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h/t: the ever thoughtful Clarity Daily:
Daniel Tay of Singapore, writes of his experience at World Youth Day and specifically about what he learned at our Australian team's presentation at the Days in the Diocese in Melbourne. A view of the Called & Gifted process from the flip side of the world.
Susan over at Creos & Dios has a new and very interesting podcast for us to enjoy.
Welcome to all who found our blog by listening to Ralph Martin's interview with me on EWTN this evening. (Somehow we didn't expect it to run at 6pm in prime time!)
Love this summation of the impact of World Youth Day via Mercatornet.
Yes, it is the blessed day in which we remember the birth of the Queen of Charisms, the Diva of Discernment, the one, the only
Randy Pausch, the Carnegie Mellon professor who delivered the world famous "last lecture" after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, died this morning.
Every person carries within himself a project of God, a personal vocation, a personal idea of God on what he is required to do in history to build his Church, a living Temple of his presence. And the priest's role is above all to reawaken this awareness, to help the individual discover his personal vocation, God's task for each one of us. I see that many here have discovered the project that concerns them, both with regard to professional life in the formation of today's society - where the presence of Christian consciences is fundamental - and also with regard to the call to contribute to the Church's growth and life. Both these things are equally important.
Sorry about the slow blogging.
Here's a video sent to me by my dear friend/physical therapist, John W. It is a phenomenally hopeful video of one man dancing across 42 countries.
Last winter, I happened to be seatmates on a flight to Colorado with a woman physician who was going skiiing. She mentioned that she had retired early to work on a campaign against a new attempt to legalize euthanasia in Washington State. I was very interested. being a native Washingtonian, and having worked on an oncology unit during the last such campaign in Washington State.
The Western Dominican website is featuring a homily that Fr. Mike preached Sunday before last on the parable of the sower. It is simply marvelous and so I wanted to share it with you.
I get nauseous on swings and merry-go-rounds. There's something about the repetitive motion, or perhaps the sensation of motion without really going anywhere that makes my body revolt. Truth be told, parish life can be similar: lots of activity, but little progress regarding the mission of the Church. And that mission is twofold: to help every person in the parish (Catholic or not) have a living encounter with the risen Jesus, and to help change the structures and institutions in the parish boundaries so they reflect what's truly human and promote the common good.
I enjoyed hearing the "Great Hymn of the Jubilee" sung as Pope Benedict processed in for the final Mass of WYD and so went hunting on line for it and found this:
to build the sermon on the authority of the needs, capacities, and experiences of the listener.... The common solution appears to be: Scratch deeply enough into the postmodern psyche and you will hit a vein of genuine spirituality. One way to tap into it is to tell stories whose religious dimension is recognizable and acceptable to all, and then to correlate the experience generated by these stories with the Christian message, e.g., "grace." When done successfully, the presence of Christ radiates as a spiritual dimension of everyday life. When the reliance on experience dominates the sermon, the gospel becomes an illustration of a greater truth.
Richard Lischer, "Resurrection and Rhetoric." In Marks of the Body of Christ, ed. by Carl E. Braaten and Robert W. Jenson, 13-24. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1999.
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The Australian's final word on WYD:
The Pope paid a visit to Australian Rosemarie Goldie, now 92, the first woman to hold a major position in the Vatican. (first undersecretary of the Pontifical Council for the Laity.)
John Allen is utterly right on here, I think:
He is everywhere this Sunday morning. The Pope, that is.
This little note just arrived from Fr. Anthony, our OP co-director dow under:
And the good news is, you can't die until you've been here.
Apparently, they'll let just anybody into WYD. :-}
Clara writes from Sydney yesterday:
Finally, some word about WYD pilgrims from China. There is a group of about 60 Chinese in Sydney - and their story is gripping.
The best coverage (edited highlights) of the Pope's arrival at Sydney that I have found is here via the World Youth Day 2008 site.
I'll try to remember that.
