St Faustina’s New Year’s Resolutions

St Faustina’s New Year’s  Resolutions

  Selections from St Faustina’s Diary, Divine Mercy in My Soul, her New Year’s resolutions from the year 1937:   Particular examen: namely to unite myself with the Merciful Christ (that is; what would Jesus do in such and such a case?)    Interior silence   To do the will of God faithfully at every moment of my life and to live by this.   During evening examen of conscience to ask myself the question: What if He were to call me today?   Not to look for God far away, but within my own being; to abide with Him alone.   In sufferings and torments to take refuge in the tabernacle and to be silent.   To join all sufferings, prayers, works, and mortifications to the merits of Jesus in order to obtain mercy for the world.   The presence of God is...

“Fleeting Fads and Eternal Truth”

  Alice von Hildebrand recently spoke of her and her husband’s dedication to the truth, “the severe moral crisis” of today and the centuries old solution of repentance, prayer, and penance with Register correspondent Trent Beattie.   What a gracious lady. We will be at a great loss when this generation has gone to their eternal reward. Will we have the strength and moral courage to live our faith as boldly as these who have gone before us? Her husband’s book, My Battle Against Hitler, has just been released in English. In this interview she was questioned as to how her husband caught on to Hitler so early and here’s her response: “My husband’s ardent love for truth is what allowed him to perceive the poison of the...

Deconstructionism vs the missionary mandate

When the Lord wants to put a book in my hands, He makes it very clear to me that yes, indeed this is the book for you right now. He’s done it this way for over 30 years. Some of the books that most recently have come my way would seem a bit off putting, perhaps leaning toward the negative side of the equation, but these are not ordinary times. It’s only later when I look back at the reading list do I see the trail of truth He’s trying to convey. Before the latest book came into my hands, I had for months been telling the Lord, I don’t recognize You in the way you are being represented in the Church anymore. It was more than the news making the rounds in Catholic media causing my angst. I’ll get to some of that in a minute. It’s...

Christmas changed everything

Christmas changed everything

  But when the time had fully come, God sent forth His Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might have adoption as sons. —Galatians 4:4-5     ” And this is how Christmas changed everything. By establishing the conditions for our adoption as children of God— By bringing about a certain identification between man and God and Jesus Christ.”   There is no greater gift than this. Merry Christmas.   +PAX  quote: Joy to the World- Scott Hahn, p...

O Emmanuel

  “O Emmanuel, Rex et legifer noster, exspectatio gentium, et Salvator earum: veni ad salvandum nos Domine Deus noster.” The Great Antiphons. Gregorian chant notation from the Liber Usualis (1961), p. 342. Latin lyrics sung by the Cantarte Regensburg. “Emmanuel, our King and our Law-giver, Longing of the Gentiles, yea, and salvation thereof, come to save us, O Lord our God!”   “The exact origin of the O Antiphons is not known. Boethius (c. 480-524) made a slight reference to them, thereby suggesting their presence at that time. At the Benedictine abbey of Fleury (now Saint-Benoit-sur-Loire), these antiphons were recited by the abbot and other abbey leaders in descending rank, and then a gift was given to each member of the...

With your whole hearts

With your whole hearts

    ….turn to God and He will blot out all your sins. ( Acts 3:19) This from the Canticle in the Divine Office today–Could there be a more appropriate verse for us as a people and nation as we ready ourselves for the coming of our Savior? I can hardly bear the news of late, but I know that our Savior Jesus is the answer, that we have been appointed for such a time as this; as difficult and impossible as the mission seems. St Paul reminds us that “the things he had to undergo in Asia were more of a burden than he could carry, so that he even despaired of life.” They were, he says, “carrying with them their own death warrant, but it taught them,  ….not to rely on themselves, but only on God, who raises the dead to life....

It’s ravioli weekend

It’s ravioli weekend

  I get the same text from my sister every year ~  “…We’re making the ravioli this Sunday.” Be there. NO excuses.“ Ugh Not even a recent hospital visit slowed her down or changed her mind. I really thought I was home free this year. But no. Here’s a post from the past. ——–  —– ——-   There’s redemption in ravioli; but, before you report me to the online theology police, let me give you some background on my thesis. I have five days left to prepare before the onset of this yearly tradition that has been in my family for generations. My sister and I have been making this homemade ravioli recipe virtually all our lives. We started out in our basement as my mother’s...

The “happy holiday’s” mission field

The “happy holiday’s” mission field

  We’re in a decidedly pagan culture. When did we walk that plank and give in to the pirates aboard the ship? I’m not sure, but I’m old enough now to have witnessed the decline. Since the “holiday season” began, I’ve been to the local tour of stores and each time was met at the checkout with the parting greeting–the one which avoids the mention of Christ at any cost– Happy Holiday’s, to which I respond, Merry Christmas. On a recent stop to the grocery store, I commented to the check out clerk who seemed frazzled with the assortment of customer complaints that went before me, that once Christmas and New Year’s are over, I bet it will be nice to have a lull in the shopping crowds till Easter time. She...

There is no other Christmas

There is no other Christmas

  Following a beautiful and firmly rooted tradition, many families set up their crib immediately after the feast of the Immaculate Conception, as if to relive with Mary those days full of trepidation that preceded the birth of Jesus.   {…}The crib helps us contemplate the mystery of God’s love that was revealed in poverty and simplicity at the Bethlehem Grotto…   Indeed, the crib can help us understand the secret of the true Christmas, because it speaks of the humility and merciful goodness of Christ, who “though He was rich, made Himself poor” for us. (cf 2 Cor 8:9)   His poverty enriches those who embrace it, and Christmas brings joy and peace to those who, like the shepherds in Bethlehem, accept the angels...

What’s your ‘elevator pitch?’

What’s your ‘elevator pitch?’

  It’s really amazing when you stop to talk to people or spend time conversing with family and friends at parties or holiday dinners, how many are away from the church and worse how many have left their Christian faith behind altogether. Whatever their impetus for walking away, what tugs at my heart on this, the first week of Advent, is; What a mess we’re in Lord. Please help me empty myself, refine my listening skills and learn anew how to share my story and invite someone to come home. The church is a bit rattled these days…I know…but, there will always be something people use as an excuse to leave the church, the faith, God, etc. There are any number of combinations why they go. But, as Catholics, we have the fullness of truth and...