April 28: The Feast of St. Gianna Molla & AN Invitation from Dr. Gianna Molla

 

One of the most endearing experiences to be given to the people of Father Kunst’s parish (and several hundred others) was the late October 2017 visit of Dr. Gianna Molla, daughter of St. Gianna Beretta Molla.  She captivated her audience with her deep humility and kindness as she sang the praises of her “Saint Mom–and, in her words, her Saint Dad.”  Her mother died of complications giving birth to her.  It was an incredible couple of days to be in her company.

  And now she has issued an invitation to celebrate Mother’s Day, honoring our mothers, by having flowers sent to her Saint Mom’s shrine in Italy.  Here is the link allowing you to participate in this: 

 

 

https://www.catholicaction.org/flowers_for_saint_gianna

 

 

 

 

 

 

April 30: The Feast of St. Pius V: Rediscovering A Beautiful, Ancient Prayer

Father Richard Kunst

October is the month of the rosary, but there is good reason to focus on the rosary in the month of April as well.

The last day of April is the feast day of St. Pius V, A Dominican pope who was very much devoted to the rosary and was the eventual cause for the feast day of Our Lady of the Rosary on October 7th, and the patronal feast of our diocese.

The rosary is perhaps the most common of the Catholic devotional prayers.  Up until recently it consisted of 15 decades of “Hail Marys” with each decade proceeded by the Lord’s Prayer and followed by a doxology, accompanied by a meditation upon the life of Christ called a mystery.  A few years back Pope John Paul the Great introduced five more mysteries, making the complete rosary twenty decades.  This is the first substantial change to the rosary in nearly 500 years.

When the whole rosary is prayed, it is a virtual epitome of the liturgical year and the Gospels, though ordinarily only five decades are prayed at a time.

Pious tradition states that the Virgin Mary appeared to St. Dominic and gave him the rosary.  Though Dominic and his order really are responsible for popularizing this form of prayer, in fact the rosary pre-dates Dominic by at least 100 years.  In reality, the rosary had a slow development.

It is a form of prayer that did not come from church authority but from the faith of the common people.  Many monasteries at the time would pray all 150 Psalms every day.  Though it was impractical, many lay people wanted to imitate this form of prayer.  Eventually the normative practice became quoting 150 short Scripture passages, hence the fifteen decades.  Through time, the passages became regularized as quotes from the first chapter of Luke’s Gospel: the words of the Angel to Mary, “Hail Mary full of grace, the Lord is with you” (Luke 1:28), and the words of Elizabeth to Mary, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb” (Luke 1:42).

It should be clear to anyone at this point that for the most part the rosary is little more than simply quoting Gospel passages in prayer.  Anybody who does not have a problem praying with the Scriptures should not have a problem praying the rosary.  For this reason, it is unfortunate that it is primarily only a Catholic prayer.

Although the mysteries of the rosary also had a slow development, they were pretty much accepted in their current form by 1483.  In 1573 St. Pius V established the feast of “Our Lady of the Rosary” in honor of the defeat of the Turkish Muslim fleet at Lepanto on October 7, 1571.

Because so many different religious traditions have used beads to help them in prayer, the word itself is actually synonymous with prayer; the Old English word for “prayer” is “bead.”

There is nothing magical about the beads.  They are simply a mechanical device to keep track of where you are in the prayer.  With so many repetitions of different prayers, the beads become almost necessary; they themselves should never be the focus but in fact should help us to concentrate on the prayer.

To pray the rosary appropriately we almost should ignore the beads.  People who go out of their way to find the most beautiful rosary may in fact be missing the point; the beads should very much be of secondary importance.

Although the rosary is not a mantra in the strict sense, it certainly can act as one.  Mantras, mostly a part of Hindu prayer, are a continual repeating of words to “get in the zone” of prayer, to make the prayer as natural as the breath you are taking.  Saying the same prayers over and over again certainly lend themselves to acting as a mantra, all the while meditating on the life of Christ in the mysteries.

It is an unfortunate reality that so many non-Catholics have a problem with the concept of praying a rosary.  There is no reason to shy away from this prayer anymore than there is reason to shy away from the Gospels.  The rosary quotes the scriptures and traces the entire life of Jesus in prayer and meditation.

Catholics, too, should be more accustomed to praying this beautiful and ancient prayer.

I often will tell parishioners to pray the rosary often enough so that it will not look out of place in their hands in the casket.

