31: Who, on tumblr, inspires your walk with Christ the most?
Anyone who is willing to stand up and spread the faith is immensely inspiring for me.
32: If you have one, what is the date of your rebirthday? (or anniversary of becoming a Christian)
The Vigil of Easter on March 22nd, 2008.
33: Would you rather die and go to heaven or be on earth when Jesus comes again?
I would rather die and go to heaven so I can spend that time helping and interceding for those on earth.
34: What is the best thing someone has done to encourage you spiritually?
There have been various priests throughout my faith journey who have shown me striking kindness, from my very first confession to the one who hugged me on a retreat after I told him how broken I felt. Through his priests, Jesus put my broken pieces back together.
35: Old-fashioned church services or contemporary church services?
Chant, Latin and incense for me. I prefer the Novus Ordo in Latin or the Tridentine. The Anglican-use Mass is bomb-diggity as well.
The Three Pillars of the Church’s Authority
Matthew 16:19. And I will give to thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven. And whatsoever thou shalt bind upon earth, it shall be bound also in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose upon earth, it shall be loosed also in heaven.
The beauty of the Mass summons our collective memory as ransomed people of God, no longer slaves but friends and servants of the most high. A royal priesthood, whose bonds have been loosed, we stand and give thanks to God, carrying our gold, singing our song of victory. Thus the gold corresponds to the end of the Mass which is thanksgiving.
Instead of being a pompous parade of human accomplishments, fine vestments and solemn chant sing of God’s accomplishments. He shed all the glories of heaven and while still Lord of Lords, died on a barren cross for our sins. He wore the sorrowful vestments of death so we could wear the glittering garments of resurrection. Being tried in fire, gold is living. Pressed in the crucible, it emerges stronger. It is also a very pure element, mirroring pure worship. Therefore, being given an inheritance that never fades away, we echo the words: “How can I repay the Lord for his goodness to me.”
-From “Gifts of the Mass, part 1, Gold”. For the entire set of reflections, see
You have become our light. You have become our very flesh. You dwelt among us. He who is without end, you have entered into history. He who is the Eternal word, you have fed us with the words of your mouth, sweeter than the honeycomb.
The priesthood seems foreign to our postmodern world. In a culture obsessed with sex, celibacy seems strange. In a culture of “independence,” obedience seems a burden. And in a self-centered culture, in which self-fulfillment is deified and worshiped, a life of radical charity seems impossible and naïve.
The priest is a sign of contradiction, a living witness to the love of Christ himself.
Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila (Denver)
Prayer to the Sacred Heart for Priests
Remember, O most loving Heart of Jesus, that they for whom I pray are those for whom You prayed so earnestly the night before Your death. These are they to whom You look to continue with You in Your sorrows when others forsake You, who share Your griefs and have inherited your persecutions, according to Your word: That the servant is not greater than his Lord. Remember, O Heart of Jesus, that they are the objects of the world’s hatred and Satan’s deadliest snares. Keep them then, O Jesus, in the safe citadel of Your Sacred Heart and there let them be sanctified in truth. May they be one with you and one among themselves, and grant that multitudes may be brought through their word to believe in You and love You.
Amen amen amen.
Yay, they used my quote!