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

Friday, November 29, 2013

Bishop Sheen on the Mass



The Mass... our greatest gift, explained by a master.  If Catholics truly understood the  Mass, churches would be overflowing. If Protestants truly understood the Mass, they too would be filling the Catholic Churches.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Where there is love there is hope

I know it has been a long time since I have written here. I have been greatly troubled by the political situation in this world, it is as though I am watching the disintegration of morals and the methodical destruction of Christian values. The slaughter of innocents (abortion) has reached epidemic proportions, and in the Muslim countries, Christians are being murdered by the hundreds.
I know that it has been foretold that things will get extremely bad, that Satan will have free reign- as he does now- before the reign of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and I truly believe that we are now in that time. As I look at all the evil that is being forced on the common people, I also see the strength of those who truly love God, the strength that can only come from the love of God and the grace given because of that love. There will be a breaking point, where the limits of tolerance are broken and the people will say, No more! We will have to stand up for our faith, our beliefs, at any cost.
We have as our protectress and champion, our hope and inspiration, the great Mother of God. She knew how great is the evil of this world and how her Son came to live, teach, and suffer for us. She shared in the joy of His life as well as His Passion.
As we approach Advent and the joyful time of celebration for the Nativity of Jesus, let's not forget that the joy we feel also led to the Passion and Death, and that evil can be overcome by faith and grace, prayer, penance, and mortification. May the Lord give us the strength we need in all our trials, and may His Blessed Mother protect us beneath her mantle.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Don't look back, look around you.

On this anniversary of 9/11, when everyone is remembering the terrible tragedy of that day, I look at what is happening in the world and think that the world is full of just as tragic happenings- like what is going on in the middle east with the persecution of Christians by Muslims. Priests beheaded, Christians slaughtered, yet there is nowhere near the outcry that there should be. It's as if everyone is intimidated by Muslims. They kill and call it their religious right. The world does not vilify them for that. Yet if we as Catholics refuse to support abortion or homosexuality, as is our religious right, we are vilified, and refused  civil rights- look at what is going on in San Antonio Texas.
I am sickened by what has become normal in this world.
Jesus taught that the world would hate us, and so it does.
But He also taught that we should rejoice and be glad, for great would be our reward in Heaven.
And that is the difference between Christianity and Islam. They murder for their reward. We are called to die for our faith, not to kill for it.
Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Still seeking.

So much has happened since my last post. Christmas, the new year, the Lenten season- and the resignation of the Pope. No comments on that from me, other than I trust in the Holy Spirit to guide the Cardinals of the Conclave to do what is best for the Church in this tumultuous time.
My spiritual journey progresses slowly. I am still way too reactive and opinionated, both character flaws that lead to actions I usually regret.
Those of you who know me or follow my horse blog know that I have young horses, and teaching them the things they need to know to grow up into good and trustworthy equines is also teaching me a lot about myself; sometimes I see myself mirrored in their actions. When I introduce them to something new, their reaction is distrust, suspicion, and flight. When I persist, they stop and study the situation, approach it with a more open mind, and trust that I won't put them in a situation that will harm them.
That is so much like me: when I am confronted by something out of my comfort zone, I take the offensive, and only on reflection do I see ways that I could have handled the situation better. Sigh. This getting older is supposed to also bring us Wisdom, but I sure wish it wasn't always after the fact! Anyway, I am improving slowly, learning to bite my tongue.
I guess God gives me these trials for my self improvement and the salvation of my soul- as it says in the letter of Paul to the Philippians, 2:12-15:
Wherefore, my dearly beloved, (as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but much more now in my absence,) with fear and trembling work out your salvation. 
 For it is God who worketh in you, both to will and to accomplish, according to his good will.  And do ye all things without murmurings and hesitations;
That you may be blameless, and sincere children of God, without reproof, in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation; among whom you shine as lights in the world.

I hope God persists with me, so that I may overcome my self and trust in Him. Like my horses, patience, persistence, and perfect practice are ways to train my brain and become the person He wants me to be.