Hiho, neighbourinos.

Well, I’ve done a little bit of travelling lately. I was in Saskatoon last Wednesday for a daylong session by Bishop Wiesner of Prince George (originally from Denzil). He spoke about the restoration of the order of the sacraments of initiation. The Saskatoon diocese (among others) is moving to restore the proper order: Baptism, Confirmation, and then Eucharist, as it was about 100 years ago.

Then, on Thursday I went to Edmonton for the year-end seminary banquet. I’ll try to have some photos up soon. I came back here on Saturday and preached at the weekend Masses, and then slept and did some StarCr^H^H^H^H^H^Hwork and stuff on Monday.

I’m back in Saskatoon this Friday (April 29) and will be there for about a week. First, it’s the lay formation weekend, and then I’ll be there for the priests’ retreat. I will be free Sunday night and most of Monday – anyone up to doing anything? Maybe it’ll be nice enough for a round of golf?

Until next time, keep your stick on the ice!

Update: I forgot to mention that while I’m in Saskatoon, I will be without internet access. AGHHHHH! I wonder if Queen’s House would object to me connecting my wifi router to their system…….


Pope Benedict XVI

It’s been a pretty exciting day. I don’t remember seeing a pope being elected (though I was alive when JPI and JPII were elected… I was about 10 months old then). So it was cool to see all the pageantry and the enthusiasm of the crowd at St. Peter’s Square.

I know that a number of people are ecstatic over the choice of Cardinal Ratzinger as Pope. I also know that a number of people are … disappointed on some level. I suppose that reflects the incredible diversity in the Church and for me, that diversity shows just how strong the Church is, as it is firmly rooted in the diversity of the Trinity and has Christ, the Trinitarian reconciler of opposites, as its head. (Yay Trinitarian theology!)

As such, I find it difficult to pin down the theology of this new Holy Father. He has been considered by some to be progressive (whatever that means), particularly before he was named a cardinal. However, many people also look at him and see a staunch conservative (whatever that means).

<flame_resistant_jacket>I really dislike labels like this. It seems to me that to try and diminish the life and thought of a person with a mere word is woefully inadequate at best. This is the man that the cardinals, led as they were by the Holy Spirit, chose to lead the Church. And because it is the Spirit of God who is guiding the Church, the Church will continue to be all right and indeed I think She will continue to grow.</flame_resistant_jacket>

Here’s the message from the first Urbi et Orbi blessing of Pope Benedict XVI:

Dear brothers and sisters,

after our great Pope, John Paul II, the Cardinals have elected me, a simple, humble worker in God’s vineyard.

I am consoled by the fact that the Lord knows how to work and how to act, even with insufficient tools, and I especially trust in your prayers.

In the joy of the resurrected Lord, trustful of his permanent help, we go ahead, sure that God will help. And Mary, his most beloved Mother, stands on our side. Thank you.

Pope John Paul II: 1920-2005

JPII: 1920-2005

May he rest in peace.

Dear friends, the Church today looks to you with confidence and expects you to be the people of the Beatitudes.

Blessed are you if, like Jesus, you are poor in spirit, good and merciful; if you really seek what it just and right; if you are pure of heart, peacemakers, lovers of the poor and their servants. Blessed are you!

Only Jesus is the true Master, only Jesus speaks the unchanging message that responds to the deepest longings of the human heart, because he alone knows “what is in each person” (cf. Jn 2:25). Today he calls you to be the salt and light of the world, to choose goodness, to live in justice, to become instruments of love and peace. His call has always demanded a choice between good and evil, between light and darkness, between life and death. He makes the same invitation today to you.

(World Youth Day 2002 Papal Welcoming Ceremony, Toronto)