- Tuesday, 29 March 2011 14:18
Success is not a word that is appropriate for matters pertaining to faith, even if it’s dealing those hearing the message of the Gospel for the first time or fancy programs. But I think it’s fair to say that from the reports that are coming from the Court of the Gentiles last weekend, this event was extraordinarily successful. Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, his staff and collaborators have the makings of very significant work for culture, humanity and theology which will, no doubt, bear much fruit.
What’s at stake is not theology but humanity, not God but man and woman. If we don’t deal with our humanity, our human need, our desire for the infinite, then we will be less than what we are made for: happiness and greatness.
Chicago is on the list of possible events like the Court of the Gentiles. AND not New York?
- Friday, 18 March 2011 07:10
Burke, Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signature, has been traveling lately. Most recently to Australia. There he spoke on the theme of “The Fall of the Christian West,” at a
symposium organized by the Australian Catholic Students Association, Sydney. He gave “particular attention to the witness to the truth regarding human sexuality, as fundamental to holiness of life, and to the question of conscience as the irreplaceable and secure guide in the pursuit of holiness of life.” The cardinal also reflected on martyrdom.
many things said in the address the Cardinal said:
- quoting Benedict XVI said, we “need to form our consciences, in accord with the moral teaching of the Church … ‘our responsibility to make these criteria [these moral foundations] audible and intelligible once more for people today as paths of true humanity, in the context of our paramount concern for mankind'”
- “…our call to build anew a
strong Catholic culture, in fidelity to our vocation to give witness to Christ
and, therefore, to be martyrs for the faith”
- “witness to the truth regarding
human sexuality, as fundamental to holiness of life, and to the question of
conscience as the irreplaceable and secure guide in the pursuit of holiness of
- “The life of the martyr for the faith finds its center and source in the
Eucharistic sacrifice, in Eucharistic adoration, and in all forms of
Eucharistic devotion, especially visits to the Blessed Sacrament and spiritual
communion throughout the day”
- “The Holy Eucharist not only strengthens us
spiritually to be true martyrs, but is the model of our martyrdom, pure and
selfless love, without condition, to the end.”
- Tuesday, 15 March 2011 08:00
One of the NY “news” rags that I periodically glance at (no pun intended) told me that a study at the University of Bristol (UK) determined that chickens are people. I didn’t know that. Did you? Here’s the story:
Chickens have feelings, according to British veterinarians. The researchers took a group of mother hens and their chicks and blew puffs of air at the chicks. This caused the birds distress and sent their heart rates up, reducing the temperature of their eyeballs –a well-known sign of stress. The mother hens showed exactly the same signs of stress when they were hit with puffs of air, too …
I wonder what the chickens feel when you tell them Colonel Sanders is coming for tea.
Now you can see why some people people do and think silly things about humanity.
- Friday, 25 February 2011 12:33
Not surprising that many people are interested in sensational stories like “Mother Dolores Hart: The Nun Who Kissed Elvis Presley.” I guess kissing Elvis is akin to winning the jackpot. Each to his or her own! Thom Geier’s story is exactly titled such on EW.com. I have to admit, however, I am fascinated –to a degree– by this woman’s gesture of following a vocation that had in mind her eternal destiny and not just money, fame and power. Hart’s life and enduring witness to Christ at the Abbey of Regina Laudis, Bethlehem, CT, is inspiring. Who wouldn’t be inspired by a beautiful woman giving her life to God through monastic consecration!
The following gives a flavor of Geier’s article: “Over the course of nearly half a century as a Roman
Catholic nun, Mother Dolores has had many jobs: choir member, baker, and coffin
maker. She’s served as prioress, the convent’s second in command, for nine
years. But for the past two decades, she has spent a good deal of time each
winter on another assignment that harks back to her earlier, pre-monastic life:
Mother Dolores’ autobiography ought to be out soon.