Monday, December 31, 2018

This is funny.

Coming from Skojec, that is...

I'm not on Twitter but looking at Skojec's feed and those he follows, as well as those who comment on his site, I can see it's pretty much THE hotline for all the gossip and detraction which circulates online regarding the Pope and anyone else they disagree with.


  1. What Steve really meant to say: "The problem with the internet is that it has convinced absolutely everyone that their opinions matter. That's false. ONLY MY OPINIONS MATTER!!"


    And Happy new Year

    Don't forget to pray the Te Duem at midnight tonight

  2. I am not familiar with this man. It is true however what he says. Went to the movies yesterday. Keeping with the Medieval theme I saw Mary Queen of Scots. Religion was of course their big difference. You'd be hard pressed to realize that from the telling of this story. I remember visiting St Peters and seeing the Stuart Memorial in its prominent position inside the Basilica. Dedicated to the "true Monarchs of Britain." I think all ages have people think their opinion is the absolute last word on the subject. Happy New Year to all who visit here. May the New Year be full of God's loving grace.

  3. Just curious. Why a Te Deum on New Years? What is it exactly?

    1. From Fr Z's Blog:

      Catholics can gain a Plenary Indulgence on New Year’s EVE, 31 December (EnchInd. 26) be the recitation or the singing of the Te Deum.

      To gain the indulgence the usual following conditions must be met.

      1. Sacramental confession and Communion within a brief time (about 20 days)
      2. The prescribed good work (for 31 Dec. the recital of the Te Deum)
      3. Prayers for the Pope’s designated intentions (1 Our Father, 1 Hail Mary)
      5. Detestation of and detachment from even venial sins (without which only a partial indulgence can be gained), at the time of the indulgenced work.

  4. How dreadful. I am so sorry about this.

    We recently underwent a pastor change. Our previous pastor (a good man in his late 60s) seemed to look for reasons to consolidate or eliminate Masses from the schedule. He was responsible for two smallish parishes, and assisted by a parochial vicar who is close to retirement. No daily Mass nor Confessions at the smaller parish. I am sure Father had his reasons for what he did, and had many heavy responsibilities, and I do not fault him.

    After Father asked for and received his transfer, we two parishes were sent a very young pastor. Our new pastor is 34 years old, only 7 years out of the seminary, and this is the first time he is a pastor. Father's homilies are perhaps not as polished and scholarly as our previous pastor's, but he is sincere, faithful, and reverent. One of the first things he did on arrival, after a good bit of prayer, was to reopen our Adoration chapel, 24/7, and to enthusiastically encourage all of us to spend time with Jesus before the Blessed Sacrament. (Months earlier, the chapel had been closed for security reasons.) He was astonished and horrified to discover that the Holy Day Mass for our sister parish had been cancelled for the Feast of the Mother of God, as had been determined and published before his arrival. He assured those parishioners they would *never* be without Holy Day or Sunday Masses if he could help it, and personally strongly urged them to attend Mass at our parish that day, stressing that it is a mortal sin to miss Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation. He and our PV routinely have robust lines for Confession. Our Confessions are scheduled for one hour before our vigil Mass, with 30 minutes in between Confession and the start of Mass. Recently, Father was still in the Confessional when he heard the music starting for Mass. He finished the Confession and rushed to the Sacristy to vest, meeting the altar servers at the sanctuary. He told us he would return to the Confessional after Mass for anyone who needed Reconciliation, and apologized to those who had remained in the Confession line when Mass started. He may be very young and still learning the business end of running a parish, but I think he is doing his best for God and for us. We are blessed indeed!

    From what I can see from other young priests in my area, our good pastor is only one of the uniformly fine and holy priests our seminary is ordaining. They do *not* look on being a priest as a job or a career - it is truly a vocation. I am cautiously optimistic and grateful to know that we are in very good and holy hands for the future - God has not abandoned us!

    Let's keep praying for all our priests and bishops. This is not an easy time to wear a Roman collar. Some have disappointed us by their appalling sins, but many are very hard-working and devoted to serving God and us. I think sometimes the holiest and most joyful leaders in our Church are not those who are all over TV and social media, but who are right before our eyes at our own parish churches.

    God bless all here, especially our good parish priests - Susan, OFS

    1. Terry - this comment was meant for your posting on the Mother of God Holy Day. Please forgive me - I don't know how it ended up here, but I apologize.

  5. Oh no, I forgot to sing the Te Deum on New Year's Eve. Oh no.


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