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affiliated organizations will be required to offer access to birth control, to include methods that involve abortion. This week the Associated Press finally gave attention to this monumental story and its implications for the Catholic Church. Because U Matuna had already reported this story and its ramifications, including in-depth commentary by Tim Rohr, our readers were already cognizant of these repercussions a full two weeks before most major media outlets in the US—to include Fox News—informed their Please see MISSION, Page 2
SUMMER 2011 EXODUS
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State contraceptive mandates widespread but not as broad as HHS plan By Nancy Frazier O’Brien Catholic News Service
ASHINGTON (CNS) -- In more than half of the states, Catholic officials have been living for years with mandates that health insurance plans must cover FDA-approved contraceptives in their prescription drug plans. Seventeen of the 28 states that require contraception coverage have some sort of religious exemption for employers, but few of the exemptions are quite as narrow as the one proposed by the Department of Health and Human Services when it announced Aug. 1 that contraceptives and sterilization will be among the mandated preventive services for women under the new health reform law. Under the proposal, only religious employers meeting four criteria would be exempt from providing contraceptives and female sterilization through their health plans. Those requirements are that the organization "(1) has the inculcation of religious values as its purpose; (2) primarily employs persons CNS GRAPHIC BY EMILY THOMPSON who share its religious tenets; (3) primarily Contraception coverage by employers is required in 28 states, with 17 of them having religious serves persons who share its religious tenets; exemptions. and (4) is a nonprofit organization" under specific sections of the Internal Revenue Code. could not be exempt from laws requiring cov- seen proposed in federal law," noting that it An HHS spokeswoman told Catholic erage of contraceptives. In 2007 it let stand doesn't cover any individual, any religiously News Service that all four criteria must be met New York state's Women Health and Well- affiliated plan offered to the general pubin order for the religious exemption to apply. ness Act of 2002; three years earlier it rejected lic, any religious employer whose purpose is She said the HHS exemption was based on a similar appeal by Catholic Charities of Sac- other than the inculcation of religious values, "the most commonly used" wording in seven ramento of a California law requiring pre- any religious employer that serves the public states, but said she could not name the seven scription coverage to include contraceptives. or any religious organization that doesn't pristates involved. But most existing state mandates often do marily employ persons who share the organiReligious freedom experts say the HHS not apply to self-insured health plans, plans zation's religious tenets. exemption could leave out faith-based social under the Employee Retirement Income SeChurch teaching holds that artificial service agencies, health care providers and curity Act of 1974 and plans that did not cover contraception is sinful and prescription ineven Catholic schools and colleges with ma- prescriptions at all, according to Michael F. surance coverage for employees of church jority non-Catholic enrollment. Moses, associate general counsel for the U.S. institutions routinely exempts coverage for Twice in the past decade, the U.S. Su- Conference of Catholic Bishops. birth control pills, just as employee health inpreme Court has refused to hear appeals of He called the proposed HHS exemption surance exempts coverage for abortion, sterstate court rulings that said church agencies "the narrowest religious exemption we've ever Please see CONTRACEPTIVE, Page 4
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viewers. We at U Matuna Si Yu'os will continue to bring the Catholic faithful on Guam all the news that pertains to our Church and to our Catholic life on Guam. It is our task to serve you in this capacity, and we thank those who support us and give us the tools necessary to complete our mission. As to the AP report, it cites Sister Carol Keehan, the president of the Catholic Health Association, as concerned that the Health and Human Services mandate requiring birth control coverage by Catholic institutions is too narrow and does not allow for a conscience clause. This is a tragic story in itself because Sister Keehan is the person who “represented” Catholic health care to national media outlets during the national health care debate, declaring her organization’s support for the Obama plan. It
