Sunday, December 25, 2011
DS: I went to the Christmas Vigil Mass tonite, and I was struck by the fact that the same flesh and blood that lay in a manger 2,000 years ago was presented to us on the altar, in the hands of the priest at Consecration... Jesus, Our Savior comes to us every day at Mass... how blessed we are!
VEE: Thank you Jesus, for the gift of yourself to us who are so unworthy. Party til Epiphany woo hoo!!
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Sunday, November 27, 2011
Sunday, November 20, 2011
VEE: Here is our king and since no servant is greater than the master we too must follow the same path.
VEE: I LOVE B16!!!!!! especially this "God does not have a fixed plan that he must carry out; on the contrary, he has many different ways of finding man and even of turning his wrong ways into right ways.."
Saturday, November 12, 2011
Friday, November 11, 2011
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Monday, November 7, 2011
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
. If a soldier is wounded or killed in combat others can tell by looking at his dog tag who he is right? We wear our brown scapulars in this life, this battle against the world the flesh and the devil not because we are perfect so we can go through things unscathed. We wear it always always always so that when we fall and are covered in the muck and mud of our sins Mary will come along, recognize her poor child and drag our sorry butt out to her Son the Divine Physician.
Mary is our mother and like any good mother she goes looking for her missing child, and like any good mother she will ask those around her to help her find that child. When a solider goes AWOL doesnt the military go after them? You can run, you can try to hide but special forces are after you and will do anything to save your soul.
Saturday, October 1, 2011
Therese said she would spend her heaven doing good on Earth, however, I think that gets white washed into a generic kind of candy coated do-gooding. like the tooth fairy or Easter bunny. She is out to save souls. Her relics travel the world but she is not confined to that plexiglass case. She came to me spiritually as not all prisoners are in a literal prison. Remember I wrote that Id been to Confession but not absolved until I changed? At a total loss I prayed that novena to Therese with very low expectations. She beat the crap out of me! Im still sore <_< Oh and her Act of Oblation to Merciful Love ftw!!!!
Here is a good video someone posted on phatmass
Friday, September 23, 2011
Yes it's almost her feast day again so start praying!
Thursday, September 22, 2011
Sunday, September 11, 2011
This day ten years ago I was not going to Church at all nor living in a state of grace. When I saw what was happening on TV I thought something more along the lines of "Oh great here comes world war three" than of my own or others' salvation. Now, thanks be to God, I can pray for all those involved, those who died, those who lived and still bear the mental and physical scars, and even those who did this. All answers can be found in meditating on Christ's passion.
|Sirach 27: 30|
|30||Anger and wrath, these also are abominations, and the sinful man will possess them.|
Friday, September 9, 2011
"Amen, I say to you, whatever you bind on Earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on Earth shall be loosed in heaven." Jesus' words to the disciples are made real in the image above of the papal emblem, the so called "keys of the kingdom" one representing Earth the other heaven. Christ has given each validly ordained priest that power of binding and loosing which he exercises in the sacrament of Confession. A priest most offen loosens sins in that sacrament but sometimes, for the sake of the sinner in order to correct, the sins are bound.
This happened to me once, several years ago, so I know what it is like. The priest, after hearing my confession, said basically that it was difficult for him but he could not grant me absolution. He explained why, he explained what I had to do in order to be granted absolution, and that I was unable to participate in any of the sacraments until absolution was granted. I left the confessional in a daze. Mass had already started so I sat in a pew torn between staying and leaving. Why stay if I cant participate? What a mean Church not granting me absolution. If I went to whom shall I go? To sin and death or obey and be with He who has the words of eternal life? I stayed. I had told the priest I would obey him, I would follow what he said, so I sat through Mass. I left after still in a daze still wondering can he do that? Research proved that yes priests can.
Needless to say I was given many graces, amended my life, although it was veeeery difficult and was eventually absolved. God knew what was necessary. Even though the correction may hurt the eternal fires of Hell hurt a lot more!! I love the Church and the sacrament of Confession for no such thing exists outside of it. That apostolic, valid absolution is indescribable. Go. You will feel a lot better afterwards.
I also thank God for those who dared to correct me in my sinfulness although it did take a long time and softening of heart to be able to receive it.. As we heard in this Sunday's readings we will be held accountable if we dont even try to say hey what you are doing is wrong. We may not always go about it in the best manner, which we must admit before God, but we do have that obligation to try and help our brothers and sisters to avoid sin. We may face their anger but Id rather face that than God's. Ive upset Him enough
Thursday, September 1, 2011
The day started off with doing laundry and running errands. Errands such as mailing someone's several month late birthday present! That out of the way we needed food and so it was off to my first first taste of Chik-fil-A
Monday, August 22, 2011
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Sunday, August 14, 2011
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
VEE: Yay Edith Stein!!!!! What stands out to me about her right now is how she had to wait TEN YEARS to enter Carmel. TEN. If my memory serves me correctly she didnt convert until she was around thirty years old, therefor entering Carmel around age forty. Most popular Carmelite saints entered and died very young but Edith gives comfort to people in their thirties like me. As pope Benedict said recently in his address for the world day of prayer for vocations "The Lord does not fail to call people at every stage of life to share in his mission and to serve the Church in the ordained ministry and in the consecrated life." source
For more about her life I like this video (27 mins long) presented by Fr Charles Conner, who may be recognized from EWTN. Sorry I cant get it to embed so here is the link. click
Sunday, July 31, 2011
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Sunday, July 17, 2011
- Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
- Where there is hatred, let me sow love.
