Monthly Archives: September 2019

Pope Envy

I read Fr James Martin had a half-hour meeting with the world’s most famous Jesuit. Though I don’t want to go there, I can imagine the spinning in some Catholic circles. Why wasn’t time made available for the dubi-cardinals? Was … Continue reading

Posted in Church News | Tagged | 1 Comment

Christus Vivit 157: A Dream

Continuing “In friendship with Christ,” tying this theme into the Trinity. 157. Jesus can bring all the young people of the Church together in a single dream, “a great dream, a dream with a place for everyone. The dream for … Continue reading

Posted in Christus Vivit | Leave a comment

Sunday of the Word of God

Oh look, a liturgical motu proprio from the pope. This is the second Sunday set aside by Pope Francis for some special observance. No readings changed or will change. Most parishes will probably stick with the tried and true: Catechetical … Continue reading

Posted in Liturgy | Leave a comment

Christus Vivit 156: Constant Closeness

156. In this way, we can experience a constant closeness to him, greater than anything we can experience with another person: “It is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me” (Gal 2:20). Do not … Continue reading

Posted in Christus Vivit | Leave a comment

Christus Vivit 155: Prayer As Conversation

Continuing on the theme, “In friendship with Christ” we read a bit about prayer. Obviously, we have many ways to pray, but conversation can be daunting. We hear one side, and in order to hear the other, we have to … Continue reading

Posted in Christus Vivit | Leave a comment

Christus Vivit 154: Unbreakable Friendship

154. Friendship with Jesus cannot be broken. He never leaves us, even though at times it appears that he keeps silent. Sometimes, when a friend keeps silent, it is a good thing. Not every friend is ready for advice, challenge, … Continue reading

Posted in Christus Vivit | 3 Comments

More Seminary Problems?

Whispered here, a notice of a CARA study on seminarians, finding that three-fourths of them report little of no problems in seminary experience. But with half of seminary rectors and/or bishops declining to let their men respond to the survey, … Continue reading

Posted in Church News | Leave a comment

Christus Vivit 153: Grace Elevates Us To Friendship

The notion of friendship is rooted in the Last Supper account of Saint John. Jesus initiates the friendship, and that makes it a matter of grace: 153. Friendship is so important that Jesus calls himself a friend: “I do not … Continue reading

Posted in Christus Vivit | Leave a comment

Christus Vivit 152: Permanent Friendship

152. Friendship is no fleeting or temporary relationship, but one that is stable, firm and faithful, and matures with the passage of time. A relationship of affection that brings us together and a generous love that makes us seek the … Continue reading

Posted in Christus Vivit | Leave a comment

ILP v OCP

I note that Vince Ambrosetti, after twenty-six years, noticed that one of his early songs was supposedly copied into “Christ Be Our Light.” Legal proceedings have been initiated. I met Mr Ambrosetti, musician/composer turned businessman, some years ago when he … Continue reading

Posted in Liturgical Music | Leave a comment

Christus Vivit 150-151: In Friendship With Christ

A new theme today, “In friendship with Christ.” It’s another Jesuit theme, and one attached to this rendition of the Spiritual Exercises. 150. No matter how much you live the experience of these years of your youth, you will never … Continue reading

Posted in Christus Vivit | Leave a comment

Greta Is Great

Greta Thunberg sure has the powers-that-be on the run. Fox News blunders then admits it. This week she suggests UN world leaders are immature. Last week she said little in the US Congress, but it was enough: I am submitting … Continue reading

Posted in Commentary, Science | 3 Comments

Christus Vivit 148-149: The Effort To Live Fully

Let’s wrap up “A thirst for life and experience.” Remember that we are discussing living in the moment–not living for the moment. There’s a difference: 148. Cardinal Francis Xavier Nguyên Van Thuân, when imprisoned in a concentration camp, refused to … Continue reading

Posted in Christus Vivit | Leave a comment

Christus Vivit 146-147: The Present Moment

More on “A thirst for life and experience.” 146. How could God take pleasure in someone incapable of enjoying his small everyday blessings, someone blind to the simple pleasures we find all around us? “No one is worse than one … Continue reading

Posted in Christus Vivit | Leave a comment

The 67% Tithe, And Other Employment Matters

Not to belabor connections with the CMAA’s forum, I did find this thread on which I’m in total agreement, sympathy, etc. with the viewpoints expressed there. Regarding the need to support a young family, this comment: Usually priests have no … Continue reading

Posted in Commentary, Ministry, The Blogosphere | Leave a comment