Monday, August 31, 2009

Fr. Barron On Ted Kennedy

There has been so much around the blogospere on Ted Kennedy, that I really didn't want to read any more let alone post anything. Then Father Robert Barron posted his You Tube commentary and I just had to listen as well as share it. As any regular follower of this blog knows, I am a huge fan of Fr. Barron.
Father gives a little of his own background growing up in a very Irish/Catholic family and how his own opinions of the Democratic party began to take shape as he came of age in the late 1970' and 80's.
Listen as Father Barron gives his usual honest and straightforward commentary on Ted Kennedy.

The Breast Cancer/Abortion Link

I have seen a few blogs lately posting about Breast Cancer Awareness; that is a great thing. However what is not so great is that many of them ask people to support the Susan G. Komen Foundation. I know I have posted on this topic in the past, but it is worth repeating. This organization has given a fair share of money to Planned Parenthood. As most Catholic bloggers know, Planned Parenthood is one of the leading provider of abortions in this country. They also fail to tell women of the possible link between abortion and breast cancer.
While may of the studies are not 100% conclusive, they do indicate a significant rise in the risk factors for breast cancer in women who have had abortions. On average the risk goes up about 50% for post abortive women. That risk factor does decline slightly if the woman has subsequent pregnancies that are carried to term.
Again, I have no problem in making women aware of the risks for breast cancer or with donating to research for cures so long as the organization does not support pro-abortion organizations.
I have included some links where you can read about the studies and their findings. Please spread the word about this. My prayer is that the Susan G. Komen Foundation will stop giving to Planned Parenthood.
I am not pretending to have all the facts on this, and I have only provided 2 links, but please read them and do further research on your own if you so choose.
Abortion not only kills our children, it hurts their mother's as well.

Abortion Facts
The Visible Link

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Fire of God's Love: A Catholic Company Review

Mike Aquilina has comprised a treasure of a book in Fire of God's Love:120 Reflections On The Eucharist. The book is a series of reflections and quotes on the Eucharist from saints, popes, clergy and laymen. This is a wonderful book to bring along to Eucharistic Adoration. I also find it a helpful aid in prayerfully preparing for Mass.
The amazing gift of Jesus' Eucharistic Presence goes beyond words, but as the back cover of this book states, "Science falters and poetry fails when we try to speak of the Eucharist, but across the centuries saints, theologians and ordinary Catholics have found words to express the inexpressible: Jesus, fully present, Body, Blood, soul and divinity, offers himself to humanity in this sacrament."
I wanted to include a short reflection from the book. I had a hard time choosing just one because they are all so beautiful and rich in their depth of meaning. I finally decided on a reflection by St. John Chrysostom. I think sometimes we forget the presence of the angels at Mass. St. John Chrysostom's brief reflection from his Ascension Homily is a beautiful reminder of the presence of these heavenly beings at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.

Ascension Homily: Angels At Mass

The angels are present here.The angels and the martyrs meet today. If you wish to see the angels and the martyrs, open the eyes of faith and look upon this sight. For if the very air is filled with angels, how much more so the Church! And if the Church is filled with angels, how much more is that true today when their Lord has risen into heaven! The whole air about us is filled with angels.

Visit the Catholic Company to order your copy of this beautiful book.
While you are at it, be sure to visit the Catholic Company's new site Rosary.com for all things rosary!

Come, Let Us Worship and Adore Him

Ecce Agnus Dei



LAMB OF GOD - John Michael Talbot

Have a Blessed Sunday!

Friday, August 28, 2009

A Mother's Life Saving Love

This story is too good, too beautiful not to share. A newborn given only moments to live is saved by her mother's warm embrace. I will let the story speak for itself. Read it here.
Thanks to Julie D. at Happy Catholic for sharing this beautiful story of a mother's love.

Augustine:Bad Boy Turned Saint

One of the very first saints I read upon my return to the Church was Augustine's Confessions. This man truly did it all; today's soap operas and dramas have nothing on him! Thanks in great part to the prayers of his mother, St. Monica, Augustine not only converted but became bishop of Hippo. In addition to the prayers of his mother, St. Ambrose became a teacher and mentor to him as well.
Augustine's Confessions is not an easy read, but a definite "must read" as far as the lives of the saints is concerned.
One of my favorite passages in this book is the fairly well~known, Late Have I Loved Thee passage. In my humble opinion, these are some of the most beautiful words ever written by a repentant sinner.

Late have I loved you, O Beauty ever ancient, ever new, late have I loved you! You were within me, but I was outside, and it was there that I searched for you. In my unloveliness I plunged into the lovely things which you created. You were with me, but I was not with you. Created things kept me from you; yet if they had not been in you they would have not been at all. You called, you shouted, and you broke through my deafness. You flashed, you shone, and you dispelled my blindness. You breathed your fragrance on me; I drew in breath and now I pant for you. I have tasted you, now I hunger and thirst for more. You touched me, and I burned for your peace.

*Note: For a link to Augustine's biography see yesterday's post on St. Monica.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

St. Monica: Patron of Wives and Mothers

Today is the feast day of St. Monica. She was the mother of the great St. Augustine, whose feast we celebrate tomorrow. Monica prayed for the conversion of her son for many years as he was as far from the faith as a person could get at the time!
She was married to a violent man who also happened to be a pagan. Enduring this difficult marriage as well as her constant prayer for her son has made her patron of wives and mothers.

Prayer to Saint Monica

Exemplary Mother of the great Augustine, you perseveringly pursued your wayward son not with wild threats but with prayerful cries to heaven. Intercede for all mothers in our day so that they may learn to draw their children to God. Teach them how to remain close to their children, even the prodigal sons and daughters who have sadly gone astray.
Amen.


Links to Biographies
St. Monica
St. Augustine

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Fr. Robert Barron On:Who Is Jesus?

It's been awhile since we visited with Fr. Barron. Today he has some catechesis of a sorts on who Jesus is. Yes, I know we all know Jesus or at least we think we do, but take a look and listen to Father expound on this topic just a bit. Enjoy his always powerful, straightforward teaching style in this short video on our Savior. Remember, you can find the Word on Fire link on my sidebar under the Catholic Links heading and see and hear more about Father Barron's amazing Catholicism Project.
The clip is from July 10, 2009, so I apologize if you have seen it already.

Catholics Come Home

I found an article at the Catholic News Agency(CNA) site this morning. The diocese of Sacramento, California is launching a Catholics Come Home ad campaign in order to reach out to fallen away Catholics. The campaign is designed to lead people to the website of the same name. I visited the site. It is friendly and easy to use. It isn't specific to the diocese of Sacramento, so anyone who is interested in any area can visit the site to gain information and to have some of their questions regarding the Catholic faith answered. There is also a section for non-Catholics who may be interested in becoming Catholic as well as a section for practicing Catholics who wish to help.
I realize I am basically preaching to the choir with this post, but you never know who may stumble upon your blog. You may also know of someone who is looking for a way to return or convert to the faith.
I know for myself when wanting to return, the internet provided a safe, non-intrusive way to begin my journey back. We all know the Enemy uses this widespread form of communication for his evil ends. We can turn the tables and use it for good and God's glory.
You can read the article about Sacramento's campaign here and then visit the Catholics Come Home site yourself. In addition to this post, I will place them among my Catholic Links on my sidebar.
There are so many small, but powerful ways to reach those looking for ways to return to God, this is definitely one of them. May the Holy Spirit work through those of us who continue to seek and know God and bring our lost brothers and sisters home.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Think Priest

Each year I have the privilege of giving my witness to the seminarians of the Archdiocese of Newark, NJ who will be ordained that spring. One of the things I have noticed over the last several years is that the particular class I speak to is comprised mainly of older men. Now by older I mean generally between 30 to 40 years of age, with some slightly younger and sometimes even older. This is wonderful. These men bring to their priesthoods maturity and life experience.
However I think it is important that younger vocations be fostered as well. I also firmly believe that it is our Catholic youth that will play a major role in revitalizing our Church.
Over the last month or so I have heard more stories of teens discerning vocations to the priesthood or consecrated life. This is so refreshing to hear. I admire their courage in taking these holy nudges into consideration. One such young man is a 15 year old named John whose blog I have enjoyed following. Please take some time to visit his blog, Writings of a Boy Discerning God's Call.
The other instance I came across was in an article from the Catholic Herald posted at Catholic Online. It tells of a Kenosha, Wisconsin parish where the associate pastor and youth minister have set up a discernment group for teens. The article mentions a 16 year old discerning his call to the priesthood. You can read the full article here.
In this Year For Priests, let us pray not only for our current priests and seminarians, but also for those young men who may become our future priests.

