Tuesday, June 30, 2009

I'll Never Take Minnesota Seriously Again.

I gave em slack for Walter Mondale. I could even forgive electing Jesse Ventura. But Al Franken?

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Where Is The Letter From The President?

Billy "OxyClean" Mayes died today. Where is the CBS retrospective of his life? Where are the news reports of folks gathering around OxyClean HQ? Where is Barry's letter to his family. Come on folks, he is a celebrity! I am confused.

Happy What?!?

Former parishioners and current friends who moved to Chicagoland texted me today that their new priest ended Mass by wishing everyone a Happy Gay Pride Day. They are now looking for a new parish.




Messed Up Movies: THE DEATHMASTER

The original movie scared the crap outta me when I was 10.

Friday, June 26, 2009

A New High In Low.

Just when I think Congressional action can't get any worse, they pull this cap and tax bull. Just what we need, higher taxes and energy costs.



An Observation.

NEVER trust a priest who uses puppets.

Outstanding Quote

If we never spoke ill of the dead, history would be meaningless. -- Jonah Goldberg (Via Creative Minority Report)

Beatrix Potter?

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Let The Deification Begin.

I am not now nor have I ever been a fan of Michael Jackson nor was I ever much of a Farrah Fawcett fan. Therefore, much of the hype surrounding their deaths is lost on me. Certainly, I sympathize with the grief of their friends and families and I will remember them in my prayers (something I do when I hear of anyone's death).

However, I sincerely doubt they are worthy of the adulation which is now being heaped upon them. Yes, they were a talented singer and a beautiful actress, but that hardly makes them worthy of the current apotheosis. It reminds me of the hype surrounding the death of Princess Diane or the picture I once saw of Jesus welcoming Elvis into heaven--definitely crossing the border of proportion. They are simply celebrities and yet the deification will continue.

It is a sign of our society's unhealthy cult of celebrity. Get a grip folks. Pray for them certainly but because they are our siblings in Christ not because of their fame.

A Sequel to 300?

So reports Dark Horizons. I am wondering how you do a sequel to a film where most everyone dies. Kinda like a sequel to Titanic.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Up Yours, Mullahs.

(from Mark Shea)

If you use Twitter, set your location to Tehran & your time zone to GMT +3.30. Iranian security forces are hunting for bloggers using location/timezone searches. The more people at this location, the more of a logjam it creates for forces trying to shut down Iranians' access to the internet. Cut & paste & pass it on.

A fine idea!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Can't Make This Stuff Up.

In response to my post on megalomaniac naming practices in Milwaukee, reader Dean sent me this.

Dear Father,
Your comments on naming this brought to mind a situation one of my former employers had a few years ago.
I honestly don't know why they decided to rename one of our camps for a famous entertainer, but the Boy Scout council hardly had the new signs up before those signs bearing the name of a person who had never been a Scout and whose religion was hostile to Scouting. The day after he was arrested for child molestation, the original name returned to Camp Michael Jackson.

Gods of Olympus

A Visit From The Other Side.

Some folks may be wondering why I moderate comments on posts over one week old. As I state in the notice, it is due to paleo-commenting: people leaving comments on very old posts. Sometime they are ads other times it is someone wanting to put their 2 cents worth in, which isn't bad except as it is my blog I want the opportunity to have the last word.

A few years ago, I made a post concerning the icons of Robert Lenz, OFM. While technically (artistically) good, theologically they are a mess. He uses pagan and neo-pagan imagery as well as homoerotic stuff. Furthermore, he slanders several saints by alledging that they were gay. Here is a link to the post.

Well, today I received this nice little comment. (Using the Fr. Z convention, red is my response.)

Your web site promotes the worst in ignorance, anger and fear. You're a beautiful example of why the separation of church and state needs to be vehemently enforced in this country. As a priest, I'm shocked that you would lower yourself to this type of garbage. A catholic priest at that. "Rigid, "Narrow-minded and proud of it?" Wow. (Yup, I am 'narrow-minded' in that I believe all that is taught by the Holy Roman Church and 'rigid' in that I refuse to bow down to the teachings of the prophets of Modernism and Secularity.)

