Saturday, September 27, 2008

My New Blog for Sig Tags

Cat Hello

I have created a new blog as a way of organizing some of the tags I have made. Please feel to use the blank tags if you'd like for emails, blog posts, etc. In the future I may share other graphics too.

Esther's Aloha Tags Blog

New Commandments for Bloggers

Moses and the 10 Commandments

Ruth Gledhill at The Times reports on the drawing up of a new set of the Ten Commandments aimed at delivering “God bloggers” from the temptations of the blogosphere.

The "Commandments"are

1 You shall not put your blog before your integrity

2 You shall not make an idol of your blog

3 You shall not misuse your screen name by using your anonymity to sin

4 Remember the Sabbath day by taking one day off a week from your blog

5 Honour your fellow-bloggers above yourselves and do not give undue significance to their mistakes

6 You shall not murder someone else's honour, reputation or feelings

7 You shall not use the web to commit or permit adultery in your mind

8 You shall not steal another person's content

9 You shall not give false testimony against your fellow-blogger

10 You shall not covet your neighbour's blog ranking. Be content with your own content

H/T to Terry

These commandments are very good. However, number 4 will be hard to get used to.

Postures at Mass - Reasons Why

Courtesy of That Catholic Show



H/T to Rhonda of Musings of a Lady in Waiting

Friday, September 26, 2008

What Sadness! Please Pray for Carl Olson's Family

A summer of agony and the mystery of loss

Bella Star Eduardo Verástegui Urges Hispanic Voters to Reject Obama Over Abortion

Update. YouTube Pulls Video of Eduardo Verástegui Denouncing Obama on Abortion

It is still working on AciPrensa's YouTube account in Spanish. See below.
Eduardo Verástegui, the former Mexican singer and actor who starred in the hit move "Bella," has recorded a new video asking Hispanic voters in the United States to reject Barack Obama because of his pro-abortion views. Verástegui challenges Latino voters to make abortion issues the centerpiece of their voting decisions...
The above is the edited version of the video referred to by Eduardo Verástegui. The unedited/full version can be found at the Lifesite article.
here

Christ in the Home

Holy Family

The complete book by Fr. Raoul Plus, S.J. can be found at the EWTN library
A HOME ruled by the spirit of Christ is a happy home. It is also a school of virtue directed to spiritual transformation in Christ.

But Christ does not force His entry into a home. He enters only by invitation. He remains only when evidently welcome.

It is the wise bride and groom who let Him know by their spiritual preparation for marriage that they want Him to accompany them from the altar of their vows into the home they are about to establish. It is the wise husband and wife who let Him know they want Him always present by striving to put on His mind and to establish their family according to
His principles.

In such a home, husband and wife and children will enjoy gladness of heart, happiness in the fulfillment of duty, and intense union of souls.

The strength and honor of the family come above all from within, from union with Christ which gives power to manifest in daily living the beautiful family virtues of patience, energy, generosity, forbearance, cheerfulness, and mutual reverence with their consequent effect of peace and contentment.

This book is an invitation to the married or those about to marry, to spend the interior effort required to unite them solidly in Christ and to make them worthy transmitters of the Christ-life to their family. It is an invitation to fulfill the high purpose of their marriage which is to help each other to
sanctity and to rear saints for heaven; to possess Christ themselves as completely as possible and to give Christ to their children.

Now sanctity is the result of personal cooperation with grace. It is no passive attainment. Equally true is it that spiritual truths and principles merely known but not realized are of little force in stimulating spiritual energy and effort. Consequently this book of spiritual readings makes no
attempt to present fully developed meditations. It is not to be a substitute for personal reflection and prayer. Its various topics are presented as points of departure into deeper realms of thought and prayer; by the personal following through of the ideas offered, conviction and realization will
be achieved and lives transformed. A stronger bond of communication will be established between the soul and God resulting in real prayer and not prayers said. The affections made will be the outpouring of the individual's response to God and not someone else's pre-planned expression of what
that response ought to be.

The essential thing is to talk over the subjects with God. It is important then to enter into His Presence before each reading by a reverent act of recollection; to beg His light to see the truth and His strength to act on conviction and realization. It is important to see; it is more important to will.

The points offered for prayerful consideration are not meant to carry the reader into the clouds of elevated speculation and theory but rather to direct the soul to study prayerfully the daily, common, routine elements of his life in order to lift them out of possible monotony and deadening repetition into the challenging and absorbing adventure of making them
divine.

