Friday, March 8, 2013

The Most Fully and Rightly Ordered though Time... the Catholic Church.  According to me, among all of the man developed religious institutions.  (this is only a very high aerial view statement)

To say that the Catholic Church is the "entirety of Christ" is nowhere close to what we have here.  The Church (Roman Catholic traditional Rite) attempts (not perfectly) to hold itself as true to St. Peters original practice while progressing its doctrine in response to culture over time.

Thats what we have here.

What say your experience?

(btw....I'm back)

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Have an original thought, then Blog it

Become authentic. Place yourself in the path of an idea. Dont just read something and adopt its position...explore it further. There is way to much rerunning of writings and knowledge in this subculture of blogging. Start with an authentic self attitude and Post your direct experience. This is the art of giving....your original experience. Example. I read an opinion of someone well known in the Church..."the Catholic Church holds itself to be (among all Churches) the most fully and rightly ordered by Christ, through time. I have experience of that, as truth. What makes that true for me? (I will post in the next entry) Now thats original and authentic. That communication has New Value to a reader or someone searching for a relation. Get it?

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Open Letter to Mr. Corapi

Dear John - (I hate the way that sounds) Sorry to hear of all your troubles....really, its intensely shameful how more silly humans in their own self appointed positions of "Authority" over your daily work are treating you. Yes, you had to resign. Your written response seems humble and pragmatic about the reality of the presumed guilty perceptions by others.

Just to be clear, on public level, I am not a big fan of your work. Its good don't get me wrong, but I prefer Abp. Sheen frankly. Anyway....

Could you have waited and fought this out? Where would that go with your Daily work? Nowhere, like you knew that already. This is a "perception" issue and no one gets beyond that stigma, which I am confident your move out of Priesthood is based on.

Whether or not you committed the behavior in the accusation is really not mine or The Churches to determine. Your teaching on conscience knows the truth. What is revealing here is how the "Church" Bishophood has secularized its response (by restricting you initially) due to media trends and an attempt to control that environment in that the Church Public image is everything. Their response appears to be overkill compared to admitted child abusers. I guess we'll see how this escalates in their camp.

Back to you though John.

Should you publicly deny the accusations, ignore them or admit them in the future is without my interest. The thing of value here is your heart John. Please remember your own words as you were an effective tool for many years in many hearts. Your guilt or innocence has no public value John, its your heart, your truth, your conscience and its value to the good of others.

To anyone else reading this I would suggest considering the following perspective:

Lets wash Johns feet. He deserves it no less than you or I and its how his Master ministered.

God Bless you John.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Fixed Podcast Links

Appears Archive dot org changed the resident address of my Podcasts...they are now corrected here and on my RSS feed. I will ping itunes and verify those are active as well soon.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Real Struggle

Earlier this year, I moved away from my family to take a job in a better economy and gratefully fulfill my duty as a provider Husband and Father. That moved has absorbed my time to a large extent and is why writing here ceased for a time.

This is not the subject of this post, but is the backstory.

I have narrated and written about my personal entry into the Christian and Catholic Journey, which has focused (in the past) and still today targets my conscience and the internal truth revealed by conscience. There is a real struggle occurring which I fight that I am confident many Christians are facing and exposing it here I hope to draw out some of your insights, experience and truth.

I have observed in friends, family and myself a material penalty to following Christ. To reinforce that even more, I have, and continue to see that not following Christ apparently does not incur this penalty. My family began to have material and financial hardships after our commitment to Christ became evident and visible. That has been consistent for most of this decade, personally. I have a few other close friends with families who upon conversion and sincere effort to get closer to Christ are experiencing hardships which were not occurring in all the years where the Christian belief and following were non-existent. Beneficial employment, maintaining adequate house ownership, family relationship troubles are persisting or creating themselves day in and day out. I can say for myself those were not even a thought until the last 8 years.

I have conversed with my wife, and she with me that it is obvious that Christians who make real moves to walk in His follow are consistently plagued by hardships that do not occur outside of that intent. We have on our own observed those in our family and our friend circles which are self proclaimed non-believers prosper in their material efforts. These are people who display selfishness and disregard ( and sometimes disrespect) for those who should matter most, or those who are close to them and are in need.

At times it is mid-bending to see the clear divide and ironic backwards results in front of our eyes and hearts.

I have written about my studies in this subject, extensively about Thomas Merton and his ultimate question "will a God save us in spite of our flawed efforts?" The internal benefits to following Christ are clear, and as I have stated here, cannot be equaled materially or otherwise.


Can we follow Him with zeal and passion when this struggle is imposed by that very following? This defies the same logic truth which the conscience reveals. Following the Law written in our own hearts by Him produces distraction and doubt that tomorrow will not leave our minds and spirits free from these stresses that cut into that beneficial bond. It is enough to consider a turn away for any mere Human.

Yet the question remains....why is this struggle imposed on us? It is not a question of reality, that is not disputed. Many of you know exactly what I am pointing to.

