Thursday, March 14, 2013

Rush Limbaugh on Pope Francis

If I didn't know better, I would believe Rush Limbaugh was a staunch Catholic defending his church! Read it here.

 Shared by someone on Twitter.

ACN News - Pope Francis I – A gift of Divine Providence




Johannes Freiherr Heereman von Zuydtwyck, Executive President of Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), a Pontifical Foundation, has welcomed the election of the Holy Father.

“After days of prayer and waiting during which not only the voting Cardinals, but also the whole Church had gathered in the Spirit to conduct the Papal election, God has blessed us with a pre-Easter joy: 'Habemus papam.' We thank Divine Providence for the new Spiritual Leader of the Church, the Holy Father Francis I. We ask that he be granted God's power and light and entrust his pontificate to the intercession of Mary and the intercessory prayers of the Church.

Just as the Cardinals did immediately after the election, so we also wish to promise Pope Francis I loyalty and obedience, which is obedience to God and to the truth revealed by Him.

As an international Catholic pastoral charity under papal law, Aid to the Church in Need supports the Holy Father throughout the world in his task of strengthening the community of faith and love.

Christ's order to Peter: 'Feed my sheep' is preceded by the Lord's question: 'Lovest thou me?' We also wish to respond to this call, the answer to which was: 'Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee,' and to do this by our prayers, by preaching the Gospel and by helping the suffering and persecuted brothers and sisters worldwide.”


With pictures of Pope Francis I (© Grzegorz Galazka)


Editor’s Notes:



Directly under the Holy Father, Aid to the Church in Need supports the faithful wherever they are persecuted, oppressed or in pastoral need.  ACN is a Catholic charity - helping to bring Christ to the world through prayer, information and action.

Founded in 1947 by Father Werenfried van Straaten, whom Pope John Paul II named “An Outstanding Apostle of Charity,” the organization is now at work in over 145 countries throughout the world.

The charity undertakes thousands of projects every year including providing transport for clergy and lay Church workers, construction of church buildings, funding for priests and nuns and help to train seminarians. Since the initiative’s launch in 1979, 43 million Aid to the Church in Need Child’s Bibles have been distributed worldwide.

For more information contact Michael Varenne at michael@churchinneed.org or call 718-609-0939 or fax718-609-0938. Aid to the Church in Need, 725 Leonard Street, PO Box 220384, Brooklyn, NY 11222-0384.  www.churchinneed.org

Pope Francis

Pope Francis


Yesterday was such a thrilling day!  The Holy Spirit has answered our prayers!  All of us who prayed for our cardinals to heed the Holy Spirit's whispering guidance will now be  offering a prayer in thanksgiving.  We  have a very humble holy father who apparently is very strong when it comes to defending the Church and her teachings.  He is also very concerned about all her people.  He sees Christ in each one of us as the photo below shows.  He took the name of a man so humble he did not think himself worthy of even being a priest.  St. Francis of Assisi.  He is the first Jesuit to become a pope.  This surprised the world since (with all due respect to all the Jesuit priests) humility is not the first word one thinks of when we hear the word Jesuit.  To paraphrase Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, that is all gravy on the meat.  He was chosen because of his strength and his inner peace.  He is what the Church needs at this time.

Kissing the feet of an AIDS patient.  Source: his facebook page
Personally, it is very exciting having a pope from South America!  What pride for all Latin America!  It is also encouraging since South America has been losing many of Catholics to evangelical Protestantism or to the secular world.  The election of Pope Francis is just what Latin American needs to bring many Catholics back home to Rome.


On the Importance of Becoming a Priest only if Called

Mass being celebrated in a nursing home
The following is from Father Michael Mueller's excellent book, Prayer: The Key to Salvation.  Father Mueller directed a chapter to seminarians to stress the importance of properly preparing themselves with prayer.  He also strongly enjoined them not to become a priest if they were not called by God.  Read what Father has to say about that:

First:  The importance of a pastor teaching his fold how to pray:

"One of the most important duties of a pastor is to teach the people the necessity and efficacy of prayer, and how they are to pray, and for what they are to pray....

Oh, how unspeakable is the pleasure given to Jesus Christ by a pastor, who often in public, as well as in private, fulfills this duty!

How, then, does it happen that so many pastors neglect to comply with this most essential duty?  It is principally because they themselves have never learned how necessary prayer is, and how efficacious, if performed well."

Second:  On those who enter priesthood for selfish purposes:

"Alas! There are but too many who study from low and worldly motives, and seek in the ecclesiastical state nothing but temporal advantages...

My dear young friends, I conjure you, by the love of Our Lord Jesus Christ, consider well that, in order to save your souls, you must embrace that state of life to which God has called you; for in that state alone you occupy the place for which God has destined you from all eternity, and in that state He will give you all the graces necessary to fulfill all your duties.  If you live out of the sate to which you are called, it will be very difficult, nay, almost impossible, for you to work out your salvation.    This is true of everyone who lives in a sate of life to which God has not called him, but it is especially true of all those who have chosen the ecclesiastical sate without being called thereto by God... everyone who enters this holy state without being called thereto by God, will be deprived of the proper means and graces to comply with the duties of this holy state...

