Tuesday, April 24, 2012

The Faith of a Child - Incredible Video

I am speechless and profoundly moved.

h/t Kathryn Lopez

22,104 People Baptized In China On Easter Sunday 2012

Vatican City, 24 April 2012 (VIS) - The Catholic news agency Fides has reported that 22,104 people were baptized in China on Easter Sunday. The statistics were collected by the Study Centre of Faith in the Chinese province of He Bei. The newly-baptized Catholics, 75 per cent of whom are adults, belong to 101 dioceses. In He Bei itself 4,410 people were baptized on Easter Day, 615 more than last year, while in Hong Kong, which has more than 360,000 faithful, there were 3,500 baptisms.

In evaluating these figures, it should be borne in mind that some dioceses do not celebrate all their baptisms at Easter. For example, in Shang Hai there were 379 Easter baptisms but the total figure could exceed 1,500 by the end of the year. According to Sister Li Guo Shuang of the Study Center, "there are still some dioceses or communities which, due to communication difficulties, have not yet reported data to us. So we must emphasize that the figures are not complete, they may still increase."

Monday, April 23, 2012

Hollywood To Produce LCWR Film - From Acts Of The Apostasy Blog!

From the Acts Of The Apostasy blog (The Larry D describes his AoftheA blog as, "Orthodox commentary on heterodox hooligans: Humorous. Serious. Satirical. Faithful."), here's a funny fantasy news bulletin poking fun at the LCWR (please click on the image below):

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Powerful Video. Can't Explain It. Just Watch.

A video from our Christian friends of The Fellowship Bible Church, Little Rock, Arkansas.
You'll agree that the video's title is right on the mark.

Apply Benedict XVI's Words To The HHS Mandate: Church Must Not Fear Persecutions But Trust In The Presence Of God

Vatican City, Wednesday, April 18, 2012 (VIS) - Returning to a recent series of catecheses on the theme of prayer, Benedict XVI dedicated his general audience this morning to what has been called the "Little Pentecost", an event which coincided with a difficult moment in the life of the nascent Church.

The Acts of the Apostles tell us how Peter and John were released from prison following their arrest for preaching the Gospel. They returned to their companions who, listening to their account of what had happened, did not reflect on how to react or defend themselves, or on what measures to adopt; rather, "in that moment of trial they all raised their voices together to God,"  Who replied by sending the Holy Spirit.

"This was the unanimous and united prayer of the whole community, which was facing persecution because of Jesus," the Pope explained. It involved the community "because the experiences of the two Apostles did not concern only them, but the entire Church. In suffering persecution for Jesus' sake, the community not only did not give way to fear and division, but was profoundly united in prayer."

When believers suffer for the faith, "unity is consolidated rather than undermined, because it is supported by unshakeable prayer. The Church must not fear the persecutions she is forced to suffer in her history, but must trust always, as Jesus did in Gethsemane, in the presence, help and strength of God, invoked in prayer."

Before trying to understand what had happened the first community sought to interpret events through the faith, using the Word of God. In the Acts of the Apostles Saint Luke notes how the community of Jerusalem began by invoking God's greatness and immensity. Then, using the Psalms, those early Christians recalled how God had acted in history alongside His people, "showing Himself to be a God Who is concerned for human beings, Who does not abandon them," Benedict XVI said. Subsequently the events were read "in the light of Christ, Who is the key to understanding all things, even persecution. The opposition to Jesus, His passion and death were reread ... as the accomplishment of the plan of God the Father for the salvation of the world. ... In prayer, meditating on Sacred Scripture in the light of the mystery of Christ helps us to interpret current reality as part of the history of salvation which God enacts in the world."

Thus the plea the first Christian community of Jerusalem made to God in prayer was not "to be defended, to be spared from trials or to enjoy success, but only to be able to proclaim ... the Word of God frankly, freely and courageously." The community also asked that "their proclamation be accompanied by the hand of God so that healing, signs and wonders could be accomplished. In other words, they wanted to become a force for the transformation of reality, changing the hearts, minds and lives of men and bringing the radical novelty of the Gospel."

"We too," the Holy Father concluded his catechesis, "must bring the events of our daily lives into our prayer, in order to seek their most profound significance. And we too, like the first Christian community, allowing ourselves to be illuminated by the Word of God and meditating on Sacred Scripture, may learn to see that God is present in our lives, even at moments of difficulty, and that everything ... is part of a plan of love in which the final victory over evil, sin and death is truly is that of goodness, grace, life and God."

Monday, April 16, 2012

Happy Birthday Papa!

Happy birthday to our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI.  As they say in German, "Hoch soll er leben!"... May he live well (and for many more years).

This picture is actually taken from the luncheon  celebration for Father Reynolds' 25th jubilee of his priestly ordination.  Our Catholic Jedi "headmaster" is quite talented and actually made the cardboard cutout of the Pope himself.  Understandably, it was a big hit at the festivities. 

Long live our pope!  And long live our good priests who will be celebrating anniversaries of their ordination in the coming months.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Humanity Will Not Find Peace Until It Turns Trustfully To Divine Mercy

     From the lips of the Risen Christ, comes a great message of Divine Mercy. After rising from the dead, He entrusts His message to the Apostles.  He goes to them in the Upper Room.  He says to them: "Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me,  even so I send you.... Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any,  they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained."
     Before speaking these words, Our Risen Lord Jesus showed His Hands and His Side. He pointed to the wounds of His Passion and Crucifixion, especially the wound in His Heart.
From the wound in His Heart flows a  great wave of mercy poured out on all humanity, for all time!
     In Poland in the 1930s, in the years between World War I and World War II, a simple Nun lived in a tiny and obscure monastery outside of Krakow. And although she never left the monastery property, the life and witness of Sister Faustina Kowalska — now Saint Faustina  —  was completely linked  with the history of the 20th century, the century we have just left behind.
     In fact,  it was between the First and Second World Wars that Christ — who appeared to her in a series of visions — entrusted to Saint Faustina a special message to be announced to the world.
     Those who remember those years between the First and Second World Wars, our elders, were witnesses of the horrible sufferings millions of people endured.
     These people, our elders,  know well how necessary was the message entrusted to Sister Faustina – a message of mercy.
Our Risen Jesus told Saint Faustina:  "Humanity will not find peace until it turns trustfully to  divine mercy."
     Through the work of Saint Faustina, this message has become linked forever to the 20th century, the last of the second millennium and the bridge to the third.
     It is not a new message but it can be considered a gift of special enlightenment that helps us to relive the Gospel of Easter more intensely.  The Lord offers us this message as a ray of light to the men and women of our  time.
     From the Risen Christ’s pierced Heart, Saint Faustina –  in a series of visions  –  saw two rays of light shining and illuminating the world:  "The two rays", Our Lord Jesus Himself explained to her one day, "represent blood  and water."
     Blood and water! We immediately think of the testimony given by the Saint John, who, when a solider on Calvary pierced Christ's side with his  spear, saw blood and water flowing from it.   Moreover, the Red Ray of Blood recalls the sacrifice of the Cross and the gift of the Eucharist, the White Ray of Water represents not only Baptism but also the gift of the Holy  Spirit given to us by God. (cf. The Gospel Of Saint John 3: 5; 4: 14; 7: 37-39).
     Divine Mercy reaches human beings through the heart of Christ crucified. He told Sister Faustina: "My  daughter, tell the world that I am love and mercy personified."
     The Crucified and Risen Christ pours out his mercy on humanity through the sending of  the Holy Spirit who, in the Trinity, is likened to the Divine Love Who unites the Father and the Son.  And love's "second name" is mercy.
Mercy is able to take upon itself any burden, any need.
Mercy has an immense capacity for forgiveness!
     As the Apostles once did 2000 years ago, you and I today must welcome into the upper room of our own history, the Risen Christ, who shows the wounds of His Crucifixion and repeats:  Peace be with you!
     Humanity must let itself be touched and pervaded by the Holy Spirit given to us by the Risen Christ.
     It is the Holy Spirit who heals the wounds of the heart.  It is the Holy Spirit who  pulls down the barriers that separate us from God and divide us from one another. It is the Holy Spirit who restores the joy of the  Father's love and restores the joy of fraternal unity.
     It is important then that we accept the whole message that comes to us from the word of God on this Second Sunday of Easter, which from now on throughout the Church will be called "Divine Mercy Sunday".
     Christ has taught us that man not only receives and experiences the mercy of God, but is also called to practice mercy towards others: "Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy" (The Gospel Of Saint Matthew 5: 7). Divine Mercy gives form to human relations and community life; it  constitutes the basis for the sharing of goods. This leads to the spiritual and corporal "works of mercy".
Today, fixing our gaze on the face of the Risen Christ, let us make Saint Faustina’s prayer  our own prayer of trusting abandonment and say with firm hope:  JESUS, I TRUST IN YOU

