Here is this week’s installment of “Five Faith Friday” which contains five, faith-based things I found interesting and am sharing on Friday.
Which Homily You Need to Watch —
“A homily for Biden and his voters” or “A message for Joe Biden and any Pro Abortion Catholic” from Father Bill Kosco, Pastor of St. Henry Church in Buckeye, Arizona. It’s only 4 minutes long and technically it is only a snippet from his 25 minute long homily which he delivered a few Sundays back on February 7th. It is a MUST listen to homily if I’ve ever seen one. If it makes you uncomfortable, that’s a good thing because you should be. It’s a fact… you cannot be Catholic and pro abortion. It’s like saying you are Christian but don’t believe in Jesus. It just doesn’t work. Let’s pray for those who embrace the culture of death and all of the lives impacted by abortion.
Which Prayers I’m Praying —
These deliverance prayers. I was listening to Dave VanVickle the other day on the Every Knee Shall Bow podcast, and while the podcast is focused on evangelization, Dave also assists priests with their ministries of exorcism and deliverance and has been doing so for many years. He is widely considered an expert on the topic of Spiritual Warfare from a Catholic perspective and he travels all over the country teaching Catholics about the victory of Jesus Christ and His Church over the kingdom of darkness. The demonic are all around us and Dave encourages us to not dwell on that fact but to respect it. I would love to have everyone reading this take a few minutes and pray the deliverance prayers out loud.
Where I Went —
To participate in the Divine Worship Mass! The Divine Worship Mass comes from the Anglican Ordinariate and is one of the many rites within the Catholic Church. Technically it is the “Anglican Use” way of celebrating the Roman Rite. The closest one to me is held Sunday afternoons at Holy Ghost Church (my favorite church in my diocese!!!!) and was absolutely beautiful. So what is the Anglican Ordinariate? This resource is the best one I could find on the topic. And here is some additional information from the parish itself and about the married (with 10 children!) priest.
So what were my thoughts on it? I was told it was like the Extraordinary Form but in English but I disagree. Here is how I would describe it: The beginning part for me reminded me of a blend between Byzantine and TLM… TLM from the sense that there was a lot of prayers before heading up the steps but Byzantine because there was a ton of back and forth with the congregation actively involved. The Liturgy of the Word was completely Novus Ordo. The Liturgy of the Eucharist, while ad orientem, was extremely Novus Ordo but with “Old English” and a few more ceremonial gestures that I liked a lot. Intinction was awesome and of course receiving the Blessed Sacrament kneeling was too. The rest of the Divine Worship Mass was Novus Ordo almost to a T. I was kind of surprised there wasn’t a second Gospel at the end or more final prayers. So fascinating how our Church is so unique and celebrates differently. I love it and I can’t wait to get to another Rite of the Church here soon now!!!
What News I’m Watching —
What happens in the case against the activists who defaced and pulled down a statue of St. Junipero Serra on private property at Mission San Rafael Arcángel in San Rafael, about 20 miles north of San Francisco. Their supporters want the courts to drop vandalism charges and have garnered close to 100K signatures stating that they shouldn’t be charged for vandalism. Thankfully we have good and holy shepherds like Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco who warned that “…this would set an extremely troubling precedent in that no one could be secure that those who perpetrate crimes against them will be prosecuted for their wrongdoing.” Furthermore he said that, “If a crime caught on videotape and witnessed by the police were not to have been prosecuted, it would have sent a profoundly disturbing message to the hundreds of thousands of people of faith in Marin County: churches, synagogues, mosques and temples are at the mercy of small mobs.”
What I Read —
“Autobiography of a Hunted Priest” by Father John Gerard. It’s the autobiography (go figure) of a Jesuit priest in Elizabethan England when to be a Catholic in England courted imprisonment and torture; to be a priest was treason by act of Parliament.
“Salvation: What Every Catholic Should Know” by Michael Patrick Barber. Are you saved? Well, that’s really a 3 part answer that the book goes into. If you are a Catholic then you were saved, are being saved, and hope to be saved!
“For Love of Life and the Family” by Dr. Richard P. Delaney. “In a series of letters to his first great-granddaughter, Dr. Delaney discusses the problem of a world seemingly gone mad because its spiritual well has gone dry, gives answers to the basic questions of life, gives an overview of how and why the family has been the target of evil influence, and discusses the amazing biology of how we are wondrously made—a life that is a gift and a life that is human.”
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What Talk I’m Excited For —
“Ashes to Ashes” with Bishop Alfred Schlert. The talk is going to be tomorrow, Saturday the 27th at 10am, but you need to register for it here.
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What Article I Read —
“COVID-19 One Year Later” which is a look at COVID-19 from a Catholic perspective. “As Catholics, it is our constitutional right as religious believers to assemble for worship, not a privilege that can be withdrawn unilaterally by the state.”
Have a wonderful weekend and may God bless you and your family!