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Archive for April, 2008

Help Our Future Priests

Posted by james0235 on April 29, 2008

Mark MilesMark

Mark Miles, a Scotsman and convert to the faith, will be visiting the International Seminary of St. Peter, a seminary of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter, in September with an eye towards applying in 2009. He has some books up for sale in order to help pay his way once he is accepted.

Take a look and buy a book.

Neven PesaNeven

Neven Pesa, a Melkite Catholic who will be entering the Byzantine Catholic Order of Basilian Salvatorian Fathers in Massachussets in September 2008 is selling a CD of his own music in order to help pay off his college debts before he enters the seminary. You can listen to samples here.

Buy a CD.

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3 Years Ago Today – Part 4

Posted by james0235 on April 24, 2008

The day after his election, Pope Benedict XVI approved new procedures for the inauguration. He was formally inaugurated as Supreme Pontiff on April 24, 2005. The ceremony began with the Pope and the cardinals kneeling at the Tomb of Saint Peter beneath the high altar of Saint Peter’s Basilica — Saint Peter is considered to be the first Pope — to give him homage, and ask his prayers. Pope Benedict said, “I leave from where the Apostle arrived.” The Pope and the cardinals then went in procession to Saint Peter’s Square for the Inauguration Mass, while the litany of the saints was chanted, asking their help for the new Pope.


“My real program of governance is not to do my own will, not to pursue my own ideas, but to listen, together with the whole Church, to the word and the will of the Lord, to be guided by Him, so that He Himself will lead the Church at this hour of our history.”

“The external deserts in the world are growing, because the internal deserts have become so vast.”

“Pray for me, that I may not flee for fear of the wolves.”

(Homily of Pope Benedict XVI at the Mass of Inauguration)

Edit: I’m not sure why but it seems that about half the time I view this post the picture of the Holy Father above does not show up. If this is the case just click it to see the picture.

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Which Theologian Are You?

Posted by james0235 on April 21, 2008

Which theologian are you?
created with

You scored as Anselm

Anselm is the outstanding theologian of the medieval period. He sees man’s primary problem as having failed to render unto God what we owe him, so God becomes man in Christ and gives God what he is due. You should read ‘Cur Deus Homo?’

Karl Barth
Friedrich Schleiermacher
John Calvin
Jonathan Edwards
Charles Finney
Paul Tillich
Martin Luther
Jürgen Moltmann

Quite an appropriate result for 2 reasons:

1. There are 8 Protestant Theologians and 2 Catholic Theologians and I ended up a 100% match with one of the Catholics.

2. Today is the Feast of St. Anselm. And what better way to honor the man than to agree 100% with what he taught? 😉

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85 Years Ago Today

Posted by james0235 on April 20, 2008

The future Mother Angelica was born Rita Antoinette Rizzo, on April 20, 1923 in Canton, Ohio. She was the only child of John and Mae Helen Rizzo…

On August 15, 1944, Rita Antoinette Rizzo became Sister Rita. When she arrived at Saint Paul‘s Shrine in Cleveland and entered the Adoration Monastery of the Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration (a cloistered contemplative order).

As a postulant, Sister was introduced to the religious life. She joined the nuns in prayer, adoration, and manual labor. Among her early assignments were working in the laundry, baking altar breads, working in the kitchen, and cleaning floors. Before long, though, Rita’s knees began to cause her problems so her work assignments were altered. On November 8, 1945, Rita was invested as a Poor Clare nun. She received the brown Franciscan habit and white novice veil. She received a new name and title: Sister Mary Angelica of the Annunciation…

After seeking all necessary permissions and raising funds by making and selling fishing lures, Mother Angelica and four other sisters headed south. Our Lady of the Angels Monastery was officially established in Irondale, Alabama on May 20, 1962…

By 1976, Mother Angelica had written 50 booklets and recorded 150 audio cassette teaching tapes. When she was given the opportunity to make video tape programs for television, she realized the impact television could have in spreading the Faith. Converting a planned garage behind the monastery into a television studio, Mother Angelica founded the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN). EWTN began airing programs on August 15, 1981 via satellite to cable companies and home satellite dishes. In 1992, Mother Angelica also founded WEWN to broadcast Catholic programs world-wide via short-wave radio.

EWTN has become a voice for American Catholics, despite its location in the not-particularly Catholic state of Alabama in the Bible Belt of the Deep South. She was frequently seen on the network teaching or taking questions from viewers via telephone.


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Catholics Come Home

Posted by james0235 on April 20, 2008

UPDATE (4/25/08): The people at have decided to disable the ability to embed their videos in blogs or other sites. I am a little baffled by this decision as I believe that allowing people to embed the videos in a blog actually makes it easier to promote the site than by just providing a link.

I have sent them a message through YouTube asking why this was done but as of yet I have received no response. Until or unless they change their minds the 3 videos can be viewed at or they can be viewed on youtube:

Epic | Movie | Testimonials


I first noticed this website some time ago. I quickly glanced at it and decided I would give it a closer look later on. But, it slipped my mind until I saw this video on EWTN today following the Papal Mass:

“For centuries we have prayed for you and our world every hour of every day whenever we celebrate the Mass.”

“For over 2000 years we have had an unbroken line of Shepherds guiding the Catholic Church with love and truth in a confused and hurting world. And in this world filled with chaos, hardship, and pain it’s comforting to know that some things remain consistent, true and strong: our Catholic faith and the eternal love that God has for all creation.”

They have made 2 other videos was well:

Take a look at Catholics Come Home. And share it with others.

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3 Years Ago Today – Part 3

Posted by james0235 on April 19, 2008

On April 19, 2005, Cardinal Ratzinger was elected as the successor to Pope John Paul II on the second day of the papal conclave after four ballots. Cardinal Ratzinger had hoped to retire peacefully and said that “At a certain point, I prayed to God ‘please don’t do this to me’…Evidently, this time He didn’t listen to me.”

At the balcony, Benedict’s first words to the crowd… were:

“Dear brothers and sisters, after the great Pope John Paul II, the Cardinals have elected me, a simple, humble labourer in the vineyard of the Lord. The fact that the Lord knows how to work and to act even with insufficient instruments comforts me, and above all I entrust myself to your prayers. In the joy of the Risen Lord, confident of his unfailing help, let us move forward. The Lord will help us, and Mary, His Most Holy Mother, will be on our side. Thank you.”


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Something You Don’t See Every Day

Posted by james0235 on April 17, 2008

I noticed something interesting this week in the bulletin of Holy Family Catholic Church in Columbus, Ohio. It seems that the Solemn United Baptist Church had a Mass said on April 13th for a man named Paul Turner. I have never known a Protestant church to have a Mass said for anyone. I don’t have any details on this but I will attempt to find out more about it.

The bulletin is available online as of this moment but it changes from week to week. So, I took a screenshot of it. Click on it for a larger image.

Has anyone ever seen anything like this before?

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81 Years Ago Today

Posted by james0235 on April 16, 2008

Pope Benedict XVI81 years ago today Joseph Alois Ratzinger was born in Marktl am Inn, Bavaria, Germany. He was baptized that same day. Ratzinger was ordained a Deacon on October 29, 1950 by Bishop Johannes Baptist Neuhäusler. He was ordained to the Priesthood on June 29, 1951 by Michael Cardinal von Faulhaber. He was consecrated a Bishop by Bishop Josef Stangl on May 28, 1977. And he was created a Cardinal by Pope Paul VI on June 27, 1977.

Since his election on April 19, 2005 Joseph Ratzinger has gloriously reigned as Pope Benedict XVI.

Happy Birthday, Holy Father!

God Bless Our Pope, God Bless Our Pope, God Bless Our Pope, The Great The Good!

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Posted by james0235 on April 15, 2008

I just thought it was funny.

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Posted by james0235 on April 11, 2008

Stephen Colbert

“And though I am a committed Christian, I believe that everyone has the right to their own religion, be you Hindu, Jewish or Muslim. I believe there are infinite paths to accepting Jesus Christ as your personal savior.”

Stephen Colbert

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