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Saint Clare, patron saint of television reminds us that this week is national TURN OFF THE TUBE WEEK. Turn off, tune out, and plan something constructive.
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Great video. Especially with this weekend's gospel. We all definitely need to pray for more religious vocations. It scares me to think that one day we may not have enough priests to celebrate daily mass or receive the sacraments on a regular basis. All of us should remember to ask young men and women that we think may have a vocation if they've given it any thought. It could make a difference.
Now THAT is advertisement for the priesthood!Thank you, father, and may God bless you.
I have a friendship with a very wonderful married couple; one evening after dinner we took a walk. The husband said to me, "You know, we'd probably be Catholic if the church would ever allow married, clergy." And I responded, "They'd have to allow women clergy, then, too, wouldn't they." He laughed and said, "Yea, I guess so ... I forgot about that."He and his wife were a team - at the time, he was Senior pastor, and she was the Assistant and Youth Pastor. They pastored a very large Methodist Church in a suburb of a very large mid-western city. A few years later he retired, and the District retained her as Senior Pastor, and he became a part-time Assistant. SHE was, also, a very good preacher and taught homiletics at the area Seminaries for their denomination.The line in the video about retaining one's gifts and talents applies to all of us, I suppose, as we work in that portion of the vineyard in which the Lord has placed us.I know my friends love the Lord and are working tirelessly for Him. Yet, his comments about they'd "probably be Catholic IF..." has always concerned me. It is like they recognize something they know is correct, but can't give up they're way of doing it.Anyway, the video really strikes a chord of what is the expectation for a priest of God ... and, in reality, of all of us in our vocation of service - incarnation happens through all who say, like Paul, "It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me."Thanks, Fr V, for giving it all!
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I loved the picture of St. Clare; and as I had attended elementary school there and was so used to seeing the Statue there in the entrance, I missed the TV remote in her hand on the first look.Let's turn those tv's off...Also, I enjoyed reading your comments on the reception of The Eucharist. I have a problem with people that receive Our Lord and then turn and kiss, hug, talk to or otherwise greet someone (this happens at funerals a lot) with Our Lord still in their mouth. I think it shows disrepect to Our Lord. I must admit that I still have some discomfort at receiving in the hand, as my uncle was a Priest and I remember my family always saying that his two fingers to be used for distribution of Eucharist were blessed and then bound at Ordination. I am thankful for the option to still receive on the tongue; although sometimes I do receive in the hand.Keep up the good work with the blog, Father. I enjoy reading your posts.
St.Clare holding a remote control; Father Fitzgerald would approve!Before anyone had ever heard ofcable,or even PBS, we had TV's in each classroom at St Clare. (Heck,we didn't even have one at home!)We watched the Kennedy Assassinationunfold on those TV's,then were ushered straight to church to pray...
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