One of your bloggers writes: "...the only "one-true God, of course..." (Yes, that is what it is about. Knowing the one, true God who has revealed Himself completely and finally in the person of Christ (see the II Vatican document Dei Verbum.)) Where were you ordained? (Salt Lake City, by a successor of the Apostles.) If you haven't realized by now, that Compassion, Understanding and Love are the keys to the Kingdom, then you need to seriously sit and spend some time in contemplation. (I suspect we would define these terms quite diferently. I see nothing compassionate, loving, or understanding in standing idly by while heresy is be promoted under the guise of Catholic teaching.) I see nothing in this site, nor in the comments posted, which reflect any Christian value. (Perhaps then you need to re-evaluate your understanding of the Faith and It's truth.) Your people suffer, they are stuck in their own defilement, help them out their suffering by setting an example. Instead you choose to participate in the promotion of Ignorance. (So standing for the truth of the Apostolic Faith and practice is ignorance?) Sad.

I don't think Jesus would be very proud of this web site, (You are likely right at times. I am a sinner like the rest of us.) and I seriously doubt He appreciates a priest (you) using his position in the Church to promote his personal political views and opinions. (So, I can't have personal opinions? Let me assure you, when my opinions are merely personal, they are identified as such.) Robert Lenz (a man truly mis-using his position to promote heresy), homosexuality (a disorder which if acted upon leads a person away from God), sacred vs. non-sacred art (yes, there is a distinctions between ? Grow-up Erik.(Ah, here we come to the meat. Typical liberal arrogance. Dismiss what you disagree with as unenlightened rather than presenting a counter argument.) We are all One.(What the devil does this mean. We are called to be one in Christ, but this is only possible through communion with Him within His Church.) We are all made in the image of God. (And yet, we are touched by the stain of sin, orginal and personal.) The image you reflect is a debasement of anything Godly. It seems like you’re more interested in promoting the spirit of Hate. (Hatred of sin and falsehood most certainly.) Thomas Merton says "Hatred is the definition of Hell." (Thank you, but I won't rely on Merton for thelogical definitions.) Start a new web site promoting the spirit of Love, or do yourself a favor and disrobe. (Love is founded in the person of Christ.) Because it doesn’t seem to me, being a priest is your true calling. (Well, fortunately, you are not the arbiter of my vocation.)

I have several suspicions about what is really going on here, but I will keep them to myself.

(PS you may be interested to know that Robert Lenz, who is no longer in the Archdiocese of Santa Fe, is back to selling the problematic pseudo-icons.)

Monday, June 22, 2009

Who Would Have Thought,

that I would ever look forward to a Woody Harelson movie. Zombieland has changed that.

+Dom David Nicolson OSB R. I. P.


I just found out that one of my favorite teacher from the seminary has passed away.

Father David Nicholson, OSB (89) a monk of Mount Angel Abbey, passed away on June 9, 2009.

Father David took pride in his British lineage and in classical music, especially in Gregorian Chant, for which he received recognition.

Father David was born Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, in 1919, to British citizens John and Mary Whitfield Nicholson. This made him a British citizen, which he considered an honor. His initial elementary schooling (1926-1929) was at King George School, Winnipeg, Manitoba. Then his family moved and he studied at Balmoral Public School, Calgary, Alberta, from1929-1934. He advanced to secondary education at Crescent Heights Collegiate Institute, also in Calgary, from which he graduated in 1938. The following year, still in Calgary, he began studies to become a chartered accountant. With the development of World War II he was conscripted into the Canadian Army Medical Corps, in which he served from 1940-1941. With advice of the bishop in Calgary he appealed for a release from military service to enter a seminary and study for the priesthood. He was granted a release and entered the University of Ottawa, in Ontario, Canada, in 1941. The next year he moved west, to the Seminary of Christ the King, near Vancouver, BC, where he studied Philosophy from 1942-1945. In 1939 Mount Angel Abbey had established a community of monks to take over that seminary. This opened the possibility for Fr. David to come to Mount Angel Abbey, which he did after World War II, and made profession as a monk on September 8, 1946. He then continued his studies in preparation for ordination, completing his theological studies in 1950. In an unusual development, he made solemn profession on September 12, 1949, and only 3 months later was ordained a priest, on December 8, 1949.


