“Be Happily and Uncomplicatedly Catholic.”

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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

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Correspondence

♦ The internecine struggle Pope Francis has with the bishops should delight 

every Joyful Catholic… Roger Wentworth, Cambridge, MA 

♦ This title is an appropriation and is more about the divinity of Christ who would not be subjected to sin. Similarly calling Mary the mother of God is more about declaring the divinity of Christ- Theotokos Mary is the bearer of Christ who is divine. Mary made her response freely and under the influence of grace to the angel Gabriel at the annunciation. (re: “If Mary had said “no”)

Br. Edward Adams, F.S.C. 

♦ I think Mary knew immediately that this was her calling even though it might have caused her some anxiety at fires, possibly considering some of the thoughts you expressed. However, her faith in God was so strong and also the Angel Gabriel soothed her worries so that she could commit willingly….Suzanne

Interesting Sayings 

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We have lost all our possessions, but we still

have our faith in JesusAn Iraqi Christian

 

Christianity is the religion that explains everyone to themselvesMuriel Spark 

This is my prayer: that your love may increase ever more and more in knowledge and every kind of perception or discern what is of value…St. Paul

The only boring people I know are bored people...Elizabeth Gilbert

Phyllis Diller

 

Aim high, and you won’t

shoot your foot off… Phyllis Diller

 

Answer to Quiz

1.Hostile rigidity

2.Destructive do-goodism based on “false mercy”

3.Transforming “bread into stone” and hurling it against sinners, the week and the ill.

4.Bending to the spirit of the world rather than purifying it.

5.Using smooth language in order to say a lot without saying anything. 

 

shocked-face Chuckle Time

At the end of his homily, the priest said, “We are in great difficulty; the roof repairs cost twice as much as expected and we will need $4,000 more. Any of you who can pledge $100 or more, please stand up. At that moment, the organist played “The Star Spangled Banner.”

 

 

 

 

We do indeed need to show joy asMichael J. Sheehan, Archbishop of Santa Fe

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Tmbooe  (tim/boo’e)

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If there were an organization, named Tmbooe, that was searching for The Most Blessed One On Earth, would you submit your name?

I asked this to several friends, and these are some of the answers.

Successful author: “Why not?  What would I have to lose?”

Housewife: “I’m not sure because it is all relative.”

Man in advertising world:  “I like that concept. I think it might sell.”

Banker: “I suspect there is a cost involved.”

Woman executive:  “No, because I assume it would automatically give my

 name to 100 organizations which would start flooding my e-mail.”

A Bulgarian food server: “No, because I’m not blessed.”   

 

Now, would you submit your name?

bigstock_Question_mark_symbol_dice_roll_18529607Realize that in the 7.2 billion people living on this planet, there will never be another person quite like you.  You’re the only one of a kind, who is willed and chosen.

 If you woke up healthy this morning, you are more blessed than the million who won’t survive this week.

If you have food in the refrigerator, clothes on your back and a roof overhead and place to sleep, you are more blessed than 75% of the rest of other folks in the world.

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As a principal source for combating age is appreciation of self, I propose a tenth Beatitude. It is “Blessed is one who acknowledged being blessed.”

I repeat, as a Joyful Catholic, would you submit your name for the Tmbooe Survey?  I would. And if not chosen winner, I’d demand a recount.

Please send me your commentsLink text“> (aljagoe@gmail.com)

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Current News

– In the Pakistan village of Kasur, as infidels, a Christian couple was beaten to death1415231206805_wps_10_epa04477265_Relatives_of_ and their bodies incinerated in the brick kiln where they worked. By the authorities, there was no condemnation of this crime.

–  The appeals court in Lahore, Pakistan  rejected a Christian mother-of-five’s death sentence for “blasphemy”.

