Month: May 2012

We Do Indeed Need to Show Joy as Catholics.

My motto “Be happily and uncomplicatedly Catholic.”

Michael J. Sheehan Archbishop of Santa Fe


(Submitted by Catherine Grant)

  • If you woke up this morning with more health than illness…you are more blessed than the million who will not survive the week.
  • If you have never experienced the danger of battle, the loneliness of imprisonment, the agony of torture, or the pangs of starvation—you are ahead of 500 million people in the world.
  • If you can attend a church meeting without fear of harassment, arrest, torture or death…you are more blessed than three billion people in the world. (In Afghanistan, there are no places for Christian worship.)
  • If you have food in the refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof overhead and a place to sleep…you are richer than 75% of those in this world.
  • If you have money in the bank, in your wallet, and spare change in a dish somewhere…you are among the top 8% of the world’s wealthy.
  • If you parents are still alive and still married…you are very rare, even in the United States.

  • If you hold up your head with a smile and are truly thankful…you are blessed because the majority of us can, but most do not.
  • If you can hold someone’s hand, hug them or even touch them on the shoulder…you are blessed because you can offer healing touch.
  • If you can read this…you are more blessed than 171 million blind people in the world.  
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Recommended readings 

–         “Religious Freedom” in March First Things.

–         “The Culture War & The Catholic Church” in April New Oxford Review

–         “A Year In the Promised Land” in May USCatholic


The Shooting Shepherds….All priests are from the Diocese of Fargo!

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)                         

Fr. Michael Radermache, (Vancouver, WA)

Fr. Paul D.Counce (BatonRouge, LA