Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
I will never get those minutes back--crap.
I searched 'blacksheepdog' on google and was directed to a belgian puppy website.
Give it time and a few twitters and a few hits and he'll be running his web diocese. Remember the bishop who began a virtual diocese back in the 90's? What was his name? And then the guy from Miami and what about that fellow in Chicago and the other guy out west who started his own church--all this year right?
There is a huge story around this one, the bad dog priest or black dog priest or sheep dog--whatever his new name is (it reminded me of the artist formerly known as prince--come to think of it perhaps his new name ought to be the priest formerly known as corapi) This one is a carefully orchestrated leaking of scandal, rumor and extortion. Probably movie rights have already been discussed.
So where does this leave us?
Obviously I don't know the entire story--nobody ever will. But there is one deflection that is being floated by his camp and it goes like this---Others are at fault here not me! Should we follow the deflections and look at the faults of the church and the bishop(s) and the magisterium as he insuates? I use to do that, it's really easy and you don't have to look too hard to find the faults. But it's nothing more than a diversion and probably, in the end demonic. When I first left the ministry and felt unwelcome and had no home--it was easy to ferment and find fault and blame. Come on--man up! or priest up at least.
Finding faults is nothing more than preparation for blame (on a variety of levels)
We find faults with people all the time. Just drive 10 miles in traffic. Just sit in a different pew in church. Just go visit family for more than 3 days. You get the picture. And it is easy to focus on our faults--I weigh too much or too little. I'm bald. I'm gray. I'm not smart. I never finished that project.
Really, finding faults is the way to spiritual depth?
I have no suggestion for the whats-up-big-dog-expriest--except this--don't leave the Church.
Saturday, June 18, 2011
An upcoming pilgrimage is also being planned for late October into November and is starting to fill. If you feel called to go on pilgrimage please use the following email and mark 'inquire' in the subject line. This is just a preliminary request for more information.
Our last pilgrimage (this past May) was truly soul changing and life giving for many. Pray hard about the possibility of taking this time for your soul.
Check out the pilgrimage page as you discern.
Monday, June 13, 2011
“Receive the Holy Spirit.
Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them,
and whose sins you retain are retained.”
I rarely, if ever, begin a post with a passage from Holy Scripture.
But it is a good beginning for today.
After all, it is the initial 'sending' of the Apostles. It is their beginning. It is our beginning. It is the moment of receiving the Holy Spirit--the love of between the Father and Son, the Creator and Redeemer. It is God mystically manifested to His Son's disciples.
The only way the Church continued on, from that moment in the Upper Room, is because they did what He told them to do.
"...whose sins you forgive will be forgiven them..."
The first task Jesus gives his crew is to be about the business of forgiveness.
After that it's easy.
But we spin our wheels re-inventing the wheel. We want another way.
It's easy not to listen when you are filling your ears with all the other crap.
It's easy not to feel the breath of God when you are running.
On another note (and, in my mind related)---
During the celebration of Holy Mass yesterday I turned to give the sign of peace to some ladies who were standing in the pew behind us. They had sour faces.
At home my lovely wife shared; "Did you hear the one lady's comment during the sprinkling rite?"
"No, I didn't. What'd she say?"
"Right when Father......... walked past sprinkling, she said with disgust--'He doesn't have to do that!"
Had my hearing been better I would have turned and asked them if the water burned.
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Spiritual stalls squelch the heart of hope.
Soon questions fill your head and un-certitudes creep in. Bad things happen around you or to you. You no longer want to be where you are at. You try to live a good life and you try to maintain your discipline--but all you witness are injustices and greed and more greed and pride and whatever sin you want to name--and they affect you. You get angry. All you want is one break..one stinking little thing to 'go your way.' You are ready and willing to serve God and go anywhere to do it--but there is no answer, no direction, you've waited for years--a true spiritual stall.
It is so easy to rationalize and maybe even fall into despair.
You begin to live in questions that cannot be answered. You begin to think of returning back to your Egypt where at least your appetites were satiated and your stomach was full.
Spiritual stalls are part of the spiritual journey--if you didn't have them you wouldn't know that you were on the right track. But heed the moment because satan will use a stall quicker than you can say a Hail Mary.
Spiritual stalls can become spiritual infections that wear you down. And it is certain death to be have an infection in the desert.
Saturday, June 4, 2011
This past Tursday my son said to me; "Dad isn't today a holy day?"
"No. It's just June second."
So yesterday at Mass I felt awful.
While we were leaving he said; "It's not a sin for me, it's on you...Ha!"
Though I'm sure he lost any innocence by relishing my fault, he is right.
And here is the kicker-- This time missing Mass really bothered me.
Years back I wouldn't have thought much about it (let alone write on the matter).
But he is right--it is my responsibility--for his soul.
And his soul wasn't first on my list.
This reminds me of the time my son kept asking for new shoes. I said to my lovely wife; "Didn't we just get him shoes?"
Turns out he was wearing shoes two sizes too small.
If anything my fault may have encouraged my son to write on the Laws of the Church.
So I pray to St. Joseph