Monthly Archives: January 2013

St Thomas Aquinas


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All that I have written seems like straw compared to what has now been revealed to me. – Saint Thomas Aquinas

Saint Thomas Aquinas never finished his writings. I can relate. If all he has written O Lord is straw, then what I have done is mud. May they mingle and become bricks for You’re great glory O Lord.

For everything we can ever know about God, regarding all the inner workings of His way, the simplest and easiest is through Love. Love is simplicity. If we complicate all that is true with what we feel we need to know then we are taking away room for love. To simply love, is to understand the Divinity.

Does a wife love her Spouse any more upon learning what His business is or how He runs His business? Or does a loving wife just continue to love her Spouse? Our Lord shares everything with His wife. All she has to do is ask. But it should never come between or hinder in any way, the love she has for Him. She knows He is in control and all He does is for the good of all.

To read more about this wonderful Saint, see here

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Our Wedding Day


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I have often said that our Lord proposes to me every day and every day I say yes. Today He surprised me in a very special way. For as many years as I have been saying yes, today is the day…

At Mass this morning, our priest celebrated the entire Mass as a wedding. Every part of the Mass was described in detail, as the “Wedding Feast”. Every Catholic Mass is a “Wedding”. The Bridegroom is our Lord. We the “Church”, each one of us are His bride. Our priest even had the organist play the “Wedding March” at one point to remind us, He is the lover of our souls. The only one to give His life for His bride. He is always faithful and He is our King waiting for us to say yes to his proposal to live in Him. To become one with Him. As “Communion” with Him is the “honeymoon”.

Every Mass I attend, I know this, but oh how special today was, to have the entire church understand exactly how much He loves them. Last night I was called in to the church to put away some decorations and brought the rose from “The Heavy Rose” story, and placed it at the feet of our Holy Mother Mary. When I was reminded of this, I asked her to help me to be the faithful spouse our Lord intended me to be, to Him, completing this day in total JOY!

Since it is our “Wedding Day” as Catholics, I am going to spend this day with the ♥ Spouse ♥ of my soul 🙂
Have a blessed day ♥. I pray every Catholic understands the beauty of the Mass and never forget, but grows in love, to love Him more.

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Water Into Wine


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“The mother of Jesus said to the servants, ‘Do whatever he tells you.’ Jesus ordered the jars to be filled with water, and it turned into wine.”

I awoke this morning, pondering the Wedding at Cana. Just pondering….

We are baptized with water. Just as our Lord commanded that the empty jars be filled with water. The empty jar is our body. The water and wine, our souls. Over the course of our life, we become like wine. If we lead a life of bitterness and sin, it affects the taste of the wine that is produced. If we lead a life in Christ, we continue on His path, we become sweeter with His word. “Joy”.

The world is a bitter place. If we are left in our bitterness, it adheres to our souls and if you have ever tasted very bitter or dry wine, then you know what I am talking about. “The soldiers gave him wine mixed with bitter gall, but when he had tasted it, he refused to drink it” Matthew 27:34

When we adhere to the faith, we receive the sacraments and truly live a holy life, we feed on the Word of God, we consume Him and become obedient to Him, our lives become sweeter and the bitterness of the world simply dissolves. Remember the old saying, you can catch more bees with honey than vinegar? When wine turns to vinegar it becomes tart, sour, acidic, harsh.

When wine becomes wine, tasty and palatable, it is corked and saved to be enjoyed at a later date. “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:5 Through confession, the impurities or the bitterness is removed, cleansing the wine into a fragrant bouquet again. Only our Lord can do that… “This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.” Matthew 26:28

“I shall pour clean water over you and you will be cleansed; I shall cleanse you of all your defilement and all your idols. I shall give you a new heart, and put a new spirit in you; I shall remove the heart of stone from your bodies and give you a heart of flesh instead. I shall put my spirit in you, and make you keep my laws and sincerely respect my observances.” Ezekiel 36:25-27

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Shroud of Turin


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Yesterday a friend posted some photos of the bronze statue of our Lord that was cast from 3D images of the Shroud of Turin, on his Facebook page from his trip to Israel.

Had to share his and a few I found online.

From his trip. The full body.

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You can see where the scourges inflicted wounds on His body.

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Who is the Man of the Shroud?

