Fr. Jim DeBruycker the new pastor of the infamous St. Joan’s in a homily on Dec 4th said.
Of course, that’s what chaplains do. You anoint, you burn sage, call down the moon and say Kadesh. It’s pretty easy to be God’s anointed one.
Kadesh? Well perhaps he didn’t mean the ancient Canaanite city, but Kaddish instead. Kaddish is commonly known as the mourner’s prayer and it is prayed for 11 months for the deceased and the purification of their soul. This practice is pretty much identical in effect and belief to the Catholic belief in Purgatory so a Catholic chaplain praying with a Jewish person who has lost a family member makes some sense. Though it is by Jewish practice normally to be prayed only by those who have directly lost a close relative or parent. But burning sage and calling down the moon are both purely Pagan practices that no Catholic priest should involve themselves in. Comforting family members is one thing, but surely this crosses the line.
…At the heart of Jesus’ message and John’s was “God is in you and you have the power to bring God to others.” Ever notice how every time someone tries to honor Jesus, he disappears? He is human, and he knows power’s allure, and he was called to give it to others to make them know they have the power to give, to heal, to do justice. And he knows the hardest thing for humans is not to use power, but to run away and give it to others.
St. Leonard’s warned me not to talk about this because they said you’d know I was really a kook. Remember my going away presents were a gold-plated (actually spray-painted) plunger and a new wand-ebony 11 inches, good for spellwork. I am an avid fan of The Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter books and movies. Both brilliant expositions of taking power and finding power within.
The smallest of the warriors, a hobbit, is the only one with enough character not to be seduced by the ring of power; and it’s not even the smartest of the small people, but his faithful companion, Sam, who is most true. They are successful, while the powerful destroy each other.
What about Harry Potter? A boy kept in the closet for years who finds he is not a geek when he finally gets out, but a person of really great power who, none the less, has to continue to fight for his right to exist. That sounds familiar.
So, if you don’t get it, and if St. Joan’s don’t get it, we are on trouble. You are the messenger, you have the power and only you can bring the message as it is given to you. But it takes effort. Part of why we belong to a greater Church is that sometimes we are wrong and it’s good to be challenged. Something which you are used to; being challenged, that is, not being wrong. I guess. I suppose. At least that is what everyone here maintains
I’m with this blogger who needs an interpreter for the last paragraph. Now I have much sympathy for Fr. DeBruycker having to be the pastor of this troublesome parish that is virtually in schism from the Church and where the laity believe in the infallibility of their own mirror. Though I guess this homily is a step up from the previous week’s "homily" given by a woman who is a oan Chittister, Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crossen fan.