This book in no way presumes to replace what should be for all Christians the two essential meditation books--the Gospels and the Missal. In fact, it presupposes that its readers are Christians accustomed to live in the spirit of Our Lord's life according to the rhythm of the liturgy. It endeavors to
provide variety and to bring into practical application some of the lessons hidden in the Gospels or the Missal.

Of vital importance is it, no matter what the meditation book, to draw from the little that one reads a maximum of nourishment for the soul. That is not impossible. All one need do is to beg God for His grace and to co-operate with the grace that He gives.

Such a manifestation of good will is a sincere invitation to Christ and a convincing proof that He is welcome in your life.

CHRIST WILL ENTER YOUR HOME
HE WILL REMAIN TO DWELL WITH YOU

Shared by Sue

Saintly Quotes - The Power of the Mass

Eucharist
Pope Paul VI "The Mass is the most perfect form of prayer!"

Pope Benedict XV "The Holy Mass would be of greater profit if people had it offered in their lifetime, rather than having it celebrated for the relief of their souls after death."

A compilation of Quotes

Shared by Sue

A Modern Day Miracle - 9/11


This amazing story is told in song, a very beautiful song.

Mahalo to Sue

Saintly Quotes - Angels and the Holy Mass

St. Gabriel
St. Gregory: "The Heavens open and multitudes of Angels come to assist at the Holy Sacrifice."

St. Augustine: "The Angels surround and help the priest when he is celebrating Mass."

St. John Chrysostom: "When Mass is being celebrated, the Sanctuary is filled with countless Angels, who adore the Divine Victim immolated on the altar."

The efficacy of the Mass is so wonderful, God's mercy and generosity are then so unlimited, that there is no moment so propitious to ask for favors as when Jesus is born on the altar. What we then ask we shall almost certainly receive, and what we do not obtain in the Mass we may scarcely hope to receive by all other prayers, penances or pilgrimages.

The Angels know this full well and come in multitudes to adore God and make their petitions at this hour of mercy.

We read in the revelations of St. Bridget: "One day when I was assisting at the Holy Sacrifice, I saw an immense number of Holy Angels descend and gather around the altar, contemplating the priest. They sang heavenly canticles that ravished my heart; Heaven itself seemed to be contemplating the great Sacrifice. And yet we poor, blind and miserable creatures assist at the Mass with so little love, relish and respect!

"Oh, if God would open our eyes, what wonders should we not see!"

When Blessed Henry Suso, the holy Dominican, was saying Mass, Angels in visible form gathered around the altar, and some came near to him in raptures of love.

This is what takes place at every Mass, though we do not see it.

Do Catholics ever think of this amazing truth? At Mass they are praying in the midst of thou- sands of God's Angels.


Shared by Sue

Fine Art Friday - Norman Rockwell

Triple Portrait
Triple Portrait

Rain
Game Called Because of Rain

Before the Shote
Before the Shot
I found a print of this one at the thrift store.
It has a hard wood frame and I got it for only $5.00!

Girl Mirror
Girl at the Mirror
BTW, I must admit this is my all-time favorite Rockwell work

The Golden Rule
The Golden Rule

THE FOUR FREEDOMS

Want
Freedom From Want

Speech
Freedom of Speech

Worship
Freedom of Worship

Fear
Freedom From Fear

Problem
The Problem With Us

JFK
John F. Kennedy

This week's featured artist is one of my favorites, Norman Rockwell. I have chosen some of his most famous works. They are also the ones who represent our America, good and bad. As you may know, most of Mr. Rockwell's works were done for the Saturday Evening Post, a magazine still in existence today.

If you plan to be in the area, make sure to plan your visit around the Norman Rockwell Museum

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Meditation on Sin - St. Francis de Sales

St. Francis de Sales

The following is a meditation from An Introduction to the Devout Life which I recommended to you the other day. I found it online for anyone who would like to read it on the computer.

On Sin.

Preparation.

1. PLACE yourself in the Presence of God.
2. Ask Him to inspire your heart.

Considerations.

1. Consider how long it is since you first began to commit sin, and how since that first beginning sin has multiplied in your heart; how every day has added to the number of your sins against God, against yourself and against your neighbour, by deed, word, thought and desire.

2. Consider your evil tendencies, and how far you have followed them. These two points will show you that your sins are more in number than the hairs of your head, or the sand on the seashore.

