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People light candles at the sea of memorials left in front of the cathedral in Oslo, Norway, July 25. The attacks carried out by Anders Behring Breivik July 22 traumatized normally peaceful Norway, which was struggling to come to terms with its worst pea cetime massacre of modern times. CNS PHOTO BY WORLD YOUTH DAY
This monstrance from the cathedral in Toledo, Spain, set into a towering 16thcentury gothic structure of silver and gold, will be part of World Youth Day activities Aug. 16-21 in Madrid. Prayer and eucharistic adoration are a major part of World Youth Day activities in line with the vision of Pope Benedict XVI.
World Youth Day opens month after Spain marks 75th anniversary of war By Madeline Watkins Catholic News Service
ASHINGTON (CNS) -- World Youth Day 2011 will open after the 75th anniversary of the beginning of the Spanish Civil War, a national event that many millennials may know little about, though it profoundly impacted the Catholic Church in Spain. During the bitter three-year struggle between the Nationalist forces, led by Gen. Francisco Franco, and the established leftist Republican government, nearly half a million Spaniards were killed over ideological differences that had increasingly divided the country. “Everyone was forced to take sides, whether they knew much about the causes of the war or not,” said Jose Sanchez, an expert on the Spanish Civil War and professor emeritus at St. Louis University. “The church hierarchy was faced with the most intense crisis in Spain’s history and for the most part supported the Nationalist cause, primarily because of the anticlerical fury that occurred when the war broke out,” he said. With the establishment of the left-
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Pope decries terror attacks in Norway, calls for end to violence, evil By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service
ATICAN CITY (CNS) -- In the wake of two terror attacks in Norway that left 76 people dead, Pope Benedict XVI called for an end to hatred and ideologies that promote evil. “We are all deeply saddened by the serious terrorist acts,” the pope said after praying the Angelus with pilgrims at the papal summer residence in Castel Gan-
dolfo July 24. The pope launched an appeal “to abandon once and for all the path of violence and avoid principles of evil.” As a further expression of his condolences and prayers for those affected by the attacks, the pope sent a message to Norway’s King Harald V. Written on behalf of the pope by Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, Vatican secretary of state, the pope said he was praying for all those affected by “the acts of senseless violence perpetrated
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in Oslo and Utoya.” The pope asked that the country “be spiritually united in a determined resolve to reject the ways of hatred and conflict and to work together fearlessly in shaping a future of mutual respect, solidarity and freedom for coming generations.” Explosives ripped through Norwegian government headquarters in Oslo July 22, leaving seven people dead and dozens inSEE NORWAY PAGE 2
time for the hundreds of World Youth Day (WYD) pilgrims from Guam to get packing! They have 17 day left to gear up and prepare themselves for travel to the one event this summer that will bring the world together in Madrid, Spain. The journey to Spain’s capital is quickly approaching and soon, the pilgrims will be walking the streets of Madrid with youth from around the globe, and together, celebrate a very special Eucharist with the leader of our Catholic Church, Pope Benedict XVI. Here are travel tips and advice from the WYD Madrid 2011 official website that would be helpful for the pilgrims: SEE TIPS PAGE 5
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Norway CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 jured. Shortly after the bombing, witnesses said a man dressed as a police officer shot at people attending a summer youth camp run by the country’s governing Labor Party on the island of Utoya. Police said at least 68 people died at the camp, but authorities were searching the island and the waters just offshore for several missing people. At least 96 other people were injured in the twin attacks. The suspect, 32-year-old Anders Behring Breivik, has admitted to carrying out the killings but has not admitted any criminal wrongdoing. He pleaded not guilty in an Oslo court July 25
SUNDAY, JULY 31, 2011 after being charged under the country’s terrorism act. His lawyer told journalists July 24 that his client thought “it was gruesome having to commit these acts, but in his head, they were necessary.” “He wished to attack society and the structure of society,” said the lawyer, Geir Lippestad. The suspect is believed to have links to far-right groups and to have produced materials espousing anti-Muslim and anti-immigration views, and a desire to bring about a revolution against the government in Norway. Meanwhile, Bishop Bernt Eidsvig of Oslo told Vatican Radio July 25 that the country was united in mourning for the victims and still in shock over the killings. “It has affected every one of us. Despite political differences
or other differences, this is a tragedy,” he said. “We do not know anything like it in our history, that 100 people are killed in cold blood. So it is creating unity, and in spite of the grief, also strength.” Bishop Eidsvig said in the interview that people were shocked the prime suspect was Norwegian saying, “Of course in all countries, there are disturbed and misled persons. I am quite sure he is one of them. He must be mentally disturbed. I don’t think ideology is sufficient to explain this.” The bishop said he expected a traditionally lax approach to security around government buildings would be quickly reversed, saying they had already been planning to block off the street where the suspect allegedly parked a car with a bomb inside.
“In Oslo, you’ve practically been able to drive your car to the prime minister’s office or to the king’s palace if you pretended to have business there. But I think all this will come to an end fairly soon,” he said. “I think we are waking up to reality.” President Barack Obama sent condolences to the people of Norway soon after the attacks. He said the incidents were a reminder that the world must work together to prevent future terror attacks. The president recalled in a statement the warm reception he received from Norwegians during his 2009 trip to Oslo to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. “So our hearts go out to them, and we’ll provide any support we can to them as they investigate these occurrences,” Obama said.
