Thursday, June 30, 2005

Picture of Motorized Pocket Rosary

Thanks to Pellicano Solitudinis...

Club de inventores espanoles

Canonization and the Will of the People

In response to a number of comments, mostly about whether John Paul will be declared as saint. I would suggest that not a few have not read a lot of church history or even understand the modern way saints are made...when it comes to holiness--what the mass of people think about the person has a lot to do (it is even the first indication) with whether God is manifesting his will that the person was a saint. Most saints in the Roman Calendar were made by popular acclamation.

Whereas in life a person may enjoy great popularity and even death some's passing may be mourned for decades...when a saint dies it seems that their popularity increases, people begin instinctively asking their intercession, some who didn't even like the person in their lifetime are converted by them in saint's new life.

Saints like St. Therese weren't even known in their lifetime but became so popular shortly after their death that they were canonized quickly by the Church.

Monday, June 27, 2005

Blog About Catholic Publishing

People of the Book by Jim Manney at Loyola Press.

Loving and Hating the Pope

Father Benedict Groeschel on the Jesuits who hated John Paul

Man Handcuffs Himself to Cardinal Mahony's Chair Man Interrupts Service, Arrested by Police

Paraplegic in Wheelchair Killed by Train

Had just left a Catholic Church where he'd become unruly after the reading of the Gospel.

In Indiana...

Paraplegic in wheelchair killed by train on way to church

Parents Miss Mass, Kids Get Ax

There is a lot that I do not agree with on this even though I do understand the motivation behind it.

New York Daily News - City News:

The Rev. Michael Cichon, pastor of St. Joseph/St. Thomas in Pleasant Plains, used each family's bar-coded donation envelope to track attendance.

He's tossed about 300 kids from classes and told them not to reapply until next April.

Sr. Joan Chittister

Interesting article...The Thinkers: A life dedicated to her faith, and to questioning its policies:

When Catholic women ask her what they should do, she has this characteristic advice:

'I always tell them, if you're going to leave, don't leave quietly.

'And if you're going to stay, don't stay quietly.'"

Young Man Killed at Detroit Church Festival

Holy Redeemer Catholic Church's festival

Scientology's Anti-Catholic Founder

From Former Members

Catholic Women's College Opens Classes to Men

In Indiana...St. Mary-of-the-Woods College they can't live on campus though...discrimination?

Chilean Jesuit Alberto Hurtado to be Canonized in October

Chilean to Be Canonized in October

Sunday, June 26, 2005

Amazon's Top Ten Catholic Bestsellers (June 26, 2005)

I am always amazed at this list and what it tells me about Catholics at any given moment.

Right now: Knowing who Benedict XVI is a priority. Learning more about the Mass continues to be an issue. Reclaiming pride in our Catholic heritage is welcomed and defending our faith against the attacks of other Christians is an issue. And Nouwen is still a perenial favorite!

The List... and my comments on each in italics.

1. How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization
by Thomas E. Woods Jr
Good book, gives you all the Catholic origins of science, universities and other things that you would think in modern times have nothing to do with being Catholic.

2. The Rise of Benedict XVI: The Inside Story of How the Pope Was Elected and Where He Will Take the Catholic Church
by John L. Allen Jr.
If you enjoy Allen's Word From Rome column as I do, you'll love this book, same conversational, almost gosippy tone.

3. God Is Near Us: The Eucharist, the Heart of Life
by Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, et al
Of the Pope Benedict liturgy titles I actually like this one the least in stark contrast to #5 which I think is one of the best books that I have ever read on the Eucharist.

4.Return of the Prodigal Son
by Henri Nouwen
Jesus revealed God as the one who is always awaiting us,loves us more than we can ever know. I believe this book is the oldest on the list.

5. The Spirit of the Liturgy
by Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, et al
The title comes from a Guardini classic that the Pope enjoyed as a young man. This is absolutely the vade mecum that any liturgist out there should read and take to heart. Should be required reading for all priests. Knowing that the author is now the pope gives us great hope for the future!

