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I am impressed by the amount of research and interest exhibited by
insurance company in it’s ‘Special Needs’ focused service. I also love their tv ads and this video:
Nice to see companies reaching out for business/service in this way and for these children.
This morning I was alerted to a column in the religion section of the Huffington Post Canada. Michelle Somerville offers her opinion as to the motivations behind the corrected Novus Ordo English translation. I wrote down a list of her errors in the piece and posted three of them. After then going through the process of registering an account so as to comment I got the notice that I had been banned from posting. I’ll try to re-write my post here:
The errors in Michelle’s column are too many to list here, but I’ll provide three: first it’s a good thing women are not allowed to step foot on the altar as Mass is no place for table dancing. I think she means step foot in the Sanctuary. Second, Vatican II did not change the language from Latin to the vernacular – it called for Latin to be retained. Third, if you check the Gospels, Jesus actually said “for many” and not “for all”. If there is confusion you should point your finger and those responsible for the error.
This column is typical of the type of person opposed to the traditions and orthodoxy of the One Holy Catholic Apostolic Church. The good news is because this type of diatribe is usually so filled with obvious errors their point gets hidden.
Michelle, if you read the Gospels you’ll see Jesus made it very clear getting to Heaven is not easy. You should spend your time learning what it takes to attain salvation instead of venting hostility and errors at the successor to St. Peter.
That’s about it. If you read some of the comments you’ll see that my post was in line with many others. So I’m not sure why I got banned immediately, maybe I hit a nerve. Maybe the Huff Post doesn’t like to be corrected. So much for the tolerant Left and their usual cry for free speech.
In hindsight I wish I had charged the Huff Post and Michelle as offending me. Anyone who would describe the words of Jesus as “godawful” is pitiful, shameful, and on a dangerous path. Michelle’s god(s) might think the words of Jesus are to be rejected so I’ll try to avoid standing beside her on Judgement Day. Oh, and try doing that with the Koran.
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A special devotion is a lovely way to focus ourselves and our families on the advent of the Christ.
, being prayed 15 times a day , has the purpose of drawing us back to the centre throughout the day:
Hail and blessed be the hour and moment in which the Son of God was born of the most pure Virgin Mary, at midnight, in Bethlehem, in piercing cold. In that hour, vouchsafe, O my God! to hear my prayer and grant my desires, through the merits of Our Saviour Jesus Christ, and of His Blessed Mother. Amen.
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Within the ‘progressive’ Catholic hand bag of dissent you’ll find female ordination. Groups like Call To Action, publications such as National catholic Reporter, assemblies like the Canadian Forum on Theology and Education, and various poorly researched bloggers will profess that male only ordination is a tradition, not doctrine, thus changeable.
The last two popes have stated clearly the Church has no authority to ordain women. Jesus chose men as did the Apostles. In the two thousand year history of the Church there has never been women priests. There may be women who think they are priests, but there are also people who think they are super heroes – doesn’t make it true.
Blessed Pope John Paul II taught infallibly on this subject, thus it is doctrine. If you dispute this then you are protesting the core of our faith that Jesus gave the keys of Heaven with the power to loose and bind to St. Peter. When a pope teaches from the position of being the successor to St. Peter he is representing God on Earth.
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“Oh! Christmas is made up of magic moments,” she says. “It’s too much pressure to expect a whole season to be stress-free.”
Dear mother of mine, you’ve hit the nail on the head once again.
This is my desire for this Christmas — magic moments, prayerful moments, joyous moments.
Amidst the diapers and laundry and shopping and budgeting, I pray my family will make time for a little joy and magic every day.
In light of that, my “Christmas countdown” for you will be a photo a day between now and Christma eve of the little moments we’re sharing in our home.
I think it will be a happy project for me, too, to reflect on the simple and beautiful moments for our family.
May your Advent be blessed!
With the temperature dropping steadily, I head 400 kilometres North on the Klondike Highway, to the Mission of Christ the King in Mayo, Yukon.
It is certain that only the love of Jesus, our Good Shepherd, will stir up the fire of faith to bring the good folks out from their warm homes for Mass on the Feast of Christ the King.
The faith and fire of Divine love that is celebrated on this feast of Christ the King has truly warmed the hearts of our small Catholic community in Mayo.
The Bishop was joined by Father Ernest Emeodi, pastor of St. Mary’s parish in Dawson City, who serves Mayo twice a month with Mass attended by 15 very warm parishioners.
