Saturday, October 11, 2008

Prayer Request for the 3,000 Christians fleeing Iraq's Mosul

Hundreds of terrified Christian families have fled Mosul to escape extremist attacks that have increased despite months of U.S. and Iraqi military operations to secure the northern Iraqi city, political and religious officials said Saturday.

Some 3,000 Christians have fled the city over the past week alone in a "major displacement," said Duraid Mohammed Kashmoula, the governor of northern Iraq's Ninevah province. He said most have left for churches, monasteries and the homes of relatives in nearby Christian villages and towns...

Eduardo Verástegui - We Are All Called to Be Saints Part I

Eduardo Verastegui

The video series is in Spanish.

"Todos somos llamados a ser Santos" (1)

Update - Dominican Nuns in Jersey City

From time to time I get updates reading this post. The following is the most recent update that was left in the combox by an anonymous commenter.
"The Union City, NJ monastery of cloistered Dominican nuns has ended as a community. Of the six nuns reported on in the Order of Preachers' Monialibus, two nuns have died, one is in a nursing home, one has transfiliated to the Corpus Christi Monastery of Dominican nuns in the Bronx, and the other two have moved out of the Blue Chapel. Of these last two nuns, they answer now to the Provincial Prior in New York City who is partnered with the New Jersey bishop to find the nuns a home".

St. Padre Pio, Humanae Vitae, and Mandatory Abortion

St. Padre Pio and Baby Jesus
St. Pio defended the controversial encyclical, praising its “lofty teachings” and “eternal truths.”

An aspect of the document often overlooked today is its grim warning that governments might “impose” contraceptive methods on citizens.

In the light of the Humanae Vitae’s other accurate predictions,
are mandatory birth control and abortion on the horizon for America?

Article by Frank M. Rega, S.F.O.

Day 11 - Prayer for Our Husbands

Holy Family
Day 11 - Praying for Our Husbands

Spiritual Mothers Apostolate - Diocese of Honolulu

SMA Header

I was reading Fr. Z's post today and I thought I would post about the Diocese of Honolulu's Spiritual Moms Apostolate.

It was back in December of last year that I first read the Zenit article Vatican Seeking Spiritual Moms for Priests. After reading that article, I felt the calling to have Catholic women in the Diocese of Honolulu spiritually adopt a priest or seminarian. The first person I considered to help coordinate this task was my friend Easter of a Tribute to Our Priests. Easter also has a deep love for Catholic priests. With her outgoing and friendly personality we would have no trouble convincing women to spiritually adopt a priest.

Like any loyal Catholic, we first sought the permission and approval of our bishop Clarence (Larry) Silva. It is only in Hawaii that a Catholic layperson can literally "bump" into our bishop on the street and talk to him. Well, that is what happened on a few occasions. I remember the first time Easter and I approached our dear Bishop was at the March for Life in January.

Bishop Silva, a very humble man of God, willing heard all about our proposed idea for what we mistakenly referred to as a ministry; but what is more correctly an apostolate. There were certain issues Bishop Silva was concerned with and we set out to set his mind at ease.

With the immeasurable help of friends on the island such as Steve Odo, Fr. Peter Dumag (Director of Vocations)., Fr. Pascual Abaya and Fr. Marc Alexander (the vicar general), and many women at different parishes, we were able to get the word out to the women in the Diocese of Honolulu, including the neighbor islands.

PriestI am happy to report that nine months later, all of our priests and seminarians (including our bishop) have been spiritually adopted. There is also a small list of spiritual moms on the waiting list for a spiritual son to adopt.

Easter and I were only instruments in God's hands. In fact, as Easter stated on many occasions to many people "Ours is a quiet apostolate".

The "Moms" and I feel very privileged to be able to spiritually adopt a priest. Each of us has committed ourselves to praying for our own spiritual son daily. We especially remember our him during Holy Hour of Adoration, attendance at Holy Mass. We offer our Rosary and Divine Mercy Chaplet for their intentions.
We hope with our efforts, we will protect our beloved priests from attacks by the Devil and instead all our priests and seminarians will grow in holiness. We know our blessed Mother will keep her priests close to her heart.

We also pray for more vocations to the priesthood.

If you would like to consider starting a Spiritual Moms Apostolate in your diocese, please check out the resources at the side bar. There is a very good article about the women discerning to become spiritual moms in the Tulsa Diocese.

Friday, October 10, 2008

I Resign too

Little Girl
Marie posted this on View from the Pews
I am hereby officially tendering my resignation as an adult.

I have decided I would like to accept the responsibilities

of an 8 year old again.

