The Eucharist Can Save the World?

What a concept...

We are going to offer Catholicism in all its beauty and with all its challenges. There is no watering it down or offering a modified version that is easier to swallow. The truth is the truth. But what we can do is bring people in to the Church one small bite at a time. They may not be ready to chow down on the teachings about marriage, sexuality, an all male priesthood, the veneration of Mary, and the intercession of the saints. But a beautiful liturgy might draw them in to sample a little bit of the Church.

You probably know a fallen away Catholic who hasn’t been to Mass in years. He is a lost soul waiting to be found. Maybe inviting him to Mass is too big of a bite. Invite him to vespers or a holy hour instead. Why don’t you ask him to volunteer with you at a Catholic charity? Let him see the loving side of the Church. Don’t be afraid to let him know that you said a Rosary for him or asked the intercession of a saint for his intention. The Divine Mercy Chaplet can be comforting to Catholics and non-Catholics alike. Our Catholic prayers are wonderful tools of evangelization.


The first paragraph of this chapter states extraordinarily simple, yet profound truth with regard to evangelization:

“One result of the liturgy’s vital relationship with the Sacred Scriptures is that the liturgy is a primary source of the Christian faith; it contains and expresses the most constitutive elements of that faith. If the church believes what it prays, then every liturgy is a profession of faith. In particular, every Eucharistic celebration is the highest profession of faith. The faith of a Christian is expressed in a fundamental way in the Eucharistic prayer. There is, then, an indissoluble link between the liturgy and the transmission of faith. We can say, in fact, that the celebration of the liturgy is the most important act of evangelization.” (pg. 209, The Spiritual Meaning of the Liturgy)
In citing the “vital relationship” between the scriptures and the liturgy, we gain a greater understanding of the role of sacred music. As the mass is a sung prayer, and scripture the foundation of the liturgy, then it is the scripture that we primarily sing. This is simple, profound, and revolutionary.
In any parish setting, it is incontrovertibly the liturgy that is the front-line of engagement and drawing in the faithful. One generally becomes more involved in a parish after being drawn in by the liturgy. It is a sort of “ministry of first impressions” that matter.



Fast & Pray

today, in accordance with Pope Francis, that the Chaldeans in Iraq will not be utterly dhimminished.


epic EPPC survey

Highlights from the groundbreaking research include the finding that while only 13% of church-going Catholic women completely accept the Church’s teachings on family planning, acceptance doubles (27%) among young women (18-34) who attend Mass weekly. It climbs still higher, to 37%, among women who both attend Mass weekly and have been to confession within the past year.

“The data show that the more plugged-in a woman is to the Church and the Sacraments, the more likely she is to accept Church teaching on family planning,” says study co-author Mary Rice Hasson. “But our research also uncovered a hidden opportunity. There are many Catholic women out there who don’t fully accept the Church’s teaching but are open to learning more about it. Two-thirds of these women are already involved in parish life. In short, they are receptive and reachable. This is good news.”

Hasson notes that the Church is missing a prime opportunity to communicate persuasively its teachings on family planning: although 72% of church-going Catholic women rely on the Sunday homily as their primary source of learning about Church teaching, just 15% of these women fully accept Church teaching on contraception.

Even so, notes report co-author Michele Hill, “Nine out of ten Catholic women say their faith is important to their daily lives. They want to be good Catholics. And they are a far more diverse group than they are given credit for. Many of them will be receptive to Church teaching, given the right message and the right approach. I can’t encourage our priests enough to present the Church’s beautiful teachings-gently, but with conviction.”

Forward this to every priest you know!


So easy

Having gone online to figure out what precinct I vote in, and having generated a personal ballot, and having pored over the text of the state ballot proposals, I can now walk with confidence into the primary election booth and cast my vote. I know which ticket I want to support and why, I have examined the incumbents' voting records, and I have read Faithful Citizenship.

I am a fully informed and conscientious voter in the state primary, and as such I will be in the stark minority of citizens of this state.

Why don't more people even show up at the primary? Do they not realize how much they can influence what happens in November? At the very least, they can narrow down the names that will be on the November ballot, but more than that they communicate to party leadership what the platform should include.

Go. Be an informed voter. VOTE!


Yes, Virginia, some sins are mortal

Do you suppose the adolescent dissenters at Natl. catholyc Fishwrap will take note that our hip, post-Vatican II pontiff still believes there is such a thing as a mortal sin?

Pope Francis noted that June 26 is the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture. “In this circumstance I reiterate the firm condemnation of every form of torture and I invite Christians to oblige themselves to work together for its abolition and to support victims and their families.”
“Torturing people is a mortal sin!” he exclaimed. “It is a very serious sin!”

Yeah, I'm guessing that's a no.

Also, I think Mark Shea gets to have a big head about this, since he's been decrying our military policy of torture for some time now.


