Sunday, June 17, 2018

Father's Day

hospital window –
outside father’s room
an empty nest
Father's Day -
the fluttering of small flags
in the graveyard
Father's nursing home -
weekly euchre game down
another player

Father's Day -
the coolness
of his headstone
Pax et bonum

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Profession 2018

Yesterday was profession day, a day to celebrate and welcome Pat Cammarata and Irene Perevich to the Secular Franciscan Order.

While it was joyful - and the ceremony went really well - the two professed were reminders of what plagues the fraternity: Older members, not always in the best of health.

Our fraternity currently has 8 excused members - 7 of them due to health. Our meetings often have many member absent due to illness, or to fear of bad weather.

I don't mean to be negative. It was wonderful to welcome new members. But if our fraternity is going to thrive we need to attract more and younger members.

Pax et bonum

Friday, June 15, 2018


I was having a problem on my Facebook page reading messages. A more computer savvy friend suggested a fix. I tried it. Knocked off all my links, messed up all my accounts. This one is no longer easily reached! I have to go through multiple steps just to post. Sigh.

Pax et bonum

Monday, June 11, 2018

Votive Candle

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votive candle -
remembering a child
never born

Pax et bonum

Abortion logic (part 2)

she seeks votes with call
to wipe out future voters -
abortion logic

a baby's not a
baby 'till I say it is -
abortion logic

ignoring science,
I define when life begins -
abortion logic

we celebrate choice
except that of prolifers -
abortion logic

hide unpleasant truths
by using euphemisms -
abortion logic

Pax et bonum

Squirrel on a fence

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lawn mower -
squirrel sits on the fence
twitching his tail

Pax et bonum

Saturday, June 9, 2018

The Limits of Forgiveness | Catholic Answers

It's not just a simple matter.

The Limits of Forgiveness | Catholic Answers

Pax et bonum

Abortion logic

Emily's List calls for supporting these pro-choice women candidates to help flip the Senate. Among them is New York's Gillibrand, who identifies as a Catholic.

To do it, we need to protect these 10 senators:

Tammy Baldwin (WI)
Maria Cantwell (WA)
Dianne Feinstein (CA)
Kirsten Gillibrand (NY)
Mazie Hirono (HI)
Amy Klobuchar (MN)
Claire McCaskill (MO)
Debbie Stabenow (MI)
Elizabeth Warren (MA)

she seeks votes
with call to wipe out future voters -
abortion logic

Pax et bonum

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Hillbilly Thomists Perform at the CIC

I enjoy bluegrass!

Pax et bonum

Catholics ARE Saved (from John Michael Talbot)

A good story for Corpus Christi:

I was a Catholic once....

"I was a Catholic once,” said the lady a few yards from me in the parking lot. “Now I’m a Christian and you can be one as well.” She preceded to hand a tract to a gentleman standing next to the opened trunk of his car. I couldn’t help it.

“Excuse me,” I said to the lady “but could I too have a tract?” The lady's face beamed. “Are you saved?,” she asked. “Of course I am; I’m a believing Catholic,” I retorted. She looked at me as if I had bad breath or something.

She continued, “I was just telling this gentleman that I too was a Catholic - a Catholic for thirty-some years in fact. Now I've found Christ and I’m trying to tell everyone I know about salvation through Christ.”

“Wow, that’s really something! May I ask why you left the Church?” I could tell that, by asking this question, my new acquaintance was getting excited. After all, she had probably been snubbed by dozens of people and now she has someone that she can “witness” to Christ. I didn’t mind much either, but I tried not to show it.

"You see,” she said, “I was born Catholic. I attended Mass every week, received the Sacraments and graduated from a Catholic school. Not once did I ever hear the gospel proclaimed. Not once! It was after the birth of my first child that a good friend of mine shared ‘the gospel’ with me and I accepted Jesus as my personal Lord and Savior and became a Christian. Now I belong to a ‘Bible-believing’ church and I’m sharing the gospel with whomever will listen.”

