Happy 12th Birthday Mickey

Time sure does fly, and not only when your having fun. I can’t believe that Mickey turns 12 years old today. A faithful and loving companion and friend. Here are a few pics from the day we went to pick him up and from this morning. We are both a little whiter.

They always say: “Don’t take the runt of the litter. They are the sickest and always a problem.” He was the last one available. When we went into the room, he was hiding in the corner behind the food tray. He got sick on the way home and has had his share of illnesses. A few years ago, he was diagnosed with indolent lymphoma. He goes to Tuft’s for checkups every three months and they can’t believe how well he’s doing. Mickey gets a blessing every night before we go to sleep. Just like me, he’s in God’s hands.

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Fr. Jay Finelli with Mickey

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What will the future hold for the new pup?

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We’ve come a long way puppy!

Facebook Bias

facebook-thumbs-downIn the past few years, Facebook has begun blocking priests, deacons and religious from using their religious titles. They use the excuse that their titles are not their every day names. I have new for Facebook. My every day name is “Father Finelli.” My parishioners and places that I do business with call me Father Finelli. About a year ago, Facebook blocked me for using Father Jay Finelli, and when I told them my situation they reinstated me with the same. However, about two months ago, they blocked me out again and required me to give them legal documents to prove that I am who I say I am. The same has happened to a number of Bishops, priests, deacons and religious. The latest I read about this morning was Msgr. Charles Pope. Msgr. Pope has decided that he has no need to prove home he is and will not return to Facebook until they allow us to use our religious titles. Read more about that here. I hardly think that Facebook cares less about any religious person.

However, a good friend sent me a private message about a Facebook apology to Drag Queens. Upon doing a quick Google search, a CBS news item dated October 2, 2014 popped up.

Facebook is apologizing to drag queens and the transgender community for deleting accounts that used drag names like Lil Miss Hot Mess rather than legal names such as Bob Smith.

The apology is provided in PDF in case it is removed.

Isn’t it amazing that Facebook will apologize to men who use woman’s names, and restore their Facebook pages, but will not do the same for religious professionals who use their titles 24/7. Our titles are who we are. A priest is called Father, not only when he is “on duty,” which he is at all times. But, when he is out to dinner, on his day off and when he is on vacation. A priest is a spiritual father and assumes this name, not for some 2 hour performance, but through the game of his ordination.

It is time for Facebook to follow the example of the other social networks and respect us for who we are. Google, Twitter, Pintrest and a number of other networks accept us, why not Facebook? My name is Father Jay Finelli and this is my real identity.

St. Bridget Prayers revisited

Today, I hit the two year mark on the 7 Prayers of St. Bridget. I highly recommend them. They are an opportunity for people to make a commitment to praying these prayers, every day, for 12 years. Most people can’t or just do not commit to prayer. Use these prayers to make a commitment to prayer. Let them be your starting point, from which you go deeper into the life of prayer. They are also a very succinct way to meditate on the passion of our Lord. We don’t take enough time to meditation on our Lord’s passion. If all people meditated on the Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ for a little time each day, it would change them and change their life. The passion helps us to see that there is something much more important than the many little concerns that we have. We do an awful lot of complaining. Those small things become much small in comparison to our eternal salvation. the 12 prayers of St. Bridget are beautiful. Give them a try!

Originally posted on August 20, 2013

Many people have heard of 15 prayers of St. Bridget that focus on the passion of Our Lord. The prayers are said every day for one year. There are a list of 21 promises for those who say the prayers every day for one year. I have done the prayers two times, once while I was in the seminary and again as a priest. Recently, I have read that in 1954, The Congregation of the Holy Office prohibited the publication of the promises since the promises have no merit to them. However, the prayers are a very beautiful meditation on the passion of Our Lord and any meditation on Our Lord’s passion can only do good. A short time ago, I also discovered another set of prayers of St. Bridget called the 7 prayers. The prayers are to be said every day for 12 years. At the end of the 12 years, one would have honored each of the 5,480 blows and wounds of Our Lord’s body.

The seven prayers also have promises. I have read that the prayers and promises were approved by Popes Clement XII and Innocent X, but I can’t verify that. Again, even if the promises are not valid, the prayers in themselves are very beautiful and if prayed with devotion and love can only enhance a persons love for Our Lord.

I was moved to start the prayers during Adoration almost two years ago, but avoided that inspiration, so I began them on the Feast of St. Laurence, deacon and martyr this year (August 10).

I have made a little booklet that can be placed in your favorite prayer book, Bible or breviery. You can download it here.

The promises:

1. The soul who prays them will suffer no Purgatory.

2. The soul who prays them will be accepted among the Martyrs as though he had spilled his blood for his faith.

3. The soul who prays them can choose three others whom Jesus will then keep in a state of grace sufficient to become holy.

4. No one in the four successive generations of the soul who prays them will be lost.

5. The soul who prays them will be made conscious of his death one month in advance.

iPadre #334 – John 6

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In the Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite, there are a number of weeks that the Church presents Her Eucharistic theology. During these weeks, we listen to the 6th Chapter of John’s Gospel. In this episode, I share my homily from the 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time/ B

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Breviarium Romanum

Look what arrived yesterday!

I have been using the Baronius version for a while now, but it is very big. It’s not the kind of book you want to travel with. So, I just got the one published by Nova & Vetera. The Baronius version of the Roman Breviary is very beautiful. It comes in three volumes. The one drawback is that each of the three volumes measures in at about 4-3/4″ x 7-1/4″ x 1-7/8″. The Nova & Vetera is in two volumes and measures in at about 4-1/2″ x 7-1/16″ x 1-1/8″. That is a difference of 3/4″. That extra 3/4″ in thickness and an extra volume account to the English text along with the Latin typical. Both beautiful Breviaries. Have a look at the Nova & Vetera.

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The Nova & Vetera on top of the Baronius