Life is a journey; the choices you make now will determine your eternal destination.

Friday, October 31, 2008

From the Pope to Canadians

Pope To Canada: "I Know it is Possible" For You to Turn to a Culture of Life and Respect Natural Marriage
By John-Henry Westen VATICAN CITY, October 30, 2008 (
- Today Pope Benedict XVI addressed Canadians as he greeted the new Canadian Ambassador to the Holy See, Anne Leahy.
In his address, the Holy Father noted his concern for Canada's growing lack of respect for life and family, despite the fact that Canadian culture has Catholicism as one of its cornerstones and has been recognized as a champion of human rights and dignity.
"Nevertheless, profound changes can be noticed today, which are seen in different sectors and at times cause concern to the point of asking ourselves if it does not mean a regression in the understanding of the human being," he said. "These changes mainly concern the areas of defense and the promotion of life and the family based on natural marriage."

"In this context," said the Pope, "I would like to encourage all Canadians to reflect deeply on the path that Christ calls us to follow." That path, he said "is bright and full of truth." Speaking of turning to a culture of life, Benedict XVI said, "I know it is possible and that your country is capable." He said, "A culture of life can nourish anew the personal and social existence of Canada as a whole."
"To help," said the Holy Father, "it seems necessary to redefine the meaning of freedom of expression too often invoked to justify certain excesses." He noted that freedom is often wrongly perceived as an absolute value, disregarding its divine origin and its communal dimension. In such an interpretation of freedom, he suggested, "only the individual can decide and choose the form, characteristics, and ends of life, death, and marriage."
"True freedom," he observed, "is ultimately based on and develops in God." He added: "It is a gift that can be accepted as the seed from which the person and society can grow responsibly and be enriched. The exercise of this freedom implies reference to a natural moral law that is universal, which precedes and unifies all rights and duties. In this perspective, I would like to show my support to all the Canadian Bishops' initiatives in favor of family life and thus of the dignity of the human being."

Come on, Canada; lets lead in following Rome instead of following the US.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

A message from Fr. Corapi

Fr. Corapi has requested that this video be shared, so I am doing just that:
It is posted on You Tube in three parts, and is called Eleventh Hour Election Alert. God bless Fr. Corapi in his efforts!

Monday, October 27, 2008

Rosary novena reminder

If you are thinking about not praying the Rosary Novena- here is a reminder from Fr. Corapi:
I strongly urge every one of you to make a Novena and pray the Rosary to Our Lady of Victory between October 27th and Election Day, November 4th. Pray that God’s will be done and the most innocent and utterly vulnerable of our brothers and sisters will be protected from this barbaric and grossly sinful blight on society that is abortion. No woman, and no man, has the right to choose to murder an innocent human being. May God grant us the wisdom, knowledge, understanding, and counsel to form our conscience in accordance with authentic Catholic teaching, and then vote that well-formed Catholic conscience.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

My Journey, Continued

In my last post, I talked about the turmoil in the world and the need to give time to God. This excerpt from The Imitation of Christ is exactly what I meant:

The Inward Conversation of Christ
with the Faithful Soul

"I WILL hear what the Lord God will speak in me."

Blessed is the soul who hears the Lord speaking within her, who receives the word of consolation from His lips. Blessed are the ears that catch the accents of divine whispering, and pay no heed to the murmurings of this world.
Blessed indeed are the ears that listen, not to the voice which sounds without, but to the truth which teaches within. Blessed are the eyes which are closed to exterior things and are fixed upon those which are interior. Blessed are they who penetrate inwardly, who try daily to prepare themselves more and more to understand mysteries. Blessed are they who long to give their time to God, and who cut themselves off from the hindrances of the world.
Consider these things, my soul, and close the door of your senses, so that you can hear what the Lord your God speaks within you. "I am your salvation," says your Beloved. "I am your peace and your life. Remain with Me and you will find peace. Dismiss all passing things and seek the eternal. What are all temporal things but snares? And what help will all creatures be able to give you if you are deserted by the Creator?" Leave all these things, therefore, and make yourself pleasing and faithful to your Creator so that you may attain to true happiness.

