Friday, April 24, 2009

Today I just wanted to share some of the music I listen to frequently. This music is in no particular order, but none of the lyrics contained in the music are immoral, and/or anti-Christian/Catholic. Below, I have a small list of some of the music I listen to. It is good to listen to some of this music, especially in a world where all we want to listen to is hard rock and hip-hop, which, while they are both interesting musical styles, they generally have degenerated into songs containing a lot of adult content.

Era: A musical project by Eric Levi. It contains lyrics from many different languages, but primarily in Eric Levi's own language, which is very similar to Latin, and many of the songs have parts that are from Latin prayers. The musical style can best be described as "New Age" It is absolutely enchanting music, and I have listened to many of their songs literally hundreds of times.

ApologetiX: A Christian (Non-Catholic) group that writes parodies of classic rock songs with Christian words. You can get some samples on YouTube, or even on their own website While the band is non-Catholic, one of their members is an ex-Catholic, and none of their music could be considered offensive to Catholics. They have written many amusing and entertaining parodies, and they are worth a listen if you like classic rock music

Gregorian: A group of some members that were previously involved with scholas in cathedrals and have re-done many contemporary and Christian songs in the style of Gregorian chant. While one or two of their songs could be considered slightly "off-color" for younger audiences, it would be fine for anyone 13-14 or older.

The Priests: As the name suggests, this is a group of Catholic priests who discovered they had wonderful voices. They have released one album simply titled "The Priests" This music is perhaps the most beautiful I have ever heard. Their voices can best be described as "Angelic" Several of their songs are in other languages, such as Latin and German, but, even if you do not know either of these languages well, it is still beautiful to listen to. I only know a little Latin and absolutely not German, but it is still very beautiful music to listen to.

Veni Domine: if you like metal or hard rock, but don't want the offensive and explicit lyrics, then Veni Domine is for you. They have written many Christian songs, as well as a few Catholic ones. Their music is in the style of "doom metal" While their musical style certainly doesn't fit my tastes, it isn't offensive or explicit, and would be fine for all ages, though some parents may worry about young (Very young) children becoming scared by the dark and threatening mood that some of their music contains.

Bruce Springsteen: Bruce Springsteen grew up in a very Catholic home, and while I do not know if he is currently a practicing Catholic, he has stated that he does hold true to Catholic morals. All of his songs that I have heard are suitable for Christians and Catholics.

There are many other excellent musical choices out there as well. It just goes to show that you don't have to have explicit and offensive lyrics to have good music. Here are some choices that, as a Catholic, I would not listen to:

Exodus: A extremely Anti-Christian band. Many of their lyrics are not suitable for a Christian of any age. One Christian band member actually left because he was so disgusted with the extremely offensive content that was in Exodus' songs.

Guns N' Roses: This "Not Recommended" rating does not apply to ALL Guns N' Roses songs. Just most of them. Songs like "November Rain" and "Patience" are fine, but there are many songs that could easily be considered offensive and contain adult content with references to drugs, sex and violence.

Green Day: Yet another band that, unfortunately, I cannot recommend a single song to any Christian, Catholic or not. They are again very anti-Christian, and many songs focus heavily on the use of drugs.

Ted Nugent: A die-hard metal artist, Ted Nugent in reality is very against drugs, violence, and crime. However, his music lyrics suggest a completely different story. Also, many contain extremely strong sexual references.

Bob Rivers: A radio DJ from Seattle who writes parody songs on the side. I can only describe his music lyrics as filthy. Many are completely unsuitable for any human to view. Probably the worst artist on this list.

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Since I am going to bed as it is now evening, or night, in the US, let us offer a brief evening prayer:

O my God, at the end of this day I thank you most heartily for all the graces I have received from you. I am sorry that I have not made a better use of them. I am sorry for all the sins I have committed against you. Forgive me, O my God, and graciously protect me this night. Blessed Virgin Mary, my dear heavenly mother, take me under your protection. St. Joseph, my dear guardian angel, and all you saints of God, pray for me. Sweet Jesus, have pity on all poor sinners, and save them from hell. Have mercy on the suffering souls in purgatory. Amen
†In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

Monday, April 20, 2009

Hi folks!

I guess I forgot to mention that I won't be posting on this blog on Saturdays or Sundays. I simply have too much to do. Maybe sometimes when I have some free time I may make a short post, but don't expect it too often.

Today, I'd like to talk about what you should do if someone insults or ridicules you for being Catholic. You might be shocked when I say this, and be thinking "This doesn't happen anymore." Unfortunately, this is not the case. I have been told many times that it's a waste of time to be Catholic, and that there's no God anyway. Obviously, we know that this is incorrect. But, it is often hard to convince an atheist, or even a non-Catholic Christian, of this. Arguing with them will only reinforce their prejudice against Catholics. So, the best thing to do, is politely tell them they are wrong, if you want, but you do not even have to say anything. Sometimes, just stop them dead in their tracks by saying "Thank you for your opinion," and then walk away. This should avoid any "problems," but I obviously can't guarantee this. Some people just don't give up. In this situation, do your best to ignore it, you will only make them angrier and more resolute by arguing with them.

