23 November 2015

Thank You, Lord

Thank you, Lord, for the gift of music in all its many genres.

Michael Walker on Secular Rock Bands with Catholic Songs

"Christian Rock is a staple genre on the radio and iTunes these days, but what about Catholic Rock? Here are seven little-known occasions (amongst countless others) when mainstream/ alternative artists took their hand to religion.

"While they vary in terms of earnestness, all the[se] songs verge on the explicitly Catholic. . . .

In a recent commentary, writer Michael Walker reflected on the Catholicity of a number of rock songs (including U2's "Gloria").

To access Michael's complete post, please visit:

ChurchPOP: 7 Secular Rock Bands that Have Surprisingly Catholic Songs (19 NOV 15)

Reflection Starter from Fulton Sheen

"“You cannot always depend on prayers to be answered the way you want them answered but you can always depend on God. God, the loving Father often denies us those things which in the end would prove harmful to us. Every boy wants a revolver at age four, and no father yet has ever granted that request. Why should we think God is less wise? Someday we will thank God not only for what He gave us, but also for that which He refused.” - Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen (in his Wartime Prayer Book)

22 November 2015

"To Jesus Christ, Our Sovereign King"

As we continue our celebration of the Solemnity Christ the King, I offer this version of "To Jesus Christ, Our Sovereign King":

The Solemnity Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

Today the Church celebrates the Solemnity Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe. The assigned readings are Daniel 7:13-14, Revelation 1:5-8, and John 18:33-37. The Responsorial Psalm is Psalm 93 (Psalm 93: 1-2, 5).

The Gospel reading is as follows:

Pilate said to Jesus,"Are you the King of the Jews?"

Jesus answered, "Do you say this on your own or have others told you about me?"

Pilate answered, "I am not a Jew, am I? Your own nation and the chief priests handed you over to me. What have you done?"

Jesus answered, "My kingdom does not belong to this world. If my kingdom did belong to this world,my attendants would be fighting to keep me from being handed over to the Jews. But as it is, my kingdom is not here."

So Pilate said to him, "Then you are a king?"

Jesus answered, "You say I am a king. For this I was born and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice."

Thank You, Lord

Thank you, Lord, for the grace of humility

Msgr. Pope on the Sin of Pride

"Pride is a sin that is so pervasive, and that runs so deep within us, we often don't even sense it is there. Not only is it is a sinful drive in itself, it also plays a role in every other sin we commit. It is the sin we most share with Satan and all the fallen angels. Satan refused to serve God or to submit to His plan, and these are strong tendencies in every human person as well. Satan planned his strategy well as he tempted Eve: you will be like God. Both Eve and Adam falsely reasoned that in order to be free they should not be told what to do; they should do as they pleased and should decide for themselves what was right and wrong. They pridefully claimed the right to determine good and evil for themselves rather than trusting God. This prideful pronouncement has gone forth from human hearts ever since: 'I will not be told what to do.'"

In a recent commentary, Monsignor Charles Pope (pastor of Holy Comforter-Saint Cyprian Parish, Washington, DC) reflected on the effects of the sin of pride.

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

Community in Mission: Pondering Pride, the Most Perilous of All Sins (18 NOV 15)

Reflection Starter from Pope Francis

"All human persons – all of us – are important in God's eyes..Pope Francis