Friday, October 24, 2008

All the world needs now....

is prayer, sweet prayer..... I find that there is so much going on in the world that is upsetting right now that I have to step back and just give time to God, and remember to trust Him, to pray to Him, and to ask the intersession of Our Lady. Also I would like to remind you that tomorrow is the day to start a novena for the Holy Souls in Purgatory to end on Nov. 2, All Souls Day. Please join me in this novena, in which I will ask the Holy Souls to protect the unborn.
Did you know that St. Joseph is the patron of the unborn? So is Our Lady of Guadalupe. So I think that I will pray to them concerning the upcoming election in the States, and for all pregnant women who are considering abortion to do God's will and not their own.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

A very powerful video

Mark from Dominican Idaho left me this link on a comment, please watch this video and show it to everyone you know who is thinking of voting for Barack Obama and everyone you know who is pro-abortion.

Economic collapse and abortion

I recently signed the petition to deny the Order of Canada to abortionist H. Morgentaler, which was presented through Life Site News. I now get a regular email from them, and I tell you, it is frightening what is going on in the world; euthanasia , organ donation, cloning, and of course, abortion. Do women who have abortions even consider what the long term effects of their self-centered act costs? As a woman, it is scary to me to think of how women are affecting the world! I don't understand how governments can be aware of this information and still aggressively promote abortion. Please join me in the Rosary novena as recommended by Fr. Corapi in my post below; starting on Oct. 27.
Here is an article on the subject from Life Site News: (the quotes in italics are my emphasis.)

