Month: October 2008

Thanking our Priests …

Today — Sunday, October 26, 2008 — is World Priest Day, in which Catholic parishes celebrate and affirm those men who are call to commit themselves to Christ and his Church through the Sacrament of Holy Orders, and an opportunity for parishioners to thank, affirm and convey our love and support for our priests.

World Priest Day is sponsored by the Worldwide Marriage Encounter (click the link to read the origins and history of this commemorative event). It is now celebrated on the 4th Sunday of October, in conjunction with the Serra Club’s Priesthood Sunday.

Deacon Greg Kandra gave a wonderful homily this morning in recognition of World Priest Day, which he posted to his blog. An excerpt:

Before I was ordained, I was talking with a classmate of mine, who said his pastor had some very simple advice about preaching. “Just remember,” he told him, “to tell the people that God loves them.”

I try to remember that myself every time I climb into this pulpit. But when you think of what priests do, what they bring to us, I think they do it even more powerfully and more profoundly. And they don’t do it with words.

Every absolution says: “God loves you.”

Every anointing says: “God loves you.”

Every elevation of the consecrated host at that altar says: “God loves you.”

It is a message we are hungry to hear. Especially now, with so much that is uncertain, when it is easy to lose sight of what matters.

Read the whole thing.

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food for thought (from Pope Benedict XVI)

Even more, the Word of God is the foundation of everything, it is the true reality. And to be realistic, we must rely upon this reality. We must change our notion that matter, solid things, things we can touch, is the most solid, the most certain reality. At the end of the Sermon on the Mount, the Lord speaks to us about the two possible foundations for building the house of one’s life: sand and rock. He who builds on sand only builds on visible and tangible things, on success, on career, on money. Apparently these are the true realities. But all this one day will vanish. We can see this now with the fall of two large banks: this money disappears, it is nothing. And thus all things, which seem to be the true realities we can count on, are only realities of a secondary order. Who builds his life on these realities, on matter, on success, on appearances, builds upon sand. Only the Word of God is the foundation of all reality, it is as stable as the heavens and more than the heavens, it is reality. Therefore, we must change our concept of realism. The realist is he who recognizes the Word of God, in this apparently weak reality, as the foundation of all things. Realist is he who builds his life on this foundation, which is permanent. Thus the first verses of the Psalm invite us to discover what reality is and how to find the foundation of our life, how to build life.

Pope Benedict XVI
First general congregation of the world Synod of Bishops on “The Word of God in the Life and Mission of the Church.” Rome – October 7, 2008.

Let’s welcome ‘American Catholic’ to St. Blog’s Parish

Starting today I am privileged to be invited as a contributor to a new blogging collective known as American Catholic. My fellow bloggers (some of whom you may recognize): Chris Burgwald, Walter Cole, Dr. David Curp, Ryan Harkins, Brendan Hodge (DarwinCatholic), Donald R. McClarey (who I have long held the opinion — from his comments at Mark Shea’s, Vox Nova and elsewhere — should be blogging!), Peter Park, Joe Potillor, Zach (Civics Geeks), and Rusty Tisdale — and I thank Tito for bringing us all together.

Given my other blogging ventures here and at Catholics in the Public Square, The Benedict Blog, and Catholics Against Joe Biden (the latter at least until November 04, 2008), my efforts will be limited. But I hope that what meager contributions I can provide will be of benefit to my colleagues and our readers.