Latest topics
» Rethink "Feeneyism"?
Fri Aug 11, 2017 6:02 pm by tornpage

» Brother Andre Marie MICM, the Prior at the St. Benedict Center does not correct Frs.Brian Harrison and Cekada,Bishops Sanborn,Pirvanus,Kelly and Fellay
Wed Jun 28, 2017 4:24 pm by MRyan

» Revisiting Diocese/Parish Screening Policy
Wed Jun 28, 2017 4:03 pm by MRyan

» When sedes and trads can accept that Pius XII made a mistake then popes since John XXIII are no more in heresy
Wed Jun 28, 2017 3:08 pm by MRyan

» Doctrinal talks were conducted with Fr.Gleize on 'the other side'
Mon Jun 26, 2017 9:08 am by Lionel L. Andrades

» Pope Benedict permitted Fr. Jean Marie Gleize to lead in doctrinal talks since he was a liberal ?
Mon Jun 26, 2017 8:59 am by Lionel L. Andrades

» Padre Pio told Fr.Gabriel Amorth," It is Satan who has been introduced into the bosom of the Church and within a very short time will come to rule a false Church" -Bishop Richard Williamson
Sun Jun 25, 2017 9:14 am by Lionel L. Andrades

» Mons. Brunero Gherardini misled the Slaves of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and many traditionalists
Sun Jun 25, 2017 7:18 am by Lionel L. Andrades

» Official statement from SSPX awaited : Fr.Gleize and other theologians have got it wrong
Sat Jun 24, 2017 10:10 am by Lionel L. Andrades

» Brother Andre Marie MICM too is teaching error : Bishop Sanborn cannot report at the Chancery office
Sat Jun 24, 2017 8:50 am by Lionel L. Andrades

» Magsiterial Heresy ?
Sat Sep 26, 2015 8:36 am by Lionel L. Andrades

» Magisterium should apologise to the SSPX for the excommunication of Archbishop Lefebvre
Sat Sep 26, 2015 8:34 am by Lionel L. Andrades

» Brother Francis MICM made a mistake on Vatican Council II
Sat Sep 26, 2015 5:14 am by Lionel L. Andrades

» Legion of Christ universities in Rome adapt to leftist laws
Fri May 22, 2015 7:53 am by Lionel L. Andrades

» CM, SSPX, MICM deny the Faith to please superiors
Thu May 21, 2015 4:44 am by Lionel L. Andrades

» SSPX and Church Militant are using the same liberal theology and are unaware of it
Wed May 20, 2015 9:54 am by Lionel L. Andrades

» Michael Voris uses liberal theology and yet critcizes Michael Coren
Tue May 19, 2015 10:10 am by Lionel L. Andrades

» Fr.John Zuhlsdorf condones Mass for suicide
Tue May 19, 2015 9:18 am by Lionel L. Andrades

» Vatican Council II is traditional or liberal depending on how you interpret the Letter of the Holy Office
Mon May 18, 2015 5:57 am by Lionel L. Andrades

» Church Militant unable to answer questions on extra ecclesiam nulla salus
Sun May 17, 2015 5:55 am by Lionel L. Andrades


From Father Michael Rodriquez:

View previous topic View next topic Go down

From Father Michael Rodriquez:

Post  George Brenner on Sun Nov 25, 2012 12:12 pm


From Father Michael Rodriquez:

A STORY TO CONSIDER - THE STRANGER
No saint story for today, but rather this one. Every now and then someone shares something with me which I simply feel compelled to pass on to others. This is such a case. It is a true story. As for the author, well, I'll keep that hidden for the moment, but I suspect you might know the author. And this real life story should make us all take a moment to pause and reflect, considering our own actions.

A few years after I was born, my Dad met a stranger who was new to our small town. From the beginning, Dad was fascinated with this enchanting newcomer and soon, Dad even invited him to live in our home with our family! The stranger was quickly accepted by all and was around from then on. As I grew up, I never questioned his place in my family. In my young mind, he had a special niche. My parents were complementary instructors: Mom taught me good from evil, and Dad taught me to obey. But the stranger... well, he didn't teach us like our parents did, rather he was our storyteller. He would keep us spellbound for hours on end with adventures, mysteries, and comedies. If I wanted to know anything about politics, history or science, he always seemed to know the answers; at least he always had an answer to give about the past; he understood the present, and in some cases, he even seemed able to predict the future. He took my family to our first major league ball game. He could make me laugh and he could make me cry. He had a special knack for helping us forget about all our troubles and it was very relaxing to be around him. I think that is really why we all liked him so much. Oh, and the stranger never stopped talking, but Dad didn't seem to mind. Sometimes though, Mom would get up quietly while the rest of us were shushing each other in order to listen to what he had to say. She would go to the kitchen for peace and quiet. (I wonder now if she ever prayed for the stranger to leave or even for Dad to show him the door.)

