27 February 2008

The Baltimore Catechism

Yay! I received in the mail a couple days ago the Baltimore Catechism. Not only is it a solid way of teaching the Faith, it's also good for a comprehensive review of Catholic doctrine. I am starting to find out, though, that it's also good for quite a few laughs. After the question/answers of each section, there are Study Helps in the form of questions with examples from life. Here are a few:

Alice and Zita are in an ice cream parlor and are about to order some refreshments. Show how they may exercise their free wills in the enjoyment of the treat.

Stanislaus is showing the parish church to his Protestant friend Schuyler. Schuyler wants to know about the statue representing a lady standing on the world, with a half moon beneath her feet; she is crushing the head of a serpent. Explain who the lady is and why she is thus represented.

Marius always carries with him a small pocket crucifix. Do you approve this practice? Why?

Scholastica has the habit of repeating frequently during the day: "All for Thee, O Lord!" Once, Chole, a non-Catholic playmate, overheard her whisper this aspiration before a game of tennis. Explain to Chloe what this prayer means, and why Scholastica says it frequently.

Jasper is an infidel; Launcelot, an apostate; Algernon, a heretic. What has each done to incur such a title?

Anna has a tiny bone relic of the Little Flower of Jesus; Winifred has a piece of her Carmelite habit; Vivian, a small square of linen that was touched to one of the Saint's prayer books. Classify each relic.

How about that!?

20 February 2008

Suscipiat Dominus

May the Lord accept the sacrifice at your hands for the praise and glory of His name, for our good and the good of all His Church.

Another example of heterodoxy at St. Augustine's... I was at Mass today and I overheard someone say in response to the Orate Fratres, "May the Lord accept the sacrifice at your hands for the praise and glory of God's name, for our good and the good of all God's Church." Of course, I cannot know the intentions of this person in changing this prayer, but I think I may take a stab at it.

The person changed the masculine pronoun 'His' to 'God's'. The prayers of the Mass are given to us to pray, not to change willy nilly. One also wonders, with the Women's Book Club and their feminist agenda, with Sister Rose Hoover of the Cenacle arguing for women's ordination, etc.... about the mind of some who would try to sneak inclusive language into the Mass. Lord have mercy.

Also, at Newman Dinner tonight, Anders tried to make an announcement about daily Rosary at Plaza of the Americas. He was told by someone in charge that he could not make an announcement about this because it had been made in the past. Apparently, announcements can't be recurring.... if they are about the Rosary. Every week, the Alpha retreat and Nueva Alianza are brought up, yet God forbid that the recitation of the Rosary be promoted. Christ have mercy.

Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us.

16 February 2008

Christian Courage and the Cause of Christ

From one of the most amazing books ever- The Young Man's Guide:

... Therefore it is of the utmost importance that the generation of Catholics who are now growing up, I mean Catholic young men, should fearlessly and courageously come forward and espouse the cause of Christ. Even the dread of death ought to induce no one to hold back, much less the dread of temporal loss. God will know how to protect His own in case of need. Think of what the faithful adherents of our holy religion have endured since the so-called Reformation in England and Ireland. Remember that millions of the early Christians shed their blood for Christ, amid the most cruel tortures.

Sacrifices like these are not required of us; we are not threatened with similar penalties. We ought, therefore, to find it easier to take the side of Christ, and to fight for His cause more cheerfully.

... In this manner must we all, and young men more especially, use every possible exertion in order that, in the days in which we live, Christ may once more reign in the whole of our public life.

God, grant us the courage to do your will. Help us to be like Saint John the Baptist: obedient and humble, yet strong and bold. It was his love for You that caused him to preach the coming of Christ in the wilderness, and love of his neighbor that caused him to call for repentance and turning back to Your truth. Grant us an increase in the virtue of charity, and renew within us the gifts of wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety, and the fear of the Lord. The days are evil, so we ask You to grant us the grace to fight the good fight and finish the race.

Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle; be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the Devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host, by the power of God, cast into Hell, Satan and all the evil spirits, who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls.

09 February 2008


Tonight the blasphemous, sacrilegious play Magdalene was performed at United Church of Gainesville. For those of you who are unaware of the situation, you may read the article in the Gainesville Sun here. The play was to be put on at my parish of St. Augustine's at the University of Florida. After finding out how completely blasphemous it was (it calls into question the Eucharist and the male priesthood) I approached Father Gillespie with my concerns. He told me that it was "just a play" and that I had no need to worry about scandal or blasphemy. Not happy with this response, I wrote to Bishop Galeone. He agreed that it would be scandalous and canceled the play, and prohibited its showing in any other Catholic church.

Now if it had all ended there.... everything would be fine. Instead of canceling the play, St. Augustine's relocated the play. Director of Faith Formation Tom Rinkoski (the man responsible for bringing the play to the parish in the first place) decided to call around and see if any Protestant churches would pick up the performance. UC Gainesville happily obliged. This church is a super-relativist inclusive group, subscribing to many heresies. A sermon from their web page suggests that perhaps Mary Magdalene did marry Jesus.

The story, however, gets worse. On the front desk in the parish office, I saw a sign that read "The Magdalene event has been relocated to United Church of Gainesville, 1624 NW 5th Avenue. Tickets will be on sale at the door." This sign was sitting right in front of the phone. Apparently, Rinkoski and the staff wanted to make sure that anyone who called about the play would be able to get to it. I find this very disturbing, since the bishop agreed that the play calls into question Church teaching on two sacraments.

Something needs to be said, and I am not afraid to say it. Tom Rinkoski is not fit to be the Director of Faith Formation. I fear for the children who go through the programs for First Holy Communion and for Confirmation. Hopefully their parents, who the Church calls the primary educators of children, are able to instill in them the true Faith. Mr. Rinkoski disobeyed the spirit of the bishop's instruction that the play be canceled. He then placed himself in a prominent role, welcoming all who came to the play at the Protestant church. Also, I am ashamed that an overwhelming majority of the staff of St. Augustine's came to see this mockery. They need to know that they materially cooperated in a grave evil. I would suggest the Sacrament of Confession to them.

O Jesus, my Savior and Redeemer, Son of the living God, behold, we kneel before Thee and offer Thee our reparation; we would make amends for all the blasphemies uttered against Thy holy name, for all the injuries done to Thee in the Blessed Sacrament, for all the irreverence shown toward Thine immaculate Virgin Mother, for all the calumnies and slanders spoken against Thy spouse, the holy Catholic and Roman Church. O Jesus, who hast said: "If you ask the Father anything in My name, He will give it to you," we pray and beseech Thee for all our brethren who are in danger of sin; shield them from every temptation to fall away from the true faith; save those who are even now standing on the brink of the abyss; to all of them give light and knowledge of the truth, courage and strength for the conflict with evil, perseverance in faith and active charity! For this do we pray, most merciful Jesus, in Thy name, unto God the Father, with whom Thou livest and reignest in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, world without end. Amen.

06 February 2008

Ash Wednesday

Happy *??* Ash Wednesday!

Okay, so maybe happy is not the correct word to use. Anyways, I don't have time to write up a substantial post, but I thought I'd at least put up a link to some pictures from my confirmation and first Holy Communion.

You have to be running Internet Explorer to see the page..

Have mercy on me, O Lord, have mercy on me: for my soul trusteth in Thee. He hath sent from heaven and delivered me: He hath made them a reproach that trod upon me.