Faith In Christ Transforms Our Lives, Frees Us From Fear, And Fills Us With Hope

Vatican City, Wednesday, 11 April 2012 (VIS) - The Holy Father dedicated his catechesis during this morning's general audience to the transformation which Jesus' Resurrection brought about in His disciples, also reflecting on the meaning that Easter has for Christians today. Faith in the Risen One, he said, "transforms our lives; it frees them from fear, gives them firm hope, and infuses them with something that provides existence with full meaning: the love of God."

Benedict XVI explained how on the evening of the day of the Resurrection the disciples were at home behind locked doors, full of fear and doubt at the recollection of the passion of their Lord. "This situation of anguish changed radically when Jesus arrived. He entered through the closed doors, was among them and brought them peace", peace which "for the community became source of joy, certainty of victory, trusting reliance on God."

After His greeting, Jesus showed His wounds to the disciples, "signs of what had befallen and would never be cancelled. His glorious humanity remained 'wounded.' The gesture had the aim of confirming the new reality of the Resurrection. The Christ Who returned among His followers was a real person, the same Jesus Who three days earlier had been nailed to the cross. Thus, in the shining light of Easter, in the meeting with the Risen One, the disciples came to understand the salvific meaning of His passion and death. Then sadness and fear became overwhelming joy."

Jesus greeted them again: "Peace be with you." Yet this, the Pope explained, was not just a greeting, "it was a gift, the gift the Risen One made to His friends. At the same time it was a commission: the peace which Christ had bought with His blood was for them, but it was also for everyone else, and the disciples would have to carry it throughout the world." Jesus "had completed His mission in the world, now it was up to them to to sow faith in people's hearts."

However, the Lord knew that His followers were still afraid. "For this reason He breathed upon them and regenerated them in His Spirit. This gesture was the sign of the new creation. With the gift of the Holy Spirit which came from the Risen Christ, a new world began."

"Today too the Risen One enters our homes and hearts, although sometimes the doors are closed," the Pope said, "He enters bringing joy and peace, life and hope, gifts we need for our human and spiritual rebirth." Only He can put an end to division, enmity, rancour, envy, mistrust and indifference. Only He can give meaning to the lives of those who are weary, sad and without hope.

This was the experience of the two disciples who were walking to Emmaus, full of foreboding at the recent death of their Master. Jesus came up to them and accompanied them without being recognized, explaining the meaning of Sacred Scripture to help them understand His salvific mission. Later they asked Jesus to stay with them and recognized him as He blessed and broke the bread. "This episode," said the Holy Father, "shows us two privileged 'places' in which we can meet the Risen One Who transforms our lives: ... the Word and the Eucharist."

The disciples of Emmaus returned to Jerusalem to join the others. "Their enthusiasm for the faith was reborn, their love for the community and their need to communicate the good news. The Master rose and with Him all life resurges. Bearing witness to this event became an irrepressible need for them."

For Christians, Easter must be a time for the joyful and enthusiastic rediscovery of the sources of the faith. "This means following the same path as that along which Jesus directed the two disciples of Emmaus, through the rediscovery of the Word of God and the Eucharist. The culmination of this journey, then as now, is Eucharistic communion. In communion Jesus nourishes us with His Body and His Blood, becoming present in our lives, making us new and animating us with the power of the Holy Spirit."

In conclusion the Holy Father invited Christians to remain faithful to the Risen One Who "living and true, is always present among us, Who walks with us to guide our lives," and Who "has the power to give life, to make us reborn as children of God, capable of believing and loving."

Monday, April 9, 2012

Christ's Resurrection: About Magdalene, The Holy Eucharist, And Us.

Duccio di Buoninsegna -  Appearance to Mary Magdalene (Noli me tangere) 1308-11

     On the morning of Our Lord's Resurrection, Easter morning, Mary Magdalene was in the depth of sadness. The Lord Jesus had become the center of her life, and now He was dead. Mary could not know how mistaken she was in looking for The Master among the dead. 

     The great truth of the Resurrection had not as yet become part of her faith to dispel her sadness. And so, with her vision still darkened by gloom, she failed to recognize Her Master, Jesus, standing right in front of her. She needed to hear only a word from Him, and her mind was flooded with the light of faith. She realized that she was in the presence of the Risen Lord.

     What happened to Mary Magdalene should be happening to each of us. The meaning of our lives is to search for and to find the Risen Lord Jesus, because He is the source of all life and happiness. 

     At times, we make the mistake of looking for happiness among sinful pleasures --  which can only bring death. Perhaps we make the mistake of thinking that life can come from temporary values, such as financial success or social status.  

      Jesus, the Risen Lord, alone is the source of lasting life and eternal happiness.

In a privileged way, you and I find Our Risen Lord Jesus in the Sacrament of The Holy Eucharist. 

     We hear His words, "This is My Body ... this is My  Blood."  Those words are intended to flood our minds with the light of faith, so that we can believe that -- by means of the Holy  Eucharist --  we are in the presence of the Risen Lord. 
     The Holy Eucharist is the very heart of our Faith. The Eucharist is the Sacrament which gives us the Real Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus, the Son of God.  

     Our Risen Lord Jesus present in the Eucharist does much more than merely stand before us. He invites us, urges us, to take Him into our beings so that He can give us the gift of everlasting life and eternal happiness.

  Resurrexit Sicut Dixit, Alleluia!  

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Why The Risen Christ Did Not Manifest His Glory To The Entire World

One of my favorite Catholic writers is Caryll Houselander, a British woman who wrote many small articles and features on the Catholic Faith during the 1940s and early 1950s.
Here is her meditation on the Risen Christ and why He did not manifest His glorified Body to all the world, but only to a handful of people.

From The Risen Christ,
by Caryll Houselander
(Sheed And Ward, 1959)

     Before the crucifixion [Jesus Christ] had always kept his divinity secret until he had first won men and brought them close to him. He would not prostrate them with fear, they must not be afraid to live intimately with him and learn from this what God's love is.
     But now, since that little handful who did love him had been scattered and broken by the bewilderment and terror of the crucifixion, since everything for which they had in spite of recent failure given their lives seemed in ruins, would it not have been consistent with his mercy to have shown his glory, to have shaken his enemies, and to have restored the courage and joy of his apostles in a single glorious moment?
     There is no doubt that it was his will that his love should sweep round the world like fire, and now there seemed to be nothing to stop it. Before, his message could only go as far as his voice could carry it, his mission as far as he could go on foot, and even among those whom he could reach tramping the roads and preaching in the streets, the temple and the countryside, many hearts were shut to him and would not open to the joy he brought for them. He wept over them openly; his tears could not move them, his love was frustrated.
     Yet, now in his glorified body, he remained in the same little district, he hid his splendor, he kept the wounds of his Passion, he walked and talked and ate with men. He seemed as intent on persuading them to realize that he was human as he had been before on proving that he was divine, and instead of appearing in dazzling light all over the world, he sent other people to carry the news of his Resurrection, people who were still afraid, who still had the stains of their tears on their faces, who were still broken by the grief and horror of Calvary.
     He came out of the tomb and walked in the garden and on the road to Jerusalem, as if he was eager to lay hold of the substantial earth with the same blameless feet that had so lately been lifted from it and fastened down by the cold, heavy iron to the cross.
     He had loved the earth before, had loved its mysteries of seed and harvest; and he loved it still. The love he had come to give was love like the seed in the earth. Love that must go down again and again into the darkness, be buried again and again in the heart of man, to live again and again in the resurrections of innumerable springs. Christ who had died and risen from the dead would not approach those whom he loved from outside; he would not only be the voice in their ears, he would be the silence in their souls.
     He would be the life that quickens in darkness and flowers in countless millions of forms of beauty. He would overcome fear and sin and sorrow and death in the heart of everyone who would love him until the end of time.
     He, in his sacred humanity, could suffer no more; he could not be wounded or die any more; his life had become peace, joy, the absolute power of consummated love; and now by a supreme expression of that love, which completely passes our understanding and our realization, he gives us that life of joy.
     He gives that joy and peace to be at the very heart of our suffering, to make suffering and joy, for us as it was for him, not two things incompatible with each other, but just one thing, love -- and he gives us his own power of consummated love to use for one another, to comfort and heal and restore one another; even, in a mysterious sense that those who have really known sin and sorrow and love will understand, to raise one another from the dead. "Believe me when I tell you this; the man who has learned to believe in me will be able to do what I do; nay, he will be able to do greater things yet" (John 15:12).
     The ultimate miracle of Divine Love is this, that the life of the Risen Lord is given to us to give to one another. It is given to us through our own human loves. It is no violation of our simple human nature.
     It is not something which must be cultivated through a lofty spirituality that only few could attain; it does not demand a way of life that is abnormal, or even unusual; it is not a specialized vocation. It is to be lived at home, at work, in any place, any circumstances. It is to be lived through our natural human relationships, through the people we know, the neighbors we see. It is given to us, if we will take it, literally into our own hands to give. It is the love of human lovers, of man and wife, of parent and child, of friend and friend.
     It is through his Risen Life in us that Christ sends his love to the ends of the earth. That is why instead of startling the world into trembling adoration by manifesting his glory, he sent the woman who had been a sinner to carry the ineffable secret, and sent the two disciples who had been bewildered by their blind inability to reconcile Scripture and Calvary, and sent the friend who had denied him, to give his love to the world, and to give it as simply as a whispered secret or a loaf of bread.
     So is it that we, sinners, wranglers, weaklings, provided only that we love God, are sent to give the life of the Risen Christ to the whole world, through the daily bread of our human love.
"It is not for you to know the times and the seasons which the Father has fixed by his own authority. Enough for you, that the Holy Spirit will come upon you, and you will receive strength from him; you are to be my witnesses in Jerusalem and throughout Judea, in Samaria, yes, and to the ends of the earth" (Acts Of The Apostles 1:7-8).

