Thursday, November 12, 2009

Father Benedict Groeschel's 50th Anniversary

My dear friend Diana, a Lay Associate of the Friars of the Renewal, brought this wonderful video to my attention today. It commemorates Father Benedict Groeschel's 50th anniversary as a holy priest. God bless this holy man and all the Franciscan Friars (and sisters!) of the Renewal. They are a gift from God, sorely needed in these trying times.

Enjoy the video!


Anonymous said...

Thanks for this video post. He's the real deal. Good Counsel is worthy of our spare dollars. Would that they would get more. I have his video tape series on the ten commandments - good stuff. Such a funny man!

And if I may throw in an aside from Beth's blog - Fr. Groeschel speaks on the tape series of the horror of the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima as one of the worst crimes in human history. People in the catholic media do not ask him about this I notice.

Brian said...

Hello Gunter -

Thanks for your comments. The dropping of the atom bomb on Hiroshima certainly was horrific - and a crime against humanity. Then again - was it justified as an act of self defense? Did we not save many more lives by dropping the bomb? I don't really know. I do know that when it comes push to shove, I have to be obedient to my Church - as I do believe the Church is guided by the Holy Spirit. I will have to side with Fr. Benedict on this.

God bless!

Gabriella said...

Thank you for sharing this video.

We certainly need lots and lots of priests like Fr. Groeschel :)

Miss Ellen E. said...

Thanks for dropping by my blog, Brian. I hope you'll keep on eye on it from now on in!
I'm pleased to see that you're a fan of the Friars of the Renewal too.
The community of Friars in London led our parish Mission in 2008 and it was a great success.
We are very happy that they come back to visit and give talks to the parish from time to time.

Anonymous said...

Yes Brian, the party line is that we saved more lives by dropping the bomb. However, if you look into it at all, you will find some trouble with this point of view such as that all the Joint Chiefs of Staff said it was not necessary, including Eisenhower, and that the war was pretty much over for Japan and advised Truman against using it. What is much more likely as the incentive, was to scare the rest of the world, especially the Soviet Union and one of the unfortunate products of this is the arms race.

I believe we have to ask ourselves as Christians, what is ethical against what we are told is expedient.

Anonymous said...

By the way, nice blog!