Chi Rho Connection, Vol. VII, No. 6
CHI RHO CONNECTION
The eNewsletter of Chi Rho Press,
Your LGBT Christian Publishing House
Vol. VII, No. 6
24 April 2006
1. Become a Guardian Angel
2. From the Editor's Cave
3. May We Suggest Stained Glass?
4. "Tearing Down Walls. Building Up Hope,"
A Message From The Rev. Nancy Wilson, UFMCC Moderator
5. "Christian with a Twist"
6. Sanctoral Cycle
7. Adam's Last Word
This issue's Quote:
"Leave results to God."
Elizabeth Barrett Browning
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1. Become A Guardian Angel
Chi Rho Press is reactivating our Guardian Angels program.
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And what do we ask from our Guardian Angels in return?
Only three things,
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2. A gift of at least $150 a year to Chi Rho Press from
individuals, couples, or families.
3. Keep your friends, family, co-workers, and churches
informed about the resources available from Chi Rho Press,
our Web site, and our eNewsletter, this Chi Rho Connection
and the weekly Chi Rho Reflection.
That's it. For just $150 a year, you can become a
Guardian Angel Sponsor of this growing publishing house,
serving the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and
seeking community of faith. Chi Rho Press is reaching
people with resources that are not available anywhere
else, resources that are made especially for our LGBT
"Even though we have managed to keep the costs of this
special ministry very low, we need your support to grow
and to expand our outreach. Won't you help?" asks former
Board member and continuing supporter Steve Barchers.
This program is now in place and we have welcomed our
first Guardian Angels already. Please join us!
Simply send your check for at least $150 to Chi Rho Press,
ATTN: Guardian Angel Program, P.O. Box 7864, Gaithersburg,
MD 20898. Or just go to our Web site at
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$150 contribution as a minimum to become a Guardian Angel.
If you have specific questions about the Guardian Angel
Program, you may e-mail us at Angels@..., or
telephone us at 301/926-1208.
Thank you for your support!
2. From the Editor's Cave
By Adam DeBaugh
[This article is the third of a series published in the
"Epi-Grams," the newsletter of the health studies area
of Westat. Adam is the editor of "Epi-Grams." Since
"Epi-Grams" is only published quarterly, this, the third
in the series, was published this month.]
"Do you know the difference between a terrorist and an
editor? You can negotiate with a terrorist."
Much to my surprise, I received some e-mails after the
last edition of "Epi-Grams" from people who complained
that these very personal screeds "From the Editor's Cave"
had gone missing. I thought [my boss] was going to fire
me for the first two, starting the Dreaded Termination
Interview with his trademark, "Hmm, let's see . . . ."
But alas, I am still here and still editor of "Epi-Grams."
I am grateful that some of you at least have found some
merit in the rantings of this Curmudgeon/Editor. I am
feeling a bit mellower today, but feel moved to mention
a couple of things.
"The Screening Center should fill out a NRF." What's
wrong with that sentence?
It should be "an NRF." Why, I hear you whine? We only
use "an" rather than "a" when the next word begins with
a vowel and N is not a vowel. (Sigh) Yes, but, the
Kindly, Long-Suffering Editor opines, it is more about
the sound of the word. When you say the letter N, you
are really saying "en," hence the preceding article should
Here's a quiz! What other letters would be preceded by
"an" rather than "a" if they lead off an acronym?
My newest author at [Chi Rho Press] has asked why we have
a style book. And I am sure my other colleagues also
question why Uncle Adam is so durn fussy about adopting
a style book and adhering to it. Why indeed! The easy
answer is that having an arcane Style Book full of obscure
and silly rules (like the Oxford comma, for instance) gives
the Curmudgeon/Editor something to do!
The correct answer (or at least a more correct answer) is
that uniformity of style makes a document look more
professional. I will freely admit that I may be the last
breathing person in the sentient world to care about this
sort of thing, it's the grisly fate of being a Word Guy in
a company full of Numbers People, but I notice inconsistencies
in style when I read a document. And it drives me bonkers!
