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Friday Is All Saint’s Day

All-Saints

This Friday, November 1, is All Saint’s Day. Come to think of it, every November 1 is All Saint’s Day. It is kind of like Christmas, it falls on the same day each year. But, what is the significance of All Saint’s Day?

It’s a Holy Day of Obligation!

This means its a mortal sin to miss Mass! Frankly, anytime that we are obligated as Catholics to attend Mass, it is a good thing. For us as Americans it feels like it is an inconvenience, after all, its Friday night! We have places to go! Well, the average parish will more than likely have a 7pm Mass that you can go to. Heck, they may even have some during the day. But, even so, a 7pm Mass will not ruin out on your Friday night plans.

The great thing about All Saint’s Day, is it gives us as Catholics an opportunity to spend time to honor those Saints who have gone before us. It’s a spectacular feast! After all, we are all called by God to be Saints. I know many people hear that and cringe, but, it is what we are called to be. Every. Single. One. Of. Us. This includes those who aren’t Catholic. God wants everybody to follow Him and to be a part of His Church. Which is why we as Catholics are called to evangelize!

To prepare for All Saint’s Day, it would be good to think of your favorite Saint(s). Whether you have one or many and spend some time in prayer this week and talk to them. Ask them for help in your lives, reflect on their life and see how you can become better. If you don’t have a favorite Saint, spend some time looking around. I found that Catholic Online has an amazing resource for a great number of the declared Saints.

Go to Mass on Friday. Your soul needs it. Also, because you’ve read this, you can’t say that you forgot :D .

Happy All Saint's Day

It isn’t today, but this Friday ;-)

Jeff October 27, 2013 Leave A Comment Permalink

Adoration

I spend an hour in Adoration with Our Lord every week. It has become a very important part of my prayer life, my faith, or whatever term you feel like calling it. It’s interesting how intimidating the idea of spending an hour with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament is at first. The silence, the time, the intensity, it’s all very intimidating. Yet, now, I want it more, I look forward to it. The hour isn’t enough, let alone just one hour a week.

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Yet, the Adoration chapels are so empty. Why is this? We as Catholics believe that Jesus is truly present in the Eucharist, yet, why don’t we want to spend time with him? We’d rather sit in front of the TV and rot our brains (yes, TV, for the most part is a complete waste of time). There are some good shows and movies to watch, but when we get sucked into watching terrible shows like…(insert almost any prime time TV/Reality show here) we rot our brains.

I challenge you, start spending time with Jesus in Adoration. Make it a weekly habit. Bring a book, bring prayer books, bring a journal. We as Catholics have an amazing number of prayers at our disposal we can say that have been written and handed down to us. Start with those if you have difficulty praying from the heart. Jesus taught us that we are to say the Our Father. Routine prayer is good. Memorization is good, despite what some people may say.

The other challenge is that during Adoration, you don’t have to pray the entire time. By this, I mean you talking the entire time. The other form of prayer is listening. You need to listen to God as He penetrates through the silence and talks to you. Too often we think that in order to pray, we must be talking constantly. We must be attentive to see what God says to us. Rattling off all of our desires, needs and wants is not full prayer.

If you truly are Catholic and truly believe that Jesus Christ, the Son of God the Father, and sender of the Holy Ghost, the Paraclete, is present in the Eucharist, you would gladly spend time with Him in Adoration. You spend time with your family, you spend time with your friends. It’s time now to spend time with God.

Jeff October 25, 2013 1 Comment Permalink

Chesterton on Dogma

I read some G.K. Chesterton yesterday during my hour of Adoration. I saw this quote, and thought, wow, this is so true in this day and age. What the Church has taught from day one, is the same as today. What was a dogma yesterday, is still a dogma today.