 

Pope St. Pius V

Meeting Parishioners, Dan Rentschler & Marie Mullen, on Real Presence Radio

Parishioner, Dan Rentschler

On a recent episode of Real Presence Live, hosts, Father Rich & Father Moravitz, interview two of  St. John’s parishioners.  Dan Rentschler presently pilots a ship on the Great Lakes and previously spent close to ten years as a captain  of two others.  How his faith life is incorporated into his work life is part of the interview,  along with many  facts connected to life on a Laker. 

 

Join the hosts, our very own pastor and Father Moravitz as they explore Dan’s  fascinating career and spiritual journey aboard the Great Lakes ships.  What follows is the interview with Dan Rentschler at the 43 minute mark.

 

 

 

Fr. Rich & Marie Mullen on Real Presence Radio Live

During the second hour of this Real Presence Live, Marie Mullen, one of the chairs of the Built Upon a Rockfest joined the hosts to promote the  Catholic music festival to be held on the campus of Holy Rosary Cathedral for the second year in a row.  The event was so well received last summer and included music by Catholic bands along with Mass, Adoration and Reconciliation–along with a lot of food and camaraderie  in a healthy environment. 

We welcome Marie’s contributions to this event.  A   GoFundMe page exists as they are always looking for financial help in the promotion of this worthwhile event.  Here is the link:

https://www.gofundme.com/rock-built

Marie’s interview begins at about the 39 minute mark.

 

 

Contact Information for Built Upon a Rockfest:

https://www.builtuponarockfest.com/contact/

SATURDAY NIGHT, SEPTEMBER 15, 2018
5:00 Mass (Cathedral)
6:00 Concert gates open
6:15-7:00 Luke Spehar
7:30-9:00 Ike Ndolo
9:30 Benediction (Cathedral)

 

 

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Real Presence Radio may be found at 88.1 FM in Duluth

 

 

Theology Uncapped: A Real Presence Radio Interview with Pastor Kowitz

Theology Uncapped

The Virgin Mary

Thursday, April 26th at 6:30 PM

St. Benedict Catholic Church

1419 St. Benedict Street

Duluth, MN  55811

 

 

 

 

Here is the live interview on Real Presence Radio with Father Rich, co-host, Father Moravitz, and the pastor of United Lutheran Church in Proctor, Peter Kowitz.  They will be talking about the third and final Theology Uncapped presentation for this year, to be held April 26th, 6:30 PM,  at St. Benedict’s Catholic Church.  The previous two sessions were so well received, as this one is expected to be, that there’s talk of another series for next year. You must pre-register to participate (link available below).

The interview with Pastor Kowitz begins at about the 23 minute mark:

 

 

Here is the link to register:

https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/m?oeidk=a07ef4mqaopdc3a4fdd&oseq=&c=&ch=

You must  RSVP,  because space is limited, and there is a cost, which includes a catered meal and beverage of wine, beer, or pop.

The cost is $20 per person, and it will fill up.

My hope is that it will fill up with parishioners from our parishes. These are rare opportunities to hear  conversations between a Catholic priest and a Lutheran minister about our different faith traditions.

Our Spring topic  will be the “Virgin Mary.”

—Fr. Rich

Here is some information about the organization, Theology Uncapped:

Theology Uncapped

 

Theology Uncapped is a Catholic group with a dedicated goal of bringing people closer together through educational discussions centered around faith-based topics.
We hold three events a year that are open to men and women of all faiths.  Each event includes an informative speaker(s) that will discuss a topic of faith from differing points of view. A catered meal is included to help facilitate fellowship and hopefully foster new relationships among those that may have opposing viewpoints.
Seating for each event is limited, so registration is required and can be completed through this site. We look forward to seeing you at a future event.
Further Information Needed?  Contact  Deacon John Foucault:

 

 

An Appeal from the Pastor to the People of Our Parishes

Father’s Ramblings

“Father Rich, these are NOT Worms!!

 As we continue through our inaugural year of our new citywide school of Stella Maris Academy, there are a lot of exciting things happening that we couldn’t have done had we been four separate small schools as in the past.

 Certainly the teachers would tell you one of the big advantages is having the opportunity to have more than one class of a particular grade at one location. Here on the East side of town, at the Holy Rosary Campus in particular, there are 2-3 classrooms of each grade, and that gives the teachers the ability to work together– something they did not have in the past, and they love it.

 

There are all sorts of benefits for having united our Catholic Schools, but there have been some challenges, too. One of them is the need for more financial aid to help kids go to a Catholic School who otherwise would be unable.

