My motto — “Be happily and uncomplicatedly Catholic.”
Michael J. Sheehan, Archbishop of Santa Fe
Last week, the winner of the autographed copy of Light Reading for Good and Wayward Catholic is Elmer Ridgeway in San Francisco. Here are the answers:
The three countries where there is there the greatest difference between the rich and the poor are Singapore, USA and Portugal. (comment: Congress and 84% of Americans think Christ was talking about material things when he said, “For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will grow rich, but for the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away.”)
2. Kateri Tekakwitha was the first Native American to be declared “Blessed”.
It seems that the Vatican has blown in by refusing the accept the resignation of Dublin’s auxiliary bishops, who had dirty fingers in connection with Archbishop Martin’s attempt to solve the sexual assault problems in Ireland. This stupid act by the Pope has angered the hell out of 93% of the Catholics in Ireland. (Comment: For God’s sake, Holy Father, wise up, please!)
– The Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation has published a protest against the 25-foot wall around Jerusalem and the many humiliating check points the Arab Christians have to endure which greatly limits their access to Christian schools, hospitals and care for the elderly. (Comment: You bleeding-heart Jews are doing a damned good job in demonstrating what discrimination is.)
– Catholic World News reported on the martyr condition for the Catholics who are 7% of the 85 million in Communist Vietnam where the government had outlawed religious gatherings. An estimated 4000 are daring to meet in homes for Mass. (comment: Let us give this thought when we routinely and casually get to the Church on Sundays.)
– The Week on September 24 reported that an independent commission in Belgium found that, in every Catholic parish, the clergy or church workers had sexually abused children.
Facit Short Story
Lost-Rosary, not good as new.
Finder, please keep in good use.
We should welcome Fr. Giles Pinnock, who with his family is soon to enter our Catholic Church. This is the message he gave his Church of
“I have reached a point in my journey in the Faith at which I have become firmly and prayerfully convinced over a period of months that I should seek to be received into the full communion of the Catholic Church without further delay. I have been the Vicar of St. Mary’s for four years, during which time you have been a support and generous community to serve.
“The particular decision to leave this parish has been harder than the joyful decision to be received into the Catholic Church—although the two are of necessity connected, and as the Lord tells us in today’s Gospel, we must be willing to change fundamentally the context and the detail of our lives if we are truly to be his disciples…This is such a moment for me and my family.” To those of you are considering becoming Catholic, either as members of the forthcoming Ordinanate under the provisions of Anglicanoum coetibus or in a local Catholic parish, I trust that I am, in the manner of a middle-eastern shepherd, walking ahead of the flock, leading you by my example to safe pasture.”
(Now, tell me about your favorite Catholic priest, layperson or organization that is making a difference, firstname.lastname@example.org )
Deepak Chopra Lord, open my eyes to your wonderful works. Help me to see how much you’ve blessed me in the past so that I can be open to receive the grace you have prepared for me in the future.
The Word Among Us
Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts.
Daniel Patrick Moynihan
When love seizes upon limited beings it draws from them a degree of energy which enlarges man beyond himself. Here below, love is a prelude of the eternal embrace in which our life will be consummated.
Father Henri-Dominique Lacordaire (1861), who was a great Dominican preacher in France after the French Revolution
I thoroughly enjoyed your account of your recent trip to Lourdes. I felt as if I were there with you!
Mary Ellen Crozier
You told a lot about being in Lourdes, but you acted like a sightseer. Did you do any praying while you were there?
(reply: Yep, a lot.)
Reliable Government Source
On an Indian reservation in British Columbia, when the chief’s people asked him if the winter was going to be cold or mild, he told them he would meditate on it and let them know the next day.
That night the chief called the Canadian Meteorology Office and was told it might be a cold winter. He then so advised his tribe to start collecting firewood. A week later, the chief again called the government office and the meteorologist said, “It is going to be an extremely cold winter because the Indians are collecting firewood like crazy.”
Special Intentions List
Juanita Caldwell, Isola Todd, David Abbey, Amie Ellis, Linwood “Skip” Williams, 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, Isobel Milligan, Peter Bartkiewiez and his family,
Joe Toles, Grace Toomey, Bob Earll, Camilus Musselman, Bob Kehlhofer, Ed Cole, Bishop Thomas Olmsted, Jay Parker, William Stephenson,
Roger Stoven, Bob Abbott, Denny Kline, the flood victims in Pakistan,
the trapped miners in Chile.