Good Gnus, Bad Gnus

May 21, 2012






In a previous job, I was so famous for “good news, bad news” that I was given a notepad labeled “Good Gnus, Bad Gnus” with appropriate design.  Today seems a good day for the topic.

Good GnusForty-three ganizations file lawsuits against HHS mandate

Bad Gnus -the state of this diocese.  Yes, the aftermath of dissidence.  It’s not just that, though – there’s also words and actions on the part of orthodox that’s not helping.   A situation to keep in prayer.

Good Gnus – Chen Guangcheng arrives in U.S.

Reasons to hope, reasons to be vigilant……


Christ is Risen, Alleluia!

April 10, 2012

Some Easters are joyous. 

Others are a reminder that Jesus has indeed risen and defeated death, but the battle is still on. This Easter is one of them.  Both the state of this country and the state of this diocese show there’s much work to do. 

To borrow the secular phrase that “all politics is local,” you could say that all faith is local.  There are some local bright spots, but there’s still much “room for improvement.”

Amending yesterday’s post to: there’s still too much self…..self-appointed, self-proclaimed, self-complacent….too much self-will. 

 What to do but lift the situation up in prayer and let God take care of the situation.

So the Easter Alleluia rings out, and despite all that’s happening, will in the end triumph.

Battling the Unthinkable

February 11, 2012

Lots of ink already on the HHS mandate.  Yesterday I was listening to a commentary on the (yay) backlash against the unthinkable.  Not surprisingly, his facts were no where near the truth.  So…my first response to people who have opinons on this will be simply to see if they have their facts straight.

And also contacting representatives.

March for Life

January 21, 2012

Washington State coverage can be found here.

Washington, DC coverage can be found here.

Either will likely be far more accurate than the MSM.

Christmastide in Combermere

January 7, 2012

An unexpected opportunity to visit Madonna House last week turned this Christmas season into a very holy and happy one.

Used to bread and cheese for Friday supper, I arrived on Dec. 30 to the feast of the Holy Family and a sumptuous supper, at least by Madonna House standards.

New Year’s Eve brought a holy hour and praying for every nation on earth. It was both simple and profound at the same time. 

Sunday was the celebration of Mary, Mother of God and the first of three days off for staff and guests.  It was a joy to be at daily Mass and simply be present to the day’s liturgy.  The absence of overtones of the liturgy wars, both during Mass and in general conversation, was notable. The Masses were all Latinn rite, but the December schedule was still up and I noticed they had a Byzantine liturgy (Melkite rite) on December 8 for the solemnity of the Immaculate Conception.

Beyond daily Mass and Adoration, catching up on old friendships and meeting new people was good. The women’s dorm had the usual Canadian and US guess, plus the recent presence of several Korean women, with a housemother from Hungary. The men’s dorm was very international, ranging from North American to France, Ukraine, Belgium, someone from South America(?) and several others that I don’t remember. The cultural diversity was seen in the “entertainments” after supper, frequently carols in various native languages.

It is difficult to convey the context of what “days off” mean to a community who choose to live a life that reminds them of others’ poverty.  Try using the outdoor jon when it’s zero degrees Fahrenheit.  At the very least, one does not dawdle.  It is only when one is unplugged on a daily basis from the internet, cell phones, iPhones, etc. that one can appreciate the pickup hockey game, pinochle, hand and foot, Apples to Apples,  and videos.   Mostly though, people talk with each other. 

It was indeed a very blessed time.

Twas the Thursday before Christmas…

December 22, 2011

…and since this might be my last opportunity to get near a computer, this is to wish a blessed Christmas season to one and all.


December 12, 2011

So much can be said about Our Lady of Guadalupe – patroness of the Americas, patroness of pro-life people and activities, and the wonderful story itself.  But today, what  comes up above those comes  from today’s Gospel – Mary ‘s fiat – let it be done to me according to your word.