I want to go to Subway and think that it's a four star restaurant

I want to sail sticks across a fresh mud puddle and

make ripples with rocks.

I want to think M&M's are better than money because

you can eat them.

I want to lie under a big oak tree and run a lemonade

stand with my friends on a hot summer day.

I want to return to a time when life was simple.

When all you knew were colours, multiplication tables

and nursery rhymes,

but that didn't bother you, because you didn't know what you didn't know and you didnt care.

All you knew was to be happy because you were blissfully unaware of

all the things that should make you worried or upset.

That everyone is good and honest.

I want to believe that anything is possible.

I want to be oblivious to the complexities of life and

be overly excited by the little things.

I don't want my day to consist of computer crashes, mountains of paperwork, depressing news.

I want to believe in the power of a smile, of hugs, a kind word, truth, justice, peace and dreams.

The imagination, and making angels in the snow, of seeing rainbows, jumping in puddles & dancing in the rain.'s my checkbook and my car keys, my credit cards and all my responsibility.

I have officially resigned from adulthood.

If you want this too then you'll have to catch me first


"Tag! You're it!"


Poster Message - Pro Life

Obama Poster Prolife
Thanks to the Mile High Mama for creating this beautiful poster.

New Channel on Love To Be Catholic - Priests for Life

Father Pavone
From Tom Hall of Love to Be Catholic

Priests For Life has launched a new channel on Love to Be Catholic. The channel will feature videos from Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life and one of the most prominent pro-life leaders in the nation and the world. Priests For Life does important work and I am happy that we can provide them with a platform to communicate with Catholics worldwide...

Day 10 - Prayers for Our Husbands

Holy Family
Day 10 - Praying for Our Husbands

Fine Art Friday - Carlo Dolci

St. Matthew
St. Matthew

Salome and John the Baptist
Salome With the Head of St. John the Baptist

Our Lady Annunciation
Our Lady of the Annunciation

Madonna and Christ Child
Madonna and the Christ Child

Flight into Egypt
The Flight into Egypt

David and Goliath
David With the Head of Goliath

Christ Last Supper
Christ at the Last Supper

Child Jesus
The Child Jesus

Angel Annunciation
Angel of the Annunciation

Painter, born in Florence, Italy, 25 May, 1616; died 17 January, 1686. The grandson of a painter, he seems to have inherited a talent for art. He studied under J. Vignali, and when only eleven years old he attracted attention by the excellence of his work, notably a figure of St. John and a head of the Infant Jesus..."
Catholic Encyclopedia

Thursday, October 09, 2008

One Hour

Eucharistic Adoration
One hour is not a long time,
one hour to speak to the good God.
We have so many things to ask him,
we should stay with Him forever.

Blessed Andre Bessette (1845-1927)

Shared by Sue

Prayer in Time of Economic Hardship

Praying Hands
I found this prayer in one of my prayer books. I hope it helps someone who may be needing it. I also encourage those who can to offer this prayer for those in need.
Heavenly Father,
it is symptomatic of our life today
that economics plays a large part in it.
People labor zealously for a wage
so that they can acquire the needs of life
for themselves and t heir families.
They also work for the so-called luxuries of life,
for the opportunity to have more leisure
to develop themselves in more ways,
and to keep up with their particular state of life.
Right now I find myself in a bad economic condition.
I just cannot seem to make enough money
to take care of myself and my family.
Please help me in this danerous situation.
Teach me to live within my means
while at the same time striving to increase those means.
Let me never lose heart but continue to work on.
Most of all, inspire me to seek first your kingdom
in the knowledge that everything else will be givne me together with it.
- New Saint Joseph People's Prayer Book

Day 9 - Prayers for Our Husbands

St. Joseph the WorkerPicture courtesy of St. Joseph the Worker

Day 9 - Praying for Our Husbands

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

New Blog for Savvy Shoppers

This blog was shared by my brother's friend S when I was home in the Summer.

I recall the beginning of my search for online eyeglasses, and the confusion I had. How would I know that they'd look good on me? How do I read my prescription? There were so many questions and less information.

Things have gotten better in just the last year. The retailer websites have some better information, and now there is a wealth of information in the forums of this site. Have a question? Someone WILL answer it if you post it.

Follow these crucial steps and I think you'll be thrilled with the results:

1. Get your eyes checked. This is important from a prescription strength and a eye health perspective. Keep a schedule and get this done annually -- yes, I've changed my tune a bit on this.

2. Get your full prescription. You paid for it. Make sure you leave with it. If you didn't bring it with you, give them a call. The law says they need to provide you with it.

