Letters From a Young Catholic
My reflections as a Catholic young adult passionate about the Faith, seeking to grow in knowledge and understanding of God and discerning the will of the Lord in my life.
Monday, July 30, 2007
Friday, July 27, 2007
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
ARANJUEZ, Spain, JULY 25, 2007 (Zenit.org).
The secretary of the Vatican's doctrinal congregation emphasized again that the dicastery's recent document on the doctrine of the Church is an aid to ecumenism.
Salesian Archbishop Angelo Amato of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith spoke with journalists Tuesday in Spain, before giving a conference on Benedict XVI's book, "Jesus of Nazareth."
The archbishop said that "Responses to Some Questions Regarding Certain Aspects of the Doctrine on the Church," as the document was called, is "very positive" for ecumenism because it gives a "precise identity to the Catholic Church."
"Ecumenism is based on truth and the identity of the interlocutors," he affirmed.
The prelate denied that Protestants were "vexed" by the document: "They know that this is our identity and it is not the first time that the congregation has made these affirmations."
The archbishop observed that the document repeats what the Second Vatican Council had already said. He further recalled the 2000 document, "Dominus Iesus," which also detailed the same doctrine.
"The Church of Christ exists in history," he added. "It is a concrete historical reality, which searches for unity, through ecumenical dialogue, with all the other expressions."
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
Catholic Church Supplies
Sunday, July 15, 2007
Back from Camping
Friday, July 13, 2007
Late tonight I decided to go camping for the weekend. Yipeee... It was a spur of the moment decision to join some friends who were planning on going into the woods for a few days. I decided that since I only live once I should seize the moment (accept God's providence?) and go. After all, I've been lamenting the fact that being stuck in suburbia for the summer I am missing out on all that a summer in beautiful British Columbia has to offer.
And so, as soon as I get off work tomorrow (or rather today now, since it's past midnight), I'm heading off with some friends to an unknown lake (or at least unknown to me) in the middle of nowhere to go camping / swimming / hiking / canoeing / and so much more. . . I'll put on plenty of sunscreen, stop complaining about the heat, jump in the water, and have some fun.
Don't expect to hear from me for the next little while.
Yippppeeee. . . off to camping we go. . .
Can you tell I'm excited?! God is so good. He truly knows the desires of our heart. He knows I don't like being in the city (no offense to the city) and would really rather be outdoors enjoying the summer. Ask and ye shall receive. Deo gratias!
Thursday, July 12, 2007
Defending St. Alphonsus
Fr. Tim Finigan has posted a defense of St. Alphonsus Liguori, one of my favourite saints and key intercessors. It's well worth a read.
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Random Thought of the Day
Christ didn't choose the Apostles because of who they were, but because of who he knew they were capable of becoming.
40 degrees celcius (102 fahrenheit)
All time record high for the local area.
All I want to do is jump into a lake.
Monday, July 09, 2007
Latin Refresher Challenge
Confide, filia; fides tua te salvam fecit.
And while we're at it, for tomorrow:
Videns autem turbas, misertus est eis, quia erant vexati et iacentes sicut oves non habentes pastorem.
Anyone want cookies?
Yummy...cookies. I tried a new recipe tonight. It used plain yogurt instead of eggs. They turned out well. Taste yummy too.
If you come pray the rosary you can have some. Really. You can. There's a bunch of us 20-something year olds in the area who get together one evening a week to pray a scriptural rosary (a verse of scripture relating to the particular mystery is read before each Hail Mary is prayed...) and then we typically follow this up with some good ol' fashion fellowship. That's where the cookies come into play.
Old Lives of the Saints
Sunday, July 08, 2007
What does man live on?
"Man lives on truth and on being loved:
on being loved by the truth."
- Pope Benedict XVI, Jesus of Nazareth
Five Things I Love About Jesus
I've been tagged by Fr. Daren Zehle over at Servant and Steward with the Five Things I Love About Jesus meme.
Here are the Rules:
Those tagged will share 5 things they "love" about Jesus.
Those tagged will tag 5 other bloggers.
Those tagged will provide a link in the comments section here with their name so that others can read them.
1. His superabundant personal love for every single person.
Really, every other point is covered by point 1.
2. His mercy.
3. His Eucharistic Presence (the source and summit of my life).
4. His love, humility, obedience, and faithfulness to God the Father (ok, I'm kind of squeezing them in, but really these points are inseparable) which draws us into the life of the Trinity.
5. The mystery of His divine will.
And obviously the list could continue.
I'll tag Antonia from Antonia's World, Gabriel from Et in Arcadia Ego, Laura from ...and if not..., T.O. from LAMLand, and Fr. Dwight Longenecker from Standing on My Head. However, none of these need to feel obliged to respond and anyone else who is interested, consider yourselves tagged.
Thursday, July 05, 2007
Jesus of Nazareth Study
Creative Pastoral Solution
And so, I think Father has proposed indirectly a very creative pastoral solution to immodest clothing during the summer months - simply crank the air conditioning system to its highest level!
Wednesday, July 04, 2007
Random Thought of the Day
There's something profoundly beautiful about mystery.
Tuesday, July 03, 2007
Top Canadian Wish
Over a month ago the CBC launched a "great Canadian wish" competition on Facebook for Canada Day (July 1st). The top wish proposed? Abolish abortion.
Monday, July 02, 2007
- Pope Benedict XVI, Jesus of Nazareth
Summer is officially here. . .
First swim in the ocean of the summer this past weekend and my lips didn't even turn blue.
The Home Front
Here's Antonia doing what she does best. . . capturing the moment on her digital camera.
And a picture of the beach (despite the clouds, I got a sunburn. . . I'm not allowed to complain though because I know from experience that I burn easily. . .)
Here I am trying to take a nap on the beach. In case you're wondering, I have the rocks on my eyes to block the brightness of the sun. They were quite effective at doing that. Unfortunately the above mentioned sunburn also reflects the fact that I slept with rocks on my face.
This is a picture of my hometown taken from a nearby island. Yes, it was kind of cloudy, but at least it wasn't too hot that way, and it wasn't pouring rain so I didn't mind.