A Christian Woman Must Guard Her Tongue

A Christian Woman Must Guard Her Tongue

    Never let evil talk pass your lips; say only the good things men need to hear, things that will really help them.   Do nothing that will sadden the Holy Spirit with whom you were sealed against the day of redemption.   Get rid of all bitterness, all passion and anger, harsh words, slander, and malice of every kind.   In place of these, be kind to one another, compassionate, and mutually forgiving, just as God has forgiven you in Christ.    —- Ephesians 4:29-32   I will try again today….   +PAX   Photo Source St Benedict on guarding the...

Bible Studies…Break the Law

Bible Studies…Break the Law

John the Baptist Preaching Jan Brueghel the Elder 16th Century   When did it become a punishable offense to have people attend prayer meetings in your home? Somehow, I missed the progression of events that have led to this. For years, I had womens Bible studies in my home once a week that averaged about 10-15 women. We never imagined a day we might be accused of violating a city code and be forced to pay a penalty. From the article: This nation was built upon people being able to gather and pray and have Bible studies in their homes,” Dacus said. “Many churches are founded upon that as the beginning of their churches. For cities to be allowed to get away with this is totalitarian.   This is kind of frightening– and it’s in my neck of the...

A Beautiful Prayer by St Augustine

A Beautiful Prayer by St Augustine

  St Augustine Teaching in Rome Benozzo Gozzoli c. 1464-1464     A Beautiful Prayer by St. Augustine   I beg of You, my God, let me know You and love You so that I may be happy in You. And though I cannot do this fully in this life, yet let me improve from day to day till I may do so to the full. Let me know You more and more in this life, that I may know You perfectly in heaven. Let me know You more and more here, so that I may love you perfectly there, so that my joy may be great in itself here, and complete in heaven with You. O Truthful God, let me receive the happiness of heaven which You promise so that my joy may be full. In the meantime, let my mind think of it, let my tongue talk of it, let my heart long for it, let my mouth speak of...

Multitudes on Monday

Multitudes on Monday

Now brethren, we urge you to praise God. That is what we are all telling each other when we say,  Alleluia.   —St Augustine      Joining the ladies at Suscipio Moments of Gratitude   :: coming home after a long day, {307} :: welcomed by my 2 furry, pet children, one tail wagging, the other purring {308} :: sinking onto the living room couch {309} :: facing the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary enthroned atop the piano {310} :: thanking the Lord that through many dangers, toils and snares…we have already come {311} :: making time for a pedicure {312} :: sun peeking out behind the outer rain bands of hurricane Issac {313}   The Ordinary is Extroidinary   :: cooking from the same old pot that was a wedding gift 29 years...

Husbands and Wives

Husbands and Wives

Husband and Wife  Lorenzo Lotto 1523   Be subject to one another out of reverence for Christ. Wives, be subject to your husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior. As the church is subject to Christ, so let wives also be subject in everything to their husbands. —Ephesians 5:21-24     This verse is the third rail of the New Testament. Nobody likes to teach on it and everyone on both sides of the Christian aisle tweaks it a little different. When my husband was a pastor and I heard him teach on this, I sat in the pew smiling on the outside, but with a virtual book in hand ready to throw at him at a moments notice because I didn’t think he was...

No Desire to be Admired

No Desire to be Admired

    An interesting saint for our times considering we are a society so focused on physical beauty, intolerant of aging and almost addicted to admiration, that many women even of college age, seek plastic surgery to enhance what God made. Rather than have people focus on her outward beauty, St Rose took some radical steps to ensure that others would not be tempted by her, but see only Jesus.   From catholic.org:   Virgin, born at Lima, Peru 20 April, 1586; died there the 24 of August, 1617.   St. Rose of Lima is the patroness of Latin America and the Philippines. This South American Saint’s real name was Isabel, but she was such a beautiful baby that she was called Rose, and that name remained. As she grew older, she became more and...

Why do Catholics Call Mary the Queen of Heaven?

Why do Catholics Call Mary the Queen of Heaven?

    What the Catholic faith believes about Mary is based on what it believes about Christ…. and what it teaches about Mary illumines in turn it’s faith about Christ.  —CCC 487   Mary is one of the most misunderstood doctrines of the faith by non Catholics. Had I known the truth of what the church teaches instead of following preconceived prejudices of some evangelicals, I might not have wandered so far from home for so many years. We do not worship Mary as a false goddess as they claim. It is scriptural to call Mary, Queen of Heaven. You might enjoy this link from Catholics Come Home in answer to this question.   The Litany of Loretto is a beautiful prayer for today’s feast to express our thanks to the Blessed Mother as...

Multitudes on Monday

Multitudes on Monday

Now brethren, we urge you to praise God. That is what we are all telling each other when we say,  Alleluia.   —St Augustine      Joining the ladies at  Suscipio     Moments of Gratitude   :: laughter is like a landmark when you’re asking for directions…if you pass it you’ve gone too far {301} :: a baby bunny that jumped out from behind the flower pot {302} :: leaving all my anxiety to God and just walking away {303} :: a family reunion of sorts this past weekend {304} :: ginger tea for an upset stomach {305} :: the life giving flesh and blood of Jesus in the Eucharist {306}   Beauty in the Ordinary   Neighborhood children playing in the street completely oblivious to the woes of the world  {307}   In The...

Our Mother of Perpetual Help

Our Mother of Perpetual Help

  “Turn to Virgin Mary for protection of nation, urges bishop”   “It has never been easy to be a faithful follower of Jesus Christ. In fact, our Savior warns that the world will hate us if we love Him. The attacks of this world, the flesh and devil seem particularly ferocious in this current moment. Several months ago, I asked that we not lose sight of the spiritual nature of this battle when I directed that the Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel should be invoked at every Sunday Mass for the protection of the Catholic Church in America. I now ask us to re-double our spiritual efforts through devotion to the Blessed Virgin.   The Immaculate Mother of God is the Patroness of the United States and our own Local Church. The Pope has...

Called to Witness

  Catholics Called to Witness   The Republican Convention is coming to our town. We’ve hosted the Superbowl a few times; that was wild, but nothing like this. The security preparations came via a 50 million dollar grant to equip the Tampa police with new gear which will remain with the city even after the event. I know people in the city who have moved their business from downtown, packed everything up for the duration of the convention and rented other offices. I’m not sure what we’re in for, but with the countdown at nine days to go, most of us around here are hunkered down as if it were a hurricane warning we’re just going to have to ride out.     Among the 50 or more groups that have filed for a permit to gather at...

Since Apostolic Times

Since Apostolic Times

  Benedictine Abbey of the Dormition of Mary   ” The feast days of the Church are not just the commemoration of historical events; they do not look only to the past. They look to the present and to the future and give us an insight into our own relationship with God. The Assumption looks to eternity and gives us hope that we, too, will follow Our Lady when our life is ended.” —Father Clifford Stevens     THE ASSUMPTION OF MARY: A BELIEF SINCE APOSTOLIC TIMES     Father Clifford Stevens   The Assumption is the oldest feast day of Our Lady, but we don’t know how it first came to be celebrated.   Its origin is lost in those days when Jerusalem was restored as a sacred city, at the time of the Roman Emperor...