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Why the face?

BRF.jpgBitchy Resting Face (BRF) is a syndrome that portrays a sour expression. Thoughtfully sad and silently suffering people, typically women. (There is a male version which I will leave alone for now.) Do you find it hard to match the others joyous attitude in an honest way? Are you smiling?

Societal expectations say that you SHOULD smile all the time. Do you need surgery or just give the person suffering from BRF a break? Here’s the parody.
On a serious note, there are many are pop-psychologists and take every opportunity to diagnose what you are thinking and feeling based on a perceived BRF.

Christ the Zumba Instructor in Rome

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Our Lord has a part time job at the Basilica of Santa Maria del Popolo, Rome.
Bet you didn’t know our Messiah moonlights.
Photo courtesy of and copyright (C) of Nathaniel Peters, an acquaintance.
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Father Andrew Greeley, RIP

Andrew Greeley.jpgThe famed Chicago priest, sociologist and novelist Father Andrew Greeley died on Thursday. He was 85 and in poor health since 2008. He died in his sleep.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be Wednesday, Noon, at Christ the King Church, 9325 South Hamilton Avenue.
Father Andrew Greeley was a priest for the Archdiocese of Chicago for 59 years. He assisted as priest on Chicago’s south side.
With so many personal and professional accomplishments, Andrew Greeley’s identity was that of a priest.
Peter Steinfels’ NY Times obit for Greeley is worth a good read even if you disagree with Greeley’s critical remarks about the Church. Steinfels brings out some interesting points about Father Greeley and the context in which he existed.
His autobiography is Confessions of a Parish Priest.
The Chicago Archdiocese published this obit for Greeley.
NBC Chicago 5 has a remembrance.
Mary, Queen and Mother of priests, pray for us.
Saint Andrew, brother of the Lord, pray for us.
Saint John Vianney, pray for us.

New York-native Benedictine monk illuminates the Word

Pope Paul VI told us we need more witnesses to the faith. I’ve quoted the pope several times on this just point. True, the personal witness of a man and woman to the inner and outer works of the Holy Spirit is what concretely moves the heart. Truth is encountered in the witness. Father Tom Rosica, CSB, of Salt and Light TV interviews known and less known witnesses of the faith that for me, really opens new vistas.

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That I am interested in sharing the beauty of the Benedictine charism on Communio as the baptismal vocation is lived through monks, nuns, sisters and the laity. Father Rosica interviews Benedictine priest and monk Father Michael Patella of Saint John’s Abbey (Collegeville. MN). It is linked at the end of this post.
Saint John’s is a very large large abbey. At one time it was the largest in the world, now the monks numbers about 150. The monastic community administers a university, a high school, a press, an ecumenical center, a critically acclaimed international library of digital manuscripts, and several parishes. The monks of this abbey also serve the Church in a variety of places in the USA and other countries. No one can doubt the creative genius as a gift the Spirit with the men called to live a monastic vocation at Saint John’s Abbey.
Father Michael’s interview happened in August 2012 and was released in April 2013.

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Learning Latin is still possible, and encouraged

Reg Foster.jpegThe Latin language is far from being extinct even though you only hear it at times in Church. Our common experience today at Mass prayed in the Ordinary Forum is often in the language of the people. The official language of the Catholic Church, however, remains Latin: the texts of the church, the texts of the pope, and importantly, in the prayer of the Church. Fear not. The “house” language today, the daily work of the curia is Italian. It is possible that at some point English will replace Italian.

The Carmelite friar Father Reginald Foster is the renown contemporary father of the Latin language. He spent several decades in Rome working, teaching and writing in Latin. Now he’s retired from active teaching but he keeps his hands in the field by consulting, developing teaching materials, writing and attending some initiatives. One of his works is Corpus Latinitatis.
A recent Reuters article brings to life in a brief fashion the influence of Father Reg in “Spreading the word that Latin lives…”
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About the author

Paul A. Zalonski is from New Haven, CT. He is a member of the Fraternity of Communion and Liberation, a Catholic ecclesial movement, and an Oblate of Saint Benedict. Contact Paul at paulzalonski[at]yahoo.com.
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