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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Wordless Wednesday ~ St. Peter Canisius Quote on Collusion with Church's Enemies

St. Peter Canisius Quote on Collusion with Church's Enemies and Foes of the Faith.

Honored today in the Extraordinary Form, for more see LINK.

Monday, April 25, 2016

9 Scripture Verses For Times of Worry, Trouble & Testing

For thousands of years, Christians have turned to scripture, and praying scripture, in times of worry and when they feel overwhelmed. 
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.”  Psalms 46:1
When you pray scripture it is said that you pray God's promises back to Him. And so, how can His own words not be efficacious? 
I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”  John 16.33
He is a God who keeps His promises.
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”  Isaiah 41:10
There is a peace in those who surrender to Him.
 And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful.”  Colossians 3:15
Place a note with one of these verses on your bathroom mirror, or by your bedside, or above your kitchen sink. Breathe in and out deeply and slowly as you pray the scripture, asking God for the graces you need. 
2 Corinthians 4:16-18  “Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.  For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.  So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”
We often lean on others, a friend...a loved one, to share our burdens and troubles. Our Lord is all those things and more! 
Romans 5:3-5  “ Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.  And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.”
Scripture can lift us out of this world and remind us of the next, giving us perspective. 
James 1:2-4 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”
In that new perspective, we can find strength and grow character. 
James 1:12  “Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.”
It's hard for me to remember the stress of college finals testing and the worry of grades, but I have two sons who are in the midst of that and I pray they will grow from this experience, in faith and knowledge. 

God does provide us with experiences to draw close to Him.

Monday, April 4, 2016

Baptism Quotes from Early Church Fathers, Saints & Scripture (with Photos)

ONE Lord,  ONE faith, ONE baptism Ephesians 4:5

Baptismal Font ready for 3 Extraordinary Form Baptisms
Saint Basil the Great [379] All of us who desire the kingdom of God are, by the Lord's decree, under an equal and rigorous necessity of seeking after the grace of Baptism. 

In the Extraordinary Form, the Rite of Baptism is so rich.  Sad that too few receive these symbolic prayers today. They begin outside of the Church.

Baptism procession to the font
On Divine Mercy Sunday, I was privileged to be invited to the Baptisms of 3 friends! 
The Church is alive with babies and families.

St. Vincent Ferrer ~ Every baptized person should consider that it is in the womb of the Church where he is transformed from a child of Adam to a child of God

St. Thomas Aquinas ~ Just as a man cannot live in the flesh unless he is born in the flesh, even so a man cannot have the spiritual life of grace unless he is born again spiritually. This regeneration is effected by Baptism: "Unless a man is born again of water and the Holy Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God" (Jn 3:5) 

St. Isidore, Doctor of the Church ~ Baptism is not the work of man but of Christ, and this sacrament is so holy that it would not be defiled, even if the minister were a murderer. 

St. Ephrem (d. 373) wrote a beautiful hymn in which he connected the baptism of Jesus with the womb of Mary and the sacrament of the Eucharist: “See, Fire and Spirit in the womb that bore you! See, Fire and Spirit in the river where you were baptized! Fire and Spirit in our Baptism; in the Bread and the Cup, Fire and Holy Spirit!” Christ, the Light of the World, dwelt first in the womb of the Virgin—who was thus “baptized” by her Son—and then in the womb of the Jordan; he emerged from both as the Incarnate Word, the Savior of mankind. Those who are baptized thus become the children of Mary and partakers of the body, blood, soul, and divinity of her Son. [source]

St. Hippolytus of Rome (“The Apostolic Tradition,” 215 A.D.) “Baptize first the children; and if they can speak for themselves, let them do so. Otherwise, let their parents or other relatives speak for them.”

We are to imitate Christ in all things, and He shows us the importance of baptism by being baptized himself. His baptism was a public act of faith, and so we should do likewise.

In the Catechism of the Catholic Church 537 ~ Through Baptism the Christian is sacramentally assimilated to Jesus, who in his own baptism anticipates his death and resurrection. The Christian must enter into this mystery of humble self-abasement and repentance, go down into the water with Jesus in order to rise with him, be reborn of water and the Spirit so as to become the Father's beloved son in the Son and "walk in newness of life":

Monday, March 28, 2016

Easter Mass and Photos

 Easter Sunday Mass at St. Peter's in Steubenville

Fr. Timothy Huffman ~ Elevation , St. Peter's Steubenville
Fr. Timothy Huffman, St. Peter's Steubenville ~ Easter 2016


My Mother and Father joined us

My Dad singing Dino to my Mother at the mural of Dean Martin, in his birthplace of Steubenville
Holy Saturday Golf game ~ Popsy and his boys
Hope you had a blessed Easter, too.  He is risen!

