Thursday, April 30, 2009
Father Hans Von Balthasar
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
These pictures to are from the Chiesa de Santa Maria sopra Minerva, Roma, Italy. My wife and I had the opportunity to visit there last April. It is a most magnificent place. It was formerly a temple to Roman goddess Isis, but mistakenly understood as being Minerva's. There is the Bernini's Elephant sculpture, Michelangelo's Christ the Redeemer, The tombs of the Popes Leo X and Clement VII. The tomb of Fra Angelico and the tomb of today's Saint Catherine of Sienna. Her head rests in Sienna but the rest of her is here. She is one of the greatest saints and a Doctor of the Church.
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Last night I had the opportunity to hear Sister Eugenia Bonetti speak at Immaculate Conception Church. There are literally millions of people throughout the world that are sold into slavery for sex, labor, and even for body parts. This is a global epidemic. Children and young women are trapped in this horrible life with no means of escape. Sr. Eugenia began helping women trapped in slavery. She established safe houses throughout Italy and has saved over 5000 women and children. Sr Eugenia was named one of the Top Ten People of 2007 by Inside the Vatican; recognized as an Anti-Trafficking Heroine by the U.S. Department of State, a key leader in the foundation of the 1st interdenominational religious anti-trafficking network. How can we help? First off spread the story and increase the awareness of this incredible evil. You can hear Sister Eugenia @ Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church at 445 Marquette Street in Baton Rouge on Wednesday at 6:30 pm at the Parish Activity Center. Call 225-928-6216 for info. Father Jeff Bayhi is having two fund raisers. For Women on Saturday morning May 2nd 9 am a@ St. John the Baptist in Zachary see flyer For Men -Thursday night at 6:30 at Zachary High School see flyer
Monday, April 27, 2009
Saturday, April 25, 2009
Notes from the Field: El Salvador from CFCA on Vimeo.
Friday, April 24, 2009
When he returned to Germany, he took his doctorate in law and began to practice as an advocate at Ensisheim in Upper Alsace. He gained a reputation for honesty and his refusal to use the vituperative language often then employed to level an opponent. His support of the poor led to the moniker "the Poor Man's Lawyer."
Repulsed by the unscrupulous measures used by his colleagues in practicing law, in 1612, he decided to enter the reformed Capuchin branch of the Franciscan Order, which his brother George had already joined. Mark Rey donated his wealth to the poor and to needy seminarians. After receiving holy orders, he took the name Fidelis. Upon completion of his theological course, he preached and heard confessions. Fidelis was successively appointed superior of Rheinfelden, Frieburg, and Feldkirch. During this last appointment, he reformed the town and outlying districts, and converted many Protestants. He also wrote a book of spiritual exercises that was translated into several languages.
His reputation grew due to his devotion to the sick, many of whom he cured during an epidemic. The bishop of Chur requested that his superiors send him, with eight other Capuchins, to preach among the Zwinglian Protestants in the Grisons of Switzerland. This was the first attempt since the Reformation to recover the area from heresy. Fidelis courageously pretended to disregard threats of violence. From the very beginning, the mission made inroads, and the newly established Congregation for the Spreading of the Faith formally appointed him leader of the Grison enterprise.
So great were his powers of preaching that he enjoyed tremendous success, which enraged his adversaries. They then worked to turn the peasants against him by representing him as an agent of the Austrian emperor, and avowing to him an intention to balk their national aspirations for independence. Forewarned, Fidelis spent several nights in prayer before the Blessed Sacrament preparing for death.
On April 24, 1622, he preached at Grüsch. He then travelled to Sewis, where, in the middle of a sermon on "One Lord, one faith, one baptism," a Protestant fired his musket at Fidelis. The bullet missed and lodged in a wall. In the following confusion the Austrian soldiers who were in the vicinity were attacked. When a Protestant offered to harbor Fidelis, the saint replied that his life was in God's hands. Fidelis attempted to return to Grüsch but was beset by opponents who demanded that he repudiate his faith. He refused, and as his murderers stabbed him with their weapons he called out to God to forgive them. (Another source says that one assassin's bullet missed him, but a second killed him.) A Zwinglian minister who was present was converted. The body of Fidelis now rests in Coira cathedral (Benedictines, Bentley, Encyclopedia, Farmer, Walsh, White). (courtesy of Catholic Matters)
Thursday, April 23, 2009
We had our fill of the ways of mischief and of ruin; we journeyed through impassable deserts, but the way of the Lord we knew not.
