Thursday, May 28, 2009
70,000 people witnessed the miracle of the sun at Fatima. It was reported by newspapers...why have we forgotten this amazing, supernatural sign that could only come from God?!
What did Our Lady ask on behalf of the God who performed such a stunning miracle?
She asked for something very specific and have we responded as we should? Or have we responded in negotiation with God, pridefully wanting to do it our way...NOT the way He specified. And what have we got to lose by fulfilling the actual request?
I believe our God is a God who keeps His promises and I believe in consecration.
A Video to give your time to.
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Frequently asked questions about the Kolbe Marian Consecration....
A video on the Saint of Auschwitz .
Friday, May 22, 2009
It's a LONG drive and so we'll start with this prayer to Our Lady.
Prayer to Our Lady of the Highway
O Lady of the Highway, be with us on our journey, for all your ways are beautiful and all your paths are peace. O God, who with unspeakable providence does rule and govern the world, grant unto us, your servants, through the intercessions of our watchful mother, to be protected from all danger and brought safely to the end of our journey. Amen.
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Earlier today I was praying about the challenges of the Church. May God grace us to meet the challenges.....
Monday, May 18, 2009
Tabernacle placement and Ugly As Sin
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Christian love bears evil, but it does not tolerate it.
It does penance for the sins of others, but it is not broadminded about sin.
The cry for tolerance never induces it to quench its hatred of the evil philosophies that have entered into contest with the Truth.
It forgives the sinner, and it hates the sin; it is unmerciful to the error in his mind.
The sinner it will always take back into the bosom of the Mystical Body;
but his lie will never be taken into the treasury of His Wisdom.
Real love involves real hatred:
whoever has lost the power of moral indignation and the urge to drive the buyers and sellers from the temples
has also lost a living, fervent love of Truth.
Charity, then, is not a mild philosophy of "live and let live";
it is not a species of sloppy sentiment.
Charity is the infusion of the Spirit of God,
which makes us love the beautiful and hate the morally ugly.
I cried watching this 82 year old Priest get arrested.
Friday, May 15, 2009
The words "Behold, your mother!", express Jesus' intention to inspire in his disciples an attitude of love for and trust in Mary, leading them to recognize her as their mother, the mother of every believer.
At the school of the Virgin, the disciples learn to know the Lord deeply, as John did, and to have an intimate and lasting relationship of love with him. They also discover the joy of entrusting themselves to the Mother's maternal love, living like affectionate and docile children.
The history of Christian piety teaches that Mary is the way which leads to Christ and that filial devotion to her takes nothing from intimacy with Jesus; indeed, it increases it and leads to the highest levels of perfection. (more HERE)
There is nothing random about God. He is a God of order, not chaos.
He ordered the world so that Jesus would come through Mary. Why this way?
Why bring grace through Mary? He could have come any way. There must be something...full circle about His plan...she is the conduit....
Why did he send his angel, Gabriel, to greet her and say, "Hail, FULL of grace?"
How full is full? Angel means God's messenger, this was God's message to Mary...HIS WORD.
Jesus tell us that He is The Life, The Truth and The Way. If His journey began through Mary, ours should too. We should take for ourselves his mother, like John did at the Cross. We are to follow Him. We are to come to Him through Mary, to Jesus through Mary. Mary leads us to Jesus, ALWAYS.
Ad Jesum per Mariam. "Totus Tuus!"
Some recent high-profile priest scandals have put celibacy back in the limelight as a topic for the pagan world to rage about, but rarely will you hear what the Catholic Church actually teaches about it. I hope that the following insights will be a short-course in the dynamics of a marvelous life of grace: namely, celibate chastity. The world needs to hear “the other side” of the story.