6. The Catholic Verses: 95 Bible Passages That Confound Protestants
by Dave Armstrong
Dave Armstrong is a great apologist for Catholics. He has a web site if you'd like to check him out first. Several of Dave's books are in the Catholic top 100. I have worked with him on The New Catholic Answer Bible and a pamphlet Top Ten Questions Catholics Are Asked.

7. The Lamb's Supper: The Mass as Heaven on Earth
by Scott Hahn
Scott shows how the Book of Revelation is really all about the Mass!

8. Salt of the Earth: The Church at the End of the Millennium: An Interview With Peter Seewald
by Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, Adrian Walker (Translator)
An interview with Cardinal Ratizinger that led the interviewee(then an aetheist)to convert--chances are it'll have the same effect on you even if you think you already are a believer!

9. The How-To Book of the Mass: Everything You Need to Know but No One Ever Taught You
by Michael Dubruiel
I wrote this one,it has been a Catholic bestseller on Amazon for a long time now. I have a follow-up book that was just released a month ago that is a quick read entitled, How To Get The Most Out Of The Eucharist

10. Dark Night of the Soul : A Masterpiece in the Literature of Mysticism by St. John of the Cross
by E. Allison Peers (Translator), St. John of the Cross
Obviously this is the oldest book on the list and somewhat of a surprise I might add. Might this be indicative that a lot of people are going through a "dark night" right now?

China and the Vatican

Guardian Unlimited | World Latest | Report: Vatican, China Will Establish Ties

Pope Benedict: "Watch how you drive this summer!"

From his Angelus message today...>>> <<< An invitation from the Pope to the celebration of Peter and Paul: a “feast” of the Catholic Church.:

"At the end of June, which marks the start of the summer season for countries of the planet’s northern hemisphere, many people start their holidays. While auguring to all some serene days of deserved rest and relaxation, I want to appeal for prudence among those who are on the road headed for their holiday homes. Every day, unfortunately, especially at the weekend, road accidents are reported, with the tragic loss of many human lives, and more than half of victims are young. In recent years, much has been done to prevent such traffic events, but more can and must be done with the input and commitment of all. There is a need to fight distraction and superficiality, which in an instant could ruin one’s own future and that of others. Life is precious and unique: it must always be respected and protected, even through correct and careful behaviour on the streets.”


Friday, June 24, 2005

The Young Love for the Old

Youth and the Latin Mass

Online Bible Prophet Predicts Death of Pope

Fulfillment: April 21, 2005: Pope Benedict:

"Malachy Prophecy

There has been speculation about how this pope may fulfill his Malachy related prophecy and there is some speculation that he will lay his life down for the church in some way.

Of all the various speculations, this one is likely correct as this is what Jesus eventually did as well. If it happens at a time known to the day-for-a-year charts, it will most likely happen within a week of June 24, 2005, a prophetic replay of Jesus' crucifixion. If not on this replay, but if still on a known replay of Jesus' crucifixion, it will happen in late December, 2009. This latter date would make Benedict the last pope. Time will tell if the speculation on Malachy's prophecy is correct."

Solemnity of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist

There is a brilliant section found in the "magisterial" book of Pope Benedict XVI's where he talks about Christmas and the Birth of John the Baptist. His remarks cover how the cosmos are involved in the sanctoral cycle and how from the Birth of the Baptist the days grow shorter mimicing "I must decrease..." and after Christmas the days grow longer..."he must increase." All of life witnesses to our spiritual call to die to self and to live for Christ!

To Drumbeats and Modern Dance

I missed this in the other story I posted, they just said in an "ancient ceremony", I had no idea they were referring to an ancient "tribal" ceremony. I've witnessed Caribean versions of this and it can actually be very beautiful...sounds like this was as well.

"In a ceremony that combined ancient ritual with modern dance, organ pipes with drum beats and reverence with protest, Edward K. Braxton was installed Wednesday as the eighth Roman Catholic bishop of Belleville.":

The Tablet Does a Story on Father Fesio

Always interesting to hear numbers of copies sold...interestingly the Ratzinger Report only sold around 50,000 seemed to be everywhere when it came out back in the 80's.