With some fine home-cooking provided by the pastoral team of Mike and Tina Girard and the helping hands of the parishioners, a grand feast was enjoyed by many of the folks in Mayo, including Rev. Steven Martin, the new Anglican minister.
The Kingdom of Our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, can melt the hearts of all, until “God is all in all”.
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The Toronto Star has been following the introduction of the new translation, and on Nov 29, 2011, ran an editorial about it. It was mostly respectful, though they were a bit bemused by it all. One thing caught my eye, the notion that people over 60 would probably take to it ‘like a duck to water’. The assumption appears to be that if you are older, you will be familiar with it and like it. They forget that what we older folks had was Latin in the actual Mass. Anyway, I sent the following letter to the Editor:
“The revised wording of the Catholic Mass is certainly getting mixed reviews, as you pointed out. But what made you think that we in the 60-plus range would take to it ‘like ducks to water’? We are old enough to appreciate the ‘dynamic equivalence’ principle that was used after Vatican II in the 1960’s, to give us a language that sounded at all like the one we use everyday. The new translation is not new. It is essentially the one that ran side by side with the Latin in our old prayer books. It was there so we would know what the Latin was saying. But it was clunky then and it is clunky now.
Faithfulness to the ‘original Latin’ is the principle that has now moved us backward, and so a great opportunity has been missed to fine tune the post-Vatican II translation and make the liturgy even more warm and inviting. By the way, the original language of the Mass was not Latin but Greek. The Latin itself is a third-century translation (Catholic Encyclopedia). It would seem that those who led the charge on this change are not the 60-plus group but rather those who always thought Vatican II was wrong in moving from the Latin, and who have lived long enough to take it back a bit. That said, we’ll be ok, because the Mass remains a beautiful prayer in any language.”
We will get used to it at some level, and yes the Mass remains beautiful. My own sentiment is that they went in the wrong direction here. Just saying.
On Friday, November 4, 2011 Brendan and I had the tremendous opportunity to go and listen to a motivational/leadership talk by Polar Explorer Eric Larsen. Eric gave the talk as a fundraiser for the Kawartha Trans Canada Trail Association in Lindsay, Ontario. Eric has accomplished numerous cold weather expeditions and has made his love for such pursuits his career. In 2009, Eric completed an expedition he called “Save the Poles”, in which Eric traveled to the North Pole, South Pole and the Summit of Everest and he did so all in one year! In doing so, Eric became the sixteenth person to accomplish this feat and the only person in history to manage this undertaking within a year. The achievement is truly astounding. Eric undertakes these expeditions to create awareness for environmental conditions affected by global warming through showcasing the incredible changes that are occurring even at our world’s most remote and desolate locations. Now, regardless of your views and opinions on global warming and its cause, I would hope that we all could at least agree that, regarding the burning of fossil fuels, there are better options for our own personal health, even if we ignore the potential impact on the earth. For that reason alone I think it is worth applauding Eric’s work. It is a known fact that the world has been far warmer than it presently is, however, it is my understanding that the earth has never heated as rapidly as it currently is and it is this rapid change that certain ecosystems and aspects of nature are unable to adapt to in such a swift time frame. It is these concerns that Eric is showcasing through his work. His expeditions are absolutely phenomenal and worth taking a look at. I truly enjoyed the presentation. Eric made the experience very interactive. At different points throughout the presentation both Brendan and I were up at the front for demonstrations along with other spectators. I think it is reasonable to presume that everyone in attendance found the talk worth their while. After the presentation ended and the last individuals had finished speaking with the polar explorer, Brendan and I had the tremendous opportunity to speak with Eric in person. We shared our dream of the Great Canadian Ascent with him. Shaking Eric’s hand and speaking with him about our expedition was truly a terrific experience. Although I am certain he was busy and had places to go, not once did he make us feel as though we were holding him up or that he was uninterested. He sat down for a number of minutes with us and simply allowed us to share our dream with him. He even offered some of his experience and skills to help us along in these initial stages trying to get the expedition off the ground. Upon our departure Eric informed us he was traveling to Antarctica the following week. I have never heard anyone end a conversation that way and I loved it! You can follow Eric at http://savethepoles.com/ What I personally took away from Eric’s talk the most was a portion of his talk in which he spoke about “Risk versus Benefit”. As you can imagine such a topic relates quite significantly to aspects of the Great Canadian Ascent, but even aside from that, I have always found this a fascinating subject to hear outdoor professionals speak about. It has always been something intriguing to me. Eric maintained that our society is too focused on success. He commented, of