Month: May 2010

My favorite priest, layperson, breathing saint or organization

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

Michael J Sheehan

Archbishop of Santa Fe

 

My favorite priest, layperson, breathing saint or organization

Rev. Mario Dorsonville works in the Spanish Catholic Center in Washington, DC. He has been very successful reaching out to the Hispanic Community to increase awareness of the health needs of that group. As well, he continues to promote volunteerism for doctors and laypersons to work for SCC. I know he prays for my family, so I like that.

          Submitted by Dennis DuFour

 

Interesting sayings

 Surrender, then, all things to God and in him you shall find all things more abundantly. God created us only to fulfill his own purpose. The noble words Jesus Christ has addressed to various saintly souls are relevant here: “Think of me and I will think of you: make my glory your concern and leave me to make your welfare and eternal happiness my concern.”

Father Jean Pierre Caussade, S.J.

A French Jesuit who dies in 1751

 

Ring out your joy to God our strength,

Shout in triumph to the God of Jacob.

                                       Psalm 81

 

It is a matter of placing ourselves again before a Presence, of losing ourselves in a dialogue while we are fulfilling ourselves and to feel always in greater depth that the life of God is handed over into our hands.  That is the great and supreme purity

                             Father Maurice Zunder

                             Swiss mystic, poet and philosopher who died in 1975

 

 

Attitude is more important that the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than what people do or say. It is more important that appearance, giftedness or skill.                             W. C. Fields

Communiqués

I encourage you to keep a smile in the midst of all this turmoil in the Church. “The truth is great and it will prevail.”

                   Most Reverend Richard J. Skilba

                   Auxiliary Bishop of Milwaukee

Many thanks for the new format for The Joyful Catholic. I like it!

                             Cynthia Collins, San Francisco, CA

I enjoyed your article about Canon Wilson in London. He seems to know what we parishioners crave.  I wish many of our American priests would learn from him.

                             Abraham Jennings, Topeka, KS

 Count me in as one of your new “10 WOW’s” participants!

                               Roger Wilcox, New Orleans, LA

Chuckle time

Mother: Father O’Brien, I want my son Joey to become a priest. How long will it take?

Father O’Brien: To become a dioceses priest will take maybe four years after college.  If he wants to be a Franciscan, it could require as many as six, and to be a Jesuit, it will take a total of 16 years.

Mother: Then, since Joey is a slow-learner and not too bright, we better make him a Jesuit.

Special Intentions List 

As you pray with a broad brush, please include these loved ones, who have been submitted by our readers. You, too, are invited to send me names of your special persons who are in need of prayer.  My address is joyfulcatholic@comcast.net. They will be on the list for 60 days. At the end of that time, if prayers are still needed, you merely have to renew the name.

Juanita Caldwell, Isola Todd, David Abbey, Amie Ellis,

Linwood “Skip” Williams, Gerry Paradiso, Tom Medved, Eileen Grotsky, Roseanne Somlock, Nicholas Gallagher, Tom Lewis, Donald Whitcomb, Violeta Zepeda, John Aylor, Rev. Joseph Marini, Enrique Portillo,

 Sharon McPike, Tom Ryan, Joseph Normile, Jim Quimby, Russell Edwards,

Gertrude Goldstein, Rev. Stephen Huffstetter, Hugh Cannon, Eric Moore, Joan Barrett, 8-year-old Michael Fotta and his parents, Lolita Alvarez, Camilus Musselman, Jack Conner, Ed Block,

Peter Bartkiewiez and his family, Joe Toles.

As you note, because of miraculous healings, several names have been deleted and added to our Deo Gratias list.

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Smile collectors, we are!

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

Michael J Sheehan, Archbishop of Santa Fe

                            

Smile collectors, we are! 

I agree with Phyllis Diller who said, “A smile is a curve that sets everything straight.” And one of the requirements of being a Joyful Catholic is, each day, to be a smile collector.  It’s a good sport and the number of potential smile you can add to your collection is unlimited (especially in church).

          I am a “hello to strangers” fellow and I keep a record of my success in initiating smiles. Four out of five times I win.  And I say a quick prayer for the poor bastard who doesn’t respond. He or she must have troubles galore.

          In a weekly workshop I conducted for seniors, I gave the assignment of collecting smiles, and the next week Nancy, one of the participants, had an interesting story. She was working in her front yard and when she saw a woman walking by and, remembering to be a smile collector, she called out to the stranger wishing her a good day. The woman was shocked and stood still before she thanked her. “I’m on my way to Mass,” she said, “but could I stop by to see you on my way back.”

