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A little update

I am a writer. I cannot help but write. It has been so frustrating trying to find a way of processing my experience that doesn’t include writing publicly. Not only that, I really miss the questions and comments from this online community. It really helped me work through what I am going through.There can be no doubt about it, I consider not writing this blog a penance.

Nevertheless, I felt it would be appropriate to write a brief update on where I am for those who follow this blog. I am very thankful for all the sweet emails and new Facebook friends. I have really enjoyed peering into your lives, and pray for God’s blessing for you everyday.

Patience

Yes, I am still in formation. You will know if I ever am not, as this blog will be removed from the web in that circumstance. Our class is running a little bit longer than most, so we are still about three and a half years from ordination. (Personally, I think we are running long because I’m not all that bright, but they are charitable enough to tell me it’s because of administrative stuff) If nothing else, I am certainly learning patience.

My biggest challenge has been one of worth. I know that no one can be worthy or God’s blessings, but in my own eyes, I feel incredibly unworthy. I don’t know, I guess I had hoped that this formation process would make me a better person somehow, and when I look in the mirror, I am still shocked by the glaring faults that look back at me.

Unworthy

The loss of my father in law has been the hallmark moment of this year. He was a very dear friend, and I pray for him every day, even now. While it has been very hard not listening to his Santa Claus-like laugh, he gave me a great gift with his passing. He let me know that I really believe all I say I believe. I was actually happy he had died, because I knew what kind of man he was, and I could not help but feel his moment of triumph. I don’t know that I really had any proof of my faith that would pass my interior eyes until he gave me this gift. Thanks to him, I finally know I am not (entirely) full of crap.

Just for you to know, it’s driving me crazy to not comment on Benedict’s resignation and the eminent conclave. Absolutely bonkers.

So there you are, brief update. Just to let you know I’m not dead or anything.

Not Quite Farewell

If you follow my blog at all, you may have noticed that my posts have been nearly absent all summer. There is a reason, and I suppose it is high time that I share it with you.

I had the good fortune of having my formation director over for dinner a couple months ago, and I shared the fact that I had started this blog, and of the wonderful community of people it was creating. While he very much respected the endeavor, he shared some very valid concerns over its existence. After much thought and musing, I felt his concerns were quite valid.

So I have taken the summer to really think it over, and decide if it is really worth the risk for me to have this blog before my ordination. I have come to the conclusion that this is not the right time. It is my full intention to come back and rebuild this site after my ordination, but that is years down the road, and you know how that can go.

I have loved all of those who have been dedicated to this blog, and have really enjoyed corresponding with you. Please, feel free to shoot me a line anytime, you can find my contact information on my about me page. You can also find me on Facebook, I’d love to be your friend.

God bless you all, and please continue to keep me in your prayers, as I keep you in mine!

Dance

Versatile Blogger Award

There are few blogs that I follow regularly, in fact, there are less than ten. So when one of my personal favorite bloggers sends me a recognition of some kind, I can’t help but be thankful for the notice from someone I personally read so regularly. You see, I’m a homeschooling father, and to be honest, I’m not all that creative. It’s not so much that I’m not artistic as much as I’m never sure quite what to do when it comes to the kids. So they knit. A lot.

Insert Jennifer at Crafolic.com. She has so many ideas over there for kids that it will make your head spin. I have told her repeatedly that she needs to write a book, and if she doesn’t then many families will simply miss out on her, and I don’t want that to happen. Not only that, but her husband has a beard, and I respect any woman who loves a man with a solid beard.

So if you have kids and are looking for something special and fun to do, check her out. If you are a grandparent, always check her page when you know the kids are coming over to stay. I can think of few better ways to have fun with them that so clearly helps to solidify the faith of children.

So, to the award. I am supposed to nominate some other bloggers for this “Versatile Blogger Award”, as well as tell you seven things about myself that I haven’t mentioned already. Well, I’m not sure who I would nominate for this award, I would just take the time to go through my blogroll. Most of those blogs are written by solid Catholics, and are all worthy of some notice. That is of course why I put them there. To be honest, most of the blogs I follow would not be all that interested in a small little blog like mine taking notice of them, I am after all, a very small bug in the world of blogging.

That being said, I’d love to pass the award to other blogs that follow me, I’ll link them as I get word:

TJBurdick – Adorationality.wordpress.com Check out his title, it’s hilarious. Definitely check out his article on Confusing White People. I do this too, just with Latin.

Now, seven things about me.

1. I failed skipping in kindergarten. All I could do is gallop. This would be the only test I have ever failed in my life. My kids love to make fun of me for this.

2. I’m deeply interesting in native cultures, regardless of the nationality. I always wanted to be a cultural anthropologist, specializing in native cultures. I am simply interested in how people lived when they lived as naturally and close to the earth as possible. I often sit back and dream of fishing and hunting all day, and I’m sure my prayer life would be a lot better if that was all I had on my plate!

3. My sister is also my cousin. Dead serious. No incest here, so I’ll have to explain. When my mother divorced my father, her next husband was his cousin. So she’s my half sister through my mother, and my cousin through my father. I still think that’s funny every time I say it.

