Our Lady and Sheen

The Year of Our Lord 2017

AD 2016 was a tough year for a lot of people, and the change in date will hopefully allow us to change any negative ruts into which we’ve entered.

Come Holy Spirit, come!

A simple item that I am excited for this coming year is FlockNote releasing their Popes in a year, which will send an email Monday – Friday with short writings about all the popes.  You may sign up at this link: http://flocknote.com/popes

Naturally, today being the Feast of Mary, the Mother of God, we should not hesitate to call on her for her intercession this year.

January 2, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

My old stomping grounds near Penn State

Fr. Z posted a letter here about the EF/TLM/Old Form of the Mass making a come back at Our Lady of Victory in State College PA.  I was told once that Joe Paterno would go to mass there so that he would not be a distraction to the student body for the Mass on Campus (significantly closer).

Also, I enjoy that it’s Our Lady of Victory, instead of the more recent (400 years ago) Our Lady of the Rosary.  There’s something cool about that.

Finally, I had a fantastic confession there once.

March 26, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

“Whatever is received is received according to the manner of the one receiving it.”

The quote above is from Sheen’s “Power of Love” from “philosophers of the Middle Ages.”. He goes on to say this means, “food laid on a rock is not received in the same manner as food laid on a tongue,” etc (14).

When we are able to Love, we see the beloved more beautifully than one who does not love. To the varying degrees in which we love, we are able to see more or less beauty; as someone who hates is not able to see the beauty at all, for the beauty becomes hateful.

Sheen writes, “The lover has a vision of beauty which is denied the one who hates. When love goes, often even the truly beautiful ceases to be beautiful. A husband who begins to love another woman will wonder why everyone else considers His wife so attractive,” then, “not only the eyes but also the heart can grow cataracts which distort vision, so that the beautiful may even seem ugly.”

How true is this story to us who have fallen into bitterness against someone, and can no longer see any good. I know I am guilty of allowing one grievance to hold me hostage against a thousand virtues of a man, and I am sorry for this sin.

Husbands, continue to love your wives as Christ loved the Church. In this way your wife will remain beautiful to you, even as we remain beautiful to Our Lord.

March 20, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

Seven Sundays of St. Joseph

I feel sad that I did not know about the Seven Sundays of Saint Joseph until now.

This tradition meditates on St. Joseph for the seven weeks before his feast day, today.

In “In Conversation With God” volume 6, part of the meditation for the Seventh Sunday of St. Joseph is by Josemaría Escrivá:

I am sure Joseph knew how to lend a hand in many difficulties… His skilled work was in the service of others, to brighten the live of others in the town; and with a friendly word, a passing quip, he would restore confidence and happiness to those in danger of losing them. (P. 166 quoting Christ is passing by, 51)

How hard it is to remember that sometimes we’re the only thing in the flesh that is keeping someone from having a great day… Or perhaps we’re the one who can say that word that gives them hope. Go, confidently making friends! You may be the only time they can experience Christ!

You may be someone’s only physical connection to Our Lord!

You may be someone’s only chance of knowing the Gospel!

You may be someone’s only chance at having love on this earth, and so foreshadow the love of the Father!

Go! Go! Go boldly! Go lovingly! Go with St. Joseph!

March 19, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

Homilies, teachings, and Christ

“Certainly Jesus conferred power upon St Peter…”

I couldn’t type fast enough… But those in power have the obligation of service in Love, like St. Joseph

“We need to be men and women who bring Hope to others!”

Thus far, in his pontificate, I’m very impressed with his teachings. I like the word “Pope,” but I get a lot out of his simple teachings. I was no where near the level of H.H. Benedict XVI. I liked the challenge, though!

How great is our One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church! Three shepherds of the Church in my life: three styles, one True faith transcending those individual differences. Three shepherds… One flock. Three Popes… One Holy Ghost! Three vicars… One Christ!

Long live Christ the King!

March 19, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

Sheen and Love in the confessional

The Power of Love by Ven. Fulton Sheen gives an encouragement to those who wish to love. Namely priests and doctors.

One can never love in a hurry… To hurry the distressed and the disturbed, either through the confessional or the parlor or the clinic, is to make oneself a merchant dealing with things, rather than a dedicated servant of the poor, the sick and the disturbed…

Every human person has within himself a rhythm or a tempo, to which the one who serves must tune in…The speeding up of confessions, the rushing of consultations, or imposing one’s own mind in counseling, are failures to love. To love anyone means to give one’s talent, to give one’s time, to give one’s money; in a word, to become identified with the soul in crisis.

How intense a calling it is then to be a priest, or a doctor, or a teacher! Let us examine quickly the ideal that Ven. Sheen is calling for. First, we must give of ourselves. It may not be money, or counsel, but it will be that more precious item we are given by God: TIME. Each time we help someone, we MUST give time. Using time is the most charitable act that we can have upon earth. I may be wrong, but if we are to do things for our fellow man out of Love of God (the theological virtue of Charity), we give only what God has already given us. Time is irreplaceable on earth, and is the most charitable of gifts.

