Sunday, July 26, 2020

I was going to say something.



All of these years online, writing so many things, as if I had some sort of authority - it all comes to nothing.  I'm a little embarrassed, a bit ashamed, yet at peace that it all comes to nothing.  What an accounting I will have at the end.

There is only one way to salvation, and that is to make yourself responsible for all men’s sins. As soon as you make yourself responsible in all sincerity for everything and for everyone, you will see at once that this is really so, and that you are in fact to blame for everyone and for all things. ― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov

Friday, July 24, 2020

I am grief.



I looked for understanding and found none. 
I searched for quotes on grief to describe mine - I found none. 
I looked for words to express the inexpressible - and found none. 
I longed for a friend to share my grief with - but he had already gone ...

So, as the prophet says, 'I sit alone and in silence.'

Social Media and hurting yourself and others...

Rothko



Merging with the crowd feels much better than standing alone.*


Since the death of my friend, for some reason I've become much more sensitive regarding criticism and rash judgment.  I've always opposed it when it has been focused upon the Holy Father, and over the years, I've gone back and forth on criticism of bishops.

For years I've been skeptical about 'new' religious orders, or communities, and I've offered my share of criticism suspicion about certain groups.  Considering the toxic things Trump dishes out to anyone who questions what he says, it occurred to me that he is speaking from some sort of interior deficit.  His cousin, Mary Trump suggests he acts out because of deep seated insecurities.  That could include fear of failure, fear that people may discover his vulnerability or weaknesses, and so on.

I considered that analysis in respect to my own 'critical spirit'.  Perhaps my criticism of others reflects what I most lack in myself?  Or failed to achieve? Perhaps it is rooted in envy, even jealousy?  Stemming from my own sense/fear of failure?  Used as an offensive to avoid being found out by others...  It's all stuff I've been reflecting upon in my grief and solitude.

I suppose I recognize it in others, probably because I am guilty of, or prone to the same toxic attitudes.  In fact, many years ago, very much influenced by Traditionalists, I freely criticized so-called 'neo-cons' - without grounds.  I followed the opinions of those who appeared to know better, because they were steeped in Traditional Catholicism, and trusted nothing after 1960, and that sort of thing.  I began blogging under that influence.  I freely criticized other writers, Catholic movements, priests, and so on.

My conscience has been especially troubled recently, as I encountered the mean spirited posts and comments regarding a well known Catholic blogger-writer.  She was very much maligned over the years because she married a man who had been a priest.  I followed suit in my criticism - totally unwarranted, BTW.  She in turn contacted me and asked why I would treat her like that, since we didn't even know one another.  I accepted her humble question as a 'rebuke' and an occasion to examine my conscience.  I apologized and we became online friends.  When I came across the latest attacks upon her character and talent, I had great sympathy for her, once again.  She is in my prayers.  The people maligning her seem to thrive on condemning those they disagree with. 

That is just one example of my change of heart.  Immediately after my friend died, a high school friend posted comments mocking Trump.  I'm no fan of Trump, I don't like him at all, but the mocking, sneering comments are always against charity, and I can't support that any longer.  I told her that, and she removed her comment.

In turn, some of my 'online friends' constantly criticize Catholics who support Trump, reject Pope Francis, while they themselves embrace so-called liberal politics, including the questionable political motives of a radical left.  They seem to be able to ignore some of the tactics and agenda of the 'left', and embrace everything opposed to the Trump administration.  (Like I said, I'm not a fan of Trump.) It seems to me, they fall into the exact same trap I fell into years ago, when I sided with the more traditionalist agenda, which supported Pope Benedict before his retirement.

I think both sides tie into an ideological mindset, a kind of dogmatism, and therefore become rigid in a closed system, as it were.  Therefore one pigeon-holes certain groups and person, which excludes them from your social network/clique, and vice versa.  I recognize in these situations the corrupting influence of a collective mentality, a sort of group think which influences social media and manipulates opinion.

Just sharing some thoughts.

*"Americans have discovered the way in which fear of collective disapproval breeds self-censorship and silence, which impoverish public life and creative work. The double life one ends up leading—one where there is a growing gap between one’s public and private selves—eventually begins to feel oppressive." - The American Soviet Mentality

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Devotion to the Holy Wounds



I have a 'secret' title.

