Sunday, April 20, 2014

A Blessed, Happy, Joyful Easter to ALL!






Are there any who are devout lovers of God?

Let them enjoy this beautiful bright festival!



Are there any who are grateful servants?
Let them rejoice and enter into the joy of their Lord!



Are there any weary with fasting?
Let them now receive their wages!



If any have toiled from the first hour,
let them receive their due reward;
If any have come after the third hour,
let him with gratitude join in the Feast!
And he that arrived after the sixth hour,
let him not doubt; for he too shall sustain no loss.
And if any delayed until the ninth hour,
let him not hesitate; but let him come too.
And he who arrived only at the eleventh hour,
let him not be afraid by reason of his delay.
For the Lord is gracious and receives the last even as the first.
He gives rest to him that comes at the eleventh hour,
as well as to him that toiled from the first.



To this one He gives, and upon another He bestows.
He accepts the works as He greets the endeavor.
The deed He honors and the intention He commends.
Let us all enter into the joy of the Lord!



First and last alike receive your reward;
rich and poor, rejoice together!
Sober and slothful, celebrate the day!
You that have kept the fast, and you that have not,
rejoice today for the Table is richly laden!



Feast royally on it, the calf is a fatted one.
Let no one go away hungry. Partake, all, of the cup of faith.
Enjoy all the riches of His goodness!



Let no one grieve at his poverty,
for the universal kingdom has been revealed.



Let no one mourn that he has fallen again and again;
for forgiveness has risen from the grave.



Let no one fear death, for the Death of our Savior has set us free.
He has destroyed it by enduring it.
He destroyed Hell when He descended into it.
He put it into an uproar even as it tasted of His flesh.



Isaiah foretold this when he said,
"You, O Hell, have been troubled by encountering Him below."
Hell was in an uproar because it was done away with.
It was in an uproar because it is mocked.
It was in an uproar, for it is destroyed.
It is in an uproar, for it is annihilated.
It is in an uproar, for it is now made captive.



Hell took a body, and discovered God.
It took earth, and encountered Heaven.
It took what it saw, and was overcome by what it did not see.



O death, where is thy sting?
O Hell, where is thy victory?



Christ is Risen, and you, o death, are annihilated!
Christ is Risen, and the evil ones are cast down!
Christ is Risen, and the angels rejoice!
Christ is Risen, and life is liberated!



Christ is Risen, and the tomb is emptied of its dead;
for Christ having risen from the dead,
is become the first-fruits of those who have fallen asleep.



To Him be Glory and Power forever and ever. Amen!




The Easter sermon of John Chrysostom (circa 400 AD)

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Homosexual Totalitarianism: Talk About proving a point!

Yesterday I commented on SFGate's (the website of the San Francisco Chronicle) latest story about Brendan Eich, the CEO of Mozilla, forced to resign because his support of natural marriage. You can read my comment, screen-captured from the SF Gate website here:



"Content disabled"--talk about proving my point!

I could only even do the screenshot when logged in through my SF Gate commenter account. If you go there you won't see the comment because "any though or action that challenges same-sex 'marriage' must be banished."

Friday, April 11, 2014

Archbishop Cordileone and Metropolitan Gerasimos Lead Prayer Service

Our good shepherd, Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, met with His Eminence, Metropolitan Gerasimos, at the Greek Orthodox Church of the Holy Cross in veneration of the relic of the Holy Cross of our Lord, April 8th, 2014. 

His Excellency sent out an email describing the meeting (which linked to an MP3 recording of his speech--I hope this link works. If it does not, the text may be found here). 

From the Archbishop:

"The Churches of the East and the West came together yesterday for prayer, and veneration of the instrument of our salvation, the Holy Cross of our Lord.

We recalled John Chapter 17 when Jesus expressed His desire for unity among believers, that we would all be one. There will be no unity without a healthy spirit of penance, and the cross.

How appropriate that our meeting was to take place during lent, a time of penance, in a year where we will sharing together the Pascal Mystery with coinciding calendars.

Also, within weeks a great historic meeting of the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and His Holiness Pope Francis will take place in Jerusalem.

