Thursday, February 28, 2008

William F. Buckley

Yesterday I was saddened to hear about the death of Bill Buckley. Whether or not you agreed with his positions, he was a most articulate man with a razor-sharp intellect.

I first heard of Bill Buckley as a youngster by watching Firing Line with my father and older brother. My father would encourage me to study hard so that I could acquire a vocabulary like Mr. Buckley’s. We also subscribed to National Review, and reading that through high school gave me an anchor of sanity in turbulent times (ie., the late 60s and early 70s). His work in journalism was extremely important and shows the incredible influence that one person can have.

The following words of Bl. James Alberione, a priest who dedicated his life to using the media to evangelize, could well be applied to Mr. Buckley:

“Keep before you, also, the example of St. Paul working so hard and suffering so much in the exercise of his mission. In the face of everything, he remained tireless, up to the time when he declared: ‘I have finished my course.’ You, too, if you have exercised your mission with faith and zeal, will be able to say at the end of your life: ‘I have accomplished the noble work assigned to me, and now I await the reward.’”

Monday, February 25, 2008

Jesus the Prophet

In today's Gospel Jesus says that no prophet is accepted in his native place. Then he refers to the story of Naaman the leper, the Syrian who was cured of leprosy by the prophet Elisha. Jesus said there were many lepers in Israel, but they weren't cured, only the foreigner.

Jesus' audience got so enraged at him that they wanted to kill him. But it wasn't his hour so he walked away.

Sometimes people might think that to be Christians we have to be "nice." But Jesus had no qualms about telling people what they didn't want to hear. He didn't mind offending his audience when he had to tell them the truth. In today's politically correct climate that's something to think about.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Prayer request

I received a prayer request for a young 24 year old woman named Melissa Hackeny who has a form of leukemia and needs a bone marrow transplant. See this blog for full details.

May God give Melissa back her health.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Here is a good thought for today from St John of the Cross:

"In the evening of life we will be judged on love."

Monday, February 11, 2008

Our Lady of Lourds

Here is a prayer from Pope John Paul at Lourdes:

Hail Mary,
poor and humble Woman,
Blessed by the Most High!
Virgin of hope,
dawn of a new era,
we join in your song of praise,
to celebrate the Lord’s mercy,
to proclaim the coming of
the Kingdom
and the full liberation
of humanity.

Hail Mary,
lowly handmaid of the Lord,
Glorious Mother of Christ!
Faithful Virgin,
holy dwelling-place of the Word,
Teach us to persevere
in listening
to the Word,
and to be docile
to the voice of the Spirit,
attentive to his promptings in the
depths of our conscience
and to his manifestations in the
events of history.

Hail Mary, Woman of Sorrows,
Mother of the living!
Virgin spouse beneath the Cross,
the new Eve,
Be our guide along the paths of
the world.
Teach us to experience and to
spread the love of Christ,
to stand with you before
the innumerable crosses
on which your Son
is still crucified.

Hail Mary, Woman of faith,
First of the disciples!
Virgin Mother of the Church,
help us always
to account for the hope
that is in us,
with trust in human goodness
and the Father’s love.
Teach us to build up the world
beginning from within:
In the depths of silence
and prayer,
in the joy of fraternal love,
in the unique fruitfulness
of the Cross.

Holy Mary, Mother of believers,
Our Lady of Lourdes,
pray for us.

Saturday, February 02, 2008

Fr Dan Kennedy, RIP

Tragically, a Boston priest who was ordained last May died suddenly of a heart attack. He was only 34 years old. I didn't know him personally, but I knew him because I sometimes went to Mass at a parish where he helped while a deacon. He was very enthusiastic about being a priest and loved his vocation. He will be greatly missed here!

Here he is on his ordination day with Cardinal O'Malley.