Month: March 2012

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 ofSanta Fe

 News flashes

Fr. Raymond de Souza

–         Congratulations to Fr. Raymond de Souza, who is the editor-in-chief of a new magazine in Canada, Convivium, with the subtitle “Faith in our common life”.

–         Our State Department reports that there is no Christian church open to the public in Afghanistan, and no Christian schools.

–         Representatives of most of the world’s bishops’ conferences and 30 religious orders met inRomeon Feb. 6-9 to launch a global initiative to improve efforts to stop clerical sexual abuse and better protect children and vulnerable adults.

 Today’s Martyrs

(Lest we forget)

 Let us purify ourselves through the martyrs, or rather, through him through whom they too were purified in blood and truth.

                           St. Gregory Nazianzen (died 390)


This is a message from Michael Voris, senior executive producer at Real Catholic TV, com.

In Nigeria, twenty six Catholics were newly added to the roll of martyrs in the Church. They were killed on Christmas Day by a Muslim car bomb as they were walking out of Mass. Please watch this episode of The Vortex and pass it on to as many people as you know.


My Favorite Priest, Layperson, Breathing Saint or Organization

Born Rosalind Moss in a Jewish family, Mother Miriam of the Lamb of God has become a Benedictine nun and foundress of her own order inTulsaOklahoma, Daughter of Mary, Mother of Israel’s Hope.  Speaking of her feelings on the day of her entrance into religious life, she said, “If there were a more glorious day in my life, I can’t think of when it was. I have always felt that I was made for another world and that I was a pilgrim in this one. Giving my life to God through Christ from my Jewish background changed my life forever. Coming further into the fullness of Christianity, 18 year later in the Catholic Church deepened my relationship with God more than I knew was possible.”

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

 Interesting Sayings

Cry out with joy to the Lord, all the earth.

Serve the Lord with gladness.

Come before him, singing for joy.

Psalm 100


If we make self-forgetfulness the basis of the life of charity, the result is joy. Self-forgetfulness likewise liberates the supernatural and apostolic spirit, enabling it to make rapid progress. For once, egotism is vanquished, unity of intention and spirit reign.

Father Leonce de Grandmason, S. J.,

a French Jesuit priest and theologian who died 1927


We are very special to God, and there’s no doubt about it. I mean, God sent his only Son to us. Being special a piece of material in the universe is one thing; being special in knowing religious history and living a faith-filled life is another. But it’s still a challenge.

Father George Coyne, S.J.


If a man sincerely turns all care over to God, then does God better manage his affairs than could all creatures together. 

Father John Tauler ,O. P., a German Dominican priest who died in 1361


The tongue is a small member and yet has great pretensions.

James 3:5

(Spiritual guide, Joyce Rupp has commented on this saying: “When speaking about another, first ask yourself three questions: Is it true? Is it kind? Is it necessary?”)



There are three things I like about being on an Italian cruise ship.

First, Italian cuisine is unsurepassed, Second, their service is superb.

And then, in time of emergency, there is none of this nonsense about

‘women and children first’.

                                      Winston Churchill



          (re: If Christ Returned…)

 –   As one who had hope of the Parousia, you have given me a good mind- shaking. Now, I don’t know what to think.

Regis Edwards,Tulsa OK


–  What you have written is sacrilegious, and you should be ashamed of yourself in trying to make Christ so commonplace!

                             Elmer Rippley, New York, NY

Chuckle Time 

The Pope’s Secretary: Regarding your awaiting phone call, I have good and   bad news.

Pope:         Let me first have the good news.

Secretary:  Christ has come back and He is on the phone, wanting to talk to you.

Pope:         That indeed is good news. Now, what is the bad news?

Secretary:  He is calling from Salt Lake City.


We do indeed need to show joy as Catholics.

 My motto …“Be happily and uncomplicatedly Catholic.”

Michael J. Sheehan  Archbishop of Santa Fe


If Christ Returned, Would We Kill Him Again? 

