Saturday, April 28, 2012

do you want to know a secret

Giuseppe Maria Crespi,
The Confession, 1740
"listen, do you want to know a secret
do you promise not to tell
closer, let me whisper in your ear ..." (The Beatles - Do You Want to Know a Secret, 1963)
another post promoting all things IEC2012 in the Archdiocese of Ottawa.

when is the last time you went to Confession?  when is the last time you celebrated the Sacrament of Joy?  i'm getting excited now for our pilgrimage to Dublin, Ireland!  and many of our pilgrims - 26 in total (meeting is tomorrow, by the way) - will be preparing by experiencing God's mercy through this wonderful Sacrament.

this year's IEC2012 theme is the Eucharist:  communion with Christ, communion with one another.  however, you can't have one without the other.  nonetheless, how many times do i hear people say, "do i have to?"

we have all had these words on our hearts, and on our lips at one point throughout our lives.  why do we need to confess?  i don't want to tell the priest my sins!  i was reflecting on this last week, as i was preparing to kneel as the penitent.  it is not so much that we don't want to share, but that we like to keep things secret.

i remember what a wise priest - Fr. Thomas Lynch, National Director of Priests for Life Canada, one of my professors while at the seminary - once told me,
"we don't keep secrets, secrets keep us!"
no matter what needs to be confessed, the interior battle to keep things secret is exhausting!  only when things are out in the open can the light of Christ begin to heal us.  go to Confession, the priest is bound by the Sacramental Seal.  the other guy wants you to keep it to yourself, because that secret will separate you from God.  indeed, that's what sin is all about - separating us from God, from neighbour, from self.

as Christians, as Catholics, we need the two greatest Sacraments in order to walk upright:  the Eucharist, and Confession.  as C.S. Lewis once wrote, be surprised by joy, and go celebrate the Sacrament of God's divine mercy, the Sacrament of Reconciliation!  Christ is Risen, He is truly Risen, alleluia!!!
CONGRESS COUNTDOWN: 6 WEEKS 4 DAYS 3 HOURS 18 MINUTES 43 SECONDS. In this season of Easter, the joy of the Resurrection, and Vocations Sunday, let us pray for all our children preparing for First Communion. Jesus’ messianic project, however, seemed to have failed miserably with his Death on a Cross. That was not the end of the story however. The Risen Christ conquered death. Where sin existed, with all its darkness, division and dread, now grace abounded with all its light, communion and freedom (cf. Rom 5:17-21). The Risen Crucified Christ reconvened his community. The bonds of fellowship deepened. He was alive, building up his community through the Gospel proclaimed, through the sacraments, especially the Eucharist administered, through the service of those entrusted with ministry, through charisms and through the mutual love of the members of the Church: ‘they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers’ (Acts 2:42). Just as it was during his life on earth, and indeed more so, those now following Christ were not on their own. They were united in communion with Jesus Christ and so with one another through many bonds of communion but especially through the Eucharist. (#9, The Eucharist: Communion With Christ And With One Another). 
1, 2, 3, on y va: COMPTE À REBOURS AU CONGRÈS: 6 SEMAINES 4 JOURS 3 HEURES 18 MINUTE 43 SECONDES! En ce temps de Pâques, en ce dimanche des vocations, prions pour nos enfants qui se préparent pour leur première des Communions. Le projet messianique de Jésus semble avoir échoué misérablement avec sa mort sur la Croix, mais la mort n’eut pas le dernier mot. Jésus vaincu la mort et rassembla ses disciples pour apporter au monde lumière, communion et liberté. Les liens fraternels se raffermirent. La communauté chrétienne se développa grâce à l’annonce de l’Évangile, à la pratique des sacrements et au service que chacun apportait aux autres dans l’amour mutuel. « Ils étaient fidèles à écouter l'enseignement des Apôtres et à vivre en communion fraternelle, à rompre le pain et à participer aux prières » (Ac 2:42). Tout comme pendant sa vie terrestre, ceux qui suivent le Christ ne sont pas seuls. Ils sont unis en communion avec Jésus Christ et entre eux, spécialement par l’Eucharistie. (#9, L’Eucharistie : Communion avec le Christ et entre nous)

Friday, April 27, 2012

run to you

George Costanza (Seinfeld) + The Wallet
"i'm gonna run to You
yeah, i'm gonna run to You
oh when the feelin's right i'm gonna run all night
i'm gonna run to You" (Bryan Adams - Run to You, 1984)

insane in the membrane, i just completed 11.15 Km run!  this is my second successful attempt at running a 10K.  who am i?  what just happened?