After ordination his life as a monk emphasized music, primarily Gregorian Chant, which he studied at six different prestigious universities in the U.S. and in England. As well, two different times he had extended periods of study of Gregorian Chant at Solesmes Abbey in France, which is a highly-regarded center for the study of Gregorian Chant. In 1968 he earned a Master’s of Music from Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois.

Father David strove to be a scholar of music, and particularly of Gregorian Chant. Strive as he did, and going so far as to prepare a long draft of a doctoral dissertation, Father David’s goal to be a published scholar of Gregorian Chant was a goal which escaped him. However, his musical abilities were put to good use at Mount Angel. His work as a choirmaster began in 1950 at Mount Angel Seminary, and continued there to 1965. During those same years he taught Gregorian Chant to novices and seminarians. In recent years he returned to teaching Gregorian Chant to novices, as his health permitted. From 1952-1958 he also served as choirmaster at nearby Saint Mary Parish, in the town of Mt. Angel. At the Abbey he served as choirmaster from 1968-1980, except for two years when he was away for music studies, from 1974-1976. At that same time he taught Music and the History of Music (1968-1980) at Mount Angel Seminary. Before the Abbey retreat house was completed in 1960, he served as guestmaster in the monastery, from 1951-1959.

I had the privilege of being a student of the Dom's for four years. It should also be noted that the Dom was a devotee of the Extraordinary Form.

Toy Movies.

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Zuccetto spin to the demented Kindertrauma

Look Upon My Works And Despair.

I met a traveller from an antique land
Who said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. Near them on the sand,
Half sunk, a shatter'd visage lies, whose frown
And wrinkled lip and sneer of cold command
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamp'd on these lifeless things,
The hand that mock'd them and the heart that fed.
And on the pedestal these words appear:
"My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!"
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare,
The lone and level sands stretch far away.

I read in a post last week that the Milwaukee chancery (pastoral center, bureaucratic hive, or whatever) is still named the Archbishop Weakland Center, and it was named this by Weakland himself. What an example of Christian humility, along with his image that he placed in the wreckovated cathedral! (When I was at Marquette, they moved the college seminarians to Marquette and their residence was named Weakland Hall--again by Weakland.) Word to the wise, don't name buildings after yourself (or even post your own picture in them, as is done in some parishes in my diocese). Name them after saints or at least deceased or retired figures worthy of admiration. Anything else is a shining example of narcissism. Between the misuse of funds, Weaklands constant dissent, and his recent self-revelations, there is more than ample cause to rename this building. (I suspect Archbishop Dolan didn't do it because he didn't what to pour salt on the diocesan wounds.)

Happy Birthday Mom!

She likes to tell people that she was only 2 when she had me--makes dad look kinda bad. :)

Only Two More Years Of Liturgical Obstructionism At USCCB.

Bishop Donald Trautperchild turns 73 this week.

(Personally, I am hoping that if the mail vote fails, Rome will just impose the Vox Clara translation. This process has taken far too long due to Trautperchild et al's sour grapes.)

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Saturday, June 20, 2009

"Weird Al" Yankovic - Craigslist

I Have Gone Over To The Darkside.

And I like it.
I have resisted the iphone for some time, but finally gave in on Friday. Man this is a great phone and the Catholic apps are great.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Novus Ordo Wishlist.

Well, I have been publicly celebrating the EF more or less weekly since last October. For the next two Sunday, I will be celebrating it at St. Martin de Porres Parish in Taylorsville (formerly know, as well-deservedly so, as Our Lady of Star Trek, and not in a good way). Pope Benedict is quoted as expressing hope that the celebration of the Old Rite would inform the New (and vice versa), it certainly has for me. I have been thinking more and more about how I celebrate the Holy Mass (make no mistake, I never 'preside'). Also, I have been thinking more and more about the rites themselves. For some time I have considered writing a post about my observations of the EF and I likely will. But know let me share a wish list I have for the development of the Ordinary Form.

