Catholics and Humor

In a recent podcast available on Twoedgetalk, Deacon Tim and Cyndi discuss Catholics, happiness and humor. Is it a coincidence that two top comedians, Stephen Colbert and Jim Gaffigan, are both Catholics? When he was 10 years old, Colbert's father and 2 brothers were killed in a plane crash.  In a 2015 interview in GQ, Colbert said:  "I love the thing that I most wish had not happened.” The interviewer asked him to explain. Quoting Tokien, Colbert said, "What punishments of God are not gifts?" Colbert knocked his knuckles on the table. “What punishments of God are not gifts?” he said again. His eyes were filled with tears. “So it would be ungrateful not to take everything with gratitude. It doesn't mean you want it. I can hold both of those ideas in my head...It's not the same thing as wanting to have it to have happened. But you can't change everything about the world. You certainly can't change things that have already happened."

Saint Paul of the Cross wrote beautifully about this: "Love is a unifying virtue which takes upon itself the torments of its beloved Lord. It is a fire reaching through to the inmost soul. It transforms the lover into the one loved. More deeply, love intermingles with grief, and grief with love, and a certain blending of love and grief occurs. They become so united that we can no longer distinguish love from grief nor grief from love. Thus the loving heart rejoices in its sorrow and exults in its grieving love."

3 o'clock Devotion

I came across this devotion, to be said daily at 3:00 p.m.:

In His revelations to Saint Faustina, Jesus encouraged the following devotional practice:

“At three o’clock, implore My mercy, especially for sinners; and if only for a brief moment, immerse yourself in My Passion, particularly in My abandonment at the moment of agony: This is the hour of great mercy for the whole world. I will allow you to enter into My mortal sorrow. In this hour, I will refuse nothing to the soul that makes a request of Me in virtue of My Passion.”(Diary, 1320).

Prayers in the Liturgy

I am guilty of sometimes not paying close attention to some of the prayers the priest reads at Mass out of the Missal. I'm guessing I'm not alone in this. So from time to time I will highlight one of these prayers for our readers.

To start off, I'm going to post the Prayer Over the Offerings in the liturgy for August 28, 2016, the 22nd Sunday of Ordinary Time in Cycle C: "May this sacred offering, O, Lord, confer on us always the blessing of salvation, that what it celebrates in mystery it may accomplish in power. Through Christ our Lord."

Does this simple prayer not say it all? We pray that the mystery of the Eucharist, which we can't fully understand and yet in which we gratefully participate, by its power bring about our salvation. 

I pray that Catholics might more fully appreciate the power and majesty available to us in the Eucharist and share this gift with those who do not presently share that appreciation.