“Be happily and uncomplicatedly Catholic.”

We do indeed need to show joy as Catholics.

My motto — “Be happily and uncomplicatedly Catholic.”

 Michael J. Sheehan Archbishop of Santa Fe

News Flashes –

A good endorsement for Catholic schools. In her interview with The New York Times, Melinda Gates, co-chairwoman of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation said about her high school in Dallas: “The Ursuline nuns were a bit more liberal, so they really taught us how to think about the problems of the world. The school motto is “Serviam”, that is, “I will serve.” – Encouraging news about our young Catholics. Kevin Jackson, the Pastoral Seminarian at Texas A&M, reports that there are so many students attending their weekly Mass that they have run out of seats. Great going, Kevin!


Facit  Short Story

Morning thought  

Today, I’ll be a wave rider!

A Joyful Catholic, I am!

    My favorite priest, layperson, breathing saint or organization.

Among those I admire is Jeff Skoll, the Canadian billionaire. With his fortune, he is investing in movies with a positive message and projects that promote world peace. During his lifetime, he also plans to give away all that he has. With his chronic back pains which have not been eliminated with five operations, he also knows the price of self-suffering. Thank you, Jeff, for being a splendid example for all, both rich and poor.

(Now, tell me about your favorite Catholic priest, layperson or organization that is making a difference aljagoe@comcast.net)


Interesting sayings

God who, by the very laws of his infinite sanctity, must be infinite joy, infinite gladness; one might almost say the he wears an infinite smile of eternal happiness. While he strikes, his hands are full of sweetness, and we feel in our very faults we are received into his arms and find ourselves resting on the infinite sweetness of God.

Dom Anscar Vonier, O.S.B. the abbot of Buckfast Abbey in Devon, England, who died in 1906.

That which is loved is always beautiful. A Norwegian proverb

There is no room for pride of posturing once we realize that we cannot function at our best if we don’t want the best for everyone.

Kristin Armstrong

Acknowledge that without me you can do nothing, but I will never let you lack help as long as you keep your weakness and nothingness buried in my strength.

One of the many revelations of his Sacred Heart received by Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque, who died in 1690.

I can’t censor the gleam in my eyes. Charles Laughton

Communiqués –

Your blast at the folkie Masses should remind our priest that Pope Benedict XVI said, “ This celebration, at which God not only comes close to us but also enters the very fabric of our existence, is fundamental to being able truly to live with God and for God and to carry the light of God in this world. We must all work together to celebrate the Eucharist even more profoundly: not only as a rite, but as an existential process that touches me in the very depths of my being, more than any other thing.” Regina Hopkins, Minneapolis –

Your “Friggin’ Sing-along-Mass” is a well crafted vitriol of this current horrid practice in our Church. Ken Reggins, Cambridge, MA –

 It’s old codgers like you complaining about the new Mass who are trying to move the Church back into the Middle Ages. Oscar Backstrom, St. Augustine, FL

Chuckle time

When the old pastor returned to his parish after a month’s vacation, he was surprised to find that both the number of people coming for confession and the collections had peaked. The young priest who had been covering for him said, “You told me to do anything I wanted to do, and I did.” The old man nodded and said, “But I don’t approve of two things you have done; first, the drive-in confessional. And then, the neon sign on top of the church COME IN AND TELL OR GO TO HELL.



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 aljagoe@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, Linwood “Skip” Williams, 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, Ed Block, Isobel Milligan, Peter Bartkiewiez and his family, Joe Toles, Grace Toomey, Bob Earll, Camilus Musselman, Ed Cole, Bishop Thomas Olmsted, Jay Parker, William Stephenson, Roger Stoven, Bob Abbott, Denny Kline, Lois Pinkin, Larry Mannino, Cheryl DeSantis


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