Sunday, March 25, 2012

Pre Orders and Shipping in May

We interrupt this blog to bring you an important announcement.
Pre orders are now being accepted for A Lost Shepherd.

Follow this link and it will take you directly to the page:  Pre Order

Thank you and God Bless.

I pray you continue to draw closer to His presence during this holy Lent.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Lent--it's not just a season

Okay we are into Lent.  Lent is more than a liturgical season.  It is an action.
We are weeks into it and time to re-evaluate.

Have I...Remembered that I am dust and that I will one day return to dust?
Have I...Repented of sin...turned away from sin...gone to confession?
Have I...Fasted...fasted from addition to fasting from whatever I was so inspired to do?
Have I...kept the promises I made when I was marked with ashes?

It's not too late.....

Monday, March 5, 2012

Confessions 24-7

The other day my son and I drove past what used to be an old Benedictine Church.
The order no longer has the parish--they left a few years back.  I'm not even sure it is open.
My son humored me as I pointed out the old convent, schools, church, and rectory.  "They even had a social club with bowling alleys in the basement, and over there", I pointed to what looked like a side porch on the three story stone rectory, "that door leads you into a little confessional.  You went in and rang a bell and a Benedictine Monk/Priest would come hear your confession--any time of the day or night."

He never heard of such a thing.

I doubt it is in use today.  Such a confessional set-up was not just for the people of God, but also for the local diocesan priests.
I wonder if the drop in people going to confession correlates with a drop in priests going to confession.  (please note....I didn't accuse, I simply wondered)

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Read the Comments

This is my response to a comment left on an earlier post (Opening Prayer)
It concerns a "pastoral" quandary a priest had with a prayer in the Roman Missal and someone's thinking that the prayers are too militant.

I checked out the blog and am very familiar with such an approach to liturgy. 
I often times abused my function as celebrant and took liberties with prayers even omitting what I thought was culturally insensitive. I even sometimes changed the word "man". It did nothing for the salvation of any soul and even perhaps jeopardized mine. Too bad he is distracted by the truth of what he describes as 'military-style' language.If we follow his logic then we must become more 'pastoral' with evil. Alright then--lets make everything neutral. satan scores (military language inserted). 

So, have a nice neutral Lent and don't worry God loves you, He did all the sacrificing, just sit back and enjoy--you have faith you don't need works and please please please be pastoral with evil, don't name it, don't even acknowledge it.