Tuesday, December 26, 2006

TOB Blog

Recently, a few of the Missionaries of the Eucharist and myself started a blog to discuss Theology of the Body topics.

Here it is : Theology of the Body in the Federal City (http://tobdc.blogspot.com)

Wednesday, August 09, 2006


So the walk for the summer is over. Third year in a row, but this time, I'm not taking time off before RA training. It's time to move to the real world. After graduating this past spring, it's time for me to find a job. Luckily, I already have an interview set up for this week.

But, what's really important is the edification of the souls of those who read this. So in an attempt to do that, I hope to blog more regularly.

Right now, though, my best piece of advice is read the Theology of the Body by Servant of God John Paul the Great (or any work that tries to explain it). I just spent two months trying to spread the message that it exists so it's only natural that I would try here to do so as well. To learn more of what I did this summer, check out www.missionariesoftheeucharist.org. It was a great summer!

Sunday, July 02, 2006

"One less pagan"

To quote the great Fr. Byrne, "Now there is one less pagan running around."

In a sense of humor, I am proud to announce that my neice, Emma Cathleen, who was born in April (see below) was baptized into the Catholic faith yesterday, Saturday, at noon in Atlanta, GA. As her godfather, I was flown down from the walk to participate and witness the glorious first sacrament.

Please pray for my brother and sister-in-law, Matt and Ali, respectively, as they bring her up in the fullness of truth.

St. Dominic, pray for us.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Sorry about the delay

Sorry about the delay in posting this, but again this summer, I am walking throughout the Northeastern United States to promote a Gospel of Life, but this year, we've added the Theology of the Body to our repetoire. So please pray for us as we help the world understand itself better and as we cry out in amidst the darkness trying to bring hope to a world that badly wants it.

Missionaries of the Eucharist

Missionaries of the Eucharist blog

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Baby Niece

I am happy to report that at 3:57 pm on April 25, Emma Cathleen Yungwirth finally was born. She weighed in at 7 pounds, 9 ounces and is 19-1/4 inches tall.

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Insert picture of really cute baby here

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Both "Emma Cate" and Ali are doing very well.

As soon as I get a picture, I'll put it up.

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Sweet Movie

A good friend of this blog sent me a link to a movie called "Fishers of Men." It's pretty sweet, and I give it two thumbs up. Good work NYC!


Saturday, April 22, 2006

Assist the Pro-Life Movement

Please support this in any way that you can:

This is a proposed project to help mothers & babies in the Maryland/DC area. This property is in Montgomery County. It will serve as a home for unwed mothers and a retreat center for post-abortion. See info: http://www.lifeprinciplestrust.org/index.html


We are working against the clock to purchase this beautiful 22 acre site in the Nation's Capital, Washington, D.C. Metropolitan area. It is also unique in that it is strategically located adjacent to the prominent and historic Union Cemetery.

To be developed as a cemetery-type memorial park, Rachel's Field will consist of individually deeded grave-size plots where the lot owner may erect a permanent memorial stone of their choice dedicated to the memory of their pre-born child.

The vision of Rachel's Field and Sacredness of Life Memorial Chapel promises to rise as a significant landmark in our Nation's Capital in the struggle against the Culture of Death. This has the potential inspire pro-life groups in other areas to establish a Rachel's Field for their respective states as well.

First We Must Secure the Property:

This irreplaceable property consists of 22.5 acres, four houses, a barn and outbuildings, and is the ancestral farm owned by the late parents of Forest Grauel. Mr. Grauel is a 1/4th beneficiary of the estate and has committed both the entirety of his 1/4th beneficial interest plus cash, essentially half a million dollars, and additionally has assigned his exclusive right to purchase the property to Life Principles Trust. Until the quickly approaching date of May 4th, the exclusive purchase price at which Life Principles Trust can purchase is locked in at the appraised value as of the death of Mr. Grauel's mother which was January of 2004. The appraised value as of that date was one million five hundred fifty thousand dollars ($1,550,000.00). We were told by an appraiser that the property is now worth in excess of $2,200,000.00.

