Friday, July 31, 2009
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Oh well, scanning over to Catholic Exchange, I see they are running my latest piece on Sacrifice in the Old Testament, which reminds me to get writing on my next piece: Jesus as the Fulfillment of the Passover, which really fits the Sunday readings right now and was the basis of my homily last weekend.
Monday, July 27, 2009
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
1) Archives can be found on their site, AND
2) I think the segment will be re-aired tomorrow (Thursday) in the 7:00 national hour on EWTN,
UPDATE: Eric adds a link to an article from the wife of a former Protestant minister who has come into the Church and been ordained a priest.
Monday, July 20, 2009
It is a truly fascinating story, and one that I think provides a great starting point for a spiritual reading of the Scripture, instead of just the historical or analogical senses.
An Ignatian exercise of meditation upon Scripture is to 'put yourself into the story,' so to speak. As you read and reflect upon a passage, see yourself as one of the characters, go through what he or she experiences, how would you react, what would you say, what are the sounds and smells of the events portrayed?
One way to read Exodus is to employ this technique, placing your own spiritual journey in the context of the journey of the Israelites out of Egypt into the Promised Land.
At the beginning of Exodus, a Pharoah arose who 'knew not Joseph,' and the people of Israel slid further and further into slavery, trapped by their own prosperity and multitude. They become ensared into death, with every male child of the Hebrews ordered to be killed.
Egypt is personified as a land opposite of God, a place of slavery and a place of death. We can see it as a place of Original Sin, trapped in the snares of death, trapped by slavery to sin, trapped by the cunning of the Prince of Lies in a culture that worships itself.
God intervenes in a bold and dramatic way to free us from our sins. Yet, we have the temptation to look back at where we've come from and long for 'the good ole days,' lamenting: "Have you come out here to destroy us? Wouldn't it have been better to die to sin?"
Forshadowing: "Everyone wants to go to heaven, no one wants to die to get there!"
Conversion requires a death to the life that we knew before, a death to life of sin, a sacrifice of our own desires to live for Christ.
Sin rears it's head and tries to ensnare those who attempt to flee. The People of Israel are dead by the shore of the Red/Reed Sea, water on one side, charioteers on the other. But passing through the waters of the Sea, they are cleansed, purified, washed.
Echos of Baptism, anyone?
We are called, we move forward, sin grasps for our ankles, but God intervenes and we are saved!
But it is a long a perilous journey, and we need nourishment. We try to walk on our own, but we grow tired, the initial zeal escapes us and we lament that we are starving! God, help us!
Manna, bread from Heaven=Eucharist, nourishment for the journey.
We go to meet the Lord, cleansed, washed, santified: Confirmation. Did you know that the People of Israel were to abstain from sexual relationships prior to going up to Mt. Sinai? They didn't, and God gives them more laws to govern their right action.
God steps aside, withdraws to let us recognize what we would be without Him. In our thirst for Him, we turn to our own creations: the Golden Calf, worship of false idols (American Idol?)
Two new Sacraments: the Seraph Serpent on a pole: Healing/Penance; and the Levites slaying 3,000 of their kinsmen in zeal for salvation: Holy Orders.
We deserve punishment for turning back to sin, but God is Merciful. He also sets aside those whom He has chosen to be dispensers of this Salvation.
A long period of wandering and purification ensues, before finally, the Promised Land. Now, we await in Christ not an earthly promise, but a Heavenly Promise! Staying true to God, confessing our sins, seeking to be united with Him in all things=salvation, Promised Land.
Let us rejoice and be glad!
Sunday, July 19, 2009
My twin brother attended Purdue University, which is alma mater of many early astronaunts. While he was there and working in the student union, there was a gathering of all the alums who had been part of the space program. He was a bartender for the occassion.
Asking after Mr Armstrong, eventually the 'First Man' came up and shook my brother's hand. Sharing a few stories of 'back home,' the conversation was over quickly. Yet a boyhood hero was met. Kurt said he was as unassuming in person as could be.
Who knows what can come from small town USA?
Friday, July 17, 2009
Storm heaven for a speedy recovery, shall we?
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
I informed the Cathedral staff this morning of my request to change residences, which has been approved by Archbishop Pilarczyk.
As of August 1, 2009, I will be in residence at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Cincinnati's Westwood neighborhood. It is actually the neighboring parish to where I was first stationed when ordained 5 years ago, so I know the area well.
Why leave the plush confines of the Mother Church of the Archdiocese? Frankly, I miss parish ministry. (At this point, all the priest/pastors are screaming: 'WHAT?!?!') While the Cathedral is very comfortable, it is also very quiet. I miss having the 'people in the pews' around to chat, share and form.
I am very grateful for the three years I spent at the Cathedral, but am looking forward to being connected again with a parish.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Anyway, working on finishing up last minute applications, starting to get programing going for the next year, and tied up loose ends for a retreat (YEAH!) (I'm going to a Trappist Monastery in Iowa for five days, sounds lovely!)
Have a great one, will catch up later.
Saturday, July 11, 2009
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
As the Israelites moved from a nation on the move to settling in cities in the newly conquered Promised Land, one of the first desires was to build a suitable house for the Lord, as David desires in Second Samuel. The People of Israel had been worshiping God in the Tent of Meeting since the time of the Exile some 200 years prior, and now that they were established, a permanent structure was seen as fitting.
However, because David had too much blood on his hands, God chose his son Solomon to build the original Temple in Jerusalem, on the highest mountain within the City of David, where it continues to stand, now under the Dome of the Rock Mosque.
