Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Stallone back in Church

"Aslan is on the move" in hollywood by the looks of this heartwarming story:

http://www.catholic.org/national/national_story.php?id=22474

Sunday, January 07, 2007

Papal Preacher...

...strikes again!

Fr.Cantalamessa on the notion of Epiphania as signifying more than the manifestation at the manger [courtesy Zenit]:

"We celebrate three wondrous events on this holy day: Today the star leads the Magi to the stable, today the water is changed into wine at the wedding feast at Cana, today Christ is baptized by John in the Jordan for our salvation." With these words the liturgy describes today's feast; it consists in the triple revelation of Christ: to the magi, at the wedding feast at Cana, and in Jesus' baptism in the Jordan. Since ancient times, that which has brought about the unification of these three events in a single feast is their common theme of manifestation (in Greek "epiphania"). In these events Jesus progressively reveals what he is in reality, the Messiah and savior. Christ reveals himself to all peoples and to each category of persons with signs appropriate and comprehensible to them. To simple shepherds he sends an angel; to the wise who scrutinize the courses of the heavenly bodies he sends a star; to the Jews attached to signs, he gives a sign, that is, a miracle: He changes water into wine. With what signs does Christ manifest himself to the men of our time?
[Code: ZE07010629
Date: 2007-01-06
Father Cantalamessa on the Epiphany of the Lord
"We Celebrate Three Wondrous Events on This Holy Day"]

He poses an excellent question. Every year growing up, my family's ritual Blessing of the House on the Epiphany served as an opportunity to evaluate together our journey towards Christ; when we sprinkled holy water on our door, we reminded ourselves that in every welcome guest we welcome Christ. Do we look for sings of His presence in our homes, our families, in every corner of our heart? Do we truly make ourselves Little Bethlehems, little "houses of Bread"?

This Lord's Day, let us find in the Eucharist the most expensive, most priceless, most adorable Christmas gift we have ever received! Let us admit His presence under our roof knowing that He came to dwell among us as Word made Flesh, that those who eat of this Flesh may have Eternal Life~

Thursday, January 04, 2007

New Blogger version

I've switched over to the new version of blogger, and therefore will have to put back the parts of the blog that didn't survive the transfer (certain pictures, etc.). I plan on getting this done soon. Perhaps in the end there may be some changes, as well.

Monday, January 01, 2007

The Year of Our Lord, Two-Thousand and Seven

Because the grace and the mercy of the God of Jesus Christ are ever new, each new year, like each new day, is a chance to begin again on the Way of Christ. The freedom of the new is constantly held out to each of us as in an open hand: new grace, new love, new forgiveness, new encounters with Christ in the sacraments, new chances to live as he lived, new joy and new peace.
But is this true? My tendency would be to say, "Of course it is true," and then proceed to continue as before: the same old ways of before, the same attitudes, the same mild despair--"I am too far, too much a sinner, and to serve Him is too difficult and complicated!"
But is it complicated? No, it is not. Religion that is pleasing to God is "to care for orphans and widows in their affliction and to keep oneself unstained by the world." In other words, to actively love your neighbor, and hate the world for God's sake. To be single hearted in the daily pursuit of these is, for us to whom Christ has revealed himself, simple enough, and it is only complicated by compromising them with contrary things.
In the end, it all comes down to the question, "Do I want to give up all to follow the way marked out by Jesus?" In other words, do I want to yield up every aspect of my life to his Lordship? Am I willing to give up those boundaries I put before his love, saying, "you may come up to this point, but no farther"?
This new year, as every new moment, is a great opportunity to turn again and serve the Lord anew. Persevering in prayer, with trust, we know that he will not let us down, but will save us and make us like himself.