The priest who bestrides America

No Summer Audiences from Pope

Catholic World News : Pope will suspend audiences for summer vacation

Parishes are Separate Financial Entities, Say Nashville Diocese Officials

This hardly works on a number of has only to think of how a bishop is able to close a parish to begin to see how this isn't true.

Decision due soon on church assets - Friday, 06/24/05

NBI says Charges vs Achbishop Baseless

Philippine National Bureau of Investigation...NBI says charges vs archbishop baseless -

Official Prayer for Intercession of John Paul

From Zenit News Agency - The World Seen From Rome

O Blessed Trinity,

We thank you for having graced the Church with Pope John Paul II

and for allowing the tenderness of your Fatherly care,

the glory of the cross of Christ,

and the splendor of the Holy Spirit, to shine through him.

Trusting fully in Your infinite mercy

and in the maternal intercession of Mary,

he has given us a living image of Jesus the Good Shepherd,

and has shown us that holiness is the necessary measure of ordinary Christian life and is

the way of achieving eternal communion with you.

Grant us, by his intercession, and according to Your will,

the graces we implore,

hoping that he will soon be numbered among your saints. Amen.

Thursday, June 23, 2005

Fire Danger Coses Wilderness in AZ

Quote from the place where Amy and our gang spent some vacation time in April..Fire danger closes wilderness:

"Steve Durand, owner of Saguaro Lake Ranch Resort, said the closure is huge but understandable because of extremely dry conditions.

The 'Lone' fire charred 60,000 acres of high desert wilderness, including Four Peaks, in April 1996. It was considered among the worst desert wildfires in recent history.

'We put fire breaks around all of our buildings. The desert is ripe. It's just explosive,' said Durand, whose kayaking and tubing business along the Lower Salt River is not affected by the closure.

Fast-moving fires last week in the Bartlett Lake area near Cave Creek convinced Acting Forest Supervisor Tom Klabunde to order the closure. "

Bishop Braxton Installed at Belleville

Belleville News-Democrat | 06/23/2005 | Traditions trumpet in Braxton as bishop

Birthplace of Pope For Sale...

IOL: Pope's house for sale

Two brothers, two priests, two worlds, one mission

Rather strange story about the one who married and continues to serve as a pastor doing weddings, baptisms, not mass though...

Democrat & Chronicle: Mark Hare

Stem Cell

Home >Production of Pluripotent Stem Cells by Oocyte Assisted Reprogramming

Archbishop says Accusation is a Demolition Job


Cruz of the Philippines accused of abuse

Cardinal Kasper in Moscow Hopes for "Small Steps" in Dialogue

To Meet With Official of Orthodox Patriarchate

Opus Dei's Governance

Interview With Marlies Kücking, of the Central Advisory Office

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Cardinal Sin Dies

Was too ill to participate in the last conclave.

Philippines' Cardinal Sin, People Power icon, dead

More Controversy

List 1990 as the date she departed "this earth."

Terri Schiavo's Remains Buried in Florida

New Bishop for Grand Rapids, Auxiliary for Miami

I know the Miami priest/bishop, interesting choice.

From Vatican Information Service:

- Accepted the resignation from the pastoral care of the diocese of Reno, U.S.A., presented by Bishop Phillip Francis Straling, in accordance with Canon 401, para. 2 of the Code of Canon Law.

- Appointed Bishop Walter Allison Hurley, auxiliary of the archdiocese of Detroit, U.S.A., as bishop of Grand Rapids (area 17,592, population 1,283,717, Catholics 162,670, priests 136, permanent deacons 29, religious 289), U.S.A.

- Appointed Msgr. John Gerard Noonan, president-rector of the Saint John Vianney College Seminary, as auxiliary of the archdiocese of Miami (area 12,836, population 4,036,799, Catholics 856,783, priests 361, permanent deacons 142, religious 509), U.S.A. The bishop-elect was born in Limerick, Ireland, in 1951 and ordained a priest in 1983.

