Thursday, January 31, 2008

Blinded Gonzaga Student: Can't See The Hierarcy Of Truths

Obama, supported the killing of 40 million babies in America and votes and advocates the endless slaughter of more babies.

Obama initiatives embody spirit of Gonzaga mission
By: Mark Ludeking
Posted: 2/1/08

In light of last week's opinion pieces pleading for new political ideas and the upcoming presidential primaries, I would like to present a few perspectives for you to ponder. Gonzaga's emphasis on involvement in the surrounding community and record of service learning, volunteering and Peace Corps membership align nicely with Presidential candidate Barack Obama's platform.
In Obama's plan for integrating service into learning, he will offer an opportunity for college students to give 100 hours of service per year and in return receive $4,000 each year in the form of an American Opportunity Tax Credit. Isn't this sort of measure exactly what Jesuit universities have been trying to do for decades?
The Obama tax credit is especially relevant now as Gonzaga continues to expand and has growing concerns about being able to help students pay for an education here. High school applicants will always consider how much each university can provide in terms of financial help and as Gonzaga grows Sen. Obama's tax credit can fill the gap.

Link (here)

A John Allen Hit Piece: Target, Divine Mercy

On Schönborn and the Divine Mercy devotion
John L Allen Jr.
January 31, 2008

Though it doesn’t get a lot of press (In the National Catholic Reporter), one of the more successful movements at the Catholic grassroots over the last several decades has been the phenomenal worldwide spread of devotion to the Divine Mercy of Jesus, associated with the early 20th century Polish sister and visionary St. Faustina Kowalska.
Divine Mercy might have remained a largely localized bit of Polish piety, were it not for the fact that the late Pope John Paul II saw it as the key to resolving the problem of evil in the 20th century and worked tirelessly to promote it, beatifying and canonizing Kowalska and even consecrating the entire world to Divine Mercy. (Is their a problem with this?) From John Paul’s point of view (It is Jesus' message not JPII's) , the fact that this contemporary revelation of God’s mercy came in the run-up to World War II, to a Pole just a few miles from Auschwitz, carried obvious fingerprints of divine providence. Given the pope’s deep personal bond to Faustina, devotees were moved by the fact that he died in April 2005 on the vigil of the feast of Divine Mercy that he himself had instituted. As a result of John Paul’s personal backing, the Divine Mercy devotion has become one of the most rapidly growing bits of spiritual practice in Catholicism. In Rome, for example, the Church of Santo Spirito in Sassia was dedicated to the Divine Mercy devotion by John Paul, and today it’s routinely packed with devotees from across the world. (As Fr. Mauro Parmeggiani of the Rome diocese has noted, churches near St. Peter’s generally suffer from the competition, but not Santo Spirito.) (Wow!) If more proof is needed, I offer the fact that on my last trip out to rural Western Kansas to visit my 93-year-old grandmother, I spotted a large billboard along the I-70 with the now-ubiquitous image of Jesus with rays of red and white radiating from his heart, under the slogan “Jesus, I Trust in You.” (As a footnote, it’s located not far from the locally famous billboard reading “One Kansas farmer feeds 129 people, plus you.”)
In another sign that the devotion has arrived, Rome will host an international congress on the Divine Mercy movement from April 2-6, 2008, just before Pope Benedict XVI’s April 15-20 trip to the United States. The ecclesiastical sponsor of the congress is Cardinal Christoph Schönborn of Vienna, who offered a briefing on the event today in the Press Office of the Holy See. Faustina's message "is a word for our times, for the real world,” Schönborn insisted. “It’s not just a particular devotion for a given zone.” Schönborn underlined John Paul’s memorable phrase about the urgency of the Divine Mercy message in his 2005 book Memory and Identity: “The only limit imposed upon evil,” the pope wrote, “is ultimately divine mercy.” I somewhat playfully asked Schönborn if Kowalska’s message might have some relevance for American political debate, where, in a culture of attack ads and zingers, mercy seems more often honored in the breach than the observance. “It would be interesting to conduct an electoral campaign under the profile of divine mercy,” Schönborn joked. “Maybe you can propose that for the United States.” Finally, as Schönborn had announced that a memorial Mass marking the third anniversary of John Paul’s death would be celebrated during the congress, I asked if any part of him hopes that this occasion might also become the late pope’s beatification Mass. “It’s not up to us,” he replied. “We’re hoping for it [the beatification], waiting for it, as I think people are throughout the world. We will continue to pray for it. But whether you’re the Vicar of Christ or not, Heaven has its own timeline.”
* * *By way of background, St. Faustina Kowalska was born in Poland in 1905 and died in 1938. She believed that Jesus appeared to her in 1931 (hedged wording) with a message of mercy for all humanity. (Factualy incorrect, St Faustina painted the first image) Her spiritual director commissioned an artist to render a painting of Jesus as he appeared in her visions, which has become the well-known image of Jesus with two rays of light streaming from his heart. (The red ray represents the blood that flowed from Christ’s side when struck with a spear on the cross, the white the water). Her 600-page diary of the visions is known as Divine Mercy in My Soul. (Factualy incorrect, Jesus devised the prayers and spiritual works of mercy) She devised various prayers and spiritual acts to support this devotion before dying in 1938. Faustina has long been an important figure in the life of John Paul II. As an underground seminarian during World War II, he was influenced by Kowalska’s diary. When he became archbishop of Krakow, he began the process of her beatification, which he brought to fruition as pope. Despite its wide global success, the Divine Mercy devotion is not without its critics (This includes John Allen, no dought) . Some see Faustina’s quasi-apocalyptic insistence on human unworthiness as excessive (Jesus talks explicitly about roles of the soul in relation to the Church Millitant, the Church Suffering and the Church Triumphant). Others (please name names!) object to the way the pope (Jesus requested it) placed the divine mercy feast on the second Sunday after Easter, hence “disrupting,” (How about perfectly placed by the Holy Spirit?) according to some (Which liturgist?) liturgists, the Easter season. (Especially given that Easter is supposed to be about the joy of resurrection, not our constant need for mercy (Wow, arrogence unleashed). Still others say the pope shouldn’t use his office to foist (Foist is not a chartiable word) his personal spirituality on the rest of the church (John, you do not have to participate). One interesting footnote (clever wording) is that for almost 20 years, from 1959 to 1978, Faustina’s diary was officially banned by the Holy Office, today’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. Working from what is today recognized as a faulty Italian translation of her diary, the Holy Office decided that Faustina’s private revelations were quirky and effectively silenced her movement. It was thus a minor bit of defiance (John Allen gives no account for the Holy Spirits Divine influence on the life or election of John Paul the Great) for Polish Archbishop Karol Wojtyla to open canonization proceedings on October 21, 1965, for someone whose lifework was still officially censored in Rome. (More clever wording, a ban is what happened to Frs. Haight and Phan) The Vatican’s ban on Divine Mercy Devotion was finally lifted on April 15, 1978, and in short order Wojtyla became pope. His 1980 encyclical Dives in Misericordia is heavily influenced by Kowalska’s experience.
(It seems John Allen has writing a little to conservative lately, looks like he needed to get his street cred back at NCR Cafe)

Link (here)

