Originally posted on Father Acervo's Corner:
Father Acervo’s Corner: March 2, 2014
1. This coming Wednesday is Ash Wednesday which begins the holy season of Lent. The law of our Church says that we are to abstain from meat on all the Fridays during Lent and to fast and abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. By abstinence, we mean that we are to refrain from eating the meat of mammals or fowl. Fish is allowed. The rule of abstinence applies to those who are fourteen years and older. Fasting consists of taking one full meal and two smaller meals that together must be smaller than the full meal. No snacking between meals is allowed, but water, milk, tea, coffee, and juices are permissible. Catholics between the ages of eighteen and fifty-nine are obliged to fast, although anyone outside of these ages can participate in fasting.
When we fast, we acknowledge that we have sinned and desire to make up for the damage that our sins have caused. Fasting is our way of being accountable for our sins. Pope Pius XII once said, “The sin of the century is the loss of the sense of sin”. He said this back in 1946. How much truer is that statement today? Quoting a Catholic blogger that I regularly read: “We’ve forgotten the true cardinal virtues (Prudence, Justice, Fortitude and Temperance) and traded them in for the universal ‘virtue’ of Tolerance (our secular religion). And now we’re so darn tolerant that we even tolerate sin and evil.”
We must always be on guard against becoming numb to sin. We must never be indifferent toward sin. Once that happens, we head down a slippery slope that only leads to destruction. Our sense of sin is necessary for us in order to know when our souls are in danger. It would be like losing our sense of touch. If I touch a hot stove, my sense of touch tells me that it’s hot. Without that sense of touch, the hot stove would continue to burn my hand. Our sense of sin works in much the same way. When we pay attention to it, we keep our souls safe from further damage. Fasting and abstinence remind us that we are sinners in need of healing, and as Jesus redeemed us by His Holy Death, we too can be healed by our participation in His Death. Fasting and abstinence allow us to do that.
Posted by 1catholicsalmon on March 2, 2014
After a long time of soul-searching and questioning of my role in the Lord’s vineyard, I shared my frustration at not ever feeling as though I do any good because of the secular world we live in today. As always, I received and answer to my calling out a little while afterwards. This time, my questioning was answered through the deep Christian insight and thought woven into the fabric of Thomas Merton’s writing.
‘ Do not depend on the hope of results. When you are doing the sort of work you have taken on, essentially apostolic work, you may have to face the fact that your work will be apparently worthless and even achieve no result at all, if not perhaps, results opposite to what you expect.
As you get used to this idea, you start more and more to concentrate not on the results, but on the value, the rightness, the truth of the work itself. And there too a great deal has to be gone through, as gradually you struggle less and less for an idea and more and more for specific people. The range tends to narrow down but it gets much more real. In the end it is the reality of personal relationships which saves everything.
The big results are not in your hands or mine, but they suddenly happen and we can share in them; but there is no point in building our lives on this personal satisfaction which may be denied us and when after all is not that important.
All the good that you will do will come, not from you, but from the fact that you have allowed yourself, in the obedience of faith, to be used by God’s love.Think of this more and gradually you will be free from the need to prove yourself, and you can be more open to the power that will work through you without you knowing it.
The real hope than is not in something we can do, but in God, who is making something good out of it, in ways we cannot see.’
From:- Thomas Merton’s ’Struggle with peacemaking’.
Posted by 1catholicsalmon on February 11, 2014
Originally posted on :
The always independent and colourful United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child
In their continuing quest to marginalize the influence of the Catholic Church on the culture war issues of abortion and same-sex marriage, the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child is attempting to resurrect yet again the moral panic surrounding exaggerated claims of clerical sexual abuse.
. . . but, more important than these structural reasons, there are powerful cultural reasons that have combined to encourage the promotion of a panic over pedophile priests. This is the real reason that the United Nations Committee continues to try to fan the flames of the moral panic over the pedophile priest. For more than four decades, progressives have been engaged in a battle with the Catholic hierarchy over issues including abortion, sexual morality and homosexuality. The re-manufactured image of the pedophile priest and his craven bishop who has covered up his despicable deeds points to the need for a “new and improved” Catholic Church. Progressives want a Church that is created in their image—one in which the laity gets to choose its own leaders and decide its own doctrines.