This shocked me. “You mean you belonged to the Catholic Church for over forty years and you never heard the gospel?,” I said. She was getting more excited. “Yes, I never once heard the gospel of salvation preached or taught or even mentioned in the Church. If you don’t preach the gospel, excuse my bluntness, but you're simply not Christian.” I scratched my head and said, “that’s strange. I’ve been a Catholic all my life and I bet I hear the gospel ever week at Church.” Her smile quickly faded into a look of curiosity. “Maybe, I’m missing something,” I continued. “Tell me what you mean by ‘the gospel?’”

The lady reached back into her purse to pull out a little tract and said, “This tracts explains the simple gospel of salvation. It can be broken down into four easy steps.

“First, we acknowledge that we are all sinners in need of God’s forgiveness.

Secondly, we recognize that only God can save us.

The third step is that Jesus Christ died on the Cross for our sins and to bring us to God.

And the fourth and final step is that each individual accepts Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior to be saved.”

I thought for a couple of seconds and said, “If I could demonstrate to you that Catholics hear “the gospel” every Sunday, would you agree to take a closer look at the Catholic Church?” Now, she knew she had me over a barrel. “Prove it,” she said. I excused myself for a second and ran to my car to grab a Missal.

“Since you have attended Mass nearly all your life, you probably remember these prayers.” I flipped open to the beginning prayers of the Mass and proceeded to show her how Catholics hear, pray and live the gospel message every Sunday.

The first step in my new found friend’s tract stated that we are all sinners in need of God’s forgiveness. After the Greeting, the Mass continues to what is known as the Penitential Rite. I read loud the text to her while she followed reading silently.

“I confess to almighty God, and to you, my brothers and sisters, that I have sinned through my own fault. In my thoughts and in my words, in what I have done, and in what I have failed to do.”
I mentioned that it is here in this section that each Catholic states publicly that he or she is individually a sinner - not merely in a general sense - but specifically in thoughts, words and deeds.

You can’t get much more complete than that. I continued reading,
“and I ask Blessed Mary, ever virgin, all the angels and saints, and to you, my brothers and sisters, to pray for me to the Lord our God.”

The priest reaffirms this confession of sin by praying,

“May almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us our sins, and bring us to everlasting life.”
And the whole congregation says “Amen,” that is, “I believe.” The priest continues.
“Lord have mercy, Christ have mercy, Lord have mercy,”
and finishes by saying;
"Lord show us your mercy and love. And grant us your salvation.”

I looked at her and said, “You see, we Catholics start every Mass with a public declaration of our own personal sinfulness and look to God for forgiveness.” She responded, “But Catholics don’t believe that God alone can save them. They believe Mary and the saints will save them.” I shook my head in disagreement. “No, we don’t. Remember what we had just read in the Mass. Catholic ask Mary, the angels, the saints and the whole congregation to pray to God for mercy on their behalf - just like I would ask you to pray for me to God. Does that mean that I look to you to ‘save’ me? No, of course I don’t believe that. I’m just asking for your help. Besides the ‘Gloria’ of the Mass proves that Catholics look to God alone to save us.”

I began reading the Missal emphasizing certain words to prove my point:

“Glory to God in the highest, and peace to his people on earth. Lord God, heavenly King, almighty God and Father, we worship you, we give you thanks, we praise you for your glory. Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father, Lord God, Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world, have mercy on us, you are seated at the right hand of the Father, receive our prayer. For you alone are the Holy One, you alone are the Lord, you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit, in the glory of God the Father."

Likewise, the doxology spoken just prior to communion reads,
“Through him, with him, in him; in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all glory and honor is your, almighty Father, for ever and ever.”

As I looked up, I could see the lady intently reading the page. She couldn’t believe that she had prayed these prayers for years and never noticed what it was saying. Yet, there it was in black and white. I continued with the third step - the acknowledgment that Jesus Christ died on the cross for our sins and to bring us to God.

The Profession of Faith reads,
“For us men and for our salvation he came down from heaven: by the power of the Holy Spirit he was born of the Virgin Mary, and became man. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate.”

In the Eucharistic Prayer 1, the priest prays:
“Remember [Lord] all of us gather here before you. You know how firmly we believe in you and dedicate ourselves to you. . . We pray to you, our living and true God, for our well-being and redemption . . . Grant us your peace in this life, save us from final damnation, and count us among those you have chosen.”

The prayer ends with an appeal to God for salvation through Jesus Christ:
“May, these and all who sleep in Christ, find in your presence light, happiness and peace. For ourselves, too, we ask some share in the fellowship of your apostles and martyrs . . . Though we are sinners, we trust in your mercy and love. Do not consider what we truly deserve, but grant us your forgiveness. Through Christ our Lord you give us all these gifts. You fill them with life and goodness, you bless them and make them holy.”

Similarly the second Eucharistic Prayer proclaims,
“Dying you [Jesus] destroyed our death, rising you restored our life. Lord Jesus, come in glory. . . Have mercy on us all; make us worthy to share eternal life with Mary, the virgin Mother of God, with the apostles and with all the saints who have done your will throughout the ages.”

Likewise, Eucharistic Prayer 3 reads,
“All life, all holiness comes from you through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, by the working of the Holy Spirit . . .
Father, calling to mind the death your Son endured for our salvation, his glorious resurrection and ascension into heaven, and ready to greet him when he comes again, we offer you in thanksgiving this holy and living sacrifice. Look with favour on our your Church’s offering, and see the Victim [Christ] whose death has reconciled us to yourself . . .
May he make us an everlasting gift for you and enable us to share in the inheritance of your saints . . . “

Lastly, the fourth Eucharistic Prayer reads,
“Father, you so loved the world that in the fullness of time you sent your only Son to be our Savior . . .
In fulfillment of your will he gave himself up to death; but by rising from the dead, he destroyed death and restored life.”
In this prayer, the congregation proclaims the mystery of faith:
“Lord, by your cross and resurrection, you have set us free. You are the Savior of the world.”

“You see, every week Catholics proclaim that Jesus died for them,” I said to the lady who was now searching for something to say. After a brief moment of silence, she shot a response back at me.

“What about accepting Jesus Christ and their personal Lord and Savior?” She retorted. “They may be saying all this stuff, but they don’t make a personal act of acceptance.” What she didn’t know was that I deliberately didn’t mention the last “step” of her “gospel.”

I explained that if Catholics don’t believe what they are praying, they ought not to be publicly proclaiming it. Since we can’t read the dispositions of other people’s hearts, we ought not to judge whether they truly believe what they are saying. Next, I pointed out the last step - where Catholics are accepting Jesus into their hearts. Right before communion the priest holds up the host (which is now the body, blood, soul and divinity of Our Lord under the appearances of bread and wine) and prays.
“This is the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. Happy are those who are called to his supper.”
And the congregation responds,
“Lord, I am not worthy to receive you, but only say the word and I shall be healed.”

I looked straight into the lady’s eyes and said, “It is here that all those who are prepared to receive Jesus Christ walk up to the front of the church but they don’t just believing in Christ or merely asking Jesus into their hearts.” “They don’t?” She asked. “No,” I answered, “they receive that same Christ who died on the cross on Calvary into their mouth and into their stomachs - body, blood, soul and divinity - and become one with him in an unspeakable way. Now that's accepting Christ!” She didn’t have a response. I’m not sure that she had ever really thought about the Mass and Christ’s real presence in the Eucharist because she appeared to be both surprised and intrigued.

I gave her my phone number and invited her to a study group I was heading in the neighborhood which examined the Biblical foundation for Catholic doctrine. As we departed, I couldn’t help but wonder how many other people, like my new friend, left the Church thinking that it had nothing to say about salvation. Yet the richness of the liturgy of the Mass and even more so Christ’s real substantial presence in the Eucharist so outshines our separated brethren’s “low church” prayer services that there is no comparison!