Cardinal Rode Sent A Very Different Message To The Legion of Christ

Vatican Cardinal to Regnum Christi: Grow!
Aug 15, 2007
If you went to one of two big Catholic conventions this summer, you may have seen a Vatican Cardinal.
(National Catholic Register, 8/14/07)
Cardinal Frank Rodé visited the Youth and Family Encounter event, hosted by the Legionaries of Christ and the Regnum Christi movement. Cardinal Rodé is the Vatican’s point man on consecrated life. That means his visit to the convention of the Regnum Christi apostolic movement was significant. “Your charism is a true gift that the Holy Spirit has given to each one of you personally so that you can serve the Church,” said Cardinal Rodé. “God has given you this gift so that each one of you can reflect his light. That is why the charism is both a gift and a responsibility.” More than 5,000 registered participants attended the three day-long convention. Among the speakers were Legionary Father Owen Kearns (who is publisher and editor in chief of the Register) and Father Alvaro Corcuera, general director of the Legionaries of Christ and the Regnum Christi lay movement of apostolate. Both Father Corcuera and Cardinal Rodé spoke about the charism of the Regnum Christi movement. Father Corcuera identified charity as the heart of the charism, and described how charity in speech was characteristic of that charity. Cardinal Rodé’s speech articulated several aspects of the charism of Regnum Christi and expressed the Vatican’s appreciation of it.
Love for Peter
The cardinal told the audience that a chief feature of the movement’s charism is its love for the successors of Peter — a love which he said is returned.
“I know well how much your founder insisted that Regnum Christi would be devoid of meaning outside of the Church,” he said. “It is like the DNA that identifies you. Wherever a Regnum Christi member is, there is a deep communion with the Vicar of Christ and the mystical body of Christ.”
The Holy Father appreciates that charism, he said.

“I know how much joy this gives me, but above all I know how much joy this gives Pope Benedict XVI. Several days ago the Holy Father received me in audience, and I spoke to him about this encounter. He was very pleased and he was happy to hear about this encounter in Atlanta. The Pope knows he can count on you and your obedience and love. The charity in speech that characterizes you is a priceless witness.”

Apostolic Zeal
Cardinal Rodé also identified apostolic zeal as a center of the Regnum Christi charism.
“It is striking to see how strongly your missionary apostolates are growing: Youth for the Third Millennium, Missionary Family, Helping Hands Medical Missions,” he said.
“I and many others cannot help but marvel at the beautiful spectacle of tens of thousands of missionaries, more each year, who participate in the Holy Week missions. One can see that you feel the need to proclaim the Gospel, and that you are not afraid to make sacrifices to do so.”
He urged members of Regnum Christi and the Legionaries of Christ to grow to include more members.
“Do not be afraid to grow; rather, be afraid of not growing,” he said. “How much good you will do if you grow! And how much good, sadly, will remain undone if you do not! The Church needs you, and it needs you even stronger and bigger. To be able to carry out your apostolic charism, you must grow.”

He identified growth as another key part of Regnum Christi’s charism.
“To grow in breadth means to grow in numbers, so that through Regnum Christi
there will be more apostles, more apostolates, more initiatives at the service
of the Church and souls,”
said Cardinal Rodé. “This is what the Church and the world need. And, I would say, it is what each one of you needs if you are not going to disappoint God’s plan for your lives.”
In conclusion, he reiterated that Regnum Christi is just one of many exciting new movements in the Church.
“You know very well that Regnum Christi is only one part of God’s great plan
to transform the world at the beginning of this third millennium of Christianity,”
he said. “Just one part, true, but it’s the part that God has put in your hands, and the part for which you are personally responsible.”

Legion of Christ Founder "Rest In Peace"

To the members of the Regnum Christi Movement

My dear friends in Christ: "And the Word was made flesh!" These were the last words that Nuestro Padre left written. He knew that the Incarnation gave meaning to all our lives. As we know, ever since his childhood and adolescence, our Lord granted him the grace of clearly perceiving the relative value of time in the face of eternity. He always taught us that Christ is the center, the only reason of our existence:

"…in the great Mystery of his Presence in the Eucharist… we can touch him and almost feel him as our Brother and Father, Friend and Redeemer. Thus… he has willed to draw us to Himself until the joyful day when, breaking all bonds, free in his total plenitude, we will be able to contemplate him in the life to come" (LNP, March 11, 1975).

Within the deep sadness and sorrow that this news gives us, I also have the joy of telling you that Nuestro Padre has reached the end of his earthly pilgrimage. With the peace that always filled his soul, he departed for his eternal destiny on January 30 in the United States. Certainly, although we all knew this moment had to come, on a human level it still causes us deep sadness. His departure hurts us in the deepest part of our soul. On the other hand, Nuestro Padre always spoke to us of hope, and when he talked about death, he always talked about the Resurrection. And so, we are not going to stay only in the sadness of the moment or in the tears of the heart. Today we must listen to St. Paul's exhortation: "Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice" (Phil 4:4). We must rejoice with the supernatural joy of the one who lives by faith and hope, carrying in our hearts the joy of being united to Christ the Good Shepherd, and walking at his side like the pilgrims on the way to Emmaus, with a firm stride toward eternity.

As he often told us, he didn't want us to focus on him: "If only you could see not me, but God's plan"; he wanted us to go to Christ.

It is around the tabernacle and in prayer before the Blessed Sacrament that we will be most deeply united, with the strength and singular significance of charity. This will be the best way of remembering him and of keeping him always in our hearts.There is so much that we would like to say. But I believe that what we all want now is the silence to contemplate and thank, to suffer and trust with the joy of one who believes and hopes in the midst of a sorrow that can't be expressed in words.

Let us unite ourselves to the Blessed Virgin; she will guide our minds toward the depths of the mystery that surrounds us, and will always fill us with her peace.

Nuestro Padre had explicitly asked me to be accompanied at the hour of his death by an image of Our Lady of Guadalupe, who has always been his faithful and loving Mother.

May she help us to continue our mission of total service to the Catholic Church we love so much, in full and filial loyalty to the Holy Father.

The funeral will be celebrated in an atmosphere of prayer, in a simple and private way. We will accompany him with the prayers that we will all be offering for his eternal repose. Profoundly united to all of you in prayer and in the mission we share, I remain your affectionate servant in Christ,

Alvaro Corcuera, LC

You Have To Work To Find A Jesuit At Georgetown

Holding on to Jesuit identity
Georgetown doesn’t have a Jesuit President, and likely won’t in the future. We don’t, in fact, have very many Jesuits—only 34 working on campus, out of some 728 full-time faculty. It’s quite possible to go through four years here without taking a class with or even, if you make an effort, meeting a Jesuit.
For many students, the most prominent reminder of our Jesuit identity is how often we’re told that we have one.
So, what’s the use of our Jesuit heritage today? Should we cast our religious identity aside like so many other Universities and seek to become a Potomac Harvard? After weighing the costs and benefits, we can only say no. Jesuit we began, and Jesuit we should remain.
Read the full GeorgeTown Voice editorial (here)

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Deceased Jesuit Fr. Robert Drinan Supported Partial Birth Abortion

Catholic University Extols Pro-Abortion Alumnus Nancy Pelosi
WASHINGTON, January 30, 2008 ( - Despite its Catholic mission, Trinity University in Washington, D.C., continues to extol two of its pro-abortion alumnae, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius. Both public officials identify themselves as Catholics, but reject Catholic teaching on serious moral issues.

"It runs contrary to the very purpose of a Catholic university to applaud the pursuit of power for gravely immoral ends," said Patrick J. Reilly, President of The Cardinal Newman Society. "By deliberately associating itself with vocal advocates of what Pope John Paul II called a 'Culture of Death,' Trinity University has taken the low road."