Number One: Celibacy is a gift to the world, not a rule imposed by the Church on a few seemingly-abnormal men. Celibacy initiates men into a life of spiritual fatherhood in a strikingly positive way for others. We are called “father” for a reason: we bring spiritual life to our people through the sacred mysteries which we handle, and they are drawn into a spiritual family thereby. A truly dedicated priest has thousands of spiritual children who sometimes make immense demands on him—I often wish I had only seven children like my father! In an age where men have massively renounced their sacred duty to generate, protect and nurture families, there are myriads of selfless, celibate men sacrificing themselves in a truly manly way for the sake of God’s family and, indeed, even for the sake of many individual families. The fact that some priests fail at it does not make the gift of celibacy anything less than a true blessing; in fact, its failures force us to reflect more deeply on its quiet successes. It’s hypocritical to think that we should throw away the gift of celibacy (i.e., make it “optional”) based upon a miniscule percentage of failures of its practitioners. We don’t say the same thing about the much higher percentage of failures in marriage. Should we allow polygamy just because some married men can’t stick to one woman? This is the time to reaffirm the genuine beauty and value of celibacy, not change this immense gift to us.
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Dearest Mother, you and your Son, present in the Eucharist, are what help to define us as Catholics, pray for us that we may be salt of the earth.
Low sodium faith....
Bland, not distinctive...blending in...we are not called to live like that.
May 12, 2009VERSE:
"You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good foranything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men."
-- Matthew 5:13 http://www.SearchGodsWord.org/desk/?query=Matthew+5:13
THOUGHT: Jesus wanted us to never give up our moral distinctiveness, our redemptive influence, or our loving impact on those around us. The purpose of our presence in the world is to be an influence in our culture against further decay and to season the bitter, dog-eat-dogworld with grace and mercy.
PRAYER: Dear holy and majestic LORD, please help me resist being conformed to my culture. Instead, dear Father, please use my distinctiveness to bless others and to expand the influence and impact of your Kingdom. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.
This reminded me of a post I read at Father Z's on the topic of reclaiming our Catholic Identity. It was written by a man who is in a parish that offers both the Novus Ordo Mass and the Latin Mass, both of which he attends. The guest bloggger makes comparisons between the 2 Masses and Father Z adds his own thoughts, in red. http://wdtprs.com/blog/2009/05/revisiting-the-novus-ordo/ As I have heard from other converts and what strikes me about his analysis is the realization that one looks different and one could look like any protestant service......
"I proceed, next, not to the negative, but to the ambiguous. [I like his distinction.] One question that keeps recurring to me is this: What about this religious rite and ritual would be recognizably Catholic to someone who didn’t know what it was beforehand? [Excellent!] There is no question about its being Christian. Yet many of these things—the crucifix, the procession, the altar, the candles, the Nicene Creed, the kneeling, the filing up to receive communion—I have seen in Episcopal, Lutheran, and even Presbyterian churches. [Aha… we are getting at what makes it Catholic. We are back to asking questions about the connection of Catholic worship and Catholic identity.]
Catholic Identity. People used to think Catholics stood out, they didn't eat meat on Fridays...there was an ancient mystery to the Mass, the Latin...
When the Protestants split from the Catholic Church in England in the 16th century, they changed the Mass to reflect their heretical beliefs. The altars were replaced by tables. Latin was replaced by English. Statues and icons were removed from the churches. The Last Gospel and the Confiteor were abolished. “Communion” was distributed in the hand. Mass was said out loud and facing the Congregation. Traditional music was discarded and replaced with new music.
There was a time when a weeknight would find a church filled with parishioners praying a miraculous medal novena or a rosary... Devotion to Mary, the Blessed Mother made us different, our belief that the Eucharist was TRULY the Body and Blood of Christ brought us to our knees to recieve on our tongue from the consecrated hands of a priest, not casually taken from our hands like a potato chip.
Returning to our rich history is not a mistake. Our Holy Father wrote, "What earlier generations held as sacred, REMAINS SACRED AND GREAT FOR US too, and it cannot be all of a sudden entirely forbidden or even considered harmful. It behooves all of us to preserve the riches which have developed in the Church’s faith and prayer, and to give them their proper place." -Pope Benedict XVI. the Vicar of Christ on earth, LED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT.