Researcher: Economic Impact of Abortion in U.S. Since 1970 - $35 to $70 Trillion"No matter how you slice it, aggressive ‘population control’ exacts a huge price in future economic growth "
By Thaddeus M. Baklinski
MT. FREEDOM, NJ, October 20, 2008 ( - Researcher Dennis M. Howard, president of the pro-life group Movement for a Better America, who has been tracking the economic impact of abortion since 1995, has shown that the 50.5 million surgical abortions since 1970 have cost the U.S. $35 trillion dollars in lost Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
If the number of missing children includes those aborted by IUDs, RU-486, sterilization and abortifacients, the figure climbs to over $70 trillion.
Originally calculating losses in "downstream tax revenues as an index of the cost of abortion," which showed only government revenue loss, Howard then turned to using lost GDP (GDP per capita per year times the cumulative number of abortions since 1970) as a measure of total economic cost.
"No matter how you slice it, aggressive ‘population control’ exacts a huge price in future economic growth that can never be recovered. Indeed, it is a loss that reverberates through all future generations. Without an enormous new Baby Boom lasting another 40 or 50 years, that growth is lost forever. We don’t have a debt crisis. We have a death crisis," wrote Howard.
Howard mentions the collapse of the former Soviet Union as an example of a nation whose demographic implosion has contributed to its economic breakdown.
"The main reason for their collapse was internal - 300 abortions for every 100 live births for decades. Their future is still grim. Right now, there are not enough younger women to reverse their population decline. Indeed, they are expected to lose another 40 million people between now and 2050."
Barry McLerran, producer of the film "Demographic Winter: the decline of the human family," said Russia's population is currently declining by approximately 750,000 people a year. Efforts by the Russian government to boost its population, including paying parents the equivalent of US $9,200 for every child after the first one, are failing.
Referring to current worldwide financial crisis, Howard recalled his 1997 report titled, “The Abortion Bomb: America’s Demographic Disaster.” In it he said, “I see little hope that we can avoid an eventual crash on Wall Street that will make the 1930’s look like cashing in your cards after a bad game of Monopoly."
He also predicted, "It will last longer than the Great Depression, and if it takes a war to get out of it - as happened with World War II - America as we know it may not survive."
The societal cost of abortion, both economic and moral, has been studied for years, but very little mainstream media attention is given to the findings.
In his book “The Cost of Abortion” (Four Winds, LaGrange, GA, 1995) Lawrence F. Roberge gathered and analyzed statistics on the number of abortions and the correlation between abortion and the decline in fertility and an increase in medical complications such as Asherman's syndrome.
Roberge's research showed the direct connection between the number of abortions and declines in GDP, which involve not only the lost potential of the aborted children, but the spin-off effects of, for example, the elimination of 950,000 to 1.2 million potential teaching jobs.
"There is a certain time and place for everyone," Roberge says, "and what happens is that, when you remove a life, it has a rippling effect throughout society. And it has an effect on the growth and future prosperity of that nation. Unless we take good care of [our] future and cultivate it instead of destroy it, we will have no future for this nation."
An article by National Right to Life (NRL) Research Assistant Laura Antkowiak published in 1998 titled, “What Do 40 Million Lost Lives Mean?” gave further evidence of the economic impact of abortion in the US. (
A 1998 feature on the cost of a child that appeared in U.S. News & World Report, declared, "A child, financially speaking, looks more like a high-priced consumer item with no warranty. It's the decision to remain childless that offers the real investment opportunity." Antkowiak, however, responded, stating, "The economic argument designed by pro-abortionists collapses when we examine children's place in the economy as consumers, workers, innovators, and taxpayers."
"The simple response to the abortion advocates' case is that most children inevitably grow into adults. They work and pay taxes, or otherwise spend, save, invest, and innovate," Antkowiak points out. "Economists attest that even before these children reach adulthood, their very belonging to a large and growing population spurs economic growth."
In 2006 Steven Mosher, president of the Population Research Institute (PRI), warned that the aging population will produce a dangerous imbalance between those who produce (GDP) and those are dependent on them.
"When you look at the projections that show our population aging rapidly over the next few decades, when you see our economy and government programs such as Social Security risking bankruptcy, you can see that the United States' annual 0.9% population growth rate is not enough," said Mosher.
"America's baby boomers didn't have many children on average, and as a result, our country faces a gray dawn. Even our currently high immigration levels haven't made up the difference."
Joseph A. D'Agostino, Vice President for Communications at PRI added, "According to United Nations figures, the percentage of the American population 65 or over will rise from 12.3% today to 20.6% by 2050. The proportion of Americans 80 or over will rise from 3.6% to 7.3% of the population. Our worker-to-retiree ratio is already at a dangerous 3-to-1.
"By 2050, it will be 2-to-1," D’Agostino said. "And those retirees will be living much longer than they do today thanks to beneficial improvements in health care."

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Friday, October 17, 2008

Attention Prayer Warriors

My sister at Salve Regina has a great post on the need for prayer in the spiritual battle being fought in the US elections. Fr. Corapi also is calling for prayer in this cause; here is his latest newsletter from my email inbox:

A Call for a Rosary Novena
Among the most important titles we have in the Catholic Church for the Blessed Virgin Mary are Our Lady of Victory and Our Lady of the Rosary. These titles can be traced back to one of the most decisive times in the history of the world and Christendom. The Battle of Lepanto took place on October 7 (date of feast of Our Lady of Rosary), 1571. This proved to be the most crucial battle for the Christian forces against the radical Muslim navy of Turkey. Pope Pius V led a procession around St. Peter’s Square in Vatican City praying the Rosary. He showed true pastoral leadership in recognizing the danger posed to Christendom by the radical Muslim forces, and in using the means necessary to defeat it. Spiritual battles require spiritual weapons, and this more than anything was a battle that had its origins in the spiritual order—a true battle between good and evil.