Second, we must always look towards the person as a person in the image and likeness of God. We do not errr… We should not pretend to know God in his wholeness, for who is God’s counselor? (Romans 11:34). We take time to “investigate” God through prayer. Sometimes with our friends we receive more knowledge that we wish to have, and we lose part of our friendship. The same was true with Christ’s mission on earth, many abandoned him when it became too “intimate” (John 6:66). We must invest time in our relationship, even if you are blessed with interlocutions they still take seconds to process in our mind or ears. How much more then should we listen to our fellow man, who is not yet perfected as God is perfect? My guess is that it would take more than a cursory glance at the man.

Finally, sometimes we must give money, or talent, or something else of value. We can not always just tell someone to have peace, and be warm and fed; we must often do more than just give our time! (James 2:15-17) We must give talent and treasure to the needy, or we have done little to help them see the physical manifestation of Christ’s passionate love.

For those of you called to lay down your life for a friend, how blessed are you to partake in the sacrifice of Christ! For those of us called to lay down $20 or a coat and perform a smaller act of love, are we too proud to perform that act of humble charity? Perhaps in the building up of e virtues of Charity we will be more ready to courageously face the laying down of our physical life for our friends… Or, with the Grace of God lay down our lives for our enemy.

Perhaps, the greatest act of love is to lay down our lives out of love for God, constantly. I know I am far from that goal. But one day, perhaps, God will give me the grace to answer his call more deeply and be less selfish.

Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us!
Our Lady, Mother of God, pray for us.

March 18, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Pope Francis and Nicodemus

“Nicodemus, one of their members who had come to him earlier, said to them, “Does our law condemn a man before it first hears him and finds out what he is doing?””

Were words from Saturday’s Gospel. How well timed they were, especially for me because of the hurt I had experienced by the rampant attacks against our Holy Father. His Holiness Francis is not a cardinal of the Catholic Church any longer, he is the Bishop of Rome, the Servant of the Servants of God, the Supreme Pontiff of the Church.

We may not always agree with our fellow man, even the Pope, but have respect. Do not yell out “Crucify him” as if somehow the chief priests are better than the God they serve.

Our Lord suffered for all of us, and He I still Christ the King! You may, I believe on certain issues, respectfully disagree with His Vicar on Earth, but until you wear the shoes of the Fisherman.

And, even when our neighbor is supremely happy that we have lost for the time “ermine and lace,” you may not hate him. He is a creature, created by the Lord God Almighty. You were not there at the creation; you were not there with the First Adam; you were not in the tomb of the second Adam on the resurrection day. I am the worst of these sinners, but in my fallen nature I may still call out to those who may also fall. Hopefully I may call out to you and assist you in my less than perfect ways, before I become like the rich man dressed in purple.

May God preserve our Sovereign Pontiff, Francis!

March 17, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

Pope Francis Circles Back to Hotel — To Pay Bill

This is awesome.

NewsFeed

You’d think after being declared Bishop of Rome and leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Roman Catholics that a little something like a hotel bill might escape notice.

But not for the former Argentinian Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, who swung by a Church-run boardinghouse Thursday morning —  the day after he was introduced as Pope Francis to cheering Vatican City crowd numbering in the tens of thousands — to pick up his tab, reports Reuters.

(MORE: ‘Medieval Knight’ Found Beneath Scottish Parking Lot)

The pope apparently asked his driver to circle back to the Domus Internationalis Paulus VI — an “historic Palazzo located in the ancient center of Rome” — where he’d been staying in the lead-up to the Congress of Cardinals that ultimately elected him Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s successor.

He’d left his luggage there, which was part of his reason for returning, but the Vatican says…

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March 14, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

His Holiness Pope Francis

I am still recovering from the excitement of yesterday. I want to do everything in my humble power to spread the call for prayer for our new Soveriegn Pontiff.

Here are some ideas:

1. Pray the prayer:
V. Let us pray for our Sovereign Pontiff, Pope Francis.
R. The Lord preserve him, and give him life, and make him blessed upon the earth, and deliver him not up to the will of his enemies.

2. Pray daily for the intentions of the Holy Father: 1 Our Father, 1 Hail Mary, and 1 Glory Be.

3. Pray the Rosary (I debated whether I should remind people).

4. Pray the Franciscan Crown in honor of the name of His Holiness.

5. Pray the Litany of Jesuit Saints.

St. Joseph, patron of the Church, pray for us!

Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us!

Venerable Fulton Sheen, loyal servant of God and the Pontiffs, pray for us!

March 14, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

Habemus papam!

Woo!

March 13, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment