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

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

And how was your day?

I'm feeling rather grumpy today.
Grumpy because Notre Dame university plans on having Barack Obama offer the commencement address and receive an honorary law degree on May 17, which is a slap in the face to all the good Catholics who have supported that university and expect it to uphold the Catholic faith instead of kissing the butt of the Abortion President.
Grumpy because the CCCB refuses to accept that Development and Peace funds are supporting pro-abortion groups in Mexico and have tried to discredit the reporting of LifeSite news on this subject instead of doing their own research to get at the truth.
Grumpy because EU countries think that human embryos are of less importance than animals and can be used to determine lethal doses of chemicals, household products and pharmaceuticals.
Grumpy because there are Catholics who are stupid enough to think that the Pope's strong moral stand is less important than the political issues of the day.
Grumpy because it seems that the majority of humanity is spiralling out of control to their own destruction, filled with pride in their belief that their agendas take precedence over everything that is moral and good.
Grumpy because their ignorance and evil ways are going to cause innocent human beings, born and unborn, endless pain, grief, and desolation.
Grumpy because Hell is filling up faster than Heaven.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

St. Joseph's stairway

This is the stairway at the Loretto Chapel in Santa Fe, New Mexico, possibly built by St. Joseph. I love this story and this beautiful staircase, because it is so representative of St. Joseph.
In the story, the nuns made a novena to St. Joseph, and their prayers were answered by a mysterious man who built this amazing staircase. When we are in need of assistance, our prayers to him ascend like this staircase, built out of our faith, and how often he helps us! Never underestimate this great Saint, have confidence in him, ask his intersession especially for the dying.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Development and Peace Fiasco

I, for one, won't be supporting Development and Peace in their annual funds drive this year. And not at all until they clean up their act.
MEXICO CITY, March 17, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The Director of Mexico's National Pro-Life Committee has confirmed to LifeSiteNews (LSN) that he is personally aware that at least three of the groups funded by the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace (CCODP) in Mexico are pro-abortion (see LifeSiteNews coverage at http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2009/mar/09031210.html).

One of the big problems with supporting charitable organizations is not really knowing where your money is going. And in the case of the CCODP, it is going to the financial aid of pro abortion groups in Mexico. These groups, once Catholic, now "embrace Liberation Theology, which is a socialistic movement condemned by the Catholic Church."
Wake up, Canadian Bishops! You have historically done a lot of harm to Canadian Catholics, don't compound your errors.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Prayer for the week-St. Joseph

I have a strong devotion to St. Joseph, largely influenced by my patron Saint, St. Teresa of Avila, who had an unwavering devotion to him.
She said: "To other Saints Our Lord seems to have given power to succor us in some special necessity- but to this glorious Saint, I know by experience, He has given the power to help us in all. Our Lord would have us understand that as He was subject to St. Joseph on earth-for St. Joseph, bearing the title of father and being His guardian, could command Him- so now in Heaven Our Lord grants all his petitions."

Have confidence in St. Joseph! As they said in Egypt in the Old Testament, "Go to Joseph!" He can help us in our temporal needs, but he is also the patron of the dying. How holy and blessed his death must have been, dying in the arms of Jesus and Mary!
St. Alphonsus Ligouri said: "Since we all must die, we should cherish a special devotion to St. Joseph, that he may obtain for us a happy death. All Christians regard him as the advocate of the dying who had honoured him during their life, and that for three reasons:
"First, because Jesus Christ loved him not only as a friend, but as a father, and on this account his mediation is far more efficacious than that of any other Saint.
"Second, because St. Joseph has obtained special power against the evil spirits, who tempt us with redoubled vigour at the hour of death.
"Third, the assistance given St. Joseph at his death by Jesus and Mary obtained for him the right to secure a holy and peaceful death for his servants. Hence if they invoke him at the hour of death, he will not only help them but he will also obtain for them the assistance of Jesus and Mary."
March 19 we celebrate the feast day of St. Joseph. This week , to honour him, I offer this prayer, which I pray after the Rosary:

To thee, O blessed Joseph, do we have recourse in our tribulations, and having implored the help of thy thrice-holy Spouse, we confidently invoke thy patronage also. By that charity wherewith thou wast united to the immaculate Virgin Mother of God, and by that fatherly affection with which thou didst embrace the Child Jesus, we beseech thee and we humbly pray that thou wouldst look graciously upon the inheritance which Jesus Christ hath purchased by his blood, and assist us in our needs by thy power and strength.
Most watchful guardian of the Holy Family, protect the chosen people of Jesus Christ; keep far from us, most loving father, all blight of error and corruption: mercifully assist us from heaven, most mighty defender, in this our conflict with the powers of darkness; and, even as of old thou didst rescue the Child Jesus from the supreme peril of His life, so now defend God's Holy Church from the snares of the enemy and from all adversity; keep us one and all under thy continual protection, that we may be supported by thine example and thine assistance, may be enabled to lead a holy life, die a happy death, and come at last to the possession of everlasting blessedness in heaven. Amen.

