What four people on the edge of despair found in common…
Friends helped me make this 1 minute video of our Eucharistic Procession on the boardwalk of Virginia Beach. This Eucharistic Procession was spearheaded by my pastor and continued by him and many others the past few years. Special thanks to Mike Cistola, Keith Forrest and especially John and Rich at Tele-Video Productions of Virginia Beach. Our goal is to see these in every city, especially on the East Coast, so please post this on social media and share it with your pastors. It’s great evidence what one pastor can do to fire up a whole city.
Make sure to watch it in HD.
If you want to see something new and serious from me, see here. But, on my Evernote, I recently looked at this satire that my teammate and I had made a decade ago for an upcoming conference while working for FOCUS (also in Virginia, where I am now—but back in 2004.) Forgive a few inside jokes, but here’s our FOCUS conference breakout-session title suggestions, mostly still valid suggestions for the next one:
- Protestants: Friend or Foe?
- Rainforest Decline: Ecoterrorism and the Catholic.
- How I made it to Life on the Rock.
- Dare We Hope that All Be Saved?
- Why Lord of the Rings was, like, totally Catholic.
- Fashion Tips for the New Evangelization
- FACT: What it originally stood for.
- Christendom vs. Steubenville: When will the war begin?
- MTV and the Jesuits: “Keepin’ It Real” on the way to hell.
- Breakout sessions: Why they’re much cooler than workshops.
- Do we have to be circumsized to be saved? Rethinking Acts 15.
- Mel Gibson vs. Justin Kraft: Who will win?
- File 852UY: Superstar FOCUS team infiltrates the KGB with spiritual multipication.
- A Heureumenic Analysis of Rahnerian Eschatological Solipsism
- So you want to be a eunuch? Rethinking Matthew 19.
- Predestination: Why you’re in Bible Study and your friends aren’t.
- Fun with Puns with Dr. Hahn: It’s Scott to be Good!
- Laser beams and the Vatican
- Fundraising in Hawaii: “It was so much fun!”
- Xtreme fasting: So extreme you don’t need the “E”
- The “I-know-Tony-Ariniello-Show!”…overbooked and canceled.
- Ways to Pretend You Belong in a Dorm.
- RPGs and How to Avoid Them—By Off. Kuetemeyer
- Why I deserve a Motorcycle—By Jim Jansen
- Bishop Morlino vs. Bishop Chaput: Who will get the guys?
- Lethal Weapon 5: How Mel Gibson told Jim Caviezel he won’t be in this one.
- Dumb things that Eck and Horn did on a mountain this summer: a documentary.
- The life of Shane Ortega, as mimed by Jim Caviezel.
- Self-flagellation: Then and Now
- Hippolytus: From Anti-Pope to Saint in 12 easy steps
- Deep Blue: The Staring Contest Between Staples and Martino
- “We Built This City on Rock and Roll: My life before Benedictine,” by Dr. Ted Sri
What about children conceived in rape or incest? What about fetal deformity? What about threats to the life or health of the mother? These are the abortion exceptions produced by my friend, Kevin Williams. Even if you can’t watch the full hour, just watch the first 10 minutes of this delicate and beautiful video:
Won’t you please forward this to anyone who needs to hear this message of life? This is an important story to share with those who have been raped or abused, and especially anyone who is in a hard situation, thinking about abortion.
Let them see in this gentle video that life is worth living and that God can turn darkness into light.
And I will lead the blind in a way that they do not know,
in paths that they have not known
I will guide them.
I will turn the darkness before them into light,
the rough places into level ground.
These are the things I do,
and I do not forsake them.—Isaiah 42:16
As a seminarian in 2009, I introduced two of my close friends to each other at the March for Life in San Francisco. Although from different parts of the country, they too became good enough friends for Beth to fly out to Denver for Fr. Nepil’s ordination in 2011. There, Beth came to know Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassati, a 20th century Italian mountain-climber and servant of the poor who died young; he was found on Fr. Nepil’s ordination card. What Beth did with that ordination card led to a series of events (on Long-Island with her family of origin) which were recently scrutinized by the Papal Nuncio of the Vatican to possibly make this story below the second miracle needed for Frassati to become a Catholic saint:
JFK said Washington DC “is a city of Southern efficiency and Northern charm.” I don’t know about that, but right across the Potomac outside the District, the lovely opposite is true: Virginia is a place of Northern efficiency and Southern charm…and hospitality. Proof of this is the work my friends went through to smoke a shoulder and prepare a smorgasbord of ribs for several other young families on this wet 4th just outside the Nation’s Capital:
The above are two pictures of the Hagia Sophia, one from the outside (that I didn’t take) and one from the inside (that I did take). It was a Church made in 337, become a mosque in the 15th century and now just a museum. So sad.
On a lighter note, I’ve never seen more special-meal options than Turkish Aiırlines offers:
- Asian Vegetarian Meal
- Baby Meal
- Bland Meal
- Child Meal
- Celebratory Cake
- Diabetic Meal
- Fruit Platter Meal
- Gluten-Free Meal
- Non-vegetarian Hindu Meal without beef
- Kosher Meal
- Low-Calorie Meal
- Low-Fat Meal
- Low-Salt Meal
- Muslim Meal
- Non-Lactose Meal
- Raw Vegetarian Meal
- Seafood Meal
- Vegan Meal
- Vegetarian Jain Meal
- Vegetarian Lacto-Ovo Meal
- Vegetarian Oriental Meal
Next time you fly Turkish Airlines, you should order the “Bland Meal” and then get the “Celebratory Cake.”