When I was professed in the III Order of St. Francis, I took the title 'of the Holy Wounds' since after my conversion, I found the devotion to the Sacred Wounds especially efficacious against temptation and in reparation for sin.  I was especially devoted to the wounds inflicted upon Jesus in the scourging, along with the wounds of the Crucifixion.  I say the chaplet of the Holy Wounds, as well as the chaplet of Divine Mercy.... for the sick, the dying, and those who have died - those whose faith is known to God alone.  This is the direction my life has taken now.



Promises of the devotion.

I will link to Mystics of the Church, the source of the following information on the devotion.

Sister Mary Martha Chambon and Devotion to the Holy Wounds of Jesus Christ 
Sister Mary Martha Chambon (1841- March 21, 1907), a nun of the Religious of the Visitation of Chambery, could be called the apostle of the Holy Wounds. Like St. Margaret Mary, a saint from the same religious order, whom Jesus entrusted with the Devotion to the Sacred Heart; Sister Mary Martha Chambon was entrusted with the Devotion to the Holy Wounds. 
One year on the Feast of the Visitation, the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to her together with St. Margaret Mary and the Founders of the order to confirm her mission. The Blessed Virgin Mary told her: “Blessed Margaret Mary reproduced the Sacred Heart of my Son in order to give Him to the world…and you, my daughter are chosen to arrest the justice of God in making known the merits of the Passion and of the Holy Wounds of my unique and beloved son, Jesus.”  
Jesus, Himself, revealed to her the many advantages and graces that can be obtained through this devotion to His Holy Wounds:
“My daughter, each time you offer to My Father the merits of My divine Wounds, you gain an immense fortune.”
"Behold wherewith to pay all debts. Fear not to show My Wounds to souls. The way of My Wounds is an easy and simple way of going to heaven.”“I will grant all that is asked of Me through devotion to the Holy Wounds. Those who will honor them will have a true knowledge of Jesus Christ.”“There will be no death for the soul that expires in My Wounds, They give true life.”
 
Then, Jesus taught her these two aspirations:
“My Jesus, pardon and mercy through the merits of Thy Holy Wounds.”
 Jesus indicated that this aspiration should be repeated often near the sick as it is promised to bring solace to soul and body. The second prayer that Jesus taught her was:
“Eternal Father, I offer Thee the Wounds of Our Lord, Jesus Christ, to heal the wounds of our souls.” Jesus promised the conversion of the sinner who would make this offering.
The sisters in this convent arranged these two aspirations into the Chaplet of the Holy Wounds, also called the Chaplet of Mercy, in order to facilitate its recitation. These aspirations, which are indulgenced, can be said on any rosary or chaplet, or may be said as single invocations during work.
 
Sister Martha Chambon had great zeal for souls, especially the dying. Jesus told her:
“You must offer the merits of the Holy Wounds for persons who die in the night or during the course of the day.” Jesus told her of this great gift He had given to her community: “Behold your treasure. The treasure of the Holy Wounds encloses crowns which you should take and give to others. One day these souls for whom you shall have obtained a holy death by your prayers, will turn towards you to thank you. All men shall appear before Me on the judgment day, and I shall then point out My privileged Spouses, who shall have purified the world by My Holy Wounds.”

Another practice of Saint Mary Martha was offering her actions in union with the Holy Wounds for the conversion of sinners and for the souls in purgatory. In this way, she obtained the release of many souls. The chaplet of the Holy Wounds is a very efficacious way of helping the poor souls. Jesus told her once:
“My daughter, look at my Wounds, offer them for the souls in Purgatory. The sufferings of My Holy Passion, behold the great remedy for these souls; but its merits must be applied to them.”
  
-Source


The chaplet of the Holy Wounds is a very efficacious way of helping the poor souls. 

Monday, July 20, 2020

Feast of St. Elijah

My favorite little painting ...





Feast of St. Elijah, Prophet

In the 19th century a Coptic manuscript was found, known as the Apocalypse of Elijah. Elijah is of course associated with the coming of the Messiah - for Jews and Christians - Muslims as well. Christ attested to his coming in the Gospel - in regard to John the Baptist. Jews still set a place at table for Elijah, and the Book of Revelation speaks of his return at the end times.

