Some random thoughts or bits of information are worthy of sharing but don’t warrant their own full post. This idea was started by Jennifer Fulwiler at Conversion Diary to address this blogging need. So, some Fridays I too participate when I have accumulated 7 worthy items. Without further ado:
I have this idea for a new project – to visit all the Catholic Churches in my area for daily Mass, one per week (schedule permitting). I checked MassTimes.org looking for those within a 20 mile driving distance. There are 40, including a Cathedral, a Shrine and a (minor) Basilica! On second thought, I am redefining the project to visit the 10 closest ones over the summer with the others possibly later.
One interesting thing I also noticed is that within this set of churches, Mass is available in Latin plus Creole, Haitian, Indonesian, Korean, Nigerian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish and Ukrainian. Sign language is available. Also represented are Byzantine, Melkite, Maronite and Greek Catholic. Wow!
Sometimes I go to an afternoon / early evening Mass. When it is time to greet each other, more often than not, I will say “good morning.” Is it just me, or does this happen to other people?
Sometimes guardian angels act in very real, very physical ways. Read this story about a US Marine who was saved in Korea by Saint Michael.
How do we get people to use their seat belts? Blood and gore is one approach. A full explanation of the risks with supporting statistics is another. Then there is this approach from the UK:
A return to orthodoxy, at last! In several ways this has already began. Look for more over the next decade or so. From last weekend:
The Church too must use the shepherd’s rod. The rod with which he protects the Faith against those who falsify it, against currents which lead the flock astray.
The use of the rod can actually be a service of love. Today we can see that it has nothing to do with love when conduct unworthy of the priestly life is tolerated.
Nor does it have to do with love if heresy is allowed to spread and the Faith twisted and chipped away, as if it were something that we ourselves had invented.
Pope Benedict XVI
Need an affordable, beautiful Rosary for yourself or as a gift? Hailey, a friend from my RCIA class, makes them by hand and offers them online. She has setup an online store called Beads of Heaven.