29 October, 2011

The Bloated Nuclear Weapons Budget - NYTimes.com

Makes sense to me!

The Bloated Nuclear Weapons Budget - NYTimes.com

What constitutes beauty in music?

What constitutes beauty in music? What gives it such force to influence our emotions? It has the capacity to move and put us in touch with a primal well of inner joy. We are 'connected' through music. It transcends the existential isolation of the human condition. 

One such example: national anthems. The fact that these national 'hymns' unite citizens in a common experience of connectedness in which they, while even though 'separated' from from others, share a common experience of being 'moved' by the same event. The music becomes the medium by which we are united.


To explore this, I turned to the one nation that does anthems better (and worse... remember Roseanne?) than anyone else, the USA. Here are two examples. Listen to them and look within yourself to become aware of what wells up within you. (The 3rd example is only for those who are into self-flagellation!)


Guarding the dignity of every human being - The Daily Observer - Ontario, CA

Guarding the dignity of every human being - The Daily Observer - Ontario, CA

Philadelphia prosecutors seek to prove pattern of pedophile priests, transfers at March trial - The Washington Post

Philadelphia prosecutors seek to prove pattern of pedophile priests, transfers at March trial - The Washington Post

How Magisterial Was Monday s Finance Document? | Blogs | NCRegister.com

How Magisterial Was Monday s Finance Document? | Blogs | NCRegister.com

27 October, 2011

Canada's organ transplant rules 'dangerously misleading,' experts say | News | National Post

This just sounds like a really bad idea...

Canada's organ transplant rules 'dangerously misleading,' experts say | News | National Post

New head of Canada’s bishops: Abortion is ‘the most outrageous injustice today’ | LifeSiteNews.com

My former boss, +Richard Smith (Edmonton) is interviewed in the wake of his election as President of the CCCB (Canadian Bishops Conference). In it, he speaks of the life agenda as the most immediate and pressing issue for Catholics to confront today. I couldn't agree more.


We were incredibly fortunate to have been under his leadership in our Pembroke Diocese from 2002 - 2007. To use a modern secular analogy, we were his 'practice diocese' where he learned the lessons of his craft and ministry among Canada's friendliest people, the folks of the Ottawa Valley.


New head of Canada’s bishops: Abortion is ‘the most outrageous injustice today’ | LifeSiteNews.com

Weird Weddings; Funny Funerals | First Things

Evidently Lutherans are dealing with the same issues as I face as a pastor who presides at weddings and funerals. You would not believe some of the requests we receive for these events. As a pastor, one does get tired of 'fighting the good fight' in trying to preserve a proper sense of worship. My favorite was a bride who wanted to jive down the aisle with her groom to Elvis! (It didn't happen.)


I wonder how long it will be before I find myself face to face with something like this popular YouTube video?



Weird Weddings; Funny Funerals | First Things

Priests for Life issues update on status of disagreement between Bishop Zurek and Fr. Pavone | LifeSiteNews.com

Priests for Life issues update on status of disagreement between Bishop Zurek and Fr. Pavone | LifeSiteNews.com

Top Ten Things People Hate About the Catholic Church | internetmonk.com

Top Ten Things People Hate About the Catholic Church | internetmonk.com

26 October, 2011

American Bishop takes a swing at 'SNAP' in the wake of his neighbor Bishop being charged with failure to report priest

"Since Father Ratigan’s arrest, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests has been very active in the diocese. But you have expressed concerns about SNAP’s role. Other critics have charged that SNAP has a close relationship with trial lawyers. In the past, Forbes magazine has documented this relationship. But when the local media recently asked SNAP to provide a list of donors, the organization said contributors were “victims” and their identity thus could not be divulged.


My take is that they have a hatred toward the Church. Their mission is no longer to assist victims, but is to strike at the Church and wound the Church.


But in the early days of the clergy abuse crisis, SNAP was viewed as a voice crying in the wilderness.

In my experience, they have never acknowledged a false accusation. As far as they are concerned, if you are accused, you are guilty. They don’t take anyone off the list. They don’t serve themselves well by insisting that every accusation is true.
This is the same group taking the Pope before the world court in The Hague. How outlandish is that? It shows the intent of the group.


I have victims who have come to me. They no longer want to go to SNAP because it’s only interested in fostering anger, and building a case against the Church, not serving the victims well.

