Wednesday, January 28, 2009
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Fr. Tom died last week of terminal cancer.
He was 55.
Fr. Tom was one of those people who radiated the love and zeal of Jesus. He always had a smile on his face and a humble and humorous manner about him. He welcomed you when he saw you and he was always going from one place to the next, spreading the love of Jesus wherever he went. He loved his priesthood and he loved God's people.
The Dominicans and those at Blessed Sacrament Parish in Seattle did an astounding job today organizing one of the most resplendent and piercing funeral liturgies I have ever witnessed. The church was packed to standing room only with people of all races and ages. We had all come to pay tribute, grieve and celebrate the life of a man whose "yes" to God changed us all forever.
Fr. Tom's brothers and sister and niece gave moving eulogies about their beloved brother and uncle, a man who brought authenticity, music, laughter and Christ to all he met. The Gregorian chant that flowed from the choir during parts of the Mass was a fitting partner to the silence as the casket was blessed and people said their final goodbye.
It was amazingly beautiful to see what it looks like to be faithful unto death.
Probably all of us asked ourselves, "Why, God?" "Why take a young man who was doing so much for You?"
God's ways are not our ways. Indeed, they are far above our own small ways.
The Pastor, who gave a magnificent homily, mentioned this very thing. He said, "So often we pray to God to take away this suffering or that suffering instead of praying that God's will be done in our lives. We shouldn't ask ourselves what we can do for God but what God can do through us if we would only get out of the way."
The Pastor said he spoke with Fr. Tom a few days before he died and asked him, "Father Tom, what message do you have for the people, what do you want me to tell them?"
Fr. Tom replied, "Tell them, Don't wait until you are dying to live a courageous life."
Fr. Tom lived these words in his life, suffering and death. His life was a courageous example of what the love of God can do, if only we let Him.
Thank you Fr. Tom. We will miss you. I am sure your smile is brightening Heaven now. May you now rest in the peace and love of the One who loves you.
God bless you.
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
News Flash: WE WIN! by Fr. John Corapi
As we prepare to enter a new era in politics and perhaps society in general, keep something in mind: WE WIN! No matter what political party is in power at a given point in time, in the end those that remain faithful to Jesus Christ win the war. We may have to fight many battles outnumbered and even despised and looked upon as criminals and outcasts by a society that is unraveling and degenerating into something no one could have imagined.
What matters is that we run the race to the finish line and fight the good fight. Don’t “go with the flow,” for as the great Archbishop Fulton Sheen reminds us, “Dead bodies float downstream.” More than ever we shall have to be strong in the faith. Regular and worthy reception of the sacraments, constant prayer, and rigorous study of the faith is now essential, not merely a luxury.
The front line and primary battle is going to be the fight for life: the dignity of every human life from the moment of conception to the last moment of natural life. If we lose that one, every other battle space will be compromised. If the government succeeds in establishing abortion as an inalienable “right”, then the elderly and sick will be next. It will then be a short and slippery step to the government deciding who lives and dies regardless of their inherent human dignity.
If you don’t already pray the Rosary every day, please start at once. The prayer of the holy Rosary is the prayer of the holy Gospel, and that means it is the prayer of the Good News Who is Jesus Christ, the LIFE of the world. Many saints will be forged in the crucible of the coming years. Make sure you are among them.
God bless you,
Fr. John Corapi
Monday, January 19, 2009
Friday, January 16, 2009
Thursday, January 15, 2009
The Maker of all human beings is recalling all units manufactured, regardless of make or year, due to a serious defect in the primary and central component of the heart.
This is due to a malfunction in the original prototype units code named Adam and Eve, resulting in the reproduction of the same defect in all subsequent units.
This defect has been technically termed "Subsequential Internal Non-Morality," or more commonly known as S.I.N., as it is primarily expressed.
Some other symptoms include:
1. Loss of direction
2. Foul vocal emissions
3. Amnesia of origin
4. Lack of peace and joy
5. Selfish or violent behavior
6. Depression or confusion in the mental component
The Manufacturer, who is neither liable nor at fault for this defect, is providing factory-authorized repair and service free of charge to correct this SIN defect.
