When I Grow Up

When I Grow Up

I want to be…Alice von Hildebrand.. There is so much wisdom that emanates from this woman, it’s like trying to contain a waterfall in a paper cup.     From a piece she wrote titled, Thank You Benedict XVI:     From the moment the future Pope left his beloved Regensburg until Feb. 28, 2013, he accepted a mission which was not of his own choosing. Let me repeat emphatically: He did not like the limelight. He was never tempted by ambition. He did it in obedience, but an act of obedience which was to him, a subtle form of crucifixion.   When one studies the history of the Church, one thing is striking: the amazing variety of personalities and also the high percentage of Popes who were canonized. Something remarkable when one thinks...

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 soft fleece blanket :: comfortable bed :: heating pad :: new shoes that fit just right :: sanitation workers :: antibacterial soap :: olive oil :: the mute button on the TV remote :: heavenly intercessors :: the red carpet in Heaven will be paved for those who love the Lord …not all that glitters     Reading   Ignatius Bible Revised Standard Catholic   Vatican Council Document,  Christus Dominus (decree concerning pastoral office of bishops) In light of the challenges facing the church today…it’s a page turner.....

The Prophetic Word Confirmed

The Prophetic Word Confirmed

  Icon of the Transfiguration Unknown Icon Painter, Russian 16th Century     We heard this voice which came from heaven when we were with Him on the holy mountain. And so we have the prophetic word confirmed, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts — 2 Peter 1:10-19     Lord, grant us the grace of Your light here on earth, that we may be transformed in this dark place, from fearful and sleepy, to confident and watchful. By your grace, may we share that light with others and one day see Your Glory in Heaven.   +PAX   Readings for the Second Sunday of...

Where to Find Hope

Where to Find Hope

  Delivery of the Keys to St Peter Perugino c.1481-1482   Today the church celebrates the annual feast of The Chair of St Peter the Apostle the feast which,   commemorates Christ’s choosing Peter to sit in his place as the servant-authority of the whole Church.     With the recent news of Pope Benedict’s retirement, many it seems, struggle to find hope in the words of Christ’s promise for the church, that the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.   We have only two choices in the days ahead.. Either ~   God is true and He is our hope or He is not. From the encyclical Spe Salvi, in the words of Pope Benedict the XVI,   27  In this sense it is true that anyone who does not know God, even though he may entertain...

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       In a recent homily, my pastor, who is from Africa, said one of the greatest lessons his mother taught him was that when life gives you 100 things to cry about, God will give you 1000 to be thankful for. So, despite a heaviness of heart since last week, I started with small things and while the clouds haven’t yet lifted …I just keep counting:   :: diet root beer :: sunglasses :: transportation :: days with no transportation :: ceiling fans :: running shoes :: a Bible that fits in my purse :: e-mail :: a medium point pen ::...

Interior Decorating for Lent

Interior Decorating for Lent

    Prayer is the Light of the Spirit   Prayer and converse with God is a supreme good; it is a partnership and union with God. {…} Practice prayer from the beginning.   Paint your house with the colors of modesty and humility. Make it radiant with the light of justice. Decorate with the finest gold leaf of good deeds. Adorn it with the walls and stones of generosity. Crown it with the pinnacle of prayer.   In this way you will make it a perfect dwelling place for the Lord.  You will be able to receive Him as in a splendid palace …..   Link   +PAX   Practical suggestions for a holy Lenten...

The Holy Face of Jesus

The Holy Face of Jesus

Veronica Holding Her Veil Hans Memling  c. 1470   From Patricia’s beautiful site, The Holy Face of Jesus :   Tuesday is the Feast of the Holy Face of Jesus. It always falls on Shrove Tuesday before Ash Wednesday. (Appropriate, considering the grevious sins committed during Mardi Gras.)   Jesus appeared to a Carmelite nun, Sister Mary of St. Peter, in Tours, France during the 1840′s, and requested devotion to His Holy Face in order to make reparation for the blasphemies and outrages committed by unbelievers, and for the profanation of Sundays by Christians.   link The Golden Arrow Prayer    May the most holy, most sacred, most adorable, most incomprehensible and ineffable Name of God be forever praised, blessed, loved, adored and...

We Love You Pope Benedict XVI

We Love You Pope Benedict XVI

  Pope Benedict XVI in Saint Peter’s Square, Vatican City. Photograph: Alessandro Di Meo/EPA     I don’t understand. My immediate reaction when I heard Pope Benedict XVI had announced his resignation, was great sorrow for the Holy Father and what travail in prayer it must have taken for him to reach this decision.   My sorrow stems from the fact that he was my pope when I came home to the faith seven years ago..I clung to his mantle like a child looking to her father, gleaning from him everything I could, hungry to relearn the faith because there was such confusion in the church. To me, despite his age, he was a tower of strength as he undertook the reformations long needed in Holy Mother Church.   I remember the day…I...

St Scholastica

St Scholastica

  The Death of Saint Scholastica by Jean Restout II, 1730, oil on canvas Musée des Beaux-Arts, Tours, France     From the archives:   St Scholastica was the twin sister of St Benedict, the father of western monasticism. The little we know of her is from the Dialogues of St Gregory the Great. It’s interesting to me how little you need to know about someone sometimes… to know everything you need to know. St Gregory tells us as a child, she consecrated herself to God and was very devoted to her brother. When Benedict established his monastery at Monte Cassino, Italy, she chose to settle five miles south at Plombariola where, she founded a convent under the direct rule of her brother. She was the first Benedictine nun.   A charming story is...

Modern Day Portraits of Courage

Modern Day Portraits of Courage

There are two people in the news this week who give me hope in a time when portraits of courage are rare finds indeed. The first is a young woman raised in San Jose, California, home schooled through high school, who at the age of 15 founded Live Action, an American pro-life non profit organization, dedicated to building a culture of life and ending abortion.   She is 25 years old and her name is Lila Rose. And did I mention ….she is fearless. Yesterday, she released a statement about the death of a 29 year old woman and her 8 month old baby at the hands of late term abortionist Le Roy Carhart:     “While his twenty-nine-year-old patient and her eight-month-old baby were dying horribly, late-term abortionist Leroy Carhart skipped town,...

Fight Courageously for Him

Fight Courageously for Him

    Drawing of the Crucifixion  St John of the Cross c. 1550     A great word from the Catecheses by St Cyril of Jerusalem, Bishop, in yesterday’s Office of Readings; Especially as we begin our preparation for Lent next week. Felt drawn back to reading it again today:     EVEN IN TIMES OF PERSECUTION, LET THE CROSS BE YOUR JOY   The Catholic Church glories in every deed of Christ. Her supreme glory, however, is the cross.   …..Do not, then, be ashamed of the cross of Christ; rather, glory in it. Although it is a stumbling block to the Jews and folly to the Gentiles, the message of the cross is our salvation.   …..Certainly in times of tranquility the cross should give you joy. But maintain the same faith in times of...