“An imbecile habit has arisen in modern controversy of saying that such and such a creed can be held in one age but cannot be held in another. Some dogma, we are told, was credible in the twelfth century, but is not credible in the twentieth. You might as well say that a certain philosophy can be believed on Mondays, but cannot be believed on Tuesdays. You might as well say of a view of the cosmos that it was suitable to half-past three, but not suitable to half-past four. What a man can believe depends upon his philosophy, not upon the clock or the century. If a man believes in unalterable natural law, he cannot believe in any miracle in any age. If a man believes in a will behind law, he can believe in any miracle in any age. Suppose, for the sake of argument, we are concerned with a case of thaumaturgic healing. A materialist of the twelfth century could not believe it any more than a materialist of the twentieth century. But a Christian Scientist of the twentieth century can believe it as much as a Christian of the twelfth century. It is simply a matter of a man’s theory of things. Therefore in dealing with any historical answer, the point is not whether it was given in our time, but whether it was given in answer to our question. And the more I thought about when and how Christianity had come into the world, the more I felt that it had actually come to answer this question.” – G.K. Chesterton, “Orthodoxy”

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For those of you who love the Traditional Latin Mass, or really any aspect of the traditions of our faith, I would file this quote away and use it later.

Jeff October 24, 2013 Leave A Comment Permalink

Rediscover Catholic Celebration in Review

I had the privilege of going to the Rediscover Catholic Celebration event hosted by the Archdiocese of St. Paul/Minneapolis on October 12. I want to share with you some of what I felt were the highlights.

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The day started off with Mass and it was a really good Mass. There was a little bit of everything, a little bit of English, a little bit of Spanish and a bit of Latin believe it or not. It was really good to hear the St. Thomas University Schola sing Gregorian Chant. I would’ve preferred a bit more Latin throughout the entire Mass but that’s just me.

Jeff Cavins was the Emcee for the day, making sure that everything stayed on schedule. He provided some good humor in between the events and made some good comments throughout the day. I would have liked to have heard him give a talk, but, I’m sure there will be other times.

Up first was Matthew Kelly, the key-note speaker. Matthew Kelly is the author of the book Rediscover Catholicism, which I reviewed earlier. The Archdiocese has been hitting the “Rediscover: Faith” series very hard in which Matthew Kelly has been very instrumental in getting off the ground.

Matthew Kelly’s talk was very exciting and inspirational. He made some valid points (in bold) along with my comments (not bold).

  • You don’t have to tolerate good things. Today, so often we are told that we need to be more “tolerant of others”, usually in cases in which they are practicing something immoral. This goes hand in hand with the entire homosexual movement in their fight to redefine marriage. If it was so good, why would we need to be “tolerant”?
  • God’s in the business of transformation. When we accept God into our lives, our entire lives are changed. We are transformed. We are no longer who we once were. This especially happens in the Sacraments of Baptism and Confession. In Baptism, our sins are completely forgiven, we are washed clean of original sin and we are born anew. In Confession, we take all of our sins, we confess them with a contrite heart and God in his infinite love and mercy, forgives them. We reestablish that grace with God.
  • Everybody needs game changers. Game changers are those ideas that are different, that are going to make a huge difference. We need to come up with more good ideas to try to share our faith with both our fallen-away brothers and sisters in the faith, and our brothers and sisters outside of the faith.
  • Spend time every day with the Bible, and start with the Gospels. We won’t know Jesus if we don’t read the Bible, especially the Gospels as the Gospels are primarily what Jesus taught and spoke. How do you get to know somebody? By spending time with them and getting to know them. We can accomplish this through reading sacred scripture. On top of that, you gain a plenary indulgence for spending 30 minutes reading the Bible.
  • Pray for our enemies. Jesus taught us that we should pray for our enemies. How come we don’t? Never have we offered Masses for Osama Bin Laden. He was our enemy, yet we never prayed for him. We should pray for our enemies, because that is what Jesus has called us to do.

Matthew Kelly received a standing ovation after his talk was over.

During the day, Archbishop Nienstedt even consecrated the entire Archdiocese of St. Paul/Minneapolis to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Sacred Heart of Jesus. I mentioned that in greater detail here.

Father Robert Barron received a standing ovation when he was announced to give his talk. He commented “Wow, a standing ovation before I even give my talk, I wonder what I’ll get when I’m finished? A sitting ovation?” Father Barron gave a talk giving seven ways we can be practical at evangelizing. Luckily, I wrote them all down and similarly as above, I will give the seven suggestions in bold, with my comments not bold.

