Show Joy as Catholics.

We do indeed need to show joy as Catholics.   My motto — “Be happily and uncomplicatedly Catholic.”

Michael J. Sheehan, Archbishop of Santa Fe

                                 

                   George and Mary

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On an evening in 1777, Anthony Sherman, a soldier serving with General George Washington during the bitter winter at Valley Forge, gave this first-hand account:

“Washington, who was known to wander alone praying, spent nearly the entire afternoon in his quarters, allowing no interruptions. When he came out, I noticed that his face was a shade paler than usual, and there seemed to be something on his mind of more ordinary importance. Later, the General told his orderly, ‘I do not know whether it was owing to the anxiety of my mind, or what, but this afternoon as I was sitting at this table engaging in preparing a dispatch, something seemed to disturb me

jmAngelOfLiberty 002 ‘Looking up, I beheld standing opposite me a singularly beautiful female. So astonished was I, for I had given strict order not to be disturbed, that it was some moments before I found language to inquire into the cause of her presence. A second, third and even a fourth time did I repeat my question, but received no answer from my mysterious visitor except a slight raising of her eyes.

 ‘By this time I felt strange sensations spreading through me. I would have risen but the riveted gaze of the being before me rendered volition impossible. I assayed once more to address her, but my tongue had become useless as though it had become paralyzed. A new influence, mysterious, potent, irresistible, took possession of me. All I could do was to gaze steadily, vacantly at my unknown visitant.

 ‘Gradually the surrounding atmosphere seemed as if had become filled with sensations and luminous. Everything about me seemed to rarefy, the mysterious visitor herself becoming more airy and yet more distinct to my sight than before…

‘Presently I heard a voice saying, Son of the Republic, look and learn.’ “

If you find this of interest, please email me  

(aljagoe@gmail.com)

Current News

 

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-        A tragic Christian act of “a tooth for a tooth”

For decades Central Africa with 400 million Muslims and 500 million Christians was a model for religion tolerance. Then last year, the Muslims rebels seized the capital with such brutal raping and murdering of Christians that the Frenchaaaaaaajpg-620x349 government sent forces to restore peace. Then last month, in reprisal, Christians attacked the Muslims and drove thousands from the capital. They then destroyed their homes and business places so that they would not return,

   18-year-old Tcholongh Gauthier said, “I am looking for Muslims to kill them all. It’s not in the Bible, but they killed my father and mother.

-  (a sign of the times) With Bard Pitt (her 3rd husband), actress Angelina Jolie has had six children, and they are getting married. She said, “The kids are so excited about the wedding. They like the idea of mommy and daddy getting married.”

 

Mary Quiz

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In the past 100 years, how many Marian apparitions have been reported?

 

Roster of Joyful Catholic Priests

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  •  Fr. John Dowling, St. Francis of Assisi parish, Fairfield Glade, TN
  • Bishop James Vann Johnston, (Springfield/Cape Girardeau, MO)

  • Fr. Richard Lopez (Atlanta Archdiocese, GA) NEW!

  • Fr. Noel Sanvicente, (Diocese of San Jose, CA) NEW!

  • Fr. Alex Waraksa St. Patrick’s parish, (Morristown, TN) NEW

  • Fr. Robert Aufieri (New York, NY)

  • Fr. John M. Bauer (Minneapolis, MN)

  • Fr. Edmund Connors, Katonah, NY

  • Fr. Paul D.Counce (Baton Rouge, LA

  • Fr. Paul Duchschere (Fargo, ND)

  • Fr. Anthony O’Gorman (London, UK)

  • Fr. Edward Gorman, O.P. (Providence, RI)

  • Msgr. Edward Filardi (Bethesda, MD)

  • Fr. Charles E. Jacobs, Hartford CT

  • Fr. Raymond Kemp (Washington, DC)

  • Bishop Joseph N. Latino (Jackson, MS)

  • Archbishop Jerome Listecki (Milwaukee, MN)

  • Bishop Dennis Madden (Baltimore, MD)

  • Fr. Joseph Marini (San Mateo, CA)

  • Msgr. Joseph Mayo (Salt Lake City, UT)

  • Fr. John Mericantante (Pahokee, FL)

  • Msgr. Thomas Modugno (New York,NY)

  • Fr. Kevin Nelson, (Lantana, FL)

  • Fr. John O’Donoghue (San Antonio,TX)