It looks like we are actually going to get a very good English translation. (All the wrong people are whining about it). And while it is a crime that it took so long and was able to be delayed as much as it was, we will have it. A great start, but more needs to be done.


1. Supress the non-confiteor options for the penitential rite. They do not adequately express a personal acknowledgement of sin. (On of the great needs in the Church is for a recovered sense of personal sin.)

2. Re-examine the lectionary and restore the 'downer' passages that are left out.

3. Make the Nicene Creed the only one usable at Mass. (Unfortunately, it looks like the new missal will allow the use of the Apostles' Creed.)

4. Restore the offertory prayers from the EF in their entirety. (These profound prayers really focus the intent of the celebrant and are much better than the table prayers we have now.)

5. Suppress the Children's Eucharistic Prayers and also the ones for Reconcilliation. Face it folks, these are banal beyond belief. Yes, they are valid, but I have yet to meet children who are stupid enough to need these. While we are at it, II-IV should also go. If we need more anaphorae, why not look to the Eastern Rites. The Maronite anaphorae are particularly good.

6. Restore the old rubrics for the Roman Canon. The multiple genuflections and blessing were not mindless repetitions but ceremonial reinforcement of important points.

7. Move or better eliminate the sign of peace.

8. Restore the option of the recitation of the Last Gospel. We can't hear St. John 1 too often. (Think of it as an epilogue to the Mass.)

9. Mandate that the Liturgy of the Eucharist be said facing the same direction as the people.

I think that all or even some of the changes would lead to a more reverent and meaningful celebration of the Sacred Mysteries and strengthen the organic relationship between the EF and
the OF.

(Later)

I forgot to add:

10. Restoration of sacred vestments. Can we honestly say that the liturgy is better off without amices, cinctures, and maniples and with the cheap modern one that look like they were made and designed by myopic hippies.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Moby Dick versus Das Boot

Yet More Proof Of The Existence Of God!

An end to Stooge blasphemy (from Dark Horizons.)

Oscar winner Sean Penn has dropped out of two upcoming projects and won't work for a year due to personal reasons says The Hollywood Reporter.

As a result, he will not be a part of MGM's "The Three Stooges" and Universal/Imagine's "Cartel". Asger Leth directs the later which is already moving ahead and will recast Penn's role.

Yet More Evil Artifacts.

Found in the darkest recesses of the Religious Education building, here are some cardboard pictures used for decorating bulletin boards. They seem to be relics of the era of Glitterchism. (Did I mention how much I hate hippies?)

Monday, June 15, 2009

No Bad Liturgies, Only Bad Celebrants.

My mom is a big fan of Caesar Milan, which means that most Fridays we watch The Dog Whisperer. Caesar certainly has a way with the canines. Tsst! and the puppies behave.

Well, why can't we use the same principles with the liturgy. I know, I know. It should be as simple as: Say the black, do the read, and mean it! But some may need more extreme measures. Having everyone glad hand at the beginning of Mass? TSST! A hearty good morning instead of the Holy Greeting? TSST! Making it up as you go along? TSST!

Caesar even has his own line of products at Petco. Well, let's introduce a whole line of Liturgy Whisperer products. I'll start with the discipline amice. (This is like the shock collars used with wireless fences.) It will have a chip to detect the use of inclusive language and jargon learned at Call To Action conferences. ZAP! Used with a wireless fence installed under the sanctuary, it can be used to prevent shambulation and glad handing during the sign of peace. (The only problem I forsee is getting the nuttjobs to wear an amice!)

Yet Another Reason Why It Is Very Good That Priests Don't Have Children.


(From this article sent to me by Fr. Droesler (TOP-The Original Priest))

That being said, here are 10 tips to help your Geeklet ease into being a Trekkie:

10: Talk like William Shatner: “Hey… kids. Time… to… take out the trash.” They’ll soon wonder who holds the patent on this eloquent way of speaking.

