Saturday, October 04, 2008

Our Lady of the Rosary

Our Lady of Pompei

Fr. Mark of Vultus Christi has a beautiful post about Our Lady's Rosary O Rosario Benedetto di Maria.

Father also has a very beautiful blog. I have added it to my side bar.

Vatican will drop Eucharistic Prayers for Children

First Communion
The Vatican plans to remove the Eucharistic Prayers for Children from the authorized prayers of the Roman Missal.

Bishop Arthur Serratelli of Paterson, New Jersey, the chairman of the US bishops' liturgy committee, has disclosed the Vatican plans in a letter to the American bishops. He reported that the Congregation for Divine Worship plans "to publish a separate text at a later time."
CWN Article

(Yay! Bishop Serratelli!)

Patron Saint of Animals

St. Francis icon

One of the reasons St. Francis is one my favorite saints is because he loved all of God's creatures. You cannot begin to imagine how many times I have gone to him and to St. Martin de Porres when one of our pets was in need.

How lovely that more churches, have joined the Catholic Church in turning to St. Francis for pet blessings. Here in Hawaii, the Anglican Church and one of the Episcopalian churches will have their parishioners bring their animals to church for the annual pet blessing. When our parish had a Franciscan priest we had a pet blessing ceremony for the school children's pets also.

Pet prayerThanks to Rocco of Whispers in the Loggis here is a Online Pet Prayer Line

Day 4 - Prayers for Our Husbands

St. Joseph

Day 4 - Praying for Our Husbands

Feast of St. Francis of Assisi

St. Francis Reni
St. Francis - Guido Reni


He is one of our beloved and popular saints! In honor of his feast day, I recommend reading The Little Flowers of St. Francis of Assisi. It can be found online at EWTN Library.

I remember reading this little treasure in my late teens. I had a deep impact on me. I still remember with fondness, the time I read that book.

Friday, October 03, 2008

Day 3 - Prayers for Our Husbands

Holy Family

Day 3 - Praying for Our Husbands

Fine Art Friday - Luca and Andrea Della Robbia

A Della Robbia Baptism of Christ
Baptism of Christ - Andrea Della Robbia

A Della Robbia - Infant Jesus
Infant Jesus in Swaddling Clothes - Andrea Della Robbia

A Della Robbia The Resurrection
The Resurrection - Andrea Della Robbia

A Della Robbia Nativity
Nativity - Andrea Della Robbia

Nativity
Detail of the Nativity - Luca Della Robbia

L Della Robbia the Ascension
The Ascension - Luca Della Robbia

L Della Robbia Virgin and Child
Virgin and Child - Luca Della Robbia


L Della Robbia Cantoria
Detail of the Cantoria - Luca Della Robbia


Wikipedia - Luca Della Robbia
Luca della Robbia (1400-1482) was an Italian sculptor from Florence, noted for his terracotta roundels.

Luca Della Robbia developed a pottery glaze that made his creations more durable in the outdoors and thus suitable for use on the exterior of buildings. His work is noted for its charm rather than the drama of the work of some of his contemporaries.

Andrea Della Robbia - Nephew, pupil, assistant, and sharer of Luca's secrets, b. at Florence, 1431; d. 1528. It is often difficult to distinguish between his works and Luca's.
New Advent Catholic Encyclopedia - Andrea Della Robbia


Thursday, October 02, 2008

Feast of our Guardian Angel - Quotes

Guardian Angels

“These things I warmly wish for you Someone to love, some work to do, A bit o' sun, a bit o' cheer, And a guardian angel always near” - Irish Blessing

“We cannot pass our guardian angel's bounds, resigned or sullen, he will hear our sighs.” - St. Augustine

“One should not stand at the foot of a sick person's bed, because that place is reserved for the guardian angel” - Jewish Proverb

"Matthew, Mark, Luke and John,
The bed be blest that I lie on.
Four angels to my bed.
Four angels round my head,
One to watch, and one to pray,
And two to bear my soul away". - Thomas Ady - A Candle in the Dark

"Never place a period where your angel has placed a comma". - Anonymous

"Angels are speaking to all of us... some of us are only listening better." - Anoymous

"Since God often sends us inspirations by means of His angels, we should frequently return our aspirations to him by means of the same messingers." - St. Francis De Sales

"Angels can fly because they take themselves lightly" - G.K. Chesterton


Desecration Videos Back on YouTube

America Needs Fatima
October 2, 2008

For Immediate Release

For more information, contact – Gary Isbell at 717-309-1990

Host desecration videos originally pulled from YouTube have been reposted. The America Needs Fatima campaign is sickened by this blasphemy and has collected 18,201 signatures on a protest petition in just 7 days.

