Father Justin on ‘Chopped’

One of the few shows I still occasionally watch on TV is Chopped.. And now news of an upcoming episode has peaked my curiosity: Father Justin M Matro, OSB, will be featured on an upcoming episode of Chopped, one of the featured shows on The Food Network.   A crew from the show visited his parish, St Bartholomew in Crabtree, to film Father Justin for an upcoming episode relating to religious orders or priests who cook.   News of the episode will be posted on the Seminary Facebook page when a show date is provided. —Leaven Magazine, Fall 2014 p 15 For me, cooking in general is difficult..but, add a time constraint with challenging ingredients, judges, cameras and other competitors? Now you’re talking about someone with confidence, great skill...

The Vatican Christmas Concert

If my children were still living at home I assure you the musical “gifts” of a one Miss Patti Smith, ”godmother of punk”whom the Holy See has announced will be among the artists set to perform live in front of bishops and cardinals at the traditional Vatican Christmas concert in December, would not have be allowed to blare from any boom box back in their day. I have a problem with, “the US singer who once sang: “Jesus died for somebody’s sins — but not mine” performing at a concert…at the Vatican… celebrating the birth of Christ. Now, as a Benedictine I am taught to welcome all as Christ, and this I would most certainly do were we to meet for coffee at some non GMO Starbucks like coffee shop in...

Heaven’s Gate

Heaven’s Gate

  How can I explain this? The confusion reigning right now in the church has done something profound in my life. It has moved me to decision, it has confined me to my room at night, petitioned me to turn off the noise of the world ( TV, and comment boxes) in favor of submitting to an insatiable hunger for truth and seeking it with every fiber of my being. You can accomplish a great deal I have found, when you go back to the basics–which actually are quite profound– and in the midst of this spiritual drought, study the faith anew seeking the Lord in the ~ Holy Scriptures the Catechism and the saints   Many contortions of modernist ramblings can be bypassed when you simply submit to the truth as our magisterium has protected for her children...

True Transformation

Looks like this   “Above the neckline of his black hood, his neck tattoos remain. His hands are marked with a spiderweb, women’s faces, an alpha and omega, and “HOLD FAST” on his knuckles. A red heart marks his palm. His name is Love after all.”   Brother Andre Love, may the Lord continue to bless you and give you His Peace.   +PAX

Get use to it

As I was packing up a care package to bring my grandson and only half listening to the news of the past few days, sounding like a plot out of a horror movie–terrorism in Canada, Ebola in NYC, an ax attack on two police officers with the NYPD, another school shooting–a news correspondent from some major network ends his commentary with this: Get use to it. Yes, it’s just the times we’re in, you see. It hit me so hard to hear him say; this is the new normal: terrorism, violence and the Ebola threat. We ought to — get use to it–go on about our lives without giving in to any fear, because it’s all here to stay. Actually, it echoed an article in online news source, (which I won’t link to) stating {that} we should be...

The hour has come, drop your water pot.

The hour will come, in fact it is here already, when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth: that is the kind of worshiper the Father wants. God is spirit, and those who worship must worship in spirit and truth. — John 4:23-24   You remember this woman whom the Lord met at the well and prophetically exposed her sin of having multiple marriage issues: five husbands and one she was living with who wasn’t her husband. And recall that once she repented and accepted Christ as her Messiah she puts down her water jar and hurries back to her own town to tell them about the Lord, Jesus. There’s much to this gospel account of course but, it’s on this one aspect of leaving the water jar that I find St Augustine’s moral...

He loves, He hopes, He waits

So the Synod is over…for now. But, we’re left with much to pray about before this all comes to another summit next year when the forces promoting friendship with the world will meet up in a Roman Meggido of sorts, battling against the inerrant, unchangeable truths of Christ and Holy Mother Church. As if they stand a chance of winning. If what’s in the “Relatio Post Disceptationem (the Extraordinary Synod’s Midterm Report) ”–despite the clarification at the end– is the new direction then, we’d better ask ourselves who it is we’re establishing friendship with. You are as unfaithful as adulterous wives, don’t you realize making the world your friend is making God your enemy?   Anyone who chooses the...

The emptiness of others

Can drag you down, but don’t let it.  “Do you encounter aridity, or spiritual attack (oppression), due to the pretensions of others? Are you subject to others’ shortcomings?   We all do — feel that aridity. And sometimes we are the transmitters of it.   Call it aridity. Call it the desert. For many, it is a constant state because they have not filled their lives with what’s worthwhile, what is part of their mission — and expect us to do this for them.” More of this is coming to the surface in people as we struggle daily for our very lives, physically and spiritually. This is a great opportunity, a teaching moment  to share the joy of our faith despite the difficulties in the world and the church....