Saturday, October 06, 2007

Our Lady of Saturdays

Mary and Jesus

Sweet Heart of Mary, be my salvation!

Stop Offending God! - Local News

In this morning's Honolulu Star Bulletin there is an article about an HPU student who created a website based on the vile comments made by Kathy Griffin. I cannot even post a blurb of the article here. If you want you can go there and read it for yourselves.

It is appalling that he appears to have a lot of support on the mainland. I wonder if the Catholic League is aware of it. Well, they will in a minute.

6th Anniversary of the Ordination of Father Grace

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Oh! how great is the priest. The priest will only be understood in heaven. Were he understood on earth, people would die, not of fear, but of love.
St. John Vianney

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On this the 6th day of October, 2001, Andrew Kevin Grace was ordained to the sacred priesthood of Our Lord Jesus Christ by the Most Rev. Bishop Christopher Toohey, at St. Michael's Cathedral in Wagga Wagga.

Happy Anniversary Fr. Grace. May God always keep you close to Him.

Friday, October 05, 2007

Signature Tag

fyAttention: For some reason, I am saving the graphic in .gif format so that it will have a transparent background. However, when posted through Blogger, it converts to .png or .jpg and it then has a white background. Does anyone know why this is happening?

To all my lady blogging friends and regular commenters in the sidebar:

I have been noticing that many of you choose to use the sig tags at the end of your posts.

I played around yesterday and today to see if I could create a sig tag that would work for my blog. You probably saw it if you visited today.

Anyway, I thought I would offer to make you one if you'd like. I can't promise what it will look like since I usually make things depending on my creativity mood at the moment. I do hope to make each one unique though.

I would offer these to the men friend too but I don't think you use them.

So, if you would like one, you can either leave a comment or email me. Just let me know what name you want and whether you'd prefer script (cursive) style or print style. And, then leave the rest to me.

Sorry, I can't help you with how to use them. I am still inserting mine manually.

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Catholic Singers - Seraphim

The following was shared by Bernadette and Rebekah of St. Maria Messenger

Hello to all!

Have you heard the good news about the Seraphim singing group? The Seraphim are three Catholic sisters who sing together Catholic hymns, Christmas carols, and fun barbershop songs. They have a new CD out with some of the best loved Marian hymns! The sisters' letter to you is found below! Enjoy!

In Jesus and Mary,

Bernadette and Rebekah Fox

The Seraphim's letter:

Hello,We hope this e-mail finds you and your family doing well.We are excited to announce our NEW CD and are pleased to offer"Hail,Queen of Heaven" to you with an introductory price of only$14.00.........and FREE shipping.A selection of some of the most beautiful hymns ever written, honoringMary, the Mother of God, as sung by Seraphim - The angelic voices ofChrista, Lisa and Theresa Hanson1. Ave Maria (Gregorian)2.
Hail, Queen of Heaven3. Sing, Sing, Ye Angel Bands4. Immaculate Mary5. Mother Mary, At Thine Altar6. On This Day, O Beautiful Mother7. Salve Regina8. Hail, Queen of the Heavens9. O Sanctissima10. Mother Dear, O Pray for Me11. Daily, Daily, Sing to Mary12. Hail, Holy QueenIf you would like to SEE Seraphim sing two songs from the album, youcan. They're on YOUTUBE.com!!!Click on the following links to view the videos or find them on our website.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DO6ex2Vj3yw - Ave Maria (Gregorian)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jZH-v7_5Hhk - Sing, Sing, Ye Angels BandsHope you enjoy them!For sound
samples and a complete list of our available cds, visit ourwebsite at www.seraphim.ws and please consider our cds when choosinggifts for Christmas giving.Call, e-mail or write to us now to place your order. This limitedoffer expires 10/31/07If you know others who might enjoy Seraphim's music, please pass thison to them.Thank you very much, we appreciate your support.Sincerely,Seraphim andThe Hanson Family Singerswww.hansonfamilysingers.comhansonfamilysingers@hotmail.com541 935-6315 or 1 877 426-7661






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Saintly Quote - Husbands

Within the conjugal and family communion-community, the man is called upon to live his gift and role as husband and father. With his wife a man should live a very special form of personal friendship. As for the Christian, he is called upon to develop a new attitude of love, manifesting towards his wife a charity that is both gentle and strong like that which Christ has for the Church.
Pope John Paul II (November 22, 1981)

Thanks to Sue Cifelli for sharing.

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Thursday, October 04, 2007

Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi

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Make Me A Channel Of Your Peace

Based on a prayer by St. Francis

Make me a channel of your peace,
Where there is hatred, let me bring Your love,
Where there is injury, Your pardon Lord,
And where there's doubt, true faith in You

Make me a channel of your peace,
Where there's despair in life let me bring hope,
Where there is darkness - only light,
And where there's sadness, ever joy

Oh Master, grant that I may never seek,
So much to be consoled as to console,
To be understood, as to understand,
To be loved, as to love with all my soul

Make me a channel of your peace,
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
In giving to all men that we recieve,
And in dying that we're born to eternal life

Source: This site

Happy Feast Day to all the Friars that have been friends of our family over the years!