Friday, April 6, 2012

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Interview With "The Assistant Headmaster": Lisa Mladinich's All the Rage: Fashionable Occult Practices and Furious Consequences

Hail, Academicians! 
Your "Assistant Headmaster" had the privilege and pleasure of chatting with Lisa Mladinich, publisher of the invaluable AmazingCatechists.com  and  Be An Amazing Catechist.
     We discussed her recent post, Killing Us Softly: Seduced by the Occult, regarding the current rage among some Catholics to casually arrange a meeting with so-called Psychics, Readers or Mediums for a "reading", or a "séance",  or  a "revelation" concerning the  future.  
     As well, we discussed the rationale these Catholics use for committing these sins: "It's just for fun." "It's only  entertainment." "It's not real." 
     A few words occur to me when I hear these excuses for disobeying God's Commandments.  Words like: unwise,  ill-advised, spiritually dangerous and mortally sinful.  What follows in this post are the other words which occurred to me during my conversation with Lisa Mladinich. (
For your convenience, what follows is the complete copy of Lisa's conversation with me.)
"The Assistant Headmaster"
Reverend Father James J.M. Reynolds, STL


All the Rage: Fashionable Occult Practices and Furious Consequences

So-called "psychic readers" are con men, but that doesn't mean a real threat of evil does not exist, under many forms.

By Lisa Mladinich, April 03, 2012

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. ~ John 3:16
wildernessIn last week's column, I gave an overview of the Catholic view of the occult and related it to the common problem of Catholics dabbling in its popular forms. Those who dabble tend to lose their faith in gradual stages, even as they become irrationally argumentative and contemptuous of religious people. As they lose their faith, they lose their peace. And if you question them at all, they get good and mad.
The response was predictable. Catholics and other Christians were supportive. But most of those involved in some form of occult spirituality were enraged. Sadly, they made my point for me. I urge those of you who are prayerful people to keep them in your daily intentions.
A few days ago, I got an email from the owner of a terrific website called, The Catholic Jedi Academy, asking permission to publish a copy of my column for his readers. The site owner, Fatherr James Reynolds, a diocesan priest in New York, has had more than his share of experience with the paranormal. I had a very interesting chat with him and he shared some observations that were helpful to me. I hope they are helpful to you, too.