Today we have a similar spiritual battle in progress—a battle between the forces of good and evil, light and darkness, truth and lies, life and death. If we do not soon stop the genocide of abortion in the United States, we shall run the course of all those that prove by their actions that they are enemies of God—total collapse, economic, social, and national. The moral demise of a nation results in the ultimate demise of a nation. God is not a disinterested spectator to the affairs of man. Life begins at conception. This is an unalterable formal teaching of the Catholic Church. If you do not accept this you are a heretic in plain English. A single abortion is homicide. The more than 48,000,000 abortions since Roe v. Wade in the United States constitute genocide by definition. The group singled out for death—unwanted, unborn children.
No other issue, not all other issues taken together, can constitute a proportionate reason for voting for candidates that intend to preserve and defend this holocaust of innocent human life that is abortion.
I strongly urge every one of you to make a Novena and pray the Rosary to Our Lady of Victory between October 27th and Election Day, November 4th. Pray that God’s will be done and the most innocent and utterly vulnerable of our brothers and sisters will be protected from this barbaric and grossly sinful blight on society that is abortion. No woman, and no man, has the right to choose to murder an innocent human being. May God grant us the wisdom, knowledge, understanding, and counsel to form our conscience in accordance with authentic Catholic teaching, and then vote that well-formed Catholic conscience.
God Bless You
Fr. John Corapi

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Coffee Catholic Blog

I don't usually get political on my blog, but I think that every voice counts in the battle against the evils of today's society and the direction that it is taking our youth. I just found this blog courtesy of a post on Aussie Coffee Shop and I find it very interesting, no-holds-barred, and fierce! She has a good grasp on the damage done to the whole world by the feminist movement, and some pretty scary insight on where it can lead us. The progression of evil caused by the acceptance of abortion is escalating, and we need to stop it in its tracks. If we don't all stand and be counted in this fight, we will only have ourselves to blame. We have formidable enemies in our school systems, who are infringing on parents rights to make decisions for their children. And our children are the future- and they are more in need of moral guidance now than at any time in history because they are being bombarded by the acceptance of evil in every walk of life. It's past time for us to get tough. It may even be too late, but we must hope and pray that there will be an end to this moral destruction. It has to start in the home and family. It has to start with you.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