I am sure that these steps to bring our two churches together are pleasing to our Lord. Please continue to pray with us for unity among Christians."

Amen!

His Excellency's entire speech was learned and moving. I repost the excerpt below, because it speaks to one of my (many) failings:

"How much poverty, how much violence, how much oppression is caused, at its root, by an incorrect understanding of the human person? If I see my neighbor as a means to achieve an end that I desire – even if that end is to assuage my conscience by giving from my surplus to respond to my neighbor’s need, and then I can then be rid of him or her – have I not undermined my neighbor’s God-given dignity? But when we understand and live by the sacramental principle that God created man and woman in His own image and likeness, then I see God revealed in my neighbor; I come to my neighbor’s assistance not to give something in response to need, but to make a gift of my very self. When I approach my neighbor not motivated by giving in response to need, but by love in response to love, then the encounter becomes act of true charity in which the true face of Christ is revealed."

Will the Holy Father be called a bigot? You bet.

By the disordered standards of this day and time, the Holy Father is a bigot. Why? Because he thinks it best that a child be raised by a mother and a father:

"Pope Francis also spoke about the importance of defending children's right 'to grow in a family with a mother and father able to create a healthy environment for their growth and affective maturity,' which includes 'maturing in relationship to the masculinity and femininity of a father and a mother.'"

It's called reality. His Holiness also took aim at the indoctrination of children in government run (and, scandalously "Catholic") schools:

"Parents have a right to determine the appropriate 'moral and religious education' of their children, he said, and should not be subject to school curriculums that are thinly veiled courses of indoctrination into whatever ideology is strongest at the moment.

The pope said he wonders sometimes whether parents are 'sending a child to school or to a re-education camp' like those run by dictatorial governments."

I don't think he really "wonders" if that's the case. He knows it is, he's just choosing a nice way to say it.

He also reiterated Catholic/Natural Law teaching on abortion, calling it an unspeakable crime:

"Pope Francis on Friday reiterated human life is sacred and inviolable during a meeting with Italy’s Pro-Life Movement (Movimento per la Vita), adding every civil right is based on the 'first and most fundamental right,' the right to life: which is not subordinate to any condition, neither qualitative, nor economic, much less ideological.

The Holy Father said one of the most serious risks of the present age is the divorce between economics and morality, so that as the market gives us every technical innovation, it neglects more and more elementary ethical standards.

'It is must be therefore reiterated the strongest opposition to any direct attack on life, especially innocent and defenseless life, and the unborn child in the womb is the most concrete example of innocence,' said Pope Francis. 'Let us remember the words of the Second Vatican Council: From the moment of its conception, life must be guarded with the greatest care while abortion and infanticide are unspeakable crimes.' ( Gaudium et Spes, 51).


Monday, March 31, 2014

Archbishop Cordileone Reminds Us of Our Duty to Jesus

God bless our good shepherd! We must be in agreement with the Church, both in thought and deed, to receive Holy Communion. Check out his video on properly receiving God:




I myself sometimes see Jesus in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar as the same as Jesus on the cross. He is there, defenseless, helpless. Will I hurt him or not? If I receive communion unworthily I am hurting a defenseless Jesus.

"Let not the partaking of Thy Body, Lord Jesus Christ, which I, unworthy, presume to receive, turn to my judgement and condemnation, but through Thy goodness may it be to me a safeguard and remedy both of soul and body."

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Western Imperialists Push Immorality on Poor at U.N.

I used to think the U.S. ought to get out of the U.N. because the U.N. was rotten. But the anti-family, anti-life Obama Administration may be too rotten for the U.N.

The latest U.N. outrage perpetrated by the European Union and the Obama Administration, from Breitbart News:

U.S. Blocks 'Sexual Fidelity' as AIDS-Fighting Strategy at U.N.

The Obama administration, along with the European Union and the Nordic countries, ganged up on poor African nations over the past two weeks at the United Nations, insisting that sexual fidelity and delaying sexual debut cannot be defensive strategies against the spread of HIV.

