View from the choir
I am a Catholic layperson and Secular Franciscan with a sense of humor. After years in the back pew watching, I have moved into the choir. It's nice to see faces instead of the backs of heads. But I still maintain God has a sense of humor - and that we are created in God's image.
- Name: A Secular Franciscan
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Andrew Cuomo Insults Catholics
Sunday, October 24, 2010
Were you there? (40 Days for Life)
Outside Planned Parenthood, praying as part of 40 Days for Life.
Most of the time, I was alone.
Were you there?
That was the case almost all day. Few people had signed up to hold vigil.
Most of the day, no prayers.
Were you there?
I said a rosary. Waved to people who honked or gave me a thumbs up or a peace sign. Including a couple of police officers. Said a few words to people walking by.
Remembered to smile.
Were you there?
Wondered why so few people had signed up to pray.
The diocese did send out the information to all parishes. Many parishes ran announcements.
Were you there?
At my own parish, we had a table display set up. Two of us stood there after all the Masses one weekend. Father announced the campaign a couple of times, at Masses and in the bulletin. He even ran a lengthy article on the front of the bulletin.
As far as I know, only two of us from the parish responded. Perhaps a few more did.
But there are lots of gaps in the prayer list.
Were you there?
Maybe some people are afraid.
Maybe some were nervous about the threatening rain.
Maybe some are to busy trying to survive.
Maybe some don't want to face the guilt of their own involvement with abortions.
Maybe some are too busy with their own agendas and causes.
Maybe some don't care.
Were you there?
Mary of Focus Pregnancy Center arrived. She stood with me for a while, holding a sign, waving, talking to people, chatting with me.
After a while, I helped her unload some supplies and baby items from her car. To help the women in troubled pregnancies. To provide them with an alternative to the death Planned Parenthood offers.
Then I went home.
I know I shouldn't focus on what others are or are not doing. But I'm human and sinful myself.
At least I know for an hour and a half, someone was at Planned Parenthood praying for life.
Were you there when they crucified my Lord?
He's crucified every day in places like Planned Parenthood.
Saturday, October 16, 2010
40 Days for Life Fatima Rosary Rally
Labels: 40 Days for Life
40 Days for Life - and Fatima - Rosary Rally
Friday, October 15, 2010
Thursday, October 14, 2010
NY Bishops: Catholics shouldn't vote for Cuomo
But as the U.S. Bishops’ most recent document Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship (www.faithfulcitizenship.org) makes clear, not every issue is of equal moral gravity. The inalienable right to life of every innocent human person outweighs other concerns where Catholics may use prudential judgment, such as how best to meet the needs of the poor or to increase access to health care for all.
The right to life is the right through which all others flow. To the extent candidates reject this fundamental right by supporting an objective evil, such as legal abortion, euthanasia or embryonic stem cell research, Catholics should consider them less acceptable for public office. As Faithful Citizenship teaches, “Those who knowingly, willingly, and directly support public policies or legislation that undermine fundamental moral principles cooperate with evil.”
Go here for the full statement.
Attempted "Liturgical Dancer" hit!
The foiled attack took place October 10 during a Mass celebrating the feast of St. Daniel Comboni.
While Cardinal Wako was leading the Mass Hamdan Mohamed Abdurrahman, a Misseriya Arab from Southern Kordofan state, infiltrated the crowd, disguised himself and joined the liturgical dancers. He danced to within four steps of the Cardinal when he was spotted and disarmed.
Just another danger of liturgical dance, I guess.
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Where are the Priests and Deacons with Courage?
Yes, there are a few priests and deacons who do provide some support. My own pastor has spoken about 40 Days, and posted articles in the bulletin about it.
But when was the last time a priest or deacon got up and really preached about abortion? Talked about the emotional effects? Talked about the increased chances of breast cancer? Talked about the broken relationships? Talked about the lost lives?
Yes, there may be some pastoral concern about causing pain to the many women sitting in the pews who did have abortions. (There may also be fear of watching attendance and contributions drop at first - hopefully that is not the motivation for silence.)
But maybe some of those women - and men - need to hear the truth so that they face what they have done, and then seek the healing and forgiveness they need.
There is help out there for those living victims of abortion. There is forgiveness waiting. There is God's love ready to bathe them.
They only need to open their eyes and hearts and minds.
And priests and deacons who speak out can help to get them started.
Where are those priests and deacons with courage?
Sunday, October 10, 2010
Confession: Thanks, I needed that
Habits of selfishness and laziness.
Habits that come when my spiritual life is weakening.
So I went to confession.
The priest wisely pointed out that many of my failings are due to choices I make - and that I could make the right choices. I have to get into the habit of making the right choices. Then when the bigger challenges come I'll be stronger, more sensitive, and more self-aware.
Ah, but the wrong choices are so easy.
I felt better, cleaner, after. Thank you Lord.
Saturday, October 09, 2010
Walking the dog (haiku)
on a clear October night -
the stars, oh, the stars
Friday, October 08, 2010
Saying that people who work in the Catholic press must "always put God at the top of their scale of values," if they do not wish to be just a 'clanging cymbal,' he told them that their task is "that of helping modern man to turn to Christ, the one Savior, and to keep the flame of hope alight in the world, so as to live worthily today and to adequately build the future. ...
I think this goes for us new media posters as well.
Pope Benedict asks Catholic press to keep flame of hope lit :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Thursday, October 07, 2010
Wednesday, October 06, 2010
More NY governor's election clerihews
"should be granted to all members of the genus homo.
But I can't be bothered with the right to wed
the woman who shares my bed."
No one says Carl Paladino
is overly fond of vino.
But he does seem to like barking
NY Governor's race clerihews
downed a cappuccino
then threatened to kill
unless he got a refill.
The aim of Andrew Cuomo
is to be New York's majordomo.
If that's the way things go
it means four more years of the status cuomo.
Tuesday, October 05, 2010
Sunday, October 03, 2010
Pro-abortion Violence: Abortionist Pulls Gun
Boyle reportedly drove into the parking lot of a Charleston abortion clinic around 8:30 a.m. The 40 Days for Life protesters, including a 17-year-old boy, peacefully approached him, and Boyle brandished a black handgun loaded with 15 rounds, according to a police report.
The report then says Boyle stepped out of his SUV and walked into the Charleston Women's Medical Center without further incident. One of the three protesters called 911.
I'm glad he chose not to fire.
Was if media-fueled fear? (Pro-choicers tend to be more violent that pro-lifers, thought you wouldn't know that form what the media reports.)
Was it guilt?
Was it pressure?
Only God knows. Say a prayer for him - and for the safety of pro-lifers.
St. Theodore's has a website
Pro-choicers are in denial
Saturday, October 02, 2010
Paladino loses my vote
SHAFFER: Today some of your supporters brought up the issue of abortion.
PALADINO: I’m running on economic issues. Social issues aren’t in our interest this year. The people want to know how are we going to end this reckless spending, how are we going to get taxes down so we can expand jobs, expand our business base, give good, fulfilling jobs to our neighbors, and provide an atmosphere where people can feel grounded and tell their kids and grandkids that there’s a future for them in New York. We can avoid these peripheral issues for now.
Peripheral? Abortion is peripheral? Money counts more than killing babies???