Cancelling Christmas

I’ve been traveling and relaxing and watching the snow fall and build up, and up, and up. I traveled home to Nebraska for the Christmas holiday leaving a day early to avoid blizzarding weather. We stopped in Nebraska City for lunch at Runza one of my all time favorite foods. A Runza is a basically a kinda of bread and meat hot pocket with cabbage and spices. It tastes way better than it sounds and I highly suggest you try one if you get the chance.

While at Runza on Christmas Eve for lunch they had a local country station playing in the background during one of the news breaks they started listing all the local church services that were being cancelled due to the weather. Living my whole life in areas that can have inclement weather school and church cancellations are somewhat common place. Much more so today than when I was a kid. When we finally made it to my parents house more church cancellations were rolling across the bottom of the TV screen during my annual viewing of the movie “It’s A Wonderful Life”, my favorite movie.

A curious thing about all the church service cancellations. They were all protestant churches, none where Catholic. Isn’t that an interesting phenomenom? Is it because Catholic Priests live on the parish grounds? That can’t be it as many protestant pastors also live on location at their church. So why is it that Catholic’s don’t cancel their “services” in inclement weather and protestants do?

Well here is my answer, the Catholic Mass isn’t about the congregation whereas a protestant church service is, or at least it’s about the pastor preaching to that congregation. They may be worshiping God, but that can be done from home and without the congregation gathered. Whereas a Catholic Mass isn’t about us, the congreation, it’s about Him, God, and He’ll be there whether we are or not.

Cross compared to a Swastika

These two need a Christmas card. &

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Accountability Questions for Men

1. Have you spent at least 10 minutes in prayer each day this past week?

2. Have you read the Scriptures or the Catechism daily? (not same as #1)

3. Have you read, watched, listened to or engaged in any lustful actions, thoughts or attitudes this week?

4. Have you been a faithful steward of money in saving, spending & tithing?

5. How much quality time did you spend with your spouse? Each of your children?

6. Have you been a model of Christian excellence at your workplace?

7. Which corporal or spiritual work of mercy have you done this week? (Be specific)

8. Did you wholeheartedly & joyfully participate in Mass this past Sunday?

9. Have you allowed any person or incident to rob you of your joy?

10. Have you taken care of your body through exercise, eating properly and sufficient rest this week?

11. Have you gone to reconciliation recently (at least monthly) and done a daily examination of conscience?

12. Have you lied (outright or left out facts) on any of your answers?


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Just finished reading Fr. Elijah for the second time.  Read it about 5 years ago.  It was just as good the second time.

Just started Fire Within for the second time, never got through it the first time.  I think I started reading Fr. Elijah and never got back to it.


Christmas Can-Can?

Is this what Christmas has become?  These guys had a 12 Days of Christmas song last year that was pretty good.  I think it would be good if we said a prayer for every gift we buy and receive this year.

Here is their original hit….

12 Days of Christmas

Since we are 12 days from Christmas, I thought I put out a write up on the 12 Days of Christmas which is about the Christmas and the 12 Days to the Epiphany.

On the 1st day of Christmas my true love gave to me…

A Partridge in a Pear Tree
The partridge in a pear tree is Jesus the Christ, the Son of God, whose birthday we celebrate on December 25, the first day of Christmas. In the song, Christ is symbolically presented as a mother partridge that feigns injury to decoy predators from her helpless nestlings, recalling the expression of Christ’s sadness over the fate of Jerusalem: “Jerusalem! Jerusalem! How often would I have sheltered you under my wings, as a hen does her chicks, but you would not have it so . . . .” (Luke 13:34)

On the 2nd day of Christmas my true love gave to me…

Two Turtle Doves
The Old and New Testaments, which together bear witness to God’s self-revelation in history and the creation of a people to tell the Story of God to the world.

On the 3rd day of Christmas my true love gave to me…

Three French Hens
The Three Theological Virtues: 1) Faith, 2) Hope, and 3) Love (1 Corinthians 13:13)

On the 4th day of Christmas my true love gave to me…

Four Calling Birds
The Four Gospels: 1) Matthew, 2) Mark, 3) Luke, and 4) John, which proclaim the Good News of God’s reconciliation of the world to Himself in Jesus Christ.

On the 5th day of Christmas my true love gave to me…

Five Gold Rings
The first Five Books of the Old Testament, known as the Torah or the Pentateuch: 1) Genesis, 2) Exodus, 3) Leviticus, 4) Numbers, and 5) Deuteronomy, which gives the history of humanity’s sinful failure and God’s response of grace in the creation of a people to be a light to the world.

On the 6th day of Christmas my true love gave to me…

Six Geese A-laying
The six days of creation that confesses God as Creator and Sustainer of the world (Genesis 1).

On the 7th day of Christmas my true love gave to me…

Seven Swans A-swimming
The seven gifts of the Holy Spirit: 1) prophecy, 2) ministry, 3) teaching, 4) exhortation, 5) giving, 6) leading, and 7) compassion (Romans 12:6-8; cf. 1 Corinthians 12:8-11)

On the 8th day of Christmas my true love gave to me…

Eight Maids A-milking
The eight Beatitudes: 1) Blessed are the poor in spirit, 2) those who mourn, 3) the meek, 4) those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, 5) the merciful, 6) the pure in heart, 7) the peacemakers, 8) those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake. (Matthew 5:3-10)

On the 9th day of Christmas my true love gave to me…

Nine Ladies Dancing
The nine Fruit of the Holy Spirit: 1) love, 2) joy, 3) peace, 4) patience, 5) kindness,
6) generosity, 7) faithfulness, 8) gentleness, and 9) self-control. (Galatians 5:22)

On the 10th day of Christmas my true love gave to me…

Ten Lords A-leaping
The ten commandments: 1) You shall have no other gods before me; 2) Do not make an idol; 3) Do not take God’s name in vain; 4) Remember the Sabbath Day; 5) Honor your father and mother; 6) Do not murder; 7) Do not commit adultery; 8) Do not steal; 9) Do not bear false witness; 10) Do not covet. (Exodus 20:1-17)

On the 11th day of Christmas my true love gave to me…

Eleven Pipers Piping
The eleven Faithful Apostles: 1) Simon Peter, 2) Andrew, 3) James, 4) John, 5) Philip, 6) Bartholomew, 7) Matthew, 8) Thomas, 9) James bar Alphaeus, 10) Simon the Zealot, 11) Judas bar James. (Luke 6:14-16). The list does not include the twelfth disciple, Judas Iscariot who betrayed Jesus to the religious leaders and the Romans.

On the 12th day of Christmas my true love gave to me…

Twelve Drummers Drumming
The twelve points of doctrine in the Apostles’ Creed: 1) I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. 2) I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. 3) He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. 4) He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell [the grave]. 5) On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. 6) He will come again to judge the living and the dead. 7) I believe in the Holy Spirit, 8) the holy catholic Church, 9) the communion of saints, 10) the forgiveness of sins, 11) the resurrection of the body, 12) and life everlasting.



Rowan Williams and Animal from the Muppets

Get To Confession

Just did, feels great to know I’m in a state of grace.  You should do that same.

Eucharistic Adoration

Party Crashers Were On A Mission

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