Father Reynolds, how did you become interested in exposing the occult?
For me, the paranormal stuff has been going on for over thirty years. I'm a statistical oddity among priests. I have had more encounters with the paranormal, with strange things happening, and so called 'haunted houses' than most of my confreres.
The Lord gets me involved with this. People come up to me at Mass and ask me for help. And that started way back, even before I was in the seminary. Two of my friends lived in houses that were haunted, and it was substantial stuff that could really scare you: doors moving, furniture being lifted and shoved around, strange noises, seeing things. And as I went along, I guess the Lord decided, "You've had a dose, now, so I'll send people to you."
I got a phone call one night from a friend, who said, "Turn on your TV to channel so-and-so," and I said, "Why?" And he just said, "Turn it on, right now!" And I look, and it's John Edward's show (the famous necromancer), and there he is talking to people in the audience. And who's sitting right behind him? Three of my Eucharistic ministers!
There was a story on what they call 'cold readings' on one of the news shows (possibly 20/20), that featured a British man claiming that what John Edwards is doing is a 'cold reading.' And he explained the psychology of it and then he demonstrated how it works.
First, the British man advertised that he was a psychic. And then the people walked in and because they believed it, they anticipated it, and they made it happen. He asked generic questions and they filled in the blanks. So he does this with an audience and they're telling him everything he needs to pull off the illusion, and they're all crying and emotional. And then he says, "I have to stop this," and they are all in shock when he tells them it was all made up.
He says that somebody who is shrewd enough to observe body language and knows the right questions to ask can make it look real. And if he gets stuck, he says the spirit is telling him that 'he has to go now,' and 'that'll be a thousand dollars each!'
But even if the psychic is faking it, isn't damage still done to their souls?
The way I describe it is it's like lint on your clothes. You go to the psychic, and even if the guy is a fraud he may be under the influence of demons who give him tidbits of information so that you'll believe him. And once you leave there, you never leave alone. Something always comes with you, like lint on your clothing. And until you make an effort to take it off, they'll keep at you.
Is it enough to confess the sin of your occult involvement, repent sincerely, and stay away from it in future, or is more needed?
The sins are forgiven if you confess, but what many priests don't realize is that now you have to evict these things from being around you or working within your mind. First you confess the sin and the grace of absolution fills you again. But with that grace now you have to fight these things off, change your lifestyle. You have to stop thinking with a certain mentality.
Would the person need prayers of deliverance?
If the priest offers it, of course they're going to take it. But depending on their expectations it may not be appropriate. He should ask them, "But did you go to confession, are you trying to fight this off?"
Four times I did some kind of deliverance prayer and prayed over (and with) a person for several days, over the course of a week or two, and they started to say, "I don't feel it any more." But I always give a warning. "Keep yourself holy. Remember what the Lord said. If the demon is cast out but it can't find someone else to enter, he comes back with seven more" (Mt. 12:43-45).
What are some signs to look for, if you've been exposed to these things?
First, how does this suddenly change your relationships? Are you suddenly fighting with your spouse? Are you angry all the time, getting in a lot of arguments? One of the things the devil will have for all eternity is his own rage, and he likes to spill it out on to people who don't suspect it. Ask, "Why is this happening?"
Second, you'll experience disruptions in your sleep. You'll awake in the middle of the night, frightened, seeing things in the bedroom shadows. Sometimes you feel like someone is there in the room with you, but invisible.
That person definitely has to take the steps: First, to go to confession; then start receiving communion after confession. If it still continues and you can't find a way to deal with it, you go to the priest and tell him about it. Most priests would pray over the person, maybe not specifically for freedom from demonic oppression, but for peace of mind, etc.
I use the analogy of lint on your clothing, because it starts when you go to a psychic with your friends, and then things start changing. Weird things are happening and you don't know why, and you think, "But it couldn't be me going to the psychic!"
I've heard of demonic influences clinging to objects, but if someone you love is involved with the occult, is it dangerous to touch them and hug them?
Don't get frightened. The devil wants us to be afraid. When you hug your loved one, in your conscious mind ask the Holy Spirit to be between you like a blanket. Then it's the Holy Spirit wrapping around her and you're insulated. A hug might be one of the things that could actually be helpful to her. Remember, she's not the psychic, she's the victim of the psychic.
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St. Ignatius of Loyola said in his spiritual exercises, that the devil is a coward. If you stand up to him, he runs. If you can expose his presence to somebody, he'll back off. At first he'll scream and shout, but ultimately it's Christ working through you, by the Holy Spirit, and he doesn't want that and he runs away. He's a bully, but there's nothing he can do to you. If you're with the Lord and living a good Catholic life, there's nothing to worry about. He'll just run.
An image I like to use with people sometimes is that the bully in class has picked you out and is intimidating you and making your life miserable. So you come back with your big brother, Jesus, and you stand behind him and let him do the talking and tell this bully to get out and never come back. There's no way the evil one can get to you when you're standing behind Jesus.
Thank you, Father Reynolds!
I'd like to close with some scriptural passages:
Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you(James 4:7).
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord's people (Eph. 6:10-18). 
Lisa MladinichLisa Mladinich is a Catholic wife and mother, catechist and workshop leader, and the author of the popular booklets, "Be An Amazing Catechist: Inspire the Faith of Children," and "Be an Amazing Catechist: Sacramental Preparation" available from Our Sunday Visitor. She is the founder of www.AmazingCatechists.com.
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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Coming May 2012: The Rite For The Blessing Of A Child In The Womb