In the Nicene Creed when we recite at Mass, we confirm our belief that “He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead”. The Mormons proclaim it’s already happened because (they believe) after Christ’s resurrection, He spent time somewhere in Central America with the Nephites, an ancient tribe who moved there in 589 BC and were wiped out in 385 AD by their brother tribe, the Lamanites. He also made brief visits with Mormon Church leaders in 1898 and 1918. We Catholics and Protestants haven’t been so fortunate in being favored with these awaited returns.

But, when it happens for us, how do you think it will happen? It will have to be a spectacle of great magnitude to confirm that He is not another of the phonies who have claimed: “I am He!” Even if it is a 1000 miles celestial show of lights, scientists will claim it is a freak of nature, and agnostics say it was imagined by mass hysteria.

But, assuming His return as a human is accepted as truth, how would He get across His message? Before, when communication was only by word of mouth, He taught and preached in a local synagogue which was the only religious place in town. Today, He would have to decide between the Catholics, Mormons, and the 20,800 worldwide Protestants churches. Or perhaps he would want to have another try in a synagogue. Whatever choice he made would be the cause of resentment from those not chosen.

I am afraid the joy of his return would be short lived. The major broadcasters would fight over who deserved the most coverage and dig up skeptics to spice things up. Our 94,500 multi-millionaires will go to desperate means of discrediting His criticism of our misbalance of wealth.

He might give discomfort to the rest of us when He makes us aware of our short-comings. I can’t see His getting support from any of the 37 fat money PACs that want control ofAmerica. Instead, they would view Christ as a dangerous and radical socialist rebel, attempting to overthrow the government.  In haste, they would fund the Madison Avenue truth-twisters to poison His message (and likely Him).

So, if Christ were to ask me if He should now make His return, my advice would be “No, wait awhile.”

Let me have your thoughts about this, and I’ll print them in the next issue. (

Recommended readings

“Between Athensand Jerusalem” in February First Things

“Medicine Man” in February U.S. Catholic

“Why Fight Same-Sex Marriage?” by Douglas Farrow, Professor of Christian Though at Mc Gill University in Montreal.January-February Touchstone

“The Perils of Promoting Personhood” by James T. McCafferty in  January-February New Oxford Review


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. (

Fr. Robert Aufieri (New York, NY)
Fr. John M. Bauer (Minneapolis, MN)
Fr. Edmund Connors, Katonah, NY
Fr. Paul Duchsch(Fargo,ND)
Fr. Edward Gorman, O.P. (Providence, RI)
Fr. Andrew Gries (Washington, DC)
Msgr. Edward Filardi (Bethesda, MD)
Fr. Raymond Kemp (Washington, DC)
Bishop Joseph N. Latino (Jackson, MS)
Archbishop Jerome Listecki (Milwaukee, MN)
Bishop Dennis Madden (Baltimore, MD)
Fr. Joseph Marini (San Mateo, CA)
Msgr. Joseph Mayo (Salt Lake City, UT)
Fr. John Mericantante (Pahokee, FL)
Msgr. Thomas Modugno (New York,NY)
Fr. Kevin Nelson, (Lantana, FL)
Fr. John O’Donoghue (San Antonio,TX)
Fr. Antony Pulikal (Lntana, FL)
Fr. James R. Purfield (Denver,CO)
Fr. Paul S. Quinter (Pittsburg, Pa)
Msg. David Robichcaux, V.F. (New Orleans, LA)
Archbishop Thomas J. Rodi (Mobile, AL)
Msg. Paul L. Rohling (Birmingham, AL)
Fr. David Ross (Lima. OH)
Fr. Matthew Ruhl, S.J. (Kansas City, KS)
Fr. Michael Scanlon (Steubenville, OH)
Fr. Walter J. Szezesny (Buffalo, NY)
Fr. Richard Trout (Sanford, FL)
Fr. Hayden Vaverek (New York, NY)
Fr. Malcolm Sylvester Willoughby, O.P. (Washington, DC)
Canon Stuart Wilson (London, UK)