Following the Church sometimes requires a measure of folly, at least as the world sees it

Recently in Kansas City, Kansas, a “white Mass” was celebrated (for medical professionals) and H.E. Most Rev. Robert Vasa, now of Santa Rosa in California, preached a fine sermon.

Bp. Vasa has impressed WDTPRS for some time now.

The blog of diocesan paper of Kansas City, MO – St. Joseph, the Catholic Key has the story and the whole text.  I recommend you look at it.

Bp. Vasa’s sermon revolves in part around the Gospel account of the wedding at Cana, when Our Blessed Mother instructed them: “Do whatever He tells you!”

The stewards were probably thinking that they should get more wine.  Reasonable, right?  Instead, they are told to do something which, on the face of it, seems foolish.  Get water.   Don’t do the sensible thing in the way the world thinks.  Do something that doesn’t make sense in worldly terms.

It takes courage, in the medical profession, and in many walks of life, to go against the common herd or prevailing view in favor of something which comes from above, or from within but which has been obscured and blotted out.

Take a look at Bp. Vasa’s sermon. It will pay some dividends for your time.

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  1. everett says:

    I am so thrilled to have Bishop Vasa coming into Santa Rosa. We are tremendously blessed.

  2. asophist says:

    Unfortunately, it seems to me after reading Bp. Vasa’s sermon, that he is pitting faith against reason. My theological teachers taught me that faith and reason cannot be separated. I think the distinction the good bishop really wants to make is between reason based on the axioms of atheistic science versus reason rooted in the Catholic Faith. Faith is so fundamental to our dealings with the world that we often don’t realize that, when we reason according to the tenets of atheistic science, we have chosen a set of beliefs from which that reasoning follows. All reasoning follows, fundamentally, from a choice of our source of faith. Faith precedes reason in the human mind, always. Therefore, all reason follows from faith. The question is: Do I have the faith which most truly corresponds with reality? The answer to that question moved Blaise Pascal to make his famous wager. Those are just my two-penny observations on Bp. Vasa’s sermon.

  3. everett says:

    I think you’re over-analyzing here. He’s careful to use the phrase “usual practices” as much as possible, and also clearly specifies that we should be both people of faith and of science and that reason and science cannot be neglected.

  4. Deo volente says:


    His Excellency is the Episcopal Advisor to the Catholic Medical Association which is an organization of physicians and medical professionals totally faithful to the Magisterium of the Catholic Church. No doubt, this is why he so readily agreed to celebrate the White Mass. Here is a link to the CMA Board.

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