Pray for the rising tide of religious hostilities

  “A brief summary of recent trends monitored by the Pew Research study shows why political scientist Tom Farr refers to this as a global crisis.”   Not sure anyone’s really paying attention but, we should definitely be praying. +PAX

World Day of the Sick

World Day of the Sick

  Today is The World Day of the Sick, a commemoration begun in 1992 by Pope John Paul II coinciding with the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes. He had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1991 and through his own sufferings established this day as a time to pray for God to alleviate the pain and sorrow of all the sick and their caregivers. It was also on this this day in 2013 that Pope Benedict XVI declared his decision to resign from his post as the Pope citing his failing health as the reason behind his decision. As many of you can attest through your own painful struggles or of those you love, there are many in our midst in need of our prayers today. I’m thinking of the countless people I see in the hospital every week, including my own aunt...

Turn and Live

Turn and Live

  I think all our great learning has made us mad. Not however, the way the apostle Paul was accused of by Festus in Acts 26:19-30, when in making his defense before King Agrippa, he declared to him that he had been obedient to the Heavenly vision, announcing to those in Damascus, Jerusalem, throughout the country of Judea and to the Gentiles that, they should repent, turn to God and perform deeds worthy of repentance. —vs 19 The Scriptures say that for that very reason, he was seized by the Jews in the temple and they tried to kill him. (vs 21) For this defense Festus said, Paul, you are mad; you’re great learning is turning you mad. And Paul responded, I am not mad most excellent Festus, but I am speaking the sober truth. —vs.24-25 No, we...

“As Leviathan’s lions begin to roar”

“As Leviathan’s lions begin to roar”

  This is what’s in my pocket today:    “As Leviathan’s lions begin to roar, the nominal Catholics will skip out of the arena.   Roman Catholicism has become for baptized pagans a neuralgic kind of Cute Catholicism, with leprechauns, mariachi bands and Santa Claus instead of confession, prayer and fidelity to doctrine.   But behind each leprechaun – St. Patrick stares,   and behind every mariachi band – Our Lady of Guadalupe weeps,   and behind every Santa Claus – Christ himself judges.” —Fr. George Rutler It has me thinking and praying.   +PAX    h/t Dympha’s Road blogspot Daniel’s Answer to the King, 1890 articles by Father George...

Pray, Hope, Don’t Worry

Pray, Hope, Don’t Worry

    I read Padre Pio, True Story Revised, about a year after I came home to the church and was a bit overwhelmed with the account. It had been 20 years since I’d even thought about a Catholic saint, though as a schoolgirl taught by the Dominicans, we had read our share of saintly biographies. Despite the fact that I’ve never really adopted him as one of my patron saints, somehow he keeps showing up in my life: cards over a patients bed in the nursing home, a Padre Pio book on a bed table in the hospital. I kind of got the message when a prayer card from the Capuchins arrived in the mail, so I set it on the refrigerator, reminding me to look to Padre Pio more often than when I need a special favor. What strikes me most about his life, besides the...