i have never been a runner, but i think, now, it is official, i am [a runner].  i love it.  i've mentioned running several times.  indeed, if i miss a run, a part of me dies.  i may be exaggeratting, ... slightly, but not by much - go read my Talk Test post.  after my knee surgery i was aching to get back into running, training, etc.  of course, i still enjoy badminton, squash, biking, and nice long walks on the beach.  however, today, i think i prefer running for excercise!  maybe it is the minimalist in me - put sneakers on, and go!  and so, today, i did, ... running my second 10K.  i love it.  my new goal?  why not?  how about a half-marathon, to follow my confrère!  i'm aiming for August 2012 (the summer of George, the summer of Fr. jsb!)

i remember two years ago, when this fad began, when i was running around AOLP, i could barely do 5K.  i would talk myself out of doing the excersie knowing that it would be difficult.  i ran once with the Running Room, and i was hooked.  however, i haven't been back, since their group runs are Wednesday nights - i have meetings, often, and of course, Sunday mornings - i'm already booked.  i started using their philosophy and it became my philosophy.  i even read the magazines and have a stupid looking hat for my head in the wintertime. i always wondered why those runners wore those, or did that.  and now, i know.  i don't think this is a fad anymore.

i meant to write about this a while back, but here it is.  this is the training i did for my first 10K (Christmas week, 2012), and my second 10K.  i started out with those 5Ks using 2:1s, then 3:1s, 4, and finally 5:1s.  i would run two minutes, walk one, and after two, three (four, five) weeks of that, would bump up to the next level.  i did my first 10K at 5:1s, and today, used 6:1s.  i searched online and adapted a program to fit my schedule.  here is a glimpse of a weekday cycle, simplified (give or take a meeting or two):
  • day 1:  rest.
  • day 2:  hard run (30min +)
  • day 3:  harder run (45min)
  • day 4:  light run (30min)
  • day 5:  rest.
  • day 6:  hardest run (45min+)
  • day 7:  light run (30min)
and there you have it.  i started training for my first 10K November 15, 2012, and 8 weeks later i was ready.  i also adapted the monthly cycle, then + now, to mimic the above:
  • week 1:  hard run
  • week 2:  harder run
  • week 3:  light run
  • week 4:  hardest run.
i've been training (coffee, ice cream, Sacraments, friendships, life, etc...) for over a month now, preparing for today (week four, hardest run).  i feel good, and plan to do a light run tomorrow.  so, that's it.  good times.  great times!  this also helped me cross off another goal of mine:  the 30min 5K.

oh, and why George + his wallet?  that's how i felt today while running!  you see, i still don't have an armband to carry my new uber cool phone - in fact, no one makes them yet, the phone is too new and too big to fit anything else.  i might as well carry my backsack and throw in my Dell desktop computer in it, the one i bought in 1832!  oh well, since it was cold out today (+4C), i wore a coat, which conveniently has a pocket made for my phone.  in the meantime, if you have any other ideas on how i can run with my phone as the temperature warms up, please let me know!

peace (my muscles are screaming for it)!

ps.  how about a new wallet?

Monday, April 23, 2012

it's over

"it's over, it's over, it's over, ...
it's over." (Roy Orbison - It's Over, 1964)
instead of going with the obvious, Avicii's Penguin(s), i decided to go with the ol' classic Roy Orbison's It's Over!  not three times, but when it hurts, it has to be be sung four times!  ouch!  in the very wise words of Weezer, say it ain't so!?!

what happened to my team?  i posted about them, i prayed for them at mass (twice), but ... again, God's thoughts are not my thoughts, nor His ways my ways (Isaiah 55:8).  sorry to all Pittsburgh Penquins fans.  maybe next time?

now what, Ottawa Sens?  we'll see.


Sunday, April 22, 2012

open your heart

Mr. Butlertron from Clone High (2002-2003)
"open your heart to me I won't stop ...
I'm coming at your sleep
there are no mirrors here
what you want is clear what you feel" (The Men - Open Your Heart, 2012)

another post promoting all things IEC2012 in the Archdiocese of Ottawa.

happy Sunday!  this order, ..., sounds better in French, "bon dimanche".  nonetheless, happy Sunday, hope you had a great day.  the Gospel this weekend has Our Risen Crucified Lord chillin' with his peeps, saying, "the peace be with you."  i enjoyed the above song the first time i heard it, thinking of today, the priests, deacons, calling us to open our hearts ... to peace

what peace is He referring too?  'cause this week, i had difficulty finding it.  it was one of those days, weeks, etc., again.  they are not much fun, are they?!