Welcome to the Catholic Christian Family. Ryder Anton Zarick, son of John and Krystle Zarick, was baptized on June 18, 2011 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Folsom, Sacrament County, CA. Ryder is the great-grandson of Eliza K. (Paulino) Stone, formerly of Ipan. Rev. Mr. Dominic Kim, a permanent deacon, administered the sacrament. At Ryder’s Baptism are (from left to right) Deacon Kim; Eliza Stone, Ryder’s grandmother, and his parents John and Krystle Zarick, holding Ryder.
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Mark Your Calendars - Liturgical Music Ministers “Sing Out” Schedule (Music Review of the New Mass Settings) • Northern Region, 08/06/2011 9AM-11AM at St. Anthony Church, Tamuning • Central Region 1, 08/13/2011 9AM-11AM (TBA) • Central Region 2, 08/20/2011 9AM-11AM at St. Fidelis Friary Chapel, Sinajana • Southern Region, 08/27/2011 9AM-11AM at St. Francis Catholic Church, Yona
All Music Ministers are welcome to attend ANY of these sessions. Contact Karl Sotto at 671.688.5720 for more information. Thank you.
Notre Dame High School
• August 1 - August 5: Teacher Orientation Week, 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. • August 8: Freshman & Sophomore Orientation, 8:10 a.m. - 2:40 p.m. • August 9: Junior & Senior Orientation, 8:10 a.m. - 2:40 p.m. • August 10: First Day for ALL students, 8:10 a.m. - 2:40 p.m.
Saint Anthony Catholic School
• Aug 1st to 5th: Staff Development • Aug 5th: Parent Orientation 9:00 am SACS Gym. Followed by Open house • Aug 8th: First day of classes for 2011/2012 SY7:40am to 2:45 pm Students must come in full official school uniform. Boys must wear long trousers. First Day Mass of the Holy Spirit 9:00 a.m. Official school uniforms and school jackets are available only at Royal Bics GPO. P.E. Uniforms are available at the school Business Office School calendar, school supply listing and uniform policy information
are available online. Visit website: www.stanthonyschoolguam.org. Parents of 8th grade graduates who no longer have siblings attending SACS may pick up their 2010/2011 SY SAT results at the school’s. MAIN OFFICE during school hours 7:30 am to 3:45 p.m. Tel: Main Office: 647-1140/Business Office: 647-1143
WYD T-Shirts & Tanks
T-Shirts and tanks are available in the Cathedral Gift Shop. Limited in sizes and colors so hurry while supplies last. Will make great gifts to other pilgrims in Madrid. Represent Guam in Madrid with style!
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SUNDAY GOSPEL & REFLECTION
SUNDAY, JULY 31, 2011
Archbishop Anthony Sablan Apuron, O.F.M. Cap., D.D.
isters and Brothers: The gospel tells us that Jesus withdraws “in a boat to a deserted place by himself.” It is a bad day for the Teacher. The disciples have just brought the news of John the Baptist’s death. Perhaps they have also given a few gory details: a drunken Herod seduced by a dancing girl, and Herodias receiving on a platter the head of her fearless accuser. Jesus desires to be alone, both to mourn the death of John the Baptist and to pause from his work of proclaiming God’s kingdom. He suspects Herod’s interest in him and does not wish to unnecessarily expose himself to danger. But the crowd have other plans; on foot they get ahead of him. When he disembarks, they are waiting for him. Though himself troubled, Jesus attends to the people who seek him in the hope of receiving some relief from their burdens. Setting his own needs and concerns aside, he begins to teach them and reaches out to heal the sick. In their eagerness to follow Jesus, the people have overlooked provisions for food and lodging. At sundown, the disciples suggest that the crowd be dismissed. Jesus tells them to provide for the people. The suggestion staggers the disciples. Five thousand people, “not counting women and children,” are hungry, and the only food at hand consists of five loaves and two fish. The gospel of John says these
belong to a boy who willingly gave them up. Jesus takes the boy’s gift and shares it with thousands--and the spare fills twelve baskets. Like the disciples, we are commanded to feed the poor and the hungry in our midst. The Eucharist , where Jesus continues to give himself for our nourishment, both challenges and motivates us to do as he did. It reminds us that one person can make a difference when the little that one can give in sacrifice is offered to the Lord. As Jesus describes in his life-giving death, “Unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and died, it remains just a grain of wheat; but if it dies, it produces much fruit.” One concerned person can be the Lord’s instrument for helping thousands. British celebrity Malcolm Muggeridge sees this truth verified in Blessed Teresa of Calcutta. He writes, “She showed me Christianity in action. She showed me the power of love. She showed me how one loving person can start a tidal wave of love that can spread to the entire world.” We may not have much to give, we may be wrestling with some problem. But if we are willing to share this little and forget ourselves, Jesus can use our gift and feed thousands. May your day be filled with love and may Almighty God bless you in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Mina’ Disi Ochu Damenggo Otdinariu Na Tiempo
Ibangheliu (Mateo 14:13-21)
nnai tumunok si Jesus ginen i boti ya ha li’e’ i linahyan taotao, nina’ma’ase’ i korason-na, ya ha na’fanhomlo’ i manmalangon-niha. Annai kumeke homhom, manmatto i mandisipulu ya masangani gue’: ‘Taya’ sumasaga guini na lugat ya esta kulan atrasao. Sotta i taotao ya u fanhanao para i sengsong ya u fanmamahan na’niha.’ Mansinangani siha as Jesus: ‘Ti presisu na u fanmachalapon. Hamyo mismo na’i siha na’-niha.’ Manmanoppe siha: ‘Taya’ guini sinoki ennao ha’ i sinko pidason pan yan dos guihan.’ Ilek-na si Jesus nu siha: ‘Chule’ magi ennao.’ Despues ha tago’ i linahyan taotao para u fanmata’chong gi cha’guan. Ha chule’ i sinko pidason pan yan dos guihan, ya tumalak hilo’ gi langet, ha bendisi yan ha’ ipe’ i pan ya ha na’i i mandisipulu-na ya siha pumatte i taotao siha. Todu ayu siha i manestaba manocho astaki manhaspok. I ngatnan annai marikohi bula ha’ dossi kanastra. Ayu siha i manestaba guihi mas ki sinko mit fuera di i famalao’an yan famagu’on.
