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Monday, November 30, 2009

Add to your Christmas card list

From LifeSite News:

Send Jailed Pro-Life Heroine Linda Gibbons a Christmas Card

November 30, 2009 ( - Supporters of Linda Gibbons are disseminating the following information to encourage support for the Canadian pro-life sidewalk counsellor:

Linda Gibbons has been a “common criminal” for many years now. For fifteen years, since 1994, this grandmother has been in and out of Ontario prisons. Her totally accumulated jail time is seven years. What is her crime? Linda prayerfully and quietly witnesses in front of Ontario abortion clinics, in violation of an unjust "bubble zone" law.

This past session has been particularly onerous - she has been behind bars since last January, and this will be her second consecutive Christmas in jail.

Please consider sending Linda a Christmas card this year. She will be encouraged and uplifted by your thoughtfulness. To maximize the effectiveness of this initiative, why not talk to your pastor and see if you can put this message in your church bulletin? Why not pass this message along to family and friends?

Her address is:

Attention: Linda Gibbons
Vanier Center for Women
655 Martin Street, Box 1040,
Milton, Ontario
L9T 5E6, Canada

There are some mailing guidelines because the Detention Centre mailing department reads everything sent to the inmates:

1. Don't use stickers (address, return address, pro-life) on the envelope or card.
2. Don't send any laminated cards, bookmarks, prayer cards, pro-life pamphlets. Non-laminated items will get to her.
3. Don't ask direct questions about daily activity of the detention centre.
4. Put your address directly in the card or letter. (Sometimes the mail sorter keeps the envelope and Linda feels badly if she can't write back.)
5. If you would like to send a little monetary gift to Linda it must be a money order made out to “Linda Gibbons.” The detention centre will deposit the money directly to her account. She uses any donations for envelopes and stamps.
6. Many people add a variety of Christian reading material in their mailings to her. She often shares articles with others in the Centre. She can receive pro-life material that show the development of the baby but not post abortion photos. She can't receive books. Try to stick to one or two pages of reading materials or pamphlets.

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Thursday, November 26, 2009

More from The Life of Christ

There is part of a chapter in The Life of Christ which really reminded me of the New Age movement and love of spirituality for its own sake; its denial of the need for "organised" religion, as though religion is a free-form art.
Bishop Sheen writes:
Holiness must have a philosophical and theological foundation, namely, Divine Truth; otherwise it is sentimentality and emotionalism. Many would say later on, "We want religion, but no creeds". This is like saying we want healing, but no science of medicine; music, but no rules of music; history, but no documents. Religion is indeed a life, but it grows out of truth, not away from it. It has been said it makes no difference what you believe; it all depends on how you act. This is psychological nonsense, for a man acts out of his beliefs.
To those who are not Catholic and don't understand Apostolic succession , there is a chapter on The Divine Mandate, chapter 58 which is too lengthy to include here, but which clearly examines the mission Christ gave to the Apostles, with references to Matthew 28:19,20.
I have finished reading this book now, so I will give you one more glimpse into it with these quotes:

When evil is revealed in the light, it does not always repent; sometimes it becomes more evil.

As life must be nourished, defended and preserved, so freedom must be repurchased in each generation.

Peace is in the soul, and comes from union with Him, though the body may feel pain.

And yet, knowing all, the Son of God made Peter and not John, the Rock upon which He built His Church that sinners and the weak might not despair.

Broadmindedness, when it means indifference to right and wrong, ends in a hatred of what is right.

Religion is not to be given to everyone, but only to those who are "of the truth". Matthew 7:6

It is the failure of those within that provides opportunities for enemies who are still without. The enemies will do the bloody work of the Crucifixion, but those who have had the faith and lost it and who are anxious to salve their conscience by destroying the root of morality commit the greater evil.

The fruits of sin never compensate for the loss of grace.

When a democracy loses its moral sense, it can vote itself right out of democracy.

Suffering does not necessarily make men better; it can sear and burn the soul, unless men are purified by seeing its redemptive value.

The soul that despairs never cries to God.

What the Resurrection offered was not immunity from evil in the physical worldd, but immunity from sin in the soul.

......there is never the Cross without the Resurrection.