this week was all about IEC2012 - crossing the "I"'s, and dotting the "T"'s, or something like that.  indeed, stay tuned to a magazine (Catholic Ottawa) near you, as 4 articles will soon be published.  two on the IEC2012, and two on Hawkesbury, as we prepare to celebrate our 70th Anniversary of the Eucharistic Congress in 1942.

along with articles, the journey towards Dublin (June 8-18, 2012) is almost here.  i sent a few million emails over to the organizers trying to get accreditation for our brother priests joining the group.  peace, ... i heard about that once!  it is not really just one thing is it, but the accumulation of everything, and then ... oh snap!  i started losing my peace, but God in Our Lord Jesus Christ is always ready to heal our wounds.

just when i couldn't take it anymore, parishioners invited me to a lunchtime feast of goodness.  it was delicious - does a body good, does a soul better.  the peace that Our Lord speaks of, is Himself.  indeed, we are at peace when we are in communion Him, and with one another (IEC2012 theme).

He gave me more peace this week through the Sacrament of Confession, through running, coffee with a friend, meal with brother priests, supper (fundraiser gala) with almost three hundred people over at Helping with Furniture!  that is His peace working in my life - surrounding me with a family - those who do the will of the Father are my brothers, sisters, mothers.

God is good.  all the time.


ps.  please keep all our pilgrims in your prayers as we continue to prepare our hearts for the peace of the Eucharist:  communion with Christ, communion with one another.

CONGRESS COUNTDOWN:  7 WEEKS 3 DAYS 3 HOURS 18 MINUTES 43 SECONDS. "Peace be with you."  (3rd Sunday of Easter, Luke 24:35-48). What does Communion mean? Catholics are used to speaking of ‘going to Communion’ or of ‘receiving Communion’ at Mass. The theological notion of communion (‘koinonia’ in New Testament Greek), however, is multi-faceted.  In proclaiming the Kingdom of God, Jesus knew he was sent ‘to bring good news to the poor … to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free’ (cf. Lk 4:16-20). Through his words and deeds he formed a messianic community of disciples who experienced this Kingdom of God draw near to them in Jesus himself. The members of this community related to one another in a new way, in relationships marked by love, freedom and truth, equality and reciprocity. Those called to lead were to exercise their responsibility by serving.  In the Fourth Gospel we hear Jesus pray, the night before he died, a prayer that seems to summarise his mission, ‘may all be one. As you, Father, are in me and I am in you, may they also be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me’ (Jn 17:21). The community was to be nothing less than a sharing in the very life of God.  (#7 + #8, The Eucharist: Communion With Christ And With One Another
1, 2, 3, on y va: COMPTE À REBOURS AU CONGRÈS: 7 SEMAINES 3 JOURS 3 HEURES 18 MINUTE 43 SECONDES! "La paix soit avec vous." (3e dimanche de Pâques, Luc 24:35-48).  Que signifie la Communion ? Il est d’abord nécessaire de clarifier ce que l’on signifie par communion. Les Catholiques parlent d’ « aller communier » ou de « recevoir la communion » pendant la messe. La notion théologique de communion (‘koinonia’ en Grec du Nouveau Testament) est cependant une réalité aux multiples facettes. Lorsqu’il proclamait le Royaume de Dieu, Jésus dit qu’il était venu « apporter la Bonne Nouvelle aux pauvres, annoncer aux prisonniers qu'ils sont libres, et aux aveugles qu'ils verront la lumière, apporter aux opprimés la libération » (cf. Lc 4, 16-20) Par ses paroles et ses actes, il constitua une communauté messianique de disciples qui virent l’arrivée du Royaume de Dieu en Jésus lui-même. Les membres de cette communauté étaient unis entre eux de façon nouvelle, par l’amour, la liberté et la vérité, l’égalité et la réciprocité. Ceux qui étaient appelés à diriger les autres devaient exercer leur responsabilité en se mettant à leur service. La nuit avant sa mort, Jésus prononça ces paroles qui résument bien sa mission : « Que tous, ils soient un, comme toi, Père, tu es en moi, et moi en toi. Qu'ils soient un en nous, eux aussi, pour que le monde croie que tu m'as envoyé » (Jn 17, 21). La communauté ne devait être rien de moins qu’une participation à la vie-même de Dieu. (#7 +#8, L’Eucharistie : Communion avec le Christ et entre nous)

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

comeback kid

Carravagio - Doubting Thomas, 1601
i know You tried so hard, but you can't even win
You gotta try a little harder, You're the comeback kid (Sleigh Bells - Comeback Kid, 2012)
another post promoting all things IEC2012 in the Archdiocese of Ottawa.

happy Easter!  Christ is Risen, alleluia!  He is truly Risen, alleluia!

