Multitudes on Monday–The Blackbirds Fly

Multitudes on Monday–The Blackbirds Fly

   Now brethren, we urge you to praise God. That is what we are all telling each other when we say,  Alleluia.   —St Augustine   sifting through memories on the drive up to the ceremony of the past four years and how the difficulties grew my faith {176} thankful for the intercession of the The Blessed Mother {177} and the saints who helped strengthen my son when he was ready to give up {178} St Benedict {179} St Leo {180} St Anthony {181} seeing in him the readiness to take his broken wings {182} and fly away..{183} past the dark gray clouds {184} into the light of a bright new sky {185} his gratefulness to his family {186} his words when I found him in the crowd after the ceremony {187} “Where’s my mom? Where’s...

Nothing in Between

Nothing in Between

  Sodoma, Saint Catherine of Siena in the Chiesa di San Domenico in Siena, 1526. Fresco by Antonio Bazzi (il Sodoma) for the side chapel.   “You know…that to join two things together there must be nothing between them or there cannot be a perfect fusion. Now realize that this is how God wants our soul to be, without any selfish love of ourselves or of others in between, just as God loves us without anything in between.” Letter T164 —St Catherine of Sienna   +PAX      * Art: casasantapia.com via ~ Wikimedia...

Consecration for the Call

Consecration for the Call

    Virgin Faithful pure, God’s chosen Mother, Fill me with a measure of your faith; That way will wisdom come to me And all His attendant treasures. —Louis de Montfort   About a month ago I chose today to begin the renewal of my consecration to the Blessed Mother so 33 days from the start would end on a Marian feast day. (May 31st The Visitation) . What a pleasant surprise to find that today is the optional memorial for St Louis de Montfort. In light of my last two posts about the Catholic protests set for June, and The Holy Father calling on the American Church to lead a revival, one of the ways to prepare for the mission ahead is to use St Louis’ method of devotion called, Total Consecration, True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin...

The American Church and the Call to Revival

The American Church and the Call to Revival

  Pope: U.S. Catholics Must Lead Church Revival   COLUMBUS, Ohio (CNS) — Pope Benedict XVI wants the Catholic Church in America to be in the forefront of reviving Catholicism worldwide, the apostolic nuncio to the United States said in Columbus. “The Church in the United States should lead the entire Church in the world” in a revitalization effort, Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano said. “This is a great task, but you have the determination and the grace to do it. This I know is the vision of the Holy Father regarding the Church in the United States.” The archbishop was speaking to an audience of seminarians and benefactors of the Pontifical College Josephinum at its annual rector’s dinner April 23. He called on the...

Catholic Protests Set for June

Catholic Protests Set for June

  Catholic Protests Set for June Could Impact Elections     “Political strategists are warning that the U.S. bishops planned two weeks of protest in June and July could lead to powerful images of nuns and priests being led away in handcuffs, scenes that could have an enormous impact on the 2012 presidential election. The Hill is reporting that the protest, which was announced several weeks ago in the U.S. bishop’s statement on religious liberty entitled, Our First, Most Cherished Liberty, is calling on Catholics to engage in two weeks of public rallies from June 21 to July 4 to protest the government’s increasing encroachment on religious freedom. The protests are expected to include priests and nuns and with some activists predicting civil...

Daybook….{April}

Daybook….{April}

    Outside my window ~ A large palm branch has laid itself out on the porch screen like a fan –preparing to bring needed relief when the heat of summer arrives. Thankful ~  For my son’s graduation ceremony this coming weekend…Thank you especially to some uncharitable teachers who through his high school years had no patience with his learning disability and told him he’d never make anything of himself or be college material. You helped make him who he is today. beginning my second course for catechetical certification… God doesn’t allow my faults to flourish, but neither does He crush a bruised reed (Is 42:3) Can’t figure ~ Why people who have every reason and opportunity to succeed set themselves up for...

The Essential Act of Prayer

The Essential Act of Prayer

The Prayer William-Adolphe Bouguereau 1865 “The essential act of prayer is to stand unprotected before God. What will God do? He will take possession of us. That He should do so is the whole purpose of life.” —Sister Wendy Beckett “The innocence of a child’s prayer is captured in the life-like drama of Bouguereau’s exquisite style in this painting called ‘The Prayer.’ Some speculate that this particular rendition was meant, by the artist, to be the Blessed Virgin Mary as a child. Yet, since there is not even the faintest hint of a halo around the young woman’s head, it remains mere speculation as the Virgin is traditionally depicted with some form of a halo. Regardless, this painting remains a classic manifestation...

Everything is Prayer

Everything is Prayer

    DOCTOR OF THE CHURCH, ARCHBISHOP   Born: 1033 at Aosta, Piedmont, Italy Died: 21 April 1109 at Canterbury, England Canonized: 1492 by Pope Alexander IV Major Shrine: Canterbury Cathedral   In true Benedictine spirit, the life of St Anslem represents the perfect unity of life and prayer. It is a life that seeks to be ordered from beginning to end in habitual union with God; not just a prayer here and there alternating with the activities of the day, but a constant sensitivity to the presence of God in everything. He is so wholly surrendered to God that he does not grow weak even when he lingers for a long time in work. St Anslem never loses contact with God. He is filled with incredible humility and never wants to add anything of his own to...

Eleven Orphans and Rewarded Faith

Eleven Orphans and Rewarded Faith

  Laos Rewarded Faith   Eleven orphans in Laos who were threatened with expulsion from a government school because of their Christian faith have continued to attend church. They slip away one by one on Sunday mornings and walk to church unnoticed.     In August, the boys’ headmaster called them into his office and told them to stop attending church. Initially, seven of the boys stopped attending, but four of the boys refused to obey the headmaster despite the possibility that they could be expelled from the government-sponsored school. After seeing the faithfulness of these four boys, the other seven eventually decided to continue going to church as well.     School officials haven’t said anything to the boys in recent months, and...

~In My Pocket~

~In My Pocket~

    He who comes from above is above all; Jesus is not of earthly or worldly origin… He who is of the earth belongs to the earth, and of the earth he speaks; His teachings cannot be reduced to an earthly level which demand an explanation we can figure out in our human understanding; like Nicodemus trying to figure out how to go back into his mother’s womb to be born again. he who comes from heaven is above all.   He bears witness to what he has seen and heard, yet no one receives his testimony; What Jesus has seen in heaven, He now brings to us and we have a choice whether accept it or reduce our rejection to relativism and cynicism. he who receives his testimony sets his seal to this, that God is true.  This is our summons to set our seal...

God is Doing Something New…But

God is Doing Something New…But

  From Mark Mallet:   …….The Age of Ministries is Ending   In one capacity or another, I have been involved in ministry in the church both Protestant and Catholic, for at least 25 years. It makes me an expert in nothing; it just affords me a voice to offer an opinion based on my experience. What Mark says in this article about the fractured church and ministries within it, is absolutely the truth..on both sides of the fence. I believe he is right when he says that God is doing something new;   We cannot underestimate the crisis this has generated not only within the Church, but throughout the entire world who—whether they realize it or not—are guided to one degree or another by the voice of the Church, the light of truth.That is to...