Chaplain’s Corner | 2nd Sunday after Epiphany (January 18, 2015)

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Today the Church commemorates the third mystery of Epiphany, as she proclaims in the Gospel the account of the Wedding Feast at Cana. Here Jesus’s Divinity is manifest in the first of His miracles, as He changes water into the best wine.

The Church’s tradition has always used nuptial language in the Epiphany liturgies because this first miracle of the Lord takes place at a wedding. He is revealed as the Divine Bridegroom, Who has come to this world to claim His Bride, the Church, composed, at least potentially, of all men. This nuptial miracle is worked through the intercession of the New Eve, the Blessed Virgin Mary, God’s Bride, whose consent to the marriage of God and man was besought, as St. Thomas teaches, on behalf of the entire human nature. Thus, the New Adam and the New Eve manifest at Cana the new wine of the new covenant of divine life to which we are all called. What glorious mysteries!

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Chaplain’s Corner | Feast of the Holy Family (January 11, 2015)

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In these days of the Octave of Epiphany, the Church continues to contemplate the mystery of the Infant Savior. She kneels in adoration today with the Magi before the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph. Here she contemplates the marvelous reality that God, Who could have saved us in any way at all, has willed to save us by being born into a human family. God the Son, Who had only a Father from all eternity, has willed to have now a true Mother!

On this feast of the Holy Family, we marvel at the now-divine beauty of human family life. We are students today at this feast, allowing ourselves to learn the meaning of familial love. In a culture in which the family is constantly under attack, we learn today that there is a Perfect Family. We acknowledge the perfection of the Holy Family. We acknowledge that St. Joseph and the Blessed Virgin Mary had a perfect marriage, that there has never been in the history of the world a marriage bond as united as their virginal love. We joyfully proclaim that the Son of God is the obedient Son of Mary, subject also to his foster-father. We rejoice that we too are members of the Perfect Family, that we too are invited into the house at Bethlehem today to adore with the Magi: to help St. Joseph, to honor our holy Mother, to worship God-become-a-baby. How joyful are the mysteries we celebrate on this Epiphany day!

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2015 Keep the Faith – Latin Mass Magazine Monterey Conference

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Registrations are now being accepted for the 2015 Conference being put on by The Latin Mass: The Journal of Catholic Culture and Tradition and Keep the Faith. The theme for this year’s conference isThe Crisis of Leadership in the Catholic Church.”

The stated goal of The Latin Mass magazine is to be the intellectual arm of Catholics who are working for the return of the Church to tradition and authentic organic development. This conference is for all Catholics, but especially for those committed to the timeless spiritual treasures of the traditional Mass.

The conference will be held for two full days this year on the weekend of February 28 and March 1, 2015 at the Monterey Beach Resort in Monterey, California. The participants, many of whom return year after year, report that they are encouraged and edified by the topics and by the speakers, many of whom are regular contributors to the The Latin Mass magazine. The ocean beach on which the conference hotel is situated is one of the great pleasures of attending this event. The beach can be viewed from the conference room windows and enjoyed more fully during breaks between conference events.

Three speakers, Father Kenneth Baker, S.J., Ronald G. Connolly, M.D., and Christopher A. Ferrara, J.D., are regular speakers at the conference.

Strong Leadership at the Top: From Pius IX to Pius XII
Father Kenneth Baker, S.J.
, is Editor Emeritus of the Homiletic and Pastoral Review. He is also a regular contributor to The Latin Mass magazine.

Our Church’s Crisis of Leadership: One Perspective
Ronald G. Connolly, M.D., practices Internal Medicine in Lafayette, CA. He is the author of I’ll Bet My Life On It: One Doctor’s Experience In American Medicine.

Vatican II-ism: How an Ideology is Replacing the Catholic Faith
Christopher A. Ferrara is an author and President and Chief Counsel of the American Catholic Lawyers Association, Inc.

The three remaining speakers, Steve O’Brien, Father Anthony J. Mastroeni, and James Bemis, columnist, are new this year.

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Cardinal Burke on the Catholic “Man-crisis”

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Recently, his Eminence, Raymond Cardinal Burke, gave an interview with the New Emangelization Project (yes, it’s Emangelization, a targeted effort to evangelize men as part of the New Evangelization) to discuss the state of Catholic men in the United States. Here’s the first few portions of the interview:

Matthew James Christoff of the New Emangelization Project: Your Eminence, we are delighted and blessed to be here with you. Today, we are here to talk about the state of Catholic men in the United States and how we might draw more men into the New Evangelization. Maybe to start, how would Your Eminence describe the state of men in the Catholic Church today?

Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke: I think there has been a great confusion with regard to the specific vocation of men in marriage and of men in general in the Church during the past 50 years or so. It’s due to a number of factors, but the radical feminism which has assaulted the Church and society since the 1960s has left men very marginalized.

Unfortunately, the radical feminist movement strongly influenced the Church, leading the Church to constantly address women’s issues at the expense of addressing critical issues important to men; the importance of the father, whether in the union of marriage or not; the importance of a father to children; the importance of fatherhood for priests; the critical impact of a manly character; the emphasis on the particular gifts that God gives to men for the good of the whole society.

(We encourage everyone to go to their website to read the rest of the interview).

Chaplain’s Corner | Holy Name of Jesus (January 4, 2015)

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Today is the Eleventh Day of Christmas, and it is also the feast of the Holy Name of Jesus, which we celebrate on the second Sunday of Christmas. Jesus received His Holy Name when He was eight days old at His Circumcision. His Name is so powerful and mysterious that the Church long ago judged it fitting to celebrate a solemn feast of the Holy Name, separate from the Octave Day on which He received It.

“Jesus” means “God saves.” The very Name of Jesus speaks of His mission of salvation. This reminds us of the profound Christmas mystery that Our Savior was conceived and born not in order to live (for in His Divinity He has infinite Life), but rather to suffer and die for us. We witness this mystery already on the Octave Day as He sheds His first Blood for us at His Circumcision. It is no mere coincidence that the giving of His Name and the shedding of His first Blood occur simultaneously. His Name is full of salvation!

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