Back at it again

Well, I haven’t written anything on here since last fall. I let it fall by the wayside, but in hindsight I wish I hadn’t. Although I considered shutting down, it seemed untimely. So for now, you’ll have to put up with me!

In the last six months, I have completed two university courses by correspondence, applied for scholarships in the manner of a desperate student, finished a music history self-study course, written a music harmony exam, and gained a provincial recommendation at the local music festival. I have also taken up running again, gotten accepted into university, worked more towards my grade 10 piano exam, and made some more plans for the future (God must be laughing pretty hard at these!).

Now about the Pope. There is some buzz going around about deaconesses (or deaconettes, if you prefer). Nutty business. I fail to understand how some leaders in the Church can have Truth staring them in the face, and yet they ignore it. A shepherd shrouded in ambiguity does nothing to help.

Frankly (pardon the pun), I have been trying to ignore him of late. No, I am not a sedevacantist, nor shall I ever be. Our Lord’s Will is simply so much clearer when I rely upon His Word, Apostolic Tradition, teachings of past popes, and writings of the saints. I cannot abide by ambiguity in this time of moral depravity.

Credo.

 

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Post-Synod Analysis

The Synod is finished, thanks be to God!  The fallout and response is somewhat varied though, and the overall outcome is yet to be seen.

The first bit of analysis that I read was on Sunday morning. Christine Niles’ article at Church Militant basically sunk most of my hopes, but then later in the day, I saw this from the Catholic News Agency, saying that the final report backs Church teaching. On Facebook, I found this jewel from Fr. Martin, SJ:

I was very disappointed by this today. One question at this morning’s press conference, by Thomas J. Reese, SJ, exposed a serious flaw in the Synod on the Family, and an instance of clear sexism. While before I had thought that ordination was a prerequisite for voting at the Synod (and one could make that theological argument: it was a synod of bishops, and priests participate in the ministry of the bishop through the sacrament of holy orders), today I learned that Brother Herve Janson, a member of the Little Brothers of Jesus, also had voting rights. That is, he is not ordained. That is, his canonical status is technically that of a layman or laywoman. Thus, ordination was not a prerequisite for voting. So where were the women religious who had voting rights, where were the laymen with voting rights, and where were the laywomen with voting rights? (If you follow the link you can see the exchange on video.)

This was a huge missed opportunity for the Synod, and it goes against Pope Francis’s explicit desire, as stated in “Evangelii Gaudium,” to have more women in leadership roles.

Trust me, man, you would NOT want a woman like me at the Synod. Can you please get off the equality bandwagon for once and focus on something of substance?

On Twitter, apparently he had this: martin

One Mad Mom dishes on that here. Go Mad Mom!

So I clicked over to Fr. Z’s blog (you know he HATES Vatican II 😉 ) to try and get some balanced review on the Synod. If you’re still looking for some, I strongly urge you to read his latest posts.  This one was particularly good, especially if you’re a Lord of the Rings fan.

Rorate Caeli had some good observations, as well as the Catholic News Service’s interview with Cardinal Pell here.

A more hopeful but still realistic view is over at Catholicism Pure. Originally from Fr. Ed Tomlinson, the post contains more exhortations to pray, fast, and stay faithful to the Church, as well as practical things we can do.

The articles which I found the most “to the point” were from Steve Skojec at 1Peter5. If you have the time to read it, check out “No, the “Conservatives” did not “win”.  Strong commentary there.

Pray for the Holy Father. Please.

 

A Better Lent Than Last Year

Over at The Catholic Gentleman, Mr. Guzman has a post on 7 Ways To Have A Good Lent. Check it out, cause it is solid awesomeness. Also on that page is a link for a worksheet, which can help you make … Continue reading

The Mother’s Day homily

A couple weeks ago my family and I went to Mass on Sunday morning as we normally do. However, even before we got to the church I had a feeling that the homily would have nothing or little to do with that Sunday’s readings. And sure enough, that is just what happened.The priest, who is retired and was just filling in that Sunday, managed to spend the whole seven minutes or so talking about mothers. He basically gave us a shallow sort of reflection on what mothers do (“She laughs with us, she cries with us, she is always there when we need her,” and so on). That was it! Did it slip his mind that it was Good Shepherd Sunday as well? There are a wealth of topics that develop from that one simple part of the Gospel. There is the matter of Christ as guiding Shepherd and Head of the Church; the matter of heretics or schismatics being outside the fold and the importance of being in the fold; the matter of one fold, one Shepherd, one Church; and I’m sure there are more topics out there that I am unaware of.

I don’t want to sound like some disparaging, mom-hating nutbar; that is certainly not my aim with this post, but the few points that I listed above are important issues in the Church today. Catholics don’t always understand that the Catholic Church is the one, true Church, so priests need to give the flock, “the milk of grace, of doctrine, and of guidance.” Catholics cannot survive on Wonderbread homilies alone. Our souls need real food to grow properly. Yes, moms rock and I appreciate my own mother very much, but can we keep the focus on God instead of ourselves? I mean:
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Oh, and the Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion helped the priest hand out carnations to all the mothers before the end of Mass. Anyhoo…on that happy note, enjoy your day and God bless you!

We have a new pope!!!!!

To be perfectly honest, when I heard about the new pope, the first thing I thought of was the Veggietales movie Esther: the girl who became queen. I was thinking of the part when the announcer was on stage with her and after the king gives him the thumbs up, he says, “Oh, we have a new queen!”

Okay, so I’m not entirely sure why I thought of that, but moving on…………….;)

So here are a few firsts with Pope Francis: firstly, he’s the first pope ever to be named Francis (hey, at least he didn’t pick Peter the Roman). He is also the first pope from South America and the first Jesuit pope. In 2005, he received the second most votes in the conclave that elected our former pope Benedict XVI. Pope Francis is strongly pro-life and he denounced abortion as “a death sentence” for the unborn. He is known among the cardinals for his humility.  During his time as an archbishop in Argentina, he lived in a simple apartment, cooked his own meals, and took the bus to work! He upholds all of the Catholic Church’s teachings on homosexuality, gay “marriage”, and euthanasia, so now the liberal media can begin weeping over their lost chance to have a liberal pope……;)

Pope pic Let us pray for our pope, Francis I!

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Well, the Catholic blogosphere is going to get crazy with new posts about Pope Francis I. And why on earth he isn’t the Petrus Romanus that so many have been hoping for. And jokes about “Papa Frankie the First”. And blog posts like mine that are basically just re-reciting the facts…….

Yawn. 10:23 PM. Time for bed.

God bless everyone!