Of course, driving me bonkers may be the life goal of some
of you, but the truth is that having a consistent style does
make the written word easier to read and comprehend. Style
Books are important. Each study should have one of its own.
And I believe our projects benefit by having a uniformity
of style that is under the oversight of a study editor.
Now it is true that Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote (in the essay
"Self Reliance") that "a foolish consistency is the hobgoblin
of little minds." But are you going to trust a man who not
only has "Waldo" as his middle name, but uses it proudly?
And Mr. Emerson doesn't bother to explain the difference
between a "foolish" and a wise consistency. Nevertheless,
I would make bold to suggest that consistency or uniformity
of style in the written word is a very good thing indeed.
We have all most likely heard the line, variously attributed
to Winston Churchill, George Bernard Shaw, and even Alastair
Cooke, that Great Britain and the United States are "two
nations separated by a common language." In "The Canterville
Ghost," Oscar Wilde wrote that Britain has "really everything
in common with America nowadays except, of course, language."
Dylan Thomas is quoted as saying on a radio show in the 50s
that European writers and scholars in America are "up against
the barrier of a common language."
For instance, we Americans think Fall is a season that
precedes winter and follows summer. The British know
that season as Autumn and get confused if you refer to
it as Fall.
I have a good friend who spent a day in Washington with an
English visitor, and proudly proclaimed that they had spent
the day on the Lube, until she was corrected by the Brit
who explained that she had been calling Metro, DC's
admirable subway system, the Tube, not the Lube.
The British government are always a plural entity. Hence,
"the government are." In the United States, "the government
is." Or isn't, depending on your political point of view.
But in any case, we think of our government as a singular
entity. The British like to see their government as a
Even something as simple as a date writ numerically can be
confusing, as in the US it is customary to write mm/dd/yy,
whereas in Great Britain the formulation is usually dd/mm/yy.
So 3/6/06 will mean March 6, 2006 in the US and June 3,
2006 in England.
Second quiz question: What are your favorite variances
between US and UK English?
I had a complaint from a loyal reader. He protested that
he had to consult a dictionary whilst reading something I
had written. I think the problematic word was
Well good! At least he did look it up, and hopefully
learned that "penultimate" means "next to last." It is
a perfectly good word, lovely and elegant, and very useful.
And fun to say!
There have been many studies that prove that a strong
command of the English language is directly linked to
success in one's life. Is this just the mind-numbing
cavil of the resident Word Guy? I don't think so. Having
a good, broad, and diverse vocabulary is fun! It will
astound your friends, amaze your bosses, and infuriate
your enemies, not to mention entertain small children
and amuse one's pets.
We live in a society that is increasingly sinking to the
lowest common denominator. We write, talk, and even think
more and more in tune with the least educated of the people
we encounter. This is not at all a felicitous situation.
Should we not rather be trying to raise the standards of
thought and expression? Polite discourse can not and
should not be reduced to "how r u?"
How does one improve one's vocabulary? There are lots of
helpful aids out there, just browse around Borders or
Barnes and Noble. (Oh dear. Those are bookstores. A
bookstore, Inquisitive Mind, is a place where one can
find books to purchase. Um, a "book" is a bound sheaf
of printed pages, a printed literary work. I hope I
haven't lost you!)
But here's an easy way to increase your vocabulary: Use
your Thesaurus. No, a Thesaurus is not an extinct breed
of dinosaur. It is a compendium of synonyms and can be
quite useful when you find yourself using the same word
over and over again. In Word, highlight the word you want
to replace and hit Shift F7, and the pretty decent Thesaurus
will pop up.
Your third and final assignment of the quarter: learn a
new word and use it intelligently in a sentence. It will
be a challenge, but it will be fun. Honest. No, really,
it will be. Oh come on, just try it! (But please, do not
let your new word be "probabilistic," an abomination of a
word I recently encountered. It makes me shudder.)
Let me know how you do on your three assignments. \
Here endeth the lesson.
3. May We Suggest Stained Glass?
Our Web minister, the Rev. Clay Witt has added eight photos
of stained glass windows made by resident stained glass
craftsperson, Adam DeBaugh. Adam specializes in windows
and also created the small pieces that Chi Rho Press sells.