Reflection Of The Day~Jesus In The Eucharist


I found the following quote on my homepage today. The quote is on Jesus in the Eucharist by St. Josemaria Escriva. There is much beauty and truth in this statement. I will let the quote speak for itself. I just wanted to share it.

"Jesus has remained within the Eucharist for love... of you.
He has remained, knowing how men would treat him... and how you would treat him.
He has remained so that you could eat him, so that you could visit him and tell him what's happening to you; and so that you could talk to him as you pray beside the Tabernacle, and as you receive him sacramentally; and so that you could fall in love more and more each day, and make other souls, many souls, follow the same path."
~St. Josemaria Escriva, The Forge, #887

Monday, August 24, 2009

Bloodmoney~A Documentary

I found this over at David Marciniak's blog. Bloodmoney is a documentary that exposes the abortion industry. It also brings to light not only the cost in countless human unborn lives, but also the serious consequences and effects on the women who undergo abortions. As David says on his blog, "This could be big." I've posted a trailer below, but you can visit the home site of the film for details on the film and for information on how to get it distributed. This is a film that needs to be seen, perhaps now more than ever. Spread the word!
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Sunday, August 23, 2009

Lord, To Whom Shall I Go


My Lord,
I too once found this a hard saying. I knew it was true, but also knew what it required of me.
It was too much to hear; it was too much to give up.
So I went with those who also could not bear these words from You.
I was left to search for words that were easy to hear and accept; to search for those who would lead me where I thought I wanted to go.
Nothing satisfied my deepest inner needs and longings. I went from one belief to another~all along looking for You on my terms.
I came up empty and lost at every turn.
Then one day I stopped and seemed to hear You more clearly than I ever had before. I had been everywhere and I was tired.
So I stopped to listen and heard You ask, "Will you leave again?"
My only reply could be, "No, my Lord. To Who else would I want to go. You have the only life~giving words."
I searched for so long and You were here in front of me all the while. It is to You I come~ on Your terms, not mine.
My Lord, to Whom but You would I ever want to go.
Reflection based on John 6:60~69

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Third Edition of the Roman Missal

Bishop Arthur J. Serratelli, the Chairman of the USCCB Committee on Divine Worship, has published a message on the revisions to the Roman Missal. In his message titles New Words: A Deeper Meaning, but the Same Mass, the bishop gives a brief explanation of the process of the revisions and the reasons for this USCCB website. From the link I have given in this post, you can go to the Assembly page and Celebrants page in the toolbar above the bishop's message to view the changes in the wording of some of the prayers and responses we currently use in the Novus Ordo Mass.
There is no date given for the the actual implementation of these changes as they still need further approval from the Holy See. In the meantime the USCCB has provided this site to help the faithful become familiar with the changes and will also update the pages as more changes are made.
There has been much criticism of the Novus Ordo, and sadly, rightly so. The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is just that, a Holy Sacrifice, and should be celebrated with the utmost devotion and reverence on the part of the priest as well as those of us assisting at Mass as the faithful. I pray these changes help to instill the deeper meaning Bishop Serratelli refers to.
You can use the link above to visit the site. I will also put in the sidebar.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Treasures Old and New: Traditional Prayers For Today's Catholics


Father Philip Neri Powell's book, Treasures Old and New:Traditional Prayers for Today's Catholics, is now available through Liguori Publications and sells for $15.95. You can see sample pages of his book here. There are beautiful litanies and novenas as well as daily prayers for morning and evening and an examination of conscience.
For anyone unfamiliar with Father's blog, Domini, Da Mihi Hanc Aquam, you can find it under my Priestly Blogs list on my sidebar.
So go visit his blog and the sample pages, then click the Liguori Publications link to order your copy.
Thanks, Father for all the hard work you put into this book; I can't wait to receive my copy!

St. Bernard of Clairvaux

Early on in my reversion days, I began a sort of prayer journal. I found a beautiful journal with a velvety golden cover and shafts of wheat embossed on it. I started collecting all and every prayer I could get my hands on.
One of the first prayers I found was the prayer by the man whose feast day we celebrate today, St. Bernard of Clairvaux. The prayer is called Prayer to the Shoulder Wound of Christ. It is said that St. Bernard asked our Lord what was his greatest unrecorded suffering, this is what our Lord replied:

"I had on My Shoulder, while I bore My Cross on the Way of Sorrows, a grievous Wound, which was more painful than the others and which is not recorded by men. Honor this Wound with thy devotion and I will grant thee whatsoever thou dost ask through Its virtue and merit. And in regard to all those who shall venerate this Wound, I will remit to them all their venial sins and will no longer remember their mortal sins."
Here is the prayer:


