Fátima y Zavala

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¡Hola a todos! ¡El verano esta amainando pero aun la vida se mantiene ocupada como siempre!

Quiero escribir acerca del libro El secreto mejor guardado de Fátima del escritor español José María Zavala. Temprano en este verano Zavala recibió cierta publicidad por parte del famoso periodista italiano y vaticanista, Marco Tosatti. He visto que la obra de Zavala estaba siendo discutida en varios círculos y decidí dar una ojeada al libro. La presente nota no pretende ser una crítica estricta del libro. Más bien prefiero destacar algunas cuestiones que son de interés.

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YouTube Channel

Good morning!

I am happy to announce that I have established my own YouTube channel.

The plan for this channel is to offer quality material through reflections, and, every so often, occasional responses to contemporary events or news.

The channel will not have many of the “bells and whistles” found on other channels. My skills with computer graphic design are next to nothing.

The first video that I have uploaded is of the Benedictine monks of Norcia, Italy at a Mass (July 6, 2011).

Fátima Course Sign-Up

Hello Everyone!

Events are continuing along over here and I am preparing for the first session of the Fátima course for Holy Apostles College and Seminary.*

I have decided to restrict this first session’s participation to 30 students. Sign-up begins now! How to do so:

  1. You must have a Facebook account.
  2. Login in and visit the On the Third Part of the Secret of Fátima page.
  3. “Like” the page and send a message saying that you’d like to sign-up.
  4. Further instructions will be sent to you from me.
  5. If you do not have a Facebook account, please E-mail me to sign up.

First come, first serve so reserve your spot today!

Sincerely,
-Kevin Symonds

*Please note that I reserve the right to decline a request, at my discretion and for any reason, to join the course.

More on Archbishop Hoser and Medjugorje

There have been some news reports about more statements from Archbishop Hoser on Medjugorje.

Hoser was Pope Francis’ special envoy to Medjugorje earlier this year. His sole purpose was to assess the pastoral situation there and report back to the Holy See. He was not there to assess the doctrinal aspect of Medjugorje. I have written about Hoser elsewhere here on my web site.

Hoser recently gave another interview in which he claimed that pilgrimages to Medjugorje are allowed. Later, he gave another interview in which he clarified what he meant. His point being that pilgrimages are allowed to Medjugorje, but not for reasons of the (alleged) apparitions.

I have a question that I pose with all due respect:
If there is no ‘special draw’ (i.e. apparitions) to Medjugorje, why would anyone go to this place in order to pray to the Madonna? Why not save money, stay at home or go to a local parish and do so?

Personal Reflection

On November 14, I had just come home from a long day at work. We had an in-service that afternoon and my head was pounding with a headache. Before making dinner, I checked my phone: no messages. In the five minutes it took to warm up my dinner and sit down, a voicemail had come through. It was an urgent message from family telling me that there was an emergency. Nothing could have prepared me for what came next.

I had to dial twice before I was able to get through. I received the word that my nephew had been called from this life into eternity. I sat in my chair, stunned. I think I asked for the news to be repeated. My mother was sobbing in the background and could barely speak at first. This is a woman who is no stranger to pain and suffering and was now preparing to bury her grandchild. In the normal course of life, you go to God first and the younger generation(s) bury you. It was odd, knowing that the roles were now going to be reversed.

At the funeral on November 22, different people got up to remember my nephew. I heard from many people what he meant to them. They all said the exact same thing: how he was a caring individual who had an exceptional ability to talk about something mundane for about 2 hours and make it sound important or exciting. He made people feel loved, even if he himself was not particularly feeling too well that day. Hearing these things has made me reflect upon my own life.

My formation in the Benedictine monastic tradition has instilled within me many values that I hold near and dear to my heart. The first word of the Holy Rule of St. Benedict is ausculta, listen. I strive to be open to what people say, and not just their literal words but beyond them to what is in the heart. My presence, for example, at the debate this past October was about demonstrating that I hear the concerns over the third part of the secret. I wanted to share my findings with others who also care and hopefully begin to heal a terrible division that has arisen.

In this life, friends, we need to be mindful of what is important: God—family—friends. In that order. We know not the day nor the hour when we shall be called from this life into eternity. When it happens, all that we take with us is the record of our life. If we have done the will of the Eternal Father, we shall be saved. As we continue in this Advent season, preparing ourselves for the coming of Christ, I am going to try and follow the example of my nephew and be more caring to people.