          She did, and during an hour-long coffee visit, she told of a personal problem which Nancy was able to help solve.  In summarizing the experience, Nancy said, “It was a miracle because this stranger, whom I discovered to be a remarkable woman. My smile initiated a new friendship.  We’re having dinner together tomorrow night.”

          In conclusion, I submit this poem by Anthony Euwer, who before he died in 1955 was a far better painter than poet:

                   No matter how grouchy you’re feeling,

                   You’ll find the smile more or less healing

                   It grows in a wreath

                   All around the front teeth –

                   Thus preserving the face from congealing.

(And tell me about your experiences as a Joyful Catholic smile collector)

  joyfulcatholic@comcast.net

 

 Other recommended Catholic blogs

Canadiancatholicblog

Catholic.geek. NZ

The Catholic Thing 

Recommended reading

 Nicholas Kristof’s column, “Who Can Mock This Church”, in the May 2 New York Timesis a masterpiece that every Catholic should read. If you can’t locate a copy, let me know and I will send it to you. aljagoe@comcast.net.

“Sins of Admission – Why wouldn’t Gay Parents Pick a Catholic School?”

In the April 23 Commonweal magazine.

 “The Last Babylift – Adopting a child in Haiti” in the May 10 New Yorker. 

We do indeed need to 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 

Quiz

Last week, the winner of the autographed gift copy of Light Reading for Good and Wayward Catholics, who clocked in at 1:32 PM on April 30 is Robert Hutson in Gaithersburg, MD.

The correct answers are:

1. Cardinal Wolsey was the Church official Henry VIII sent to Rome  to try and get Papal approval of annulment so he could marry the already pregnant Anne Boleyn.

2. In 1854, Pope Pius IX defined the doctrine of the Immaculate Conception.

3. Levi was the tax collector who left his customs post to follow Jesus and later gave a great banquet for him. 

Here is this week’s quiz.  Who will be the book winner? 

1.  After the Resurrection, who was the apostle who met and converted the Ethiopian eunuch on the desert route to Gaza?                 

2. What were the years of Vatican II                                                                                                                                                                                      

 

    

3. Name the seven sacraments of the Church.   

Send your answers to joyfulcatholic@comcast.net 

News flashes…        

 Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury, who shoots from the hip often hitting himself in the foot, apologized for stating the Catholic Church in Ireland had “lost all credibility.”

 Writing from Saudi Arabia, popular columnist Maureen Dowd, who likes to remind us that she’s Catholic, began her 4/11 column bitching about the Church not giving women a more prominent role (and I agree). Then to fill up space, instead of blasting the Saudis for restricting both women’s rights and Catholicism, she ends cheap-shooting the Church by rehashing the pedophilia problem. (Shame on you, Maureen!)

Church attendance of Catholics in France has fallen to under 5%.

(O-la-la!)

 

My new blog friend

Meet Eric Sammons, a splendid Joyful Catholic, who is a fellow convert (he joined in 1991 after being an Evangelical Protestant).  He heads an evangelization at St. John Neumann parish in Gaithersburg, MD, and is cofounder of the nonprofit Little Flowers Foundation with the mission of assisting Catholic families seeking to adopt special-needs children. His site is The Divine Life, which I heartily recommend. Eric, you are special!

We do indeed need to show joy as Catholics

“Be happily and uncomplicatedly Catholic.”

Michael J Sheehan, Archbishop of Santa Fe

 

10 Wow’s

I agree with them:

 In Dancing with the Cranes and Other Ways to Start the Day, Diane Ackerman wrote, “It’s essential to stop and savor those instants when time suddenly snaps on a simple Wow!”

 Thick Nhat Nanh, the Buddhist priest and author, taught that upon awaking in the morning, you should start with a half-smile meditation.

– Joe Difato, publisher of The Word Among Us, wrote, “As you go through your day, you may not see God’s vision for your future. But his plan for you certainly includes aspects of what you are doing right now—and he wants you to be excited about it!”

 As Joyful Catholics, I recommend that every morning when we wake, we say ten WOWs before we get to the bathroom. When I tell this, I am often asked, “Like what?”

          That’s easy to answer. Just try to get to the bathroom with your eyes closed. After a few nervous steps, open your eyes and say, “WOW! I can see!”  Touch your thumb to each finger (we humans are the only animals who can do that) and that’s five WOW!s. Wiggle your toes—ten WOW!s. I’m alive!—another WOW!

