Friday, October 30, 2009


I thought this was interesting. By giving united witness and supporting one another in the good we seek to do we don't just further Church unity we proclaim the truth of the Gospel.


I have been on and off with this blog since the summer for various reasons. Now I am restarting my endeavours. Today is a Solemnity for us: that of the Anniversary of Consecration for our Churches. Seems strange to celebrate such a feast with a solemnity but think of it this way: the church building is an icon of the Church. The building is the place where the altar resides, where the Sacrifice of Christ, the only Son of the Father, is offered and the Blessed Sacrament is kept in the tabernacle and where the people (lay and cleric) become the People of God through the Sacraments. The Church is itself the Sacrament of the Kingdom to come and it is so because Christ makes it so. To celebrate the consecration of a church is to celebrate the saving work of Christ and the Church that He establishes. As members of that Church we are called to be, not just icons, but tabernacles of His presence in the world, bearers of His Presence to others.

I used the icon above, our Lord with the Samaritan woman at the well, because that was the Gospel of this morning's mass. We are all called not just to worship in 'spirit and in truth' but to share that call with others.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Bulgarian Orthodox Leader Affirms Desire for Unity

From Zenit (H/T to the New Liturgical Movement)

Bulgarian Orthodox Leader

Affirms Desire for Unity

VATICAN CITY, OCT. 22, 2009 ( A Bulgarian Orthodox prelate told Benedict XVI of his desire for unity, and his commitment to accelerate communion with the Catholic Church.

At the end of Wednesday's general audience, Bishop Tichon, head of the diocese for Central and Western Europe of the Patriarchate of Bulgaria, stated to the Pope, "We must find unity as soon as possible and finally celebrate together," L'Osservatore Romano reported.

"People don't understand our divisions and our discussions," the bishop stated. He affirmed that he will "not spare any efforts" to work for the quick restoration of "communion between Catholics and Orthodox."

Bishop Tichon said that "the theological dialogue that is going forward in these days in Cyprus is certainly important, but we should not be afraid to say that we must find as soon as possible the way to celebrate together."

"A Catholic will not become an Orthodox and vice versa, but we must approach the altar together," he added.

The prelate told the Pontiff that "this aspiration is a feeling that arose from the works of the assembly" of his diocese, held in Rome, in which all the priests and two delegates from every Bulgarian Orthodox parish took part.

"We have come to the Pope to express our desire for unity and also because he is the Bishop of Rome, the city that hosted our assembly," he stated.

This is good news on top of the Pope's response to the overtures of the Traditional Anglican Communion among others and a sign that there is movement - the Holy Spirit is never still and Peter is listening.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009



Global prayer effort set for October 16th - 18th

The October 16th - 18th WORLDWIDE ROSARY FOR UNBORN BABIES is being held to pray for an end to the surgical and non-surgical killing of unborn human persons. People wanting to participate will pray the Rosary for this intention on either October 16th, 17th, or 18th. In addition to participating, it is hoped many people will let other persons know about this pro-life effort(people may contact family members, priests, school personnel, friends, etc.).

It is hoped many Rosaries will be prayed at schools on the Friday, October 16th date. Also, the Sunday, October 18th date is an ideal time for people at parishes to pray the Rosary either before or after Masses.

Information about the WORLDWIDE ROSARY FOR UNBORN BABIES prayer event is available in several different languages at Or, a person may receive information by sending a stamped, self-addressed envelope to: Saint Michael the Archangel Organization; P. O. Box 41257; Memphis, Tennessee 38174; U.S.


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