Notre Dame High School Begins Gym and Science Lab Renovations By Jessica Perez-Jackson ‘96 Preparation for School Year 2011-2012 has begun for Notre Dame High School, Inc., as improvements to the school’s gym and science lab are underway. Notre Dame recently received a grant from the School Sisters of Notre Dame, Milwaukee Province to make renovations to its chemistry lab. A classroom in Notre Dame’s Becker building will house a new and up-to-date chemistry lab which will provide students with more workspace, state-of-the-art equipment, and an additional classroom in which they can execute their science lab assignments. Additionally, the long awaited project to install an air conditioner in the gym has finally begun. Funds from past years’ parent and booster club fundraisers are being put to use to install an air conditioner in Notre Dame’s Royal gymnasium. Future projects to renovate the gym and stage area are also on Notre Dame’s strategic planning agenda.
Refleksion Ibangeliu ginen Atsubispo
Ibangheliu ha sangani hit na “sumuha si Jesu Kristo gi halom boti para un sahnge na lugat guiguiya ha’ na maisa.” Kulan baba na ha’ane para i Ma’estro. I mandisipulu ma chulili’e nutisiha put i mapunu’ San Juan Bautista. Buente mana’i gue’ mas ni lini’e’-niha: un bulacheru na Herodes ni kinembinse ni bailan un patgon, ya si Herodias ha risibi gi bandeha i ilun i santo bendito. Ha diseha si Jesus na u guiguiya ha na maisa para u triste put i finatai San Juan Bautista yan para u deskansa ginen i checho’na sumetmon put i rainon Yu’os. Ha suspepecha i interes Herodes giya guiya ya ti malagu’ na u a’annok ya u fama’okasion para pineddong. Lao i linahyan otro planun-niha; mafo’naigue manmamokkat. Annai tumunnok, esta mananangga gue’. Maseha atburutao gue’ mismo, ha atiende si Jesu Kristo i taotao siha ni umespipiha gue’ manangongoku na umarisibi alibiu ginen i katgan-niha. Ha po’lu i nisisidat-na yan atburotu-na gi un banda, ha tutuhon fuma’na’gue’ siha ya ha estira gue’ huyong para una’fanhomlo’ i manmalangu. Gi brinabun-niha para u matattiyi si Jesu Kristo, manmaleffa i taotao ti manmanule’ pribension nengkanno’ yan para maigo. Gi minachom i atdao, ma ideha ni mandisipulu na u ritira si Jesu Kristo i taotao siha. Lao si Jesu Kristo ha sangani siha na pribiniyi i taotao. Este na hinasso kana’ninafangaduku i mansidipulu. Sinko mit taotao “fuera ki i famalao’an yan famagu’on,” mannahlang, ya i nengkanno ni gaigi taya mas ki sinko pidason pan yan dos guihan. I
Ibangheliun San Juan ilek-na na iyon un patgon este ni malagu muna’in-naihon para hayi. Ha chule’ si Jesu Kristo este ya ha patte este gi mit siha--ya i sepbla hana’bula dosse kanastra. Taiguihi i mandisipulu, manmamanda hit para ta na’fanocho i mamopble yan mannahlang gi entalo’-ta. I eukaristiha, annai si Jesu Kristo hakuntinunuha numa’in maisa gue’ para na’-ta, ha u’uga yan ha chochonnek hit para ta cho’gue taimanu ha cho’gue. Ha na’hahasso hit na un taotao sina mama’diferensiao yanggen i didide’ ni sina ta na’i komu sakrifisiu ma’ufresi guatu gi Saina. Taimanu si Jesu Kristo ha deskribi i nana’i-lina’la’ na finatai-na: ‘Solu i granun trigu poddong gi edda’ ya matai, sumaga ha un granun trigu; lao yanggen matai, manokcha mepapa’.” Un karinosu na taotao sina mama’instrumenton i Saina para manayuda mit siha. Si Malcolm Muggeridge ha li’e’ este na minagahet sumenannok gi as Madre Teresa di Calcutta. Ha tuge’, “Ha fanu’i yu’ i kilisyanu gi aksion. Ha fanu’i yu’ i nina’sinan guinaiya. Ha fanu’i yu hafa taimanu un taotao ni manguaiya sina ha tutuhon i napun tasin guinaiya ni sina machalapon gi interu gi tano.” Sina ti megagai sina ta na’in-naihon; sina uma’afulu’ hit yan prupblema. Lao yanggen malagu hit pumatte este i didide’ ya maleffannaihon hit nu hita, sina ha usa si Jesu Kristo i rigalu-ta para ta na’fanocho’ mit siha. Ohalara ya u bula guinaiya i ha’anen-miyu ya i todu hana’sina na Yu’os infambenendisi gi na’an i Tata yan i Lahi-na yan i Espiritu Santo. Amen.