The real estate portion of the family estate is being administered by the Trust Department of Sandy Spring Bank of Olney, Maryland. In just days, on May 4th, Mr. Grauel's right to purchase at the appraised price expires, a developer stands ready to purchase, and we are told the Trust Department will sell it for a development of upscale homes.

One of two things must happen to come up with the funds needed for Life Principles Trust to acquire the property. First, of course, a benevolent donor or several benevolent donors could fund the purchase. Absent of that we need a lender whose heart is in pro-life and is willing to hold a first mortgage on the property of one million dollars for five years at 8% interest.

Join With Us In This Historic Endeavor:

For more INFORMATION Contact Forest L. Grauel flgrauel@smart.net or 301-793-5463 concerning the progress toward making Rachel's Field, Sacredness of Life Memorial Chapel and present and future generations. Pass along this beautiful brochure to a person of means who has a heart for the sacredness of life and could help make this a reality. See a copy of the brochure at www.itsalife.net/forest.html. You can download the front & back. It may be hard to print, though, as it’s 8.5 x 22 when laid out flat.

We are seeking individuals or organizations who would like to leave word that they can make direct CONTRIBUTIONS. We are also seeking individuals or organizations willing to join in with a group of fellow lenders who would collectively be first mortgage holders to finance the project. The Mortgage terms are for either three or five years, at 8% interest and is fully secured by a first Mortgage. Further details are available upon request. Contact Richard Retta dickretta@comcast.net (301) 424-4225 or Bill Luksic (301-461-9282) billluksic@comcast.net

Rachel’s Field, Sacredness of Life Memorial Chapel and Mother’s House have the full endorsement of Right to Life Of Montgomery County, W.A.K.E.-U.P., Each K of C Council contacted, and others.

Warning for 06/06/06

I got this e-mail from a friend in NYC. Scary and possibly true:

There are MANY MANY Satanic cult such as: The Church of Satan (tickets to their black mass have been sold out), Free Masons, Luciferians, The order of Amaranth, Odd Fellows, Buffalos, the Druids, Foresters, Orange, Elks, Moose, Eagle Lodges, KKK, the Grange, the woodman of the world, Riders of the Red Robe, the nights of Pythias, the mystic order of the veiled prophets of the enchanted realm, the women's orders of the eastern star, the white shrine of Jerusalem, and ESPECIALLY Diane Vera and her group who reside somewhere around St Patricks in NYC.

ALL practice the BLACK ARTS in some way including BLACK MASSES.

In a few weeks the Day 06/06/06 will come. These anti-Christ's manage to get a hold of consecrated Eucharists to desecrate it.

I ASK that you ALL mark this day on your calendar and PRAY for the protection of the Eucharist.


Pray particularly for unborn life because these groups utter blasphemies against non-aborted unborn children in order to corrupt them.

Extra prayers of thanksgiving and praise to the Most Holy Trinity and the Immaculate Virgin so that our prayer compesate for thier blasphemies.

For the protection of the church, clergy and bishops and the church's FAITHFULL who will also be blasphemed.


Monday, April 17, 2006

Paschal Triduum

I had originally planned on attending the Triduum at the Dominican House of Studies in DC, but I was asked to serve at the Triduum at the Catholic Student Center, and I was told that I would get to wear a cassock and surplice. So naturally I chose to serve my own community, realizing that there will be plenty of time in the future to partake of the Triduum at the Dominican House and only one last chance to serve my community before I graduate. Serving at the CSC was amazing, and I still got to go to the Easter Mass (Easter Sunday) at the Dominican House. When I was there, one of the Brothers (Br. Gregory) showed me a picture of the Great Easter Vigil Fire, which is awesome. Br. James Brent e-mailed me that picture with some others. Enjoy (and keep praying for vocations to the Dominicans, especially the St. Joseph Province (Eastern US).

