In A Hurry

Caught the following in an email that I thought was worth sharing.

In Washington , DC , at a Metro Station, on a cold January morning in 2007, this man with a violin played six Bach pieces for about 45 minutes.  During that time, approximately 2,000 people went through the station, most of them on their way to work.  After about 3 minutes, a middle-aged man noticed that there was a musician playing.  He slowed his pace and stopped for a few seconds, and then he hurried on to meet his schedule.

At 4 minutes: The violinist received his first dollar.  A woman threw money in the hat and, without stopping, continued to walk.

At 6 minutes:  A young man leaned against the wall to listen to him, then looked at his watch and started to walk again.

At 10 minutes: A 3-year old boy stopped, but his mother tugged him along hurriedly.  The kid stopped to look at the violinist again, but the mother pushed hard and the child continued to walk, turning his head the whole time.  This action was repeated by several other children, but every parent – without exception – forced their children to move on quickly.

At 45 minutes: The musician played continuously.  Only 6 people stopped and listened for a short while.  About 20 gave money but continued to walk at their normal pace.  The man collected a total of $32.

After 1 hour: He finished playing and silence took over.  No one noticed and no one applauded.  There was no recognition at all.

No one knew this, but the violinist was Joshua Bell, one of the greatest musicians in the world.  He played one of the most intricate pieces ever written, with a violin worth $3.5 million dollars.  Two days before, Joshua Bell sold-out a theater in Boston where the seats averaged $100 each to sit and listen to him play the same music.

This is a true story.  Joshua Bell, playing incognito in the D.C. Metro Station, was organized by the Washington Post as part of a social experiment about perception, taste and people’s priorities.

This experiment raised several questions:

      *In a common-place environment, at an inappropriate hour, do we perceive beauty?

      *If so, do we stop to appreciate it?

      *Do we recognize talent in an unexpected context?

One possible conclusion reached from this experiment could be this:

If we do not have a moment to stop and listen to one of the best musicians in the world, playing some of the finest music ever written, with one of the most beautiful instruments ever made . . . How many other things are we missing as we rush through life?

American Idol Raises Money For Abortion

“Idol Gives Back” gives to pro-abortion oganizations.

….Of course, what many people do not know, because “American Idol” has not chosen to mention it, is that Simon Cowell is the chief executive officer of International Save the Children. This is surely why Save the Children was selected as a recipient charity….

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3 Good Articles

Its been a while since I last posted.  I’ve been busy at work and last week I was swamped as a single parent.  Thankfully my wife is back from her trip.  Today during lunch I came across three good artcles that I think will interest you.

1. 12 Things Every Catholic Should Know About the Sex Scandals

2. More Info on Homosexualities Linkage to the Sex Scandal

3. After 50 Years of “The Pill”, Half of Pregnancies are Unplanned

Tiger Took the Lords Name in Vain on #13

For someone who proclaims the Buddhist faith I found it odd when Tiger Woods cried out “God! Tiger… Jesus…. Christ” after a bad tee shot on the 13th hole just a few moments ago at the Masters.  So who’s God? Tiger or Jesus Christ?

I think professed Christians should request an apology after his round and let Mr. Woods know just how offensive it was to hear him take the Lords name in vain.  Even Tiger referred to Jesus Christ as God.  Some might says it’s a prophetic slip of the tongue even if it was in vain.

Plant A Tree, Help A Dog

Who Needs A Doctor When You Have A Pill?

Last July I posted the following…

…in which I opined that the future of abortions would be chemical in nature not surgical.  It seems chemical abortions are not only on the fast track around the world but they are happening so fast that they are not even medically focused.  Tele-Med is the new term Read here…

…Operation Rescue has discovered that abortion clinics in some of Iowa’s small towns are providing chemical abortions, or RU-486, using what is known as the “telemed abortion.” Spokesperson Cheryl Sullinger explains there are a number of problems with this method.

“Twelve clinics in Iowa actually are prescribing dangerous abortion pills without having the patients ever being examined by a licensed physician,” she reports. “Instead, the physician appears to women on a teleconferencing hookup on a computer monitor, explains the abortion procedure, then the women are given the pills and sent away.”…

The Pro-Abortion advocates are so caring in their desire to help foster abortions they no longer care if they are even present or even safe.  I thought that’s what “legal” abortion was all about?  Legal abortions were going to make them “safe”.

Newsflash! Abortions Aren’t Safe!  The baby dies 99.9% of the time and now the death of the mother is are on the rise.

He is Risen!

The shroud covers him no more.  So therfore do not allow your faith in Him to be shrouded.  One day soon Jesus Christ will be our judge and advocate, may we all lead lives that produce abundant fruit and evidence of our love for Him. 

May you have a Blessed Easter.

Jesus Washed the Apostles Male Feet

I’d be interested from those who read this blog how many parishes out there actually follow the rules put in place by Catholic Church. The following can be found on the USCCB’s website. My parish openly breaks this rule unfortunately. Although I hope to be surprised this coming Thursday evening. I’ve sent a letter in with the reminder but I probably should have sent it in a month ago before they start planning the feet washing and asking people.

If the church cares to change the rules to allow women they are well within their ability to bind and loose. But until they do shouldn’t we respect the rules that were put in place and come to understand why men are specified in the first place? I do not think Jesus was incapable of washing the feet of women but at Holy Thursday he didn’t and there is a reason why the Church specify’s men are to be selected. We do not select women for the Priesthood, which relates to why men should be selected for the Holy Thursday Mandatum.

Holy Thursday Mandatum

My parish liturgy committee has decided to allow both men and women to take part in the washing of the feet at the liturgy on Holy Thursday. I have always heard that only men may have their feet washed. Which does the Church allow?

The rubric for Holy Thursday, under the title WASHING OF FEET, reads:

“Depending on pastoral circumstance, the washing of feet follows the homily. The men who have been chosen (viri selecti) are led by the ministers to chairs prepared at a suitable place. Then the priest (removing his chasuble if necessary) goes to each man. With the help of the ministers he pours water over each one’s feet and dries them.”Regarding the phrase viri selecti, the Chairman of the Bishops Committee on the Liturgy, after a review of the matter by the committee, authorized the following response which appeared in the BCL Newsletter of February 1987:

Question: What is the significance of the Holy Thursday foot washing rite?


  1. The Lord Jesus washed the feet of his disciples at the Last Supper as a sign of the new commandment that Christians should love one another: “Such as my love has been for you, so must your love be for each other. This is how all will know you for my disciples: by your love for one another” (see John 13, 34-35). For centuries the Church has imitated the Lord through the ritual enactment of the new commandment of Jesus Christ in the washing of feet on Holy Thursday.
  2. Although the practice had fallen into disuse for a long time in parish celebrations, it was restored in 1955 by Pope Pius XII as a part of the general reform of Holy Week. At that time the traditional significance of the rite of foot washing was stated by the Sacred Congregation of Rites in the following words: “Where the washing of feet, to show the Lord’s commandment about fraternal charity, is performed in a Church according to the rubrics of the restored Ordo of Holy Week, the faithful should be instructed on the profound meaning of this sacred rite and should be taught that it is only proper that they should abound in works of Christian charity on this day.”1
  3. The principal and traditional meaning of the Holy Thursday mandatum, as underscored by the decree of the Congregation, is the biblical injunction of Christian charity: Christ’s disciples are to love one another. For this reason, the priest who presides at the Holy Thursday liturgy portrays the biblical scene of the gospel by washing the feet of some of the faithful.
  4. Because the gospel of the mandatum read on Holy Thursday also depicts Jesus as the “Teacher and Lord” who humbly serves his disciples by performing this extraordinary gesture which goes beyond the laws of hospitality,2 the element of humble service has accentuated the celebration of the foot washing rite in the United States over the last decade or more. In this regard, it has become customary in many places to invite both men and women to be participants in this rite in recognition of the service that should be given by all the faithful to the Church and to the world. Thus, in the United States, a variation in the rite developed in which not only charity is signified but also humble service.
  5. While this variation may differ from the rubric of the Sacramentary which mentions only men (“viri selecti”), it may nevertheless be said that the intention to emphasize service along with charity in the celebration of the rite is an understandable way of accentuating the evangelical command of the Lord, “who came to serve and not to be served,” that all members of the Church must serve one another in love.
  6. The liturgy is always an act of ecclesial unity and Christian charity, of which the Holy Thursday foot washing rite is an eminent sign. All should obey the Lord’s new commandment to love one another with an abundance of love, especially at this most sacred time of the liturgical year when the Lord’s passion, death, and resurrection are remembered and celebrated in the powerful rites of the Triduum.3


  1. Sacred Congregation of Rites, Instruction on the Correct Use of the Restored Ordo of Holy Week, November 16, 1955 (Washington, DC: National Catholic Welfare Conference Publications Office, 1955), page 6.
  2. In biblical times it was prescribed that the host of a banquet was to provide water (and a basin) so that his guests could wash their hands before sitting down to table. Although a host might also provide water for travelers to wash their own feet before entering the house, the host himself would not wash the feet of his guests. According to the Talmud the washing of feet was forbidden to any Jew except those in slavery.In the controversies between Hillel and Shammai (cf. Shabbat 14a-b) Shammai ruled that guests were to wash their hands to correct “tumat yadayim” or “impurity of hands” (cf. Ex 30, 17 and Lv 15, 11). Priests were always to wash their hands before eating consecrated meals. The Pharisees held that all meals were in a certain sense “consecrated” because of table fellowship.Jesus’ action of washing the feet of his disciples was unusual for his gesture went beyond the required laws of hospitality (washing of hands) to what was, in appearance, a menial task. The Lord’s action was probably unrelated to matters of ritual purity according to the Law.
  3. For a brief overview of the restoration of the foot washing rite in 1955, see W. J. O’Shea, “Mandatum,” New Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume IX, 146, and W. J. O’Shea, “Holy Thursday,” New Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume VII, 105-107; Walter D. Miller, Revised Ceremonial of Holy Week (New York: Catholic Book Publishing Company, 1971), p. 43. See also Prosper Gueranger, OSB, The Liturgical Year, Volume VI, Passiontide and Holy Week (Westminster, Maryland: Newman Press, 1949), pp. 395-401. For the historical background of the many forms of this rite, see the following studies: Pier Franco Beatrice, La lavanda dei piedi: Contributo alla storia delle antiche liturgie cristiane (Rome: C.L.V. Edizioni Liturgiche, 1983); “Lotio pedum” in Hermann Schmidt, Hebdomada Sancta, Volume II (Rome: Herder, 1956-1957); Annibale Bugnini, CM, and C. Braga, CM, Ordo Hebdomadae Sanctae Instauratus in Biblioteca “Ephemerides Liturgicae” Sectio Historica 25 (Rome: Edizioni Liturgiche, 1956), pp. 73-75; Theodor Klauser, A Short History of the Western Liturgy: An Account and Some Reflections, second edition (New York: Oxford University Press, 1979), p. 81.

This is the latest statement of this Secretariat on the question. No subsequent legislation or instructions have necessitated a modification in the statement. Holy Thursday Mandatum