Archive for February, 2005

On my way back

February 25, 2005

Finished with the installation and I am sitting in the airport. It was nice to meet a bunch of people from the Catholic Answers web board. It will be a long drive home. We will pray for Bishop Carlson and our next bishop.

On a positive note we do have Bishop Samuel Aquilla from Fargo as our Apostolic administrator.

Off to see the Wizard…

February 22, 2005

Actually on my way to Bishop Carlson’s installation in Saginaw. I am staying with Fr. Paul Rutten at the SDSU Newman center tonight. We fly out tomorrow on separate flights. It will give me a chance to get a little work done before I leave.

Roe V. Wade

February 17, 2005

Tomorrow, February 18th, 2005, the Supreme Court is scheduled to have an internal, private conference to discuss how they will handle the petition filed by Norma McCorvey (the “Jane Roe” of Roe v. Wade) to reverse Roe v. Wade. The Court can either refuse to hear the case, or grant certiorari. PLEASE PRAY THAT THE COURT WILL AGREE TO HEAR THE CASE!

For more information about Norma McCorvey’s efforts to overturn Roe, visit her website here.

If you would like to read the actual Petition for a Writ of Certiorari CLICK HERE.

Unless they postpone their discussion, their decision should be announced on February 22nd. Right now, prayers are all we can offer in this effort. So please take a few moments each day, until their decision is announced, to pray that the truth can be made known to the members of the Court about the impact of their decision to legalize abortion over 30 years ago.

Here is a prayer to aid you in your efforts, and that you can continue to pray until we finally see an end to abortion in our nation:

Prayer to End Abortion
Lord God, I thank you today for the gift of my life,
And for the lives of all my brothers and sisters.

I know there is nothing that destroys more life than abortion,
Yet I rejoice that you have conquered death
by the Resurrection of Your Son.

I am ready to do my part in ending abortion.
Today I commit myself
Never to be silent,
Never to be passive,
Never to be forgetful of the unborn.

I commit myself to be active in the pro-life movement,
And never to stop defending life
Until all my brothers and sisters are protected,
And our nation once again becomes
A nation with liberty and justice
Not just for some, but for all.

Through Christ our Lord. Amen!

The Bishop’s House

February 15, 2005

For the last 7.5 years the Bishop’s house in Sioux Falls has been like a home to me. It was 8 years ago next month that I first arrived, stayed in a room and served Mass in his Chapel. During my time in the seminary I had a room there and kept my things since I wasn’t from this diocese with a home close. During my time ordianed I have stayed there everytime I came to Sioux Falls for ordinations and spiritual direction. I had a little room in the basement where I could come in, go downstairs , and have a place ot lay my head. In short it has been a home to me and of course Bishop is like family and friend combined. The house has alwasy been open to priests. We celebrate Mass here. We sign up for meals if we are in town. My dog comes in and goes right down the steps to “our” room. Even she knows it. It just is a great place.

Today is the last night I will stay in that house until we have another Bishop. Of course who knows if the next Bishop will be as open to his priests staying there.

It is a bit sad. What has felt like my home for the last 8 years is closing down for at least a year. The Bishop leaves early on Tuesday for Saginaw. I will have to look for other accomodations when I come.

This morning I concelebrated my last Mass, in his chapel, with Bishop before he leaves. It didn’t really hit me until the end of Mass when he took the luna out of tabernacle and consumed the host. The finality of that moment hit me hard. It is good I always have a handkerchief in my alb pocket.

Next week will be the toughest though. I am going out to the installation in Saginaw. Getting on the plane Friday to go home will be tough.

But on another more humerous note…. (hate to end on a sad one)… I am a hero to the homeschooling kids because last night at Children’s adoration…. Fr. Todd made the fire truck come. As the incense billowed the smoke detectors in the office decided that wasn’t good. The firemen though thought it was their best smelling call in a long time.

Still Alive

February 9, 2005

Sorry for the lack of posts. I have been fairly busy and on the road a lot. I am hoping to get in a more regular schedule soon. Things will be pretty hectic for a bit though. Ash Wednesday today. I am off for three masses.