Saturday, August 19, 2006

Our Lady of China

A couple of my new friends have been looking for pictures of Our Lady of China. So I am posting them here for them.

Pictures were courtesy of a few sources:

University of Dayton

Mary Pages














A Priest, a Rabbi...

A priest, a rabbi and a minister walk into a bar. The bartender looks up and says, "What is this, some kind of a joke?"

The First Kolea of the Season

Drawing courtesy of NZ Birds

Well, I spotted my first Golden Plover of the winter season! 

For those of you who aren't familiar with this migratory bird, it lives in Alaska and then flies all the way to Hawaii for the winter.

Here is a little more on the Kolea (Golden Plover in Hawaiian)


What kind of parents have a baby in Alaska, take care of it for a month and then bolt for Hawaii? Don’t they realize their newborn will band together with other youngsters and try to follow them even though the chances of a family reunion are laughable? (Click title above for the rest of this amazing story)

Thursday, August 17, 2006

A Little Gift for My Fellow Catholics





Here is a little Catholic tag I made today. I made them in two different sizes. Feel free to save it on to your own computer for your use.

More on Liturgical Dancing

Ha ha, this is what one of my friends thinks we should do to Liturigical Dancers. I hope The Ox Files doesn't mind me borrowing his little placard.

The
Curt Jester found the following at Annunciations of a New Springtime's Blog

Source:
Adoremus


"Now, some priests and lay people think that Mass is never complete without dance. The difficulty is this: we come to Mass primarily to adore God -- what we call the vertical dimension. We do not come to Mass to entertain one another. That's not the purpose of Mass. The parish hall is for that.

So all those that want to entertain us -- after Mass, let us go to the parish hall and then you can dance. And then we clap. But when we come to Mass we don't come to clap. We don't come to watch people, to admire people. We want to adore God, to thank Him, to ask Him pardon for our sins, and to ask Him for what we need.

Don't misunderstand me, because when I said this at one place somebody said to me: "you are an African bishop. You Africans are always dancing. Why do you say we don't dance?"

A moment -- we Africans are not always dancing!

Moreover, there is a difference between those who come in procession at Offertory; they bring their gifts, with joy. There is a movement of the body right and left. They bring their gifts to God. That is good, really. And some of the choir, they sing. They have a little bit of movement. Nobody is going to condemn that. And when you are going out again, a little movement, it's all right.

But when you introduce wholesale, say, a ballerina, then I want to ask you what is it all about. What exactly are you arranging? When the people finish dancing in the Mass and then when the dance group finishes and people clap -- don't you see what it means? It means we have enjoyed it. We come for enjoyment. Repeat. So, there is something wrong. Whenever the people clap -- there is something wrong -- immediately. When they clap -- a dance is done and they clap.

It is possible that there could be a dance that is so exquisite that it raises people's minds to God, and they are praying and adoring God and when the dance is finished they are still wrapped up in prayer. But is that the type of dance you have seen? You see. It is not easy.

Most dances that are staged during Mass should have been done in the parish hall. And some of them are not even suitable for the parish hall.

I saw in one place -- I will not tell you where -- where they staged a dance during Mass, and that dance was offensive. It broke the rules of moral theology and modesty. Those who arranged it -- they should have had their heads washed with a bucket of holy water!
Why make the people of God suffer so much? Haven't we enough problems already? Only Sunday, one hour, they come to adore God. And you bring a dance! Are you so poor you have nothing else to bring us? Shame on you! That's how I feel about it.

Somebody can say, "but the pope visited this county and the people danced". A moment: Did the pope arrange it? Poor Holy Father -- he comes, the people arranged. He does not know what they arranged. And somebody introduces something funny -- is the pope responsible for that? Does that mean it is now approved? Did they put in on the table of the Congregation for Divine Worship? We would throw it out! If people want to dance, they know where to go."

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Liturgical Dancing

Father Stephanos touched on the subject of the liturigical dance. Silly, but he sure makes a point!

I never heard about liturgical dancing until I moved to Hawaii. My family and I then experienced it personally at a few of our parish's Masses. However, at that time we didn't know the strange swaying during the offertory had a name.

For a brief period in time, our Mass tried something new during the offertory. I seem to remember a few women walking down the center aisle, each carrying a wooden bowl, probably made of Koa. However, they just didn't walk..they walked a few steps and then stopped, stepped back and then walk a few steps. This pattern continued until they reached the waiting priest at the altar.


So that was a liturgical dance? Who knew?

My second experience with liturgical dancing came when someone from our diocese complained to Rome about the hula not being performed properly during some of our Masses. 



Now this one was a little harder to detect as being a liturgical abuse. I say that because when performed properly and respectfully, the hula is one of the most beautiful and graceful of all dances. As you may know, each movement tells a story. 


Did it have a place in the liturgy? I don't know; probably not. However, I believe, certain ethnic customs and traditions are sometimes incorporated into the Catholic Mass.

If you'd like to read the newspaper article hula objection
Click here



Going back to my first experience with LD, I believe it lasted only one week or so. The pastor put a stop to it...and rightfully so.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

163rd Anniversary of the Cathedral of Our Lady of Peace

Thank you Easter for reminding us of the 163rd anniversary of our cathedral tomorrow, August 16th.

"The Cathedral of Our Lady of Peace, located at the north end of Fort Street Mall in downtown Honolulu, is said to be the oldest Catholic cathedral in continuous use in the United States and one of the oldest existing buildings in the downtown area. It is dedicated under the patronage of Our Lady of Peace because the first Catholic missionaries to the Hawaiian Islands, members of the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary gave that title to their first foundation in a new land. The Cathedral stands on land which was given to the missionaries by King Kamehameha III (Kauikeaouli) when the mission was established in 1827. "...

"The Cathedral of Our Lady of Peace is the site of the ordination to the priesthood of Blessed Damien deVeuster, ss.cc. on May 21, 1864. Blessed Damien is world-famous for his work with lepers on the Kalaupapa peninsula, Molokai. He himself died of Hansen's disease (leprosy) on April 15, 1889. He was declared Blessed by Pope John Paul II in Brussells, Belgium in 1995. His feast day is celebrated on May 10, the day of his arrival on the Kalaupapa peninsula. Blessed Damien's statue stands in front of the State Capitol in Honolulu and also in the Capitol of the United States in Washington, D.C. where each state is allowed to have two people who were significant in the history of the state honored. The other statue is that of King Kamehameha the Great... "(Click title above for the complete history)



Monday, August 14, 2006

FINAL DAY OF THE NOVENA TO OUR LADY OF THE ASSUMPTION

CLICK ABOVE FOR THE NOVENA

For those of you just joining this Novena for peace in the world, especially in the Middle East and for the conversion of sinners, especially the Muslims and those in our own families. This novena ends next Tuesday on the Feast of the Assumption of Mary.

Thank you for praying!


At least we now have a cease fire with Israel and Hezbollah.

Feast Day of the Assumption - August 15th




Picture scanned by me from my collection of Italian Rosary art prints.

Source: St. Michael Center for the Blessed Virgin Mary. Click title above for site.

Thank you Thomas!

The Solemnity of the Assumption is considered as one of the most ancient feast of Our Lady but we don't know how it first came to be celebrated. The Assumption completes God's work in Mary since it was not fitting that the flesh that had given life to God himself should ever undergo corruption. The Assumption is God's crowning of His work as Mary ends her earthly life and enters eternity.

In 1950, Pope Pius XII declared the Assumption a dogma of the Faith—that at the end of Mary’s earthly life She was assumed into Heaven. So, now we celebrate the solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary on August 15th, a holy day of obligation in the United States.

The Assumption looks to eternity and gives us hope that we, too, will follow Our Lady when our life is ended. The antiphons from the Liturgy of the Hours give us some precious words to meditate upon as we consider the Assumption.

1. "Christ ascended into Heaven and prepared an everlasting place for His Immaculate Mother."
2. "The Virgin Mary is exalted above the choirs of Angels; let all believers rejoice and bless the Lord."
3. "Mary was taken up to Heaven; the Angels rejoice. They bless the Lord and sing His praises."
4. "Today the Virgin Mary was taken up to Heaven, rejoice, for she reigns with Christ forever."

TABLE BLESSING FOR THE FEASTS OF THE MOTHER OF GOD

Reading:
Rejoice, O Mother of God,
Rejoice, O Mother of the Lamb and Shepherd!
Rejoice, O pasture of spiritual sheep!
Rejoice, O defender against unseen enemies!
Rejoice, O opening of heavenly gates!
Rejoice, for, because of you, heaven rejoices with earth,
Rejoice, O unending boast of the apostles!
Rejoice, O invincible boldness and strength of the martyrs.
Rejoice, O sure confirmation of our faith!
Rejoice, O bright knowledge and vehicle of grace!
Rejoice, for you spoiled hell forever!
Rejoice, for the Lord clothed you with his glory!
Rejoice, O Mary, the unwedded bride! (Akathist Hymn)

Responsory

Verse: Rejoice, O Mary, for you gave birth to the Word,
Son of the eternal Father
and the author of all life.

Response: Accept today the homage of our prayer.
Deliver us from every calamity,
and keep us free from evil.

The Lord's Prayer

Blessing I
God, our Father, You chose the lowly maiden of Nazareth, to become the mother of your eternal Son. Through the intercession of her prayers make us, your children, grow daily in the love of you, our Father, and in the love of all our brothers and sisters in Christ. Send your blessing upon our table, upon those who prepared this food for us, and make us always mindful of the needs of the poor and the hungry. We ask this of you through Jesus Christ, Son of God and Son of Mary. Amen.

ASSUMPTION DAY TRADITIONS



Sunday, August 13, 2006

St. Maximilian Kolbe



"No one has greater love than this, to lay down one's life for one's friends." John 15:13

Hat tip to Sunny (click title above for the post in its entirety) of Faith and Country and Denise.

The Man Who Stepped Out of Line

In this post-feminist age where men are still learning remedial masculinity, we have a model of manhood lived heroically which we would do well to emulate. In the early twentieth century Poland gave us that manly priest, John Paul II, but also his hero, Maximilian Kolbe, priest, missionary, spiritual father and martyr of brotherly love. St. Maximilian’s feast day is August 14th, the vigil of his beloved Virgin Mary’s Assumption and the day which commemorates the conquest of virile love over the totalitarian creeds of his generation.

Humor Break - The Priest and the State Trooper

Mahalo Trenton for another Irish joke. No disrespect intended.

An Irish priest is driving down to New York and gets stopped for speeding in Connecticut.

The State Trooper smells alcohol on the priest's breath and then sees an empty wine bottle on the floor of the car.

The Trooper says, "Sir, have you been drinking?"

"Just water," says the priest.

The Trooper says, "Then why do I smell wine?"

The priest looks at the bottle and says, "Good Lord! He's done it again!"

The Bread of Life

< Our pastor Fr. Joe G. gave a wonderful homily today on today's readings and the Gospel. He mentioned how in a Catholic Mass, we know what is going to happen next, the steps, etc. However, he cautioned us it can make the Mass rote for us.

He then reminded us what the Consecration is all about and that we have to make a connection between Holy Communion and Jesus.

I am not by any means doing his homily any justice but I did want to touch on the main points...that Jesus wasn't kidding around when He told us that He was the Bread of Life.

Gospel
Jn 6:41-51

The Jews murmured about Jesus because he said,
“I am the bread that came down from heaven,”
and they said,
“Is this not Jesus, the son of Joseph?
Do we not know his father and mother?
Then how can he say,
‘I have come down from heaven’?”
Jesus answered and said to them,
“Stop murmuring among yourselves.
No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draw him,
and I will raise him on the last day.
It is written in the prophets:
They shall all be taught by God.
Everyone who listens to my Father and learns from him comes to me.
Not that anyone has seen the Father
except the one who is from God;
he has seen the Father.
Amen, amen, I say to you,
whoever believes has eternal life.
I am the bread of life.
Your ancestors ate the manna in the desert, but they died;
this is the bread that comes down from heaven
so that one may eat it and not die.
I am the living bread that came down from heaven;
whoever eats this bread will live forever;
and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world.”