Because of the socioeconomic differences between the east and west sides of town our ability to offer aid has been challenged. This is mostly going to be a difficulty as we move forward trying to figure out how aid is distributed considering the limited availability.

 I write this to look for support from parishioners. I have done this sort of “ask” before with a lot of success and help from you. What I am hoping is for people to come forward who may be interested or willing to help out one of our own parish families when it comes to sponsoring part or all of a year’s tuition.

Even if you can only afford a little bit, anything would help. In this situation my goal is to strictly help our own parishioners with this, as there is a definite need.

Please see me if you may be interested in this sort of charitable work as it is a great cause!

—Fr. Rich

Archery at Stella Maris

Stella Maris Kindergarten
Amanda Tessier

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stella Maris Academy: Lots Happening on Our Campuses!

The following commentary is from Jesse Murray, principal of Stella Maris Academy’s St. John’s campus.  We are grateful for the amount of information he shared with us about the students at St. John’s  and the good work and experiences they are having at Stella Maris.  Thank you, Jesse Murray!

The students from Stella Maris Academy continue to combine fun, learning, faith, and service into their daily experiences.  Here is a tour through a few recent events on the the St. John’s & Holy Rosary Campuses:

The 8th grade students were led by Mrs. Katie Lisi and Dr. Mary Boylan, MD,  on a tour of the Women’s Care Center.  Here they learned a valuable lesson on the miracle of life and the science that helps us care for this most precious gift.  The students had the special opportunity to see real life images of a baby with the 3D ultrasound equipment. Following, they had lunch and an afternoon of sledding fun as a reward for reaching their class goal for a school fundraiser.  

Also pictured below is Mrs. Peggy Frederickson, principal at the Holy Rosary Campus, sharing a gift of over $1,300 with the Women’s Care Center raised through a penny war fundraiser at their campus during Catholic Schools Week. 

8th Graders Sledding Party

Mrs. Peggy Frederickson, Principal, Holy Rosary Campus

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 7th grade class recently traveled to the Laurentian Environmental Center for a three day field trip.  Valuable lessons regarding life and faith were learned. Lessons of humility, self control, courage, teamwork, and perseverance were on the top of the list as our youth were challenged to take ownership of their experience in life and become contributing members (good old-fashioned stewardship!).  The experience was unforgettable in many ways! The lessons are truly carried back to the classroom to strengthen our learning and faith community.

7th Graders at the Laurentian Environmental Center

7th Graders at the Laurentian Environmental Center

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 6th grade class recently had a strong showing at the regional History Day competition at UMD.   The theme this year was “Conflict and Compromise”. Each student conducted historical research through personal interviews, reading biographies and historical texts,  finding archived material and photographs, and studying the details of historical events that have shaped our society and world.  Two 8th graders and eight 6th graders will advance to the state competition in May at the University of Minnesota.

 

6th Grade Science Projects

6th Grade Science Project

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 5th grade class was recently on retreat at the Cathedral of Our Lady.  The children celebrated Mass with the younger Stella Maris Academy students and spent time in prayer and reflection in advance of afternoon reconciliation.  For fun, they met up with the kindergarten students, read books together, and enjoyed a lunch. Later in the week, the 5th grade class shared the St. Patrick’s Day spirit by wearing their green!  In order to be out of uniform, the middle school students brought in over $325 of personal donations to give to the BackPack Program, serving the children in need in our community.

 

Kindergartners & 5th Graders Reading Together

Kindergartners & 5th Graders Reading Together

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kindergartners & 5th Graders Reading Together

5th Grade St. Patrick’s Day Spirit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Keep sharing information with the people of John’s.  We love your input!

 

 

 

 

How fun is it to see the faces of two Stella Maris students–one from the Holy Rosary campus and the other from Saint James!

Maia Lisi & Reggie Frederick, way to go, making the news and speaking as articulately as you did!  We are proud of you and excited you were present when the Gold Medal Winners came home!

 

 

 

 

 

Jenny Boran

Hello! This is Ms. Boran reporting from Stella Maris Academy’s middle school campus at St. John’s! This is my first year working for Stella Maris and I am serving as the Faith Formation Director. One of my responsibilities is  campus ministry for our middle schools.

 

I’d like to give you a glimpse into  faith formation taking place at St. John’s this Lenten season. We are keeping it simple and as a school are focusing on the three traditional themes of Lent: prayer, fasting and almsgiving.