was noted at the time by some Catholic commentators that by this act, Sister Keehan was allowing for a sacrifice of the Church’s position on abortion and birth control in general in favor of some vague “general good” on behalf of the poor. The warnings of this exact danger were dismissed as ill-founded and opposed to progress. Now, the Catholic Health Association under her leadership has hundreds of Catholic hospitals painted into a corner. Because she and her organization have compromised a fundamental teaching of the Catholic Faith, they find themselves at the mercy of those with whom they compromised. Proabortion groups can now rightly accuse Sister Keehan of having abandoned the position of the Church, and it will be profoundly difficult for her organization to regain its moral footing. At best, Catholic hospitals will have to rely on the “benevolence” of an executive order or other legal interpretive instrument instead of a genuine legislative protection for Catholic hospitals. In other words, Catholic institutions are one step away from positively promoting some-
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thing intrinsically evil, and there is very little they can do about it. As evidence of this danger, even Sister Keehan—a great supporter of the Obama plan— is concerned. At the risk of sounding strident, the lesson here for Guam and for the US in general is that when we Catholics compromise the central tenets of our Faith for whatever perceived greater good we might anticipate, we lose all credibility and have no authority whatsoever to stand up publicly and defend that same Faith. Therefore, when any legislation is introduced (or any referendum brought before the electorate of Guam) which is contrary to our Faith, we must stand firm against it. This is not done to be complaining or difficult. It is at the very least for our own protection. If we do not, we will be doomed to suffer the same disappointment as Sister Keehan is sure to suffer as her organization becomes the victim of a policy that promotes the Culture of Death. Please send all comments or questions to email@example.com
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SUNDAY GOSPEL & REFLECTION
Archbishop Anthony Sablan Apuron, O.F.M. Cap., D.D.
isters and Brothers: The Canaanite woman admits humbly that she has no right to immediate help. She agrees with Jesus’ comment on table fellowship, but turns it to her advantage: “Yes, Lord, you are correct. As a Gentile I acknowledge the rights and privileges of Israel. Yet, I hope some crumbs will fall from the table to the floor, so that the dogs (Gentiles) will have something, too.” Jesus is won over by the woman’s faith, which is clever and persistent. Her faith breaks down the barrier, foreshadowing the full communion between the Gentiles and the Jewish believers. While Jesus cannot be swayed by any claims of merit, he hearkens to the prayer of faith, expressed with humility and humor. It is faith which gives Gentiles access to healing and salvation. The healing of the Canaanite woman’s daughter illustrates that pagans are not excluded from the gifts of the messianic grace.
They will receive salvation in God’s own time not because of ethnic origin but because of their faith.
It is faith which gives Gentiles access to healing and salvation. The healing of the Canaanite woman’s daughter illustrates that pagans are not excluded from the gifts of the messianic grace. 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.
Refleksion Ibangeliu ginen Atsubispo Mane’lu-hu, i palao’an Canaan ha atmiti na taya direcho’-na para u ma’ayuda insigidas. Kumonfotme yan i sinangan Jesu Kristo put i dinana gi lamasa, lao ha talabira este para i minaolek-na annai ilek-na: “Hunggan, Asaina, dinanche hao. Komu ti Hudios yu’, hu aksepta i direcho yan pribilehun Israel siha. Lao, manangongoku yu’ na unos kuantos ngatnan u poddong ginen i lamasa asta i tapbla, kosaki i mangatlagu (i ti ManHudios) u guaha para siha, lokkue’.” Ginanna si Jesus ni hinenggen i palao’an, ni pikara yan ha insiste. I hinengge-na yumamak papa’ i estotbu, ni ha’a’atan mo’na i kabales na dinana entre i ti Manhudios yan i Manhudios na
mangilisyanu. Ya maseha ti sina si Jesu Kristo ma bense sa’ put meritu, ha e’ekungok i tinayuyot hinengge, ni ma sangan kon humilidat yan grasia ni munana’chalek. I henengge hanana’i i ti Manhudios hinemlo’ yan satbasion. I mana’homlo’ i patgon i palao’an Canaan hana’a’annok na i mampaganu siha ti manmarichasa ginen i rigalun i grasian i Mesias. Siempre u marisibi satbasion gi tiempon Yu’os ahi ti put rasan-niha sinoki put hinenggen-niha. Ohalara ya u bula guinaiya i ha’anen-miyu ya i todu hana’sina na Yu’os infambinendisi gi na’an i Tata yan i Lahi-na yan i Espiritu Santo. Amen.