The Repair Technician, Jesus, has most generously offered to bear the entire burden of the staggering cost of these repairs. There is no additional fee required.
The number to call for repair in all areas is:
Once connected, please upload your burden of SIN through the REPENTANCE procedure.
Next, download ATONEMENT from the Repair Technician, Jesus, into the heart component.
No matter how big or small the SIN defect is, Jesus will replace it with:
9. Self control
Please see the operating manual, the B.I.B.L.E. (Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth) for further details on the use of these fixes.
WARNING : Continuing to operate the human being unit without correction voids any manufacturer warranties, exposing the unit to dangers and problems too numerous to list and will result in the human unit being permanently impounded.
DANGER: The human being units not responding to this recall action will have to be scrapped in the furnace. The SIN defect will not be permitted to enter Heaven so as to prevent contamination of that facility.
Thank you for your attention!
Please assist where possible by notifying others of this important recall notice, and you may contact the Father any time by "kneemail".
Thursday, January 01, 2009
So much is going on the world today. It's interesting, listening to and reading the latest words of the Holy Father. He is calling on all of us to have a conversion in order to change the world. It's easy to sit back and point out all that is wrong with the world, but the hard part is looking within ourselves and seeing what needs to be changed in order to help that change along.
The Holy Father recently said, "If people only look to their own interests, the world will certainly fall apart." This is certainly true. At this time in history, when it seems more than ever that people are sensing a dramatic change on the horizon, we need conversion, we need Christ.
How often we relegate Christ to the farthest corners of our lives, and only call upon Him when we are in trouble or when we want something. How rude! I don't like that when people do that to me and yet how freely we do that to God Himself. Perhaps we think that God cannot possibly understand what is going on in our own little world or that He cares. Yet, all we have to do is look at His life to know this isn't true.
We see in the sorrowful mysteries that Jesus knows sorrow, He has experienced to an infinite degree all that we will ever have to suffer. This is a very small and partial list but a concrete example we can grasp onto is this:
In the first mystery we see that He knows the anguish of betrayal, desertion of friends He gave everything to and utter aloneness and abandonment by people.
In the second sorrowful mystery we see that He knows physical pain.
In the third we see that He experienced mental pain.
In the fourth and fifth mysteries we see that He has embraced frailty and falling down on the path of life. He knows being mocked, ridiculed and judged. He knows poverty, misunderstandings and trials.
Have we not all experienced these things to one degree or another? Do we not complain that God has abandoned us and that we are all alone in our sufferings?
We forget that Jesus has undergone everything. That He is a man like us in all things but sin. He's been there, done that.
Why would God descend to live such a life as us humans?
Why bother? to show us what it means to be fully human. That this life is passing, we are only pilgrims on this journey. He shows us how to grow in these trials and how to bear fruit through all of them. And mostly, to show us that we are never alone. Even though Jesus is abandoned by frail and faulty humans, the Father, the Eternal, is always with Him.
And so it is with us. We focus our eyes on God and put our trust in Him. That daily we place our hand in His and allow Him to lead us, trusting that no matter what happens this day, God will be with us. When we do this, we can reach out to others. Suddenly we see that we are not the center of the universe. We grow beyond our self-centeredness and are able to live with the realization that there is much work to be done in spreading the light of the Gospel and the Good News of Jesus Christ. We see that God is in control of the universe, not the stock market or the government. We see that this life is passing away and we are called to a great and noble dignity as sons and daughters of the Most High. We are called to be great because God is great. We are made in His image and likeness.
If you are looking for an excellent book to read on this subject that explains these realities in a far better way than I can do here, I would highly recommend Fr. Benedict Groeschel's book, 'Arise from Darkness.' It is absolutely amazing and really gives a person solace in these troubled times that come upon us.
May the light and power of Christ find a place in your heart this New Year. May Jesus and his beautiful Mother Mary be with you, to lead you and guide you along the pathway of life. May you in turn let this light shine upon all those you meet and remember in your prayers.
You and your intentions will be in our prayers this year. We thank God for all those who have helped us and blessed our missions this past year. We could not continue to serve without the generosity of all of our benefactors. Thank you so very much.
Sr. Miriam James, SOLT