"No one is able to enter the holy place if he is double minded. The one who is double minded in his prayer is darkness to himself. And even the angels do not trust him." - Apocalypse

1.The word of YHWH came to me saying, "Son of man, say to his people, 'why do you add sin to your sins and anger the Lord God who created you ?' " 2.Don't love the world or the things which are in the world, for the boasting of the world and its destruction belong to the devil. 
13.Hear, O wise men of the land, concerning the deceivers who will multiply in the last times so that they will set down for themselves doctrines which do not belong to God, setting aside the Law of God, those who have made their belly their God, saying, "The fast does not exist, nor did God create it," making themselves strangers to the covenant of God and robbing themselves of the glorious promises. 
14.Now these are not ever correctly established in the firm faith. Therefore don't let those people lead you astray. 
25.Likewise no one is able to enter the holy place if he is double minded. 26.The one who is double minded in his prayer is darkness to himself. And even the angels do not trust him. 27.Therefore be single-minded in the Lord at all times so that you might know every moment. - Apocalypse of Elijah

Another poem too important to forget ...



Kindness
Before you know what kindness really is
you must lose things,
feel the future dissolve in a moment
like salt in a weakened broth.
What you held in your hand,
what you counted and carefully saved,
all this must go so you know
how desolate the landscape can be
between the regions of kindness.
How you ride and ride
thinking the bus will never stop,
the passengers eating maize and chicken
will stare out the window forever.
Before you learn the tender gravity of kindness,
you must travel where the Indian in a white poncho
lies dead by the side of the road.
You must see how this could be you,
how he too was someone who journeyed through the night
with plans and the simple breath that kept him alive.
Before you know kindness as the deepest thing inside,
you must know sorrow as the other deepest thing.
You must wake up with sorrow.
You must speak to it till your voice
catches the thread of all sorrows
and you see the size of the cloth.
Then it is only kindness that makes sense anymore,
only kindness that ties your shoes
and sends you out into the day to mail letters and purchase bread,
only kindness that raises its head from the crowd of the world
to say it is I you have been looking for,
and then goes with you every where like a shadow or a friend.
- Naomi Shihab Nye from The Words Under the Words: Selected Poems

Thursday, July 16, 2020

The Feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mt. Carmel



O Beautiful Flower of Carmel, 
most fruitful vine, 
splendor of heaven, 
holy and singular, 
who brought forth the Son of God, 
still ever remaining a pure virgin, 
assist us in our necessity! 
O Star of the Sea, 
help and protect us! 
Show us that you are our Mother! 



Devotion

Our Lady of Mt. Carmel is an ancient devotion, and one, it seems to me, necessary in our times when there are signs of persecution and the threat of war. When the dogma of faith is challenged and compromised throughout Christendom. When paganism has once again attracted and made captive mainstream society. When idolatry has replaced true worship of God the Father in spirit and truth.

Mt. Carmel reminds us of the Prophet Elijah of course, he who defeated the false prophets of Baal. The Order of Carmel has always seen the prophets Elijah and Elisha as the 'proto-founders' of the order. In the passage from Kings wherein Elijah sees the "little cloud rising from the sea" from his perch atop the summit of Mt. Carmel many have written that this little cloud prefigures the Virgin who would bear the Savior - hence, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel.


The last apparition of Our Lady at Lourdes took place on the feast of Mt. Carmel, July 16:

The 18th appearance 16 July 1858
This was the final appearance. Because the grotto was barricaded by the local government, Bernadette knelt outside the fence by the riverbank. "I thought I was at the Grotto, at the same distance as I was the other times. All I saw was Our Lady ... She was more beautiful than ever."

Perhaps more significantly, at Fatima Our Lady showed herself as Our Lady of Mt. Carmel during the miracle of the sun. For me, there are intriguing parallels on that account with the Prophet Elijah in his confrontation with the pagan priests on Carmel, and calling down fire from heaven. Because of that, it lends an apocalyptic nuance to the final vision of Fatima.



Notre Dame du Mont Carmel, notre Consolation à l’heure de la mort, priez pour nous pécheurs,
Notre Dame du Mont Carmel, Avocate des pêcheurs les plus abandonnés, priez pour nous pécheurs,
Notre Dame du Mont Carmel, Pour ceux qui sont endurcis dans le vice,
Nous venons à Vous avec confiance, Ô Notre Dame du Mont Carmel...

