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We do indeed need to show joy as Catholics.  

My motto — “Be happily and uncomplicatedly Catholic.”

Michael J. Sheehan, Archbishop of Santa Fe

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News Flashes

– In “Predictions for 2013”, The Economist presented this for us Catholics:

All over Europe and North America the number of priests and parishioners will continue to their remorseless decline. Expect more calls for flexibility from hard-pressed grassrootschange-in-the-church Catholics: women priests are off the agenda, but call for the ordination of married men, viri probati in church-speak, will grow. If you attend a Catholic funeral in 2013, you may find it taken by a layman (or laywoman); there are simply not enough priest to go round.

But some things will improve. Visit a Catholic service in 2013 and you will have a slightly better chance of finding beauty and holiness, rather than guitar-strumming dirges and multicoloured polyester vestments.

-In Belfast, Northern Ireland, Protestant protesters rioted in a Catholic area, and police had IRAto use water cannon against them as they pushed the officers with metal fencing and ripped up paving stones to hurl at them. The Catholic Irish nationalists are seeking union with Ireland, and Protestant loyalists are determined that Belfast remain part of the United   Kingdom.

 

 Poem

And should by chance you do not know

Where to find Me,

Do not go here and there;

But if you wish to find Me

In yourself seek Me…. St. Teresa of Avila (died 1582)

 

 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)

wr4er(Religious persecutions are not limited against us Christians)

–        In Pauktaw Myanmar, Buddhist mobs attacked Muslims, burning entire villages and 30,000 Muslims fled, joining the ranks of 75,000 others who have been driven from their homes.

–       In Manama, Bahrain, the Sunni monarchy has banned all demonstrations by Shiite descendants who are being discriminated against. Many demonstrators and police have been injured and several killed. Doctors are jailed for treating injured protesters. 

My Favorite Priest, Layperson, Breathing Saint or Organization

My favorite priest is Fr. Noel Sanvicente,in San Jose, CA. He is an awesome nicefather preacher who brings to great joy to the listeners. He has served God and people with love caring, faithfulness ad diligence. I see Jesus through him. I wish I could attend my Masses often and I pray for him in my daily prayers  It thank God for sending him to us. May our Jesus Christ and his Virgin Mother bless him and protect him always.

                                                  Kathy Dewine

 My favorite priest is Fr. Kevin Nelson in Lantana, FL. He’s got a great sense of humor/ always makes me laugh/ is ultra smart/ a true alpha male priest.

Deborah Trombetta

(Comment) Congratulations, Fr. Kevin. This is your second recommendation. I look forward to meeting you when I am in Lantana in March.

(Now, tell me about your favorite Catholic priest, layperson or organization that is making a difference. aljagoe@gmail.com)

Interesting Sayings

Washington Theological Union.

We are human and mortal. We will suffer and die. But how we are with one another in that suffering and dying makes all the difference as to whether God’s presence is felt or not and whether we are comforted or not….Fr. Kevin J. O’Neil, a Redemptorist priest at the Washington Theological Union.

 

father-jean-pierre-of-caussadeDivine action, being limitless in its plenitude, can take possession of a soul only to the extent to which that soul is emptied of all trust in its own action, for such self confidence is a spurious fullness that excludes divine action. Without it every thing is as nothing and with it nothing becomes everything…..Father Jean-Pierre de Caussade, S.J. (died 1751)

 

Faith is a way of seeing things, and what we see depends on where our focus is placed. The more I dwell on what is wrong, the further I feel from the Creator of all beauty.

Terri Mifek

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Never fight with a bullfighter… Carmen

 

The brothers of the patriarch Joseph could never have done him so much good with their love and favor as they did him with their malice and hatred….   St. Thomas More

0823_churchill_crop-500x302I am ready to meet my Maker, but if He is prepared to meet me is another matter…Winston Churchill 

I rejoice and share my joy with all of you. In the same way you also should rejoice and share your joy with me….St. Paul 

You just can’t beat the person who won’t give up….Babe Ruth 

Communiqués

common-sense

Although our Church moves at a pace that would make the speed of a snail be that of a roadrunner, it would be wise for the aged bachelors who are in charge to look twice at the role they are expecting women to play in our religious affairs. I would bribe them to start having female deacons….Slowe Lombago 

I like your post and thought it was petty awesome….Zellie M. Quinn, poetry editor of Catholiclane.com 

The international opprobrium of Islamic extremists should be a matter of greater importance to the Muslim world….Reginald Wheelwright

stupid-bestI am Mr. Alika Zakary, Foreign Operations Manager for a bank in Burkina Faso. There is an unclaimed sum of $3,500,000 in my bank with no beneficiaries. I need a foreigner to claim this amount. So, I will send you half of this amount if you will give me your following information (S/S, credit card number, etc.)

(Comment: letter dumped into my circular file cabinet)

Chuckle Time

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 In California, a resident in a Catholic retirement community was asked if she preferred to get Parkinsons or Alzheimers.

She quickly answered, “Definitely Parkinsons, because it would be better for me to spill half my wine than to forget where I keep the bottle.”

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