My View For Awhile: Annual Canon Law Conference

Off I went to La Crosse and the beautiful Shrine of our Lady.  If you haven’t been…

The morning fog drifting in the clefts of the hills.

A dear friend, Fr. Ferguson, the official Paradohymnodist of the Blog.

I bought a reproduction of the painting, which hangs on the wall of the Cupboard Under The Stairs.

I had a good long talk today with His Eminence about various matters that concern the smaller and the larger Church.  It was great watching him listen to the talks today.  You can’t tell that he really believes.  Even when fairly pedantic quotes were read, you could see him close his eyes and take them in.

Because I am involved with a 501c3 I was especially interested in this talk on charitable giving, etc.

There was a lot to today.  The best part was THE PEOPLE.  Great laypeople and clerics whom I have gotten to know over the years.  These people are fantastic. They come from all over.

You are fortunate if some of them are from your diocese.

There was a lot of disturbing talk today, frankly.  But there was a great deal that was positive too.  God is with His Church, though it is hard to see.

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  1. Gregg the Obscure says:

    Looks like a typo you may want to address if it isn’t too much hassle: “you can’t tell that he really believes”

  2. acardnal says:

    Our Lady of Guadalupe, patroness of the Americas, Ora pro nobis.

  3. OldProfK says:

    I had occasion to visit LaCrosse, in Nov. 2011 (visiting the university there). It’s a nice town. I like Wisconsin.

  4. Ms. M-S says:

    Master, save us, the boat’s sinking!
    These days, I realize what a privilege it once was to thoughtlessly absorb the Ad Orientem Church–the TLM, the devotions, the processions, the feasts and fasts, the teaching of the story of mankind through the prism of salvation history, even the holy cards and religious coloring pages we labored over in grade school. But it may be we have an even greater privilege (and opportunity) these days to hold to the eternal Faith (no matter who seems to be trying to attack, change, and subvert it) to the end, whatever that’s going to be.
    The Church isn’t the sinking Titanic but rather the storm-tossed Barque of Peter. Too bad for the rats decamping in a panic over the sides.

  5. The Egyptian says:

    Have been to la Crosse every year since 2006 for an organic dairy coop meeting, been to the shrine at least 3 of those years, since I have no control over my transportation while in town I have not been there for mass. However the cathedral of St Joseph the Workman is also a beautiful church, been there for mass and confession many times when in town. Just a short walk from my hotel on the riverfront. I do wonder what the cathedral looked like before V2 however. How far are you from laCrosse anyway, may have to rent a car if not too far

  6. tamranthor says:

    This shrine is an absolute treasure. Having moved away from WI, I truly miss being able to go there for confession and prayers, as I miss Holy Hill. Both places have wonderful paths along which to pray the Rosary and find solace and peace.

    I hope, Father, that you have time and quiet enough to take advantage of all it offers and that you get some measure of His peace while there.

  7. Emilio says:

    So edifying to come across a Novus Ordo offered ad orientem! I would love to make a pilgrimage to the Guadalupe Shrine in WI one day, it seems that Divine Worship there is what Pope Benedict envisioned it would be for the whole Church.

  8. Lucas says:

    I gotta ask where you got the picture? I’d love to have that for the house.

  9. Cafea Fruor says:

    Ah, Cardinal Burke. How much I would love to sit down and have a one-on-one conversation with him.

    In a book by Fr. James Schall that I read some time ago (I think it was On the Unseriousness of Human Affairs, he had a suggested reading list called something like “Books that Tell the Truth,” i.e. books on which you could rely for solid truth, reason, and faith.

    I’ve since been keeping in the back of mind Cafea Fruor’s list of “People Who Tell the Truth.” Cardinal Burke has a permanent spot on that list. I met him once when he was still Bishop Burke at a smallish dinner (there were maybe 7-8 of us). I felt like I was in the midst of both true holiness and a fantastic brain at the same time.

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