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Anniversary CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 ist Second Spanish Republic in 1931, discriminatory laws against Catholics were put in place -- nationalizing church properties, instituting obligatory public education, which would ban nuns and monks from teaching by 1933, and forbidding public displays of Catholicism. Convents were burned in Madrid, Malaga, and elsewhere in the early 1930s, followed by the dissolution of the Jesuits and sporadic killings of religious. From 1936 to 1939, thousands of Catholic institutions -- churches, monasteries, convents and schools -- were burned and destroyed. Close to 7,000 bishops, priests and nuns were martyred, along with thousands of laity for the simple fact they were Catholic. Carrying religious objects, such as a medal, crucifix or rosary, was enough of a reason to be killed. Nearly 1,000 of the Spanish Civil War martyrs have been beatified during the pontificates of John Paul II and Benedict XVI. Auxiliary Bishop Rutilio J. del Riego of San Bernardino, Calif.,
SUNDAY, JULY 31, 2011 grew up in a small northern province in Spain. Born a year after the war ended, Bishop del Riego told Catholic News about the challenges growing up in a postcivil war Spain. “Even after the war you knew who was on which side in the village,” Bishop del Riego said. The bishop had two uncles who fought in the civil war, both on the side of the Nationalists, “because that’s where we lived,” he said. He was named after his father’s brother, who died in the war. Bishop del Riego said it took time for a country torn by contrasting ideologies to find healing and unity again. Nevertheless, a strong secularism and anti-clericalism still pervade the country, the bishop said. According to a recent study by Georgetown’s Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate, only 19 percent of Spanish Catholics attend Mass weekly. The numbers have waned especially in the past 15-20 years. “I have seen that process and it has pained me,” Bishop del Riego said. “I have verified it every time I have gone home (to Spain). It is a different world.” Pope Benedict commented on the crisis of secularism in Spain on his last trip to the country in
2010. He made a trip to Santiago de Compostela last November. “Spain has always been, on the one hand, a foundational country for the faith,” the pope said in an interview with the Zenit news service. “But it is equally true that in Spain a laicism was born, an anti-clericalism, a strong and aggressive secularism, as we saw precisely in the 1930s, and this dispute, more, this conflict between faith and modernity, both very lively, occurs today too in Spain.” Despite the challenges it faces, Bishop del Riego said he maintains hope for the church in Spain. “Although I know we need to do the best we can, I am not in panic,” the bishop said. “In the great scheme of things ... the one who is in charge is God, the Lord of history.” One hopeful sign can be seen at one Spanish convent. Iesu Communio, a community formerly associated with the Poor Clares of Lerma, two hours north of Madrid, has experienced a steady increase in vocations since the 1980s. Most of the women entering are in their 20s and early 30s and have college degrees, some are doctors, lawyers, engineers and the like. A large number of them
have said their vocations were inspired at or through World Youth Day. This year’s World Youth Day in Spain is set to kick off Aug. 16 with a Mass in Madrid’s Cibeles Square. It is the 12th international gathering since the initiative was instituted by Blessed John Paul II in 1985. Pope Benedict XVI will arrive in Madrid Aug. 18. It will be his third visit to Spain. That 75 years later Catholic youths from across the world will be celebrating their faith openly in the streets of Madrid
this August, where at least 4,000 clergy were martyred during the civil war, is perhaps another sign of hope for the Spanish church. Bishop del Riego will be traveling to Spain with more than 250 youths and families from the San Bernardino Diocese for what will be his first World Youth Day. He said he has “no doubts” that the pope and Spanish bishops hope the gathering will help foster a resurgence in the Catholic faith among Spanish youths. “I think it is an excellent opportunity,” he said.
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5 should carry it with them with along their accreditation. This will be useful if someone should get lost or something happens to a member of your group.
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Weather In August, Madrid is a very hot city, with temperatures of more than 30ÂşC, especially in the middle of the day. At this time of year the weather is usually stable. However, after August 15th summer storms can appear, especially in the evening when it can rain very heavily in a short space of time. Because August in Madrid it gets very hot, you need to protect yourself against the heat and drink as much water to avoid dehydration.
Water The water in Madrid is excellent so you can drink even from the public fountains found in parks and gardens. Take a bottle of water with you everywhere. Eat well and drink sufficiently. Avoid alcohol and caffeine drinks; these can leave you dehydrated! Drink water even if you are not thirsty.
Towel Toothbrush and toothpaste Shaving kit Contact lenses and solutions Prescription glasses and sunglassHigh factor sunscreen Insect repellant Wet wipes
Medical Assistance, Health Centers, and Pharmacies WYD organization has a large group of volunteers with medical experience should you need help. There will also be first aid posts in the places of mass events. Madrid is a modern city with an extensive network of public and private health centers and pharmacies where you can find practically any medicine (many only with a doctorâ€™s prescription). In different parts of Madrid you can also find 24 hour pharmacies. Bring travel sickness pills Painkillers (e.g. aspirin) Any prescription medications
No one should enter a Catholic Church immodestly dressed. It would be appropriate to wear modest clothing at all times during this pilgrimage.
(enough supply for the whole trip). Remember to pack a 3 day supply in your hand luggage. Copy of any prescriptions for regular medications.
Dress comfortably: wear proper clothing. In open air events protect yourself from the heat, rain or cold. Wear clothes made of lightweight, natural fabrics, loose and light colored. Wear a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen. Always wear proper footwear, closed-toe shoes. In crowds most injuries occur on the feet.