Tuesday, July 07, 2020

Novena to the Blessed Virgin of Mount Carmel




O most beautiful flower of Mt. Carmel,
fruitful vine, splendor of Heaven,
Blessed Mother of the Son of God,
Immaculate Virgin, conceived without sin,
Co-Redemptrix,
Mediatrix of men before God,
Refuge of all our hopes,
assist those most in need of thy mercy.
O Star of the Sea, help those most in need of thy mercy,
and show them you are their Maternal refuge.
O Holy Mary, Mother of God, Queen of Heaven and earth,
I humbly beseech you from the bottom of my heart
to succor your servant in this necessity.
There are none that can withstand your power.
O Mary, conceived without sin,
pray for us who have recourse to thee,
And for those who do not have recourse to thee,
especially those most in need of thy mercy.

Sweet Mother I place this cause in your hands. Amen.



O Compassionate Mother,
You are the open-wide fount who wash away the faults of men.
All you help, rejecting none:
Extend your hand to the Dead,
Who in pain languish continually, O Mary!

Sunday, July 05, 2020

Prayers to Our Lady, Joy of All Who Sorrow


O All-Holy Lady Theotokos,
More exalted than the Cherubim and more honorable than the Seraphim,
O Divinely-Chosen Maiden, Joy of All the Sorrowful,
Grant consolation also to us, who are in sorrow:
For without you we have no other refuge or help.


Lauding thy mercies and wonders, O Theotokos, we all praise thee as our steadfast intercessor, and bowing down with compunction before thee who doth pray for us, we implore thee to lift up thy hands to thy Son, that always in this life, and after our death, His mercy may continually be upon us who cry out to thee: 

Rejoice, our unashamed hope in life and after our repose! 
Rejoice, thou who doth grant a peaceful end of this life to those who honour thee! 
Rejoice, our hope and defence on the Day of Judgment! 
Rejoice, supplication of the just Judge! 
Rejoice, deliverance from everlasting torment! 
Rejoice, hope of eternal salvation! 
Rejoice, key to the Kingdom of Christ! Rejoice, portal of Paradise! 
Rejoice, bridge leading to the heavens! 
Rejoice, refuge and good intercessor for all repentant sinners! 
Rejoice, joy of the angels! Rejoice, glory and consolation of all the righteous! 


O Most-holy Mother of God, Joy of all the Sorrowful
Grant thy mercy to us sinners.
Thy Son now sits on the throne of the Eternal Kingdom,
And all our troubles thou seest; thou knowest them as they occur.
Thou hast always prayed to Christ God for the faithful,
And hast relieved much pain and misery of the sorrowful.
O Holy Virgin, never cease, to the end of time,
To pray for the salvation of our race.
God hast made thee even more glorious than the Seraphim:
O hasten to us, O Joy of all the Sorrowful!
O All-hymned Mother, crushed by thy sorrow at the Cross of thy Son and God, accept our tears and expressions of sorrow, and save from every sorrow, affliction, and eternal death all those who hope in thine ineffable kindheartedness and cry out to God: Alleluia!
O All-hymned Mother, crushed by thy sorrow at the Cross of thy Son and God, accept our tears and expressions of sorrow, and save from every sorrow, affliction, and eternal death all those who hope in thine ineffable kindheartedness and cry out to God: Alleluia!
O All-hymned Mother, crushed by thy sorrow at the Cross of thy Son and God, accept our tears and expressions of sorrow, and save from every sorrow, affliction, and eternal death all those who hope in thine ineffable kindheartedness and cry out to God: Alleluia! 

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

I should update the blog.



I spend too much time on FB.

Doing what?  Engaging in discussions about stuff I used to post about on the blog.  Mystics, locutions, monks, anti-papist Catholics, deluded prelates, but not a lot about other stuff.  A little bit of politics, but I hold back, since it seems everyone I know is pro-Trump.

I've written about how the riots and protests, as well as the vandalism of monuments reminds me of the events in Mexico in the 1920's, the Cristeros, as well the violence of Republican Spain.  I also see similarities to the Paris Commune, especially in Seattle.  It takes a lot of research to write about this stuff, and I don't have the energy.

Lots of people seem to be seeing prophecies fulfilled these days.  I'm not qualified to contradict them.