Indeed, the mystery of the Mass goes far beyond the simple “sinner’s prayer.” What I wanted to demonstrate is that all the elements of what Protestants consider the “essentials” of human salvation are presented, in Technicolor, in the liturgy of the Mass and that to deny the charge that the Church is somehow neglecting to present “the gospel".

Pax et bonum

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Suburban deer herd (haiku)

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suburban deer herd -
at summer gatherings, what
do they barbecue?

Pax et bonum

Friday, June 1, 2018

shadow on a moonless night

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my wish, he whispered,
is to be a shadow
on a moonless night

Pax et bonum

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Mr. Rogers, Navy Seal

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Fred Rogers
was loved by toddlers and codgers.
But as for claims he was a Navy Seal, that’s a stretch to conceive
except in the Neighborhood of Internet Make-Believe.

(Of course, there is no truth to the rumors. He was never even in the military. But the internet spreads such silly tales.)

Pax et bonum

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Four pro-choice arguments that echo pro-slavery arguments

Four pro-choice arguments that echo pro-slavery arguments

Pax et bonum

When I think of pro-choice protests ...

These are the kinds of images I think of when I think about pro-choice protests.
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Pax et bonum

The Story of Milo (Baba Dada)

There once was a boy name Milo who was afraid of his shadow.

He believed his shadow was after him, and that if it ever caught him, it would do terrible things to him. He believed other shadows were also after him.

So whenever he saw his shadow, or any shadow, he would run as fast as he could to find a safe place to hide. Some days he would stay in hiding until the sun went down or it was so cloudy there were no shadows. He would huddle away from the light, crying. The other boys and girls, and even many adults, laughed at him and would say cruel things.

Gradually, Milo went out of his home less and less, then not at all. His parents tried everything they could to get him out. Coaxing. Bribes. Yelling. Threats. A wooden spoon.

Nothing worked.

So they turned to Baba Dada.

Baba Dada sat with Milo in the living room.

“You are afraid of shadows, my little sprout?” Baba Dada said.

The boy warily nodded his head.

Baba Dada leaned close and said in almost a whisper, “I am afraid of shadows.”

Milo’s eyes widened.

“But,” Baba Dada continued, “I AM a shadow. So are you. So are your parents. So is that stuffed aardvark on the coffee table, which is also a shadow.”

Milo looked puzzled.

“We live in a world of shadows,” Baba Dada said. “And as shadows other shadows can hurt us.”

With that, Baba Dada pinched Milo’s arm. Milo yelped.

“The shadow that is me hurt the shadow that is you,” Baba Dada said.

But then he turned on a lamp next to the chair where Milo was sitting. He moved his hand between the lamp and Milo, the shadow of his hand touching Milo. Baba Dada pinched the air, the shadow of his hand closing on Milo's arm.

“Did you feel that?” Baba Dada asked.

Milo nodded no.

“That is a shadow of my shadow,” Baba Dada said. “A shadow can hurt a shadow, but a shadow of a shadow cannot hurt a shadow. Shadows of shadows are two manifestations away from reality. Do you see?”

Milo nodded.

“Shadows of shadows are harmless,” Baba Dada explained. “Shadows are dangerous to fellow shadows. And reality? Hoo Boy! But ours is not to worry about reality, only to seek it and know it and ignore it, and to understand and live with the shadows that we are.”

There was a glint of understanding in Milo’s eyes.

"So your shadow cannot harm you," Baba Dada said. "But the shadow you can hurt that shadow."

He turned off the lamp, and the shadow of his hand disappeared.

"Poof. I have control over my shadow."

Milo smiled.

"So you see, sprout, you have nothing to fear from your shadow. But it has much to fear from you. Growl at it!"

Baba Dada turned on the lamp and pointed to the wall. Milo saw his shadow there.

"Growl," Baba Dada said.

Milo growled.

"Now turn off the lamp."

Milo did. The shadow was gone.

"Poof," Baba Dada said.

Milo laughed. "Poof! Grrr."

