Cleansing Fire

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“Vocatus Es” Voting is Underway

June 15th, 2010, Promulgated by Gen

Vote for your favorite Diocese of Rochester vocation poster proposal.

There are two categories to vote for. The first is the serious vocations poster, and the second is the humorous poster. Please review each entry before you cast your vote. Reminder: there are prizes at stake, here! The first place entry, which can be from either category, will receive a Cleansing Fire T-shirt autographed by me, your humble host. The next prize down, in each category, will be a Cleansing Fire holy medal. The third place prize will be ten Cleansing Fire prayer cards.

So, just to recap, we have one overall winner – the poster with the most votes. It can come from either the serious or the humorous. The next level down will be for second place, and will take the best-rated poster from the opposite category, and the second place in the same category as the grand-prize winner. The third place prize, like the second place prize, will be awarded to one poster from both categories. If this confuses you at all, just pray to have your intellect inflamed.

For the SERIOUS category submissions, click below:

Contest 1- Best serious vocation poster

For the HUMOROUS category submissions, click below:

Contest 2- Best humorous vocation poster



13 Responses to ““Vocatus Es” Voting is Underway”

  1. John Larish says:

    I am very offended by your use of the St. Nicholas photo in Nate whoeverheis’s poster about sharing the altar. As St. Nicholas, I have brought the message of “giving to others” to several thousand children each Christmas for the last several years instead of the commercial Santa message of “give me”. The costumed figure of St. Nicholas has been a tradition in Europe for generations and his Feast on December 6 is a special day for children everywhere.
    Nate, take up your humor crusade with the women of Rochester and let St. Nicholas continue to bring good to the children of Rochester.

  2. Dr. K says:

    The same actor who gave the homily during a Mass at Lourdes?

  3. Gen says:

    I don’t think anyone has ever had a problem with the idea of explaining to kids what the difference is between St. Nicholas and the mysterious Santa who leaves candy and presents. However, when the Holy Mass is used as a platform for these well-intentioned theatrics, we need to re-evaluate our attitudes towards liturgy. You’re offended that your photo ended up on a humorous vocations poster – well, we were all rather offended when we heard that a lay person gave a homily at Mass dressed as a bishop. I understand your frustration, but you should also be able to grasp where Nate’s coming from.

  4. John Larish says:

    Dr. K and Gen, who are afraid to be called by their real personas have raised good points that I will respect in the future. It was not a homily but the children at the mass were told the story of St. Nicholas. It was an innocent effort at good. The cruelty of the critics in Cleansing Fire make me wonder where they have forgotten love and kindness.
    Today’s world of avatars and hidden identities are what have divided both our church and our country. I pray for both.

  5. Gen says:

    Mr. Larish, the only reason we hide behind our fake usernames is because our well-being, our employment, and our stipends depend on it. We have been more than kind towards your efforts of spreading the story of St. Nicholas – we promoted your pancake breakfast last year, I believe. The only thing we don’t approve of is having a lay person vested as a bishop in the sanctuary during Mass. That’s not provided for in any norms – not the ones from Rome or the ones from Buffalo Road.

    We haven’t forgotten love and kindness. We simply respond to our own detractors in the same tone in which we are addressed. If anything, we’re even more charitable than them. What’s the worst that we have done? Have *we* lost hundreds of souls through inept leadership of parishes? Have *we* hidden Our Lord in broom closets? Have *we* shown a contempt for Tradition and the Magisterium? No, *we* have not. Those whom you serve, however, have.

    You don’t know the secrets of our hearts, and we don’t know yours. I should hope that’s enough for the both of us.

    I should like to remind anyone reading that our commenting policy is the following: no trolling, no arguing personal points – that’s what the forum is for. We want to keep our comment boxes free of clutter to encourage active participation of the lay faithful.