What did our pride avail us? What have wealth and its boastfulness afforded us?
All of them passed like a shadow and like a fleeting rumor;
Like a ship traversing the heaving water, of which, when it has passed, no trace can be found, no path of its keel in the waves.
Or like a bird flying through the air; no evidence of its course is to be found- But the fluid air, lashed by the beat of pinions, and cleft by the rushing force Of speeding wings, is traversed: and afterward no mark of passage can be found in it.
Or as, when an arrow has been shot at a mark, the parted air straightway flows together again so that none discerns the way it went through-Even so we, once born, abruptly came to naught and held no sign of virtue to display, but were consumed in our wickedness."
Yes, the hope of the wicked is like thistledown borne on the wind, and like fine, tempest-driven foam; Like smoke scattered by the wind, and like the passing memory of the nomad camping for a single day.
But the just live forever, and in the Lord is their recompense, and the thought of them is with the Most High.
Therefore shall they receive the splendid crown, the beauteous diadem, from the hand of the Lord - For he shall shelter them with his right hand, and protect them with his arm.
He shall take his zeal for armor and he shall arm creation to requite the enemy; He shall don justice for a breastplate and shall wear sure judgment for a helmet;
He shall take invincible rectitude as a shield and whet his sudden anger for a sword, And the universe shall war with him against the foolhardy.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
In the readings after the Resurrection, we see the struggling, fledgling church and those believers who were on a path never under taken before. These readings have purpose for us today. We are really very much like the early Christians, Christ has been taken away from us in a physical sense. The secular world would like to stamp out His existence like the Sanhedrin and the Romans of His time. St. Paul likens this struggle to a race. In having been a runner for many years I know what a struggle it can be at times. Endurance takes focus (eyes fixed on Jesus), there are times when you are uncomfortable or in pain, or tired. Endurance takes practice and daily gains, a little at first, greater as time goes on. That is why to be truly Christian is a daily conversion. Some days I am a terrible sinner, but St. Paul exhorts us to rid ourselves of the burden of sin. Not by ignoring it or by dismissing it, but by seeking His forgiveness and repenting and truly working on it. Christ endured the cross, and despite the fact that as look around we see a godless society, devoid of faith and truth, we must ask ourselves "what have we endured"?
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Here is Glen Beck talking about Irena:
Monday, April 20, 2009
Sunday, April 19, 2009
The Feast of Mercy focuses on God's mercy as an event! It focuses on God's continuing action of mercy throughout salvation history as we see it recorded in the letter to the Romans, chapters 9, 10,11, culminating in His loving plan to have mercy on all! (See Rom 11:32.) This Feast is a summation of the event to His mercy active in our lives now. It is because of His mercy that we have forgiveness of sin and new life as children of God. This needs to be celebrated!
Saturday, April 18, 2009
Friday, April 17, 2009
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Following the path of Truth requires us to become Christ centered. The Apostles give testimony as eye witnesses to the Risen Christ. In God's plan the incarnation of the Son, his taking on human nature in the person of Jesus, was not intended as a temporary phase that ended with the end of Our Lord's life on earth. On the contrary, the incarnation took place once and for all, and was intended to do so. The human nature of the incarnate Son remains forever united with his divine nature. The Gospels bear striking witness to this when they tell us how the risen Jesus behaved; when he appeared to his disciples, he made them touch the wounds of his Passion, and he shared a meal with them (cf. Luke 24:28-30; John 20:19-20, 26-27; John 21:9-14) Out of his infinite love for us, who are unable to discover him fully by the use of our intelligence and our will, God wished to come closer to us, to become more accessible. It is for this reason (the Church reminds us) that God revealed himself to humanity through his incarnation.We can turn to Jesus, who is both God and man, with confidence that he has shared our experiences and our feelings, and our hopes and our disappointments. Jesus, who is not only human, but an exemplary human being, remains a model of how we should live our life; he inspires our relationships with ourselves, with nature, with other people, and with God. Jesus, who is God and saviour, wants to be a brotherly companion on our journey and a guide through our earthly life.
