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Vanity Is Spelled J-o-a-n

August 5th, 2009, Promulgated by Dr. K

From the latest St. Anne bulletin (emphasis added):

One Last Jubilee Liturgy

Always celebrate as long as you can. That is what my good friend, Harold Hacker, former head of the Monroe County Library System, told me years ago. Minding his sage advice, one more Eucharist of jubilee thanks for these 50 years of love and service I have been privileged to live will be celebrated at Saint Anne.

The 4pm Mass on Saturday, August 15th will be celebrated in thanks for these 50 years. No party. No reception. No gifts or cards. Just come and pray with me. Hope to see you then.”

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13 Responses to “Vanity Is Spelled J-o-a-n”

  1. Anonymous says:

    I think she could use more prayers for her soul than celebrations of her life so far. So no, Sister, I will not be praying with you.

  2. Anonymous says:

    I pity the poor lady. She has no sense of shame at all.

  3. Sed says:

    Oh Sister Joan, when will you develop some dignity for yourself? She must be really insecure that she needs to constantly be throwing parties for herself in her own honor.

  4. Rob says:

    Odds she'll give the homily at this Mass: even money.

  5. Anonymous says:

    "Sister" Joan Sobala is 69 years old. She is an old lady and should be cleaning bed pans down at the Motherhouse.

    Does she collect a Social Security check each month or does she make too much money being paid from the parish collection basket?

    I wonder how honest she is with the collection basket?

  6. Anonymous says:

    And she lives for free in the priest's rectory, don't forget that! I bet she gets a DoR car allowance like the priests get.

  7. Mary Kay says:

    There's a lack of charity in this thread that goes beyond venting and is not excused by cavalier comments about going to confession.

    Those of you who claim the higher moral ground would do well to speak and act in a way more consistent with the higher moral ground.

  8. I have to agree with Mary Kay here.

  9. Dr. K says:

    I agree with Mary Kay, please no throwing around "S.O.B." or fart jokes.

    ~Dr. K

  10. Anonymous says:

    Will she be praying or preaching?

  11. Anonymous says:

    Will she be praying or preaching?

  12. Anonymous says:

    Sometimes you can't show charity, when you are trying to protect a Catholic parish, which is still the house of the Lord.

    What if our Lord decides unleash his wrath on the people who are destroying his Church? I don't believe that he will be showing any charity on that day.

    If only 23% of Catholics in the Diocese of Rochester go to Mass each week, would it be safe to say that maybe about 1% or less, go to Confession?

    Most Catholics don't even talk about Confession anymore. It has become a word of the past.

  13. Mary Kay says:

    Anon 6:54, how are the comments on this thread going to increase Mass attendance or Confession frequency?

    Sometimes you can't show charity

    You are called to ALWAYS show charity. Even if you consider someone to be your worst enemy, you are called to be charitable. (Charity is not to be confused with leniency.)

    Supporting Scripture:
    "love your enemies and pray for those you persecute you" Matthew 5:44

    "bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you" Luke 6:28

    "Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear." Ephesians 4:29

    Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. Romans 12:17

    Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. Romans 12:21

    What if our Lord decides unleash his wrath on the people who are destroying his Church?

    That is the Lord's job, not yours. As the saying goes: you're in sales, not management. God has a perfect balance of justice and mercy. People don't. That's why you can lift your cry to the Lord and yes, other concrete action, but always with charity.

    Sometimes pain and/or anger has people saying and/or doing what they ordinarily would not, which is why it?s good we have Confession. But to know something is wrong and go ahead and do it anyway fits the criteria for sin.

    One more Scripture verse:
    In your anger do not sin. Ephesians 4:26

    Perhaps I should put Ephesians 4:26-32 in order:
    26"In your anger do not sin"[d]: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, 27and do not give the devil a foothold. 28He who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with his own hands, that he may have something to share with those in need.

    29Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. 30And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. 32Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

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