Thursday, June 21, 2012

Fortnight For Freedom - Are You Ready?

This evening begins the Fortnight for Freedom to protect our religious liberties as Catholics.

Here is a very good video put together by Thomas Peters and the folks at CatholicVote:

Take a look and share with your friends and family!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Fortnight for Freedom - Brooklyn, Queens, Long Island

Tomorrow evening (June 21st) begins the Fortnight for Freedom, the time of prayer and fasting that our bishops have called for in response to the looming threats to religious freedom.  The fortnight was timed to begin on the vigil of the feast day of St. Thomas More and to end on the Fourth of July.  St. Thomas More was a martyr for religious liberty when he was beheaded for his beliefs and his unwillingness to overlook those beliefs so that King Henry VIII could marry outside the Church.

The bishops are calling all Catholics to pray in a special way for religious liberty during this time, as well as fast and sacrifice.  In the Diocese of Brooklyn, several events are scheduled and can be found at this link.   In the Diocese of Rockville Centre activities can be found at this link.

Thomas Peters, at has links to various other sites for additional activities taking place during the Fortnight.

Here is the text of the prayer being distributed by the bishops' conference:

O God our Creator,
from your provident hand we have received our right 
to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. You 
have called us as your people and given us the right 
and the duty to worship you, the only true God, and 
your Son, Jesus Christ.
Through the power and working of your Holy Spirit, 
you call us to live out our faith in the midst of the 
world, bringing the light and the saving truth of the 
Gospel to every corner of society.
We ask you to bless us in our vigilance for the gift of 
religious liberty. Give us the strength of mind and 
heart to readily defend our freedoms when they are 
threatened; give us courage in making our voices 
heard on behalf of the rights of your Church and the 
freedom of conscience of all people of faith.
Grant, we pray, O heavenly Father, a clear and 
united voice to all your sons and daughters gathered 
in your Church in this decisive hour in the history 
of our nation, so that, with every trial withstood 
and every danger overcome— for the sake of our 
children, our grandchildren, and all who come after 
us— this great land will always be “one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”
We ask this through Christ our Lord.

Monday, June 18, 2012

The Catechism Is Now Online!

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has created an online searchable version of the  Catechism of the Catholic Church.  You can find it here.

Thank you to our bishops!

Monday, June 11, 2012

You Are Not The Center Of The Universe. You Are Not Special.

Greetings, Academicians!  

Below is a video which stands apart from the rest.  
  • The scene is Wellesley High School, in Wellesley, Massachusetts, at the Class Of 2012's Commencement Exercises.
  • The action is provided by the Commencement Speaker, David McCullough, Jr., an English Teacher at Wellesley High.
  • The gist of his speech: That the Graduates are not special.

As the "Assistant Headmaster" of our "Academy," I found McCullough's comments to the Graduates refreshingly honest and accurate -- a series of astute observations of the narcissistic culture plaguing the United States (and most the the Western World) -- without using the word, narcissism.  

Narcissism denotes a person's excessive interest in himself/herself and his/her  physical appearance.  Narcissism is extreme selfishness, with a grandiose view of one's own talents and a craving for admiration.

Narcissism is seeping into the personalities of children and teenagers, as well as adults.  This trend is very scary, and very dangerous to a person's spiritual life.
Just remember: Lucifer, now called Satan, is the first and ultimate Narcissist. Satan thinks he is God's equal. But Satan cannot be -- because he is creature, created by God, like you and me. Satan, the created angelic being, cannot and will never be his Creator's equal.

Near the end of his remarks, McCullough tells the Graduates that selflessness is the way to go.  And although you might think McCullough's remarks were  insulting to the Graduates and their families, his advice (near the end of the video) is actually relevant and helpful.  

That's my opinion.   Tell me what you think about it.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Spike's Cat-olic Jedi Protégés: The Jedi Kittens!

Well, Academicians, you no doubt remember our illustrious Academy's mascots,
Spike The Cat (our Mensa level Cat-olic apologist) and Anathema The Dog (the Academy's posting proofreader for Dog-matic fidelity).

Spike recently received an email from some of his relatives in California, proudly announcing that their kittens tell them that they want to grow up and be just like Spike.  So, the kittens have begun training as youngling Cat-olic Jedis!  
The kittens' efforts were captured and presented by their housing, food and litter benefactor, the talented Zach King, who produces the amazing Final Cut King website and several cool and entertaining videos appearing on YouTube.
Spike asked the Faculty if he could share the kittens' exploits with you, our dear Academicians.
Of course, we said, "Yes!"
As one viewer commented on the YouTube page for Final Cut Kings,
"I sense a disturbance in the 'furs'... ."

See more videos at the Final Cut King YouTube Page

Friday, June 1, 2012

Catholics: Wake Up! Snap Out Of It! Get Ready For The Fortnight For Defending Our Religious Liberty!

Back on April 12, 2012, the Ad Hoc Committee on Religious Liberty of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) issued a document, "Our First, Most Cherished Liberty,” outlining the bishops’ concerns over threats to religious freedom, both at home and abroad. The bishops called for a “Fortnight for Freedom,” a 14-day period of prayer, education and action in support of religious freedom, from June 21-July 4.

Bishops in their own dioceses are being encouraged to arrange special events to highlight the importance of defending religious freedom. Catholic institutions are also being encouraged to do the same, especially in cooperation with other Christians, Jews, people of other faiths and all who wish to defend our most cherished freedom.

The fourteen days from June 21—the vigil of the Feasts of St. John Fisher and St. Thomas More—to July 4, Independence Day, will be dedicated to this “fortnight for freedom”—a great hymn of prayer for our country. During those fourteen days our liturgical calendar celebrates the lives of a series of great martyrs who remained faithful in the face of persecution by political power—Saint John Fisher and Saint Thomas More, Saint John the Baptist, Saints  Peter and Paul, and the First Martyrs of the Church of Rome.
General George Washington Praying at the Winter Encampment, Valley Forge, Pennsylvania.
Culminating on Independence Day, this special period of prayer, study, catechesis, and public action should emphasize both our Christian and American heritage of liberty. Dioceses and parishes around the country should choose a date in that period for special events that would constitute a great national campaign of teaching and witness for religious liberty.
Special Mass
June 21 Mass in Baltimore, MD
A Mass will be offered on June 21, 2012 at 7 p.m. at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Baltimore, Maryland, celebrated by Archbishop William E. Lori of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, to open the Fortnight for Freedom.
The Founding Fathers prayed daily, consulting Providence for Wisdom
(Bronze Sculpture by Stan Watts, 1999)
Special Mass
July 4, 2012 Mass in Washington, DC (nationally televised)
A Mass will be offered on July 4, 2012 at 12:10 p.m. at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, celebrated by Cardinal Donald Wuerl of the Archdiocese of Washington and homilist Archbishop Charles Chaput, OFM Cap of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.  The Mass will be televised nationwide on the EWTN cable network. Check your local listings.

Is this what you want to see happen to your
and other Americans' religious liberty?

Men of The Catholic Jedi Academy are also Men Of Saint Joseph!

Men of The Catholic Jedi Academy are also Men Of Saint Joseph!
Take a moment and visit the MOSJ website.