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A Holy Week Epiphany March 26, 2013

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I hope you are all having a blessed Holy Week.

I was reading the following in Gary Zimak’s blog – “Following the Truth”.  His post was about “Taking the Passion Personally”. Here is the line that struck me:

“Once again, Pontius Pilate will get to show us his “Personally, I find nothing against this man, but you can do whatever you want” routine.”

I was bowled over – it was like I was hit with a ton of bricks.  Aren’t these the very same words that a lot of Pro-Choice “Catholics” and Pro-Choice “Catholic” politicians use?  “Abortion? Well hey, personally, I’m against it, but …….”

These people are not Catholics, they’re just present day versions of Pontius Pilate!

J+M+J

A new start after a long absence – I’ve adopted a cardinal! March 5, 2013

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Well, not literally.

But I did go to this site and the name of one of the voting members of the College of Cardinals was randomly picked out for me:

http://adoptacardinal.org/

The cardinal that was assigned to me is Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi from Italy. He was born on October 18th, 1942 (that date was my parent’s wedding anniversary!  (queue eerie music)).  He is the President of the Pontifical Council for Culture.

ravasi

Please go to the Website to adopt a cardinal for your very own!

And as an aside, I received the following in an e-mail from CatholicVote.org:

“The Vatican has called the universal church to pray tomorrow at 5 PM Rome time, for the Cardinal-Electors who will soon select a new Pope.

That’s Wednesday, March 6th at 11 AM Eastern / 8 AM Pacific Time.

While the official start of the Conclave has not yet been announced, the Cardinals will gather tomorrow at the Altar of the Chair in St. Peter’s Basilica for recitation of the Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary, followed by Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and then Vespers.  The Vatican has called on Catholics around the world to join them in prayer.”

J+M+J

Aftermath May 18, 2012

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This has been a hard week.

My Mom’s funeral was today.  It was beautiful.

My head and heart know that Mom is in Good Hands.  She’s either in Heaven; or if she’s in Purgatory, I am trusting that it wouldn’t be for long due to the mental and physical suffering that she endured throughout her lifetime – starting when she was very young.

But even knowing, trusting and believing in that without nary a doubt doesn’t even begin to fill the emptiness I am feeling. The week was busy and I was occupied. Now it’s all over and all I feel is ….. numbness.

I have to stop myself  from dialing her number and calling  just to ask how she is.  My wife had to go into work this afternoon. I am really yearning for her presence right now.

We drove past our old house on the way home; and I had a pang of anxiety, thinking how much worse it would be if I was still single and had to go to back to that house to live alone. Silly, I know, as it isn’t the case, yet for a moment the fear felt so real.

I am also pained that a cousin that I was very close to before I got married, completely ignored the event and didn’t even acknowledge my e-mails to him and my sister’s telephone call.  My Mom was concerned for him , to the point that she would always ask about him.  I realize that he is fighting his own demons; and I wish him the best; but it would have been nice, even if he just shown for the funeral Mass.

Please join me in offering prayers for him as well as my Mom.

J+M+J

Mom is gone May 15, 2012

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My Mom passed into Eternal Life last night.

I am sad and heart broken to the point that it’s hard to bear.  The prayers and thoughts of my relatives and friends, and my beautiful wife Marianne and our two children Joey and Cara are the only things holding me together at this point. Other wise, I would be a blubbering basket case (which would have really tic’ed my Mom off).

Needless to say, my Mom and I were very close.  She is most responsible for the way I turned out. She was my mom, my teacher and my friend.

She did not have an easy life. She was easily hurt by the thoughtlessness of others – sometimes, even by my own thoughtlessness.  She suffered many physical pains in her last years and throughout her life, as long as I can remember, she suffered from what we now know is depression.

She was steadfast in her Catholic Faith, however.  We would bolster each other, whenever we felt the need.  I am fervently praying that the physical and mental pain that she suffered here on Earth, negates or greatly diminishes any time spent in purgatory (I’m also a realist – my Mom was wonderful, but she had her faults, too).

It is my deepest hope that last night, when she passed at 8:35 PM, that she was immediately embraced by Jesus, and I am soooooooooo hoping that He said, “Job well done, my good and faithful daughter!”

J+M+J

We are Catholic! April 19, 2012

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Easter Sunday – 2012 April 8, 2012

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May the Peace of Christ, which is beyond all human understanding

reside in your hearts. Today and always!

