Friday, February 05, 2010

On Relying on Our Own Strength Instead of Beseeching God to Help Us

The Stoning of St. Stephen by Paolo Uccello

I am currently reading Victories of the Martyrs by St. Alphonsus Liguori and I came across something that would explain why one fails to carry one's cross during times of trials and tribulations.
"...The examples of the martyrs teach us also to have immediate recourse to the assistance of God, by earnest supplication, when we feel ourselves disconsolate or weak under affliction. Thus did the holy martyrs. As their torture increased, they multiplied their prayers and secured the victory...

...There have...been examples of Christians who, failing to invoke the assistance of the Almighty, have fallen off from the confession of the faith, and forfeited the glorious crown.

An example is found in the acts of the martyrs of Japan.

An aged man, having been condemned to a protracted martyrdom, endured the torture for a considerable time, but failing to invoke heavenly aid, denied his faith in a few moments before he expired--a startling warning to all, that perseverance in prayer, in times of temptation and distress, is that which alone can insure us the victory..."

First Friday

Thursday, February 04, 2010

EWTN to remember the late Ralph McInerney

In honor of the late Ralph McInerney, EWTN will air “Ralph McInerney’s What Went Wrong with Vatican II” tonight at 10 p.m. ET, Thursday, Feb. 4. In an engaging dialogue, McInerney sets the record straight about the Council, the climate of dissent which followed it, and the efforts of the post-conciliar popes to correct the false “spirit of Vatican II.”

EWTN remembers Notre Dame Professor and Catholic Intellectual Ralph McInerny in a special edition of “The World Over” at 8 p.m. ET, Friday, Feb. 5.

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Church to reclaim St. Valentine's Day for married couples

St. Valentine Kneeling in Supplication

A national initiativas been launched by the Church to "reclaim St Valentine's Day", focus on the true meaning of the feast day and the importance of romance in marriage.

Archbishop Philip Wilson, President of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, says the campaign is an opportunity to advocate the sacred bond of marriage.
Read the rest here.

Source: Putting the Saint Back in Valentine

The Five Luminous Mysteries Pictures and Reflections

The Baptism of Jesus at the Jordan River by El Greco

Think of Christ's Baptism at the hands of John the Baptist when the Father called Him His beloved Son and the Holy Spirit descended on Him to invest Him with the mission He was to carry out.

Resolution: I desire to live my Baptismal promises.

Jesus' Self-Manifestation at the Wedding at Cana by Jacobo Tintoretto

Think of Christ's Self-manifestation at the wedding at Cana when He changed water into wine and opened the hearts of the disciples to faith, thanks to the intervention of Mary, the first among believers.

Resolution: I desire to do whatever Jesus says.

The Proclamation of the Kingdom of God Detail by Fra Angelico

Think of Christ's preaching of the Kingdom of God with its call to forgiveness, as He inaugurated the ministry of mercy, which He continues to exercise until the end of the world, particularly through the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

Resolution: I desire God's forgiveness.

The Transfiguration of the Lord by Duccio di Buoninsegna

Think of Christ's Transfiguration when the glory of the Godhead shone forth from His face as the Father commanded the Apostles to listen to Him and experience His Passion and Resurrection and be transfigured by the Holy Spirit.

Think of: I desire to be a new person in Christ.

The Institution of the Holy Eucharist at the Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci

Think of Christ's institution of the Eucharist, in which He offered His Body and Blood as food under the signs of bread and wine and testified to His love for humanity, for whose sake He would offer Himself in sacrifice.

Resolution: I desire active participation at Mass.

Text from Pray the Rosary.

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

12 Easy Ways to Find Time to Be Catholic

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Make Your Own Infant of Prague Vestments

Detailed instructions, pictures, links, etc. can be found at Catholic Home and Garden: How to Make Infant of Prague Vestments

I think this is just so great!! Can't wait to make our little Infant of Prague new clothes :-)

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Feast of St. Blase, Bishop and Martyr

Through the intercession of St. Blaise, bishop and martyr,
may God free you from illness of the throat and from any other sort of ill.
In the name of the Father, and of the Son + and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.

During his homily this morning, Father Romeo reminded us that we can be cured of diseases of the throat easily with modern medicine and care. What we need to be cured of on this feast day, is the disease of profanity, of gossip, of slander and other offense against God and our neighbor when we use our throats and voice.

Monday, February 01, 2010

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YEAR FOR PRIESTS - New Site Added to Sidebar - Appreciation Postcard Campaign

Alter Christi - Appreciation Postcard Campaign
The mission of this project, Year of the Priest, Appreciation Post Card Campaign is as follows:

In this year of the priest, I promise to fulfill my commitment to offer spiritual gifts for every priest living in my diocese and to make this known by mailing one of these cards to each one of them as I accomplish my daily spiritual works for them.
H/T Jane of Spiritual Mothers of Priests

Examination of Conscience for Adults

The other day I shared an examination of conscience on faith, hope and love.  At the time I posted, I did not have the source available and asked for help in identifying the author. 

Thanks to Christine of Memories of a Catholic Wife and Mother I can now share with you the entire Examination of Conscience by Father Donald F. Miller

Thank you so much Christine!

Sunday, January 31, 2010

The Five Glorious Mysteries Pictures and Reflections

The Resurrection of Jesus by Perugino

Jesus rises from the dead, glorious and immortal, on Easter Sunday.  He conquers death and opens the gates of heaven.

Resolution:  I will live with Christ, so that I may rise with Him.

The Ascension of Jesus Christ by Giotto

Forty days after His Resurrection, Jesus ascends, in the presence of His Mother and His disciples, into heaven.

Resolution:  I will follow the example of Christ on earth, because I hope to be with Him in heaven.

The Descent of the Holy Spirit on Mary and the Apostles by Jean Restout

Ten Days after the Ascension, the Holy Ghost descends in tongues on fire upon Mary and the disciples.

Resolution:  I will love God and my neighbor.

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into Heaven by Bartolome Murillo

The Apostles go to the tomb where they had laid the body of the Mother of God. They find that the angels had borne their Queen to Heaven.

Resolution: I will praise Mary through the Rosary.

The Coronation of the Blessed Mother by Diego Velasquez

The Mother of God, to the joy of all the angels and saints, is crowned Queen of Heaven by her Divine Son.

Resolution: I will love Mary as my Queen and Mother.