We are what you once were.
We believe what you once believed.
We worship as you once worshipped.
If you were right then, we are right now.
If we are wrong now, you were wrong then.
Monday, May 11, 2009
Visit her blog for a religious hairbow or other charming bows, even flip-flops! There's no denying that Our Blessed Mother was Pro-Life!
Friday, May 8, 2009
"All true children of God have God for their father and Mary for his mother; anyone who does not have Mary for his mother, does not have God for his father."-Saint Louis Marie de Montfort
“Never be afraid of loving the Blessed Virgin too much. You can never love her more than Jesus did.”– Saint Maximilian Kolbe
"The world being unworthy to receive the Son of God directly from the hands of the Father, he gave his Son to Mary for the world to receive him from her."-Saint Augustine, Father and Doctor of the Church
“As mariners are guided into port by the shining of a star, so Christians are guided to heaven by Mary"-Saint Thomas Aquinas, Doctor of the Church
"The day of the Nativity of the Mother of God is a day of universal joy, because through the Mother of God, the entire human race was renewed, and the sorrow of the first mother, Eve, was transformed into joy."-Saint John Damascene, Father and Doctor of the Church
"The reason why Christ is unknown today is because His Mother is unknown."-Blessed Cardinal John Henry Newman
”Let those who think that the Church pays too much attention to Mary give heed to the fact that Our Blessed Lord Himself gave ten times as much of His life to her as He gave to His Apostles.”-Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen (The World’s First Love)
"We confess, then, our Lord Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, perfect God and perfect man, of a rational soul and a body, begotten before all ages from the Father in his Godhead, the same in the last days, for us and for our salvation, born of Mary the Virgin according to his humanity, one and the same consubstantial with the Father in Godhead and consubstantial with us in humanity, for a union of two natures took place. Therefore we confess one Christ, one Son, one Lord. According to this understanding of the unconfused union, we confess the holy Virgin to be the Mother of God because God the Word took flesh and became man and from his very conception united to himself the temple he took from her"-The Council of Ephesus, Formula of Union, A.D. 431 - THIS IS WHAT THE EARLY CHURCH BELIEVED...THE FIRST CHRISTIANS.
Happy early Mother's Day.
God bless the mother's who gave the gift of life, to their child and to an adopting family!
It has been said by priests that they see the Catholic homeschooling movement as the work of the Holy Spirit to strengthen the Catholic church. See THIS link for quotes from Catholic documents, Popes, and catechism supporting Catholic Homeschooling.
You may be surprised and impressed by a list of "famous" homeschoolers.
Thursday, May 7, 2009
No White House ceremony to be held on National Day of Prayer
Story By: Associated Press
Published Thu May 07, 2009, 06:23 AM MDT
For the first time in nine years, there won't be a White House ceremony in observance of the National Day of Prayer today.
White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs says President Barack Obama will pray privately as he does every day, but his only public acknowledgement will be to issue a White House proclamation.
Republican Congressman Randy Forbes, co-chairman of the Congressional Prayer Caucus, says a proclamation urging Americans to pray would be more meaningful if the president set a public example.
Forbes calls it a missed opportunity, but says, "Hopefully we'll have millions of people around the country that will make up for the void we see at the White House on the National Day of Prayer."
Seems to me our country needs to come together in prayer...if not in thanks, then in supplication!
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Christianity will not be the prevalent faith of the world for our children and our children's children.
Some statistics to get you thinking...
Christian Europe will cease to exist. There are more mosques than there are churches. By 2025, 1/3 of all the births in Europe will be muslim.
In 39 years France will be islamic. By 2050 Germany will be muslim.
There is a 30 fold increase of islamics in England.
In Netherlands, 50% of all births are to muslims, same for Belgium.
In a few years 40% of the Russian army will be muslim.
Islam is the fastest growing religion, surpassing Catholicism.
In 30 years there will be 50 million muslims in America.
