Our Lady and Sheen

Knights of Columbus 1357 Resolution to Congratulate Bishop Herzog

Resolution to Congratulate Bishop Ronald Herzog

WHEREAS, The Most Reverend Ronald Herzog has been a faithful servant of Our Lord, Jesus Christ as the Bishop of Alexandria, Louisiana;

WHEREAS, The Most Reverend Ronald Herzog has presented the teachings of the Magisterium of the Church to his flock;

WHEREAS, The Most Reverend Ronald Herzog has striven to live his episcopal motto: “One in the Lord;”

WHEREAS, his fellow Knights of Columbus rejoice in the appointment of The Most Reverend Ronald Herzog as State Chaplain of the Louisiana Knights of Columbus;

WHEREAS, the Knights of the Natchitoches Council 1357 unanimously approved this resolution on the evening of April 10, 2012;

THEREFORE be it resolved: The Knights of Natchitoches Council 1357 in support of our Worthy State Deputy, heartily congratulate and offer our prayers for His Excellency, the Most Reverend Ronald Herzog, Bishop of Alexandria as he continues his service to the Knights of Columbus, the Diocese of Alexandria, and Holy Mother Church.

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Knights of Columbus 1357 Resolution to Congratulate Archbishop Lori

Resolution to Congratulate Archbishop William Lori

WHEREAS, The Most Reverend William Lori has served with great distinction as the Supreme Chaplain of the Knights of Columbus;

WHEREAS, The Most Reverend William Lori has been a faithful servant of Our Lord, Jesus Christ as the Bishop of Bridgeport, Connecticut;

WHEREAS, The Most Reverend William Lori has presented the teachings of the Magisterium of the Church to his flock and the nation, especially as chair of the Committee on Religious Liberty;

WHEREAS, the faithful rejoice in the appointment of The Most Reverend William Lori to the Primatial See of the United States of America, made March 20th, 2012;

WHEREAS, the Knights of the Natchitoches Council 1357 unanimously approved this resolution on the evening of April 10, 2012;

THEREFORE be it resolved: The Knights of Natchitoches Council 1357 in union with the Holy Father, heartily congratulate and offer our prayers for His Excellency, the Most Reverend William Lori, Archbishop of Baltimore as he continues his service to the Archdiocese of Baltimore, the United States, and Holy Mother Church.

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Conversion and leadership

Strangers to the City, by Michael Casey, deals a lot with the growth of monks from the time of their conversion to the time they learn to cope with the monastery.

After our conversions, whether they were from pagan, Christian, or lukewarm roots, “there may have been elements of guilt and shame about our past, but the primary feeling was one of joy and exhilaration.”  Isn’t this a great realization for all of us?  Don’t we have to reconcile our lives with our new lives, going from hot to cold for the Lord?  We’re definitely not perfect.  As the hospital is full of the sick, the Church is full of the sinners.

Also, sometimes people think that leadership is great.  “Man, wouldn’t he make a great bishop,” or, more relevant to the book, “What a holy monk, he’d be a great abbot.”  Part of Brother Michael’s analysis of the monastic life saying, “Perhaps with a rising panic we became aware that in a monastery we would never be in control – especially if we happened to become a superior.  Underlying the reasonable and ordered facade was a frothy chaos that seemed ever on the point of overwhelming the community, but never did.”

Even in our lives outside the monastery, we as Christians must realize that we are not in control, other than free will to choose how to respond.  We must seek to purge the worst in us to make that response easier, for “Even the most sincerely pious searchers after God harbor within themselves much hazardous material that, if disregarded, may eventually poison their best efforts,” (Location 278, Kindle).

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The worst sinner I know

I was listening to the Busted Halo Show on the Catholic Channel (Sirius/XM 129) last evening, after having listened to our Bishop speak on some issues in a local parish.  Fr. Dave mentioned a pet peeve of his being when people respond to the prayers of the faithful with “Lord, hear our prayer*S*,” this is also distracting to me, so I called in to thank him for expressing something I had always bit my tongue about.  I have been accused, and accuse myself now, of being too critical about things, especially liturgical.  I usually do it out of a desire for perfection, which isn’t a bad thing, but it sometimes can be the enemy of the good.  During my discussion on air Fr. Dave helped me go deeper into looking at this, and I came to the revelation that I know so much because it is an interest of mine, but at some point knowing the technical aspects of something has to be integrated into the Life of Christ… especially Charity.  Sometimes people use “false” charity, allowing people to “get away with things,” and that’s not what I mean.  I mean to live so deeply in Christ that I am able to abandon my wants and desires to Him.

Only once before a couple weeks ago had I thought that I was being “critical,” and even after a particularly harsh rebuke, I think part of my apparent lack of Charity comes from my inability to express myself, even though I want only the best for everyone involved.  That being said, this is a large part of my next few journeys towards the Lord, and if you will pray for me to have the gift of Wisdom more abundantly (or, let’s be honest, at all sometimes), I would be greatly appreciative.

How wonderful it is to be reminded of our deepest desires.  Especially when I only called in so that the call screener could pass along my fake enthusiastic “thanks” to Fr. Dave.  God works in mysterious ways?  I think so.

Our Lady, Mother of Mercy, Pray for us.

Archbishop Sheen, Pray for us.

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American Papist: Coast-to-Coast Victories for Life

Thomas Peters, the American Papist, has posted a brief not on two pro-life victories this week.  Do not become complacent.

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