CatholicJedi+RadioMariaUSA

Thursday, June 30, 2011

The Proto Martyrs of Rome - Walking in their Footsteps

Today is the feast day of the Proto martyrs of Rome - the very first Christian martyrs.  It is also the ordination anniversary of our very own Father Reynolds who spent his own seminary days in the Eternal City.

Last November, when I was privileged to stay with a few friends on the Vatican grounds in the St. Martha guest house, one of the first sights that met us every day was this plaque on the corner near the hotel:

The plaque identifies this spot as the site of Nero's circus, where the Apostle Peter and the first Roman martyrs gave their lives for Christ.  To walk that hallowed ground every day was an unbelievable experience.  I kept thinking about the brutal blood sport entertained by Nero and the mobs that kept him happy.  The perverse slaughter of so many Romans whose only crime was to be a follower of Jesus Christ. The fact that these martyrs can only be identified as a group, speaks to their numbers.

The plaque is affixed to the wall that surrounds the German graveyard in the Vatican.


This is the cemetery where Sister Pasqualina, the assistant to Pope Pius XII is buried.  She was also known as la "popessa."




Swiss Guardsmen stand where Christians once were tortured.

Pray for us holy martyrs of Rome!

(and ad multos annos to Father Reynolds!)

A Visit to Traunstein: Happy Anniversary Holy Father!

(This is a day late, because I couldn't find my Traunstein pictures.  Sorry.)

A few years ago, I was fortunate enough to be able to make a trip to Germany with one of my nephews.  We based ourselves in Oberammergau, the village of woodcarvers and passion plays, and took side trips into Bavaria and Austria.  One of those trips took us to Traunstein, the town where Pope Benedict XVI spent his youth and where he celebrated his first Mass as a priest 60 years ago.

Here are a few pictures of the town and the church.

 
The Altar at which the Holy Father Celebrated his First Mass - Well, actually, it was most likely at the back altar celebrated ad orientem


A Tribute to the Holy Father in the Church

Village Center of Traunstein

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Save the Last Dance for Me

The guys at the Powerline blog, in addition to providing thoughtful political analysis, also supply some interesting background on singers and songwriters.  For example, yesterday Scott Johnson wrote about the songwriter Doc Pomus (Jerome Felder) who wrote "Save the Last Dance for Me," the song that became a hit for the Drifters :

Doc had been crippled by polio as a kid. His polio played a role in the writing of "Save the Last Dance For Me." In his New York Times review of Alex Halberstadt's 2007 biography of Pomus, Alan Light explains:
[His] crowning achievement was the Drifters' sublime "Save the Last Dance for Me." In a story straight out of Hollywood, Pomus actually wrote the lyrics on the back of an invitation to his own wedding, remembering how it felt to watch his bride dance with his brother, knowing that he himself was unable to navigate a dance floor. "Under his pen," Halberstadt writes, "the simple declaration of love he set out to write wavered, giving way to vulnerability and fear."
I'll never listen to that song the same way again.

A Tweet from the Pope

How cool is this?  Pope Benedict sent a "tweet" today announcing the launch of the Vatican's new site for news:  www.news.va/en  Go take a look, it's really well done.


Here's what the pope tweeted:

Of course, Jeff Miller, at the Curt Jester,  has his own ideas about some possible papal tweets:


Time Out, Catholics! Everyone Get Into This Huddle, Please!



We as Catholics and as Americans have entered a new, strange and disturbing period of history.  Terrorist monsters masquerading as devout Muslims.  Suicide bombers.  National debt increasing to almost unbelievable amounts.  Same Sex Marriage surreptitiously foisted upon the people of New York State by scheming politicians – adding New York State to a list including Massachusetts, Connecticut, Iowa, Vermont, New Hampshire, and the District of Columbia.

I feel that it's appropriate for us to call a "time out" and huddle with the Headmaster,  to think and pray about hope  – about living in Christian Hope – and about conquering all fear.

