15 April 2009

I Am A Rightwinged Extremist

... according to the United States federal government.


A report from the Department of Homeland Security has labeled pro-lifers as a right-wing extremist group similar to white supremacist groups.

"Rightwing extremism in the United States can be broadly divided into those groups, movements, and adherents that are primarily hate-oriented (base don hatred of particular religious, racial, or ethnic groups), and those that are mainly antigovernment, rejecting federal authority in favor of state or local authority, or rejecting government authority entirely. It may include groups and individuals that are dedicated to a single issue, such as opposition to abortion or immigration."

Pretty scary, eh? It's not going to take much for it to be illegal to be pro-life, anti-gay marriage, eventually Catholic. Look at China... there the Communist Party controls the election of bishops in the "Patriotic Catholic Church" structure. If you speak out against the Communists, fat chance of you being a part of the party approved church. There's an underground group of Catholics that have to meet secretly.. and many of their bishops are imprisoned and tortured. What will it take for that to come to the United States? Don't doubt that it will happen.

Pray for the exaltation and liberty of Holy Mother Church!

11 April 2009

Catholics Come Home

Tonight at the Easter Vigil, thousands of people will become Catholic. Also, many who left the Church before receiving the sacrament of Confirmation will be welcomed back and be strengthened by the Holy Ghost in this sacrament.

I just wanted to share with you a video that I absolutely love. Whether you're someone who has left the Church or if you've never been in full communion with Christ's Church, the Catholic Church is here to welcome you home. Jesus is waiting to welcome you home.

Behold the Wood of the Cross


Behold the wood of the Cross, on which hung the Salvation of the world.

I hope all of you are having a most excellent Sacred Triduum so far. I have been blessed to be with many of my friends at Ocala for the traditional Mass of Holy Thursday and today's Sacred Liturgy with the chanting of the Passion, the great intercessions, and the veneration of the cross. Tomorrow night is a solemn high Mass for the Easter Vigil. I can't wait...

Today I watched the Passion of the Christ again. I firmly believe that everyone should watch this movie. It does such a good job of showing the suffering that Christ went through. He suffered so much because He loved us. I'm sure that there could have been an easier way for Him to shed His blood for our redemption. But God chose this most painful of deaths.

Now it was our sins that made Him go through with this. Every time we sin, we are just as bad as the Jews who spit in his face, or the Romans who scourged Him so violently. So I think it's a good idea to meditate frequently on the Passion of the Lord. Whenever we're tempted, we should put in our minds the suffering that Jesus endured.


I pray that you all have a good Holy Saturday, and a blessed Easter. It's almost here!

In Jesus and Mary,
Jon

10 April 2009

National Geographic: Bikinis Make Men See Women As Objects

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2009/02/090216-bikinis-women-men-objects.html

Well, there you go. Could have told you that years ago.
Women, please cover up. Men have crazy wild imaginations and don't need any help. One-pieces rock.

09 April 2009

Godson!



At 7:41 in the morning on March 26, Theodore Charles Ignatius Jerge was born at 9 pounds, 6 ounces and a week overdue! That night I had a plane ticket to Virginia... at 3:00 in the morning on the 27th I left Gainesville and with baby Teddy not only 24 hours old I had landed in Baltimore. It was a hectic weekend, but I was so blessed and honored to be able to be a part of his baptism. My 'Catholic Mom' asked me back in November if I would be the godfather to the new baby. I happily said yes and had been eagerly looking forward to the baby's birth and baptism.

So what's a godfather? Godparents act as sponsors at the child's baptism. My next post will be on Baptism and the legitimacy of infant Baptism... Since little Teddy couldn't profess the faith he was being baptized into, Katrina (the godmother) and I did so for him. Also, for the rest of my life I am to be an example of living out the Catholic Faith, in my words and actions. While the parents are responsible for the religious education of the child, should they be unable to for whatever reason, the godparents make sure that the child learns the Faith, so he can live up to the baptismal vows that were made on his behalf. I'm praying for Teddy every day, that he will grow up to be a good Catholic who loves his God and his Church.

08 April 2009

CSF Retreat, etc

I promised this a while ago... but I got sidetracked (explanation in the next post)

A few weeks ago I went with about 50 other college students to the second annual CSF Retreat. The retreat is a Eucharist-centered weekend full of talks, testimonies, daily Mass, and perpetual adoration. It is an amazing experience... and just what I needed when I needed it most. Retreats serve to take you out of your normal hustle and bustle and draw you closer to God.


My favorite thing about these retreats is the opportunity for adoration of Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament. As Catholics we believe that when Jesus said "This is my body" He really meant it! Jesus Christ is truly present in the Eucharist- this is the constant teaching of the Church back to the earliest Christians. So to be able to go to the chapel at four in the morning and kneel alone in front of Our Lord... wow.

Many thanks go to Father David Ruchinski, a good and holy priest who said Mass each day and led the various liturgical rites. Thanks also go to Father Gillespie and Father Bower, along with the other priests who came to hear many confessions late into the night.

Before I close this post out, I want to draw some attention to a new blog. My friend Cliff Whitty, a seminarian for the Diocese of Saint Petersburg has created Catholic Eye Candy. This blog features posts of beautiful images from our Church's tradition, tied together with a reflection. Go check it out!