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

Monday, May 25, 2009

I'm still here!

I spent the last few days in Creston with my husband, looking for a place to rent there. I've been praying to St. Joseph for help in this matter, and things are looking pretty good. We are waiting to hear back on two different places, and it's all a matter of time now. Things always seem to work out when I ask St. Joseph to help in temporal matters, and I give him thanks for all he has done for us.
I attended Mass there twice. Outside the church are two stone monuments; I particularly like this one:

There is also the Ten Commandments:

So nice to see something with meaning to it on display at this church. At Mass, I kneel for Communion, and had to laugh at myself on Sunday; my skirt got caught on the heels of my shoes as I was kneeling, so I had to sort that out before I could stand up. Good thing I was almost the last one in the line for Communion! I wish we could have a Communion rail for those who wish to receive kneeling, it makes it so much easier. I intend to start a petition to get the TLM in Creston, at least once a month. Of course, all that will have to wait until I'm actually living there!

Monday, May 18, 2009

Obama, the silver tongued devil

After reading the special report from LifeSite News on Obama's day at Notre Dame, I can only conclude that those who fell for his rhetoric are blinded by the hero-worship that follows this man. Those who applauded him cannot truly consider themselves to be Catholic. I really hope that some good will come of this travesty, in the form of a stronger presence of leadership in the church, and the willingness of true Catholics to at last stand and be counted amongst those who are faithful to the Magisterium. It is heartening that there were over 360,000 signatures on the petition to rescind the invitation, and that 79 bishops also spoke out. I pray that the sleeping conscience of the average Catholic has at last been awakened. We must fight for our faith, each of us as we are able, even if it is only signing a petition or praying a novena; for if we, the average people, do not speak out, we will be buried beneath the agenda of politicians; our right to practice our faith will be undermined. It is being undermined. Catholics throughout the world are reviled for their beliefs, some even killed for them.
Live your faith, even if it is inconvenient for you. Go to Mass every Sunday, and whenever possible. Follow the teachings of the Church. Pray unceasingly, especially for those who are so blinded by the glory and power of Obama that they cannot see the Glory and Power of God, and end up denying Him.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Sunday Silence

Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, pray for us. St. Simon Stock, pray for us.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Fr. Corapi newsletter

To Bear Witness To the Truth:An Unequivocal Moral Obligation for All Christians

by Rev. John Corapi, SOLT, STD

Every Catholic and, indeed, every Christian faithful to the Gospel, has the moral obligation to bear witness to the truth, “in season and out of season, convenient or inconvenient,” accepted or rejected. This mandate is nothing new, of course. It’s as old as the Old Testament, and as new as the New Testament. Nonetheless, I’m afraid that it has become more necessary than ever to remind ourselves of it.
The Magisterium formally teaches in the Catechism of the Catholic Church #2471, quoting Sacred Scripture, “Before [Pontius] Pilate, Christ proclaimed the He has ‘come into the world to bear witness to the truth’ (Jn 18:37). The Christian is not to be ‘ashamed then of testifying to our Lord’ (2 Tm 1:8). In situations that require witness to the faith, the Christian must profess it without equivocation, after the example of St. Paul before his judges. We must keep ‘a clear conscience toward God and toward men’” (Acts 24:16).
Let me give you one definition of equivocation: “A statement that is not literally false but that cleverly avoids an unpleasant truth; intentionally vague or ambiguous.” How about this for an example: “A woman has the right to choose.” Choose what? A less vague, ambiguous, and equivocal statement would be, “A woman (or man) has the right to choose to perpetrate homicide. Or, “A nation has the right to facilitate, enable, or legislate genocide.” Oh, excuse me, that would be an unpleasant truth, or maybe an “inconvenient truth,” as the inventor of the internet, Al Gore, might say.
The Catholic Church unambiguously and formally teaches:The duty of Christians to take part in the life of the Church impels them [IMPELS THEM] to act as witnesses of the Gospel and the obligations that flow from it. This witness is a transmission of the faith in words and deeds. WITNESS IS AN ACT OF JUSTICE THAT ESTABLISHES THE TRUTH OR MAKES IT KNOWN (see Matthew 18:16).
The recent travesty involving the University of Notre Dame’s invitation to the President of the United States to give the commencement address and receive an honorary doctor of laws degree is the antithesis of Catholic and Christian witness to the truth. A lawyer who vigorously, publicly, and consistently support an anti-life and anti-family litany of evils will now receive an honorary doctor of laws degree from what is arguably the most prestigious Catholic University in America.
A picture is worth a thousand words. Indeed, what thousand words will be conveyed by the picture(s) of Mr. Obama receiving his honorary doctorate and sending off the graduating class at Notre Dame University? This will be a dark day indeed for the University of Notre Dame and the Catholic Church that permitted it to happen. In the end, the bishops have the right and the duty to decide if the University of Notre Dame can any longer claim “Catholic” credentials.
Meanwhile, the obligation to bear witness to the truth weighs more heavily than ever on each one of us. We have rapidly entered into a new era of persecution of the Church and the truth that she professes and teaches, reminding us again,
"The disciple of Christ must not only keep faith and live on it, but also profess it, confidently bear witness to it, and spread it: All however must be prepared to confess Christ before men and to follow him along the way of the Cross, amidst the persecutions which the Church never lacks.” (Lumen gentius 42; Dignitatis Humanae 14).
Service of and witness to the faith are necessary for salvation: “So everyone who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven; but whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven” (Mt 10:32-33).
God Bless You,
Fr. John Corapi

