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Teens Faith on Fire After Local Rock Concert

Nearby Rock Concert

Your Nearest Metropolitan – The faith of local teens are on fire, after attending a rock and roll concert this past weekend.

“You can tell the Holy Spirit descended upon these high schoolers during the concert. They started waving their arms in the air, clapping their hands, and singing along.” commented chaperon William Goldberg. “These kids began to praise God in all of His glory by using their bodies as King David did before the Ark. It really is an inspiration to us older folks.”

“This concert was all about getting these kids active and interested in their faith. They don’t like the classic genres of our parent’s generation. We won’t share it with them because they just won’t understand it or get it. It’s too old fashioned and nobody listens to that anymore, not even our parents!” stated Roger Thomas, another chaperon for the concert.

When asked his thoughts on the event, high schooler Greg Olson told us “This was the best day of my life. I’m going to remember the emotions of this event for the rest of my life. Following this band is like a religious experience.”

At press time, Greg had mentioned that he had no intention of bringing about his conversion to all areas of his life, and maybe he would consider going to Mass more often if he felt like it.

Jeff November 11, 2014 3 Comments Permalink


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.

the eucharist

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

Ut In Omnibus Glorificetur Deus

“That in all things, God may be glorified.”


This is a rule of St. Benedict that we should all live by as Catholics. Everything we do, we should be doing so that we may glorify God.

When you work. Glorify God.

When you play. Glorify God.

If what you are doing, does not glorify God, I would suggest you reassess if what you are doing is good for you. Whether it be TV, internet viewing, reading, or any other sort of pleasure, if it doesn’t glorify God, reassess. It may take some time but it will be well worth it in the end.

Jeff September 17, 2013 Leave A Comment Permalink

How Is Your Prayer Life Going?

I’m going to be a bit serious for a moment and ask you a question: How is your prayer life going? Are you getting your prayers in like you want to? Your daily devotionals, your weekly rituals or monthly festivities?

We as Catholics need to start engaging our friends, family and even our fellow Catholics in asking them how their prayer life is going. We are all in this battle together, and just like soldiers make sure there are no men who are unable to fight, we must ensure that our allies are able to stay afloat. We are all a chain, and if there is a weak link within that chain, then the whole chain breaks.

I invite all of you to get back into a prayer routine if you’ve fallen away from it, and for those of you who are doing well, I suggest adding a new devotional that you haven’t done in a while, or even a devotional that you have been wanting to try, but just haven’t made the plunge yet. It’s okay to start something new, because God can use that new devotional to touch us in ways that we normally wouldn’t have been touched. We as Catholics are blessed to have so many different prayers, devotionals and liturgies available for our use.

Lord Jesus, I ask you to help me in becoming the person you have created me to become. Help me to be the Saint you want me to be. Stir in my heart the desire to come closer to you. Guide me to the devotion that you want me to add, so that you can speak to me through that. Amen.

Jeff August 9, 2013 Leave A Comment Permalink

Comments on the Supposed “Split” Within The Church

I was asked a good question earlier in the week:

“What is this split between us traditional and the ‘liberal’ Roman Catholics? The Creed says ‘I believe in one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church’.”

Simply put, what it boils down to is the traditional side being the actual Catholic, since the traditional Catholic is more than likely practicing the faith, according to the Church. The liberal Catholic doesn’t want to follow the Church and her teachings. The liberal Catholic is a promoter of heresy.

But, let’s look at this some more. Why are traditional Catholics, that is, those Catholics who do follow the Church and her teachings, being labeled as “traditionalist”? Catholics are supposed to follow the Church and her teachings and live those values out, right?

This would mean that the “traditionalist” Catholic, really is just a plain Catholic, that is, a Catholic who goes to Mass weekly, goes to confession as needed, spends time in prayer, is faithful to the Church, etc. Really, when you think of a Buddhist, you think of someone who is a…practicing Buddhist. When you think of a Muslim, you think of someone who is a…practicing Muslim. By this same logic, a Catholic is someone who is a practicing Catholic.

We like to put labels on groups of people to make them seem like they are our allies or our enemies. If “traditionalists” went by just plain Catholics, the threat of potential “liberals” hijacking Catholic to distort it seems greater. Case in point: The National Catholic Reporter (or Distorter (or Schismatic Reporter)). About 99% of the reporting is biased journalism wanting the Church to allow gay “marriage”, ordain women, allow priests to marry and the list goes on…and on…and on.

A Catholic, as stated earlier, would be a faithful Catholic. We don’t need to add any labels, really, except maybe “unfaithful”. You would have Catholics, and unfaithful “catholics”, that is, a catholic in name only.

What is interesting with this split, is how the Catholic and the catholic in name only argue with each other. The Catholic is always being told to calm down, listen to the Pope, not be so rash, be open minded, and other such things. Why is it that the Catholic, who already does these things have to constantly re-pledge their obedience to the Church? Meanwhile, the “catholic” never has to do this. They think for themselves, are “allowed to disagree”, etc. A perfect example would be the Catholic wants to receive Jesus kneeling, and gets denied (this is “okay”) but the “catholic” who is openly pro-abortion can receive Jesus. Denial of communion to the “catholic” would be viewed as a horrendous act. The Catholic would agree with me, but the “catholic” would accuse me of whining. To prove that I am not whining, and am merely opening up dialogue and am quite jolly, here is a picture of me being jolly.

Jolly Jeff

One way to help heal the split, would be to publicly excommunicate those who claim to be catholic from the Church. Now, excommunication is a form of help. It doesn’t sound like it is, but here’s how.

When someone is excommunicated, they are basically told that they are not in alignment with Church teaching, and are not able to use the sacraments until they have publicly repented and a bishop (normally there’s) has lifted the excommunication. This excommunication would force the Catholic in question to reexamine their motives and learn why what they believe is wrong. Excommunication, in essence, is there for the individual to learn from their mistakes, to come to know Christ and His teachings on particular issues. It also let’s others know that the individual is not to be trusted in religious matters and is discredited.

This split needs healing immediately. I mentioned in my last post how we need to start re-evangelizing our fellow Catholics. We all need to learn, live and love our faith. With this, we can win people over. Again, Christ is for everyone! Though you need to pray for those as well.

Jeff April 26, 2013 3 Comments Permalink

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