People are hesitant — and I’m hesitant — to say this. But I am saying what many bishops are thinking. They are afraid to say it because SNAP will set themselves up on their doorstep."

Read the entire article by clicking on the link below:

Archbishop Naumann on the Indictment of Bishop Finn | Daily News | NCRegister.com

For the Children's Sake, These Stereotypes About Priests Must Stop | Blogs | NCRegister.com

An interesting argument. Don't know if I entirely agree, but the author makes a few good points. Here's an example:


"When the Hare Krishnas in California settled the largest sex-abuse lawsuit in history, resulting from sexual abuse of children, it generated 44 stories in California over a six-month period. During the same period, Californians were treated to 17,310 stories about sex abuse in California Catholic institutions. That’s 39,341 percent more coverage than was generated by the most serious sex-abuse case in history."


Click on the link below to read more...

For the Children s Sake, These Stereotypes About Priests Must Stop | Blogs | NCRegister.com

Assisi pilgrimage preview : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

Assisi pilgrimage preview : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

Don’t Confuse the Common Good with Statism | First Things

Don’t Confuse the Common Good with Statism | First Things

20 October, 2011

God, I like the way this guy thinks!

"The problem is not that we do not have enough faith, but that we don't really understand what faith is, and because believers themselves do not understand the concept of faith, and hawk about the wrong ideas of faith it gives ammunition to the doubters, atheists and agnostics.


So, some people believe that having 'faith' is believing something which they secretly think is a load of codswallop. Somehow or other they have to try very hard to suspend their disbelief and 'have faith' in propositions and stories which everybody really knows are just untrue."
 Read the rest of the article by clicking on the link below:

Standing on My Head: Evidence and Faith

With the Rise of Militant Secularism, Rome and Moscow Make Common Cause | Acton Institute

With the Rise of Militant Secularism, Rome and Moscow Make Common Cause | Acton Institute

U.S. Christian group says rapture, end of world is Friday - CTV News

Just in case you missed it last spring, evidently the rapture with its concomitant horrors for non-believers is supposed to arrive (again) tomorrow. Hope you have your 'Rapture Rucksack' all packed and ready to go!

U.S. Christian group says rapture, end of world is Friday - CTV News

Vatican to issue document on global financial reform

CNS STORY: Vatican to issue document on global financial reform

Canadian bishops elect new president : News Headlines - Catholic Culture


My former 'boss' gets a new job! Congratulations Archbishop Richard Smith on becoming the President of the CCCB. I have no doubt at all that he'll do a great job.

Canadian bishops elect new president : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

I've been hoodwinked!!! Big Moose photo is a FAKE!

Big Moose - snopes.com

Rabbis Ask Vatican Not to Reconcile With Group - NYTimes.com

Rabbis Ask Vatican Not to Reconcile With Group - NYTimes.com

19 October, 2011

We grow them big in the Ottawa Valley! A photo taken last week near to my cottage

Taken on Allumette Island, Qc - in the Ottawa Valley & a couple of kms from my cottage

Less is not more, especially when it comes to Mass

The priest was wrong.


Jesus taught us that the angels of children stand before God the Father in heaven. They are blessed and holy beings and have more right to be in church (crying or not) than does virtually anyone else... the priest included.


He was wrong. Period.

OSV Daily Take Blog: Less is not more, especially when it comes to Mass

In Somalia, Christian charities try to fight off hunger and bandits | Holy Post | National Post

In Somalia, Christian charities try to fight off hunger and bandits | Holy Post | National Post

Charles Lewis: Out on Bay Street and Wall Street, envy meets greed | Holy Post | National Post

Charles Lewis: Out on Bay Street and Wall Street, envy meets greed | Holy Post | National Post

New magazine reunites church and state | Holy Post | National Post

New magazine reunites church and state | Holy Post | National Post

18 October, 2011

Proof that the Robinson Family of “Lost in Space” Were Catholics | Why I Am Catholic

Maybe this is why I've grown up a Catholic priest. 'Lost in Space' was an absolute 'must see' when I was a kid. Cool parents, big brother robot to protect you, SPACE SHIP... it was every kid's fantasy to travel with the 'Robinsons'. If they were 'subliminal Catholic agents', they were following in the great tradition of J.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis et al. who used the media of their day (print) to teach the Christian message through metaphor and story. Their books fired my imagination as a youth. So such mass exposure to all these 'Catholic' forces, it's a wonder everyone in the western world isn't a believing Christian!


