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Good Seminarians Expelled, Say It Isn’t So!

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Malta’s Archbishop: Seminarians Can Leave if They Don’t Agree With Pope Francis

I never thought I would see the day when men of true faith and obedience, and yet struggling to understand the interpretation of a “progressive” pope, would be shown the door.

LIST OF MOVIES WITH MEMORABLE PRIESTS

*Given that the movie SILENCE is coming out this week, here is a listing of past films about priests (of one sort or another).

HUMPHREY BOGARTcda

The Left Hand of God

RICHARD BURTON

Beckett

MONTGOMERY CLIFT

I Confess

TOM CONTI

Saving Grace

CHARLIE COX

There Be Dragons

BING CROSBY

Going My Way

The Bells of St. Mary’s

Say One for Me

ROBERT DE NIRO / JEREMY IRONS

The Mission

ADAM DRIVER / ANDREW GARFIELD / LIAM NEESON*

Silence

RICHARD EGAN

Padre on Horseback

HENRY FONDA

The Fugitive

BEN GAZZARA

Don Bosco: The True Story of the Apostle of Youth

WILLIAM HOLDEN / CLIFTON WEBB

Satan Never Sleeps

JOHN HURT

Beyond the Gates

RAUL JULIA

Romero

JACK LEMMON

Mass Appeal

KARL MALDEN

On the Waterfront

JASON MILLER

Home of Our Own

RICARDO MONTALBON / MAXIMILIAN SCHELL

The Reluctant Saint

DON MURRAY

The Hoodlum Priest

PAT O’BRIEN

Angels with Dirty Faces

GREGORY PECK

The Keys of the Kingdom

The Scarlet and the Black

ANTHONY QUINN

The Shoes of the Fisherman

SPENCER TRACEY

Boys Town / Men of Boys Town

TOM TRYON

The Cardinal

DAVID WENHAM

Molokai: The Story of Father Damien

VARIOUS

Of Gods and Men

FOREIGN FILMS

The Wizard of Heaven

Padre Pio Miracle Man

Diary of a Country Priest

Stuff a Priest Might Collect?

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Here is a bobble-head Pope Francis (in honor of his visit to the Philippines) on my bookshelf next to the Metaluna Mutant from the 1955 classic science fiction film, THIS ISLAND EARTH. The books they are sitting upon are rather interesting, too… see the titles.

Paul J. Wrabel, Rest in Peace

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My dear friend Paul J. Wrabel passed away this morning. He was a parishioner of Holy Family Parish here in Mitchellville, MD and a member of Fr. Michael C. Kidd Council of the Knights of Columbus. Here we see him with his beautiful daughter, Kristin. My deepest condolences to his family.

Below we see Paul with DGK Mike Turner.

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Paul and Joan are together again.

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Knights of St. John Memorial

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Today we (Holy Family Parish, Mitchellville, MD) hosted a Memorial Celebration for the Knights of St. John, International and the Ladies Auxiliary. Thank you for your long legacy of service to the Church. May all the faithful departed rest in peace.

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Lift Up Your Hearts & Hands & Voices

Israel’s war against Amalek might have been a foreshadowing of the Church’s struggle against the world and the devil. The raised hands of Moses are often connected to the raised hands of the priest at the altar. The power that wins the battle is not Moses but that of God. However, Moses is seen as a conduit for divine power, showering his soldiers with heavenly strength and inspiring them with his presence on top of the hill. When Moses grew tired, Aaron and Hur supported his arms.

I am reminded about the story of an elderly priest who had to offer Mass from his wheelchair. A makeshift table was placed on the lower level before the altar. The priest had a debilitating muscular disease and his arms and hands were weak and useless. Two men from the community would hold up his arms for the orations and blessings. When he needed to hold the sacred elements, they would clasp their hands upon his so that he could raise up the bread and wine for consecration. Visitors one weekend were critical, noting that it was a shame that there was no healthy priest to say Mass properly. A large number of parishioners quickly objected to the criticism. One of them retorted, “What do you mean? We have our priest and he is empowered by Christ to give us the Eucharist and God’s blessing… what more could we want?”

The faith of the Jews and later of Christians is a mediated faith. We lift our hands and voices to the Lord. God uses weak human vessels to show his power and to transmit his gifts. God sends his deliverers, prophets, apostles, bishops, priests and deacons. God is our ultimate guardian but he gives us human sentinels who keep watch over his flock.

Does Prayer Move God or Us?

The worldwide Catholic Church fulfills the command from the Gospel to pray unceasingly.  The Mass is offered, the Liturgy of the Hours is prayed and the Rosaries are said.  Unlike the dishonest judge, God cannot be manipulated or forced to comply with our wishes.  However, God wants us to pray and to petition him as a loving Father.  Persistent faith and prayer is an antidote to human fickleness.  We need to have the heart and mind of God— to want what he wants.

Constant prayer and a lived faith will transform us.  We become God’s children in truth.  Yes, God knows what we need even before we petition him; however, this posture of dependence is demanded by God for our own good.  A person may give drink to the thirsty but the receiver must hold up his glass to receive the life-giving water. It might seem that God is moved but we are the ones being moved.  God pours himself out; but we must be receptive to the divine presence and grace.

I remember my departed mother.  She was never happier than when her family needed her.  Even when we were selfish, she immediately responded with love and caring.  All good mothers are the same.  Our supplications may be endless, but so is God’s charity and patience.  We belong to him.  Everything is God’s gift to us.  He delights in hearing the voices of his children.