The African countries sent delegates to New York with high hopes that at least one of the non-binding but influential documents produced at the UN Commission on the Status of Women, among the largest annual gatherings at the United Nations, could be a vehicle to help them slow the growth of HIV on their continent. Instead, working in tandem, the United States and the European Union blocked language encouraging the reduction of the number of sexual partners.

According to witnesses who spoke with Breitbart News, in the middle of the final night of negotiations, some African delegates actually wept in frustration.

At the start of negotiations, the United States, Europe, Norway, Mexico, and other Latin American nations threatened that there would be no HIV/AIDS resolution if it contained references to abstinence and fidelity, reducing the number of sexual partners, or even what would seem noncontroversial, "delaying sexual debut." For two weeks negotiations were stalled and delayed. The US and the EU with their dozens of diplomats easily outmatched poor African countries that may have only one or two diplomats to cover the entire span of negotiations. The US and EU insisted that language like "fidelity" and "sexual delay" would stigmatize and therefore discourage those with HIV from getting tested and seeking treatment. The Africans insisted these were the only real defensive strategies against the disease, which is still at epidemic proportions in Africa..."

So the Obama administration opposes the one real solution to AIDS. No surprise there.

C-Fam, the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute, is one group that is constantly fighting the anti-family agenda pushed at the United Nations by the European Union, the Obama Administration, the Homintern, and the international feminist mafia. C-Fam deserves your support!

Happy First Anniversary, Fr. Malloy!



Today is the first anniversary of the rebirth into eternal life of our dear Fr. John Malloy, SDB. How can we thank him for all he has done for us and for the Church?

His unheralded 2001 arrival (at age 79!) at Saints Peter and Paul parish in San Francisco introduced an unapologetic champion of Catholic orthodoxy, of life and the family, into the city of St. Francis, which had become ground zero for the culture of death.

It was the 2004 rally in defense of marriage, which he hosted as pastor of Saints Peter and Paul, that fired the opening shots in the defense of marriage and family in our City. Fr. Malloy was not alone in fighting that battle, others worked with him, but as was said of the first Salesian pastor of Saints Peter and Paul, Fr. Raphael Pipierni, he “started the fight when it was hard to start.” That war to restore sanity to the culture has just begun, and it will continue for generations.

The marriage rally galvanized the pro-family and pro-life movement in San Francisco, and gave birth to the Walk for Life West Coast, the best thing going in San Francisco!

Now our City is blessed with an even more prominent champion of marriage and the family, our good Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone. Who would have believed that 10 year’s ago?

Father, we thank you for all you did for us when you were here on earth. And we know you are still fighting the good fight and praying for us unceasingly in heaven!


Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Salesians Elect New Rector Major!

This is from an article by Fr. Anil Kr. Toppo, SDB, writing in Don Bosco India:


Kolkata, Mar. 25. The 27th General Chapter has elected Fr Angel Fernandez Artime, Provincial of Argentina South, as tenth Successor of Don Bosco. The election took place at 10:20 on the first ballot.

The official announcement was welcomed with long and warm applause.

Fr Angel Fernandez Artime, 53 years of age was born on 21 August 1960, at Gozon-Luanco, Spain. He made his first profession on 3 September 1978, his perpetual profession on 17 June 1984 and was ordained priest on 4 July 1987. Originally from Leon Province, he has been Youth Ministry Delegate, Rector of the Salesian school at Ourense, member of the Provincial Council and Vice Provincial, and from 2000 to 2006, Provincial of Leon.

He was a member of the technical commission in preparation for General Chapter 26. In 2009, he was appointed Provincial in Argentine South, a task he has carried out until now. In this capacity he got to know the then Archbishop of Buenos Aires, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, now Pope Francis, and had the opportunity of working with him.

He has a Doctorate in Pastoral Theology and a Licenciate in Philosophy and Pedagogy.

On 23 December last year, he was appointed Provincial of the new province of Mary Help of Christians in Spain, a role which Fr. Angel obviously now will not be able to take on, since he will exercise his ministry as Father of the whole Salesian Congregation
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We thank Fr. Pascal Chavez for his long and devoted service, and we welcome Fr. Fernandez Artime!


