Sunday, March 31, 2013

party in the USA

Bramantino Suardi - The Risen Christ, 1490
"so i put my hands up, they're playin' my song [Alléluia]
the butterflies fly away
i'm noddin' my head like 'Yeah!'
movin' my hips like 'Yeah!'

got my hands up, they're playin' my song [Alléluia]
and now i'm gonna be okay
yeah!  it's a party in the USA Universal Church!
yeah!  it's a party in the USA Universal Church!" (Miley Cyrus - Party in the USA, 2009)
it is indeed a party in the Universal Church, and we have reason to nod our heads and move our hips!  Yeah!  Christ is Risen!  Alléluia!  He is truly Risen!!!  Alléluia!  as St. Augustine said, "we are Easter people and alleluia is our song!"

happy Easter, joyeuses Pâques!!!  party hard.  pray harder.  peace.

ps.  time for chocolate(s). :)

Saturday, March 30, 2013

swagga like us

"no one on the corner knows how to swagga like us" (T.I. with Jay-Z ft. Kanye West and Lil Wayne - Swagga Like Us, 2008)
i hope to see you tonight at the Easter Vigil, 19h30 à Saint-Pierre-Apôtre, Hawkesbury!  if not here, then check local listings (EN, FR)!  check it:  (map of the Archdiocese of Ottawa)

come home, to renew your baptismal promises!
"Telle est notre foi. Telle est la foi de l’Eglise que nous sommes fiers de proclamer dans le Christ Jésus Notre Seigneur."
party hard.  pray harder.


Friday, March 29, 2013

anyone else but You

Hans Baldung Grien - Crucifixion, 1512
"You are always trying to keep it real
i'm in love with how you feel
i don't see what anyone can see
in anyone else but you" (The Moldy Peaches - Anyone Else but You - 2001)
this song made famous by the movie Juno, is now applied to Good Friday, and to God in Our Lord Jesus Christ.  enjoy.  aujourd'hui, un silence qui parle!


ps.  The Moldy Peaches live:

Thursday, March 28, 2013

head, shoulders, knees and toes

Dirck van Baburen - Christ washing the apostles' feet, 1616
"head, shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes
head, shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes
and eyes and ears and mouth and nose,
head, shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes!" (children's song - Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes, 33 A.D.?)
tonight, i picture St. Peter singing this little ditty.  we do not understand that God wants to wash our feet (Gospel of John 13:1-15).
"He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, 'Lord, are you going to wash my feet?'  Jesus answered, 'You do not know now what I am doing, but later you will understand.'  Peter said to him, 'You will never wash my feet.'  Jesus answered, 'Unless I wash you, you have no share with me.'  Simon Peter said to him, 'Lord, not my feet only but also my hands and my head!'"
to quote (@pontifex) Pope Francis, true power is the service of our brothers and sisters.  you do not know now what I am doing, but later you will understand.  let's enter now into the mystery of our faith - the passion, death and resurrection of God in Our Lord Jesus Christ.
"Jesus said to him, 'One who has bathed does not need to wash, except for the feet, but is entirely clean. And you are clean, though not all of you.'  For he knew who was to betray him; for this reason he said, 'Not all of you are clean.'  After he had washed their feet, had put on his robe, and had returned to the table, he said to them, 'Do you know what I have done to you?  You call me Teacher and Lord—and you are right, for that is what I am.  So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.  For I have set you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you.'"

ps.  Pope Francis:

Thursday, March 14, 2013

ball of confusion

Pope Francis + technology loop
"well, the only person talkin'
'bout love thy brother is the preacher
and it seems, nobody is interested in learnin' but the teacher
segregation, determination, demonstration, integration, aggravation,
humiliation, obligation to our nation
ball of confusion, that's what the world is today
... and the band played on."  (Love and Rockets - Ball of Confusion, 1986)

ball of confusion.  that's how i felt in the past few days, especially yesterday.  it seems that i was experiencing a Portlandia episode, stuck in a technology loop! (a programmer's worst nightmare).  every now and then the secretary popped into my office making sure i was ok.  i was stuck in the internet following the news of our Holy Father:  twitter, facebook, instragram, texting, and finally later to coverage via tv.  it all came to a sudden halt, though!

