English: Tenovus Mobile Cancer Support Unit

English: Tenovus Mobile Cancer Support Unit (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Tom, Stephen and Rhun at Llandaff

Two trainee priests and their lecturer set off this week on a 450-mile cycle pilgrimage around Wales’ six cathedrals.

Tom Bates and Rhun ap Robert are both ordinands in Llandaff Diocese, training at St Michael’s College, Cardiff.

They are being joined on the pilgrimage by their lecturer the Reverend Stephen Adams and will be raising money for the college and cancer charity Tenovus.

Read more here: http://www.christiantoday.com/article/on.two.wheels.and.a.prayer.trainee.priests.on.cycle.pilgrimage.around.welsh.cathedrals/37007.htm


English: Llandaff Cathedral Another cathedral ...

English: Llandaff Cathedral Another cathedral rescued from the ravages of wars, including a WWII landmine explosion. See http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Europe/United_Kingdom/Wales/South_Glamorgan/Cardiff-315777/Things_To_Do-Cardiff-Llandaff_Cathedral-BR-1.html (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


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Posted: April 24, 2014 in Uncategorized



“And why seest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye; and seest not the beam that is in thy own eye? Or how sayest thou to thy brother: Let me cast the mote out of thy eye; and behold a beam is in thy own eye? Thou hypocrite, cast out first the beam out of thy own eye, and then shalt thou see to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.” (Matt. 7:3-5)


SINS AGAINST BROTHERLY LOVE: Our Lord equally warns us as to all sins against brotherly love, whether they be committed by thought, word, or deed.


a) Censoriousness and detraction. He who desires to find fault with others, must make sure that he himself is better than they! And yet, do we not constantly find that those men who have great faults of their own, are the very ones who judge the small faults of their neighbors most severely, not at all remembering their own short-comings? Such men are hypocrites, for they pretend to detest and avoid sin in others, while all the time they are loving and cherishing it in themselves. Furthermore, they sin against brotherly love by preferring to talk about what is bad in their neighbors, rather than about what is good in them, and they are more zealous in exposing their faults than in concealing them.


b) False suspicions and rash judgments. “Judge not!” says our Lord. We cannot judge rightly, not being omniscient and able to search our neighbor’s heart. We ought, therefore, to judge others most tenderly and indulgently, and never even suspect evil of them without the most conclusive proofs. Still less ought we to condemn them, and without sufficient reason to take for granted that the suppossed evil is a fact.


[From 'A Practical Commentary on Holy Scripture' by Bishop Knecht, D.D.]

(1899 Douay-Rheims Bible)




“Mummy, what does the Devil look like?” He sometimes looks like an angel but beware, a fallen one he is!

Originally posted on Faith in our Families:

“Mummy, what does the devil sound like?”

“He is the one who tells you to hit your brother sweetheart!…” (He is also the little voice in your teenage years that tells you, ‘you are ugly, you are stupid, you are fat, you are worthless’. He is the one who tells you to throw up, to start cutting, and then he will make you feel so guilty about it that you won’t be able to tell anyone or ask for help. He will convince you that life is hopeless, and empty, and not worth living. But I won’t tell you this now, because you are only 4 years old.)

“Mummy, what does the devil smell like?”

“He smells of rotten eggs, my sweet little sugar-plum!…”(He also smells like the sweet smell of career success. The sweet smell of that wage you need to be earning to have any dignity…

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Posted: April 23, 2014 in Uncategorized

“All things therefore whatsoever you would that men should do to you, do you also to them. For this is the law and the prophets.” (Matt. 7:12)

THE QUALITIES OF CHARITY: God being so good and merciful to us, we ought to be full of love and indulgence towards our fellow-men. Since we ought to love our neighbor as we do ourselves, the whole law of brotherly love is summed up in this maxim: “All that you would that men should do to you, do ye also to them,” or, to reverse it: All that you do not want men to do to you, be careful not to do to them. Therefore our brotherly love must be:

a) sincere. We are to wish our neighbor, in our hearts, quite as much good as we wish ourselves. Further, our love must be

b) practical. We must do good to our neighbor according to our means: “Give, and it shall be given unto you.” Finally, our love must be

c) universal. We must not exclude from our love either our enemies or those who have injured us, but must forgive them from our hearts. “Forgive, and you shall be forgiven.”

[From 'A Practical Commentary on Holy Scripture' by Bishop Knecht, D.D.]


Faith, Hope and Charity

Faith, Hope and Charity (Photo credit: Lawrence OP)

(1899 Douay-Rheims Bible)



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Posted: April 22, 2014 in Uncategorized

“Lay not up to yourselves treasures on earth: where the rust, and moth consume, and where thieves break through, and steal. But lay up to yourselves treasures in heaven: where neither the rust nor moth doth consume, and where thieves do not break through, nor steal. For where thy treasure is, there is thy heart also.
(Matt. 6:19-21)

GOOD WORKS: All good works, such as works of piety, mortification and brotherly love, are treasures laid up in heaven. When we die, we must leave all earthly things, even our very bodies, behind us: only our good works will go with us, and procure for us a favorable judgment.