Other Useful Items
Identification Always have with you your passport or another form of identification. To avoid robbery or losing it you can leave the original document safe in your hotel or host house and use a photocopy certified by the authorities in your country. This way, if anything should happen, you will still have the original document. Make some cards with your personal details: address of where you are staying, and at least one contact telephone number, preferably a cell phone number. Each member of the group
Bible, Rosary, Prayer book, and Prayer journal Reusable water container (e.g. camel pack) Sleeping bag and flashlight (For the vigil on the last night) Camera and film / memory sticks and charger Small binoculars Power adaptor Small radio which could be used to pick up sermons in other languages or listen to WYD radio feeds. Gifts and souvenirs to swap with other pilgrims. Thank you cards and one or two small presents to offer to your host family. Get packing pilgrims! Our Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI along with the 2 million other WYD participants from the worldwide Catholic Church awaits you and your vivacious Spirit in Madrid, Spain!
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From the Mass to the Market: Engaging the world beyond the church doors
Norway’s Terror By Tim Rohr
ast week, a Norwegian man blew up a building and mowed down a youth camp leaving nearly 80 dead. Within hours the TV “talkingheads” labeled him a “Christian conservative”, and the atrocity, an act of “right wing terrorism”. In 2009, a Muslim army officer killed 13 people at Fort Hood, wounded another 39, and would have kept on killing if he hadn’t been shot himself. Within hours the same “talking-heads” were advising us not to rush to conclusions and that the massacre didn’t fit the profile of terrorism. Two years later, the killer’s motives are still being analyzed. Regardless of the motives of the either killer, the motives of those who are quick to hang Christianity in the public square of media opinion is worth some analysis
SUNDAY, JULY 31, 2011 of its own. Actually, the analysis doesn’t necks...of the unbelievers” (behead)? Was require much analysis. Christianity op- Rosie O’Donnel correct when she equated poses the darling institutions of the sex- “radical Christianity with radical Islam”? ual revolution: abortion, same-sex unions, The ignorant lengths some seem and cohabitation, and in the case of Cath- prepared to go to in their lust to crucify olic Christianity, contraception as well. In Christianity, is telling of the very taught other words, “the Church”, like an impos- nerves authentic Christian moral teaching ing parent, stands between “them” and a perpetually steps on. When one lives a lie, good time, and they are not happy. particularly as regards sexual mores, it’s In the wake of 9/11, and the subsequent quite easy to pop and spew the most inefforts of the “politically-correct” NOT to credulous and strident inanities. tie the attacks to Islam - which we were But that aside, what about O’Donnel’s told was a religion of peace, a parade of accusation about “radical Christianity”? It “Christian sins” was marshalled before the is an accusation that is not hers alone, and public. The Inquisition, the Crusades, the in light of the Norway massacre, will once Conquistadors, and even the voyages of again make the rounds of the TV “talkingColumbus were trotted out as “Christian heads”. atrocities” and equivalents of 9/11. There are several key things to keep in Fascinatingly (but predictably), even mind. Here’s the short list: the ladies of “The View” suddenly became 1. All the biblical accounts to kill are biblical exegetes, digging up scriptures in the Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament), and proffering skewed commentaries on not the Christian Scriptures (New Testapassages wherein God exhorts the Israel- ment). And while Christians accept both ites to make war and even to kill non-be- testaments as one inspired whole, Chrislievers (Dt. 17) as evidence that there was tians view the Scriptures “backwards”, little difference between radical Christian- that is, through the person of Jesus Christ ity and radical Islam. who is the fullness of revelation. But what about that? What about the 2. The instructions in the Hebrew apparently God-sanctioned carnage we Scriptures to kill are descriptive, not prefind in the Bible? Is Deuteronomy 17 (“thou scriptive, as they are in Qu’ran. In other shalt stone them...till they die”) any differ- words, the Old Testament accounts are ent than Qur’an 47:4 wherein true follow- just that, “accounts”, an account of what ers of Allah are instructed to “smite the happened, not an instruction to keep on
The debt crisis: A nice mess, indeed
esponding to editors’ requests for a regular sampling of current commentary from around the Catholic press, here is an editorial titled “The debt crisis: A nice mess, indeed,” which appears in the July 29 issue of The Criterion, newspaper of the Indianapolis Archdiocese. It was written by Daniel Conway, a member of editorial board. The comedian Oliver Hardy was known to wrinkle his nose, purse his lips and proclaim to his partner, Stan Laurel, “Well, here’s another nice mess you’ve gotten me into!” If Laurel and Hardy were with us today, they might offer similar observations about the current debt crisis in Washington. Unfortunately the current crisis is no laughing matter. Too much is at stake, and as this newspaper went to press, the matter was still unresolved. While our elected officials play politics, people are suffering; jobs are not being created; genuine health care reform eludes us. Real leadership -- of a bipartisan nature -- is nowhere to be found. A nice mess, indeed. The Catholic Church has important insights to contribute to this discussion. We begin with basic moral principles -- the dignity of human persons, the common good, the value of work and the importance of family life as the foundation of human society. We add to the church’s teaching on social and economic justice a profound insight into stewardship as a way of life.