The stained glass pieces Chi Rho Press sells are the basic
cross ($12.00), the gay/lesbian rainbow flag ($18.00), the
red stained glass AIDS ribbon ($7.50), the rainbow cross
($18.00), and the rainbow star of David ($18.00). See
them at http://www.chirhopress.com/products/stainedglass.html.
Adam will create windows on commission. Glass is expensive
and commissions generally are $75 a square foot. It takes
up to 100 hours to make a two by three foot window, from
design to framing. He uses the copper foil and solder
method of stained glass. Each piece is cut to fit, then
the edges are wrapped with copper foil to have something
for the solder to adhere to, then the pieces are soldered
together to make the window. Finally, the whole piece is
outlined in zinc came and framed.
Contact him at Adam@... for further information
and to discuss commissions.
New pictures on the Web site at http://www.chirhopress.com/products/stainedglass_custom.html .
They include four windows commissioned for Holy Redeemer
Metropolitan Community Church in College Park, Maryland.
They are the Communion Window, the Holy Spirit Window, the
Noah's Ark Window, and the Easter Lily Window. In addition
are other windows made as gifts or hanging in Adam's home:
Irises, Tulips in a Blue Vase (made for a wedding gift), a
Hummingbird and Wisteria, and a Rocking Horse made on the
birth of Adam's first nephew, Douglas.
Please visit the Chi Rho Press Web site and take a look at
the stained glass windows and buy some of the smaller pieces
that are readily available.
4. "Tearing Down Walls. Building Up Hope," A Message
From The Rev. Nancy Wilson, UFMCC Moderator
(Chi Rho Press encourages you to send a generous gift that
will bring hope and faith through MCC's Eastern Europe
Initiative. Read Elder Nancy Wilson's letter:)
I'm writing today to ask for your help.
During this Easter season, I'm inviting you to make a
generous contribution to help MCC launch our vital new
outreach in Eastern Europe.
As we celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, we also
have an opportunity to nurture the powerful resurrections
taking place right now across Eastern Europe, as spiritual
faith, political freedom, human rights, religious hunger,
and LGBT affirmation are all experiencing the new birth of
Let me explain why MCC is ideally poised to nurture the
spiritual and justice resurrections taking place in
Two years ago, Rev. Elder Diane Fisher launched MCC-led
international actions that changed the course of a nation.
The President of Romania and the Mayor of Bucharest had
both refused to allow a Pride March in Romania. But they
yielded to the international pressure brought of the MCC-
As a result, LGBT people across Romania held the first
Pride March in their nation's history and MCC led public
worship services, offered workshops, and helped organize
the LGBT community.
That event was a catalyst across Eastern Europe. Responses
poured in to MCC from people of faith and LGBT activists
asking for MCC's help to organize communities, offer
workshops, support human rights, plant churches, and offer
spiritual help to LGBT people.
Now, your generous gift to MCC's Easter Offering for Eastern
Europe will allow MCC to take advantage of these God-given
opportunities and will bring faith and hope to people now
experiencing the power of resurrection.
In fact, your generous gift to MCC's special Easter Offering
will accomplish two important goals: It will be used to plant
new churches in Eastern Europe (churches that will provide
spiritual support to LGBT people and their allies) and it
will also advance the cause of human rights and justice in
these emerging democracies.
During May and June, Rev. Elder Diane Fisher and Romanian
MCC leader Florin Buhuceneau will travel to Russia, Moldova,
Serbia, Bulgaria, and Romania. We must raise $20,000 (US)
to underwrite the cost of this initiative and to plant new
Can I count on you to make a gift to this important MCC
To make your gift on-line today, simply CLICK HERE.
Let me tell you what you will accomplish with your special
MCC Easter Offering. Your gift will:
Plant new MCC congregations in Moldova, Romania, Bulgaria,
Provide staffing in Eastern Europe to support new
congregations and to actively address the spiritual and
justice needs in this area.
Print MCC materials in local languages.