  • Fr. Antony Pulikal (Lntana, FL)

  • Fr. James R. Purfield (Denver,CO)

  • Fr. Paul S. Quinter (Pittsburg, Pa)

  • Fr. Michael Radermache, (Vancouver, WA)

  • Msg. David Robichcaux, V.F. (New Orleans, LA)

  • Archbishop Thomas J. Rodi (Mobile, AL)

  • Fr. Alberto Rodriguez, (Miami)

  • Msg. Paul L. Rohling (Birmingham, AL)

  • Fr. David Ross (Lima. OH)

  • Fr. Matthew Ruhl, S.J. (Kansas City, KS)

  • Fr. Michael Scanlon (Steubenville, OH)

  • Fr. Walter J. Szezesny (Buffalo, NY)

  • Fr. Richard Trout (Sanford, FL)

  • Fr. Hayden Vaverek (New York, NY)

  • Fr. Malcolm Sylvester Willoughby, O.P. (Washington, DC)

  • Canon Stuart Wilson (London, UK)                             

 The media loves to publicize bad priests, and we should give recognition to our Joyful Catholic Priests. Send me your recommendation for ones you think merit membership in this splendid group. (aljagoe@gmail.com)

                                      

 

Awards

THE STUPID AWARD goes to the aged Roman-collared fellows responsible for Catholic education in Cincinnati. To assure that all instructors are bigoted, close-minded, intolerant and holier-than-thou, they have prepared a six-page contract for each teacher.

(Sorry, Jesus. You wouldn’t qualify to teach in Cincinnati.)

aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaabookTHE LITERARY AWARD goes to Fr. James Martin, S.J. for his excellent book, Between Heaven and Mirth (Why joy, human and laughter are at the heart of the Spiritual Life).

BEST ARTICLE AWARD is for Frederick W Mark’s “Marian Misconceptions” in the May New Oxford Review.

TOP HONORS AWARD goes to Sister Maria-Nazareth, from Argentina, who hasaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa volunteered to serve in the hospice for Christian girls in Aleppo, right in the midst of the Syrian battle region.

THE GUTSY AWARD is for Israel for jailing a former primer minister for bribery. If we jailed all Congressmen for bribery, they would hold the next session of Congress in the corner of a Starbucks.

 

Correspondence

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- Thank you for the beautiful and informative article. The Koran    describes Mary as Virgin who gave birth to Jesus ,a prophet. Mary and Jesus are held in high esteem. What we cannot understand is their hatred and eagerness to destroy Christians from the Middle East and other Muslim countries, in spite of their regard for Jesus and Mary. May God help them remove hatred from their hearts.

K. C. Thomas

     -  The solipsism of today’s society threatens the wholeness of America.

Roger Wheelright

-        I think we Catholics blow it by placing so much emphasis on Mary,   who was merely a mother, same as yours and mine…Susan Rodinski

    (Right you are, Susan. But there was a helluva difference between us   and her son.)

 

Interesting Sayings

 Child listening

 From silly devotions and sour-faced saints, good Lord, deliver us.

St. Teresa of Avila

Christ did not gain a fisherman through an emperor, but an emperor through a fisherman.

St. Augustine

His mother should have thrown him away and kept the stork.

May West

Spiritual gifts are not received unless they are desired.

St. Thomas Aquinas

 

I have never killed a man, but I have read many obituaries with great pleasure.

Clarence Darrow

 

                                             Answer to Mary Quiz

In the past 100 years, 651 apparitions have been reported, and 18 approved by the Church.

 

Chuckle Time

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A man walked into a Washington, D.C., confessional.

He tells the priest, “Blessed me, Father, because I have sinned. Last night I beat the crap out of a Congressman.”

The priest responds: “My son, I am here to forgive sins, not to discuss your community service.”

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We do indeed need to show joy as Catholics.   My motto — “Be happily and uncomplicatedly Catholic.”

Michael J. Sheehan, Archbishop of Santa Fe

 

Interesting Sayings 

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You are speaks so loudly I can’t hare what you are saying.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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It is the test of a good religion whether you can joke about it.

G. K. Chesterton

 

aaa Flannery O'Connor colorThe supernatural is an embarrassment today.

Flannery O’Connor

 

   Anyone who wants to move mountains must begin by moving small stones.

   Rev.  Cannon Christopher Rodgers, Timaru, N.Q.

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   Why do you sit there looking like an envelope without any address on it? 

