24 May 2008

In the Zone

File this one under the category of stopping to smell the roses.

I don't know how long this will last, but I am grateful for the fact that at the Universal, Archdiocesan and Parochial level, I have such wonderful, constant, wise and holy shepherds.

Gloria Patri, et Filio, et Spiritui Sancto, sicut erat in principio, et nunc, et semper, et in saecula saeculorum.  Amen.


Anonymous said...

BTW, the ordination today was 3 hours long! They ordained 9 new priests and the deacon (know a priest) that was at our Parish is now being sent to be a new priest in our Parish! Great news! The cathedral was PACKED! Beautiful Mass and Archbishop Burke had a great homily. I was just bummed we couldn't see as well as we would've liked.

Anonymous said...


I'm glad that you went to the ordinations, but 3 hours is short! (kidding) We went to the Latin Mass Ordinations this past summer, and that was 4 1/2 hours! (But worth it!)

Our mass with Corpus Christi procession and benediction at St. Francis de Sales today was 3 hours long. Of course it was beautiful, but sometimes I wonder if worrying and dealing with our youngest children will count towards our temporal punishment!

Mick said...

I thought Jesus was the shepherd. When did Jesus abdicate his role as shepherd, and when did he name these two people shepherds? Just curious.

thetimman said...

Mick, welcome back. Is your question a serious one, or are you just goofing? 'Cause if you are Catholic, I bet you already know the answer. If you really don't understand the office of the Papacy and Apostolic Succession, just let me know. Maybe, though, start with Matthew 16 and then check the catechism.

Mick said...

No mention of his naming Peter (a.k.a. Simon) as a "shepherd" in Matthew. Or anyone else for that matter. He did call Simon a "rock," however, which was a good description of Simon's intellectual prowess.

By the way, I have it on a credible source that he told His disciples to follow his brother James, not Simon. In case you're interested.

thetimman said...

Mick, I will give this one more effort, though I think you really aren't serious about this whole thing. from the Gospel according to St. John:

21 15 When therefore they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter: Simon, son of John, lovest thou me more than these? He saith to him: Yea, Lord, thou knowest that I love thee. He saith to him: Feed my lambs.

21 16 He saith to him again: Simon, son of John, lovest thou me? He saith to him: yea, Lord, thou knowest that I love thee. He saith to him: Feed my lambs.

21 17 He said to him the third time: Simon, son of John, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he had said to him the third time: Lovest thou me? And he said to him: Lord, thou knowest all things: thou knowest that I love thee. He said to him: Feed my sheep.

And from the Gospel according to St. Luke:

22 31 And the Lord said: Simon, Simon, behold Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat.

22 32 But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and thou, being once converted, confirm thy brethren.

So, Jesus asks St. Peter to feed His sheep, asks him to confirm his brethren, and, as we remember from Matthew 16, gives him the keys to the kingdom of Heaven, with authority to bind and loose on earth, and makes him the rock upon which He will build His Church.

So, yes, he is a shepherd. But good luck with that making fun of Peter's intelligence strategy on judgment day. You may wish to rethink that. God bless you.

Anonymous said...


Good job. It looks like you have another protestant reader, besides Methodist Jim! Since protestants "interpret" the bible themselves, instead of following the Church's shepherds, they often get strange interpretations. Mick, Jesus does not have a brother. They simply use the same term for cousins and other relatives. Mary was a virgin at marriage and continued to be one for the rest of her life.