25 July 2021

World Day for Grandparents and Elderly

Today is being celebrated by the Church as the World Day for Grandparents and Elderly. This is the first year for this observance, which is to be celebrated on the fourth Sunday of July, near the liturgical memorial of Saints Joachim and Anne, the grandparents of Jesus.

Related Message from Pope Francis:

Message of His Holiness Pope Francis for the First World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly

Related media reports:

Vatican News: Pope establishes World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly

Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life: In prayer with the Pope from all over the world

Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life: A great need to celebrate

'A Blast from the Past'

From "a number of years ago": the shade from the tree is a factor here (and the focus is a little off), but myself with siblings (possibly mid-1960s):


 

Belated Birhday Blessings, Dawna!!!

Belated birthday greetings to sister-in-law Dawna (Jim's wife), whose celebrated her birthday yesterday!!! May each day of the upcoming year be filled with the Lord's choicest blessings!!!

Thank You, Lord

Thank you, Lord, for the blessing of grandparents.

Msgr. Pope on Things Often Being Not as They Seem

"We are currently reading the story of Moses in daily Mass. The story reminds us that not all things are as they appear, and that God’s ways are not our ways.

"Moses' early years are marked with clear signs that he is gifted and chosen. Drawn from the water by Pharaoh's own daughter, Moses' very own mother is chosen to be his caretaker and is paid for that privilege by getting to live in Pharaoh's palace. Pharaoh pays for Moses' diapers, his food, and his education. And he is unwittingly preparing and equipping his nemesis. God can be very sly!

"But at age forty, Moses gets ahead of God (never a good idea). He grows angry at an Egyptian who is oppressing a Hebrew and ends up killing the Egyptian. Moses has to flee.

"Now why has God let this happen? From our perspective, Moses was in the prime of his life. At forty, he has experience but has not lost his youth. He is educated, gifted, and has access to power and lots of connections in Pharaoh's own palace. Moses is in a perfect position to lead the people out of slavery! Or so we think. Except for one problem: God doesn't think so."

In a recent commentary, Monsignor Charles Pope (pastor of Holy Comforter-Saint Cyprian Parish, Washington, DC) reflected on how Not as man sees does God see (1 Sam 16:7) and on thje importance of being careful how we assess our life's worth.

To access Msgr. Pope's complete post, please visit:

Community in Mission: Things Are Often Not as They Seem - A Lesson from the Life of Moses (18 JUL 21)

Reflection Starter from Pope Francis

"Only a heart that is not taken over by hastiness is capable of being moved, that is, of not allowing itself to be caught up in itself and by things to do, and is aware of others, of their wounds, their needs. Compassion is born from contemplation." - Pope Francis

24 July 2021

Fats Domino: "Blueberry Hill"

As this blessed week draws to a close, I offer this version of Fats Domino presenting "Blueberry Hill":



On the Discipline of the Christian Life, Praying through Pain, and Other Catholic-related Topics

A number of articles/posts have recently been published on a variety of Catholic-related subjects worth considering.

To access some of these, please visit:

Spiritual Direction: The Discipline of the Christian Life (5 JUL 21)

Light One Candle: How God, Family, Therapy, and Meds Saved "General Hospital's" Maurice Benard from Suicide (6 JUL 21)

National Catholic Register: Blogs: Judy Roberts: Catholic Musician Seph Schlueter Finds a Home in Nashville (2 JUL 21)

St. Anthony Messenger: Praying through Pain (June/July 2021)

Denver Catholic:  Banned books: Pushing back against the new ideology (22 JUN 21)

U.S. Catholic: Masculinity and faith intersect at a Brooklyn parish festival (June 2021)

The Pilot: Echoes: Jacqueline Cunniff. How Catholic Charities of Boston changed one woman's life (23 JUL 21

The Catholic Thing: Two Systems of Morality (11 DEC 20)

Thank You, Lord

Thank you, Lord, for the blessing of Your people who strive to spread Your Good News.

John Clark on Catholics and Evangelization

"Sometimes I wonder if we Catholics even want to bring people to the Catholic Faith anymore. We often don't act like we do. I note this after spending some time on Facebook and making three observations."

In a recent commentary, writer John Clark reflected on some of the reasons it seems like many Catholics.do not seem to want to evangelize, including we "mock others, and cheer on others who do"; we "seem more disturbed by the sins of others than by our own"; and we "seem to care more about politics than apologetics".

To access Mr. Clark's complete post, please visit:

National Catholic Register: Blogs: John Clark: Are We Even Trying To Evangelize Anymore? (10 JUL 21)

Reflection Starter from St. Sharbel Makhlouf

"By your prayers you can bring down the rain of mercy" - Saint Sharbel Makhlouf, whose memory the Church celebrates today (24 July)