iPadre #182 – Year For Priests

In this episode, I share a talk I gave this Lent on the Priesthood and Year For Priests, feedback from a man close to ordination to the priesthood, a dispensation from abstinence on the Solemnity of St. Joseph and a drawing of an autographed copy of Bishop Tobin’s new book.

– Music: “When I Survey The Wondrous Cross” by Jilleen
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The Pet Wash Machine

I have to admit that I am not a cat lover, but I would never put any animal in a Pet Wash Machine.  They are popular new machines in Japan.  It costs $5.00 as compared to the regular $30.00 (I pay more than that for Mickey) they pay a groomer.  I will bet you some idiot will mistakingly put their pet in a microwave, thinking it’s a pet washer.

Give them time, they’ll have people wash machines.  Actually, that might be good in some cases! 😉  Check out the video below.


Fatima – Hope for the world!

There is a new documentary coming out called “Finding Fatima”.  It is being put together by the same team that created “The 13th Day”.  There are a number of video clips available on YouTube, but there is one in particular that is very moving.  The clip depicts a group of Jesuits who were unharmed and suffered no effects from the radiation and everything around them was destroyed.  I have heard a similar story about a group of Franciscans.  Just check out the video below and be blown away, no pun intended!  For more info, check out the official website.  I think this dvd will be a great source of evangelization!


Should we forego reverence for popularity?

Although this story is already almost a week old, I cannot for the life of me understand how any priest in his right mind can offer a 15 Minute Mass with a clear conscience.  Even when I say Mass on my day off and only my parents are present and there is no homily, no prayer of the faithful, the Mass is almost 30 minutes.  Isn’t this the thing that the “reform” following Vatican II was all about doing away with.  I also have to question how a Bishop would allow such a abuse of the Holy Mass.  Don’t they have enough problems in Ireland without watering down the faith more in order to fill the church.

“An Irish cleric’s congregation has increased tenfold in a week — thanks to a quickie Mass.”

IT’S NOT ABOUT NUMBERS, it’s about quality and until we get that through our heads, there will never be a renew in the life of the Church.  Yes, we want everyone to enter the life of grace and come to daily Mass, but it seems a 15 minute Mass is “sacrificing the Mass”, not the Sacrifice of the Mass.

“The popular priest started his 15-minute Mass as nothing more than an experiment at the start of Lent, just over a week ago. And he attributes the speed of the service to foregoing a sermon — and having the help of a Eucharistic minister for communion.”

I hope I’m never popular if I have to treat the Mass like a drive in restaurant!

Read the whole story here. “Church attendance soars with the 15 minute Mass“.

Signs and Proofs

Most of us have heard some theologian or Biblical scholar deny a dogmatic teaching of the Church or a story in Sacred Scripture.  In fact, if you went through the seminary, you probably hear a professor or had required reading that denied some truth or another.  The only thing that got most guys through the years of turmoil that many of us faced in our seminary days were great men like Pope John Paul II, Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger and the like.  We knew the teachings of the Church and quietly made our ways to the altar so we did not face expulsion.

Funny thing is that many of the teachings we heard denied have been reinforced and strengthened.  The seminaries for the most part have turned around and drawn closer to the heart of the Church.

And God Himself has been giving the world signs of His truth.  When I had Old Testament in College Seminary, we were told that many of the miracles, signs and wonders of the Bible were only stories or fables that had a spiritual meaning, but really were not true.

One that stands out fits so well into Lent.  We all remember the great classic, “The Ten Commandments” directed by Cecil B. DeMille and staring Charlton Heston.  Those were the days of  great movies.  They had no technology like the movies of today, just good actors.

One of the highlights of “The Ten Commandments” is the crossing of the Red Sea.  Many Scripture scholars tried to tell us that it wasn’t really the Red Sea, but the Reed Sea, a small marsh that would have allowed Moses and the Israelites to cross with no problem.  “They could have never cross the Red Sea!”  said the “scholars” and other people who don’t believe in God’s power and miracles.

It seems that God has given proof of His great power.  An Archbishop sent me to a website that shows some astonishing findings.  Archiologist Ron Wyatt has found proof of the Red Sea crossing and has facts to prove it.  You’ll want to check out his website.

Wyatt Archaeological Research
– Red Sea Crossing website
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