“And now,” Baba Dada chuckled, “I think milk and cookies are what we need.”

“Shadow milk and cookies,” Milo said, smiling ever so slightly.

“Ha!” Baba Dada laughed. “We have a Baba Dada shadow in training!”

They spent the next hour drinking milk, eating cookies and playing shadow games on the wall.
Baba Dada showed Milo how to make many creatures’ shadows.

Milo was very good with rabbits and fish.

And Baba Dada was, naturally, good at aardvarks.

Pax et bonum

Birth (Baba Dada)

Birth is the beginning of death, death is the beginning of life, life is the beginning of beginning, and beginning begins to begin when you are ready to begin at the beginning.
Pax et bonum

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull (clerihew)

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Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull,
even when feeling lethargic and dull,
still manages to energetically toot
his flute.

Pax et bonum

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Confession is in the Bible!

On the evening of that first day of the week,
when the doors were locked, where the disciples were,
for fear of the Jews,
Jesus came and stood in their midst
and said to them, "Peace be with you."
When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side.
The disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord.
Jesus said to them again, "Peace be with you.
As the Father has sent me, so I send you."
And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them,
"Receive the Holy Spirit.
Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them,
and whose sins you retain are retained."
- John 20: 19-23

Hmm ... those last lines explain where the Sacrament of Confession comes in!

Pax et bonum

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Mother's Day

Nana and Mom
mother's rosary--
threads still hold
where links have broken

Pax et bonum

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Prayer for Secular Franciscan Vocations

O Good and Gracious God,
God of mercy, compassion, generosity,
and love,
As we live our lives today
in the model of St. Francis,
choosing daily to live
the Gospel life,
Help us to help others
hear Your call.
Help us to help others
to recognize their vocation
as a Secular Franciscan
that You have already
planted in their heart.
Help us, so that together
we all may work
to bring the Gospel to life.

Marian R. Crosby, SFO

Pax et bonum

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

life form (cinquain)

Life form,
so alien
people run from it in
terror, is itself so aghast
it flees.

Pax et bonum

Monday, May 7, 2018

Imagine the atheist's surprise!

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When death
claimed him, the staunch
atheist heard, in place
of the silence he'd predicted,

Pax et bonum

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Mowing scifaiku

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translation device
now as I mow I can hear
the screams of the grass

Pax et bonum

Iowa governor signs bill banning abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected

Iowa governor signs bill banning abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected

A step in the right direction - will still face a court battle.

Of course, the rape and incest clauses show flawed understanding, and it still allows abortions early opn. But it's a positive move and one to be applauded.

Pax et bonum

Jane Austen (cinquain)

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novels are full
of satire and romance;
it's sadly ironic she died

Pax et bonum

Sunday, April 29, 2018

More Pictures of April 28 Planned Parenthood Rally

The rally featured testimonies, a rosary, and hymns.

The goals of this rally and others like it are to educate people about Planned Parenthood, and to call for the end of government funding for the nation's largest abortion provider. We will be back there with the hope that this abortion clinic will close.

Pax et bonum

Saturday, April 28, 2018

April 28, 2018 Rally at Planned Parenthood

More than 60 people joined us outside Rochester's Planned Parenthood, one of more than 140 such rallies held across the country calling for defunding Planned Parenthood and an end to abortion.

Pax et bonum

I am embarrassed

While searching for something, I read through a diary I kept for more than a decade in my 30s and 40s.

I was horrified.

The arrogance and unkindness were palpable.

I feel as if I need to apologize to almost everyone with whom I had any significant contact during those years - family, friends, co-workers.

I also realize I need to destroy that diary. I'd hate to have people see what I wrote. Too many people would be hurt.

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God, have mercy on me, a sinner.

Pax et bonum

Friday, April 27, 2018

Press Awards (yes, I have an ego)

I was in a discussion with a woman online and had occasion to note I had won a number of press awards during my career as a journalist. But then I realized I had no handy compilation of those awards (some individual, some shared).