St Teresa of Avila

Today is the Memorial of St Teresa of Avila, my patron saint. I am blessed to have this very great saint as my patron. Most of us know her as a Doctor of the Church, about her great devotion to St. Joseph, and of her writings on mental prayer- her book, The Interior Castle, is on my must buy list. What many of us do not know is how much she suffered physically as well as spiritually, and the part it played in her devotion to St. Joseph and in her spiritual growth. I will let her tell you:
....... I was in such a state that only the Lord can know what intolerable sufferings I experienced. My tongue was bitten to pieces; nothing had passed my lips; and because of this and of my great weakness my throat was choking me so that I could not even take water. All my bones seemed to be out of joint and there was a terrible confusion in my head. As a result of the torments I had suffered during these days, I was all doubled up, like a ball, and no more able to move arm, foot, hand or head than if I had been dead, unless others moved them for me. I could move, I think, only one finger of my right hand. It was impossible to let anyone come to see me, for I was in such a state of distress that I could not endure it. They used to move me in a sheet, one taking one end and another the other. This lasted until Easter Sunday.[31] My only alleviation was that, if no one came near me, my pains often ceased; and when I had rested a little I used to think I was getting well. For I was afraid my patience would fail me; so I was very glad when I found myself without such sharp and constant pains, although I could hardly endure the terrible cold fits of quartan ague, from which I still suffered and which were very severe. I still had a dreadful distaste for food.
I was now so eager to return to the convent that they had me taken there. So, instead of the dead body they had expected, the nuns received a living soul; though the body was worse than dead and distressing to behold. My extreme weakness cannot be described, for by this time I was nothing but bones. As I have said, I remained in this condition for more than eight months, and my paralysis, though it kept improving, continued for nearly three years. When I began to get about on my hands and knees, I praised God. All this I bore with great resignation, and, except at the beginning, with great joy; for none of it could compare with the pains and torments which I had suffered at first. I was quite resigned to the will of God, even if He had left me in this condition for ever. My great yearning, I think, was to get well so that I might be alone when I prayed, as I had been taught to be -- there was no possibility of this in the infirmary. I made my confession very frequently, and talked a great deal about God, in such a way that all were edified and astonished at the patience which the Lord gave me; for if it had not come from His Majesty's hand it would have seemed impossible to be able to endure such great sufferings with such great joy.
It was a wonderful thing for me to have received the grace which God had granted me through prayer, for this made me realize what it was to love Him. After a short time I found these virtues were renewed within me, although not in great strength, for they were not sufficient to uphold me in righteousness. I never spoke ill of anyone in the slightest degree, for my usual practice was to avoid all evil-speaking. I used to remind myself that I must not wish or say anything about anyone which I should not like to be said of me. I was extremely particular about observing this rule on all possible occasions, although I was not so perfect as not to fail now and then when faced with difficult situations. Still, that was my usual habit; and those who were with me and had to do with me were so much struck by it that they made it a habit too. It came to be realized that in my presence people could turn their backs to me and yet be quite safe; and so, too, they were with my friends and kinsfolk and those who learned from me. But in other respects I shall have to give a strict account to God for the bad example which I set them. May it please His Majesty to forgive me, for I have been the cause of much wrongdoing, though my intentions were not so harmful as were the actions which resulted from them.
My desire for solitude continued and I was fond of speaking and conversing about God; if I found anyone with whom I could do so, it gave me more joy and recreation than indulgence in any of the refinements (which are really coarsenesses) of the conversation of the world. I communicated and confessed very much more frequently -- and this by my own wish; I loved reading good books; I was most sincerely penitent at having offended God; and I remember that often I dared not pray because I was afraid of the very deep distress which I should feel at having offended Him, and which was like a severe punishment. This continued to grow upon me and became such a torment that I do not know with what I can compare it. And its being greater or less had nothing to do with any fear of mine, for it would come when I thought of the favours which the Lord was giving me in prayer, and of all that I owed Him, and when I saw how ill I was requiting Him. I could not bear it; and I would grow very angry with myself at shedding so many tears for my faults, when I saw how little I improved and how neither my resolutions nor the trouble I took were sufficient to keep me from falling again when an occasion presented itself. My tears seemed to me deceptive and my faults the greater because I was conscious of the great favour which the Lord bestowed upon me in granting me these tears and this great repentance. I used to try to make my confession as soon as possible after I had fallen; and, I think, did all I could to return to grace. The whole trouble lay in my not cutting off the occasions of sin at the root, and in the scant help given me by my confessors. For, if they had told me how dangerous was the path I was taking and how incumbent upon me it was not to indulge in these conversations, I feel quite sure I could never have endured remaining in mortal sin for even a day with the knowledge that I was doing so. All these tokens of the fear of God came to me in prayer. The chief of them was that my fear was always swallowed up
[32] in love, for I never thought about punishment. All the time I was so ill, I kept a strict watch over my conscience with respect to mortal sin. O God, how I longed for health that I might serve Thee better! And that was the cause of all my wrongdoing.
For when I found that, while still so young, I was so seriously paralysed, and that earthly doctors had been unable to cure me, I resolved to seek a cure from heavenly doctors, for, though I bore my sickness with great joy, I none the less desired to be well again. I often reflected that, if I were to grow well and then to incur damnation, it would be better for me to remain as I was; but still I believed that I should serve God much better if I recovered my health. That is the mistake we make: we do not leave ourselves entirely in the Lord's hands; yet He knows best what is good for us.
I began by having Masses said for me, and prayers which had been fully approved; for I was never fond of other kinds of devotion which some people practise -- especially women -- together with ceremonies which I could never endure, but for which they have a great affection. Since then it has been explained to me that such things are unseemly and superstitious. I took for my advocate and lord the glorious Saint Joseph and commended myself earnestly to him; and I found that this my father and lord delivered me both from this trouble and also from other and greater troubles concerning my honour
[33] and the loss of my soul, and that he gave me greater blessings than I could ask of him. I do not remember even now that I have ever asked anything of him which he has failed to grant. I am astonished at the great favours which God has bestowed on me through this blessed saint, and at the perils from which He has freed me, both in body and in soul. To other saints the Lord seems to have given grace to succour us in some of our necessities but of this glorious saint my experience is that he succours us in them all and that the Lord wishes to teach us that as He was Himself subject to him on earth (for, being His guardian and being called His father, he could command Him) just so in Heaven He still does all that he asks. This has also been the experience of other persons whom I have advised to commend themselves to him; and even to-day there are many who have great devotion to him through having newly experienced this truth.
I used to try to keep his feast with the greatest possible solemnity
[34]; but, though my intentions were good, I would observe it with more vanity than spirituality, for I always wanted things to be done very meticulously and well. I had this unfortunate characteristic that, if the Lord gave me grace to do anything good, the way I did it was full of imperfections and extremely faulty. I was very assiduous and skilful in wrongdoing and in my meticulousness and vanity. May the Lord forgive me. I wish I could persuade everyone to be devoted to this glorious saint, for I have great experience of the blessings which he can obtain from God. I have never known anyone to be truly devoted to him and render him particular services who did not notably advance in virtue, for he gives very real help to souls who commend themselves to him. For some years now, I think, I have made some request of him every year on his festival and I have always had it granted. If my petition is in any way ill directed, he directs it aright for my greater good.
If I were a person writing with authority, I would gladly describe, at greater length and in the minutest detail, the favours which this glorious saint has granted to me and to others. But in order not to do more than I have been commanded I shall have to write about many things briefly, much more so than I should wish, and at unnecessarily great length about others: in short, I must act like one who has little discretion in all that is good. I only beg, for the love of God, that anyone who does not believe me will put what I say to the test, and he will see by experience what great advantages come from his commending himself to this glorious patriarch and having devotion to him. Those who practise prayer should have a special affection for him always. I do not know how anyone can think of the Queen of the Angels, during the time that she suffered so much with the Child Jesus, without giving thanks to Saint Joseph for the way he helped them. If anyone cannot find a master to teach him how to pray, let him take this glorious saint as his master and he will not go astray. May the Lord grant that I have not erred in venturing to speak of him; for though I make public acknowledgment of my devotion to him, in serving and imitating him I have always failed. He was true to his own nature when he cured my paralysis and gave me the power to rise and walk; and I am following my own nature in using this favour so ill.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Canadian Thanksgiving Day

