Posted by: frroberts | June 8, 2017

Spirituality Reading List

Angelli, The Excellences of the Congregation of the Oratory of Saint Philip Neri.

Laird, Into the Silent Land.

Tugwell, Ways of Imperfection.

Pitre, Jesus the Bridegroom.

Corbon, The Wellspring of Worship.

Faber, The Spirit and Genius of Saint Philip Neri.

Dubay, Happy are You Poor.

A wonderfully challenging book on every Christian’s call to imitate the poverty of Jesus Christ.  The message of the book is not easy, even for those who are deeply committed to their faith.

Martin, Jesus: A Pilgrimage.

Nouwen, Life of the Beloved.

What is the essence of the Christian Gospel?  This question should be an easy one, but anyone who has attempted to explain the faith to a non-believer lacking a real acquaintance with Christianity usually discovers the biggest problem in explaining Christianity is where to start.  In our own spiritual lives, we often find that establishing a foundation for our spirituality is similarly difficult.  In this highly readable book Henri Nouwen attempts to provide a positive catechism for a modern agnostic skeptic.  In doing so, he reminds we who believe in Christ that the essence of the message of Jesus is love and grace.  Sadly, we often forget these two when we try to live our religion and replace them with a judgmental moralism.

Sarah, The Power of Silence.

Sheen, The Life of Christ.

Halik, Night of the Confessor: Christian Faith in an Age of Uncertainty.

Keating, Addiction and Divine Therapy.

We live in an age of material prosperity and spiritual poverty.  Our temptation is to try to fill the God-sized whole in our hearts with material things.  At first, our attempts seem to work.  But with each successive attempt to find our ultimate happiness in something other than God, we find less and less of it.  The spiritual desperation that ensues often leads us to fill ourselves up with more and more of the created thing, even to the point of developing a mental obsession with it.  By this point, we are addicts.

This book details how to find freedom from our addictions and true happiness in living in God’s plan for our lives.

Bouyer, Introduction to the Spiritual Life.

Posted by: frroberts | June 8, 2017

Invitation

What: Fr. Christopher’s 10th anniversary celebration and Farewell to Saint Mary and Saint Joseph

When: June 16th at the Farmland Conservation Club, 1464 N 500 W, Winchester, IN 47394; 6pm outdoor Mass, followed by reception.  Meat, cupcakes, plastic wear and drinks provided, please bring a covered dish and a lawn chair.

RSVP: Sheryl Thurston, 765-967-0759 or sthurstonrn@frontier.com or Jeremy Edger, jeremy.edger@remingtonseeds.com

Posted by: frroberts | June 5, 2017

Pilgrimage 2018 Info (updated)

Cost : $ 2,450 per person (includes breakfast and dinner)

Single supplement   :  $ 700,00

Airfare cost forthcoming and will be additional

Contact robertsc13@udayton.edu for more information.

July 9 Depart from American airport to Glasgow or Edinburgh

Accommodation at the Hotel Apex Grassmarket, 4 *  , https://www.apexhotels.co.uk/apex-grassmarket-hotel

July 10 Day in Edinburgh (Castle, Holyrood House, St. Margaret’s Chapel, Old Town, Cathedral, Arthur’s seat, Roslyn Chapel)

July 11 Day in Edinburgh

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July 12 Depart for York to see ruins of Fountains and Yorkminister, overnight in London

Accommodation at the Novotel London West , 4*  , http://www.accorhotels.com/gb/hotel-0737-novotel-london-west/index.shtml

July 13 Day in London

July 14 Day trip to Oxford (Magalden College, Christchurch Meadow, Christchurch Cathedral, Saint Mary the Virgin, Kelbe College– Holman Hunt Painting?, Littlemore–site of Cardinal Newman’s conversion)

July 15 Day in London (various sites)

July 16 Day trip to Canterbury

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July 17 Day trip to Stonehenge

July 18 Depart to return to USA

Posted by: frroberts | June 4, 2017

Biblical Lists of Mortal Sins

Cor 6:9-10 Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor homosexual offenders, nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And that is what some of you were.

Gal 5:19-21 The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.

Eph 5:3-6 But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people. Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving. For of this you can be sure: No sexually immoral, impure or greedy person—such a person is an idolater—has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient. Therefore do not be partners with them.

Rev. 22:12-16 “Look, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to each person according to what they have done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End. “Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city. Outside are the dogs, those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood. “I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star.”

Matt 25:41-46 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’ “They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’ “He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’ “Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”

Posted by: frroberts | June 2, 2017

Appeal for Mass Intentions

I will be in residence at the University of Dayton from June 29 to July 21 and from September 18 to November 3.  During that time I will not have an assignment and thus no Mass stipends (except for July 15 and 16, when I will be helping out in a parish).

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If you would like to have me celebrate Mass for your intention on those dates, please let me know by writing me at 425 W. Hickory St., Union City, Indiana 47390 before June 24, specifying your intention and preferred dates.  The customary offering for a Mass stipend in the Diocese of Lafayette-in-Indiana is $10.

