Tagged: Pope Benedict

What I’m reading

An epic list of things that have caught my eye in the past month or so…

Pro-life

The Hunger Games: The Atheist’s Utopia Revealed

Contraception: A Cruel Master

Declaration on Procured Abortion

Clarification on Procured Abortion

Checkmate on Choice

Church and state

When the State Becomes God

The Government is not Our Father

Women

“Girls”: The Obama Generation

Grief, Loss, and Pregnancy

A Broken, Beautiful Woman

Papa Benedict XVI & Conclave

My Favorite Benedict XVI Quotation

10 Books by Pope Benedict You Should Know About

3 Things I’ve Learned from Pope Benedict XVI

Journalism

How newspapers can still grow in hard times

This list isn’t all inclusive. I try to keep track (nearly everything is in Evernote) but sometimes I just get too much in my Google Reader and end up clicking… “mark all as read.”

I did finally clear out my email inbox today, which means I’m all caught up with reading the Catechism readings that Flock Note sends every day. I love that.

I’m also reading The Master and Margarita, and I am heading to my RSS feed right after I post this.

God bless.

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“So also endures the office”

From the Catechism of the Catholic Church:

862     “Just as the office which the Lord confided to Peter alone, as first of the apostles, destined to be transmitted to his successors, is a permanent one, so also endures the office, which the apostles received, of shepherding the Church, a charge destined to be exercised without interruption by the sacred order of bishops.” Hence the Church teaches that “the bishops have by divine institution taken the place of the apostles as pastors of the Church, in such wise that whoever listens to them is listening to Christ and whoever despises them despises Christ and him who sent Christ.”

 

Do you ever hear those people… those of other faiths say that the Apostolic age ended with the Apostles?

Well, 862 is just a smidge of Church teaching about it.

Also endures the office, which the apostles received, of shepherding the Church, a charge destined to be exercised WITHOUT INTERRUPTION by the sacred order of bishops.

And so, the Church with the help of the Holy Spirit will find the next Bishop to lead our Church. We’ll continue that tradition without interruption. How beautifully put.

 

Lent.

It’s come to that point, at work, that I realize some people think I take my faith lightly by the way I talk about it. I wish that wasn’t the case.

Often to make it accessible, I joke about it, lightly. I shouldn’t. My faith is serious, and strong, though not as strong as I’d like it to be.

My coworkers seem to think Lent is this… joke.

I have a CRS Rice Bowl at my desk. There’s some money in it. They’ve seen me put money into it. So, why the jokes? Why do they laugh when I ask the fellow Catholics what  they’ve given up for Lent? Nothing, both of them, nothing.

Interesting.

I pray often that God uses me as an example for others, for my boyfriend, for my family, for my friends. I need to add coworkers to that list as well.

God Bless.

Seven Quick Takes Friday (Vol. 4)

— 1 —

1 John 1:1-5.
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness; and the darkness did not comprehend it.”

— 2 —

On Tuesday, we talked a lot about the Pope’s resignation at work. I admit that I don’t know the rules and Canon that regulates how this happens. It’s never happened before in my lifetime… or for 600 years.
I didn’t even know the rule about the College of Cardinals and not being able to vote after age 85. Interesting.
That morning, I heard Archbishop Jereme Listecki say that a pope relates to the community around him. So, Blessed John Paul II was fighting for the dignity of all life, regardless of age. It was important for him to show that the elderly, the sick are valuable. It was insightful to hear that in the morning. Life matters at every stage.
Pope Benedict XVI, then, is showing that as a leader, it’s OK to know when you can’t do it anymore. It’s OK to follow the Lord’s will.
Well, that’s all speculation, but it sounds good.

— 3 —

I’m not a member of the NRA, but I love them and what they stand for. I love that they’re a group fighting for our rights, fighting for the Constitution, just like I love pro-life groups that fight for the right to life for all.
I don’t know that I ever will be a member, but I really don’t like when people generalize about the group. It’d be like generalizing about everyone in the military (that they’re dumb) or everyone in the media (that they’re left-y). Both not true. And you can’t generalize about a group as large as the NRA either.

— 4 —

I’ve been watching a documentary on Henry Ford in bits and pieces over the past few weeks.
He’d been a kind of hero fro me, but I’m starting to see that people shouldn’t be held on such high pedestals. Especially when we hardly know much about them. It was the myth of Ford that I loved, the idea of him, not really his life and history.
That’s not to down play the good things he did, but he was not a perfect man. None of us are.