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“What matters for the believer, is that the Shroud is a mirror of the Gospel. The image it presents has such a profound relationship with what the Gospels tell of Jesus’ passion and death that every sensitive person feels inwardly touched and moved at beholding it” (John Paul II, Address given in Turin on May 24, 1998).

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Beauty is in the eye of the believer.

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The Heavy Rose


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“My beloved is white and ruddy, the chiefest among ten thousand”

While in Adoration of our Lord yesterday, I prayed.

Lord, more than often, I ponder my weakness and understand I am to weak to lift anyone up to you. I ask You O Lord, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, with my entire heart, to bring Your Hand down to those who seek you in their needs, and scoop them up with Your strength, with Your Almighty Hand and please hear them, heal them and answer them. Amen

As I walked out to my garden this morning, I noticed a rose hanging down on one of my favorite rose bushes. I couldn’t figure out why it was hanging so low, almost upside down. I grabbed my cutters and while I snipped it off the bush, I seen why. It is VERY heavy. I noticed at the base of the rose there were two flowers that had developed and became one flower. One receptacle with two blooms that became one. The bloom is so fragrant and heavy, I could only remember the prayer from yesterday. You can click on the photo below to enlarge it to see what I am talking about.

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Ephesians 6 : 10-18 –
“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we are not contending against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day and having done all to stand. Stand therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the equipment of the gospel of peace; besides all these, taking the shield of faith, with which you can quench all the flaming darts of the evil one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the word of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Pray at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication.”

“Thou art fairer than the children of men”, “the chiefest among ten thousand,” Psalms 45:2, Song of Solomon 5:10

“Thy name is as ointment poured forth,” Song of Solomon 1:3

“Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever,” Hebrews 13:8

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The Pope


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A post for my Protestant friends as to why the “Pope” is so important. Catholics too! Who do not understand why the Pope is the “Voice” and not the vice.

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The BEST explanation I have ever heard, outside of the Holy Bible was given by Father Robert Barron in the video below. I ask my readers to watch this and understand how important the Pope is in this world.

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Pray For The Dying


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Of all human evils death is the most grievous, by which human life is destroyed…”. — St. Thomas Aquinas, Compendium theologiae, lib. 1 cap. 227

Pray for the dying. We are all going to die, it’s all part of life. The biggest day of our life is the day we die. The day we enter into Eternal Life. The death bed is the front lines of the war of good VS evil. Stand with our Lord and His Holy Army.

When I lost my parents, I can look back now and say with all sincerity, I waisted so much time while they were dying, on myself. I cried, and spent most of the last hours with them thinking about what I was going to do now that they were leaving. I became lost in the selfishness rather than in the joy of their eternity. I didn’t pray much. I didn’t know how important it was. I “Assumed” God had it all under control and I was just there so they wouldn’t be alone. I can now see the role of the people left behind is to place their “feelings’ last and to place the soul on the dying person first. I was wrong. I can only see now and I beg my readers to understand a very important fact I am about to mention. Do not think I am being cold when I say this. When a person is dying, we have to remember they and WE are on the front lines of the battle of good and evil. Prayer is essential! We have to toss our worry and ourselves to the side and think ONLY of the soul leaving this world. Yes it is traumatic to lose a loved one, but it is more devastating to the person entering into eternal life, not to pray for them. Leave the painful feelings you have somplace for a later date, another time.

In all cases, we must stand with the soul leaving us, to banish the evil one who does come to confuse them. We pray and pray and never stop, until they are safe and sound, in the arms of our Lord.

A good place to start is with the Rosary, along with The Chaplet of The Divine Mercy. Pray not in silence, but in a voice the departing can hear you. Even though it may seem as if the person can not hear or understand, they most certainly can. They need protection and praying out loud is the best way.

The website Fish Eaters has a great page of prayers called “The Catholic Way of Dying”. Print it off and take it with you to the bedside of your loved ones. Never stop praying for them. Never give Satan a chance to sway them, or you over through confusion. Stay FOCUSED. Eternal life depends upon it.

One crucial point to remember is to call a Priest BEFORE the person slips into a unconcious state. That way they are able to receive the Holy Sacrament, our Lord in the Eucharist before the time comes when they no longer can eat. Far to many family’s wait until the last moment and miss this opportunity of the biggest part of Last Rites, or Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick. Dont wait to long.

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Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

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