Halloween Warning

Halloween Warning

      I don’t like Halloween…never have. I’ve always felt there’s enough macabre in the news that to imitate it seems a bit redundant. If you’ve lived a Halloween horror night in real life, you don’t need to see attempts at a reenactment. My children never went trick or treating when they were little; we did other fun things like dressing as Bible characters for church celebrations, but even that didn’t sit well with me. I took a lot of heat for that back in the day.. On a walk yesterday, I was astonished at all the neighborhood homes that had no issue with creating an invitation to demonic darkness and death; decorating them with occult images, pagan symbols, tombstones, darkened caves added to a front...

Multitudes on Monday ~ 29 Years

Multitudes on Monday ~ 29 Years

  Now brethren, we urge you to praise God. That is what we are all telling each other when we say,  Alleluia.   —St Augustine         Linking with the ladies at Suscipio   My multitudes of praise this Monday morning all rest on how thankful I am that 29 years ago today my husband and I stood before the Lord and vowed to live together in Holy Matrimony. We had so many strikes against us, so much baggage we dragged with us through the beautiful mahogany doors of that church; no one thought we’d last a year. { 475 + 29 = 504}   Father F said to me yesterday,   You must give praise and thanks to God that for almost 3 decades He has given you the grace to live out your promise.   And so He has– despite many ploys of the enemy,...

What do You Want Me to do for You?

What do You Want Me to do for You?

  Blind Bartimaeus Mark 10 :46-52   The people who tried to stop Bartimaeus from encountering Jesus were the very ones whom Jesus sends to call him over. And you would think that as the blind man stands in the presence of the Messiah, it would be obvious to Jesus what it was he needed. Yet, Jesus wants to hear what it is– he really wants. In answer to this question I will offer this prayer to the Lord in this year of faith…,    Consider and answer me, O Lord my God; lighten the eyes [of my faith to behold Your face in the pitchlike darkness], lest I sleep the sleep of death, Lest my enemy say, I have prevailed over him, and those that trouble me rejoice when I am shaken. But I have trusted, leaned on, and been confident in Your...

Keep Singing in the Cellar

Keep Singing in the Cellar

  I will sing of thy steadfast love, O LORD, for ever; with my mouth I will proclaim thy faithfulness to all generations. —Psalm 89:1   These uncertain times we live in feel like when my dad asked me to go down in the basement alone to do chores. It was always a dark descent even when the lights were on …even in the daytime. I’d fight him and pitch a fit..but he’d still ask me to go. My memory plays back the hollow sound of the wooden steps with each click of my shoes on the way down. I can still hear it and feel the fear. It’s almost as if the Lord has resuscitated this memory to help me remember the faith of a child and how He strengthened me to do what I was asked even though I was afraid. We need to know how to...

The Desert Monks and the Morning News

The Desert Monks and the Morning News

    I don’t watch much television, let alone morning news, but thanks to Paul at Communio I was very excited about an NBC morning segment a week ago entitled  6 monks get their groove on.   “The monks  sang “Alleluia Iustus Germinabit” from their new album produced by Sony Masterworks, “Monks in the Desert: Blessings, Peace and Harmony.” The CD will make a great Christmas gift…”   People are hungering for peace, a Benedictine charism, and to see these dear monks proclaim the Church’s chant in such a public way seems like a clarion call for all who are thirsty to–   …. come to the waters: you that have no money make haste, buy, and eat: come ye, buy wine and milk without...

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         Moments of Gratitude   Linking with the ladies at Suscipio The distant sound of a train passing through town during evening prayer {467} Being raised in simpler times–not easier–simpler {468} dinner with my husband on the waterfront watching the sunset {469} a valid cool front {470} found a local organic foods company that delivers fruits and veggies to the house ! {471} Bishop confirming 12 young adults at Mass and celebrating the parish’s 25th anniversary {472} his shepherd’s crozier {473} the magisterium {474} learning that from one small parish in Tanzania, (where my friend Father N is from) came...

World Mission Day: Seven New Saints

World Mission Day: Seven New Saints

Lily of the Mohawks   A Mohawk maiden walked in the forests and glens of America a century before there was a United States, and today she is known and revered throughout the world.  She was a true child of the continental wilderness that was forged into a mighty nation, and she was also chosen to experience union in prayer and contemplation with Christ. This Mohawk maiden demonstrates the Divine Presence in human lives in a remarkable and historic manner, but she also serves as a bridge between the Catholic faith and the modern Native Americans of this continent. —Saint Kateri Tekakwitha   Related: Saint Marianne Cope Pope’s homily on seven new saints May the self sacrificing love of Christ modeled in the lives of these seven new saints, be...

In Weakness Calamity Hides

In Weakness Calamity Hides

   Synod: A message from the Church in China    (Vatican Radio) — There was a reminder of the price that men and women have paid in order to witness to their faith in the first intervention at the XIIIth General Congregation of the Synod of Bishops on the New Evangelisation Tuesday morning. In was a short intervention, scripted entirely in Latin and read to the 250 participants by the Secretary General of the Synod, Archbishop Nikola Eterovic and it came all the way from China.    The intervention was penned by Bishop Luke Li Jing Feng, of Fengxiang [Shaanxi]. The ninety-year-old bishop was released in 1979 after twenty years in prison during the Cultural Revolution in China. He was born in 1922, ordained in 1947, consecrated bishop in 1980,...

Prayer for Our Country

Prayer for Our Country

  Holy Trinity, One God, we bow before you and praise your majesty. We thank you for Your loving, providential care of our country. We come once again pleading for mercy for the United States of America that is in such need. Bless our vital institutions of family, education and church. Revitalize the legal, medical and entertainment professions with grace that heals and upholds your people.     Send Your angels to nullify evil perpetrated by factions. Give us the grace to stand strong against the forms of evil present in our culture that deny You, work against life and threaten the gift of marriage. May Your Holy presence fill our homes, schools, media and our courts. Fill our leaders with Your wisdom and great fortitude. Allow every citizen...

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         Moments of Gratitude   Linking with the ladies at  Suscipio   :: meeting a Dr from Virginia at a church meeting who is a reformed abortionist {458} :: parole denied {459} :: roaming around a craft store wondering if I should take up embroidery and sewing again for relaxation {460} :: taking my mom and aunt to the pumpkin patch at the Methodist Church and sparing them a picture with the straw man {461} :: so sure I’d lost my contact lens in the sink, walked away praying to St Anthony…finding it on the floor minutes later {462} :: a cool front—well, two mornings where the humidity was below 70% {463} ::...

The Spirit of Our Time

The Spirit of Our Time

  In this age of instant information, social media, constant political and cultural wrangles, how do we convey truth to the world without being divisive?   From Spirit Daily     We cannot be Christian and harsh, Christian and lustful, Christian and materialistic, Christian and divisive, Christian and hating anyone. It doesn’t have to be the “internasty.” It can be the “internice” — even while standing for the right thing without compromise. No one is convinced to change one’s view based on harsh verbiage. Kindness is potent because it is active love. One kind word, one kind smile, one gesture, is often enough to serve as a catalyst. We don’t see it, but the world changes around us.    ...