course, that success itself is not bad thing. However, Eric suggested that we tend to fear failure so greatly that we refrain from taking risks predominantly for fear of not succeeding at that which we are attempting. We seem unable to recognize the benefits and lessons that can be learned from failure. That is not to say that we should aim to fail in our endeavors. It simply means that far too often we settle for an average effort from ourselves. We settle for the things we know with complete certainty that we can succeed at, rather than attempting something that holds the potential for failure. We often forget to realize that these aspirations also hold the potential to succeed far greater if we chance the risk in comparison to not taking the risk at all and simply put forth an average effort. Although the respective decisions hold the potential for failure, therein also lies the difference between ordinary and extraordinary. Eric was able to put into words a feeling and emotion I had been trying to verbalize for years. I agree entirely with what he said and thought he did a magnificent job at shedding light on the topic. Now, I am not suggesting or advocating that everyone leaps up and goes looking for a profound risk taking opportunity. Rather, I am encouraging that we allow this concept to simply soak into our consciousness as we go about our daily activities. I am suggesting that we take the time to grasp the profoundness of our decisions and choices throughout the day and their affect on our future and the future of those we love. It is my hope that we do not allow ourselves to fall into a stupor of indifference regarding the potential outcomes of our lives. I think it is important to view each day as a gift, as hard as that can be at times, and leave nothing on the table. That is not to say that we should all desire to be pro athletes, the Prime Minister or the next great thing, however, if you do aspire to these things, I hope you make the most of it. Instead, I believe we should aim to be the best we can with the opportunities presented to us. I also believe that we should pursue our dreams and ambitions; whatever they might be. They can be to learn to cook, write a book, play an instrument, score a strike in bowling, become a husband or wife, father or mother, get your driver’s license, travel, become a priest, religious sister or brother or other member of religious life, get up earlier, build something or just take some time for yourself throughout your week. Regardless of what your ambitions are, whether they seem significant or insignificant, I think it is important that you make an effort to achieve them. Of course the pursuit of dreams can often be a difficult one. You must always strive to have your priorities straight. It many cases dreams sometimes need to be put on the back burner. That said, there are other times where it would be foolish to do so and you should rightly allow some particular focus to reignite those aspirations. The main message is to hopefully recognize the excitement of life and the potentials therein. That is foundation of the Great Canadian Ascent. That is why Brendan and I are undertaking this expedition. I will leave you with two tremendous quotes that I think highlight this very concept. The first is by Theodore Roosevelt. It is slightly lengthy, but absolutely one of my favourite quotes and I feel it captures a bit of the emotion of the Great Canadian Ascent. The second quote is one that a personal inspirational figure of mine is often heard quoting. Keep adventuring, <>< FRANK “It is not the critic who count: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly […] who, at the best, knows in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.” “The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is often just that little bit of extra”
Hello Everyone. Just a quick post.
1) As per my Catechesis, it’s going slower than I’ve expected. It didn’t help that my sleep got screwed up thanks to Night shifts the weekend before and I kept waking up at 330am each day, not able to get back to sleep till 6am and sleep in till late. ugh. I only reclaimed my sleep thanks to a willed effort plus some help from melatonin. You can buy that at a regular drug store under name brands. However I am deciding to start with the Gospels, reading through each. I’ve found a few quotes for Part 1 as well as a couple for part 2 in dealing with others of specific religions, and even one’s own “brother and sister” Catholics (including clergy). When I get through Matthew, I might consider letting you guys see what I have so far …
2) So, by now everyone’s been to a Mass with the New Translation of the Roman Missal, 3rd edition. Unless of course you solely do the TLM. Well, this is how I felt about it and I’ve been posting on other blogs about this. Do you share the same opinion? Disagree? Agree? Feel mixed? let me know. Also, remember my blog rules? Don’t remember them? go to my first posting back in August or September. I don’t want virtual firebombs being launched here.
“Coming up to the new mass, I was filled with excitement and curiosity. I’ve seen countdowns for the new translation and read many interesting things from blogs on the blogosphere (Fr Z’s, Catholic Knight, Vox Cantoris, …), got a series of handouts from the internet from my archdiocese that explained the translations, an app from Cale Clarke called “The New Mass” for Iphone (which has a more biblical explanation of the changes for Why’s), and a pew card for the new responses. Fr. Z’s blog especially gave me more to look forward to wordwize as he has masterfully shown how pitiful the 1973 ICEL translation is and how it butchers many of the collects into wimpy feel good “prayers.”