O Loving Jesus, meek Lamb of God, I a miserable sinner, salute and worship the most Sacred Wound of Thy Shoulder on which Thou didst bear Thy heavy Cross, which so tore Thy Flesh and laid bare Thy Bones as to inflict on Thee an anguish greater than any other Wound of Thy Most Blessed Body. I adore Thee, O Jesus most sorrowful; I praise and glorify Thee and give Thee thanks for this most sacred and painful Wound, beseeching Thee by that exceeding pain and by the crushing burden of Thy heavy Cross to be merciful to me, a sinner, to forgive me all my mortal and venial sins, and to lead me on towards Heaven along the Way of Thy Cross. Amen.
Imprimatur: Thomas D. Beven, Bishop of Springfield, Ma.

I think one of the things that drew me to this prayer was the fact that it was not one you see or hear often, but more importantly it drew me to meditate on an aspect of our Lord's Passion to which we do not give much attention. The wound inflicted on His shoulder by the weight of that cross was in truth inflicted by my sin and the sins of the world! His shoulders bore all that for me! The promise our Lord makes to those who honor this wound is another example of His infinite Divine Mercy.
St Bernard of Clairvaux, pray for us!
You can read a biography of this great saint and Doctor of the Church here.

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Monday, August 17, 2009

Techno~Stuff

Just a note~I changed my comment box from "anyone" to "registered". If any of my followers have difficulty posting comments please let me know. (some of you have my e-mail) Sorry for the inconvenience.Everyone has a right to their opinion, but I just have a problem with people who leave unkind comments without identifying themselves. If it turns out to be more trouble than it is worth I'll change it back.
Thanks for understanding.

Thank You's

Thank you to my good blogger friend, Judy for the Loyal Friends & Followers award. As she is the second of my kind friends to give me this lovely award, I'm bending the rules a bit this time around.
This time I award this to anyone whom I did not name specifically last time as well as anyone who follows or comments on either of my blogs. Your visits and kind words are always appreciated.
Thank you also to John for the mention on his blog.
Be sure to pay both of these wonderful blogs a visit by clicking on the writer's name.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Sunday Silence


The Sound of Silence
The canon of the Mass guides us silently to the heart of the Mystery.
In silence we go to meet Silence. We wait "until He comes". Our eyes, we know, will not see Him; our hands will not touch Him. God is a spirit; He remains such even in the`Sacred Humanity which gives Him to us. God is a Secret audible only when self is silent.
~Maurice Zundel

Have a Happy and Blessed Sunday!

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Sunday Snippets ~ A Catholic Carnival ~Aug.16th

This week for Catholic Carnival, I offer you these snippets from my blogging this week, as well as a beautiful and important post written by Fr. Gordon MacRae of the Priests In Crisis and These Stone Walls.

I hope you enjoy and get something from all or any of these posts.
1. St. Maximilian Kolbe: Jan.8, 1894~Aug. 14, 1941~this post also has some related links to the saints biography as well as to those with prayers/information about the Militia Immaculata.

2. Not Everyone Is Prolife~this post is in response to a disturbing conversation I had with a close family member.

And from Fr. MacRae: From Crisis To Hope

Enjoy these posts and those written by other Catholic bloggers who join in the Catholic Carnival hosted each week by RAnn at This That and The Other Thing. Click the link for details on how to join in the blogging festivities.
Have a Blessed Sunday!

Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary


Prayer to Our Lady of the Assumption
Lovely Lady dressed in Blue,
Teach me how to pray!
God was just your little Boy, tell me what to say!
Did you lift Him up, sometimes, gently, on your knee?
Did you sing to Him the way Mother does to me?
Did you hold His hand at night? Did you ever try Telling stories of the world?
O! And did He cry?
Do you really think He cares If I tell Him things ~little things that happen?
And do the Angels' wings Make a noise? And can He hear Me if I speak low?
Does He understand me now? Tell me - for you know?
Lovely Lady dressed in blue, teach me how to pray!
God was just your little Boy.
And you know the way.