What does stewardship have to say to the current debate in Washington? Everything. All that we have as individuals, families, communities and as a nation has been given to us by God to nurture, develop and share generously with others out of gratitude to God and out of a sense of responsibility for one another and for the world in which we live and work. We are stewards -- not owners -- of the material and spiritual gifts that we have received. Our job as stewards is to take care of -- and share -- the bountiful gifts God has entrusted to our care. We must do our work responsibly because we will be held accountable for the result! As stewards, we should not spend more than we earn. Responsible efforts to balance the federal budget are good stewardship. They promote the common good. As stewards, we should have a particular concern for the poor and for families who are struggling to find work and to support themselves in an uncertain economy. Cuts in spending should not be callous or insensitive to the real needs of suffering people. Deficit reduction does not have to be mean-spirited or uncaring. Let’s help each other get back on our feet and become self-supporting, productive members of society. As stewards, we recognize that good health is a gift from God to be treasured and protected. Access to affordable, lifeaffirming health care remains an urgent SEE DEBT PAGE 8
doing it. 3. While atrocities have been committed under the banner of Christianity, there is nothing in the recorded teachings of Christ prescribing violence (indeed, we have the opposite), where, in the Qu’ran, there are numerous passages prescribing violence. 4. While one might argue that the passages in the Qu’ran exhorting violent jihad are not to be taken literally, history records that the founder of Islam DID take them literally. 5. And of course, there is the contrast between the examples of Christ and Mohammed themselves: to save the lost, Christ willingly allowed Himself to “be led like a lamb to the slaughter”, whereas Mohammed, to punish the lost (infidels), slaughtered, perhaps righteously, but slaughter nonetheless. In short “radical Christianity” is Christ on the cross, and Christianity’s “extremists” are the martyrs who died that others might live, and NOT died that others might die too, as Mohammed would have his martyrs do. Any attempt to connect radical Christianity or Christian extremism with the indiscriminate slaying of others as Norway has just witnessed, is simply intellectually vacuous and demonstrative of an aching conscience, something quite easily found on a channel near you.
DEVOTION & SPIRITUALITY
SUNDAY, JULY 31, 2011
Two Things Define Success Fr. Joel De Los Reyes Device Mercy Moments First is the way you manage when you have nothing. Life is not always abundant and we can’t always get what we want. There are times when we desperately look for funds and assistance to cover our bills, to pay school fees, get medicine, or fill our gas tank. These are only some of the many woes and concerns that bug our mind as we struggle to make both ends meet. Shall we curse the darkness when we can’t find our way in or out of our room? A little patience and diligence are the best tools we need in such times compelling us to look for the match box sitting somewhere in the corner. All we have to do is simply light a candle and dispel the darkness. Sometimes we need to change our attitude over some situations that we can’t change. There are times when there seems to be nothing we can do humanly speaking to resolve certain issues such as when the doctor confirms a terminal illness. Hard to do but not impossible, staying calm with trust in God’s power and mercy will give us great comfort and strength to stay afloat. Didn’t the Lord say to us who are weary and find life burdensome to go to Him and He will give us rest? I know of someone who finished college even when his parents are handicapped to spend for tuition. What did he do? Well, he worked
during the day, took evening classes, tightened his spending belt, focused on his studies and most specially prayed hard and trusted in God. Few years ago, I was invited to conduct a Divine Mercy Symposium in the Church of the Divine Mercy in Mesquite City, Texas. I had a confirmed plane ticket from Guam for a connecting flight to Dallas the very same day I would arrive in L.A. But for a very weird reason I got bumped off at LAX Airport when my name wasn’t in the airline’s manifest to board that day, but for the following day. I didn’t panic but pulled my luggage aside and prayed the Chaplet of the Divine Mercy to seek God’s assistance and entrusted my situation in his care. A friend picked me up at the airport to stay with the family for the night and dropped me back to the airport the next morning. As I presented my ticket at the airline counter, I got another shock of my life when told that my flight was supposed to be the day before, and worst, all flights that day and the coming days were fully booked. The most I got was to be in the list of chance passengers. At almost three in the afternoon close to the last flight to Dallas, the Symposium to start that same evening in Mesquite, and I was still in L.A in a chance-flight status, I soared up to
cloud 9 with ecstasy when my name was suddenly called to board the plane. After a three-hour flight and another hour drive, I arrived at the door of the Divine Mercy Church filled with participants for the Symposium at exactly seven in the evening. The Divine Mercy at work at best and the rest is history. In times like this, we must have positive attitude and strong determination, above all trust in God. The second is the way you behave when you have everything. Always remember that we all came into this world with nothing, and everything we have is loaned by God. Success is not defined by how much money you have, but how much love you gave. It is beautifully achieved not by how famous or powerful you are, neither by the measure of the height of your career, but how many became better because of you, how many souls were drawn close to God by your spiritual and moral leadership, how many are inspired by your good example, and how many heartaches and heartbreaks were healed because of your forgiveness and compassion? Let’s share what we have with those who are wanting and waiting for scraps. We may not notice it, but every seed of charity and mercy that we planted yesterday has blossomed into a tree of life where the homeless found shelter, the hungry fed, the defenseless protected, the poor satisfied, the grieving consoled, the ignorant informed, above all God is glorified. Appreciate life itself even if it’s not perfect. Success and contentment are not the fulfillment of what you wish for, but an appreciation of what you have. Remember, that not everyone is given the chance to grow old. So appreciate and thank God for every single day of your life. Amen on that folks.