It is fascinating what you can stumble across:
Today's text message from Pope Benedict XVI to participants at World Youth Day.
Go here for a exhilarating series of pictures taken from yesterday's WYD Mass. (via the Australian)
The Pope's text message to WYD pilgrims:
Clara reports from the first major event of WYD - the Mass for 150,00 on Sydney's waterfront:
Our first reading today was from Ezekiel, with Isaiah and Jeremiah, one of the three greatest Jewish prophets,” he said.
“Many parts of Australia are still in drought, so all Australians understand a valley of dry bones and fleshless skeletons.”
Dr Pell also called out to those who may find themselves “lost” or in deep distress.
“Earlier in this mass I welcomed you all to this World Youth Day week ... but I do not begin with the 99 healthy sheep, those of you already open to the Spirit, perhaps already steady witnesses to faith and love,” he said.
“I begin by welcoming and encouraging anyone, anywhere, who regards himself or herself as lost, in deep distress, with hope diminished or even exhausted.
“Young or old, woman or man, Christ is still calling those who are suffering to come for healing, as he has for 2,000 years.”
"Some say there is no place for faith in the 21st century. I say they are wrong. Some say that faith is the enemy of reason, I say, also they are wrong. Because faith and reason are great partners in our human history and in our human future. Rich in humanity, rich in scientific progress. Some say only that which they see wrong in Christianity and in the church, I say let us speak also about what is right in Christianity and the church."
Fr. Mike is presently lolling in Latte Land aka Seattle, Washington. (Sure he preached all the Sunday Masses but how hard can that be? she says as she ducks missles from 1400 miles away) But Wednesday, July 16, he will earn his keep.
"If [Catholics] are convinced that Jesus Christ is indeed the Son of God and Savior of the world, they will want everyone to share the Faith and draw near to Jesus in study, prayer, and worship. ...
Related to the interesting discussion here about "conscious" and "unconscious" faith in different cultures of the world, do take a look at some of these videos produced by China Soul.
Meanwhile, back home in mid America . . .
Another snapshot of the widespread Asian contingent at WYD - and what it means for young people from countries where Catholics are a distinct minority:
Warning: long post ahead.
More WYD news:
We've received an urgent prayer request:
Franciscan Friars of the Renewal holding 40 hour Adoration in Perth.
The communion issue will be played out during WYD. There are several high profile Catholic politicians who plan to attend the Papal Mass - including the Premier of New South Wales who greeted the Pope as he arrived in Sydney yesterday. Per the Catholic News Agency:
Again per John Allen. Pope Benedict had hardly stepped foot in Australia before he brought up the topic of environmentalism.
Per John Allen, this welcome message from Pope Benedict:
Fr. Anthony alerted me to this long and challenging editorial in today's The Australian (the national newspaper).
Fresh word from OZ:
Here is something that I find so thought-provoking in light of our continued work with Making Disciples.
You have GOT to watch this terrific video from the new web page of Intermission Hollywood. (H/t to Barbara Nicolosi,)
Enjoy this video prepared for Melbourne's Day in the Diocese.
And here's another snapshot of the Melbourne Days in the Diocese - and what they mean to different pilgrims: Via The Age:
30,000 young Catholics filled Melbourne's Telstra Dome last night for a Commissioning Mass that would send them off to Sydney and World Youth Day. It is the culmination of the "Days in the Diocese" that we've been blogging about below.
A glimpse of the excitement at the Days in the Diocese that are preceding World Youth Day all over Australia:
Thank goodness for e-mail and the internet during an event like World Youth Day! I've gotten a small flurry of e-mails already about the impact of our team's first presentation at the Days in the Diocese in Melbourne.
This is the final brief reflection in a series on the beatitudes that I wrote while preparing a homily for a child's baptism.
Clara, our CSI co-Director down under and czarina of our WYD team, sends word of an excellent group effort that will be covering World Youth Day from a multi-faceted Aussie perspective. Project Eye.
