“A Beautiful Mess” – Catholic Heart Work Camp – Magnolia 2014

Your humble blogger spent last week helping to clean up “A Beautiful Mess” at Catholic Heart Work Camp in Magnolia, DE. It was a rewarding experience on every level.

For those who have not experienced a CHWC work camp, it is hard to describe. Each camp is run by CHWC staff and a local coordinator. Camps vary in size. Magnolia was relatively small – about 250 teens (I heard) and sundry adult chaperones. (For comparison, last year’s CHWC camp in Virginia Beach, VA had 350+; it makes a big difference).

Where do we stay? We stay in school! We use the school facilities and sleep in classrooms. This year, our host was St. Thomas More Prep. Boys’ and girls’ sleeping quarters are strictly separated – which created some issues for us guys in navigating. We St. Francis guys were blessed with spacious quarters – a science lab with a ton of floor space, plenty of outlets, and AC. We shared our lab floor with guys from St. Norbert’s in Paoli, PA.

Before anyone arrives, CHWC staff assigns everyone to a work team. My team was Team 18. A team consists of one or two adult “team builders” and 5 or 6 teens. (Two adult teams would have more members, of course). Each teen chooses a role: reporter, leader, prayer/share leader, break coordinator, and tool manager. CHWC gives us work orders and off we go!

The Benedictines’ motto is “Ora et Labora.” CHWC is not just work – there is plenty of Ora. We pray through song; we participate in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass; we pray the Rosary; we attend communion service; we pray unceasingly.

There is also plenty of free time at CHWC.

So that is what CHWC is. Check back tomorrow to learn about “A Beautiful Mess”” – this year’s CHWC theme.

The Little Way of St. Therese: Pre-Second Vatican Council

I recently acquired a prayer book with an imprimatur in 1953. It recommends that Catholics follow St. Therese’s “Little Way.” Here are a few suggestions that are interesting:

+ Say the Angelus whenever possible
+ Say a Hail Mary whenever you hear a clock strike.
+ When you light a vigil light or taper, light it from one of the others and say a little prayer for the intention of that other person.
+ Keep “Mite Box.” Drop in coins when you can. Then when you get a sudden call for help, you can answer promptly and start again.

Believing Is Seeing: Divine Mercy at St Francis

On the Saturday before Divine Mercy Sunday, your humble blogger took this photo of St Francis’ Chapel:


What catches the eye is the red on the right and the white on the left emanating it appears from the cross.

Look at this:


Coincidence? Sign of Divine Mercy at St Francis. You decide!

Quote of the Day

From the National Catholic Register:

“Now, it is not about class warfare, with the confrontation between rich and poor; because as we know, for the Church, this is not the way to social liberation.”

. . .

True liberation, . . ., “is showing the merciful face of God the Father, the tenderness of God among us”; this strengthens the human condition, the family as the place where the person matures and is educated and prepares future generations to be leaders in all areas of society, “whether social, economic or political.”

— Archbishop Carlos Aguiar

Read more: http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/latin-american-bishops-president-liberation-theology-is-archaic#When:2014-06-2%2019:18:01#ixzz33cgSLQBV

Men of Emmaus – June 7, 2014

Where: St. Francis
When: 8:00 AM
What: 2 Corinthians, Chapter 4

Looking around the web for some potentially helpful resources, I found the following:

St. Paul’s Second Letter to the Corinthians

This is a short and a bit of an odd letter. It primarily focuses upon the relationship between Paul and the Corinthians, not doctrinal teachings. This fact should give pause to Protestants who claim exclusive authority for Scripture, which includes such letters by Paul, rather than the writings of the Church fathers which claim apostolic authority for their teachings. The specifics of the relationship between Paul and the Corinthians are of limited relevance today, but the general character is of great importance.

There are two overarching Catholic doctrinal themes in this letter: apostolic authority and the necessity and ministry of reconciliation. In the face of doubters and false apostles, Paul is forced to reassert his apostolic authority. In dealing with a repentant sinner, Paul exercises his apostolic authority to forgive sins in the person of Christ and to indulge the repentant sinner in comfort rather than require more penance of him, demonstrating the ministry of reconciliation he mentions in the letter.

Paul’s letter does the following things with regard to the Protestant-Catholic divide:

Contradicts the heresy of sola Scriptura and upholds the authority of oral apostolic preaching and discipline in person (1:19, 23-24; 2:1, 3-4, 17; 3:2-6; 4:5-7; 5:5; 10:5, 9-11, 16; 12:19; 13:10-11)
Affirms apostolic/Church authority over lay believers (1:1, 21-24; 2:1; 6:11-13; 7:15; 10:8; 11:17; 12:14, 19; 13:2-4, 10-11)
Contradicts the fallibilism of Protestantism (2:17; 3:4-6, 12; 4:5-7; 5:5, 18-20; 10:5; 11:5-6, 10; 13:3)
Affirms the Catholic sacrament of reconciliation (2:5-11; 5:17-20; 13:2)
Affirms the necessity of perseverance in obedience and repentance for salvation/to obtain heaven (1:24; 2:11, 15-16; 5:20; 6:1; 7:8-13; 11:3-4; 12:21; 13:2-5)
Contradicts certainty of knowledge of others’ or one’s own salvation (1:6-7; 5:20; 6:1; 7:13; 11:3-4; 12:20-21; 13:5)
Contradicts sola fide (5:10-11, 15; 7:1, 15; 10:15)
Affirms the necessity of the institutional and doctrinal unity of the Church (1:1; 11:2-4, 12-15)
Affirms the Catholic view of suffering (1:5-7; 4:9-11; 12:7-9)
Affirms the Catholic custom of referring to priests as father (6:13; 12:14)
Supports the Catholic doctrine of praying to dead saints (1:11)
Supports the Catholic doctrine of Purgatory (12:2-4)

The author then comments on a selection of these verses. This could be a useful resource, especially for linking the words of Scripture to what we believe as Catholics.

The author claims that what we just read – Chapter 3 — contradicts sola scriptura. Do we agree? Comments are open.