Posted by 1catholicsalmon on February 9, 2014
See here for details for what promises to be a day of Blessings and spiritual growth through Our Lady.
Posted by 1catholicsalmon on February 1, 2014
A important document to be aware of. Such an important topic.
Originally posted on Doug Lawrence's Catholic Weblog:
When the Anglican church at the Lambeth Conference of 1930 became the first Christian church or sect to break ranks with the 2000 year belief and practice of the Christian Faith regarding contraception, there was massive scandal in religious circles.
The breech in doctrine was roundly derided even by most other “mainline” liberal protestant sects. Of course, Pope Pius XI responded with the seminal Casti Connubii, which just absolutely castigated the Anglican position and still is the most comprehensive Magisterial statement on the evils of contraception and the “sex for pleasure” mentality that has ever been released.
Posted by 1catholicsalmon on January 29, 2014
- A niece falls pregnant out-of-wedlock. ‘So what? It was a planned pregnancy, it’s such happy news.’
- A friend, colleague, son or daughter lives with their partner. ‘So what, what they do in their bedroom has nothing to do with anyone else. It’s their choice. He/she is not my or your responsibility. It’s none of your business!’
- The stranger on the bus uses profanities and racist slurs against someone on the bus. ‘So? It’s not your problem.’
- Your niece is being emotionally abused by her boyfriend. ’It’s between her and her partner, and up to her parents to get involved.Why should you get involved.’
- A colleague has shared that she is considering an abortion. ‘Why?So what…it’s her body, her baby, the time’s not right , she’s too young, she wasn’t in a serious relationship….’
- A close friend’s child is moving from one ‘serious’ relationship to another in quick succession. These relationships seem to follow the set pattern of:- moving in together and setting up house, and then very soon, upping sticks and moving on to the next relationship and setting up house in a new neighbourhood. ‘So? What’s your problem? Youth is for living to the full. For experimentation, We only live once! Live every day to the fullest.’
- A teenager known to you, smokes regularly. His parents don’t know. ‘Let them continue to believe what they believe right now. Don’t rock the boat’.
- A young couple comes to visit and decides to stay over until morning. ‘They’re in love, let them be.’
- Someone mentions that Cameron’s decision to move forward on the legalisation of gay marriage, is the best decision he’s made for some time. ‘Everyone to their own. Everyone has a right to an opinion. It’s the way things are. Who cares? Live and let live.’
- A ‘catholic’ acquaintance proudly announces that he and his now wife, moved in together before they married and he has encouraged his children to do the same. ‘Who cares, move with the times’.
As a Catholic Christian I have been challenged by similar scenarios and have done my best to make a moral case in favour of the right choice in each case. As a Christian.
The more the years go by,and my life experience broadens I feel Exasperated. Deflated. Desperate. Side-lined and Ignored. Dismissed. My Christian witness seems to be in vain. It falls on deaf ears. My views as a Christian, especially as a Catholic Christian, are just not taken seriously.
My question to you is: why bother?After sharing a fundamental Truth, it’s seemingly tolerated, heard, and promptly forgotten.
I believe in Jesus. I believe in His plan for the salvation of mankind. I believe in His Life, Death and Resurrection for my sake and yours. It’s fine to profess these beliefs and to discuss these beliefs in the company of my fellow Christians, but is it worth the flack and derision I get when I support the teachings of the Church with my neighbour, when these values are looked upon as outdated, and irrelevant in secular society. Nobody cares.
Really, they don’t.
Posted by 1catholicsalmon on January 23, 2014
An important position at the UN for the Vatican that needs your signature in support.
Originally posted on Biltrix:
According to a recent report from the Catholic News Agency, “Catholics for Choice” is once again seeking to end the Holy See’s permanent observer status at the United Nations.
Catholics for Choice is an abortion advocacy group that promotes teachings contrary to the Catholic Church. The American Bishops have repeatedly warned that they are “not a Catholic organization.”
Posted by 1catholicsalmon on January 23, 2014
Listen! listen! Listen! Excellent defence of Marriage.
Originally posted on matt fradd:
This is perhaps the best, succinct argument for marriage that I’ve heard.
I encourage you to watch it several times and then share it with friends.
Posted by 1catholicsalmon on January 19, 2014