— 5 —

This Lent, coinciding with the Year of Faith, is making me miss Young Adult groups and Catechism studies. Before I moved for this (wonderful) job, I met with my parish’s young adult minister probably twice a week. Sometimes more. Bible study, Cathechism study, talking, coffee.
My parish here has a bible study… on Tuesday nights. That day is so hard for me to get to because of work priorities. It’s our production day, and I just haven’t been able to drag myself to the study after a long day of work. However, my coworkers and I are streamlining the day better, so I hope to convince myself to go soon.

— 6 —

I already have 50 cents in my rice bowl. And my list of complaints is going to be very revealing at the end of Lent.

— 7 —

Did you watch the State of the Union address? I did… a little. I was also trolling Twitter during it and not drinking. That’s all. I went to bed when it was over, so I missed Sen. Rubio’s speech, but I heard about that, too.
Sometimes I wish local politics were as exciting as national politics. I didn’t even watch the State of the State address (though it’s recorded still on my DVR), and I don’t even know who my mayor is! I do know my governor (Scott K. Walker and Lt. Gov Rebecca Kleefisch) and I’ve spoken to Kleefisch three times… the most recent time she told me she loved me ha.
God bless.

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Great days

I used to have really high

expectations of what a great day was. Sleep in, have a cup of awesome coffee, watch the news, take a long bath. Those kind of things.

Today, is not one of those days, not filled with those kind of things, but it’s a great day, none the less.

I’m going to spend most of it writing, a lot of it reading, catching up on all the blogs I follow (I still have posts from Jan. 11 to read!). It’ll be one of those catch-up days. But at the same time, I’ll be behind at work when I go back tomorrow. It’s not exactly a win-win, but it’s close. I can handle the work catch-up, if I have my other stuff caught up. If you get what I’m saying.

Year of Faith update

My original goals, from Oct. 11:

Attend adoration (1 hour)/attend benediction once a month

TODAY: up to date, 1 hour for October, November, December and January

Attend Mass at a new Parish/Church once a month (somewhere I haven’t been yet)

TODAY: up to date, St. Andrew’s, St. Paul’s, St. Francis de Sales and St. Charles Borromeo

Read the entire Catechism of the Catholic Church

TODAY: up to date, today’s 112 in the year of faith, can you believe it?

Read six (more if I can) books on Church History, including saints, popes, council documents, papal documents, etc. These should be published with at least an imprimatur. I’m really interested in more on the Crusades

TODAY: slacking on this a little bit, I have read Scott Hahn’s A Father who Keeps his Promises and am working on Pope Benedict’s Infancy Narratives. I’m going slow with this one.

 

So, yes, I went to St. Charles on Saturday for the vigil Mass. Interesting.

Everyone was rushing, rushing, rushing. Even the priest! And after I resolved for 2013 to NEVER RUSH, it was even more frustrating for me.

I’m also working on my patience, though.

But during Mass, I like reverence, a proper pace, attention, incense. I may make my next “new church” service in my goals an extraordinary rite. At least those go at a good pace.

The closest one to me is not even close to me at all, though.

I also don’t like Saturday night Masses. Because are we just going so we don’t have to get up early on Sunday? Indeed, that was the case with me this weekend. I didn’t want to get up that much earlier to drive out to St. Charles. Lazy, Catholic.

I gave the Knights of Columbus Lifesaver guy $5. He offered me change. No, thanks. This made me smile. They’re collecting for pregnancy resource centers around my area. I tell you what, if I was a man, I would be in the KofC, no contest. I love what they do.

God bless. Have a great day everyday!

Revisited Mass

I’ve posted before about how I miss daily Mass. I miss it again.

I get in a rthym, a schedule, a routine, that somehow doesn’t include daily Mass.

I have the time. Thanks to my (amazing) job, I can work (pretty much) when I want. I can go in late… not that I even need to because Mass is at 8 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday. I can still make it to the office by 9 if I go.

But it also means that I have to be up, dressed, presentable for that. And I have to eat well before that for the obligatory fast.

And that’s just been too much work for me lately.

I used to be a morning person. This was me. Well, not really. But close. I was happy in the morning.

But now that I gave up coffee (just until the end of the month!) and I still can’t receive the Eucharist.

Things feel a little off for me, I guess. I’m going to work on it, though.

Year of faith

My goals for the YoF are going great through. I’ve been to Mass in three different parishes so far, and I’ve gone to Adoration three times.

I’m currently reading Pope Benedict XVI’s Infancy Narratives.
I finished Scott Hahn’s “A Father who Keeps His Promises.” I’ll write about it soon. It was great. Beautiful. Just like Infancy Narratives are turning out to be. So much, so great.

Writing

I will be back, not as frequently as when I first started this, but more often than the past four weeks. I am still trying to find that balance of things I want to do and need to do.

Sometimes, I just need to not be connected. And sometimes, I know that my pains and trials in faith will help others.

God bless all.

Hope the new year is well.