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WYD ’13 by the numbers -so far

R RLast Updated: July 3rd, 2014Uncategorized

Here are some official numbers for World Youth Day ’13 in Rio reported by CNS. 2.5 million people expected 320,000 people have officially registered Countries with the greatest numbers of pilgrims registered are Brazil, Argentina and the United States 8,400 priests from all over the globe requested credentials 5,500 journalists have been given credentials 55 … Read More

Ah, to hell with them.

R RLast Updated: July 3rd, 2014Uncategorized

Only once did Moses forget his own story and where he came from.  And for that he was punished by God and no longer able to lead his people, after 40 years, into the promised land.  Moses, taken up out of the water, lucky to be alive, grows up well but then commits murder.  God … Read More

Beastliness – Tomorrow’s reading reflection

R RLast Updated: July 3rd, 2014Uncategorized

“Behold, I am sending you like sheep in the midst of wolves; so be shrewd as serpents and simple as doves. But beware of men…” Jesus, in the Gospel today, mentions in this verse sheep, wolves, serpents, doves and men.  Sounds almost like a lesson in zoology.  His point is made that a zoo may … Read More

Of course he’s an exorcist!

R RLast Updated: July 3rd, 2014Uncategorized

“Jesus summoned his Twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits to drive them out and to cure every disease and every illness.“ It was news sensation in May!  Sadly, it showed us how ignorant the secular press can be when it comes to ecclesiastical realities.  USA Today, on  May 22nd, ran an AP … Read More

Big news on two fronts!

R RLast Updated: July 3rd, 2014Uncategorized

Big news on two fronts:    1) Blesseds John XXIII and John Paul II have been officially cleared for canonization!  The date is still to be determined but it looks at if it might make for a fitting end to the Year of Faith this upcoming November.  (That’s where I’m putting my money anyway.)  Along … Read More

2nd miracle approved for BJPII

R RLast Updated: July 3rd, 2014Uncategorized

Soon we’ll be saying, St. John Paul, pray for us.  Our friends at CNA report that the theologians from the Congregation for the Causes of Saints have approved a second miracle.  What’s left?  “Before Blessed John Paul II can be canonized, the Congregation must formally approve the miracle and present it to Pope Francis. Pope … Read More

Sigh of relief for traditional marriage proponents

R RLast Updated: July 13th, 2020Uncategorized

Getting all worked up about the news media, government, Church and marriage topics?  Here is a little sigh of relief for those faithful to the Sacrament of Matrimony. Where can we find words to express all the excellence and happiness of a Christian marriage? The church draws up the contract, the Eucharistic offering confirms it, … Read More

Widow of Nain – Sunday reading reflection

R RLast Updated: July 3rd, 2014Uncategorized

The Gospel for this Sunday tells the story of Jesus encountering the widow from Nain.  The encounter was  bitterly painful.  We hear that Jesus took pity on the woman when he saw her.  Pity, not in the present condescending understanding of the word but in its original meaning.  Jesus sympathized with her because he too … Read More

Vocation Directors- Listen up!

R RLast Updated: March 24th, 2017Uncategorized

If you’re a vocation director and don’t think making pilgrimages is important for young adults, then watch this video!  Many young adults have been touched by God on pilgrimages and answered calls to the priesthood and religious life.  Forget you billboards and book a pilgrimage. (lol)  Just sayin’.

Sad news from Jerusalem

R RLast Updated: July 3rd, 2014Uncategorized

Frequently, major media in the U.S. carry stories about anti-semitic graffiti.  Rarely do anti-Christian stories make the news.  Often it takes a church-burning to get it on the back page, if there’s room. Well, the case held true again this past week.  On Friday morning, the sad news became public when vandals attacked Dormition Abbey, … Read More