If we look at our lived experience, our daily life, we Catholics and other devout Christians will realize that we are living in hope all the time.  However, we rarely stop to try to separate hope out from the daily course of events to examine it.  That's because hope cannot be easily separated out from our daily living – thanks be to God!

No one can live without hope, except angels. Angels do not live within the constraints of time;  they have no future and no past, just an eternal now. Angels don't grow, don’t mature into Senior Citizens.  That’s because,  angelic beings always possess the whole reality of their existence from the instant God creates them.
But, we human beings have a future; we are constantly moving into the future from the now, leaving behind a past.

This being the case, then, what exactly does our Christian hope do for us?
  • Christian hope is like headlights on a car. When it begins to get dark, it's hard to see the road without headlights showing you the way through the gloom.
  • Christian hope is like oxygen. We cannot live without it.
  • Christian hope is just like our eyes.  God has  are deliberately located our eyes  so that  they face forward -- therefore, we can see ahead of us and move forward. Christian hope keeps us looking toward the future.
  • Christian hope is a vitamin for the soul. Spiritual starvation results from lost hope.
  • Christian hope is the reason why we get out of bed in the morning. We would not have any motivation to work, to love, to get out of bed in the morning and live -- if we didn't have hope fanning the flame of life deep within us.
Since we are not angels, we have a future at stake. That future can be life forever with God, if we are faithful to Him.
Our trust in God and in His faithfulness toward us guarantees the reality of our future, and permits us to imagine the wonders we will experience in that future.  God has built into us a  desire for that future -- more precisely,  a hope for that future.  

You and I cannot achieve the future by our own ability.  You and I can't place our confidence in our own efforts.  We can only confidently hope that God, in Whom we trust, will give that future to us.

 But we still do have to labor to give hope an even playing field to succeed.  That means you and I continuously and firmly praying against and actively confronting the lies, the sins, the laws, the media hype, and the rancid social movements which are draining hope out of our nation and our Church and replacing hope with fear.

Let's do it for the Headmaster!  Break!  Go!

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Corpus Christi: It's WHO The Eucharist Is, Not What The Eucharist Is

Pieter Pauwel Rubens - The Last Supper (Notice the look on Judas Iscariot's face)

In his First Letter To The Corinthians [1 Corinthians 10:16-17], Saint Paul confronts the Corinthians’ sacrilegious, scandalous, faithless and sloppy attitudes and behavior toward the Holy Eucharist by asking them if they truly believe: “Brothers and sisters: The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a participation in the blood of Christ? The bread that we break, is it not a participation in the body of Christ?”

Father Walter Ciszek, SJ
In contrast, let's look at a group of people who had the right attitude toward Holy Communion.

During World War II, the Soviet Russians arrested Father Walter Ciszek, a Jesuit priest. He was accused of being a "Vatican spy" and spent the next 23 years in prisons and Siberian work camps. When he finally got out of prison, he wrote about his experiences in a book entitled, He Leadeth Me.

Some of the moving stories in the book concern the sacrifices prisoners made to receive the Holy Eucharist in prison.

In the days of World War II, prior to the Second Vatican Council, it was Church law that one must abstain from all food and drink for twelve hours before receiving Holy Communion. Keep that in mind as you read what Father Ciszek wrote:
"I have seen prisoners deprive their bodies of needed sleep in order to get up for a secret Mass before the wake-up bell. We would be severely punished if we were discovered saying Mass, and there were always informers...
"All this made it difficult to have many prisoners in attendance, so we would consecrate extra bread and distribute Holy Communion to the other prisoners when we could.
"Sometimes that meant we would only see those men when we returned to the barracks at night before dinner.
"Yet these men would actually fast all day long and do exhausting physical labor without a bite to eat since dinner the night before -- just to be able to receive the Holy Eucharist -- that was how much the Sacrament meant to them."
Every year, on the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, I usually propose a series of questions for Catholics to ask themselves. I begin with this quote:

