Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Back from lunch ...

My apologies for not posting in awhile. We have been busy keeping the farm productive and getting everything sorted for winter. Like other nations we have a lockdown to stop the COVID-19. Ours is a stringent action but it is necessary to save lives. We celebrated the Holy Triduum like other Catholics around the world. All at home with prayers and listening to Mass on the radio or telly. It seemed strange to not be at the parish during our holiest of Feasts. Some days we would wake up to smoke from the wildfires in Oz about 2300 km away. This year has been interesting.

We have sent in some extra money to our parish knowing that the parish collections are down with no one allowed to attend. Father still has to keep the lights on and pay for that privilege. He will also need heat money with winter approaching. Our parish has been looking after the elderly and our priest. We all take turns cooking for someone each week. We call each other to see if there is anything in short supply or if there is a need for a trip to the doctor. Our family likes to say that everyone is a getting a wee taste of Plain Catholic living this year.

Praying for all and encouraging all to send a little extra money to the parish to help pay the bills. Take advantage of your parish's online giving setup if you have one. Call other parishioners and check on them. Be there for each other and you will receive the gift of experiencing the Early Church of the Apostles in the time of Jesus. What a gift it is!

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Jesus, His Apostles and Spin

John 21
20 Peter turned and saw following them the disciple whom Jesus loved, who had lain close to his breast at the supper and had said, “Lord, who is it that is going to betray you?” 21 When Peter saw him, he said to Jesus, “Lord, what about this man?” 22 Jesus said to him, “If it is my will that he remain until I come, what is that to you? Follow me!” 23 The saying spread abroad among the brethren that this disciple was not to die; yet Jesus did not say to him that he was not to die, but, “If it is my will that he remain until I come, what is that to you?”
Misunderstandings. Misconceptions. Agendas.

Jealousy and envy.  Spin - to make it seem all righteous and all right. What about this man?

St. Peter certainly experienced all of these things not only in this instance but in other situations detailed in the New Testament - before he was a saint. What about afterwards?

Our basic sinful nature is always with us. Our need to compare ourselves to others is one of the most basic forms of human failing.

Jesus had to correct St. Peter - once again.

If anything we can all relate to St. Peter because he was so up front with his faults. Peter wears his emotions on his sleeve as we say. Whether or not we bury those emotions is individual. 

But the sad fact of the matter is that we all have those emotions and we all have to deal with them as failings at some point in our discipleship walk.

If we spend less time comparing ourselves to others we are less likely to be prone to pride, bitterness, envy, jealousy and a myriad mess of other failings. We are far better off studying Jesus and His teachings while trying to follow them as we watch our own walk.

We can disagree with others without being offended by them. We can bring the peace of God to contentious situations. Let us hold fast to the marks of a true Christian; after all, we cannot control others but we can control ourselves.
Romans 12
Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; 10 love one another with brotherly affection; outdo one another in showing honor. 11 Never flag in zeal, be aglow with the Spirit, serve the Lord. 12 Rejoice in your hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. 13 Contribute to the needs of the saints, practice hospitality.
14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. 16 Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly; never be conceited. 17 Repay no one evil for evil, but take thought for what is noble in the sight of all. 18 If possible, so far as it depends upon you, live peaceably with all. 19 Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God; for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” 20 No, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals upon his head.” 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

Friday, July 12, 2019

We are seeing our weather starting to warm up a bit going into spring though we're still at 12˚C. It's late but we had a late day with a couple of the young cattle.

Normally we try to get in the Divine Office evening prayers however this evening that was scuttled taking care of the cattle. Sometimes you have to be flexible.

The children are finishing up their homeschool lessons for the year. It's hard to believe the oldest is 12 now.

Not much else I can think of to write. If it had not been for my wife reminding me we need to post, this post would not have happened either. Good night and God's blessings on all.

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Winter is almost here for us. The temperatures are cooling down rapidly. That is the life in New Zealand, we are "downunder" the equator.

The local families have recovered almost completely from the damage they received in the earthquake. Some families in the towns and cities are not as blessed.

We are still getting inquiries to living the Plain Catholic life from around the world. May God bless these sincere people in finding the vocation to which they are called.

Saturday, February 23, 2019

We had a bit of a shake from an earthquake but though the cattle were rattled they calmed quickly. One thing that we always remind others about is land moves. It does not matter where you are living your earth beneath your feet is in motion. It floats on top of magma below the earth's crust. It never stops moving and every now and again it hits a road bump.

We have a good garden this year. The spuds are plentiful and the peppers, onions and tomatoes are crowding the plot.  The squashes have very nearly crushed the vine trellis they are so heavy. Highland manure is nutritious for our plants. Come April we will be planting our winter veg and green manures.

Let us keep our church in prayers. There are good men in the leadership and too often the good are lumped in with the bad. The good bishops are victims too because they have to bear the same humiliations that the bad bishops do.

Saturday, November 10, 2018

It is spring here which is why we have not posted in a fair bit. That's right, we are south of the equator and spring means a very busy time with our cattle and our garden.

I know it seems odd to most of those living in the northern hemisphere. Warm weather at Christmas time is normal for us while others cannot quite wrap their heads around it. Our warm weather peaks in February around 26-32˚C or 80 - 90˚F.

We are joining the rest of the Plain Catholics in prayers for the priesthood and our Church. May we all endure in faith and fidelity to Jesus.

Cheers and ta.

Friday, September 7, 2018

The Lord is cleaning His house

We see the need for the purification of our Catholic Church and even though it will be painful, needs must be done. Our Lord is cleaning His house, which seems to happen every 500 years or so. The first was with Saint Benedict who established monasteries and reformed monastic life in Europe around 500 AD. 

About 500 years later, St. Peter Damian, Benedictine monk, reforming Cardinal and a Doctor of the Church, in 1050 AD wrote a scathing treatise on the corruption of bishops and clergy and started a reform of ordination of clerics and bishops.  Pope Benedict XVI described him as "one of the most significant figures of the 11th century ... a lover of solitude and at the same time a fearless man of the Church, committed personally to the task of reform." We could use another St. Peter Damian right now.

Of course, in the next 500 (plus or minus) years later complacency set in yet again and the Reformation with Luther's 95 theses in 1517 AD spurred another house cleaning.

Now we are 500 years after the Reformation and it is time for another house cleaning by the Lord. It will not be comfortable but it is necessary for us to become rededicated to serving Jesus as worthy disciples. As Hebrews 12:11 reminds us:

For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant; later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.

May God bless us with the grace to endure and persevere in holy discipleship.

Romans 12:12 Rejoice in your hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.


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