It is worthy of note that this is one of the few prayers which still has a partial indulgence attached to it, although the translation offered in the new Handbook of Indulgences has been so simplified as to lose a lot of the reverence that this translation, from the Racclota, inspires.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

O my Soul

Imagine, if you will, a world where all people were concerned about the salvation of their soul. Imagine yourself, aware of God in your life each moment, and weighing your actions and words for their eternal merit or lack thereof. Would you willingly fall prey to the snares of the world if you knew that the fate of your soul hung in the balance?
Do you even think about the state of your soul?
Every one of your actions, words, and thoughts are known to God. That can be an intimidating thought, but only if you are attached to sin and the ways of the world. When you truly love Him and desire to do His will, that is a comforting thought.
Think, for a moment, about the times when you have overindulged in some food or drink, how it gave you a momentary pleasure and now even the memory of that pleasure is gone. Now think of a time when you have done something charitable, perhaps given money to someone in need of food, or helped someone with counsel, or stood outside an abortion mill praying the rosary. How much more memorable those occasions!
The road to the salvation of the soul is full of self sacrifice; of dying to yourself and putting God first, others second, and yourself last. We are fortunate that we have examples to follow in the communion of Saints, the Church Triumphant. There are many inspirational writings to keep us on track, books written by saints, biographies, sacred music, encyclicals from the Popes; there are so many resources out there to inspire us to lift ourselves up to God.
The greatest resource we have available to us are the Sacraments. In this Lenten season, I urge you to do a moral inventory, to examine your conscience thoroughly, and to go to Confession. Spend some time in Adoration. Pray the Rosary every day and strengthen your prayer life. Live to love God. As we approach Good Friday remember how merciful God is and how willing He was to suffer and die for the salvation of our souls. Make a heartfelt act of contrition.

O my Redeemer, thou hast shed Thy blood to purchase my soul, and I have so often lost it, and lost it again!I give Thee thanks that Thou hast given me time to recover it by recovering Thy grace. O my God, would that I had died before I had ever offended Thee!It comforts me to know that Thou knowest not how to despise a heart which humbles itself, and repents of its sins.
O Mary, Refuge of sinners, succor a sinner who recommends himself to thee and trusts in thee.
(St. Alphonsus Ligouri)

Friday, March 13, 2009

Faith Freedom Fighters -Our Pope

Pope Benedict, in a letter issued yesterday about the criticism he has received over lifting the excommunications of 4 SSPX bishops, made a statement which defines everything I've been saying lately about the state of the world:

"In our days," he wrote, "when in vast areas of the world the faith is in danger of dying out like a flame which no longer has fuel, the overriding priority is to make God present in this world and to show men and women the way to God.
"The real problem at this moment of our history is that God is disappearing from the human horizon, and, with the dimming of the light which comes from God, humanity is losing its bearings, with increasingly evident destructive effects."

God bless our Pope. Please pray for him.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Blog award!

Thanks to AussieTherese for this blog award! The beauty of blogging is finding new friends who share your interests.
I pass it forward to Mary Rose at True confessions of a Prodigal Daughter. I really enjoy her outlook on women and the faith, and her inspiring conversion story.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Novena to St. Joseph -for priests

Today is the day to start a novena to St. Joseph, to end on his feast day March 19. I have chosen to make a novena for priests, as this is a time when we really need our priests to stand firm and lead strongly, a time when we are being assailed on all sides by darkness and need the light of faith, and great leaders.

O illustrious patriarch St. Joseph, who carried the Infant Jesus in thy blessed arms and who, during the space of thirty years, lived in the most intimate familiarity with Him, take under thy powerful protection those whom He has clothed with His authority and honoured with the dignity of His priesthood, whom He has charged to continue His mission, to preach His Gospel, and to dispense everywhere His graces and blessings. Sustain them in their fatigues and labours; fortify them in their combats; but above all keep far from them all the evils of sin.
Obtain for them the humility of St. John the Baptist, the faith of St. Peter, the zeal and charity of St. Paul, the purity of St. John, and the spirit of prayer and recollection of which thou, my dear Saint, art the model, so that, after having been on earth the faithful dispensers of the Mysteries of thy foster Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, they may in heaven receive the recompense promised to pastors according to the Heart of God. Amen.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Prayer for the week

This week, I would like to honour Our Lady of the Rosary, and ask her for strength and assistance in fighting the temptations which daily assail us.

To The Queen of The Holy Rosary

O Queen of the most holy Rosary, in these times of brazen impiety, show again thy power, with the signs which accompanied thy victories of old, and from the throne where thou art seated, dispensing pardon and grace, in pity watch over the Church of thy Son, His Vicar, and every order of the clergy and laity, suffering in grievous warfare.
Hasten,O most powerful destroyer of heresy, hasten the hour of mercy, seeing that the hour of judgement is daily challenged by innumerable offences. Obtain for me, the lowest of men, kneeling suppliant in thy presence, the grace which may enable me to live a just life on earth, and reign with the just in heaven, whilst with the faithful throughout the world, O Queen of the most holy Rosary, I salute thee and cry out: Queen of the most holy Rosary, pray for us!

Saturday, March 7, 2009

My kind of news

Today I'm sharing with you little snippets if things that are going on in the world. Those of you who read LifeSite news will be familiar with these stories, but this is for everyone who only reads the news from the secular media:
Archbishop Announces Excommunication of Doctor and Family Members for Abortion on Nine-Year-Old Girl
Calls abortion a "holocaust worse than the six million Jews, which we lament every year"
In an interview with ElPais.com yesterday, Sobrinho held firm."I'm not sorry. What I did was to declare the excommunication. It is my obligation to alert the people, so that they may fear the laws of God," he told the online publication.

The Obama Victory Was a Giant Step Backwards For the Civil Rights Movement
His 'pro-choice' policies slam inalienable rights back into the realm of someone else's choice
Commentary by Meg Jalsevac
When we subject the civil rights of some to the choice of others, we endanger the civil rights of all. Inalienable rights are grounded in our humanity - not in a choice made by some body. If we continue to leave the human rights of some (the unborn) as merely a 'choice,' then who is to say that someone or some court or governing body or majority down the road might not 'choose' that blacks do not actually deserve freedom, or women should no longer be allowed to vote or, for that matter, that residents of any given state should no longer be allowed to live. It is a slippery slope.

UPDATED: FOCA to Be Introduced "Sooner than Later": Congressman Spokesman
If passed, would "obliterate virtually all the gains" of pro-lifers since Roe v. Wade
If passed, the Freedom of Choice Act would enshrine abortion as a "fundamental right" that no government can "deny" or even "interfere with." This would immediately question the validity of all state and federal abortion regulations, including the partial-birth abortion ban, parental consent and notification laws, informed consent laws, and medical providers' legal right to refuse participation in abortion on moral grounds.
In light of this last threat, U.S. Catholic bishops have led the charge against the bill, citing their concern that Catholic hospitals across the United States would be forced to choose between disobeying the law and closing altogether. Some bishops have confirmed they would shutter their hospitals if FOCA were enforced.
"It would not be sufficient to withdraw our sponsorship or to sell them to someone who would perform abortions. That would be a morally unacceptable cooperation in evil," said Chicago auxiliary Bishop Thomas Paprocki at the bishops' annual fall meeting in Baltimore in November.

I highly recommend LifeSite News not just to Catholics, but to all those who seek to know what is going on behind the scenes in the world, for information that the secular media does not want you to know. To use their phrase, the public has a right to know.

Friday, March 6, 2009

My Journey, Continued

Many of us have suffered trials recently- some in financial situations, some in family and relationships, some in our own health and spiritual life. I look at the world and see the great troubles brewing there, with the installment of government officials in the U.S. who are radically pro-abortion, with euthanasia gaining popularity, with homosexuality running rampant, with the harvesting of organs from donors who are not dead, with growing gang violence, and especially with the world wide extermination of unborn children. There is always the cry, "how can God permit such evil"?
It isn't God who permits such evil, it is you and I. We as Catholics, know the Truth that God has sent us, and yet we so often succumb to the pressures of the world that lead us into denying our faith. We have become complacent with the world around us, and often are afraid of change. We shrug our shoulders and say, "it is what it is", or "that's the government for you" when we really need to say "I don't like what it is and I want to change that" or "our government needs to hear my concerns".
I am happy to hear of the Archbishop who attended the 40 Days For Life Vigil and other clergy who are, finally, becoming leaders by example. Biblically we are called sheep, and like sheep, we need to follow. But we need to choose wisely who we turn to for leadership. Use the criteria of your faith in determining this; even in the minutiae of your daily life you can choose to avoid situations which lead you into sin.
Look within yourself, do a moral inventory every day. God wills good things, and we can search for the good even in the troubles we might be experiencing. Like the song says, "get in touch with God, turn your radio on!"
I like the old logo for RCA Victor of the dog sitting in front of the gramophone, "His Master's voice". Have you listened today?