Featured on Trinity's website is an announcement of Sebelius's Democratic response to President Bush's State of the Union address on Monday - which Trinity President Patricia McGuire attended as Pelosi's special guest. Also posted are an alumni magazine profile of Sebelius, a 2006 news release announcing her selection as head of the Democratic Governors Association, and a news release on TIME Magazine naming her a top governor. But nowhere on the Trinity website is Sebelius's support for abortion mentioned. Instead, the site quotes Pelosi, who claims Sebelius "epitomizes the leadership that is moving America in a New Direction." The site links to a "blog" on which McGuire praises Sebelius as "an amazing political leader" who "has been able to build bipartisan coalitions around issues of importance to people in Kansas" - but not including the defense of innocent human life. In 2003, Trinity honored Pelosi and Sebelius with honorary doctorates at a gala dinner. In November 2006, Trinity hailed the reelections of both women to their posts. In January 2007, Trinity again hailed Pelosi's selection as House Speaker with a press release.

Then Trinity endured a barrage of criticism from The Cardinal Newman Society and other concerned Catholics when it hosted a special Mass for Pelosi on January 3, the day before she was sworn in as Speaker. Worse still, the celebrant of the Mass requested by Pelosi was Jesuit Father Robert Drinan, a former member of Congress who had supported abortion rights and publicly defended President Bill Clinton's veto of a bill to ban partial-birth abortion. In his homily, Father Drinan had the audacity to recall "Christ's personal love of children and His affirmation that 'whatsoever you do for the least of My brethren you do for Me.'" When Father Drinan died three weeks later, Trinity posted a tribute to him.

Of Sebelius's pro-abortion views, Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City said in September 2006, "It is difficult to find a single instance, either in a procedural or substantive vote, where she acted in a manner that would afford unborn children the maximum protection. …Sebelius voted to weaken or eliminate even such modest measures as parental notification, waiting periods and informed consent." He spoke on the occasion of her veto of a bill banning certain late-term abortions.

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Link to article (here)

Los Angeles Jesuits Have Teeth Into A Hedonistic Movie

Unlike anything you’ve seen before
Academic freedom hits new low at Loyola Marymount University.
An Oct. 1 board editorial in the Loyolan, the student newspaper of Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, in listing examples of the Jesuit school’s embrace of academic freedom, noted that “even the ‘Vagina Monologues’ has visited LMU.” Now, the Jan. 28 Loyolan reveals that the university’s progressive administration has allowed the showing of a movie, also about vaginas – or a vagina. A toothed vagina. “Every now and again, a horror film comes along that is so creative and so fresh that it causes a buzz of which cannot be ignored,” said the Loyolan article, “’Teeth’ Proves a Mouthful.” The movie, Teeth -- “one of those movies,” said the article -- was recently screened at the LMU School of Film and Television.

The film, which had its world premier at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival, is a story about a “Christian high school girl caught up in her school’s purity campaign – saving herself for marriage, as it were,” said the 2007 Sundance Film Guide. According to the film’s web site, the student, Dawn, “works hard at suppressing her budding sexuality by being the local chastity group’s most active participant … A stranger to her own body, innocent Dawn discovers she has a toothed vagina when she becomes the object of violence.”

Teeth, says the Loyolan, has an “utterly ridiculous premise;” it is a “hilariously black comedy” with the “ability to make you laugh and scream within the same frame of film.” Its

“dialogue is clever, witty and fresh, and when put to work via Jess Wexler, who plays Dawn, it allows for a depth not commonly found in horror comedies.”

The film is slightly more a horror than a comedy flick, says the article. “Dawn turns into a pseudo-Freddy Krueger of feminine empowerment.” The film “goes the traditional slasher route in setting up a handful of scenes similar to the first,” and viewers need “be prepared for some shockingly graphic scenes of penile aftermath.” The Loyolan writer said he was

“shocked at how far the film went in making sure you knew what Dawn's beaver
was gnawing on.”

Teeth, however, is not “a mindless, derivative remake or sequel. It most definitely isn't your typical coming-of-age teen sex comedy,” said the Loyolan. “And it is unquestionably not like anything you have ever seen before.”

Link to the California Catholic Daily (here)

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

National Public Radio: Jesuit Basher

From NPR, a story entitled, Vatican Opens Pre-WWII Papal Archive
by Sylvia Poggioli
Historian David Kertzer says that Pius XI was aware he was making deals with devils in order to secure advantages for the Catholic church, but that his attitude changed toward the end of his papacy. "The pope began to regret to some extent what he had done and he really had some crisis of conscience," Kurtzer says. In 1938, as he was growing even more concerned over what was happening in Germany and the rest of Europe, Pius XI asked an American Jesuit who was known for his anti-racist views to prepare a draft encyclical directly condemning racism and anti-racism and anti-Semitism. The request went nowhere. "The Jesuit hierarchy essentially buried this. The head of the Jesuits worldwide essentially was an anti-Semite himself, and it only got to the pope in his very last days. He was too frail to do anything."
Link to the NPR story (here)

It would be nice to see America Magazine pound back this story and not let NPR get away with this.

A Field Day For Dante

Priests defend, commend Archbishop Raymond Burke
As you may have heard or read, Mr. Majerus, coach of the St. Louis University basketball team, voiced support for abortion “rights” at a recent rally for pro-abortion presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
January 29, 2008
By Matt C. Abbott

Father Tom Euteneuer,
President of Human Life International,

issued this statement:

"Rick Majerus is more of a basket case than a basketball coach. His sicknesses all fit so neatly together: He has a modern anti-Catholic ‘Jesuit’ education; he embraces superficial, undigested rhetoric about the issues; he is a jock pretending to be a scientist; and he exhibits a defiant disobedience to religious authority. Dante would have a field day -- no pun intended --putting this guy in the pit of hell. He should be excommunicated along with all the Jesuits who ‘educated’ him.”

Link to the Spero Forum News piece (here)

Dante Alighieri (here) and (here)

Dante's Divine Comedy (here) (great site)

Holy Smoke! Another Catholic Basher!

In an article entitled, Cigarette Smoking and the Church's "Pro-Life" Position . Science writer Elizabeth M. Whelan, Sc.D., M.P.H. shrieks of anti-Catholicism with this statement,

Where, for example, is the voice of the Roman Catholic Church, which is apparently so committed to a "pro-life" position? Why are they not deeply concerned about the lives of the millions who will soon die from this now-intensified Philip Morris sales blitz?

Where, for example is the voice of Elizabeth M. Whelan, Sc. D., M.P.H., which is apparently so committed to an "anti-smoking" position? Why is she not deeply concerned about the forty million innocent babies who have died at the intense pro-abortion genocidal blitz?

Here she points to the Pope's statement about smoking and the Jesuits in the 1950's.

To say that the Roman Catholic Church's stance on the public and personal health implications of cigarette smoking has been dismal would be an understatement. The Church has been largely mute on the subject, more concerned with the moral depravity of alcohol and illicit drug use than smoking. Indeed back in the 1950s, when the avalanche of data on smoking and disease began to hit the medical journals, the cigarette companies were terrified that the Catholic Church might make a pronouncement about smoking's imperiling of human life and health. But the Church did not. Of course, the tobacco folks had a real scare back in 1957 when Pope Pius XII suggested that the Jesuit order give up smoking.