Here's a start:

First Place

2002 - New York Press Association, Coverage of Health Care
2000 - Catholic Press Association, In-Depth Reporting
1998 - Catholic Press Association, Best Special Issue
1998 - Catholic Press Association, Best Editorial Page
1996 - New York Press Association, Coverage of Religion
1992 - Catholic Press Association, Best Feature Story
1992 - New York Press Association, Coverage of Health, Health Care, and Science

I think there's at least one more first; need to look at my files!

There are a number of Seconds, Thirds and Honorable Mentions - need to find those as well. Here are some:

Second Place

1993 - New York Press Association - Best News Story

Third Place

1998 - Catholic Press Association, Best Editorial
1995 - Catholic Press Association, Best Analysis/Background/Round-Up Reporting
1994 - New York Press Association, Best Picture Story
1994 - Catholic Press Association, Best Family Life Column (as editor)
1990 - New York Press Association, Best Sports Feature Story

Honorable Mention

1998 - Catholic Press Association, Best Profile
1994 - Catholic Press Association, Best Analysis/Background/Round-Up Reporting
1994 - New York Press Association, Best Feature Story
1989 - New York Press Association, Best News Story
1987 - New York Press Association, Rookie of the Year

- I will update this as I find more.

Pax et bonum

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Monsters from the Id

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Dying, the Krell left
behind the power to free
monsters from the id.

Pax et bonum

The Bible on homosexual acts

You hear some folks saying that the Bible doesn't really say anything condemning homosexual activity. Here are a few Bible passages that clearly do:

"Do you not know that the unjust will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators nor idolaters nor adulterers nor boy prostitutes nor sodomites nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor robbers will inherit the kingdom of God" (1 Corinthians 6:9-10).

"For this cause God delivered them up to shameful affections. For their women have changed the natural use into that use which is against nature. And, in like manner, the men also, leaving the natural use of the women, have burned in their lusts one towards another, men with men working that which is filthy, and receiving in themselves the recompense which was due to their error" (Romans 1:26-27).

"Now we know that the law is good, if any one uses it lawfully, understanding this, that the law is not laid down for the just but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, immoral persons, sodomites, kidnappers, liars, perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound doctrine" (1 Tim. 1:8–10).

"You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; such a thing is an abomination" (Leviticus 18:22).

"Likewise, Sodom, Gomorrah, and the surrounding towns, which, in the same manner as they, indulged in sexual promiscuity and practiced unnatural vice, serve as an example by undergoing a punishment of eternal fire" (Jude 1:7).

Now some folks try to spin these passages and other passages and so dismiss them, saying they are about others things and not homosexual acts per se - but that's all just spin.   

As for the argument that Jesus never said anything specifically against homosexual acts, so, the argument goes, such acts are therefore not condemned, there is a logical problem. Just because something is not named that does not mean it is permitted. Jesus did not specifically name bestiality, incest, the use of chemical weapons against civilians, and so on, but that does not mean that they are therefore morally permissible.

Moreover, Jesus said he came not to abolish the law (including Leviticus above):  "Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. Therefore anyone who sets aside one of the least of these commands and teaches others accordingly will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven." (Matthew 5:17-19)

There are some practices that are changed, but the law itself, and the underlying teachings contained in them, are not changed.

When it comes to marriage, in the context of a question about divorce, "(Jesus) said in reply, “Have you not read that from the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female’ and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’?" Notice that marriage - the appropriate context for sexual acts - involves a man and a woman.

The Bible - tradition - Church teachings - all clearly condemn homosexual acts.

I specify "acts" because people may have homosexual inclinations due to any variety of causes, but that inclination in and of itself is not a sin, and the individual who has such feelings is not simply just for that reason committing a sin. It is only in acting on such inclinations that one sins.

Again: Homosexuality is not a sin, it is a condition. We sin when we act. 

And even if a person falls and sins in that way, he or she can still repent and find forgiveness and mercy from God, as is true of all of us sinners.