 

FASTING:

This year our students began  Lent by brainstorming in their weekly small groups how they could each fast, pray, and give (alms) this season.  It involved  students considering their daily lives and what things get in the way of their relationship with Christ. They each came up with a few personal Lenten goals that pertain to their daily lives and faith. I’ve been very impressed by a few of our students who willingly gave up their iPads, TV or other technology in order to grow in their faith and to simplify their lives. Some of the students have expressed  surprise at their revived contentment with “old-fashioned” leisure, like reading and hiking! I’m excited to see them continue to grow in this awareness as  Lent continues.

PRAYER:

Stella Maris Stations of the Cross

Each of our homerooms are dedicating part of their morning meetings to some form of Lenten prayer. They are also holding you, the parish community, up in prayer this season!

 

 

 

 

 

The whole school is also attending weekly Stations of the Cross led by Fr. Rich on Thursday afternoons.  The students will have also have an opportunity to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation during this season. In addition to Fr. Rich we have four priests from the Duluth parishes who have generously offered to come hear our students’ confessions.

We have also arranged Lenten retreats for each grade, which offer the students an opportunity to step away from the classroom and have time to learn more about this sacred season and to provide them with an opportunity to slow down and to connect with Christ in the midst  of their week.

ALMSGIVING: 

As a campus we are undertaking a food drive this March to help support the CHUM food shelf. Each week we’ll be collecting a particular food item on the CHUM Most Needed list. Our hope is that students will look to their own pockets and piggy banks for the funding of this food drive making it a more personal sacrifice and effort to feed the hungry as the Gospel commands us.

Hunger statistics will also be displayed in the cafeteria to spur a greater awareness of the local needs as well as an appreciation for the delicious food made available to us by our kitchen staff.  

Please continue to pray for our students, staff and the mission of our school!

 

AND ON ANOTHER NOTE:  BULLSEYE!

Many students chose to learn archery as one of the multiple electives offered during the second trimester.

Archery at Stella Maris

Archery at Stella Maris

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

George Weigel, Renowned

Examining Papal Artifacts

The Diocese of Duluth, and and our parish  were treated to a rare opportunity to  spend an evening with George Weigel.

He is the Distinguished Senior Fellow of The Ethics and Public Policy Center, and is the most comprehensive biographer of Saint Pope John Paul II, a Catholic theologian and one of America’s leading intellectuals.

We are honored to share this event with you and will add a YouTube of his presentation as soon as it is made available.  For now, please enjoy these initial photos of him examining some of Father Kunst’s Collection.

Below is an interview he did in which he discusses his latest book, a memoir of his twelve years of friendship with Pope John Paul II, Lessons in Hope.  We will add the recording of his presentation at St. John’s as soon as it becomes available.

 

 

Examining a Papal Mace

Various Relics

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lessons In Hope, My Unexpected Life with St. John Paul II

Witness To Hope by George Weigel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Video of the George Weigel Presentation

The Diocese of Duluth, and  our parish  were treated to a rare opportunity to  spend an evening with George Weigel.

He is the Distinguished Senior Fellow of The Ethics and Public Policy Center, and is the most comprehensive biographer of Pope Saint John Paul II, a Catholic theologian and one of America’s leading intellectuals.

We are honored to share this event with you and are most grateful to Jenny Boran, Faith Formation Director at Stella Maris Academy, for her generosity and expertise in the creation of this YouTube.

Witness To Hope by George Weigel

Lessons In Hope, My Unexpected Life with St. John Paul II

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 12, 2018: George Weigel & the Northern Cross Interview

Father Richard Kunst

Father’s Ramblings

As has been announced a few times (and posters are up), George Weigel (author of Witness to Hope,  the biography of St. John Paul II) will be visiting our parish next month for a talk on the eve of Monday, March 12th.

Like the Gianna Molla event this past fall, this is an event that is being advertised throughout the entire diocese, so there is likely to be a big crowd.

 Weigel will be talking about his latest book, Lessons in Hope, which is the story of his relationship with Pope John Paul. I have read this book already, and I have to say it is very entertaining, because he is telling the stories of all his interactions with the future saint.

 

I love telling the stories of my handful of encounters with John Paul II, but few people in the world have had the amount of access Mr. Weigel has had.

It is a fascinating book that is hard to put down. The parish has purchased several copies of the book, and they are available for purchase. Please call the parish office if you are interested, and then you can have the opportunity to have them signed by the author.