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– Good News!  Candidate Rand Paul announced the God has not forgotten America

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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. Robert Aufieri (New York, NY)
Fr. John M. Bauer (Minneapolis, MN)
Fr. Edmund Connors Katonah, NY
Fr. Paul D.Counce (Baton Rouge, LA)
Fr. John Dowling (Fairfield Glade,TN)
Fr. Paul Duchschere (Fargo, ND)
Fr. Anthony O’Gorman (London, UK)
Fr. Edward Gorman O.P. (Providence, RI)
Msgr. Edward Filardi (Bethesda, MD)
Mark Henninger (Chicago, IL)
Fr. Charles E. Jacobs (Hartford, CT)
Bishop James Vann Johnston (Springfield/Cape Girardeau, MO)
Fr. Raymond Kemp (Washington, DC)
Fr. Robert Kus (Wilmington, NC)
Bishop Joseph N. Latino (Jackson, MS)
Archbishop Jerome Listecki (Milwaukee, MN)
Fr. Richard Lopez (Atlanta Archdiocese, GA)
Bishop Dennis Madden (Baltimore, MD)
Msgr. Francis I. Malone (Little Rock, AR)
Fr. Christian Marte, S.J. (Vienna, Austria)
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. Kevin J. O’Neil (Washington, DC
Fr.Francisco Pires (HydePark, NY)
Fr. Antony Pulikal (Lntana, FL)
Fr. Fr.James R. Purfield (Denver,CO)
Fr. Fr. Paul S. Quinter (Pittsburg, Pa)

Regarding 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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 Quiz

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What were the five temptations Pope Francis said facing the Synod of Bishops for their October meeting?

“Be Happily and Uncomplicatedly Catholic.”

 

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  Mary Quiz

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In 1218, who was the Saint who had a vision of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and then formed The Order of the Blessed Mary of Mercy for the Redemption of Captives, popularly know as the Mercedarians?

 Interesting Sayings

If religious faith isn’t about joy, there’s no point in it..E.J. Dionne, Jr. 

MV5BMzg2OTk3MzU0OF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTYwMzE3MzU2._V1_SY317_CR9,0,214,317_AL_Joy, anxiety and suffering can all be communicated in silence—indeed it provides them with a particularly powerful mode of expression…Pope Benedict

 

I am not a has-been. I am a will be… Lauren Bacall 

What we have seen and heard we proclaim now to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; for our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. We are writing this so that our joy may be complete… St. Paul 

Re: Great brains. When G. K. Chesterton was on a lecture tour, he telegraphed his wife, “Am in Market Harborough. Where ought I to be?” 

 

Answer to Mary Quiz

Saint Peter Nolasco was the founder of the Mercedarians.

Chuckle Time

A little girl attending her first wedding asked her mother why the bride was wearingFacebook-Wedding-Cartoon white.

Her mother explained that white was the color of joy and that the bride wanted to express her happiness.

The kid thought this over, then said, “Then why is the groom wearing black?”

 

Our Gutsy Pope

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Our Gutsy Pope

Last year, Pope Francis originated the Extraordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on the Family. It was evident that when the final report was issued by the 114 bishops, the Pope wasn’t pleased. When this group will meet again in October 2015, he said he was concerned about (1) hostility rigidity that seeks refuge in the letter of the law; (2) a destructive do-goodism based on false mercy; (3) transforming bread into stone andPope1 hurling it against sinners, the weak and the ill;(4) bending the spirit of the world rather than purifying it; (5) using a smooth language in order to say a lot without saying anything.(Comment: That’s what I term ‘calling it like it is’.)

In preparation for the October 2015 follow-up Assembly on the Family Assembly, bishops are expected to discuss the report among themselves, with the lay faithful and especially with families. Archbishop Bruno Forte, an Italian theologian, said, “We hope that in this year the laity will make their voices heard, and that the bishops listen.” As a pessimist, I am afraid most bishops will do only lip service and put this on the back-burner.

To confirm his displeasure with Cardinal Raymond Burke, who was a major Pope2stumbling block in the Assembly, Pope Francis removed him as head of the Vatican’s Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Sigantura. Then he demoted the hard-nosed old fellow to serve as chaplain for the Knights of Malta, the elitist, ultra conservative, robe-strutting, ancient Catholic order. There he’ll be appreciated and welcomed.