March for Marriage

Archbishop Cordileone told a crowd of 5,000 that dads are indispensable:

Let us, then, take our cue from the best our predecessors in faith have inspired, and not humanity’s frequent failings and sins.  Like them, we now in our own time need to proclaim and live the truth with charity and compassion as it applies to us today: the truth of a united family based on the union of the children’s father and mother in marriage as the foundational good of society.  Every child comes from a man and a woman, and has a right, a natural human right, to know and be known by, to love and be loved by, their own mother and father.  This is the great public good that marriage is oriented towards and protects.  The question is then: does society need an institution that unites children to the mothers and fathers who bring them into the world, or doesn’t it?  If it does, that institution is marriage – nothing else provides this basic good to children.

Here's what some others said about marriage, in 5 words or less, who attended the March:

Two that become one flesh.

We’re servants to each other.

Coordinated discipleship training.

Two words: redemptive suffering.

Different but complementary.

The Trinity on Earth.

Covenant of life-giving love.

A foretaste of Heaven.

Reflection of the Holy Family.

Unity in difference.

Best friends forever.

Till death do us part.\

Read the whole list at Catholic Sistas.



are indispensable.

They impart a truth about God:

This year on the civil calendar, the Feast of the Holy Trinity is denoted as Father's Day.  That is a chronological coincidence, but it also may be understood as a theological providence.  The true meaning of fatherhood, far exalted above plain biological parenthood, is rightly understood only by understanding the inner nature of the Holy Trinity.  For old heretics called Gnostics, who flourish today by different names, the Fatherhood of God is a human concept, and basically a psychological projection of a patriarchal society.  Through Christ and the Holy Spirit, we know that the mystery of God the Father is the very opposite of a human self-projection.  Christianity is singular in its vital worship of God truly as father and not as a symbol or metaphor.

The Feast of the Holy Trinity follows Pentecost because it is only the Holy Spirit, promised by the Son, who enables the Church to know the Father.  No one comes to the Father but through the Son and the bond of love between them by which the Third Person, the Holy Spirit, makes him known.  The less a society is guided by this mystery, the less it understands human fathers.  We need only look around us to see the social and material chaos caused by an increasingly fatherless culture with all its consequences:  family breakdown and gender confusion.

In such a dark time, the Church has the vocation to instruct in the meaning of fatherhood, to encourage young men to embrace the role of fathers of families, and to guide those who do so.  "For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom his whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name.  I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith" (Ephesians 3: 14-17).


So children in the womb aren't a group with rights?

"You can’t advance the rights of one group against the loss of rights of another group.” -an actual statement made by an anti-surrogacy, pro-choice feminist, referring to the refusal of same-sex marriage advocates to endorse laws preventing for-profit surrogacy even though it commodifies women's bodies

...layers upon layers of invincible ignorance.


Catholic Meta-List

OSV provides a rather substantial list of the best websites in the Catholic blogosphere, some of which I have linked to before and forgotten to include in my menu, and some that I've never seen.

Peruse at will:


a Catholic version of buzzfeed? --http://sqpn.com/

I haven't read Cardinal Dolan since his presidential term ended --http://blog.archny.org/



I've been following the TotB thread here --http://catholicstand.com/

Catholic Dads has more content than the last time I visited --http://www.catholicdadsonline.org/



Pets are not Babies

I'm pretty sure Amy Welborn was the most vocal proponent in the blogosphere of the idea that the problem with modern society is that people are having pets instead of babies.

Every time I see a commercial for organic dog food or cat therapists or pet spas, I mutter aloud, "Go have a baby!" and then I rant to my wife or whomever is listening that the problem with modern society is that people have pets instead of children.

Well, I'm in good company and feeling rather vindicated:

“It might be better — more comfortable — to have a dog, two cats, and the love goes to the two cats and the dog. Is this true or not? Have you seen it? Then, in the end this marriage comes to old age in solitude, with the bitterness of loneliness.” -Pope Francis, in his homily to newlyweds on Monday

I'm so grateful that Kathy Schiffer posted that excerpt. Otherwise my ranting would lack the papal seal of approval. Now it's not just my opinion- it's a pontification.


The Devil hates the Family

I'm hoping a better translation will be forthcoming:

The family came next: mother, father and three children. "We are here with our children and so many good hopes. For us, Renewal means rediscovering the beauty of creating a family, a joyful experience. It is possible to talk to each other, listen to each other, support each other but above all exchange with each other. A new love leads us to educate our children to the faith in Jesus. Every day we need the faith that comes from the other, the force that helps us reach the grace of unity in the family. May it confirm us in our faith and bring upon all the families of the world, especially those in difficulty, the graces we expect. We pledge you our prayers."
After listening, the pope stood and embraced the members of this family. Addressing them, he said, "Families are the home Church where Jesus grows. He grows in the spouses' love and in the children's lives. For this reason, the enemy attacks the family so much. The devil does not want it. He tries to destroy it, to prevent love from becoming free. Families are the home church. But married people are sinners like everyone else, they do not want to go in faith, in its fertility, in children and the faith of their children. May the Lord bless the family, and make it strong in the face of the crisis by which the devil wants to destroy it."



New find

This is funny, because I used to call myself LiturgyGuy, and my email address was liturguy@hotmail.

Now here is a blogger with the same name!

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