The 40 separate desecration videos -- originally posted in mid-August -- showed the Host being flushed down a toilet, stomped on and fed to ducks, among other sickening spectacles.

In response to the America Needs Fatima petition, the desecration videos were pulled from YouTube on October 1, but were reposted the same day.

Robert Ritchie, director of America Needs Fatima, explained: “As Catholics, we believe the Host is the body, blood, soul and divinity of Christ. Witnessing the desecration of the Host causes anguish to Catholics all over the world.”

Ritchie added: “In the past, YouTube has removed videos offensive to Jews and members of other religions, including one showing a teenager urinating on a Holocaust memorial. Why can’t Catholics be afforded the same respect for our deeply held beliefs?”

“The desecration of the Host is not an acceptable form of free speech. The only message it conveys is one of unremitting hatred,” Ritchie said.

Click here to sign and send a petition protest to YouTube.

Or convey your own protest message to YouTube by calling (650)253-0000 or FAXing (650) 253-0001.

* * *

America Needs Fatima aims to capture the heart and soul of America with the message of Our Lady of Fatima.

ANF is a project of The American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property (TFP), which was founded in 1973 by a group of concerned Catholics to lead an intellectual resistance to liberalism, socialism and communism, as well as to affirm the positive values of tradition, family and property.

For more information on the projects and activities of America Needs Fatima, go to America Needs Fatima . To schedule an interview with Robert Ritchie, call Gary Isbell at 717-309-1990.



Day 2 - Prayer for Our Husbands

St. JosephPicture source here

Day 2 Praying for Our Husbands


Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Modern Guide for Marrying

Marriage

Tito has a very revealing guide for those of you looking for the right person to marry.

Courting for the 21st Century Catholic
1. Don't marry a woman who likes cats but does not like dogs. You may marry a woman who doesn't like either, or whose reason for not liking dogs is that one of them bit her when she was a toddler. But a woman who likes cats but does not like dogs will be a Joan Crawford or Jane Wyman. Ronald Reagan married Jane Wyman, and look how sorry he was about that...

And for you parents out there, are you praying for your child's future spouse?

Hanoi Archbishop under virtual house arrest

Hanoi Archbishop Joseph Ngo Quang Kiet is virtually under house arrest with phone spying equipment and cameras deployed openly from buildings near his residence.

VietCatholic reports the archbishop's office must remain closed while he is required to limit his outside activities.
Article

Please pray for the persecuted Church.

Proposed Restrictions on Homeschooling in NJ -

According to Florentius of Gloria Romanorum The liberal homeschooling laws in New Jersey are now under fire from two "concerned legislators" in Trenton.

Read it here

Minnesota professor endorses YouTube videos of Eucharistic desecrations

CNA Article
“Get over it,” Myers told outraged Catholics. “As long as people aren't disrupting your services or pilfering chalices, there has been no interference with your religious freedom, and no harm done.”
What do we do? Pray? Get angry at Myers and people like him? Get angry at YouTube and protest and call for a boycott?

Personally, I think this calls for prayers and sacrifice on our part.

Feast of St. Therese, the Little Flower - Story of a Soul

St. Therese

In honor of this young saint's feast day, it would be wonderful for those of you who haven't read her autobiography, to do so today. You can read it online at the following:

PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK THE STORY OF A SOUL


Day 1 of Retreat - Praying for Husbands

St. Joseph

Day 1 Prayers and Reflections can be found here

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Praying for Our Husbands Retreat Starts Tomorrow - October 1st

St. Joseph Carpenter

My friend Mary B is sponsoring a retreat where we are to pray for our husbands. It begins tomorrow. Thank you to Mary because I really wanted to do something like this for my own husband.

Explanation for this retreat can be found here

Now you all remember right? You'll link to your sight and do this right?

You forgot? OK Here goes....

Starting October 1 we are going to pray for our husbands in a special way. Using Scripture we will focus on specific things God has said about Godly men and the tasks he requires of them and the relationship he wants to have with them. I know it is hard to know what to pray for concerning our precious men, but I know I want my sons to have a deep relationship with our Lord. I want my daughters who marry to chose a man with a 'heart for the Lord' because that is a man who will deeply love, not just the woman she is now but the woman God calls her to be.

And it is retreat. While I will still be out and about and responding to comments I will not interrupt with other posts.

Note to Husbands:

You are our Dear gifts from God and, as your help-meet, we want to do what is best for you. We are learning to first change ourselves and grow in holiness. We are learning to depend on the Lord so as not to overburden you. We are learning to love you better, here, where you are now and yet to pray for you and your future.
Pray for us while we work through this retreat. As always when the Lord calls us to pray for someone else--- He is really calling us to be closer to Him, often in a way we have avoided before. Pray that we will be open to his Spirit and grow to love and serve Him more.

6th Annual Worldwide Children's Eucharistic Holy Hour

Children of the Eucharist
SIXTH ANNUAL
Worldwide Children's Eucharistic Holy Hour
Catholic School Children around the globe unite to adore Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament!
First Friday ~ October 3rd ~ 2008
Simply gather your students and children
in their own parish church or chapel,
FOLLOW THE PROGRAM
and unite
their prayers with children around the globe!
World Apostolate of Fatima - Children of the Eucharist

WORLDWIDE ROSARY FOR UNBORN BABIES

Pray for the Unborn
Donna shares the following:
The WORLDWIDE ROSARY FOR UNBORN BABIES prayer event is scheduled to take place on Saturday, October 18th, 2008. You are invited to participate by praying the Rosary during the 9:00 a.m. hour for the following intention: For an end to the surgical and non-surgical killing of unborn babies. This worldwide prayer event is being organized by (the Saint Michael the Archangel Organization * P. O. Box 41257; Memphis, Tennessee 38174; United States of America)

Sister Faustina's Confessor Remembered

Fr. Sopocko
Picture source The Lay Institute of Divine Mercy
Benedict XVI remembered the priest who was instrumental in helping St. Faustina Kowalska write her diary and communicate to the world her spiritual experiences.

In greeting Polish pilgrims today after praying the Angelus with the crowds gathered in the courtyard of the papal summer residence of Castel Gandolfo, the Pope turned his thoughts to the faithful gathered in Bialystok, Poland, for the beatification of Father Michal Sopocko, confessor and spiritual director of St. Faustina Kowalska.
Zenit Article

Ecuador Needs Our Prayers: Ecuador Approves Constitution with Pro-Abortion, Pro-Homosexual Language

Ecuadorians have approved a new Constitution for their nation that critics say contains pro-abortion and pro-homosexual language, threatens the right of parents to decide their children's education, and delivers excessive power to the presidency (see previous LifeSiteNews coverage at Article here).

The Constitution, which was formulated and approved by the socialist party Alianza PAIS, received approval from between 63.2% and 70% of voters, according to exit polls. Incomplete counts gave the figure of 63%.

The new Constitution will dramatically increase the powers of President Rafael Correa, an admirer of communist revolutionary Che Guevara and close friend and ally of Hugo Chavez.
Article

Another Abortion Survivor Speaks Out

Jean of Catholic Fire actually spoke to this young woman while they were protesting George Tiller's Late Term Abortion Mill. Thanks Jean!



Saintly Quote - Freedom From Anger

St. John Climacus
The beginning of freedom from anger is silence of the lips when the heart is agitated;
the middle is silence of thoughts when there is disturbance of the soul;
and the end is an imperturbable calm under the breath of unclean winds.

St. John Climacus

Thanks to Sue

Monday, September 29, 2008

Bishop Soto and the National Association of Catholic Diocesan Lesbian and Gay Ministries

LifeSiteNews' Article
Coadjutor Bishop Jaime Soto of Sacramento shocked his unsuspecting audience at the National Association of Catholic Diocesan Lesbian and Gay Ministries conference with a keynote speech that gently but firmly condemned the homosexual lifestyle as sinful, and celebrated extra-marital chastity, according to the California Catholic Daily.

"Sexual relations between people of the same sex can be alluring for homosexuals," Bishop Soto told the conference, "but it deviates from the true meaning of the act and distracts them from the true nature of love to which God has called us all. For this reason, it is sinful." Bishop Soto also urged Catholics to support Proposition 8, a ballot measure to protect marriage as a sacred covenant between a man and a woman.

At least five people left during the bishop's speech, according to witnesses...
This would have been a golden opportunity to promote The Courage Apostolate

Feast of the Archangels and Invitation for Live Chat with Hawaii

St. Gabriel
St. Raphael
St. Michael


Grow Your Parish

ST MICHAEL INVITES YOU TODAY ON-LINE PRAYER 8pm EST

INVITATION TO JOIN US ON-LINE INTERNET PRAYER MEETING NATIONWIDE CATHOLICS

St Michael , St Gabriel and St Raphael
St. Therese of Lisieux, Little Flower of Jesus.
Send Us Roses from Heaven to United States of America !

We pray for your intercession and your love for our families, our country and the whole world !

For more details check out St Michael's Center for the BVM in Hawaii