There were only 33,000 Jesuits in the world at that point, so the industry was not afraid of losing lots of priest-customers. ( The concern over the number of Jesuit's, is certainly based on perspective.)

But they did worry that the Pope might eventually ask the question, as a magazine headline once put it: "When Is a Cig a Sin?" -- and, worse yet, that the answer might be "always." So the spin doctors in the industry worked on the Pope's Jesuit statement and came up with this: an industry rep wrote in the United States Tobacco Journal, "the Jesuits have a way of life that is traditionally stricter than other segments of the clergy or laity in general." What the Pope was really saying, the industry argued, was that cigarette smoke is good fun and pleasurable, and the only reason Jesuits should not smoke is that they are supposed to reject human gratification. Thus smoking is fine for everyone else!

I used to be a smoker for eleven years, I surely understand the attraction to smoking. The real sin is the waste of money I spent on cigarettes.
Read the full article (here)
Tielhard and smoking (here)
Other Catholic commentary by Elizabeth M. Whelan, Sc.D., M.P.H. (here) , (here) and (here)

Monday, January 28, 2008

Canadian Jesuit School, Campion College Celebrates 90th Anniversary

Campion celebrates 90 years

Barb Pacholik
January 28, 2008
They're called the Dream Team -- volunteers able and willing to lend a hand. And some Campion College students, staff, faculty and friends thought joining in and assisting just might be a good way to help mark the school's 90th anniversary. That's what brought about 40 people together Saturday morning at the Albert-Scott Community Centre as they made plans to spend the day doing everything from cleaning a large storage closet to organizing a small library and distributing flyers promoting healthy food. "We're really excited to do anything we can to help out and roll up our sleeves," said Sarah Hannah, one of the volunteers who made the day a family affair by coming out with her brother and mom. "We just want to be put to work," added Hannah, a fourth-year university student dressed in a red and black Campion shirt. Her brother Eric, who graduated last year from Campion, welcomed the opportunity. "We can take it all in one fell swoop, and get the work done," he said. Betty Krohn, an office manager at the Indian Metis Christian Fellowship Centre, was happy to put the extra hands to work. Asked by one of the Dream Team organizers if the centre could use some volunteers, Krohn replied without hesitation, "Well of course." "This is a real blessing to us for people to come in and say, 'What do you need?' " she added. Krohn planned to have the volunteers help inventory and organize a small library at the centre. "If nobody knows we have them (the books), they'll never be able to use them." Stephanie Molloy, a campus minister at Campion, said the idea was sparked, in part, by a controversial Maclean's magazine article that painted a bleak picture of Regina's north-central area. "It's my neighbourhood," said Molloy, who added that she feels quite safe there. Last year, contacts were made with the Four Directions Health Care Centre and the North Central Community Centre to focus on cultivating more volunteer efforts in the area. While other celebrations are being planned as part of Campion's 90th anniversary, Joanne Kozlowski, the college's communications director, said organizers decided to put out the word for volunteers to join in a one-day community service project. Molloy explained how it was a good fit for Campion's philosophy, a school rooted in the Jesuit faith. "There's more to education," she added. Molloy is hoping to build up a continuing volunteer network. Lisa Workman, community co-ordinator at Four Directions Health Centre, said the Dream Team of volunteers was already in place at Four Directions, when the North Central Community Centre wanted help with its volunteer program. When Campion came on board "it was a really good fit," she said. Workman promotes volunteerism as a way to get out of the house, build community, and also gain valuable work experience. "It's a great opportunity," she said, adding that slowly a database of volunteers is being built that can match helpers with organizations in the area who need assistance.
Link (here)
More on St. Edmund Campion, S.J. (here) , (here) and (here)

American Assistancy

Fr. Cooke, U.S. Delegation Meet Superior General
Canisius President and members of the American Jesuit assistancy in Rome meet Rev. Adolfo Nicolas, S.J.
BUFFALO, NY – Canisius College President Rev. Vincent M. Cooke, S.J., and members of the American Jesuit assistancy in Rome, recently met with the newly-elected superior general of the Society of Jesus, Rev. Adolfo Nicolas, S.J. Father Cooke is one of 34 Jesuits from the United States and 225 delegates from around the world who make up the General Congregation, which elects a new superior general of the Society of Jesus, the largest religious order in the Roman Catholic Church. Father Nichols was elected on January 19 but the General Congregation will remain in session for several more weeks as the whole assembly works on proposals in relation to the governing of the Society. Father Rev. Adolfo Nicolas, S.J., is the former provincial of Japan and president of the Jesuit conference of East Asia and Oceana. He was selected as the 30th superior general of the Jesuits and succeeds Rev. Peter-Hans Kolvenbach, S.J., who resigned on January 14 after 25 years of service. To read more about the 35th Jesuit General Congregation, click here. Canisius College is one of 28 Jesuit colleges in the nation and the premier private college in Western New York. Canisius prepares leaders – intelligent, caring, faithful individuals – able to pursue and promote excellence in their professions, communities and service to humanity.
Link (here)

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Check Out Gloria TV

Jesuit videos (here)
Sacred Heart of Jesus devotional video (here)

What Went Wrong In Boston?

An excerpt from an excerpt.

The Faithful Departed
The Collapse of Boston's Catholic Culture
by Philip F. Lawler
The following is the introductory chapter of Phil Lawler's book, which will be formally released next month-- February 2008-- by Encounter books. It is available now for pre-release orders on

Among those Catholics, about 80% attended Mass every week, and heard the doctrine of the Church proclaimed in sermons regularly.
Many attended parochial schools, where their attitudes toward the world were shaped by the Sisters of St. Joseph and other religious orders.
When the Holy Name Society organized a parade, 10,000 men marched through the streets of downtown Boston.
A growing number attended Catholic colleges; Boston College and Holy Cross were attracting some of the brightest young men from the families of Irish and Italian immigrants.
Lay Catholics joined the Knights of Columbus, the Women's Sodality and the Altar Guild. They met their future spouses at CYO dances and Newman Club social hours. They identified themselves readily as Catholics, and on religious matters they identified Cardinal O'Connell as their leader. .......

Yet again, the most conspicuous examples of this attitude have been shown in Massachusetts.
In the 1950s, an Archbishop of Boston discouraged a priest from his energetic public preaching of a defined Catholic dogma, because some people found that dogma offensive.
A decade later the same archbishop— now a cardinal— announced that Catholic legislators should feel free to vote in favor of legislation that violated the precepts of the Church. In 1974 his successor encouraged Catholic parents not to send their children to parochial schools.
And in 1993 yet another Boston archbishop instructed the faithful that they should not pray outside abortion clinics.
In each of these remarkable cases, the Archbishop of Boston obviously thought that he was serving the cause of community peace. But just as obviously, he was yielding ground, and encouraging the Catholic faithful to yield as well.

