February 2008

The next St. Pius X Young Adult event will be Stations of the Cross on Friday.  Stations start at 7pm.  We’ll go to dinner after Stations, restaurant TBD.

Come and join us in this popular Lenten prayer service.


Just a friendly reminder that Lent is a great time to enjoy the Sacrament of Reconciliation.  Services are held throughout the Triad over the next couple weeks.  Here’s the schedule:

St. Paul the Apostle       March 3rd 7pm

St. Benedict                     March 5th 7pm

St. Joseph (Asheboro)   March 10th 7pm

St. Pius X                        March 10th 7pm

Our Lady of Grace        March 11th 7pm

Christ the King (HP)     March 12th 7pm

St. Mary                         March 13th 7pm

A neat article from the NY Times about a church in New Mexico that is known as the “Lourdes of America.” It’s oddly titled as “A Pastor Begs to Differ With Flock on Miracles” and starts out

“It’s not the dirt that makes the miracles!” the Rev. Casimiro Roca said with exasperation.

From this you might assume that the miracle story is bogus but

Father Roca believes in miracles, too, but, he said, “They are the work of the Good Lord.”

“I always tell people that I have no faith in the dirt, I have faith in the Lord,” he said. “But people can believe what they want.”

I love to find stories like this.  We think of this country as an overwhelmingly Protestant country and sometimes mistakenly think that there are not holy places to visit just around the corner.  I wish I would have known about this church I would have loved to stopped when I made my cross country road trip eight years ago.

If you know of any other holy places around the country please share them with me.

The Women’s Book Study is set to begin tonight at 8pm at Deb’s house.  They will be discussing the book Mary and Me.  If you have any questions call Deb at 286-3687.

From an interview of N.T. Wright in Time Magazine

N.T. “Tom” Wright is one of the most formidable figures in the world of Christian thought. As Bishop of Durham, he is the fourth most senior cleric in the Church of England and a major player in the strife-riven global Anglican Communion; as a much-read theologian and Biblical scholar he has taught at Cambridge and is a hero to conservative Christians worldwide for his 2003 book The Resurrection of the Son of God, which argued forcefully for a literal interpretation of that event.

I have to interject that The Resurrection of the Son of God is indeed a very good book from a conservative theological point of view. The article continues.

In his new book, Surprised by Hope (HarperOne), Wright quotes a children’s book by California first lady Maria Shriver called What’s Heaven, which describes it as “a beautiful place where you can sit on soft clouds and talk… If you’re good throughout your life, then you get to go [there]… When your life is finished here on earth, God sends angels down to take you heaven to be with him.” That, says Wright is a good example of “what not to say.” The Biblical truth, he continues, “is very, very different.”

In the Bible we are told that you die, and enter an intermediate state. St. Paul is very clear that Jesus Christ has been raised from the dead already, but that nobody else has yet. Secondly, our physical state. The New Testament says that when Christ does return, the dead will experience a whole new life: not just our soul, but our bodies. And finally, the location. At no point do the resurrection narratives in the four Gospels say, “Jesus has been raised, therefore we are all going to heaven.” It says that Christ is coming here, to join together the heavens and the Earth in an act of new creation.

Go click on the time.com link and read the whole article. There’s much more there than I quoted. But, I have to say that nothing in the above paragraph strikes me as contradictory to anything in the bible.

So I want to ask a few questions. Do you think N.T. Wright is right? If he is right, how does that affect your faith? How does the idea that heaven will involve more work sound to you, rather than laying on clouds plucking at harps?

It’s been a few years since I was so viscerally affected by a movie. Chigure, the antagonist, is a figure straight out of Beelzebub’s dreams. In fact he is Death personified. He is introduced to us on a pale horse (well a Cadillac, but same difference). Anyone who sees him dies. One of his victims asks if he is going to kill him and Chigure’s response is, “Did you see me.” His wickedness is amplified by the bizarre weapon he uses; a pressurized air gun that is normally used to kill cattle. And that is all this is to Chigure. This rampage of death and destruction is merely his job. And the killing of people is of no more consequence to him than the death of a cow is to a meat processor.

This movie is a reflection on death. I can’t say exactly what the movie’s point of view on death is because of a jerk moviegoer who has talking and walking around during the most important dialogue. But it’s not often that a movie affects my mood for hours on end after the film has ended. I could not fall asleep last night, not out of a sense of fear like from a good horror flick, but a sense of unease awakened by the movie. An unease that I am not prepared for death. In that sense this is actually a very good movie for the Lenten season as the Lenten season calls us evaluate our lives and make ready for the resurrection.

This movie also shares a common theme with another of the Coen Brother’s best films. As in Fargo it is one simple step into the criminal world that wreaks havoc in the main character’s life. What the character’s assume is a contained criminal act opens their lives to murder and mayhem running amok.

Life lesson from the movie: Just remember when you come across a couple million dollars from a drug deal gone bad call the cops and leave the money.

Dinner and a Movie at Carolina Theatre

When? Tuesday Night (February 12th)
Time: 5:30 Dinner at Liberty Oak
7:30 “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”
Cost: Dinner and $5 for the movie

E-mail or Contact Heather at 340-6097 to RSVP

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