exercising and playing ultimate frisbee for the past couple months, and so far so good. there's also a new wave of seminarians hitting our diocese, with 8 new guys! WOW! my vocation work continues, and i hope to help update this year, part of my new responsibilities. it's going to be a good year, i can feel it in my bones. here i go again making plans to take over the world. how about i work on Monday, and let you know how that goes first, then we can work out something for the world later. peace out.

Monday, August 16, 2010

not afraid

"i'm not afraid
to take a stand
come take my hand
we'll walk this road together, through the storm
whatever weather, cold or warm
just lettin you know that, you're not alone" (Eminem - Not Afraid, 2010)

there's been a few things in the paper lately - Ontario moving forward with online gambling, Ontario approving mixed martial arts - and one must take a stand. both are dangerous to our health. i'm not sure what to say about it all, however, the lack of words does not equal that i'm wrong to think this is the wrong path to walk on. indeed, if you understand the truth behind Eminem's words, than you would take his hand. just as St. Paul told some of his friends to take his, because taking Our Lord's proved to be difficult. he said follow me, and we'll walk together, through any storm. instead of leading one deeper into the truth of God in Our Lord Jesus Christ, gambling slaps you in the face and take the money from your hand. instead of loving neighbour, lending him a helping hand, mixed martial arts decides to punch you instead, and kick you while you are down. where's the Good News in either of these things? indeed, standing up for your faith is difficult sometimes. as Cardinal Ouellet said this past weekend,
"the message of truth causes suffering to those who are listening and sometimes to the one who proclaims it."
i'm off to stand, or rather run around playing Ultimate Frisbee with the youth of the parish. the week is moving fast already, with a few meetings scattered throughout. no worries, because many people have my hand, and i'm not alone. peace.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

treat your mother right

"the last letter R is that She taught me Respect
and for the room up in Heaven that I know She'll get" (Mr. T - Treat Your Mother Right (video), 1984)
on the eve of the solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, i'm moved to write on mothers! i love mom! i called her this morning as i was finishing up my Sunday homily. indeed, i remembered something she once said, and needed to be reminded of it! i enjoy songs that discuss mothers. however, i was torn as to which one to use for this small reflection. my options were 1) jann arden's good mother, 2) john lennon's mother, or 3) pink floyd's mother. i decided to go with none of the above. after a quick search on da Internet, i decided to go with Mr. T's Treat Your Mother Right.

hoping to see the new movie A-Team, very soon, i was quite intrigued with Mr. T's motivational video series - "be somebody, or be somebody's fool"! there's a dash of humour, of course! his hit song about mothers had me at "m". you see, the rap/song begins with each letter spelling out mother. good times.

just as in life, Mary, our Mother, must be part of our lives. if i don't call mine once a week, i get in trouble. if i don't call on Mary daily, lookout! Mary is there to help on this journey of holiness, always searching for God in Jesus Christ. i call mom in Moncton weekly, and call on Mary daily through prayers - Angelus (i'm working on that one), Rosary (great devotion), three Hail Mary's before going to bed, or how about the Memorare, the beautiful prayer by St. Bernard of Clairvaux. either way, today/tomorrow, tell your mom you love her, and ask God for the grace to get closer to Mary, Our Mother, assumed body and soul into heaven!
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thy intercession was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence, I fly to thee, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother; to thee do I come; before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me. Amen. - Memorare

Friday, August 13, 2010

men in black

"here come the Men in Black
(Uh it's the M.I.B.'s)
(Uh here come the M.I.B.'s)
Here come the Men in Black" (Will Smith - Men in Black, 1997)
i'm back from greater Napanee. occasionally i meet a classmate there - we meet halfway (he's in, i'm in we both have our days off on Thursday and so, after the Knights of Columbus gathering for softball Wednesday nights, i drove over. we spent the day chillin' and relaxin'.
"nah, nah, nah,
the good guys dress in black, remember that,
just in case we ever face to face and make contact."
we reflected on the first year of our priesthood, JC - ya you know me, and the lay faithful, the people that pray for us! we ate, went to see The Other Guys, and got lost on the waterfront trail in Kingston, On. like Martha, Martha, Martha, i get distracted and worried by many things. it was nice to take a full day, to choose the better part, as Mary did, and spend some time in quiet, silence, prayer, and rest.

once i got home i returned to the reality of parish life. i was happy to read one of my emails regarding a classmate, Fr. Frank, who is beginning to dip his toes into the blogosphere! the Church must be part of the public square and her priests, as well as the laity, must also play a part in the online world. this new social media also includes my still favourite XM radio. i was listening to the Catholic Channel, and enjoying the dialogue of the holy family of The Catholics Next Door (Greg and Jennifer). they were discussing their last 10-year experience - ups and downs - in using NFP. these conversations, whether done through the laity or priests, help us all to be better people, Christians and Catholics in the world. they help and encourage us to live the Gospel, the Good News of Jesus Christ, in 2010. how does one do that, exactly? together! see you at mass on Sunday. peace.

Sunday, August 08, 2010

your smiling face

"whenever i see Your smiling face
i have to smile myself
because i love You (yes, i do)" (James Taylor - Your Smiling Face, 1977)
4248. i remember in school, when working on graphs, etc., i kept forgetting to put down the measurements, as in years, millimeters, percentage, and in this case, kilometers! three weeks ago i left for a rest, and now i'm back, 4248kms later! i had a great time visiting family and friends! dad in Qc, mom in NB, sister in PEI. i enjoyed the drive! i listened to XM Satellite Radio for most of the trip(s = side trips to Saint John, Shediac, Fredericton, Baie Comeau, etc). now, time to get back on track with blogs, social media, and da Internet?!

i enjoyed time with family and friends, but i definitely remembered in my prayers Annunciation of the Lord, my family in Ottawa! i realized this while chilling with the VBS crew (Vacation Bible School) from a few weeks ago, and seeing everyone from Sunday and daily mass! hence the song from James Taylor! my identity as a priest is with the People of God! as a fellow priest/brother reminded me once, Love God/Love the People! that's my path to holiness. it's good to be home.

back to this XM thing! it led me to get lost a few times on those highways! in fact, laughing so hard sometimes to this Catholic guy, that i had an almost 200km detour. when i realized i was lost, i decided it's time to plug in my GPS. i made it home to mom, in time for a late supper, no worries. Lino Rulli, the Catholic guy, has a great show on XM's Catholic Channel. since i've returned, he's been mentioned by Salt & Light, and my own Archbishop, indirectly, since he was commenting on XM/Sirius Radio, who employs Lino. this particular channel is great, and i recommend it to all. it's good to be back on blogoworld. i'm off to prepare for mass! peace out.