I highly reccomend this book; it should be available at your local library. Any time one spends time contemplating the life of Christ, it can only serve to bring you closer to Him.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

An Old Rugged Cross

My husband did something very special for me today. First - a little family history. In the 1930's my mother's family homesteaded over 50 acres on the Slocan River, where they raised mom and her brothers and sisters. Over the years everyone moved away, and the property, called "The Old Ranch"was, on the death of my grandparents, inherited by all the siblings. It went delinquent in land taxes, and my mom ended up buying it from the surviving family members in the 1970's. She lived on it for the last few years of her life- I think she was over 70 when she moved out there. Now, this property has no electricity, running water, or dwellings. She lived in camper trailers, with propane heat and kerosene lanterns. Mom didn't drive, so one of my sisters and one of my brothers, God bless them, looked after her every need.
There are the remnants of two old hand-hewn cabins there that mom lived in as a child. One of them is almost on the edge of the river bank now, as the flooding river eats away a little of the land every spring. After mom died, the Old Ranch was put up for sale, so some of the men went out to do some clean up. While they were there, Ted gathered bits of wood from the old cabins, mostly the cedar chinking.
This is what my thoughtful, caring husband had in mind:
He wanted to make an old rugged Cross for me, as a momento of my family history, and my family's faith that my mother loved so much. He even included a nail that came from the cabin, and made it so that there are no fresh-cut ends.

It is now hanging on the wall in my office, a reminder of my mother, and also a reminder of my beloved husband. I hope to find a Corpus to fit it, and have it blessed.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

More quotes from the good Bishop

I am over halfway through The life of Christ by Fulton J. Sheen now, and I am really enjoying the way it is written. Gives you a more personal take on Our Lord's life, and explains well the political structure of the times.
Here are some more great one-liners from it to get you thinking:

As men love God they will also love their country.

When our responsive love melts into obedience, then God makes His dwelling within us.

All false beatitudes which make happiness depend on self-expression, license, having a good time, or "eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow you die" He scorns because they bring mental disorders, unhappiness, false hopes, and anxieties.

The wicked fear the good, because the good are a constant reproach to their consciences.

Belief in immortality dies easily in those who live in such a way that they cannot face the prospect of judgement.

Whenever man attempts to do what he knows to be the Masters Will, a power will be given to him equal to the duty.

The instinct of justice in the human heart is so deep that, even in great deeds of injustice the villains wear the mantle of justice.

That last one sure does hit the nail on the head for all the "rights" groups out there doesn't it?

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Thank you

Thank you to all who sent their well wishes. My mom is laid to rest now; we had a traditional Requiem Mass in Latin for her as she would have wished, and what's a funeral without rain? The family gathered from across the country, and I had the pleasure of spending some time with my daughter, who is a lawyer in Ontario- I only get to see her about once a year.
My mom was a very prayerful person, and she made great spiritual progress in the last couple of years of her life. She will always be an inspiration to me to persevere in prayer. I am fortunate to inherit her Missal, and a few other books, the chief treasure of which is Thomas A Kempis's The Imitation of Christ; a book that I was intending to buy.
My computer crashed the night mom died, and is still giving me trouble, but I am working on another post of quotes from Bishop Fulton J. Sheen from his book The Life of Christ, which I recommend to all. It is better than any Bible Study session.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

In the arms of Jesus

My mother passed away peacefully last night. She received the Last Rites and Communion a few hours before her death, and had family with her. She wore her brown scapular, and died with her Rosary in her hand. Please pray for her soul. There will be a Traditional Requiem Mass for her on Monday.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Pray for our fallen soldiers.

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders Fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders Fields.

- John McCrae

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Attacking Christianity

The European Union is trying to eradicate all presence of Christianity.
ROME, November 9, 2009 ( - The recent decision by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) condemning the display of crucifixes in Italian public schools could result in the removal of all public displays of a Christian origin in all public buildings of Europe under the newly passed Lisbon Treaty, a British legal expert has warned.

You can read more here. Let us pray that the Italian people are courageous and successful in fighting this tyranny which denies their heritage and their faith. This is just the tip of the iceberg in the attempt to replace religion with government.
Our schools have become a battleground. The forces of evil know that children are our future; something that pro life people also know and that men and women who are so self-absorbed that they choose to abort their children seem to have forgotten. The children of the world are under attack in their schools and parents are being stripped of their power to protect them by the laws of their country. Home schooling has been outlawed in at least one European country, and is under attack in others. Why? Because government wants to control children, to force them into accepting their version of the world. The sad thing is that most governments are elected, most laws voted on. People who have an agenda make the most noise and get the most attention, as is evident by the progress made by the homosexualist and pro abortion activists. We cannot fight evil by shrugging our shoulders and expecting someone else to fight the battle. We must speak up and fight for our faith and our beliefs. I am happy that the US Bishops are speaking up on the health care bill, but so much more needs to be done. I hope and pray that more parents will take their children out of State run schools, and either home school or start schools where they are allowed to teach their children the morals and values of a society that values faith and life according to God's plan. We are under attack, as Fr. Corapi says, this is spiritual warfare. Tomorrow we give honor to those who gave their life to protect our country from tyranny, are we going to let tyranny sneak in the back door, one little law at a time?