Be used to conduct a campaign in May and June 2006 in
which Rev. Elder Diane Fisher and Romanian MCC leader
Florin Buhuceanu will train activists, hold local pride
events, and help organize LGBT communities, as well as
hold workshops for LGBT people of faith and conduct local
You can take part by making a contribution to your local
MCC's Easter Offering for Eastern Europe, or to donate
right now, CLICK HERE.
I passionately believe in this new MCC Eastern European
Initiative. We have a wonderful opportunity to carry MCC's
gospel of God's inclusive love for all people to people who
are hungry for faith.
And your generous gift will turn this opportunity into a
reality! Won't you take a minute right now to make your
gift on-line by CLICKING HERE?
Thank you for your faithfulness to Jesus' calling, and for
your commitment to MCC's "Unfinished World; Unfinished Calling"
The Reverend Nancy L. Wilson, Moderator, Metropolitan
P.S. If your browser does not support clickable links, you
can make your gift by entering the following into your web
P.P.S. If you prefer to send your gift by postal mail, simply
mail your check -- made payable to "Metropolitan Community
Churches" with the notation "Eastern Europe Initiative" --
to Metropolitan Community Churches, ATTN: Easter Offering
for Eastern Europe, P. O. Box 691728, West Hollywood, CA
In 2004, LGBT people in Bucharest, Romania announced plans
for the very first LGBT Pride March in their nation's history.
And very quickly the opposition galvanized: The state
church demanded the March be canceled. The Romanian
President opposed it, as did the Mayor of Bucharest.
The police chief refused to issue the permits announcing
he could not protect the safety and lives of the marchers.
Romanian MCC leaders and LGBT activists asked for MCC's
help, believing that MCC's role as a church might give
it a unique voice on behalf of human rights.
Rev. Elder Diane Fisher flew to Romania, where she worked
side-by-side with Florin Buhuceanu. Florin is President
of ACCEPT, Romania's LGBT human rights group, and the
organizer of MCC's first congregation in Romania.
On-site, Diane worked with Florin to organize the LGBT
community. They trained 40 LGBT activists. They
conducted scores of press interviews for newspapers,
magazines, TV, and radio. And they launched an
international campaign to focus attention on the
situation including an e-mail campaign to the mayor
of Bucharest and the President of Romania.
The Mayor of Bucharest was so flooded by incoming
international e-mails, he shut down his e-mail account.
But that didn't stop the cause: working with the MCC
Communications Department, Diane sent revised action
alerts with alternative e-mail addresses to reach the
Mayor and international response continued to pour in.
Within a week, the Romania President reversed himself
and ordered city officials to meet with the LGBT
delegation. The permits were issued. And several
hundred Romanians took part in their country's first-
ever Pride March. The day after the march, MCC
conducted a highly visible worship service in the
That event and the international media attention it
received marked a pivotal moment. Activists and LGBT
faith leaders in other countries began to write Rev.
Fisher and ask for MCC's support. The requests rolled
in from Bulgaria, Moldova, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia,
Bosnia, Hungary, Latvia, Croatia, and as far away as
In each case, local LGBT people asked MCC to come to
them, to help them organize, to hold public events, and
to establish MCC churches.
Across Eastern Europe, MCC is now known as "The church
that supports human rights."
(Note from Adam DeBaugh: While at MCC's international
General Conference last July in Calgary, Alberta, Canada,
I had the privilege of getting to know three of the LGBT
activists from Eastern Europe, Igor from Serbia, Jakob
from Croatia, and Dim from Bulgaria. I attended a meeting
with them, Elder Fisher, the Rev. Elder Arlene Ackerman
(the Regional Elder in whose Region I reside and minister),
and others. I fully support this important opportunity
and have already made a contribution to the Easter Campaign.
I encourage you to help as well. This is exciting and
ground-breaking ministry for the religious and civil
rights of LGBT people in Eastern Europe!)
5. "Christian with a Twist"
Here is a selection from our second major book of
reflections, "Christian with a Twist: Reflections
on Scripture that are a bit more inclusive, a bit
more relevant, and with a bit of a bite," by the
late William Gaston.