Vatican City, 3 April 2012 (VIS) - Beginning in the second week of May when many countries around the world celebrate Mother's Day, the text of the "Rite for the Blessing of a Child in the Womb", having received the approval of the Holy See, will be made available in parishes throughout the United States. The announcement was made recently in a note issued by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops informing the faithful that the the text - printed in both English and Spanish - has received the "recognitio" of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments.

Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, archbishop of Galveston-Houston and chairman of the episcopal conference's Committee on Pro-Life Activities, has explained that the blessing was prepared to "support parents awaiting the birth of their child, to encourage parish prayers for and recognition of the precious gift of the child in the womb, and to foster respect for human life within society". The blessing may be imparted either during the liturgy or outside of Mass and the text will eventually be included in the Book of Blessings, after it has been revised.

The blessing of unborn children was promoted by Archbishop Joseph Edward Kurtz of Louisville. When bishop of Knoxville he had asked the Committee on Pro-Life Activities to see whether a blessing existed for a child in the womb. When none was found, the committee began preparing a text which was presented to the Divine Worship Committee in March 2008. In November of the same year the full body of bishops approved the prayer and it was sent to the Holy See for the "recognitio".

Palm Branches: Symbols Of Our Hypocrisy

All too often, there is a huge gap, a canyon, between what we say we believe and how we live those beliefs.
Sunday’s Solemnity of the Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord perfectly illustrated that incongruity.  On that Sunday, we began by echoing the hosannas, the hoorays of the people of Jerusalem as the Lord Jesus enters the city.  
But, by Friday, Good Friday, we will be confronted with our complicity in the injustice, fear, selfishness and hatred which led to the Lord Jesus’ crucifixion.  
We welcomed the Christ of Victory, the Christ of Palm Sunday.  But we so often turn our backs on the Christ of Good Friday -- the Christ who suffers, the Christ who is humiliated, the Christ who forgives.  
On Palm Sunday, we could have thought of those palm branches as symbols of our hypocrisy, not of our fidelity to the Lord Jesus Christ.  Those palm branches we carried were symbols of the discrepancy between the faith we profess on our lips and the faith we fail to live every day.  
Yet, in the Mystery of Christ's Death and Resurrection, by walking with Christ through Holy Week -- with or without palm branches -- we find the canyon filled, the gap closed, the incongruity erased -- because, by His suffering for us, we are reborn in the life and love of God. 
Academicians, please make every effort to go to accompany the Suffering Christ and His People in your various Parish Churches on Thursday, Friday and Saturday of this  Holy Week.  Worship Our Lord and refresh your personal living of Our Lord Jesus' attitude of compassion and His spirit of servanthood.  Then, please bring the forgiveness, life and hope of His Easter Mystery into your own home, family, and job.

God bless you! Have a powerful Holy Week!

"The Assistant Headmaster"
Father James J.M. Reynolds, STL

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

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