Chair of Saint Peter novena begins on February 14

As some of the readers of this blog know, I have been volunteering over the past ten years for a developing lay apostolate at the service of Catholic priests and bishops: The Christopher Inn International.

Chair of Saint PeterOn Thursday, February 14, 2019, the team of The Christopher Inn International will begin a novena in honor of the Chair of Saint Peter, which is celebrated each year as a feast day on February 22nd.

February 22, 2019 will also mark the 19th anniversary of the incorporation of The Christopher Inn International as a non-profit organization.

Please consider joining in prayer for God’s blessing on this developing apostolate. To do so, simply pray the following each day, beginning on February 14 and concluding on February 22:

O Holy Apostle,
because you are the rock upon which Almighty God has built His church,
obtain for me, I pray you:
firm hope and burning love;
complete detachment from myself;
contempt of the world;
patience in adversity;
humility in prosperity;
recollection in prayer;
purity of heart;
a right intention in all my works;
diligence in fulfilling the duties of my state of life;
constancy in my resolutions;
resignation to the will of God; and
perseverance in the grace of God even unto death;
that so, by means of your intercession and your glorious merits,
I may be made worthy to appear before the chief and eternal shepherd of souls,
Jesus Christ,
who with the Father and the Holy Spirit
lives and reigns forever.
Amen.

six years since the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI

Today, February 11, 2019, marks six years since Pope Benedict XVI announced his resignation. I remember it like it was yesterday.

Last year, the pope-emeritus published a short note to a newspaper in response to an inquiry about how he was faring, a response that radiated with his characteristic warmth and wisdom:

It’s a great grace, in this last, at times tiring, stage of my journey, to be surrounded by a love and goodness that I could have never imagined.

Here is a link over to the Spiritual Friendship blog, where Ron Belgau has written about the pope emeritus’ writings on friendship with Christ.

May God bless the remaining days of the life of this remarkable disciple.

Heaven Can Wait ‘Family Reunion’

Earlier this year I had posted about Heaven Can Wait, the B-24 bomber that went down over Hansa Bay, New Guinea during World War II. My uncle, John W Emmer, Jr, was on board as aerial photographer along with 10 other crew members. The plane was discovered this past year.

This past weekend, October 13, 2018, family members of the Heaven Can Wait crew gathered in Victoria, Minnesota, along with a number of the Project Recover staff, for an event that included honoring the crew members and sharing stories about them, as well as learning more about Project Recover’s work and mission. This informal event was called the Heaven Can Wait Family Reunion.

News stories about the October 2018 Heaven Can Wait ‘Family Reunion’ event:

WCCO TV News (October 13, 2018)

FOX 9 News (October 14, 2018)

More background  / news links from this past spring can be found here.

fourteen years

wake in other waters

9/23/04
3:40 am
Hope, Idaho

Dad made his passage to the next life at 1:18 am this morning, with Mom, Katy & Jeff & I present. It was a peaceful, awe-inspiring time. His breaths became shorter and less pronounced, in the way that the lapping waves on the shore — after the wake of a passing ship — become less pronounced and then fade entirely. His ship is now creating a wake in other waters.

Related posts:
learning to fear the right things
remembering Pops
on the passage through life
in gratitude for my Dad
seven years
the upset of Easter, and the last things

no peace without justice, no justice without forgiveness

As we commemorate the 17th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, I think again of the reflection Pope St John Paul II wrote shortly afterward on the occasion of the World Day of Peace. It was one of the very first things I posted on my website, doxaweb.com, after I launched it in 2001.

It seems apropos today, both in this context and in the context of the current scandals in the Church.

Forgiveness is in no way opposed to justice, as if to forgive meant to overlook the need to right the wrong done. It is rather the fullness of justice, leading to that tranquility of order which is much more than a fragile and temporary cessation of hostilities, involving as it does the deepest healing of the wounds which fester in human hearts. Justice and forgiveness are both essential to such healing….

No peace without justice, no justice without forgiveness: I shall not tire of repeating this warning to those who, for one reason or another, nourish feelings of hatred, a desire for revenge or the will to destroy.

On this World Day of Peace, may a more intense prayer rise from the hearts of all believers for the victims of terrorism, for their families so tragically stricken, for all the peoples who continue to be hurt and convulsed by terrorism and war. May the light of our prayer extend even to those who gravely offend God and man by these pitiless acts, that they may look into their hearts, see the evil of what they do, abandon all violent intentions, and seek forgiveness. In these troubled times, may the whole human family find true and lasting peace, born of the marriage of justice and mercy!

Pope Saint John Paul II
Message for World Day of Peace 2002