There were no snakes or bears at the cabin, but it did rain much of the day on Saturday, keeping us inside. The beach club's outdoor wiener roast was held inside. Not much got done around the cabin. So, I came home a bit introspective.
Here's what I was mulling over on the drive home.
During one of the most solemn days of the year, and you know that isn't Christmas, a Protestant parish I know of has a huge turn out. Practically everyone in town shows up -- standing room only. One of those "get there early to get a good seat" occasions.
What is it that brings everyone in? Christ's passion?
The pastor of this parish is locally known for his Friday evening large mural painting event, performed live before the congregation. The theme of the painting is always related to Holy Week somehow, as a form of ministry.
What do you think of this type of thing?
A. Great, it brings in people who wouldn't otherwise be there. B. Interesting and enjoyable. Nice to see someone share their God-given talent. C. This is something better done at a separate function in the church hall or basement, not during a service. D. Inappropriate. He's upstaging the Lord. E. All of the above. F. None of the above.
To be deep in history is to cease to be Protestant.
~Cardinal John Henry Newman
2010 Cannonball Award
Father Solanus Casey
"Even suffering is part of the truth of our life. Thus, trying to shield the youngest from every difficulty and experience of suffering, we risk creating, despite our good intentions, fragile persons of little generosity: The capacity to love, in fact, corresponds to the capacity to suffer, and to suffer together." ~Benedict XVI
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Fides et Ratio Encyclical
Faith and reason are like two wings on which the human spirit rises to the contemplation of truth.
Thank you everyone that voted for the Kneeler at the Cannonball awards!!
Words of Father Corapi, for all my politician friends and relatives and those who vote for them
"Catholic office holders, whether presidents, senators, congress men or women, or judges at any level must adhere to Catholic teaching or run the risk of separating themselves from the Body of Christ. In such egregious and chronic cases of gross moral evil such as instituting and perpetuating abortion and the structures of sin that surround it, it is quite probable that such Catholic officials are excommunicated in virtue of the acts themselves. A latae sententiae (automatic) excommunication is likely triggered when they vote for laws, funding, and structures that enable and perpetuate such obvious and egregious evil (Cf. Code of Canon Law, Canons 1364,1398; Canon 1329, par. #2). They are in turn forbidden from approaching the sacraments as the result (Cf. Catechism of Catholic Church #1463)."
"It is not morally possible for any Catholic to support abortion, euthanasia, fetal stem cell research, human cloning, or same-sex marriage. There are no ways around this, no justifications whatever. Why? For the simple reason that the Church holds these things to be intrinsically evil. They are evil in themselves, and no circumstances or subjective conditions can ever change that."