Monday, November 30, 2009
Thursday, November 26, 2009
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
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
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 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
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
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
The European Union is trying to eradicate all presence of Christianity.
ROME, November 9, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) - 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
Sunday, November 8, 2009
Thursday, November 5, 2009
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
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!