In 5-7 years islam will be the dominate religion of the world.
These statistics can be seen here
Yes, children ARE a blessing from God!
Not having children is sometimes a selfish reason from a society that eschews sacrifice and wants to spend their money and time on personal gratification. Now, many may feel reverse selfishness... deciding to have children to selfishly keep our Judeo-Christian values represented in the world.
Share the gospel!
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
From the Baltimore Catechism....
What do we mean when we say that God is all-knowing?
When we say that God is all-knowing we mean that He knows all things, past, present, and future, even our most secret thoughts, words, and actions.
Sunday, May 3, 2009
I am struck by how the image comes full circle, when Mary holds her grown Son in her arms (Michelangelo's Pieta) and another John is by her side.
This time Our Lady weeps.....
Mary, our Mother in times of joyful love and in times of crushing sadness, ora pro nobis.
(See post below for how to join me in honoring Mary in her month of May.)
Friday, May 1, 2009
I will try to post every day in Our Lady's month of May SOMETHING ABOUT MARY.
* Favorite book about Blessed Virgin Mary
* Favorite Saint devoted to Mary and their quotes on Our Lady
* Other favorite quotes on Blessed Virgin Mary
* Favorite Marian Prayer, devotion
* Favorite Marian title, image, statue (post picture)
* Favorite Marian experience, pilgrimage, shrine
* Favorite Marian movie
* Favorite Marian hymn
For all those who respond, I will enter your names into a bowl and choose a winner on May 31st, the one year anniversary of my blog. Stay tuned for the prize!
Perhaps, like me, you'll also start your month honoring Our Blessed Mother by praying her litany at this gorgeous website? As Father gave this prayer to me as my penance today, at that exact moment the boom box we use to give confession some privacy in a small chapel began playing Ave Maria! Thank you, dear Mother, for the confirmation and your arrival beside me on my month of honoring you.....
On Jan. 20, 2009, Barack Obama began his death march as the most anti-life president in U.S. history. Marking Obama's 100th day in office. This list substantiates Obama's personnel and policies to that end. He actually started way before Day 1:
Day -75: Names pro-abortion Rahm Emmanuel as chief of staff, who earned a 100 percent approval rating from NARAL while congressman.
Day -59: Appoints executive director of EMILY's List, Ellen Moran, as White House communications director.
Day -56: Names Melody Barnes, who previously served on the boards of EMILY's List and Planned Parenthood Action Fund, as his director of the Domestic Policy Council.
Day -51: Nominates pro-abortion Sen. Hillary Clinton as secretary of state.
Day -51: Nominates pro-abortion Susan Rice as ambassador to the United Nations; Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards commends her in press release.
Day -51: Nominates pro-abortion Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano as secretary of homeland security, who vetoed her state's partial birth abortion ban.
Day -41: Nominates pro-abortion and pro-universal health (abortion) care Sen. Tom Daschle as secretary of health and human services.
Day -41: Appoints pro-abortion Jeanne Lambrew as deputy director of newly created Office of Health Care Reform under Daschle, which Planned Parenthood heralded as "exciting" in a statement.
Day -41: White House transition team publishes 55-page list of demands from pro-abortion groups.
"Th e Emerging Brave New World" covers the gradual dehumanization of human beings that has invaded American culture
Day -31: Nominates embryonic stem cell research and human cloning advocates Harold Varmus and Jonathan Moreno to the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.
Day -16: Chooses pro-abortion Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine as Democratic Party chairman.
Day -16: Nominates pro-abortion, pro-porn David Ogden as deputy attorney general.
Day -16: Nominates "pregnancy is slavery" and former ACLU and NARAL counsel Dawn Johnsen as assistant attorney general.
Day -16: Nominates Thomas Perrelli, former pro-euthanasia attorney for Terri Shindler Schiavo's husband Michael, to head the Office of Legal Counsel at the Department of Justice.
