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

Monday, June 29, 2009

Childhood memories

One of the things I enjoy about having moved back to the West Kootenays is that I now live closer to my family and the area where I spent my childhood. Yesterday my sister and myself and our husbands attended Mass at the church we attended as children, the Sacred Heart Church in Proctor. There have been some changes, but it's basically the way I remember it back in the day when the Mass was always offered in Latin.

The old altar is still there, but it now has a modern altar in front of it, and the old pump organ at the back of the church is gone. The communion rail is gone too, and so is the confessional. How sad.
There was an old gentleman there that remembered my family, he is the Godfather to one of my sisters; we talked about the old ways and he said he doesn't see why some of the responses can't be sung in Latin like they once were- I think he would like to see a return to the Mass of the Ages. His wife, on the other hand..... well, you'll have to check Salve Regina in a day or two for a post on her views......
One of the neat things about this church is that you have to go across a bridge to get to it, there is a little creek that rolls and tumbles just a few feet away from the door, and during Mass when the windows are open you can hear the creek- a wonderful gentle murmur that is so much better than the sounds of traffic that invade Mass in the city!
After Mass we visited my mom, and my sister and her family. This is what Sundays are supposed to be like! A day to spend with God and family.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Our Hope

How often we hear the phrase, "Children are the hope of the future", but I would like to rephrase that: Do our children have any hope for the future? If the political trends continue on their present course, I have to think that the future is bleak for anyone who wants their children to inherit a moral, sane, loving, and caring society.
A case in point is the way it is considered a hate crime to disagree with homosexuality on a religious level, but to have to endure teachers blatantly denounce Catholics, in the classroom, using terms that when applied to any other group would have the teacher instantly reprimanded, is not considered to be anything other than freedom of speech. (Ask Paramedicgirl about that).
Not only is our freedom of religion severely curtailed, so is our ability to oversee the education of our children. Homeschooling is nearly the only way to keep them from the corruption of the school system. And for many families, that isn't feasible.
Then we have to face the laws that the culture of death is currently trying to enshrine: abortion on demand, euthanasia and all the horrors that will arise once that can of worms is opened: termination of life for the inconvenient elderly, mentally or physically handicapped children, patients suffering from debilitating illnesses- the list goes on and on.
Mother Teresa said it best in the quote I have on my sidebar: "if we accept that the mother can kill her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another?" I have long believed that the reason abortion is being forced on us as law is because if the politicians admit that the fetus is a living human, they cannot stop the legalization of any murder. And it is beginning with the sugar-coated euthanasia laws.
How can we combat this?
We have to start with ourselves, to discipline ourselves to not accept as normal all the evils that are creeping into our daily lives; to educate ourselves in our faith and to follow that up with educating our children. How many children do you see at Mass? And how many of them are attentive- or are they playing with toys; scowling and sulking; not wanting to be there? Have you taught your children to pray? I didn't teach my daughter, and I consider it to be the biggest failure of my life. We cannot expect our children to grow up to be loving, living examples of Christian morals and values if we do not ground them in the faith. Yes, I know it is human nature for youth to rebel (Thanks, Adam and Eve!) but if they have been taught properly from a very early age it is likely that those teachings will stay with them, at least subconsciously, and sometimes that is all it takes to turn them around.
The world we are leaving them is in a nasty mess right now, and likely to get worse over the next twenty years. I think we are close to rock bottom, where no life is held to be sacred. But rock bottom is only a place to turn around, and only One has the light to show us the Way.
On todays feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and world day of prayer for priests, I encourage you to pray for the future of our children and to pray for many of them to embrace a vocation to the religous life.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Update....My Journey

Yes, I'm still blogging! We have finished moving our possessions to Creston, and although I'm not set up with my own computer, I'm posting with my husband's laptop. We are living in temporary accommodations, and would appreciate prayers for us to find a place to live where we can have our animals with us. (Horses, dogs, cats....) Yes that's right, cats, plural. we have acquired a kitten, and honest, I had nothing to do with it for once! Ted fell in love with this kitten and promised we'd take it, so, world, meet Chip:He is the oddest colour- black/brown around the head and fading to grey with a black tail. And those white whiskers are too cute!
One of the things I've been praying about for a long time is to move to a place where I can go to daily Mass, and my prayers have been answered. I've been going to Mass every day except Saturday and Monday which are the only two days it's not offered here. There is also Adoration and Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament every Friday. The priest here does something I have found rather odd and very distracting- during the Holy Hour, instead of periods of silence between the prayers he plays "meditative music" which is suspiciously like elevator music or hippy mood music. I'm told it's John Michael Talbot. It's definitely not Sacred Music. Apparently the faithful of the parish have had no luck in getting the priest to not include the music (Muzak). Hmmmm. We'll see.
Talking to one of the parishioners who also goes to daily Mass, I found out that there are others here who want the Latin Mass, and that there is a little Church in Moyie ( a small town about 30 miles from here) that is still set up in the Traditional manner, and may be available for our use. You can be sure that I'm going to make a lot of noise (the squeaky wheel gets the grease) about bringing in an FSSP priest on a regular basis . I may not be too popular with our parish priest here about that as apparently he does not like things Latin, including Gregorian Chant. I shall have to pray for him. ( A priest who does not like Gregorian Chant?? How odd.)
I have started reading Shorter Summa by St. Thomas Aquinas. God, it seems, allows us to grow at the pace He sets for us; I've tried reading this book before, but apparently I wasn't ready for it. That has happened to me with other books too, it's as if spiritual growth has it's own plan and one must not get things out of order. Like the rose, the outer petals must unfold before the inner part of the blossom can show it's beauty, and our Catholic faith is slowly unfolding it's mysteries to me, one book, one prayer, one Mass at a time.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Fr. Corapi Newsletter

One of the things I love about Fr. Corapi is the way he deals with current issues, and he hits the nail squarely on the head; with a mighty big hammer, I might add. Here is his current newsletter:

"Abortion is not one issue among is absolutely unconscionable, unimaginable, that we could somehow rationalize that this is ok..."
Flash Point...
Flash point: The point at which something is ready to blow up. That has been my perception of Western society in general for some time now. Perhaps, a train wreck waiting to happen would be another way to put it. All evil can claim its ultimate origin in moral evil. Those that deny objective standards of morality merely facilitate the demise of their society. When it happens they will be nowhere to be found.

That apparently large numbers of people seem to be intellectually and morally numb is not news, but the near light-speed evaporation of our way of life is. Actions have consequences, and sometimes the consequences can’t be seen this side of eternity. That does not mean they aren’t real. You will be seeing some of the consequences very soon, however, not the worst, but the most immediate.
Personal liberty has already begun to be compromised. Various governments, including the United States, now own car companies like General Motors and Chrysler, mega insurance companies, soon perhaps health care and energy. Injustice is beginning to be seen from the smallest of individuals to the largest of corporations. The only problem with that is that governments have never been able to operate anything profitably, efficiently, or equitably. The little guy and the large corporation will all be equal opportunity recipients of heavy-handed injustice very soon.
The government is about to dictate what car you can drive, how you insure it, what your bank can pay you or not, what kind of heating you have in your home, if you can have air conditioning or not. And, oh, if you eat a Twinkie your health insurance premium is going up. If you get sick, perhaps the Twinkie did it, and you aren’t covered.
You might say that the government needs to control things to keep us safe, etc. That might work if the people in government could be trusted. They can’t, but we elected them. We get what we deserve, and many chickens are about to come home to roost.
One of the inherent difficulties with a democratic republic is that it is only as good as the people in it. When a people lose their moral equilibrium, live in sin, and suffer the consequent loss of wisdom, then that nation’s days are numbered.
Why? How have we come to this? It can be traced to the most compelling moral issue of our times, and we can’t escape from it, no matter how uncomfortable it is—abortion and other life issues. No matter what other rosy picture is painted by those that would have you believe all is well, God is not a disinterested spectator. Regardless of the high sounding rhetoric of the day, seeming progress in this or that area, it is an illusion. Nothing will ultimately go well for the United States or any other country until the injustice of all injustices is remedied. Until every human being is respected and reverenced, from the moment of conception to the last moment of natural life, no one will be safe and secure. Whether it is the helpless infant in the womb or the misguided and/or evil abortionist on the wrong end of a bullet, all deserve the safety and security of the law. Only God can in justice and wisdom decide when life begins and when life ends. When we attempt to usurp God’s job description we always come up short.

God Bless You,
Fr. John Corapi