Catholic Woman’s Almanac

Catholic Woman’s Almanac

  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 from Suscipio   Moments of Gratitude      :: a renewed commitment to pray against abortion and for life from womb to tomb   :: my sister is OK after an anaphylaxis reaction to penicillin…and a major emergency room visit   :: I don’t die when I give up control…but it feels like I might   :: making a dent in adapting to something new…however small…in my change resistant personality   :: warm days — cool nights   :: making it to Mass more often during the week   :: quiet time in the garden and lots of prayer   :: turning...

The True Weapon

The True Weapon

        I couldn’t be at the March for Life in Washington yesterday, but I wanted to do something besides pray at home..So I went to the local abortion clinic which is about ten minutes from my house, where I’ve often prayed during the 40 Days for Life campaign. The facility sits in a plaza off a main highway and when keeping vigil, we’re only allowed to stand by the main road. We can’t go beyond a certain point in the parking lot.   Yesterday, no one was by the roadside praying, so I decided to sit in my car parked right outside the office of that death mill and pray the rosary. Sadly, as at other times, I witnessed a young woman come out after her procedure, her face pale, her body bent over seeming to wince from...

Still the Most Persecuted Religion

Still the Most Persecuted Religion

    Christianity is still the most persecuted religion   Thursday, December 20, 2012   There are two reasons why it’s worthwhile talking about religious freedom in the European Parliament. Firstly it is an inalienable and independent human right which the international community has forgotten. Secondly it’s one of the most frequently violated human rights in the world, especially with respect to Christians.”   And without vigilant prayer..coming soon to the United States of America.   These were the words of Konrad Szymanski, Member of the European Parliament, during the presentation in Brussels of the Worldwide Religious Freedom Report published by Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need —(ACN).   +PAX  ...

A Surprisingly Good Read

A Surprisingly Good Read

      When I decided to accept the challenge given me by a priest to read the Documents of Vatican II in the first six months of this, The Year of Faith, truthfully, I held my nose anticipating the most boring six months of reading in my life. To my surprise it’s been anything but that.   What I’ve discovered is that both the ‘spirit of Vatican II’ cliches I’ve heard ad nauseum– even from the pulpit– as well as comments from the cynics who would prefer to ax the whole event from church history, are actually quite far from the vivid balanced truths expressed in these documents. Father told me I would be surprised. I find it’s much like hearing everyone else’s  interpretation of a movie or...

A Woman’s Reasoning With a Man’s Courage

A Woman’s Reasoning With a Man’s Courage

  Today is a Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children. In the words of a friend “this a very dangerous land for babies in the womb.”   In an open letter to President Obama, Father Pavone says this here.   When you were first elected, many rejoiced that yet another barrier had been broken for racial equality in our nation. I rejoiced with them. Yet so many African-Americans could have been — and can still be — elected to the Presidency who better represent and advance the principles on which our country was founded.   Instead, you so often violate them. Therefore, along with the chorus of praise, I want to write this letter today representing so many of our fellow Americans who raise a chorus of concern,...

Catholic Woman’s Almanac

Catholic Woman’s Almanac

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 from Suscipio   Moments of Gratitude   :: time away with no agenda :: ignored the news :: a few days off from cooking :: the most incredible Tiramisu I’ve ever had :: yes, I confessed to my mother – it was better than hers :: there’s no place like home :: visiting my son and daughter-in-law to be :: the wedding plans :: sharing in their excitement :: I’m going to be a grandmother :: yes, it’s out of order…but we are covering them with love :: how the Lord turned a simple vacation into a pilgrimage   Praying   :: for my Benedictine mentor struggling...

The Year of Faith: Jump Out of the Boat

The Year of Faith: Jump Out of the Boat

    Jesus Walking on Water François Boucher Cathédrale Saint-Louis (1766) Versailles   What if God challenges us to jump out of the boat in this Year of Faith ?   What if He allows people to cross our path who are very different than our usual familiar acquaintances, who have questions we think we have rehearsed answers for, that pull us out of our comfort zone and make us look deeper into ourselves than we’ve looked in a long time. We study, we pray, we think about those who are without the Lord and assure ourselves that if only we get that chance to talk to them, we’ll reach into our pocket of prayer and memorized Scripture and tell them just what they need to know.   Saturday was just such a day for me. On my way home from...

Catholic Woman’s Almanac

Catholic Woman’s Almanac

  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   Moments of Gratitude   :: an answered prayer  +JMJ+ :: a few days off to somewhere with my husband…don’t know exactly where…find out when I get in the car :: no cooking, more smiling :: real men and ‘almost men’ in my life: :: husband :: sons :: nephews :: The Boys on 9th Street   Beauty and Lessons in the Ordinary   :: On one of the end tables in my living room is a picture my cousin sent of my father standing in front of the port authority in New York City. He titled it, “The Boys on 9th Street.” My dad in his navy blues,...

Become a Living Force for all Mankind

Become a Living Force for all Mankind

Baptism of Christ Francesco Albani 1600’s   Today, let us do honor to Christ’s baptism and celebrate this feast in holiness. Be cleansed entirely and continue to be cleansed.  Nothing gives such pleasure to God as the conversion and salvation of men, for whom His every word and every revelation exist.    He wants you to become a living force for all mankind, lights shining in the world.  You are to be radiant lights as you stand beside Christ, the great light, bathed in the Glory of Him ~  who is the light of Heaven.    —From a Sermon by St Gregory of Nazianzus, bishop LOH Office of Readings  ...

He Must Increase….

He Must Increase….

 Icon of Extreme Humility   After this Jesus and his disciples went into the land of Judea; there he remained with them and baptized. John also was baptizing at Ae’non near Salim, because there was much water there; and people came and were baptized. For John had not yet been put in prison.  Now a discussion arose between John’s disciples and a Jew over purifying.   And they came to John, and said to him, “Rabbi, he who was with you beyond the Jordan, to whom you bore witness, here he is, baptizing, and all are going to him.” John answered, “No one can receive anything except what is given him from heaven. You yourselves bear me witness, that I said, I am not the Christ, but I have been sent before him.   He who has...

It’s Not Fatal

It’s Not Fatal

  God the Father  Cima da Conegliano  c. 1510-1517   As the Christmas season wanes, one last reflection on the selfless love of the incarnation which invites us…demands of us, to love our neighbor as He loved us.   At the evening of this life..we will be judged on love. —St John of the Cross   Imagine-  the Creator of the Universe, master of the galaxies, all existing matter and space, the author of life, gives the ultimate example of becoming selfless and other centered. He becomes a baby…weighing only a few pounds, unable to speak and dependent upon His mother’s milk. I can hardly stretch my finite mind to grasp even a basic understanding of the depth of His love.   This I know- I often don’t love...