Proof that the Robinson Family of “Lost in Space” Were Catholics | Why I Am Catholic

Magazine aims to bring religion into public debate - The Globe and Mail

Magazine aims to bring religion into public debate - The Globe and Mail

Book Review-The Crisis of Authority in Catholic Modernity - ucanews.com

Book Review-The Crisis of Authority in Catholic Modernity - ucanews.com

15 October, 2011

Charge against Kansas City bishop the temper of the times | National Catholic Reporter

Charge against Kansas City bishop the temper of the times | National Catholic Reporter

Is Religion Relevant?

Standing on My Head: Is Religion Relevant?

An interesting take on the subject of online 'anonymity' when posting on line.

NOTE: Please take note of the fact that online comments are never actually anonymous. When threatening comments were posted anonymously in the threads of this blog, I was able to forward the material to the Police who determined the source.

Remember, just because you don't use your name, your IP address is attached EVERY TIME you post something ANYWHERE online. 

It's something to consider before using online sites to malign, slander or threaten anyone!

Anonymity isn't guaranteed - DAVE DALE’s Soapboxing - The North Bay Nugget - Ontario, CA

Protests in Rome turn violent | Fr. Z's Blog – What Does The Prayer Really Say?

Protests in Rome turn violent | Fr. Z's Blog – What Does The Prayer Really Say?

‘The clerical abuse issue is a small part of a much larger global problem’ | Holy Post | National Post

‘The clerical abuse issue is a small part of a much larger global problem’ | Holy Post | National Post

‘Underlying systemic issues’ need to be dealt with in abuse scandal, nun says | Holy Post | National Post

‘Underlying systemic issues’ need to be dealt with in abuse scandal, nun says | Holy Post | National Post

Winnipeg principal at eye of abortion uproar on paid leave

Winnipeg principal at eye of abortion uproar on paid leave

14 October, 2011

Ron Paul Ad - Life - YouTube

Ron Paul Ad - Life - YouTube

When is it hate speech?: 7 significant Canadian cases - Canada - CBC News

When is it hate speech?: 7 significant Canadian cases - Canada - CBC News

Kansas City Bishop Indicted in Reporting of Abuse by Priest - NYTimes.com

Kansas City Bishop Indicted in Reporting of Abuse by Priest - NYTimes.com

Economic fits and starts: Are we in for ‘flash’ recessions?


An interesting article that is calling for a new definition of what a 'recession' is. Given the rapidity of our modern economies to react to changing conditions, the author may have a valid point.

CTV News | Economic fits and starts: Are we in for ‘flash’ recessions?

Man of the Poor, Successor to Cardinal Sin (Manilla, Philippines): B16's Thrilla for Manila

Whispers in the Loggia: Man of the Poor, Successor of Sin: B16's Thrilla for Manila

Despite bishop's meeting request, Pavone a no-show | Amarillo Globe-News

Not a good sign for a peaceful resolution to this issue!

Despite bishop's meeting request, Pavone a no-show | Amarillo Globe-News

Catholic school principal may lose job over 40 Days for Life - Catholic Culture

Latest Headlines : Catholic school principal may lose job over 40 Days for Life - Catholic Culture

12 October, 2011

Peanut butter prices set to spike in wake of shortage - The Globe and Mail

MAN THE BARRICADES!!! 

I'll pay whatever you demand for gas. I'll even pay $1.50 for a bottle of Evian water (spell it backwards folks... that's what we are for paying for filtered tap water). But DO NOT threaten my supply of peanut butter! There are certain things that are absolutely essential, without which life has no value... and peanut butter is at the top of that list.


Time to head out to the closest Costco and purchase a pallet or two to get me through these tough times!


(Grin)

Peanut butter prices set to spike in wake of shortage - The Globe and Mail

A reflection on the recent discovery of 'crazy neutrinos' that travel faster than light

Does God Think Digitally?

From that day when Abram & Sari encountered that burning bush in the desert, his descendants have strove to comprehend the mind of God. Through  revelations tested against prophecies and divine promises and by studying the cosmos around them, Jews, Christians and Muslims have sustained a multi-millennial project of inquiry and learning that may have finally brought them to the point of achieving what their scriptural parents failed to possess: an understanding the very thought of God.