- Where there is injury, pardon.
- Where there is doubt, faith.
- Where there is despair, hope.
- Where there is darkness, light.
- Where there is sadness, joy.
- O Divine Master,
- grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled, as to console;
- to be understood, as to understand;
- to be loved, as to love.
- For it is in giving that we receive.
- It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
- and it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life.
Saturday, July 16, 2011
Thursday, July 14, 2011
The life of the Mohawk village had become violent and debauchery was commonplace. Realizing that this was proving too dangerous to her life and her call to perpetual virginity, Kateri escaped to the town of Caughnawaga in Quebec, near Montreal, where she grew in holiness and devotion to the Blessed Sacrament.
Kateri lived out the last years of her short life here, practicing austere penance and constant prayer. She was said to have reached the highest levels of mystical union with God, and many miracles were attributed to her while she was still alive.
Jesus, the cross, the Eucharist, the Rosary, all transcend cultures, they are universal they are Catholic and it is in them people will understand themselves, and find healing and life. This is what Bl Kateri knew and followed not the religious practices of her tribe.
In Bl Kateri I also think young women, especially young American Indian women, can be taught and find a model of chastity and purity when so many of them become pregnant and/or sexually active at a young age. In her they can see hope and an example even when it means going against the grain. Retreats and seminars need to be taught on this kind of thing and forget the darn medicine wheel.
DS: Bl. Kateri was born in what is today New York state. When she was only a small child, she lost her family to smallpox. She herself was affected physically from the disease. It left her disfigured in her face and with limited eyesight. Her very name, "Tekakwitha" means "she who bumps into things." (Vee says, if she had an Indian name, it would mean, "she who drinks beer." :P)
VEE: (and if DS had an Indian name it would be "hole in head")
DS: <_< Anyways---
When Kateri was a teenager, she converted to Catholicism. Unfortunately, Kateri suffered greatly from the others in her family and her tribe when they persecuted her for her Christian beliefs. She even received death threats. She moved to Canada, to a settlement of Christian Indians. There, she lived out the rest of her short live in prayer, piety, works of charity and devotion to God. She died from the ravages of disease. She is known as "the lily of the Mohawks."
You can find more about her on her shrine's website: http://www.katerishrine.com
To address the abuse of inculturation Vee mentioned, I want to direct readers to take the time to actually read the Vatican II document, "Sacrosanctum Concilium." Inculturation was never meant to include pagan beliefs and pagan rituals as legitimate forms of worshipping God. A person's cultural practices need to conform to the teachings of Jesus Christ. It is the Christian view and understanding that takes precedence over a culture's traditions. If Bl. Kateri could be here, she would have opposed the use of the teachings of the Medicine Wheel at a Christian retreat. The document can be found here: http://www.adoremus.org/SacrosanctumConcilium.html Although it addresses the Mass, we can easily deduce that the same directives should be used in all aspects of our Faith, and the spreading of the Faith.
Sunday, July 10, 2011
Pontiff: Don't Forget the Gospel When Packing for Vacation
VATICAN CITY, JULY 3, 2011 (Zenit.org).- When packing for vacation this summer, leave space in your suitcase for the Gospel, Benedict XVI urges.
The Pope said this today when greeting those gathered in St. Peter's Square today to pray the midday Angelus. Speaking in French, the Holy Father offered a brief reflection on summer vacation.
Vacation, he explained, "it's not about leaving for the sake of leaving and resting, but rather it's about living our relationships with our loved ones in a new way with God."
He noted that the Gospel passage for this Sunday (Matthew 11: 25-30), which speaks of the yoke of Christ, points out to us the need for "rest and serenity."
"Jesus invites us to come to him, to trust him," the Pope added. "Faith in his presence gives us the serenity of one who knows he is always loved by the Father."
"Place an emphasis on reading God's Word, especially the Gospel, which you are sure to put in your holiday luggage," Benedict XVI concluded. "Good pilgrimage to all!"
In English, the Pope added: "At this time of year when so many of you are taking your annual holiday, I pray that you will truly find refreshment for body and spirit and an opportunity to rest in the Lord. May God bestow his blessings of joy and peace upon all of you, and upon your families and loved ones at home."