Wednesday, April 25, 2012

The Inspirational Story of Garvan Byrne

"And they were bringing children to him, that he might touch them; and the disciples rebuked them.  But when Jesus saw it he was indignant, and said to them, "Let the children come to me, do not hinder them; for to such belongs the kingdom of God.  Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it." (Mark 10:13-15)

Above is the edited version of Garvan's interview.  If you want the full interview, check out Steve Ray's website.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

The triple whammy of the Latin mass (Part 1 of 3)

Liberal Episcopalians celebrate a clown mass.  This
liturgical crime has crept its way into some Catholic masses
as well. 
This post has been in the works for a while, but I've now put on the finishing touches.  Hopefully it will be useful to some of you.  For those of you that do not have the patience to read a long blog post, you may want to pass this one over!  (although I think all Catholics can gain something from it)  

I'll start out by throwing a scenario out there.  I'm driving down the street in a foreign city on a Sunday morning and see two churches that I could attend.  Option #1:  I could attend a Traditional Latin Mass (or "TLM") with Gregorian Chant, tons of clanking incense, strict adherence to the rubrics (say the black, do the red), reverent silence in the pews, and bells ringing throughout the sanctuary during the consecration.  Option #2:  I could also attend a clown mass where they sing Kumbaya, have liturgical dancers parade down the aisle, rock out on electric guitar, and have children come up to the altar to clap and sing in the middle of the consecration (yes, I've seen this....).  Would I be getting the same mass?  

Liturgical dancers?!?!?!........Yuck!

Regardless of the liturgical chaos, I've always believed that the value, or efficacy, of the mass is the same regardless of the Rite (Latin, Byzantine, etc.) or the manner in which it is celebrated simply because I am receiving the body, blood, soul, and divinity of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament (presuming the words of consecration were spoken properly).  

I am obviously using extreme examples to illustrate my point.  With that said, however, one of the other questions that we should ask ourselves is what are the "fruits" of the mass.  In other words, which of the two masses above do you think fosters vocations to the priesthood or religious life, and emphasizes transubstantiation and the sacrificial character of the mass instead of it simply being a "communal meal"?  Which of the two masses above do you think has people in the pews who are following the Church's teaching against birth control, attending mass on Sundays and holy days, abstaining from meat and fasting on the prescribed days, and going to Confession when they are conscious of mortal sin?  Which of the two masses has parents in the pews that are taking the time to train their children in the dogmas and doctrines of the faith and how to defend the faith with proper catechesis, instead of just sending them off to a religion class so that they can learn about the names of the rivers mentioned in the Old Testament?

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Don Ross - Crazy (Acoustic)

Here is Don Ross performing an acoustic cover for "Crazy" by Gnarls Barkley. Some songs just sound good on the 'ole geet-box.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

First Class Relics

Lisa and I went to 9:00 a.m. mass at St. John Cantius this last Sunday (Divine Mercy Sunday) to check out the first class relics of St. Faustina that were at the Church.  A first class relic is defined as an item directly associated with the events of Christ's life (manger, cross, etc.), or the physical remains of a saint (a bone, a hair, skull, a limb, etc.).  

St. Faustina lived from 1905-1938 in Poland and is credited with being a visionary of Jesus who gave her the message of Divine Mercy.  Originally, her writings were condemned as heretical in 1958 due to bad translations of her diary which had reached Rome.  However, JPII ordered a better translation of her writings to be made, which were later approved by the Church and published as Divine Mercy In My Soul.  Click here to learn more about St. Faustina.

Thursday, April 12, 2012


You can tell he liked his cheese
I was going to post on something serious today (because Lord knows that there are several things going on in the world that I could rant about), but I figured that I would ease back into my blog posting with something light-hearted.  What better topic than Cheese.  I was thinking today about how delicious cheese is, and figured I would say something about it. Better yet....I'll defer to a man who has already written about everything; including cheese.

Here is my English buddy Chesterton in his impassioned 1910 essay titled "Cheese," from the collection, Alarms and Discursions. My emphases are in bold and my comments are in [red].

Tuesday, April 3, 2012