So what happened when I got to my parish? The same old usual. Same old procession, same old 4 sandwich hymns from our current Parish only hymnal (not Gather thankfully!), Homily, consecration, etc. Though it was cool to hear the new eucharistic prayer and collect. Reflecting on the Mass, I didn’t feel at all elevated in soul and body. I felt like it didn’t do what it was being touted to do by everyone, the blogosphere, the diocese, etc. Even with a Catholic colleague at work we agreed the effect wasn’t pronounced as it should have been. Were it not for my lectoring and a decent homily by my priest who usually goes far out into academia land (as he was/is involved in teaching and committees in the Church so that’s his audience 85% of the time), it would have been even more saddening. Mind you my parish isn’t as bad as many of these other parishes when it comes to liturgical abuses post vatican II. The most “out there” things we’ve done is have poor quality sermons and the replacement of the Crucifix on our headstone on the altar be replaced with an Icon of Christ blessed by an archbishop of the Diocese. So maybe since there wasn’t radical changes, maybe there was nothing to notice?
There is a few small gems of hope though out of it today. I helped an older lady in her 40′s once with the responses using the pew card. I saw a young elementary school boy and his mother do a simple/moderate bow before receiving the Eucharist. Also, I gained an even further appreciation for the TLM, for even a simple low Mass would have seemed better for me today. While I do acknowledge that as a whole, this is a good start to correcting the damage done to the laity of the Church over the last 40+ years, personally the New Translation was a letdown for me this Sunday and ineffective. That or maybe I should considering transferring to my Mother’s new parish for Novus Ordo things (where there are good traditionally minded Novus Ordo priests).”
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Our next monthly meeting will be held on Friday, December 9th from 3:00pm to 4:30pm at Notre Dame Hall (St. Louis Church, 53 Allen Street East, Waterloo). We will discuss Michael Hanby’s “Homo faber and/or Homo adorans: On the Place of Human Making in a Sacramental Cosmos” from the Summer 2011 issue of Communio. It can be downloaded here from the Communio Web site.
We had a meeting on Friday, November 11th from 3:00pm to 4:30pm at Notre Dame Hall (St. Louis Church, 53 Allen Street East, Waterloo). We discussed Maurice Blondel’s “On the Need for a Philosophy of the Christian Spirit” from the Spring 2011 issue of Communio. Although the e-mail notice went out, I forgot to post the announcement.
Here are the panel talks from the “What Happened At Vatican II? Renewing the Liturgy” event held on Saturday, November 5th at St. Michael’s Parish, Waterloo, Ontario:
1) Dr. Peter Erb on the background to Vatican II. Download audio here (14.8 MB 0:52:02).
2) Seán O’Seasnáin on the historical development of Sacrosanctum Concilium. Paper Part 1 and Part 2. Download audio here (23.2 MB 0:50:49).
3) Fr. Edward Henhoeffer on Sacrosanctum Concilium and the new Roman Missal. Download audio here (24.6 MB 0:53:54).
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The Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer notes that an Armenian study-whose authors examined diabetes mellitus type 2, reproductive factors, and breast cancer-found a statistically significant association showing a 2.86-fold increased breast cancer risk from one induced abortion.  The study, led by Lilit Khachatryan, included researchers from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and the University of Pennsylvania.
Khachatryan’s team reported a statistically significant 13% increased breast cancer risk for every one year delay of a first full term pregnancy (FFTP), with delayed FFTPs until ages 21-30 or after age 30 resulting in 2.21-fold and 4.95-fold increased risks respectively, as opposed to women with FFTPs before age 20. (Abortion is often used to delay FFTPs.) Giving birth resulted in a 64% reduced risk.
Due to political correctness, the authors also inaccurately claimed, “Most evidence (of an abortion-breast cancer link)…points to no effect.” Professor Joel Brind (Baruch College, City University of New York) said that is “plainly false.” 
since 1957 report an abortion-breast cancer (ABC) link (not counting biological and experimental evidence).
Khachatryan’s team cited only one (severely criticized) study, Melbye et al. 1997, to support their false claim of “no effect.” [3,4,5] Although Melbye’s team found no overall increased risk, they reported a statistically significant 89% increased risk for those having abortions after 18 weeks gestation…. (
As the spouse of Christ, the Church continues His work for the redemption and salvation of the world. Her mission is to spread the gospel, to preach it to every creature, and to make Christ known, loved, and adored by all men. In this way the Church, as a true spouse, manifests her burning love for Christ.
