Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Monday, November 21, 2011
Sunday, November 20, 2011
What a spectacular thing to participate in, the Holy Catholic Mass of history! How sad it would be not to experience it.
These saints, many of whom have given their lives for just one article of the faith, can not be wrong. In the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, Jesus is made present on the altar...heaven and earth meet.
Saturday, November 19, 2011
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Friday, November 18, 2011
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
— St. Josémaria Escriva
Taking it apart.
Let's be "revolutionary objectors and rebels of love" by making sure we get others to watch this video above...to consider a 180 from worldly thinking.
Sunday, November 13, 2011
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
The Temple of Stones is a Symbol of the Living Church
Today the liturgy celebrates the dedication of the Lateran Basilica, called “mother and head of all the churches of the city and the world.”
On this solemnity the Word of God recalls an essential truth: the temple of stones is a symbol of the living Church, the Christian community, which in their letters the Apostles Peter and Paul already understood as a “spiritual edifice,” built by God with “living stones,” namely, Christians themselves, upon the one foundation of Jesus Christ, who is called the “cornerstone” (cf. 1 Corinthians 3:9-11, 16-17; 1 Peter 2:4-8; Ephesians 2:20-22). “Brothers, you are God’s building,” St. Paul wrote, and added: “holy is God’s temple, which you are” (1 Corinthians 3:9c, 17).
The beauty and harmony of the churches, destined to give praise to God, also draws us human beings, limited and sinful, to convert to form a “cosmos,” a well-ordered structure, in intimate communion with Jesus, who is the true Saint of saints. This happens in a culminating way in the Eucharistic liturgy, in which the “ecclesia,” that is, the community of the baptized, come together in a unified way to listen to the Word of God and nourish themselves with the Body and Blood of Christ. From these two tables the Church of living stones is built up in truth and charity and is internally formed by the Holy Spirit transforming herself into what she receives, conforming herself more and more to the Lord Jesus Christ. She herself, if she lives in sincere and fraternal unity, in this way becomes the spiritual sacrifice pleasing to God.
Dear friends, today’s feast celebrates a mystery that is always relevant: God’s desire to build a spiritual temple in the world, a community that worships him in spirit and truth (cf. John 4:23-24). But this observance also reminds us of the importance of the material buildings in which the community gathers to celebrate the praises of God. Every community therefore has the duty to take special care of its own sacred buildings, which are a precious religious and historical patrimony. For this we call upon the intercession of Mary Most Holy, that she help us to become, like her, the “house of God,” living temple of his love.
— Benedict XVI, Angelus Address, November 9, 2008
Things to Do:
- Learn more about St. John Lateran;
- This basilica represents the place of baptism, so it would be a good time to renew your baptismal promises;
- It also represents heaven, so we can meditate on the joys of heaven and God's generosity in giving us sufficient graces to be saved;
- Since St. John Lateran is the Pope's church, say a prayer for our Holy Father;
- From the Catholic Culture Library: Mother Church of the World.
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
How many leave the faith because they hold it to the standard of their fellow worshipers holiness? Yet, people will always disappoint you...at some point. We all fall short. We fail because we're sinful, all of us. Singularly, we're not worthy to worship. But the Church....Christ's Church...the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. No matter what we do to tarnish it, Holy Mother Church is, as Mother Angelica once wrote, "the Bride of Christ the Mother from whose womb of grace each of us was born to a new life a life of Sonship....When we hate her we only hate ourselves for we are part of her Body and Jesus is our Head. To alienate ourselves from Him and His Bride is to cut ourselves off from the Vine."
My wise and caring Pastor had words today, for such a situation...
"When such disappointments strike the household of faith, they remind us of our ongoing need for God and his mercy. Too many people use sin and human failure in the Church as an excuse to commit spiritual suicide, to write off the importance of faith. Our reaction should be the opposite, for we all stand together in need of God’s grace and forgiveness. Our thanksgiving is first and foremost for the gift of God’s mercy."
When you are brought down...look up.
Monday, November 7, 2011
So happy to hear I was nominated for Favorite Homeschool Mom Blog. Thanks!
Sunday, November 6, 2011
Saturday, November 5, 2011
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
A week after his 14th birthday this August my 2nd son was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes.