Signs in the Heavens: recent rare planetary and stellar conjunctions

You might recall that I posted about the theory about the Star of Bethlehem.   His arguments are pretty good.

I was sent a link to an interesting video in Spanish about another triple conjunction of Jupiter and Venus in Regulus in Leo.  Because of retrograde motion, there will be 8 conjunctions over a period of 423 days.  This is similar to what occurred some 2000 years ago.

He talks about a “sacred astronomy”. His suggestions extend to future events, which I am not so sure about.

There is one fast motion section where you can see the retrograde motion play out. It’s fun to watch the Moon go whizzing by, and the other planets drift through.

You decide.

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ASK FATHER: Many languages in one Mass

From a reader…

QUAERITUR:

Is it possible to say Mass in many languages? In example part in English, part in French or better part in English and Canon in latin?

Yes, this is possible in the Ordinary Form.

Is it a good idea?

I don’t think so.

If there is a group of people (who all belong to the Latin Church) speaking different languages, why not use everyone’s language, Latin?  People can have their own translations.

(And, no, I am not fan of the multiple language papal Masses either.)

 

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ASK FATHER: Father says Mass in alb and stole

From a reader:

A new pastor to our church celebrated the Sacrifice of the Mass dressed only in a white alb with a green stole this Sunday. It is my understanding a priest is always to wear proper liturgical vestments when carrying out his priestly function. The heat and humidity may have prevented him and I would like to give him the benefit of a doubt but he seems to be a maverick, if you get my drift, refusing even to purify the sacred vessels after communion or after Mass. Can the bishop give special dispensations for priests who may have health problems and simply can not bear the heat of wearing a chasuble?

No.

Put more money in the collection so that the parish can get – pace Francis – an air conditioner.

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Banning kneeling violates religious freedom

single genuflectionAt HPR Fr. Regis Scalon, OFM.Cap. has a good piece which might be sent to ever parish priest who seeks to force people not to kneel during Mass.

Here is the introductory section:

Kneeling Ban: Good Liturgy or Loss of Religious Freedom?

Some religious leaders in the Latin Rite are pressuring Catholics not to kneel at the Consecration, or to genuflect at their reception of the Eucharist. This trend has gained a great deal of traction in recent years, and is causing alarm among those who see it as a restriction of religious freedom. As Catholics, we have come to expect that our secular government wants to restrict our religious freedom, but it’s a new and disturbing trend when it comes from inside the Church.

This trend, which is being fostered by serious religious groups and orders, [okay… I see what he is doing here, but how serious is a group that pressures people not to kneel or genuflect in the presence of God?] is being promulgated in both explicit and subtle ways. Whether it’s by making an actual rule, or by merely showing disapproval, participants in these liturgies are no longer free to “fall to their knees” in adoration. Instead, everyone must stand, sit, or bow—depending on the “rules” of that particular group. Deviation is not welcome, and in some cases, is forbidden.

What is behind this restriction? Is it a good thing? [No.] What does the Church say about the ways an individual may show adoration? The purpose of this paper is not to judge or condemn those who favor restrictions, but to show that such restrictive rules are incompatible with Church teachings, and even with the commonly accepted idea of religious freedom.

First, let’s be clear: the issue is not to stop anyone from standing, sitting, or bowing if their consciences tell them to do so during the liturgy. They should be free to do so! By the same token, those who wish to kneel should be free to do that as well.

Later, we will use Church teachings and documents to support the contention that a ban on kneeling is incompatible with our God-given religious freedom. For now, let’s examine the practical outcomes of such a ban: Under the “sit, stand, bow, or else” scenario, worshipers are being forced to think about “the community,” when they should be devoting their whole “body, soul, mind, and strength” to our Lord becoming truly Present in the Eucharist. [Do I hear an “Amen!”?] In a restrictive atmosphere, even when an individual feels called by conscience to kneel in adoration, they will wrestle with nagging questions: “Am I offending my fellow worshipers?” “Will I be seen as a religious fanatic?” “Will it hurt my ability to stay in the group?”

