This weekend I am the Assistant Spiritual Director for the 80th Women's Weekend of Cursillo in the Allentown Diocese. Please pray that the ladies will find this "short course" in our faith a valuable experience. DeColores!


Thank a priest this weekend!


Year For Priests: Offer Illness For Priests

The president of the Pontifical Council for Health Care Ministry is urging sick people to offer their sufferings for the holiness of priests. Archbishop Zygmunt Zimowski made this appeal in a letter sent to the sick and suffering and to priests who care for them. The prelate noted the Year for Priests which is under way and said: "I invite you, dear sick brothers and sisters, to unceasingly address your prayers and the offering up of your sufferings to the Lord of life for the holiness of your well loved priests, so that they can with devotion and pastoral charity perform the ministry that is entrusted to them by Christ, the physician of bodies and souls."


"The longer I live, the more I realize
the impact of attitude on life.
Attitude, to me, is more important than facts.
It is more important than the past,
than education, than money,
than circumstances, than failures, than successes,
than what other people think, say or do.
It is more important
than appearance, giftedness or skill.
It will make or break
a company... a church... a home.
The remarkable thing is
we have a choice every day
regarding the attitude we embrace for that day
We cannot change our past...
we cannot change the fact
that people will act in a certain way.
We cannot change the inevitable.
The only thing we can do
is play the one string we have,
and that is our attitude...
I am convinced that life
is 10% what happens to me
and 90% how I react to it.
And so it is with you...
we are in charge of our Attitudes”

by Charles Swindoll


Anti-Catholic Sentiment Again in "2012"?

The movie trailer for 2012 can be veiwed by some as another anti-Catholic statement by the secular movie-town elite. Case in point:

At the 20 second mark we've got the arms of the Jesus the Redeemer statue in Rio De Janiero falling off and then the whole thing falling over completely.

34 seconds in you see like fifty thousand people with candles standing in St. Peter's Square looking up at the Pope who's looking down at them.

36 seconds in you've got a crowd of people all making the sign of the cross.

50 seconds there's an image of St. Peter's Basilica toppling.

52 seconds
cut to Cardinals inside praying only to look up at the art on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel to see it breaking apart and presumably crushing them.

54 seconds
those people who were praying with candles outside are now screaming and running. Why? Because the dome of St. Peter's is crashing down on top of them and then rolling over them crushing a few thousand people as it rolls essentially on top of the camera blacking everything out.

Doesn't the Catholic Church do anything good? What about the aid it gives to the world's crisis situations, the largest charitable health care provider, etc. Some day the voice of the Church needs to be heard.


God opens doors.
Look back and thank God.
Look forward and trust God.
Look around and serve God.
Look within and find God!
God closes doors
no man can open
and God opens doors
no man can close.


Sacramentality Of Marriage

Today's readings spoke to us regarding the sanctity of the Sacrament of Marriage. It is in these readings that Jesus stipulates that husbands should not divorce their wives. The question then arises as to why the Church allows so many previously married couples to receive a Declaration of Nullity (Annulments).

The simple truth is that one must look at the Sacramentality of the Marriage, not just the legality of the union. To be a Sacrament, the Marriage must contain three clear conditions. First, the couple must recognize that a marriage is permanent, lasting until death. This means that the couple must have no intention to end the marriage; therefore, pre-nuptual agreements are out of the question since they place a condition upon the union and the possibility of the marriage failing. Second, the couple must intend to be faithful to one another. Fidelity is something that causes many marriages to fail, but it does not simply mean another individual becoming involved in the relationship. There are many other distractions that cause one to be unfaithful: addictions, possessions, job, etc. Finally, the couple must have an agreed openness to life, meaning that they do and intend to have children by this marriage (procreation).

These three conditions, when shared and honored between the couple demonstrate to the Church that the Sacrament of Marriage is indeed there. Where all three are not present the Sacrament is in question. Check the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops website at http://www.foryourmarriage.org


Pope Benedict XVI approved the date and theme for the next International Eucharistic Congress, to focus on the Eucharist as communion with Christ and with one another.
The Vatican press office reported today that the Pope approved the June 10-17, 2012, conference theme. The event will be held in Dublin, Ireland.

A communiqué explained that the theme is inspired in No. 7 of "Lumen Gentium": "Really partaking of the body of the Lord in the breaking of the Eucharistic bread, we are taken up into communion with Him and with one another. 'Because the bread is one, we though many, are one body, all of us who partake of the one bread' (1 Corinthians 10:17). In this way all of us are made members of His Body, (cf. 1 Corinthians 12:27) 'but severally members one of another' (Romans 12:5)."

In fact, this 50th Eucharistic congress will take place precisely on the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council, which, according to Dublin's Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, was "a moment of renewal and further reflection on the teaching of the Church and of her self-understanding as Body of Christ and People of God."