3. Get your Pupillary Distance (PD). This isn't a part of your prescription by default. See here for some ideas on getting this measurement. It's important and it's not that difficult to get for a single vision prescription (bi-focal or multi-focals require a bit more expertise).

4. Get your frame measurements. There are a couple of good ways to do this. I liked my old frame style, so I knew that frames with similar measurements would likely end up being decent looking. If you're looking for something new, find a pair you like at the store and write down the measurements from the frame. In either case, the measurements are typically stamped inside the temple and/or on the bridge.

5. Find a frame. Hit the websites listed to the left and start browsing. You're looking for sizes as well as style here -- don't forget that! If the site offers a way to drill down to a temple size, for instance, use it! It will save you a ton of time. There is no reason to look at all of the 130mm temple-lengths when you need a 140mm.

6. Choose your lens options. I was oversold on "featherwates" and hi-index lenses for years. Depending on your prescription strength and the lens size for the frames you're looking at, you may be fine with the standard thickness lenses. I like anti-reflective lenses and I'm amazed at how much I like the photochromic lenses. With the low cost of these glasses, pick up a pair with sunglasses lenses. I don't buy lenses that don't include UV protection -- neither should you.

7. Order up! Use a credit card (not a debit card) to aid in unlikely event of problematic resolution issues. Pay a couple dollars extra for faster shipping from a number of the retailers.

8. Wait. This was the hardest part for me -- mostly because I was without a spare pair. It gets easier when you're not in that pinch.

Good luck and PLEASE let us know how it goes in the forums. They're a valuable resource because of your input.

Humor Break - The Man Cold

Reminded me of when a certain man in my family would get sick (but not my hubby. He's a trooper :-)...('s my dad, okay?)

H/T to Padre Steve

Divine Mercy Prayer - Father Forgive Them

Joey's Divine Mercy
Eternal Father, I offer you the Most Precious Body and Blood,
Soul and Divinity of your dearly beloved Son, our Lord Jesus Christ
and the sorrows of the Immaculate Heart of Mary,
in atonement for our sins and the sins of the whole world.

For the sake of his sorrowful passion
and the sorrowful Immaculate Heart of Mary:

In the Agony in the Garden,
Have Mercy on us and on the whole world.
Father forgive them, they don't know what they do,
Father forgive Joseph and those that he prays for.

In the scourging of Our Lord,
Have Mercy on us and on the whole world.
Father forgive them, they don't know what they do,
Father forgive Joseph and those that he prays for.

In the crowning with thorns,
Have Mercy on us and on the whole world.
Father forgive them, they don't know what they do,
Father forgive Joseph and those that he prays for.

In the trial,
Have Mercy on us and on the whole world.
Father forgive them, they don't know what they do,
Father forgive Joseph and those that he prays for.

In the carrying of the cross on his wounded shoulder,
Have Mercy on us and on the whole world.
Father forgive them, they don't know what they do,
Father forgive Joseph and those that he prays for.

In the encounter with Mother Mary,
Have Mercy on us and on the whole world.
Father forgive them, they don't know what they do,
Father forgive Joseph and those that he prays for.

In the encounters with the Cyrinean, Veronica and the holy women
Have Mercy on us and on the whole world.
Father forgive them, they don't know what they do,
Father forgive Joseph and those that he prays for.

In the falls of Our Lord,
Have Mercy on us and on the whole world.
Father forgive them, they don't know what they do,
Father forgive Joseph and those that he prays for.

In the stripping of our Lord's garments,
Have Mercy on us and on the whole world.
Father forgive them, they don't know what they do,
Father forgive Joseph and those that he prays for.

In the crucifixion,
Have Mercy on us and on the whole world.
Father forgive them, they don't know what they do,
Father forgive Joseph and those that he prays for.

In the sorrowful agony and death,
Have Mercy on us and on the whole world.
Father forgive them, they don't know what they do,
Father forgive Joseph and those that he prays for.

In the piercing of His Most Sacred Heart,
Have Mercy on us and on the whole world.
Father forgive them, they don't know what they do,
Father forgive Joseph and those that he prays for.

In the sorrows of Our Lady after the death of Our Lord, as She received the body of Jesus in her arms, as She placed Him in the tomb and as She waited until the Resurrection,
Have Mercy on us and on the whole world.
Father forgive them, they don't know what they do,
Father forgive Joseph and those that he prays for.

Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One,
Have Mercy on us and on the whole world. [Three times]

- Author: Joseph of Jesus and Mary

A big mahalo to the Maritime Sentry for this prayer.

Divine Mercy Messages- Hawaii Conference

"The source and summit of our faith is the Holy Eucharist" - Fr. Donald Calloway

Fr. Calloway
My family and I attended the Divine Mercy Conference on Friday. It was held for a couple of reasons. Firstly, many people had responded positively to the conference held by the Eucharistic Apostles of Divine Mercy held two years ago and had requested another conference. Secondly, it was in celebration of the 10th Anniversary of Our Lady of Good Counsel's Perpetual Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. It was a three day conference which included youth session. We attended the Friday evening session.

Four speakers had been invited to this conference. Fr. Donald Calloway, Fr. Deogratias Rwegasira, AJ, Bob and Maureen Digan. Unfortunately, Maureen was unable to travel.

Did you know that the two miracles that were approved for Sister Faustina's beatification and canonization, were both in the United States? Well, Maureen Digan was one of those who was the recipient of St. Faustina's intercession and ultimate miracle by God.

Fr. CallowayThe conference started off with the prayer of the Holy Rosary and then the celebration of the Holy Mass. After a short break, Fr. Calloway was the first to speak.

As usual, he held his audience captive with the story of his conversion. He also reminded us over and over again about God's Divine Mercy. He specifically reminded us that our dear bishop Larry had consecrated the State of Hawaii to the Divine Mercy. When the earthquake hit the Big Island not too long ago, no one was killed.

Father Calloway told us that Kauai also has a EADM division there. That may be the reason that the only abortion provider on that island was recently closed. Thank God!

Father Calloway opened our eyes to the fact that never before in the history of mankind has Mary been appearing more frequently all over the world. It is when times are tough that God sends His mother to us for help and more importantly to persistently correct us.

BTW, did you know that the first apparition was when our Blessed Mother appeared to Saint James? In 40 A.D. while Mary was still alive, she appeared to St. James in Saragossa, Spain.

Families are in need of Divine Mercy. Marriage is under attack, the family is under attack starting with abortion and other evil things that destroy the family, God's Domestic Church.

It is no wonder then, that in our time, God chose John Paul II to be Christ's Vicar on Earth.

John Paul II:

- He rescued and gave us the Divine Mercy message.

- He proclaimed Divine Mercy Sunday.

- He wrote Dives in Misericordia - Rich in Mercy

- God took him home on the Vigil of Divine Mercy

Father Calloway made the following comparison for those who are suffering from the effects of serious sin in their lives:

The Catholic Church is the hospital
Jesus is the Divine Physician
The Blessed Sacrament is medicine for the soul. It is radiation therapy when we come to the Son in adoration. He makes our souls beautiful again.

We are in a war, a war where Good is fighting evil. How do we arm ourselves? We use the most powerful weapons against Satan, the Holy Rosary and the Divine Mercy Chaplet.

One of the last things I remember Father Calloway stressing is that we should be merciful to members of our own family...until it hurts.

Fr. Deo
The second speaker of the evening started speaking after the Eucharistic Procession into the Church. Father Deogratias Rwegasira, A.J. is a missionary priest of the Apostles of Jesus and is a composer and musician. He spoke on the history on how he came to compose the music for the Divine Mercy Chaplet as well as one of the Fatima prayers. A very interesting story which includes the healing of a woman who sang on his CD and whose husband is a relative of Blessed Andre Bessette! It is because of this couple that Father has been able to promote his CD which supports 166 seminarians!

Father Deo arrived in the United States from Kenya, April 30th 2000, the first Sunday after Easter, Divine Mercy Sunday, when Sister Faustina was canonized.

Fr. DeoFather Deo stressed that we should always pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet in front of a person we know is very sick or may be dying. That person then will receive all the graces of Divine Mercy.

Father led us in singing the Divine Mercy Chaplet in front of the Blessed Sacrament, exposed.

It was a very beautiful time of Adoration.

To learn more about the organizers and attendees, please be sure to visit Easter's blog

A Lesson - Finding God

Holy Trinity
..A young man goes to the master and he says, "I want to find God." And the old man says, "All right." He takes him down to the river, and says, "Put your head under the water." Then the old man puts his hand on his head and holds it under the water. When the young man wants to get up, the master continues to hold his head down until at the last minute, he lets him up and the man gasps for air. The old man says, "When you want God the way you just wanted that breath, you'll find him..."
- Meditation of the Day, Magnificat, October 2008, Vol 10, No. 8

Day 8 - Prayers for Our Husbands

Holy Family
Day 8 - Praying for Our Husbands

Tuesday, October 07, 2008


Gregory and Martine Millman did not set out to homeschool their children, at least not consciously...

First Things - A Home for Homeschoolers

H/T Tito