Get Up and Go Forward

A Christian must proclaim Jesus Christ in such a way that he be accepted: received, not refused.... He knows that the proclamation of Jesus Christ is not easy, but that it does not depend on him. He must do everything possible, but the proclamation of Jesus Christ, the proclamation of the truth, depends on the Holy Spirit. Jesus tells us...: "When he shall come, the Spirit of truth, he shall guide you into all the truth." [Saint] Paul does not say to the Athenians; "This is the encyclopedia of truth. Study this and you have the truth, the truth." No! The truth does not enter into an encyclopedia. The truth is an encounter - it is a meeting with Supreme Truth: Jesus, the great truth. No one owns the truth. Then we receive the truth when we meet [it].

The Christian who would bring the Gospel must go down this road: [must] listen to everyone!... [The Church] does not grow by means of proselytizing, [but] by attraction, by witnessing, by preaching.... Christians who are afraid to build bridges and prefer to build walls are Christians who are not sure of their faith, not sure of Jesus Christ.

When the Church loses this apostolic courage, she becomes a stalled Church, a tidy Church, a Church that is nice to look at, but that is without fertility, because she has lost the courage to go to the outskirts, where there are many people who are victims of idolatry, worldliness, of weak thought, [of] so many things. Let us today ask Saint Paul to give us this apostolic courage, this spiritual fervor, so that we might be confident. "But Father," [you might say], "we might make mistakes."... "[Well, what of it," I might respond], "Get on with you: if you make a mistake, you get up and go forward: that is the way. Those who do not walk in order not to err, make the more serious mistake."

- Taken from Pope Francis, Wednesday, May 8, 2013 Mass: "Build Bridges, Not Walls" (Libreria Editrice Vaticana, Vatican Radio website).


The Passion of Christ is Here

Do you ever wonder what the Passion of Jesus Christ was really like? A glimpse of it was present and videotaped on Nov. 24, 2013 in Argentina as radical feminists and pro-abortion forces defamed, mocked and attacked peaceful, pro-life men forming a barricade to protect their church from these vandals. Witness these brave souls endure the truly diabolical assault of their countrymen and women. For those who need evidence of evil spirits and the spiritual war that plays out in the hearts and cultures of the world every day, look no further. Click here for the full story of the malicious attack. WARNING: The video below is disturbing.


The Majesty of the Eucharist

Author Vicki Burbach has a way with words in her entries on the National Catholic Register's Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction blog. Providing nuggets of wisdom from classic Catholic books, Vicki most recently was kind enough to mention and muse about her own parish, St. Peter Church, and its relationship to the restoration of the sacred and reverence for the Eucharist. Click here to read her most recent entry.


KMTV Story on Thanksgiving Day Dinner

Local KMTV channel 3 led off their 10 p.m. news on Thanksgiving Day with a story about the annual Thanksgiving Dinner at St. Peter Church to feed the homeless, hungry, and lonely in our community. It was a lengthy, accurate, and moving story. Over 500 people in need were served a warm dinner and treated with love and respect on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 28, 2013.


Catholics, Beards & Catholic Beards 

Best Catholic Beard in the Archdiocese of Omaha Award goes to Fr. Dan Lenz, OSB at Mt. MichaelWhile I've been growing my beard as an act of personal penance (or perhaps your penance since you have to look at the mangy thing) as an offering during this Year of Faith and during our time of church interior renewal, who knew that the many men of the parish would start copying me, especially in this month of November? I'm touched and flattered and... Wait... What's that? My secretary has to tell me something... I see, so it's not because of me but because its No Shave November? Well, it looks like I was not the inspiration (sigh), but you might enjoy these two hilarious articles on the innate link between Catholicism and beards.