Friday, August 28, 2009
“This series, including the original Oscar-nominated short, from Brown Bag Films is based upon the 1960s recordings of young children telling Bible stories in a classroom to their schoolteacher. When a film crew arrives at an inner city Dublin National School to record the children, the result is a warm, funny and spontaneous animated documentary, featuring young children telling the story of John the Baptist, The birth of Jesus, the Crucifixion, Saint Patrick and others. Give Up Yer Aul Sins combines simple humour with clever animation to create films with a timeless quality and appeal to a family audience. Give Up Yer Aul Sins has screened in almost 50 film festivals, including The Galway Film Fleadh (where it won Best Animation), Cork Film Festival (Best Irish and Best International Animation), Cartoons on Bay (Special Award for Original Idea), NewYork Comedy Festival, Boston Irish Film Festival, Aspen Film Festival and Cannes Film Festival.” - monsterdistributes on YouTube. Hat tip to the Aggie Catholics blog.
Give Up Yer Aul Sins
John the Baptist:
The Annunciation, Visitation and birth of John the Baptist:
The Birth of Jesus:
The Story of Lazarus:
Making the Blind See:
The Death of Jesus:
The Story of St. Patrick:
Monday, August 24, 2009
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Friday, August 14, 2009
Many Catholics consider it a challenge to fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. When you consider what prisoners in Canada’s prisons do each year for Prisoners Justice Day, however, we might want to rethink how hard we have it.
There’s none of our “two small meals that together are less than the main meal, which can’t include meat.” Inmates in Canada go on a total fast from midnight to midnight, every Aug. 10.
Their fast is a secular one, in memory of prisoners who have lost their lives in the prison system.
I spoke with one inmate at a local institution who talked about the prisoners of the past whose sacrifice helped to bring about the comparatively civilized system they have today.
The respect the inmates have for those who died a generation ago brings to mind the honour we have for the saints who witnessed the faith in their lives and deaths. “I just do the thing with no eating because I honour it, for the guys who gave their lives for us, so we can have things like TVs and microwaves on the unit and stuff like that.”
The temptation to eat on Justice Day must be extraordinary. The prison kitchens serve up the food as usual. The prisoners simply don’t eat it, and they abstain without the spiritual graces that aid us in fasting. (Although they're no doubt assisted by the threat of violence from other inmates should anyone be so foolhardy as to break the fast.)
Perhaps the prisoners could benefit from a devotion to St. Lawrence. Not only is his feast day Aug. 10, but he’s also the patron saint of cooks.
Meantime, let’s keep prisoners in our prayers. “For I was in prison and you visited me.” Matthew 25:16.
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
The moral objections to euthanasia are obvious -- no one has the right to deliberately end innocent human life. But the practical worries are pretty persuasive too.
Euthanasia, assisted suicide, death with dignity . . . call it what you will, “The so-called ‘right to die’ often becomes a ‘duty to die,’” Michele Boulva of the Canadian bishops office of life and family told Canadian Catholic News Ottawa bureau chief Deborah Gyapong. See her full article here.
That's why the bishops are urging Catholics to prepare for the upcoming battle against euthanasia and assisted-suicide.
For the third time, Bloc Quebecois MP Francine Lalonde has introduced a private member’s bill that would amend the Criminal Code to make assisted-suicide and euthanasia legal in Canada. The bill could be dealt with as soon as this fall.
Please use the summer break, when MPs are in their ridings, to express your concern about Bill C-384.
Monday, August 3, 2009
This summer's pilgrimage will be Saturday, Aug. 15. The day begins with outdoor confessions at 11 a.m., followed by Mass at 1 p.m. offered by Archbishop J. Michael Miller, CSB.
At 2:30 p.m. there will be a procession up the hill from the Mass site to the grotto, followed by the Rosary and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. After that there'll be a picnic.
The apparitions at Lourdes, France, began in 1858. Before his death in 1890 Bishop Louis-Joseph d'Herbomez, OMI, then Bishop of Vancouver but born in France, requested that a grotto to Our Lady of Lourdes be built in Mission. He said the rocky area reminded him of the caverns in Lourdes and was one of his favourite places.
Bishop d'Herbomez's wish was completed in 1892.
It's a magnificent annual family event. Bring water, umbrellas (rain or shine), lawn chairs or blankets, and food and make a great day of it.