Sunday, June 19, 2005


I'll give you a hint at 65 degrees yesterday, we are hardly on the list...#82 this year (Fort Wayne). Arizona sweatiest...when we were there a few months ago it was hot but I don't think I sweat there at all...

Phoenix Reclaims Title As Sweatiest City

Pastor and Professor

Winston-Salem Journal | Pope is emerging as warm crowd-pleaser

In Spain Half-Million March Against Gay Marriage

I predict that in the near future that similar events will take place in this country with people who normally sit on the sidelines taking the field.

Spaniards mob Madrid to oppose gay marriage

Benedict XVI: From the Eucharist comes love for refugees and the poor

Pope's Angelus message today...

From >>> <<< Benedict XVI: From the Eucharist comes love for refugees and the poor:

"Whoever nourishes himself of Christ with faith at the Eucharistic celebration absorbs his lifestyle, that is a style of service geared especially towards the most vulnerable and disadvantaged people. In fact, works of charity are a criterion of the authencity of our liturgical celebration (cfr ap. letter Mane nobiscum Domine, 28). The current Year of the Eucharist helps diocesan and parish communities to boost this capacity to go against widespread poverties in our world."

Romanian Rite Nun Dies in Exorcism

BBC NEWS | Europe | Crucified nun dies in 'exorcism'

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Beatifications Delegated to Warsaw Cardinal

Cardinal Jozef Glemp of Warsaw will preside here over the closing Mass of a National Eucharistic Congress and the beatification of three Polish priests.

90th Anniversary of the Daughters of St. Paul

Founder was Blessed James Alberione (1884-1971)

Terri Schiavo Autopsy Results Inconclusive on Cause of Collapse

Most media reports are spinning this in the way you'd expect.

Terri Schiavo Autopsy Results Inconclusive on Cause of Collapse

Seven Priests in Belleville Don't Want Him

Priests seek to block bishop's installation

"You'll Never Guess Who I'm WIth..."

Take your cell phone with you to a Papal Audience...POPE HAS A MOBILE PHONE CHAT AT CLOSE OF HEARING

"Don't worry I'm going to take care of that...and soon>"
"What am I reading?"
"How To Get The Most Out Of The Eucharist."
"Because Dubruiel is reading all of my books. He told me that so far he likes The Spirit of the Liturgy best."

Shorter Catechism to be Released June 29th

From Vatican Information Service:

The Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church will be presented on June 28, in the course of a solemn liturgical celebration in the presence of Pope Benedict XVI. The Compendium was prepared by a commission presided by the then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger.

Sunday, June 12, 2005

Pope Today: Bring the Whole Family to Mass

I've written about this in How To Get the Most Out of the Eucharist even giving the example of how a three year old can aid us into dying to ourselves and accepting Christ in contrast to a modern innovation that seeks to rid itself of "distraction"...the Lazarus' at the gate as it order to be "spiritual."

Here are some quotes from today's Angelus the full text is available


In this unique Eucharistic period, one recurrent theme is that of Sunday, the Day of the Lord, a theme which was also at the heart of the recent Italian Eucharistic Congress held in Bari. During the final Celebration, I highlighted how Christians should consider attending Sunday Mass not as an imposition or a burden, but as a need and a joy. Coming together with our brethren, listening to the Word of God and being nourished by Christ – crucified for us – is a beautiful experience which gives meaning to life and brings peace to our heart. We Christians cannot live without Sunday.

This is why parents are called to enable their children to discover the value and significance of responding to Christ’s invitation to bring the entire Christian family together for Sunday Mass. A crucial leg in this educational journey is first Holy Communion, a real celebration for the parish community as it welcomes its youngest children to the Lord’s Table for the first time. God willing, to highlight the importance of this event for the family and parish, I will hold a special catechetical encounter on 15 October here in the Vatican for children who received their first Communion this year, especially those from Rome and Lazio. This joyous meeting will take place nearly at the end of the Eucharistic Year, when the Ordinary Assembly of the Bishops’ Synod focused on the Eucharistic mystery will be under way.

