Today is the day!

Well, today is the day. The directions are all printed out, the flowers are ready, the chapel is ready to go. Linda and I will be there at 6 for preparations – I and Linda have had our hair cut and look sharp. No hitches are anticipated! Wish the happy couple all the blessings that God can give.

J

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Our happy home….

Well, it is not long before Landon will be a husband and Kayla will be a Morris. Tomorrow is the day. I hope that The Morris’ family will be happy and prosperous in their new state of life.

Which brings me to the philosophical. One of the worst sins of today is “I Know”. I just want to have a little say with this. “I Know” is where we shut ourselves off from the wisdom which preceeds us, stops us from listening to others, plugs our ears from the wisdom of God. I pray that our children will learn to say “tell me more so I can understand” rather than “I Know….”

J

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Boston Legal – Anti Catholic episodes

Okay, were they just simply ignorant of Church Teaching or being malicious? I can’t delve into the heart of the writer but the end result is still the same. In two separate episodes, one dealing with the Church and the Confessional, the other with the Church and teachings against abortion, the show attempts to make the Church seem unfeeling and silly.

Let’s deal with the episode dealing with the Confessional. In the episode, two main characters have tracked down a pediphile to his Catholic parish and tries to get his address from the priest. The priest refuses to divulge this information until physically threatened (actually to the point of cutting off his fingers protecting the door to his office where he has kept notes from the confessional). This is not the whole story but we don’t need to go into that.

1. Priests do not keep notes in the Confessional
2. The address of the pentitent is not part of the Confession and would not be considered protected by the “Seal”
3. A person confessing to something that they have no intention of stopping, ie a kidnapping in progress, would not be absolved and would not be protected by the Seal of the Confessional.

Next episode: A 17 yr old girl is raped and taken to “St. Mary’s Catholic Hospital” in Boston. The doctors refuse to administer the, so-called, “Morning After” drug to abort the baby if she is pregnant. She and her mother are suing the hospital for refusing to administer ‘contraceptive’ and blame the hospital for her pregancy.

Church teaching is explicit, the “morning after” drug is not contraception, it is abortion. Also, the Church teaches that Artificial Contraception is a sin and therefore should Never administer such a drug within the premises of a Catholic Hospital. If such a family was so upset to sue the Catholic hospital, then why are they not pursuing abortion as an option? If they believe in Abortion in one instance, why not later in the pregnancy? I do not personally believe in Abortion but wonder why the silly issue being brought up with the show? It sounds hypocritical that, in one instance it is alright, in another is out of the question.

J

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Landon and Kayla getting married soon

Well, yesterday Landon and Kayla got moved in to their new apartment. On the 23rd, they are getting married. Peace and prayers to the newlyweds.

J.

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Spirit Week!



The week culminated with the X Games, which the 9th grade won. Portrayed below, they were very proud of their jello chomping victories!

Well, I just could not resist this post. Here are some pics from our Spirit Week activities. Now, Wed last was TV Character Dress up day. Michael and I dressed up as “The Doctor” from Doctor Who. Here we are together, him as the 9th Doctor and me as the 4th Doctor. Linda made an incredible 15 foot scarf for my portrayal!

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Another Tuesday!

Well, the ‘bug’ is attacking our small school and parents, students, teachers are all affected by the rampage of the stomach bug, colds and flu. Two teachers are out today with the affects of the bug, one teacher has it, another has a child with it. Pray for HEALTH!

Meanwhile, Linda’s brother-in-law suffered the loss of his mother this week. Her sister, Anet, has MS and is beginning treatment. We continue to pray for Niles and Anet….

J.

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Playing Catch up




Okay, now is the time to get some old content back into the blog as we go through the migration from the old server to the new. Please bear with me, this is going to be some kind of pain as we add old content back in.

Before Christmas, this picture was taken of Alec in Landon’s old baby clothes. Can you believe it? Landon wore this 21 years ago!!!!!!!!

Speaking of Landon, his wedding will be on Feb 23rd and preparations are proceeding fast and furious!

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"Does evil exist? Did God create evil? "

The University professor challenged his students with this question.

“Did God create everything that exists?”

A student bravely replied, “Yes he did!”

“God created everything?” The professor asked.

“Yes sir,” the student replied.

The professor answered, “If God created everything, then God created evil, since evil exists, and according to the principal that our works define who we are, then God is evil.”

The student became quiet before such an answer. The professor, quite pleased with himself, boasted to the students that he had proven once more that the Christian faith was a myth.

Another student raised his hand and said, “Can I ask you a question professor?”

“Of course”, replied the professor.

The student stood up and asked, “Professor does cold exist?”

