Monday, April 12, 2010

Avoiding the hype and the logos.

To wit.
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Journalists who defend the Holy Father and the Roman Catholic Church actually exist - even if they be few and far between, on op-ed pages and blogs.  Catholic bloggers are doing a very good job refuting the claims against the Holy Father as well.  I can't make this stuff my daily bread however.  I can't take seriously grown up, intelligent men throwing plates of spaghetti at one another, much less supposedly sophisticated intellectuals discussing such things as arresting the Pope.  Oh - it could happen - but the Vatican has its own international lawyers and professionals, and I trust they can handle these situations as they arise.  I think Bishops and Cardinals and leaders of other denominations have to get on board denouncing the attacks as well.
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But let's face it - this is a spiritual battle - and the majority of Catholics should be on their knees praying for the Holy Father and the conversion of sinners - their eyes fixed upon Jesus.
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Pray the novena prayer for the Holy Father, and add a rosary to it - if everyone prayed a novena of rosaries, I think the enemies of the Church would be driven back.  I also think it would be wonderful if priests - especially those with free schedules, would offer a novena of Masses for the Pope.
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And watch the bombast - don't make a Richard Dawkins-Christopher Hitchens ass of yourself.
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Another prayer...
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Supplication To The Holy Virgin Of The Revelation
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O Most Holy Virgin of the Revelation, obtain for our Holy Church and her visible head the Supreme Pontiff the joy of seeing the conversion of her enemies, the spreading of the reign of Christ over all the earth, the true unity of all believers in Christ and the peace of all nations so that we can love and serve You in this life and thank You in Heaven for ever and ever.  Amen.
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Information on the Virgin of Revelation.

11 comments:

  1. Amen.

    "I can't make this stuff my daily bread however."

    "But let's face it - this is a spiritual battle - and the majority of Catholics should be on their knees praying for the Holy Father and the conversion of sinners - their eyes fixed upon Jesus."

    Exactly right. Spiritual common sense that paradoxically gets at the depth of the matter.

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  2. The same "Voice" must be speaking to both uf us:)!
    We are doing the Novena for Pope Benedict and I'm adding a commemoration for the Papa on the days when I celebrate the EF until next Monday.
    Great post!

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  3. I hate to pour cold water on all these lamentationist prayers, but seriously, when you meet a 'good' Catholic, when was the last time, you met one (a good catholic) that was crying over sinners, mourning their demise. As opposed from mocking.

    "Whilst we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." 5:8

    I still am, by the way! I will still need Him in purgatory! If I manage purgatory, that's me with faith, hoping.

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  4. Hopefully you noticed I included the call to pray for the conversion of sinners - and it goes without saying that includes me.

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  5. I can't make this stuff my daily bread however. I can't take seriously grown up, intelligent men throwing plates of spaghetti at one another, much less supposedly sophisticated intellectuals discussing such things as arresting the Pope.

    Amen

    It ranks right up there with all the "offended" people of the world. For what it's worth, I'm offended that others are offended by whatever is tweaking their fragile little egos on any given day. They all need to grow up.

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  6. Adrienne said "For what it's worth, I'm offended that others are offended by whatever is tweaking their fragile little egos on any given day. They all need to grow up."

    Isn't that so true? The overzealousness of the apparent need of the human spirit to have a 'cause' or issue is everywhere for every possible topic-moral or immoral, pc or not pc. And what it really comes down to, I think, is that everyone, whether they realize it or not, has a deep desire and longing for Him. They're constantly fighting and searching, but their passion, talent and fight is disordered and misguided. They don't realize that they're losing, because that hole that they keep trying to fill will always be empty, and they will never be satiated until they find Him. And, of course, the 'they' is everyone to one degree or another. But as Terry said, it is a spiritual battle and the more energy you put into the right tools (prayer, fasting etc.), the stronger and more united we are as a body.

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  7. You sound rather fed-up Adrienne.

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  8. As stressful as this week is going to be for me--I'll definitely offer up the suffering I'll endure for the Holy Father....

    Major presentation on project A tomorrow....

    QA inspection on Project B Wednesday afternoon....

    Prototype demonstration of Project C on Thursday morning...

    The planets sure did alighn just right to cause all this to happen... guess this is why they pay me the big bucks :/

    Patron Saint of Engineers--please keep me from pulling my hair out and ODing on coffee...and I'll meet ya for a couple of good whiskeys on Friday :)

    Peace... Sara

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  9. This is a refreshing breath of air from an atheist, no less, from Britain.
    Good for you, Brendan, good for you!
    http://www.spiked-online.com/index.php/site/article/8526/

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  10. Father - thanks for the link - excellent.

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