Maunday Thursday :

Good Friday:Great Easter Vigil:

Saturday, April 15, 2006

Sorry about the delay

Sorry about the delay of the picture, but check out these palm branches! On Holy Saturday, we should remain hopeful that the Lord will rise and open the gates to eternal life. Praise be to Jesus Christ...now and forever!

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Why Confession?

I couldn't have said it better myself:

Reasons for Confession by Br. James Brent, O.P. (a great friend)

If you've ever wondered what Confession is all about, read the article. It's well written and does a great job to explain what Confession is such a beautiful sacrament.

This is appropriate for the time of the year. Catholics are required to go to Confession at least once a year, and it is often encouraged that they go during the Lenten Season so as to prepare for Easter. Easter, being Sunday, is quickly approaching, and so it's now a great time to take advantage of the Sacrament of Confession.

University of Maryland students - Penance Service, 6:o0 PM, Catholic Student Center, today (April 12);
- if you can't make it then, call Fr. Bill at 301.864-6223 or e-mail him at frbill@catholicterps.org to set up a time to go to confession.

Friday, April 07, 2006

"Devils Be Damned"

What a wonderful title to an article in our school newspaper, the Diamondback. After our women's basketball team won the National Championship this week, our school paper titled one of the articles "Devils Be Damned" (we beat the Duke Blue Devils in the National Championship game).

I can do nothing but commend our paper for laying the smackdown on evil spirits. Get back Satan! I wonder if there are St. Benedict medals all over the Diamondback office ("Drink your own poison Satan!")...hmmm...only one way to find out.

My only guess is that the Catholic Terps who work for the Diamondback have been evangelizing so much that the staff finally decided to use this chance to call out Duke for having a mascot from hell.

I was just reading Evangelii Nuntiandi by Pope Paul VI, and his comments on evangelization seem very appropriate here:
"In the dynamism of evangelization, a person who accepts the Church as the Word which saves normally translates it into the following sacramental acts: adherence to the Church, and acceptance of the Sacraments, which manifest and support this adherence through the grace which they confer." (EN 23)

So if there was a true conversion of heart, then the attendence at Daily Mass should be going up soon. Or else, it was a fluke choice of words that don't really involve any full conversion of heart. Of these two choices, I prefer to ponder on the first.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Infant of Prague

My sister is spending the year in Prague, and she finally went to see the Infant of Prague! Here's what she said:

"i saw the infant of prague... it was ... elaborate. haha the clothes are something else. there are also little souvenier figurines to buy everywhere"

Not much there, but she still went to see Him!

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Meeting with a bishop

So this morning, I....met with a bishop!


Here is the account that I put up on the Missionaries blog:

Lauda Deum!

This morning, Missionaries Lacy Howard and Patrick Yungwirth met with His Excellency Martin D. Holley. He gave his approval of our organization and the need for the spread of the Theology of the Body in today's culture. (He has even been speaking with one of his priest friends about it for the past few weeks.)

Not only that, but he mentioned that he is pretty sure that the Cardinal supports us (officially) too. That is pretty amazing. May the Lord continue to bless these, his shepherds, and all Bishops throughout the country and the world. May we continue to support them in all our efforts.

(A letter from the Bishop should be coming in the mail soon. It will be put on the website.)

Monday, March 27, 2006

Irreverent or Pointed?

I was sent the link to the following post in light of my recent affection for random Chuck Norris facts. I was surprised by the following article and almost felt it was irreverent at first. But, after reading through the descriptions of 5 new bishops, I think that it is a pointed statement of the appointing of new bishops.

Bishop Chuck Norris

Mary’s Silence: An Annunciation Meditation

Here is an article by Br. Hugh Vident, O.P. It's a meditation on the Annunciation. Enjoy!

Thursday, March 23, 2006

St. Bernadette...

Still incorruptible...after 122 years!