We hope you will join us for this extraordinary to be held at St. John’s.  —Father Rich

 

The Northern Cross Interview with George Weigel in Preparation for His Visit

George Weigel
An interview with George Weigel
Mar 2, 2018
Deacon Kyle Eller, N/C

On March 12, St. John the Evangelist Church in Duluth, fresh off hosting the daughter of St. Gianna Molla in October, will host another distinguished guest: George Weigel, who is a distinguished senior fellow of the Ethics and public Policy Center, author of three volumes on the life of Pope St. John Paul, and a distinguished conservative Catholic intellectual and media figure.

The event at St. John’s will focus on St. John Paul II. It will begin with Mass at 6:30 p.m. and be followed by Weigel’s presentation, based on his latest book, “Lessons in Hope,” the third of his volumes on John Paul.

Weigel agreed to be interviewed by email in advance of his appearance this month. The interview follows:

George Weigel
The Northern Cross: Would you tell our readers a bit about what you will be speaking on in Duluth? I understand from Father Kunst that it is related to your newest book, about your personal friendship with Pope St. John Paul II.

Weigel: Yes, that’s right. I’ll be talking about “Lessons in Hope: My Unexpected Life with St. John Paul II,” but also about the pope and his legacy. “Lessons in Hope” is a book, of stories, quite different in that sense from the two volumes of my John Paul II biography, “Witness to Hope” and “The End and the Beginning,” so I hope the talk (and the book) will help people come to know John Paul in a more personal way.

TNC: Is there an anecdote from that friendship you would be willing to share to give readers a flavor of what you will be talking about?

Weigel: In March 1996, John Paul said to me, in respect of other biographical efforts, “They try to understand me from outside, but I can only be understood from inside.” That idea — learning a saint “from inside” — will help frame my remarks. I’ll also be introducing the audience to some of the remarkable cast of characters that surrounded John Paul II, and helped form his “inside.”

TNC: It’s now nearly 13 years since Pope John Paul went to the house of the Father. Those days were so full of powerful, memorable scenes: his last gestures, the large, peaceful crowds, the cries that he immediately be recognized a saint. I’m sure they must often come to mind for you. Now, more than a decade later, is he remembered and revered as you imagined he would be? Or to put it another way, how do you see John Paul’s place in the church as a member of the Church Triumphant?

Weigel: He’s obviously a venerated figure all over the world. Unfortunately, his insistence on the great Catholic “both/and” — truth and mercy, revelation and reason, love and responsibility — is being forgotten in some parts of the church. And it doesn’t seem as if the senior diplomats of the Vatican have learned much from the most politically consequential pope in a millennium, which is a real shame. As for John Paul’s place as a member of the Church Triumphant, I’m sure he’s a powerful intercessor for many people — as well as a continuing model for priests and bishops.

TNC: St. John Paul’s long, fruitful pontificate left a great body of teaching, and many of the issues he dealt with not only remain with us but sometimes have come dramatically to the fore. I’m thinking, for instance, of his Theology of the Body and the meaning and “language” of the body in an adequate Christian anthropology, and how this relates to gender ideology and the definition of marriage; or of his great teachings on the family in light of contemporary ecclesiastical debates about pastoral outreach to those in irregular situations; or of his great encyclical on moral theology in light of debates over the meaning of Christian conscience. What, in your view, are some of the most important things John Paul’s teaching has still to offer us in 2018?

Weigel: The Theology of the Body is the most coherent Catholic response to the cultural tsunami of the sexual revolution ever articulated, and ought to be a much larger part of catechesis and marriage preparation, although it’s already had an effect on both. John Paul’s social doctrine, with its emphasis on the imperative of a vibrant public moral culture for both democracy and the free economy, has a lot to say to contemporary American discontents. And then there is Veritatis Splendor, the great encyclical on moral theology, which tried to re-ballast a Western world collapsing into moral subjectivism; that’s still a huge issue, and there is much still to learn from Veritatis Splendor. I’d also cite his encyclical on faith and reason, which ought to be read by every Catholic educator today, as we try to keep Catholic education, especially Catholic higher education, from imploding into the incoherence you see on so many campuses today.

TNC: Many believe that Pope John Paul II changed people’s expectations of the papacy, because of his great gifts of charisma and communication and his willingness to travel the world and evangelize and be a public figure. Pope Francis is also a pope who seems to embrace that kind of a role. (In fact, some who are younger may not recall that there was a pope with “star power” before Francis.) How would you compare and contrast the way they live out that aspect of their ministry?