[From 'A Practical Commentary on Holy Scripture' by Bishop Knecht, D.D.]

(1899 Douay-Rheims Bible)


Posted: April 21, 2014 in Uncategorized


“For where thy treasure is, there is thy heart also.” (Matt. 6:21)

THE RIGHT USE OF WORLDLY POSSESSIONS consists in using them for God and in the practice of good works. Holy men, such as Abraham, Job and Tobias, possessed great riches, but they were not slaves to them. On the contrary, they made their wealth serve them, and expended it in the service of God and their neighbor.

[From 'A Practical Commentary on Holy Scripture' by Bishop Knecht, D.D.]


A depiction of Abraham, the leading patriach i...

A depiction of Abraham, the leading patriach in the Old Testament. God reveals himself to Abraham in scripture and he is seen here with three angels, portrait done by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo in 1726-1729. http://cgfa.sunsite.dk/tiepolo/p-tiepolo3.htm (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

(1899 Douay-Rheims Bible)



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Ordained in their 40s, 50s, or 60s, these men offer a unique pastoral perspective to their flocks.
Father Brown in Oakland diocese, Father Huston in San Diego got in under the wire

Father Brown

The following comes from an Apr. 15 story by Jim Graves on the site of Catholic World Report.

Father Jerry Brown, pastor of Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Brentwood in the diocese of Oakland, California, was ordained to the priesthood in 2001, at age 54.

He was born in Napa, Northern California’s wine country, to two non-religious parents.  He developed an interest in the Catholic Church through some friends, even considering the priesthood.  His father persuaded him to instead become a priest in the Episcopal Church. He was ordained an Episcopal priest in 1970, and served for 25 years.  He married, and had four children (two of whom are surviving; one died as a small child, the other as an adult in an auto accident).

In his years as an Episcopal priest, Father Brown saw the Episcopal Church change dramatically. “The church I left,” he said, “was a different one than the one I joined.” Socially, the Episcopal Church “embraced every liberal cause….”

He saw his church empty, growing unable to support a priest with a family.  With the church “imploding,” he left active ministry and took a job as a registered nurse.  He met a nun who ministered at his hospital, and decided to give the Catholic Church a second look.  He liked what he saw, and took RCIA classes through the diocese of Oakland.  He entered the Catholic Church in 1995.

A priest friend suggested that, because of Brown’s training, he should consider the Catholic priesthood. His marriage had ended in divorce after the death of his child, and was eventually annulled.  The bishop of Oakland at the time, John Cummins, welcomed Brown to the seminary….

Celibacy is a challenge, but to Father Brown, it makes sense.  As an Episcopal priest, he served a congregation of a few hundred, which was considered a large church.  As a Catholic priest, he serves a congregation of 5,600. He mused, “How could I fit in a wife and family?”

Father Huston (from JPCatholic)

…. Father Richard Huston is a priest of the diocese of San Diego.  He was ordained in 1995 at age 69.

Father Huston was born in Los Angeles in 1926.  He attended Catholic schools, and recalled meeting a retired priest as a boy.  The priest prayed over him, and told him one day he’d be a priest.

Huston went on to the high school (minor) seminary, studied there for more than two years, and “felt the urge” to leave.

World War II was in its final years, so he joined the US Navy, where he served as a cook….

In 1946, Huston was discharged and got married.  He recalled, “I felt compelled to marry this girl.  We had a wonderful, 43-year marriage.”

The union produced three children, two of whom survive today.  Huston worked as an architect, and eventually moved to San Diego.

In the final years of his marriage, Huston and his wife visited Medjugorje, where he had a “premonition” that his wife would pre-decease him.  Upon their return home, she was troubled by stomach pains, which were discovered to be pancreatic cancer.  The doctor predicted she’d survive six months; she lived another six months and one week.  She died in 1990.

Well into his 60s, Huston approached the bishop and asked him if he could enter the seminary for the diocese.  He made an offer the bishop couldn’t refuse: 1) he’d pay for his own seminary education, and 2) he wouldn’t be part of the diocesan pension plan.  Father said, “The bishop had nothing to lose!”

….Father Huston does parish work, and also has engaged in a variety of apostolates.  For 17 years he was chaplain for the Divine Mercy movement, and has also been chaplain to Courage, a group which helps people with same-sex attraction live according to the Church’s teachings.

But his chief ministry is marriage preparation and counseling, using the experience of a successful, 43-year marriage to help him….

To read the entire story, click here.

From http://cal-catholic.com/wordpress/

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I would have loved to follow in these footsteps but I’m too old now (77)! These days, I am so happy to serve as a deacon; I thank God and Our Blessed Mother every day for the grace to assist at the sacrificial altar! As long as my health holds out, may it be for as long as I live!

Deacon John