Gashwin posted this classic "secular conversation" with "the new boyfriend of the best friend of a good friend's girlfriend" (It's too early for me to follow that particular relationship trail!).
Reflections made in preparation for a child's baptism
While preparing for a talk I gave at Blessed Sacrament Church in Seattle, I came across an article on Divine Judgment that included a concept that I had not heard about before: God's continuous judgment, which can be applied to the Church, a nation, or an individual. I found the section on God's continuous judgment of the Church particularly telling.
The continuous judgment of God upon the Church does not directly affect its external success or temporal well-being; for these are not matters that are directly involved in its mission. But the Church as such will live a fervent life of faith, worship, unity, love, and apostolic concern as a consequence of God's judgment upon a submissive response of the Church's members to the guidance of His Spirit within the Church. Or else, the Church can experience division, formalism, defections, apostolic ineffectiveness, and scandal as God's judgment on those who seek the things that are their own and not the things of Jesus Christ. No one in the Church can excuse himself of responsibility before God as judge because of his position; nor can the Church as a whole expect that, no matter what its response to God may be, its mission will be as abundantly fruitful and its witness to the world as unambiguously clear just because God is at work within it. New Catholic Encyclopedia, 1967: Divine Judgment.
Reflections made in preparation for a homily at the baptism of a child...
Taking Sherry's less-than-subtle hint...
Susan Stabile over at Creos en Dios has a podcast series draw from her retreat: Embracing Mary. Looks very good.
It's cool and cloudy here this morning (a Seattle day!) and the dozens of California poppies that popped up in the wildfower bed this past weekend are staying closed.
Reflections made in preparation for a baptism of a small child...
This looks like a great World Youth Day event.
It occurred to me as we labored this morning to plant more shrubs, that I must remember that we did so in the shadow of Pike's Peak, the inspiration for one of the July 4th's most iconic songs: America the Beautiful.
These are reflections of mine made in preparation for a baptism
This was on CNN. It's a great story and an indication of at least a couple of things:
These are brief reflections on the beatitudes I made while preparing a homily for a little girl's baptism.
This was passed on to me by Fr. Paul W., with whom I live when I'm in Colorado Springs. It's written from a secular context by Dave Jamieson, a professor at Pepperdine, but fits well the religious one with some modifications which I've added after the ones Jamieson coined. After all, the heart of ministry is calling people to commit to the following of Christ as a member of His Church! That requires change in us all.
The weakness, however, of this whole mass of missiological writing is that while it has sought to explore the problems of contextualization in all the cultures of humankind from China to Peru, it has largely ignored the culture that is the most widespread, powerful, and persuasive among all contemporary cultures—namely, what I have called modern Western culture.
The July Lausanne World Pulse is out again and, as usual, is very stimulating. The topic this month is the new missionary movement from the Global south, especially Africa.
These are brief reflections on the beatitudes I made while preparing a homily for a little girl's baptism.
There have been some discussions about the possibility of a personal relationship with God on this blog and others recently. Part of it was re-ignited by the recent Pew Forum Report on Religion in America that indicated that 29% of Catholics believe God is simply an "impersonal force," while 60% of self-described adult Catholics can clearly affirm that they believe in a personal God with whom they can have a relationship. Unfortunately, as has been pointed out in comments made on this blog, we have no idea what other factors led to their responding as they did.
How can a Catholic NOT think they have a personal relationship with Christ when one considers the incredible intimacy in receiving the Holy Eucharist inside oneself? What could possibly be more intimate than that?She's right, of course, but perhaps it's possible that the same 42% who seldom pray and the same 43% who believe the consecrated host and wine are just symbols are the same folks who don't believe a personal relationship with God is possible. I don't know that for sure, of course, because I'm looking at two surveys, and there wasn't a correlation made in the Pew Forum between prayer and the relationship issue. But at least one could argue that at least 40% of Catholics are behaving as though they believe a personal relationship with God is impossible.
Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.