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Three Liturgical Changes We Need Now - Crisis Magazine

Three Liturgical Changes We Need Now - Crisis Magazine: The very goal of the Christian’s life—true worship of God—is a subject too often brushed aside as irrelevant to question of transmitting the Faith, despite the growing urgency among the faithful to find new ways to catechize. What’s rightly perceived as a catechetical crisis ought to show us the relationship of worship to truth. Romano …
Rosary Meditation
As I prayed the third Glorious Mystery of the Rosary, I experienced a series of consolations that flickered through my mind’s eye.  As a candle casts its glow, consuming the shadow that attempts to overcome, these graces came to me.  Each flicker expressed an attribute of God’s revealed nature.  It was like a warm summer night when fireflies briefly illuminate their surroundings.  
There was a flicker in which I viewed the Lord breathing on a young man who was being baptized.  Another nearby flicker revealed our Lady standing over a grieving little girl.  There was a series of flickers which filled the screen of my imagination, each one showing me the face of a saint:  S. Jean Vianney,  S. Faustina, S. Peter, S. Augustine, S. Aquinas, S. Francis, S. Joseph, S. Philomena, S. Michael, S. Gabriel, S. Miguel Pro, S. Therese, S. Jerome, and many others whose faces I know from holy cards, but their names escape me now.  
When this series of flashes subsided, I felt their a…

"Where Are You" by Alphonse Ciaccio

I want to share this meditation that a friend of mine wrote.  We published it in our parish newsletter.  Hope you are blessed by it!


“They heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden at the time of the evening breeze, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. 9But the Lord God called to the man, and said to him, ‘Where are you?” (Gen 3:8-10)

I have always loved this scene from the third chapter of Genesis.  In the interest of context, Adam and Eve had just eaten the forbidden fruit.  Immediately upon the first bite, their eyes were opened as to what they had done and they “knew” they were naked.  Shame at their nakedness drove them to hide from each other and ultimately from the Lord. The Lord God, it appears, had an ongoing appointment with them in the cool of the evening.  When He showed up for His part, He realized that Adam and Eve were not going to keep this appointment  Then the Lord asks, w…

Happy New Year...Still?

Here we are at the 2nd day of the new year.  The headlines are rather dreadful. Not much seems to have changed in the world from last year.  The same holds true for my personal life.

So I thought I would take a few moments to meditate on my current situation.  I am a pastor of 3 small church communities which form the Parish of St. Michael the Archangel.  

Did you ever wonder why Jesus spoke so often in parables?  Having no family obligations and no life outside of Church (haha), I have thought about this quite a bit.  This is what I have come up with so far through my studies and meditations:

--Perhaps the Lord was speaking in code so that only those who knew Him would be able to understand.  That way He could proclaim the truth to the disciples without putting them in danger before it was time for His crucifixion.

--Perhaps He used parables because the truth would be too much for some people to take.  That is what happened when He said we must eat His Body and Drink His Blood!  



As the rest of the world is waking up from the celebration of the end of the old year and the beginning of a new year, we Catholics are waking up to the ever present reality of the newness of life in Christ Jesus.

It is no mistake nor random decision that the Solemnity of the Mother of God should be celebrated at the beginning of the calandar year.  From the moment Mary became the mother of Jesus the nature of reality changed.

It was more than the much touted paradigm shifts we read about today.  It is more enduring than the techology that changes the way we function in the world.  It is more earth altering than an earthquake, tsunami or war.

A basic reality has changed.  God is now visible.  Salvation is now possible.  We are never again alone.

Jesus, who is True God and True Man is in our midst for all eternity.

Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death.  Amen