Mina’ Bente Damenggo Gi Otdinariu Na Tiempo Ibangheliu (Mateo 15:21-28) Sumuha si Jesus guennao na lugat ya humanao para Tyre yan Sidon. Entonses, matto giya guiya un palao’an Canaanite ni sumasaga guennao na lugat ya inessalague’ gue’, “Asaina, Lahen David, gai’ma’ase’ nu guahu! I haga-hu mampos inatburorota ni aniti.” Lao ti ineppe as Jesus. Manmatto i mandisipulu-na ya matutuhon ma put fabot gue’ na, “U dulalak i palao’an. Sa’ sigi ha’ ha essalague’ hit.” Ilek-na si Jesus: “I matago’-hu para ayu siha i manmalingu na kinilu gi taotao Israel. Pues malak mo’na ya ha adora si Jesus ya ha faisen gue’, “Asaina, ayuda yu’!” Lao manoppe si Jesus, “Ti dinanche para ta chule’ i nengkanno’ ginen i famagu’on ya ta na’i i ga’lagu.? Lao i palao’an ha insiste ilek-na, “Put fabot, Asaina, kun todu i ga’lagu mano-chocho ni ngatnan ni poddong ginen i lamasan i amon-niha. Ineppe gue’ as Jesus ya ielk-na, “Palao’an metgot i hinengge-mu! U macho’gue i minalago’-mu. Ennao mismo na ora lumamaolek i haga-na.
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ilization and other procedures the church considers immoral. Of even greater concern to church officials in recent years has been the fact that drugs labeled contraceptives by the Food and Drug Administration now include "emergency contraception" drugs ella and Plan B, which can cause an abortion. Richard Doerflinger, associate director of the U.S. bishops' Secretariat for Pro-Life Activities, told CNS that although the HHS announcement said the contraceptive mandate does "not include abortifacient drugs," the agency is simply denying "that a drug that can pre-
it is seen as abortion in Catholic teaching and the views of many pro-life Americans. Richard Doerflinger vent the survival of a new embryo before implantation is an 'abortion,' because federal law does not define abortion that way." But, he added, "it is seen as abortion in Catholic teaching and the views of many pro-life Americans." In addition, ella "is a close analog to the abortion drug RU-486 and is shown in studies to be capable of disrupting even an established (implanted) pregnancy," Doerflinger said. "But the FDA never clearly acknowledged this reality when it approved the drug, treating it solely as preventing pregnancy." --Editor's Note: The 28 states requiring that contraception coverage be included in prescription drug plans are: Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin. The 17 states with a religious exemption for employers are: Arizona, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Rhode Island and West Virginia. Missouri allows any employer, religious or secular, to seek an exemption from the contraceptive coverage mandate. Nevada has a religious exemption for insurers.
Enthusiasm and Excitement Mark Opening of School Year 2011-2012 for Academy of Our Lady Another electrifying school year began at the Academy of Our Lady as 423 new and returning students, faculty, and staff once again filled the halls of the school with a renewed sense of spirit and camaraderie. Beginning with a faculty retreat and the traditional Mass of the Holy Spirit, celebrated by Father Tom McGrath, the tone of the new school year was set; we are all companions in this new journey we are entering together. Welcome home, Academians, as you not only continue to celebrate your legacy of academic excellence, but as you “enter the journey of faith as the family of God.” PHOTOS COURTESY OF AOLG
Sunday, August 14, 2011
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CHURCH & SOCIETY
From the Mass to the Market: Engaging the world beyond the church doors
Is it time for World Family Day? I don’t think he’ll reply, but I was thinking of sending a letter to Pope Benedict to see if he would consider making World Youth Day, World Family Day. Given the massive attack on the Family from every side, if there ever was a time to do something in a big way for the Family, it is now! Actually, it wouldn’t be so much of a change as it would be the fulfillment of John Paul II’s long range plan. I was trying to find where I read this, but in one of the books about John Paul II, the author told of how the Pope had conceived of WYD as a tactical move in his effort to address the moral malaise and indifference to the Magisterium that had set in after the Council, particularly in the West. The apathy and skepticism was parTim Rohr ticularly pronounced in my generation (baby boomers), who had come of age in the era of “question everything” and “if it feels good, do it.” By the mid1980’s, it had become apparent to the Pope that it would be easier for him to turn the Nile into blood than to convince us, the children of the Sexual Revolution,to leave the “fleshpots of Egypt” and come home to Rome. So the Pope decided to do an “end run”. WYD would give him a vehicle by which to
reach around my obstinate generation and go directly to the next. It was a rather natural choice for the Pope since he had been particularly involved with young people throughout his priestly life, and in effect, WYD would allow him (through the Holy Spirit of course) to breathe new life into the Church from “the bottom up”. Of course, World Youth Day is not a “day”, it is a movement, and is unique, as movements go, in that it was conceived, instituted, and energized by the Pope himself. It was an ingenious move and it worked. Today we are beginning to see great fruits from what has become the "John Paul II Generation": more vocations, increasing openness to life, desire for a traditional family, closer adherence to the Magisterium, love of the Mass, greater reverence for the Eucharist, and more. In a sense, John Paul II, via WYD, led this Next-Generation out of the post-conciliar wilderness, crossed the Jordan, and established a beachhead in the land of the “new Spring-time” promised us by Vatican II. But now what? Sticking with the Exodus metaphor, God didn’t bring his people across the Jordan to establish a beachhead, but to establish His Family in the Promised Land. So here we are 25 years after the first WYD. Millions of JPII generation types, fresh from their “trans-Jordan” experience, are now parents themselves and facing the hard reality of staying married and raising a family in a land where Canaanite hordes (a.k.a. the secular
culture) still roam. Additionally, the supply line seems to be cut: whereas one can easily find a vibrant support group or catechesis for the young, a similar find for their struggling parents is rare. John Paul II didn’t start WYD to reconcile wayward youths, but to reconcile youths before they became wayward. It worked and its working. But there is no comparable movement in the Church to reconcile marriages before they become wayward. And, as has been said: “As marriages go, so goes the family. As the family goes, so goes the Church. And as the Church goes, so goes society.” And we are seeing where society is going! Certainly, troubled couples may always avail themselves to their pastors who are normally very generous with their time and efforts. But by then the marriage is usually in crisis mode and marital counseling often amounts to little more than damage control. True, there is Marriage Encounter, Retrovaille, Couples for Christ, and other ministries, and all are good, but they don’t have the status of a World Youth Day and the movement that accompanies it. And while the Church as a whole devotes great energy and resources to the movement that is WYD, movements that try to help and save marriages, the most critical of all institutions, are often only marginally supported. As a matter of fact, support for couples and marriages is one of the main reasons so many Catholics join non-Catholic Christian support groups (usually a Bible study). For some reason protestant churches, in many ways, are far ahead of us in the practical ministry of addressing, in an organizational way, the daily life hurts and needs of married people. (Needless to say, many end up joining those churches.) John Paul II understood the modern at-
tack on the Family probably more than anyone, which is why he devoted the first seven years of his pontificate to addressing what he knew to be the central crisis of marriage and family in what came to be known as “Theology of the Body”. But he seems to have left it, in the words of George Weigel, a “ticking time bomb set to go off in this (the 21st) century.” In other words the Pope’s work was not accompanied by a concrete signature event the equivalent of WYD and the ongoing worldwide network of support that it spawned at every level. I suspect that this seeming neglect was, like WYD, part of a larger strategy. Perhaps the Pope knew that the particular approach to human loving embodied in the Theology of the Body could only bear fruit in a generation that was prepared for it, and thus chose to first create that generation through his WYD operative. If so, then it has worked as planned as there is now a generation wary of the chemically, mechanically, and surgically controlled fertility of the previous generation (many of whom are still wandering on the other side of the Jordan) and are ready to embrace God’s original plan for life and love. The question now is: will they be embraced with the same fervor, commitment, support, and access to Church leadership that they came to know in a generation of World Youth Days? I’ll let you know if I hear back from the Pope. My guess is that he’s already thought of it. This column reflects only the views of the author and does not necessarily reflect the views of the staff and management of the Umatuna. This column can be shared via email and social media at www.themassneverends.com
Sunday, August 14, 2011
Vacation Bible School teaches children about Guardian Angels By John Junior M. Calvo
he Cathedral-Basilica hosted another year of vacation Bible school fun from July 25 to July 29. This year’s program took over 50 participants on a parachuting adventure with their guardian angels and various saints of the church. “We had another successful year with our students and we were happy to welcome some new faces,” said Krisinda Aguon, Catholic Vacation Bible School coordinator. There were over 20 new students who joined participants from previous years. “This is a rewarding sign for the Bible school team.” The volunteer-run program first started three years ago and continues to gain momentum for children ages five thru sixth grade. Each grade level is taught by teacher volunteers and supported by young volunteers from the parish altar servers and faith formation students. The weeklong curriculum included lessons on basic prayers, stories of the saints, music, dancing, PARISH