“What kind of question is this? Of course it exists. Have you never been cold?” The students snickered at the young man’s question.

The young man replied, “In fact sir, cold does not exist. According to the laws of physics, what we consider cold is in reality the absence of heat. Every body or object is susceptible to study when it has or transmits energy, and heat is what makes a body or matter have or transmit energy. Absolute zero (-460? F) is the total absence of heat; all matter becomes inert and incapable of reaction at that temperature. Cold does not exist. We have created this word to describe how we feel if we have no heat.”

The student continued, “Professor, does darkness exist?”

The professor responded, “Of course it does.”

The student replied, “Once again you are wrong sir, darkness does not exist either. Darkness is in reality the absence of light. Light we can study, but not darkness. In fact we can use Newton’s prism to break white light into many colors and study the various wavelengths of each color. You cannot measure darkness. A simple ray of light can break into a world of darkness and illuminate it. How can you know how dark a certain space is? You measure the amount of light present. Isn’t this correct? Darkness is a term used by man to describe what happens when there is no light present.”

Finally the young man asked the professor, “Sir, does evil exist?”

Now uncertain, the professor responded, “Of course as I have already said. We see it everyday. It is in the daily example of man’s inhumanity to man. It is in the multitude of crime and violence everywhere in the world. These manifestations are nothing else but evil.

To this the student replied, “Evil does not exist sir, or at least is does not exist unto itself. Evil is simply the absence of God. It is just like darkness and cold, a word that man has created to describe the absence of God. God did not create evil. Evil is the result of what happens when man does not have God’s love present in his heart. It’s like the cold that comes when there is no heat or the darkness that comes when there is no light.”

The professor sat down.

The young man’s name — Albert Einstein

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Our Blessings


First of all, we had a blessed and Merry Christmas and Thanksgiving. We appreciate our family and how they came together these past holidays. To the left, Matthew and Chelsea Arroyo were married and mark the beginning of a new era, we hope and pray. Pictured with their daughter, Amiya at their wedding.

We thank God for the Grandchildren, Chloe, Alec and Rainee which have been a blessing in our lives. This upcoming year will bring more blessings which we are grateful for.

You know, there has been much in the news about “Happy Holidays” or “Seasons Greetings” rather than “Merry Christmas” this year. Funny, I think that more focus has been on Christ as a result of this play on words than there have been in previous years when we have not worried about this word or phrase or that one. So, Keep Christ in Christmas and enjoy the season!

After the holidays, we will be celebrating the Wedding of Landon and Kayla. Their marriage on Feb 23rd will spell the beginning of a new life together.

Life became complicated but simple at the same time on Jan 5th. In our Suzuki Sidekick, Michael, Linda and I learned the blessings of life come through prayer and that God is just not done with us yet. Michael is now a student at the school where I teach, Evangelistic Temple School and we continue to pray and thank God for our blessings daily. We left this car with a broken pinky between us, Michael without a scratch!!

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‘Code’ still just a novel, despite news ‘documentary’

Originally printed in the Sunday Visitor in November, 2003. With the upcoming movie starring Tom Hanks, I thought this would be an important thing to reprint.

Novel’s claim that Jesus wed Mary Magdalene and fathered a child with her not supported by sound Scripture exegesis or history

By Msgr. Owen F. Campion

11/23/2003

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‘Code’ still just a novel, despite news ‘documentary’
by Msgr. Owen F. Campion

A new novel that suggests deceit, power struggles and the suppression of truth on the part of the Catholic Church is maintaining a steady perch atop the best-seller lists these days, and many people — Catholics included — appear to regard this novel as historically accurate.

It isn’t.

Last June, Our Sunday Visitor was the first national Catholic publication to review the novel, Dan Brown’s “The Da Vinci Code” (Doubleday, $24.95), and point out its egregious errors and the troublesome agenda that likely motivated its writing.

Earlier this month, ABC TV added a false air of credibility to the novel when it broadcast an hour-long “news documentary,” hosted by reporter Elizabeth Vargas, that entertained the possibility of some of the book’s claims. Among these claims are that Jesus was married to Mary Magdalene and that they had a child together. The book suggests that the Church has gone to great lengths to cover this up and to write Mary Magdalene’s elevated role out of Scripture and history.

The Nov. 3 program, “Jesus, Mary and Da Vinci,” interviewed several individuals — including media favorite Father Richard McBrien — but voices defending the Catholic perspective were scant, if not entirely absent.

In answering these claims about Jesus and Mary Magdalene, two main questions ought to be considered:

  • What do bona fide biblical scholars and historians say about the Gospels’ message in this regard? What about the tradition of 20 centuries?
  • In what context does the book, and other writings with the same conclusion, appear?