when we saw Pope Francis, and he called us to prayer.  he called everyone in St. Peter's Square, and the world that was watching, to silence.  wow!  un silence qui parle!  he asked us to pray for him, and he would pray for us.  a good start to the Petrine ministry.

now what?  what does this all mean?  and what about the name?  does the name come from St. Francis of Assisi, St. Francis Xavier, abbé François Kibwenge (my pastor) or possibly Fr. Francis Portelli of the Archdiocese of Toronto, a classmate of mine (i taught him everything* he knows)?  anywho.  as Fr. Scott McCaig, General Superior Companions of the Cross, mentioned shortly after the news broke:
"Habames Papem! We have a Pope who regularly visited the slums, fought for human rights vigorously, rode the bus to work, lived in a humble apartment and cooked for himself, was a great admirer of John Paul II, dedicated to the new evangelization, and had no problem chastising and calling out the corrupt leadership of the Argentine Government. Rumour has it he was in the running in 2005 and made an emotional appeal not to be elected. Described by all as exceedingly humble, brave, and holy. Not sure if he's named after Francis of Assisi or after Francis Xavier, but appears to be a man who imitates both. Wonderful! My heart is filled with gratitude to Jesus and Mary for yet another saintly couragous pope."
among all the confusion, don't forget to take a moment each and everyday, in silence.  a silence that speaks to our hearts.  we listen to the voice and will of the Father, growing in our relationship with His Son, always trying to be attentive to the Holy Spirit.  peace.

ps.  i just realized Love and Rockets version is a cover of  The Temptations original song, from 1970.  i'm not sure they succeeded.  but it was cool in 1986.

pss.  do while until loop, if, then, etc., anywho, i forgot how to speak code.  but this is awesome (episode from Portlandia, "Technology Loop and 'Mind-Fi'"):

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

i feel better

Pope Francis I, booyah!

"i feel better" (Hot Chip - I Feel Better, 2010)
white smoke!  what can i say?  i'm not sure yet.  but, i was tweeting (starting with, "the bells are dancing in #hawkesbury union de prière") random thoughts while watching with the world.  incredible!  beautiful.

i remember back in 1995, my dad, two of his friends, and a cousin and i, embarked on a 400Km canoe trip, down the Grand River, Goose Bay, NL.  it was a ten-day journey that i will never forget.  i enjoyed everything about it.  however, like everything, there were ups and downs.  my dad and i were in the same canoe, and we didn't always see eye to eye.  we didn't agree on everything - then, or today.

since Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI renounced his ministry, we had no pope to steer the boat (Holy Mother Church).  i remember trying to steer the canoe when i was first learning, when i was a kid.  i was all over the place.  though Dad and i didn't always agree, i was happy to know he was steering the boat in the right direction.  i feel better today, knowing that we have a pope, that Pope Francis I, is now steering the boat.

however, our Faith is not only about him.  to think that he is the only one responsible is, ... rather, we are all responsible.  while in the canoe, i was in the front, and my dad strongly depended on me to know when obstacles were coming up.  where are we going from here?  i'm not sure either.  but, as we have been praying at each and every mass since Feb. 28, i do know that our Holy Father, Pope Francis I,  will help steer us towards God in Our Lord Jesus Christ. to know Him better.  to love Him more.  to follow Him more closely.  peace.

ps.  CHECK OUT His Grace, ABp Prendergast, on CBC tonight.  i found this while checking out Top 10 Facts about Pope Francis I, via CBC.

pss.  check out the video by Hot Chip.  don't worry about the real video, rather focus on this great performance live from Glastonbury ... (with steel drums and all):