The Cathedral-Basilica’s Vacation Bible School participants gather after the program’s closing performance on July 25. This summer’s theme centered on “Parachuting with Guardian Angels” with over 50 participants, volunteers, and coordinators. PHOTO COURESTY OF THE CATHEDRAL-BASILICA
and recreational activities, among other things. The students were extremely receptive to the lessons and expressed a deep interest in learning about the role of their guardian angels. Each morning, students were greeted by Monsignor James L.G. Benavente as they arrived for breakfast and opening activities. Soon after, Fr. Danny Ferrandiz led students in prayer and short reflections to start the day. According to Aguon, the pro- ning the program is almost routine gram couldn’t survive without the for coordinators each year, assissupport of the pastoral leadership tance from parish members keeps and the physical help of the parish the program free for participants. staff and volunteers. While plan- “We are continuously grateful for the
St. Anthony-St. Victor Parish Honors Saint
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constant support of vacation Bible school and we look forward to having the program year after year in the parish.” Next summer, participants will
board “The Vatican Express” as they learn about the popes of the church and the important role the Vatican has throughout the world. Stay tuned.
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The Deer’s Cry There is a very popular prayer in Ireland and wherever the Irish traveled (meaning everywhere!) called the ‘breastplate of Saint Patrick’. Breastplate in Latin is known as ‘Lorica’ and so this prayer came to be known as the ‘lorica’. This personal armor worn by the Roman soldiers on battlefield is a whole set of protecting clothing, designed to absorb and/or deflect slashing, bludgeoning, and penetrating attacks. This powerful prayer was composed by Saint Patrick in the year 433. He was Fr. Pius Sammut, OCD aware that there was Just Stories an ambush to try to kill him and his group en route to the King's court. During the march that they chanted the ‘lorica’ and what happened bordered on the miraculous. As the druids lay in hiding, ready to kill Patrick and his companions, the inexplicable happened - their vision was altered. Instead of seeing reality, namely Patrick and his men, they saw a gentle doe followed by twenty fawns! So they were saved and Patrick could continue his mission. Saint Paul himself spoke of ‘the breastplate of righteousness’. This prayer is indeed formidable. Here it is… “I arise today through a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity, through belief in the Threeness, through confession of the Oneness of the Creator of creation. I arise today through the strength of Christ with his Baptism, through the strength of His Crucifixion with His Burial through the strength of His Resurrection with His Ascension, through the strength of His descent for the Judgment of Doom. I arise today through the strength of the love of Cherubim in obedience of Angels, in the service of the Archangels, in hope of resurrection to meet with reward, in prayers of Patriarchs, in predictions of Prophets, in preachings of Apostles, in faiths of Confessors, in innocence of Holy Virgins, in deeds of righteous men…. I arise today, through God's strength to pilot me: God's might to uphold me, God's wisdom to guide me, God's eye to look before me, God's ear to hear me, God's word to speak for me, God's hand to guard me, God's way to lie before me, God's shield to protect me, God's host to secure me: against snares of devils, against temptations of vices, against inclinations of nature, against everyone who shall wish me ill, afar and near, alone and in a crowd… Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me, Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me, Christ on my right, Christ on my left, Christ in breadth, Christ in length, Christ in height, Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me, Christ in the mouth of every man who speaks of me, Christ in every eye that sees me, Christ in every ear that hears me… Salvation is of the Lord. Salvation is of the Lord. Salvation is of Christ. May Thy Salvation, O Lord, be ever with us. Amen.” In Gaelic this prayer is called the Faed Fiada - Deer’s Cry. The story continues. Having been carried safe by the Lord through the ambushes prepared for them, Patrick led his companions into the king’s presence, chanting: “Let them that will, trust in chariots and horses, but we walk in the name of the Lord.” We all need a breastplate to protect us from the attacks of our enemy. Why not use this one?
