Saturday, May 13, 2006

May 13

John Paul II and Sr. Lucia

On the day of the beatification of her cousins Jacinta and Francisco.

They died in the same year and they were both chosen by Our Lady - she, to spread devotion to her Immaculate Heart, and he - he was the Pope of the prophecies, her servant and instrument. It was 25 years ago today that her hand guided the bullet that was to kill him, yet she saved his life. He understood the meaning and import of Fatima in a new light. Of all the Pope's to know the "third secret" he was the one who understood it and revealed it to the Church and the world. This extraordinary intellectual Pope with the simple piety of a peasant, he knew the secret. I am convinced that this is what motivated him. He is Our Lady's Pope, the Fatima Pope, and I dare say, the Pope of John Bosco's vision as well. He has led us into the new millenium and now watches over us from Heaven. Sr. Maria Lucia de Jesus of the Immaculate Heart and Pope John Paul II, with the little Shepherds, Francisco and Jacinta, pray for us now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

Friday, May 12, 2006

Watch what you say!

I better watch what I say!

Call me naive but I never really thought many people would read my blogs. A dear young friend of mine told me he wouldn't be interested and no one else his age would be either. So I thought very few other people would read it. I started Abbey-Roads as sort of therapy for myself - to say "out loud" if you will, whatever I think.

When I was little my mother told me I was "pen-happy" because I liked to write letters, stories, and journals. She found out everything about me in this way and strangely enough, she never really liked me. (It was not a very nurturing home.) Nevertheless, it never stopped me from writing. It's very cool that people read this.

What a surprise that Fr. Zuhlsdorf read one of my postings! He wrote a very kind correction to me regarding my post about the cult effect at St. Agnes. He is correct that I should have been better informed about some things. For instance, I had known about Militia Christi, my criticism arose from a member of the same group who told me he does not attend the meetings because "It seems to me they are more interested in processions and dressing up than anything else." Hence, my misunderstanding of the cape thing.

The " no women" in the sacristy rule actually was something a person told me about in the past. Although when Angela Barrett had her farewell Mass (A going away Mass celebrated for her intentions as she prepared to enter Carmel, where this Saturday she is making her final profession.) at Nativity in St. Paul, the pastor and the assistant pastor, as well as the liturgist were told that they did not want this - women in the sacristy that is. A couple of the people insisting upon this rule were from St. Agnes. I should have known that fact did not make it a policy at St. Agnes, again, my mistake.

I also want to add that there is indeed many good works of charity practiced at St. Agnes. There is and always has been outreach to the poor, the missions, and social events that raise money for the parish and all the work they do. Sr. Julia and some of the sisters in the past have done, and still do a great deal of good. The school is one of the finest works, and there are generous provisions for children who can not afford tuition. The contribution of Monsignor and the wonderful tradition of fine music and excellent liturgy is enormous. It's a very fine parish. And now a new chapter in it's history is unfolding.

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Fr. Altier tidbit.

The times they are a changin'...

What's happening in the Minneapolis/St. Paul Archdiocese? There are some rumblings going on about some changes that are going to be taking place within the next month or so. For certain Fr. Paul Sirba is returning to the St. Paul Seminary as Spiritual Director. No one is sure who will replace him at Maternity of Mary.
The office people at Maternity said Fr. Ubel is taking over at St. Agnes in St. Paul - so what does that mean for Fr. Welzbacher? And Fr. Altier? Supposedly Altier met with the Archbishop yesterday. Something is up. Change is in the air!

(First reports however suggest that Fr. Altier will be assigned as a Chaplain for a Nursing Home or some other such facility - it's just rumor at this point however. One thing for certain - never criticize the Archbishop or Bishops Conference. Tow the line and keep to the party line.)