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St. Michael the Archangel, pray for us and protect us!

First of all, I am so sorry for my lack of blogging. I have not been a very good guest blogger, so my apologies. I’m sure, once bro is back from retreat, he’ll have a lot of wisdom and insight to share. For now, however, you’re stuck with me.

That being said, I’m ready to move on.
I don’t know if this is blog worthy, but it provoked major prayers, so I’m going to share. This weekend I had a friend visiting from out of town and we were doing some touristy things on Saturday. As we were walking out of the Natural History Museum (we went there to see the Butterfly Exhibit of butterflies from all over the world. The exhibit was actually sold out, so we could only see them through the glass… bummer. ) a man – looking inconspicuous (so I thought)- handed me a sticker and said, “here this is for you.”
I took the sicker and looked at it. “It’s for people who are cool. Are your friends cool?” he asked while Catie told me to “throw it away.” We kept walking. Within a second I dropped it out of my hand. Everything happened so fast, I didn’t even have time to think. We quickly started praying the St. Michael the Archangel prayer. I didn’t realize the creepiness of the sticker. It had some sort of voodoo face and there were no words on it. It was smiling, but really creepy looking. I guess I just innocently accepted it. Anyway, the whole experience was disconcerting and a little horrifying. I still don’t know for sure why the man was handing out those stickers, but I can take a wild guess… I mean, he wasn’t advertising anything. He was just standing there with his back pack handing out stickers.

Lesson to be learned: Do not, I repeat do not take things from strangers!!

St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle
Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray,
and do thou o prince of the heavenly hosts, by the power of God, thrust into hell Satan and all the evil spirits who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.

I came back and doused myself with holy water!

I said the “A” word, Feast of the Chair of St. Pete

Oopsies. Hopefully, you can tell by that first word, that Harold is M.I.A. hehe.

So, I accidently used the “A” word today. You know, the “A” word that we’re not supposed to use during Lent. I was just overly excited about one of my completed tasks and yelled out the word in great joy and jubilation. Yikes. I was, however, very gently reeled in by one of my co-workers. Mea culpa.

However, today is a day to rejoice while not putting aside our Lenten offerings. It is the feast of the Chair of St. Peter.

Today the Church celebrates the feast of the Magesterium, or the teaching authority of the Church. The chair of St. Peter does not mean the literal chair that St. Peter actually sat on. hehe. Although, there is a chair on which the pope (Vicar of Christ and “Peter of our times,” as Archbishop Wuerl said earlier this week) sits on at St. Peter’s Basilica on Rome.

Papa B says, “Celebrating the Chair of Peter means attributing a strong spiritual significance to it and recognizing it as a privileged sign of the love of God, the eternal Good Shephered, who wanted to gather his whole Church and lead her on the path of salvation.”

Happy Feast Day, but it doesn’t mean you can say the “A” word. Peace and blessings!

Bishop at a bar, guest blogging continues…

Archbishop, that is. It’s always such a novelty to see a bishop at bar, especially when he’s on stage and got a mic in hand, sans a Guinness to his own misfortune. Maybe he gave it up for Lent.

Anyway, last night hundreds of young adults packed into Four Fields Irish pub in D.C. to catch a glimpse of Washington Archbishop Donald Wuerl and hear what he had to say about the role of the papacy in the Church. The archbishop, known for his work in catechesis, came to address the bar patrons for a theology on tap, breaking fire code for sure. It was great.

“Pope Benedict is Peter of our times,” the archbishop told the young adults as they sipped their beers and carefully listened. It was a perfect topic as Washington prepares for the pope’s visit in April.

Opening up the floor to questions, Archbishop Wuerl explained the writings of Pope Benedict XVI. He also answered a question about the pope’s personality and why the media (secular, that is) was so quick to see him as a man ready to lay the smack down. (I’m paraphrasing).

He likened Joseph Ratzinger’s position as the prefect of the Congregation of the Doctrine of Faith before becoming pope as a referee in a football game. The crowds ears perked up… Mine did, at least. The ref has to throw the flag if a player is out of bounds. That’s his job, the archbishop told the crowd. One of the teams is not going to like the ref at some point, but a ref has a job to do. The prefect of the CDF is the ref, of sorts. It isn’t necessarily something the ref enjoys dong, but you gotta play by the rules.

“He’s a kind and gentle man,” said Archbishop Wuerl, who has collaborated with the pope (before he was pope) on various catechetical projects. He stressed the fact that Papa B’s first encyclical was on the love of God, and his second on Hope. He wrote an exhortation on the Eucharist, calling it the Sacrament of Love.
In addition to the evening’s festivities, six tickets were raffled off for the Papal Mass April 17 at the National’s stadium! A woman screamed on the top of her lungs when her number was called and I was busting a gut laughing at her reaction. It was hilarious. I can totally understand her reaction, but it was just funny.

Little sister sneaks in….

Okay, well, technically I’m not “sneaking” on to this blog. Actually, I was invited to do so. Harold is currently on a 30-day retreat from the world. Perhaps, that’s a bit melodramtic. He’s taking Lent to really grow strong in the Lord (it’s like training for marathon, but a different kind). He’s doing the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola, so please keep him in your prayers during his “workout.”
Anyway, he has asked me, his sweet little sister (hehe) to take over the blog for the duration of his retreat, a request I simply could not refuse!
So, here I am. I’ll TRY and keep to the traditional saints of the day and such. Speaking of saints of the day, Happy Feast of St. Cyril and Methodius! Super saints. The two bros from Thessalonica in Greece, spent their lives evangelizing the Slavic people. After being ordained to the priesthood, the two brothers were asked to be missionaries. Because they were able to speak the Slavonic langauge, they were successful in bringing the message of the Gospel to the people there! Oh, and Happy Valentine’s Day, too…