DEVOTION & SPIRITUALITY
NDHS Students Return to School
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The Right Choice Life offers so many choices and every choice made either builds or destroys, succeeds or fails, leads to somewhere or to nowhere, grows or dies out, One has to take side between moral and immoral, good or bad, dirty or clean, honest or dishonest, truthful or liar, courageous or coward, sinner or saint. We cannot afford to stay in the middle but a Fr. Joel De Los Reyes choice must be made Divine Mercy Moments and there’s no middle ground for such is no one’s land. Didn’t Jesus say that we have to choose between God and mammon? That means between God and the world, between good and evil, between the spiritual and material. Which side are you and what’s your choice? Needless to say, we must always choose to love not to hate, to forgive not to revenge, to smile not to frown, to give than to receive, to heal not to hurt and to serve than to be served. Choose life not death of the unborn Be pro-life and not pro-choice. At the end of life what would really matter is not what we bought that now glitter in our hands and wrists adorned with golden time pieces and diamond rings, but what we built such as faithful and enduring love that these things in some ways represent. What’s important is not what we got that makes us rich and influential, neither the material things we accumulated to make us feel economically and financially secured in reserved for old
age and rainy days. What’s more important is what we gave and shared, for all you know, someone survived from hunger and sickness because of your generosity. Speaking of giving, don’t you know that the miraculous multiplication of five loaves of bread and two fish by Jesus that fed five thousand men excluding women and children started from a generous giver? God will bless the little things that you share and will surely reward you abundantly in due time especially in your time of need. St. Faustina said that if it is within your power to serve and help, don’t make excuses nor shrink from it. If a good leader must be a good follower, it goes in the same token that a generous giver is a grateful receiver. At the end of time, what will matter is not our competence but our character. What would it profit a man if he has all the knowledge of many things in the world but doesn’t have charity and mercy? You can be a computer savvy, a financial wizard, a technical genius, but if you don’t have a heart for poor and suffering, you are inconsiderate and impatient with the weak and ignorant, don’t expect nice words from the God the justice at the end of time. It is not so much our lofty successes that would really matter at the end of our life’s journey but our significance. How dearly people will miss and remember us when we are gone. How we have led others to the right direction and true faith, find meaning and hope when they were forlorn and neglected. How well we have lived with people, helping those in need our time, talent and treasure without strings attached nor expecting reward or recompense. We won’t always know who we inspire with our words, or gets encouraged when we smile, or who we strengthened by our presence, but let us keep doing them anyway. We won’t always know it but sometimes we deliver a slice of heaven to someone’s life. If you do all of the above, then you made the right choice. Amen on that folks !!! In her Diary entry no. 674, St. Faustina
wrote Jesus words; “ The inner peace that you have is a grace.” Tune in to KOLG 90.9 FM for the Divine Mercy prayer at 3 p.m. daily. Recite the Chaplet of Mercy for peace in the world and conversion of sinners. Thanks to Mr. and Mrs. Artemio Ilagan for the presentation of the Divine Mercy devotion and veneration of the sacred relic of St. Faustina in their home in Mongmong last Sunday afternoon, August 7, 2011. Likewise to the Divine Mercy prayer team for your faithfulness in our Sunday afternoon Divine Mercy apostolate. 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. Thank you.
Pilgrimage I’ll be leading the Guam Divine Mercy Pilgrimage to Lourdes, Paris, Miraculous Medal Shrine, see the incorrupt body of St. Catherine Labore, to Nevers, see the incorrupt body of St. Bernadette, to Lissieux, visit the house of St.Therese, the Little Flower, visit Infant of Prague in Czechoslovakia, to Geneva, Zurich and Lucerne, Switzerland, to Vienna, Austria, to the Divine Mercy in Cracow, Poland, the house of Blessed John Paul 11, the miraculous icon of Black Madonna and many more, from September 19, to October 4, 2011. For more information please contact, Ann Marie at Pactours at 6493221, Lou Salas at 477-8079, or Fr. Joel at 483-9464.