4. I love watermelon. When I was a little boy, I would go and visit my father in the south every couple years. Every time I went, it was summer, and my grandfather would take me out on the farm in his tractor first thing, so that I could get my watermelon. We would roll through the oppressive heat to find the perfect one, and then he would toss it on the ground to break it open, and I would eat the whole thing right there. We would of course grab another to bring home, but he always said he loved watching me eat that watermelon.

5. Bald is sexy. (At least that’s what my wife keeps telling me!)

6. I can play almost any instrument you put in front of me. I can play the didgeridoo, the ukulele, the Irish flute, you name it. I come from a musical family, my parents even have a rock band!

7. I don’t like reading the bible. I know, that’s just stupid. I love to quote it, and I love what it teaches me, but every time I sit down to read it, my eyes glaze over. Don’t get me wrong, I have forced myself through every book, but I’m actually better at reading books about the bible, than reading the bible itself. The office of readings is about all I can handle in a day. Go figure.

And there you go. Seven random things about me for your amusement.

(Just a note for any bloggers that follow me, if you would like me to link you on this page and send you this award, let me know, and I’ll hop right on it.)

Reverend Know-It-All

Oh Wow. I just read the best article on religious education that I have read in a long, long time. I’m not usually one to shamelessly plug someone else’s articles, but you seriously need to check this out now. Here is a short excerpt to wet your appetite.

“In order to commit a mortal sin, a sin that severs one’s relationship to God, one must have sufficient knowledge that what they are doing is mortally sinful. Our kids come to Catholic schools and religious education where, presumably, they learn that it is a mortal sin to skip Sunday Mass without a serious reason, such as illness or inability to travel. That means that by allowing children to come to religious education or to enroll in Catholic schools when their parents don’t come to Mass, we are enabling them to commit a mortal sin by giving them the sufficient knowledge to damn their eternal souls.That’s a plan.”

Right on Father Simon. The system we are using is flat out broken, it is doing nothing for our young faithful, in fact it puts them at great risk, and it needs to be fixed pronto.

Read the entire article on Reverend Know-It-All, “We Are Starting Over”

(HT Creative Minority Report)

Sola Scriptura

I am sorry. I spent my writing time today on Facebook, and am simply spent. So instead of writing something special for the blog, I decided to copy and paste my conversation. Wow, am I lazy. Without further ado, here you go.

“I so deeply appreciate your openness and sensibility in your discussion. I can see very clearly how deep your faith in Christ is, and I am edifiied by it. It is so easy to get caught in the “I’m right and you’re wrong” mentality, and I am impressed that you haven’t fallen into that trap. May God contiune to bless you.

The trouble is, the doctrine of Sola Scriptura does not do what you describe. It does not check our teaching against a solid norm. Let me explain.

Here are you and I, two intellegent people, who are in awe of God, and in love with Jesus Christ. We both have every desire to remain faithful to Him, and want to live our lives as closely to His directions as possible. And yet, when we look to the scriptures to guide our conversation, instead of whole hearted agreement, we find dissention. Instead of clasping each others palms, and calling each other to head out and spread the Gospel with the same acccord, we instead end up in petty squabbles.

This cannot be what Christ intended. Christ earnestly prayed that we would be one, undivided. And for 1500 years, that is exactly how it was, until Luther nailed his protest to the church door. For 1500 years, the Church preserved its tradition, and with that tradition, the scriptures that supported it and edified that belief.

Look again at your quote from Galatians 1:8-9. Paul calls us to not depart from the gospel he had preached to them. And yet, no Gospel had yet been written. That is because the gospel is not words on a page, but a living, breathing faith handed down from one man to another, kept in line by the living memory of its collective people, most especially in the apostles and their successors. The bible is more precious than gold, but only when held in tandem with the tradition of that people, the Church.

You see, this Church was and is the vehicle for the gospel to move throughout the world. It was so in the first centuries before the bible came to be, and it is so now. This “Church of the living God, the Pillar, and Foundation of Truth” (1 Tim 3:15) is where we must bring our questions about scripture, lest we fall away from that gospel into dissention.

Look at the history of the protestant church since this division, and what you see is divison and dissagreement spreading like wildfire. Thousands of churches have cropped up all around, each with their own take on just what the scriptures mean. This is not the “oneness” that Christ asked of us, and it is born of not having that sure norm that Galatians speaks of.

Notice that I am not saying that the Church is perfect, far from it. Jesus said the Kingdom would be like a field of wheat, with weeds sown into it in the night. Clearly, this is not heaven He is speaking of, as there can be no weeds in heaven. Yes, there have been bad leaders, and many of them have done bad things. There are weeds in the wheat, but that will be separted by Christ at the end, so we need not be too concerned with that now. What is important, is while many in the Church have been unfaithful, the teaching of the Church has never been. Now I’m not talking about a idioic pronouncment here, or a pope saying something stupid there, but the functional dogma of the Church has remained unchanged, clarified at times (Trinity doctrine for example), but unchanged.

Nowhere in all of the first 1500 years of our faith in Christ has there been the idea that the scripture has everything we need to know. This is frankly, a brand new idea in the larger scheme of things, and all I have to do is look at the results of that belief, to know the fruit it bears is the fruit of division.”

Phew, I clearly talk too much.