Our Lady and Sheen

Convictions of the soul verses pleasures of the body

Knowing that “where sin abounds, grace abounds all the more,” would almost be re-phrased in today’s technological world as, “where Facebook causes craziness, sometimes it leads to inner peace.”  Or something to that effect that will make you laugh so that I feel that I have done my job for the day.  So enter looking at my News Feed and low and behold the Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen page posted their mostly daily quote which always serves to build up the good or tear down the bad… or just give a smile.  If you’re not following the page, please go to www.facebook.com/fultonjsheen.

“To Every Christian there comes the supreme moment when he must choose between temporal pleasure and eternal freedom. In order to save our souls, we must often run the risk of losing our bodies.” Archbishop Fulton Sheen

Archbishop Sheen would of course be speaking of the instant where we are faced with physical annihilation or spiritual death, but I find that this is equally as valuable as any other advice regarding dying to oneself… or as I like to say, “Sacrifice is the name of the game,” to which one of my close friends always adds on, “Yeah… if the game is call sacrifice.”

I find that “pleasurable” sins are sometimes not wrapped up in boxes they should be.  Everyone knows that physical things can bring lots of “pleasure”… but man-o-man can the mental things sometimes be more “pleasurable.”  I speak this time of pettiness.  Pettiness is that one great sin that combines gossip with a little bit of wrath, and a touch of hatred of self and other as the final sprinkle on top.  I find that sometimes it takes almost every scrap of my nearly non-existent virtue (not even of the heroic type).  But, at some point I have to weigh the glory of heaven with that momentary deliciousness of singular pettiness.

In one corner, there is everything I would ever want, hope or dream for… and all I must do is give up that urge to be petty for that false pleasure.  And in the other hand I have a moment, or five, or ten, or a thousand of great joy at sniping at someone with an eternity away from the Grace of God.  Isn’t it humorous that human nature actually allows me to, for even one second, think that that’s a choice?

Oh well… if God didn’t love me for even one instant, I would have never existed.

Fulton Sheen, Pray for us!

Our Lady, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee!

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July 31, 2011 Posted by | Sundays with Sheen | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Installation of a Pastor

One of the first Masses I attended in Natchitoches was the installation of the new pastor at the church that is now the Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary… or just “Immaculate Conception.”  Four years later, bright and early tomorrow morning, I will drive a few miles away to Campti to see a priest who is a friend of mine be formally handed over to his parish.  I like to read canon law… sometimes when something is interesting, and so I went to the handy dandy Code of Canon Law and looked up some information on the role of a pastor. My favorite:

Can. 528 §2. The pastor is to see to it that the Most Holy Eucharist is the center of the parish assembly of the faithful.

§1 speaks of the necessity to inform the faithful of the Gospel, the spirit of the gospel, informing what social justice is, and interacting with the faithful so that the gospel message reaches those who may have stopped practicing the religion.  But, section 2 makes it clear that “the Most Holy Eucharist is the center of the parish assembly of the faithful.”  This intrigues me as I watch “catholics” attempt to make other issues the center of their parish.  Even if Can. 528 is speaking purely of the actual assembly of the faithful for prayer in a literal sense, it seems to me that if the Eucharist is replaced by agendas or innovation, then we have a problem.

I guess when it comes down to it, I just enjoy that in the “dry” reading of law, you come to this sentence that is almost poetic and is definitely beautiful, speaking of our Lord in the Most Blessed Sacrament.  It’s like reading a grocery list and halfway down the page your husband or wife or child or parents has written, “and I still love you.”  How great is the love of even the lawyers of the Church.

Our Lady, conceived without sin and born to bear The Lord, pray for us.

July 30, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Random Posts I like and Pass Along

Fr. Z’s purgatory for bloggers.

Bishop Trautman gets into the “spirit” of things.

Vatican website for cell phones: mobile.vatican.va click “”Inglese” to get to the English site 🙂

A picture is worth a thousand reasons I enjoy being Catholic… but at least I enjoy laughing, too… so here’s this from Dante’s Google +

 

 

July 29, 2011 Posted by | Random Stuff | Leave a comment