i hope you all had a good time with family and friends.  Holy Week was a blur, as well as the Easter Triduum, but it was beautiful indeed.  followed by a baptism with some friends, Chris + Josée, and the star of the show, our new sister in Christ, Léa!  congratulations!!!

in baptism, we died with Christ, and so now we experience newness of life.  (CCC #1987, Romans 6:4).  however, with the reminder of the reading of the disciples of Emmaus this week, we often forget about our relationship with the Risen Crucified Christ.  God, in Our Lord Jesus Christ, is standing beside us, and we are kept from recognizing him.  how many times do i run my route, passing a neighbour, with no look, with no hello?  i see it at mass, i see it in the grocery store.  it see it on Twitter, and on Facebook.  we - myself included - don't understand, and get disoriented.  now what?

Christ is Risen, alleluia!  He is truly Risen, alleluia!  the comeback kid continues to surprise us!  He is always present!  we know him through the Word of God, where Scripture prepares us to open our eyes to Him truly present in the Most Holy Eucharist.  please continue to pray for the pilgrims - our brothers and sisters - who are preparing for the next International Eucharist Congress, in Dublin.

The countdown is on:  CONGRESS COUNTDOWN:  8 WEEKS 4 DAYS 3 HOURS 32 MINUTES 53 SECONDS, at the time of this writing.  Please continue to pray for the Congress, and our group who will be meeting in at the end of April. 
The Risen Crucified Christ gathers us together.  The action of processing signals the beginning of the celebration. The procession – large or small – calls to mind for us the journey dimension of our lives.  All of us are on a holy journey together. The people of Israel journeyed in the desert ‘on eagle’s wings’ under the guidance of Moses, Joshua and others towards the promised land (Ex 19:4). God provided them with manna as food for their journey. Jesus himself gathered disciples around them and together they journeyed up to Jerusalem. On a more profound level, Jesus spoke of his journey in terms of passing over from this world to the One he called ‘Abba’ Father. As we see in the case of the two disciples on the road to Emmaus, after his Death and Resurrection, the Risen Crucified Christ re-ssembled  is Messianic community who had been so shattered by the apparent total failure of his mission.  He transformed his disciples to become followers of what they soon called ‘the Way’ – ‘Jesus Christ himself being the Way, the Truth and the Life’ (Jn 14:6). At every Mass Jesus Christ assembles this people to celebrate the great memorial of his Passion, Death and Resurrection.  This memorial unites us and makes us share in the victory of our head, the new Joshua, who leads us on our journey into the new promised land of communion with Christ and with one another. (#60, The Eucharist:  Communion With Christ And With One Another, Theological and Pastoral Reflections)

1, 2, 3, on y va:  COMPTE À REBOURS AU CONGRÈS:  8 SEMAINES 4 JOURS 3 HEURES 32 MINUTE 53 SECONDES, quand j'ai commencer à écrire.  S.V.P continuez de prier pour le Congrès, et pour notre groupe qui va se rencontrer à la fin avril. 
Le Christ Crucifié et Ressuscité nous rassemble.  La célébration commence par une procession. La procession – qu’elle soit grande ou petite nous rappelle  que notre vie est un pèlerinage sur la terre. Nous sommes tous en chemin ensemble. Le peuple d’Israël marchait dans le désert « sur les ailes d’un aigle » guidé par Moise, Josué et d’autres, vers la Terre Promise (Ex 19, 4). Dieu leur envoyait la manne, nourriture pour leur marche. Jésus lui-même a réuni des disciples autour de lui, et ensemble ils ont fait route vers Jérusalem. A un niveau plus profond, Jésus parlait de sa route comme d’un passage de ce monde à Celui qu’il appelait « Abba »,  Père. Comme nous le voyons dans l’épisode des disciples d’Emmaüs, après sa mort et sa  résurrection, le Christ Crucifié et Ressuscité a réassemblé sa communauté messianique, qui avait été  ébranlée par l’échec total apparent de sa mission. Il a transformé  ceux qui le suivaient , pour qu’ils deviennent disciples de ce qu’ils  appelèrent rapidement « la Voie » (Jésus étant  lui-même la voie, la vérité et la vie [Jn 14, 6]). A chaque Messe, Jésus Christ rassemble ce peuple pour célébrer le grand mémorial de sa passion, des sa mort et de sa résurrection. Ce mémorial nous unit et nous fait partager la victoire de notre tête, le nouveau Josué, qui nous conduit sur notre chemin vers la nouvelle Terre Promise de communion avec le Christ et entre nous. (#59, L’Eucharistie : Communion avec le Christ et entre nous, Réflexions théologiques)
ps.  go Pittsburgh go! :)