“Jesus said to them, ‘Amen, amen, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life within you. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him on the last day. For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him.’” [John 6:51-58]
Hans Memling - Portrait Of A Young Man At Prayer
  • What does Holy Communion mean to me?
  • Do I appreciate the Holy Eucharist as much as I did the first time I received it?
  • Do I still appreciate the precious gift the Holy Eucharist is?
  • Do I still get excited about Holy Communion?
  • Do I observe the one-hour of fasting as spiritual preparation before receiving the Eucharist?
  • Am I chewing gum or sucking on candy when I enter church or during Mass?
  • When the Priest, Deacon, or Minister Of Holy Communion says, "The Body of Christ," or "The Blood of Christ," do I answer by professing my faith in Christ in the Eucharist by saying, “Amen”?
  • How reverently do I handle and touch the Eucharistic Host when I receive it in my hand from the Priest, Deacon, or Minister of Holy Communion -- do I receive the Holy Eucharist carelessly, without dignity?
  • Do I reverence the Tabernacle where the Presence of Jesus remains in the Eucharist -- do I face toward the Tabernacle and genuflect when I enter and leave the church and while passing near the Tabernacle?
  • Do I reverence the Altar where His Body and Blood first enter our midst -- do I face toward the Altar and reverently bow when I enter and leave the church and while passing near the Altar?

The next time you attend Holy Mass – as you walk down the aisle to receive the Body and Blood of Christ -- focus your thoughts in a special way on Who it is you will receive. In your heart, say to yourself:
  • I will be receiving the Living Body of Christ.
  • I will be receiving the same Christ Who died in agony on the Cross for me.
  • I will be receiving the same Christ Who rose from the dead for me.
  • I am not receiving just bread and wine. I am receiving the Lord Jesus Himself.
  • Only a loving God could have given me such an unimaginable gift.





Remember: It is WHO the Eucharist is, not what the Eucharist is.


May we praise and adore Christ present in the Holy Eucharist.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Consent for Tanning, But Not For Abortion

In the world of politics, consistency and logic are not necessarily requirements for legislation.  Case in point, Fox news reports that in Connecticut a bill was proposed that would require parental consent for minors to get a tan at a tanning parlor.  The bill was headed for passage in the State Senate until Senator Michael McLachlan of Danbury thought it might be a good idea to add an amendment that would also require parental notification for a surgical procedure.  Sounds logical, right?  Nope.  Not when said surgical procedure is abortion.  The tanning bill was left to die rather than have any restriction imposed on the "sacrament" of abortion.

What a terrible, mixed up culture we have!   Everyone from the First Lady to the mayor of New York City scolds us about the necessity of feeding our children a healthy diet, avoiding smoking in their vicinity and stopping alcohol consumption while pregnant.   However, when it comes to protecting children from the pressures of the abortion industry and its medical and psychological consequences, parents are no longer considered to be an essential party.  A strange doctor, with no prior knowledge of the child's medical history, can perform a surgical procedure without any repercussions.  If the school nurse gave the same child an aspirin without first obtaining parental permission, there would certainly be consequences.

God willing, the generation that has escaped the net of the hunter will bring sense back to our world.  They know first hand the damage that abortion has wrought.  Until then, our politicians continue to flounder in the mire of illogic and inconsistency.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Hail The Blessed Trinity!

The Holy Scriptures tell us that God is a mystery of unity and trinity. 
Put simply, the Mystery of God is this: 
God is a Single Divine Being, composed of a Trinity of Three Divine Persons -- Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  
  • The Father is truly God. 
  • The Son is truly God. 
  • The Holy Spirit is truly God. 
But, there are not THREE Gods!  There is only ONE God!

