While in Adoration last night praying the rosary, I couldn’t help but start crying. While focusing on how our Lord has changed my life so drastically, changing me from a home wrecker to a home builder. Placing every sin I had committed my entire life in front of my face so I could see my own filth and allowing me the tools to clean up this life and change the path I was on through confession, Holy Mass and prayer, I looked at all the wonderful doors He opened for me and I knew in an instant, it’s much bigger than needing someone to change the Altar linens or taking care of the Adoration Chapel and ensuring the Legion of Mary is taken care of. All the beautiful and pure activates He filled my life with instead of hanging out at bars looking for Mr. this guy may be Right. I couldn’t hold back the tears thinking about His life and how He gave everything up for me not just so I could do these things. No way was it just about that. Rather it was for me to understand there is much more after this life. He has done so much for me, to prove to me He needs me, He wants me and He loves me. It’s much greater then this life and anything that fills it. I can only focus on how to empty myself for His love. Empty myself so He can fill me in order to live through me to reach every soul I come into contact with while I am still here. Some in big ways, some in little ways. Ensuring it is Him in every case.
After receiving our Lord at Mass this morning, I began to pray, and while my prayer was complete, the Priest began the final prayer of the Mass. I knew our Lord was there as the prayer I had recited in the quiet of my heart, was a reflection of the prayer the priest was saying to the entire church.
Withdraw your heart from the world before God takes your body from it.
— Blessed John of Avila
Painting by artist Jon McNaughton. His website is www.JonMcNaughton.com
America has been chained to the Culture of Death and only God can remove the chains…
The sexualization of women and our children, homosexual marriage, abortion, adultery, divorce, pornography, prostitution, strip clubs, sexting by teens… All mortal sins.
All the social norms in America. Why? Because the moral compass of this nation is broken and the first thing you will hear is “Well? Not everyone believes in God”. I do. Why should I have to give up my rights because someone does not believe?. It’s not showing tolerance to back down from your faith in God because others do not believe. Its giving into sin and lack of faith in God. We sit and laugh when other nations call the US the Great Satan, but I ask you today to open your eyes and look arround you. Take an account of what is going on here… Look at the filth we are sitting in and tell me if we are one nation under God or if we are one nation gone under.
The man said, “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called ‘woman,’ for she was taken out of man.” Genesis 2:23
Yesterday just before receiving our Lord in Communion, "Bone from my bone, flesh from my flesh" came to mind. Is it good to think of Him in this way, as He is the New Adam and to understand He is the spouse of my soul? And I must love Him as He loves us in order to love my neighbor as He is asking of me? I have been pondering this since. We are called to return to our First Love. He is my First and my Last…
Today, Pope Benedict XVI celebrated his last public mass as pope.
“What sustains and illuminates me is the certainty that the Church belongs to Christ, whose care and guidance will never be lacking” – Pope Benedict XVI
The Legacy of Pope Benedict XVI: A commentary by Fr. Barron
For all Catholics who feel this day is the most important day of the year omitting Easter, Christmas or every Sunday. For all who believe they have to receive the ashes at all cost but want no part of the Holy Mass, the blessings, or going to confession. Who want no part of repenting, or sacrifice. All you have to do is go into your yard, roll around in the dirt, get up and go to work. I will keep praying for you’re conversion of heart to return back to the Catholic Faith.
For all others, I will see you in the Eucharist and continue to pray for you’re strength to continue. May God have mercy on us all.
Upon hearing the news this morning about Pope Benedict XVI, after the shock has settled quickly, I take to heart and understand our Holy Father has taken everything into account and has made his decision in the best interest of the entire Catholic Church. My personal words to him:
Your Holiness Pope Benedict XVI,
I love you and thank you for leading us through one of the most trying times in history. It is as if we have come to the juncture where the road once again become steep and another is needed for this part of the travel. The famine of faith in the world is raging in the golden years of your life. I take the words of our Lord seriously and trust in Him and your decision. “And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.” I keep you in my prayers and trust in the Holy Spirit to bring us another, not to fill your shoes, but rather to fill the shoes of our Lord and what He needs from us and what He is asking of us for now.
Most Holy Father I love you and thank you.