May St. John Bosco and Mary Help of Christians guide his steps!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

More Wisdom from Fr. James Schall: On Multiculturalism

What a great teacher he is! This essay was published at The Catholic Thing. Excerpts:

"The modern notion that all cultures and nations can and should live together in harmony requires either: a) a general agreement about the basis of virtue and truth, or b) the elimination of any difference between good and evil, truth and falsity. “Multiculturalism,” itself a construction of the mind, is what happens when the latter alternative is accepted, not as “true,” but as “workable” or “practical.”

Cultures, however, are not philosophically or morally neutral. Within each is found a certain configuration of good and evil habits, laws, and customs. In earlier ages, though massive migrations and invasions occurred, it was difficult to pass from one country to another. Each culture or nation worked out the norms of how it was to live...

The only kind of multiculturalism that is possible is one that recognizes a transcendent order. A multiculturalism that denies it ends up by establishing and enforcing a world order in which only what is objectively true is disallowed. The “fear” is precisely that truth does exist. The refusal to look for such truth recalls the scene in the Gorgias of Plato where the politician refuses to listen to argument, lest he be forced to admit its logic."

Friday, March 7, 2014

Oakland Diocese catches up with "A Shepherd's Voice"--Priests bounced from "Queer Rosary" parish

Today's California Catholic Daily re-posted an article from the East Bay Express ('Gay Priest Ousted by Conservative Bishop') reporting that Oakland's Bishop Michael Barber, left, is removing two priest (one an open homosexual) from their positions at Newman Hall-Holy Spirit Parish in Berkeley. The article included the sentence "And yet more troubling was the fact that according to the pastor, Barber had made it clear that the removal of these two priests supported his broader goal 'to see a major redirection of ministry at Newman.'”

We blew the whistle on these guys long ago, we know a major redirection at Newman has been necessary for a long while, and we don't find the Bishop's actions troubling in the least.. On September 29, 2009 we had a post entitled "Shadow Churches: UPDATE "Queering the Rosary." The post also appeared as an article in California Catholic Daily.

Part of the article dealt with what homosexual activist call the "relational mysteries" or the "queer rosary" which is an attempt to co-opt Catholic devotion in furteherance of the homosexualist agenda. From our article:

"A crystal-clear description of purpose of the 'Relational Mysteries' was given in the online calendar of the New Spirit/MCC Church in Berkeley. The entry was for an event held on Sunday, May 31, 2009, and reads: “GTU doctoral student Eugene McMullan and Reverend Jim Mitulski will lead a two part class on 'Praying the Queer Rosary,' based on stories from the bible which depict Queer Families or Relationships. The class will include a brief history of the rosary, introduction to Catholic devotions, sharing of stories, and praying together.”

The MCC is an overtly homosexual activist church; that was its founding purpose, so it is not surprising to see such an event held there. Unfortunately, the homosexual activists have managed to introduce the 'relational mysteries' into at least one Catholic parish as well. The September 13 web bulletin of Berkeley’s Newman Hall - Holy Spirit Parish announces: 'Praying the Rosary in solidarity with LGBT Catholics. Join us Sept. 17, 7:30-9:00 p.m. in the lounge as we explore the Relational Mysteries: Fidelity—Ruth's pledge to Naomi (Ruth 1:16-18); Grief—The parting of David and Jonathan (I Sam 20:35-42); Intercession—Esther intercedes for her people (Est 4:9-5:2); Restoration—the raising of Lazarus (John 11:38-44); and Discipleship—the two encounter Christ on the road to Emmaus (Luke 24:13-35). The group will be co-facilitated by Mike Campos and Eugene McMullan, Ph.D. students at the Graduate Theological Union.'”