How greatly she suffers and labors for the extension of His kingdom and the glory of His holy Name!
With what care and solicitude she guards the treasures He has confided to her: His words, His example, the memories of His holy life! Never does she tire of singing His praises, of proclaiming His goodness, of celebrating the episodes and mysteries of His most holy life! Who would remember Christ or His life if the Church did not continually bring Him before us by her preaching and the celebration of her rites and solemnities? Who would teach us to weep and to suffer, to rejoice and to be glad when Christ weeps and suffers or when He rejoices and triumphs? Who would teach us to elevate and offer our hearts to Him as a holocaust to His infinite love? Doubtless, if it were not for the Church, scarcely any remembrance of Christ would remain among men, and certainly the divine fire He brought to earth would have been totally extinguished centuries ago.
The Church alone, being the Bride of Christ and having all things in common with her Divine Spouse, is the depository of the truth.
Pope St. Pius X
The Church is a virgin, the bride of one Spouse, Who is Christ, and this Church does not allow herself to be violated by any error; so that, throughout the whole world there may be for us one uncorruptedness of a single chaste communion.
Pope St. Leo the Great
Christ the Eternal High Priest Catholic Church, Gidea Park – where my relative and I were as children (full of lovely people, I should add. There’s something really important about being in a good parish, which this is, in spite of architecture) [www.historyfiles.co.uk]
The Methodist church that we saw everytime we walked to Mass
This evening I was out with a couple of relatives, and I mentioned to them about the LMS Requiem that is taking place at Westminster Cathedral on Saturday (watch this space for the Juventutem chapter), and prompted by the Westminster Cathedral/Abbey geographical oddity, one of my relatives – who hasn’t been going to Mass for a while, and is not involved with any of this stuff – made the following observation:
“We all know that all the nice old churches that are owned by the Church of England, we know we’re not getting them back. So why is it that the Catholics insist on building temporary churches? They should give up, we’re not getting the nice ones back. Why can’t they build nice ones that look like old ones, rather than ones that look like portakabins?”
This phenomenon of ugly churches has come out of the cult of ugliness, the iconoclastic idea that there is something beautiful about ugliness that Dr Shaw talks about
. It is Protestant really – although perhaps that’s unfair to people like Christopher Wren. It is puritanical, hence the picture of the non-conformist church from my old town above. The issue that my relative was talking about is exactly the same as that we face in the liturgy, as Dr Shaw illustrates in that post. It goes right along with what ++Bugnini, the architect of the liturgical reform, said in L’Ossevatore Romana (March 19, 1965):
“We must strip from our Catholic prayers and from the Catholic liturgy everything which can be the shadow of a stumbling block for our separated brethren, that is, for the Protestants.”
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I just found it very interesting that it was this relative making this observation. He is a young guy who, even if he believes in God, does not feel the need to go to Mass on a Sunday etc. Yet he comes out with something like this. If it is so that the
and fish back the 5,000,000 or so lapsed Catholics (an effort we commend and wish to contribute to through this apostolate), I hope they factor concerns for beauty into the equation. Because ugly churches based on the hippy ideologies just make the Church look like a sad artefact of a hasbeen generation.
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Hey y’all, for the next few classes we’re going to learn about things in church; what they’re for, where they come from, stuff like that. Somebody tell me again where Abraham was from. Mesopotamia! That’s right. What did Mesopotamians build? Ziggurats! What were they for? I think people prayed there or something. Yes. Couldn’t they [...]
It was a strange-looking envelope, made even more so by the fact that no one in the house has a birthday in early May. Who could be sending a card? I didn’t recognize the return address, though the name was ringing a distant bell. To top things off, there was a lump in it. My [...]
It seems that we can’t do much without money, therefore we’ve got to make money to survive and provide for our families. In Jesus’ day the money changers in the temple were trying to make a living but at other peoples expense. Jesus became poor by coming to earth and taking on human flesh in [...]
This Sunday is Mother’s Day, a day to celebrate motherhood and remember our mothers, an opportunity for our children to show their appreciation. I celebrated my birthday recently. My biggest wish was to celebrate with my five sons ages 13-24. A few of them are no longer living at home so I was thrilled that [...]
Not the end of the century, but the last class. I like the look and sound of Fin de Siècle more than The Last Class. The second half of the last class is a weaving-together of assorted Biblical threads into the fabric of the Mass, especially by way of the by-now-familiar handout that compares the [...]
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