Real scholars say

No biblical scholar of any religion who is recognized by peers as an authority will point to any Gospel verse as indicating that Jesus was married to anyone. Even the most liberal of scholars will go only so far as to say that the Gospels do not explicitly say Jesus was not married.

The New Testament grew from early Christian communities that set down in writing the oral recollections believers had of Jesus and His ministry for fear of losing any detail about His life. “The Da Vinci Code” charges that these early Christians edited these recollections to suit their strong personal prejudice against sex and women. Thus, the charge goes, these first Christians would rather obscure the truth of Jesus’ marriage to Mary Magdalene than admit that the Lord was sexually active or a woman was so close to Him.

How did Scripture writers and the Church accomplish that subterfuge? Critics charge that the Church depicted Mary Magdalene not as the spouse of Christ, but as a sexually promiscuous, morally weak woman before her encounter with Jesus — by equating her with the prostitute Jesus forgives (Lk 7:36-50) and by stating she had seven demons (Lk 8:2 and Mk 16:9).

The ABC show noted that Pope Gregory the Great, who reigned from A.D. 590 to 604, called Mary Magdalene a prostitute in one of his sermons. This is hardly evidence of anything: Papal sermons are not in and of themselves infallible, and no credible Catholic biblical scholar has referred to her as a prostitute for at least 50 years.

Diabolical possession was the diagnosis in biblical days for many medical and psychiatric problems. Such a reference was not to discredit Mary; rather, the Gospel writers sought to present Mary Magdalene as someone with a troubled life who found acceptance, forgiveness and redemption in Jesus as Lord.

Historically, the Catholic Church has always celebrated Mary Magdalene for her unwavering faith in Jesus — a faith He rewarded by appearing to her after the Resurrection.

Brown’s book and the ABC special suggest she was a true apostle of Christ but that, as the Church developed into a patriarchal structure, it hid this fact rather than admit Jesus called a woman into His inner circle.

Yet, although the Gospels mention Mary Magdalene a number of times — her home, her conversion, her faith at the cross, her discovery of the empty tomb — she appears on none of the lists of the apostles as given in three of the Gospels and in Acts.

Attacking roots

Scriptural evidence of Jesus being married to Mary is simply not to be found. St. Paul, who always held up Jesus as a model, wrote passionately about marriage but never mentioned Jesus as a husband or father. Claims of this alleged relationship rest on manufactured evidence, such as Margaret Starbird’s equation of the sinful woman’s anointing of Jesus’ feet with a marriage ritual, or Brown’s assertion that the Dead Sea Scrolls refer to Mary Magdalene as Jesus’ “companion” and indicate that the two of them kissed. And the fantasy about their having a daughter and a bloodline kept under wraps by a secret society is the kind of intrigue only the wildest of conspiracy theorists could entertain.

To assume that Jesus and Mary Magdalene were wed and had parented a child gnaws at the very roots of Christian belief. It stands on the presumption that the New Testament writers were liars, putting their own opinions above the Lord and the Good News. Were this the case, Christians could not trust either the Church or the New Testament.

Above all, people need to remember the context and not get carried away by imagination.

“The Da Vinci Code” is simply a novel — not a history book, not a serious Scripture study and certainly not credible as either history or biblical interpretation. Brown is neither a historian nor a theologian; since leaving his position as an English teacher, he has written several techno-thrillers. He uses obscure historical references and conjecture and strings them together to make a fascinating story, but it remains just that — a story.

ABC’s “Jesus, Mary and Da Vinci” was an effort to win viewers and ratings by riding the wave of the controversial new novel — one that feeds several problematic agendas at once.

Who’s at the Last Supper?

Leonardo da Vinci’s famous painting of the Last Supper shows no chalice, or Holy Grail, on the table. Author Dan Brown claims the Grail is there — except it’s not a chalice, but Mary Magdalene, who he says was pregnant with Jesus’ child.

The long-haired, soft-featured figure on Jesus’ right is the one Brown suspects is Mary. Traditionally, the figure is seen as the apostle John, who was a young man at the time.

Brown’s conspiracy theory goes on to suggest that da Vinci was part of a longstanding clandestine group, the Priory of Sion, that kept the secret of a supposed marriage between Jesus and Mary Magdalene, and the existence of their progeny.

This theory has never been advanced until now. And although “The Last Supper” has been perhaps the most studied painting over the past five centuries, no art historian has ever raised the question of the missing Grail or Mary Magdalene’s presence.


— Msgr. Owen F. Campion is associate publisher of Our Sunday Visitor. To read Amy Welborn’s review of “The Da Vinci Code,” visit www.osv.com.

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