So there.  That's an update.

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

My bad - I just checked comments today and posted those in moderation.



I'm not ignoring you - thanks for commenting.  I used to get email alerts to comments, but no longer do.  That's why I miss them.

Whatcha gonna do? The Supreme Court rules.



The court legislates that gay, lesbian, transgender persons are protected from employment discrimination.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled Monday that a landmark civil rights law protects gay, lesbian and transgender people from discrimination in employment, a resounding victory for LGBT rights from a conservative court. 
The court decided by a 6-3 vote that a key provision of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 known as Title VII that bars job discrimination because of sex, among other reasons, encompasses bias against people because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. 
“An employer who fires an individual for being homosexual or transgender fires that person for traits or actions it would not have questioned in members of a different sex,” Justice Neil Gorsuch wrote for the court. “Sex plays a necessary and undisguisable role in the decision, exactly what Title VII forbids.” - AP
The USCCB responds.

Because it doesn't bode well for religious freedom.
Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles, the President of the USCCB, has said he is “deeply concerned that the U.S. Supreme Court has effectively redefined the legal meaning of ‘sex’ in our nation’s civil rights law.” He described the Court’s action as “an injustice that will have implications in many areas of life.” - VN
What can I say?  I accept Church teaching on sexuality and marriage.  I accept the teaching homosexual persons are called to chastity.  I accept Catholic teaching on marriage.  I have always sympathized with same sex attracted men and women who work for the Church, especially in roles of influence, who choose to break with Catholic teaching and enter into same sex marriage, and are terminated.  I know first hand the Church does not discriminate against gay people - many have been and remain employed in parishes and chanceries, in good standing.  If they deviate from employment  policy, they can be terminated.  Yet for the most part, few are terminated on the basis of sexual inclination.  Admittance to religious life and Holy Orders is another matter.

I have been saddened over the years, when I learned of older men and women, who have been long time companions, now living chastely and celibately, dismissed from parish social and liturgical functions simply because they continue to live together - albeit as brothers or sisters.  In some cases, legal civil marriage had been contracted, against Catholic teaching, in that case these people were told not to function as lector, EMHC, or even sing in the choir.  That is an important distinction since their state in life contradicts Catholic teaching.  If you want to practice the Catholic faith, you have to keep the Commandments.  If you don't, or for some reason believe you can't, you can still go to Mass, but not receive Communion.  Catholics know this stuff.  It's similar to those who are divorced and remarried, yet live as brother and sister.

The Supreme Court is not supreme over Catholic teaching.

It's going to get complicated.  Archbishop Gomez' comments are an understatement.  The Church will be challenged by priests like Fr. Martin, SJ, along with other LGBTQ advocates in religious life and among activist laity.

Why?  What is it in Catholic teaching that so many, including Catholics, object to?  For one, the very idea that there is just and unjust discrimination.  Second, the teaching that the homosexual inclination itself is objectively disordered.  That is the stumbling block.  Culture has so embraced LGBTQ equality, it is almost impossible (even for those of us who have lived our lives, striving to live faithfully in accord with Catholic teaching),  to recall what the Catholic Church actually teaches on this issue.  Likewise, those who promote the teaching, Courage members, Joe Sciambra, and clergy, are very often marginalized and routinely condemned as homophobic.  All my life I battled these misunderstandings, I have tried to adjust my POV, and I have tried to be accepting and tolerant - but there is no way I can betray my conscience.

That said, I'll reprint here what will be the major stumbling block for those who wish to change employment requirements for LGBTQ persons in Catholic institutions, especially schools and parishes.  (Healthcare and chancery work, maybe not so much.)  The language of the CDF documents and the Catechism are what LGBTQ advocates and their families, object to the most.  Granted, the time will come when there most likely will be some modification of language, but the fundamental teaching cannot change.  There may even be concessions regarding employment, but employees can't change Catholic teaching or practice.

