Sunday, November 16, 2014

My ultimate Christmas wish this year

There is going to be no Thanksgiving dinner for me this year, anywhere. My family is aging and have been sick recently, so there will be no dinner at home. With 13 days left in the liturgical year, Advent and Christmas are a hairpin around the corner to begin another. 

While I do not believe in observing the "Holiday Shopping Season" which starts earlier every year and ends on December 24th, I do believe (as every Christian should) that Christmas season doesn't start until Midnight Mass and ends with the octave feast of the Epiphany (Baptism of the Lord). I am also not against gift giving after the 25th. But, with the worst year of my life with six weeks to go, I am making my ultimate Christmas wish for 2014, which supersedes all other wishes:

  • It is not finding a job, albeit everyone needs one;
  • It is not finding a new home, which will be necessary shortly;
  • It is not hitting the jackpot, which seems to be the only hope these days for most;
...but it is the most important item that will dramatically change my life forever. It is finally meeting the Catholic sweetheart of my dreams to become my future wife. It is what will radically rejuvenate my family structure, as most of my immediate relatives are over 55. 

She does not have to come under anyone's tree, but into my heart.  

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Fr. Michael Rodriguez on sabbatical

The Remnant is confirming from multiple sources that Fr. Michael Rodriguez of the Diocese of El Paso, Texas, is now on a six-month sabbatical. Fr. Rodriguez is one of the few diocesan priests in the United States who exclusively offer the Traditional Latin Mass. He is no longer based in Presidio, where he was exiled to by the previous Bishop of El Paso in 2011 for defending traditional marriage at a City Council meeting. 

This is a big blow to the faithful who were served by Fr. Rodriguez, who now have no priest available to them. 

Monday, November 3, 2014

Another politicized funeral

Former Boston Mayor Tom Menino was laid to rest today with a politicized Novus Ordo funeral with five eulogies. 300 of his family and political cronies were in attendance at the church of his baptism, all with the blessing and the presence of the Cardinal. 

While Menino was the best mayor a city could ever have, the eulogies were bragging about his gay rights advocacy as a city councilor. Yes, he was a gay rights activist. 

In all fairness, just like Ted Kennedy, Mumbles didn't deserve a Catholic funeral. One reason why most "Catholic" politicians go against the Church teachings on abortion, homosexuality, and contraception because the Archdiocese of Boston began ordaining gay (friendly) men to the priesthood over a half-century ago.

If Vatican II never happened, you would not have so many Catholics going against Christ's teachings. More importantly, you would not see a "customized" funeral service.