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April 2017

Absolute Moral Norms and Weaponized Sarin

Many contemporary ethicists, including some Catholic theologians beginning in the 1970's, began to doubt the existence of absolute moral norms. The real world, they argue is free from any moral imperative at all, and within the contingent realm of human ethics, nothing can be for ever. 

In Catholic moral theology, even though our human intentions inform in part the moral goodness of our actions, there are nevertheless some actions which in and of themselves are intrinsic moral evils - no circumstances or human intentions can make them morally virtuous or even neutral. 

For one important moment, the human community has arrived at a moral consensus approximating a moral absolute: spraying innocent women and children with a powerful insecticide to kill them is wrong. Period. No reasons mitigate its wrongfulness. 

Pay attention to those who divert the moral discussion away from the human-pesticide-sprayer and criticize the president who challenges the school yard bully. It's never easy to end bullying and there isn't usually only one answer, but I think we ought be suspicious about those who become furious over the actions taken in response to the use of Sarin, but ignore the crime of using Sarin in the first place.

There has already been outrage, some real and some feigned, over any physical collateral damage from the US air strike, and over any innocent human lives that are lost. The Catholic principles of double effect are helpful in reasoning through those reports. 

Last Friday we prayed the Stations of the Cross written by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. His prayers invoked courage to confront unmerited human suffering and those threatened by human evil. 

No more Sarin, ever.

Pray the Triduum


Praying the Easter Mysteries during the 3 day Triduum will strengthen our faith, not only for the weeks and months until the next Easter, but for our entire faith journey.

Please join us for the Mass of the Lord's Supper on Thursday evening at 7 PM, the Veneration of the Cross on Friday at 3 PM and the Easter Vigil on Saturday at 8 PM.

This year we are happy to have a catechumen who will be baptized at the Vigil and candidates who will be welcomed into full communion with the Catholic church.


It's Spring!

Holy Cross School Class of 3B unwraps our Prayer Garden Fountain from its Winter Sleep and strips off its protective covering. This class had nearly perfect mass attendance last weekend and so was invited to participate in what has become an annual rite of Spring for Holy Cross.


The children write their names and prayers on the fountain covering.
The plastic covering was wet with dew, but the children found a way to use the markers nonetheless.
Unbind the Fountain And Let It Go!

Faure's Gift of Heaven


It was an amazing experience to sit in our church, the place many of us customarily pray, and be treated to the sounds of a composer's invitation to enjoy something of what "eternal rest" may feel like. 

The concert, featuring, Faure's  Requiem took us through each of the parts of the Roman Catholic Funeral Mass in music from beginning to end. For me the highlights were the Pie Jesu and the Benedictus, the first a plea to grant the deceased eternal rest and the latter an invitation to all the saints in heaven to greet them at their coming.

Attendance was a little disappointing, but we hope that as we continue to hold such concerts of sacred music, the interest and attendance grows. At this point, we would be quite grateful for a person or group to underwrite the cost of such concerts so that we can continue to keep them free for a good will offering only.

Don't tell our music director I'm already working on plans for another event in the Fall to be held in conjunction with our parish feast day, the dedication of our new church and the Solemnity of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. It is possible our new organ pipes will be installed by then, and who know, perhaps even some of the art on our reredos - coincidentally entitled "The Exaltation of the Holy Cross."

That should be spectacular!

Thank you for your support and enthusiasm for enlivening the arts at Holy Cross Church.


Tomorrow is a Day of Rest

Spend a time of relaxing beauty and prayer in church on Sunday afternoon and join us for a performance of Faure's Requiem by guest soloists and member of the Holy Cross Choir. 

Faure's Requiem is noted for its quiet beauty. The composer wanted the composition to help people imagine the restful bliss of heaven itself. 

Your free will donation for the concert enables us to continue to offer fine classical music in our beautiful church setting performed as a vehicle for prayer.