Memorial for Father Basil Pennington, OCSO

In gratitude for the life and ministry of Father Basil Pennington, ocso

Pat Madrid Answers the Tag

As someone pointed out, I forgot to link when I posted this a few days ago.


Saturday, June 11, 2005

The fish in case you missed it in the post below Posted by Hello

Sacred Miscellany Answers the Tag

Sacred Miscellany: Back from the Coast and Tagged?

Fishing:Joy and Horror

Joseph standing in front (about two feet) of his first catch--a fairly large catfish. Posted by Hello

It was an hour of lessons learned. I kept telling Joseph, "You've got to watch your fishing pole or a big fish will come and pull it into the water right down the river." Which is exactly what happpened about ten minutes after this fish was back in the river swimming away. He wasn't watching it and I wasn't either. The pole was resting on a large rock and started making noise as it made the long trip over the rock, at which time Joseph began to cry. I was trying to calm him down and running after the pole at the same time, almost joining the pole as it submerged out into the river.

So we left without a fishing pole, with a container of worms. It was the third pole I've lost in my life to a fish. I remember my grandfather losing his pole once as he was tending to my pole (I was probably a few years older than Joseph at the time).

I can only imagine the "shark" that Joseph dreamt about last night as he replayed the fish that pulled his fishing pole into the water.

Friday, June 10, 2005

Basil Pennington Dies

I've met Father Pennington several times and enjoyed his writing. I first met him when I was a student at Creighton University some years ago. Most recently spent a day with him at Conyers where he was abbot at the time. He died on June 3 (Feast of the Sacred Heart), I'm surprised this didn't make more of a splash--he along with others mentioned by Amy et al was one of the "hit" Catholic authors of the modern age. Father M. Basil Pennington R.I.P.

Rome Diocese to Formally Launch JPII Beatification

With a Mass on June 28th.Rome diocese to launch John Paul beatification

Marini's Days Numbered as Papal Master of Ceremonies?

Sandro Magister weighs in...Papal Masses on TV: Benedict XVI Wants a New Director

Italian hostage released in Kabul

Pope pleaded for her release in recent angelus message...>>> <<< Italian hostage released in Kabul

Pope Speaks to the African Bishops About AIDS

From the Vatican Information Service:

"The traditional teaching of the Church has proven to be the only failsafe way to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS. For this reason, the companionship, joy, happiness and peace which Christian marriage and fidelity provide, and the safeguard which chastity gives, must be continuously presented to the faithful, particularly the young."

Thursday, June 9, 2005

Archbishop McCarthy Remembered as `a gentle pastor of souls'

Archbishop McCarthy remembered as `a gentle pastor of souls': South Florida Sun-Sentinel:

"Born April 10, 1918, into a devout Cincinnati family, Archbishop McCarthy studied at St. Gregory and Mount St. Mary seminaries in Norwood, Ohio, then at the Lateran and Angelicum universities in Rome.

He spent almost all his adult life as a diocesan official: as auxiliary bishop in Cincinnati, then the first bishop of Phoenix in 1969. He came to Miami in 1976 to serve as a coadjutor archbishop, alongside the Most Rev. Coleman F. Carroll. He took over after Carroll died the following year."

Tropical Storm Arlene

First storm threatening U.S. of the 2005 hurricane season.

Tropical Storm Arlene forms in Caribbean, heads toward Gulf: South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Priest Stabbed at Vatican

Priest stabbed during Vatican City stroll

Alexy II Calls for Catholic-Orthodox Cooperation

One of the more remarkable occurences since the death of John Paul and the election of the Benedict has been the change in stance of the Russian Orthodox Patriarch. Either he just didn't like John Paul or John Paul is interceding mightily from his new post.

Russian Patriarch Laments Anti-Christian Trends in Europe

Mother Teresa Of Calcutta Website

Send donations, leave prayer requests...Mother Teresa Of Calcutta Center

Secretary Defends Saving Pope's Papers

I think he makes a good point that the Pope gave him a "free hand" in deciding what should be burned...

Guardian Unlimited | World Latest | Secretary Defends Saving Pope's Papers

Wednesday, June 8, 2005

Planning a Trip?

Helpful Reviews and Research on All Things Travel |

Retired Archbishop of Miami Edward McCarthy Dies:

Last night, he was 87. I knew him--say a prayer for him.

Retired Archbishop of Miami Edward McCarthy dies: South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Also was Archbishop of Cincinnati and Phoenix.

Catholic Seniors to Bishop--Please Skip Coming to Our Mass

There are many ways one can look at this--one would be to question what exactly Catholic schools are teaching about the Catholic Church, the other might be why hasn't Bishop McCormack who has lost all ability to lead the flock resigned?

Seniors ask bishop to skip their Mass

Man With Stained Chain Saw Let in to U.S.

Weapons taken away from him then he is let into the country--had just murdered a country musician and his common law wife. Sleep well tonight when you think about the border guards protecting you.

Man With Stained Chain Saw Let in to U.S.

Bishop Adamec Announces Cause of Apostle of the Alleghenies

Prince Gallitzin attains first rung to sainthood

Our Sunday Visitor published a biography of Gallitzin in 2001...Apostle of the Alleghenies, Reverend Demetrius Augustine Gallitzin

Tuesday, June 7, 2005

Interesting--Kerry No Smarter than Bush at Yale

Check out the photo of Kerry...Yale grades portray Kerry as a lackluster student - The Boston Globe - - Washington - News

Rochester to Close a Number of Catholic Schools

13WHAM-TV || Rochester - Much Change For Rochester Catholic Schools - We have a passel of pope books!

Check out USA - We have a passel of pope books!:

"We Have a Pope! Benedict XVI" by Matthew E. Bunson (Our Sunday Visitor, $14.95). Bunson, author of more than 30 books and general editor for Our Sunday Visitor's Catholic Almanac, says he wanted to provide a 'gentle introduction' to the 78-year-old Benedict XVI. 'Even if he is pope for a short time, I think (his papacy) will be one of considerable surprises,' Bunson says. 'His outreach to the Orthodox churches has already started.'"

Going to Youth Day? Better Know Your Catechism

Germany wants catechism skills in pilgrims

Fr. Lastiri Reassigned

(Registration required)...

Local Catholic Church gets priest with troubled past

Lastiri left St. Patrick's Parish in Merced in July 2004 after parishioners accused him of participating in sexual conversations on Internet chat sites and seeking gay lovers on the Web, the Merced Sun-Star reported in May.

White House Cancels Briefing for Catholics

Deal Hudson's Arranged Meeting Canceled:

Catholic League Protests Florida Art Exhibit

Anti-Catholic bias marks Florida art show

Blessed Declared "Righteous" by Israel

Blessed Elisabetta Hesselblad Declared "Righteous" by Israel

Use Internet to Evangelize

Church Should Use Internet to Evangelize, Says Vatican Official

Father Neuhaus on Benedict XVI

Father R.J. Neuhaus' Outlook on Benedict XVI

How the Vatican Represents Itself

The Vatican Press

Sunday, June 5, 2005

GOTTESDIENST (German Mass) Today

I reference this event in a section of How To Get The Most Out Of The Eucharist when I mention what Joseph calls the "donut church" where in fact they actually offer Brauts and smuggled German beer after Mass on this one Sunday every year.

German Fest, Ft. Wayne, Indiana, June 5 - 12, 2005

And on the Feast of Saint Boniface, the Apostle to Germany to boot! Should be interesting now that we have a German pope.

Pope's Angelus Message

From >>> <<< Pope’s appeal for Clementina Cantoni:

"Without the Holy Spirit, the Church would be reduced to a merely human organisation, weighed down by its own structures. But, in his turn, in God’s plans, the Spirit regularly makes use of human mediations to work in history. It is because of this that Christ, who set up his Church on the foundation of the Apostles closely gathered around Peter, also enriched it with the gift of his Spirit, so that through the centuries, the Spirit may comfort the Church (cfr Jn 14,16) and guide it to the entire truth (cfr Jn 16,13). May the ecclesial Community remain always open and meek in the face of the movement of the Holy Spirit to be a credible sign among men, and an effective instrument of God’s work!”"

