We do indeed need to show joy as Catholics. My motto — “Be happily and uncomplicatedly Catholic.”…Michael J. Sheehan Archbishop of Santa Fe
The Blow-Out at Cana
(Bring it to Life!)
I think it is good to make live special events recorded in the Bible. The Feast at Cana is one of my favorites. Why do you think Mary, the wife of a poor carpenter, would have been invited to this special affair? The answer is that because of her concern for other and her delightful personality, she was one of the most popular women in the village. Also, Jesus and his friends were included because they were good company. They added fun to the event.
This is what occurred when Mary became aware of the wine steward’s panic. She sensed it was the time for Jesus to perform his first public miracle. First, she had trouble getting his attention because he was sharing a joke with the fellows at the end of the table.
Mary: Jesus, do you realize they have run out of wine?
Jesus: What else is new?
Mary (turning to the wine steward who was wringing his hands): Don’t pay any attention to what my son said. You just do whatever he tells you to do. I know he will and can do something to help you.
After Jesus had turned the water into wine, the wine steward offered the first glass to the most honored guest, the Province Governor, who was sitting next the host father of the bride. He sipped it, took another sip, and then said: “Wow! This is the best wine I’ve tasted in ages. Why did you hold it back until now?”
The bride’s father, who was probably a bit boozed up as were the others, glowed with this comment. He didn’t question what had happened and remained unaware of Jesus’ miracle.
At the close of the event, Mary and Jesus were walking back home.
Mary: I want you to know how proud I am of what you did tonight. I had no doubt that you could and would do something very special.
Jesus: It was you who first became of the predicament. I did what I knew you wanted me to do. So, you deserve the credit for saving the event.
Mary (with a chuckle) After you proved what you could do tonight, do you think we should start a winery?
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. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Fr. Kevin J. O’Neil, (Washington, DC)
Fr. Robert Aufieri, (New York,NY)
Fr. John M. Bauer (Minneapolis, MN)
Fr. Edmund Connors, (Katonah, NY)
Fr. Paul D.Counce (Baton Rouge, LA)
Fr. John Dowling, St. Francis of Assisi parish, (Fairfield Glade, TN)
Fr. Paul Duchschere (Fargo, ND)
Fr. Anthony O’Gorman (London, UK)
Fr. Edward Gorman, O.P. (Providence, RI)
Msgr. Edward Filardi (Bethesda, MD)
Fr. Charles E. Jacobs, (Hartford CT)
Bishop James Vann Johnston, (Springfield/Cape Girardeau, MO)
Fr. Raymond Kemp (Washington, DC)
Bishop Joseph N. Latino (Jackson, MS)
Archbishop Jerome Listecki (Milwaukee, MN)
Fr. Richard Lopez (Atlanta Archdiocese, GA)
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)
Fr. Alberto Rodriguez, (Miami)
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. Alex Waraksa St. Patrick’s, (Morristown, TN)
Fr. Malcolm Sylvester Willoughby, O.P. (Washington, DC)
Canon Stuart Wilson (London, UK)