In accordance with the will of the Holy Father, 24 men will be elevated to "the sacred purple" on November 20, 2010. Among these holy individuals is Archbishop Raymond Burke, former archbishop of the archdiocese of St. Louis. His Excellency is very active in promoting the usus antiquior and will be a blessing to the College of Cardinals. Please pray for these blessed men as they prepare to take on such a profound role in the Church. An excellent article concerning this issue may be read here.
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Friday, October 1, 2010
In order to please almighty God, we must first know Him. As with any relationship, growing in understanding of someone involves efficient communication. And so it is with God. For what child does not speak to his father? How much more should we speak to He who is Father par excellence! In His infinite mercy, Christ Jesus calls us to ever greater intimacy with Himself. I have recently been reawakened to the importance of prayer through my involvement with the Knights of Columbus. Founded in 1882 by Father Michael J. McGivney, the Knights of Columbus promotes, among other things, the faithful recitation of the Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Keep in mind that the Rosary is really the prayer of the Gospel. Whatever form the prayer may take, remember to communicate with God, fulfilling St. Paul's exhortation to "pray constantly" (1 Thessalonians 5:17).
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
With millions of blogs on the internet today, you may be wondering what exactly is unique or revolutionary about this particular blog. Well the truth is...it's NOT unique. While I as an individual have my own experiences, the story I tell has been told for almost 2000 years. As a Catholic, I belong to the Church founded by Christ Himself, the Church by which God wishes to bring all men to the knowledge of the truth and life everlasting. But here's the thing...being Catholic isn't easy. I don't say being Catholic "isn't easy" in the sense that somehow Canon Law or the precepts of the Church are strict, rigid, and difficult to follow; I can assure you that the benefits of obedience are far greater than the downfalls. My problem consists of knowing the Truth, knowing God HIMSELF, and other people not knowing the same truth. This is why I have entitled this blog, "The Catholic Sword." For knowing the Truth is indeed a double-edged sword. With it comes power, glory, and happiness. But perhaps of equal strength is the sorrow that fills my soul knowing that many others do not possess this Truth (in its fullness)...