Saturday, July 31, 2010

Three Questions - St. Ignatius of Loyola

Feast of San Ignacio de Loyola

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Tomad, Señor, y recibid
toda mi libertad,
mi memoria,
mi entendimiento
y toda mi voluntad;
todo mi haber y mi poseer.
Vos me disteis,
a Vos, Señor, lo torno.
Todo es Vuestro:
disponed de ello
según Vuestra Voluntad.
Dadme Vuestro Amor y Gracia,
que éstas me bastan.

Take, O Lord, into Thy hands my entire liberty, my memory, my understanding and my will. All that I am, and have. Thou hast given me, and I surrender them to Thee, to be so disposed in accordance with Thy holy will. Give me Thy love and Thy grace, with these I am rich enough and desire nothing more. Amen.

The following is from The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola, "Three Modes of Humility".

"The first Mode of Humility is necessary to eternal salvation: to wit, that I so abase and humble myself, as far as lies in my power, as in all things to obey the law of God our Lord, in such sort that though men would make me lord of all created things in the world, or for the preservation of my own temporal life, I would not enter into deliberation about breaking a commandment, whether divine or human, that binds me under mortal sin(88).

Friday, July 30, 2010

Documentary on Archbishop Fulton Sheen comes to the silver screen

MP3 players filled with Catholic content for troops and wounded soldiers

Cardinal Newman Society delivers spiritual bouquet to pope

From the Cardinal Newman Society: ".
..In response to Archbishop Dolan's call for Catholics to support the Holy Father during Holy Week this year, The Cardinal Newman Society launched the Eastertide Prayer Campaign in support of Pope Benedict. By Pentecost Sunday, 1,070,302 prayers were pledged by CNS members!...

Thanks to all of you who pledged and prayed for our Holy Father.

On the Feast Day of St. Alphonsus Liguori - A Blessing for Arthritis Sufferers

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The following came from Mary Jane. Thank you Mary Jane!

August 1 is the feast of St. Alphonsus patron of arthritis and suffering from pain receive a blessing online and click on the prayer below:

Click here: The Redemptorists, Denver Province - A Religious Congregation Of Men Founded By Saint Alphonsus Liguori

Click here to pray each day for those whom you know who suffer with arthritis and/or pain.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

More on Dressing Modestly

Thanks to Colleen Hammond's tweet I found the following blog post on dressing modestly.

A Few Thoughts on Modesty.

The blogger posted in good time considering that it was recently reported that the Vatican is enforcing modesty in dress for women visitors. See Jean's blog post here.

Personally, I often wondered why Catholic women have such a hard time dressing modestly. Why would you want to draw unwanted attention from some guys by the way you dress?  But more importantly, why would you want to take a chance of offending our Lord by the clothes you wear or to lead others to sin?  Our Blessed Mother's purity and modesty should always be our model.

I guess with everything there has to be moderation. It is not unusual to see women and teen girls at Mass with very short skirts, bare arms, plunging necklines and on the other spectrum, I have seen some women all covered up with long shapeless dresses, high collars, and a veil. Sad to say but these otherwise attractive women, did not look very attractive.

My mother often seemed shocked when women went up to receive communion and they were wearing sleeveless dresses or blouses.  Keep in mind, there was no plunging neckline nor were they backless or showing their tummies.  Yet, when my mother was growing up, if a woman went up for Communion wearing a sleeveless blouse or dress, she would be denied Holy Communion.

I have shared with you before that in my family, the women have always dressed modestly. That does not mean we did not have any fashion sense. One of my sister LOVES clothes. Yet all her slacks, tops, skirts are fashionably modest.  I am sharing a few photos of my sister to show how she usually dresses.
There is no need to give up looking good by dressing in unflattering clothes just to dress in a modest way.

Farewell to a Swiss Guard who served three popes: his last interview


Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Christopher West and Company Vs. ‘Custody of the Eyes’

"...For Eden, one of the main contentions with West’s approach is that it opposes traditional conceptions of modesty and the recommended practice of looking away from immodesty (‘custody of the eyes’)...."

Read this article in its entirety at Christopher West and Company Vs. ‘Custody of the Eyes’

Modern day ‘Little Flower’ suffers for all priests

A mother’s story of her daughter’s suffering for priests remains inspiring to all.
Carolyn Haar submitted Carol Klotz’s letter:
Dear Carolyn:
On the feast of the Good Shepherd, I thought I had better sit down and write about
how my daughter offered her bout with brain cancer up for priests.

On December 19, 1987, Karen came home from LSU with an extremely bad headache.
We thought it was due to exams, or eye strains or just a migraine and would go away in a few days. It did not. We went to the doctor and he said he did not think it was anything serious. On December 25, Christmas day, Karen was in her bed upstairs.
The pain was intense. She was praying and had read her little Pieta book that someone had given her. She said she read in the book that most souls are released on Christmas Day, so she was praying for a dear friend, a priest who had died. She dearly loved this priest and she told me she knew that the pain she was experiencing was so intense that he would surely get out of purgatory that day.
That was the beginning of Karen’s offerings.
You can read the rest here.

Thank you Mary Jane for sharing this inspirational story.