By far, the stupidest idea in the history of ideas is the notion that two opposite things can be true at the same time. It’s dumb on a level that mankind has never accomplished before. And yet, it’s something that we hold to be an essential part of the “golden calf” that Americans are expected to worship tolerance.
In fact, it is not possible for both Baptists and Catholics to be right. It is not possible for someone to be a Catholic who supports abortion. It is not possible to say that each person is entitled to his or her own perspective on God… The reason it’s not possible is simple: there is one Truth. And that one Truth is not just an “idea” from a book. It’s the Word Made Flesh... the Man, Jesus Christ. Christians do not believe in a divine book… We believe in a Divine Word. The Truth is not an idea, it’s Jesus Himself. “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life.”
Because of that, we can outright reject idiocy like we hear from Nancy Pelosi, that Catholics can rightly disagree with the Church on X, Y or Z. Hogwash! Catholics cannot disagree with the Church and still be Catholics! Anyone who says they can is a child of Satan, who is the father of lies!
Now surely, the Church does not have an official position on every topic. The Church does, though, have an extensive Tradition, including a philosophy and theology, that gives great clarity to basically any question that we might ask...from the morality of stem-cell research, to the possibility of alien life on Jupiter and whether or not those aliens could possibly go to heaven! Sadly, we also have plenty of priests, bishops and well-intentioned laity who have tragically ignored that Tradition and put their own wisdom before the Way, the Truth and the Life. They will be judged by He Who Judges, but for the rest of us, there is humble obedience to the truth.
Insights From Second Street
This week, I’ll be away with many of the priests of the diocese at Maryhill on retreat. The idea of retreat goes all the way back to St. Anthony of Egypt, who left behind the city for the desert to find Christ in “white martyrdom.” St. Anthony understood the necessity of silence for prayer.
This week, I’ll have time to leave behind the obligations and duties of the parish. I’ll have time to study and to meditate and to consider the mysteries of faith. I’ll have time to pray without worrying about the ToDo list or the finances or all the other things that have to be kept in mind as a pastor.
Perhaps most importantly, I’ll have time simply to rest and to allow God to move in my heart and my mind. The great theologian, Josef Pieper, has written extensively about the necessity of leisure. Not entertainment, mind you… but leisure. Leisure is simply the absence of obligation. In resting and leisure, the mind has time to consider all manner of things and the heart has time to feel. No one can focus indefinitely. No one can survive in crisis-mode indefinitely. The heart simply cannot be “on” all the time. Without real time to rest, both mind and heart become deprived of their humanity.Because of that, my retreat won’t be a time for entertainment. Undoubtedly, I’ll be bored at the beginning! Boredom is just discomfort with leisure... it’s being afraid to spend time with oneself. The more we develop an addiction to entertainment, the more uncomfortable we are quietly spending time with ourselves. Is it any wonder that we are more tired, the more depressed and strung out we are. If you want to find a deeper peace and deeper prayer - put aside the entertainment and take up some rest!
by Tommy Myrick
Last weekend Father mentioned a few things in his homily that may seem foreign to us. He mentioned how strange it was that he would have his back to the tabernacle, the relic of the true cross, the high altar that represented the new Jerusalem, and the image of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Why would this strike him as strange at all?
Unless you were alive and a practicing Catholic before 1964, you may say to yourself, “but Father, this is the way it’s ALWAYS been done.” If you’re looking back to only 1964, you would be somewhat correct, but the reality is that for the last 2013 years, the priest’s first option has really been to stand facing the tabernacle. This method of standing is called ad orientem (facing east). This has always been the standard method for the priest’s placement in the liturgy.
Now comes the question, “well why did we change it then?” Again, to quote Father, “this isn’t something that was done by evil people with evil intentions”. Many arguments for ad populum (facing the people) present the idea that the priest facing the people helps to engage the faithful in “active participation” at Mass.
Some of the detriment that comes with ad populum is that the focus becomes on the priest, and not on the Lord Jesus. Pope Benedict explains it like this: “The turning of the priest towards the people has turned the community into a self-enclosed circle. In its outward form, it no longer opens out on what lies ahead and above, but is closed in on itself.” (The Spirit of the Liturgy, by Cardinal Ratzinger, p.80)
The best way in my mind to explain ad orientem is this: the priest is the representative for the human race, just as Christ is. He stands before the Holy Father, with us and as one of us, to offer up sacrifice and petitions. The priest LEADS us in the good and right worship of the Father, and it can be very difficult to follow someone who has his back facing the destination.
- NO DAILY MASSES THIS WEEK Fr. Ryan and most of the priests of the diocese will be on retreat this week (10/21–10/25). There will be no regular daily Masses this week. The next regular Mass at Immaculate will be Saturday, October 26th, at 4p.
Due to Fr.’s retreat and other parish business, the MBIC Office will have altered hours this week. Monday-Wednesday will be ordinary office hours. Thursday, Oct. 24th, the office will be open, but the Secretary will not be in. Friday, Oct. 25th, the office will be closed.
- ANNUAL RED MASS • FRIDAY, OCT. 25th The annual Red Mass in intercession for the Legal and Public Service Communities will take place at 10a on Friday, Oct. 25th, at the MBIC Church. A reception will follow. All are welcome.
- SMS HOMECOMING MASS & GAME St. Mary’s Homecoming is right around the corner. All alumni are welcome to come to our All School Mass in the gym (Wed, 10/23, at 9a) and to cheer for the Tigers at Turpin Stadium (Fri, 10/25, at 7p).
