Letter from our diocesan administrator (while we wait for a new bishop: Our Lady of Joyful Hope-ora pro nobis!) on voting:
"We must not be guided by the so called 'lesser ot two evils' or attempt to justify the acceptance of intrinsic evil for some greater good. We may never embrace evil. We must follow the commandment, 'thou shall not kill' and the Beatitude, 'blessed are the merciful.'"
He goes on to talk about the "affronts to basic dignity" that is abortion. This certainly disqualifies Mr. Obama, but seems to disqualify Mr. McCain too....
Reading more of Reid Buckley's family story, he talks about waiting for their Dad to come in from New York city (to their home in CT) every Friday. (He was gone all week.) It reminds me of my own childhood. Some of us used to wait by the window on cold dark winter evenings waiting for Dad to come home. Once spotted (but we had to be sure it was his car) one of us would tear down the stairs and try to get the garage door opened in time for him to pull in without stopping or pausing.
I meant to quote this from Dorothy Day last week from Catholic Worker website (hat tip to Stephen Hand):
We are convinced that the world can be saved only by a return to these ideas: voluntary poverty, manual labor, works of mercy, hospitality. They are fundamental. They are more important than getting out a paper, than lecturing, than writing books. And yet we have to do those things because we must give a reason, as St. Peter says for the faith that is in us. (And our faith must be tried as tho by fire") an old teaching.
These ideals keep coming back at me. I need to pray more...
A couple reminders... The Feast of the Our Lady of the Rosary-aka Our Lady of Victory is coming up on October 7th. A great way to explain this story to pre-readers and early readers is our book "The Story of Our Lady of Victory" by Agnes M. Penny. Read the poem and see some of the illustratons here (read other excerpts of books also at The Requiem Reader ).
Also, November will be here before you know it. We have given away a couple thousand of our "Daily Prayers for the Church Suffering-a daily committment to praying for the holy souls in purgatory." A couple years ago several of my readers here bailed the Curley family out of some dire straits by purchasing these books in bulk at a great discount-but more importantly, these kind souls provided a means for others to pray for the holy souls and relieve their suffering. Once again we'd like to encourage you to buy some of these booklets (which fit in purse or pocket) and distribute them, so many of us will pray daily for these souls. The booklet comes with a brief explanation of the practice. Read the explanation and a sample of the prayers here.
Order either book (or others) at our website: http://www.requiempress.com/ .
Shameless plug, over!
Moved our "Little Big Guy" to be with Duroc yesterday-uneventfully for a change. I think they are both glad for the company.
Oremus pro invicem!