Thursday, February 28, 2013

harlem shake


"and do the harlem shake" (Baauer - Harlem Shake, 2012)
we are shaken, yes, but not stirred.  the Chair of St. Peter is now vacant.  now what?  pray!
"It is regrettable that, as we draw near to the beginning of the Conclave when Cardinal electors shall be bound in conscience and before God, to freely express their choice, news reports abound which are often unverified or unverifiable, or completely false, provoking damage to people and institutions. 
It is in moments such as these, that Catholics are called to focus on what is essential: to pray for Pope Benedict, to pray that the Holy Spirit enlighten the College of Cardinals, to pray for the future Pope, trusting that the fate of the barque of St. Peter is in the hands of God" -- Vatican Secretary of State (hat tip: Fr. Edward J. Curtis, a classmate now studying in Rome)
how is that the talking heads on the news know more than the Holy Spirit?  they talk about needing to change the look and feel of the Catholic Church.  this is not a website!!!  that's the type of language i used when i was a programmer.  the look, and feel, and content, etc.  surely, Holy Mother Church needs a bit more respect than that, eh?  surely, your Mother needs more respect than that!  therefore, in the next few days, please be careful in who you read, hear, listen to, etc.  (how about starting with these two guys, or maybe drink directly from the source)  it is good to hear both sides, yes, but pray.  don't forget to pray! as we begin sede vacante, in the month of March (a month dedicated to St. Joseph), let ask St. Joseph to intercede for us!  he is patron saint of the Universal Church, and i'm sure he'll poke the Holy Spirit in the right direction.

go to St. Jospeh!  peace.

ps.  the first reading today, from Book of Jeremiah 17:5-10:
"Thus says the Lord: cursed is the man who trusts in human beings, who seeks his strength in flesh, whose heart turns away from the Lord. He is like a barren bush in the desert that enjoys no change of season, but stands in a lava waste, a salt and empty earth. Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose hope is the Lord. He is like a tree planted beside the waters that stretches out its roots to the stream: It fears not the heat when it comes, its leaves stay green; In the year of drought it shows no distress, but still bears fruit. More tortuous than all else is the human heart, beyond remedy; who can understand it? I, the Lord, alone probe the mind and test the heart, to reward everyone according to his ways, according to the merit of his deeds." 

update:  i always wondered this, so here they are:

  • January:  Month of the Holy Name
  • February:  Month of the Passion of Our Lord
  • March:  Month of Saint Joseph
  • April:  Month of the Holy Eucharist
  • May:  Month of Our Lady
  • June:  Month of the Sacred Heart
  • July:  Month of the Most Precious Blood
  • August:  Month of the Immaculate Heart of Mary
  • September:  Month of Our Lady of Sorrows
  • October:  Month of the Most Holy Rosary
  • November:  Month of the Holy Souls
  • December:  Month of the Divine Infancy

Thursday, February 21, 2013

do it anyway

"there i was in outer space, passing through a
portal that magically closed behind me.  today, i am
attending a private gathering of the silly creatures who are
performing a musical ritual which i find fascinating.
i shall take many notes and report back soon.
love your uncle, traveling Matt fr. jsb."
"you might put your love and trust on the line, it's risky, people love to tear that down
let 'em try, do it anyway
risk it anyway" (Ben Folds Five - Do It Anyway, 2012)
what does Mother Teresa and Ben Folds Five have in common?  i had no idea either until i heard this song!  indeed, i love both, but this song ... i hope you are sitting down when you hear it.  another transfiguration moment for me!  i grew up with Fraggle Rock!  i love music.  throw in some theology in there, and BAM!  you just kicked it up a notch.

some days are like that though.  do it anyway.  some months are like that, too!  do it anyway.  my Pope resigned.  my pastor is sick.  and i am falling apart.  i exaggerate, of course!  don't worry, ... too much. :)

i felt bad that i hadn't written in so long.  and it will be a little while longer too, since on the weekend, i will be experiencing my second Ottawa Challenge, Cursillo for the youth!  i had such a great time last fall, and look forward to this weekend too!  indeed, experiencing the joy of God in Our Lord Jesus Christ feeds my body and soul.  peace.

ps.  Mother's Teresa's prayer, Do It Anyway:
People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies. Succeed anyway.
If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you. Be honest and sincere anyway.
What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight. Create anyway.
If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous. Be happy anyway.
The good you do today, will often be forgotten. Do good anyway.
Give the best you have, and it will never be enough. Give your best anyway.
In the final analysis, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.
ps.  can't forget the video, eh?