Posted by: frroberts | June 1, 2017

What I am Reading Now

Martin, Jesus: A Pilgrimage.

Posted by: frroberts | June 1, 2017

Back to Basics: Upcoming Homilies

June 4: Confession: Whose Sins you Forgive are Forgiven, Whose sins you retain are retained.

June 11: Prayer and Study: Whoever believes in him will not be condemned, but whoever does not believe has already been condemned, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.

June 18: Holy Mass: Not by bread alone does one live, but by every word that comes forth from the mouth of the LORD.

Posted by: frroberts | June 1, 2017

Fr. Christopher’s Tenth Anniversary Celebration

What: Fr. Christopher’s 10th anniversary celebration and Farewell to Saint Mary and Saint Joseph

When: June 16th at the Farmland Conservation Club, 1464 N 500 W, Winchester, IN 47394; 6pm outdoor Mass, followed by reception.  Meat, cupcakes, plastic wear and drinks provided, please bring a covered dish and a lawn chair.

RSVP: Sheryl Thurston, 765-967-0759 or sthurstonrn@frontier.com or Jeremy Edger, jeremy.edger@remingtonseeds.com

Posted by: frroberts | June 1, 2017

Updated Scotland and England Pilgrimage info!

Tentative Cost : $ 2,000 per person

Single supplement   :  $ 700,00

Airfare cost forthcoming and will be additional.

Contact robertsc13@udayton.edu for more information.

July 9 Depart from American airport to Glasgow or Edinburgh

Accommodation at the Hotel Apex Grassmarket, 4 *  , https://www.apexhotels.co.uk/apex-grassmarket-hotel

July 10 Day in Edinburgh (Castle, Holyrood House, St. Margaret’s Chapel, Old Town, Cathedral, Arthur’s seat, Roslyn Chapel)

July 11 Day in Edinburgh

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July 12 Depart for York to see ruins of Fountains and Yorkminister, overnight in London

Accommodation at the Novotel London West , 4*  , http://www.accorhotels.com/gb/hotel-0737-novotel-london-west/index.shtml

July 13 Day in London

July 14 Day trip to Oxford (Magalden College, Christchurch Meadow, Christchurch Cathedral, Saint Mary the Virgin, Kelbe College– Holman Hunt Painting?, Littlemore–site of Cardinal Newman’s conversion)

July 15 Day in London (various sites)

July 16 Day trip to Canterbury

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July 17 Day trip to Stonehenge

July 18 Depart to return to USA

Posted by: frroberts | May 31, 2017

Contraception and the Vocations Crisis

Full post.

When mother and father decided to limit their family to two children by artificial means they usually do so in order for the woman to go back to work. The silent statement is, “What is most important to this family is to have as much income as possible.” and “The career. The career is everything! It comes first. Children? Meh.”

This attitude is then transmitted to the children who also put career first. Will there be any vocations from a home like that? Probably not…

[T]hink of the young man’s choice in today’s contraceptive culture. To be married and have a family doesn’t seem to require any sacrifices at all. Indeed, it seems like the passport to perfection. You get married. You eventually have two nice trophy children. Your wife continues her education and career. You’re both earning enough money to have everything. No sorrows. No sacrifice.

Of course I know it doesn’t always pan out that way, but that is what seems to be on offer.

On the other hand, for a young man to be a priest? He’s faced with a life of loneliness–stuck in Rectory by himself with onerous duties and little reward.

Posted by: frroberts | May 27, 2017

New Sermon Series: Back to Basics

May 28: What are the basics?: Confession, Prayer and Study and Holy Mass

June 4: Confession: Whose Sins you Forgive are Forgiven, Whose sins you retain are retained.

June 11: Prayer and Study: Whoever believes in him will not be condemned, but whoever does not believe has already been condemned, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.

June 18: Holy Mass: Not by bread alone does one live, but by every word that comes forth from the mouth of the LORD.

Posted by: frroberts | May 24, 2017

What I am Reading now

Sarah, The Power of Silence.

Posted by: frroberts | May 22, 2017

UPDATED: 10th Anniversary Celebration

What: Fr. Christopher’s 10th anniversary celebration and Farewell to Saint Mary and Saint Joseph

When: June 16th at the Farmland Conservation Club, 1464 N 500 W, Winchester, IN 47394; 6pm outdoor Mass, followed by reception.  Meat, cupcakes, plastic wear and drinks provided, please bring a covered dish.

RSVP: Sheryl Thurston, 765-967-0759 or sthurstonrn@frontier.com or Jeremy Edger, jeremy.edger@remingtonseeds.com

Posted by: frroberts | May 22, 2017

New Books added to Reading List

Sarah, God or Nothing.

Sarah, The Power of Silence.

Posted by: frroberts | May 21, 2017

What I am Reading now

Crosby, The Personalism of John Henry Newman.

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