Masks off

  On Sunday, we had the beautiful reading on the Transfiguration from the gospel of Mark, but this was only briefly touched on in a homily at the parish I attended because the pastor first gave praise and commendation to Fr Ted Hesburgh, former president of the University of Notre Dame, who went to his eternal destination this past Thursday. How I have come to be very familiar with modernism has nothing to do with any distinguished degree I possess (which I don’t) and everything to do with the struggle, sweat and tears on my ten year journey of seeking truth since coming home to the one true Church. I would love to only post some meditative prayer, or peaceful Benedictine encouragement, but life as it is has exposed me to many who have hijacked the...

Before and above all things; and desert wanderings

Before and above all things; and desert wanderings

  While the world and the church continue on their treacherous course, I continue to find hope and beauty in the suffering people I encounter in the hospital.  One day, I might put together a book on all that I’ve learned from them, especially the elderly. It wasn’t a ministry I felt called to, but in the spirit of the Rule of St Benedict, I answered a need and found myself drawn deeper into my relationship with Christ in ways I would previously have tried to flesh out in my own strength, but now comes richly by His grace alone. St Benedict says:   CHAPTER XXXVI : Of the Sick Brethren Before and above all things, care must be taken of the sick, that they be served in very truth as Christ is served; because He hath said, “I was sick and...

Friday in Lent: recipe and prayer

Friday in Lent: recipe and prayer

    Recipe:  from Jazzy Vegetarian   Easy Vegetarian Paella   Makes 5 to 6 servings   1 can (28 ounces) organic whole tomatoes 2 cups brown rice (basmati is best) 8 to 10 ounces crimini mushrooms, cleaned and stems removed 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 sweet red pepper, diced 1 cup frozen peas 4 scallions, sliced ½ cup fresh chopped flat-leaf parsley 1 ¾ cups vegetable broth, plus more as needed ½ teaspoon paprika ½ teaspoon turmeric ¼ teaspoon sea salt 1 jar (12 ounces) artichoke hearts, packed in oil   Put the tomatoes into a medium bowl and break up slightly using a potato masher or large fork.   Put the crushed tomatoes, mushrooms, rice, garlic, red pepper, frozen peas, scallions, parsley, vegetable broth, paprika, turmeric, and...

Rip Currents and a Lawsuit

A few years ago an outbreak of rip currents along Florida beaches not only threatened the lives of Floridians, but proved fatal to several others. The National Weather Service issued warnings after 2 people drowned and 70 had to be rescued along the Atlantic coast. Natives here know that at the mention of rip currents you stay away from the water..In other words we listen to the warnings. Often the ones most at risk are tourists, or people who think they can overcome the force of nature…like when a hurricane threatens and they turn their nose, pumping their fist to the Heavens saying: It’s no big deal. We’re on vacation. Don’t bother us with some negative forecast. We’re gonna ride out the storm, hunker down at the stowaway bar down...

For the record

The twenty one Egyptian Coptic Christians beheaded by Isis  Were Christians Also for the record, the end of the story for Satan and all his evil works goes like this:   And when the thousand years are ended, Satan will be loosed from his prison and will come out to deceive the nations which are at the four corners of the earth, that is, Gog and Magog, to gather them for battle; their number is like the sand of the sea.   And they marched up over the broad earth and surrounded the camp of the saints and the beloved city; but fire came down from heaven and consumed them, and the devil who had deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and sulphur where the beast and the false prophet were, and they will be tormented day and night for ever and ever....

Ya Rabbi Yasou

Ya Rabbi Yasou

  O My Lord Jesus   This said to be the last words cried in unison by the 21 Coptic Christians beheaded on the Mediterranean beachfront in Libya, martyred under the blade of the Muslim scimitar. The shadow of death in black suits behind them, but they for love of their Lord and the Christian faith bow their heads knowing when they lift their eyes in the very instant they breath their last, they will see the face of Jesus. We are living the book of Revelation.   When they opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those slain for the Word of God and for the witness they had borne; they cried out with a loud voice,   “O Sovereign Lord, holy and true, how long before you will judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell upon...

On the Brink and the sixth prayer

I’m not sure what it means to find out that Madonna isn’t a fan of the 50 Shades book or movie which opens today. It’s been hyped as a wonderful date night movie for Valentine’s Day. Can you even imagine?  A while back, I recall seeing some of the women patients at the hospital reading this ‘novel’ I’d heard about, but wondered what woman would find violent sex entertaining or worthy of her time or dignity. Curiosity maybe? I don’t even want to guess. I’m not judging, but I am wondering how a culture could not see the evil in such perversity. From the Amazon reviews it’s not even written well. For my mind that is a clear sign that Satan has blinded and captivated women, using our God given gift of...

…Not permitting them to speak

…Not permitting them to speak

  When it was evening, after sunset, they brought to him all who were ill or possessed by demons.   The whole town was gathered at the door. He cured many who were sick with various diseases, and he drove out many demons, not permitting them to speak because they knew him. –- from the Gospel reading, fifth Sunday, Ordinary Time   “The devils knew that Jesus was the Christ who had been promised by the Law, for they saw in Him all the signs which had been foretold by the prophets. But they were ignorant of His divinity.” “The reason why Jesus forbade the devils to speak was to teach us not to believe them, even if they say truth. For if once they find persons to believe them, they mingle truth with falsehood.”  ...