Mary And The White House Correspondents’ Dinner

In Deus Caritas Est, Benedict XVI wrote:

In the Gospel of Luke we find her engaged in a service of charity to her cousin Elizabeth, with whom she remained for “about three months” (1:56) so as to assist her in the final phase of her pregnancy. “Magnificat anima mea Dominum”, she says on the occasion of that visit, “My soul magnifies the Lord” (Lk 1:46). In these words she expresses her whole programme of life: not setting herself at the centre, but leaving space for God, who is encountered both in prayer and in service of neighbour—only then does goodness enter the world. Mary’s greatness consists in the fact that she wants to magnify God, not herself. She is lowly: her only desire is to be the handmaid of the Lord (cf. Lk 1:38, 48). She knows that she will only contribute to the salvation of the world if, rather than carrying out her own projects, she places herself completely at the disposal of God’s initiatives

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Compare Mary with the grand-pooh-bahs of the Washington press corps. Apparently, some people think that the press is losing credibility because honest-to-goodness B-list celebrities attend the White House Correspondents’ Dinner – and this from people who hang out with politicians all day. A snippet from a blog post about the controversy caught my attention:

The credibility issues of national-media outlets arise from the way they report the news rather than the manner in which they parade on this red carpet once a year. However, Rothman’s point about the Kardashian connection, along with Brokaw’s complaint about Lohan, reveals that at least part of the former problem is revealed in the latter — a focus on aggrandizing one’s self (and one’s own agenda) rather than focusing on reporting the news and the actual facts.

What a contrast! One person, Mary, is beloved by more than a billion people and “all generations” will call her blessed. This person had no trace of self-aggrandizement, yet, she is better known than the whole White House Press Corps combined. The solution to the withering of press credibility is simple – follow Mary’s example.

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The Secret To A Better Marriage

The Church says our families are “domestic churches,” the place where we practice living out Christ’s love par excellence. Last Saturday, one of our fellow Church Guys asked us to offer our closing prayer in honor of his 32nd wedding anniversary. So we offered our standard closing prayer for that intention:

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace,
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy;

O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love.

For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

As we prayed, it dawned on all of us that this prayer holds the key to a good marriage.

Rather than “it is your job to console me,” how about seeking to console, rather than being consoled knowing that by consoling first you will be consoled?

Rather than “you just don’t understand!”, how about seeking to understand knowing that the understanding you want will then come naturally?

Rather than “I demand that you love me,” how about making every into “I love you” knowing that the love you give will be returned a hundred-fold?

This prayer then is the secret to a great marriage.

Shrimp Feast!!!!

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Shrimp Feast
Saturday, May 4th from 6:00 to
9:00 p.m.