Link to the Spirit Daily piece (here)
Photo credit of St. Mary Star of the Sea School, one of Boston areas old Catholic Schools. (here)
Boston College history page (here)

Doctor Death: The Face Of Evil

Museum of Contraception and Abortion Opens to Controversy
A unique kind museum opened in Vienna this week. Everything inside revolves around contraception and abortions, and the museum attempts to go beyond any other collection in any other nation. The initiator of this museum is Christian Fiala, a doctor who has directed a clinic for abortions and family planning in Vienna for the past 10 years. Fiala is seen as a missionary for womens health and is the chairman of the International Association of Abortion and Contraception Specialists. Displayed in two rooms are items Fiala has collected over the decades. The first room is devoted to contraception, and it displays the wide variety of items used over the centuries to prevent pregnancies. The first birth-control pill is displayed next to ancient condoms made of pig bladders. In the doorway to the second room, pregnancy tests, which were developed in the 1960s, are hanging. This leads into the abortion room. Up until about 1900, abortions were so dangerous that it was safer for women to carry the child to term and then kill it after it was born. Visitors can even listen to recordings of abortion providers discussing how up until 30 years ago it was still a life-threatening procedure.
Link (here)
Watch video of Dr. Deaths employees (here)

Mary during the Flagellation of our Lord

I SAW the Blessed Virgin in a continual ecstasy during the time of the scourging of her Divine Son; she saw and suffered with inexpressible love and grief all the torments he was enduring. She groaned feebly, and her eyes were red with weeping. A large veil covered her person, and she leant upon Mary of Heli, her eldest sister,* who was old and extremely like their mother, Anne. Mary of Cleophas, the daughter of Mary of Heli, was there also. The friends of Jesus and Mary stood around the latter; they wore large veils, appeared overcome with grief and anxiety, and were weeping as if in the momentary expectation of death. The dress of Mary was blue; it was long, and partly covered by a cloak made of white wool, and her veil was of rather a yellow white. Magdalen was totally beside herself from grief and her hair was floating loosely under her veil.
When Jesus fell down at the foot of the pillar, after the flagellation, I saw Claudia Procles, the wife of Pilate, send some large pieces of linen to the Mother of God. I know not whether she thought that Jesus would be set free, and that his Mother would then require linen to dress his wounds, or whether this compassionate lady was aware of the use which would be made of her present. At the termination of the scourging, Mary came to herself for a time, and saw her Divine Son all torn and mangled, being led away by the archers after the scourging: he wiped his eyes, which were filled with blood, that he might look at his Mother, and she stretched out her hands towards him, and continued to look at the bloody traces of his footsteps. I soon after saw Mary and Magdalen approach the pillar where Jesus had been scourged; the mob were at a distance, and they were partly concealed by the other holy women, and by a few kind-hearted persons who had joined them; they knelt down on the ground near the pillar, and wiped up the sacred blood with the linen which Claudia Procles had sent. John was not at that time with the holy women, who were about twenty in number. The sons of Simeon and of Obed, and Veronica, as also the two nephews of Joseph of Arimathea—Aram and Themni—were in the Temple, and appeared to be overwhelmed with grief. It was not more than nine o’clock A.M. when the scourging terminated.

* Mary of Heli is often spoken of in this relation. According to Sister Eminerich, she was the daughter of St. Joachim and St. Anne, and was born nearly twenty years before the Blessed Virgin. She was not the child of promise, and is called Mary of Heli, by which she is distinguished from the other of the same name, because she was the daughter of Joachim, or Heliachim. Her husband bore the name of Cleophas. and her daughter that of Mary of Cleophas. This daughter was, however, older than her aunt, the Blessed Virgin, and had been married first to Alpheus. by whom she had three sons, afterwards the Apostles Simon, James the Less and Thaddeus. She had one son by her second husband, Sabat, and another called Simon, by her third husband, Jonas. Simon was afterwards Bishop of Jerusalem.
Link to Chapter 23
Link to the full book, The Dolorous Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ
Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich
A short video of The Passion

Jesuit Speaks On The Election Of The Superior General

The new General meets the press.

Just short of a week after his election as Superior General of the Society of Jesus, Father Adolfo Nicolás gave his first official press conference yesterday. The new General touched on a range of topics, from the state of relations between the Vatican and the Jesuit Order to the ways in which the decades he spent in Japan changed his outlook. He also spoke candidly and humorously about the unaccustomed attention he has received from the media since his election:
Father Nicolás said that since his election, he had been reading the newspapers more than usual and has found some of the comments about his election entertaining, some absolutely false and others right on the mark.
He said that a Spanish newspaper had been looking for his report card from a school he attended only one year at the age of 10. "It's terrible, that year I failed two subjects - geography and another that I don't remember," he said.Other newspapers, he said, have tried to imply that there is "a theological distance between me and (Pope) Benedict XVI," when, in fact, Father Nicolás' own theological studies included the then-Father Ratzinger's textbooks, which "were highly interesting and had a newness and an inspiration that all of us recognized.""The distance is a theory in the imagination of those who have written it," the superior general said.He said he had read several articles comparing him to Father Pedro Arrupe, who led the Jesuits [from] 1965-83, and Father Peter-Hans Kolvenbach, his immediate predecessor."However, no one has yet said I'm 10 percent Elvis Presley, although one could say this and it wouldn't surprise me. But I think this is all false," he added.
Father Nicolás also responded directly to concerns regarding Jesuits' obedience to the Pope, a topic that the Holy Father himself has raised in recent days and which many commentators had hoped the new General would address.

"The Society of Jesus wants to cooperate with the Vatican and obey the Holy
the General said. "This has not and will not change. We were
born in this context, and this is the context that will determine our

Father Nicolás also stated that his immediate priority as leader of the Society is "to listen to what the General Congregation wants, how we will respond to the conversation and challenges the Holy Father addressed to us and which we are taking very seriously in our reflections, how to respond to help the Church, not ourselves."
What specific response will the 35th General Congregation offer to the needs of the Church today and to the Society's own internal challenges?

At this point, it's too soon to say. As a Jesuit, I have no "insider information" to rely upon beyond occasional electronic reports, the content of which differs little from that which is available to the general public. As has been the case with previous General Congregations, the story behind the decrees of GC35 will not really be known until the Congregation concludes and the various delegates return to their home provinces and start to share their impressions and reflections more fully.

I look forward to reading the documents that will be produced by this Congregation, and I look forward to hearing more about the process from the delegates that I know. In the meantime, I'll be praying for the work of GC35, and I hope you'll join me in doing so. AMDG.
Link to Jesuit Joe Koczera's blogs entitled, SJ ,The City and the Word (here)
Joe also has a retired blog called Noviciate Notes (here)
Photo credit of Joe at Think Jesuit (here)

The Divine Mercy And The Sacred Heart Of Jesus

This from Mark Mallett's blog. Mark is Catholic lay evangelist from Canada.

While the revelations of the merciful Heart of Jesus to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque (1647-1690 A.D.) and St. Faustina Kowalska (1905-1938) were separated by three centuries, they have a common theme: devotion to the Heart of Jesus will be a sign of the end times.

I understood that devotion to the Sacred Heart is a last effort of His Love towards Christians of these latter times, by proposing to them an object and means so calculated to persuade them to love Him. —St. Margaret Mary, Antichrist and the End Times, Fr. Joseph Iannuzzi, p. 65

This devotion was the last effort of His love that He would grant to men in these latter ages, in order to withdraw from the empire of Satan which He desired to destroy, and thus to introduce them into the sweet liberty of the rule of His love, which He wished to restore in the hearts of all those who should embrace this devotion. —St. Margaret Mary,
Jesus appeared to St. Faustina with rays of light pouring from His Merciful Heart. From her Diary:

I am prolonging the time of mercy for the sake of [sinners]…. While there is
still time, let them have recourse to the fount of My mercy… He who refuses to
pass through the door of My mercy must pass through the door of My justice.
Diary of St Faustina, 1160, 848, 1146

And recall again the words of St. John Bosco in his famous dream of the two pillars:

There will be chaos in the Church. Tranquility will not return until the Pope succeeds in anchoring the boat of Peter between the Twin Pillars of Eucharistic devotion and devotion to Our Lady. —Forty Dreams of St. John Bosco, compiled and edited by Fr. J. Bacchiarello, S.D.B.

