a priest's musings on the journey

Monday, November 03, 2008

blog addy correction

it should be

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Sunday, November 02, 2008

new blog addy

Sorry, i forgot to give the address to the new blog...

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Friday, October 31, 2008

New Blog

For a while I blogged at a priest's musings on the journey, but then the inspiration to write there left me, and I have left it fallow for several months. I will continue to post an occassional sermon or commentary there, butI am refocusing my energy on a new blog: creavit.Here I will share some of my poetry, short stories, paintings, and the music and art of friends as well as favorite pieces of mine. I will also offer planning suggestions for Sunday Mass and Holy Days. Thanks for stopping by and checking this space out. I hope the writings and images there will aid you in your quiet times and in your prayer times.
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Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Returning Glamour to the Organ (Thanks james)

A great story on a young organist who is trying to change the way we think about organs and organists... If you missed the story on NPR weekend edition, check it out http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=96085462
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Friday, October 24, 2008

Selected Tanka

A tanka is a Japanese poem which tells a story or expresses a complete idea in 31 syllables, and 5 lines. The first and third lines contain 5 syllables, and the others contain 7: 57577. Here are a few that I have written over the last few days during my queit time.

Tanka on Sabbath

on the seventh day
God gave birth to harmony
repose, peace, and rest
potential for renewal
completion of creation

Tanka on the Blessed Virgin Mary

Rosa Mystica
Most Bless-ed Mother of God
Mother of us all
and Defender of the poor
who plead for her protection

Tanka on the Theotokos

Most Blessed Lady
All-Holy Mother of God
Birth-Giver of God
who contained within her womb
God who could not be contained

Tanka on St. Juan Diego's Call

Saint Juan Diego
heard the voice of a Princess
calling from a hill
asking him to build a church
where all could find God's mercy

Tanka on Our Lady of Guadalupe

Castillian Roses
blooming on a frozen hill
placed in a tilma
changed to the image of the
Merciful Mother of all

Tanka on Baptism

baptized in water

sealed by the Holy Spirit

accepted by Christ

and made God's own forever

all forgiven, all belong

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La madre de todos los pueblos

I've had a burst of creative energy lately. This is the result of some experimenting with painting.

Mixed Media
October 2008
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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

poem october 2008 working title: redemption

unremitting isolation
fractionated abandonment
boundless desolate cavern
suffocating seclusion

endless vacant night
smoldering incomprehension
nihilistic vacuity

non-existent being
fertile barrenness

caliginous conflagration
evolving decreation



luminous chasm
mounting origination

fecundate bourgeoning
fleurissant reality

summoning brilliance
perdurable gladdening star
apprehending pleroma

embosoming affection
illimitable proliferous sphere
uniated actuality
integrating quintessence

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why some glbtq people decide not to come out

It's sad, unbelieveable really, that in 21st century America many gay people remain afraid or unable to live their lives openly and freely- not only in the church, but also in society. Gays and lesbians who live in places where there is greater tolerance, acceptance, and protection of civil liberties often lose touch with what life is like for their peers who live in more hostile areas. These closted men and women are often co-erced, forced, or guilted into coming out- and tragically are sometimes outed (a most disgraceful act especially when done by another gay person.) But the sad truth is that there are some gay people who can not and should not come out- and their decision to protect themselves and the ones they love should be honored, and those who are out should be present with those in the closet with compassion, understanding, and respect until that person knows its the right and safe time and palce to be fully known.

There are gay priests (and bishops) who would be unemployed if they were out- (the dicoeses of Virginia, South Carolina, Quincy, Fort Worth, and Pittsburgh come to mind) not to mention the subject of the vouyersitic, predatory media eager for its next victim to exploit. Is it fair for a faithful priest to be forced to decide between his/her calling to serve God as a priest and his/her sexual orientation? No, but that's the reality for many. There are gay parents who would lose all contact with their children, and gay children who risk being outcasts in their own families if they came out. Is it just to make a father choose between his son and his lover? No, but judges force this decision all of the time. There are gay people who would be openly ridiculed at least, and assaulted or even killed at worst if they were out in their communities. It's easy for those on the other side to judge the ones in the closet and advise them to just leave their communities and judging families- but it ain't always as simple as that. No one wants to be rejected by those they love, and sometimes it just hurts less to hide one's sexuality so that one can feel the love and 'acceptance' that one needs. It's just too scary for some people to walk away from those who would reject them if they knew the turth; it takes a courage and a strength they don't have. Perhaps, in time and with God's grace, those in the closet will be able to come out, and I even pray be fully accepted. Until then, we should support others where they are, and love them, instead of judging them for not making the choices that we would make.

Philo once said, "Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle." Living in the closet is a struggle. It often feels like one is trapped in a prison. One lives in constant fear of being found out- be kind to those who live with such oppression. One day they will come out; one day they will find liberation, peace, and acceptance. Only they know when that day is- and only they can choose when to leave the closet. Until then, instead of attacking them and adding to their pain by judging them as "abusers of Christ" who "refuse to walk in the Light"- it might be better to encourage them, support them, and wlak with them until they are able to take the hand of the loving Christ, or the hand of a beloved friend, and walk into the glorious freedom of the sons and daughters of God.
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Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Davis issued a stay

Just two hours before the time of his execution, the US Supreme Court, meeting in an emergency session, issued a stay for Troy Anthony Davis. They had agreed earlier to hear his case next week, and yet the State of Georgia was still going to kill him tonight. Thanks be to God for this last minute move. They may have saved the life of an innocent man.
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Monday, September 22, 2008

Troy Anthony Davis to be executed tommorrow. Speak out against State Murder

Troy Anthony Davis is scheduled to be murdered by the State of Georgia tommorrow at 7 PM. It is abhorrant to execute a person for crimes in any case, but especially so when there are questions concerning guilt. Go to Amnesty International's website to find more information about how to write to the Georgia Board of Pardon and Paroles and ask that Davis be given clemency.

Offer a prayer for Troy and his friends and family.

God have mercy on all of us.
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