The location that was chosen was not accidental. Throughout the Scriptures, sacrifice is offered to God not in the low places, swamps and marshes; but rather on the mountains so that they could be ‘closer’ to God, at least metaphorically: Noah offers his sacrifice on coming out of the Ark on Mt. Ararat, Abraham ‘sacrifices’ Isaac on Mt. Moriah, Moses’ sacrifice upon Mt. Sinai, and Solomon builds the Temple upon Mt. Zion. This ‘ascent’ represents a lifting of hearts and minds to the God of Heaven and orients us towards the life to come, rather than life here on earth. We can see this reflected in architecture that raises the altar and the main sanctuary in Catholic church buildings so that we, too, may lift our eyes to the Lord.
Worship in the Old Covenant, however, was not just the ‘lifting of eyes to the Lord.’ It was very much centered around sacrifice. Daily in the Temple, at 9:00 am and 3:00 pm, the Tamid would be offered before the Lord. This offering of a lamb, bread and wine was a continual reminder that the People of Israel were to be offered to God. They are marked as God’s Chosen People, and the lamb is symbolic of an offering of self to the Lord God. In this way, all the people participated in Temple worship on a daily basis.
Yet, there was more than one type of sacrifice offered in the Temple, so that while the Tamid was the high point of the day, animals were being offered continually to the Lord through the ministry of the priests, of particular note for our discussion here is the Sin Offering discussed in Leviticus 4. Here, the layman brought an animal before the priest and laid his hands upon it, confessing his sins to the priest as he did so, symbolically placing them upon the head of the sacrifice. The layman then slits the throat and cleans and prepares the animal, which is then presented to the priest. The priest has caught the blood of the animal, and, with the rest of the carcass, burns the sacrifice on behalf of the layman on the Altar of God.
In looking at the Catholic Mass of today, strong parallels leap forward to bring us not just to Jesus’ offering of self on the Cross, but back to the very foundations of sacrifice as instituted by God, through Moses, on Mt. Sinai. God truly has planned this out from the beginning. As we enter into the deep mysteries we celebrate at every Mass, all of history becomes present in an eternal, and now even greater, offering back to God the Father, for it is now the offering of Christ back to His Eternal Father. Reality is never more “real” than in the Eucharist!
Hence, as Catholics, we see the great need for our priests. It is the priest alone who, unworthy though he is, presides at these great cosmic mysteries. Here, he offers not just the bread and wine to be turned to the Body and Blood of Christ, but also himself and his people, who are no longer just chosen, but adopted to be sons and daughters of God, in Christ.
For more information on the priesthood and the Year for Priests, visit www.cincinnativocations.org
My last article in the Telegraph (Zeal for Salvation) appears today on Catholic Exchange. (Please also read the comment at Catholic Exchange, too.)
I was on the radio live this morning here locally in Cincinnati. The spot will be replayed tomorrow in the 7:00 hour which is broadcast nationally on EWTN of the Son Rise Morning Show. Listen onling at http://www.sacredheartradio.com/
Finally, my next article for the Telegraph appears in this week's edition, which should be online soon. I'll post the text here in a separate post.
Monday, July 6, 2009
“The priest offers the holy Sacrifice in persona Christi, this means more than offering “in the name of” of “in the place of” Christ. In persona means in specific sacramental identification with “the eternal High Priest” who is the author and principal subject of this sacrifice of his, a sacrifice in which, in truth, nobody can take his place.”
Wanna hear more? Join us this Wednesday at 8:40 AM on 740 AM Sacred Heart Radio, for discussion of John Paul's 1980 Letter to Priests: Dominicae Cenae, On the Mystery and Worship of the Eucharist
Saturday, July 4, 2009
Friday, July 3, 2009
Thursday, July 2, 2009
Anyway, we now have a fan page on Facebook! (I know, hold your applause, we're just getting started!)
For those having trouble getting me on the same page, I have no idea why that happens. If it is b/c of some security thing I have on, how do I turn it off?
We did add 8 new members to the group page, so some people are getting through. I have no idea.
Oh, since I got blasted by email, Brant Pitre's CD sets are also available at the Catholic Shop in Madiera. (Anyone want to sponsor me a copy of the three volume set on Sacraments?)
Off to the Reds' Game with some priest buddies, hopefully no replay of the last time we went to a game.....
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Luckily, Catholic Meme was fantatstic!
We chatted about how to use new media/social media in the Vocation Office, and she gave me a great deal of homework!
I've just (finally!) set up a feedburner that my posts here also drop into twitter a(@fatherschnippel)
Next assignment: Fan Page on Facebook! Problem is, no idea how to do it! We're working on it here in Vocation Central, tho, and we'll launch it here as soon as we get it going.
By the way, we already have a Facebook 'Group' page, so I'm not completely behind the mark on this one! Holy Smoke! We've only got 29 followers! Why have you not joined the best vocation group there?!?!?!?!?
(For those keeping track, remember how I whined about getting a Facebook ID? No? Good, I can't find the link, now, so forget about it.) My Facebook ID has just changed, I got one of those fancy dancy new ID's!! www.facebook.com/kyle.schnippel Won't you be my friend?
Other rooms that we inhabit in this world wide web:
(We feed those through iTunes, search 'Cincinnati Vocation Office' to find us there and sign up for auto downloads into your ipod.)
Not me, but info from the Archdiocese is at www.twitter.com/cathtelegraph
I think that's good for now.