Month: July 2011


Invite Jesus to the Pub

We do indeed need to show joy as Catholics.   My motto
— “Be happily and uncomplicatedly
Michael J. Sheehan, Archbishop of Santa Fe

Invite Jesus to the Pub

I am a pub man. When I’m in the U.K., at 6 PM that’s where you’ll find me.  I walked in a pub a stranger—but not for long. The friendly fellow behind the bar asked,

 “What’ll it be, Yank?” – “What ale do you recommend?”

“Bombardier is the best.”  “Good, since I was a bombardier in WWII, I’ll take it.”           “Coming up, Mate.”

It’s strange that in America we can’t accept pub culture. If I have a friend who goes to a bar after work each day, I have reason to worry about him. In the U.K., if a friend doesn’t make frequent pub visits, he probably has problems.

There is something about the friendly, casual and at-ease atmosphere of a pub that makes one open up and want to share and listen. When I meet someone whom I sense I would enjoy as a friend, I invite him or her to join me at a pub. There, in a short time, we get to know one another in a solid way. It can often be the beginning of a lifetime friendship. That’s why I think it often a good idea (mentally) to
invite Jesus to meet me at a pub. There are things I would like to know about
him.  Also, I would appreciate his advice and opinion about things I am doing.
But to do this, I have to set aside a quiet time. And in preparation, I should
think about what we’ll talk about. He’s a great listener, and I have to
remember to shut up long enough to hear his advice. My imaginary pub is a
delight. Give it a try.

(And how does this idea grab you?



 (See answer at bottom)

1. After she joined a religious order, what was Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu’s name?

2. Who was the first male American to be canonized?

3. Which of these is not in all four gospels?

          – the loaves and the fishes,

          – bread and wine at the Last Supper,

          – the clearing out of the temple

          – the burial of Jesus

Other recommended Catholic blogs

–       Catholic and Enjoying It!

–       Ignatius Insight Scoop

–       By Sun and Candlelight

Recommended readings

–        “The Disease of Irreverence” in June New Oxford  Review

–        “The God Who Sees Me” and “Reflections  on Aging Spiritually”  in summer Spiritual Life. 

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. (

  • Rev. Robert Aufieri (NYC)
  • Rev. Edward Gorman, O.P. (DE)
  • Fr. Andrew Gries (DC)
  • Msgr. Edward Filardi (MD)
  • Bishop Dennis Madden (MD)
  • Fr. Joseph Marini (CA)
  • Fr. John Mericantante (FL)
  • Msgr. Thomas Modugno (NYC)
  • Fr. Matthew Ruhl, S.J. (KS)
  • Fr. Michael Scanlon (OH)
  • Rev. Richard Trout (FL)
  • Rev. Hayden Vaverek (NYC)
  • Rev. Malcolm Sylvester Willoughby, O.P. (DC)

Answer to Quiz

1–    Mother Teresa ofCalcutta

2-    John Neumann

3-    Bread and wine at the Last Supper

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

Michael J. Sheehan,  Archbishop of Santa Fe

News Flashes

-10,000 Christian families fled home in Ethiopia when Muslim extremists burned down 69 Protestant churches, thirty homes, a school and orphanage. Only 1% of the 79 million people in Ethiopia are Catholic. (comment: Pray for them!)

-A recent study proved that 40% of pregnancies in New  York City end in abortion.

A study of 1,000 Israeli parole decisions found that considerably more applications succeeded after the judge had eaten lunch. 

My favorite priest, layperson, breathing saint or organization

Two remarkable brothers who deserve recognition are the twins, Julian and Adrian Riester, born on the same day, and died on the same day 92 years later. After their childhood in Buffalo and attending St. Joseph’s
Collegiate Institute they joined the friars of Holy Name Providence in New York City. During their careers, they served parishes in Buffalo for 17 years; then they worked at the St. Bonaventure seminary for 35 years.
Great men!

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

Interesting sayings

I trust there is not a young man now living in the United   States who will not die a Unitarian.

 -Thomas Jefferson, letter to Waterhouse, June 26, 1822

It is with  awe that we should conduct all our dealings with one another. There are no ordinary people. You have never talked with a mere mortal.  – C. S. Lewis

According to a recent study, close to 50% of Catholics in the United States do not know the Church teaching that the bread and wine used in Holy Communion actually become the body and blood of Christ.

 -Peter John Cameron, O. P

Handle every stressful situation like a dog. Piss on it and walk away.