Anyone who receives Holy Orders without having the sign of a true vocation from God becomes guilty of mortal sin...  This terrible fate (the punishment of Core, Dathan and Abiron, who wished to exercise the functions of High Priest without being called...) St. Ephrem considers as reprobates all those who dare become priests without a Divine vocation.  'I am astounded at the madness of those who are so presumptuous as to perform the functions of the priesthood without having grace for it from Jesus Christ.  Unhappy wretches!  They do not consider that by doing so they are preparing from themselves everlasting torments.'  I would therefore earnestly urge all those young men who are studying for the priesthood, without having an evident vocation, to give up the idea as soon as possible.  The sooner they do t his the better it is for themselves, and for thousands of others.

Third:  For those who are called to the priesthood:

"My dear young friends, consider well the high dignity to which you are called.  The priesthood is the highest dignity on earth.  Innocent III says, 'The priest is placed between God and man; he is less than God, but more than man.'...whosoever intends to embrace the ecclesiastical sate must not only be free from mortal sin, but he must also be enriched with every virtue.  The Church during eleven centuries, excluded from this holy state everyone who had committed even one mortal sin after Baptism; and if anyone, after having received Holy Orders, fell into a mortal sin, he was deposed forever from his sacred office, for the simple reason that he who is not holy should not touch what is holy.

This severe discipline of the Church... has been greatly mitigated; but it has been always required that he who had in his past life become guilty of grievous sins, and desired to receive Holy Orders, should first lead a pure life for some time previous to his ordination.  It would certainly be a mortal sin to receive any of the Holy Orders while still addicted to a sinful habit.  

...A certain author says, 'those who know that their hearts are enslaved by sinful habits, and still dare to receive Holy Orders, should rather be led to a place of execution than to the Church of God.' ..."

There is a lot more written but I will stop here as there is much food for thought.  As always, please remember to pray for our seminarians and our priests.

Note:  Emphasis are mine.




Wednesday, March 13, 2013

EWTN's Prayer for our New Pope

Habemus Papam! Pope Francis I

Jorge Mario Bergoglio, Cardinal of Buenos Aires, Argentina.  The first pope from South America! learn a little more about our new holy father. It seems he is a very humble and holy priest.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Meatless Recipe for Friday - Roasted Vegetables with Pasta


The other evening a friend told me how she was in the mood for roasted vegetables.  Of course, that put me in the mood for roasted vegetables.  The first time I roasted just about every vegetables I had recently picked up at the Farmer's Market and mixed them with pasta:  Zucchini, shittake mushrooms, baby eggplants (from my garden), onions and tomatoes.  Last night I roasted cauliflower, green beans and Kabocha pumpkin.  Here is the recipe:
Roasted Vegetables waiting for the pasta to cook

Roasted vegetables with Penne pasta
Recipe:

1 large cauliflower, clean and separated into flowerettes
1 cup (approximately) fresh green beans
1 small Kabocha pumpkin or Butternut squash (Zucchini would also be good), cubed
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
Salt and pepper to taste
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

1 pound cooked pasta such as penne

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

Place the cauliflower segments, green beans and pumpkin in a large bowl along with the garlic, olive oil, red pepper flakes, lemon juice.  Blend well to make sure the olive oil coats the vegetables uniformly.  Salt and pepper to taste.  Note:  careful with the amount of salt as the Parmesan cheese will be adding salt to this dish.

Place all the vegetables onto a large baking sheet.  Roast for approximately 30 to 40 minutes or until the cauliflower is cooked through. Careful not to burn. You want to see some brown on the vegetables, but not very brown.

In the meantime, cook the pasta.

When both the pasta and the vegetables are done, place in a large pasta bowl and mix well.  Add the parmesan cheese and serve immediately.  More red pepper flakes can also be added.

Serves 4 or 5


Monday, March 11, 2013

Spread the Word About EWTN's Exclusive Coverage of the Conclave and the Holiest Week of the Year!

Dear EWTN Media Missionary,
We have an urgent request for you this month! Please tell your friends and fellow parishioners that if they want to know what's really going on in Rome during this historic time, they need to turn to EWTN! In addition to using social media to spread the word, we ask you to please place the following announcement in your parish bulletin:
  

  EWTN IS AIRING EXTENSIVE COVERAGE OF HISTORIC PAPAL EVENTS: If you want to know what's happening in Rome during this historic time, there is no better, more authoritative source than the EWTN Global Catholic Network. The Network is available everywhere you are: TV, radio, online, print, and via your mobile phone. Find out how to access these resources at www.ewtn.com/everywhere; and get updates on programming at www.ewtn.com. Don't miss a moment of one of the most exciting times in the history of Catholicism!  

But that's not all that's happening. We are now approaching the holiest week of the year! If you have not already, you will soon be receiving a special "The Week That Changed the World" poster to place in your parish. We ask you to post this wherever you obtain permission to do so and to please place the following announcement in your parish bulletin:


CELEBRATE HOLY WEEK AND EASTER WITH EWTN: Learn more about your Faith during the holiest time of the year with first rate movies, documentaries, musicals, children's programs, and much more! Celebrate Mass at St. Peter's in Rome or from the majestic Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. Get program details at www.ewtn.com. Just click on the "Channelfinder" icon on their website to find out how to tune in!

 Easter is the time to encourage a family member, friend, or even a stranger to return to the Faith. Reach out to the homebound or hospitalized and let them know that they don't have to miss out on anything. In fact, they can see the most glorious Masses anywhere just by tuning in to EWTN. We'll be airing Holy Week and Easter Masses and special events from the Vatican, the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington D.C., and from Our Lady of the Angels Chapel in Irondale, Alabama! Thanks for helping us spread the word about EWTN's exclusive coverage of Holy Week and Easter as well as the election of our new Pope!
Yours In Christ, 

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