September 28, 2007

LIFE: MICHAEL, RAPHAEL & GABRIEL

Happy Feast Day!
Sr. Michael, Sr. Raphael, Sr. Gabriel

September 26, 2007

TV: NEW TV SHOWS

"REAPER"--A 21-year-old Wal-mart-like employee finds out that his parents sold his soul to the devil before he was born. He must now work for Satan, bounty-hunting souls that have escaped from hell. A blend of comedy, guy humor and special effects. The main character's slacker friend is very funny. Satan, looking like a mafia don, is non-scary and non-funny. The theology is skewed and illogical: Satan tells his new minion, "Don't worry, I saw how this all ends: God wins." Satan almost sounds like he's working for God, putting the "bad guys" away.
I thought this might be more "Screwtape Letters," psychological thriller, but not so far. The dirt-devil vacuum as a soul-sucking device was amusing. Acting, dialogue, plot, not that snappy.

"GOSSIP GIRLS"--Based on the books touted as "Sex and the City for the teen set." Sigh. Mean Rich Girls. Bored Mean Rich Girls. Bored Mean Rich Humorless Girls Creating Drama (Unfortunately Much Sexual Drama) Because They're Bored. Bored Mean Rich Girls with Bored Mean Rich Parents. Created by the creator of "The O.C."--it's the same tenor.

"DIRTY, SEXY MONEY"--focuses on a lawyer for a mega-wealthy, eccentric, controlling, Kennedy-like family. His father before him was their lawyer. The stellar cast doesn't disappoint: Donald Sutherland, Jill Clayburgh, Peter Krause. This could be a very heavy drama, but has a light touch. Very well executed, but not completely riveting. Unfortunately, the nastiest family member is a nasty Roman Catholic priest with a son out of wedlock.

LIFE: SR. ANNE JOAN

Sr. Anne Joan (in her choir robes) gave a keynote presentation to the
International Catholic Stewardship Convention in Miami today--relating
stewardship to media/communications.

September 25, 2007

BOOKS: FRANZ JAGERSTATTER, MARTYR

Franz Jagerstatter, a Catholic layman and father of three--one of the only Austrians to refuse to serve in Hitler's army and was executed for it--was declared "martyr" by the Catholic Church. He will be beatified in October! Check out the book on Franz' life: "In Solitary Witness" by Gordan Zahn.
He faced opposition from EVERYONE, including family, church, etc., that told him to just join the army like everyone else. They told him he was being selfish to follow his conscience (because of the possible reprisals against his family). Sure, he could have killed his conscience and gone with the flow. But now his grandkids get to say: "Franz Jagerstatter was my grandfather."
Check out www.catholicpeacefellowship.org, a group of Iraq war vets who are pressing for wider allowances for conscientious objection under U.S. law.

September 24, 2007

LIFE: PRECIOUS BLOOD SISTERS, DAYTON, OHIO

 
Statue at the Precious Blood Sisters, Dayton, Ohio.
Get this: Their charism is to "do what the Blood of Jesus does: heal, refresh, comfort, reconcile"!
How beautiful is that?

MOVIES: FILMING BATMAN "DARK KNIGHT" IN CHICAGO

September 20, 2007

LIFE: OHIO STATE FLAG

Sr. Susan "Vanna" Miriam demonstrates that the Ohio State flag is the only state flag NOT in a rectangle.

LIFE: "THE PEORIA 6"

Peoria, IL, seminarians visit. Bishop Fulton Sheen is from Peoria, IL, and the rumor mill has it that the "Peoria 6" are going to Rochester, NY, to steal his bones and bring them back to Peoria. Where they belong.

LIFE: NATIONAL CATHOLIC WOMEN'S CONVENTION

Sr. Susan Miriam at our booth--National Catholic Women's Convention in beautiful downtown Columbus, OH!
Pretty city, friendly folks. Go Buckeyes!

LIFE: WHAT IS THEOLOGY OF THE BODY?