Dad certainly ruled our home with certain moral convictions, but the stranger never felt obligated to honor them. Profanity, for example, was not allowed in our home - not from us, our friends or any visitors. However, our long time visitor got away with four letter words that burned my ears, made my dad squirm, and made my mom blush. My Dad didn't permit the liberal use of alcohol but the stranger frequently encouraged us to try it on a regular basis. He made cigarettes look cool, cigars manly, and pipes distinguished. I never even knew about drugs until he talked to me about them. He even showed me some. He talked freely (much too freely!) about matters which violate the sixth and ninth commandments. His comments were sometimes suggestive, innuendos, sometimes blatant, and nearly always embarrassing. I now know that my early concepts about relationships, the role of men and women, even what is good and evil, were all strongly influenced by the stranger. He had different values from my family, and over time, we came to understand and accept his values more and more. Curiously enough, he was never once influenced by our own values. You see time after time, he would oppose the values of my parents, yet he was seldom rebuked. Oh there may have been once or twice where my Mom insisted he stop and be quiet, she really put her foot down, and my Dad enforced it, and he quietly obeyed. It just proved to us that they had the authority to do so, if they really wanted to. And we all knew the stranger wasn't strong enough to oppose my parents. After all they provided for him and took care of all his material necessities (shelter, sustenance, etc.). All us kids knew our parents could have kicked him out of our house and home, but we figured they never would. Being kids we intuitively assumed that must be because what the stranger did and said was really okay after all.

I am sure the stranger also knew this, and so, over the years he grew bolder. His stories became more degenerate, his language more crude, and his values even more lurid. I daresay it was quite obvious that he had no fear of God. Come to think of it, I doubt he even believed God existed. And yet, in all my years at home, he was NEVER EVER asked to leave. Now, more than fifty years have passed since the stranger moved in with our family. He has blended right in. He is not nearly as fascinating now as he was at first, I think he even tries harder, but he simply isn't as interesting. We have all moved out and formed our own families, and he has stayed with my parents. In fact, if you would walk into my parent's home today, I'm sure you would meet him. Surely he is still there lounging about in the den, or in his corner, still waiting for someone to come and listen to him talk and tell his stories, still hoping someone will come and watch him draw his pictures. Oh his name? My! I have told you this whole story and never even mentioned his name. It must be because he was known so well by all and his full name just took too long to pronounce. So everyone in town just called him by his nickname, a short little name that rhymed: Tee Vee.

Is this not required reading for every Christian household?

****
Ad Iesum per Mariam,
dvr


JMJ,


George
avatar
George Brenner

Posts : 604
Reputation : 674
Join date : 2011-09-08

Back to top Go down

Re: From Father Michael Rodriquez:

Post  George Brenner on Sun Feb 03, 2013 4:18 pm

The following should not be construed as a judgement on other clerics by me. I will never be in a position to possibly know what many clerics are doing to be pleasing to God in doing His will. In fact we stand to error and sin by committing false witness against others or by grouping them. We should not judge and have absolutely no way of knowing who has confessed , done penance and and said in the act of contrition, "to sin no more" This not a comment either on the Novus Ordo Mass at which almost all Catholics that go to Mass attend today. We must not make any judgements on these Catholics souls as if they are anything less than potential Saints as judged by God and not us. The only concern I have is when reverence is lacking or liberties are taken with the prescribed words and there is less than proper dignity due our Lord and Saviour.
I have posted about Bishop Sample in the past and have high respect for his Catholicity. I think he understands the sacrifice of the Mass in the ordinary and extraordinary form and there place in Church history. I post the following as information to be digested as part of our discussions.

From Father Michael :

GOOD EPISCOPAL NEWS
Yesterday His Holiness Pope Benedict appointed Bishop Alexander Sample as the new archbishop for the archdiocese of Portland, Oregon. He has spent the last seven years as bishop in the Diocese of Marquette (Michigan) gaining a reputation as one of the most faithful of bishops in our country. (I'd place him up around the top five.) He is one of the very few who has publicly celebrated the Traditional Latin Mass, and among our bishops, he is one of the biggest supporters of the Traditional Latin Mass. He is also the youngest archbishop in the nation and becomes the first US born priest whom Benedict consecrated bishop to become an archbishop. He has raised much opposition against the HMS Mandate of Obama and stated that he is willing to oppose it even to the point of persecution and jail. So it is very encouraging to see him elevated to a higher diocese and made an archbishop. These are continued concrete signs of better episcopal nominations by our Holy Father and the Nuncio. Let us pray for him because he will have his hands full in Portland. There is a large seminary there known for its unorthodoxy (and support of homosexualism in the past). One of the major liturgical music houses is located there (also not known for its fidelity to Church teaching). And Portland was one of the first dioceses to suffer major civil litigation in the scandals that have rocked the US this past decade. The previous bishop is not leaving him a good situation and there is much that needs reforming, but it is a very hopeful sign because this marks a very clear shift between these two episcopacies and sends a loud message to the Church in the United States.

Another bishop who just recently offered a pontifical high Mass is Bishop Jospeh Perry, currently an auxiliary bishop in the Archdiocese of Chicago. He too is a very good bishop and a good priest I know met with recently and spoke very highly of him. Interestingly he also mentioned that Bishop Perry was very impressed with Bishop Sample. You can see pictures of the beautiful TLM Bishop Perry said at the rorate caeli blogspot. It was part of the March for Life event in Washington DC, praying for all the babies who have been ruthlessly murdered in their mother's womb (hence the black vestments). It will be interesting to see if Bishop Perry is also advanced to a higher position.
http://rorate-caeli.blogspot.com/2013/01/pontifical-high-mass-for-dead-at.html

For those who would like to read more about Archbishop Alexander Sample of Portland, Oregon, you can read a couple of interesting articles at:
http://whispersintheloggia.blogspot.com/2013/01/go-west-young-man-for-portland-pontifex.html

In addition, he along with several other bishops have spoken strongly against government efforts to impose immoral laws upon the Catholic Church. You can read a bit about this at:

http://www.lifesitenews.com/news/exclusive-bishops-willing-to-go-to-jail-over-hhs-mandate/

Bottom line though: Let us take heart in all this this, praising and thanking God for His beneficence, and may it motivate us to penance and prayer for our new bishop and for our Pope and Nuncio, that they may send El Paso a holy and heroic bishop.

NATIONAL EPISCOPAL NEWS
The State of Rhode Island is currently debating a legal change in the sacred institution of marriage. Thankfully Bishop Tobin of Providence did not follow in the footsteps of the French 'Catholic' Bishops. Please keep him in your prayers as he is coming under heavy fire for even the light dose of truth he pastorally and kindly proclaimed. He did release a public statement teaching the grave error that lies in this deranged effort. You can read his own words at:
http://www.courageouspriest.com/gay-marriage-politically-correct-winds-change

SAN FRANCISCO ARCHDIOCESE PROMOTES TLM
In a quiet way, under the new leadership of Archbishop Cordileone, San Francisco is now promoting the TLM on its website. May this also soon be the case in all our Catholic dioceses. Let us continue to persevere in prayer for the growth and restoration of the Traditional Latin Mass everywhere, and ultimately in every parish!
http://cal-catholic.com/wordpress/2013/01/24/san-francisco-archdiocese-promotes-latin-mass/


PRAYERS FOR THE DIOCESE OF JOLIET
A group of faithful contacted the St. Vincent Ferrer Foundation of Texas, asking for our support in establishing a traditional Latin Mass parish in the Diocese of Joliet (just south of Chicago). Please keep their efforts on behalf of recovering and restoring the Catholic Faith in your prayers.

DEVOTION TO ST. JOSEPH - SEVEN SUNDAYS
An excellent means of obtaining special favors through the intercession of St. Joseph is to honor his seven sorrows and seven joys by the devotion of the Seven Sundays of St. Joseph. This devotion may be practiced at any time of the year, but fervent clients of St. Joseph like to venerate him especially on the seven Sundays preceding his feast, March 19. Then they more confidently hope to obtain some particular favor; often the favors they receive are greater than they had expected. St. Teresa of Avila tells us that St. Joseph frequently obtained for her much greater favors than those for which she had petitioned.


JMJ,

George

avatar
George Brenner

Posts : 604
Reputation : 674
Join date : 2011-09-08

Back to top Go down

Re: From Father Michael Rodriquez:

Post  MRyan on Sun Feb 03, 2013 4:39 pm

George Brenner wrote: The following should not be construed as a judgement on other clerics by me.
George, there was nothing "judgmental" here, it's all good. In fact, it gives us reason to hope. The tide is changing - slowly, but grace is working.
avatar
MRyan

Posts : 2276
Reputation : 2448
Join date : 2010-12-18

Back to top Go down

Re: From Father Michael Rodriquez:

Post  George Brenner on Sun Feb 03, 2013 4:42 pm

Yes it us. You can see it, taste it, experience it and see the daily living proof that the gates of Hell can not and will not prevail.


JMJ,

George
avatar
George Brenner

Posts : 604
Reputation : 674
Join date : 2011-09-08

Back to top Go down

Re: From Father Michael Rodriquez:

Post  Sponsored content


Sponsored content


Back to top Go down

View previous topic View next topic Back to top


 
Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum