Tuesday, April 25, 2006

The Pictures Say It All: F-IN Awesome!
This Weekend in Talledega...

DEI: The Men In Black

Saturday, April 22, 2006

Eastern Conference Playoffs:
(1) Ottawa Senators vs. (8) Tampa Bay Lightning
(2) Carolina Hurricanes vs. (7) Montreal Canadiens
(3) New Jersey Devils vs. (6) New York Rangers
(4) Buffalo Sabers vs. (5) Philadelphia Flyers

Western Conference Playoffs:

(1) Detroit Red Wings vs. (8) Edmonton Oilers

(2) Dallas Stars vs. (7) Colorado Avalanche

(3) Calgary Flames vs. (6) Anaheim Mighty Ducks

(4) Nashville Predators vs. (5) San Jose Sharks

Friday, April 21, 2006

RIP Majestic Lady
The Old Jamestown Bridge
16 Years After She Closed, She Went to Her Watery Grave

Sunday, April 16, 2006

Easter Vigil Musings

Went to St. Mary's, was hoping to go to St. Anthony's in Bryan, but I got caught up watching the Easter Vigil from the Vatican on TV followed by a CNN special on John Paul the Great.

I forgot how long they are, but I've learned how beautiful they truly are.

My hands are slightly sore from melting wax.

Lot's of baptism's and a few confirmation's, but the latter were done by Father David and Father Keith as they stood for the Bishop. It is the Easter Vigil and the Bishop can't be at every parish tonight!

The Korean choir at St. Mary's is amazing, if I understood Korean, I'd probably start going to the Korean Mass.

Growing up, I never heard the Litany of the Saints, it was amazing and beautiful.

Happy Easter! And a Happy Birthday today as well to someone very special:

Papa Benedicto XVI
Born on April 16, 1927

His first Easter as Pope falls on his birthday,

pretty cool if you ask me.

(not to mention that he was born on the Easter Vigil and the first person baptized at the Vigil on the day of his birth)

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

The Return of the Latin Mass Draws Nigh

Vatican City, Apr. 10, 2006 (CNA) - A source at the Vatican has told CNA that during Holy Week Pope Benedict XVI may grant universal permission to use the Missal of St. Pius V, the liturgical rite used in the Church before Vatican II.

According to the source, the announcement could come “between Holy Thursday and Easter Sunday,” but the exact day has not yet been set. Nevertheless, the source said the decision has already been made by the Holy Father and that it’s “only a matter of time” before it is publicly announced.

“A minor official gesture by the Holy Father would be enough to allow the Mass according to the 1962 Missal to celebrated by whoever desires to do so, thus reiterating that this rite is still valid today simply because it was not abolished,” the source told CNA.

The announcement would be in the context of “the reform of the reform” that Pope Benedict XVI is promoting, which includes norms and principles that will be made public in the upcoming post-synod Apostolic Exhortation on the Eucharist.

At the same time, such a gesture by the Pope could contribute to ending the schism with the Priestly Fraternity of St. Pius X, founded by Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre in 1988.

On Saturday, Pope Benedict XVI named three new members to the Ecclesia Dei Commission, created by Pope John Paul II in order to reach out to the Lefebvrists. They are Cardinal William Levada, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Cardinal Jean-Pierre Richard, Archbishop of Bordeaux of president of the Bishops’ Conference of France, and Cardinal Antonio CaƱizares Llovera of Toledo, Spain.

Sunday, April 09, 2006

Crux sacra sit mihi lux! Nunquam draco sit mihi dux!

(May the holy cross be my light! May the dragon never be my guide!)

from the Cross of St. Benedict

Before I get into the subject I wish to talk about this evening, I want to open with the following:

We must go to this Child, this Man, the Son of God, at whatever
inconvenience, at whatever risks to ourselves, because to know and love Him
will truly change our lives.

- John Paul the Great, Central Park, NY 1995

To follow Christ is never an easy path, yet it becomes more difficult when you follow your faith where it leads you, even though you know that it will not be popular, well received, and of course viewed by some as being flat out wrong to the point of risking being viewed by some as apostate. If that is where God calls, one can only follow, even if it risks friendships, relations with an old congregation of believers, and a variety of other pitfalls. It is this path, filled with obstacles that I have headed down over the past year or so. Slowly at first and then a dead run this year, the long road home that can only be described by the words of the Greatful Dead, "What a long, strange trip it's been." That it most certainly has been.

Today is Palm Sunday, the start of the Christian Holy Week where we remember the events that lead up to the Last Supper, the crucifixtion, and the resurrection of our Lord. It was a week that changed the world to say the least. My personal Holy Week, started Friday afternoon at St. Mary's Catholic Center on Friday between 5:30 and 7 PM. The Bishop of Austin, Most Reverend Gregory M. Aymond, celebrated the third sacrament of initiation with myself and 18 others, that of Confirmation. As is custom in the Catholic Church, one selects the name of a patron Saint to use for the Sacrament, the giving of a new name in the Biblical tradition of Abraham and Peter. So it was with these words:

Benedict, be sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Peace be with you.

To which I responded "Amen" to the former and "And also with you" to the latter. With that, I was fully home and there is no longer any turning back, no need to keep so many people in the dark and at arms length in an effort to protect them from the reprisals I know will come and also because of my own fear of how they would react. I already know that some friendships of mine are over because of this, but it begs the question if they were friendships to begin with or just theological buddies. Time will tell with some relationships just which category they fall into, yet even in the event of things not working well, I can hold nothing against them. Just the other night in some conversations I had and overheard with friends, many are trying to tear down a Church that does not exist anywhere else but in their minds and in the minds of those who they have been educated by in their anti-Catholic stances.

To my friends, I know there are a lot of questions. Ask them and I will answer them as best I can or point you somewhere that can do better than I. I'm home, I'm happier than I've been spiritually, and I thank God for His work in my heart and in my life everyday.

Following Christ is never easy if it was everyone would be doing it, but remember we, like the turtle, can only make progress when we stick our necks out.