Not, no – just like the devil- but, yes and Amen

Bad mothering..Every mother’s nightmare whether Christian or not. In the latest Church Militant Vortex, we learn of a mother who, writing in a public newspaper column, celebrates her son’s leaving the faith. Normally, I back off mom’s decisions they make with their children keeping my opinions to myself, especially since through my 15 years of homeschooling everyone and their Aunt Tillie as they say, had one. For many years, I thought I owed everyone an explanation for God’s calling on my family and everyone who tried to hide their disapproval behind a twisted expression; but they only gave me great grief. However, I will admit there is a point to be made here on how the faith is being destroyed generationally, owing to the poor catechesis...

A mother’s kind of broken

A mother’s kind of broken

  Recently, I had a close encounter with a woman in the narthex of my parish. After Mass some stayed as always to pray, say the rosary and light candles in the chapel while making silent appeals to the Holy family. It was all very usual until the silence was broken by muffled cries. There in the back row, was a woman not much younger than I whom one might have mistaken for Hannah since, “in her deep anguish this woman  prayed to the LORD, weeping bitterly. ” 1 Samuel 1:10 People turned to look at her, then looked at one another with an unspoken question in their eyes: Should we do something? But, before anyone could make a move she stood up to leave. I would have sat with the rest and continued praying except for a strong prompt in my spirit...

Another lesson: devout affections–fourth prayer

Another lesson: devout affections–fourth prayer

  “God never makes a mistake.” These were the words from a Carmelite friend that the Lord used to guide me today. I met her at Mass submerged in and pining over my own struggles, when she stopped me and asked if I’d heard that a mutual friend of ours, had died. I was caught off-guard and very surprised by the news. Just before Christmas this dear friend– a convert to the faith at the age of 80– had, on the request of her family, begun considering a move to the Midwest where they all reside. It was becoming too complicated to help her from afar in the aging process . She resisted for many reasons and until the last minute tried to find another affordable place to accommodate her and her precious pet cat. None could be found; so...

Development of the faith, not alteration

The timing of the Office of Readings to current affairs in the church seems, well, providential: From the instruction by St Vincent of Lerins, priest: Is there to be no development of religion in the Church of Christ? Certainly there is to be development and on the largest scale. Who can be so grudging to men, so full of hate for God as to try and prevent it? But — It must truly be development of the faith, not alteration of the faith. Development means that each thing expands to be itself, while alteration means a thing is changed from one thing into another. The understanding, knowledge and wisdom of the Church, he says, whether of individuals or the Church as a whole, should through time count on making “great and vigorous progress,” but,...

Patroness of wishes that don’t come true

Patroness of wishes that don’t come true

  Commemoration of St Frances of Rome   Re-blogged from BelloftheWanderer:   St Frances is, One of the greatest mystics of the fifteenth century; born in Rome, of a noble family, in 1384; died there, 9 March, 1440. Her youthful desire was to enter religion, but at her father’s wish she married, at the age of twelve, Lorenzo de’ Ponziano. Among her children we know of Battista, who carried on the family name, Evangelista, a child of great gifts (d. 1411), and Agnes (d. 1413).   —Catholic Encyclopedia   Frances expressed her commitment to Christ by caring first for her husband, children and extended family, then finally for Rome’s poor and sick. Sometimes, she said, a wife must leave God at the altar to find him in her household management....