Pax et bonum

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Divorcing parents haiku

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divorcing parents
avoid eye contact as
their child runs to them

Pax et bonum

Baseball haiku

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player who struck out
to end the game
walks home alone

Pax et bonum

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Guess who was a Secular Franciscan?

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Michelangelo, of course!
Pax et bonum

Touched By G.K. Chesterton? Help His Canonization!

Touched By G.K. Chesterton? Here's How You Can Help His Canonization! | ChurchPOP: There's still time to help!

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TV Networks Ignore Pro-Life Walkout

TV Networks Ignore Pro-Life Walkout, Spent 10 Minutes Covering Gun Walkout: It was a tale of two protests. After a school walkout against gun violence in March, students across the country organized a pro-life walkout ...

We've gotten used to this kind of  ignoring of us.

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Secular Franciscan Spirituality

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As a summary of the elements of Franciscan spirituality, a Franciscan should live:

- in communion with Christ poor and crucified,
- in the love of God,
- in brother/sisterhood with all people and all of creation,
- participating in the life and mission of the Church,
- in continual conversion,
- in a life of prayer – liturgical, personal, communal,
- as instruments of peace.

Pax et bonum

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Currently reading ...

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After a few false starts on other books, I'm now reading My Sisters the Saints by Colleen Carol Campbell. Enjoying it - even cited it at men's group this morning.

It's interesting seeing a young person finding faith amidst the pressures of our secular culture.

I'm tempted to buy some extra copies to give to certain people, but that would likely not be taken well!

Pax et bonum

Pothole season

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pothole season -
wondering if that last one
reaches to China

Pax et bonum

Friday, April 6, 2018

Some new poems

outside the clinic
a crocus emerges
from the snow

the caravan breaks
against a wall of words
moon hidden by clouds

the new moon
hidden behind the clouds -
reciting Matins

only the moon
is there as I walk the dog
Holy Saturday

Pax et bonum

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Christ Is Risen - Matt Maher

Pax et bonum

On reading Shiki (and about persimmons)

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In a haiku mood, I read a collection of the poems of Masaoka Shiki (translated by Burton Watson). Shiki (1867-1902) is generally listed as one of the four great haiku poets (Basho, Buson, Issi, and Shiki), and is credited with helping to revive haiku at time when it was growing stale and to set the direction for modern haiku.

He once observed, "Take your materials from what is around you - if you see a dandelion, write about that; if it's misty, write about the mist. The materials for poetry are all about you in profusion."

That philosophy has helped to guide contemporary haiku poets - and really is good advice for any poet.

I've always enjoyed his poetry, including his baseball haiku.

spring breeze
this grassy field makes me
want to play catch  

It was good to dive into his poetry again.

But this time I noticed the number of his poems that mention persimmons.

Plunging into
a ripe persimmon -
getting my beard all messy with it

I eat a persimmon
and a bell starts booming -
Horyu-ji      -  (the name of a temple)

Persimmons made me think of it -
the face of the maid
at that inn in Nara

Tell them
I was a persimmon eater
who liked haiku

And there are more such poems.

I've never eaten a persimmon.

I did not even know what one looked like.
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I did a little research and discovered there are a number of varieties of them, including an American  version.

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I'm curious.

I wonder if any of our local stored have them?

a sudden desire
to eat a persimmon -
reading Shiki.

Pax et bonum

Saturday, March 31, 2018

What if ...

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What if
humans are just
designed by some aliens to
catch rats?

Pax et bonum

Friday, March 30, 2018

Stations of the Cross for Life 2018

For the 19th year in a row, pro-lifers gathered at McQuaid Jesuit High School in Rochester, N.Y., for a Good Friday prayer service, then a procession while reciting the Stations of the Cross for Life to a nearby doctor's office where abortions are performed. The service and the procession were led by priests, deacons, and women religious. Despite the cold, wet weather this year, a good-sized group of pro-lifers took part. Hopefully, such marches may some day become unnecessary as eyes and hearts are opened to see that abortion is wrong and no longer legal.  

Pax et bonum