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

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Prayer Request

This is my dad, Chuck, who has Lewy Body Dementia. He is a fallen away Catholic, without Sacraments for 45 years. There is no cure for this dementia,which he has had for at least two years, and he has likely not a lot of time left on this earth. I beg of all who read this to pray for him, especially for the grace of final perseverance. I pray that our Blessed Mother Mary will intercede for him, and that our Saviour will be merciful to him.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

The battle goes on, keep praying.

As we continue to be plagued with politicians who insist on supporting abortion, euthanasia, and all the accouterments of the culture of death, we look to our faith and the leaders of our church for moral support and encouragement. And even those leaders are under attack, as Fr. Corapi is, they need our support and prayers. Especially pray for the Pope, as his is the most difficult job; rescuing souls who are inundated on every side by a society hell-bent on moral destruction.

An excerpt from the book, Letters, by Fr. John Corapi

As we prepare to enter a new era in politics and perhaps society in general,keep something in mind: WE WIN! No matter what political party is in power at a given point in time, in the end those that remain faithful to Jesus Christ win the war. We may have to fight many battles outnumbered and even despised and looked upon as criminals and outcasts by a society that is unraveling and degenerating into something no one could have imagined. 

What matters is that we run the race to the finish line and fight the good fight. Don't "go with the flow," for as the great Archbishop Fulton Sheen reminds us, "Dead bodies float downstream." More than ever we shall have to be strong in the faith. Regular and worthy reception of the sacraments, constant prayer, and rigorous study of the faith is now essential, not merely a luxury. 

The front line and primary battle is going to be the fight for life: The dignity of every human life from the moment of conception to the last moment of natural life. If we lose that one, every other battle space will be compromised. If the government succeeds in establishing abortion as an inalienable "right", then the elderly and sick will be next. It will then be a short and slippery step to the government deciding who lives and dies regardless of their inherent human dignity. 

If you don't already pray the Rosary every day, please start at once. The prayer of the holy Rosary is the prayer of the holy Gospel, and that means it is the prayer of the Good News Who is Jesus Christ, the LIFE of the world. Many saints will be forged in the crucible of the coming years. Make sure you are among them.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

My journey, continued

"Create a clean heart in me, O Lord!" was my Lenten reflection.
Since then, I have come to understand the way that God is working this transformation in me.
 First, in realizing the depths of the uncleanness within me; a good examination of conscience, and plenty of trips to the confessional. I see that the attachment to sin, which keeps me from a clean heart, is like a snarly tangled mess of wire or roots, that I must fight through and unravel to attain a clean heart.
Secondly, the depths to which attachment to sin takes me: I am created by God, just as all the earth is, but even the very dirt does not deliberately sin against its Creator, as we humans do. My free will and intellect which are gifts from God, are the source of my ability to sin, and so I need to cry out, "not my will, but Thine be done!" and "Jesus, I trust in You!" I finally understand the writings of the Saints who humble themselves and consider themselves the lowest and most unworthy of beings.
This is an excerpt from The Way Of Divine Love: (Jesus speaking to Sr. Josefa Menendez)

"Open your whole soul to Me, and if you are conscious of having nothing worthy of Me, say with humility and trust: Lord, Thou knowest both the fruits and flowers of my garden....come and teach me how I may grow, what will please Thee most.  To one who speaks in this way and has a genuine desire of showing love, I answer: Beloved, if such is your desire, suffer Me to grow them for you... let Me delve and dig in your garden... let Me clear the ground of those sinewy roots that obstruct it and which you have not the strength to pull up....Maybe I should ask you to give up certain tastes or sacrifice something in your character.... do some act of charity, of patience, or self-denial....or perhaps prove your love by zeal, obedience or abnegation; all such deeds help to fertilize the soil of your soul, which then will be able to produce the flowers and fruit I look for: your self conquest will obtain light for a sinner.... your ready patience under provocation will heal the wounds he inflicted on Me, will repair for his offence and expiate his fault... a reproof accepted patiently and even with joy will obtain for a sinner blinded by pride the grace to let light penetrate his soul and the courage to beg pardon humbly.
"All this I will do for you if you will give Me freedom. Then will blossoms grow quickly in your soul, and you will be the consolation of My heart."