Saturday, April 28, 2012

Feast of St. Louis de Montfort

Replica Pieta at St. Joseph Seminary Yonkers, NY

The original Pieta was on display at The World Fair in 1964. It was at the request of Cardinal Spellman. In order to ensure Michelangelo's master piece could make the trip over seas two replicas were made and shipped ahead of time. One of the replicas adorn the halls of the Seminary in Yonkers. I have spent a lot of time in prayer in front of the Pieta. If you look closely you can tell that Mary's hands seem out of proportion to Jesus' body. The interpretation of this I like the most is She is looking down at her son and seeing his entire life from infancy to the present moment.

"...The Blessed Sacrament is a memorial of the passion and death of Jesus Christ, and (that) by means of it men share in its fruits and work out their salvation."
"...The Holy Rosary, recited with the meditation on the sacred mysteries, is a sacrifice of praise to God for the great gift of our redemption and a holy reminder of the sufferings, death and glory of Jesus Christ,"
- St. Louis de Montfort

Friday, April 27, 2012

7 quick things

7 quick takes sm1 7 Quick Takes Friday (vol. 160)

1. 14 classes left for the seniors oh yeah!!!!!
2. I'll miss them :(
3. Sherry's surgery is Tuesday praying in my sleep for her.
4. Intro to Dogma exam next Thursday, it's a good time to start studying!!!!
5. The Mets swept the Marlins, soooooo happy.
6. Cori comes home for the summer in three weeks!!!!!
7. Go Rangers Go!!!! Off to round two of the Stanley Cup, the most beautiful trophy in all of sports!!!! 
 One of the cool things about being Catholic is our position on salvation.  Let me explain. This past February I ran a 50K(31 miles) race in Destin Florida. After the race my daughter and I went to New Orleans for Mardi Gras.Their were a lot of people with signs condemning all the people participating in the festivities to damnation. I spoke with one man who told me to leave the Catholic or I'd go to hell. I always thought that being a New Yorker was far worse than being a Catholic in the southerners eyes!

The Catholic belief is that we must respond to the grace that God gives us. Salvation is only through the Catholic Church but it may take people longer to receive this grace and many will receive this gift at the time of passing to the next life. This brings me to something that I learned from Father O'Reilly the dean at the Institute of Religious Studies in Yonkers, NY. Everyone outside the church has not received the grace needed to be part of the Church however those who received the grace and have left the church are in peril. So I decided that this week I'll start to forgo my Sunday morning mass and start going to the vigil mass on Saturday night. My plan is that in a couple of weeks I will ask my wife and daughter to join me. My wife always went to the vigil mass with her mother growing up so maybe this will get her back to church again. She's not a morning person.

If you are a Catholic who has left the Church and stumbled onto this blog please visit the Catholics Come Home website. Feel free to e-mail me for a rosary(I love giving them away). When I was away from the church and came back my second stop after a month of masses was confession. It warmed my heart when the priest welcomed me back to the church. I looked forward to welcoming many Catholics back home.
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Friday, April 20, 2012

 1. First post in a long time. Thanks LOTR and Jennifer!
2. Starting to miss my seniors, only 19 classes left with them!!!!
3. Studying for my Christology final, my head is spinning, first six councils, hope I can get them straight by Monday.
4. First week after Easter break went well but everyone is tired here at Spellman.
5. Giving quizzes all day is boring.
6. Praying for Sherry, surgery is scheduled for May 1st.
7. Weekend is almost here!!