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Recent news and musings by the Catholic Center


Examination of Conscience for Holy Week

Posted by on Apr 14, 2014 at 3:24 pm

“Father, I’m not that bad, it isn’t like I’ve murdered anyone. Do you have a good examination of conscience?”

Yes. Yes I do.

Here are a couple different examinations that you can print off. Feel free to download and print these off. Mark it up and bring it with you into the confessional.

Always remember to pray and ask for the light of the Holy Spirit before your examining. This is serious business for it is a matter of sin and your soul.

Examen Commandments

For Adults

These examinations are NOT my originals but taken from other good priests.





Why Latin?

Posted by on Mar 26, 2014 at 3:50 pm
It is Lent and we are working on our faith. We have taken up devotions of prayer, fasting, and alms-giving. These are noble things that we should work on.
Another thing we are all working on together here at Pius XII Newman Center is using a Mass setting in Latin. Yes Latin! I remember the limerick from my days in the seminary: “Latin is a dead language, dead as dead can be. First it killed the Romans and now it is killing me!”

But that’s a lie. Latin is NOT a dead language. Latin is THE language of the Roman Catholic Church. As Catholics we should know our language. Just as indigenous peoples strive to preserve their language, so should we preserve Latin. A newly announced Archbishop of Liverpool, England, Most Reverend Malcolm McMahon says that Latin is “as important for our culture and worship as Hebrew is for the Jewish people.”

The Second Vatican Council, a meeting of all the world’s bishops in 1963-1965 wrote a document on the Holy Mass and Public Prayers of the Church. It is called Sacrosanctum Concilium. In it the Church teaches:
“In Masses which are celebrated with the people, a suitable place may be allotted to their mother tongue. This is to apply in the first place to the readings and “the common prayer,” but also, as local conditions may warrant, to those parts which pertain to the people…Nevertheless steps should be taken so that the faithful may also be able to say or to sing together in Latin those parts of the Ordinary of the Mass which pertain to them.” Paragraph 54, emphasis added.
So that is precisely what we are doing in our Masses during Lent.
Does this take a little work? Yes! Is it worth it? I think so. Is it right? Yes.



The Terror of Twitter or Why Facebook kills my evangelical spirit.

Posted by on Feb 16, 2014 at 8:49 pm

Sometimes I think Facebook and Twitter are ruining me. Especially my

When I’m reading, praying, studying, writing- even speaking- I find myself haunted by Facebook and Twitter. I read or pray or speak and think: “That would be great on Facebook.” “That would get “likes” and “retweets” and make people pay attention.”

Now, I don’t always do that. But the thought is there. It distracts from prayer and union with God. That is bad. But it get’s worse.

Why is that ruining my evangelical spirit?

Because it keeps me from turning to God. It locks my focus and attention on material things as opposed to spiritual realities. This attitude and tendency trains me to seek approval of others instead of serving the truth of a situation.

When the biggest concern of your life becomes other people’s perceptions (“likes”, RTs, and comments) then you become a slave to them. Then your courage has a horrible task ahead. Great courage is needed to overcome such a fierce master as public opinion. Great courage is needed to free us when we are beholden to other people’s favor.

Therefore I am deleting all my social network accounts. No I am not. But it is good to speak this truth, to write this truth, and to know this truth.

Now sign up for twitter and follow me @fatherandrew or friend me on Facebook, thanks!



The Wrong Thing

Posted by on Mar 5, 2010 at 4:15 pm

Sometimes we just make the wrong choices.

Two and a half years ago I weighed forty pounds heavier. There was no magic formula, no secret ingredient, and no mysterious pills from African cacti. It involved learning to discern between what my body really needed and wanted from what I am feeling at the moment. In other words, hunger can lie. What feels like hunger might really be thirst or exhaustion or dissatisfaction. I learned I could loose weight by paying attention to those little details and saying “no” to eating for the wrong reasons.

In our spiritual life things are often the same. We confuse the emotions and movements of our hearts as leading us to material comforts when they are really leading us to prayer. We’re exhausted or lonely or frustrated and we turn sin in various forms: pride, greed, envy, lust, wrath, gluttony, or sloth. As you observe your Lenten penance and you struggle without pop, snacks or other things take a few moments pray and ask Christ to fulfill your needs.

That is always a good choice.