February 2005

Salvation is from the Jews

While visiting my parents I picked up a book I had ordered some time ago but not yet read: Salvation is from the Jews, by Roy H. Schoeman. My word to describe it would be “engrossing”. I started reading it, and could not put it down. His review of the anti-Christian origins of Nazism was the best historical trace I have ever read on the subject. I’ll admit that his chapter worth of eschatological speculation left me dry, but the rest was just great.

The extent of the seal of the confessional

This evening I was presenting to a group of children who are preparing to live the sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time this Saturday. I brought up the topic of the seal of the confessional, and how everything that is said to the priest is kept secret. Some kids weren’t so sure how tight this secret really was, and they offered a few test cases.

“What if the police ask what I said?” My reply: “Nope, not even if the police come and ask.”

Fear of the Eucharist

In my opinion, fear and loathing of the sacraments is one of the clearest signs of the Evil One. I am not simply speaking of disdain and contempt: those can come out of human pride, a kind of superior attitude that says “Look at those stupid people, pouring water on babies’ heads and thinking it does more than give them a wet head.” This is bad enough, of course, but what I am really referring to is a deep loathing of the sacraments, the kind of attitude that seeks to prevent people from “wasteing their time” in the worship of God.

I’m getting a dangerous idea

Thanks to a blog post by Bryan Jerabek over at Quodlibeta, I’ve discovered Hildegard von Bingen’s morality play Ordo Virtutum. As I read the English translation I couldn’t help but be amazed by the depth of the message it taught. I really believe that the new evangelization of our culture is going to have to involve the fine arts, so I wonder if it would be possible for us to put on this play here in Montreal.

Hilary is a woman with integrity (was: Can I have some light with that heat, please?)

Yesterday I wrote a long post in reply to a long post of Hilary of Fiat Mihi. Hilary, who writes news articles for LifeSite news, had posted the full text of a not-very-flattering conversation she had with Fr. Toupin, the secretary to the Cardinal Archbishop of Montreal. Since this is my backyard, and I know Fr. Toupin personally, I felt I needed to reply.

Speaking of archdiocesan officials….

This afternoon I had the chance to meet with the Cardinal Archbishop of Montreal, as part of a group of “young priests” who gathered to discuss what the future holds for our ministry. It was a very low-key time of fraternity and sharing. Cardinal Turcotte is a very approachable man, and I am glad we were able to chat a bit. I pray for him every day, and I’d ask you to do the same, please!

Starting at St. Veronica’s

Today I begin my temporary ministry at St. Veronica’s parish. I feel honoured and priviliged to be able to journey with yet another faith community. I’ll be there until March 31, when the pastor returns from his extended trip to Rome. May his time in the eternal city be a blessed one!

A day of pilgrimage

For the second time now I took the day to go an visit my spiritual director at Cap-de-la-Madeleine shrine. Fr. Couture is a Carmelite priest, and they recently packed up their Montreal house and move 2 hours north. My visits to him now are whole-day affairs, but honestly that’s kinda nice. I have lots of time to pray and reflect in the car, both going there and coming home, and that helps. I’ve had a lot on my mind lately, and it is good to have a “change of ideas” as the French saying goes.