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

city of dreams

Pietro Perugino - Delivery of the Keys, 1482
"everything seems like a city of dreams,
i never know why,
but i still miss You" (Alesso & Dirty South - City of Dreams, 2012)
black smoke.  as Fr. Tim mentioned yesterday, the Cardinals - in Vatican City - are voting (started today) while meditating on many different paintings in the Sistine Chapel, including this one, "in which the first 'Pope' is kneeling and calmly accepting this symbol of authority from Christ."
"The Cardinals know they stand before God in casting their vote for the new Pope. Let us pray for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon them, and in the words of Cardinal Barbarin, whom I heard speak yesterday, let us also pray for the man chosen to be Pope, then he will not be afraid, but will plunge into the mercy of God, with his eyes fixed on Christ."  (Fr. Tim on the art of Italy and the Theology of the Body)
i'm sure you've heard by now the common expression, "enter a pope, leave a cardinal."  indicating the false humility of those who strive for the papacy, and leave eating humble pie as a cardinal.  a similar expression exists at the parish level.  "the bishop is the bishop of the diocese, but the pastor is pope of his parish."  what does that mean?  it seems to indicate the type of priest that once served the People of God, "my way or the highway!"  where is the Church going today?  what type of pope will sit on the Chair of Peter?  what type of priests do parishes need now?  what is the role of the laity?  what is our role, collectively, towards the rest of the world?  the Church is indeed changing.  i can feel it in my bones!  therefore, maybe these growing pains for me can be explained through the journey from priest to pastor.  today, we need shepherds, not fonctionaires.  men who will not only work for God, but who will also love Him.

seeing that it is sede vacante here in my parish too - my pastor is absent (recovering from surgery) - i am now struggling, praying, discerning being temporary pastor (there was no vote), and diving deeper into the priesthood.  i started reading for the second, third time, Cardinal Dulles (1918 - 2008) reflections on the priesthood:
"the residential bishop is a sign and agent of unity for the diocese.  As fellow-workers with their bishops, presbyters must strive to reconcile Catholics to one another, so that the church may be a more effective sign and instrument of that unity to which all the faithful are called in Christ." (The Priestly Office:  A Theological Reflection by Avery Dulles, sj, 1997)
so, back to the song, no matter how much we abide in God's love, we can still say, "i still miss You."  there is the scandal, the darkness.  there is always a gap.  we want to be closer, but struggle.  as St. Augustine said, "if you know God, what you know is not God."  let us continue to pray for the Church, and for one another.  peace.

ps.  another view from Rome, live with Fr. Roderick Vonhögen !

Sunday, March 10, 2013

you gotta be

Vincent Van GoghIn da Park, 1888
no one is perfect, as this self-portrait demonstrates.
we all have our shadows.
"you gotta be bad, you gotta be bold
you gotta be wiser, you gotta be hard
you gotta be tough, you gotta be stronger
you gotta be cool, you gotta be calm
you gotta stay together
all i know, all i know, is Love will save the day" (Des'ree - You Gotta Be, 1994)
prophetic words, eh?  (plus she has the same birthday as me!)  anywho, it seems that this is all we are hearing from the media today on the upcoming conclave - you gotta be this, ... you gotta be that!  in fact, the Cardinals too have also been discussing the future of the Church (EN, FR - letter from CCCB on upcoming conclave)  many names have been mentioned for the upcoming papacy.  but as Cardinal Dolan, ABp of New York, said last week, the most important name that is discussed, prayed, is the Holy Name of Jesus.

we have to be many things in life.  and perfect is not one of them!  first, let us strive for holiness, as our heavenly Father is holy.  may our knowledge be God in Our Lord Jesus Christ.  may our wisdom be God in our Lord Jesus Christ.  and finally, may our ambition be Him as well.  as St. Augustine reminds us, "love, and do what you will."

for more news, check it:  Salt & Light TV Conclave Style, Fr. Tim McCauley - ArchOttawa Director of Vocations - live from Rome, and ... who should i be following?, and, ... pray for the Church this week!


ps.  Fr. Robert Barron's Word On Fire, on the conlave:

pss. Des'ree + the video: