Saturday, May 29, 2010

Remember what we are memorializing...

In the midst of our celebrations this weekend, let us not forget those who made the ultimate sacrifice to make and keep our country free. Let us not forget those who give us something to celebrate every day; falling asleep and waking up as a free people.

God Bless and keep the Men and Women of the United States Armed Forces, past and present. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!!

PEACE and all good,

Daily Mass Readings
1 Peter 4:7-13
Psalm 96:10-13
Mark 11:11-26

Thursday, May 27, 2010

A Bishop who gets it, and thoughts on the Church

Archbishop Emeritus Francis Quinn of the Diocese of Sacramento, as quoted in America Magazine:
"We should consider having a new ecumenical council with the unifying force of Peter and representatives of the entire church family, always respecting tradition and Sacred Scripture, studying more deeply the subjects of human sexuality; the healthy exercise of authority in the church; the needs of the poor and the suffering; the appropriateness of celibacy in the priesthood; the role of women in the church; the need for transparency; and the personal holiness of each one of us...The church is a living organism. Only lifeless things are static and unchanging. Well thought-out changes may be necessary at times like these. To strengthen our faith, we should take heart from the words of Carlo Caretto, who writes:

How much I must criticize you, my Church, and yet how much I love you! You have made me suffer more than anyone, and yet I owe more to you than to anyone. I should like to see you destroyed, and yet I need your presence. You have given me much scandal, my Church, and yet you alone have made me understand holiness.

Never in this world have I seen anything more compromised, more false, yet never have I touched anything more pure, more generous, or more beautiful. Countless times I have felt like leaving you, my Church; and yet every night I have prayed that I might die in your warm loving arms."

It is such a shame that bishops seem blind to this level oh insight until after they've retired. Please Lord, more Archbishop Quinns!!!

I could have written that quote from Carlo Caretto myself. It completely sums up my own wrestlings with the angels. I love my Church. Because I love it so much, I will support the views of insightful Bishops like Francis Quinn wholeheartedly, and try to not be cowed by those who think me a dissenter because of it.


Daily Mass Readings
1 Peter 2:2-5,9-12
Psalm 100:2-5
Mark 10:46-52