There are lots of Catholics like me out there. We are lifelong practitioners of a certain age, folks who remember Pre-Vatican Two and were thrown into the deep end of Post-Vatican Two where we still swim. We are well read, but we are not theologians. We need to stick together so that we can navigate the tides of modern life which are probably just as choppy as they were 2000 years ago. Ordinary Old Catholic Me is Ordinary Old Catholic You. Let‘s walk together!
Does it make sense for Catholics to disregard the dogma and doctrine from the small to the great theological issues? Here is the small question that got me going on this subject today. A caller to a Catholic Radio show who felt that certain restrictions on music were unfair, and well, who voted on this?
Last weekend I dove, as it were, into the Rules for Discernment of Spirits at a Seminar at St. Peter Chanel Church with the wonderful, brilliant and humble Fr. Tim Gallagher. What a blessing! I just want to share a little with you, and encourage you to explore! There is plenty of source material and spiritually educational tools. A way to Consolation and a bulwark against Desolation!
I've been in this four week parish study about the "Art of Dying". It has stirred thoughts which I offer for your consideration!
Struggle. Struggle. That's all sometimes I seem to do? How about you? The world around us is so profoundly difficult, in small and of course in the large things barrelling toward us. It gets to be overwhelming, and I lose the trail to God. It is critical to keep looking toward Him, no matter what. I tell that to myself, and to you!
Another week, another obstacle. It's the same for all of us. As a Catholic, I know how I ought to respond. Alas, I fail utterly. Thus the importance of prayer, of the Sacraments, of learning to let God take the reins. It's a battle.
The events, the barbaric actions of other human beings, just can't get it out of my mind. Can you? Life can change, and end, often at the hands of our fellow men, in a moment. Be awake. Be prepared. It's God, or the Devil.
Gethsamane on my mind and the opportunity we have every time we are at Eucharistic Adoration. More than an opportunity. A necessity.
A moment driving up on Fairfax Avenue in Los Angeles started my thinking about how difficult it is to stay on the narrow road and reminded me what I have to do to DO IT! Old news, usual difficulty in absorbing it.
How often do I miss the reality of what it means to FOLLOW Christ. As soon as the slightest suffering comes my way, I am down for the count. How about you? But He offers us a solution in prayer, in letting Him hold us to Himself. It's simple. We complicate it. I complicate it.
Bad night last night spiritually speaking. Without Grace, I'd be doomed. Without Grace, accepted, responded to, we all would be doomed. Confession. Confession. That's the ticket!
A close friend, and devoted Catholic died this last month. Some thoughts on her, her Catholicism and on her death.
Instead of turning to God I complained, very loudly, with little restraint. Good thing for Confession.
As part of the Eucharistic Revival, parishes are hosting the Eucharistic Miracles Exhibit that was created by the late teenager, Carlo Acutis, Blessed Carlo Acutis. He saw what so many of us, Catholics even, do not, that the Eucharist is the "highway to heaven".
A personal experience this past week I hope generalizes to your life.
When Bishop Barron talked about Catholicism as the privileged way, he got a lot of heat. However, looking at it from another perspective, it makes a lot of sense. We have nothing to do with our becoming Catholic, as infants, should that be our Grace. But having that Grace we have been given an advantage, a benefit, that requires a response--to share it, and to live a life that uses the tools of the Church leading us to Paradise. Wh...
Always I am in search of a guide. Of course, there isn't just one. Fulton Sheen. Faustina. Teresas of Avila and the Little Flower. And now I add another model of faith, Bruno Lanteri. His way is, "doable" indeed.
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