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

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Ave Maria



We could all use a little beauty at the moment. These angelic voices are  a fitting tribute to our Blessed Mother.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Prayer for priests, and a prayer request.

We did the Storm Novena today in the Hour of Divine Mercy, and I spent an hour in prayer in front of the Blessed Sacrament. There is a prayer for priests I'd like to share with you.

Keep them. I pray Thee, dearest Lord,
Keep them, for they are Thine-
Thy priests whose lives burn out before
Thy consecrated shrine.
Keep them, for they are in the world
Though from the world apart;
When earthly pressures tempt, allure,-
Shelter them in Thy Heart.
Keep them, and comfort them in hours
Of loneliness and pain,
When all their life of sacrifice
For souls seems but in vain.
Keep them, and O remember, Lord,
They have no one but Thee,
Yet they have only human hearts,
With human frailty.
Keep them as spotless as the Host
That daily they caress;
Their every thought and word and deed,
Deign, dearest Lord to bless.

Our Father... Hail Mary...
Mary, Queen of the Clergy, pray for them.

Please keep my husband's mother, Vera, in your prayers, as she is nearing the end of her journey through life. She is in the final stages of Emphysema.  Please pray for her to receive the grace of final perseverance.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Storm Novena for Fr. Corapi and the Catholic Church

Please join me in praying the Storm Novena on June 24, for Fr. Corapi, preferably beginning at 3 PM, the hour of Divine Mercy. The intention for the novena is that the hierarchy of the Catholic Church will recognize the need for change in the way they deal with accusations against priests, and that Fr. Corapi will receive the grace he needs at this dark time in his life.
For those who do not know the Storm Novena, here is a link explaining it, and these are the prayers:

A Storm Novena consists of nine visits to the Blessed Sacrament in one day, praying on one's knees, and with outstretched arms, to obtain a speedy and unfailing answer to prayer.
It is performed on our knees to indicate our total helplessness and dependence on God; with extended arms .


How We Make Our Storm Novenas

The first visit is always introduced by an act of Perfect Contrition:

O my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended Thee and I detest all my sins because I dread the loss of heaven and the pains of hell, but most of all because they offend Thee, my God, Who art all good and deserving of all my love. I firmly resolve with the help of Thy grace, to confess my sins, to do penance and to amend my life. Amen.
To which are then added the following invocations at each visit:
1. O Sacred Heart of Jesus --
have mercy on us and grant us our request.

2. Our Lady of Perpetual Help --
pray for us and obtain our request.

3. The Memorare:
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, and sought thy intercession was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence I fly unto thee, O Virgin of Virgins, my Mother! To thee I come, before thee I stand sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me. Amen. 

4. Saint Joseph, Friend of the Sacret Heart --
pray for us and obtain our request.

5. Saint Jude --
pray for us and obtain our request.

6. Saint Anthony --
pray for us and obtain our request.

7. Saint Conrad --
pray for us and obtain our request.

8. Saint Benedict [the Moor] --
pray for us and obtain our request.

9. Saint Roch --
pray for us and obtain our request.

10. Saint Dominic and Saint Francis --
pray for us and obtain our request.

11. Saint Theresa, Little Flower of Jesus --
pray for us and obtain our request.

12. Ye Blessed Martyrs of Uganda --
pray for us and obtain our request.

13. Saint Martin de Porres --
pray for us and obtain our request.

14. All Ye Holy Angels and Saints --
pray for us and obtain our request.

 Please print these prayers, and blog or Facebook this, so that we can storm heaven worldwide! We need to make our voices heard, and this is the best way I know. I have personal experience with how very powerful this novena is.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Time for change.

When one Bishop's agenda can silence a voice for the truth, it's time for change.
You all have heard about Fr. Corapi and how he is being forced out of the priesthood by archaic rules like this:
(From Fr. Corapi's new website, The Black Sheepdog)


.    The identity of the accuser is not revealed. You can guess, but you don’t actually know. Nor are the exact allegations made known to you. Hence, you have an interesting situation of having to respond to an unknown accuser making unknown accusations (unknown to the accused and his counsel).
2.    The persons chosen to investigate the allegations normally have no qualifications to do so. They certainly didn’t graduate from the FBI academy, nor do they have any other background to qualify them to interrogate or otherwise interview witnesses.
3.    There are no set rules of evidence or norms of procedure.
4.    You are for all practical purposes assumed guilty until you can prove you are innocent. This one is truly baffling. No civilized society operates that way. If you are accused of something you are considered innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
5.    The accused and his counsel have no right to obtain and review any of the evidence against him.
6.    The accused and his counsel are not provided the names of witnesses, nor are they permitted to cross-examine them.
7. There is a general unwillingness or outright refusal by certain of the         bishops to abide by applicable statutes of limitations, both in canon and civil law. There are good reasons for these statutes. Time has a way of clouding memories and distorting perceptions.
By the way, Canon Law does not dictate this. They choose to selectively ignore or violate both Canon Law and Civil Law, as they deem appropriate and or expeditious. Once again, they apparently have the discretionary power to do this, and if that’s the way it is I have to accept that as reality.

It is time for change. And this time, we as faithful Catholics need to make our voices heard. If anyone has any ideas about how we can take this issue to the Pope, I would appreciate a link. There is no sense complaining about the actions of the Bishops; it's the procedure that needs to change.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Another report about Linda Gibbons. Pro Life Hero.

Life Site News has this excellent interview with Linda Gibbons, for convenience I am printing it here. She is a true pro life here, who has the courage of her convictions.


Exclusive interview: ‘Join me’ challenges Canadian pro-life prisoner of conscience

Linda Gibbons during one of her many arrests for peacefully praying outside an abortion facility.
Photo: Sheila Nonato/ Catholic Register
TORONTO, Ontario, June 7, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) – After being released from prison on Friday, pro-life advocate Linda Gibbons is preparing yet again to challenge the injunction that has landed her in jail for nine of the last 17 years.  But this time, she’s calling on other pro-lifers to join her campaign.
“I really feel if we’re going to turn this around, there has to be some kind of a mobilization,” said Gibbons, who spoke with LifeSiteNews from her temporary quarters in Toronto on Monday.  After her lengthiest prison stay to date, the grandmother and devoted prisoner of conscience plans to head right back to jail again at the end of July.
Gibbons’ campaign against the injunction has gained notoriety in the last year, propelled by the length of her most recent imprisonment, with multiple cover stories in the National Post and growing rumblings from pro-lifers about joining her.
“I think that it should be a movement. … Our witness at the abortion clinic is saying we’re here with our bodies,” she said.  “And when the court says, ‘Well, no you’re not going to be here,’ we’re saying, ‘Well, regardless of the cost, regardless of the risk.’”
A life-saving witness
Gibbons was freed Friday after 28 months of uninterrupted imprisonment for witnessing prayerfully outside Toronto’s Scott abortion facility.  It is one of several in the city that is protected by a 1994 court injunction banning pro-life activity within a specified zone.
Though Gibbons has repeatedly been prosecuted by the Crown in a criminal court, the “temporary” injunction was actually instituted in a civil court at the request of Bob Rae’s NDP provincial government.  It came amidst calls for a government crackdown against the pro-life movement after they were declared guilty by the media for the 1992 bombing at abortionist Henry Morgentaler’s Toronto facility.
Charges were never laid in that bombing, however, and the prime suspect was the father of a child aborted at the facility.  A Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) report even suggested the bombing was likely perpetrated by pro-abortion activists.
Nevertheless, the injunction has had the effect of silencing pro-lifers’ freedom of speech, and effectively shutting down the life-saving work of sidewalk counselors and vigil-keepers.
Gibbons, who has dedicated her life to challenging the injunction, called it a “political construct” that lacks “legal propriety” and “proper authority.”  She noted that the injunction itself states the pro-life activity was threatening the financial interests of the abortionists.  “[The government is] extorting money from Canadian citizens to pay hired killers to butcher babies,” she said.  “The injunction [is] to protect that activity.”
“Since when does a government have an obligation to the commercialization of killing?  The government’s duty is to protect life,” she added.
Though she could be released on bail, Gibbons has remained behind bars for long stretches because she steadfastly refuses in conscience to accept a bail condition that requires her to stay away from the abortion facilities.  Signing the bail papers, she told LifeSiteNews, would be to say, “Yes I will cease defending innocent unborn children that are about to be killed.”
“I have no intention of agreeing to that.  It violates principles.  It violates conscience,” she explained.
‘Are you pro-lifers really acting like abortion is murder?’
Gibbons’ 17-year campaign has been fueled by a deep love for children in the womb, and hence a keen awareness of the atrocity of abortion.  She has taken to heart a question she was asked once by a Jewish reporter from the Ottawa Citizen: “Are you pro-lifers really acting like abortion is murder?”
“If a two-year-old was being murdered next door, you’re not going to sit down and write a letter to your MP,” she explained.  “That we need to do more, that’s obvious, obvious. … If I was going into a house to save a child from a fire, no one’s going to charge me with trespass for that.” At the same time, she insists that she has no interest in calling into question the efforts of pro-lifers who do not join her campaign.
But for Gibbons, the effort is a simple question of maintaining an authentic Christian witness.  “If the Church is not seen defending life, it puts the impression that Christ is not really concerned about it,” she said.  “The way the Church acts and behaves gives validity to our beliefs.”
She has often been asked if she regrets the time lost with family and the missed birthdays, marriages, and graduations.  “When we’re having unborn children slaughtered at the rate we are in Canada, … should our lives go on as normal?” she asked in response.  “It’s not normal to live in the Holocaust and sort of pretend it’s not happening.”
“I want [my life] to be a witness that the lives of these children cannot be forgotten,” she continued.  “I’m ready to surrender all my assets, … all my time. [Otherwise,] we’re saying these babies must be allowed to die so I can stay in my comfort zone.  Because what we say then is it doesn’t matter.”
“When we begin to suffer for the unborn, our identification with them, that’s when we’re going to impact society, when they see that,” she added.  “The Church is not hurting enough for the unborn.  When we start feeling their hurt in a real concrete way, then things are going to change, because then we’re saying very clearly that this cannot go on.”
Saving babies in prison
Gibbons has been a vocal critic of conditions at Milton, Ontario’s Vanier Centre for Women, where she says women in outer cells are subjected to hypothermia-like conditions as a result of the cold.  And she admits that the length of her stay this time around had her convinced that she would never get out.
Nevertheless, she puts her jail time to good use, counseling women struggling with drugs, alcohol, and prostitution, keeping the peace as needed, and spreading the Gospel through one-on-one conversations or by leading Bible studies with small groups.
“I treat them like my daughters.  I call them my girls.  It’s a matter of just trying to love them where they’re at,” she said.
In fact, in her most recent stint she was able to convince three pregnant prisoners to keep their babies, and connected them with a Toronto pregnancy resource center when they left.
‘As long as God gives me life and breath’
While the grandmother would normally turn around to challenge the injunction again in less than a week, this time she’s going to take a brief break in order to visit her 89-year-old mother and take care of medical needs.  But she says she’ll be back at it by the end of July, and is committed to the cause until the very end.
She said she will continue to challenge the injunction “as long as God gives me life and breath.  If I can get out of bed and put my feet on the floor, then I want to continue.”
“My mission is to be all that Christ wants me to be.  It is his mission and we are simply walking with Christ,” she said.  “It becomes simply a daily moment-by-moment walking with Christ.”
See the LifeSiteNews Feature page, Linda Gibbons, Prisoner of Conscience, listing many past reports on her efforts to steer vulnerable women away from making the same mistakes that she herself made.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Linda Gibbons- out of jail!

I was so happy to read this article on Life Site News, I'm sure this woman has paid her dues here on earth; and it's about time that the court system took a serious look at its corruption for allowing this to happen in the first place.


Breaking: Prisoner of conscience Linda Gibbons freed from jail


Linda Gibbons being handcuffed during one of her many arrests.
Photo: Sheila Nonato,, Catholic Register
TORONTO, Ontario, June 3, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) – After a grueling twenty-eight months of uninterrupted imprisonment for witnessing prayerfully outside a Toronto abortion facility, pro-life prisoner of conscience Linda Gibbons was freed Friday.
The great-grandmother had been in prison since January 2009 when she was arrested outside the downtown “Scott Clinic,” which is protected by a 1994 court injunction banning pro-life activity within a specified zone.
She has remained behind bars because she steadfastly refuses to accept a bail condition that requires her to stay away from the abortion facilities.
But her lawyer, Daniel Santoro, told LifeSiteNews Friday that she has now been released without any conditions. He said there was an irregularity in the process that was holding her in custody. Justice Mara Beth Greene has now fixed the problem by issuing Gibbons a summons requiring her to attend court on January 16, 2012.
“The summons did not require her to agree to anything,” Santoro explained.  “She didn’t have to promise anything, or acknowledge anything, or sign anything.”
Gibbons has spent over eight years behind bars since the bubble zone injunction was laid down in 1994 as a result of her commitment to praying peacefully outside the facilities.
Throughout the years, the Crown has prosecuted Gibbons through the criminal courts, even though she is accused of breaching an injunction from a civil court.  Her lawyers have argued that the Crown has taken this route to avoid a challenge to the injunction.
Currently a case involving Gibbons is waiting to be heard by the Supreme Court of Canada. Her lawyers are asking the nation’s highest court to overturn an Ontario Court of Appeal decision reinstating a criminal conviction on a charge of disobeying a court order.  The charge had originally been quashed by a lower court judge on the grounds that the matter was improperly heard in a criminal, rather than civil, court.