Monday, July 23, 2007


FINDING TRUTH WHEREVER IT MAY BE FOUND: “Now, our society is deranged. (We do not mean to be harsh. We are killing our children; if we are not deranged, we are something much worse.) – Catholic World Report article Nov. 1996

QUOTE II: "Outside a dog, a man’s best friend is a book; inside a dog it’s very dark.” - Groucho Marx


Have you been meaning to start reading Scripture on a more regular basis? Have you been looking for motivation? Here is an opportunity for you. Rob over at Catholic Scripture Study is going to start a four-year study. Here is a description in his own words:

This schedule represents an attempt, not simply to "read the whole Bible", but to always read the whole Bible, in a way that maintains historical continuity as much as possible, demonstrates the development of Divine relations with Man and follows the liturgical calendar of the Roman Catholic Church.

Over the course of four years, the reader will read all the books of the Bible. Each "scriptural year" starts on August 16th with the Assumption-Christmas Schedule, which always begins with the books of Genesis and Exodus. These books are the foundation of every year’s reading. Like these two, some books are found on each year’s list, maintaining the fundamental storyline (and theological growth) of the canon. Other books are encountered on a rotational basis. This is not to say that these books are not "fundamental", but rather issues of time may prevent a person from reading them each year. This schedule is aimed at use by working people, who may only be able to dedicate half an hour each day to strictly spiritual matters.

I pray that this half-hour may, like the mustard seed, grow into a greater commitment to and knowledge of the good news of God.”

Here’s a nice little side benefit. According to the Handbook of Indulgences (1991), “A partial indulgence is granted the Christian faithful who read sacred scripture with the veneration due God’s word as a form of spiritual reading. The indulgence will be plenary one when such reading is done for at least one-half hour.”

“Any of the Christian faithful who, being at least inwardly contrite perform a work carrying with it partial indulgence, receive through the Church the remission of temporal punishment equivalent to what their own act already receives.”

“Beside the exclusion of all attachment to sin, even venial sin, the requirements for gaining a plenary indulgence are the performance of the indulgenced work and fulfillment of three conditions: sacramental confession, Eucharistic communion, and prayer for the pope’s intentions.”

For more information on indulgences look here.


I was contemplating St. Francis when I saw the bunny at his feet. Is just me or does he look menacing? He looks like an attack rabbit. Actually there is a legend that the rabbit used to be the most visious of all rodents. But, as luck would have it, it was the only creature to witness the resurrection. He was so over awed and in shock that he instantly turned white, began to shake, and became the most docile and easily spooked of all rodentdom. Then he went into the colored egg business.


Odysseus said...

It makes me wonder about some of those artists. I can just see some guy making a stained glass window as per order for a church, then, at the last minute, he says, "Yeah, but I'm going to put a psycho rabbit in the picture too!" And he gets a kick out of this private joke every time he goes to mass.

Anonymous said...

Yes the rabbit does look "rabid"! The body looks like a rodents too!

Jeff Miller said...

Surely that is the rabbit from Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

Anonymous said...

I think the Monty Python rabbit is in my yard (and eating my hostas). Every morning he appears, fat & sassy, chewing away. Regarding Scripture, that's one area where I think the Protestants really got it right (spending time with Scripture). I'd like to know more Scripture but it's just so overwhelming I don't know where to begin. I like to use my Magnificat for lectio so I can go over the readings for each day.

Anonymous said...

that rabbit, that rabbit!
i bet sattvic-warrior would have take on it that maybe we haven't seen.
you out there mr sw?

Anonymous said...

Well, none of them look delighted, actually, but the Bunny from Heck is truly unnerving.. LOL, Fr. V, Rob and all of you-- you are hilarious. Let me go back to the post.. I think I initially read something there about seriously reading Scripture, just before I ran around turning on all the lights in the house.

Anonymous said...

the bunny--"he's scaring me!"

Adoro said...

I think I know where they got the pattern for that rabbit:


Another one, saved on my computer so I can't give a link, but you get the idea..

Adoro said...

Forgot to say...on the picture I have on my computer, the caption is "attack!"

Fr. V said...


Your bunny take sthe cake.

My high school was known as the "Magics" and one of our mascots was, well, a bunny in a hat. It sounds worse than it actually was. But we still couldhave used invisible cheeseburger!

You guys are HYSTERICAL.