Religiously this quest has led us to conclude that God sustains all creation through mere thought. He does not require some machine or technology to create or destroy. An omniscient being, omnipotent and eternal in existence, He ‘wills’ creation into existence and  possesses the capacity to end it all. In fact, believers know that He has promised to do exactly that.  He will return in the ‘end times’ to pronounce a final judgment and  remake  a new, perfect paradise where the saved/chosen  will live with him.

At this point in our scientific evolution, the discoveries of Einstein, Neils Bohr and Erwin Schrödinger have brought us two different sets of formula to explain the essential nature of our universe. One set has given us  Relativity; laws which explain the world of the very big. The other  plumbs the depths of quantum reality to learn the rules that govern the world of the very small. Their computations work well in their own province where they've been tested via experimentation, but they yield absurd predictions that bear no resemblance to the observed data when applied to the opposite scale.

These two sets of mathematical formula could accurately provide many answers, but they could not be blended together into one grand unified theory. Such a holy grail still eludes  the greatest minds in human science.

Then came the announcement in September 2011 that according to Stephen Park, head of the theoretical physics department at the U.S. government-run Fermilab in Illinois would “rock the foundations of physics.” The discovery of ‘crazy neutrinos’ that travel faster than the universal ‘speed limit’ predicted by Albert Einstein changes everything. "If things travel father than the speed of light, A can cause B but B can cause A". This realization nullifies our previous assumptions about 'causality'. For the first time we have discovered a particle that answers quantum physics challenge to explain what Einstein called the 'spooky action at a distance'. It could be the missing link that is needed to unify the various formulas that explain the universe of the large and small into one unified theory of everything.

Once the issue of causality is addressed (which these ‘crazy’ neutrinos may do) we have the means of looking at all quanta (infinitesimally small particles) as being a trigger than transmits a simple command: turn on or off. For energy to exist as matter, it’s quanta must be told what element of the periodic table to exist as, establishing its essence and accidents. The culmination of billions and billions of repetitions of this one simple act (turn ‘on’ or ‘off’; ‘1’ or ‘0’ in computer language) determine and sustain the existence of all matter in the universe. Everything can be turned on or off with the 'flip of a switch'.
 

Scientific discovery does more than just adds to the canon of knowledge of creation. It also enriches and illuminates our understand of the plan of the creator. Looking at creation as a divine digital program fits almost perfectly with the position proposed by religious scholarship: that all exists by the grace of God's will alone. That the universe itself is the canvas upon which is wrote the very thoughts and mind of the Divine Creator. Such a conviction is the foundational premise for the Catholic concept of the 'Natural Law'.
 

What’s exciting is that  if there is a ‘language,’ then there exists the possibility to decipher and comprehend it. If that happens, then we can begin to exert control and mastery over it. We would be able to ‘read’ the very ‘mind of God’ in so far as we would possess the same ultimate power to create and control space, time and matter itself.

Changes are coming to the Catholic Mass - dailyamerican.com

Changes are coming to the Catholic Mass - dailyamerican.com

11 October, 2011

Occupy Wall Street to march on millionaires' homes - U.s. - Catholic Online

Hummm... are we all that far from a call to 'storm the Bastille'? Do you think we'll soon hear the seductive siren call to arms at the barricades to shout for the King's head not in effigy but in truth?


Exaggeration? Certainly. Impossibility? Sadly if history is a teacher, the answer would have to be 'No'. At what point did King Louis know that the tide had turned and, what before were occasions for 'hotheads' to blow off steam and publicly make their claim to 'justice', had evolved into a murderous mob no long content with a symbolic removal of his head? Clearly, not in time.

Reading Conrad Black's latest memoir, 'A Matter of Principle' it is evident that proximity to power oft times blinds those so blessed to the danger at their door until it's too late. Looking back at his fate (and that of thousands of shareholders who lost everything the invested in Hollinger's various incarnations) he can see from where the arrows fired at him were manufactured. Alas for all concerned (excepting the corporate carrion hunters that devoured what were healthy profitable companies) the danger was recognized too late and 35 years of work, risk and investments was washed overboard.

Numbered among the most privileged of the human family on this globe, (as all Canadian citizens are) it would seem in our self interest to learn and heed the warning signs. The power of the west may find their nation states unexpectly tip and slip into the madness of mob rule masquerading in the guises of 'justice', 'truth' and 'fraternity' in wake of the credit and debt crises of this 21st century.