It’s wrong to force such uneasiness (for some, it could even amount to a troubled conscience) on anyone during what should be a moment of profound adoration of God! However, that’s the effect of this trend. Even though the motives of these “trendsetters” may be pure, the hope is, they will reconsider their direction. They may believe that conformity will provide a more pleasing communal experience. But that’s not the goal of Catholic liturgy. [Right!] The goal of our liturgy is to bring each individual into closer relationship with our Creator—not to please each other or the “group.” In short, it is wrong to coerce Catholics to act against a centuries-old tradition of “bending the knee” at the Consecration and Communion of the Eucharist. This is not a personal opinion, this is the position reflected in Church documents and teachings.

[…]

Read the rest there.

 

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QUAERITUR: Mass texts for St. Elijah, Old Testament Prophet

Many of the great figures of the Old Testament are considered saints and have a day in the Roman liturgical book called the Roman Martyrology. I post about them on occasion.

The Martyrology says that when the day is clear on the regular calendar – id est there is not even an obligatory memorial – a saint of the day in the Martyrology can be selected.

Here is the entry for St. Elijah, prophet, in the Roman Martyrology:

2. Commemoratio sancti Eliae Thesbitae, qui propheta Domini in diebus Achab, regis Israel, Dei unici iura vinidicavit adversus infidelem populum tali animi robore, ut non modo Ioannem Baptistam, sed etiam Christum ipsum praefiguret; oracula scripta non reliquit, sed eius memoria fideliter servatur, praesertim in monte Carmelo.

In the older, traditional Roman calendar, I think we must use St. Jerome Emiliani.  In the newer calendar, I think we are freer, since there is only an optional memorial for St. Apollinaris.

Problem: Where to find the texts for Mass for St. Elijah?

Since the Carmelites venerate him, they have Mass texts.

Could Fr. Sven O’Brien use them at the diocesan parish of St. Ipsidipsy in Black Duck?

He could probably ask permission of the local Bishop of Black Duck.

In any event, here is the spiffy preface which a reader sent:

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Preface of Our Father, S. Elijah the Prophet: Right indeed it is and just, proper and for our welfare, that we should always and everywhere give thanks to you, holy Lord, almighty Father, eternal God; and that we should triumphantly praise, bless, and proclaim you on this solemn feast of blessed Elijah, your Prophet and our father: who, at your word, arose like fire, closed the sky, raised the dead, smote the tyrants, killed the impious, and laid the foundations of the monastic life; who, fed with bread and drink by the ministry of an angel, walked in the strength of that food as far as the holy mountain; who was carried off in a whirlwind of fire, to return as a herald of the second coming of Jesus Christ our Lord; through whom your majesty is praised by the Angels and the Archangels, by the Cherubim too and the Seraphim, who lift up their endless hymn, day by day, with one voice singing: Holy… [Not my translation.]

Finally, the mention of Elijah and Carmelites prompts me to remind you to refresh your coffee supply with

[CUE MUSIC]

Mystic Monk Coffee!

When you’ve hard a hard week of searching for Mass texts for Old Testament prophets until you look like Gandalf in the archives of Minas Tirith, you can still save the world from Sauron, and find your Mass formulary, by drinking lots of …

Mystic Monk Coffee.

Do you not care about finding that long-lost parchment?

Do you not care about … about the liturgy?

Is it possible that you don’t care about saving the liturgy and saving THE WORLD?!?

What would Gandalf do?  Would he order iced tea?!?   Actually, that sounds pretty good today.  The monks have tea, too.

Anyway…

Mystic Monk Coffee!

It’s swell!

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Catholics can respectfully disagree with Pope Francis on economics

My friend Fr. Gerry Murry has a good comment on Laura Ingraham’s new site, LifeZette (don’t ask me about that name, I’m not sure either).  My emphases and comments.

Can Capitalists Be Good Catholics?
Pope Francis warns of ‘subtle dictatorship’
by Fr. Gerry Murray

Pope Francis’ recent scathing criticisms of capitalism and the free-market have left many American Catholics scratching their heads, wondering if they have to hit the confessional next time they go out to buy a new car.  [Not to mention turning on the air conditioner. Laudato si’ 55.]

“Once capital becomes an idol and guides people’s decisions, once greed for money presides over the entire socioeconomic system, it ruins society,” said the pontiff at a global gathering of popular movements in Bolivia. [We can all agree that both making anything into an idol and greed are bad.]

In this scathing critique of the modern economic system, he warned about “the evil effects of this subtle dictatorship” that “destroys human fraternity” and “sets people against one another.”

In a passionate delivery, he cautioned about the spoils of greed: “The economy should not be a mechanism for accumulating goods” but requires the “fitting distribution of its goods among all.”

Francis described the global financial system as “the new colonialism,” and decried “the imposition of measures of ‘austerity’ which always tighten the belt of workers and the poor.” [“austerity” measure… as in Greece?  BTW… isn’t Argentina the Greece of the Americas?]

[NB] This brings us to the inevitable question: Does being a good Catholic mean being “anti-capitalist” or “anti-free market?” Are Catholics obliged to agree with the pope’s critique? The answer to both questions is no.

One can be a devout Catholic and disagree thoughtfully and respectfully with Francis’ economic-political outlook. Moral and ethical conclusions about the actual functioning of domestic economies, international banking, and global largely fall in the realm of prudential judgment. [Exactly.] Should American investors buy foreign bonds? Should corporations build factories in poor countries? Should governments sign free-trade agreements with neighboring states? All of that is up for free discussion and debate.

On the plane back from Paraguay, Francis admitted his distaste for the subject of economics.

He said, “On Greece and the international system, I have a great allergy to economic things, because my father was an accountant and when he did not manage to finish his work at the factory, he brought the work home on Saturday and Sunday, with those books in those day where the titles were written in gothic. When I saw my father I had a great allergy and I didn’t understand it very well. Certainly, it would be all too simple to say that the fault is only on one side. If the Greek government has brought forward this situation of international debt, also they have a responsibility.”

An American reporter pressed the pope on his critique of the “global economic system,” which many see as directed at the United States. He replied, “I heard that there were some criticisms from the United States. I must begin studying these criticisms, no?” he said. “Then we shall dialogue about them.”

[NB] So Catholics are invited by the pope himself to disagree with his conclusions on matters that are under discussion. In matters of economics, he admits his lack of interest and hence invites qualified persons to criticize his positions. He has promised to study those criticisms.

He wants to dialogue with those who disagree with him. That is all to the good.

Hopefully the Holy Father will take some time to study and absorb some of what has been offered as a criticism of some of his statements on markets and the global economy.

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My View For Awhile & NYC – Day 4: Hot and Sticky Edition

When I headed out for parts north today it was about 95° and really humid.  Add to that black clothing (aka solar panels)

It was just about then that a priest friend sent me a photo of himself in his new white cassock with black trim.   Gotta get me one.

This is the little church in Sleepy Hollow.  I did not see anyone running around without a head.

I went to the a Missa Cantata of a newly ordained priest.  He acquitted himself well, but it was quite warm in that church, I must declare. I’m glad I didn’t have all that gear on.

Then it was off to Flushing for Chinese!   I’ve been hearing that the really good Chinese is in Flushing and now I have experiential knowledge and not only theoretical knowledge.

Indeed, the food at the (recommended) place we went was stupendous.

First, we went primarily for the xiao long bao.  Well, they can take a bow for their bao, which were, I do hereby declare, the best I’ve ever had.  I’ve eaten these in a lot of places.  These are the best so far.

 

These were hot and sticky, too.  They were scorching hot, as a matter of fact, and tenacious.  But… WOW.

Next, chili peppers with shredded potato.   This stuff is super addictive.  You can barely stop eating it.

A standard, shredded pork in garlic sauce.  It was very good, but I’ll be game for something else the next time.

There followed another round of xiao long bao.

The people were very friendly (not at all the case usually in most Chinese restaurants).  I really liked their polo shirts: a xiao long bao doing kung fu!

I am both glad and sad that this place is so hard to get to.

The meal included an amusing water spilling incident.  The tactical clericals proved their worth as the water simply rolled off.  I almost wish it hadn’t: it must have been over 100 in the restaurant.  When we went outside, it felt cool at 93.

And so the adventure continues.

Off we zipped past the alien spaceships, to LGA.

I arrived to find that my flight was/is (as I write) delayed so its now the “red eye”.

Security took about 5 minutes, even though the pre-check line was closed.   Since I had pre-check, however, they had an “expedited” pass, so I didn’t have to fiddle with my shoes. I was still, however, instructed to “divest” my laptop from my bag.  I’m not sure how the laptop felt about being undressed in public, or otherwise be dressed down in public.

Who writes that stuff, anyway?

The lounge is nearly empty, but there are still a few people here who seem to think that it is their private living room.

Really?

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NYC – Day 3: 9/11 Memorial

Down the island I went to meet friends for lunch at a favorite place: Veselka.

My view for awhile.

 

I was rewarded with cold borscht.  That’s chopped dill.

Ruben.

The staff wear shirt with festive beets!

Then it’s Uber time to the tip of the island.

The 9/11 Museum … I didn’t know what to expect.  I was pleased with what I found.  A lot of thought went into the design.

One of the first things you encounter is what everything looked like just before it happened.

A bit of the iron structure into which one of the airplanes slammed.


The quote from Virgil is: Nulla dies umquam memori vos eximet aevo.  I am not sure that the people who chose that did a lot of research.


Where that twisted iron was.

And the other.

A relic of the attack.

 

  

 

On a less solemn note, after the visit to the museum and memorial, we went uptown and parked ourselves in a “bar” on Bryant Park (yes, Romeo and Juliet were playing again and, yes, Mercutio was still screechy).

Which drink is mine?   And what is it?   Keep in mind that it was 90+F° and really humid.

 

 

Supper begins.

It was a long, good, but, in the main, solemn day.

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Your Sunday Sermon Notes

Was there a good point made during the sermon you heard for your Mass of Obligation this Sunday?

Let us know!

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D. Baton Rouge: Man in same-sex “marriage” denied Communion at funeral

In The Advocate (a homosexual publication) [As it turns out, no.  This is a local paper with the same name as the homosexual publication.  But it shouldn’t surprise us to see this paper carrying their water.] there is an article which serves up examples of common errors and sloppy thinking about reception of the Eucharist.

Two points.  The article is manipulative, but that is to be expected from something called “The Advocate”.  You can be sure that the article doesn’t tell us everything.

So, keeping in mind that we are flying partially blind… my emphases and comments.

[NOT] Married gay man describes denial of communion at mother’s funeral Mass [Obergefell v. Hodges changes nothing regarding the Church’s understanding of marriage.  Two men can’t be married.]

Tim Ardillo said he was standing next to his mother’s coffin leading his young son to receive a blessing when the priest presiding over the funeral Mass denied him communion.

The longtime Catholic [At this point in the article he is a “long time Catholic” while later he is described as being fallen away… I guess anyone is a “long time” Catholic if he was baptized and had a child’s exposure.  Let’s go on…] said the priest told him it was because he married outside the church, but Ardillo doesn’t think that’s the whole story. [Umm… he attempted to marry a man, which I would say is “outside”.]

He believes he was denied the sacrament because, as is stated in his mother’s obituary, he is married to a man.

The priest in question, the Rev. Mark Beard, of St. Helena Catholic Church in Amite, did not return multiple calls seeking comment in the week following the July 10 funeral.

[…]

Ardillo said he has since received an apology from the Diocese of Baton Rouge, which directly oversees the Amite church, and a personal apology from New Orleans Archbishop Gregory Aymond, though Aymond’s office declined to comment on the matter for this story. [Apologies indicate that the priest did something wrong.  But there’s more to the story.]

The standing of gays and lesbians within the Catholic Church is complicated, with the church opposing same-sex marriage but counseling respect for LGBT people.  [NO.  The standing of homosexual people in the Church is NOT complicated.   They are sinners in need of salvation just like everyone else.  They, like all sinners, are called to reject sin and seek holiness while fostering virtues, just like everyone else.]

According to the National Conference of Catholic Bishops, “homosexual inclination” is not a sin itself, [According to the Church’s teach homosexual inclinations are also objectively disordered.  HERE] but “homosexual acts” are immoral and “always objectively sinful.” The conference also says people with a homosexual inclination should not be encouraged to speak openly about the matter [ummm….] and may be denied roles in the church. [Not all discrimination is unjust.  For example, if I am a father of a sons 17 and 10, I might let the 17 yr old stay out till 11 but tell the 10 yr old that he must stay and and even go to bed.  That’s discrimination, but it isn’t unjust.  It is appropriate.  Some discriminatory decisions are founded on what is best for person as well as for the community.  No one will deny that there is also unjust discrimination.  However, denial of Communion to a person who is publicly in such a persisting irregular state does not seem to be unjust discrimination.]

However, the bishops also say, “Church policies should explicitly reject unjust discrimination and harassment of any persons, including those with a homosexual inclination.”  [Again, not all discrimination is unjust.  Also, if it is a matter of public knowledge, even to the point that it is published in the local newspaper, that a person has simulated marriage with a person of the same sex, then applying the consequences of that act to the person involved does not constitute harassment.  Repeatedly denouncing him from the pulpit would, but denial of Communion would not, so long as public scandal was still present.]

As for communion, Catholics should not receive communion if they have committed a “grave sin” to which they have not confessed and performed an act of contrition, according to the conference. [That’s right.  However, there is another element. If the sin is public then there should be some kind of public act on the part of the penitent.  This is a matter of justice.  A private act of penance isn’t proportioned to the public damage that has been done.  This is also the case for, for example, pro-abortion politicians.]

When asked about Ardillo’s case, the Diocese of Baton Rouge emphasized that the responsibility to comport with church teachings is on the person receiving the communion.  [On the other hand, priests also have responsibilities regarding the Eucharist!]

“With respect to the specific matter raised, the Catholic Church expects that any individual Catholic who is in a marital situation which is not in conformity with its doctrines will not come forward to receive the body and blood of the Lord at Mass.  [As far as the Church is concerned, two men cannot be in a marital situation.  In this case we can only use “marital” very loosely.  The divorced and civilly “remarried” are also not really married.  We describe their situations only loosely as “marital” situations. ] For Catholics, reception of Holy Communion among other things is an expression of unity with the church’s teachings, including those about marriage,” the diocese wrote in a statement.

Diocese spokeswoman Donna Carville, a Eucharistic minister, [No.  She might, however, be an “extraordinary minister of Holy Communion”.] said the diocese does not condone denial of communion to Catholics just because they are gay. [This is irrelevant. In this situation, he wasn’t denied Communion because he is homosexual!]

“That’s very surprising that he was denied communion. That just doesn’t happen. … We don’t deny people communion,” she said. [Ummm … “excommunication” means something.  What do you want to bet she would be at peace with the denial of Communion to, say, Bp. Williamson, formerly of the SSPX?]  “Who are we to judge whether they believe (the church’s teachings on the communion) or not? It’s between you and God.” [ARGH!  “Belief” has nothing to do with this!  “Belief” doesn’t entitle a person to receive Communion.  The Orthodox “believe” in the validity of our Eucharist.  Many who are still Protestant have come to believe.  They are not admitted to the Eucharist.  People who are in the state of mortal sin often still “believe” what the Church teaches, even everything the Church teaches!  And, no, it isn’t just between a person and God: there’s this entity called The Church which has the authority from Christ to regulate all matters concerning administration of the sacraments.]

Being married outside the church should not be used to deny someone the Eucharist, said the Rev. Roger Keeler, executive coordinator of the Canon Law Society of America. [Ummm… if you are truly married outside the Church, then you should not be receiving Communion until your marriage is regularized.  Of course that is impossible in the case of two men.]

As a practical matter, Keeler noted that a priest or Eucharistic minister can’t possibly know the marital standing of everybody in line. [Okay.  Fine.  But in this case the “marital status” of the man in question was a matter of public knowledge and had been published in the obituary in the newspaper.] He also raised more philosophical concerns.

“This is not a weapon. Communion is not a reward for good behavior,” he said. “It’s the food for weary souls.”  [It’s a lot of other things too!  And these are not mutually exclusive.  And just what does that mean… “it isn’t a reward for good behavior”?  If I am openly misbehaving in a grave and scandalous way, should I be admitted to the “pledge of future glory” without some sort of reconciliation with the community I have harmed by my actions?  Sin harms not only the individual’s relationship with God, but also his relationship with the whole Church.  In the case of private or “occult” sins, private penance and reconciliation through the Sacrament of Penance is enough, along with restitution if there are matters of justice involved.  In the case of public offenses against God and His Church, then there are public consequences for the sake of repairing the harm that one has done.  There is not only mercy involved in reconciliation, but also justice.]

He used an example of a priest who has read in the newspaper that a parishioner has embezzled millions of dollars. The woman may have atoned for her transgression, and even she should receive the sacrament if she puts out her hand, Keeler said. [This is not a good example.  If she has atoned, that is “made amends, provided reparation”, and has been reconciled with God and the Church, there is no problem with Communion.  In fact, it is a matter of joy that she has returned to the fold after straying so badly.  A person who has not atoned for what she did has not been reconciled.]

