7 Quick Takes

1)     I have a love/hate relationship with the changing of the seasons … I love fall in New England, but find it really hard to get up in the morning.  Getting up the with sun means that I am running late now.  Part of me can’t wait for the clock to change back to wintertime … although that will also throw me off when it happens.

2)      This week the topic of pornography keeps popping up.  It’s everywhere and so sad.   Apparently our local library had an incident with someone using the computers in the kids section to watch porn.  As I mentioned last week, there is a new porn shop hidden by pretty shiny things on our Main Street.   Porn is a counterfeit for love and so many people are trapped by the illusion.  They want the real thing, but are led astray by the following the counterfeit.  Will take this to prayer.  In the mean time, if you are struggling with this sin: pray, make use of the Sacrament of Confession (it will strengthen you with grace) and do not despair.  A good resource: http://theporneffect.com/healing/10-steps-to-healing.

3)      Today is the Feast of the Holy Rosary.

This morning, in his homily, the priest reminded us that Mary loves it when offer rosaries for others.  But he reminded us also to ask to become more like Mary, who said YES to God.  We too must say Yes to God and not to be afraid of giving of ourselves.

4)    This week I attended a workshop on Music and the New Translation of the Roman Missal.  We have a lot of work to do.  I am looking forward to hearing more chant, but also to new contemporary settings of the Mass.  Maybe we can get away from limiting our Masses to a particular music style, and just work to have beautiful music enhancing our worship.  Rather than having a “choir Mass” and a “folk Mass” and a no-music Mass, and so training people to like only one thing, whether it be choir, or chant, or contemporary music, can we simply work to have beautiful music at Mass. Why can’t we bring some guitars up into the choir loft, and mix in some chant at the no-music Mass and set some beautiful traditional hymns (maybe even in Latin <gasp!>) to a guitar arrangement at the “folk Mass”.   Do not be afraid!

5)      I am looking forward to going apple picking this weekend with the Newman Center. It is always a wonderful way to relax and get to know students in a beautiful setting … not to mention that I get to make some home made applesauce and hopefully someone will be in the mood to make an apple pie 🙂

6)     The theme of the World Communications Day message will be Silence and Word: the Path to Evangelization.  Silence is hard to come by these days … and so necessary for being able to integrate the Word into our lives.

7)     I will have another podcast review for you next week.  I want to listen to a few more episodes in order to get a better impression … although what I have heard so far, I like.  In a very broad sense it is about the new translation of the Mass.  Stay tuned….

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