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.

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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!”

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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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If Mary had said “no”

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 If Mary had said “no”

maryWhen I pose this question to a few pious fellow Catholics, they shun the answer by saying, “Of course, she said ‘yes’. She was Immaculately Conceived to be the Mother of God.”

I think this is a cop out. It implies that Mary had no free choice. I think these might have been some of her thoughts when the Angel Gabriel suddenly appeared and told her she was to become pregnant and then become the Mother of God. I am overcome by this honor or having been selected, but let me give it some thought.

  • I am of the House of David, because my father and his ancestors belong to this revered tribe. Will my pregnancy bring shame to my people?Stained glass depicting the Virgin Mary holding baby Jesus
  • There is a danger involved. In our region, there are men who will band together to stone a woman of ill-repute.
  • Who is going to believe that a virgin can give birth?
  • I think I should discuss this with Joseph, my finance. This could affect our lives. Also, he has his reputation to consider.
  • With great respect for your position, I ask you to give me a few days for consideration before I give you an answer.

I think of Mary with her eventual “yes” answer as our role model. When we are faced with decisions, large and small, if we feel that affirmative action is God’s will, do we respond with a positive “yes”?

Let me have your thoughts. aljagoe@gmail.com

 

Current News

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The American, Jeffrey Fowle, was arrested in North Korea in April and was on trial for having left a Bible in the men’s room at a restaurant. At President Obama’s request, he was released. Another American, Missionary Kenneth Bae, was also released after being sentenced to 15 years of hard labor for proselytizing.

This year, the countries with the largest number of beheading are China, Iran, Iraq and Saudi Arabia (where women are beheaded for witchcraft).

 Mary Quiz

Tell us below what is the most popular shrine to Mary in England?

 

2014’s Roster of Joyful Catholic Priests

clerics-dancing-soltRoster 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, St. Francis of Assisi parish, (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)
Fr. Charles E. Jacobs, Hartford CT
Bishop James Vann Johnston, Springfield/Cape Girardeau, MO)
Fr. Raymond Kemp (Washington, DC)
Fr. Robert Kus (Wilmington, NC) NEW!
Bishop Joseph N. Latino (Jackson, MS)
Archbishop Jerome Listecki (Milwaukee, MN)
Fr. Richard Lopez (Atlanta Archdiocese, GA)
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. Kevin J. O’Neil, Washington, DC
Fr.Francisco Pires (HydePark NYO
Fr. Antony Pulikal (Lntana, FL)
Fr. Fr.James R. Purfield (Denver,CO)
Fr. 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. Alex Waraksa St. Patrick’s parish, (Morristown, TN)
Fr. Malcolm Sylvester Willoughby, O.P. (Washington, DC)
Canon Stuart Wilson (London, UK)

Mary Quiz

quizkeepcalmIn 81, A.D., who was the third bishop of Antioch who wrote to the Ephesians, “Now the virginity of Mary was hidden from the prince of this world, as was also her offspring, and the death of the Lord; three mysteries of renown, which were wrought in silence by God, which were wrought in silence, but have been revealed to us” ?

Very Good Reading

Among Friends by Father Jim Sichkodogread

The Global War on Christians by John Allen, Jr.

 

  Interesting Sayings 

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⊕ Christianity is not that complex system of oppressive rules which the unbeliever describes; it is peace, joy, love and a life which is continually renewed, like the mysterious pulse of nature at the beginning of spring. This truth is your greatest treasure, which alone can give meaning and serenity to your daily life…Saint John XXIII 

 ⊕ He, who sings, prays twice…St. Augustine

⊕ When one gets older, he finds they have started making curbs higher, doors harder, and buttonholes smaller…Regimra

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 ⊕ Our souls must be changed and transformed from the present state to a new one, to a divine nature, and to become new instead of old, that is, good and kind and faithful from being bitter and faithlessPseudo-Macrius, An Egyptian monk who died in 390 AD

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 ⊕ Trust those who believe Christ is the sole soteriologyRoger Edwards, Topeka, KS

 ⊕ I find your account of Mary’s visitation with George Washington astounding. Why hasn’t this been told before?..Sister Jean Louise, New York, NY

(Answer to Mary Quiz)…St. Ignatius of Antioch

Chuckle time

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While on vacation at the beach, two priests decided to go native. The first morning, while dressed in brief shorts, Hawaiian shirts and punk caps, they were sitting in the sand when a gorgeous woman in a bikini and WOW! body came by and said, “Good morning, Fathers.”