Happy Thanksgiving , Canadians! I made a post on my other blog listing all the things I am thankful for, but on this blog, I only need to give thanks for one :

My Lord and my God!

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Important enough to break Sunday Silence

I received this email today from Life Site News. I must say that I am really annoyed with the underhanded way the government handled this.

Dear signer of the petition to revoke the Order of Canada award to Henry Morgentaler,
October 10, 2008 ( -
Some time ago you signed the petition and Campaign Life Coalition, the petition sponsor, promised that would keep you up-to-date on the issue and related matters. Unfortunately, due to unexpected technical delays, we have been unable to do so until now. In case you are not already aware, the petition was presented to both the Governor General's office and the Prime Minister's office on August 20 by Angelina Steenstra of Silent No More Awareness. The event was reported by Canada's national media. There were many more important developments that you can read about in the list of over 70 related reports at efforts and that of thousands of other Canadians caused the award and the abortion issue to be raised in public discussion to a degree that has not been seen for many years. Congratulations! It continued as a national news story for many weeks.Unfortunately, despite the clear disapproval of a majority of Canadians, Henry Morgentaler was presented with the Order of Canada medal in a ceremony yesterday in Quebec City. A large Campaign Life Coalition commissioned poll revealed that a majority of Canadians in all provinces except Quebec disapproved of the nomination. Nevertheless, the Governor General and the Order of Canada Advisory Committee decided to totally ignore the wishes of Canadians. By arranging to present the Order to the abortionist in Quebec City, rather than Ottawa as is usually done, and by announcing the ceremony at the last minute, they denied concerned Canadians the opportunity to organize an effective protest. In this they displayed contempt for the public and a ruthless determination to impose their militantly pro-abortion ideology on Canada.Now we are in the final stages of a Canadian federal election that will determine who will influence public policy on this and related issues. Will any of the politicians have the integrity and courage to correct the outrageous lack of accountability and abuse of the Order of Canada process? Campaign Life Coalition has published an extensive Federal Election page with a great deal of information on the parties', the leaders' and the candidates' stands on the abortion issue. This has involved a massive amount of work. It is a fabulous non-partisan information resource to help Canadians cast an informed vote on Tuesday. We strongly urge you to check out the election page at all the above in mind, Campaign Life Coalition wanted us to let you know that its national campaign against the Morgentaler award was a costly one. The poll alone cost $30,000 and there were numerous other necessary expenses. CLC is appealing for donations to cover those costs. PLEASE CONSIDER SENDING A GENEROUS DONATION TO CLC so it can continue to help Canadians be fully informed and to respond effectively to vital developments. You can donate to CLC on line or by mail by following the instructions at

