Month: January 2014

Vatican Pope

“So you call yourself Catholic—wonderful!  Now show me!

Show the way you love me.”

Pope Francis

What Wimps We Catholics Are 

During WWII, when I was flying missions from Corsica, I recognized and admired Catholic in my squadron because they all wore crosses.  Five years later when I006 converted to Catholicism, the first things I did when leaving the Cathedral was to go to the religious store across the street and buy my cross.  Recently, a curious young attendant at the indoor pool asked me what I was wearing around my neck. (Today, how many Catholic men you know wear crosses?)

     As a bachelor, on a Saturday night my Catholic date kept her eye on her watch, watch1950s1in order not to eat or drink after the strike of twelve. This act, as well as Catholic men wearing crosses, made me aware that there was something different and enviable about Catholics. They had the guts to be different.

          In the 1960’s, either the meat lobby got the ear of Pope Paul VI or theologians (too smart for their own britches) decided to abolish the fish-on-Friday rule. They stupidly assumed that if they made Catholics less different than Protestants and non-believers, it might help the Church. (Stupid! Stupid! Stupid!)

       Next, in order to make our women religious look more like the-woman-on-the-street, they abolished their habits which identified them as Catholics, devoting their lives to Christ. (Heavens, forbid!)

       When I published in a local Catholic paper my chapter “Communion, Ho-Hum” from Light Reading for Good and Wayward Catholics, I expected to get fiercecover cathb.n reaction from a dozen priests. The only protest I got was from Brother Ed Adams, a retired Christians Brother—and now a close friend. In the writing, I predicted the day when the Host will be dispensed by a blessed robot at a church drive-in. (If you live to see this happen, remember where you first heard about it.)

        Recently, a friend was shocked to see his 16-year-old daughter eating a cookie while walking into Mass. When he admonished her for not fasting, this very bright student, who has always attended Catholic schools, asked with complete innocence, “What are you talking about?”

        From the indifferent way members of the congregation habitually andchewing-gum mindlessly file out for Communion (some chewing gum), I am reminded of watching cows moseying into the barn to get fed.  Regarding lack of fasting before Communion, I foresee the day when donuts will be served before Mass.

       I envy religious who have a most honored place that is of maximum importance to their Faith.  Every year at the end of May, tens of millions Hindus wash in the Ganges (the 5th most 2095polluted body of water), to rid themselves of sin and to pay respect to Goddess Ganza and their ancestors. Muslims, who are obligated to pray five-times-a-day, aren’t assured a place in Paradise unless they travel to be trampled at Mecca.  We Catholics ain’t got such a place. A possible exception is the over 5-million who visit Lourdes with recognition of Mary, as our Advocate and the Mother of God. Regarding any place where Christ, the Son of God, existed—forget it. Jerusalem is now mostly devoid of Christians, and the Way of The Cross is 10-feet higher than it was at the time of Christ.

        Regarding the obligation to attend Mass every Sunday, don’t take it too seriously. There is a story about a time when squirrels invaded all the churches in a small Texas town. The Protestants unsuccessfully tried every known method to get rid of the critters. The Catholics had the solution. They caught all the squirrels and baptized them. Now, they only see them twice a year—at Easter and Christmas.

     Now, you fellow wippy Catholics, let me have your thoughts. 


Current News


news11Twelve nuns and three young women were abducted from their convent in Damascus by Islamist rebels on December 2. They have never been discovered.


 – By request, I sent Pope Francis one of my I AM A JOYFUL CATHOLIC car stickers. Now, if you see it stuck on the Popemobile, don’t be surprised.


Recommended Readings

–        “Capitol Exhortations” in December 23 America.

–        “How to cultivate gratitude” in December Catholic Digest

–        “From Piety to Politics in January U. S. Catholic

–       Pope Francis & the Primacy of Conscience” in December 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. John Dowling, St. Francis of Assisi parish, Fairfield Glade, TN
  • Bishop James Vann Johnston, (Springfield/Cape Girardeau, MO)

  • Fr. Richard Lopez (Atlanta Archdiocese, GA) NEW!

