Recently I preached on the scandals that have caused searing pain in the Church. Not many people in the parish had spoken to me directly about the scandal, which worried me, because I knew that people were simmering. I asked around a bit and I could tell that people were upset. There was discontent, but perhaps they were afraid to tell their priest their fears and concerns. So to the people of my parish I spoke.
As a note, please see the image above this post. The parish of Our Lady Queen of Peace in Patton, PA is going to offer a Mass of Reparation and a penitential procession on September 24. It will be a beautiful and prayerful time to offer the Holy Sacrifice to atone for the sins of the clergy that we have heard about in the news recently and to pray for the victims.
Given the state of thing in the United States in the Church, this letter by Benedict XVI to the church in Ireland seemed appropriate. On this vigil of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, let us beg her to crush the devil.
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thine intercession was left unaided.
Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my mother; to thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me.
Today on the Novus Ordo Calendar the Church celebrated the Memorial of Saint John Vianney, the Cure D’ Ars (1962 Calendar is August 8). This is a remarkable Saint, a zealous priest, and the Patron Saint of priests. (more…)
I am sorry it has been a long time since a blog post. Beginning again on our Blessed Mother’s Feast day seems very appropriate. Associated with this feast day is the devotional of the Carmelite Scapular, often simply referred to as the Brown Scapular. (more…)
Sometimes when we hear of shepherds in scripture or think of Jesus as a good shepherd we get an image of a sort of wimpy man quietly petting sheep. Certainly being a shepherd entails a certain gentleness and patience, but these aspects are not wimpy, nor do they show the whole picture. (more…)
Today is Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s 91st Birthday! This man was elected Supreme Pontiff when I was in college and really returning to the Faith. Since then he continues to inspire me by his life and his very solid and clear writings on the Faith. Now he gives a good example of the importance of prayer.