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Friday, June 22, 2007

Chinese government to destory Marian shrine

China to Dynamite Marian Shrine

"The faithful of the Diocese of Anyang, appealing through AsiaNews, said: "We ask all our brothers and sisters in the Lord to pray for us and spread our message to all the faithful of the world."

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

No Road Rage Please

Today the Vatican released a 36-page document titled, Guidelines for the Pastoral Care of the Road. I haven't seen the entire document, but according to Yahoo! the document outlines ten commandment's for drivers.

1. You shall not kill.

2. The road shall be for you a means of communion between people and not of mortal harm.

3. Courtesy, uprightness and prudence will help you deal with unforeseen events.

4. Be charitable and help your neighbor in need, especially victims of accidents.

5. Cars shall not be for you an expression of power and domination, and an occasion of sin.

6. Charitably convince the young and not so young not to drive when they are not in a fitting condition to do so.

7. Support the families of accident victims.

8. Bring guilty motorists and their victims together, at the appropriate time, so that they can undergo the liberating experience of forgiveness.

9. On the road, protect the more vulnerable party.

10. Feel responsible toward others.

Friday, June 15, 2007

Latin Mass and baseball

Thanks to St. Louis Catholic by way of Kansas City Catholic for this story from the Saint Louis Post-Dispatch about this weekend's ordination of two priests for the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest. Archbishop Burke will celebrate the ordinations using the Traditional Latin Rite. This will be the first time that the TLM has been used for an ordination Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis in 40 years.

Now to the baseball part. Thanks to Kansas City Catholic for pointing out today's Kansas City Star article concerning a pro life fund raising luncheon for Rachel House organized by Kansas City Royals DH Mike Sweeney and his wife. One of the events keynote speakers was Dee Dee Pujols, the wife of Saint Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols.

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Rites of the Church

There has been a discussion going on about Catholicism and Orthodoxy on the Catholic Converts blog.

A side discussion about the different rites within the Catholic Church has grown out of that one. This is something that I've found myself interested in. I think it might be what I've been waiting for to give this blog a boost. My intention is to research the various rites and blog about each one. Some of them are obscure however, so finding information may be difficult. If you know of any good resources please pass them on.

Another reason why this interest me is something that happened at Mass this past Sunday. There is a gentleman that attends Mass at my church with what I assume is his wife and children. I had assumed that he must have been from the Eastern tradition by the way he made the Sign of the Cross from right shoulder to left shoulder (I noticed this when he was in front of me a few times). Anyway, this past Sunday I was some what surprised during the entrance procession to see this same gentleman in full vestments. Turns out he is a priest from on of the Eastern Catholic Churches and as concelebrating Sunday's Mass. It was defiantly interesting to here him chant the Gospel reading.

I'm looking forward to learning more about this aspect of the Catholic Faith.

Monday, June 04, 2007

It's been a while and I apologize. I've found myself spending more and more time on the Catholic Converts blog that here lately. I also went out of town for a week to visit my family. I had a great time visiting my family and playing with my nephew but my parent's only have dial-up and posting with a slow connection is some what of a pain.

On the topic of computers. My brother-in-law builds and repairs computers in his spare time and put me one together using parts he had lying around (mostly new ones). I now have a much better computer than before my old one crashed.