Si Yu’os Tengguang-mu
his year’s Liberation Day celebration had me thinking of the times my aunts and uncles would talk about the hardships they encountered during the Japanese Occupation from 1941 through 1944. Food was very scarce and any form of religious activity was prohibited. All able-bodied men were attached as slave laborers on Japanese military projects. One of my aunts repeatedly tells of how she would daily send off my uncle to the labor camps with a handful of rice and a few words of encouragement, “Si Yu’os Tengguang-mu.” In English, “God be your nourishment.” My uncle would say how thinking of God and praying sustained him through the worse beatings. In those days, food for the body was always in short supply, but food for the spirit through prayer was plentiful albeit done privately and in secret. That’s probably why we celebrate Liberation Day with a campout and lots of food. Celebrating with food is not an exclusive Chamorro tradition. In fact, you will notice on TV that important diplomatic activity is usually sealed with a banquet. A festive meal with others is a symbol of human togetherness in love and happiness. Parties play an important role in our
society and reflect the same beautiful values that existed in Biblical times. In fact, the Bible repeatedly uses the banquet as a symbol to describe God’s love for humankind. You see, the writers of the Bible were not able to describe adequately who God is and what he does for us as his adopted children, or how everything will be accomplished in the hereafter. So they utilized the banquet symbol to indicate what we should think of when we meditate on God and describe what is in store for those who love him. Sometimes it seems to me that the early prophets consider heaven as one big banquet as hunger and famine were quite frequent during the early years of the church. In the First Reading (Is 55:1-3), Isaiah addresses the Israelites in Babylonian exile. He gives them hope by referring to the banquet of the end-time, when God’s kingdom on earth will be established by a Messiah to rule over them in the name of God. Isaiah reminds the Israelites that food costs money, lasts only a short time, and meets only our physical needs. But God offers free nourishment that feeds our soul. All they had to do to get this free nourishment is to come, listen, seek, and call on God. God’s salvation is freely of-
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fered, but to nourish our souls we must eagerly receive it. We will starve spiritually without this food as surely as we will starve physically without our daily bread. In the Second Reading (Rom 8:37-39), Paul tells us that we should hope to participate in God’s promise of a Messianic Banquet. We may be depressed at times and have to go through periods of confusion, but nothing can separate a believing Christian from the love of God that comes to us in Christ Jesus. In the Gospel (Mt 14:13-21), Matthew tells us that John the Baptist had been thrown into prison. Shortly thereafter, Jesus begins his ministry with the same message, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!” When Jesus heard that John was put to death, he withdrew in a boat to a deserted place. He knew that continuing his mission was to risk death. Yet Jesus took the risk! When Jesus multiplied the five loaves
In her Diary entry no. 1540, St. Faustina wrote Jesus’ words; “ All those souls who will glorify My mercy and spread its worship, will not experience terror at the hour of death. My mercy will shield them in that final battle.” Tune in to KOLG 90.9 FM. Recite the Chaplet of the Divine Mercy for peace in the world and conversion of sinners. Thanks to Maria Cepeda and family for the presentation of the Divine Mercy devotion and veneration of the sacred relic of St. Faustina in their in Dededo last Sunday afternoon, July 24, 2011. Likewise, to the Divine Mercy prayer team for your faithfulness in our Sunday afternoon Divine Mercy home apostolate, and to the participants of the Divine Mercy Symposium at St. Anthony Church last Saturday. May the good Lord continue to bless you and your families with the abundance of His grace and mercy. To arrange for Divine Mercy home presentation, prayer and veneration of the sacred relic of St. Faustina, please contact Amy Borja at 472-7778.
Pilgrimage I’ll be leading the Guam Divine Mercy pilgrimage to Lourdes, Miraculous Medal Shrine in Paris, view the incorrupt body of St. Catherine Labore, see the incorrupt body of St. Bernadette Souberous, visit the house of St. Therese of Lissieux, Toulose, Nice, Geneva, Zurich, Lucerne, Infant of Prague, Czecholovakia, Black Madonna, Divine Mercy, Cracow, Poland, visit the house of Blessed John Paul 11, Vienna, Austria and many more. For more information,. please contact Anne Marie at 649-3221, Lou Salas at 4778079, or Fr. Joel at 483-9464. Thank you. and two fish to feed over 5,000 people, he was giving us a sign that will find its fulfillment in the true banquet, the Eucharist. What Jesus was originally given seemed insufficient, but in His hands it became more than enough. As parishioners we often feel that our contribution to Jesus is meager. But, He can use and multiply whatever we give Him, whether it is talent, time, or treasure. However, it is only when we give them to Jesus that our resources are multiplied. Except for one aunt and one uncle who are in their 90s, every one of my parents’ siblings has either passed on or is too young to remember the Japanese Occupation. So as we celebrate this year’s Liberation Day, let us continue to do so not just with lots of food but also with lots of prayer for the soul. Remember what Isaiah said, God offers free nourishment that feeds our soul. All we have to do is come, listen, seek, and call on God. So those of you who have sons, daughters, or close relatives leaving for deployment in the military, continue to send them their Spam, Chorizos Espanol, rice, tortillas, etc., but don’t forget to send them a blessing for their souls, “Si Yu’os Tengguang-mu.” Those who are on deployment will starve spiritually without this food as surely as they will starve physically without the Spam and rice. Have a nice week.