Monday, November 9, 2009

Fr.Corapi Veteran's Day Message

Give pause this week to pray for the souls of all the soldiers who have given their lives for you.
As usual, Fr. Corapi says it best:

Veterans' Day Message from Fr. Corapi

Every year in the United States of America we celebrate “Veterans’ Day” on November 11th, which historically marked the armistice (originally Armistice Day) ending World War I. If you are interested in the history of this American holiday, you can easily find it using Google, or any web search engine.

We should all be very thankful for the service of our veterans. Our country and the freedoms we sometimes take for granted were won by, and constantly protected by, the veterans of our Armed Forces. My grandfather served in the US Army during World War I; my father in the Navy Seabees in the South Pacific, some of my uncles served in the Marines, the Navy, and the Air Force during the Korean War. I enlisted in the Army in the late 1960s myself.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church, “a sure norm for teaching the faith,” as Pope John Paul II asserted, says this about military service in paragraph #2310, quoting “Gaudium et Spes”: “Those who are sworn to serve their country in the armed forces are servants of the security and freedom of nations. If they carry out their duty honorably, they truly contribute to the common good of the nation and the maintenance of peace.”

It is the obligation of all of us, individuals and governments alike, to work assiduously for peace. As my Grandmother often said to me, “war is hell.” She knew as she had a husband and son that fought in both world wars, had nephews and a grandson go off to faraway places. She prayed, worried, and suffered because of war. Nonetheless, she knew, like so many of us do, that without the sacrifices of themselves and their loved ones, there would be no enduring freedom.

There is always something to be learned from the natural order that can be applied to the spiritual and moral life. One of the most common underlying misconceptions and fallacious presuppositions is that there is no evil in the world, that no one will hurt you if you just don’t hurt them. Wrong! There is evil in the world, there has been since darkness entered into Eden, and there will be until Jesus comes again in glory.

There is good and there is evil; there is truth and there are lies; there is life and there is death. Being neutral is a myth. Sitting on a fence is an accident waiting to happen. In the end you will be “for me or against me,” as Jesus says.

We are at war and “our battle is not against flesh and blood,” as St. Paul asserts in his letter to the Ephesians. A good soldier is ready to shed his blood, sweat, and tears for the cause of freedom. Jesus tells us, “I’ve come to set the captives free.” The servant is no better, no different, than his Master. The bottom line of war is victory, and this war is for an eternal prize.

We honor our veterans this week, and rightly so. Let their sacrifices for our country inspire you to even higher things. You and I are called to fight the good fight and run the race to the finish line. Performing our mission as good Catholics and Christians affects countless other souls, some we know, some we don’t. So, as St. Paul cautions us, “Don’t shadow box. Fight so as to win.” Don’t imagine there is not a moral and spiritual war either. This fight results in victory or defeat, Heaven or hell, forever.

God bless you,

Fr. John Corapi

Thursday, November 5, 2009

The Life of Christ- Quotes from Bishop Fulton J. Sheen

One of the books I am currently reading is The Life of Christ, by Bishop Fulton J. Sheen. It is full of little sentences that give one pause, food for meditation and prayer.

God writes His name on the soul of every man.

We need a Christ who will restore moral indignation, Who will make us hate evil with a passionate intensity, and love goodness to a point where we can drink death like water.

The nearer Christ comes to a heart, the more it becomes conscious of its guilt; it will then either ask for His mercy and find peace, or else it will turn against Him because it is not yet ready to give up its sinfulness.

It is part of the discipline of God to make His loved ones perfect through trial and suffering. Only by carrying the Cross can one reach the Resurrection.

The sun no sooner rises than it shines; the fire is no sooner kindled than it burns; so grace acts as soon as the soul cooperates.

As I read further I will share more of these gems of Wisdom with you.

Monday, November 2, 2009

For the Holy Souls

Perhaps it's a little late in the day for an All Souls Day post, but because of my devotion to the Holy Souls in Purgatory, I have something to share with you. To all those who got to attend a traditional requiem Mass today, bless you; wish I could have too!