Archive for November, 2005

Commentary on the Document

November 29, 2005

A lot of ink (or pixels) will be spilled in the next few days about the interpretation and ramifications of the document released by the Vatican today entitled: Instruction concerning the criteria of vocational discernment regarding persons with homosexual tendencies, considering their admission to seminary and to Holy Orders. Most of it will probably be centered around what is the meaning of the phrase/term Deep seated homosexual tendencies. If you have been reading this blog for any length of time you know that I believe it to mean men who suffer from same sex attraction (SSA). Before I explain that in light of the recent document I would like to comment on the document itself and what it means for those who have deep seated homosexual tendencies and why they should not be accepted into he seminaries.

The Document

November 29, 2005

A few thoughts and reflections coming on the document that was released by the Vatican today. I think it is overall a very good response and vitally necessary for the health of the priesthood and seminaries. I am in the midst of a blizzard with rolling power outages so I haven’t had a chance to type anything up.


November 28, 2005

I am one of those caught in a Blizzard. The powerlines are down and the current generator for the town isn’t big enough to handle the whole town so we are on rolling power consumption. Which means I don’t really know when I will have electricity.

I threw a roast in the crock pot last night and it has been a real weird job trying to get it done with the sporadic power outages. I think I got it just about there.

Happy Thanksgiving

November 24, 2005

As I said Mass today I gave a homily on gratitude. I want to practice what I preach and thank all of the people who read for my blog and especially for those who pray for me in my priestly ministry.

I hope you and your family have a wonderful thanksgiving.

A little perspective

November 22, 2005

I thought this was an interesting email someone sent me. I strikes a bit close to home as it was just over a year ago that a friend of mine was killed in Iraq. He was instrumental in setting me on the path to priesthood.

Here is the contents of the email:

—– Interesting Thought for the day:

If you consider that there have been an average of
160,000 troops in the Iraq Theater of operations during the last 22 months
and a total of 2112 deaths, that gives a firearm death rate of 60 per

The rate in Washington D.C.(among others) is 80.6 per 100,000.
That means that you are about 25% more likely to be shot and killed in our Nation’s Capitol, which has some of the strictest gun control laws in the nation, than you are in Iraq.

Conclusion: We should immediately pull out of Washington D.C

Homily 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A)

November 20, 2005

Homily 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A)

November 20, 2005

Homily – 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A)

November 20, 2005

Well there is a backlog of homilies coming to you. Sorry about the delay. I must have lost a bunch of recordings as well as track of time.
I had to rerecord them so they will sound a bit different than when they were delivered. Here is the homily from two weeks ago.

School of Saints

November 16, 2005

We recently had the movie Therese in our local theatre. It was a good little movie, especially if you have a devotion to the Little Flower.

One thing that struck me was the scene where the daughters and their fathers were spending time in the parlor. The Father was playing on the piano and the young sisters were dancing together. I thought it sad that families spent so little time together these days and when they did they rarely had such interaction and delight in each others company. Many go off to entertain themselves… either listening to their music, surfing the net, watching their one televisions etc.

Last night I got to live that scene from Therese. I was at my godson’s home with their family. After the kids got done beating me up (to them I am a jungle gym) dad was playing the piano with one of his sons. I was sitting on the couch right next to the piano watching the kids having a ball. No television, no internet… just playing with each other. We started doing silly tunes and the kids really went bananas. They were dancing and goofing off. The adults were all participating. One of their sons was so excited he could barely control himself. He was running and jumping and dancing with great joy. The littlest one was sitting on the couch right next to me. He was working so hard to move his head to the beat of the music. He would look at me to make sure he was doing it alright. I would move my head to the beat and he would get real excited and go back at it with gusto.

As I was sitting there observing and reflecting on it I was struck with a sense that their guardian angels were taking great delight in it at well.

We ended the night by me leading them in one or two praise and worship songs. I gave them my blessing and they went off to bed.

I talked with their parents later and expressed my joy at it. And they talked about how blessed they were and how I would have to see one of the “shows” the kids put on. Needless to say I am looking forward to it.

Here is a family that by conscious choice has chosen to live family life above many other things. Most of my youth and probably the majority of the couples I have prepared for marriage would view them as a bit strange. Why?

They don’t have cable television.
They are in their early thirties with 4 children and hope to have many more.
They had only one car for the longest period of time.
They don’t go out to the movies or to eat much although Dad and Mom do get a night.
They homeschool.

In other words they don’t have a lot of things that the world thinks you can’t live without.

One thing they do have though is tremendous joy and love in their home.

The family truly is the domestic church and the first seminary. It truly is a school of saints and it is such a joy for this priest to be allowed to be a part of it.

Vacation how’d you get away

November 13, 2005

I am heading out on vacation tomorrow if I get everything packed tonight. I need to rerecord the homilies from the last two weeks and hopefully get them up soon.

Out of curiosity… does anyone out there use skype?