"Christian with a Twist" is available for $19.95 each,
$14.95 each for six or more copies, plus shipping and
handling. You can read more about it and order it at
As the subtitle suggests, Bill's writing has a bit
of a bite, and we believe you will enjoy his sharp,
but loving take on Scripture, life, and faith.
Here is a selection entitled "Joy at the Tomb"
from the Easter section of "Christian with a Twist."
Please read John 20:1-2, 11-13a and Psalm 30:5b
During this holy season when we "celebrate" the death of
Jesus on the cross, if celebrate is a word we can use, I
cannot help but compare it to the death of my own
companion from AIDS a year ago. Over the past year I
have come to appreciate being a Christian much more
fully. It is ironic that my companion would bring that
out of me, his being Jewish, but then so was Jesus.
This appreciation has to do with Easter Morning, for I
know that in some very real way my personal loved one,
like Jesus, has risen to be with the God of Creation.
Life does not end with a tomb.
Mary Magdalene, like most of us, went to the tomb to
grieve and to honor the one she loved. Randy's parents
and I often go to his tomb, and it is a good and
respectful thing that we do that. But recently his
parents did something that has added much to that
experience, something that I think would make Jesus
smile and give Randy a hug.
Across from the grave marker, a very proper bronze
plaque with Randy's full name and dates, they placed
a beautiful granite bench with not his formal name but
rather the name that those who loved him best called
him, "The Randy Bear."
So I go not just to Randy's tomb but to his bench, and
I sit there and feel his presence and his love that comes
not from the tomb, but rather from the sunshine of God's
living creation. Jesus is there too, as he is present
whenever God's love takes human form.
Jesus left the tomb. He did not want to leave us with a
place to go and weep as respectful as that may be. Rather,
he wanted to teach us that it is the joy of life that is
eternal, that God and those of God's children who have
gone before us smile upon us and wish us long, full, and
happy lives. Weeping may linger for a night, but joy comes
in the morning. Happy Easter.
6. Sanctoral Cycle
As a regular feature in the Chi Rho Connection, we
are offering up traditional saints listed in the 2006
Liturgical Calendar and Lectionary from today until
our next scheduled electronic newsletter.
Sat., April 15, Bd. Peter Gonzalez. Preaching:
Everything spoken in the name of Christ that is
biblically founded and that spreads His work IS the
word of Christ, from whom all grace comes. Learn from
Bd. Peter that none are beyond the power of such words,
modestly but boldly proclaimed. "The sound of the words
strikes the ear; the master teaches within," St. Augustine.
Mon., April 24, St. Fidelis of Sigmaringen. Neighborly
concern: We take great delight in decorating altars with
flowers and pretty things made of gold and silver, and it
is right to do so, but if we want to offer God gifts of
greater value we must, like St. Fidelis, seek to save
souls who but for us would be lost. By offering God
these souls, we offer God the jewels of paradise. "And
how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is
written, 'How beautiful are the feet of those who bring
good news!'" (Romans 10:15).
Tues., April 25, St. Mark (Patron saint: lawyers). On
Christ's adult life: Learn from St. Mark to keep the image
of Christ constantly before you. Mark provided numerous
slight details that give us vivid coloring in the gospel
scenes and help us picture the very gestures and the look
of Christ. "For God, who said, 'Let light shine out of
darkness,' made God's light shine in our hearts to give
us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the
face of Christ" (2 Corinthians 4:6).
Wed., April 26, St. Frances of Rome. Guardian angels:
God appointed an angel to guard each one of us, who watches
and prompts us daily. If we listen to our angel's voice
now, we will be led to the very throne of God. "Reverence
your guardian angel; do not dare to do before him what you
would not dare to do before me," St. Bernard.
Thurs., April 27, St. Zita (Patron saint: domestic workers).
Prayer and work: "What must I do to be saved?" asked a
despairing person. "Work and pray, pray and work," replied
a voice, "and you will be saved." The whole life of St.
Zita teaches us this truth. "We are no good if we are
not industrious; work-shy piety is sham piety," St. Zita.