Recently, in speaking to the World Congress of Accountants at the Vatican, the Pope spoke about the plight of the jobless and said those working in the economy and financial sector must play a positive, constructive role in helping others. He warned against letting money become the end and the reason of every activity and initiative. (Comment: Hey Congressmembers, are you listening?)

In his article, “Will Modernity Mean the End of Catholicism?” in the November issue of New Oxford Review, Fr. James V. Schall, S.J., wrote, “Pope Francis’s solution is to stress an inner-worldly optimism based on the ‘joy’ of the Gospel and a simpler way of living that includes special concern for the poor. He thinks such examples will enable men to see another side of Catholicism, one based not so much on doctrines and laws.”

Kerry Weber, Editor of America, wrote: “Listening to Pope Francis, you want to be a better Catholic, not because you feel guilty, but because you want to rise to the occasion and accept his invitation to follow the Christian path.”

My thoughts are “Hurrah for Pope Francis!”

Just click here to tell me →What are yours? You are welcome to send me your comments.

 

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Current News

  • In Mandra, Kenya, Islamist terrorists attacked a bus and executed 28 passengers who couldn’t recite an Islamic creed.
  • In San Francisco, the lawmakers are giving Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone asalvatore-cordileone rough time for having a faculty guide denouncing masturbation, pornography, same-sex marriage and contraception.

The Archbishop tossed back the ball and asked the politicians, “Would you hire a campaign manager who advocates policies contrary to those you stand for, and who shows disrespect toward you and the Democratic Party in general? I respect your right to employ or not employ whomever you wish to advocate your mission. I simply ask the same respect from you.” (Comment: This should give the bastards something to think about.)

 

Roster of Joyful Catholic Priests

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. Robert Aufieri (New York, NY)
  • Fr. John M. Bauer (Minneapolis, MN)
  • Fr. Edmund Connors Katonah, NY
  • Fr. Paul D.Counce (Baton Rouge, LA
  • Fr. John Dowling (Fairfield Glade,TN
  • Fr. Paul Duchschere (Fargo, ND)
  • Fr. Anthony O’Gorman (London, UK)
  • Fr. Edward Gorman O.P. (Providence, RI)
  • Msgr. Edward Filardi (Bethesda, MD)
  • Mark Henninger (Chicago, IL)
  • Fr. Charles E. Jacobs (Hartford, CT)
  • Bishop James Vann Johnston (Springfield/Cape Girardeau, MO)
  • Fr. Raymond Kemp (Washington, DC)
  • Fr. Robert Kus (Wilmington, NC)
  • Bishop Joseph N. Latino (Jackson, MS)
  • Archbishop Jerome Listecki (Milwaukee, MN)
  • Fr. Richard Lopez (Atlanta Archdiocese, GA)
  • Bishop Dennis Madden (Baltimore, MD)
  • Msgr. Francis I. Malone (Little Rock, AR)
  • Fr. Christian Marte, S.J. (Vienna, Austria)
  • 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. Kevin J. O’Neil (Washington, DC
  • Fr.Francisco Pires (HydePark, NY)
  • Fr. Antony Pulikal (Lntana, FL)
  • Fr. Fr.James R. Purfield (Denver,CO)
  • Fr. Fr. Paul S. Quinter (Pittsburg, Pa)

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Mary Quiz

In 1218, who was the Saint who had a vision of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and then formed The Order of the Blessed Mary of Mercy for the Redemption of Captives, popularly know as the Mercedarians?

Why?

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You will discharge your labor well if you perform with gaiety, quietly, courageously, constantly.
Bishop Joseph Fenwick (1846)

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Why?