  6. John Larish says:

    Thank you Gen for the understanding words. In retrospect, I will not be part of a direct part of a mass again except for my efforts as a Lector at St. Anne Church which has met with general acceptance. I hope that a lay reader at a mass is acceptable for the readers of Cleansing Fire.
    I will not post again–there is too much of a feeling of abandonment among readers, not of the love that was the Catholic Church I grew up with. I will continue to contribute what I can in faith and love and I hope that I can have the prayers of the readers for my health which has been a challenge for the last 6 months.

  7. benanderson says:


    Don’t miss the double message. Yes, liturgical norms need to be pointed out. Many people aren’t aware of them or that such things even exist any more. That doesn’t mean you are culpable for your actions. No one is judging you. Now that you know, however, that might be a different story (and it seems like you’re open to that and that’s wonderful). I think we would all commend you for volunteering your time and for your efforts. I’m sure your efforts came from a good place. I think many people mistake posts here as a condemnation or judging of people’s souls. That’s not what we do at all.

    there is too much of a feeling of abandonment among readers, not of the love that was the Catholic Church I grew up with.

    I can’t speak for everyone else, but I do what I do out of love for the Church and our Savior.

    I hope that a lay reader at a mass is acceptable for the readers of Cleansing Fire

    If it’s in the rubrcis, then it’s acceptable. I’ve never read a post here trying to add restrictions that go above and beyond what our Church allows for. Shouldn’t we all be on the same page with that?

  8. Dr. K says:

    I hope that a lay reader at a mass is acceptable for the readers of Cleansing Fire.

    there is too much of a feeling of abandonment among readers, not of the love that was the Catholic Church I grew up with.

    You hypocrite. You speak about a lack of love here, but I see no love in your posts.

    If you desire prayers for your health, we do have a prayer board feature. Feel free to use it, and hopefully others will keep your intentions in their prayers.

  9. Nerina says:

    John – You have my prayers. Obviously you are affected personally by that particular poster which probably contributed to your initial response. I think it is a wonderful thing to promote the Saints in our churches (especially since they get short shrift). There is a time and a place, however, and it is not within the Mass unless incorporated into a homily by a priest.

    It seems that everyone is so sensitive now (myself included). If someone dares to point out error, especially having to do with Church teaching or liturgy, the truth-speaker is automatically labeled “uncharitable,” “unkind” or “lacking in love.” This is usually quickly followed with “Jesus would never say or act that way.” It is a quick way to end a conversation without actually discussing the original assertion.

    No one, I repeat, no one was attacking YOU personally, John. You mentioned a “feeling of abandonment.” I’m not quite sure what you mean by that, but if you mean we posters feel abandoned by our bishop – that’s probably a fair statement. I do. I feel like there is almost no spiritual leadership. As we approach Father’s day, I pray that our spiritual Fathers will step up and take care of their sheep. Too many have left the fold and that is something about which I feel I have no need to hide my anger.

  10. Nerina says:

    So, anyway. Do we vote in the combox? If so, I vote for the following:

    SERIOUS – “Thou art a priest,” by Nod
    FUNNY – “Answer the Call,” by Emma. I laughed out loud and my husband did too. Loved it.

  11. Dr. K says:

    To vote, click on the links “Contest 1- Best serious vocation poster” and “Contest 2- Best humorous vocation poster” in the post. They will take you to the voting booths.

  12. benanderson says:

    maybe for John’s sake, since he has stated his desire to follow the Church’s rubrics, we could either remove the entry with his picture or blur his image out on that one? I think we all understand it was a joke, but since it has offended someone personally (someone open to the Truth’s of the faith), then perhaps we can extend an olive branch? The other purpose this would solve is eliminating the competition so that my entry has a better shot at winning 🙂

    Gen, DrK – can you tell if someone votes for their own entry?

  13. Gen says:

    I don’t think we can really change the poster. It wasn’t personal, as you said, and we were upset about the incident, not Mr. Larish. I think he understands.

    We can’t see who votes for whose, but don’t be surprised if your wife prints off another copy of the Litany of Humility. 😉

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