Recommended book which is available online:

God's Troubadour: The Story of St. Francis of Assisi by Sophie Jewett

And lest we forget our animals, Easter shared the following with our Catholic homeschooling group.

Franciscan Pet Blessing


Blessed are you, Lord God, maker of all living creatures.

You inspired St. Francis to call all animals his brothers and sister

We ask you to bless this animal. By the power of your love,

enable it to live according to your plan. Amen.

Wives: Take Care of Your Husbands

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Jackie has a very good advice on this topic.

Ah, The Little Things That Make Me Happy - LISTS!

And, a site about Lists and nothing but Lists!

I am going to reveal a secret. I have a new favorite website. It is called the List Universe.

The following are a few interesting lists from that site:

Top 15 Banned Literary Classics

Top 10 Books That Changed the World

The Top 10 Tips for Homeschoolers

Top 10 Hitchcock Movies and I think I saw them all and loved them!

Top 10 Horror Movies and with the exception of Texas Chainsaw Massacre, I saw them all. Loved them!

Anyway, there's a lot more and I could spend a lot of time if I let myself. But go on and see for yourselves.

Caution: Not all lists are for family viewing. Please view with care.

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Children of the Eucharist - Worldwide Children and Youth Holy Hour

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A big mahalo goes out to Amy for the reminder!

Worldwide Children and Youth Holy Hour

First Friday ~ October 5th - 2007
For Peace in our Families and World!

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

In Honor of Our Guardian Angels

we watched Angels in the Outfield. It's the remake of an old classic film with the same name. This one is one of our family's favorite Disney movies.

Little trivia for you: Did you know that Tony Danza is related to Saint Padre Pio? Yes he is! I remember his appearance on Live With Regis and Regis asked him if he were in fact related to a saint. He looked kind of humble when he said that yes, maternal (or was it his paternal) grandmother's uncle was Padre Pio. Can you imagine that????

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

What'a a Girl Have to Do to Get Banned

by the Spirit of Vatican 2?

Hawaii Lawmaker to Propose Law Supposedly Protecting Pregnant Women

Honolulu, HI (LifeNews.com) -- A Hawaii state legislator plans to propose a bill he says will help protect pregnant women who are victims of violence there. However, pro-life advocates say the bill won't protect women properly because it fails to acknowledge the death of or injury to their unborn child and punish criminals for the attack on the baby.
ARTICLE FROM LIFENEWS.COM

So Many Books! So Little Time!

If you recall, I mentioned that Peter of Antique Mall Books had some out-of-print Catholic books. Well, what I forgot to mention was that I ordered a couple of books from him. I purchased Treasure in Clay, the Autobiography of Fulton J. Sheen and The Admirable Heart of Mary by Saint John Eudes. A short blurb from the book states:

"The Admirable Heart of Mary by St. John Eudes is the first complete work ever to be published on the devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary..." It was published in 1948 and has a foreword by The Most Reverend Richard J. Cushing.
Peter had a first edition of the Sheen book but I bought the less expensive hardcover book. Both books arrived in excellent condition; well wrapped and packaged. I chose the pricier priority mail option because from experience media mail shipping to Hawaii can take from 4 to 6 weeks. I did not want to wait that long.

What a surprise when I opened the box yesterday! Peter had included the most beautiful Holy Card of our blessed Mother!! What a nice man! No wonder to me that he has Hawaii ties. Mahalo again Peter. I can't wait to read the AB Fulton Sheen book.

But that will have to wait because on the reading agenda are the following books:

Saints Behaving Badly which I finally got around to reading.

The Thrill of the Chaste which in all honesty I put aside to read the Saints book.

and a couple of other books.

Message from Honolulu Bishop and a Prayer for Vocations

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The following prayer is from our Sunday Church bulletin:

A Note from Bishop Larry Silva

As you know, Father Peter Dumag is the new full-time Director of Vocations of the Diocese of Honolulu... Father Peter has prepared a Diocesan Prayer for Vocations...I ask you to distribute and use this prayer as widely as possible.

May the Master of the harvest hear our prayers and bless us wtih an abundance of laborers for his harvest here in Hawaii!

Sincerely yours in Christ,
Most Reverent Larry Silva Bishop of Honolulu
Prayer for Vocations

Heavenly Father,
your divine Son taught us
to pray to the Lord of the harvest
to send laborers into His vineyard.

