Thursday, August 30, 2012
You can find some of his talks etc.here
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
I sought a way to gain the strength which I needed to enjoy you.
But I did not find it until I embraced the mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who is above all, God blessed for ever. He was calling me and saying: I am the way of truth, I am the life. He was offering the food which I lacked the strength to take, the food he had mingled with our flesh. For the Word became flesh, that your wisdom, by which you created all things, might provide milk for us children.
Late have I loved you, O Beauty ever ancient, ever new, late have I loved you! You were within me, but I was outside, and it was there that I searched for you. In my unloveliness I plunged into the lovely things which you created. You were with me, but I was not with you. Created things kept me from you; yet if they had not been in you they would not have been at all. You called, you shouted, and you broke through my deafness. You flashed, you shone, and you dispelled my blindness. You breathed your fragrance on me; I drew in breath and now I pant for you. I have tasted you, now I hunger and thirst for more. You touched me, and I burned for your peace.
Sunday, August 26, 2012
bread of angels
A poem on transubstantiation by Luis de León, quoted by Robert Southey in Letters Written During a Short Residence in Spain and Portugal:
If this we see be bread, how can it last,
So constantly consum’d, yet always here?
If this be God, then how can it appear
Bread to the eye, and seem bread to the taste?
If bread, why is it worshipp’d by the baker?
If God, can such a space a God comprise?
If bread, how is it, it confounds the wise?
If God, how is it that we eat our Maker?
If bread, what good can such a morsel do?
If God, how is it we divide it so?
If bread, such saving virtue could it give?
If God, how can I see and touch it thus?
If bread, how could it come from heav’n to us?
If God, how can I look at it and live?
Saturday, August 25, 2012
Sunday school lesson for today
how the late Pinoy painter Joey Velesco saw him:
actually, for those who aren't familiar with religious art like this famous painting,, the above picture replaces the angels who comfort Christ in the Garden with the "angels" of earth, those with Down's syndrome...
how western churches see the Nativity:
How Mr. V painted it:
keep in your prayers the many who are still in evacuation centers or whose houses were destroyed by the recent floods in Manila....
cross posted from my main blog.
in our prayers
Father Z reports the same thing and asks for your prayers.
Been there, done that.
When I was doing a lot of minor pro life writing against euthanasia, (mainly letters to the editor against euthanasia, which no one else seemed to be worried about) sometimes I would be filled with confusion and everything would go wrong.
One time I even had to fast to get a letter finished.
I no longer do such writing, since I live overseas but I have had lots of problems of depression and bad memories (every doc has cases where things went bad no matter what you did right). Usually this attacks during prayers, and so I avoid prayer.
But I will remember them in my prayers.
Oh yes: Pray for the PC sisters, that they remember their vows and renew their love for Christ instead of adoring for the pseudochrist of creation theology or nestorian ideas that they are big shots who will lead us to utopia.
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Better Pricilla than the Puppets
“We sit by and watch the Barbarian, we tolerate him; in the long stretches of peace we are not afraid. We are tickled by his irreverence, his comic inversion of our old certitudes and our fixed creeds refreshes us; we laugh. But as we laugh we are watched by large and awful faces from beyond: and on these faces there is no smile.”
— Hilaire Belloc, This That and the Other (1912)
I, for one, hesitate to welcome our new puppet overlords.
They visited the 2008 West Coast Call to Action Conference closing liturgy, the video of which the proprietors of the Orate Fratres blog have linked under the title “Mr. Potato Head Concelebrates the Holy Mass?”
Other recent sightings (among many) are documented on the web, showing one puppet floating through a nave at a Minneapolis church’s Palm Sunday Mass, and several puppets pausing for a few moments from Speaking Truth to the Man to pose with their human wards, stimulating the owner of the Bad Vestments blog to ask, “What is up with leftists and giant papier-mâché puppets of doom?”
the full story is at CWR....