Fri., April 28, St. Paul of the Cross. Devotion to the
Passion: St. Paul prayed and suffered especially for
England, where he saw many souls in danger of perishing
through religious error and unbelief. One sign of
devotion to the Passion and all that it means is a love
of those for whom Christ died. "I have been crucified
with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me"
Sat., April 29, St. Peter of Verona. Confessing the truth:
St. Peter spent his entire life preaching to heretics. We,
too, live surrounded by people who (mostly through no fault
of their own) reject parts or all of the Christian faith.
Are we courageous, firm, zealous, full of prayers for their
conversion, unflinching in our profession of faith?
Sun., April 30, St. Catherine of Siena (Patron saint: fire
prevention). The business of the church: St. Catherine
willingly sacrificed the delights of contemplation to work
for the church and the Apostolic See. How deeply do the
troubles of the church, and their inevitable effects on
individual members, weigh on our minds? How often do we
pray for our church leaders and their loved ones?
Mon., May 1, St. Peregrine Laziosi (Patron saint: cancer
and AIDS patients). Works of wonder: The lesson of St.
Peregrine's life is not that God worked a miracle, but that
a faithful, trustful servant placed himself unconditionally
in the hands of God. Peregrine's trust in God can be a model
for us in dealing with the pain, sickness, and the crosses
of our lives.
Diversity Date: Older Americans Month
Asian Pacific Islanders Month
Tues., May 2, St. Athanasius. Standing up for your faith:
Christian faith is far more precious than all of the riches
and treasures of earth, more glorious and greater than all
its honors, all its possessions. This is what saves sinners,
gives light to the blind, restores penitents, perfects the
righteous, and is the crown of martyrs. "God has promised
to be like a wall of fire round those who rightly believe
in God," St. Athanasius.
Wed., May 3, St. Catherine of Bologna. Worshipful sprit:
We are endowed with many noble powers and can feel the keen
joy in exercising them; but the best joy comes from
concentrating all of our powers of mind and heart in the
humblest worship before God. "Consciousness of my
nothingness is a very great force. It has unbarred all
the gates of my soul, and gives entrance to the One who
is infinite," St. Catherine of Bologna.
Thurs., May 4, St. Anne (Patron saint: Christian mothers).
Response to divine calls: St. Anne, Mary's mother, is
glorious among the saints not because God chose her to
be Mary's mother but because she gave Mary to God. Learn
from her to reverence divine vocation as the highest
privilege and to sacrifice every natural tie, however
holy, at the call of God.
Fri., May 5, St. Dominic Savio. Seeking and finding the
glory of God: St. Dominic was one of the most fragile
men in the church, dying at age 15, but he sought
sanctity with unsurpassed zeal. "Give me souls, Lord;
You take the rest" was his battle cry. "He who seeks
the glory of the One who sent him is truthful and there
is no injustice in him" John 7:18.
Diversity Date: Cinco de Mayo: Mexico
Sat., May 6, St. Joseph Calasanctius. Teaching the
children: The Cure of Ars used to say that, "I often
think that most Christians who are lost are lost for
want of instruction, they do not know their religion
properly." People are better instructed in the truths
of the faith by learning from the examples we set than
by all of the church's teaching.
Sun., May 7, St. Stanislaus of Cracow. Denouncing sin:
The best correction as well as the safest of vice is a
blameless life, yet there are times when silence would
make us answerable for the sins of others. At such times
we have, in God's name, to rebuke the offender without fear.
Mon., May 8, Sts. Peter and Dionysia. Patience in suffering:
The martyrs were like us, and equally with us shrank from
suffering. They were unmoved under it because they looked to
eternal reward, made strong by seeing God who is invisible.
"Be patient, then brothers and sisters, until the Lord's
coming. As you know, we consider blessed those who have
persevered" (James 5:7, 11).
Tues., May 9, St. Pachomius. Humility: "To live in great
simplicity," said St. Pachomius, "and in a wise ignorance,
is exceedingly wise." And most people "look for miracles
as a sign of holiness but I prefer a solid, heartfelt
humility to raising the dead."