While I am far from turning back to secular values, I feel a toll occurring and exponentially building a wall of evidence against this journey. Is my Faith shaken? Not yet...but you can see from this post anything is possible with enough pressure. My internal life change is solid, but is it enough to overcome every new penalty? That I wonder. I find gratitude is at times my only relief albeit momentary, it is my bond and connection when I can produce no other.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Cardinal O'Malley at the National Basilica

Cardinal O'Malley (Boston) celebrated the Divine Mercy Sunday Mass at the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington D.C. this past Sunday. His lengthy homily included personal and devotional references to this special celebration. Incorporated in that liturgy was a communal recitation prayer of Gratitude to our Lord for granting us Mercy, which the Cardinal and several Deacons recited in front of the Immaculate Heart image. A few phone-cam shots of the Basilica and Mass:



The "Crypt Chapel below the main Church:



Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Why Go to Mass this Divine Mercy Sunday April 11

...and make Confession and receive the Eucharist. We cannot imagine the personal and individual impact that He said it shall have:

According to the notebooks of Saint Faustina, Jesus made the following statements about this day:

"On that day the very depths of My tender mercy are open. I pour out a whole ocean of graces upon those souls who approach the fount of My mercy. The soul that will go to Confession and receive Holy Communion shall obtain complete forgiveness of sins and punishment. On that day all the divine floodgates through which grace flow are opened. Let no soul fear to draw near to Me, even though its sins be as scarlet. My mercy is so great that no mind, be it of man or of angel, will be able to fathom it throughout all eternity." (Diary of Saint Faustina, 699)

Have you ever tried Confession and doubted your ability to make any headway against sin? I know I have for many years in the past. My podcasts narrate that reality. St. Faustina was a dedicated vehicle to bring us deeper motivation to keep seeking His Mercy. Here is a suggested path to Celebrate this Sunday:

Observing the Feast of Mercy Sunday:

  1. Celebrate the Feast on the Sunday after Easter.
  2. Sincerely repent of all sins
  3. Place complete trust in Jesus
  4. Go to Confession, preferably before that Sunday due to big crowds
  5. Receive Holy Communion on the day of the Feast if possible
  6. Venerate the image of The Divine Mercy
  7. Be merciful to others through actions, words, and prayers
Everything to gain and nothing to lose in this Sunday April 11, it with me.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Silly Humans Vol. 2 - The "Reformed" Catholic Clergy Scandal

Silly Humans are at it again. They (we) are treating the Catholic Church with the same media artillery fire which they tragically find so superficially effective on TMZ or in the Enquirer. I'm not just talking about the old and tired paintbrush of heresy on the Priests at fault themselves, those are predictable and correctly aimed at least. I am talking about the media taking aim at Pope B16 and calling him out to proclaim the buck stops with him, that B16 will let the hammer down, take personal responsibility, blah, blah blah, as if the Church were Enron.

In Faith, it doesn't work that way, sorry.

B16 did take the media's card deck with urgency and cut it, playing the current cultural card game of issuing a statement of visible Authority to the level it made sense to the Secular outcry, however, B16 cannot "fire" the perps in a retributive bloodletting that the Secular world thirsts for. The Secular Silly Humans cannot understand how accountability works between our Lord and Father and the sinner at fault. The Father (IE. God) calls for obedience, and when the Sinner turns to Him in sincere effort to obey, that's when our Faith in mercy matters. Can any Catholic minimize or tolerate Clergy sex abuse? No. I wrote extensively @ The Circle about this last month which covers how members of the Body should treat the issue amongst any Christian Faithful.

My point here is they (we) Silly Humans need to stop acting like rabid journalists viewing the Vatican as the source or prevention of this shameful abuse of Religious position. It is not effective to publish cultural sanctions on the Church. We Humans appointed ourselves as followers, flawed ones, and we will fail on our way to forming a worthy relationship with our Almighty Father. The Church is not a failing profit center falsifying its annual report, and the Pope is not Chairman of its Board.

The media needs to realize this actuality, and act accordingly.

Just sayin'

Monday, March 1, 2010

Exponential Catechesis

For over a year, I have been attending a weekly Apologetics study class by a group of Catholics who are blessed to have one of the finest and most articulate DRE's in the Country. Mind you, from the time I started, I could not participate as the class is in Virginia and I was in Florida, so I could only listen in on this group via podcast and wish I was there.

Last night, that changed.

I relocated to Maryland a week ago and last night set out to Stafford Va. to attend my weekly class this time in person. Dr. Jim Dobbins and his group felt like old friends and at the same time, I was excited to explore new territory with them. Dr. Jim and his class have been ongoing weekly for a few years now, while posting the audio of whatever happened, whatever was said, whatever was questioned during each outlined series of discussions on aspects of Catholicism. If you are interested in real dialogue by everyday Catholics who are authentic in discovering and practicing the most penetrating virtues of the Faith, listen and subscribe to Dr. James Dobbins Catholic Apologetics Podcast.

A series on Revelation is just beginning.

Saturday, February 27, 2010


Ever have to step back and rethink your whole approach to a particular thing? Thats what I've been doing with the Catholic Journeyman podcast (since 08 apparently). I initially barreled into narrating the discovery of Conscience as the map to my heart (in a broad view), and what stopped production was studying and living this new perspective, new constant insight, new ongoing reality of the Conscience effect.

It became confusing at times tracking a coherent path that I could fit into a narrative, that is, my conscience became such an active driver of all the human levels of living. This way of thinking continued evolving. This led down several different, but individually critical means of living out the new internal reality of the rightly forming conscience.

Upon discernment of the aspect that the conscience, motives and behaviors were under a consistent right formation, my outlines for future podcast episodes had to be put aside. They went too quickly into the intellectual and theological areas of study, at the expense of that which is more personal, meaningful and revealing. There was an overwhelming amount of Grace evidence to be mined, organized into narratives and then shared.

It is here that I begin back to the Cast Anew. Retracing the meaningful changes and endless affects of rightly forming Conscience. Brushing against it without sufficient depth would diminish the intimate for the theological and intellectual.