The books I ordered from Amazon came in four days early! Now I have five new unread books lying around (not including Jesus of Nazareth) but I guess that is a good problem to have! I am very excited about all three. The first is The Imitation of Christ by Thomas á Kempis which came highly recommended to me as a spiritual guide sort of book. I bought the translation from Ignatius Press which I heard was good. The second book comes recommended from pretty much every source I trust. It is a compilation of journal entries from Cardinal Antonelli, a big mind in the liturgical reform of the Second Vatican Council. I can’t wait to read this! Lastly is The Fundamentals of Catholic Doctrine compiled by Dr. Ludwig Ott. It provides sources to doctrine in Church documents including papal writing.
Best of all… it was all free!! I bought all three book from Amazon gift cards given to me by family for my birthday!
When I arrived home from college one of the first things I did was look up the Mass and confession schedules for parishes I’d like to visit over the summer. One such parish was St. Rose of Lima in Perrysburg, Ohio. Today I went there for confession. I hadn’t been there in years, certainly not since I was old enough to be interested in liturgical reform and such. When I walked in I was pleased to see six candles on the (unused) high altar, an altar frontal on the freestanding altar with matching frontals on the ambo and lectern, and a small but present crucifix on the freestanding altar! I knew at once that this parish was on its way to fulfilling the true reforms of the Second Vatican Council.
It isn’t quite there yet though… there was someone setting up music stands in the sanctuary for the choir, there was a grand piano in the nave, and (most unfortunately) the presider’s chair was behind the freestanding altar (in front of – but not blocking the view of – the tabernacle). However, after reading the parish bulletin I am convinced that this parish is doing great things. The pastor mentions Fr. Z in his letter and the following page is a “continued Catechesis on the Holy Eucharist.” I keep telling my family, in twenty years the Church in America will look more like it did in 1969 then it did in 1975! Brick by brick as they say.
Sadly, this article – written just before the execution of Michael F. Beuke, a hitchhiker that shot and killed Robert Craig and injured others in I-275- outlines my beautiful state’s plan to kill 11 inmates this year. A nun, Sr. Alice Gerdeman of Cincinnati, is quoted in the article,
“The fact that any state or group of people would consider killing that many people says something about our society,” she said. “The crime rate is down, yet the urge to kill is up, at least in our state.”
Well said sister.
So I met Crystal Bowersox last night! I haven’t watched much of this season of American Idol because of college but I was able to meet her last night when she visited Toledo’s Fox News station that my uncle operates. Being a musician, it was great to hear her talk about how, although she is now famous, her goal is still to play simply because she loves it and to give to charity often
She is a very cool and genuine person and it was awesome to meet her.
Here is a video I took of her singing Me and Bobby McGee. She also sang two of her original songs.
With Benedict’s visit to Fatima there has been a lot of talk about the secrets of Fatima. Fr. Z has a poll over at WDTPRS about the contents of the “third secret.” I must admit, I chose the option that reads, “I don’t know the messages or apparitions from Fatima.” While that isn’t entirely true it is the option that certainly fits me best. Having read about the relationship of the assassination attempt of John Paul II and the third secret and more recently the sufferings of the Church and the attacks on the Holy Father over the abuse scandal I had a shallow knowledge of the apparitions. Today I finally took the time to Google the apparitions. And I found the Vatican website to be most helpful. This link has all of the correspondence between Sister Lucia, the only surviving witness of the apparitions, Pope John Paul II, Cardinal Sodano, and others involved.
Of course readership in this blog is still small (as it is still less than a day old 😉 ) but I will post the original text of the vision of the third secret for any readers who are – like me – unfamiliar with the actual description:
After the two parts which I have already explained, at the left of Our Lady and a little above, we saw an Angel with a flaming sword in his left hand; flashing, it gave out flames that looked as though they would set the world on fire; but they died out in contact with the splendour that Our Lady radiated towards him from her right hand: pointing to the earth with his right hand, the Angel cried out in a loud voice: ‘Penance, Penance, Penance!’. And we saw in an immense light that is God: ‘something similar to how people appear in a mirror when they pass in front of it’ a Bishop dressed in White ‘we had the impression that it was the Holy Father’. Other Bishops, Priests, men and women Religious going up a steep mountain, at the top of which there was a big Cross of rough-hewn trunks as of a cork-tree with the bark; before reaching there the Holy Father passed through a big city half in ruins and half trembling with halting step, afflicted with pain and sorrow, he prayed for the souls of the corpses he met on his way; having reached the top of the mountain, on his knees at the foot of the big Cross he was killed by a group of soldiers who fired bullets and arrows at him, and in the same way there died one after another the other Bishops, Priests, men and women Religious, and various lay people of different ranks and positions. Beneath the two arms of the Cross there were two Angels each with a crystal aspersorium in his hand, in which they gathered up the blood of the Martyrs and with it sprinkled the souls that were making their way to God.
Although I bought it from Amazon a long time ago I finally found the time to start reading Benedict’s work, Jesus of Nazareth. I’m only past the introduction and the first chapter but what I’ve read so far is great. Its well thought out and methodically presented. He always makes it seem easy to explain complex theology. If you haven’t read this book you should definitely pick it up. Benedict aims to study Jesus as a historical figure (hence the title) but the Supreme Pontiff thus far makes an incredible theological explanation of Christ.
This first volume only covers His Baptism to the Transfiguration but EWTN News reports that Benedict’s second book has been sent to the publisher:
VATICAN CITY, 10 MAY 2010 (VIS) – “The definitive text of the second volume of the book ‘Jesus of Nazareth’ by His Holiness Benedict XVI was recently consigned to the publishers entrusted with its publication”, says a note released today by the Holy See Press Office.
“This second volume is dedicated to the Passion and the Resurrection, and starts where the first volume finished”, says the note.
EWTN goes on to say,
“The hope is that the publication of the book in the major languages will come about contemporaneously. Yet this, however rapid, will still require various months, given the times necessary for an accurate translation of such an important and long-awaited text”.
This post is my feeble attempt to enter the vast world of Catholic blogs. However, I have no hopes or dreams of moving to the front lines of Catholic blogging. This blog simply serves as a means of expression for me on matters Catholic (and perhaps others). Although I have been Catholic all my life, I can thank wonderful Catholic blogs such as Fr. Z’s WDTPRS and The New Liturgical Movement for leading me to discover what it means to be a faithful and orthodox Catholic. I have named this blog “Staying On The Rock” because – as we all know – our journey of Faith can be hard sometimes. I am on summer break so – although I will be working – I hope to post often. Thank you so much for finding me.