“How am I to know that she is not in a state of grace?” he asked. [There is still the PUBLIC dimension, the damage of the scandal.]

A priest would find a few reasons to withhold a communion, Keeler said. It may be appropriate if the person is known to be of a different faith or has been excommunicated or formally left the church, he said. [Or is, as a matter of public knowledge, openly “married” to a person of the same sex!  And, by the way, if you have “informally” left the Church you are probably in the state of mortal sin and need to be reconciled with the Church before you can receive Communion.]

He and the Baton Rouge Diocese agreed that, ideally, those issues should be resolved in private, rather than the communion line.  [Sure… ideally… yes… not at the very moment of Holy Communion.  But priests are often denied the chance to work things out ahead of time because the people involved have not been forthright about their situation.  Thus, if the priest learns before the funeral, by reading the obit, that a child of the deceased is homosexually “married”, what is he supposed to do?  Hopefully, he would have the time and the means to contact the person ahead of time and explain the situation.  Sometimes there is a lack of time.  Take for example, the case of Fr. Guarnizo who was confronted in the sacristy before a funeral.  The priest also has a responsibility before God!  He has to think also of his own soul and state before God when it comes to administration of the sacraments.  Sacraments are not simply moments of affirmation.]

Ardillo said he would have stayed out of line if the matter had been broached before his mother’s funeral Mass.  [There it is.  I would then ask: Did he seek out the priest to inform him of his “marital” status?  Or did he expect the priest to be psychic?  Did he assume that everybody knew and if he weren’t contacted then everything was okay?  Here we get into matters behind the scenes that this article doesn’t help us with.  However, I assume that the priest had no idea until he read the obit and he didn’t have time or means to contact anyone in a timely fashion.  Thus, he made the call as best he could with short time.]

He expected that receiving communion would be an “intimate, intimate experience” because his mother is with the Holy Spirit, and he could connect with her through participation in the Eucharist. [A few things here.  First, we know that people grieve for their loved ones.  However, funerals are not the moment to assume that your deceased loved one is in heaven, though we can hope so.  Funerals are principally for prayers for the deceased, asking God’s mercy so that, if the person died in the state of grace, she can swiftly enter into God’s presence after as short a period of purification as possible, if necessary.  Also, the purpose of Holy Communion is not to “connect” with your mother.  Sure, reception of Communion is also a sign and means of unity with all who have gone before us and who live in the joy of the Beatific Vision, the Church Triumphant.  We are in Communion with the Communion of saints. Moreover, one does not honor one’s dead by receiving Communion improperly.]

After the incident, he grabbed his husband’s hand and stormed out of the church, but a relative who is a lesbian coaxed him back in, saying the family needed him to be a leader. [A leader for… what?] Ardillo said he was also concerned about the message the denial would send to a younger gay family member who was at the Mass.  [How about this: If you openly “marry” another man, there are consequences for your reception of the sacraments.]

Ardillo himself has drifted away from the church. [And yet an earlier statement in this piece suggested that he was more involved.] Though he now lives in Indiana, he said that as a boy he was an altar server at the very church where the funeral was held, and priests would frequently come over to his house for Christmas Eve supper.

He said he still believes in the Catholic faith but isn’t sure of his “place” in the church.  [I can believe that!  It must be terribly hard to face the Church when your appetites and passions are pulling you in a direction that you know, by the Church’s teachings and the image of God in us, are out of keeping with the way things are. It must be painful and confusing.  However, ad astra per aspera.  I would say, fight these inclinations and seek to live a virtuous life just like everyone else is called!  It can be done.  God offers the graces to shoulder the burden.  The greater the challenge, the more help will be given.  The greater the suffering, the greater the victory.]

Toward the end of his mother’s life, the two would pray together; she signed the cross on her leg when she couldn’t lift her hands higher. They prayed the rosary together the last time they saw each other, Ardillo said.  [Beautiful.]

He had thought the funeral would serve as a reintroduction into the Catholic community, but not anymore.  [This is manipulative reporting.]

“I can’t,” he said. “I don’t have it in me.”

I am always sorry to read of these incidents.

It could be that some things might have been handled in a different way.  Sure.  We don’t know all the details and probably never will.  But when stories like this circulate, some sobriety needs to be injected.

I hope that this shock in the man’s life will, down the road, produce fruits.  We are all in this together, so I suggest that you stop and say a prayer for him.

Moderation queue is ON.

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