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For us joyful Catholics, the first chapter of my book Light Reading for Good and Wayward Catholics presents a problem that raises its ugly head every time I go to Mass. The chapter is “Why Do We Catholics Behave the Way We do?” And, so far, no one has given me a plausible answer.
Canon Stuart Wilson, a priest in London, told of his secretary commenting about a picture in obituary section of the London Times. “Why,” she exclaimed, “I recognize that man. He has been going to daily Mass for twenty years, and we never knew who he was.”
Now at the end of each Mass, Canon Wilson tells the congregation , “Sit a bit longer and get to know a stranger sitting nearby.” When this happened to my wife and me when attending his Mass, we introduced ourselves to a young woman next to us. She told us she was from Australia, in England studying to be a nurse. We learned about her family, and we told her briefly about ourselves, Fifteen minutes later when we reluctantly said goodbye, it was with a loving hug. Wow! To think this happened in a Catholic Church.
For ten years I have been going to an early Sunday Mass, which is not overly crowded with most of the parishioners sit in the same pews. With my instilled SouthernGood-morning-and-keep-smiling-1-2014201520162017201820192020 Hospitality, I disturb the tranquil waters by smiling at those around me. I usually get flash smiles in return. When I’m feeling brassy, I will occasionally say, “Good morning.” Half the time, I get a muffled reply. One old fellow was so shocked to hear my voice that he quickly looked down to be sure his pants were zipped up.
While inside a structure dedicated to a leader who instructed us to love our neighbor, why do we behave like cloistered souls?
(And what are your thoughts?)

 

Chuckle Time

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Returning to the church for the Saturday 5PM Mass, the young priest was stopped on the sidewalk by an ancient parishioner who said, “Would you mind helping an old lady up the steps?” He gladly obliged and when they neared the church door, she asked if the monsignor was saying the Mass. When he smiled and said that he was doing the Mass, she said, “Would you mind helping an old lady down the steps?”

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The spiritual cookie of faith!

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I have told you this so that my own joy may be in you and your
joy may be complete.
John 15:11

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Lick the Bottom of Your Cookie

When I was a kid, growing up on the Mississippi Gulf Coast in the 1930s, every summer evening was a play-out night. Those of us who lived on the beach would run wild playing capture-the-flag, king-of-the-mountain, and hide-and-seek. Then when we were tuckered  out, cookie.oreroone of our mothers would provide us with cookies and lemonade. The standard procedure was to make a grab for the cookies, then sit down and lick the bottom of each cookie.
“Hey!” one would complain, “you got more than I did.”
“Okay, you can have one of mine.”
“No way, not after you’ve licked it.”

All of us Catholics have received the spiritual cookie of faith, standardized by the Catechisms and church dogma. However, as these accepted truths are filtered through one’s experiences, intellect and uniqueness of being, no two people have identical faith. We aren’t robots.
It is good to recognize and appreciate the uniqueness of your Catholicism. Through the years, you have personalized your faith, which should be an endless process. Those with ossified faith are doomed to dangerous complacency. Until our last breath, we should keep increasing our understanding of Catholicism with which we have been blessed — always marveling at its depth of meaning.

It is good to take time-out to examine the uniqueness of your Faith. For example, how do you visualize God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit? Today, tomorrow and in all the tomorrows to follow, be sure your spiritual cookie is well licked — and enjoyed.
(And what are your thoughts?)

                                                          Chuckle Time

The senile monsignor attending the farewell dinner for Father Murray heard him say, “The only other time in my life that can surpass my enjoyment tonight was the time I lay in the arms of another man’s wife.” Then the shocked group laughed when he added, “Of course, I am referring to my mother.”
The next year when the monsignor was leaving for a retirement community and he was being honored at a dinner, he remembered Father Murray successful story. He stunned everyone when he repeated that his greatest joy had been lying in the arms of another man’s wife. Then, with a broad smile, he said, “Of course, I am referring to Father Murray’s mother.”

My favorite priest
Even in his years of retirement, Father Joseph Marini, ( 1920 – 2014 ) Oakland, California, retained his spiritual zest which is an inspiration for everyone.
In spite of his limited walking, he made regular visits to local nursing homes. He was a salesman of joy!
Frank Cerillo,
Monroe Township, NJ

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