Weigel: The pope has been at the center of the world Catholic conversation — and the world’s perception of the Church — at least since Pius IX (1846-1878), and perhaps since Pius VII (1800-1823). There are obvious advantages to this, but there are also disadvantages. The pope cannot and should not be the protagonist of everything in the Church. We all have our roles in the Body of Christ, and we all have a responsibility to live as missionary disciples. Both John Paul II and Francis have insisted on that.

— By Deacon Kyle Eller / The Northern Cross

Witness To Hope by George Weigel

Lessons In Hope, My Unexpected Life with St. John Paul II

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Past Information about the Upcoming Event

Late last year as you will recall, we had the honor of having Dr. Gianna Molla, the daughter of St. Gianna Molla, visit our parish. It was a big deal to have such a person to visit, and we had a very good crowd that came out to listen to her talk about her “Saint Mom.”

Well, I am equally excited to make another announcement of a guest coming to our parish that is of equal significance.

On Monday, March 12th, St. John’s will have the honor of welcoming author, George Weigel, to our parish.

The unfortunate thing is that many people in the pews might be unfamiliar with his name, but he is regularly on the NY Times’ bestseller’s list, is a leading authority in the English speaking world on the Catholic Church, and is a Distinguished Senior Fellow of Washington’s, Ethics and Public Policy Center.

But most significantly he is the author of the most comprehensive biography written about Pope John Paul II.

His 1998 biography, Witness to Hope (which I have read multiple times) is the most complete book on the life of JP II.   The thing that is really impressive about it is that Pope John Paul II was the one who asked Weigel to write it.

 Weigel is a syndicated columnist who is regularly featured in our diocesan newspaper,  The Northern Cross.

This is a coup to have been able to get Mr. Weigel to come to Duluth, let alone to our parish. He will be speaking about his relationship with St. John Paul II and about the writing of the biography.

Both before his arrival and while he is here, we will also have his latest book, Lessons in Hope, available for purchase.  You will be able to have it autographed.

I am very excited about this visit, and you will hear much more about it in the coming weeks. So please mark your calendar for March 12th to come and enjoy this extraordinary event for our parishes!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Real Presence Radio Interview with George Weigel & Father Rich

George Weigel

We are pleased to be able to bring you this interview with George Weigel in anticipation of his upcoming visit to St. John’s Parish on Monday, March 12th, at 6:30 PM.
A reminder that the night will include Mass at 6:30, followed by his presentation.

A preeminent authority on the Catholic Church, Mr. Weigel  describes what he learned from chronicling the life of Pope John Paul II.

In Lessons in Hope, George Weigel tells the story of his unique friendship with St. John Paul II. As Weigel learns the pope “from inside,” he also offers a firsthand account of the tumult of post-Vatican II Catholicism and the Cold War’s endgame, introducing readers to the heroes who brought down European communism. Later, he shows us the aging pope grappling with the post-9/11 world order and teaching new lessons in dignity through his own suffering.

We are elated to have him as our guest at St. John’s and hope you’ll join us Monday evening.  —Father Rich

 

Logo of Real Presence Radio

 

The Interview begins at about the 4th  minute:

 

 

 

Witness To Hope by George Weigel

Lessons In Hope, My Unexpected Life with St. John Paul II

Father Mike Schmitz: Making a Good Confession

Wonderful advice from Father Mike to help you discern how to make a good confession.

Father Mike’s Cheat Sheet

First, ask yourself the following questions, because it all centers around the answers to these first 3 questions:

Has God been Number 1 in your life?
Is God the center of your life?
Do we put God on the sidelines?

Then, Continue:

What is Sin? God, I know what you want me to do and I don’t care: I want what I want. It’s knowing what God wants and freely choosing to do something else.

4 Places to Start to Examine What God Wants for My Life: The Cheat Sheet

1. Find a good examination of conscience.
2. See the Litany of Humility of Cardinal Merry del Val
3. Go to the Beatitudes
4. A Consciousness Examen–go into prayer and ask the Holy Spirit to help you. Go through your day and walk through your day to find all the times you said, “Yes,” to God. Then start again and remember all the times God may have been offering His Grace, and you said, “No.” I want to do what I want to do.

It’s about living out of a relationship with God where God is at the center of your life.

Thank you, Father Mike, for this help for us to make a good confession!