9: Build a phaser for the school science fair: Chances are, you’ll at least be able to build a phaser that works on stun. If you throw it at someone.

8: Play “What Would Spock Do?” All kids are faced with times they have to make logical decisions, make it interesting by channeling the values of everyone’s favorite Vulcan.

7: Refer to your car as “The Enterprise NCC-1701-A” and going to visit the in-laws as “going through the worm-hole to fight the Jem’Hadar.” Nothing says how much you enjoy a visit to the in-laws when you liken them to a violent warrior race jacked up on drugs.

6: Pay out allowances in gold-pressed Latinum. - Considering the price of gold, this may be hard to come by, but completely worth it if you can pull it off.

5: Call your eldest child “Number 1.” On second thought, this might sound like favoritism, but follow it up with “Make it so,” and to their siblings it’ll just seem like they are receiving the brunt of the chores.

4: Make the kids drink Earl Grey tea. “Because that’s what Jean-Luc drinks.”

3: Dress up like a Klingon and take them to a Star Trek convention. Nothing tests the bonds of love more than hanging out with a family member dressed like a Klingon.

2: After dinner every night have a family discussion concerning the positives and negatives of the Prime Directive. Most specifically, identify which neighbors would qualify as “Pre-Warp” civilizations.

1: Teach them that instead of cursing when frustrated or angry, yell “KHAAAAAAAN!!” Their friends may give them strange looks, so teach them to clench their fists and furrow their brow to sell it. Never mention the name “Mr. Roarke.”

Friday, June 12, 2009

Charlie the Unicorn 3

He's back! (Zuccetto spin to the Digi-snake Princess.)

Monday, June 08, 2009

Fr. Droessler's (Jr.) First Mass

Here is the First Mass' Homily preached by Fr. Droessler (Sr.)--one of the best homilies I have ever heard.