          Expressing appreciation for a gift is a delightful way of saying. “Thank you.”  Doing so is our Joyful Assignment for each morning. And everyone likes to be thanked, even He.

(And what are your thoughts about this assignment?) joyfulcatholic@comcast.net

 

 Other recommended Catholic blogs

American Papist

The Catholic Key

The Divine Life

Recommended reading

You will enjoy Nicholas Kristof’s column, “A Church Mary Can Love”, in the April 17 New York Times.

“Loving and healing in the integrated person” in the April issue of Homilic & Pastoral Review by Dr. Donald DeMarco, professor emeritus of philosophy at St. Jerome’s University in Waterloo, Ontario

“Be happily and uncomplicatedly Catholic”

Michael J Sheehan

Archbishop of Santa Fe

 

 

My favorite religious priest, layperson or organization

Saint (def.) a person of exceptional holiness.

In addition to the thousands of canonized saints, it is good to recognize the breathing ones who enrich our lives. Juanita Caldwell is one of them. I met her fifteen years ago when I was a volunteer feeder at a city hospital. Crippled by rheumatoid arthritis, she can move only her head and has slight use of one hand. Yet, Juanita is one of the most joyful people I know.

   As a lifetime patient (and a Baptist) confined to a bed and wheelchair in a Catholic nursing home, she gives continuous joy and comfort to the staff and other patients. I call her “the Mother Teresa of the 5th floor”.   Accepting and never questioning her affliction, she says with a broad smile, “When and if Christ wants met to get up and walk, it will happen.  But until then, I thank and praise him for his love for me.”

 (Now, tell me about your favorite priest, breathing saint or organization that is making a difference in your life.)

joyfulcatholic@comcast.net

 

Interesting sayings 

I have treated many hundreds of patients and many of them in the second half of life—that is, over 35.  There has never been one whose problem in the last resort was not that of finding a religious outlook on life

                                      Carl Jung

I want more and more through prayer and my simple effort to establish and manifest in myself in myself and manifest to others the joy, the holy, tender unspeakable joy of Jesus.

Elizabeth Leseur,  French married layperson who died in 1914

 

Faith in the resurrection of Jesus says that there is a future for every human being, the cry for unending life which is a part of the person is indeed answered.

 Pope Benedict XVI

I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which I shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I’m going to be happy in it.

                             Groucho Marx

 

 

Communiqués

 Thanks you for speaking up for the priests who are the good guys.

                             Evelyn McGuire

I liked everything in your Cheap Shooting column except for a shocking word you used at the end.

                             Maude Gasparde

(Reply: I’m sorry, Maude, but as Pilate said, “What I have written, I have written.”)

Washington Post cartoonist Joe Toles can be thankful for two things. (1) He lives in America and (2) he attacked Catholics, not Muslims.  In Holland, cartoonist Westergaard drew a satire of Mohammed. He now has to live in hiding with police protection.        

                             Sam Rosenfeld

Chuckle time 

Papal Secretary to the Pope: I have good and bad news for you.

Pope:  First, let me have the good news.

Secretary: Jesus has returned to earth and he is on the phone wanting to talk to you.

Pope: That is indeed great news.  But what is the bad news?

Secretary:  He is calling from Salt Lake City.

Special Intentions List

As you pray with a broad brush, please include these loved ones, who have been submitted by our readers. You, too, are invited to send me names of your special persons who are in need of prayer. As Christ asks us to pray for our prosecutors, in addition to those who need physical healing, I am adding the Washington Post cartoonist, Joe Toles. My address is joyfulcatholic@comcast.net. They will be on the list for 60 days. At the end of that time, if prayers are still needed, you merely have to renew the name.

Juanita Caldwell, Isola Todd, David Abbey, Amie Ellis,

Linwood “Skip” Williams, Gerry Paradiso, Tom Medved, Eileen Grotsky, Roseanne Somlock, Nicholas Gallagher, Tom Lewis, Donald Whitcomb, Violeta Zepeda, John Aylor, Rev. Joseph Marini, Enrique Portillo,

 Sharon McPike, Tom Ryan, Joseph Normile, Jim Quimby, Russell Edwards,

Gertrude Goldstein, Rev. Stephen Huffstetter, Hugh Cannon, Eric Moore, Joan Barrett, 8-year-old Michael Fotta and his parents, Lolita Alvarez, Camilus Musselman, Jack Conner, Ed Block,

Peter Bartkiewiez and his family, Joe Toles.

As you note, because of miraculous healings, several names have been deleted and added to our Deo Gratias list.