“Despite the loss and pain our community is experiencing, we rejoice in the reality that our sisters have decisively chosen to live life, never letting despair extinguish the light within them, and in the midst of overwhelming hardship, two sisters renewed their vows yesterday evening and two postulants received the habit, becoming novices… We have entered the fifth week of displacement, and people are still living the same misery, which is only worsening, it seems, as our cries are ignored, and the world turns a blind eye to our sufferings. The challenges that threaten our people are now even greater as we face homelessness.” —from the Dominican Sisters of St. Catherine of Siena, Mosul, Iraq
Monthly Archives: September 2014
After seeing a couple of serious dramatic movies, I decided that Labor Day Weekend would be a good time to catch up on the summer’s biggest hit, “Guardians of the Galaxy.” It’s a comic book adventure movie that has received good reviews and word of mouth.
I can understand the appeal of “Guardians.” Many “comic book” movies are long and dark (e.g. the recent Batman movies). “Guardians of the Galaxy” is relatively short at only two hours and does not take itself seriously. In the movie, our hero, Peter Quill (Chris Pratt), was mysteriously taken from his mother’s death bed on Earth in 1988 as a boy. He travels to a far away galaxy where he becomes an adventurer.
In the opening scene of this new movie, a priest named Fr. James enters the confessional of his parish church in a small Irish town. A man enters the confessional and tells Fr. James that he intends to kill him. The man states that he was abused by a priest as a boy. The priest has since died. The penitent goes on to say that he wants to kill Fr. James precisely because he is a good priest. In his mind, there would be no point in killing a priest who was guilty. The penitent tells Fr. James that he will give him a week in order to get his affairs in order. Then he leaves the confessional without revealing his identity to Fr. James.
During the week, Fiona, Fr. James’ adult daughter, comes to visit. We find out that Fr. James is a widower who entered the priesthood later in life. His daughter is dealing with her own mental health issues, and Fr. James wants to spend time with her. Despite her own problems, Fr. James is clearly happy to have his daughter with him.
Juan Pablo Gomez, former student of Incarnation Catholic School in Sarasota, Florida, recently wrote about meeting Sister Monica Paul Fraser, OP (Blauvelt) when he was a 10-year-old student and she was his principal. “I still remember the enthusiasm with which Sister Monica introduced us to Incarnation, infused with the love she had for her school and her students. It was in Sister Monica that my parents found what they envisioned Catholic education to be: a desire for teaching centered in Gospel values.” Read more