  • Fr. Noel Sanvicente, (Diocese of San Jose, CA) NEW!

  • Fr. Alex Waraksa St. Patrick’s parish, (Morristown, TN) NEW

  • 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. 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

  • 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)

  • 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. Malcolm Sylvester Willoughby, O.P. (Washington, DC)

  • Canon Stuart Wilson (London, UK)



 Poem (a short one)

Life begins

when one knows

there’s an end.

pope francis

“So you call yourself Catholic—wonderful!  Now show me!

Show the way you love me.”

Pope Francis

 Interesting Sayings

The Times

The Catholic Church, like all powerful institutions can choose to stand against social change in the name of dogmatic interpretation of its principles. Or it can seek to adapt to changing mores. It seems obvious that the Catholic Church is more likely to flourish if proper account is taken of how human beings actually behave and how their preoccupations and needs change over time.

 If this is the mission of Pope Francis then it is very much a welcome one.

(From 11/6 LondonThe  Times)  

Let us beg God that he would put on us the heavenly Christ so that established in great joy and thus led by him we may be granted the greatest tranquility.

Pseudo-Macraius, an Egyptian monk who died in 390 A.D. when-they-come-home-returning-catholics-rigney-lanave

Lord, let your love flow through me, that I might be a reflection of you for all those I encounter today.

Melanie Rigney, coauthor of When They Come Home.

Ways to Welcome Returning Catholics” …If joy presents itself because of earning or honor acquired, let them rejoice as moderately as if they did not rejoice, that is,as if the joy were not theirs.

                               St. Robert Bellarmine (died 1621 A.D.)

One way to sum up the good news of the Gospel is to say, quite simply, that the Father of Jesus Christ is crazy about us.

                                             Rev. Robert Barron


PisaVery disappointed with your lopsided and poorly considered most recent blog. (then there is a lengthy listing of Christian misdeed during past century).

You do yourself and your message a grave disservice when you take such a slanted and frankly infantile view of geopolitics and say silly things like “Yay for us Christians, boo for those bad Muslims.” If you could get in a time machine and go back just 100 years, this wonderful Christian tradition you sing about was responsible for some of the most horrific trampling on the rights of Arabs, Indians, Africans, and Jews throughout the 1800s up to the 1960s.If you fly back even farther in your time machine, you will land in Spain in the year 1100, where one of the best cultural things that ever happened to that country was the spirit of harmony and respect that was achieved between Jews, Muslims, and Christians in the brilliant center of learning in Toledo — under the rule of an enlightened Arab/Muslim regime.Islam is no more or less violent or peace-loving than Christianity.

 I expect better from your blog.

(Comment: I have no argument about our misdeeds of the past. Many of them are horrendous.  You forgot to include the abuses of the Crusades and Spanish368-spanish-inquisition2 Inquisition. However, I repeat, say again, and reiterate that TODAY I thank God that I’m a Christian. Sure, we will still make mistakes and bicker, but we don’t set off car bombs, burn and destroy other places of worship, condemn and butcher non-Christians. Once again, “Yah for us Christians!”


 Please send me 18 of  your I Am a Joyful Catholic bumper stickers, one for each of our deacons and deacon wives.  Use will be to share how to begin to evangelize without the spoken word.

Kate Mills, Ventura, CA

Chuckle Time


When Forrest Gump arrived at the Pearly Gates, St. Peter on the other side told him he needed to answer these three questions before he could enter. The questions were:

(1) What two days of the week begin with the letter “T”?

(2) How many seconds are there in a year?

(3) What is God’s first name?

Forrest said, “That’s easy.  The two days are today and tomorrow. There are twelve second in a year—January 2, February 2, and so on. And God’s first name is Andy, because I learned from the song: ‘Andy walks with me, Andy talks with me, Andy tells me I am his own.’”