Sunday Silence

Friday, October 10, 2008

My Journey, Continued

Today, I am going to Adoration and Mass, and I found myself starting to make excuses: It's too far to travel, and: I have all this work to do! But I quickly put those thoughts behind me and after reading this from the Imiyation of Christ, I understand where such thoughts come from. How I wish we had Adoration and daily Mass at our local church! I would go every day if I could.

Do Not Lightly Forego Holy Communion
The Voice of Christ
YOU must often return to the source of grace and divine mercy, to the fountain of goodness and perfect purity, if you wish to be free from passion and vice, if you desire to be made stronger and more watchful against all the temptations and deceits of the devil.
The enemy, knowing the great good and the healing power of Holy Communion, tries as much as he can by every manner and means to hinder and keep away the faithful and the devout. Indeed, there are some who suffer the worst assaults of Satan when disposing themselves to prepare for Holy Communion. As it is written in Job, this wicked spirit comes among the sons of God to trouble them by his wonted malice, to make them unduly fearful and perplexed, that thus he may lessen their devotion or attack their faith to such an extent that they perhaps either forego Communion altogether or receive with little fervor.
No attention, however, must be paid to his cunning wiles, no matter how base and horrible -- all his suggestions must be cast back upon his head. The wretch is to be despised and scorned. Holy Communion must not be passed by because of any assaults from him or because of the commotion he may arouse.
Oftentimes, also, too great solicitude for devotion and anxiety about confession hinder a person. Do as wise men do. Cast off anxiety and scruple, for it impedes the grace of God and destroys devotion of the mind.
Do not remain away from Holy Communion because of a small trouble or vexation but go at once to confession and willingly forgive all others their offenses. If you have offended anyone, humbly seek pardon and God will readily forgive you.
What good is it to delay confession for a long time or to put off Holy Communion? Cleanse yourself at once, spit out the poison quickly. Make haste to apply the remedy and you will find it better than if you had waited a long time. If you put it off today because of one thing, perhaps tomorrow a greater will occur to you, and thus you will stay away from Communion for a long time and become even more unfit.
Shake off this heaviness and sloth as quickly as you can, for there is no gain in much anxiety, in enduring long hours of trouble, and in depriving yourself of the divine Mysteries because of these daily disturbances. Yes, it is very hurtful to defer Holy Communion long, for it usually brings on a lazy spiritual sleep.
How sad that some dissolute and lax persons are willing to postpone confession and likewise wish to defer Holy Communion, lest they be forced to keep a stricter watch over themselves! Alas, how little love and devotion have they who so easily put off Holy Communion!
How happy and acceptable to God is he who so lives, and keeps his conscience so pure, as to be ready and well disposed to communicate, even every day if he were permitted, and if he could do so unnoticed.
If, now and then, a man abstains by the grace of humility or for a legitimate reason, his reverence is commendable, but if laziness takes hold of him, he must arouse himself and do everything in his power, for the Lord will quicken his desire because of the good intention to which He particularly looks. When he is indeed unable to come, he will always have the good will and pious intention to communicate and thus he will not lose the fruit of the Sacrament.
Any devout person may at any hour on any day receive Christ in spiritual communion profitably and without hindrance. Yet on certain days and times appointed he ought to receive with affectionate reverence the Body of his Redeemer in this Sacrament, seeking the praise and honor of God rather than his own consolation.
For as often as he devoutly calls to mind the mystery and passion of the Incarnate Christ, and is inflamed with love for Him, he communicates mystically and is invisibly refreshed.
He who prepares himself only when festivals approach or custom demands, will often find himself unprepared. Blessed is he who offers himself a sacrifice to the Lord as often as he celebrates or communicates.
Be neither too slow nor too fast in celebrating but follow the good custom common to those among whom you are. You ought not to cause others inconvenience or trouble, but observe the accepted rule as laid down by superiors, and look to the benefit of others rather than to your own devotion or inclination.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

