Saturday, January 31, 2009
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Friday, January 30, 2009
By now most everyone has heard that NBC has refused to air the Catholic Vote ad during the superbowl. Their reason in a nutshell, "we don't do politics". Well the ad is hardly political. Any person using the common sense our good God gave them will see right through that lame reasoning to their real reason. They won't air this beautiful ad about life, but they will air scantily clad women selling just about anything. And I shutter to think about what half time will bring! That being said, NBC has also banned the PETA ad ("because according to them, sex just doesn't sell) that claims vegetarians have better sex. I just watched that ad and almost lost my breakfast! Click here if you can stomach it, and make sure your kids aren't anywhere in eyeshot of the computer screen.
My point in all this ranting is that NBC says "sex doesn't sell", but it must or they wouldn't air the more subtle forms of it. The Catholic Vote ad not only promotes life in general, but also the life of the president many of the "catholics" who will be watching the Superbowl, voted into office. The whole thing really is an outrage (but not surprising).
Julie D. over at Happy Cathoic is also outraged. She along with a friend have found the names and addresses of the powers that be at NBC. The network needs to hear from those who value life. Visit Happy Catholic for the contact information. Thanks Julie and Matt for the hard work in digging up this info.
As for me, I really don't have much use for TV these days. And while I enjoy a good football game as much as the next person, the Superbowl rarely falls into the category of good football.
Thank you, dear reader(s) for allowing me to vent.
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Anyone who commits to being with Jesus for an hour a week will tell you it is one of the best hours of their week. It certainly is mine.
The following prayer was part of a meditation I was reading today from Divine Intimacy. The prayer is a wonderful and fitting beginning for your Holy Hour before the Blessed Sacrament or any time you sit down to pray.
Prayer for a Holy Hour
O my God, Most Holy Trinity, grant that at least in time of prayer, I may be
aware of Your presence in my soul and may make my union with You real.
Grant that at least in this hour, I may not leave You alone in the depths of
my heart, but entering within, "returning home", let me enclose myself in the temple of my soul where You are waiting for me!
~Fr. Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalen
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
I bring you my shortcomings...my impatience with myself as well as others, failing to see you in those you place in my path, my wanting things done in my time;according to my will instead of your perfect time and your perfect will.
I bring you my worship and praise...in the way I relate to my students; responding to their needs and praising you for all they add to my life...in ministry to those, who like me are in need of your mercy and loving, healing touch.
I bring you my prayer...for the many who have asked for my prayers, for those mourning the loss of a loved one, for the parents caring for seriously ill children.
You spoke to me...through your Blessed Mother who, as my thoughts turned to her, calmed the storm raging inside me today.
Speaking of the Rosary, Nellie Edwards has a great article about praying the Rosary titled
"Don't Say It, Pray It".
*Note: I wanted to hyperlink Fr. Corapi, but his site is under construction/renovation until March 1. So not much to see there at this time.
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Here is Part 2 of Fr. Barron's commentary on Eckhart Tolle's "A New Earth". If you missed Part 1, I posted it several weeks ago. You can also find it on his website, WordonFire.org. I love listening to Fr. Barron. He has great insight in many areas.
The visual of remaining below the surface of all the tumult that can go on in our lives in any given day just as a pearl diver must strive to remain below the surface of the water in order to find pearls is a great meditation tool to use in our daily lives as we struggle to keep our presence with God.
Monday, January 26, 2009
FOR TODAY : Monday, January 26, 2009
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Case in point-about a year and a half ago I saw that EWTN aired aTLM on the feast of the Exaltation of the Cross. I DVR'd it and there it has sat; collecting digital dust- until today. I finally blew the dust off and watched. Awesome doesn't even begin to describe it. When I thought about this Mass in comparison to the Novos Ordo, all I could think is, we owe our Lord so much more than the Novos Ordo- at least the way it is celebrated in most parishes. Now before the 2 or 3 of you who read this blog go and run for the combox- I am not in opposition to the Novos Ordo. The problem I have been having lately is that it has come to promote a "it's about us rather than about Jesus" air. I know that was not the spirit that was intended. This is just my own observation. So, you may ask, "What's your problem? Just find the nearest TLM and go.
My dilemma is that while a bit dissatisfied with the laize-faireness of my local parish Mass, I still feel at home there. I know that we all have to leave home at times. Maybe that time has come for me. Perhaps continuing to attend daily Mass at my beloved parish and a TLM on Sundays now and then is a way to strike a balance.
I know that part of the reason for my ambivalence is my own pride and fear; getting over that feeling of a fish being out of water.
My dream is to have my parish offer a TLM even just once a month as a start, but it doesn't look like that is anywhere in the near future. As for attending a TLM elsewhere, perhaps I should take the advice of the old Nike commercial and "just do it".
One last thing- I think the Holy Spirit has been using blogs to get me at least thinking and praying about this. I have found myself over at Fr. Z's blog quite often. Thank you father.
Comments, advice and prayers in this matter are welcome.
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Tomorrow President Obama will have to deal with those who did not vote for him during the March for Life. Granted he may find it nothing more than a mere inconvenience, but the marchers' presence will be felt and hopefully heard.
Part of me feels very sorry for President Obama because I'm not sure he knows what he has taken on in becoming president. I also feel that there are greater forces at work and he is not really the one in charge of his presidency.
There was a great deal of hype over this inauguration; so much so that our president may think the American people are here to serve him when it should be that he would find the humility to realize that he has taken this office to serve the people.