It's very heartening to see that the Oakland Diocese is catching up with A Shepherd's Voice, even if it did take four-and-a-half years.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

‘Awakening a conscience that has gone dead’ SF's Interfaith Committee for Life Memorial Service


On Friday, February 28, the Interfaith Committee for Life of San Francisco held its Annual Interfaith Memorial Service for the Victims of Abortion at St. Sebastian’s Catholic Church in Greenbrae, north of the City. The event was the 27th consecutive year that the IFCL has held the Memorial Service. The IFCL was founded under the auspices of the Archdiocese of San Francisco under its then-Archbishop John Quinn. Vicki Evans, the Respect Life Coordinator of the Archdiocese of San Francisco said “It is so important to bring good people of all faiths together who share a love for the unborn—something which unites us more than anything else.”

Around 60 persons were in attendance. Clergy included Fr. Mark Taheny, pastor of St. Sebastian’s, and Fr. Aris Metrakos, the Protopresbyter of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in San Francisco, who also serves as the current chairman of the IFCL. Music was provided by the St. Thérèse Choir of St. Andrew’s Church in Daly City.

The theme of this year’s service was “Be the Light.” The first reading was John 8:12 “I am the Light of the World. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” Following the reading Robin Strom, Executive Director of the Marin Pregnancy Clinic, spoke. She herself has had two abortions--one before Roe v. Wade the other after—a circumstance which gave her empathetic insight into the desperation which leads too many women to choose abortion. She described the work of the Clinic, and the difficulties of trying to operate a crisis pregnancy center in the darkness of the wealthy but abortion-friendly Marin County. Marin Pregnancy provides free prenatal counseling and medical care to women facing crisis pregnancies as an alternative to abortion. The organization is always strapped for cash, and the greatest challenge it currently faces is their old ultrasound machine. This critical piece of equipment allows a mother to see her living child--perhaps the strongest inducement for a wavering mother to choose life. She compared their current machine to an old laptop—constantly needing to be rebooted, powered on and off, in order to function properly.

The second reading was Psalm 112:4 “Even in darkness, light dawns for the upright.” Dana Cody, Executive Director of the Life Legal Defense Foundation, spoke about the LLDF’s mission both in and out of the courtroom. Expanding on the “Be a Light” theme, she said “Flowers love light and so do the spirits of men.” She noted that is why the abortion industry, despite its incredible financial resources, still feels compelled to try every means possible to silence the pro-life message of hope. As an example she recounted the LLDF’s representation of Oakland’s Walter Hoye, who was sentenced to 28 days in jail simply for sharing the pro-life message of hope on a public street. Life Legal got Hoye’s conviction overturned, and the presiding judge informed Oakland’s law enforcement agencies that they are not allowed to favor one message over another.

The final reading was Romans 13:10-14 “Let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light.” Following the reading, Gil Bailie, Executive Director of the Cornerstone Foundation, spoke. He situated the work of pro-lifers in a long-term historical context, as a profound message of hope, able to restore the moral health of a society which has degenerated to the point of making abortion legal. He said “In a world, in a culture, in a city so inhospitable in every way to the message of life your work is very inspiring. In our time we have witnessed the most savage intentional destruction of human life in history. Your most important work is touching the conscience of those who may be hostile. If the conscience is dead you can’t hire enough police. If this country, if this culture, if this civilization is to be saved, you are the point of the spear. You are doing the work of preserving our civilization by awakening a conscience that has gone dead. Whenever you are working to save a baby you are also giving an example of moral intentionality and witness that is absolutely essential to our world. There is no more important work. It is something of enormous historical importance.”

Knights to match donations for Ultrasound Machine

Each year the Memorial Service spotlights one particular organization. In the words of Fr. Metrakos “By drawing attention to a specific Pro-Life group each year, we hope to encourage financial and volunteer support .” This year’s organization is the Marin Pregnancy Clinic, specifically their need for a new ultrasound machine. The Marin County Knights of Columbus have stepped up to help raise funds for the machine, and the national Supreme Council of the Knights has pledged to match every dollar that the Marin County Knights raise. Checks may be made payable to:

Knights of Columbus-Ultrasound
PO Box 703
Novato CA 94948

For more information about the Marin Pregnancy Clinic, visit www.marinpregnancyclinic.org.