Sunday, June 29, 2008


I'm always worried about holiness, and growing in holiness, and constantly frustrated by my weakness. Some days it seems I can't even go five minutes, or even 10 seconds, without offending God. And then I kid myself for being worried about being holy, because of course I realize I can't sanctify myself...that's God's job.

Most Reverend Raymond L. Burke, D.D., J.C.D.

Raymond Leo Burke was born in Richland Center, Wisconsin, on June 30, 1948, the youngest of the six children of Thomas F. and Marie B. Burke. His elementary education was undertaken at St. Mary School in Richland Center (1954-1959) and at St. Joseph School in Stratford, Wisconsin (1959-1962).

He attended high school at Holy Cross Seminary in La Crosse, Wisconsin, from 1962 to 1966, and also completed college courses there (1966 -1968) before attending the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., where he studied as a Basselin Scholar (1968 -1971). He undertook his studies for ordination at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome (1971-1975) and was ordained to the priesthood by Pope Paul VI on June 29, 1975, at the Basilica of St. Peter.

Father Burke's first assignment was as associate rector of the Cathedral of St. Joseph the Workman in La Crosse. In 1977 he took up the additional duty of teaching religion at Aquinas High School in La Crosse. In 1980 Father Burke returned to Rome to study Canon Law at the Pontifical Gregorian University. In April 1984, after completing his studies, he was named Moderator of the Curia and Vice Chancellor of the Diocese of La Crosse.

In 1989 Father Burke returned to Rome when Pope John Paul II named him Defender of the Bond of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, the first American to hold this position on the Church's highest court. After five years in this post, the Holy Father appointed him Bishop of the Diocese of La Crosse on December 10, 1994.

Bishop Burke was ordained to the episcopacy by Pope John Paul II on January 6, 1995, at the Basilica of St. Peter, and was installed in the Diocese of La Crosse on February 22, 1995, the Feast of the Chair of St. Peter.

On December 2, 2003, Bishop Burke was named Archbishop of St. Louis, succeeding Justin Cardinal Rigali, who was appointed Archbishop of Philadelphia in July 2003. Archbishop Burke was installed in St. Louis on January 26, 2004, the fifth anniversary of Pope John Paul II's historic pastoral visit to the archdiocese.

On June 29th, 2004, twenty-nine years after his ordination to the priesthood by Pope Paul VI, he received the pallium as Archbishop of St. Louis, from Pope John Paul II.

(Source-The Marian Catechists)

Pope Benedict XVI named Archbishop Raymond Burke of St. Louis as the new prefect of the Apostolic Signature, the Church's supreme court.

He succeeds Cardinal Agostino Vallini, 68, who was appointed today as the Pope's vicar for the Diocese of Rome upon the retirement of Cardinal Camillo Ruini.

Happy Anniversary!

On the 12th year of your ordination-Fr. Stanley!

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Altar girls?

This is an interesting post i found on "What does the Prayer really say?". Check it out and leave your thoughts, and comments.

Here's the link-

Friday, June 27, 2008

Pope Prefers Receiving Communion on the tongue-

In an interview published in the Wednesday edition of L'Osservatore Romano, Pope Benedict’s new Master of Pontifical Liturgical Celebrations, Monsignor Guido Marini, says he believes that people receiving Communion kneeling and on the tongue will become common practice at the Vatican....

"it is necessary not to forget the fact that the distribution of Communion on the hand remains, up to now, from the juridical standpoint, an exception (indult) to the universal law, conceded by the Holy See to those bishops' conferences who requested it,” the liturgical master of ceremonies reminded....

"It could also be noted that the (Pope's) preference for such form of distribution which, without taking anything away from the other one, better highlights the truth of the real presence in the Eucharist, helps the devotion of the faithful, and introduces more easily to the sense of mystery. Aspects which, in our times, pastorally speaking, it is urgent to highlight and recover." (CNA)

Awwww Man!

A friend took my dad to a Tridentine Mass in Detroit, I'm sure you've heard of it; Assumption Grotto. I am EXTREMELY jealous! But soon my chance will come.

Here's the link-


I love Benedicto!
You love Benedicto!
We love Benedicto!
Let's dance for Benedicto!
This is the chant that my parents had the PRIVILEGE of listening too, on the hour and a half car ride home today. Now, how many kids will chant their love for the Pope (and partly in Spanish!)

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Need for Reverence in the Eucharist-

I wanted to take a moment and draw attention to the sad fact that many Catholics have a weak faith, particularly in the Blessed Sacrament. The lack of reverence toward the Holy Eucharist, the failure of many to genuflect before the tabernacle, and the casual reception of Holy Communion, all indicate a great need for catechesis and renewal among the Christian Faithful. Priests are responsible for this catechesis and spiritual renewal, and should do more to remedy this sad situation.

I know i've said it a million times before- but it's worth saying again


The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is everything in our lives, and I want it to be celebrated in a manner that shows that it's not about my being here, and about what I like. But in a way which glorifies God to the best of our abilities. The Christ "welcome to all" never said "Do whatever feels right!!!!" No, he gave us rules. Best of all, he gave us the church, who now gives us rules which I am happy to follow in obedience. Not only the church's teachings, but also her liturgy, which forms my conscience and my being. That's important- I don't form my being and my conscience, the CHURCH and her TEACHINGS do. Yet people still decide and think that they can pick and choose at the rules laid down by Christ and do not fully commit themselves to the church.

Thoughts for Today's Gospel-

The passion of Jesus is a sea of sorrows, but it is also an ocean of love. Ask the Lord to teach you to fish in this ocean. Dive into its depths. No matter how deep you go, you will never reach the bottom.

-- St. Paul of the Cross

New President of the Pontifical Council for the Family

Ennio Cardinal Antonelli, Archbishop of Florence, has been appointed by Pope Benedict XVI to be the new President of the Pontifical Council for the Family.
-For the announcement by the Press Office of the Holy See, please click here:

Friday, June 6, 2008


Ok, so today I was out mowing someones lawn (as i do about every weekend) but as I was mowing I was praying (as I always do when I mow) and the 92 degree heat was beating down on me. After a while i had to go dump the mower bag into a lawn bag, but as I did so a huge cloud came out of nowhere and covered the sun, and the wind picked up. It stayed like this until i was half-way home and then the sun came back out with its heat. Now I'm not saying that some "miracle" happened to me. Or that I am showing some lesson on how "if you pray, things such as this will happen" (Here comes the other hand clause); but that's not to say things like this won't happen. God can pretty much do what ever He wants. I just thought it was very interesting on how God could work in little ways, even as in-significant as the one I stated above. Which also raises the question; How many of those are we missing because of how oblivious we are, and how much little credit we give to God for things such as this?

Monday, June 2, 2008

WYD Schedule

The Holy See has released the Pope's World Youth Day schedule. It is as follows:

The Holy Father will leave Rome on Saturday morning, July 12, for the long flight to Australia, landing at Darwin air base and proceeding to Sydney's Richmond airport.

After his arrival in Sydney the Pope will take several days of vacation. The Vatican not disclosed the site where the Pontiff will be staying, saying only that it will be a private residence.

On July 17 the Pope will make his first public appearance, at a welcoming ceremony in Sydney's Government House, where he will meet with the governor general and prime minister. Then he will travel by boat into Sydney harbor, to be greeted by the young people attending World Youth Day.

On July 18 the Pope will preside at an ecumenical service in Sydney's cathedral, then meet with leaders of other religious groups there. He will share lunch with a small group of World Youth Day participants, then open the Stations of the Cross at St. Mary's cathedral. In the evening he will meet with another group of young people at the Sacred Heart church of Notre Dame University.

On July 19 the Pontiff will celebrate Mass at the cathedral, have lunch with the Australian bishops, then travel to the Randwick racetrack, the site of the World Youth Day festivities, for an evening prayer vigil.

On July 20 the Pope will celebrate Mass at Randwick, the closing liturgy of the 23rd World Youth Day. That evening he will speak to organizers of the event.

On Monday, July 21, after Mass in private, the Holy Father will say his farewell to World Youth Day organizers and participants, then travel to Sydney's airport to begin the long flight home. He is due in Rome late that night.

Source: CWN

Chapel Veils-

I was talking about chapel veils with my dad earlier this week and wanted to share with you some thoughts that i think need to be reminded to those who see the chapel veil as "putting a woman to a lower standard".

The chapel veil is not to raise men higher above women, or to show the un-worthiness of the women in the Catholic Mass. It is actually completely the opposite. The chapel veil is a form of respect and honor towards women. It shows that we as humans honor women and show our respect towards them by covering their heads and bodies. We don't treat women (excuse me) as a piece of meat, we treat them as a sacred vessel, which is used to create life.

I also see a great respect shown from the women to God. You have to believe that women and men both have their roles in life (which is hard to see in today's society). But also to show a great deal of respect to the thing that is going on in the Mass which is far more above you or me.

--There is a great deal more, and this can branch off to other discussions several ways. Please feel free to discuss, and correct or add anything you wish.