To John Corapi, With Love (Two for Tuesdays) UPDATED

I missed doing a music post yesterday. I had a few other things on my mind. But I came up with a few selections today, and it being Tuesday, I figured you all might enjoy a Two for Tuesday music post.

The first two songs are to celebrate the official first day of summer. Who better than the Beach Boys for that? The remaining songs are all for Mr. John Corapi, and for those who may have followed him. You see, I have to say goodbye to John Corapi, much like I did for Anne Rice.

Now some of you may think that this isn’t the Christian thing to do. Well, I’ve prayed for John, but nowadays I’m praying more for those who he has let down. As for saying goodbye to him, I’d like to turn your attention to this,

Avoid foolish arguments, genealogies, rivalries, and quarrels about the law, for they are useless and futile. After a first and second warning, break off contact with a heretic, realizing that such a person is perverted and sinful and stands self-condemned.

—St. Paul, inspired by the Holy Spirit. Letter to Titus 3: 9-10

And taking it up the chain-of-command, Our Lord said,

“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but underneath are ravenous wolves. By their fruits you will know them.” – Jesus of Nazareth (Matthew 7:15-16)

Okey, dokey? So let’s play some tunes now as I say goodbye.

The Beach Boys, Catch A Wave. It’s the first day of summer. ‘Nuff said. And it turns out that since Mr. Corapi’s announcement, the web surfing has definitely been “up.”

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The Beach Boys, Deuce Coupe. Live, in Mono. Lip synching? I think not! However, the fans are a little rabid in their adulation, no? Screaming me-mees give me the he-bee ge-bees.

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Chris Isaak, Wicked Game. This might actually be the official song of Black Dog Up! Enterprises. The title is dead-on, for sure. And Chris Isaak and his band flat jam too. And what a clean video!

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Chris Isaak, Wrong to Love You. Well, let’s just say that today’s readings clarify how we should live and where our allegiance should lie. As for this song, I enjoy Isaak’s voice-over about teamwork and faith, not to mention the message.

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Billy Idol, Catch My Fall. Alrighty then. Two things. A) This musician has exactly the right name for a post like this, and B) we all fall down and need the Church and her Sacraments to catch us when we do.

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Billy Idol, Daytime Drama This is kind of how I feel about daily Mass. It’s where I meet my Hope, and your Hope, for the future day in and day out. It couldn’t happen without a priest dutifully providing the Sacraments. And not just 10% of his time, but nearly all of the time. Also, Steve Stevens is a great guitar player!

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Stevie Ray Vaughn, Dirty Pool. You all know I love SRV. He’s singing about a girl here (I think), but I believe lots of “dirty pool” has been played lately by a certain someone.

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Steve Ray Vaughn, Tightrope. It’s tough to be a “rock star” priest. In fact, it just might need to be outlawed going forward. Just my two cents. Listen to Stevie Ray for a second and you might agree.

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Sting, If I Ever Lose My Faith In You. Pretty self-explanatory, except I haven’t lost my faith in Christ or His Holy Church.

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Sting, If You Love Someone, Set Them Free. Why can I let John go? Because I must. Free will demands it. As St. John of the Cross said,

‎Live in this world as though there were nothing in it but God & your soul, so that your heart may not be detained by anything that is human.

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That’s it for this week. I hope you enjoyed the Two for Tuesday format. I’ll try to get MfM back on track next week.

Pax Christi

  • JMB

    This is the best post that I have read re: Corapi in the week. Thanks!

  • Jayne

    BTW, it was Anne Rice that introduced your blog to me via her Facebook page. :) I have not said goodbye to her. I don't believe in simply abandoning someone if they choose to leave the faith. You never know. Staying in their life and being an example of the faith may bring them back. When I found out about Rice's reversion back to Catholicism I was surprised. I didn't even know she was Catholic. This at a time when I was seriously doubting coming back to the church. Having seen a miracle of the Holy Eucharist I then heard about Mrs. Rice's reversion, it was the feather that knocked me back over the line. I figured if she could do it, I could do it too. Silly, I know, but does it matter how the Holy Spirit works and who it uses to bring us back to Christ? I don't think that matters.Like I said, I don't necessarily stop associating with someone just because they left.Oh.. just thought of this. When I did leave I had wished that someone reached out to me. Since no one did, this was simply more "proof" to me that no one in the church cared, they were simply selfish, and all false. I stayed away even longer. At a time when I needed proof that Catholics weren't at all bad, I got none. It took Mrs. Rice and her reversion story to help convince me to try again.I almost cried when she left. I was so incredibly disappointed and saddened. However, considering the way I see many Catholics – who seem to be so righteous – act so horribly, it is really challenging to ignore them and continue to stay Catholic. This blog, this .. dismissal, of people simply because they left the church, is yet another one of those challenges for me.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01819831282677092730 Frank

    Jayne, the Church, and that includes all of us in the laity, would welcome them both back with open arms. But as you know from the scriptures, there are terms. There is no "half-way." As for me, I'm not overly righteous. I tell you the truth: trust me as far as you can throw me. But you want find me far from Mother Church. If you ever see me writing YIMFrank type posts, call the cops!

