We do indeed need to show joy as Catholics. My motto — “Be happily and uncomplicatedly Catholic.”
Michael J. Sheehan, Archbishop of Santa Fe
– The Archdiocese of Atlanta received a substantial gift from the estate of Margaret Mitchell’s nephew, Joseph, including a 50 percent share of the trademark and literary rights to “Gone with the Wind.” The estate of Joseph Mitchell included a multi-million dollar bequest to the archdiocese and the donation of his home on Habersham Road in Atlanta. One of two sons of Margaret Mitchell’s brother, Stephen, Joseph Mitchell died in October, 2011. He was a member of the Cathedral of Christ the King and asked that, if possible, his donation assist the Cathedral in a particular way.
– Bishop Tawadros has been chosen as the new pope of Egypt’s Coptic
Christians, becoming leader of the largest Christian minority in theMiddle East. His name was selected from a glass bowl by a blindfolded boy at a ceremony in Cairo’s St Mark’s Cathedral. (Comment: not such a bad idea)
– During an interview, Sen. Joe Lieberman told of a conversation with a friend, Susan Collins, who was raised in a traditional Catholic family in Caribou, Maine. She said of his religion, “Your people invented gilt, but my people perfected it.”
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)
-Three Assumptionist priests were taken at gunpoint from their home at Our Lady of the Poor Parish in the village of Mbau in the North Kivu province of Congo on October 19. They have not been heard from since.
– All Christians in the northern part of Mali have been forced to leave after Islamic militias seized most of the territory. This was reported by Laurent Balas, a missionary priest of the White Fathers
We may know with certainty that nothing belongs to us except our vices and sins. We must rejoice instead, when we fall into various trials and, in this world, suffer every kind of anguish of distress of soul and body for the sake of eternal life. Saint Francis of Assisi
Kneel down in your little room and pray to God with real humility and earnestness, that he through his dear Son may give you his Holy Spirit, who will enlighten you, lead you, and give you understanding.
Three things keep men from giving themselves over to sin. There is the fear either of hell or of earthly laws. There is the hope and the desire for the kingdom of heaven. Or there is the attraction of good itself and the love of virtue. All three seem to tend toward the one end. They summon us to abstain from everything unlawful. But they differ from one another in their degree of excellence. The first two are appropriate to men who seek perfection but who are not yet moved by zeal for the virtues. The third is particularly characteristic of God and of those who have really taken the image of and likeness of God unto themselves. For only God does good, not out of fear nor in hopes of a reward but simply out of a love of goodness.
Father John Cassian (died 433 AD)
Today, too, we carry joy in our hearts, but I would say a joy that is more sober, a humble joy: in these fifty years we have learned and experienced that original sin exists, and that it translates itself into personal sins, which can become structures of sin, given that even in the Lord’s field there are also weeds, that even in Peter’s net there are bad fish, that human weakness is present even in the Church, that the ship of the Church is sailing with a contrary wind, with opposing threats, and sometimes we have thought that “the Lord is sleeping and has forgotten us.” Pope Benedict, on the anniversary of the beginning of the Second Council
Until I was thirteen, I thought my name was SHUT UP!
In a cemetery in England, there is a tombstone which reads:
Remember man, as you walk by,
As you are now, so once was I.
As I am now, so shall you be.
Remember this and follow me.
And someone replies by writing on the bottom of the stone:
To follow you I’ll not consent.
Until I know which way you went.