Friday, August 14, 2009

St. Maximilian Kolbe: Jan. 8, 1894~Aug. 14, 1941

Several years ago, at the suggestion of a good friend at the time, I made my Consecration to Mary through St. Maximilian Kolbe's Militia Immaculatae. I chose June 19th, the day of the Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Many graces came through that day and through this consecration.
I had always heard of the deMontfort Consecration, but at the time that seemed like an extremely intensive and overwhelming thingfor me to do. (Although I may discern doing this in the future) This seemed more feasible for this newly returning Catholic.
It was through this consecration that I learned more about this wonderful saint who lived and died the verse, "Greater love than this no man hath, that a man lay down his life for his friends." (John 15:13.) While being held prisoner in Auschwitz concentration camp, he took the place of a man who had a family and was about to be sent to his death.
St. Maximilian Kolbe also had great devotion to Our Lady and so began the sodality of the Militia Immaculatae. He believed in the tremendous graces and protection obtained through the Miraculaous Medal.
This saint is the patron of addicts (his death was brought about by a dose of lethal drugs), and prisoners.
As patron saint and companion of prisoners, and because he was also a Catholic priest, I ask his intercession today for all Catholic priests who may be imprisoned either justly or unjustly.

O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to you, and for all those who do not have recourse to you , especially the enemies of the Church and those recommended to you.
(Invocation of the Miraculous Medal as advocated by St. M. Kolbe)

The Litany of St. Maximilian Kolbe is a beautiful prayer to pray in asking for this great saint's intercession.
To learn more about St. M. Kolbe as well as the Militia Immaculata, see these related links.
Biography of St. Maximilian Kolbe
Militia Immaculata
Mary Victrix

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Not Everyone Is Prolife...

This is the response I got from an immediate family member a few days ago. It stemmed from a discussion we were having about a woman my relative knows. This woman is pregnant but also has Multiple Sclerosis. My family member proceeded to list all the ways that this pregnancy could worsen this woman's already progressing disease as well as leave her bed~bound for the rest of her life. On top of this, the woman in question agreed rather hesitantly to an amniocentesis and the baby has been diagnosed with Downs Syndrome. My response to the baby's diagnosis was, "So?" Not to be cruel and heartless, but to make the point that in the end it is still a person who is entitled to the life God has given it.
To this woman's credit, abortion was never even a consideration. In some ways I am reminded of the story of St. Gianna Molla who chose her child's life over her own. She had cancer and carrying the baby to term accelerated the disease and eventually led to her death. This woman to is willing to ignore the damage done to her own life for the sake of her child's.
It was at this point in the discussion that I got the, "Not everyone is prolife." remark. Unfortunately all I could come up with at the time was my "knee~jerk" reaction of, "Well they should be!"
My family member's remark was one thing, but what really troubled me was the underlying tone of "I'm not sure I buy into this whole prolife thing." That is the attitude I grew up with in this person's house and which I believe shaped my young adult views. Those of you who follow this blog know where that led!
If this was just someone I met on the street saying this, it would still trouble me. However when a family member says it it is even more disheartening.
Anyone who has read or heard my story knows that I was not always prolife either. Through much pain God has worked miracles in me and in my value system.
The reasons for sharing all this are varied. Yes, I needed to vent a bit, but more than that perhaps awareness. We live in a society that has accepted "murder on demand." Many so~called Catholics had a hand in electing a President who seems to do everything he can to promote the culture of death. Too many people have the same laize~faire attitude of my relative~"Not everyone is prolife."Well may all of us who are continue to pray for those who are not.
I commend this woman's courage and love in choosing life and my prayers are with her.

Prayer of Saint Gianna Beretta Molla

Jesus, I promise You to submit myself to all that You permit to befall me,
make me only know Your will.

My most sweet Jesus, infinitely merciful God, most tender Father of souls,
and in a particular way of the most weak, most miserable, most infirm
which You carry with special tenderness between Your divine arms,
I come to You to ask You, through the love and merits of Your Sacred Heart,
the grace to comprehend and to do always Your holy will,
the grace to confide in You,
the grace to rest securely through time and eternity in Your loving divine arms.

Amen+

My lovely blogger friend Anne over at Imprisoned In My Bones~Releasing My Inner Jeremiah has awarded me with the Loyal Friend and Visitor Award. Anne has been a loyal follower and commenter to both my blogs. Thank you Anne for your always kind and encouraging words.
So now I would like to share the gratitude with the following loyal friends and visitors.
Colleen at Thoughts On Grace
Heartfelt Heartlook
Deanna at Home Haven Ministry
Deanna's daughter, Simple Beauty

*As a sort of honorable mention, I wanted to award Anne's son John as well but didn't quite think he'd appreciate the "girly" award picture. Be sure to check out young John's blog, Writings of a Boy Discerning God's Call. John, I will award you my own "St. John award", for he too was a young man who loved Christ and followed him always.