     Mark Twain

Communiqués

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Even if it’s true that I’m a wimp, I like not being forced to eat fish on Friday…Elmer Gotchief (butcher in a NY Safeway)

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Thanks you for shocking me into realizing many of the well-intended changes in the Church which have turned things sour….  Mabel Stetson, Toledo, OH

With younger members of my family, I have experience the same problem you friend had regarding fasting before Mass. Some of my kids’ religion teachers told them not to take seriously the matter of fasting… Rebecca Smith, Albuquerque, NM aaa solipsism

The solipsism of this generation leads to a dead end…  Juan Tejada, Ann Arbor, MI

 

Answer to Mary Quiz

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@56 AD, St. Ignatius of Antioch, the third bishop of Antioch, wrote to Mary: “You should comfort and console me, a disciple of your beloved John. I have heard wonderful and astonishing things to tell about your son, Jesus. With my whole heart, I want to get more information regarding things I have heard from you, who were always intimate and allied with Him. You knew all his secrets. Fare thee well and let the neophytes with me be comforted by you.”

       In her reply, Mary wrote: “The things you have heard and learned from John are true. Believe them, cling to them and hold fast to the profession of the faith you have embraced. Soon I will come with John to visit with you and the others. Stand fast in the faith and show thyself a man. Don’t let the fierceness of persecution move you. Let your spirit be strong and rejoice in God, thy Saviour.”

Chuckle Time

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In an elementary school test, one student wrote “In the first book of the Bible, Guinessis, God got tired of creating the world so he took the Sabbath off. Adams and Eve were created from an apple tree. Noah’s wife was Joan of Ark. Noah built and ark and the animals came in pears. Lot’s wife was a pillar of salt during the day and a ball of fire during the night.

 

 

 

 

Woman #1

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When friends asked me about my next book, I told them it was about the most famous woman in the history of man; then I would add, “and she’s Jewish.”

 With my Jewish friends it was fun to watch puzzled frowns become smiles and hear them say, “Of course, it’s Mary. But I forget she’s Jewish.”

 When I converted to the Church over six decades ago at age twenty-seven, with joy I mary1embraced the whole concept of Catholicism. This included the Trinity, the Sacraments, the Pope, the saints and Mary. I accepted Mary’s prominence because Jesus was God, Mary was the mother of Jesus; therefore, Mary was the Mother of God.  Now at the final stage of life when daring to explore the essence of Being, I realize that, as a focused light, structured religion is a recent arrival in the existence of Man.  And throughout this period, Mary is the most renowned of all women.

         Mary’s fame is puzzlement.  In the New Testament she is mentioned only 19 times and has just four quotations. At the Annunciation, she said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it done to me according to thy word.” During her pregnancy when she visits her cousin Elizabeth, Mary recited the Song of Praise.  When she and Joseph find the teenage Jesus in the temple, she asked, “Why have you done this? Didn’t you know your father and I were searching for you?”  Then at the Feast at Cana, she let Jesus know they are out of wine and tells the wine steward “Do whatever he tells you to do.” Therefore, the high position of honor and reverence we give to Mary has come primarily through revelation and her interventions through the centuries.

          Over a five year period, I gathered important dates to write A Layman’s Jay'sNew BookMaryChronology of Mary, which I have recently published. With 474 dates, 72 apparitions and quotes from 178 saints and 36 popes, this book is a pebble on the mountain of writings about Mary. The Marian Library at the University of Dayton, Ohio, houses the world’s largest collection of printed material about Mary. The current count there is over sixty thousand books in fifty languages, more than fifty-five thousand clippings from newspaper and magazines and almost twenty thousand holy cards bearing her image.

     When I converted to the Catholic Church, my favorite Cousin Loraine, who was a staunch Baptist, would not have been more shocked had I decided to become a bank robber.  She told a friend, “I couldn’t believe what I heard. Why, I thought Armiger was more intelligent than that.”

         The following year, after a visit with relatives in Alabama, she couldn’t wait to return home and tell me a funny thing she had seen. “One afternoon,” she said, “we were driving through town and passed a Catholic Church.  And can you guess the name of the church?”  I shook my head and braced for what was to come.

  “It was called ‘Mother of God.’! Can you believe it?”

  After she wiped her tears from laughing, Cousin Loraine added, “How can you imagine God needing a mother?”

  Realizing I was bucking the Rock of Gibraltar, I forced a smile and a change of subject.