It may not happen tomorrow or even in my lifetime but we do seem to be heading into perilous waters. Those steering the ship of state these days need navigate with care lest they flounder on dangerous shoals and shores. Many of their predecessors were taken by surprise and failed to recognize the danger. There's no guarantee that they will be successful now either in dealing with the massive tensions that are testing the metal of governments around the world today. 'Occupy Wall Street' may one day become more than just a protest slogan.


I'm just saying.... 'uneasy the head that bears the crown', eh? It is never a bad time to remember to pray for those charged with managing our ship of state. Especially in troubled times, they need all the help they can get.






Occupy Wall Street to march on millionaires' homes - U.s. - Catholic Online

On the Inadequacy of the World As Advertised | Archdiocese of Washington

On the Inadequacy of the World As Advertised | Archdiocese of Washington

09 October, 2011

08 October, 2011

Religion enters GOP race; Cain gains traction – USATODAY.com

Religion enters GOP race; Cain gains traction – USATODAY.com

Confession? Yes, it is still a sacrament of the Church... even if sadly rarely used today

Confession... the Sacrament of Reconciliation and healing. While it may be out of fashion for many to admit to the existence of such a thing as 'sin', it is still an obligation and a privilege for Catholics. Obligation because none of us are capable of perfectly loving God and neighbor.  A privilege because it grants us the opportunity to move past our failings and to grow strong in love with both.


The Church teaches that everyone should go to confession whenever they are aware that they are in a state of serious sin. Given that people have such a hard time recognizing 'sin', it has become an almost forgotten sacrament. For this reason I always suggest that people should come to confession at the changing of the seasons so that they can receive the grace of the sacrament, even if people don't admit to the presence of any 'serious' sin in their lives.


In this season of Autumn, the falling leaves remind us of the fact that each of us will one day die and receive a judgment before Christ for our sins and graces. In the winter we think of the desolation that our souls experience when sin cuts us off from God's ever present grace, bringing life back to desolate, frozen souls. Spring reminds us of the new life that the sacrament brings to believers (it is a sacrament of healing after all) and summer's bounty reminds us of the inestimable benefits and bounty we receive from God in this life, and points us to the even great cornucopia of blessings that awaits us in heaven.


Take advantage of this Thanksgiving weekend (at least it's Thanksgiving up here in Canada... the Americans are a little slower to celebrate this feast - grin) to return to God and enjoy the bounty of his grace of forgiveness!


Fr. Tim

Bad Catholic | The greatest forum for religious discussion since Jesus ditched his parents to go hang out in the temple.

Canada’s “Cultic” Catholic Criminality » First Thoughts | A First Things Blog

Canada’s “Cultic” Catholic Criminality » First Thoughts | A First Things Blog

Embryonic cloning experiment blasted by ethicists, scientists :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

Embryonic cloning experiment blasted by ethicists, scientists :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

07 October, 2011

US Catholic priests happy with life and ministry, says study | National Catholic Reporter

US Catholic priests happy with life and ministry, says study | National Catholic Reporter

Worst global financial crisis EVER looms, Bank of England governor says - International - Catholic Online

Worst global financial crisis EVER looms, Bank of England governor says - International - Catholic Online

Supreme Court asks: could discrimination claim force female priests? :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

Supreme Court asks: could discrimination claim force female priests? :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

Washington Wants a Say Over Your Minister - WSJ.com

When the Wall Street Journal and Time Magazine (see previous post: "Why Catholic Bishops are Targeting Obama in Religious Freedom) begin to raise the issue of religious freedom, I think it's safe to say that it is not a case of claiming that the Churches are 'whining' over some loss of privilege or status, but a genuine growing concern for the Churches.


What do you think?



Michael W. McConnell: Washington Wants a Say Over Your Minister - WSJ.com

In Defense of Your Parish Priest | The Integrated Catholic Life

In Defense of Your Parish Priest | The Integrated Catholic Life

Don’t Confuse the Common Good with Statism - Institute on Religion & Democracy (IRD)

Michael Novak is a writer of uncommon clarity and insight. In this article he is trying to flesh out a true understanding of the concept of the 'common good' as it relates to our form of government. Put simply, if something is beneficial to the common good, should it necessarily become part of the mandate of the government? 