-Anonymous Veterinarian


In regard to your “The Devil was Right”, you are on target because we must superimpose love on the polyrhythm of life. –  Cyrus Eagleton,Amsterdam,Holland 

I still haven’t forgiven you for you writing about the Pope being pregnant. This was the most
irreverent thing I have ever read. You should be ashamed of yourself
.     –     Madeline Smithson, Phoenix.AZ

(comment: Mia culpa, mia culpa, mia maxima culpa)


Your blog is a vector for reminding us Catholics of the role we must play

 -Edward Stern,Miami,FL

I have read your Light Reading for Good and Wayward Catholics, and if I were the Pope, I would excommunicate you.

 -Mary Redman,New York,NY

(Reply: I thank you, Mary, for your honesty, and I
thank God that you’re not the Pope.)

Chuckle time

With the prediction of Sunday being a beautiful day, on Saturday night a golfing-enthusiastic
priest called the monsignor and said he was too sick to say Mass the next day.  At dawn, he hurried to play a round of golf by himself. In observing this, St. Peter asked God what he was going to do about it.  “Watch
and see,” God replied.  On the 5th hole, the lone golfer hit a 250 yard drive from the tee and the ball sailed high, landed on the green and went in the cup.  Aghast at what he saw, St. Peter asked God, “Do you call that punishment?”

God replied, “Who is he going to tell?”

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 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.

Jill Todd, 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,   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, 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, Laura Marsh, Marie Lyons, John Vaughen, Andy Samworth, Carrol Otto, Bill Daniels, Wynne Ambrose,Bonnie
Schlosser, Stephen Balchin, Jerry the tailor, Brian Kearns –
Christian martyrs in the Middle East, those in refugee camps throughout the word.

Utilizing the Power within Us

Utilizing the Power within Us

 Seeing and experiencing is believing. No bombing mission I flew during WWII was scarier than a mind control course my wife and I took several years ago. At the end of this training we practiced healing. The procedure was to pick another in the class as your partner (preferable someone you didn’t know). One would be the “proposer” and the other the “healer.”

Facing one another, both would close eyes and the healer would slowly count backwards from 10. Then the proposer would say, “I have a (man) (woman) I want you to heal.  Can you see this person?” It would take several minutes for the healer to reply and describe the person to be healed.

I was the proposer and I was concerned about my cousin who had recently had a cancerous eye removed, and the healer was a young Navy enlisted man. Finally,my healer partner said he saw the person whom he described as a lean man, neatly dressed and carrying a briefcase. (My cousin was a thin lawyer who always carried from his office a fat briefcase with work to do at home).

I then asked the healer to examine him to see if he saw any dark places in his body.  He was quiet for a minute; then reported he saw no darkness in the body.  I then told my partner to examine him six months ago.  Ten seconds later, he let out a cry, slapped his hand to his face and said, “Oh! My right eye.”

During this exercise, my wife was serving as the proposer and her concern was our college-age son who had serious lactose intolerance. The healer with her eyes closed described our son as a young man, and his hands were moving very rapidly. (His favorite hobby was drumming in a band).

The healer said she saw a dark area around his mid section, which she was removing with magic white paint.  Then the healer said the dark area had disappeared. Three months later when our son was visiting us, we were shocked at breakfast to see him pouring milk on his cereal. When we quizzed him aboutthis, he said, “I don’t know what happened but sometime around the end of April I suddenly realized I liked milk and have been drinking it ever since.” (Our mind control class on healing had been on April 25.)

So, you’re asking – “What does this have to do with being a Joyful Catholic?”  Good question.  I think it demonstrates that if we take advantage of our fantastic mental power with concentrated prayer, we can become effective healers.  As Sigmund Freud said, “The mind is like an iceberg, it floats with one-seventh of its bulk above water.”

It is a tingling thought to realize that with focused prayer and our wealth source of the Holy Trinity, our Virgin Mary and the thousand of saints – all waiting and eager to intercede — we have available an avalanche of healing power within our grasp.  A few thousand years ago, Aristotle remarked that, “The energy of the mind is the essence of life.”

 So, what are your thoughts about this to share with your fellow readers? (

  Other recommended Catholic blogs

The New Liturgical Movement

Ask Sister Mary Martha

Mere Comments

Recommended readings

“The Church and the Eucharist” in June/July Homiletic
& Pastoral Review

Continue the Conversation” in May 30 America

The Suffering of God” in June 3 Commonweal

“The Courtyard of the Gentiles” in May The Catholic World Report

Five Common Misconceptions About Islam” in May New Oxford Review