  • Anonymous

    Well, I disagree that staying associated with someone is considered "half way" simply because they left the church. I am finding, however, that we each practice our faith differently. :) – Jayne

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01819831282677092730 Frank

    Just had a T-Storm here and my power is out. When it comes back on, I'll have a couple more songs to add. In the meantime, if you were an alcoholic, would you associate with people who drink? Sure you would. At work for instance you will work with others who are "drinkers." However, you would be prudent not to follow them out to a bar for Happy Hour?

  • Anonymous

    Frank, I enjoy your blog. It's encouraging to read a blogger who enjoys the faith and encourages the laity with true orthodox Catholic teaching. Two days ago, I read a post by a gentleman who had came into the Church because of Father Corapi's ministry. It was dishearting to read his confusion about the transpiring events and the hierarchy. Yet, he mentioned that he would continue in the Church,for he belived in her authentic teaching and felt following the church and not "The Black Sheepdog" was the answer to his dilemma.Yes, it is true that we must follow Mother Church and be weary of wolves in sheeps clothing. This includes those consecrated to the religious life and the laity. The Holy Spirit guides us in truth and bestows us with the grace to continue on our earthly pilgrimage towards our heavenly home with Jesus, Our Lord. Prayers are always needed for those who feel the Church and her members have abandoned them, but let me say that my prayers foremost include those who are persecuted in other countries for their Christian beliefs and those who feel desolate and suffer injustice.Mother Church teaches us to pray unceasingly for those in conception until death.Thanks for keeping it real. Rose

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01819831282677092730 Frank

    @Jayne: Updated with the two songs that speak to your concerns, indirectly at least.@Rose: Thanks for your thoughts!

  • Sandy

    Those two Sting songs have always spoken to me, wherever I was in my walk.I respect your feelings, Frank. I think, for me, one of the most powerful expressions of the spiritual life is the unconditional love that accompanies missteps. God's big enough to handle that and in many cases you need the missteps to get to the growth. I think the Church can handle it, too. Although — and please let me make this clear — this does not mean ignoring or covering for criminal activity. Taking responsibility for the misstep is what generally leads to the huge growth afterwards.One of my teachers said, "The truth is always bigger." We'll all see some day.

  • Anonymous

    Frank,Actually, I am an alcoholic. I am in AA. Yes, I associate with some drinkers, even voluntarily not through a forced situation as in work.Perhaps I should have put in the disclaimer (why does one always need a disclaimer now a days?) that I don't simply hang out with people who are destructive in my life just to set an example. No. I don't hang out with crack users or prostitutes (although Jesus Christ, our Lord, did) that may be detrimental to my life and well being.I take things on a case by case basis. I simply don't find someone leaving the Catholic as a reason for no longer associating with someone, period. This is clearly something we disagree on.BTW, if you have said goodbye to Corapi, why are you still posting about him? When I say goodbye to someone I am done and no longer not only associate with them but I also don't bring them up in subsequent conversations either. Either they are out of my life or not. Just sayin' ;) – Jayne

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01819831282677092730 Frank

    Because I don't burn my bridges Jayne. In this case, you have been the one saying things about "not associating" with folks. I never said that, though I do bid him adieu. I'm taking St. John of the Cross' advice as far as I can. But if I took it all the way to the hilt, I wouldn't be blogging about the Faith.Or let me say it this way: while my children live with me, they will get all of my guidance, feedback, input, etc. whter they want it or not. That is the deal between parents and children. Eventually, my kids will go out on their own, probably living far away from me and my wife. We will have to say goodbye to them then too. Goodbye does not mean "good riddance." I'll always be their daddy. Hope to see them often, etc. But I will have to trust and pray to the Lord for there ongoing care. You follow me?My family just said the rosary last night. You may recall the Fatima prayer as being a part of the rosary prayers,O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all souls to Heaven, especially those who have the most need of your mercy. Amen.I'm one of those, most in need, for sure.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01819831282677092730 Frank

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