First Mass Homily

On behalf of the Droessler family I would like to give a heartfelt thanks to Fr. Jerome Karcher and St. Vincent de Paul Parish for your generous support and hospitality given to your seminarian Jeff and now Fr. Jeff on this glorious weekend. Now Fr. Jerome, you don’t have a Mass following this one, correct? Good, sit back and be comfortable.
Dear friends in Christ Jesus, this is indeed a jubilant celebration for the Droessler family and friends, the parish family of St. Vincent de Paul, the Diocese of Orange and the Universal Church, yes for all Saints and Heavenly Hosts as together we celebrate the First Mass of Thanksgiving of Fr. Jeffrey Alan Droessler. Of course what a wonder, a mystery for me his brother and now his brother priest. We are in fact, the first brothers to be ordained for the Diocese of Orange and what’s even more extraordinary, the first twins! Fr. Jeff, have you heard if Bishop Tod is going to give us a special prize or something? No, me either.
Of course, as fraternal twins, as our fraternal twin sisters Patricia and Pamela would agree and Fr. Jerome and his twin sister, from our youngest memories, our identity, our personhood is caught up in the reality of twin-hood. Beginning from the womb we shared, we were together, we had infant wrestling matches. Our poor mother, Leona. Yes, from being dressed alike, entered into least look alike twin contests, to all of the comparing, sharing, and competing of twin brothers.
So, as the older by 21 minutes it is only natural that perhaps Jeff would have followed some in my footsteps. After all, I was baptized by Msgr. McLaughlin, Jeff was baptized as well by Msgr. McLaughlin. I attended St. Polycarp School and graduated from Notre Dame H.S., Jeff as well, attended St. Polycarp School and graduated from Notre Dame H.S. I worked for State Farm Insurance, Jeff worked for State Farm Insurance. I drove a Saab and a VW, Jeff drove a Saab and a VW. I dated a Rose, Jeff dated a Rose. I have put on a lot of weight and now have a glorious orb (pat) of celibacy and...I win!
Good clean fun aside, I exclude the obvious comparison of priesthood, as for all priests, our calling, our mission is unique. From 2 Tim 1:6-9: “I remind you to kindle afresh the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands...the power of God...who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was granted us in Christ Jesus from all eternity.”
Fr. Jeff, from all eternity the Eternal Father has chosen, has called to you with the grace of priestly ordination as your own identity; a holy calling not of your own merit, but for His Glory by your sacramental sharing in the work of the Redeemer, the One Eternal High Priest, Jesus Christ.
Yes, every ordained priest is unique: a unique identity, a unique calling, possessing unique gifts and mission, yet all of us share in the holiest of brotherhoods, to participate mysteriously in the One Priesthood of Jesus Christ. Chiefly, by our offering of the Holy Mass, as stewards of the Sacramental life, as bearers of the Good News, and in infinite daily encounters with the People of God as ministers of Jesus’ Priestly Heart that is inflamed with His Divine Charity.
It is equally true for all children of God, we begin to truly know our identity, the why and the who of one’s self, when we too receive in faith our mission from God. Each of us is uniquely created and uniquely called into the eternal embrace of the Triune God who is Love; and our identity unfolds through this sacred revelation of our own unique participation in His Work of Love, the Mission of the Redeemer.
I remember on the Sunday morning following my priestly ordination, my very first thought was: I am a priest! What a mysterious gift of grace! Fr. Jeff, you too have received a wondrous new identity. From St. Paul’s letter to the Hebrews: You are priest forever! Each morning as you arise and give your morning offering to the Lord, may you in joy, return to give thanks to Jesus for the gift of your priesthood and that it may always be given lovingly, solely, for His service and glory.
Yes, each priest through the passing of years and the celebrating of many, many morning Masses, even the 6:30 ones, finds his identity intrinsically caught up in the morning offering of the Holy Eucharist, Jesus the Lord of Heaven and Earth, really, truly present under the most humble-hidden appearance of bread and wine. Fr. Jeff as you celebrate the first of we pray many, many Holy Masses, I would like to share with you and my brother priests these words taken from a work entitled From the Heart of the Eternal High Priest :
“My priest sons, know that as I lovingly surrendered My Spirit to the Father (at Calvary), so I in great trust and vulnerable Love, surrender My Body, My Blood, My Soul, and My very Divinity into your consecrated hands. Safeguard My Eucharistic Gift. Hold as precious, beyond all treasure, the Body of Christ now surrendered into your embrace! Do not allow the familiarity of the morning Sacrifice dull your keen awareness of these Sacred Mysteries. Know whom it is you hold aloft! Believe! As you receive the surrendered Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of your Master, so you too are to imitate His surrender to the Father. From this Altar of Sacrifice, surrender your all to the Loving embrace of the Father. Know the joy of the Christ who surrendered His Spirit from His Altar of Sacrifice at Calvary.
And now, it is finished. The Kingdom of the Divine Will is established. My priest sons of My Priestly Heart, all that I have shared with you from My Priestly Heart is to bring you to the Kingdom of the Divine Will, to be configured to Christ the Eternal High Priest as an alter-Christus. Spread far and wide the Kingdom of the Father through the inestimable gift of your priesthood. My Love for you My priest sons has brought us here to Calvary, where now It is finished. And behold in your priesthood, the Kingdom of the Divine Will continues. Live from My Priestly Heart! Live in accord with the dignity of your noble calling as a Priest of the New and Eternal Covenant. Joyfully live this life of blessed priesthood for the Love of the Blessed Trinity and for the love of beautiful souls, till the day of your own loving surrender, when you may say to your Master with every confident assurance: It is finished!
Imitate Me, My sons. Let your entire being ache as My own for souls! Let this hunger, this thirst compel you to not count the cost of your Priesthood. See in your every self-offering of your priesthood as gain for the Kingdom of the Redeemed! Give them a shepherd’s care. My priest sons, live in My Love. My priest sons be My Love.” (pause)