FAMAGU’ON YAN MANHOBEN MOVIE REVIEW
SUNDAY, JULY 31, 2011
Cowboys & Aliens
By John Mulderig Catholic News Service
NEW YORK (CNS) -- When aggressive extraterrestrials attack a ramshackle 19th-century frontier village in “Cowboys & Aliens” (Universal), the hopelessly outgunned townsfolk are -- not surprisingly -- perplexed. “Who are these celestial invaders, armed with machines that can fly,” they seem to wonder, “and why are they interrupting our Western?” While judgments may vary as to the aesthetic success of this experiment in genre bending, this much can be said with certainty: Interludes of harsh violence, ranging from brutal fistfights to more high-tech mayhem, restrict the appropriate audience for director Jon Favreau’s adaptation of Scott Mitchell Rosenberg’s graphic novel. So, too, do some tacked-on but dubious theological trimmings. These come courtesy of the two-bit burg’s resident preacher, Meacham (Clancy Brown). Though the filmmakers have done enough research to create an atmospheric, if downbeat, evocation of the Old West, their inquiries -- or, perhaps, the original author’s -- do not seem to have extended to the Protestantism that prevailed amid the tumbleweeds. That much becomes clear when Meacham talks, incongruously, of granting “absolution” to another character.
Debt CONTINUED FROM PAGE 6 national priority. We recognize that the rising costs of Medicare, Medicaid and other entitlement programs need to be addressed, but we urge that the needs of the poor, working families and vulnerable people be protected. Cost-cutting proposals should not simply shift health care costs from the federal government to the states or directly to beneficiaries. Such measures could leave more elderly, working families and poor people without the assurance of adequate and affordable health care. As stewards, we should work together collaboratively. Ideological warfare does not serve the common good. We can -- and do -- have differences of opinion about solutions to our nation’s economic problems. But unless we can work together for the common good, we run the risk of making a bad situation worse. Good stewardship requires unity and solidarity. This is never easy, but it is essential that our elected officials find common ground and refuse to give in to the increasingly discordant voices of chaos and disunity that are all around us today. As stewards, we believe that all proposals effecting our economy should be reviewed in light of their impact on ordinary citizens-especially the poor and marginalized members of our community. The “Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the
That term, if it had meant anything to a minister of Meacham’s ostensible stripe, would have been exclusively associated with the Catholic clergy, and therefore with the supposed “errors” of the Church of Rome. Yet Absolution, we learn, is also the name of the very town Meacham shepherds. In the same conversation, Meacham seems to suggest that being true to ourselves is more important than following God’s plan for us, though his phraseology -- as supplied by no fewer than five credited screenwriters -- is too diffuse to pin down precisely. On the receiving end of Meacham’s discourse is one of the two flawed heroes of the piece, ex-outlaw Jake Lonergan (Daniel Craig), a man who -- as it develops -- could certainly afford to be well shriven. At the moment, however, Jake can remember nothing of his past, sinful or otherwise, because he’s just back from an alien abduction that left him with a bad case of amnesia and a strange bracelet on his wrist. When the unwanted visitors follow up their rough treatment of Jake with the aforementioned assault on the local community -- during which they also kidnap numbers of its citizens by lassoing them onboard their passing spaceships -- a posse is formed to pursue these inexplicable adversaries and rescue their victims. Jake is joined, at the head of this hunt, by ruthless local cattle baron Woodrow Church” teaches: “Just, efficient and effective public financing will ... encourage employment growth, ... sustain business and nonprofit activities,” and help guarantee “systems of social insurance and protection that are designed above all to protect the weakest members of society.” Representatives of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops issued the following statement last spring: “The Catholic bishops of the United States stand ready to work with leaders of both parties for a budget that reduces future deficits, protects poor and vulnerable people, advances the common good, and promotes human life and dignity. “The debate on the federal budget FY 2012 will raise important and substantive issues for discussion, and at the same time raise serious concerns about how budget proposals meet the criterion of adequately protecting poor and vulnerable people. “The moral measure of this budget debate is not which party wins or which powerful interests prevail, but rather how those who are jobless, hungry, homeless or poor are treated. Their voices are too often missing in these debates, but they have the most compelling moral claim on our consciences and our common resources.” Authentic economic, political and moral leadership are needed now more than ever -- for the common good and for the sake of the individuals, families and communities in all regions of the United States. Let’s pray that our elected officials in Washington can truly come together as responsible stewards of all our nation’s gifts.
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Daniel Craig stars in a scene from the movie “Cowboys & Aliens.” The Catholic News Service classification is L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. The Motion Picture Association of America rating i s PG-13 --parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.
Dolarhyde (Harrison Ford) and by mysterious stranger Ella Swenson (Olivia Wilde), who seems to know more than she’s saying. As the motley crew under their command gradually unites, both Jake and Dolarhyde show the better sides of themselves, returning us to the theme of reform and redemption. Second chances have always accompanied westward expansion, at least onscreen So it’s not surprising, perhaps that the sometimes clever, but ultimately unsatisfying “Cowboys & Aliens” works
much better, in the end, as a campfire tale than as an intergalactic showdown. The film contains intense, sometimes gory violence, including torture, brief partial nudity, ritual drug use, about a halfdozen uses of profanity, as well as a few crude and some crass terms. The Catholic News Service classification is L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13 -- parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.
Because it’s funny... For the sick A little girl was in church with her mother when she started feeling ill. “Mommy,” she said, “can we leave now?” “No,” her mother replied. “Well, I think I have to throw up!” “Then go out the front door and around to the back of the church and throw up behind a bush.” After about 60 seconds the little girl returned to her seat. “Did you throw up?” Mom asked. “Yes.” “How could you have gone all the way to the back of the church and returned so quickly?” “I didn’t have to go out of the church, Mommy. They have a box next to the front door that says, ‘For the Sick’.”
Published on Jul 30, 2011
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