Some weeks ago, around the date of 31 October, I wrote about an event in Eau Claire to commemorate the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation. The joint prayer service among Catholics and Lutherans was a local event to come together in prayer and concentrate on matters of unity. The prayer service was held in a Catholic church, the social was hosted in a Lutheran church across the street. I also understand that, on the same date, Catholic and Lutheran bishops from our state were gathered together for a similar prayer service. Further, the prayer service was also used by members of the Vatican and the Lutheran World Federation on the same date. I can say, with some confidence, these three, and perhaps other similar prayer services, all used the same prayer service which was assembled by the Lutheran World Federation and the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity.READ MORE
Prostate cancer, testicular cancer, male depression and male suicide. These four topics and others similar to them typically do not conjure up happy thoughts. Add to the above list cancer in general, often cancer treatment causes hair loss, and you get a sense of the recipe for the rationale as to why some men choose to grow facial hair during November. Add to that, some encouragement on some websites to discontinue trimming other bodily hair, like legs, and you can quickly come up with gender inclusive reasons for unkempt body hair during November.READ MORE
One of the countless delights in living the vocation of the Holy Priesthood is meeting countless people from countless walks of life. Recently I was having a conversation with a well-established realtor. He commented on how he and his wife move often and find the moves to be a good opportunity to do some serious housecleaning. In fact, they continue to strive to keep their belongings down so as to have less labor when a move comes around.READ MORE
We have once again come to this point in time when we use the month of November to pray for all the faithful departed. Today, I find it worthwhile to reflect upon Mass Intentions, something I have likely done before and will likely do again.
Celebrating Mass is one of the core prayer forms for our Catholic Church. At its basic form, the Mass has two parts, namely the Liturgy of the Word and the Liturgy of the Eucharist.READ MORE