Yes, Fr. Jeff from the Love of the Most Holy Trinity you will receive into your freshly anointed, consecrated hands the Lord of Heaven and Earth in the Holy Eucharist. Yes, from the Love of the Most Holy Trinity you have received the gift of Holy Priesthood. A gift that you are now to share with your Bride, the Church, for with your ordination promises, you have been espoused to Her in the promise of a heavenly fecundity of a chaste celibacy, in the freedom of holy obedience, and the joy of lady poverty.
And how beautiful that this gift of your priesthood, a gift of the Holy Trinity, we celebrate today on this the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity. We celebrate today the central mystery of the Revelation of the Christian Faith - God who is One in Three Divine Persons, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Fr. Jeff, each Person of the Holy Trinity is present and at work in your holy priesthood.
From all eternity the Eternal Father has known you Fr. Jeff and loved you into being through the love of our parents Wilfred and Leona. He looked upon your face and willed that you might intimately resemble the Holy Priestly Face of His only Begotten Son. From before He knitted you in our mother’s womb, He consecrated you in service to His People and to be His priestly Son. In the Eternal Father you are truly Papa’s boy! (That’s a family reference.)
Jesus’ invitation to the first ordained priests, the twelve Apostles was also an invitation of intimate friendship. Jesus’ call is the same for you, Fr. Jeff. He desires that your heart be given more and more in loving and trusting friendship. For what He has given, He now asks of you. In loving trust you are to imitate Jesus, Priest and Victim, by offering all of your life for love of the Eternal Father, for love of the Church. And as you encounter the intimate, pressing weight of the Cross of the Priesthood, keep your gaze always upon the Lamb of God, Our Good Champion - Our Good Savior! Know that as Jesus was espoused to the Church on the Cross, so too a holy priesthood truly lived in espousal to the Church, must too be by way of the Cross.
The Gift of the Holy Spirit engenders within the priest by sacramental grace, gifts and charisms, a transfiguration truly into the Person of the One Eternal High Priest, Jesus the Christ. The Holy Spirit will take the humble, all too human efforts of a priest and transform them as sweetest fragrant priestly offerings on behalf of the People of God. Truly, how efficacious, how fruitful the priestly life of a priest that truly knows, lives and is prompted always by the Most welcomed of Guests, the Holy Spirit. And for the priest who has a true devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, as does Fr. Jeff, the Holy Spirit is irresistibly drawn and finds a most welcome home. The Dove of the Holy Spirit coos to His beloved Virgin Mary found in the consecrated hearts of her priest sons.
Finally, on a personal note, I want to thank with all of my heart, Fr. Jeff for the courage and fidelity to God’s call. It has been a long road, but all in the Lord’s timing. Providentially at a time when the priesthood has suffered through so much adversity by a Enemy that wants to destroy the priesthood, your witness and your promise of service, fill us all with hope in the Person of Jesus and His continuing presence with us through His ordained Priests. I have great hope for you and your priesthood. You have given up much to be a priest, but now you have gained everything as a priest forever! You have been graced with an unfailing fidelity and love for the Bride. You are faithful to prayer before the Holy Eucharist and mindful always of the Holy Spirit’s guidance. You love the Lord and you love His Blessed Mother. All is in place after your seminary formation for a truly beautiful and anointed priestly life. And what a blessing that your ordination coincides with the commencement this June 19th of a Holy Year of the Priest. Our Holy Father, Benedict XVI, under the patronage of St. John Vianney - patron of priests, has given this as a holy year to encourage priests and to clarify the importance of the priest’s role and mission in the Church and in the World.
Friends, please, please pray for Fr. Jeff; pray and sacrifice for all priests that we may be encouraged whether we are one day ordained or more than fifty years ordained - that each day may be a holy offering of our lives for the Church. That with the Psalmist our priesthood may proclaim: I will accept the cup of salvation and call upon the Name of the Lord.
Together, Fr. Jeffrey and Fr. Joseph, want to thank our family, especially our father Wilfred present with us this day and Leona in Heaven for their gift of love and faith. Our dad always says how blessed he is to now have two priest sons (ever mindful of the gift of all his children) and that it is all because of their mother. (The gist being she is a very saintly woman formed in holiness in large part being married to Wilfred as Ruth, my dad’s wife might attest.)
But dad we are here to set the record straight. You have always been a man of great faith, of loving devotion to Church and family. How many times as a boy did I peer into your bedroom to see you kneeling bedside, praying the Holy Rosary. You worked so hard to give us a good home and a Catholic education. You always faithfully attended Sunday Mass and during your later years I was blessed to have you attend many of my daily Masses. It is Fr. Jeff’s turn now. You have been and always will be an inspiration for our priesthood for you have taught us first of the love of the Eternal Father.
Fr. Jeff, I know our mother Leona is here present with us at this glorious wedding feast of the Lamb. As our family knows that after her death, I found hidden amongst her personal things, a devotional etchings of a young priest celebrating His First Mass. Perhaps it was her way of letting us both know that she would be present with us at our first Mass and all of our Masses. We might pause and wonder what prophetic knowledge did she possess? What secret whispers did she voice to her twin priest sons carried in her womb? Now and for all eternity, Leona may indeed echo the words of Mary: Blessed am I among woman!
Fr. Jeff, I would like to present to you the image of the priest’s first Mass from Leona and from your family - your daily Mass chalice. We are all very proud of our priest brother whom we love very much!