When it comes to the idea of Three Persons in One God, our minds short-circuit. Our minds come face to face with a mystery which we will never be able to grasp during this earthly life.  And yet, every aspect of our earthly lives is filled with the presence of the One God Who is Three Persons! For example:
  • Think of what you have seen of life, of goodness, of wonder.
  • Think of the most beautiful sunrise you've ever seen, the most beautiful flower you've ever touched, the most delicious fruit you've ever tasted, the most magnificent animals of the forest, sky, or ocean.
  • Think of the miracle of the birth of your children.
Any of these aspects of your earthly life will tell you about God the Father, our Creator!
  • Think of what you know about right and wrong, about love, compassion, and mercy, about peace, and justice.
  • Think of your hopes in the midst of despair, about your ability to forgiveothers and to be forgiven by others.
  • Think of the sufferings and betrayals you have had to bear and the strength and grace you found to bear them.
  • Think of the agonies of your personal Good Fridays and the miracles of your personal Easter Sundays.
Any of these aspects of your earthly life will tell you about God the Son, our Redeemer!
  • Think of what you really feel passionate about.
  • Think of those you most love -- love in the deepest, most secret part of your heart.
  • Think of what you are willing to die for -- and what you are hoping to live for.
Any of these aspects of your earthly life will tell you about God the Holy Spirit, our Sanctifier!

Our Lord Jesus taught us: "God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him may not perish but may have eternal life. Indeed, God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through Him."

On this Solemnity of The Blessed Trinity, we celebrate the core of our Catholic Faith: We celebrate the loving providence of the Father Who continually invites us back to Him.
We celebrate the selfless servanthood of Christ, the Son of God, our Redeemer, Who emptied Himself to become like us -- in order that we might become like Him.
We celebrate the joyful love of the Holy Spirit, Who is that Unique Unity of the Father and the Son, and Who unites us to God and to one another.

The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit are present to us in so many ways, and reveal Themselves through the Church, the Sacraments, and many holy people. 
May we always keep our eyes and ears and senses, and souls, opened to God  the Father Who creates us, The Son Who redeems us, and The Holy Spirit Who sanctifies us.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Save Marriage in New York!!! Archbishop Dolan : Govt. Can't Redefine Natural Law

Photo:  National Organization for Marriage
                                       
I just got off an aggravating and, ultimately, fruitless conversation with my state senator's office.  Joseph Addabo, who represents a slice of Queens that is generally not on the cutting edge of social engineering, has decided to cast his vote with those who want gay "marriage" in our state.  The senator's rep told me that they had done a survey that showed more people were for gay marriage than against it.  The survey garnered approximately 4,000 responses.  The total constituency of Senator Addabo?  300,000.  It sounds to me that this survey was generated just to provide cover for his ultimate decision.

And why should the state senate be meddling in social engineering?  The definition of marriage as between one man and one woman has been around for centuries.  If liberal New York politicians want a change, let the people decide.  They have made enough of a mess with our budget, with taxes and with nit picking laws for every perceived offense.  It's beginning to feel like we live under an oppressive regime.

Plus, Governor Cuomo will not include religious exemptions that are being proposed by state senator Greg Ball.  You know what this means for the Catholic Church.

OK.  Deep breath.

