Tuesday, September 14, 2010

tom's diner

"i am sitting
in the morning
at the diner
on the corner" (Suzanne Vega à la DNA - Tom's Diner, 1990)
ever listen to a song - a song you hated instantly. presto. the above in 1990 was just that for me. however, it has grown on me. i like its simplicity. the original song is a-cappella, however, the one i've mentioned is the dance remix with DNA. i also just heard it on the XM Radio, on my way home from a parent/teacher meeting over at TDMcGee Catholic School.

today is the Feast of the Exultation of the Cross. after celebrating mass in the morning, i usually have time to read some of the news sipping on my coffee. i also scour and sift through many blogs - many of which mention the beautiful prayers, verses and origins of this feast. none, however, got my attention today. as a child i never knew what to do with the Cross? who was this person on the Cross? why was He there? i had difficulty looking at the Cross! over time, and much grace, i can now admire its simplicity! what was once foolishness, and a scandal to me, has now become my very identity. in the words of St. John Chrysostom, the Cross is the will of the Father, the glory of God, and the joy of the Holy Spirit. whoever follows Our Lord Jesus Christ, is called to embrace the Cross. simple. not always. i remember that those who follow Our Lord do not have to seek out the Cross - for indeed, the Cross will find you! miscommunications. misunderstandings. martyrdom. sometimes, and some days, it seems that nothing goes right. why is that? all i'm trying to do is to make You known and loved by all.

today i embrace the Cross, anew. the Cross is more radiant and beautiful than the sun in the sky.
"For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God." (1 Corinthians 1:18)
now, off to prepare for school masses at Lester B. Pearson Catholic High School, wedding rehearsals, and our new sacramental preparation journey for our children. peace.

Monday, September 06, 2010

what kind of man

"what kind of man ...
what kind of man ...
tell me what kind of man Jesus is?" (Larry Sparks & the Lonesome Ramblers - What Kind of Man - video -, 2009)
after morning mass today, i continued with ora et labora, work and prayer. on this Labour Day, one still needs both, since work is our path to holiness. "prayer is work. work is prayer." i was reading a few things, and came across Salt & Light's Matthew Harrison's entry on Finding God in Work, which quoted Fr. Bob Wild from Madonna House. i followed his advice and continued reading.

"our work cannot become an obsession, the end-all and be-all of our lives. we must work in such a way that it leads us to the Father, taking care that we are not over-anxious in our work."
but what about Martha and Mary - Martha being worried and distracted by many things, while Mary choosing the better part? i guess no matter what, there's a tendency to become like Martha, worried and distracted by many things. work is good, indeed, so long as it leads us in doing the Father's will. there must be a balance between work and prayer, as depicted by Charlie Brown up der in da corner.

"but tell me fawdder jon, why quote this particular song, i don't recognize this one at all." that's what i said about an hour ago. Msgr. Latour is off to Montreal for a couple days and so i dropped him off at the train station. meanwhile, on the drive there i told him about my new found love! love may be a strong word here, however, there's a something a brewing in these parts! it's called
bluegrass music! i can't get enough of the guitar playing, banjo fiddlin', mandolin resonating sounds! are you with me? please? come on?!? anywho, on this drive, i turned on my XM Satellite Radio to give Msgr. L. a taste test of the Bluegrass Junction station! good times. on the way home, Larry Sparks started playing this particular song, and it made me think of Our Lord and Master, and what he might of been doing in the 30+ years at home with mom and family, working on chairs, and tables, visiting da family, preaching and playing, praying, etc. there's da link. good times.

enjoy the balance of work and prayer today. and above all, enjoy the sweet sounds of bluegrass, 24/7. peace out.

Sunday, September 05, 2010

say it ain't so

"say it ain't so
your drug is a heartbreaker.
say it ain't so
my love is a life-taker." (Weezer - Say It Ain't So, 1995)
this is a picture of Our Lord calling Peter and Andrew. this is the cost of discipleship, as we hear in today's Gospel. as Cardinal Pell preached WYD 2008, "one mission is better than 1000 options." there are so many people, so many things calling for our attention today. let's encourage one another to hear the only voice that really matters - that of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

à la Poegs/Lauren, for awesome song time, this week i'm going with Weezer's "Say it ain't so"! of course, because of the Gospel today, "Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple." following Our Lord is difficult - that's why we don't do it alone, but with our brothers and sisters in Christ.
"In the midst of our chaotic lives Jesus stops and says, “You have to choose.” In his call to authentic discipleship, Christ challenges our most precious loyalties. As there can be no other gods before the God of Israel, there can be no other loves before Christ. Thus, there is a cost to following Jesus, and the curious and half-hearted should take notice. Discipleship may cost us everything, but will gain for us all that will ever matter. Only then will we be truly wise and truly free." (Fr. Thomas Rosica, Salt + Light)
i'm happy to be surrounded by people who continue to search for holiness, who continue to search for meaning in their lives! of course, i see them daily, at mass, i see them during Sunday mass, i even see them online, through the power of blogs Poegs/Lauren, Bethany, Jo (only to name a few), i see them playing sports, i see many everywhere, and often! we are all on this journey of holiness and i'm glad to be walking with all of you!

Labour Day weekend, is often seen as the end of summer, beginning of school, office and parish life once again. say it ain't so! ready or not, here we go! this week is prime for a little sacramental preparation journey, meetings, meet the children + teachers, ultimate frisbee of course, exercise, and prayer. trying to manage life, i tend to neglect my health. especially during the change of seasons i always somehow manage to get a cold. here's praying that i find that much needed balance. united in prayer. peace.