Sunday, July 20, 2008

"Whoever has ears ought to hear."

"The rapture is an event that will take place sometime in the near future. Jesus will come in the air, catch up the Church from the earth, and then return to Heaven with the Church."
- Taken from the Rapture Ready website.

From today's Gospel Reading (Mt 13:24-30):

Jesus proposed another parable to the crowds, saying:

“The kingdom of heaven may be likened to a man who sowed good seed in his field. While everyone was asleep his enemy came and sowed weeds all through the wheat, and then went off.

When the crop grew and bore fruit, the weeds appeared as well. The slaves of the householder came to him and said, ‘Master, did you not sow good seed in your field? Where have the weeds come from?’

He answered, ‘An enemy has done this.’ His slaves said to him, ‘Do you want us to go and pull them up?’ He replied, ‘No, if you pull up the weeds you might uproot the wheat along with them. Let them grow together until harvest; then at harvest time I will say to the harvesters, “First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles for burning; but gather the wheat into my barn.”’”

Then, dismissing the crowds, he went into the house. His disciples approached him and said, “Explain to us the parable of the weeds in the field.” He said in reply,

“He who sows good seed is the Son of Man,the field is the world, the good seed the children of the kingdom. The weeds are the children of the evil one, and the enemy who sows them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels. Just as weeds are collected and burned up with fire, so will it be at the end of the age. The Son of Man will send his angels,and they will collect out of his kingdom all who cause others to sin and all evildoers. They will throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father.

Whoever has ears ought to hear.”


Monday, July 7, 2008

Welcome Home.

I had posted a while back about the Transalpine Redemptorists and rumors of their desire to one day reconcile with the Holy See and return to full communion with the Church. Well I'm very happy to say that that day has arrived.

Posted on the Transalpine Redemptorists' blog is a letter announcing the news:
I am happy to inform you that last June 18th, before Cardinal Castrillon and the members of the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei in Rome, I humbly petitioned the Holy See on my own behalf and on behalf of the monastery council for our priestly suspensions to be lifted.

On June 26th I received word that the Holy See had granted our petition. All canonical censures have been lifted.

Our community now truly rejoices in undisputed and peaceful posession of communion with the Holy See because our priests are now in canonical good standing.

We are very grateful to our Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI for issuing, last July, the Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum which called us to come into undisputed and peaceful Communion with him.
Today is a good day indeed.

"But his father ordered his servants, 'Quickly bring the finest robe and put it on him; put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. Take the fattened calf and slaughter it. Then let us celebrate with a feast, because this son of mine was dead, and has come to life again; he was lost, and has been found.' Then the celebration began. " Luke 22-24

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Change in the Air?

Given the recent prohibition on a "gay pride prayer service" at St Joan of Arc parish, is the new Archbishop sending a signal to SJA that things are going to change? This parish is proudly notorious for it's defiance of Church authority, especially but not exclusively regarding promotion of the "gay" lifestyle. (I will just use "gay" because it's quicker than "those with same-sex attraction," although it doesn't appear to me that those with same sex attraction are often very gay, that is happy...)

How does a parish develop such a dissident philosophy toward the Church? I guess it started with Fr Harvey Egan, who apparently was the embodiment of the VCII gone awry. Well, there is a lot of material out there, you can search for yourself.

Do you view the prohibition as a substantial, positive step; or just another thrust and parry by an Archbishop with a rebellious parish, with no real impact toward corrective action?

Friday, July 4, 2008

God Bless America!

Yes, another year has gone by, and despite a culture which seems to be headed in the wrong direction, a questionable economy wrecked by an uncertain fuel future, and a weak slate of presidential candidates for the upcoming election season, we are all nonetheless blessed to be living in the greatest democracy in the history of mankind.

Our national formation is still a marvel of leadership, savvy, compromise and trust in Providence. Perhaps the greatest act of the new republic was President Washington's giving back his power, after two terms in office. He was offered President for Life and probably could have crowned himself King of America. His act of honor and restraint, confirmed a sacred trust between the governed and the governor. Let's hope his example continues to guide us.

I still believe in the good of the country and its people, and its future.

God bless America!