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May 28, 2008

More Priests, but Less Sisters

Filed under: Catholic News — Fr. John Larson @ 5:57 pm

The stats are out. There are slightly more priests worldwide, but the number of sisters is declining. There are definitely women discerning a vocation out there, but only a few communities that are really growing, and they can’t accept all the women who would like to join.

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May 26, 2008

Clubhouse Pow

Filed under: Audio and Video — Fr. John Larson @ 6:02 am

On an extreme tangent, I found this little video which I immediately related to. I was one of the kids who played the “Clubhouse Pow” game the video refers to. I came away with second place that day (out of 3) and received a “TV 11 SUPER SUMMER” t-shirt as a consolation prize. It was a rather brief experience of being on a TV game show.

I remember Mr. Heim from TJ and the ANT, which I watched quite a few Friday nights.

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May 21, 2008

Marians Soon Headed to the Philippines

Filed under: Catholic News — Fr. John Larson @ 12:43 am

We have a page with information about the mission here.

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May 19, 2008

Irene Sendler, called the “Female Schindler”

Filed under: Uncategorized — Fr. John Larson @ 6:22 pm

She just passed away May 12.

A great little article about her from our site: thedivinemercy.org.

The Wikipedia page on her says that Hallmark Hall of Fame is going to do a movie about her. Bravo.

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May 17, 2008

Momentous Changes

Filed under: Catholic News — Fr. John Larson @ 11:55 pm

Since I was born after the Novus Ordo had already been approved and promulgated, the antagonism towards what is now the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite among those who remember when it was the only form is something of a mystery to me. This is why I have taken to reading things like this:

Saturday Evening Post November 1964

The article explains a lot. Basically, once upon a time there was a battle between two factions of the Church. One was called the “progressive” faction and one was deemed the “conservative” faction. These two couldn’t stand each other.

I am amazed that many of the words used then are still used now: “traditionalists,” “progressive,” “conservative,” “relevant,” “radical right.” Both “oppression” and “repression” were terms used to describe the “conservatives,” while the “progressives” had “compassion,” a “pioneering mood,” and were focused on “reform.” There was a “new breed” of seminarians and sisters.

Well, guess what? Now there’s a “new breed” of seminarians and sisters. After all, it has been 44 years! The “radical new” way of celebrating Mass, which the cover alludes to, is now old. Been there, done that. Why does everything have to be so plain? We are starting to see once again “momentous changes!”

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Visual Meditation on Our Lady

Filed under: Audio and Video,Catholic Devotions — Fr. John Larson @ 5:08 am

From the Mother of Mercy Messengers

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May 15, 2008

Call to Action Never More “Popular”

Filed under: Catholic News — Fr. John Larson @ 11:05 pm

With over 25,000 hits on YouTube (ok, approaching 30,000 as of 5/17), the short video from the closing “Call to Action” 2008 liturgy gives the group lots of attention. (I’m not linking to it because I prefer to link to things I like rather than, um, other stuff.) Yet, many of those watching it are not taking it seriously. In fact, some of the comments are rather biting and unkind. I think one of the more appropriate comments is, “This is such a sad sight.” There’s a lot of negative blogging and, although my blog is practically unknown, I would rather have it that way than to get “hits” from making negative comments.

The one thing that stands out from the video for me is a definite generation gap. Young folks are almost completely MIA. Although I’m no longer a “young adult,” I think that most of those younger than me have never heard of “Call to Action.” If this video is their introduction, it will probably immunize them from any further interest in such a group. The video I link to in the previous entry has a much greater chance of producing a positive impression. This “folk Mass” scene has become rather “old” and the Traditional Latin Mass seems so “new and different!”

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May 5, 2008

The Ultra-Obscure Jordan Aumann, O.P. LP set (Listen Here)

Filed under: Audio and Video,Catholic News — Fr. John Larson @ 12:29 am

Have you seen this LP set lately?

Jordan Aumann LP

Jordan Aumann, O.P. Conferences on the Religious Life for the Sisters, ACTA Publications

I can’t find any mention of it anywhere on the Internet.
So, here’s the first mention.

This set is, as one would expect, excellent. There is an abundance of quality food-for-thought. Although it is directed to sisters, priests and brothers can learn a thing or two from it also. Many of the principles discussed are common to all types of religious life. The vows are still the same vows that religious have been professing for a long, long time.

Here is the first conference: Vocation to Perfection
The second conference: Until Death.
The third conference: Obedience.
The fourth conference: Chastity.
The fifth conference: Poverty.
The sixth conference: The Common Life.
The seventh conference: The Constitutions.
The eighth conference: The Religious Superior.
Love, Hallmark of Sanctity

I have the permission of the copyright holder to freely distribute these works, and you may also download them.

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