The call to the Bastion is a call to look to the Eucharist, which is the Sacred Heart of Jesus. To entrust our whole beings to Him who is our refuge. We now see these devotions to His Heart converging in our times.
The call, then, is to prepare for the end of this age.
Mark Mallett's website (here)
St. Claude de la Colombière, S.J. (here)

For The Same Reason A Married Man Should Wear His Wedding Ring

From Karen Hall's blog.

Given the title of my new blog, I thought this article was well worth sharing: Why Do Priests Wear Black?"
The article traces the entire history of clerical garb. It was all interesting to me. If you don't share my fascination for such things, and you just want to cut to the chase, here what you need to read:
The symbolism of the cassock is as follows; The Roman collar symbolizes obedience; the Sash or cincture around that waist, chastity; and the color black, poverty. Moreover, black is a color of mourning arid death for the priest, the symbolism is dying to oneself to rise and serve the Lord as well as giving witness of the Kingdom yet to come.
The Code of Canon Law still requires "clerics are to wear suitable ecclesiastical garb in accord with the norms issued by the conference of bishops and in accord with legitimate local custom" (No. 284). In our very secular world, the wearing of clerical garb continues to be a visible sign of belief and of the consecration of one's life to the service of the Lord and His Church.
Read the entire article here.
The photo is from Henniger's Church Goods and Liturgical Vestments (here)

Former Avignon Jesuit Noviciate Is Now Hotel

Hôtel Cloitre Saint Louis Avignon

This former Jesuit noviciate is a haven of peace at just a few minutes' walking distance from the Pope’s Palace and located in the old city of Avignon. The hotel has 80 rooms located in a 16th century part, which has kept piously the spirit of that period and into a contemporary wing inspired by the well known French architect Jean Nouvel.

Links: Travel site (here) , photo gallery (here) and book reference (here)

Basketball Is Not A Sacrament And It Will Not Get You To Heaven

A short portion of a sport editorial justifing the coaches postion. The writer does not forget to jab and insult the Church with his celebacy statement. Not finished, he then insults the integrity of Archbishop Burke.
Majerus well within his rights
January 27, 2008
By Ron Kremer

Burke must recognize Majerus' right to form his own opinions and to occasionally disassociate himself from the Catholic ideals of the university where he works. His free time is just that -- his. He is not on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Nor is it likely he is the only one on staff at St. Louis ever to speak out on abortion.
The issue is one of many in Catholicism to fall under scrutiny. Some have wondered why priests aren't allowed to marry.
Does that condemn them to a life in purgatory? I would hope not. Majerus should be applauded for taking his job as a coach and teacher to heart.
He chooses to engage in topics of relevance. And in what better arena is there to wage debate than on a university campus?
He is part of a larger think tank than is outlined in an ordinary basketball handbook. Yes, he is also a man of some influence. He uses that influence every day in every way imaginable, whether he is casting his enormous shadow on the sideline, needling an official, or demanding a level of excellence from one his players during a routine workout. He is recognized as a giant in the coaching world because he dutifully tends to his flock.
Burke is the attention-getter here. He first thrust himself in the spotlight in 2004 when he said he would deny Holy Communion to John Kerry, then a Democratic presidential nominee, because of Kerry's support of abortion.
Now, Burke wants to speak with St. Louis University president Lawrence Biondi about Majerus. Clearly, Burke is envious of Majerus' everyman's charm. Burke wants equal air time.

Link (here)

Saturday, January 26, 2008

The Meeting, The Committee And The Dialogue

New head of Jesuits meets with Pope at Vatican
ROME (AP) - The new leader of the Jesuits met Saturday with Pope Benedict XVI and told him the religious order would study the pontiff's invitation to confirm their «total» adhesion to Catholic teaching, including on divorce, homosexuality and liberation theology. The Jesuits have had a tense relationship with the Vatican on issues of doctrine and obedience. The Vatican occasionally disciplines Jesuit theologians and issues reminders of the their vows of obedience to the pontiff. The Rev. Adolfo Nicolas, a Spanish missionary and theologian with extensive Asian experience who was elected as superior general Jan. 19, had a «warm and friendly conversation» with the pontiff, the Jesuits said on their Web site. Shortly before Nicolas' predecessor, Dutch priest Peter-Hans Kolvenbach, handed in his resignation for reasons of age, he received a letter from Benedict in which the pope said it could be «extremely useful» if the Jesuits reaffirm «total adhesion to Catholic doctrine.
The pope wrote Kolvenbach that he was particularly concerned about "those neuralgic points which today are strongly attacked by secular culture," according to the text released by the Jesuits. The pope cited "aspects of the theology of liberation, and various points of sexual morality, especially ... the indissolubility of marriage and the pastoral care of homosexual persons", the letter said.
Church teaching forbids divorce. It also says homosexual acts are sinful. In past decades, some of the Jesuits' work with the poor in Latin America left the Vatican worried that some Jesuits were embracing liberation theology and Marxist political movements. Kolvenbach, elected leader in 1983, was widely credited with improving the Jesuits' tense relations with the Vatican.
The Jesuits said Benedict was pleased to hear from Nicolas that Jesuits had formed a committee to study his letter to Kolvenbach.
The meeting was also an opportunity for Nicolas to «reaffirm his personal respect» for the pope «as well as the esteem of the whole Society of Jesus,» as the Jesuit order is formally known. The Vatican announced that Benedict and Nicolas had met in a private audience but gave no details of their talks.
Benedict and Nicolas also discussed Japan, where the Jesuit had served for 33 years. Nicolas has said the West doesn't have a monopoly on meaning and spirituality and that Asia has much to offer the Church.
The pope encouraged the Jesuit leader to continue with dialogue with culture and evangelization and to ensure a thorough formation of young Jesuits, said the religious order, which is one of the largest in the Church. Founded in the 16th century by St. Ignatius Loyola, the Jesuit order has been dedicated to missionary work and education, and runs universities throughout the world.
Link (here)

More On SLU: Bishop, Jesuit, Coach, Abortion, Basketball and the Vagina Monologues

Joe Adorjan was on SLU's Board of Trustees when the school sold its hospital to Tenet Healthcare in 1998 over the adamant objections of then-Archbishop Justin Rigali. Still a member of the SLU board today, Adorjan said he would be surprised if the school decided to punish Majerus. Speaking for himself, Adorjan said he does not think Majerus should be disciplined.
"My personal view is that he is an employee of the university and the university is run by a lay board," he said. "I think that's the coach's personal opinion and he's totally entitled to his personal opinion, as would be any employee of any other organization."
SLU identifies itself as a Catholic institution, but neither Burke nor any religious creed has direct control over the school.
While SLU often proudly states its Jesuit tradition, less than 3 percent of its faculty members or staff is Jesuit, and less than half of its students identify themselves as Catholic.
In a speech in 2006 accepting the Citizen of the Year award, which is sponsored by the Post-Dispatch, Biondi said SLU welcomes everyone, regardless of their religious beliefs, race or sexual orientation.
"On our campus, we encourage competing ideas and ideologies," he said. "Sometimes that means hosting speakers, events or plays that some may find inappropriate on a Catholic college campus. But as soon as censorship begins at any university, where does censorship then end?"
Despite the protests of some Catholic groups, the school has held the controversial play the "Vagina Monologues," with its frank discussion of homosexuality, on campus. But last year, administrators refused to sponsor the play, so it was performed off-campus.
Link (here)