Well,Mr. President, the parties are over and the work begins . Tomorrow you will see and hear those who know that life at every moment is sacred; you will see and hear those wounded by the "choice" you hold as sacred. Welcome to Washington, Mr. President.
I am glad that we finally have an African American in the White House. I just wish it were someone who truly knows God and His precious gift of life.
I know this post is not very positive, but I have not given up hope. I know that our hope is in Christ and He can change the hardest of hearts. So I will continue to pray for the conversion of President Obama .
May God bless and have mercy on our country.
Our Lady of Guadalupe pray for us!
Monday, January 19, 2009
Heavenly Father send us more holy, humble and happy priests. We ask this in Jesus' name. Amen.
Sunday, January 18, 2009
I am blessed to belong to a parish that suffers a minimal of such abuses, but it has its share. I have had to sit through the occasional round of applause for some minor accomplishment of someone. I have no problem with giving people their due- just not at Mass. Have we forgotten that the Mass is a Holy Sacrifice? Jesus Christ made the sacrifice, not any of us. The Mass is about Him, not us.
When I returned to the Church six years ago, I remember wondering about some of the things I was seeing; holding hands, or adopting the same hands raised posture of the priest during the Our Father, ushers playing "meet and greet" as they assist with the Communion line. Do we really need them to do this? Are we incapable of knowing when it is our turn to get out of our pew? And don't get me started on altar girls. And we wonder why some people think it's OK for women to be ordained. I will leave it to you to see the connection with that one. These are just to name a few of the things I didn't remember seeing at Mass during my childhood. Perhaps I'll deal with the incessant chatter before Mass, reading the bulletin, and the out of control sign of peace in another post.
When people attending Mass finally come to understand that they are at Calvary each time they are at Mass and that Jesus truly is present in the host- Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity, then maybe we will see a return to the sacredness that the Mass deserves. Until then, I like many other Catholics may find ourselves journeying to the nearest Traditional Latin Mass, even if only on occasion. (I have been praying for the grace to do this- my fear of not knowing what to do when has kept me from it so far. I know it's a poor excuse.) I realize that I have done some ranting and raving in this post, but I would like to end by thanking first those priests who say the Novos Ordo with awe and reverence, and also those Catholics who assist at Mass with that same awe and reverence.
Friday, January 16, 2009
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Every day needs something beautiful. Hopefully Fernando Ortega's version of "Be Thou My Vision" will add something beautiful to your day today. The slide show that accompanies the hymn is equally beautiful.
Enjoy this beautiful moment of prayer!
Saturday, January 10, 2009
Thursday, January 8, 2009
I remember Fr. Neuhaus' commentary during the election of Pope Benedict XVI. He told Raymond Arroyo that he would sing a Te Deum. Well, I'm sure he is definitely singing one now- (yes, probably with Cardinal Dulles).
Thank you father for the legacy you have left us. May you rest in peace.
As for the effect Barbie has had on women of my generation, well I can't speak for everyone, but while my mother may not have seen the problem with Barbie, my subconcious got the message loud and clear. I was raised Catholic, but fell away from my faith and went right along with what the culture of the 80's and 90's was dishing out; premarital sex, birth control, abortion- all a woman's right. It took me almost 20 years, and a lot of prayer and recatechising from a good friend before I would find my way home again. Make no mistake; we are in the midst of a spiritual battle! It's has been that way since Eve took the apple. Parents now more than ever need to be aware of this battle because their children and grandchildren's lives are at stake. As the article states, we need to teach our girls (and boys) about inner beauty and modesty. The role models our society puts out there should not be emulated, they need to be prayed for. The young women saints like Bernadette and Maria Goretti should be emulated.
So, I don't know about you, but I won't be wishing Barbie a Happy 50th this year.
St. Michael the archangel defend us in battle.
Sts. Bernadette and Maria Goretti pray for our youth.
Monday, January 5, 2009
Saturday, January 3, 2009
At the name of Jesus every knee must bend, in heaven, on earth, and under the earth; every tongue should proclaim to the glory of God the Father: Jesus Christ is Lord. (Phil.2:10-11)
Today we celebrate the memorial of the Most Holy Name of Jesus. May we offer our prayers today for those who do not know the saving, healing power of this name when spoken reverently in prayer. What follows is my own reflection on the name of Jesus as well as quotes and prayers that express this devotion better than I can.
"If you think the name Jesus continually, it purges your sin and kindles your heart; it clarifies your soul, it removes anger and does away with slowness. It wounds in love and fulfills charity. It chases the devil and puts out dread. It opens heaven, and makes you a contemplative. It puts all vices and phantoms from the lover."
"The Lord Jesus promised, whatever you ask in my name, I will do."
Thursday, January 1, 2009
Psalm 45: Canticle of Love to the King
My heart overflows with a good theme;
I address my verses to the King;
My tongue is the pen of a ready writer.
You are fairer than the sons of men;
Grace is poured upon Your lips;
Therefore God has blessed You forever.
Gird Your sword on Your thigh, O Mighty One,
In Your splendor and Your majesty!
And in Your majesty ride on victoriously,
For the cause of truth and meekness and righteousness;
Let Your right hand teach You awesome things.
Your arrows are sharp;
The peoples fall under You;
Your arrows are in the heart of the King’s enemies.
Your throne, O God, is forever and ever;
A scepter of uprightness is the scepter of Your kingdom.
You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness;
Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You
With the oil of joy above Your fellows.
All Your garments are fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia;
Out of ivory palaces stringed instruments have made You glad.
Kings’ daughters are among Your noble ladies;
At Your right hand stands the queen in gold from Ophir.