It is difficult to believe that anyone who is happy having puppets in the liturgy actually believes in the real presence of Christ upon the altar, veiled and hidden under bread and wine—no matter how righteous they feel about themselves and the cause of the “People’s Church.” Perhaps if we could behold this sacred mystery of the Eucharist in its higher glory, we should die—so He allows us to see and consume Him while our eyes are not yet fully open. It is a far greater miracle than getting a crowd to share their loaves of bread and form a community of solidarity of others (though even that is surely a “miracle,” in a merely metaphorical Ebenezer-Scrooge sense, for some people), and it is even a far greater miracle than multiplying loaves of bread out of thin air or raining manna down from the clouds. It results in bread that has become the very body and blood, soul and divinity of the Lord of the universe. And if it is not that, my fellow Catholics and Orthodox, then Flannery O’Connor puts it best—to Hell with it; for then it is not a mere Pelagian puppet-play in which we manufacture our own salvation in the form of a community of the enlightened, but worse—an idolatrous pretense, deserving of the hammers of the iconoclasts.
well, after all the "church R us" types are reveling in the idea that they are the elites who will lead us all to the higher good of a utopia.
Or as Ms. Hubbard told the nuns:
Barbara often shares how her “birth epiphany” experience in 1966 arose as she sought “a story for our time” that affirms the biblical narrative of Jesus’s birth. Following on her recent work with Unity Church as reported recently in the Catalyst, Barbara’s lifelong teaching about Christ incarnating in us and in all creation through the evolutionary process was shared with another significant faith community.
The occasion was her keynote presentations last week to the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), representing 57,000 Sisters in the United States and beyond. We are proud to report that her catalyzing role for the women was front and center in the news coverage of the LCWR Assembly provided by both the New York Times and the National Catholic Reporter.
The NYT story depicted the nuns as standing at a historic crossroads because of the LCWR’s recent confrontation with the Vatican. More than 900 nuns were gathered in St. Louis, the Times reported, “for a four-day meeting to decide how to respond to a biting Vatican assessment that cast them as disobedient dissenters and ordered three American bishops to overhaul the nuns’ organization.”
Then the Times stated:Yup. But Pricilla did it better
The nuns’ meeting . . . exemplified the melding of traditional Catholicism and modern innovations that has so perturbed the Vatican. They sat in silence for a long stretch, sang songs about truth and mystery accompanied by a guitar and a choir, and heard a keynote address by a futurist who was escorted to the podium by seven liturgical dancers waving diaphanous scarves of pink and tangerine.
“Crisis precedes transformation,” the futurist, Barbara Marx Hubbard, told the nuns.“You are the best seedbed that I know for evolving the church and the world in the 21st century. Now, that may be a surprise to the world. But, you see, new things always happen from unexpected places.”Yes, ladies. Don't be meek: chose power over obedience.
According to the text of her speech, Barbara told the Sisters, “I see you as the ones who have the greatest capacity for facilitating what is emergent as evolutionary leaders. You are the pioneers and prophets of the future whose flame of expectancy is sparking the passion and hope needed in a world looking for fire.”Yes. You are no longer meek and obedient followers of Christ. You are the ones who will change the world.
Barbara described the apparently harsh decree from the Vatican as “a grace,” whose effect is like an invitation that the Sisters to become more of who they are and rise even further to be leaders who are evolving the Church and the world toward wholeness.Disobey and you too will be like gods...
She called the Sisters—who built the infrastructure of the Church, including its schools, hospitals, and social services—to continue to serve the unmet needs in our world, even while speaking truth to power in the government and the church.Ah, but these aren't the sisters who built the church's institutions: Most of them are in nursing homes, died, or have left these PC orders. Those attending are the ones who destroyed the orders.
Barbara was most clear about what the Sisters have to share regarding their model of synergistic, self governance, shared leadership, and cooperative decision-making.Translation: Not obedience, but a democracy. Of course, the dirty little secret is that it was quite easy for the radicals to take over the orders: the stuff about "self governance" and democracy means that this "middle management" can take over from the bishops and the laypeople (most of us hate these PC nuns).
Barbara invited the Sisters to open up “hubs of cocreativity” on this basis with people from every walk of life who are yearning for new social models and hungering for an experience of generative community.I'd comment on this, but I'm not sure what this means. New social models? Generative community? Define please.