The above situations can be made even more difficult if this situation happens at your workplace or school. Though I pray you are never in such a situation, sadly, such religious prejudice is still present in many schools, even Catholic schools. It is a sad fact, but it is true. In this situation, simply try to be nice to them. Talk to them, change the subject, but whatever you do, don't talk about politics or religion. Try to talk about a movie you saw recently, or maybe what you do after school. They may eventually realize that you're not some "Jesus Freak" and figure out that you're simply just another regular person.

Thank you and God Bless,


Friday, April 17, 2009

Greetings to all!

I'm about to turn in for the night, so I'll keep today's post short, but sweet.

Last night I was at a meeting for high school age men discerning the call to the priesthood at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary. The group is called the St. John Gabriel Society, and they meet monthly during the academic year. It is always a pleasure to meet the wonderful seminarians there, and to talk with other young men that are close to my age who are discerning the call to the priesthood. Even for men like me, who are pretty sure that the priesthood is where they are called, the discernment process never really ends until ordination, or at least that's how I feel. So, since I'm in the "mood" so to speak, to talk about vocations, I'll make this post to all the high school men that are maybe thinking about the seminary.

First, if you are planning on going to the seminary "at some point" or maybe "when you're older" why wait? You've got nothing to lose by going to the seminary, and if you find out it isn't for you, you can always leave. The seminary doors lock from the outside, not the inside. They aren't going to send you to the seminary and the moment you walk in the door put a Roman collar on you and ordain you the next day. This is part of the reason that the seminary formation process takes 8 years. It's mainly so that the seminarians there can determine if the seminary is where they are called to be. So, in the words of Pope John Paul II "I say to you dear young people DO NOT BE AFRAID!!!" And, in the words of the Holy Father, Benedict XVI "Do not be afraid to make commitments in life!"

God Bless you All,


Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Good morning everyone!

I'd like to apologize for not posting yesterday. I simply ran out of time as I had a lot to do. With the end of the school year coming up, and Easter just having passed us by, we are all so busy with our lives that we think we don't have time for religion except on weekends when we go to Mass. However, once we think about it, we don't have time NOT to go to Mass. Allow me to explain. Our lives here on earth are very, very short. At least, they are short compared to our eternal life in Heaven. God doesn't expect much from us, all he asks is that we talk to him in prayer for just a little while each day, and attend Mass at least on the weekends. Obviously, he also asks us to lead a life as close to His life as possible, but He understands if we don't always do a great job. After all, He knows that we aren't perfect, and as such, He doesn't expect perfection out of us. So, today, take a few moments out of your busy day, maybe if it's even right before you go to bed, and ask God to come into your life in a special way, and strengthen your bond with Christ.

God Bless you All!


Monday, April 13, 2009

It might be a little early still for all you West coast folks, but I thought I'd make a morning post. I don't have much to write about, so I'll keep it short and sweet.

I'd like to offer a prayer of thanksgiving for the safe rescue of Captain Phillips from Somali pirates. When his ship was hijacked, he ordered his crew to lock themselves in a cabin, and offered himself as a hostage to save his crew. This was a completely selfless act, and one which should be commended. Though he has been rescued, around 230 crew members still are on board the captured ship. Please continue to pray for their safe return to their families.

God Bless,


Sunday, April 12, 2009

First of all, I would like to wish everyone a happy and blessed Easter!

I have been reading an excellent book called "Handbook of Christian Feasts and Customs"
(Sorry it isn't underlined, Blogger won't let me do that.)
This book has been absolutely fascinating in some ways, and depressing in others. It outlines how various feasts were celebrated in days of old, going as far back as the early Middle Ages. It is disappointing to see all the wonderful traditions that we have abandoned in our modern world. Our rules for fasting on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are nothing compared to the very harsh rules of olden times. Becoming a Catholic suddenly seems easy compared to what someone a thousand years ago had to endure. Catechumens in the Middle Ages were not allowed to take a bath all through Lent until Holy Saturday! Yet, when we look at the rules and obligations applied to us by the Holy See, we sometimes look at the Vatican incredulously, thinking, "How can they do this to us?" But, really, the rules are rather lenient in today's society. These "rules" set upon us are designed to help us become more Christ-like, not to simply make us suffer. So, next time you are upset about fasting, or maybe abstaining from meat on a Friday when you just really craved that Big Mac, unite your suffering with the suffering that Our Lord endured for our salvation.

Have a wonderful and Blessed Easter!!!


Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Good afternoon (or evening)!

Today as I was out a walk in the beautiful Saint Louis weather, I got to meditating on God's calling in my life. I started to wonder if maybe I am not really deserving of such a high calling as the holy priesthood. Then I realized that God does not call those who are worthy of the priesthood. He makes those He calls worthy of such a calling.

I imagine you all are wondering how on earth this could apply to everyone's lives. But, it does. Perhaps you're discerning your own calling, be it to the priesthood, religious life, married life, or maybe even just a new job. Perhaps we consider ourselves unworthy of living a truly Catholic life. If you're thinking this, guess what. You're right! No one is worthy. But, that doesn't mean God doesn't want you to do whatever it is. If we always got what we were truly worthy of, Heaven would be a very empty place, because nobody would be there. So, my challenge for you all is to try something new this week. Maybe something a little out of your "comfort zone," something you wouldn't normally do.

Last weekend, I went on a retreat at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary in Shrewsbury, Missouri. It was not something I ordinarily would have done, but I felt that I needed to experience it. And, I came back from that weekend feeling more at peace with the world and my vocation than I ever had. I'm convinced the two nights I stayed at the seminary were the two most peaceful nights of my entire life. So, my point is, try something new, and God will probably reward you in amazing ways!

God Bless,

Since it is now morning in the USA, Canda and Mexico, let us offer a prayer for the morning:

Most Holy and Adorable Trinity, one God in three Persons, I firmly believe that You are here present; I adore You with the most profound humility; I praise You and give You thanks with all my heart for the favors You have bestowed on me. Your Goodness has brought me safely to the beginning of this day. Behold, O Lord, I offer You my whole being and in particular all my thoughts, words and actions, together with such crosses and contradictions as I may meet with in the course of this day. Give them, O Lord, Your blessing; may Your divine Love animate them and may they tend to the greater honor and glory of Your Sovereign Majesty. Amen.

Also, in your kindness, please pray for the victims of the earthquake in Italy, and for the soul of Father Jesse Euresti, a priest in the diocese of Austin, Texas, who was kidnapped and murdered earlier this week.

God Bless,


Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Since it is now evening in the United States, Canada, and Mexico, let us offer a prayer for the evening:

O eternal God and Ruler of all creation, You have allowed me to reach this hour. Forgive the sins I have committed this day by word, deed or thought. Purify me, O Lord, from every spiritual and physical stain. Grant that I may rise from this sleep to glorify You by my deeds throughout my entire lifetime, and that I be victorious over every spiritual and physical enemy. Deliver me, O Lord, from all vain thoughts and from evil desires, for yours is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, now and ever, and forever. Amen. (By Saint Macarius)

Introduction to this Blog

First of all, I'd like to introduce myself. I'm John, currently living in St. Louis, Missouri, USA. I have been a practicing Roman Catholic my entire life. I am currently a Sophomore in high school, and I am homeschooled by my wonderful parents.

I created this blog, because I think that Catholics have to have certain skills and virtues to retain their faith in the 21st century. These skills are not given, and they don't just happen, they are acquired. Times have changed a lot since the days of nuns in habits teaching in Catholic schools, priests always wearing cassocks and birettas, and Masses only in Latin. To stay true to Sacred Tradition and the Holy Mother Church, there are things we must do in our day to day lives. It's not always easy, and sometimes we falter, but with God's help, we can press on. The media loves to persecute the Catholic church, by exposing all the sex scandals among the Catholic clergy, and the teachers in Catholic schools who have abused a student. With this one-sided view of Catholicism, it is easy to understand why Catholics are often looked down upon in this new Millennium. What the mass media fails to reveal, however, are the many good instances in the world of the Catholic Church. They fail to show priests and nuns volunteering at soup kitchens, food pantries, and other volunteer organizations. They fail to show the good deeds Catholic associations perform every day in the United States and other countries. To maintain our Catholic faith, and stay true to the Church, we must not look at things through the very narrow-minded view the media offers us. Yes, television, radio, newspapers and the internet are all a great blessing to us as a way of providing information, but we must look deeper at what is truly going on in the Catholic Church. Many Catholics have fallen into the "Holiday Catholic" category, only going to Mass on Easter and Christmas, and even then only if they "feel like it." If you are Catholic, you know that you probably have been ridiculed, laughed at, or made fun of at some point in your life for being Catholic. It may have even been as far back as high school, but it's happened to us all at some point. Even worse, Catholic priests have been right in the spotlight with the clergy sex scandal. Some people have even been confronted for saying a blessing before a meal in public. Such occurrences are appalling, but all too frequent in today's materialistic society. It is disappointing and very disheartening to see all the anti-Catholic material that seems to overwhelm us, but we must not look at this one-sided take on Catholicism, and look deeper into what the Faith is all about.

I believe this is probably a long enough post for today, so this is where my introduction ends. It is my hope and prayer that the posts on this blog allow your faith to strengthen and grow.

God Bless,