Full text of Pope’s declaration:
I have convoked you to this Consistory, not only for the three canonizations, but also to communicate to you a decision of great importance for the life of the Church. After having repeatedly examined my conscience before God, I have come to the certainty that my strengths, due to an advanced age, are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the Petrine ministry. I am well aware that this ministry, due to its essential spiritual nature, must be carried out not only with words and deeds, but no less with prayer and suffering. However, in today’s world, subject to so many rapid changes and shaken by questions of deep relevance for the life of faith, in order to govern the bark of Saint Peter and proclaim the Gospel, both strength of mind and body are necessary, strength which in the last few months, has deteriorated in me to the extent that I have had to recognize my incapacity to adequately fulfill the ministry entrusted to me. For this reason, and well aware of the seriousness of this act, with full freedom I declare that I renounce the ministry of Bishop of Rome, Successor of Saint Peter, entrusted to me by the Cardinals on 19 April 2005, in such a way, that as from 28 February 2013, at 20:00 hours, the See of Rome, the See of Saint Peter, will be vacant and a Conclave to elect the new Supreme Pontiff will have to be convoked by those whose competence it is. Dear Brothers, I thank you most sincerely for all the love and work with which you have supported me in my ministry and I ask pardon for all my defects. And now, let us entrust the Holy Church to the care of Our Supreme Pastor, Our Lord Jesus Christ, and implore his holy Mother Mary, so that she may assist the Cardinal Fathers with her maternal solicitude, in electing a new Supreme Pontiff. With regard to myself, I wish to also devotedly serve the Holy Church of God in the future through a life dedicated to prayer.
From the Vatican, 10 February 2013
BENEDICTUS PP XVI
After dressing the Altar last night & praying Vespers & Compline, I went into Adoration & kissed the tabernacle. On my ride home, I noticed a heavy taste in my mouth of honey. It wasn’t just a slight taste, it was as if someone poured an entire jar of honey down my throat. It was across my teeth, coating my entire mouth. No, the tabernacle had not been cleaned with anything recently. I was amazed and couldn’t wipe the smile from my face and had a great night sleep…
“Forgive me, a sinner.”
Today is Forgiveness Sunday. I forgive EVERYONE in my life from conception and in advance, through natural death who may or has inflicted any harm on me. I hope you can forgive me as well if I have hurt you in any way.
With the 40 days of lent approaching, what a great way to start the journey. May God have mercy on us all.
Burying the Proverbial Hatchet
Forgiving people when they apologize is one thing; but have you ever tried to forgive someone who has hurt you and never shown any remorse? Not so easy, is it? It’s tough to bury that hatchet.
Even after years spent developing a relationship, a single harsh statement or thoughtless act can destroy everything we feel for that person. We forget the good and play out bitter, vindictive scenarios in our minds.
When someone hurts us, we have choices. We can go our separate ways and never talk again. We can live with the anger. We can bear grudges, nurse hate, and seek revenge. We can pretend everything is fine and just bury our feelings. Or we can face the person and talk things through … and then forgive.
Of course, the last choice is the healthy one. Even if the person who wronged you refuses to change or take responsibility, you can still let go of pride and bring closure and healing – for your own sake.
Forgetting is the hardest part of forgiving. We bury the hatchet; but when we leave the handle sticking out of the ground, we’re just giving the pain permission to continue cutting us. Bury the handle! Cancel the debt! This is the only way to experience freedom.
By Fr. Robert M. Pipta, Holy Angels Byzantine Catholic Church, San Diego CA.
Master, Teacher of wisdom, Bestower of virtue, You teach the thoughtless and protect the poor: Strengthen and enlighten my heart. Word of the Father, Let me not restrain my mouth from crying to you: Have mercy on me, a transgressor, O merciful Lord!
The Fourth Sunday of the Triodion Period: Sunday of Forgiveness (Cheesefare Sunday)
I had a dream…..
I was on a very hight point, overlooking a great beautiful green valley. I could see from my view, two men walking in the valley on a foot path. As they reached some brush, a brown bear stood before them snarling. The bear bit the first man on the hand and then the men then came to where I was sitting up on the high point. He, the first man, was very kind and gentle and I bandaged his hand. the second man was just as pleasant.
That was the dream…
In the early morning hours yesterday morning, I happened to catch Holy Mass on EWTN. During the priests homily, he mentioned two words that tripped this dream back up to the forefront of my memory. The two words? “Bear Witness”
“But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.”
