Frank discussions, advice, and opinions from a Catholic Director of Religious Education.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Catholic Word of the Week (January 30, 2012)

Diocese: The territory or churches subject to a bishop. If a bishop has been assigned to a diocese (some have not) then he is responsible for his diocese in a special way. Still, Christus Dominus is quick to point out that:

Coat of Arms: Bishop Quinn
"As legitimate successors of the Apostles and members of the episcopal college, bishops should realize that they are bound together and should manifest a concern for all the churches. For by divine institution and the rule of the apostolic office each one together with all the other bishops is responsible for the Church."

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

My Dear Demons: Wrath

Dear Tempters,

Remember our motto: Non Serviam! I will not serve! We said no to God first, and our goal is always to give your teens the same...freedom… that we enjoy. The sin of wrath can be very helpful to you in achiev-ing this goal.

What is wrath, my dear demons? It is not anger. No, even the Enemy showed anger as a man when he drove out the money-changers (John 2:15). Again, the enemy has said, "Be angry, but do not sin." (Ephesians 4:26) No, wrath is much different from anger. It is unrestrained anger. It is vengeful anger. Wrath is when you have convinced your teen that they should punish someone else in order to "get even". If you have convinced your teen to embrace wrath, you have done two very important things for our cause.

First, you have convinced your teen to think of themself as god. The Enemy has said: "Vengeance is mine. I will repay." (Hebrews 10:30) He has claimed vengeance as his own, but in wrath your teen will try to take on the role of a god and steal what belongs to the Enemy! Secondly, you will have distracted your teen from their own sins. They will be so focused on their desire for vengeance that they will abandon mercy.

This is key, for "all have sinned" (Romans 3:23) and if they "do not forgive others" they will not find forgiveness themselves. (Matthew 6:15)

              Non Serviam,


My Dear Demons appears in monthly editions of Ed's youth group newsletter.  

Monday, January 16, 2012

Catholic Word of the Week (January 16, 2012)

Natural Law: According to St. Thomas, the natural law is "nothing else than the rational creature's participation in the eternal law." In other words, it is the law that everyone, in every culture and time, can know by reason alone. All humans are bound by this law.

Example: All men, in every culture and time, can know murder is wrong.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Seven Quick Takes Friday (Vol. 14)

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1. My mom certainly was surprised! As I wrote earlier, we went down to North Carolina for Christmas to surprise my mom. It was my dad's idea, and boy did he play it up. After he picked us up from the airport, he called my mom to tell her he was coming home early to wait for a Christmas present to be delivered. He said that it wouldn't be wrapped yet, so she should go upstairs. He made sure that she understood the present was expensive and if she happened to hear a doorbell before he got there, she should go downstairs and get the gift (it shouldn't be left on the stoop). When we got to the house my mom was upstairs and we went into a side room with the baby (thankfully sleeping). My dad went upstairs and acted very upset. He said he came home and the gift was on the front porch. He reminded my mom that he specifically said to bring the package inside if it arrived early. (Of course, no doorbell rang because no delivery man came). My mom stormed downstairs (right past us!) and opened the front door while saying, "I never heard anything!" My dad started to say something and then stopped, looked at us, and said, "Hey, what are you doing here?" My mom didn't stop shaking for about 15 minutes. Needless to say, she was very happy with her surprise.

2. So a criminal broke out of the monastery he was serving his time in and pleaded with police to be sent back to prison because life with the monks was too hard. Say what you will about Catholics, but we're hard core. You gonna' roll with us, you need to be a tough sucka'.

3. I got The Settlers of Catan for Christmas. Man, that is a fun game, and Katrina won the first time so she likes it now. I am really liking these strategy games. They are interesting and can be played over and over. It fits into our grand plan, too. We've already done away with cable. The next step will be to slowly weed out video games. (I am on my final countdown. I just want to finish a few on my list.) Eventually, the hope is that our family will actually interact with one another and spend our time a little better.

4. I've been reading Perelandra, by C.S. Lewis. It is the second in his sci-fi trilogy. I really like it so far. The main character goes to another planet where God has created a new race that lives in a pre-fall state. It is really very interesting how Lewis views life before (in this case without) sin. If you're interested, the first book of the series was Out of the Silent Planet. it was a fun (and quick) read.

5. Speaking of a good read, I finished On Hope, by Joseph Pieper. It was another quick read as the author led a reflection on the virtue of Hope. I guess I always discounted this virtue as "Faith, Part II". After reading this book I think I have a much greater appreciation for this virtue and, specifically, how the three theological virtues of Faith, Hope and Charity interact with one another.

6. Why do vacations make us even more exhausted? I had about 11 days off work, but somehow I feel at least as exhausted as I did before I left. I need a vacation where I stay put.

7. I know it is a little late, but did anyone have any New Years resolutions?