Friday, March 25, 2016

Holy Thursday Photos & Video

Short, 1:33 minute video snippets of the Holy Thursday Mass 
at St. Peter's Church in Steubenville.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Tenebrae Video & Images of Franciscan University at Night

Christ the King Chapel ~ Franciscan University
Last night we attended out first Tenebrae.  The Office of Tenebrae was sung by the Schola Cantorum Franciscana, featuring the Lamentations of Jeremiah and Responsories by Tomàs Luis de Victoria. It was hauntingly beautiful.

Here's a one minute snippet of video.

Spy Wednesday Tenebrae by @FranciscanU Student Schola - Christ the King Chapel

And here are some more images of FUS at night.

Christ the King Chapel, looking down towards the Rosary Circle ~ Franciscan University

Holy Spirit Friary ~ Franciscan University
Finnegan Field House and JC Williams Student Center ~ Franciscan University
24 hour Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration Chapel ~ Portiuncula
The "Port" ~ Franciscan University

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Teaching Tuesday - Benefits of Playing Hopscotch

On this sunny, Spring day she taught her Dad and one of her brothers how to play hopscotch.

Driveway Hopscotch

Do you remember this chalk game on a driveway of your youth?  Here are the rules/LINK.
“Believe it or not, hopping on one foot is one of the most complex movements the human body can perform. As participants refine their physical coordination, they are also building essential neural pathways in the brain thus resulting in cognitive development, in terms of creativity, reasoning, and self-regulation etc. Hopscotch is a master at helping players master self control. Body-brain computing or eye/hand coordination is honed as the player aims for accuracy.  For more reading on why Hopscotch benefits the body and mind, see :
These benefits may not have been evident to us this afternoon, but our laughter and smiles were. 

Monday, March 21, 2016

Friday, March 18, 2016

In Honor of the Holy Cross - Images & Prayer

The word of the Cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. (1 Cor. 1:18) 
God forbid that I should glory save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. (Gal. 6:14)

Jesus has many who love His Kingdom in heaven, but few who bear His Cross. He has many who desire comfort, but few who desire suffering. He finds many to share His feast, but few His fasting. All desire to rejoice with Him, but few are willing to suffer for His sake.* 
 R\ God forbid that I should glory save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. (Gal. 6:14)

Why do you fear to take up the Cross, which is the road to the Kingdom? In the Cross is salvation and life, protection against our enemies, infusion of heavenly sweetness; in the Cross is strength of mind, joy of spirit, excellence of virtue, perfection of holiness. There is no salvation of soul, nor hope of eternal life, save in the Cross.*

God forbid that I should glory save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. (Gal. 6:14) 

Take up the Cross, therefore, and follow Jesus, and go forward into eternal life. Christ has gone before you, bearing His Cross; He died for you on the Cross, that you also may bear your cross, and desire to die on the Cross with Him. For if you die with Him, you will also live with Him. And if you share his sufferings, you will also share His glory.*

God forbid that I should glory save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. (Gal. 6:14) 

See how in the Cross all things consist, and in dying on it all things depend. There is no other way to life and to true inner peace, than the way of the Cross. Go where you will, seek what you will; you will find no higher way above nor safer way below than the road of the Holy Cross.*
God forbid that I should glory save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. (Gal. 6:14)

The Cross always stands ready, and everywhere awaits you. You cannot escape it, wherever you flee; for wherever you go, you bear yourself, and always find yourself. Look up or down, without you or within, and everywhere you will find the Cross. And everywhere you must have patience, if you wish to attain inner peace, and win an eternal crown.*
God forbid that I should glory save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. (Gal. 6:14)

All: Lord Jesus Christ, strengthen us to follow you not only to the Breaking of Bread but also to the drinking of the Cup of Your Passion. Help us to love You for Your own sake and not for the sake of comfort for ourselves. Make us worthy to suffer for Your name, Jesus, our Crucified and Risen Lord and Savior, now and forever.


*from The Imitation of Christ by Thomas Ŕ Kempis, 1380-1471

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Passiontide Veiling ~ A Shroud Of Separation

The purple veils / shrouds in the Church this Sunday are associated with Passion Sunday's Gospel (John 8:46-59), in which Jesus "hid himself" from the people.

St. Peter's ~ Steubenville, Ohio 2016
The Lenten veils also dramatize the separation of sin.

Lenten veiling, we might say further, suggests the shroud of sin, its deception and shame. The veil recalls the fig leaves of Adam and Eve; their fear to stand naked before their Creator; the first sign of the devastation of the goodness of creation. The veil sets before us the distorting deception of sin, and mirrors our capacity for self-deceit. The veil suggests our discomfort before the truth, especially before the judgement of the Cross. The veil silently declares “that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil” (John 3:19). For more see LINK/source

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

A Good Night Prayer

The day is done; 
 O God the Son, 
 Look down upon 
 Thy little one! 

 O Light of Light, 
 Keep me this night, 
 And shed round me 
 Thy presence bright. 

 I need not fear 
 If Thou art near; 
 Thou art my Savior 
 Kind and dear.

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