The New Jesuit Saint

Father Nicolas said he hoped the Jesuits would follow the principles of Mohandas Gandhi, "who said that when you speak of something you must first ask, 'Is it true?' because if it is not true, then it is not interesting. Second, 'Is it gentle, charitable, kind?' and third, 'Is it good for others?'"
I thought it was the "Society of Jesus" not the "Society of Gandhi"?
Link (here)

This Is Not An Easy Article To Read

The New Jesuit Mission
by Dr. Jeff Mirus, January 25, 2008
This is an excerpt of a much larger piece.
The Pope and the Jesuits
You have to be a certain age to remember these things, but even my youngest readers may remember Benedict XVI’s admonition a few days ago to the 35th General Congregation of the Society of Jesus, just before they elected their new Superior. Benedict said “it could prove extremely useful that the general congregation reaffirm…its own total adhesion to Catholic doctrine, in particular…the relationship between Christ and religions…” (see Emphasizing the Black in “Black Pope” and Benedict XVI’s Letter). As we will see, one might almost believe the Holy Father was asking the Jesuits not to elect somebody like Fr. Adolfo Nicolás.
But elect him they did, and according to Fr. Nicolás, Christianity is in crisis in Asia “because our message is not made visible in our life.” If this referred to the hypocrisy of Christians who undermine the gospel by their sins, it would be wholly unobjectionable. But unfortunately Fr. Nicolás defines the Christian message as “compassion and service” (which “unknown thousands” already exemplify in “Other Religions”) and “forgiveness and service” (which in the Church has “given way to a complicated system of controls”).
A key sentence reads as follows:
The natural field for this crisis is the Pastoral field, where, to our own shame and consternation, norms and obligations seem to occupy much more space in preaching and directives from the Pastors than joy, hope and freedom; where learning (often less than intelligible and seldom interesting) doctrines occupies more space than communion, service and hospitality.
Forgetting the Good News
This passage captures the quintessential loss of faith characteristic of modernist theologians.
The message of Christianity is here reduced to an amorphous blend of service and compassion directed toward a worldly salvation from unfortunate social conditions. This notion of salvation is often called “liberation” (Benedict also asked the Jesuits to adhere to Catholic doctrine regarding “some aspects of the theology of liberation”). Fr. Nicolás argues that Catholic theology “has failed to integrate serious knowledge with the more liberating ways of religious wisdom.” He asserts that “the real spiritual Masters of all ages are more keen in teaching the way to God than in giving answers to questions about God,” and claims that Asia “has produced an incredible wealth of such ‘Ways’.”
Religion is, apparently, all about praxis and not at all about truth.
Read the full article entitled The New Jesuit Mission at

Friday, January 25, 2008

Not Me

Father Adolfo Nicolas compared the relationship between the Jesuit order and the Holy See to a marriage, observing there are always tensions between loving couples.
But as in a marriage, he added, the Jesuits and the Pope are wholly dedicated to the same goal: the welfare of the Church.
Downplaying suggestions that the Jesuit order is at loggerheads with Pope Benedict XVI (bio - news), Father Nicolas recalled that he had studied the works of then-Father Joseph Ratzinger years earlier and found them inspirational. Theological disagreements between himself and the Holy Father, he insisted, exist only "in the imaginations of those who have written" on that topic.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Blog Watch: War, Drink, and The Church

War, because life is a battle; Drink, because life is a joy; The Church, because life finds its meaning in Her.
A New Old Pamphlet
I recently came across the title of a pamphlet authored by the great Jesuit classicist Fr. Raymond V. Schoder, S.J. Its title was so Bellocian and so engaging that I actually took the time to contact Loyola University Chicago's archives to try and track it down. The title of the pamphlet--which is described as "lively"--is entitled:"Pity the Greekless: The Sad Story of Egbert, an Unalert Sophomore" I take it that the pamphlet was written back in the 1940's around the time when Schoder wrote his famous books A Reading Course in Homeric Greek. (The texts from which I learned ancient Greek in high school.) Recently these books were updated and republished. I have heard that they are substantially the same with slight additions thus retaining the excitement, charm, and erudition of the original Jesuit authors. Though there aren't plans to teach Homeric Greek (yet!) at Chesterton Academy, you can be sure that Fr. Schoder's scholarship will aid and assist our students in appreciating, understanding, and loving the great works of Homer. I'll update you as soon as I get Father's pamphlet--which promises to be a joy to read!
Loyola University Chicago's archives confirmed that they have the pamphlet and a copy will be waiting for me when I visit Chicago this weekend!

I Want To Be A Jesuit

How Do You Know What Your Vocation Is?
Brothers and Sisters in Christ,It's good to be back writing again for this blog, after a long semi-absence due to illness this fall and winter.After reading some of the recent posts, I thought I'd adress a topic that would be of use to many of us, which is the topic of discernment.
For those of you who are either second-guessing your vocation, or unsure if you're called to the priesthood and/or religious life, I was once in your boat as well, for many years.
When I was 15 I first felt called to the priesthood, but I ran from the calling for 4 years, because I did not feel worthy of such a calling, and I was scared. I decided I would do things my way and become a doctor and serve the Lord that way. High School came and went, and even though my grades were good, I still felt empty and sad inside. I knew something wasn't right, and over freshman year in college I tried to figure that out.
After meeting some seminarians at St. John Vianney Seminary, the college seminary at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota, where I was (and still am) studying, I realized over time that God calls ordinary men to serve Him in extraordinary ways, and that I shouldn't feel unworthy of such a calling.
I realized where I was called, but I was still in the habit of trying to do things my way, and so I entered discernment with the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, but I was turned down by the vocations director for formation at St. John Vianney College Seminary. I was devastated, I thought the vocations director was being unfair, but, while sitting at Mass that same day at noon, the song "Deep Within" by David Haas touched me. Now, I'm not a huge fan of David Haas' music, but there are a few songs that have touched me that he wrote, and one of them is Deep Within. Its message was that if you follow God, He will lead you to where He is calling you. Later that day,
I remembered my parents had spoken of the Jesuits as a possible order to look at. I have now been in discernment with the Jesuits for 10 months, and have gone on a Come and See Weekend with them, and visited the Jesuit novitiate here in Saint Paul, Minnesota several times.
I have friends there, and the priests and novices there love it when I visit. I have never been happier in my life, and there is something about that religious order that resonates with me in a way that SJV did not. Now that I look back on my experience with SJV, there was something there that made me feel uncomfortable, whereas with the Jesuits I have no anxieties other than the prospect of not being accepted by them, but that's a risk I'm willing to take. So, to those of you uncertain of or second guessing your vocations, the only way to find your vocation is spiritual direction, an active prayer life, and service work.
My recommendations are as follows:
1. Find an old priest you can trust to be your spiritual director and guide you on your vocational journey. You'd be amazed at how much a spiritual director can help you
2. Attend Mass daily as often as possible: The Eucharist bestows profound grace that is essential in any vocational discernment
3. Pray the Liturgy of the Hours: I'd be happy to help you learn how to pray them if need be, and your spiritual director could show you how as well. The Liturgy of the Hours is essential to the life of any priest or religious
4. Trust what God seems to be telling you through the inner workings of your heart: If you're not sure if your feelings are from God or from something else, ask your spiritual director or a trusted friend, priest, or religious.
5. Take comfort from the words of our late Holy Father, Pope John Paul the Great:"Let Yourself be summoned by the love of Christ, recognize his voice which rings in the temple of your heart. Have no fear of the fact that the response He requires is radical, because Jesus, who first loved you, is ready to give what he asks of you.If He asks much it is because He knows that you can give much."
6. I'm in the same predicament as you are, and so are the other members of this blog. We don't know for sure where we are called, we are just following where God seems to be leading us, so don't be afraid to ask if you need someone to talk to. We're all in the same boat, and myself and the other members of this blog are here to support each other and our fellow brothers and sisters in discernment.
7. Trust that God will lead you to where He is asking you to serve Him. If you don't, you'll never find your vocation.
8. Realize that discernment takes time: I learned it the hard way, and I'm still not 100% sure where God is leading me. However, I'm willing to follow Him wherever He may lead me in life, and if that means becoming a Jesuit, that's fine. If that means being someone's dad someday, then that's fine too. May God bless your discernment, and grant unto you the grace and means to follow wherever He may be leading you, now and eternally.Your friend and brother in Christ and companion on the road of discernment,

