Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Janus the Roman God of New Beginnings

January is named after the Roman God Janus, the God of new beginnings. A two faced statue looking backward and forward, Janus builds a future while still respecting the past. Will this be the year Cuba respects but leaves its past and starts a new beginning?

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

CUBA..the reality

CUBA: the damage

A Catholic school built before the communist revolution.

CUBA...has the change begun?

After 50 years of a failed system communism seems to be slowly compromising with the world reality. The war against Catholicism has ended. This year you may say and celebrate "Merry Christmas". A vibrant faith is emerging from the wreckage of crumbling church buildings. Soon, someone, who somehow has any money might be able to buy a house. A few are now allowed to work for themselves even though they must pay a massive tax for that privilege. 2,900 of the thousands of prisoners will be released from prison, even though very few of the 10 million imprisoned island population are allowed to leave the nation. A trickle of servants are returning to work in the old mansions of Havana which were confiscated by the state after their rightful owners fled to America. The servants now work for government or communist squatters. Like a tree growing from a concrete wall, glimpses of freedom are sprouting. History has proven that the masses demand change not when they are destitute but after they have a taste of a better life, and once that taste is savored there is no force that can stop the appetite.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Hey England, We're Back!

Pope Benedict XVI and some English priests and seminarians.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Catholicism Returns to the Cathedral of York

For the first since Henry VIII stole the cathedral of York from the Catholic church, a Catholic Mass was celebrated this week in the ancient church. When he took the church Henry stripped much of its wealth for his mistress, Anne Boleyn, who processed through it at her wedding, pregnant with the pretender of the throne, the future Elizabeth I. Once queen, Elizabeth vandalized the massive shrine by removing any semblances of Catholicism including defacing the graves of the dead. Now 500 years later, a Roman Catholic High Latin Mass was allowed by the Anglican occupiers in this formerly Catholic cathedral dedicated to St. Peter, the first Pope. 900 attended. Slowly, slowly England drifts back to her mother faith.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

New English Priests

About 500 years ago St. Thomas More was executed for remaining loyal to the Pope. The Church of England bishops urged him to spare his life and join them in apostasy. His monies and home were confiscated. He was imprisoned. He died remaining loyal to the King but also the Pope. "I am the King's loyal servant, but God's first" were some of his last words. Today, 50 Church of England priests have left their church to become Roman Catholic priests and are studying for the priesthood on the former site of Thomas More's home. He who laughs last laughs best indeed.