Jesus is truly risen from the dead – Alleluia!

J+M+J

Had a talk with my daughter – and had an epiphany. April 4, 2012

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Last Saturday was the last cheer competition of the season for my daughter.  There were five this year and my daughter’s squad did very well.  She cheers on the Junior Varsity squad at the local Catholic school that my kids attend.

About half way through the competition, the Holy Spirit knocked me on the head with an inspiration. He said to me, “It’s important to let Cara know how you feel about her – today!”  So as we got into the car to drive home, I told her the following.

Cara, I want you to know how proud I am of you.  Not because of your cheering (they came in 2nd) and not because of your good grades.  I am proud of you because of who you are.  I love you, have loved you and will always love you – no matter what.  That’s not to say that you won’t get mad at me from time to time; and I won’t get mad at you from time to time.  That’s just human nature and it will never mean that I love you any less.

I want you to know that I will ALWAYS be here for you and I never, ever want you to be afraid, to where you think that you can’t come to me with anything.

She cried and I cried a bit – and we hugged a lot.  I have never been shy, since Day 1,  on telling my kids how much I love them; but this extra stuff needed to be said.

My dad and I were never that close.  When he passed away about a dozen years ago, I was left with an empty feeling, wondering if he ever truly loved me.  He was not the kind of Dad that you could go to with problems. As long as things were smooth sailing, he was OK.  Ripples in the water caused problems for him.

When my kids were born, I made a promise to myself that someday, when I die, they will never have to ask themselves if I loved them. They will know down to the marrow of their bones, that their Dad thought they were the best.

Then it dawned upon me – again with a kick in the kiester from the Holy Spirit.  If I feel that way about my kids – how much more does the Father love me?  Sometimes I get down on myself for what a screw up I can be. Some times it feels like people only know me when they want something. Some times it feels like no one cares.

But my Father loves me – even when I’m not too keen about myself.

J+M+J

Full of admiration March 16, 2012

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When I was first contemplating writing this post, I had originally intended to use the word “Envy” in the title, as in “Full of Envy”.  But upon pondering about it, the word “admiration” is better suited.

And what I am most full of admiration for is those who convert to Catholicism. As a “Cradle Catholic” I have no idea as to what that experience is truly like.  But as a Catholic who is attempting to ever increase the depth of his faith and love, I can only imagine what the experience must be like.

Life changing, certainly.  I can only imagine the uncertainty, fear and trepidation that may go along with it, especially if you have been deeply entrenched in another faith.  Catholicism is such an ingrained part of my being, that I can hardly imagine what it must be like to NOT be Catholic – but I digress.

What must it be like to be a devout Baptist, Mormon, Jew, Presbyterian or whatever;  and come to the point where you have to tell your family and friends that you’ve decided that you want to be a Catholic?  Surely, we’re the most understood Faith, even with regards to our Protestant brothers and sisters, who should know us better than others.  But even they are woefully ignorant of our faith and have so many misconceptions as to what we believe and why.  I am sure that in many instances, that familial relationships as well as friendship relationships have been shattered for those who convert.

The journey itself is not easy for those born outside our Faith; but the rewards of “coming home” are so immense!  And it almost always shows.  A lot of the most devout and happy Catholics that I know are folks who made that journey. Their zeal, their enthusiasm, their devotion is palpable, intense and contagious.

For those of you out there, who might be interested in reading about some of these journeys, I have a couple of links.The first is to the blog of Cari Donaldson who authors the Blog “Clan Donladson”. This is her conversion story.

Another great place to go to is this Website – Why I’m Catholic

If you’re lukewarm about your faith, and you could use the witness of others, or you just want to be inspired, I’d ask you to spend some time reading some of these stories.  I have to warn you though, if you have any feelings or emotion inside of you at all, you’ll probably shed a tear or two of joy upon reading these.

I hope these testimonies  intensify and increase your own faith and conviction!

 

J+M+J

 

Wow! March 14, 2012

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This struck a chord with me – especially the very first commentary.

J+M+J

Remember March 7, 2012

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Remember not only the lives given from the Revolution on, to protect and defend our way of life – but remember – YOUR voice as a faithful Catholic can make a difference.  To quote JPII – “Do not be afraid!”

 

J+M+J