Some Considerations of the Response to Legislative Proposals on the Non-Discrimination of Homosexual Persons.
11. There are areas in which it is not unjust discrimination to take sexual orientation into account, for example, in the placement of children for adoption or foster care, in employment of teachers or athletic coaches, and in military recruitment.
12. Homosexual persons, as human persons, have the same rights as all persons including the right of not being treated in a manner which offends their personal dignity (cf. no. 10). Among other rights, all persons have the right to work, to housing, etc. Nevertheless, these rights are not absolute. They can be legitimately limited for objectively disordered external conduct. This is sometimes not only licit but obligatory. This would obtain moreover not only in the case of culpable behavior but even in the case of actions of the physically or mentally ill. Thus it is accepted that the state may restrict the exercise of rights, for example, in the case of contagious or mentally ill persons, in order to protect the common good.
13. Including “homosexual orientation” among the considerations on the basis of which it is illegal to discriminate can easily lead to regarding homosexuality as a positive source of human rights, for example, in respect to so-called affirmative action or preferential treatment in hiring practices. This is all the more deleterious since there is no right to homo-sexuality (cf. no. 10) which therefore should not form the basis for judicial claims. The passage from the recognition of homosexuality as a factor on which basis it is illegal to discriminate can easily lead, if not automatically, to the legislative protection and promotion of homosexuality. A person's homosexuality would be invoked in opposition to alleged discrimination, and thus the exercise of rights would be defended precisely via the affirmation of the homosexual condition instead of in terms of a violation of basic human rights. 

14. The “sexual orientation” of a person is not comparable to race, sex, age, etc. also for another reason than that given above which warrants attention. An individual's sexual orientation is generally not known to others unless he publicly identifies himself as having this orientation or unless some overt behavior manifests it. As a rule, the majority of homosexually oriented persons who seek to lead chaste lives do not publicize their sexual orientation. Hence the problem of discrimination in terms of employment, housing, etc., does not usually arise.
Homosexual persons who assert their homosexuality tend to be precisely those who judge homosexual behavior or lifestyle to be “either completely harmless, if not an entirely good thing” (cf. no. 3), and hence worthy of public approval. It is from this quarter that one is more likely to find those who seek to “manipulate the Church by gaining the often well-intentioned support of her pastors with a view to changing civil statutes and laws” (cf. no. 5), those who use the tactic of protesting that “any and all criticism of or reservations about homosexual people... are simply diverse forms of unjust discrimination” (cf. no. 9).
In addition, there is a danger that legislation which would make homosexuality a basis for entitlements could actually encourage a person with a homosexual orientation to declare his homosexuality or even to seek a partner in order to exploit the provisions of the law.
15. Since in the assessment of proposed legislation uppermost concern should be given to the responsibility to defend and promote family life (cf. no. 17), strict attention should be paid to the single provisions of proposed measures. How would they affect adoption or foster care? Would they protect homosexual acts, public or private? Do they confer equivalent family status on homosexual unions, for example, in respect to public housing or by entitling the homosexual partner to the privileges of employment which could include such things as “family” participation in the health benefits given to employees (cf. no. 9)?
16. Finally, where a matter of the common good is concerned, it is inappropriate for Church authorities to endorse or remain neutral toward adverse legislation even if it grants exceptions to Church organizations and institutions. The Church has the responsibility to promote family life and the public morality of the entire civil society on the basis of fundamental moral values, not simply to protect herself from the application of harmful laws (cf. no. 17). - Source
Paragraph #13 - #16 is obviously out of date, since legislation and civil court rulings have already been established, and legal protections along with civil liberties are in place.  Equal access to housing, employment, healthcare, etc., are more or less guaranteed.  Nevertheless, the Church will have to address this very soon - like yesterday - pearl clutching won't be enough.  The bishops and the proper dicasteries will have to address this new reality. The Holy Father will have much to suffer.

Pray.  Pray without ceasing.

Sunday, June 07, 2020

Trinity Sunday



 "O my God, You are in me and I am in You."
O my Three, my All, my Beatitude, infinite Solitude, Immensity in which I lose myself, I surrender myself to You as Your prey. Bury Yourself in me that I may bury myself in You until I depart to contemplate in Your light the abyss of Your greatness. - Elizabeth of the Trinity
 Infinite Solitude.  "The complete Trinity dwells in us."

Immensity wherein I lose myself.

O my Three, my All, my Beatitude!

In 1925, Trinity Sunday fell on June 7. 
That Sunday, Matt Talbot collapsed and died from heart failure. 
He was on his way to Mass.
Prayers for all of my friends,
especially those I have alienated.
Pray for me.