Month: February 2011

“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

       Egypt recalled the Vatican ambassador in protest to the Pope saying the truth about Egypt not doing enough to protect Christians from mob violence. (comment: Guilt does have a voice.)

The International House of Prayer in Kansas City is being sued for using its abbreviated name of IHOP. (Solution might be to serve pancakes for the religious meetings)

 The nun, who is in charge of the Apostolic Visitation of U. S. women religious, acknowledged that there are more U. S. nuns over 90 than under 60. 

The Chinese State Administration for Religious Affairs has blasted the Vatican for its “attack on religious freedom in China.” (comment: the Vatican is right but as we in America owe so much money to China, we had better lay low on this one.) 

 

Today’s Martyrs

In the latest of a series of targeted attacks on Iraqi Christians, Dr. Nuyia Youssif Nuyiz, a prominent Christian cardiologist, father of 4 children and faithful Chaldean Catholic, was shot by gunmen in his medical clinic. Miraculously, he survived his serious injury.

(Since our “rescue” of Iraq, over a million Christians in that devastated country have had to evacuate.) 

 

 

My favorite priest, layperson, breathing saint or organization

 No recommendations today – shame on you!

 

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

 Interesting sayings

 

Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.

Benjamin Franklin

 

 

 

O Lord Jesus Christ, teach all men that the see of Saint Peter, the Holy Church of Rome, is the foundation, center, and instrument of unity. Open their hearts to the long-forgotten truth that our Holy Father, the pope, is your vicar and representative, and that in obeying him in matters of religion, they are obeying you.

Blessed John Henry Newman

 

The great crime against life is not to feel.

The American poet, Archibald MacLeish

 

Life’s journey is not to arrive at the grave safely in a swell preserved body, but rather to slide in sideways, totally worn out, shouting, “Hot damn—what a ride!”

Anonymous

 

Communiqués

 –         I especially like your “Chuckle time”, which always tickles my pylorus.

Archibald Whitfield

 

–         The relationship problem between clergy and lay-folks is that we tend to treat our priests as if they belong to a special species with no belly buttons.     

Margaret Kendall

 

–         Your “The Catholic Church is Finished” deserves my applause and gratitude for the wonderful job you have done today and the days beforehand. Keep up the good work!

jukilopoll3gmail.com

 

Chuckle time

Teacher: I will give $10 to the student who can name the most famous man who ever lived.

Irish kid: St. Patrick.

Teacher: Sorry, but that’s not right.

Scottish kid: St. Andrew.

Teacher: No, not right.

Jewish kid: It was Jesus Christ.

Teacher: Congratulation! You win.

Jewish kid (after pocketing the $10): I know it’s Moses, but business is business.

 

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, 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, Lenore Sommers

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, the cholera victims in Haiti, those in refugee camps throughout the world.

 

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Calling All You Lay Theologians

Calling all you lay theologians to think and share your thoughts about why Jesus wanted to be baptized, Matthew recorded this event:

Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to John to be baptized by him. John would have prevented him,  saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and you come to me?” But Jesus  answered him, “Let it be so now, for thus is it is filling for us to fulfill all  righteousness.”

Mark’s version is: “In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. And when he came up out of the water, immediately he saw the heavens opened and the Spirit descended upon him like a dove….”

And Luke merely confirms the fact: “Now when all the people were baptized, and Jesus had been baptized,

          When I question this with my fellow Catholics, I get vague and evasive replies.

“Well, it just happened.”

“I never questioned it.”

“I don’t know, but I’ll ask a priest.”

As your and my opinions have every right to be heard, I would like you to send me your thoughts about why Jesus—the Man-God/God-Man—wanted to accomplish by this action. Then in a future blog, I will share your thoughts for all to read. Send this to aljagoe@comcast.net, and be sure to give you name and home town.                  

 

Recommended Readings

–  “Unexcusable absence” in February issue of U.S. Catholic.

–  “No Labels, Please” in January 14 Commonweal.

–  “How is it going?” in January The Catholic World.

 

Quiz 

Last week, the winner of the autographed copy of Light Reading for Good and Wayward Catholic is Roger Wilson in Portland, OR. Here are the answers:

1.     The first United States citizen to be canonized was Saint Francis Zavier Cabrini.

2.     The miracle that Jesus did not perform was solving the financial crisis.

3.     The two who first recognized Jesus as the Messiah were Simeon and Anna in the temple.

 

 

News flashes

  Paddy Power, the popular Irish bookmaker gives 2 to 1 odds that the next Pope will be Cardinal Arinze of Nigeria.

–         Music Monk Coffee advertises its produce as being “Faithfully Catholic.” (comment: strong? keeps you awake? healthy?)

–         Keith Nelson, also known as Kinko the Clown, said, “Before you call anyone in Washington a clown, consider how hard a clown works, and that clowns make people happy, and at the very least, do no harm.”

–         The University of Kentucky removed The Holocaust from the school curriculum “because it offended the Muslim population.”

 Today’s Martyrs

–         In Alexandria, Egypt, al-Qaida militants exploded a powerful bomb in a Coptic Church during a New Year Mass, killing 21 and wounding 80 parishioners. One of the survivors said, “All I could see were body parts scattered all over—legs and bits of flesh.” Angry Christians chanted, “With our blood and soul, we redeem the cross.”

–         On Christmas Day, Muslim extremists exploded a bomb at the Evangelical Chapel in Manila, Philippines, wounding a 9-year-old girl and 11 parishioners.

 My favorite priest, layperson, breathing saint or organization

Joyful Catholics deserves a Joyful Pastor.  And at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Bethesda, MD, that is what we have with Msgr. Edward Filardi.  In addition to his executive ability in managing a large religious institution, with ease he demonstrates his love and concern for all parishioners. He radiates the joyfulness of Catholicism.

Now, tell me about your favorite priest, layperson or organization that is making a difference

aljagoe@comcast.net

 Interesting sayings

Intelligence is the ability to take in information from the world and to find patterns in that information that allows you to organize your perception and understand the eternal world.

Brian Greene, author of “The Hidden  Reality”

 

Sarah Palen is an effective cheer leader, but don’t throw her the ball.

Regimra

 

 

Funny how simple it is for people to trash God and then wonder why the world’s going to hell. Funny how you can send ‘jokes’ through e-mail and they spread like wildfire, but when you start sending messages regarding the Lord, people think twice about sharing.  Funny how lewd, crude, vulgar and obscene articles pass freely through cyberspace, but public discussion of God is suppressed in the school and workplace.

Ben Stein

Communiqués

To give controversy (which sells books) to her sorry Nickel and Dimed, Barbara Elrenreich calls Jesus “a wine-guzzling vagrant and precocious socialist.” If she had said this about Mohammad, she would have put her life in danger and the publishing house would be fire-bombed. What wimps we Christians are!

Patrick Donovan

Your “The hell with trivia” is right on the target.  We Catholics get too fixated by the shadows to see the light.

Regina Lichbach

 Chuckle time

The Santa Claus in a department store was surprised to see a young woman in line.

   “And, my dear,” he said, “what do you want for Christmas?”
   “It’s something for my mother,” she said quickly.

   “That’s very thoughtful. And what is it you want for her?”

    She replied, “A son-in-law.”

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, 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, Lenore Sommers 

The cholera victims in Haiti, those in refugee camps throughout the world.