Divine Mercy Symposium There will be a Divine Mercy Symposium on August 20, 2011 at St. Anthony Church spiritual center from 11:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. You are welcome.
Sunday, August 14, 2011
I’M JUST SAYING
By Jeffrey L. Fitzgerald
The Ugly Years Now that many of our young people and chaparones have left for World Youth Day, I thought I might take the opportunity to talk about some of them behind their backs. No really. To do so in front of them is just, well, cruel. Especially kids in middle school years. They were just children not long ago, playing with chalk on the driveway, riding bikes, and still getting toys at Christmas gatherings. Suddenly, they became sullen, moody, irritable, emotional, and thoroughly aggravating. And wanting money. But part of it is that they are going through what some of us teachers like to call “the ugly years.” Yes, you say that’s harsh, but I offer myself as Exhibit A. When I was 12, my dad decided that photography was a cool hobby to explore. Bearing in mind that you actually had to wind film in those days, and film development was so expensive that you had to pawn your camera to pay for it, this was not as simple or cheap as the point-and-shoot digital noodlings of today. One day, presumably possessed by madness, my dad decided that he wanted to do a portrait of my sister Nikki and myself. Being in the full-swing of the “ugly years,” I was groaning from the first moment I heard of it. Pain was in my immediate future, particularly in light of a mouth full of braces and a head full of insecurities. When the day came for this monumentally epic failure, I knew that my full attention would be required to make this as economically pleasant for my dad as possible (thereby keeping me from being grounded). I sat on the stool in his mock-up studio (in other words, the most backdroplooking place on our back porch, complete with potted plant). Now having discovered
his artistic side, my dad’s modeling direction went something like this: “Ok, Jeff, turn a little to the right. Good. Now lift your head. What? No—lift, not tilt. I said LIFT. Down a bit. Up. [NOTE: At this point, both his volume and pitch are gradually rising.] Good God, son, you are killing me! Would you quit turning in the chair? Boy, if you don’t sit still! And lift your head! Lift, not tilt. Quit squinting… and would you please smile!!” Who couldn’t smile after good family fun like that? This went on for two hours with my much younger sister Nikki waiting for her turn in horror. Almost none of the pictures came out that were salvageable and so were thrown out—all except a portrait someone saved (as a joke) of Nikki and me looking contemplatively to the distance—kind of like a CD cover of one of those bands that think they’re being artistic but are really just pretentious. Anyway, this final, glorious work of art shows Nikki looking beautiful with curls and chubby cheeks, and me with my eyes bugging out and the corners of my mouth turned so far down that I look like Golum. Note the visual I have included for your viewing pleasure. It is quite possibly the stupidest picture of me that was ever taken. And that’s saying something. No decent picture of me exists from that time, glory be to God—not because I’m objectively unattractive (at least I don’t think), but because I was in my ugly years. Thus, I rest my case. The good news is that, like acne, foot odor, or a fondness for boy bands, it really isn’t their fault, and it’s completely natural. My dad probably should have known better than to risk blowing a gasket that afternoon,
A Sunday school teacher was discussing the Ten Commandments with her five and six year olds. After explaining the commandment to “honor thy father and thy mother,” she asked “Is there a commandment that teaches us how to treat our brothers and sisters?” Without missing a beat one little boy answered, “Thou shall not kill.”