  MOGletters3In memory of this delightful relative and for others who share her ignorance of Mary, I hope my book which records important dates about Mary will be a spark of enlightenment. Many who do not believe in Mary would like to believe if they had evidence.

As Pope John Paul II said, “In the life of a human being there are many more truths which are simply believed than truths which are acquired by way of personal verification.”

Please send me your comments aljagoe@gmail.com

Current News

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-        Did you ever think you would see the head of the Catholic Church on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine?  Check the current February 15 issue and see Pope Francis (bigger than life) waving at you on the cover.

-        The Muslims throughout the Middle East are attempting to make Christianity an endangered religion.  Yet in the Central African Republic a militant forcecommunion_africa1 revenging the massacres of Christians by a former government are now butchering Muslims. Reporter Peter Bouchaert wrote, “The Catholics’ humanity, courage and leadership stand out amid the slaughter. They are virtually alone in trying to protect the vulnerable.  The only force that seems able to protect vulnerable Muslims from the anti-balaka are the courageous Catholic priests and nuns of the Bossemptele mission. In Boali, the local Catholic priest sheltered 700 in his church.”

(Comment: you friggin Muslims in Egypt and throughout the Middle East who are burning our churches and treating us roughly – take notice)

                 

Roster of Joyful Catholic Priests

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  •  Fr. John Dowling, St. Francis of Assisi parish, Fairfield Glade, TN
  • Bishop James Vann Johnston, (Springfield/Cape Girardeau, MO)

  • Fr. Richard Lopez (Atlanta Archdiocese, GA) NEW!

  • Fr. Noel Sanvicente, (Diocese of San Jose, CA) NEW!

  • Fr. Alex Waraksa St. Patrick’s parish, (Morristown, TN) NEW

  • Fr. Robert Aufieri (New York, NY)

  • Fr. John M. Bauer (Minneapolis, MN)

  • Fr. Edmund Connors, Katonah, NY

  • Fr. Paul D.Counce (Baton Rouge, LA

  • Fr. Paul Duchschere (Fargo, ND)

  • Fr. Anthony O’Gorman (London, UK)

  • Fr. Edward Gorman, O.P. (Providence, RI)

  • Msgr. Edward Filardi (Bethesda, MD)

  • Fr. Charles E. Jacobs, Hartford CT

  • Fr. Raymond Kemp (Washington, DC)

  • Bishop Joseph N. Latino (Jackson, MS)

  • Archbishop Jerome Listecki (Milwaukee, MN)

  • Bishop Dennis Madden (Baltimore, MD)

  • Fr. Joseph Marini (San Mateo, CA)

  • Msgr. Joseph Mayo (Salt Lake City, UT)

  • Fr. John Mericantante (Pahokee, FL)

  • Msgr. Thomas Modugno (New York,NY)

  • Fr. Kevin Nelson, (Lantana, FL)

  • Fr. John O’Donoghue (San Antonio,TX)

  • Fr. Antony Pulikal (Lntana, FL)

  • Fr. James R. Purfield (Denver,CO)

  • Fr. Paul S. Quinter (Pittsburg, Pa)

  • Fr. Michael Radermache, (Vancouver, WA)

  • Msg. David Robichcaux, V.F. (New Orleans, LA)

  • Archbishop Thomas J. Rodi (Mobile, AL)

  • Fr. Alberto Rodriguez, (Miami)

  • Msg. Paul L. Rohling (Birmingham, AL)

  • Fr. David Ross (Lima. OH)

  • Fr. Matthew Ruhl, S.J. (Kansas City, KS)

  • Fr. Michael Scanlon (Steubenville, OH)

  • Fr. Walter J. Szezesny (Buffalo, NY)

  • Fr. Richard Trout (Sanford, FL)

  • Fr. Hayden Vaverek (New York, NY)

  • Fr. Malcolm Sylvester Willoughby, O.P. (Washington, DC)

  • Canon Stuart Wilson (London, UK)                             

 The media loves to publicize bad priests, and we should give recognition to our Joyful Catholic Priests. Send me your recommendation for ones you think merit membership in this splendid group. (aljagoe@gmail.com)

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Poem  (Amy C. Ellis)

 God’s love is like

a shining stream that overflows

with golden beams.

It enters in our hearts

with light and pours out blessings

day or night.

This living stream can cleanse from sin those hearts

that bid it enter in. Its flowing spirit endlessly

is bringing Christ

to you and me.