Prayer request

Please pray for my sister, Marilena, who is scheduled for surgery today. She is terrified of surgery, so this is a tough day for her.
We love you, sis, and we'll be praying for you! Today is the feast day of St Dymphna, one of your favourite saints, so I'll pray to her to watch over you today in a special way. God bless you!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

What if....

you invited the President of the US to speak at a catholic University, and not one student attended his speech?
What if they all attended this instead? (Courtesy of LSN)

Members of the senior class who have decided not to attend their own graduation have invited Fr. Pavone to lead them in prayer at the Class of 2009 Vigil for Life, which will start at 2pm, the same time as the commencement ceremony in which President Obama will be honored. The Class of 2009 Vigil for Life will take place at the Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes, where the Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary will be prayed and Fr. Frank will give five-minute meditations prior to each decade. In response to the invitation, Fr. Pavone stated, "In standing with these students, I am standing with the true spirit of Notre Dame: a pro-life spirit, in harmony with human reason and Catholic Faith. The scandal that has been generated does not represent what Notre Dame is all about; it represents a radical betrayal of what Notre Dame is all about. I am encouraged by the pro-life activities of so many student groups on this campus - activities that are carried out all year round." Fr. Pavone added, "Hundreds of thousands of Catholics, hundreds of priests, and dozens of bishops have called upon Notre Dame to end this scandal by withdrawing its invitation to President Obama. The result of that demand is not in our control. But one final response to this scandal is fully in the control of each graduating senior: don't show up.
"Don't participate in an event which will only serve to obscure rather than highlight the Church's pro-life teaching and the true spirit of Notre Dame. Instead, come to the Class of 2009 Vigil for Life. The seniors who do this are manifesting the real meaning of commencement: they are carrying out the witness to truth and service that their hard-earned degrees have prepared them to give in the world."

Saturday, May 9, 2009

A Blessed Mothers Day to you!

I'm not able to go see my mom this weekend for Mother's Day; she is still in the hospital. I hope to go next weekend, though; it's a long weekend here, and the trip takes about 10 hours. We're uncertain how long she will be there, so any prayers are still needed and appreciated.

To all those of you who can, give your mom an extra loving hug, and remember in your prayers all the moms who are forgotten or neglected by their children. At Mass this evening, all the moms were given a carnation , which I share with you !

Friday, May 8, 2009

Our Lady- Notre Dame

My sister at Salve Regina posted the You Tube video of Fr. Corapi's speech about the Notre Dame scandal; one of the things he says is that the leadership of the bishops in this matter is a sign of hope, and to pray for them. We need to restore the Catholic identity of our institutions of learning, so that they may provide "strong and uncompromising moral leadership" for the restoration of our nation (Canada too!) Without education our youth will not understand their faith, and will be swayed by the pressures of the world; without faith, the moral decay of our nations will accelerate; without prayer, faith is weakened, and the power of darkness prevails. Pray! Pray without ceasing! In this particular matter, pray to "Notre Dame" - Our Lady- to intervene.
Mary, Help of Christians, pray for us.
Our Lady of Perpetual Help, pray for us.
Our Lady of Guadalupe, pray for us.
Our Lady of Good Hope, pray for us.
Our Lady of Good Counsel, pray for us.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Where is the beauty?

One of the things I find most annoying about modernism in the Church is the liberties taken in the interpretation of the icons which are part of the heritage of our Catholic faith. From the Stations of the Cross depicting only Christ's suffering Face, to Crucifixes with no Corpus, draped in a cloth ( both of which are evident at local Churches) to some of the more outrageous travesties such as a female Corpus, and the ever present slogans on banners, there is a distinct lack of taste and understanding of the rich heritage of Catholic art. I know some folks think that it is ostentatious to have grand displays of art and architecture, saying that Christ lived a simple and frugal life, but our Churches are meant to give Him glory and honour, and to lift our souls up to God. Somehow, a crucifix, empty of the Sacred Body, that looks like a plus sign made out of glass, with little colored squares scattered across it, suspended on wire above the small plain wood altar, does absolutely nothing to lift my heart and soul up to God.
The other thing that bugs me about this is that it is women who are perpetrating this tasteless nonsense; most of the "decor" in our parishes is done by women. Why have women today lost the sense of the sacred?