Monday, November 07, 2011

on bended knee

Norman Rockwell, Marriage Counsellor, 1960
"can we go back to the days our love was strong
can you tell me how a perfect love goes wrong
can somebody tell me how to get things back
the way they use to be
oh God give me a reason
i'm down on bended knee" (Boyz II Men - On Bended Knee, 1994)
(part of my Movember series)

"this is the body of Christ. this is the blood of Christ." at the words of consecration, God through the priest transforms mere bread and wine, into the body and blood of His Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ. at each moment, the priest kneels in adoration.

this action has caused me great pain for almost two years, when my knee gave out. i was forced to stop, and simply, and humbly incline in front of my Lord and Saviour. after a while, the pain retreated and i was once again able to genuflect, kneel in adoration. however, since my surgery (part un, part deux) in august, i'm on bended knee for many things - including celebrating the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.

praying for health doesn't mean much when all things are healthy. boom, my knee was out, and all of a sudden, i have a new found respect for health - of the body, of the soul. lately i'm back on the squash court - it's like i never left, playing badminton, and running once again. in fact, i think this weekend i may run my first 5k in over a year. these days i'm on bended knee, kneeling in adoration for many things, and many people who continue to support, encourage and pray for me in my ministry. thank you!
"gonna swallow my pride
say i'm sorry
stop pointing fingers the blame is on me
i want a new life
and i want it with You
if you feel the same
don't ever let it go
you gotta believe in the spirit of love
it can heal all things"
does anyone love this song as much as i? this Movember kick is bringing out songs that i had totally forgotten about. i'm loving it! you should too. i've been reading a lot of about preaching lately, in the news of all places. people are calling out priests - give us better preaching, [or else]. ok, i added the last part, but the reality is there. the scandals (the word used in the French liturgy, today's Gospel Luke 17:1-6), have caused many people to say "that's it, i'm out". there have been many scandals - abuses within Scouts, hockey teams, families, and unfortunately the Church as well. other scandals continue, changes in liturgies, translations, ministries. how often do people call me out on wearing the roman collar - it's a scandal to many. again, the scandal of having this type of flower in front of the altar caused some to say, "enough is enough." there will always be scandals, and a million reasons why one could leave Holy Mother Church. but as St. Peter would say, "Lord, to whom shall we go, you have the words of everlasting life." (Jn 6:68)

there are two remaining scandals, always at work in the world. the first, always at war within us, is our own sin. it is a scandal to know that i still have this sin. at one point, the point of no return, the point where we encounter God's love, peace, and joy, we will encounter everlasting life, the moment when we stop pointing the finger at others.
"for i know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me. against you, you only, have i sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you are proved right when you speak and justified when you judge." (Ps 51)
this merciful psalm is the favourite of many, including me. i want a new life, and i want it with You. what do our brothers and sisters do when they do not know about the fountain of life that comes through the Sacrament of Reconciliation? God is truly merciful on all of us! finally, the last and perpetual scandal - the scandal of God in Our Lord Jesus Christ, and his passion and death on a cross. it is a scandal to many, but to us who are being saved, it is our salvation. (1 Cor 1:18)

back to preaching + scandals. apparently it was on the front cover of the Ottawa Citizen. a parishioner told me about it after mass today, which confirmed me greatly, since that is what i preached about. i have been the baby priest of the diocese (see new website!) for two years. today, of course, that honour belongs to Fr. Hezuk. therefore, today, i'm the toddler priest. and after learning to walk, the next step, of course, are words. having more and more confidence in what God is doing through and with me, i'm now working on preaching better, using words when i have too (à la St. Francis). peace.

Sunday, November 06, 2011

il faudra leur dire

"puisqu'on vit dans la même lumière (du Christ)
même s'il y a des couleurs qu'ils préfèrent
nous on voudrait leur dire
c'est comme des parfums
qu'on respire
juste un regard
facile à faire
un peu plus d'amour que d'ordinaire" (Francis Cabrel - Il leur faudra leur dire, 1986)
the first post of my Movember blogging.

someone forgot to give the other 5 girls the memo - don't leave home without a reserve of oil for your lamps. Sunday's Gospel (Mt 25:1-13) calls us to be ready, to stay awake because we know neither the hour nor the day. am i ready? not always, but i trust in God, and in His mercy. the light that shines comes from this oil, this personal relationship with God in Our Lord Jesus Christ.

i'm back into squash mode, and my body is feeling it! i have a friendly game this afternoon, and a house game Tuesday night. i'm part of the local gym's squash ladder - i'm working my way to the top! then, on friday?, another friendly rematch with a colleague. good times. add in there a little jogging, and i'll be back up to my 5k in no time. my goal:10k by next summer. peace.

this week is all about Sacramental prep - baptism, First Confession, First Communion and Confirmations. we are looking to build teams to help us - hint, hint, but meanwhile i'll be visiting classes discussing the Good News!

lastly, have you signed up for the next International Eucharistic Congress 2012, Dublin, Ireland? if not, please hurry, since there are only a couple weeks left to do so with the Archdiocese of Ottawa.


Saturday, November 05, 2011

pour un instant

"pour un instant, j'ai oublié mon nom
ça m'a permis enfin d'écrire cette chanson blog" (Harmonium - Pour un instant, 1974)
in Church, there used to be public confessions - people in line, standing in front of all confessing there sins ... now there are Movember pictures! i'm really quite amazed how this is really taking off. i used to laugh it off - literally laughing at all the moomoomoooustaches, but now i'm coming around.

a few days ago i'm having my morning coffee, getting my dose of sports highlights through the eyes of Jay Onrait and Dan O'Toole from TSN (both of whom are participating, i think? yes, yes they are!) i'm loving ever minute of it - indeed, just yesterday those two were fiddling with each other's moomoomoooustaches. the new and improved word for moustache, or moomoomoooustaches, comes from Danny boy himself - i love it! while they are busy pointing out sports guys with moomoomoooustaches, i have something else in mind for Movember.

i've been away for a while, away from the blog that is. to kick it up a notch, i'm thinking dedidicating this coming month - November Movember, to posts with artists, singers that were "visionaries". they have had the much beloved moomoomoooustaches and for the remainder of this month - i will try to post more often, and i will go to them for inspiration. enjoy.

let's start with our Top 10 of singers/groups with moomoomoooustaches! this idea came to me while working on a homily - many hours went into preparing this particular post, however, i still find it difficult to narrow this list down. just when i think i have found another possibility, the moomoomoooustache connects to the chin, goatee, or worse - nose hair. there are strict rules indeed for who can participate, and how! and i believe at a certain time, these Top 10 had the now all too famous moomoomoooustache. the order of the list was difficult as well. if you think of others, please keep me posted! good times. let's move on already ...

Top 10 Moomoomoooustaches (of singers):
as i mentioned there are plenty more, however the rules of Movember disqualifies many. how about: Usher, God in Our Lord Jesus Christ (always a beard yes, but maybe he too experimented with facial hair at one point in his life?), Stampeders, Bee Gees (again, not quite?), country artists, maybe heavy metal?, ABBA could be in there too, Commodores, Kool and the Gang, Debarge, New Edition: boy band, is it ... could it be, yep, it's a moomoomoooustache! Bieber, nope, not yet, but maybe one day. Bobby Brown, Ja Rule, Nelly, Drake (again, too much connection), Timbaland, Kanye West, LL Cool J (definitely), Blackstreet, K-Ci & JoJo, Slash from GNR couldn't tell because of all the hair in his face, Kanye West (maybe?), Sean Paul, Shaggy, and finally tried country with Kenny Loggins but no go! (ps. i might use some of these as well in the next few weeks.)

cancer is a killer, and nothing like i've seen in the past two months. we've had funerals, and so many of our brothers and sisters wrestle and suffer with cancer. in the past two months, we've had several of our brothers and sisters who passed away battling cancer. this month of November Movember, we pray for all saints, and all souls. see you soon. let the analogies begin. peace.

ps. i don't actually have a moomoomoooustache myself. maybe one day.