April 30, 2007
God is my shepherd, so nothing shall I want,
I rest in the meadows of faithfulness and love,
I walk by the quiet waters of peace.
Gently you raise me and heal my weary soul,
You lead me by pathways of righteousness and truth,
my spirit shall sing the music of your Name.
You have set me a banquet of love
in the face of hatred,
crowning me with love beyond my pow’r to hold.
Surely your kindness and mercy follow me
all the days of my life;
I will dwell in the house of my God forevermore.
April 27, 2007
The Lord said: Well done, good and faithful servant, because thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will place thee over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy Lord. – Matthew 25:21
Many words describe the person who Vera was. But the one which stands out for me is “faithful.” Allow me to describe how that faithfulness played out.
Vera had a determined agenda in this life as her character demonstrated. When her house needy tidying she cleaned and scrubbed until every speck was eliminated. When she saw the parish kitchen needed work she fixed and organized every detail. When I was hungry she made tortillas and chorizo! These are only a few examples of her faithfulness.
I remember one of the first things she asked of me upon my arrival in 1993 was for a nice Sunday missal. I guided her through the index and helped her through the book so that she would always be prepared for Mass. We all knew when she would ready herself, when she would arrive at Mass, and where she would sit. Her life seemed to be a routine, but, it was a determined and faithful agenda.
When my parents visited she was the perfect hostess with a fine meal prepared in her spotless kitchen. Vera and my mother hit it off right away. She occasionally made calls to my mom updating her on my well-being. In fact, my mother stills asks of her regularly.
Vera would kid me about my middle name. She’s the only person who ever said to me, “What do you want now Walter?” She would call my dog Mario “quatro patas.” No one was spared her sense of humor!
Ten years ago when I left the parish she was the last person to wave goodbye. But even in that leave-taking she had an agenda. She purchased for me subscriptions year-after-year to the local newspaper so that I could keep abreast of all-things-Miami-Globe.
So today we mourn our loss. In our memories of Vera we shake our heads, and smile a bit, remembering all that she was in our lives. And I am certain that the first thing she’ll say after entering those Gates will be, “What do you want now Jesus?”
Eternal rest grant unto her O Lord.
And let the perpetual light shine upon her.
April 27, 2007
April 25, 2007
Relativism: So easy a caveman can understand it.
“Today, a particularly insidious obstacle to the task of education is the massive presence in our society and culture of that relativism which, recognizing nothing as definitive, leaves as the ultimate criterion only the self with its desires. And under the semblance of freedom it becomes a prison for each one, for it separates people from one another, locking each person into his or her own ‘ego'” — Pope Benedict XVI | June 6, 2005
“In the last century we experienced revolutions with a common programme – expecting nothing more from God, they assumed total responsibility for the cause of the world in order to change it. And this, as we saw, meant that a human and partial point of view was always taken as an absolute guiding principle. Absolutizing what is not absolute but relative is called totalitarianism. It does not liberate man, but takes away his dignity and enslaves him. It is not ideologies that save the world, but only a return to the living God, our Creator, the guarantor of our freedom, the guarantor of what is really good and true.” – Pope Benedict XVI | World Youth Day | August 2005
April 24, 2007
These two vestments saw the light-of-day once again at the open-air Mass in Saint Peter’s Square on Divine Mercy Sunday, April 15. His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI dons the Precious Miter while his two secretaries wear the rochet.
Many thanks to John-Paul Sonnen at Orbis Catholicvs, the Rev. Fr. Tim Finigan at The Hermeneutic of Continuity , and The Team at Shouts in the Piazza for the insights, and the Rev. Fr. John Zuhlsdorf at What Does the Prayer Really Say? for the monsignori photo. (Credit to Leoste Italia for the Pope’s photo.)
The psychedelic polyester “spirit of v2” is dying a slow-painful death.
April 23, 2007
April 20, 2007
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