Don’t Confuse the Common Good with Statism - Institute on Religion & Democracy (IRD)

Catholic leaders will not be silenced | StarTribune.com

Catholic leaders will not be silenced | StarTribune.com

Why Catholic Bishops are Targeting Obama on Religious Freedom | Swampland | TIME.com

Why Catholic Bishops are Targeting Obama on Religious Freedom | Swampland | TIME.com

AP reporter becomes practicing Catholic after covering scandal

Catholic Culture : Latest Headlines : AP reporter becomes practicing Catholic after covering scandal

06 October, 2011

YEAH! Hockey season begins anew today! Here's a prognostication from a CBC reporter.

Only good thing from a Sen's perspective in these predictions? We finish out of the play-offs but ahead of the Leafs! That's as good as the Cup for we Ottawa fans who will probably suffer through a long and difficult season if the pundits are all correct!


Go Sen's Go!

Timmy the Greek, not quite | Tim Wharnsby | CBC Sports

ZENIT - Profile of a Priest

"The Church's real battlefield is the "secret landscape of man's spirit," and there, priests are invited to enter, with tact and compunction, counting on the grace of state that comes with ordination.
This was one of the observations offered Monday by Cardinal Mauro Piacenza, prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy, at a meeting with priests of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.
That city's Archbishop José Gómez invited the cardinal to participate in an annual conference for Hispanic priests serving in the United States.
The cardinal's poetic address offered a profile of the priest of the 21st century.
"It is right that the priest insert himself in the ordinary life of men, but he must not yield to the conformisms and compromises of society," he said.
The priest "is not like 'others.' What people expect from him is, in fact, that he not be 'like others.'"
Read rest of article by clicking on link below:

ZENIT - Profile of a Priest

Study: Most Priests Are Happy, Appreciate Celibacy

ZENIT - Study: Most Priests Are Happy, Appreciate Celibacy

Five Hard Truths That Will Set You Free | Archdiocese of Washington

I always like the offerings put forward by Msgr. Charles Pope from Washington, DC. He is practical, organized and orthodox in his thinking and clear and concise in his writing. Here he borrows from Fr. Richard Rohr in reflecting upon the five 'hard truths' of life, which are:


1. Life is hard
2. Your life is not about you
3. You are not in control
4. You are not that important
5. You will die


All truths worth reflecting upon!

Five Hard Truths That Will Set You Free | Archdiocese of Washington

04 October, 2011

FANTASTIC PRO-LIFE PHOTO... Best I've EVER seen!

Our First footstep on this earth....we walked with our mother in her womb.
CLEARLY... it is a LIFE that presses its tiny feet against a thin wall separating it from being a 'person' under the law.


It's a life... not a choice! 

While I respect the views of others whose convictions are currently reflected in law, I reserve and claim the right to CRY long and loud, to plead, argue and convince others that it is a human baby who is puting his footprint into the cement of the right to life. 

A debate with passion and sound argument that resists becoming 'argumentative'; one that gives no corner but throws no elbows; an airing of the arguments as each side pleads their case in the court of public opinion, before courts and the legislatures of this great and just nation. The debate should not be avoided out of some Canadian sense of social propriety... avoiding conflict with our neighbor by refraining for talking about money, faith or politics. After all, as Canucks, we all know the wisdom of walking in another's footprints to keep us safe in winter storms lest our life be lost. If we don't walk in the direction that tiny footprint points to... we know his/her life is still in grave danger. 

Let's do what we can to bring that foot safe into life. Let the debate begin.


Fr. Tim

Suffering Saint: The shadows cast over Francis of Assisi | Holy Post | National Post

Anyone who has any experience with the devastation of suffering, grief and horrors of war would understand the demons that tormented this saintly man. I see the same humility forged and tested in fire when I read Eli Weisel's 'The Night Trilogy', Viktor Frankl's 'Man's Search for Meaning' or Bonhoffer's famous 'Ethic'. Francis was not unique in being challenged to remain faithful to is beliefs. He 'chose' each day, each moment to believe, especially when he found himself alone in his dark and silent soul. He lived out that faith by putting himself among the least of his brothers for he knew the capacity of evil and sin to reach to the very depth of any man's soul. He is most certainly among many others who 'shook hands with the devil' (thank you Romeo Dellaire); who were suffered upon but strove to never be the cause of another man's suffering. There will be many of them who are among the saints. God most certainly will reward the good.

