Month: September 2012

We do indeed need to show joy as Catholics.

 My motto — “Be happily and uncomplicatedly Catholic.” 

Michael J. Sheehan  Archbishop of Santa Fe


Just Who Are We?

How would you define a Joyful Catholic?  For example, during the 2nd Century, Mathetes, a Christian writer, gave this description of a Christian to Diognetus, who was top advisor to Emperor Marcus Aurelius:

       Christians are distinguished from other men neither by country, nor language, nor the customs which they observe. For they neither inhabit cities of their own, nor employ a peculiar form of speech, nor lead a life which is marked out by any singularity. The course of conduct which they follow has not been devised by any speculation or deliberation of inquisitive men; nor do they, like some, proclaim themselves the advocates of any merely human doctrines.

But, inhabiting Greek as well as barbarian cities, according as the lot of each of them has determined, and following the customs of the natives in respect to clothing, food, and the rest of their ordinary conduct, they display to us their wonderful and confessedly striking method of life. They dwell in their own countries, but simply as sojourners. As citizens, they share in all things with others, and yet endure all things as if foreigners.

Every foreign land is to them as their native country, and every land of their birth as a land of strangers. They marry, as do all others; they beget children; but they do not destroy their offspring. They have a common table, but not a common bed. They are in the flesh, but they do not live after the flesh. They pass their days on earth, but they are citizens of heaven. They obey the prescribed laws, and at the same time surpass the laws by their lives. They love all men, and are persecuted by all.

They are unknown and condemned; they are put to death, and restored to life.  They are poor, yet make many rich; they are in lack of all things, and yet abound in all; they are dishonoured, and yet in their very dishonour are glorified. They are evil spoken of, and yet are justified; they are reviled, and bless; they are insulted, and repay the insult with honour; they do good, yet are punished as evil-doers. When punished, they rejoice as if quickened into life; they are assailed by the Jews as foreigners, and are persecuted by the Greeks; yet those who hate them are unable to assign any reason for their hatred.

Now, give me your thoughts about how you would describe a Joyful Catholic. I’ll publish what you send me in a future blog. (

      Recommended readings

“There is one thing I want to say” by Joel Giallanzo, C.S.C., in summer Spiritual Life.

“Dumb Kids’ Class” in June  The Atlantic.

“Not a Muslim Issue?” and “The Church Downstairs” in July 13,  Commonweal.

“Femi-Nuns in the Echo Chamber” in

June 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. Alberto Rodriguez, (Miami)        NEW!
Fr. Robert Aufieri (New York, NY)
Fr. John M. Bauer (Minneapolis, MN)
Fr. Edmund Connors, (Katonah, NY)
Fr. Paul D.Counce (BatonRouge, LA)
Fr. Paul Duchschere (Fargo, ND)
Fr. Edward Gorman, O.P. (Providence, RI)
Fr. Andrew Gries (Washington, DC)
Msgr. Edward Filardi (Bethesda, MD)
Fr. Charles E. Jacobs, (Hartford CT)
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)
Fr. Michael Radermache, (Vancouver, WA)
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)


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

Michael J. Sheehan, Archbishop of Santa Fe


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)

In Boko HaramKaduna, Nigeria, the Islamist group  blew up three churches, killing over 20 people. The Christian Association of Nigeria stated, “The pattern of bombings and gun attacks suggests to us a systematic religious cleansing which reminds Christians of the genesis of a jihad.”

It’s been going on a long time…

On June 24, 843 AD, Vikings raided Nantes, France, and stormed the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul. They then massacred Bishop St. Gohard, a large number of priests and laity, piling their bodies on the altar.

 Interesting Sayings

 He who serves God truly has a paradise within himself…  Saint Philip Neri (died 1595)

The distinguished Catholic peer, Lord Alton of Liverpool, has calculated that during Elizabeth’s reign, there have been six Popes, and her Catholic subjects have increased from 4.4 to 6.6 million in Britain, and from 25 million to 140 million throughout the Commonwealth. One-third of the primary schools in England are Catholic, and they comprise two-thirds of the most highly rated ones. During the Queen’s reign, the number of Catholic charities in the United Kingdom has grown to 1000. In the Commonwealth countries, the Catholic Church runs 5,246 hospitals, 17,530 dispensaries, 577 leprosy clinics, and 15,208 homes for the elderly Fr. George W. Rutler, The Church of our Savior NYC.

Let mystery have its place in you; do not be always turning up your whole soil with ploughshare of self-examination, but leave a little fallow corner in your heart ready for any seed the winds may bring….Henri Frederic Amiel, Swiss writer who dies in 1881


The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious.                                      Albert Einstein 

 Teacher: When George Washington admitted chopping down the cherry tree, why didn’t his father punish him?

Student: Because George still had the ax in his hand.


 I have carefully read the concerns of the so called Catholics who wanted to leave the Church. All are about others. No one is about the self, whether obedient to Jesus and Church teachings, leave alone Bishops and priests. It is easy to find excuses and justifications. One who wants bigamy can raise the doubt why at all Church insists on monogamy, one who wants free sex, can argue that there is no ban on premarital sex anywhere. Yes, the Church is not meant for such mundane successes and satisfaction, but for the sanctification and salvation of people.

(unfortunately, I lost the name of the sender)

I am Miss.Adel Gassama Ali, tall, slim, fair and a very good looking girl that loves traveling and dancing, a student that loves to be loved, kindly I am compelled to contact you via this medium for obvious reasons which you will understand when we discuss details of my proposition. Pls I will like you to reply to me through my mail so that we will know each other very well.

(My wife will confirm that I didn’t reply)


          In Shingo, Japan, there is a tomb which local legend claims was the burial site of Jesus who escaped crucifixion because his brother Isukiri took his place on the cross. When Jesus moved to Japan, he married a local woman and lived to be age 106.

Chuckle Time

Woman parishioner: Oh, Father Sullivan, I am so distressed to learn you are beingtransferred. You are the best priest we have ever had, and I will be broken hearted to see you go.

Father Sullivan:  Now don’t worry. I bet you will find my successor to be a splendid priest, and one you will appreciate even more than me.

Woman parishioner: No, that’s not so. That’s exactly what your predecessor told me when he left.