So you call yourself Catholic – wonderful! Now show me!

Pope Francis meets with children during an encounter with representatives of the civil society in the Municipal Theater in Rio de Janeiro

“So you call yourself Catholic—wonderful!  Now show me!

Show the way you love me.”

Pope Francis

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Interesting Sayings 

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-        I believe that politicians spend too little time on their knees. I am convinced that they would be better politicians if they were to do so….Mother Teresa

-        We Christians are not looking for suffering, but for joy. God, living in joy,   wantedjoy-button-1 to communicate it to all people. This is why he sent it down into our misery, nailing it to the cross. At that point, the cross became the way toward joy. Christianity is not at all morality and prohibitions—first and foremost it is wonder before things.

Fabrice Hadjadj, French philosopher, writer and convert to Catholicism

 

-      When he was born, they should have kept the stork, instead of the baby….Mae West

-      Jesus came into the world so that we might live the truth joyfully, freely and boldly, just as he did….The Word Among Us

st_seraphim_sarov_500     In our day holy faith in our Lord Jesus Christ is so slack, and indifference and lack of passion for communion with God loom so large, that one really must say: We have almost completely abandoned true Christian living…. St. Seraphim of Sarov (died 1833)

 

Psalms 40

      You do not ask for sacrifice and offerings

      but an open ear.

     You do not ask for holocaust and victim.

     Instead, here am I.

 Communiqués

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 We, indeed, must be joyful Catholics to enjoy the thralldom of Christianity….Rich Throgmorton

(Regarding “The Mass I am waiting to attend” blog)

-        If you ever find such a Mass scheduled, I’d drive 100 miles to attend….Charles Lambert

-        Should I have the good fortune to be at the Mass you described, I would think I was in the wrong church….Mabel Richardson

-        I was disgusted with this blog. I think you are an arrogant bastard to write such trash…. Anthony Wilson

Chuckle Time

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At the oculist’s office, a Polish priest was asked if he could read the eye chart. He said, “Sure I can, and I even know that fellow.”

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“So you call yourself Catholic—wonderful!  Now show me!

Show the way you love me.”

Pope Francis

What Wimps We Catholics Are 

During WWII, when I was flying missions from Corsica, I recognized and admired Catholic in my squadron because they all wore crosses.  Five years later when I006 converted to Catholicism, the first things I did when leaving the Cathedral was to go to the religious store across the street and buy my cross.  Recently, a curious young attendant at the indoor pool asked me what I was wearing around my neck. (Today, how many Catholic men you know wear crosses?)

     As a bachelor, on a Saturday night my Catholic date kept her eye on her watch, watch1950s1in order not to eat or drink after the strike of twelve. This act, as well as Catholic men wearing crosses, made me aware that there was something different and enviable about Catholics. They had the guts to be different.

          In the 1960’s, either the meat lobby got the ear of Pope Paul VI or theologians (too smart for their own britches) decided to abolish the fish-on-Friday rule. They stupidly assumed that if they made Catholics less different than Protestants and non-believers, it might help the Church. (Stupid! Stupid! Stupid!)

       Next, in order to make our women religious look more like the-woman-on-the-street, they abolished their habits which identified them as Catholics, devoting their lives to Christ. (Heavens, forbid!)

       When I published in a local Catholic paper my chapter “Communion, Ho-Hum” from Light Reading for Good and Wayward Catholics, I expected to get fiercecover cathb.n reaction from a dozen priests. The only protest I got was from Brother Ed Adams, a retired Christians Brother—and now a close friend. In the writing, I predicted the day when the Host will be dispensed by a blessed robot at a church drive-in. (If you live to see this happen, remember where you first heard about it.)

        Recently, a friend was shocked to see his 16-year-old daughter eating a cookie while walking into Mass. When he admonished her for not fasting, this very bright student, who has always attended Catholic schools, asked with complete innocence, “What are you talking about?”

        From the indifferent way members of the congregation habitually andchewing-gum mindlessly file out for Communion (some chewing gum), I am reminded of watching cows moseying into the barn to get fed.  Regarding lack of fasting before Communion, I foresee the day when donuts will be served before Mass.