St. John the Evangelist by El Greco

The rules for the award are:
1. Copy the loyal picture above and post it on your blog.
2. Pass it on to who you think who is/are deserving.
3. Leave a message to them
4. Pass as many as you want.
5. Message back or leave a comment to the owner.

Thanks to all of you who follow and visit my blogs!

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Sunday Meditation~The Living Bread Come Down From Heaven

Commune With Me by Keith Goodson

Meditation of St. Francis of Assisi

Let everyone be struck with fear,
the whole world tremble,
and the heavens exult
when Christ, the Son of the living God,
is present on the altar in the hands of a priest!
O wonderful loftiness
and stupendous dignity!
O sublime humility!
O humble sublimity!
The Lord of the universe,
God and the Son of God,
so humbles Himself
that He hides Himself
for our salvation
under an ordinary piece of bread!

See the humility of God, brothers,
and pour out your hearts before Him!

Humble yourselves that you may be exalted by Him!

Hold back nothing of yourselves for yourselves,
that He Who gives Himself totally to you
may receive you totally!

Have a Blessed Sunday!

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Let Him Lead

One of the things I had to re-learn upon coming back to my faith was that Christ, God who became man, wanted a relationship with me. Perhaps it wasn't even something to re-learn, but learn for the first time. To be honest I don't ever remember the good Sisters of St. Joseph talking about this during my years of Catholic school.
I have to say, given the way the relationships in my life were going or had gone, especially my failed marriage, another relationship even with Jesus Himself, scared me a bit. I mean really~didn't He know my track record! But that didn't stop Him; He pursued me quite relentlessly and patiently until that amazing day I finally told Him, "OK, let's give this relationship thing a try."
However I still had and have a lot to learn. Only this time I have the best Teacher anyone could ask for. Now I know there are some Christians, both Catholic and non-Catholic, who see their relationship a little too "Jesus and me~he's my buddy." Make no mistake~ I am not of that mindset! I know who Jesus is and I want Him only on His terms. That hopefully being clear, I'll continue...
Most people who know me know that for the most part I am a quiet and somewhat reserved person. I prefer to remain behind the scenes, coming out in front only when absolutely necessary. This is why I find it a bit ironic that I often feel the need to take the lead in my relationship with God. Don't get me wrong, I know in my head and even in my heart that He is in control, but sometimes, albeit quite unconsciously, I find myself saying, "I know You know better, but let's try it my way this time." And without fail, every time I do this I trip, stumble and eventually fall flat on my face.
It is a lot like dancing. A friend recommended a book the other day that uses this exact analogy in describing our relationship with Christ. The book is called The Divine Embrace and is written by Ken Gire. Now just a side note~as a Catholic returning to her faith from a long and sordid leave of absence, I am very careful about who and what I read. When it comes to authors outside the Catholic circle I try to be even more careful. That being said, I am reading this book through the lens of my Catholic faith and its teachings. I am only about 50 pages into the book, but it is quite powerful. What I am being reminded of with this analogy of the dance is that I need to let Christ lead. I need to let Him lead in this dance of my life and in my relationship with Him. After all, this dance is probably the most intricate and complicated one I will ever enter into. Jesus is the Lord of the Dance. Mr. Gire uses this title as others have as well. That being the case, I need to remember to let Him lead.
I think another reason I find this analogy so powerful is because of the times I have danced with my own Dad. Any occasion I have had to dance with him, especially when I was younger, I without realizing it would try and take the lead. It became a running half~joke. Anytime we would have the opportunity to dance, before stepping out onto the floor, he'd look at me with a grin and I'd say, "I know~let you lead." I found that when I made a conscious effort to do this I stepped on his toes a lot less often and the dance went rather smoothly. As I have gotten older, I can now do this with less effort and conscious thinking; it comes a little more naturally.
I think it is similar in my relationship with Christ. The longer the relationship goes on, I still find myself at times trying to take the lead, stepping on His toes, but now I usually catch myself. I tell Him I am sorry and putting my unsure hand in His strong, nail~scarred hand, I give Him back control of this amazing dance. I pray that as my relationship with Him continues, letting Him have the lead in everything will come a little more naturally.