We earnestly beg you
to bless our Diocese and our world
with many priests and religious
who will love you fervently and gladly
and courageously spend their lives
in service to your Son's Church,
especially the poor and the needy.

Bless our families and our children,
and choose from our homes those who you desire for this holy work.

Teach them to respond generously
and keep them ever faithful
in following your Son Jesus Christ,
that under the guidance of the Holy
Spirit
and with the inspiration of
Blessed Damien and Blessed Marianne
the Good News of redemption
may be brought to all.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.

Amen.

Monday, October 01, 2007

Feast Day of St. Therese of Lisieux

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Prayer for Students

God, our Father and Creator through the intercession of St. Thérèse, we ask for insight and wisdom to see the signs of Your Love in the people and in the events of our lives.

May we discern what we have to do as students and give us the strength to do it. Grant us success in our work and examinations.

Help us to believe in Your Great Love for each one of us, so that we may live in truth and radiate Your Love in our lives. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
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St. Thérèse’s Prayer for Priests

‘O Holy Father, may the torrents of love flowing from the sacred wounds of Thy Divine Son bring forth priests like unto the beloved disciple John who stood at the foot of the Cross; priests: who as a pledge of Thine own most tender love will lovingly give Thy Divine Son to the souls of men.

May Thy priests be faithful guardians of Thy Church, as John was of Mary, whom he received into his house. Taught by this loving Mother who suffered so much on Calvary, may they display a mother’s care and thoughtfulness towards Thy children. May they teach souls to enter into close union with Thee through Mary who, as the Gate of Heaven, is specially the guardian of the treasures of Thy Divine Heart.

Give us priests who are on fire, and who are true children of Mary, priests who will give Jesus to souls with the same tenderness and care with which Mary carried the Little Child of Bethlehem.

Mother of sorrows and of love, out of compassion for Thy beloved Son, open in our hearts deep wells of love, so that we may console Him and give Him a generation of priests formed in thy school and having all the tender thoughtfulness of thine own spotless love.’

Source: The Official St. Therese Website

In honor of today's feast day, we will be watching that lovely little movie Therese.

100 Greatest Movies of All Time

Lana has made this film buff and listophile very happy by posting this.

AFI 100 Years, 100 Movies
The ones in bold are the ones I've seen. The ones in maroon are the ones I loved.

1. Citizen Kane (1941)
2. Casablanca (1942)
3. The Godfather (1972)
4. Gone With The Wind (1939)
5. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
6. The Wizard of Oz (1939)
7. The Graduate (1967)
8. On The Waterfront (1954)
9. Schindler's List (1993)
10. Singin' In The Rain (1952)
11. It's A Wonderful Life (1946)
12. Sunset Boulevard (1950)
13. The Bridge On the River Kwai (1957)
14. Some Like It Hot (1959)
15. Star Wars (1977)
16. All About Eve (1950)
17. The African Queen (1951)
18. Psycho (1960)
19. Chinatown (1974)
20. One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
21. The Grapes of Wrath (1940)
22. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
23. The Maltese Falcon (1941)
24. Raging Bull (1980)
25. E. T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
26. Dr. Strangelove (1964)
27. Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
28. Apocalypse Now (1979)
29. Mr. Smith Goes To Washington (1939)
30. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)
31. Annie Hall (1977)
32. The Godfather Part II (1974)
33. High Noon (1952)
34. To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
35. It Happened One Night (1934)
36. Midnight Cowboy (1969)
37. The Best Years Of Our Lives (1946)
38. Double Indemnity (1944)
39. Doctor Zhivago (1965)
40. North By Northwest (1959)
41. West Side Story (1961)
42. Rear Window (1954)
43. King Kong (1933)
44. The Birth of a Nation (1915)
45. A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
46. A Clockwork Orange (1971)
47. Taxi Driver (1976)
48. Jaws (1975)
49. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
50. Butch Cassidy and the Sunshine Kid (1969)
51. The Philadelphia Story (1940)
52. From Here To Eternity (1953)
53. Amadeus (1984)
54. All Quiet On The Western Front (1930)
55. The Sound Of Music (1965)
56. M*A*S*H (1970)
57. The Third Man (1949)
58. Fantasia (1940)
59. Rebel Without A Cause (1955)
60. Raiders Of The Lost Ark (1981)
61. Vertigo (1958)
62. Tootsie (1982)
63. Stagecoach (1939)
64. Close Encounters Of The Third Kind (1977)
65. The Silence Of The Lambs (1991)
66. Network (1976)
67. The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
68. An American In Paris (1951)
69. Shane (1953)
70. The French Connection (1971)
71. Forrest Gump (1994)
72. Ben-Hur (1959)
73. Wuthering Heights (1939)
74. The Gold Rush (1925)
75. Dances With Wolves (1990)
76. City Lights (1931)
77. American Graffiti (1973)
78. Rocky (1976)
79. The Deer Hunter (1978)
80. The Wild Bunch (1969)
81. Modern Times (1936)
82. Giant (1956)
83. Platoon (1986)
84. Fargo (1996)
85. Duck Soup (1933)
86. Mutiny On The Bounty (1935)
87. Frankenstein (1931)
88. Easy Rider (1969)
90. The Jazz Singer (1927)
91. My Fair Lady (1964)
92. A Place In The Sun (1951)
93. The Apartment (1960)
94. Goodfellas (1994)
95. Pulp Fiction (1994)
96. The Searchers (1956)
97. Bringing Up Baby (1938)
98. Unforgiven (1992)
99. Guess Who's Coming To Dinner (1967)
100. Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)

