Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Back in Tennessee

We survived the cold weather today at the March for Life -- no problems, thank God!

It was a great trip, but I always feel a sense of relief when all is done. Kudos to Caroline Duffy for tremendous organization. She should really feel a sense of accomplishment. We had a time for testimonies, after supper --at Chick-fil-a :-) in Harrisonburg, VA (There was a big cow there. Unfortunately, we didn't get a picture :-() The testimonies were amazing. Again thanks to Caroline not only for the material organization but for the spiritual fruits. I really think that March for Life is now a regular part of University Catholic life.

I can't really think well enough to give a coherent narrative. Maybe later.




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Location:on the bus

Monday, January 20, 2014

Off to the March for Life

I am so excited to be going to the March for Life.  I will be flying out in the morning to catch up with our student group that traveled on the bus.  I thought that I needed to stay and do my job as a priest on Sunday!

First up is the Cardinal O'Connor Conference at Georgetown.  It is a pro-life conference for college students that is really excellent.

On Tuesday, the highlight is the Vigil Mass for the March for Life at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception.  Awesome.  Really.

Wednesday is the March itself.  And then a bus ride home.

I am so excited!

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Soap Opera

Thursday, I received a text message saying that St. Mary's had been mentioned in an online homily.  I thought that I had better watch the homily to see if there was anything I should be aware of about St. Mary's.  There really wasn't anything of concern about our parish, but there was a lot to be concerned about in the rest of the homily.  In the homily, the priest demanded an apology and threatened a lawsuit if he did not receive it.  Is this what a priest should be offering to God's flock -- personal grievances?  Does this reaction even reflect the Gospel?  Is this what Jesus did -- demand apologies and threaten retribution?  Mass and the homily should not be about the priest.  It's about Jesus' offering of Himself in loving obedience to the Father for our salvation.  We are invited to inter into this drama of salvation, not into a personal soap opera.

1st UCat priest

Fr. Josh Altonji and some UCat friends in Birmingham!

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