Wed., May 10, St. Antonino. Alms giving: St. Antonino
never refused an alms asked in God's name. When he did
not have money, he gave his clothes or shoes or even his
furniture. The giving of alms includes every kind of
service rendered to a neighbor who needs such assistance.
No one is so poor that they can not give something to some
one, even unto the richest people, for they have needs too.
Thurs., May 11, St. James the Less. Purity and simplicity:
St. James is remembered for the two major aspects of
Christianity: faith and works, one is holy aspiration
and the other purity of heart. "Come near to God and God
will come near to you" (James 4:8).
Fri., May 12, St. Agatha (Patron saint: breast diseases,
nurses). Choosing friends: Purity is a gift from God:
we can gain it and keep it only by the most watchful care
by avoiding anything and anyone that may prove an
encouragement to failure. "Make your friends among
people who are good and well-behaved, remember the words
whose use was consecrated by the Apostle, 'bad
companionship is the ruin of good morals,'" Tertullian.
Sat., May 13, St. Anthony. Less is more: St. Anthony is
considered the father of Christian monasticism exercising
strict rules and character. He was the epitome of the
less is more concept.
Sun., May 14, St. Boniface of Tarsus. Devotion to the
saints: Very little is known of St. Boniface but the
legend should teach us to turn evil into good, make our
very sins a motive for moving ourselves with greater fervor
to the intercession of God's saints. "Each one had a harp
and they were holding golden bowls full of incense, which
are the prayers of the saints" (Revelations 5:8).
Mon., May 15, St. Michael Garicoits. Interior lives: St.
Michael made special retreats based on the spiritual
exercises of St. Ignatius, which strengthened his desire
to found the Society of Priests. He taught that it was
important to be deaf to the temptation to sacrifice the
religious life and personal sanctification to the apostolate;
he likened it to gathering flowers from a tree to form a
bouquet and afterwards looking for fruit on the barren
Tues., May 16, St. John of Nepomuk (Patron saint: discretion).
Indiscretion: St. John teaches us that what we hear in
confidence must stay in confidence. He was martyred for
refusing to break the seal of confession in Czechoslovakia
when the king ordered him to reveal what his wife had
Wed., May 17, St. Paschal Baylon. Devotion to the blessed
sacrament: St. Paschal believed that we should never let
a day pass without visiting Jesus in the sacrament. If we
are not able to take the sacrament, then we are to turn our
minds and thoughts to Jesus at least once daily.
Thurs., May 18, St. Felix of Cantalice. Being thankful:
St. Felix always greeted people with the words Deo Gratias;
he taught all the children he came into contact with to
repeat the words and when they saw him, they would call
it out. "I will praise you forever for what you have
done; in your name I will hope, for your name is good.
I will praise you in the presence of your saints" (Psalm
Fri., May 19, St. Peter Celestine (Patron saint:
bookbinders). Solitude with God: "To speak heart to
heart with God you must love to be with God alone; they
who take pleasure in the society of the great will never
hear God's voice," St. Celestine.
Sat., May 20, St. Bernardine of Siena. Devotion to the
holy name: Bernardine was a youth when he undertook the
care of an old woman relation of his, who was destitute,
bedridden, blind, and could hardly speak except to utter
the holy name. He watched over her until her death. To
understand the mysteries of Jesus, we too must become
families with his friends, the poor, the suffering, and
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7. Adam's Last Word
It is Spring and there is so much going on! We have had
little time to get out mid-month edition of the Chi Rho
Connection, so this will have to serve for all of April.
I hope you missed us, even a little!
I really encourage you all to become Guardian Angels of
Chi Rho Press. This will help us a lot as we prepare our
next books for publication. Just $150 for a year will
make you an important participant in this ministry.
I also hope you read carefully the letter from Nancy
Wilson, Moderator of the Metropolitan Community Churches,
concerning MCC's move into Eastern Europe. This is a
very important area of ministry and I encourage your
Thanks for your continuing support of Chi Rho Press.
Look for the Chi Rho Connection again in mid May. Have
a wonderful Easter Season.
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Gracia y paz,
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