Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Sunday, October 28, 2007
Most Catholics are familiar with the promises made to those who faithfully say the Rosary everyday, the promises made to those who observe the First Friday devotions but what are the "promises" made to those who attend the Traditional Mass?
First what comes to mind are the vocations that are naturally the result of attendance at the Mass. Orders dedicated to the Mass like the Fraternity of St. Peter do not have trouble finding seminarians but in housing their seminarians. An order like the Institute of Christ the King has a 12 year formation for the priesthood and no shortage of aspirants. If you set the bar high, men will rise to the challenge. We've listed Traditional Latin Mass orders on the right bar if you want to read about the orders that are changing the Church and forming good, holy priests, religious brothers and sisters.
One reason that vocations naturally flow from attendance at the Latin Mass is that altar boys are given an opportunity to witness the priests, their mentors as they celebrate the Holy Sacrifice without the distractions of altar girls, extraordinary ministers of the Eucharist and lectors who invade the sanctuary and distract from the Eucharist and the sacrifice of the Mass with their variable outfits, manner and dare I say it, agendas.
In Bradford, Vermont the Latin Mass which is celebrated every Saturday has just gone from experimental and temporary to permanent. Fr. Philip LaMothe has ordered 70 Missals and altar boys are being trained. In addition to faithful attendance, what is it that has resulted in this decision? I understand the number of people who go to Confession has doubled.
Finally, the Traditional Mass with its emphasis on the Psalms, repentance and worship brings the Catholic closer to the glorious traditions that reach all the way back to the apostles. The continuity and cohesiveness of the worship brings a security and peace, a confidence in the Catholic Faith and greater trust in God.
Saturday, October 27, 2007
Friday, October 26, 2007
Fall is a sensory explosion...it feels cooler, the mosquitos are gone and the sunset are breathtaking...you can smell burning leaves and sometimes pumpkin pies and turkeys roasting. The leaves look spectacular, orange, yellow, red and purple in my backyard. Sometimes they descend swirling like colorful confetti. When you drive they seem to run across the road. They crinkle crisp to the touch and rustle in your ears. A crackling sound and warmth comes from the fireplace again. The kids are playing hockey again in the street. The apples taste better, and pumpkins are in recipes. And it usually doesn't last too long so that makes it more treasured.
Here are some photos of our Fall that I will add to
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Sunday, October 21, 2007
Saturday, October 20, 2007
One of the principal reasons for the spiritual darkness of many Catholics is the lack of attention shown to our Eucharistic Lord while he is intimately united with them in Holy Communion. In a private revelation, Jesus sadly explains this situation to St. Faustina Kowalska: “My great delight is to unite myself with souls…When I come to a human heart in Holy Communion, my hands are full of graces which I want to give to the soul. But souls do not pay any attention to me: they leave me to myself and busy themselves with other things. Oh, how sad I am that souls do not recognize love. They treat me as a dead object” (Diary 1385).
Jesus Christ received in Holy Communion is the most powerful means through which man can be helped to know and love God more deeply. But our Lord helps us in proportion to the attention and love with which we receive him. Hence St. Mary Magdalene De Pazzi says, “The minutes that follow Communion are the most precious we have in our lives. They are the minutes best suited on our part for treating with God, and on his part for communicating His love to us” (Jesus, Our Eucharistic Lord, p. 37).
I like to pray the Anima Christi as it is an indulgenced prayer after Mass. Of course, the St. Michael prayer, that all Catholics used to pray after Mass in unison for the protection of the Church...I pray because we need that now more than ever! My missal also has introduced me to these beautiful prayers, the Prayer of St. Thomas Aquinas and the Prayer of St. Bonaventure and I seek to pray longer in Thanksgiving after Mass.
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
He is the saint of Motherhood and for good confessions and spoke these words...."Who except God can give you peace? Has the world ever been able to satisfy the heart?"
This blog is 6 months old and is visited from as far away as Africa, S. America, Europe, Canada & New Zealand! As of this moment it's been visited 1,700 times. Thank you! Ad majorem Dei gloriam.
Today St. Hedwig is also honored. That these two saints share the same feast is interesting to me as they BOTH share special parts of this blog and our Catholic journey as a family.
St. Gerard, St. Hedwig, ora pro nobis!
Monday, October 15, 2007
This Monday happened to coincide with the Feast of St. Teresa of Avila who said, "Here on earth it is impossible to perform a more meritorious act than visiting Jesus often in the Holy Eucharist."
There is nothing more important than this time of peace and love with Our Lord....who is waiting....
Saturday, October 13, 2007
Monday, October 8, 2007
Sunday, October 7, 2007
Thursday, October 4, 2007
~~from St. Faustina's Diary, II, 132
Wednesday, October 3, 2007
Mathetes Award for Excellence in Discipleship
Kimberely at Catholic Family Vignettes has nominated me (me?) for the Mathetes Award for Excellence in Discipleship.
Wow, I'm speechless. I know I am quite undeserving as it is I who am inspired by her! I read Kimberely's blog everyday, it's a touchstone for faith enrichment.
Kimberely writes, "Mathetes is the Greek word for disciple, and the role of the disciple (per the Great Commission) it to make more disciples. So the rules for accepting the award are such: Winners of this award must pick five other "disciples" to pass it on to, and provide links for (1) the originator of the award (Dan King of management by God), (2) the person that awarded it to you, and then (3) name and sites of the five people that you believe are fulfilling the role of a disciple of Christ. "
I read a lot of blogs daily, it's a mortification of my will to choose just 5. But, for the volume of their Catholic content, my daily encouragement and lots of spiritual nourishment in the blog world comes from these disciples:
Of course, Kimberely at Catholic Family Vignettes
Elena Maria Vidal at Tea at Trianon
Helen at Castle of the Immaculate
Fr. Z at What Does The Prayer Really Say
PJP and those at Recapturing Our Catholic Patrimony
May God richly bless these disciples as they have blessed me.
Familiar with 40 Days for LIFE?
Read here for a full explanation of the effort.During these forty days, pro-life Americans will participate in a three-pronged spiritual battle against the evil of abortion:
1. Prayer and Fasting 2. Peaceful Vigil 3. Community Outreach.
It's not too late to consider how you and your family can participate in some or all of these efforts.Prayer and fasting are self-explanatory, and peaceful vigil might not be possible for every family.
Here are a few ideas for community outreach that families can do together:
1. SHOP for baby necessities (diapers, formula, layette clothing, wipes) and deliver them as a family to a local Crisis Pregnancy Center. Check your Yellow Pages for "Abortion Alternatives" if you need to find a location near you.
2. Join the boycott against corporate supporters of Planned Parenthood. Don't buy their stuff, and write to tell them why!
3. Donate a book to your school or public library that has a prolife perspective. Regina Doman's Angel in the Waters is one such book, written for children and intended to be a read-aloud for ages 4 to 8.
Worth reading: Michelle at Rosetta Stone's take on 40 Days for Life.
Milehimama has some ideas on this subject as well.
Thanks to Barb at http://sfomom.blogspot.com/ for all the above!
Tuesday, October 2, 2007
I did wonder why she clowned up only her lip area? A girl with sisters would have gone for the eyes too.
When I asked her 6 year old brother if he had seen this transpiring, he thought it was no big deal. No bells went off to tell a parent, after all she had shared a little with him, a la war paint.
I hope they look less "smurfy" tomorrow.
We loved how many statues and relics there were everywhere....each with a story.