       I envy religious who have a most honored place that is of maximum importance to their Faith.  Every year at the end of May, tens of millions Hindus wash in the Ganges (the 5th most 2095polluted body of water), to rid themselves of sin and to pay respect to Goddess Ganza and their ancestors. Muslims, who are obligated to pray five-times-a-day, aren’t assured a place in Paradise unless they travel to be trampled at Mecca.  We Catholics ain’t got such a place. A possible exception is the over 5-million who visit Lourdes with recognition of Mary, as our Advocate and the Mother of God. Regarding any place where Christ, the Son of God, existed—forget it. Jerusalem is now mostly devoid of Christians, and the Way of The Cross is 10-feet higher than it was at the time of Christ.

        Regarding the obligation to attend Mass every Sunday, don’t take it too seriously. There is a story about a time when squirrels invaded all the churches in a small Texas town. The Protestants unsuccessfully tried every known method to get rid of the critters. The Catholics had the solution. They caught all the squirrels and baptized them. Now, they only see them twice a year—at Easter and Christmas.

     Now, you fellow wippy Catholics, let me have your thoughts. aljagoe@gmail.com 

 

Current News

 

news11- Twelve nuns and three young women were abducted from their convent in Damascus by Islamist rebels on December 2. They have never been discovered.

 

 - By request, I sent Pope Francis one of my I AM A JOYFUL CATHOLIC car stickers. Now, if you see it stuck on the Popemobile, don’t be surprised.

 

Recommended Readings

-        “Capitol Exhortations” in December 23 America.

-        “How to cultivate gratitude” in December Catholic Digest

-        “From Piety to Politics in January U. S. Catholic

-       Pope Francis & the Primacy of Conscience” in December New Oxford    Review

 

Roster of Joyful Catholic Priests

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The media loves to publicize bad priests, and we should give recognition to our Joyful Catholic Priests. Send me your recommendation for ones you think merit membership in this splendid group. (aljagoe@gmail.com)

  •  Fr. John Dowling, St. Francis of Assisi parish, Fairfield Glade, TN
  • Bishop James Vann Johnston, (Springfield/Cape Girardeau, MO)

  • Fr. Richard Lopez (Atlanta Archdiocese, GA) NEW!

  • Fr. Noel Sanvicente, (Diocese of San Jose, CA) NEW!

  • Fr. Alex Waraksa St. Patrick’s parish, (Morristown, TN) NEW

  • Fr. Robert Aufieri (New York, NY)

  • Fr. John M. Bauer (Minneapolis, MN)

  • Fr. Edmund Connors, Katonah, NY

  • Fr. Paul D.Counce (Baton Rouge, LA

  • Fr. Paul Duchschere (Fargo, ND)

  • Fr. Anthony O’Gorman (London, UK)

  • Fr. Edward Gorman, O.P. (Providence, RI)

  • Msgr. Edward Filardi (Bethesda, MD)

  • Fr. Charles E. Jacobs, Hartford CT

  • Fr. Raymond Kemp (Washington, DC)

  • Bishop Joseph N. Latino (Jackson, MS)

  • Archbishop Jerome Listecki (Milwaukee, MN)

  • Bishop Dennis Madden (Baltimore, MD)

  • Fr. Joseph Marini (San Mateo, CA)

  • Msgr. Joseph Mayo (Salt Lake City, UT)

  • Fr. John Mericantante (Pahokee, FL)

  • Msgr. Thomas Modugno (New York,NY)

  • Fr. Kevin Nelson, (Lantana, FL)

  • Fr. John O’Donoghue (San Antonio,TX)

  • Fr. Antony Pulikal (Lntana, FL)

  • Fr. James R. Purfield (Denver,CO)

  • Fr. Paul S. Quinter (Pittsburg, Pa)

  • Fr. Michael Radermache, (Vancouver, WA)

  • Msg. David Robichcaux, V.F. (New Orleans, LA)

  • Archbishop Thomas J. Rodi (Mobile, AL)

  • Fr. Alberto Rodriguez, (Miami)

  • Msg. Paul L. Rohling (Birmingham, AL)

  • Fr. David Ross (Lima. OH)

  • Fr. Matthew Ruhl, S.J. (Kansas City, KS)

  • Fr. Michael Scanlon (Steubenville, OH)

  • Fr. Walter J. Szezesny (Buffalo, NY)

  • Fr. Richard Trout (Sanford, FL)

  • Fr. Hayden Vaverek (New York, NY)

  • Fr. Malcolm Sylvester Willoughby, O.P. (Washington, DC)

  • Canon Stuart Wilson (London, UK)

                                                      

 

 Poem (a short one)

Life begins

when one knows

there’s an end.