Here is Archbishop Dolan with some wise reflections on this impending disaster:
But, really, shouldn’t we be more upset – and worried – about this perilous presumption of the state to re-invent the very definition of an undeniable truth – one man, one woman, united in lifelong love and fidelity, hoping for children – that has served as the very cornerstone of civilization and culture from the start?
Last time I consulted an atlas, it is clear we are living in New York, in the United States of America – not in China or North Korea.  In those countries, government presumes daily to “redefine” rights, relationships, values, and natural law.  There, communiqués from the government can dictate the size of families, who lives and who dies, and what the very definition of “family” and “marriage” means.
But, please, not here!  Our country’s founding principles speak of rights given by God, not invented by government, and certain noble values – life, home, family, marriage, children, faith – that are protected, not re-defined, by a state presuming omnipotence.
Please, not here!  We cherish true freedom, not as the license to do whatever we want, but the liberty to do what we ought; we acknowledge that not every desire, urge, want, or chic cause is automatically a “right.”  And, what about other rights, like that of a child to be raised in a family with a mom and a dad?
Our beliefs should not be viewed as discrimination against homosexual people.  The Church affirms the basic human rights of gay men and women, and the state has rightly changed many laws to offer these men and women hospital visitation rights, bereavement leave, death benefits, insurance benefits, and the like.  This is not about denying rights. It is about upholding a truth about the human condition.  Marriage is not simply a mechanism for delivering benefits:  It is the union of a man and a woman in a loving, permanent, life-giving union to pro-create children.  Please don’t vote to change that.  If you do, you are claiming the power to change what is not into what is, simply because you say so.  This is false, it is wrong, and it defies logic and common sense.
Don't give the politicians an excuse to vote for gay marriage.  Call and make your voice heard.  Don't let them say they didn't hear from you.  And, if they don't listen, remember that on election day.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Stop Same Sex Marriage in New York!

Same Sex Marriage legislation is being carefully and quietly crafted in the New York State Senate. Outstanding legislators like Rev. Ruben Diaz are being persecuted for their courageous stand against this law. I appeal to all New Yorkers, please contact your state senator and tell them not to redefine marriage. We are so far behind the aggressive gay activists on this one. Don't let the governor and mayor quietly get this law through.

Here's information from Catholic Vote.org:
The last chance gay activists have to redefine marriage in a state this year is New York. There has been an unprecedented effort to force undecided Senators in that state to redefine marriage.
That’s where we come in. If you live in New York, please call these Senators and say you don’t want them to redefine marriage. And forward this to as many of your friends in New York as possible. Thank you!
Joe Addabbo (15, Queens) (518) 455-2322
James Alesi (55, Rochester suburbs) (518) 455-2015
Greg Ball (40, Putnam County) (518) 455-3111
Joe Griffo (47, Utica) (518) 455-3334
Mark Grisanti (60, Buffalo, Grand Island, Niagara Falls) (518) 455-3240
Shirley Huntley (10, Queens) (518) 455-3531
Carl Kruger (27, Brooklyn) (518) 455-2460
Andrew Lanza (24, Staten Island) (518) 455-3215
Betty Little (45, North Country stretching from Plattsburgh to Glens Falls) (518) 455-2811
Jack Martins (7, Nassau County/Garden City) 518-455-3265
Roy McDonald (43, north and east of Albany: Troy, Saratoga Springs, Clifton Park) (518) 455-2381
Redefining marriage only becomes “inevitable” if we do nothing to protect it. Or as I heard someone recently say, darkness only advances when light retreats. So let’s not retreat!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Pretend I'm A Tree and Save Me: Live Action's Pro Life Graphics

Over at Live Action they've developed a provoking set of pro-life images.  Live Action is the group that was founded by Lila Rose, the young college student who has set up undercover investigations of Planned Parenthood clinics throughout the country.  This group is on the cutting edge of using new media and fresh ideas to expose the truth about the abortion industry.  Here are a couple of examples:


And, here's their latest:


h/t: Creative Minority Report

Friday, June 3, 2011

Novena to the Holy Spirit for the Seven Gifts

The novena in honor of the Holy Spirit is the oldest of all novenas since it was first made at the direction of Our Lord Himself when He sent His apostles back to Jerusalem to await the coming of the Holy Spirit on the first Pentecost. It is still the only novena officially prescribed by the Church. Addressed to the Third Person of the Blessed Trinity, it is a powerful plea for the light and strength and love so sorely needed by every Christian.