Final Note: This post is in no way an endorsement of Mr. Gire's books or ministry. I so far find nothing that goes against Catholic teaching in the one or two books I've read by him. If anyone knows anything to the contrary, please kindly let me know in the combox.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

The Feast of the Transfiguration

The Transfiguration of Christ: Titian

Today the Church celebrates the Feast of the Transfiguration of Christ. Chapter 17 of St. Matthew's Gospel tells us that Jesus took Peter, James and John up to the top of the mountain and once there, with Moses and Elijah on either side of Him, showed them His glory. As if that wasn't enough, the Father is heard from an overshadowing cloud saying that Jesus is His beloved Son in whom He is well pleased and they should listen to Him.
I often wonder what was going through these Apostles mind on the way up that mountain. I somehow don't think they expected anything close to the events that transpired in those few moments.
And what about on the way down? Jesus spoke to them; told them not to speak of this until after the Resurrection. I wonder if they heard anything our Lord was saying on that trip down Mt. Tabor, or did they walk down still caught up in the splendor of what they had just witnessed.
What about me? Jesus reveals Himself to me in numerous ways. He doesn't necessarily bring me to a mountain top, but rather shows me His glory in the sacraments, in creation, in Scripture. Our Heavenly Father speaks the same words to me that He spoke to those three awestruck Apostles, "This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased; listen to Him."
This feast is a reminder to me to heed those words, repent for the times I don't listen, and to be aware, alert and attentive to all the ways Jesus shows me his glory on any given day.
My Dear Lord Jesus,
Open the eyes of my soul to the splendor of Your glory. Reveal Yourself to me however You see fit. You are the embodiment of God's love freely given. Let me follow You always in the day to day of living my life. Be glorified in me, my Lord. May the light of Your glory shine forth and guide me to that place You have prepared for me where I will live forever in You.

Amen.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

St. John Vianney~Cure de Ars


Today the Church celebrates the 150th anniversary of the death of St. John Vianney, the Cure de Ars. Father Mark at Vultus Christi has an excellent post, with biography and prayers, on this saint and patron of priests. In this Year for Priests let us join in prayer asking St. ohn Vianney's intercession for our priests. I've included a prayer I found to this great saint below in addition to Fr. Mark's prayerful posts.
May Jesus Christ, the Eternal High Priest bless all our priests.

Mary, Queen of the Apostles pray for us and obtain for us holy priests.


Prayer To St. John Vianney

Dear Saint John Vianney,

Your childhood dream was to be a Priest, to win souls for God. You endured years of toil and humiliation to attain the Priesthood. You became a priest truly after God's own heart, outstanding in humility and poverty; prayer and mortification. Totally devoted to the service of God's people. The Church has exalted you as model and patron saint of all Parish priests, trusting that your example and prayers will help them to live up to the high dignity of their vocation to be faithful servants of God's people, to be perfect imitators of Christ the Saviour Who came not to be served but to serve, to give His Life in ransom for many. Pray that God may give to His Church today many more priests after His own Heart. Pray for all the priests under your patronage, that they may be worthy representatives of Christ the Good Shepherd. May they wholeheartedly devote themselves to prayer and penance; be examples of humility and poverty; shining models of holiness; tireless and powerful preachers of the Word of God; zealous dispensers of God's Grace in the Sacraments. May their loving devotion to Jesus in the Eucharist and to Mary His Mother be the Twin Fountains of fruitfulness for their ministry.

Amen.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

I Am The Bread Of Life~John 6:35



Today's Gospel Continues the Bread of Life Discourse from John's Gospel. Enjoy the artwork and the music.

I Am The Bread Of Life - John Michael Talbot

Have A Blessed Sunday!

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Sunday Snippets ~ A Catholic Carnival~ August 2nd

This week for Catholic Carnival I offer you these posts from this past week.
1. Remember, He's Here Too

2. The Shack and Other Books I Don't Have Enough Faith To Read

3. My Sunday Meditation~artwork and music reflecting this week's Gospel. This will post at 1:00am for Sunday. Also I close comments on my Sunday Meditation posts; they are strictly for your enjoyment and hopefully faith edification. Just go to the home page of my Daughter of the King blog any time after 1:00am Sunday for this one.
Thanks to RAnn at This That and the Other Thing for hosting. Click the link to visit her blog for details on how to join as well as to read posts by other Catholic bloggers.

Enjoy your Sunday and God Bless!

Closing Prayer

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.