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“So you call yourself Catholic—wonderful!  Now show me!

Show the way you love me.”

Pope Francis

 Interesting Sayings

The Times

The Catholic Church, like all powerful institutions can choose to stand against social change in the name of dogmatic interpretation of its principles. Or it can seek to adapt to changing mores. It seems obvious that the Catholic Church is more likely to flourish if proper account is taken of how human beings actually behave and how their preoccupations and needs change over time.

 If this is the mission of Pope Francis then it is very much a welcome one.

(From 11/6 LondonThe  Times)  

Let us beg God that he would put on us the heavenly Christ so that established in great joy and thus led by him we may be granted the greatest tranquility.

Pseudo-Macraius, an Egyptian monk who died in 390 A.D. when-they-come-home-returning-catholics-rigney-lanave

Lord, let your love flow through me, that I might be a reflection of you for all those I encounter today.

Melanie Rigney, coauthor of When They Come Home.

Ways to Welcome Returning Catholics” …If joy presents itself because of earning or honor acquired, let them rejoice as moderately as if they did not rejoice, that is,as if the joy were not theirs.

                               St. Robert Bellarmine (died 1621 A.D.)

One way to sum up the good news of the Gospel is to say, quite simply, that the Father of Jesus Christ is crazy about us.

                                             Rev. Robert Barron

 Communiqués 

PisaVery disappointed with your lopsided and poorly considered most recent blog. (then there is a lengthy listing of Christian misdeed during past century).

You do yourself and your message a grave disservice when you take such a slanted and frankly infantile view of geopolitics and say silly things like “Yay for us Christians, boo for those bad Muslims.” If you could get in a time machine and go back just 100 years, this wonderful Christian tradition you sing about was responsible for some of the most horrific trampling on the rights of Arabs, Indians, Africans, and Jews throughout the 1800s up to the 1960s.If you fly back even farther in your time machine, you will land in Spain in the year 1100, where one of the best cultural things that ever happened to that country was the spirit of harmony and respect that was achieved between Jews, Muslims, and Christians in the brilliant center of learning in Toledo — under the rule of an enlightened Arab/Muslim regime.Islam is no more or less violent or peace-loving than Christianity.

 I expect better from your blog.  joyful.believer2@yahoo.com

(Comment: I have no argument about our misdeeds of the past. Many of them are horrendous.  You forgot to include the abuses of the Crusades and Spanish368-spanish-inquisition2 Inquisition. However, I repeat, say again, and reiterate that TODAY I thank God that I’m a Christian. Sure, we will still make mistakes and bicker, but we don’t set off car bombs, burn and destroy other places of worship, condemn and butcher non-Christians. Once again, “Yah for us Christians!”

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 Please send me 18 of  your I Am a Joyful Catholic bumper stickers, one for each of our deacons and deacon wives.  Use will be to share how to begin to evangelize without the spoken word.

Kate Mills, Ventura, CA

Chuckle Time

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When Forrest Gump arrived at the Pearly Gates, St. Peter on the other side told him he needed to answer these three questions before he could enter. The questions were:

(1) What two days of the week begin with the letter “T”?

(2) How many seconds are there in a year?

(3) What is God’s first name?

Forrest said, “That’s easy.  The two days are today and tomorrow. There are twelve second in a year—January 2, February 2, and so on. And God’s first name is Andy, because I learned from the song: ‘Andy walks with me, Andy talks with me, Andy tells me I am his own.’”

 

The Mass I am Looking Forward to Attending

We do indeed need to show joy as Catholics.   My motto — “Be happily and uncomplicatedly Catholic.”

Michael J. Sheehan

Archbishop of Santa   Fe

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The Mass I am looking forward to attending 

After the entrance of the altar girls, a fat deacon and a new priest, the priest faces the congregation and says, “While you are standing, I want toaltergirls introduce myself, I am Father Felice, visiting your parish from my base in Santa Fe. To prove that we are not merely individuals, but a community of believers, I would like for you to meet everyone within your reach—right, left, front and back—first names only and give eye contact.”  After several shocked seconds, the parishioners awkwardly begin to speak to one another. The church becomes alive with the sound of voices.

       Picture1Then Father Felice says, “Now, I would like for those in the front half of the church to do an about-face and look at those in the back of the church.”

