Rispetto in Chiesa

  It was the fourth Sunday of Lent as Pope John XXIII,   “was making his way among the crowds in Ostia. (about 15 miles to the south-west of Rome.)   Thousands of people were waiting for him along the street, in the piazza, in the church.   They wanted to see him, to applaud him. They did not know that afterwards, he would rebuke them, in a good-natured way, in his simple, spontaneous, familiar way of speaking,”   The short video as well as the translation is here. Scroll down a bit and you’ll see it . I don’t know when this became an accepted practice in the liturgy, (I can only guess), but it’s distracting and very disrespectful to the true “Host” of the Mass. One of the comments added this quote...

Monastic Sanctity

Monastic Sanctity

  St Sharbel Makhluf is a new saint to me.   St Charbel Makhlouf lived and promoted the spirituality of the Maronite Church which is considered a monastic Church. The Maronite monastic tradition, which finds its origins in the spirituality of St Anthony of Egypt, was reflected in the different monastic orders and congregations in the Maronite Church.   St Charbel, a son of the Lebanese Maronite Order, a religious order born of this Eastern tradition and spirituality was the first Maronite Saint canonized by a Pope. One of the great figures of modern Catholic history, St Charbel’s holiness grew in the secluded life of a hermit, but has reached people throughout the world.   It was during his 23 years as a hermit that his reputation for sanctity...

The sword against the flesh

The sword against the flesh

  ….God Himself requires great zeal in His elect.   for He commanded all false prophets to be killed and every man who fell away from true worship and dared to persuade anyone else to do the same was to be stoned to death and, if such were the case in a city, the entire city was to be destroyed by fire and totally leveled to the ground and left to be perpetually a heap of ruins, never again to be rebuilt.   O would that this kind of burning zeal for true religion had been found in the Catholic Church.   St Lawrence of Brindisi is a priest and doctor of the church. As you might guess from this quote he was known for his effective and forceful preaching which captured the hearts of people high and low. During the era of the Counter...

My Lord and my God

My Lord and my God

  The apostle Thomas is a kindred spirit–a great saint for our confused times; for he is a curious combination of faith and doubt. Like him, I share times when I am enthused about what the Lord is doing on this journey of faith and joyfully exclaim ~   “Let us also go, that we may die with Him.” —John 11:16   But full disclosure forces me to admit that like Thomas, there are times, I wonder where Jesus is taking me ~   “Lord, we do not know where You are going, how can we know the way? “ —John 14:5   Such vacillation I think, is inherent to the human condition. We just want to see, know, understand and then we’d have no problem following, or at least we could make what the world terms an...