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Monday, August 31, 2009

The What if question

The "what if" question about Teddy Kennedy is not "What if he went for help at Chappaquiddac", but it's "What if he decided to defend life?

Like most Democrats he was pro life, until the supreme court changed the law by fiat, and then he instantly changed.

This pleased the feminists, many of whom have had abortions (often because they slept with the wrong man who promptly left them when they found she had conceived; others because they wanted a career and felt great anger against their child for interfering with their desires).

But the saddest part is if he actually had even gently promoted a pro life agenda, associating it with protecting women and families, he could have made a big difference in the party's turn toward incorporating deathmaking as a right they are defending.

Yet he did insist he had lived righteously, in a letter to the Pope of all people:

“I have always tried to be a faithful Catholic, Your Holiness, and though I have fallen short through human failings, I have never failed to believe and respect the fundamental teachings,” Kennedy’s letter stated. “I continue to pray for God’s blessings on you and our Church and would be most thankful for your prayers for me.



If this sounds familiar, it should: it is bragging.

Ironically, most people have overlooked the ironic wording of the reply from the Pope.

“His Holiness prays that in the days ahead you may be sustained in faith and hope, and granted the precious grace of joyful surrender to the will of God our merciful Father.”

Notice it asks that he be given the grace to surrender to the will of God...the implication that he has not done this (but followed his own will).

So is it wrong to give a "catholic" politician who openly opposed the church and who supporting killing children a funeral?

Well, yes.

We always give people the benefit of the doubt, and figure they may have repented their sins, and of course there is always purgatory...

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Photo of the day

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Mass facing God?

I read that the bishop back in my old diocese of Oklahoma is going to say mass facing God instead of the people.

His reasons strike one correct:

Unfortunately this change had a number of unforeseen and largely negative effects. First of all, it was a serious rupture with the Church’s ancient tradition. Secondly, it can give the appearance that the priest and the people were engaged in a conversation about God, rather than the worship of God. Thirdly, it places an inordinate importance on the personality of the celebrant by placing him on a kind of liturgical stage.


here in the Philippines, there is loss of Catholics to other churches, partly due to the lack of priests...

We just opened an adoration chapel in our town, so we hope that the prayers will slowly increase the Catholic piety here.

But after the readings of the first part of the mass, I wonder if facing the altar would help people to realize that they weren't "celebrating" together, but supposed to be worshipping the Lord.

Friday, August 07, 2009

Transfiguration

The Transfiguration is more important in the Orthodox church than in Roman Catholic culture.

I always thought it (the vision) was about confirming Jesus as God.

But in another point of view, it is a mystical experience that was meant to strengthen the faith of the apostles.

In life, often one receives an extra grace or even a spiritual renewal before times of trouble or loss.

Sunday, August 02, 2009

Musical Interlude for today



and for other

Music downloads of the day

CosmosLiturgySex blog has a link to the Sacred Music Colloquium in Chicago, who has a lot of downloads of classic religious music in mp3 form for your listening pleasure.

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