Throughout the week’s many conversations, shared prayer, song and reflection, Barbara was inspired by the Sister’s sense of inclusion, collective wisdom, love, and “contemplative conscious evolution.”Inclusion of everyone but the orthodox, of course. "collective wisdom" means the lastest fad. "contemplative conscious evolution" is meaningless. Man evolves via genes (meaning tranhumanist type genetic manipulation) but "contemplative" here means by inducing self hypnosis to think you are now evolved and better than the ordinary hoi polloi.
. Delusional thinking...self deception...yes. And if you believe in Demons, maybe opening yourself to possession.
As she told the Catalyst, “I felt as though I had come home to my evolutionary sisterhood.”
Monday, August 13, 2012
Saturday, August 11, 2012
Guess who was behind the dancing nuns
Barbara Marx Hubbard smiled as women religious welcomed her to the stage with a dance. Hubbard gave the keynote presentation to the Leadership Conference of Women Religious during their Annual Assembly in St. Louis....
oh yes, three "hail mary's" for me as penance for being so snarky....
Sunday, August 05, 2012
Religion vs RELIGION
The Catechism says essentially the same thing: Other religions are seeking God and have truth and beauty, but not the entire truth. So when people become Catholics, they don't reject their religion, you add to what you believed.
As opposed to Protestants who seek a complete rejection of truth.
It is interesting reading how the Church spread the faith. the atheists claim it was by the sword, (which it was in some places) but actually most people saw it as something good, something that they saw in their pagan religions but now they knew God was good and loved them (something that is not present in most pagan religions).
Saturday, August 04, 2012
health care rant
Hello, Catholics, as of this week. You now have to pay a "tax" if you follow your conscience.
I have to laugh at the article insisting that we are going to be a savior for all women because women will now get free health care, stressing screening and preventive medicine, because the dirty little secret is that the academics are pushing oodles of stories that you don't really need expensive heath care.
Mammograms are dangerous (and expensive). so let's bash the Kormen charity.
this same group of ivory tower cost cutters said don't waste your money treating grandmom's Alzheimer's disease. or screening for Prostate cancer, or paying for a new medicine doesn't let you live much longer, so don't bankrupt the government taking them.A self described "Patient Advocate" says early diagnosis doesn't work, ... don't test people over age 70 so much....and that includes pap smears, Prostate tests, and repeat colonoscopies. And you don't need that yearly pap smear if you are young either, so why are you in my office?
The irony is that they are correct that "preventive medicine" has been oversold, but they ignore why we order the tests: Because if we miss a rare problem because we didn't do every test imaginable, we will be sued.
But lawyers fund politicians of both parties, so don't expect liability reform to be on the agenda.
This article shows you the future;
keeping costs down by cost control means cutting reimbursement fees for docs and hospitals, meaning fewer visits and less money per visit. If you go too often to the doc, or want a test that isn't on the government approved list, you will just have to pay for it.
And the "war on women"? It's pure politics: smearing people who "cling to guns and religion" as the enemy of all that is right and good in America.
Catholic bishops hate women and only want to destroy the health care bill (and hint hint Mormons hate women too). Elderly Baptists who donate money to organizations that educate people on child care, health marriage traits and avoiding divorce are homophobes who are like the KKK (hint Mormons support tradiational marriage too, place "big love" joke here).
Sigh. It's going to be a long election season.
Friday, August 03, 2012
Former Boston Mayor backs Romney?
Former ambassadors Frank Shakespeare, Tom Melady, Ray Flynn, Jim Nicholson, Francis Rooney and Mary Ann Glendon are the new national co-chairs of the Catholics for Romney coalition.
In a letter to fellow Catholics, the ambassadors said that while they are Democrats, Independents and Republicans, they are “united in faith and in action” with regards to the upcoming election.
“Where the stakes are highest – in the defense of life, liberty, and human dignity – we have a duty to act that is greater and more urgent than allegiance to any political party,” they explained.
Ray Flynn used to be mayor of Boston....