I appreciate that it demeans God to equate him simply with the 'good', but surely there is much that's good in God (if I can steal a platonic concept of God being the very 'form' of 'Good) such that we can discern his presence quietly peaking through the faithful lives of good men as Francis His witness of embracing the 'law of unexpected consequences' by remaining faithful day after day to a commitment freely entered, stands as the example for everyone who enters into such sacred commitments as marriage or the religious life.

It would be a better world for everyone if we tried, no matter whether one believed in God or not. We all share the 'good' in common either way.

Fr. Tim 


Suffering Saint: The shadows cast over Francis of Assisi | Holy Post | National Post

Catholic bishops issue 2012 voter guidance | World news | The Guardian

Catholic bishops issue 2012 voter guidance | World news | The Guardian

A request for prayers, good thoughts and positive vibes and energy

Friends,


I haven't spent much time writing on the blog for the past few days as an elderly priest who has entrusted his care into my hands has been admitted into the Pembroke Regional Hospital with a case of pneumonia. Fr. Leon Bélanger suffers from a number of significant medical problems and he has been in a nursing home for a number of years. It doesn't appear as if this is necessarily an end stage event for him, but it is an unsettling and uncomfortable time for a man who no longer possesses the mental acuity to cope with such events.


Yours prayers, best thoughts and wishes, positive vibes and energies would be greatly appreciated.


I also have found out that comments are not being accepted on this blog for some mysterious technical reason. Hopefully the staff at Blogger will soon get things back to normal. I regret the inconvenience it may be causing anyone.

Canadian Pro-Lifer Is Jailed Again — for Counseling Pregnant Women in Prison | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Canadian Pro-Lifer Is Jailed Again — for Counseling Pregnant Women in Prison | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Opinion: Catholics must be opposed to capital punishment | Holy Post | National Post

Opinion: Catholics must be opposed to capital punishment | Holy Post | National Post

Why greed continues to be so deadly | Holy Post | National Post

Why greed continues to be so deadly | Holy Post | National Post

Is the Pope Catholic? - By Carrie Severino - Bench Memos - National Review Online

Is the Pope Catholic? - By Carrie Severino - Bench Memos - National Review Online

Dowd on the evils of a Catholic Supreme Court « Why Evolution Is True

Dowd on the evils of a Catholic Supreme Court « Why Evolution Is True

03 October, 2011

As I've suggested may happen in Canada, a national Conference of Bishops considers renouncing the civil right to register marriages.

Catholic Culture : Latest Headlines : Church may drop legal-marriage role: Australian archbishop

Miracle in Poland confirmed by Catholic Church officials

Miracle in Poland confirmed by Catholic Church officials

I hope this is better!



I've been receiving comments through other social media that the new template I chose for the blog was crashing. I tried to change back to my old format only to lose it! 


I hope this new version works for everyone. I don't know if I have sufficient skills to ever find my old one!


Fr. Tim

Young author says Catholic Church must engage in new media :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

Young author says Catholic Church must engage in new media :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

Facebook, other new media censor Christian viewpoints

Catholic Culture : Latest Headlines : Facebook, other new media censor Christian viewpoints

Who Says Theology Isn’t Science? A Reflection on the Reductionist Definition of the Word, “Science” | Archdiocese of Washington

Who Says Theology Isn’t Science? A Reflection on the Reductionist Definition of the Word, “Science” | Archdiocese of Washington

Dead wrong: Catholics must no longer support capital punishment

CNS STORY: Dead wrong: Catholics must no longer support capital punishment

01 October, 2011

Clergy revolt in Europe shines light on celibacy, all-male priesthood | Holy Post | National Post

Clergy revolt in Europe shines light on celibacy, all-male priesthood | Holy Post | National Post

Catholic Social Thought in Proper Context | Fr. James V. Schall, S.J. | Ignatius Insight | September 29, 2011

Catholic Social Thought in Proper Context | Fr. James V. Schall, S.J. | Ignatius Insight | September 29, 2011

Peaceful pro-life demonstrators violently attacked in Paris: protected by riot police | LifeSiteNews.com

Peaceful pro-life demonstrators violently attacked in Paris: protected by riot police | LifeSiteNews.com

Why our scientific discoveries need to surprise us - The Globe and Mail

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