One week ago, I started, for the first time ever, preparation for Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary, but I am not going it alone. A great up-and-coming Catholic evangelist, Gary Zimak, has led this consecration each year for the past four, using Fr. Michael Gaitley’s 33 Days to Morning Glory. So far, the past week has been enlightening both personally and as a model for offering Total Consecration to my parish in November. Our bible study this year will be Mary: A Biblical Walk with Our Blessed Mother. In conjunction with this study, I will also offer the 33 day preparation to Total Consecration to Jesus Through Mary, popularized by St. Louis de Montfort.
In a speech given in 1964, then-Governor Ronald Reagan said, “If we lose freedom here, there is nowhere to escape to. This is the last stand on earth.” In that same speech, he also stated: “We are at war with the most dangerous enemy that has ever faced mankind from his long climb from the swamp to the stars; and it’s been said that if we lose that war and in so doing lose this way freedom of ours, history will record with the greatest astonishment that those who had the most to lose did the least to prevent its happening.”
Anyone who knows me knows that I am the least political of anyone. Hearing the endless rantings on Cable TV, who’s right, who’s wrong, and what rationale, if any they have for holding their position, it makes my head spin and my skin crawl. Yet, we in the United States have come so far from our God-centered foundations that I seriously wonder if George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, or the first U.S. Chief Justice John Jay would even recognize the country they founded if they were ever to return.
At the end of April this year, I attended a workshop at the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius to learn the Extraordinary Form of the Mass, specifically the Low Mass. For the next three months, I practiced the Low Mass with a laser focus, until I could offer it with a modicum of smooth efficiency.
In my wanderings this summer, whenever I would share with people that I had learned the “Old Latin Mass,” reactions were mixed, from polite nonchalance to “What do you want to do THAT for?” Continue reading “Traditional Latin Mass: What’s the Draw?”
Our Faith calls us not only to strive for holiness, but also to bring our world to conversion to holiness as well. Quite a tall order, especially given the fact that our society and “powers that be” are trying to push us as Christians “out of the Light”. With issues like abortion, human trafficking, redefinition of marriage, elimination of religious and conscience rights, and more, screaming at us from the headlines, it seems as though our response must be swift, decisive and persistent.
That being said, the burning question remains: What good is Catholic fiction? When we as Christians need to face these issues head-on and proclaim Jesus Christ boldly so that the world “gets it,” do we really have time to wade through stories and poetry to get our point across?
One of the perks of being part of the Catholic Writers Guild is sometimes you get an advanced copy of up-and-coming Catholic literature.
One coming up in about a month’s time is:
Don’t You Forget About Me!
It seems as though the Catholic Creativity website has been hacked!. I had to start all over with a new iteration of all the posts on the blog. Try as I might, I could not find the file with all the old posts on it (for techies, it’s called XML.) It pains me to say it, but all that work, since 2009 … all of it is gone.
And now, like the phoenix, Catholic Creativity must rise from the ashes. Better yet, Catholic Creativity must find a way to share in the resurrection of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Continue reading “Good Friday for Catholic Creativity”
Ever since his election in 2005, Benedict XVI has been a pope I could relate to the most. Don’t get me wrong! I greatly admire John Paul II as an inspiration for my entrance into seminary and to my involvement in the Air Force Chaplain Candidate program following September 11.
But Benedict XVI has a humility and a particular personality that reflected my own. An academic and an intellectual, Pope Benedict seems a more reserved person than John Paul II. Benedict’s manner seems to be more avuncular, more approachable (even though I’d never met him personally). The more I read his writings, the more I glean solid spiritual insights.
I just love the creative process. I love to hear interviews of writers or TV show creators tell how they developed the stories that we the readers and viewers thrill to.
In a way, that’s what Catholic Creativity is all about: to use the creative process to bring others to Christ in such a way that they would get immersed in the story and the themes that before they know it, they are immersed in the Gospel message. It takes real talent to do that. The greats like J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis give us the inspiration to do just that. Then, there are those writers that are among us who prove that this is not a lost art in our day and age. Karina Fabian is one such writer, in the genre of Science Fiction and Fantasy.