Catholic Diocese of Spokane, Washington

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Official News Magazine of the Diocese of Spokane

Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
P.O. Box 48, Spokane WA 99210
(509) 358-7340; FAX: (509) 358-7302

Regional Report

the Inland Register

(From the April 8, 2010 edition of the Inland Register)

Archdiocese of Portland

EUGENE – Dominican Father Daniel Rolland helped at the Newman Center at the University of Oregon while still a seminarian. He’s returned now for his first assignment as pastor, and brings with him his sparkling personality, positive attitude, and magic.

It’s something Father Rolland has loved since he was a little boy, including the wonder and mystery of the practice.

When he was young, performing magic was about power. As he got older, he discovered that it was really about letting go and trusting God.

“I learned ultimately that God is the true source of every wonder and everything that makes us go ‘wow,’” he said. “As a priest who is also a magician, I see ‘magic’ as a metaphor for transformation, for wonder and awe, and for the amazing things that happen in our lives.”

A member of the Fellowship of Christian Magicians, magic reminds him that dreams can come true and life is full of surprises and, like other art forms, it can be used to convey a message.

He can blow a bubble, and instead of popping, he grabs it and transforms it into a solid ball. “We are God’s bubbles, each containing the breath of our Creator,” he said. “People in the world think we are like bubbles, and we pop out of existence when we die. With God we never pop out of existence.”

Father Rolland’s presentations include card, silk, and paper, as well as mind-reading tricks – but neither slicing or dicing.

BEAVERTON – Members of St. Cecilia Parish’s youth ministry participated in a Lenten fast called “The H20 Project. During Lent, they drank only water, keeping track of the times they would normally want coffee, soda, or other beverage. At the end of the season, they collected all the money they saved by drinking tap water and donated it to Catholic Relief Services, the U.S. bishops’ overseas development and emergency relief agency, to build wells in Africa.

“The idea is to bring an awareness of our consumerism and how much we spend on drinks other than water when we have so much access to clean water, as well as helping those who really need it,” said Jill Krebsbach, young adult youth ministry coordinator. “Our sacrifice saves lives and puts a whole new meaning to Lent.”

PORTLAND – A recent editorial in the Catholic Sentinel, Oregon’s Catholic newspaper, was titled “Ravings from Glenn Beck.” It read, in part:

Glenn Beck is telling Fox television viewers Christians should leave churches that preach “social justice,” saying they are code words for Nazism and Communism.

What drivel.

Tragically, Beck influences lots of people. We are aware of the problems of even responding to Beck’s recent tirade, but some of these things need to be addressed. Does he believe Catholics will actually leave the Church because he says so?

The Catholic Church has a long and distinguished record of preaching the social gospel that began long before Karl Marx or Adolf Hitler.

Again and again in the Gospels, Jesus outlines our responsibility to care for the poor. When asked by his followers how they would be judged, he says it depends on how they treat the poor. It is not enough simply to help the poor, one must change the conditions that make them poor. Standing up for the rights of the poor is not being a Nazi or a Communist, it’s being a Christian.

— Catholic Sentinel (Archdiocese of Portland)

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