New Books!

I have a lot of reading to do now; first I must thank my sister at Salve Regina for sending me Attaining Salvation by St. Alphonsus Liguori. Also the books I ordered from FSSP publications arrived: From the Rose Garden of Our Lady-a little book of Rosary meditations; The Little Office Of the Blessed Virgin Mary; and Aquinas's Shorter Summa. I am sure that all these books are going to help me on my journey. FSSP Publications also gave me three holy cards with prayers on the back. One of them is going to my sister, as it is a prayer for priests, and her spiritual vocation is praying for priests.

Monday, October 6, 2008

The right to life

I was visiting Dominican Idaho blog this morning and he has an excellent post on abortion, which I urge you all to read.
I particularly like this statement:
Our Lord, Jesus Christ, does not ask us to follow him to Calvary only for us to be afraid of contradicting a few bystanders along the way. He does not ask us to take up his Cross only to have us leave it at the voting booth door.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

My Journey, Continued

Facing your own faults is a difficult thing. How easy it is to make excuses and blame others for your own shortcomings! And how difficult to admit to others when you are wrong. As I get older, however, I find that it is becoming easier to take an objective view of myself; and I find that I am not as important in the scheme of things as I once thought I was! Wisdom does indeed take a long time for someone like me. And I am finding that the less importance I place on my own desires, the easier life becomes, and that it is easier to let go of the things of this world, even those that I love dearly. I still have goals, but they are not so worldly anymore. This passage from The Imitation of Christ explains it beautifully:

BE NOT troubled about those who are with you or against you, but take care that God be with you in everything you do. Keep your conscience clear and God will protect you, for the malice of man cannot harm one whom God wishes to help. If you know how to suffer in silence, you will undoubtedly experience God's help. He knows when and how to deliver you; therefore, place yourself in His hands, for it is a divine prerogative to help men and free them from all distress.
It is often good for us to have others know our faults and rebuke them, for it gives us greater humility. When a man humbles himself because of his faults, he easily placates those about him and readily appeases those who are angry with him.
It is the humble man whom God protects and liberates; it is the humble whom He loves and consoles. To the humble He turns and upon them bestows great grace, that after their humiliation He may raise them up to glory. He reveals His secrets to the humble, and with kind invitation bids them come to Him. Thus, the humble man enjoys peace in the midst of many vexations, because his trust is in God, not in the world. Hence, you must not think that you have made any progress until you look upon yourself as inferior to all others.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Why I love October

October is one of my favourite months! Let's start with the weather- cool crisp mornings with the stars brilliantly shining (if you get up early enough to see them!) Beautiful fall colours and usually plenty of sunshine, but the days don't get too hot. Harvest time, which always gives a sense of fulfillment. October is the month when Ted and I got married in the Catholic Church after having been married in a civil union for three years. And October is the month of the Rosary, and this is the month of the memorials of St Therese and St Teresa (my patron saint) as well as the Guardian Angels.
Did you know that a plenary indulgence is granted when the Rosary is recited in a church or oratory or when it is recited in a family, if it is recited without interruption and you add devout meditation on the mysteries? I assume that you must also add prayers for the Pope and be in a state of grace, which are the usual requirements to gain the plenary indulgence.