Equipping Catholic Families with Saints Crafts!

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In a pickle

In a pickle

I just love pickles. They are juicy, crunchy, sour, salty, tasty and all other good things besides. If you happen to like them, as I do.
I had a large glass jar of pickles and every day I took some out to enjoy with my meal until eventually there was only a tiny little bit of pickle right at the bottom of the jar. It would be a shame to waste it.
So I put my right hand into the jar and tried to dislodge the bit of pickle at the bottom. It was quite a squeeze to get my hand in and … ehm … how shall I say this … my hand got stuck inside the glass jar.
No matter how much I tried to pull it out my hand was stuck inside the jar at the wrist. No twisting or turning would release it.
I remembered from science classes at school that heat expands things and makes them bigger … so a little heat would enlarge the neck of the jar and release my hand.
Wrong.
I poured boiling water inside the jar and nearly cooked my hand trapped in there. I raised my arm up in the air to empty the jar quickly and got hot water splashing all over me.
There must be a logical solution to this. I don’t want to break the jar in case the glass cuts my hand to shreds.
I decided to phone Aunt Philomena. She’s an expert at everything and is sure to have an answer.
It’s difficult picking up the phone and dialing the number with one hand. I picked the phone with my left hand and balanced it gingerly on my left shoulder. Then I started to dial Auntie’s number. As the phone was ringing I got an itch just above my right eye. I raised my right hand to scratch it and hit my head hard with the glass jar knocking myself to the ground.
I must have passed out for a few seconds.
I could hear a distant voice saying “Hello … hello … stop breathing heavily down the phone or I’ll call the police …”
I said incoherently “Is that you Aunt Philomena?”
I explained that I was not a phantom obscene phone call maker and told her my predicament. The poor lady must have been in shock because all she muttered was “Butter … plenty of butter …”
She was obviously thinking about making cakes or something delicious which is quite her forte.
All the talk of butter made me hungry. I went back to the kitchen and with my free hand I put two slices of bread in the toaster.
I got a packet of butter from the fridge but it was too cold and almost solid. To soften it a bit I put the packet in the microwave oven for a minute or so.
When I got it out of the oven it was too hot and I dropped the packet of almost melted butter on the floor.
I bent down to wipe it with a towel and I slipped backwards on the melted butter and the water I had previously splashed all over the place.
As I landed on my back my hand must have struck the ground hard and broke the glass jar into million pieces.
I was found later when my family returned from the shops lying unconscious in a pool of water, congealed butter and broken glass … but no blood.
I blame Aunt Philomena for this!
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Vatican “Secret” Archive changed to “Apostolic”

ASV consultation hall as it was in the 1990s, before modernizationThe Holy See announced today (28 October), the the official name of the Archivium Secretum Vaticanum (Vatican Secret Archive) is changed to Archivium Apostolicum Vaticanum (Vatican Apostolic Archive). In a motu proprio letter dated 22 October, Pope Francis explained that he was ordering the change in nomenclature after consulting close advisers and the Archive’s Prefect. The papal letter, which alludes to “a vigorous and firm hope for progress” (no doubt in historical sciences and accessibility to the archival collections) provides a cursory history of the institution, emphasising that, over time, it has undergone various changes in structure and name. During one period, it was indeed known as the Apostolic Archive. From about 1646 it has been called Secretum (or Privy)  to distinguish it from archives with more public and civic administrative functions. The Letter argues that, in recent years, the understanding of the Latin term secretum has been lost among the general public [but not by scholars ed.] and the name has given rise to various erroneous impressions and caricatures (contained in popular literature and films). In 1881, Pope Leo XIII opened the papal archive to international scholars. Thenceforth, each Pontiff extended the chronological limit of constable materials. In 1985, John Paul II released documentation to the end of the pontificate of Benedict XV(1922). Benedict XVI opened the materials of the pontificate of Pius XI (to February 1939). Earlier this year, Francis announced that the coveted papers of Pius XII’s reign (to October 1958) would be released on 2 March, the anniversary of the latter pontificate. The Vatican Archive is a collection of several historical archives of princely families, Roman Curial departments, and papal nunciatures and delegations. Its superiors and staff are experts specialised in archival sciences and church history. The Archive also offers a course with a diploma in archival studies. The announcement took many by surprise, even within the institution. One wonders whether the well-known abbreviation for citations “ASV” exclusive to the Vatican Archive, will now be changed to “AAV”, an abbreviation common to other collections.

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Father David’s Reflection for Monday of Week Thirty (Ordinary Time)

The Responsorial Psalm shows God in a particular light: “Their message goes out through all the earth.”(Psalm 19). As “good stewards of the manifold grace of God,” (1Peter 4:10) we need to be conscious of how precious is the realization entrusted to us — that God’s stance toward us is that of saving, life-enhancing love.In Romans 8: 12-17 Paul is describing what “salvation” is. God saves us by incorporating us into the body of his Son so that “in Christ” we might be filii in Filio, true sons and daughters of the Father through the grace of identification with, inclusion in, Jesus who is the “only Son of the Father” from all eternity.If this is what salvation is, then it should characterize our whole experience of religion. This is what should set the tone, determine the spirit of everything we feel, think and do in living the Christian life.For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you received a spirit of adoption, through which we cry, “Abba, Father!”If we let this realization fall out of focus, for ourselves or others, we are failing in stewardship. We are failing to preserve, use, and activate in the Church a priceless gift of God.We “manage” this gift as faithful stewards by using it. We foster awareness of being sons and daughters of God by consciously praying for, expecting, discerning and following the inspirations of the Holy Spirit in our hearts. “For those who are led by the Spirit of God are” — and are conscious of being — “sons and daughters of God.”In this way “the Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God.” This is when we experience authentically that “Our God is the God of salvation.”In Luke 13: 10-17 we encounter the greatest obstacle to the experience of salvation in the Church. It is the spirit of legalism. When Jesus cured a “daughter of Abraham” who “for eighteen years had been crippled,” all that the leader of the synagogue saw was that he had cured on a Sabbath, which he saw as a violation of God’s law. And the Pharisee party in the Church today would prefer to see people crippled in their Christian life for years, unable to experience the acceptance and compassion of God and of the Church, rather than interpret and apply the laws of the Church according to the heart of God, the loving Father of all his children.Those who are “led by the Spirit” are focused on healing, not condemning. They judge by the heart of the Father, who is “the God of salvation.”Initiative: Be Christ’s steward. Live aware of the “family love” of God.

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