- PILGRIMAGE MEETING TUESDAY, OCTOBER 29th! Those interested in traveling with us to Italy next October should plan to attend a meeting in the Parish Hall, Tuesday, Oct. 29th, at 6:30p. Trip discounts and an opportunity to question the head of our pilgrimage company will be available. Registration/payment for the trip will also begin at this meeting. Remember that pilgrimage spots are first come, first serve, and our trip has a hard cap of 45.
- PARISH DIRECTORY PHOTOS UNDER WAY The MBIC Parish Directory photos have begun. There are still 4 days left for those needing to schedule an appointment. Lifetouch will be here: Wed-Sat, Oct. 30th-Nov. 2nd W-F 2p-9p & Sa 10:30a-5:30p Register online at tinyurl.com/mbicpictures or contact the office and we’ll help you register. *Volunteers still needed on these photo days!
- Mon-Fri, 10/21-10/25, Fr. Ryan on Retreat, NO DAILY MASSES
- Wed, 10/23, SMS Homecoming Mass, 9a @ St. Mary’s School Gym
- Wed, 10/23, CCD Classes, 6p @ St. Mary’s School
- Fri, 10/25, The Annual Red Mass, 10a @ The Minor Basilica
- Fri, 10/25, SMS Homecoming Game, 7p - vs. Logansport @ Turpin Stadium
- Tues, 10/29, 2014 Pilgrimage Meeting, 6:30p @ Church Hall
- Wed, 10/30 NO CCD Classes
- Wed-Sat, 10/30-11/2, Parish Directory Photos, W-F 2p-9p & Sa 10:30a-5:30p
- Thurs, 10/31, Holy Day of Obligation VIGIL, All Saints’ Day - 6p @ MBIC
- Fri, 11/1, Holy Day of Obligation, All Saints’ Day - 6:30a & 6p @ MBIC
- Fri, 11/1, SMS Football Game (Away), 7p @ LaSalle
- Wed, 11/6, Parish Supper, Talk & CCD Classes, 5-7p @ St. Mary's School
- Fri, 11/7, SMS Football Game (Home), 7p - vs. Northwood Lena @ Turpin Stadium
Our Sunday Collection last week was $7,868.
Thank you for your generous return to our Lord!
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Within the Sanctuary
Sat 10/19 4p Mike Bouchie, (Lector) • Jimmy Gunter, Eve James, Nita Maggio, Carl Henry, (EMHC) • D.&M.Thibodaux, (Altar Boys)
Sun 10/20 9a John Ackel, (Lector) • Jeff & Carol Green, Alyssa Odom, (EMHC) • A.Behrendsen, S.&T.Lirette, (Altar Boys)
Sun 10/20 11a Greg Burke, (Lector) • Jean Gill, Barbara Laborde, Joseph Sklar, (EMHC) • S.&V.Maggio, J.Burrell, (Altar Boys)
Sat 10/26 4p Kathleen Hicks, (Lector) • Red & Jo Lapeyrouse, Michael & Joanne Yankowski, (EMHC) • D.Bennett, J.Friedel, (Altar Boys)
Sun 10/27 9a Rebecca Lavespere, (Lector) • Ed & Cindy Smith, Emelda Odom, (EMHC) • T.Hare, J.Cunningham, M.McCart, (Altar Boys)
Sun 10/27 11a Ed Giering, (Lector) • Lillie & Sam Misuraca, Lucile Ingram, (EMHC) • W.Lee, D.Thompson, I.Lovemore, (Altar Boys)
Memorials & Prayer Intentions
The Sanctuary Flowers this week are offered in Memory of Frederick, Horton, Matthews, & Millspaugh Families by Steve & Emilyn Horton and in Memory of Charlotte & Willis Cross and Irma & Francis Sicard by Bill & Charlotte Cross.
- Sat 4p Beverly Hobbins
- Sun 9a Pro Populo
- Sun 11a Sue Morgan & Kevin Morgan
- Wed 9a SMS Students & Faculty
Pope Francis' Prayer Intentions for this Month are that those feeling so crushed by life that they wish to end it, may sense the nearness of God’s love. And that, the celebration of World Mission Day may help all Christians realize that we are not only receivers but proclaimers of God’s word.
Please pray for our Sick & Suffering: Lolette Allen, Lauren Bienvenu, Mark Birch, Bill Boone, Tripp Bo- stick, Chad Bouchie, Flo Brouillette, Bailey Byrd, Carolyn Carter, Emilia Cofio, Johnny Cox, Kim Cunningham, Lela Mae Dalme, Joe Davis, John DeFee, Marguerite Felchle, Alma Fernandez, Tom Foshee, Reba Friday, Vicki Gahagan, Lillian Giering, Sophie Gill, Kitty Guillet, Joyce Hayne, Deborah G. Hernandaz, Sue Van Hook, Pam Kerry, Mary Keyser, Paul Keyser, Martha LaCaze, Daniel Laroux, Brooklyn Leach, Jaden Eli Lodridge, Joseph Longo, Lisa Mack, Faris Michael, Meg Michael, Lacey Mitchum, Mary Moss, Shane Niette, Mary Odom, Judy Risty, Sharon Roach, Wes Rollo, Makaehan Ross, Shirley Roy, Amanda Rozman, Joseph Ryan, Donna Slaughter, Brent Trichel, Billie Vercher, Ruthie J. Waboughly, Tyler Ward, Jessica Warner, & Janine Waters