3. Apart from sin, consider your ingratitude towards God, which is in itself a sin enfolding all the others, and adding to their enormity: consider the gifts which God has given you, and which you have turned against the Giver; especially the inspirations you have neglected, and the promptings to good which you have frustrated. Review the many Sacraments you have received, and see where are their fruits. Where are the precious jewels wherewith your Heavenly Bridegroom decked you? with what preparation have you received them? Reflect upon the ingratitude with which, while God sought to save you, you have fled from Him and rushed upon destruction.

Affections and Resolutions.

1. Humble yourself in your wretchedness. O my God, how dare I come before Thine Eyes? I am but a corrupt being, a very sink of ingratitude and wickedness. Can it be that I have been so disloyal, that not one sense, not one faculty but has been sullied and stained;—not one day has passed but I have sinned before Thee? Was this a fitting return for all my Creator’s gifts, for my Redeemer’s Blood?

2. Ask pardon;—throw yourself at the Lord’s Feet as the prodigal son, as the Magdalene, as the woman convicted of adultery. Have mercy, Lord, on me a sinner! O Living Fountain of Mercy, have pity on me, unworthy as I am.

3. Resolve to do better. Lord, with the help of Thy Grace I will never again give myself up to sin. I have loved it too well;—henceforth I would abhor it and cleave to Thee. Father of Mercy, I would live and die to Thee.

4. In order to put away past sin, accuse yourself bravely of it, let there not be one sinful act which you do not bring to light.

5. Resolve to make every effort to tear up the roots of sin from your heart, especially this and that individual sin which troubles you most.

6. In order to do this, resolve steadfastly to follow the advice given you, and never think that you have done enough to atone for your past sin.

Conclusion.

1. Thank God for having waited till now for you, and for rousing these good intentions in your heart.
2. Offer Him all your heart to carry them to good effect.
3. Pray that He would strengthen you.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

40 Days for Life - Honolulu Update

Update

My family and I just got back from our one hour vigil in front of Planned Parenthood. The 40 Days for Life Honolulu coordinator Isaiah was there with us. After we left, Isaiah told me he would be staying there until 7pm. He came directly from work....and was also there 6am in the morning. I saw him and his wife on my way to Mass this morning.

If you have attended the March for Life in January, you know that there are many churches, pastors, religious and lay people who stand up for life. This means that Oahu has many people who are pro-life.

It is therefore very sad to find out that for this nationwide 40 Days for Life (and for which Honolulu is participating for the very first time) only 22 people on Oahu have signed up.

Vigil Schedule - Honolulu

In order to make this vigil a success (getting Planned Parenthood on Oahu to shut down being the goal), 40 Days for Life Honolulu needs your immediate help.

They need individuals, families, clergy, etc. to be in front of Planned Parenthood, in person, to give witness for life, to pray.

The babies are depending on us.

Please spread the word. The media here would not acknowledge the press release from 40 Days for Life Honolulu. Therefore, not too many people are aware that their help is needed.

Please register and sign up to participate as soon as possible. The are only 39 days left and 40 Days for Life Honolulu would like to have a person standing vigil for at least 12 hours a day for the 40 days.

God bless,

Esther

A Young Damien's Letter to His Parents

Young Father Damien
You can read it over at Fr. Daren's blog

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

LifeChain - Hawaii

Life Chain - Honolulu (State Capitol)
Date: Sunday, October 5, 2008
Time: 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Life Chain is a peaceful, prayerful, public witness against a public enemy: abortion. For over 20 years, people have gathered in over 1,300 cities in the U.S. and Canada to pray for forgiveness for this assault on children and the family.

Meet at 3:30 PM at the State Capitol Rotunda, S Beretania at Punchbowl St. Nearby parking may be limited; carpooling or use of public transportation is encouraged.

To register your church or other group and arrange for Life Chain signage, contact Isaiah Sabey at 383-5137 or isaiah@lifechainhonolulu.com. General information about the event is available at Life Chain Honolulu and National Life Chain.

Hawaii Right to Life: Protecting Innocent Human Life from Conception to Natural Death


What's Your Name's Hidden Meaning Quiz

Well, that was fun :-)




What Esther Means



You are friendly, charming, and warm. You get along with almost everyone.

You work hard not to rock the boat. Your easy going attitude brings people together.