Poll Results and New Question of the Month

Mahalo to all of you who took the time to vote with regard to this month's question. Here are the results of that poll:

How will you be commemorating the 90th Anniversary of Fatima on October 13th?

Selection Votes
By participating in the Nationwide Public Square Rosary Rally 25% 17
With a special Rosary and Mass at our parish Church 16% 11
Privately praying the Holy Rosary with my family 16% 11
Watching the EWTN programming 3% 2
By going to Fatima 0% 0
In another way 4% 3
I don't have any plans but will look into something 19% 13
I don't plan to do anything special but I may 3% 2
I'm Catholic but It's just another day for me 6% 4
I'm not Catholic so I won't be doing anything 7% 5

68 votes total
pollcode.com free polls

Sunday, September 30, 2007

Homeschooling Comes of Age

CHTag by my friend Jess

H/T Custos Fidei

ARTICLE

In the late 1960s and early 1970s, the modern home education movement was in its infancy. At that time, most Americans viewed home-styled education as a quaint tourist attraction or the lifestyle choice of those willing to endure more hardship than necessary.

What a difference a few decades makes.

Homeschooling has undergone an extreme makeover. From maverick to mainstream, the movement has acquired a glamorous, populist sheen.

The Good Catholic Family

I think as far as I can remember, I wanted to be like my mother...a wife and the mother of a large family. I took it for granted that I would one day have a large family. My father comes from a family of about a dozen children and so does my mom.

I tried to do everything right and be the good Catholic girl that would make my parents proud and never do anything that would shame me before my God and my parents. With God's and my parent's help and guidance, I think I accomplished that. I was so sure God would reward me with the man of my dreams and a very large family to call my own.

My husband's father often advised him to marry a good Catholic girl. It was providential that we met, fell in love and got married. My husband also came from a large family. His father's family was also a very large and loving family.

My husband and I were so sure that when we got married, we would be raising a large family too. After all, it was almost inevitable.

But it looks like we forgot to ask God for what His will was concerning our family.

After a few years of not being able to conceive, we started praying (something we should have done as a couple even before we were married) for a child to call our own.

God opened our hearts to adoption and with His guiding hand, we met our beloved son...the cutest little rascal in the world! We could not have chosen a better child as our own. It was all God's work in play. We both realize that.

I finally got pregnant a few years into our marriage. But it was not meant to be and miscarried soon after. But I was now hopeful that becoming pregnant would just be a matter of time.

Again, we forgot to consult God about His plans.

It has now been almost 8 or 9 years since that day and we have one child on earth and one in Heaven.

It was not for lack of trying that our family is small. In our minds and heart, we know that is what God wanted for our family.

With that I leave you a post by Exspectantes.

I actually have thought about cutting back on the more personal posts but I wanted to share with you this in case you have a small Catholic family too.

Mathetes Award

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Chris M of The Simple of the Ordinary as well as The WhiteStone Name Seeker aand Divine Mercy have kindly chosen me to be one of the 5 recipients of the new Mathetes Awarrd. What is a Mathete?

A brand new award being is being passed out. It is the Mathetes Award, created by Dan King of Management by God to recognize those who take to heart the Great Commission and further God’s Kingdom by creating more disciples for Him. According to Dan mathetes is the Greek word for disciple.

The rules for the award, as posted by it’s creator are as follows: In the spirit of this award, the rules are simple.

Winners of this award must pick five other “disciples” to pass it on to. As you pass it on, I just ask that you mention and provide links for (1)this post as the originator of the award (Dan King of management by God), (2) the person that awarded it to you, and then (3) name and sites of the five that you believe are fulfilling the role of a disciple of Christ.
I feel very honored to receive this award. I do not think myself worthy of it but I do appreciate it and will display it proudly. Mahalo dear Chris, WS and DM!!!

I would be honored to bestow this coveted award on the following bloggers:

Easter of Mostly Writings of a Mother and Daughters

Mount Carmel Catholic Bloggers

Chris of Domestic Vocations

The Catholic Warrior

Fr. Daren of Servant and Steward

The 26th Sunday of Ordinary Time

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