Day -16: Nominates pro-abortion former Harvard Law School dean Elena Kagan as solicitor general, with the buzz she is on short list as next Supreme Court nominee; she supports taxpayer funding of abortion.
Day 1: At 12:01 p.m. EST, the White House website is instantly and completely transformed from pro-life to pro-abortion. Scrubbed is President Bush's Sanctity of Human Life proclamation issued the week before in commemoration of Jan. 22, the anniversary Roe v. Wade, and all else heralding preborn life. In its place:
President Obama … has been a consistent champion of reproductive choice and will make preserving women's rights under Roe v. Wade a priority in his administration. … He opposes any constitutional amendment to overturn the Supreme Court's decision in that case.Day 1: Signals his intention to fund human embryo experimentation by stating in his inaugural address, "We will restore science to its rightful place."
Day 4: Reverses Mexico City Policy, releasing taxpayer money to international organizations that promote or commit abortions (for which Obama received 35 percent approval in a Gallup Poll, making this his least popular decision to date).
Day 4: Releases statement expressing desire for Congress to restore funding to the United Nations Population Fund, which has previously been found to aid in China's coercive abortion and sterilization program.
Day 17: After attending National Day of Prayer breakfast, signs executive order redirecting the Office of Faith Based Initiatives to include a "focus on family planning," according to NPR.
Day 24: Nominates former House co-sponsor of the Freedom of Choice Act, Leon Panetta, as CIA director.
Day 38: Signals commitment to comprehensive sex ed by including it in his 2010 budget.
Day 39: Announces plan to repeal Bush regulations enforcing protection of health care entities and workers not to participate in morally abhorrent practices.
Day 40: After Daschle withdraws as HHS secretary nominee, chooses radically pro-abortion Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, who has financial ties to late-term abortionist George Tiller.
Day 45: Holds "health care summit" at White House, inviting only pro-abortion groups.
Day 46: Creates new post of ambassador for global women's issues and appoints Melanne Verveer, abortion activist and former chief of staff to first lady Hillary Clinton; according to the Associated Press, she "pledged … 'deep commitment' … [to] slowing the world's population explosion and empowering women … through … the right to choose if and when to become pregnant."
Day 49: Signs executive order providing taxpayer funding of human embryo experimentation and overturns Bush executive order funding alternative morally acceptable adult stem cell research.
Day 50: Announces 30-day review period with intent to overturn HHS regulations enforcing conscience protections of health care entities and workers.
Day 51: Signs bill into law restoring UNFPA's funding – to a record $50 million.
Day 51: Signs bill into law (which he sponsored as senator) restoring cut rate wholesale birth control pill prices to Planned Parenthood.
Day 51: Signs bill into law increasing "family planning" funding by $7 million and cutting abstinence funding by $14 million.
Day 51: Signs bill into law increasing international "family planning" funding by $30 million.
Day 51: Announces establishment of the White House Council on Women and Girls, which the National Organization for Women "cheers" in a statement, appoints former NOW VP Tina Tchen to head.
Day 51: Obama administration promotes unlimited right to abortion at U.N. Commission on the Status of Women meeting and denies negative effects of abortion.
Day 54: Nominates pro-abortion Dr. Margaret Hamburg as Food and Drug Administration commissioner.
Day 54: Nominates Joshua Sharfstein as deputy Food and Drug Administration commissioner, who once wrote pro-life laws "undermine women's health."
Day 57: Makes first pro-abortion judicial pick in former ACLU board member David Hamilton as U.S. circuit judge, who previously blocked implementation of an informed consent law before abortion.
Day 78: Nominates pro-abortion Yale Law School dean Harold Hongju Koh as the State Department's legal adviser, who believes in the international right to abortion and was former clerk to Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun, who authored the Roe v Wade decision.
Day 85: Department of Homeland Security releases document calling pro-life activists potential domestic terrorist threats.
Day 94: FDA refuses to appeal court ruling ordering over-the-counter sales of the morning-after pill to 17-year-old girls and boys.
This is only the start.