On Easter Monday, I was feeling somewhat melancholic. The long struggle of the inner pursuit which occurred during during Lent was over, Christ's Resurrection left death in it's wake and the joy of Easter had come, yet I was feeling empty and dry. As I reflected on it, I realized that this feeling wasn't necessarily a bad thing. Ignatius teaches that there are times when you experience desolation that is a "descent into the desert", preparing you for an upcoming consolation. And if think about it this cycle of emptiness, darkness, dreariness, followed by lightness, color, sweetness, melodic, fullness happens fairly regularly and best witnessed in nature. Winter is dreary, cold, brownish, gray, quiet, nothing growing. Springtime follows and each day brings us new buds, new flowers, green growth, brighter and longer days, sounds of birds, squirrels, dogs barking, warmth, color, and life! The Resurrection is the sun breaking through the darkness, it is the dawn of a new day, a new life, a new springtime. We always pursuing it. In a quote from the book The God Who Won't Let Go by Peter van Breemen, S.J. we see that the search for God in never ending: "In our lives, too, seeking and finding God plays a vital role. It never comes to an end. ……the seeking of God never ceases, because God is always greater and more surprising than we expect" You and I may find ourselves having an off day from time to time. We may find it necessary to take some time to reflect on a Psalm or scripture passage. We may need a jump start but we must continue the pursuit.
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
- The LORD foils the plan of nations, frustrates the designs of peoples.
- But the plan of the LORD stands forever, wise designs through all generations.
- Happy the nation whose God is the LORD, the people chosen as his very own.
- From heaven the LORD looks down and observes the whole human race,
- Surveying from the royal throne all who dwell on earth.
- The one who fashioned the hearts of them all knows all their works.
- A king is not saved by a mighty army, nor a warrior delivered by great strength.
- Useless is the horse for safety; its great strength, no sure escape.
- But the LORD'S eyes are upon the reverent, upon those who hope for his gracious help,
- Delivering them from death, keeping them alive in times of famine.
- Our soul waits for the LORD, who is our help and shield.
Monday, April 13, 2009
Sunday, April 12, 2009
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Worthy is the Lamb
Revelation 5: 12, 13
Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing. And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto Him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever.
Remember, O Lord, what is come upon us: consider, and behold our reproach. Our inheritance is turned to strangers, our houses to aliens. We are orphans and fatherless, our mothers are as widows. We have drunken our water for money; our wood is sold unto us. Our necks are under persecution: we labour, and have no rest. We have given the hand to the Egyptians, and to the Assyrians, to be satisfied with bread. Our fathers have sinned, and are not; and we have borne their iniquities. Servants have ruled over us: there is none that doth deliver us out of their hand. We gat our bread with the peril of our lives because of the sword of the wilderness. Our skin was black like an oven because of the terrible famine. They ravished the women in Zion, and the maids in the cities of Judah.
Jerusalem, Jerusalem, return unto the Lord thy God.
Friday, April 10, 2009
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
(courtesy of catholic.org)
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
(Pope Benedict XVI)
Monday, April 6, 2009
"I am sorely afflicted."
I said in my alarm,
"No man can be trusted."
How can I repay the LORD
For His goodness toward me?
I shall lift up the cup of salvation
And call upon the name of the LORD.
I shall pay my vows to the LORD,
Oh may it be in the presence of all His people.
Precious in the sight of the LORD
Is the death of His godly ones.
O LORD, surely I am Your servant,
I am Your servant, the son of Your handmaid,
You have loosed my bonds.
To You I shall offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving,
And call upon the name of the LORD.
I shall pay my vows to the LORD,
Oh may it be in the presence of all His people,
In the courts of the LORD'S house,
In the midst of you, O Jerusalem.
Praise the LORD!
Sunday, April 5, 2009
Saturday, April 4, 2009
Friday, April 3, 2009
Do not conform yourselves to this age but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and pleasing and perfect.
- For by the grace given to me I tell everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than one ought to think, but to think soberly, each according to the measure of faith that God has apportioned.
- For as in one body we have many parts, and all the parts do not have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ and individually parts of one another.
- Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us exercise them: if prophecy, in proportion to the faith; if ministry, in ministering; if one is a teacher, in teaching;if one exhorts, in exhortation; if one contributes, in generosity; if one is over others, with diligence; if one does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.
- Let love be sincere; hate what is evil, hold on to what is good; love one another with mutual affection; anticipate one another in showing honor.
- Do not grow slack in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord.
- Rejoice in hope, endure in affliction, persevere in prayer.
- Contribute to the needs of the holy ones, exercise hospitality.
- Bless those who persecute (you), bless and do not curse them
- Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.
- Have the same regard for one another; do not be haughty but associate with the lowly; do not be wise in your own estimation.
- Do not repay anyone evil for evil; be concerned for what is noble in the sight of all.
- If possible, on your part, live at peace with all.
- Beloved, do not look for revenge but leave room for the wrath; for it is written, "Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord."
- Rather, "if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals upon his head."
- Do not be conquered by evil but conquer evil with good.
Thursday, April 2, 2009
Many of you may remember the story of the Pentecostal considering Catholicism having a "prophet" visit his church and echo the words of St. John Bosco to confirm the rightness of his journey home.
Peter Youngblood is that young man, and he was on his former church's staff still when he began inquiring at Our Lady of Wisdom in Lafayette, Louisiana. Peter asked to discuss doctrine with the ministers at his church, but the pastor forbade it, did some digging and discovered a secret Catholic. Peter was asked to swear allegiance to his old church or lose his job and the place he was staying. He refused and is now out of work, and soon he and his wife will be without place to stay.
Peter is sending out this e-mail to prospective employers.
I'm Peter Youngblood, a motion graphics artist from Lafayette. I have 3 years experience in creating original 2D and 3D motion graphics (including logo animations and splash screens) and special effects. I am most efficient in Adobe After Effects and Maxon Cinema 4D. I also have experience modeling, texturing, rendering, and composting 3D elements with live action footage. Below is a link to my Demo Reel, and if you would like to set up a meeting, you can contact me by e-mail or phone at 337-764-6593.
Download Demo Reel
Demo on YouTube
You can reach Peter and offer him your prayers, support, and hopefully a job at email@example.com .
Another of Peter's co-workers is in the same dilemma Peter is in, but I have not obtained permission to tell his story. Regardless, please pray for all of our separated brethren, especially those who have the courage to make the journey home.
Thanks, Toby for sharing this story. Jesus said "the truth will set you free..." Peter and his friend have great courage in choosing the truth.
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
St. John Bosco educated the whole person—body and soul united. He believed that Christ’s love and our faith in that love should pervade everything we do—work, study, play. For John Bosco, being a Christian was a full-time effort, not a once-a-week, Mass-on-Sunday experience. It is searching and finding God and Jesus in everything we do, letting their love lead us. Yet, John realized the importance of job-training and the self-worth and pride that comes with talent and ability so he trained his students in the trade crafts, too.
“Every education teaches a philosophy; if not by dogma then by suggestion, by implication, by atmosphere. Every part of that education has a connection with every other part. If it does not all combine to convey some general view of life, it is not education at all” (G.K. Chesterton, The Common Man).
What Chesterton says is so true. There is no such thing as a neutral position. So much garbvage is taught to young people today without any moral or ethical thinking behind it. The secular world preaches this form of neutrality, but there exists no such thing. Pray for a return to men like St. John Bosco. (thanks to americancatholic.org)
And they blindfolded him, and asked him, saying, Prophesy: who is he that struck thee? Luke 22:64
Each and every time we live as the world would like us to and not as imitators of Christ, we mock Him. Each and every time we begin to look at our piety as something more than it is, we mock Him. Each and every time we count our blessings and disregard our brothers we mock Him. We may desire to throw a blindfold over Christ but He sees all. He knows what is in our hearts. St. Paul reminds us that it is only through the Love of Christ in us that we are truly living as He would want us. This despite all what we perceive as being good. He wrote in his Letter to the Corinthians:
If I speak in human and angelic tongues but do not have love, I am a resounding gong or a clashing cymbal.
And if I have the gift of prophecy and comprehend all mysteries and all knowledge; if I have all faith so as to move mountains but do not have love, I am nothing.
If I give away everything I own, and if I hand my body over so that I may boast but do not have love, I gain nothing.