Theology of the Body is going to God through desire.
Theology of the Body is going to God through the desires He gave us.
Theology of the Body is not the repression or indulgence of desires, but the redemption of desires.
 

September 17, 2007

LIFE: THE HIGHEST PROFESSION

I had to re-read John Paul II's "On Human Work, Laborem Exercens" for a project, and it became evident to me that everyone is ultimately working for the family, even those of us with no children, because we are working for the future. What is the future? Children. Where do children come from, where are they raised? The family.

"All professions serve the highest profession: homemaking." --C. S. Lewis

(It's the OLDEST profession, too.)

LIFE: NON-CRABBY WOMEN OF FAITH

So, I attended this luncheon of the "Non-Crabby Women of Faith"* with a German Monsignor Schmidt who converted two real-life princesses to Jesus. One is German, one Italian. The Italian, who is a Borgia(!), wrote a best-selling book in Europe called "With New Eyes," that I and my partner in crime, Sheila Liaugminas, are going to strong-arm him into getting into English.

When one of the women asked Monsignor: "How do we bring Jesus to the world when we leave Mass?" He said, get this, "The family table. All of life should be liturgy. If the Mass is the heavenly banquet, so should our family table be, also for all those who join us at it (hospitality)." He said: "You should use your fine china for your family several times a week. Celebrate." Wow.

Linda Weaver, our amazing hostess and evangelizer par excellence, said: "If evangelizing is inviting people to the heavenly banquet...then I'm God's party planner!"
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*We're not allowed to complain about our lives, the Church or anything! Only positive energy. Like Jesus who was always "yes."

September 14, 2007

LIFE: WHAT IS THEOLOGY OF THE BODY?

Theology of the Body circumvents cynicism, suspicion and bad memories about the male-female relationship to show us what is possible.
 
"The status of the male-female relationship is irredeemable." --Leonard Cohen

LIFE: WHAT IS THEOLOGY OF THE BODY?

Theology of the Body is a vision of God's vision of the human body.

September 11, 2007

PHILOSOPHY: MOTHER TERESA

It has been revealed that Mother Teresa experienced--for most of her life--the same feeling of darkness and abandonment that many atheists feel.
This incredible woman had one mission on earth: to the poorest of the poor, and now from heaven a mission to those in doubt and darkness.
I hope that just in the way she also raised awareness of the poorest of the poor, she will raise awareness of the plight of atheists.
I have never been completely without faith (I believed in the creator-watchmaker-God-of-the-Deists until I was 15), but in my teenage years before I met a personal God--Father, Son and Holy Spirit--my life was very dark, and I would never want to go back there.
Fr. Cantalamessa, preacher to the papal household, posits that atheists may be the souls "dearest to the heart of God."

LIFE: THEOLOGY OF THE BODY INSTITUTE--August 2007

Can you find Christopher West?

September 6, 2007

LIFE: WHY HIM?

Why was John Paul II the one who developed the Theology of the Body? Was he just the right person at the right time like Elvis and the world was ready for rock and roll?
Yes.

LIFE: WHO WAS JOHN PAUL II?

John Paul II was one of the greatest saints who ever walked the earth and we'll be unpacking his legacy for centuries.

LIFE: WHAT IS THEOLOGY OF THE BODY?

Theology of the Body is a "theological timebomb" that will "effect every article of the Creed." --George Weigel (official biographer of JPII)

LIFE: WHAT IS THEOLOGY OF THE BODY?

Theology of the Body is what everyone was looking for in the 60's.

September 5, 2007

LIFE: WHAT IS THEOLOGY OF THE BODY?

Theology of the Body is healing for all bodies.
Theology of the Body is the healing of human sexuality, male and female.
Theology of the Body is the restoration of the original plan for the male-female relationship.

LIFE: WHAT IS THEOLOGY OF THE BODY?

Theology of the Body is the long-awaited answer to Descartes.

September 4, 2007