Land O Lakes Jesuit

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Link to Holy Vocations blog post entitled How Do You Know What Your Vocation Is?


Majerus told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Thursday that he can't believe the condemnation he's received, including Burke's saying he should be denied communion. "I'm very respectful to the archbishop, but I rely on my value judgments, thanks to my education at Marquette, which is a Jesuit institution, just like St. Louis," he said.
"That Jesuit education led me to believe that I can make a value judgment. And my value judgment happens to differ from the archbishop's,"
Majerus and told the newspaper. "I do not speak for the university or the Catholic Church. These are my personal views. And I'm not letting him change my mind," he added.

Jesuit Priest, Tried, Convicted And Labeled A" Coward"

But Judge Svet would have none of it, calling Fr. John Dear, S.J. a "renegade priest," "a coward" and "no Gandhi." "Mr. Dear, you frankly are a phony," Svet said. "You preach nonviolence but you are the same man who took a hammer and a can of paint against a U.S. aircraft."
Link to the full article (here)

This Why You Hire A Lawyer When You Are On Trial

Majerus, raised a Catholic, graduated from the Jesuit-based Marquette University in Milwaukee, and he’s always been curious about all forms of religion. He once accompanied Huntsman Sr. on an around-the-world trip, and

during the incredible journey he took advantage of the opportunity to pray in mosques, and in Buddhist temples, and in any place where he could learn about another culture’s religion. “I don’t think anyone has the market cornered on religion,”

Majerus told me Wednesday night. “It’s a deeply personal thing. And I never want to impose my views on someone else. I will share my views, certainly. But not impose them, as if I have all the answers, and that I am always right. So I want to discover all that I can. Maybe there is something I don’t know.” The polarizing Burke, on the other hand, has adopted a zero-tolerance policy. According to Burke, it’s the Catholic Church’s way… or the proverbial highway. Those who don’t comply strictly with the Vatican’s teachings aren’t about to receive a warm welcome from the Archbishop. Majerus doesn’t understand that. He believes churches should be inclusive. He doesn’t understand why any church would take a hostile position that could drive worshipers, or potential worshipers, away. “Again, this is just my personal view, but it makes me sad to think that anyone would be made to feel unwelcome or unwanted when they walk through the doors of a church,” he said. Majerus quotes from the play, “Inherit the Wind,” which is a fictional account of the 1925 Scopes Monkey trial that essentially pitted creationists against evolutionists.

Link to the lengthy article in (here) , worth the read.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Courage: A Jesuit's Perspective on Abortion

This is just a snipet of a lengthy op ed piece by William Blazek, SJ in the Washington Post.
Dr. William Blazek, a Jesuit scholastic and physician, is a board certified specialist in Internal Medicine and a Research Scholar in the Center for Clinical Bioethics at Georgetown University School of Medicine. He teaches ethics and clinical skills as an Adjunct Assistant Professor while preparing for ordination to priesthood in the Roman Catholic Church.
Last Spring, I asked several medical students in a seminar whether they rejected Catholic teachings regarding reproduction and artificial contraception. Several raised their hands. I prompted them to articulate the position and to give their critique of it. Conversation languished for some while. None in that group of graduating physicians had an answer, yet these well-educated role models were willing to publicly disagree with an argument they could not explain.
At a recent Christmas party, a gentlemen identifying himself as a Catholic biologist was railing for research that would result in the death of frozen human embryos.
He justified the exploitation, “because they are just sitting there.” I advised him that the Church’s reverence for the protected status of a human person is not based on level of activity but on an intrinsic dignity. He agreed to consider that.
Link to On Faith article entiled, A Jesuit's Perspective on Abortion by William Blazek, S.J. (here)
Hat Tip to JJ
See St. Bellermine Blog (here)

Marquette, O Marquette!

Father Marquette National Memorial
The Father Marquette National Memorial is located in Straits State Park, just west of I-75, off U.S. 2. Father Jacques Marquette, a French Jesuit missionary, established Michigan's earliest European settlements at Sault Ste. Marie and St. Ignace in 1668 and 1671. He lived among the Great Lakes Indians from 1666 to his death in 1675.

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720 Church Street
Saint Ignace, MI 49781
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( 517 ) 373-3559
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Abortion Cake At Georgetown Law School

You just can't make this stuff up! From the blog-o-sphere

Tuesday was the anniversary of Roe v. Wade. Law Students for Choice- a beleaguered student group if ever there was one (you try being pro-choice at a Jesuit school- our insurance doesn’t even cover birth control)- had a table celebrating the uh…celebrated Supreme Court case. They also had a cake. I heard about the cake while standing in line at the salad bar; “You’re eating abortion cake? And how does that make you feel about yourself?” Pretty damn good I would imagine. It’s free cake, after all.

Link (here) Original post deleted by blog author. Updated post (here) at the Seventh Year.
Cake is not the one mentioned, but I think it makes the point.

Jesuit Missions: To The People Known As Ong

Jesuit-educated Ong lived among the Mangyan tribal folk and helped them with their ancestral domain claims. A hydro-geologist, Ong also helped the Mangyan find water sources. But he was not there as a technical man, he was there to teach and also to learn “to love and to serve.” Couple India and Javier Legaspi brought back to life a people’s fine craft of weaving and made the world notice. This not only gave communities livelihood, this restored the people’s confidence and pride in their heritage.

Link (here)
Photo credit of Mangyan lady (here)
I can not find a good link on the Ong. Please attach a link in the combox. Thank You.

When Can We Start Praying For Rain?

A colossal waste of time and spiritual capital.
Jesuits put climate change on the agenda
Climate change and its effects on future generations will headline this year’s Jesuit Lenten Seminar Series. The Australian Jesuit newsletter Province Express reports the seminar entitled Climate Change: Who Pays the Price? will bring together expert speakers who will discuss the political, social and religious perspectives of the issue. Being held in Melbourne (Xavier College) on 5 March and on 6 March in Sydney (Marist College, North Sydney)speakers include: Executive Director of the Australian Conservation Foundation Don Henry, President of the Welfare Rights Centre in Sydney Michael Raper, Associate Director for Jesuit Refugee Service Australia Sr Maryanne Loughry and Chair of Catholic Earthcare Australia Bishop Christopher Toohey.
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