Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Time to weigh in ....

... on the controversy presently raging in my diocese centered in Greenville, SC? I think not.

I believe that enough has been said and written by people who know more about the situation than I do. (It is not that I don't have an opinion, it's just that I don't see a purpose in expounding and covering all the bases at this point.)

Although this diocese is small (as in a small town where access is great and many people know each other) I have no personal knowledge of the key players-but certainly friends of mine do.

Our family has been dedicating our Angelus everyday, followed by the Memorare and invocation of Our Lady of Joyful Hope, for a good and holy bishop for the Charleston Diocese. May God answer that prayer very soon.


When I read the latest issue of CMQ a few weeks ago there was an article on the The Walsingham Project, part of which is a prayer crusade for the conversion of England.

In 1904, Dom Bede Camm OSB was preaching sermons in England on the English Martyrs under Henry VIII and Elizabeth I to inspire greater fervor for this same purpose. (Of course these sermons are collected in Requiem Press' first release Witnesses to the Holy Mass; you can read an excerpt here)

Getting back to the Walsingham Project, it has two dimensions: spiritual (the prayer crusade for the conversion of England) and intellectual. The intellectual dimension involves promoting the book by none other than Henry VIII: Defence of the Seven Sacraments. From their website:

Most Christians identify King Henry VIII as a co-founder of the Protestant Reformation, along with Martin Luther. However, prior to his severing ties with Rome, Henry was an accomplished theologian and staunch defender of the Catholic Faith.

He was even granted the title 'Defender of the Faith' by Pope Leo X.

In Defence of the Seven Sacraments, King Henry launches a scathing rebuke of Martin Luther’s rejection of the Church’s 1,500-year sacramental heritage. In a no-holds-barred approach, Henry refutes Luther’s novel interpretation of the ordinary means of grace given to the Church by Jesus Christ.


Am going to look at some pigs this week as well as a couple bull calves (a few days old). Feed prices are coming down, and the kids really would like to be call "cowboys" as opposed to "shepherds" or "swine herders" (although I don't mind the last and I have never heard anyone call them them for former.) Not that the latter is really a consideration. Goat is very lean, Pork is not so lean, and beef is in the middle. Wouldn't mind a little beef now and then. We've been pretty much pork, chicken and a little goat. (By the way, we had delicious ham this past week that lasted 4 meals-which is saying a lot for our carnivorous crew here.)

Of course there is plenty of chicken too. Speaking of which, I found this picture I forgot to post earlier in the week, but which is too good to miss.

Oremus pro invicem!

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