At times, you can be a little flaky and irresponsible. But for the important things, you pull it together.

You are the total package - suave, sexy, smart, and strong.

You have the whole world under your spell, and you can influence almost everyone you know.

You don't always resist your urges to crush the weak. Just remember, they don't have as much going for them as you do.


You are a seeker. You often find yourself restless - and you have a lot of questions about life.

You tend to travel often, to fairly random locations. You're most comfortable when you're far away from home.

You are quite passionate and easily tempted. Your impulses sometimes get you into trouble.


You are truly an original person. You have amazing ideas, and the power to carry them out.

Success comes rather easily for you... especially in business and academia.

Some people find you to be selfish and a bit overbearing. You're a strong person.

You are wild, crazy, and a huge rebel. You're always up to something.

You have a ton of energy, and most people can't handle you. You're very intense.

You definitely are a handful, and you're likely to get in trouble. But your kind of trouble is a lot of fun.


H/T Therese

Feast of St. Padre Pio of Pietrelcina

Last Mass Padre Pio
Padre Pio's Last Mass 1968


"Jesus in the Holy Eucharist asks for nothing but love . . . . He is so much in love with my heart that He makes me burn with His divine fire, with the fire of His love . . . . I often ask myself if any people exist who do not feel their breast burning with divine fire, especially when they are close to Him in the Blessed Sacrament"

St. Padre Pio

Monday, September 22, 2008

The Odessa Statue, The Icon of Kazan and the World Apostolate of Fatima

OLOF

For those of you familiar with The World Apostolate of Fatima more commonly known as the Blue Army Shrine, I have a very intriguing story to share with you regarding the statue of our Lady that you see in the picture above. This statue is known as the Odessa Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima.
She was sent on a mission of peace. But the Russians wanted nothing to do with her.

Disguised in rags, the lady was secretly paraded through the heart of Red Square in Moscow as a symbol of the harmony people prayed for in that nation.

Smuggled out of the state, she was hidden for years in a chapel beneath an outdoor church in New Jersey, guarded by the Blue Army.

But even it couldn't protect her from a devastating fire, which she barely survived. And now, decades after her journey started, she's finally going home.

Revealing the tale of the Odessa Statue is like unraveling a Russian stacking doll. With each layer, a new piece of the puzzle is exposed. While all of the members are connected in some way, they're also slightly different...
Article

Our Lady of KazanThe Icon of Kazan:
During Russia's atheistic communism rule, the Icon, too, had to be sneaked out of the country.

Early in the 20th century, an English traveler and writer named Frederick Albert Mitchell-Hedges purchased the picture without knowing its mystery. Mitchell-Hedges is considered by some to be a real-life Indiana Jones because his adopted daughter discovered a crystal skull in Mayan Temples in Belize. The connection is reportedly mentioned during a scene in the most recent installment of that series, “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull,” according to Borek...

My many thanks to Joe Borek for sharing this story with me.

Note: You don't know the trouble I had to post this article. I don't think El Diablo wanted me to share it with you. So make sure you read it :-)

Manners

Curtsy

Evann has the ABC's of Manners

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Novena to St. Therese - Commences Sept. 22nd

St. Therese

Novena for the 9 days can be found EWTN

Little Flower Novena

Prayers to be said each day:

Come Holy Spirit and fill the hearts of the faithful, and kindle in them the fire of divine love.

V. Send forth Your Spirit and they shall be created.

R. And You shall renew the face of the earth.

Let us pray: O God, who have instructed the hearts of the faithful by the light of the Holy Spirit; grant that by the gift of the same Spirit, we may be ever truly wise and rejoice in His consolation, through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Acts of Faith, Hope, and Love: O my God! I believe in Thee: strengthen my faith. All my hopes are in Thee: do Thou secure them. I love Thee: teach me to love Thee daily more and more.

The Act of Contrition: O my God! I am heartily sorry for having offended You, and I detest all my sins, because I dread the loss of heaven and the pains of hell, but most of all because they offend You, my God, who are all good and deserving of all my love. I firmly resolve, with the help of Your grace, to confess my sins, to do penance , and to amend my life. Amen.

Concluding Prayer Prayed Each Day:

O Lord, You have said: Unless you become as little children you shall not enter the kingdom of heaven; grant us, we beg You, so to follow, in humility and simplicity of heart, the footsteps of the Virgin blessed Thérèse, that we may attain to an everlasting reward. Amen.