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Great Sheen News

Dear Friends of Sheen,

Breaking news from Rome: Today, July 28, 2012, the Holy Father signed the decree declaring Archbishop Sheen to be VENERABLE! Obviously, there is a lot more news and details to come yet today, but we wanted you all to be the first we told about this historic day. This day would not have been possible without your commitment of prayer. Let us celebrate!

We will also let you know about special celebrations being planned in Peoria to offer Thanksgiving to God in honor of VENERABLE FULTON.

Deo gratias,
Msgr. Stanley Deptula

Happy Eve of the Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul. Let us pray for our Pope!


June 28, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | | 1 Comment

Movie Review: Seeking a Friend for the End of the World

I went to see Seeking a Friend for the End of the World thinking that it would be a dark comedy on the “last days.”  I think I was right, but I can’t really tell.  The movie was indeed dark, with brief shimmers of hopeful light.  I think it was fairly honest with how it displayed different people reacting to the end of the world; and I think that it appeals to the modern view that is becoming more and more prevalent that this world is all we have.

First, you have to go into this knowing that it is a very adult movie.  There were lines in it that had me very uncomfortable, especially sitting between my parents.  The beginning was very much like this, and then it begins to shift into the heart of the matter.  I think the TV edit of this movie would be absolutely funny!

Second, there are very deep emotional issues that are dealt with in this movie.  The issues of forgiveness, longing for family, and longing for someone to share our life with are not new, or abnormal.  As a hopeless romantic, I was compelled by the characters desire to find “the one,” but some of the ways in which they went about this were sketchy, at the least.  Without the desire for love, forgiveness, and family being deeper, some of it feels hollow.

Thirdly, this movie is very thought provoking.  As I was watching the people play out their emotions, I could not help but think of what I would do if this were to occur.  I want to say that I would spend my time in front of the Blessed Sacrament, but in all honesty, I’d also be hoping that there was someone to hold my hand as the time came.  Of course, some of this is distracting because we know that life could cease at any moment.  It is romantic to think of the entire human race facing this peril as one, but the chances are for each of us individually that it wont happen.  (Although, I know that if a 70-mile wide asteroid were coming at us, someone would still have time to come back and comment on my pitiful, out of the way blog, that I was wrong.)  We have to keep in mind that this moment can be our last, we could easily be hit by a truck (hopefully right after confession) and meet our Creator.

I don’t know if I’d recommend this movie.  I would have to see Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter first to let you know if that is a movie that I’d see.  I definitely would not recommend this movie for children, or older people.  Or younger people with older people.  The movie is rated R (Restricted) which is a good rating.  The USCCB Website lists it as L (Limited Adult Audience) which I think is reasonable, although they’ve had other movies listed as O (Morally Offensive) that had less morally offensive things in it.  There is a lot of extra-marital stuff, premarital stuff, drug use, murder, language, and crude humor (but most of it is not graphic).   Okay, now I’m rambling.

June 25, 2012 Posted by | Movie Review Monday | Leave a comment

Confession and Penance

I have made a day pilgrimage to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception with my friend and brother, Bernard today. I went to confession with an older, Slavic sounding priest (languages being a new interest of mine), as part of that pilgrimage.

The counsel given was “Our Lord Jesus Christ suffered death on a cross, resurrected and ascended into Heaven for our salvation, and we can show our joy by repent, repent, repent [sic] when we have done him wrong.” I won’t get into it too much, but I had one sin I thought was mortal, and then those venial sins that pile up and start brush fires, so I was doing “good” compared to normal. I was impressed when he gave me 5 Our Fathers and 1 Hail Mary. I’ve become accustomed to more hail Mary’s…. Especially being in the shrine dedicated to her (so many altars!).

When I began praying I thought “this is more than normal… But it’s really not that much.”. Then it got deeper, our penance is a joke by human standards. It is basically (usually) like when our parents would tell us to “say sorry,” to our siblings. God, omnipotent, omnipresent, and omniscient is not “impressed” with our prayers in the same way we can be. He searches our heart and KNOWS us. As in sitting in front of the Blessed Sacrament, I feel foolish thinking that just by these simple prayers God I “make up for” my sin… Which is infinite since it was against the infinite God.

Instead, in God’s great mercy and compassion HE blots out my offense. In my most pitiful state, like a jester, I come with my words, stammering like a fool. HE stands before me and lovingly accepts the token. I, like a dog returns to his vomit, return to my sin; HE, infinitely merciful, welcomes me back again, cleaning me up.

Why, O Lord, do you give me this Grace? You don’t wish your loved ones to die! Who, O Lord are your loved ones? All men.

Hear us, and answer us, O Lord, Almighty God.

June 19, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

For Greater Glory – movie non-review

I will follow this up, shortly, but for now, go see For Greater Glory. It was incredibly moving, and will build your faith.

June 4, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment