Monthly Archives: May 2014

A Blessed Memorial Day: “Greater love than this no man hath, that a man lay down his life for his friends”Jn15:13

26 May 2014

Posted by Pvt Sarah Campbell, WIARNG
Memorial Day 2014

 

Emma’s Story…Our best  intern at Always Catholic:

I never met my grandfather, my mother’s father. He gave his life for his country and for freedom at the end of WWII. My grandmother was home with two young boys and an infant, my mother.

Yes, I am young and people always wonder how I had a grandfather in WWII. I am adopted. I was chosen by my Dad and Mom late in life. My birth mother wanted to abort me,  but a woman praying the Rosary outside of Planned Parenthood convinced her not to have an abortion. That woman became my Mom.

My birth mother said, “Ok, so if you don’t want me to have an abortion, you adopt my baby.” My Mom said, “Yes, I will.” From that day my Mom let my birth mother live with her and my Dad and my soon-to be brothers and sisters. I came into the world wanted and loved. My birth mother grew to love me I am told and wanted to stay with the family. My Mom and Dad said yes. I grew up until 4 years old with Mom and Dad and my birth mother.

At four years old my birth mother died in a car accident.I have never been sad because I learned that she chose to live her life as a good Catholic those last few years. I know she is probably in Purgatory experiencing the preparation for Heaven. We pray for her everyday.

She died at the hospital after receiving Extreme Unction with my Mom and Dad at her side. None of her blood family and relatives would come. I was the only one. I remember, even though I was so young at the look of love in her eyes when she looked at Mom and Dad.

She gave her life for me. She knew her family would turn their back on her but she chose life. She was going to pick me up that day from pre-school when a drunk driver went through a red light and crashed into her.

I am not sad. I know she will go to Heaven one day because she chose life and then lived as a good Catholic, changing her life. The greatest memory my Mom and Dad have of her is the day she held me in my Baptismal gown as my godmother. She had given up her parental rights to my Mom and Dad so they could adopt me. She then could be my godmother. What a blessing my life has been!

I know it seems I am off the track with this story but not really. My grandfather died in WWII for all of us to have the freedom to be the best we can be in order to serve God and to serve our blessed nation. Without his sacrifice, we would not be free. Similarly, without my mother’s sacrifice of letting Mom and Dad adopt me, I would not be alive to be free as our Declaration of Independence and Constitution guarantee all citizens of the greatest country in the world.

Thank you to all those in the Armed Forces from the Revolutionary War to Afghanistan who have died for our freedom. I pray I can be the best I can be to show the gratitude for your ultimate sacrifice.

“Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon them.”


One from Column A, One from Column B: Good vs. Evil

13 May 2014

Even as Harvard Group Drops Sponsorship, Black Mass Underway at Hong Kong
By Theodore R. Delwiche and Alexander H. Patel, CRIMSON STAFF WRITERS

Even as the Extension School Cultural Studies Club dropped its sponsorship of the event, members of the Satanic Temple held what appeared to be a black mass ceremony at the Hong Kong restaurant and lounge Monday night.  Photo by Madeleine R. Lear

Even as the Extension School Cultural Studies Club dropped its sponsorship of the event, members of the Satanic Temple held what appeared to be a black mass ceremony at the Hong Kong restaurant and lounge Monday night. Photo by Madeleine R. Lear

UPDATED: May 12, 2014, at 11:58 p.m.

Although the Harvard Extension School Cultural Studies Club dropped its sponsorship of a reenactment of a satanic “black mass” ritual earlier in the night, members of the New York-based Satanic Temple gathered for what appeared to be a black mass on the second floor of the Hong Kong restaurant and lounge shortly after 10 p.m. Monday.

About 50 people, mostly dressed in black and some wearing face makeup, were present for the ceremony. A consecrated host, believed by Catholics to be the body of Christ, was not used in the ritual.

Four individuals in hoods and one man in a white suit, a cape, and a horned mask were active in the proceedings, as well as a woman revealed to be wearing only lingerie. The ceremony began with a narration on the history underlying Satanism and the black mass ritual.

The restaurant’s owner, Paul Lee, said in a phone interview around 11 p.m. that he was unaware of the incident. The Hong Kong is located on Massachusetts Avenue, directly across the street from Harvard Yard.

The ritual came after the cancellation of a black mass reenactment organized by the Harvard Extension School Cultural Studies Club, which had the event scheduled for Monday evening in Cambridge Queen’s Head Pub in Memorial Hall. Shortly before the planned starting time, the club said that it was moving to an off-campus site, citing in an email that “misinterpretations about the nature of the event were harming perceptions about Harvard and adversely impacting the student community.”

The club wrote in its email around 5 p.m. that they planned for the event to be held at The Middle East nightclub in Central Square at 9 p.m. But Clay S. Fernald, the general manager of The Middle East, said Monday evening that the nightclub would not host the event, and that negotiations with the Harvard Extension Cultural Studies Club had fallen through.

Fernald declined to comment on why negotiations had ended.

Around 7 p.m., the Cultural Studies Club sent an email saying that they had been unable to find another location and would no longer sponsor the black mass, and individuals who intended to attend decided to migrate to the Hong Kong, at which the ceremony was revived.

Satanic Temple spokesperson Lucien Greaves said in an interview with The Crimson earlier in the afternoon that although the Cultural Studies Club cancelled the event, he still hoped to host a black mass in the future.

After learning of the event that occurred at Hong Kong, Terrence Donilon, secretary of communications for the Archdiocese of Boston, said in an interview around 11:00 p.m. that the Diocese’s position is the same. He said the event is disgraceful and despicable.

The Archdiocese followed through with its plans to host a Eucharistic procession to St. Paul Church, where a “holy hour” will be conducted. Donilon said that he was grateful for the community presence at the event and the presence of University President Drew G. Faust.

CONTROVERSY AT HARVARD

The club emphasized in the 5 p.m. email that Harvard had not asked them to move the event from its previous location, the Cambridge Queen’s Head Pub in the basement of Memorial Hall, and commended the University for affirming its members’ rights to free speech and assembly.

“Harvard always demonstrated that it understood its responsibility to defend protected student speech. That was always made clear to us,” the club wrote in a second email.

Extension School Dean of Students and Alumni Affairs Robert H. Neugeboren ’83 also said in a statement after the relocation announcement but before the postponement that the Extension School “is grateful the student group has recognized the strong concerns expressed by members of the Harvard community and beyond.”

Hundreds gather in St. Paul Catholic Church for a holy hour Monday night in response to a planned reenactment of a Satanic black mass.  Photo by Madeleine R. Lear

Hundreds gather in St. Paul Catholic Church for a holy hour Monday night in response to a planned reenactment of a Satanic black mass. Photo by Madeleine R. Lear

The proposed reenactment had received sharp condemnation by the Archdiocese of Boston, the Harvard Chaplains, a group of religious and spiritual leaders on campus, and several student groups.

In a statement released online on Monday, Faust affirmed the University’s commitment to free expression, noting that the club would be afforded the decision to proceed with the re-enactment, although she did deplore the event as offensive.

The Cultural Studies Club still said it was dismayed by harsh and widespread criticism of the event.

“While it is unfortunate that many people took personal offense at rituals for which they have little or no understanding of their context, what we find most disturbing have been the demands that the rituals and beliefs of marginalized members of society be silenced,” the club wrote in the emailed statement. “It is gravely upsetting to us that some people feel vindicated on the basis that they have disingenuously mischaracterized our invited guests as being part of a hate group.”

—Staff writer Theodore R. Delwiche can be reached at theodore.delwiche@thecrimson.com. Follow him on twitter @trdelwic.

—Staff writer Alexander H. Patel can be reached at alex.patel@thecrimson.com. Follow him on twitter @alexhpatel.

Pray, pray and pray more to stand strong in the onslaught. We must be properly prepared for spiritual combat in this spiritual warfare…

Ironic, isn’t it, that Harvard’s motto is “Veritas”?
I guess they agree with Pilate that truth is what you believe it to be.


Out of the Mouth of “Faust”

12 May 2014
Veritas is Latin for Truth

Veritas is Latin for Truth

Statement on ‘Black Mass’
May 12, 2014
Cambridge, Mass.

A statement by President Drew Faust

The reenactment of a ‘black mass’ planned by a student group affiliated with the Harvard Extension School challenges us to reconcile the dedication to free expression at the heart of a university with our commitment to foster a community based on civility and mutual understanding. Vigorous and open discussion and debate are essential to the pursuit of knowledge, and we must uphold these values even in the face of controversy. Freedom of expression, as Justice Holmes famously said long ago, protects not only free thought for those who agree with us but freedom for the thought that we hate.

But even as we permit expression of the widest range of ideas, we must also take responsibility for debating and challenging expression with which we profoundly disagree. The ‘black mass’ had its historical origins as a means of denigrating the Catholic Church; it mocks a deeply sacred event in Catholicism, and is highly offensive to many in the Church and beyond. The decision by a student club to sponsor an enactment of this ritual is abhorrent; it represents a fundamental affront to the values of inclusion, belonging and mutual respect that must define our community. It is deeply regrettable that the organizers of this event, well aware of the offense they are causing so many others, have chosen to proceed with a form of expression that is so flagrantly disrespectful and inflammatory.

Nevertheless, consistent with the University’s commitment to free expression, including expression that may deeply offend us, the decision to proceed is and will remain theirs. At the same time, we will vigorously protect the right of others to respond—and to address offensive expression with expression of their own.

I plan to attend a Eucharistic Holy Hour and Benediction at St. Paul’s Church on our campus on Monday evening in order to join others in reaffirming our respect for the Catholic faith at Harvard and to demonstrate that the most powerful response to offensive speech is not censorship, but reasoned discourse and robust dissent.

God help us…


Bishop Morlino calls canonizations a ‘special gift from God’

8 May 2014

Bishop’s Column
Written by Bishop Robert C. Morlino at the Madison Catholic Herald
Thursday, May. 08, 2014

Bishop Robert C. Morlino and nearly one million others hear the proclamation of the Gospel at the Canonization Mass on April 27 in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican. (Photo by Servizio Fotografico/L’Osservatore Romano)

Bishop Robert C. Morlino and nearly one million others hear the proclamation of the Gospel at the Canonization Mass on April 27 in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican. (Photo by Servizio Fotografico/L’Osservatore Romano)

Dear Friends,

Last week I was blessed to take part in the wonderful Canonization ceremony and Mass of Thanksgiving for St. John Paul II and St. John XXIII. The experience certainly was one of the most precious of my entire life.

I was blessed to visit Rome for the first time in the mid-’70s and God’s providence has enabled me to return a good number of times. Yet, never once have I seen Rome so crowded as it was during those days leading up to the Canonizations. More so than the crowds that might gather at a secular event such as a World’s Fair, I was reminded of the crowds that fill the streets at World Youth Days.

‘Reverential joy’ in the air

There was not only a wonderful spirit of devotion, but also a tremendous number of energetic young people who moved around the city, even through the night, attending the numerous programs and opportunities for prayer in the various churches around Rome.

During those days, it was very easy to stop and chat with complete strangers and even to feel very bonded to them almost instantly. There was a very clear and proximate sense of the Universal Church and of our unity. That was the atmosphere, the environment against the background of which this wonderful celebration took place.

There was what I would call a “reverential joy” in the air, and despite the large numbers of people, that reverential joy often manifested itself through silence.

The silent moments during the Mass of Canonization were very full and almost miraculous given the one million people who were gathered in close quarters. The silence spoke volumes, as with so many languages and cultures represented (not to mention the rest of the world watching), we were able to be united in prayer on a very large and very profound scale.

By sheer providence (and absolutely nothing else), I wound up with a first row seat to
concelebrate the Canonization Mass with Pope Francis. This in itself allowed the splendor of the liturgy around me to envelop me at a very deep level. The strong beauty and glory of the moment was manifest in the ritual and the music, in the beauty of the vestments and other gestures. It was something that grabbed my soul at a very deep level.

And then there was the presence of Pope Francis, along with Pope-emeritus Benedict, who had come out of his seclusion to visit with old friends before the Mass. Benedict is clearly an inspiration to Pope Francis, and their embrace provided a very strong inspiration to me and elicited a strong cheer from the whole crowd. That remarkable gesture of unity tells us tons about the real hope that we can have in the Church for unity among ourselves.

The new saints

And then there were St. John XXIII and St. John Paul II. George Weigel calls them the “bookends of the Second Vatican Council.” And so they are.

Pope Francis accentuated Pope John XXIII as a man of hope, open to the Spirit, and Pope John Paul II as a man of courage and “Pope of the Family.”

Both trusted completely in the Holy Spirit to bring about His intent, and both were most solidly rooted in tradition and yet in the desire to bring about real reform in continuity with the past. And indeed Pope Francis is the heir to this legacy, as he has publicly proclaimed.

The sense of Church, that one could almost taste in this celebration with almost 1,000 bishops and so many thousands of priests, was a wellspring of joy much as our two new Saints were popes both of hope and of courage.

For many of us, our lives have been defined by the papacy on St. John Paul. Especially so many of our younger people find their Catholic identity rooted in his hope, his strength, and his sacrificial witness — from the moment he began his pontificate, to the extreme suffering of his final illness before he went to the House of the Father.

So, too, Pope John XXIII opened new doors and windows left and right, wanting the truth of Christ in its integrity to flow out through those doors and windows to embrace and to overwhelm the world with the love of Christ.

He’s often considered a reformer, yet St. John XXIII was also a man of tradition and of history. It’s noteworthy that one of the first things St. John XXIII attempted to do as Pope was to restore the Latin language to the study of theology in seminaries. Shortly before, an attempt had been made to switch the language for the study of theology to the vernacular. But Pope St. John XXIII, seeing the difficulties involved with the change, wanted the truth proclaimed in its integrity and made attempts to stem the change and restore Latin.
‘An incredible gift’

Along with Pope Francis and Pope Benedict, the awesome presence of these two new Saints lovingly watching over the crowds and over our celebration was unmistakable and an incredible gift. Their presence was also a very strong testimony of Christ present to us through those who are Successors of Peter even up to the present moment.

The ceremony and Mass of Canonization are available on the internet, and I strongly encourage our faithful in the Diocese of Madison to take advantage of the opportunity to view this marvelous celebration.

Please enter into it prayerfully so as to witness the Holy Spirit so clearly revealing Himself in that celebration. See the loving unity manifest between Popes Francis and Benedict and see the loving unity in continuity revealed through the Petrine ministries of St. John XXIII and St. John Paul II, between Pope Benedict and Pope Francis.
Universality of the Church

This is a unique opportunity to experience the universality of the Church — that is, the universality of Christ’s love for His people, through our Church. It is a wonderful moment to allow oneself, without reservation, to experience and to express love for the Church and for the Holy Fathers.

Only the Catholic Church could engage such a worldwide celebration as She has done many times in the past. Indeed the Church is alive.

Please let us not allow this precious moment to pass us by as something that will be quickly forgotten. This is such an important moment for the coming to life of the true meaning of the Second Vatican Council. This moment is a special gift from God and we would be gravely mistaken to allow this Kairos, this time of visitation from the Lord in a very direct and special way, to pass us by.

Thank you for reading this. God bless each one of you. Christ is risen; indeed He is risen!

morlinocolumnThis column is the bishop’s communication with the faithful of the Diocese of Madison.WI Any wider circulation reaches beyond the intention of the bishop.


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