I received this prayer card over this past weekend and pulled it out today and finally read it. I needed this today and hope it does someone else as much good to pray this prayer as it has done for me.
Special thanks to CatholicPrayerCards.org for the photos and the prayers. You can purchase this card from them here
Not much to say today as I have been very busy. Actually I have tons to say but how to do place every action of your life in Christ in words and still have time to do His work. There isn’t enough time nor paper in the world to register the amount and quality of the time I have with Him.
Yesterday was a beautiful day. At the 8 AM Mass, I felt a deep connection with not only the Gospel (Mk 5:1-20)but also with my priests Homily. I could see my life flashing before my eyes with ever word spoken. It’s something to be able to say you can place yourself in the Gospels, but quite another to see your life playing out as they are being spoken. I could see myself as the man from the tombs with the unclean spirit. In constant agony, afraid to leave the dead with the dead. Living in the past, unable to accept our Lords forgiveness and the progression of time and my life. I know this to be how I used to live. I know our Lord came to me as He did just like the man in the tombs. When it came time to tell my family how He changed me and cured me, they were so upset with me. They thought I had lost my mind. (I forgive them, I love them & pray for them and know in my heart our Lord will tell them Himself one day.)
While walking up to Communion, I still pondered the Gospel. I did notice one striking difference in my case. Our Lord never left me. He never left me alone with the family that rejected Him, or the changes He had made in my life. He was still standing right next to me. With that, in my heart I heard Him speak to me the words; “You’re stuck with me”.
As I moved closer to receive Him in the Eucharist, my priest handed Him to me and as soon as I received HIm consuming HIm, I noticed TWO were stuck together. I couldn’t hold back a few tears of joy and a slight squeal that came from my joy. I am so in love with Him.
The soul not ready for our Lord…
A woman is taking care of the household as her Spouse is on a very long business trip. Little by little things begin to go wrong arround the house. He left her with more resources than she could have ever dreamed of having. A sink backs up one week. The next week some shingles fall off the roof in a wind storm. A few days later, the toilet overflows. A few days later a window is broken. The woman sits and does nothing to fix the things going wrong. She puts them off and says to herself, its my spouses job to fix those things, not mine. He will have to fix them when He gets home. After weeks and years of her Spouse away on business, the house has fallen into disrepair and she is sleeping on a pile of rubble. Her Spouse returns and she sees Him walking up to the front door that is hanging on one hinge. As soon as He crosses the threshold, she begins to cry and tell Him if He was here the house would not be ruined. If He would have done His job, they would still have a home today. He looks at her and knowing He has been away for so long, begins to clean up the mess she allowed to happen. He stops as her complaining continues and walks away.
A ready soul….
A woman is taking care of the household as her Spouse is on the same long business trip. Little by little things begin to go wrong arround the house. A sink backs up one week. She fixes it because she knows her Spouse is busy and not here yet. He left her with more resources than she could have ever dreamed of having. She loves Him so much, and does not know when He will be returning. She takes it up and fixes the problem immediately, so He doesn have to when He returns. The next week some shingles fall off the roof during a wind storm. She calles a roofer to help her fix the problem as she knows she can not fix it alone. She does not want her loving Spouse to have to take care of it upon His return. All the same things begin to go wrong and she pulls all she has in strength together to fix all that goes wrong before her loving Spouse returns. One day, she is looking out a window she learned how to fix, and seen her Spouse walking up the front walk. She ran to the door as He opened it and they fell into each others arms and kissed passionately. (I’ll end it there).
Do you think our Lord wants to sit and have a cup of coffee with you and talk about all the things that went wrong while you were living? Do you think He wants to hear you complain about how long He was gone? Of course not. All He wants to do is grab you in His arms and hold you and love you. The falling down house is the soul in need of serious repairs. A soul who has not gone to confession, not taken care of the business at”home” with the gifts our Lord has given to us to do so, while He is away. The ready soul is the one who used everything our Lord has left them, to ensure when He returned, He would not have to do much before grabbing hold of His spouse.
Think about it….
When you are in love, not a second goes by that you can not think of the person you are in love with. It’s like two teenagers constantly texting each other, seconds apparat just telling the other, I love you. This is how our Lord wants you to Love Him. Everything you see, taste, touch, hear, learn, and know, should remind you of Him. When the two meet again, everything around them disappears and all they see is the love between them. Not the things that separated them.