There is the noise of people shuffling to turn around.  “Now,” the priest says, “I want you to acknowledge one another with a friendly wave. Be sure to look at everyone you can see.”

       “Next,” Father Felice says, “about face and let’s acknowledge the shock1tabernacle where our Lord and Savior is our loving host and will be present for this service. During the Mass, each of you will be gifted with the most important event of your life. You are going to receive and be one with the Body of Christ, the man-God and God-Man.  Are you prepared for this momentous event? Do I hear a loud ‘Yes’?”

         There is a modest response from the congregation. And the priest says, “Let’s try it again.”  With that the church resounds with a loud and joyful “Yes!”

         “Now,” Father Felice says, “we are ready to start.”

 

 Miscellaneous

NIrish Kids

In a 2002 survey commissioned by the Northern Irish Community Relations Council, a sociologist interviewed Catholic and Protestant children between the ages of three and six to find out their views on the political situation there. When asked, “What do you know about Catholics?” one Protestant child responded, “They rob. They’re bad. Catholics are different from ordinary human beings because they are badder. They make petrol bombs, get petrol at garages, throw them and they blow up.”

In response to the question, “What do you know about Protestants?” Catholic children provided similar responses, “They want to kill all the Catholics.  They are like Catholics. They do the same things only they’re stronger.”

(Courtesy of Dr. Imre Szeman)

Recommended Readings

-       “Lead us not into clericalism” by Mark Henninger, S.J. in October 21 America

     -   “Fighting on New Terrain” by George Weigel in the August-    September First Things

 

Roster of Joyful Catholic Priests 

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The media loves to publicize bad priests, and we should give recognition to our Joyful Catholic Priests. Send me your recommendation for ones you think merit membership in this splendid group. (aljagoe@comcast.net)

  • Fr. John Dowling, St. Francis of Assisi parish, Fairfield Glade, TN NEW!

  • Bishop James Vann Johnston, (Springfield/Cape Girardeau, MO) NEW!

  • Fr. Richard Lopez (Atlanta Archdiocese, GA) NEW!

  • Fr. Noel Sanvicente, (Diocese of San Jose, CA) NEW!

  • Fr. Alex Waraksa St. Patrick’s parish, (Morristown, TN) NEW

  • Fr. Robert Aufieri (New York, NY)

  • Fr. John M. Bauer (Minneapolis, MN)

  • Fr. Edmund Connors, Katonah, NY

  • Fr. Paul D.Counce (Baton Rouge, LA

  • Fr. Paul Duchschere (Fargo, ND)

  • Fr. Anthony O’Gorman (London, UK)

  • Fr. Edward Gorman, O.P. (Providence, RI)

  • Msgr. Edward Filardi (Bethesda, MD)

  • Fr. Charles E. Jacobs, Hartford CT

  • Fr. Raymond Kemp (Washington, DC)

  • Bishop Joseph N. Latino (Jackson, MS)

  • Archbishop Jerome Listecki (Milwaukee, MN)

  • Bishop Dennis Madden (Baltimore, MD)

  • Fr. Joseph Marini (San Mateo, CA)

  • Msgr. Joseph Mayo (Salt Lake City, UT)

  • Fr. John Mericantante (Pahokee, FL)

  • Msgr. Thomas Modugno (New York,NY)

  • Fr. Kevin Nelson, (Lantana, FL)

  • Fr. John O’Donoghue (San Antonio,TX)

  • Fr. Antony Pulikal (Lntana, FL)

  • Fr. James R. Purfield (Denver,CO)

  • Fr. Paul S. Quinter (Pittsburg, Pa)

  • Fr. Michael Radermache, (Vancouver, WA)

  • Msg. David Robichcaux, V.F. (New Orleans, LA)

  • Archbishop Thomas J. Rodi (Mobile, AL)

  • Fr. Alberto Rodriguez, (Miami)

  • Msg. Paul L. Rohling (Birmingham, AL)

  • Fr. David Ross (Lima. OH)

  • Fr. Matthew Ruhl, S.J. (Kansas City, KS)

  • Fr. Michael Scanlon (Steubenville, OH)

  • Fr. Walter J. Szezesny (Buffalo, NY)

  • Fr. Richard Trout (Sanford, FL)

  • Fr. Hayden Vaverek (New York, NY)

  • Fr. Malcolm Sylvester Willoughby, O.P. (Washington, DC)

  • Canon Stuart Wilson (London, UK)