Friday, June 05, 2009

Actvities?

I just read that Barry O'B has proclaimed June to be LGBT Pride Month. (Ignoring the question of why one should be proud of a disorder that leads to sin if acted upon.) Anyway, I was wondering what the activities for said month would be. Limiting myself to clean ones, I came up with the following:

--Installing track lighting.
--Singing show tunes.
--Shopping at Pier One.
--Making Souffles.

Captain Underpants.

Kalifornia Infiltration Bulletin #2:

I have arrived in the city of Westminster and tomorrow morning Jeff will be ordained to the Holy Priesthood. More about that later.

While in Apple Valley, I stayed with the Qs who are proprietors of Catholic Caravans. Q daughter #2, Diane is a student at Holy Cross in South Bend. She also works as a sacristan at the Sacred Heart Basilica. She was commenting on priests who wear their stoles on top of their chasubles, which readers of this blog know is a liturgical abuse. (No, it doesn't matter whether or not they were designed to be worn that way.) She said that it reminded her of guys who would wear their underwear on top of their pants: an apt description. It is also where she gets her nickname for them; Captain Underpants.

Signing out before the Multicultural Police triangulate my position.

Thursday, June 04, 2009

Crossing The Border.

Greetings from the People's Republic of California and the Inclusive Community of Apple Valley. I crossed the border today at Checkpoint Granola after spending the night and loosing money in Nevada. Tomorrow, I resume my journey to the OC where I will attend the priestly ordination on Saturday of the Rev. Mr. Jeffrey Droessler, twin brother of my friend and classmate Fr. Joseph Droessler of the Diocese of Orange. The following day is Fr. Jeff's first Mass. During the following week I intend to eat lots of In-N-Out. There is even a summit meeting planned with the Diginatrix. More updates later.

Monday, June 01, 2009

Reverend Monsignor James T. Kenny, RIP

The Diocese regrets to inform you of the death of Reverend Monsignor James T. Kenny, 89, who passed away on May 31, 2009. He had been retired and living at Christus Saint Joseph Villa, Salt Lake City.

Monsignor Kenny was ordained on June 17, 1945 and elevated to Monsignor on January 13, 1988. He served as assistant pastor at Our Lady of Lourdes, Salt Lake City; instructor and principal at Judge Memorial Catholic High School; pastor of Saint Olaf, Bountiful; Saint Therese of Child Jesus, Midvale; Saint Ann, Salt Lake City, and Our Lady of Lourdes, Salt Lake City. He also served as Superintendent of Catholic Schools and Chaplain to Saint Benedict Hospital, Ogden. During his years at Judge Memorial, he oversaw the construction of the present school building.

In addition to his pastoral assignments, Monsignor Kenny was very involved in the Boy Scout program for the Diocese and for the State of Utah.

The vigil service for Monsignor Kenny will be held at 7:00 pm on Friday, June 5, 2009 at Saint Ann Church. Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:00 am on Saturday, June 6, 2009 at The Cathedral of the Madeleine.