ACT OF CONSECRATION TO THE HOLY SPIRIT

On my knees before the great multitude of heavenly witnesses I offer myself, soul and body, to You, Eternal Spirit of God. I adore the brightness of Your purity, the unerring keenness of Your justice and the might of Your love. You are the Strength and Light of my soul. In You I live and move and am. I desire never to grieve You by unfaithfulness to grace and I pray with all my heart to be kept from the smallest sin against You. Mercifully guard my every thought and grant that I may always watch for Your light and listen to Your voice and follow Your gracious inspirations. I cling to You and give myself to You and ask You by Your compassion to watch over me in my weakness.  Holding the pierced Feet of Jesus and looking at His Five Wounds and trusting in His Precious Blood and adoring his opened Side and stricken Heart, I implore You, Adorable Spirit, Helper of my infirmity, so to keep me in Your grace that I may never sin against You. Give me grace, O Holy Ghost, Spirit of the Father and the Son to say to You always and everywhere, "Speak, Lord, for Your servant heareth."  Amen.

PRAYER FOR THE SEVEN GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

Christ Jesus, before ascending into heaven, You promised to send the Holy Spirit to Your apostles and disciples.  Grant that the same Spirit may perfect in our lives the work of Your grace and love.  Grant us the Spirit of Fear Of The Lord that we may be filled with a loving reverence toward You, the Spirit of Piety that we may find peace and fulfillment in the service of God while serving others; the Spirit of Fortitude that we may bear our cross with You and, with courage, overcome the obstacles that interfere with our salvation; the Spirit of Knowledge that we may know You and know ourselves and grow in holiness; the Spirit of Understanding to enlighten our minds with the light of Your truth; the Spirit of Counsel that we may choose the surest way of doing Your will, seeking first the Kingdom; Grant us the Spirit of Wisdom that we may aspire to the things that last forever; Teach us to be Your faithful disciples and animate us in every way with Your Spirit.  Amen.

FIRST DAY
Creation Awaits Fulfillment Holy Spirit, Lord of light! From Your clear celestial height, Your pure' beaming radiance give!  Almighty and eternal God, send forth Your Spirit, who brought order from chaos at the beginning of the universe, and peace to the Lord's disciples.  Grant that I, as your creation, baptized in your Spirit, may be filled with the seven gifts so that I may forever do your will and renew the face of the earth.
Amen.
Pray: Our Father, Hail Mary & Glory be
Pray: Act Of Consecration to the Holy Spirit & Prayer For The Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit


SECOND DAY

Christ's Promise To Send The Paraclete.  Come, Father of the poor!  Come, treasures which endure!  Come, Light of all that live!  Come, O Blessed Spirit of Holy Fear, fill me with devotion to God alone.  In the Risen Christ, I welcome You, O Spirit of truth, whom the Father sends in Jesus' name.  Wash clean the sinful soul, and rain down your grace that we may be one with the Church in fidelity to our Lord Jesus, Christ.  Amen.
Pray: Our Father, Hail Mary & Glory be
Pray: Act Of Consecration to the Holy Spirit & Prayer For The Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit


THIRD DAY
The Soul Of Christ's Body, The Church Thou, of all consolers, best, Visiting the troubled breast Dost refreshing peace bestow.  Come, O Blessed Spirit of Piety, possess my heart.  God, our Father, may I, through the grace of your Spirit, be forever filled with filial affection for you.  Grant that I may be inspired to love and respect all members of your family as brothers and sisters of Jesus, who, together with him, call you Abba, Father. Amen.
Pray: Our Father, Hail Mary & Glory be
Pray: Act Of Consecration to the Holy Spirit & Prayer For The Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit


FOURTH DAY

The Dignity Of The Christian Thou, in toil art comfort sweet; Pleasant coolness in the heat; Solace in the midst of woe.  Come, O Blessed Spirit of Fortitude, uphold my soul in time of trouble and adversity.  O, Divine Trinity, grant that we may be strengthened to see in ourselves and each other the dignity that is ours as temples of Your Holy Spirit, to be loved by one another as each of us is loved by Jesus.
We ask this through Christ, our Lord.  Amen.
Pray: Our Father, Hail Mary & Glory be
Pray: Act Of Consecration to the Holy Spirit & Prayer For The Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit


FIFTH DAY
Gifted To Serve And Build Others Up, Light immortal! Light Divine!  Visit Thou these hearts of Thine, And our inmost being fill!  Come, 0 Blessed Spirit of Knowledge, and grant that I may perceive the will of the
Father.  Father, through Your Spirit, You invite us to participate in the fullness of Creation.  Help me to see that all gifts are from You and intended for your Glory.  For there are many different gifts, but always the same Spirit, many ways of serving, but 'always the same Lord.  Amen.
Pray: Our Father, Hail Mary & Glory be
Pray: Act Of Consecration to the Holy Spirit & Prayer For The Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit


SIXTH DAY
Human Weakness And Sinfulness If Thou take Thy grace away, Nothing pure in man will stay, All his good is turn'd to ill.  Come, 0 Blessed Spirit of Understanding, enlighten our minds iixat we may appreciate and see more fully what we know by faith.  Come to us in our weakness and give voice to our petitions, for "the prayers that the Spirit makes for God's holy people are always in accordance with the mind of God."
Pray: Our Father, Hail Mary & Glory be
Pray: Act Of Consecration to the Holy Spirit & Prayer For The Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit


SEVENTH DAY
Growth In The Freedom That Love Gives, Heal our wounds - our strength renew; On our dryness, pour thy dew; Wash the stains of guilt away!  Come, 0 Blessed Spirit of Counsel. Make my thoughts holy, my love pure, and my works pleasing to God.  Father, guided by Your Spirit, may I strive to make loving choices and respect all life.  May we be aware of our dignity as Your sons and daughters, redeemed with the Blood
of Your beloved Son, Jesus Christ, Our Lord.  Amen.
Pray: Our Father, Hail Mary & Glory be
Pray: Act Of Consecration to the Holy Spirit & Prayer For The Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit


EIGHTH DAY

Gifted Through The Spirit, Bend the stubborn heart and will; Melt the frozen, warm the chill; Guide the steps that go astray! Come, 0 Blessed Spirit of Wisdom, strengthen my faith, increase my hope, perfect my charity.  Father, enlighten us each day, in the silence of our hearts, to discern the voice of Your Spirit, to do what He asks of us and to understand the gifts He freely gives us.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.  Amen.
Pray: Our Father, Hail Mary & Glory be
Pray: Act Of Consecration to the Holy Spirit & Prayer For The Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit


NINTH DAY
Sent With The Power To Reconcile, Thou on those who evermore, Thee confess and Thee adore, In Thy sevenfold gifts, descend; Give them comfort when they die; Give them life with Thee on high; Give them joys which never end.  Amen.
Father, through Jesus, Your Son, You sent the Paraclete to be at our side, to reconcile all Creation to you.  Grant that I may be forever open to Jesus' invitation to "Receive The Holy Spirit!"  Father, open our hearts to accept Your forgiveness for our sins and to offer that same forgiveness to those who we feel have offended us.  For merciful forgiveness is the essence of Your love revealed in Your Son.
Come, O Divine Spirit, fill my heart with Your Heavenly Fruits - Your charity, joy, peace patience, benignity, goodness, faith, mildness and temperance, that I may, by faithful submission to your Inspiration, merit to be united eternally with You in the love of the Father and the Son.  Amen.
Pray: Our Father, Hail Mary & Glory be
Pray: Act Of Consecration to the Holy Spirit & Prayer For The Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit


Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Doomsday For Dummies (A Catholic Nine Minute Guide)

A lot of Christian people must have been disillusioned and confused on May 22, 2011 -- the day after "the end of the world" or "the rapture" did not happen.
If you want to know the truth about the predictions and prophecies concerning the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ, watch this video!

Don't Fall Asleep During "The Academy's" posts!

Men of The Catholic Jedi Academy are also Men Of Saint Joseph!

Men of The Catholic Jedi Academy are also Men Of Saint Joseph!
Hey, Mister Academician! Why not take a moment and visit their website?