Sin Shall Feel the Weight of His Unborn Arm

Sin Shall Feel the Weight of His Unborn Arm

The Visitation “Truly He is in haste to be about His Father’s business. Truly He is an impatient conqueror, to be thus early beginning His conquests, and laying the foundations of His world wide empire. He cannot bear to be in the world for even so short a while, but sin shall feel the weight of His unborn arm.….His first mission and ministry was in the womb, and the babe unborn the first conquest of His divine apostolate…..and the Unborn Child destroys the sin and abolishes the curse of the unborn child.” —Father Faber The Blessed Sacrament ———————- Oh, Blessed Mother, true Ark of the Covenant, I need for you to visit me today. You know my condition. I open my heart to welcome your...

Pure Humility

Pure Humility

I saw pure humility today. The sweetness and sheer beauty of it seemed to expose the pride of life like an extraordinary super moon which occurs in the night sky only once every eighteen years. It’s possible to see one, but rare. This morning’s mass for Memorial Day was devoted to those who have given their lives for our freedom. The Knights of Columbus presented the American flag and we had a full choir. Father gave a very thoughtful homily that he said he spent time praying over. Then just before intercessions he had all the men and women who had served, or currently serve our country, stand and more than half the church stood including all the Knights. It was so inspiring and I thank God for their sacrifice and those who have given their lives. At...

One Red Rose and a Leaking Jug

One Red Rose and a Leaking Jug

I’m going to take my mom to my father’s grave today. He’s a veteran of the US Navy, ( and 25 years on NYPD ). I will lay 1 red rose on the site, because that’s the flower I placed in his casket before they closed it and it’s the flower I fully expect him to have in his hand for me when I meet him in eternity. People ask me, Why do you write about him so much, especially that you’re childhood with him was no picnic? That’s a fair question to which I usually answer, I’m a sinner in constant need of forgiveness too…and he was exactly the father I needed. There’s a story from the desert fathers about abba Moses; A brother in Scetis committed a fault. A council was called to which abba Moses was invited, but...

True Evangelism

True Evangelism

Evangelism is not what we tell people, unless what we tell is totally consistent with who we are. It is who we are that is going to make the difference…. If we do not have love in our hearts, our words of love will have little meaning. If we do not truly enjoy our faith, nobody is going to catch the fire of enjoyment from us. If our lives are not totally centered on Christ, we will not be Christ-bearers for others, no matter how pious our words. —Madeleine L’Engle Consistency is a rare quality these days. Some people say it’s the surest way to live a stagnant life. But I think the lack of it is the reason the church has suffered so much these past years. A lot of people like to preach and teach…but Jesus says to the teacher comes...

He Has Turned My Mourning Into Dancing

He Has Turned My Mourning Into Dancing

From tonight’s Evening Prayer : You have turned my mourning into dancing Psalm 30 I will extol you, O Lord, for you have drawn me up, and did not let my foes rejoice over me. O Lord my God, I cried to you for help, and you have healed me. O Lord, you brought up my soul from Sheol, restored me to life from among those gone down to the Pit. Sing praises to the Lord, O you his faithful ones, and give thanks to his holy name. For his anger is but for a moment; his favor is for a lifetime. Weeping may linger for the night, but joy comes with the morning. As for me, I said in my prosperity, “I shall never be moved.” By your favor, O Lord, you had established me as a strong mountain; you hid your face; I was dismayed. To you, O Lord, I cried, and to the Lord I...

St Bede, Father of English History

St Bede, Father of English History

St Bede, Benedictine Monk Father of English History 673 – 735 “Whatever good thing is done is made perfect only by love.” St Bede He was born in northern England and sent to the Benedictine monastery, Wearmouth Abbey, at the age of seven. There he remained for the rest of his life. It is said that St Bede lived a ‘routine and uneventful life'; his days in the monastery unfolded in the true Benedictine spirit of Ora et Labora. Yet, from the solace of this small cell where he spent years praying the Hours and studying Scripture his scholarship established Christianity in the west. This was his missionary window to the world where he equipped Anglo Saxon monks and nuns to carry the Christian message to the people of England and Germany. Even...

Preach by Your Good Example and Little by Your Voice

Preach by Your Good Example and Little by Your Voice

Sala parrocchiale via S.Nazario, Italy Saying goodbye is never easy for me. My aunt, a winter resident, is leaving tomorrow. She, my mom and I sat around the salon today getting our hair done together. My husband is the hairdresser…but I digress. Promise I’ll come back with that story another day. They were telling stories about the old days when she and my mom were growing up in Italy. Both were educated by the Sisters of St Dorothy in a convent on via Nazario, Genoa, Italy. According to my aunt my mom left an unforgettable mark on those poor sisters. She had trouble …. adjusting. Apparently, she didn’t think school work was as important as the party going on back home celebrating St Anthony’s feast day. She’d erupt in...

St Rita Sought Wholeness in the Passion of Christ

St Rita Sought Wholeness in the Passion of Christ

St Rita of Cascia 1377-1457   One of the few contemporary sources we have to tell us about St. Rita of Cascia is the poem engraved on her casket:   Blessed by God, you were a light in darkness through your steadfast courage when you had to suffer such agony upon your cross. You turned aside from this vale of tears to seek wholeness from your hidden wounds in the great passion of Christ…… You were not content with less than perfect healing, and so endured the thorn for fifteen years before you entered into the joy of your Lord.  1457   Isn’t that beautiful? Her hidden wounds came from her eighteen year marriage to a man given to a life of sin. Though he finally repented, he was brutally murdered by his enemies. Strongly influenced...

Waiting for the Lord’s Return

Waiting for the Lord’s Return

Icon of The Deisis The subject of this icon is the Second Coming with Christ as judge inviting all to their reward. The word Deisis is of Greek origin meaning prayer and petition. The fact that Pastor Harold Camping was wrong (again) about the end of the world will do a few things: First, it will continue to propel the skeptics foolish arguments that Christians are idiots who need religion for a crutch because they can’t cope with life. Second, those who don’t want to face life by God’s standards will use it as another excuse to evade the inevitable… The day they face the Lord. Third, this group of disappointed believers will join the countless generations of Christians who have for centuries longed to see the Lord, but realized it is...

Purity Requires Modesty

Father Dominic Mary’s, homily this morning on the virtue of purity in the spirit of St Bernadine of Sienna. No question that in the spiritual blindness of our day we have become desensitized to our willful surrender to immodesty. Listen to his message. This is an example of fearlessly preaching the truth in love and calling us back to a holy fear of God. In my Protestant days, I might have jumped up in the middle of the homily and shouted, Amen...

Humbled and Thankful for a Great Year

Humbled and Thankful for a Great Year

Today’s the last day of my fifth grade Faith Formation Class. I’m really going to miss them. Of all the works the Lord gives me the privilege of doing for His kingdom, this is the one I most treasure, because in their sweet faces I see hope for the future of the church. We started the year studying Adam and Eve’s fall from grace and we will end today with the four marks of the church– One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church This will be good because last week just before time was up, one of the boys asked what makes us so different than the Protestants. Knowing what our lesson would be, I said, ” Come back next week, we’ll talk all about it then.” That’s how this whole year has been– Smart children sincerely...