Newsletter 01/06/2015 “Feast Day of the Virgin”

Posted: 2015/01/07 in Uncategorized

Contents this week

Picture of the week

Proverb of the week

Story of the week:

  • “Raising hell on December 31to bring in the new year” Written by Ronald L. Riedell
  • “No time for that” Written by Ronald L. Riedell
  • “ Spiritual Confessor” Video interview of a monk by 3SProductions

Quote of the week

Story one

Raising hell December 31, to bring in the New Year

In one of the wealthiest nations on earth, we have a tradition of celebrating the New Year on December 31.  With parties, staying up, waiting for the clock to turn to 12:00, eating, drinking, and raising hell.

Historically in 45 B.C., New Year’s Day is celebrated on January 1 for the first time in history as the Julian calendar takes effect.

The Roman Civil calendar attempted to follow the lunar cycle but frequently fell out of phase with the seasons and had to be corrected.

The Roman church became aware of this problem and came up with a new calendar.  In 1582, C.E. the Gregorian calendar was implemented, omitting 10 days for that year and establishing the new rule that only one of every four centennial years should be a leap year.

January 1 was dedicated by the church to the Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God, a holy day of obligation, and a feast day of the Virgin Mary.

So the question is: Do I celebrate the renewal of the Civil Calendar or the Feast of the Virgin Mary?  January 1 is a National Holiday so I have the day off by law and the choice to choose how to celebrate it.

If I wait up until midnight to enjoy the neighborhood gunfire, I might be too tired to go to church the next day.

Why not just stay home and watch the Rose Parade and the football game on TV I am too tired to go to church anyway.


Story two:

“No Time for That”

While at the Cathedral in the Plaza information booth,

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I was approached by a woman in her early seventies.  She was well dressed and wearing a crucifix.  Not looking up for a moment, she asked me if she could use a piece of paper and a pen.  She was totally engaged in her phone looking for an address.

She was with another woman dressed similarly without the outer cross; however, this woman took the time to smile and say hello to me.  They were with a group of nuns dressed in blue habits.  I tell you this because some of you will recognize the order they were from, please forgive me I do not know.

I was afraid the woman writing was going to have a stroke or heart attack because she was in such a hurry.

The other woman kindly told me that they were taking the nuns sightseeing and had about six places they wanted to see.  However, time was running out and the nuns had to return home.

I motioned by raising and lowering my hand to slow down. and said, “It might be better to see a couple of places you can enjoy than six places you have to hurry through which later become a blur“.

The woman with her smiled and agreed.

Too many times, I myself have been in such a hurry that I missed most of what I went to see.  I’ve treated people rudely or without patience because I am only thinking about myself.

My relationships are like that, would I rather just have small talk with ten people or make one friend by taking the time to get to know them.   However, who knows I might just have made someone’s day by just smiling and saying hello.

Jamie and me

Story three:


  Spiritual Confessor

Starets, or spiritual confessors, are not appointed by any authority; they are simply recognized by the faithful as being people “of the Spirit”. When they are not in prayer or in voluntary seclusion, they receives visitors and spend time with them.


Many of them have a reputation among believers of being able to know the secrets of a person’s heart without having ever previously met the visitor, and having the ability to discern God’s plan for a person’s life.

People often petition them for prayers, believing that their prayers are particularly effective.

This, as all gifts, is believed to come from the Holy Spirit acting through them.




Quote of the week:


Christ our God is born and becomes man by adding to Himself flesh endowed with an intellective soul.  He who

from non-being brings created things into being is Himself born supernaturally of a Virgin who does not

Thereby lose her virginity.  For just as He Himself became man without changing His nature or altering His

Power, so He makes her who bore Him a Mother while keeping her a Virgin.  In this way, He reveals one miracle

Through another miracle, at the same time concealing the one with the other.  This is because in Himself,

According to His essence.  God always remains a mystery.  He expresses His natural hiddenness in such a way

That He makes it the more hidden through the revelation.  Similarly, in the case of the Virgin who bore Him, He

Made her a Mother in such a way that by conceiving Him the bonds of her virginity became even more indissoluble.

St Isaiah the Solitary

BR Voive of an Outsider Newslettr


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