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St. John Eudes
21st Sunday in Ordinary Time
Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
St. Stephen of Hungary
St. Clare of Montefalco*
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but since I’m his firstborn, we’ll just forgive this lapse of sanity. But what does this “ugly years” thing mean? It’s really a curious thing, if you think about it. Physically, it’s that transition from child to adult—at least the beginning of it. The bones grow so fast that the brain doesn’t quite get the hang of them for a while. This makes them unbelievably clumsy. This is physiologically factual and not me poking fun—just ask a doctor. Actually, now that I think about it, it is pretty funny. Mockingly funny. Then there’s the growth of body hair. This is no surprise in early puberty, but they are still inexperienced enough to not realize that they have body odor now since deodorant is as unknown to them as ancient Greek. This lack of deodorant makes the 7th grade classroom after lunch/recess about as pleasant as inhaling mustard gas. Then of course is the social development. Since I could write a book on this part, I’ll mention just one particularly loathsome trait (I started my career in education teaching 7th grade for four years, so I know of what I speak here). When kids reach about the end of 6th grade and the beginning of 7th, a large number of them suddenly discover profanity and feel compelled to use it publicly, commonly, and with surprisingly loud volume. It is as if they feel it makes them look “grown up.” It makes me just wince and want to avoid movie theaters. I could go on and on, of course, but I don’t want to spoil the fun for those of you with children in elementary school. Your time will come soon enough. Anyway, teachers call these the “ugly years” because, in general, they are. But they are ugly years precisely because they give way to lifetimes of beauty, grace, and virtue. They are certainly endowed with the potential to manifest these perfections of human life. At least there is hope. This is why middle school-aged kids are such a joy to me and to so many middle
The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary commemorates the fact that the Blessed Mother was raised, body and soul, to heaven at the end of her earthly life. Called the Feast of the Dormition in the Eastern Churches, it is an ancient belief that was widespread in the early Church. Gradually growing in the devotion of the faithful, it was formally declared a dogma of the Faith by Pope Pius XII in 1950. Crowned in 1001, St. Stephen of Hungary was the first King of Hungary. He used his royal authority to work for the conversion of his country to Christianity, including the construction of monasteries and the establishment of episcopal sees. St. Clare of Montefalco was a Franciscan tertiary in the 13th Century who eventually became the abbess of Holy Cross Convent at Montefalco, Italy. Noted for her great devotion to the Passion of Christ, it was discovered after her death that she had an image of the Cross imprinted on her heart. St. Clare is remarkable as well for her incorruptibility, whereby her body never decayed or displayed corruption. She was canonized in 1881. St. Helena takes her great fame for
school teachers. We see what is coming for them in the future, and they remind us of the beauty that is in store not just for them, but even for us in the spiritual life. Our lives—all of our lives—are, to a degree, ugly years, as we struggle through our own spiritual difficulties, seeking to arrive at the grace, beauty, and dignity that will be our glorified selves after the Resurrection (by the grace of God). This ought to give us a bit of pause as these sullen young things make us crazy with their sarcasm, sass, and attitude. Perhaps we shouldn’t be so hard on them. At least not all the time. If God was all over me for every time I sassed Him, I would be in a world of hurt. Really. So as these young, barely pubescent souls head back to school, try and remember that they are just kids. Yes, we should hold to discipline, but in time, this silliness will pass, and they will be radiant models for us adults as we have grown older, crankier, and perhaps lost a bit of the zest for life. They will come out of it, and if you pay attention, you can gradually watch it happen. Then you will forget all about those days when they seemed so awful. Unless, of course, you get into photography first. Then you can revive the pictures at their wedding reception. Please send all comments or abuse to email@example.com. being the mother of Constantine, the Roman emperor who legalized Christianity and eventually became the first Christian emperor. St. Helena herself became a Christian before her son and practiced many acts of charity and service. She is also noteworthy for her great pilgrimage to Jerusalem and is credited for discovering the True Cross in the Holy Land. An often overlooked reformer, St. John Eudes lived and worked at a time in France when the Church had fallen into great corruption, priests were ignorant, and the faith little-known by the people. St. John established seminaries to help educate priests so they could adequately teach the people. Central to St. John Eudes’ mission was his devotion to the Sacred Heart. This devotion was seen not as piety but as a solemn assertion that the core of Christ is love and not condemnation. St. Bernard, an abbot and Doctor of the Church, was instrumental in the establishment of the Cistercian reform of the Benedictine Order. Born in 1090, he joined the new monastery at Citeaux with four of his brothers and about 24 friends. He was soon sent out to found the monastery at Clairvaux, where he was abbot for the rest of his life. He was strongly opposed to the luxurious lives of the clergy, and he wrote and taught extensively, particularly about prayer and in defense of the Jews against persecution.
Published on Aug 11, 2011