Interesting List

HUMAN EVENTS ONLINE :: Ten Most Harmful Books of the 19th and 20th Centuries

Saturday, June 4, 2005

What Do You Think of This

St. Nilos was a hermit on Mount Athos who died on November 12, 1651.

From Prophecy by Saint Nilos, Hermit of Mt. Athos:

"After the year 1900, toward the middle of the 20th century, the people of that time will become unrecognizable. When the time for the advent of the Antichrist approaches, people's minds will grow cloudy from carnal passions, and dishonor and lawlessness will grow stronger. Then the world will become unrecognizable. People's appearances will change, and it will be impossible to distinguish men from women due to their shamelessness in dress and style of hair. These people will be cruel and will be like wild animals because of the temptations of the Antichrist.

There will be no respect for parents and elders, love will disappear, and Christian pastors, bishops and priests will become vain men, completely failing to distinguish the right way from the left. At that time the morals and traditions of Christians and of the Church will change. People will abandon modesty, and dissipation will reign. Falsehood and greed will attain great proportions, and woe to those who pile up treasures. Lust, adultery, homosexuality, secret deeds, and murder will rule in society.

At that future time, due to the power of such great crimes and licentiousness, people will be deprived of the grace of the Holy Spirit, which they received in Holy Baptism, and also of remorse.

The Churches of God will be deprived of God-fearing and pious pastors, and woe to the Christians remaining in the world at that time; they will completely lose their faith, because they will lack the opportunity of seeing the light of knowledge from anyone at all. Then they will separate themselves out of the world in holy refuges in search of enlightenment of their spiritual sufferings, but everywhere they will meet obstacles and constraints. And all this will result from the fact that the Antichrist wants to be Lord over everything and become the ruler of the whole universe, and he will produce miracles and fantastic signs. He will also give depraved wisdom to an unhappy man, so that he will discover a way by which one man can carry on a conversation with another from one end of the earth to the other. At that time, men will also fly through the air like birds and descend to the bottom of the sea like fish. And when they have achieved all this, these unhappy people will spend their lives in comfort without knowing, poor souls, that it is the deceit of the Antichrist. And the impious one!

The Most-good God will see the downfall of human race and will shorten the days for the sake of those few who are being saved, because the enemy wants to lead even the chosen into temptation, if that is possible . . . then the sword of chastisement will suddenly appear and kill the perverter and his servants."


Amy has tagged me at Open Book on books...

Total number of books I own: Too many to count. 1,000's here and at least a 1,000 at work.

Last Book I Bought: A New Song for the Lord : Faith in Christ and Liturgy Today and The Yes of Jesus Christ : Exercises in Faith, Hope, and Love both by Pope Benedict XVI

Last Book I read: On the Way to Jesus Christ by Pope Benedict XVI (There is a theme here)

Books I'm reading now: The Essence of Christianity (Italian Texts and Studies on Religion and Society) by Bruno Forte and The Gospel Of Mark: The Suffering Servant (Orthodox Bible Study Companion Series) by Lawrence R. Farley.

Books that have been important to me: #1 The Catholic Study Bible: New American Bible, The Seven Storey Mountain by Thomas Merton, Life of Christ by Fulton J. Sheen, The Journals of Father Alexander Schmemann, 1973-1983 by Fr. Alexander Schmemann and The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius (Vintage Spiritual Classics) by St. Ignatius of Loyola, Dear and Glorious Physician by Taylor Caldwell, Genius of John: A Composition-Critical Commentary on the Fourth Gospel by Peter F. Ellis, Spiritual Passages : The Psychology of Spiritual Development (Spiritual Passages, Paper) by Father Benedict J. Groeschel and Rise, Let Us Be On Our Way by Pope John Paul II.

Tagged: Mary Jane, Pat,and Earl.

Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary

Prayer that will be recited by Marian groups gathered in Rome today, written by Pope John Paul II:

O Mary,
bright dawn of the new world,
Mother of the living,
to you do we entrust the cause of life

Look down, O Mother,
upon the vast numbers
of babies not allowed to be born,
of the poor whose lives are made difficult,
of men and women who are victims of brutal violence,
of the elderly and the sick killed by indifference or out of misguided mercy.

Grant that all who believe in your Son
may proclaim the Gospel of life
with honesty and love
to the people of our time.

Obtain for them the grace to accept that Gospel
as a gift ever new,
the joy of celebrating it with gratitude
throughout their lives
and the courage to bear witness to it
resolutely, in order to build,
together with all people of good will,
the civilization of truth and love,
to the praise and glory of God,
the Creator and lover of life.

Secretary Didn't Burn John Paul's Notes

Contrary to the Pope's last will and testament...Secretary Didn't Burn John Paul's Notes - Yahoo! News

Friday, June 3, 2005

Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

The Devotion to the Sacred Heart

Snowstorm in Somalia

Causes Extensive Damage

The Muslim Gideon's

Free copies of the - Getting the holy word out

Pope Benedict Prefers to Write Own Speeches

I'm sure there are some who will read this and will be shocked to find that John Paul didn't write all his own, but how could he with the schedule he kept?

From Guardian Unlimited | World Latest | Benedict Prefers to Write Own Speeches:

"That hands-on approach by the former Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, who was a theology lecturer at German universities before becoming a Vatican insider, sharply contrasts with his predecessor, John Paul II, who gave so many speeches he needed an assembly line of wordsmiths to produce them.

John Paul often delivered several speeches a day to audiences ranging from garbage collectors in Rome to Aborigines in Australia, and the Vatican ``had to create an office to write them,'' said former Vatican diplomat John-Peter Pham. The skills of diplomats and other Holy See officials and consultants were tapped in the process.

``John Paul wrote very few of his speeches,'' although he occasionally ``changed a phrase here or there,'' according to Pham. "

Pope to Vacation in the Alpines

Catholic World News : Pope plans Alpine vacation in July

A Cardinal Writes About the Anti-Christ

The days are coming, and are already here…

Dom Stanislaw New Archbishop of Krakow

I was told this two weeks ago by my Jewish friend who talks to him almost daily. I'm sure he will be happy to go back home and to be a successor to his much loved Pope John Paul.

From Vatican Information Service:

The Holy Father appointed Archbishop Stanislaw Dziwisz, adjunct prefect of the Pontifical Household, as metropolitan archbishop of Krakow (area 5,730, population 1,618,593, Catholics 1,566,555, priests 2,026, religous 4,841), Poland. The metropolitan archbishop-elect was born in Raba Wyzna, Poland, in 1939. From 1966 to 1978 he acted as private secretary to Archbishop Karol Wojtyla of Krakow and, following the latter's election as Pope John Paul II, continued to act as his private secretary throughout his pontificate from 1978 to 2005. He was ordained a bishop by John Paul II in 1998 and elevated to the dignity of archbishop in 2003. He succeeds Cardinal Franciszek Macharski, whose resignation from the pastoral care of the same archdiocese was accepted by the Holy Father, upon having reached the age limit.

Wednesday, June 1, 2005

Fr. Robert Barron

Word on Fire | Most Recent Sermons

I'm a big fan. Heard him speak yesterday at a conference I'm attending in Chicago.

Vatican Publishing House Entrusted with Rights to Pope's Writings

Before he was the pope...

From Vatican Information Service:

The Holy Father has entrusted the Vatican Publishing House with the exercise and protection of the copyright and of all exclusive rights to economic utilization of the acts, works and writings written by him prior to his elevation to the Chair of Peter.

A communique made public today, and signed by Cardinal Secretary of State Angelo Sodano, also states that, "without prejudicing the rights acquired by third parties concerning contacts already concluded with the author, from now on the Vatican Publishing House is also entrusted with the exercise and protection of the copyright concerning contracts still in force".