  1. Lead with the beautiful – Its difficult to argue around truth and goodness when our culture has completely made everything relative. What we can do though, is lead with the beautiful to goodness and truth.
  2. Don’t dumb down the faith – Since the Second Vatican Council, we have seen the faith dumbed down to the point where it is barely even recognizably Catholic. This isn’t the fault of the Council, but the fault of those who have implemented what the Council or the documents had said.
  3. Preach with ‘ardor‘ – Ardor is another word for fire. When we preach, we need to have that fire, that passion in us. We can’t just preach the Word of God with a lukewarm attitude, this won’t bring anybody into the Church. But having passion and excitement will draw in people.
  4. Tell the Great Story – The Great Story is everything from Creation all the way until Jesus Christ, crucified and resurrected from the dead and of course, everything in between. Many people have no clue what the story is of the Bible (I am a perfect example, I had no clue who Jesus was growing up and after I learned who He was, I had to become a disciple).
  5. Emphasize the Augustinian anthropology – St. Augustine said “Lord, you have made us for yourself, therefore our hearts are restless until it rests in Thee.” We need to emphasize that God created us in order for us to worship Him and that no matter what, we will not be happy if we are not accomplishing this.
  6. Stress the Iranaeus Doctrine – The Iranaeus Doctrine is that God does not need us. Harsh? Sure. But, this is good for us, because we know that God will not bribe us in order to get us to follow Him. We have to do this out of our own free will. Love after all, must be freely given.
  7. Spend a  lot of time with old media – A lot of times we want to go dive right in and start hitting the social media, the blogs and everything in between and start sharing the faith. But what we really need to do is spend time reading books, watching videos, listening to talks and everything in between. We have to know the faith before we can teach the faith.

Father Barron received a well deserved second standing ovation for his very good talk.

All in all, the event was very, very good. It was nice to feel in the majority, after all, there were about 5,500 practicing Catholics at this event. Again, this is only the highlights, there were two other speakers, Bishop Daniel Flores and George Weigel were also there, as well as many other events going on. I’m looking forward to next years Rediscover: Catholic Celebration and can’t wait to see who is in the lineup. I have not received a phone call yet, but, who knows, right?

Jeff October 22, 2013 1 Comment Permalink

A Reminder of Our Mortality

I was reminded of my mortality the other day, in a way that hit a little too close to home.

Unfortunately, it is that time of the year and I came down sick and I was feeling mighty groggy. Whoopie! So, I began driving into work like I normally do. For the most part, my drive is fairly simple, I take back country roads for about 90% of my drive. I don’t have to worry about traffic.

There is one left turn that is no fun. It is crossing from one major country road to another, and you have to be careful time wise because cars are zooming past at about 60 miles per hour. When I stopped I looked left and saw 2 cars that would be making a right where I currently was. I looked right and saw that the car approaching was also going to make a left at where I was. Obviously, the cars making a right were of no worry to me, and the car making a left was far enough away that I could go. Before I started to accelerate, I heard something deep down that said “there’s another car”. I started to go regardless, and as I began to pull out, looking to the left, there was a 3rd car in between the two cars making a right. I didn’t even see it.

Needless to say, I stopped, and backed up.

Why am I sharing this with you? Because, I realized at that moment that I could have been hit, on the driver’s side at about 60 miles per hour. I could have died. Granted, I didn’t. But, we do not know when God is going to call us forth from this life into the next. Is your soul prepared? I honestly don’t think I would have been ready, but of course, it doesn’t matter if we are ready or not, because when God finally takes us from this Earth, we will be judged based on what is on our souls at that minute. If you’re in mortal sin, you won’t be having a good time, as unconfessed mortal sin can and more than likely will lead to Hell. This isn’t my rule, this is Christ’s rule.

Four Last Things

The Four Last Things

Go to confession, and lead a faithful life, to Christ and His Church.

Jeff October 18, 2013 Leave A Comment Permalink