With their mouths open, she said, “Don’t you recognize me?  I am Sister Mary Margaret.”

 

 

We do indeed need to show joy as Catholics…

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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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Too Much, Too Little

(The suggestion for this issue is from my great friend, 

Br. Edward Adams, F.S.C.)

                           

We expect too much from our priests, and they expect too little from us.

Too many of us consider a priest to be an oracle with some extraordinary or priestinchurchsupernatural power. He’s expected to be an expert in all fields, the wisest of advisors, a healer and psychoanalysis who doesn’t charge. He is president and CEO of a million dollar operation. We expect him to be an excellent administrator, a good speaker (damned few are), loving, happy-all-the-time and healthy.

Realize the limited first-hand experience a priest has. He doesn’t have a wife to note and remind him of the stupid things he does. He’s never suffered through the pains of parenting teenagers. Throughout life, his broadening advantage of having a wide variety of friends is limited mostly to that of other priests. During my bachelor days, my married friends sought my willing advice regarding family and kids. After I married and had a family, I realized how wrong I had been.

Operating and managing a Catholic church is a one-man job. Yes, a priest needs ushers, lectors, maintenance people and a skeleton office staff, but he makes all thepriestPaperwork decisions and answers only to a higher Church authority. When I have asked priests how many of their parishioners participate, I get a rabbit-looking-into-headlight expression. “I never thought of that” is the standard reply.  One priest coped out with: “All of them are, because they come to church.”

In governing his parish, I wish more priests would learn from the boss. Last month, popethumbs upPope Francis fired the entire board of the Vatican’s financial watchdog and brought in Joseph Yuvaraj Pillay, the man who turned around the Singapore economy, Juan Zarate, a former financial advisor to USA presidents, and Ernst & Young. Last week, he hired Lord Patten, Chairman of the BBC Trust, to overhaul the Vatican’s approach to the media. How many priests you know have chosen from the parish financial advisors and other experts to help keep the Church healthy?

A Parish Pastoral Council is a toothless advise-and-consent group, appointed by theasleepatmtging pastor. Its guidelines state it is “not a body which makes binding decisions.”  It’s as effective as a two-year-old, helping row the boat.

I learned much from a few Protestant Churches. The Handbook for Vestry in the Episcopal Church gives authority to the elected members to:

  • Take charge of the property;
  • Oversee the business aspects of the congregation;
  • Elect a Rector and provide for the Rector and other clergy;
  • To help the Rector in the furtherance of the Gospel.

A nearby Methodist Church has a list of 14 groups with parishioners’ participation. With 600 parishioners, the pastor estimated they have 100 members who volunteer in their many programs, several serving the outside community.

SeniorCitizenPhoto_001A small Anglican Church with 170 parishioners has 70 of them volunteering to serve in their nine programs, which include serving retired people, a Saturday morning group, bridge games, care-giving, visiting shut-ins, mission outreach and an exercise group.

Next Sunday, when leaving Mass, after complimenting your Priest upon his homily, ask him, “How many of our parishioners do you estimate are participants in the operation of our Mission?”

Expect a shock.

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Awards

A special acknowledgement is for Father Robert Kus and St. Mary Church inFR R J Kus Wilmington, North Carolina.  In seven years, he has doubled the number of family parishioners, by creating a happy church with a bushel of activities serving both the Church and community.  His 4-point requirement for developing a joyful parish are to (1) have a happy priest,  (2) develop as many ministries as possible, (3) find, select and recruit good leaders and don’t look over their shoulders, (4) respect people; realize they are magnificent and will perform miracles.

 

Current News

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  • The State Department has added eight countries, including Syria, Pakistan, and Egypt to the list of worst religious offenders.
  • France has offered asylum to the 23,000 Christians (half the number from two years ago) left in the Iraq city of Moslum after the bastard Moslem militants took control of the city. The ISIS mob, condemned by the United Nations, is generously offering the Christians to (1) pay a heavy tax, (2) convert to Muslimism, or (3) be killed.

 

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.’ “

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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

 aaa Pope

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)

aaa Church

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

Stained glass depicting the Virgin Mary holding baby Jesus

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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poetry

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

 

news11Twelve 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.’”