Monthly Archives: January 2016

JOY And Thanksgiving

Lights

 

An estimated 2 million people took part in the procession at the Eucharistic Congress.

I pray for all souls to bring our Lord back, in such splendor, into your hearts.

My Lord and my God

Words can not describe the JOY in my heart and soul, watching the video below.

 

For the full story: CLICK HERE

 

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Don’t Forget Your Catholic Vitamins

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VERY short post as copied from my facebook account today after a night of very good reading.

Spent some time reading St. Thomas Aquinas last night (without distractions) and realized what was missing in society today. His writings are like taking vitamins for the mind and intellect.

 St. Thomas Aquinas, pray for us

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Watching In Awe

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photo by @roilagarde via twitter

Watching in awe

 

From January 29, 2015

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Remembering: St. John Paul II With Edith Zierer

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I watched a video today that I must share on this day of Remembering The Holocaust..
I am not going to write about this, as I just feel, know in my heart, there is more of a need today, for them to tell the story.

Edith Zierer was born to a wealthy and educated Jewish family in Katowice, Poland.  In 1939, in advance of the German invasion of Poland, her family fled and moved from place to place.

“Suddenly, totally unexpectedly, a young priest made his way through the people and approached me. I looked up and saw a Christian priest in a brown robe standing in front of me, with a great light in his eyes. He turned to me of all the people who were sitting there in the station, and asked ‘Why are you sitting here like that?’” she recounted.

The young priest was Karol Wojtyla, who in 1978 would become Pope John Paul II. He brought her a sandwich and tea. “I was thin, gaunt, tired and ill. To this day I remember the first bite … I finished the sandwich and he told me to stand up because ‘We’re going,’ as he said. I wasn’t capable of standing on my skinny legs. I fell onto the floor of the train station and he was forced to carry me in his arms.”

Edith Zierer entered into eternal life in 2014. For Oral history interview with Edith Zierer, please see this LINK

 

 

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Pray For David Daleiden

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“Those who remain silent are responsible.” – Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross

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Operation Storm Heaven

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This is a photo from Life Magazine of the 1961 Rosary Crusade that took place in San Francisco through the work of Servant of God, Father Patrick Peyton .

Catholic Action For Faith and Family is the place to sign up for Operation Storm Heaven.

From their link: SIGN UP HERE

During this Holy Year of Mercy, let us join Cardinal Burke in a spiritual crusade to storm Heaven with prayers to dispel confusion and:

bring Hope to souls and minds throughout America and the world;
provide spiritual support in the struggle against the temptations of discouragement;
to protect our families and our Faith;
to stop the advance of evil in our society;
and to flood souls with Grace and Light and Truth.

Also, see the interview here of Cardinal Burke discussing Operation Storm Heaven

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Walk For Life Charity Event

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Walk For Life!

This weekend, the Parish I belong to and our Pro Life Ministry held our Annual “Baby Shower” Charity Event to collect items for women and children in need. We hold this event every year in hopes of collecting items for women who have decided not to abort their children and donate the items to various Pro Life Pregnancy Centers in the area.

As the event ended yesterday, I volunteered to bring some items to Pregnancy Care Center east of San Diego , in El Cajon California. They are currently trying to build another location to provide pro-life services for women in the southern region of San Diego.

As I arrived with the donated items, they were holding their open house and truly didn’t have a place to put all the donated items. I advised them that I would be more then willing to return today to drop them off.

They normally were not open on Mondays, but in ringing the bell, I was greeted by the Executive Director, Josh McClure who was able to graciously take the donated things. He advised me of their upcoming charity event. One in which he hopes to get as many Groups to walk as Groups to raise funds to build the new facility to take care of the woman who do choose life. The date of this event happens to fall on the date that I had lost my own child to abortion. I could not let this go without sharing this event and I pray they can help as many women as they can, NOT to make the decision I did. If you are in the San Diego area, I please ask you and your entire group to join in this wonderful event to help save a life! It truly is a matter of life and death to our precious children in the womb.

From their site:

Walk For Life: 

March 12 @ 8:30 am12:00 pm

Each spring, Pregnancy Care Clinic holds an annual, “stroller to wheelchair” Walk for Life fundraiser. Participants obtain sponsors who pledge a total amount for walker’s participation in the event. This, in turn, helps raise important funds for the ongoing operation of the Clinic. On the day of the event, walkers will gather at Santee Lakes and Walk for Life while praying to end abortion in this country. Those not able to attend can walk on their own wherever they are-so this is truly something everyone can do. Not only is the Walk a fun and fit way to raise money for the Clinic, but it also makes a statement, letting the world know that the Culture of Life is alive and well in San Diego County! Please join us immediately following the Walk for a celebratory picnic. THE HOT DOGS ARE ON US! Call (619)442-4357 or email Robin Brust for more information.

V.I.P. (Very Important Points)

  • Saturday – March 12, 2016 at Santee Lakes 9310 Fanita Parkway, Santee CA 92071   Registration begins at 8:30 AM. Walk begins at 9:30 AM.
  • Directions: From the 125 & 52 freeways, exit Mission Gorge Road, heading east. Turn left on Carlton Hills Blvd, then left on Carlton Oaks Drive. Turn right on Fanita Parkway. Entrance will be on the left.
  • Parking is prepaid for participants. Registration is at the north end of  Lake 5 in the picnic structure.
  • It’s a 2 mile walk (2 laps around the lake). Your sponsors will support you with a single, generous, tax-deductible gift for your participation in the walk instead of being sponsored per mile.
  • If it rains, bring an umbrella—the event will not be cancelled. If you are unable to come to the walk, no problem. You may turn in your form and walk on your own whenever and wherever it is convenient.
  • Each person raising $200 in pledges will receive a free Walk t-shirt.
  • Each person raising $500 in pledges will receive a free Pregnancy Care Clinic Sweat Shirt.
  • Recruit a sponsored walker and receive a Precious Feet pin plus be entered in the raffle drawing for a Kindle Fire Tablet.
  • Recruiter with the highest number of on-line registered sponsored walkers on their team wins an Amazon Fire TV receiver unit.
  • After the walk, stick around for a picnic with your church or team.
  • Click Here to register online and create your own Walk Fundraising Page.
  • Click Here to download a pledge form to register your sponsors.

We’re cooking the hot dogs – you bring the chips!

 

 

 

 

 

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9 Days For Life – Day 9

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For today’s Novena, please CLICK HERE

Life is worth living

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Why We March? Jesus Christ Is LORD

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Photos of Holy Mass taking place on the Pennsylvania Turnpike as thousands get stuck on the way home from #MarchForLife to end Abortion.

Jesus Christ is LORD. Not government. Not political leaders. Not unjust laws. Jesus Christ is LORD of the USA the entire universe. That is why we march for life. All life is sacred. We must end abortion, euthanasia and all things contrary to the Culture of Life. Repent and believe in the Good News.

 

“He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”

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Being Still

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As I sat with our Lord tonight in Exposition, I had SO many questions about my trials. UNTIL I pondered and asked Him why am I allowing any of this to bother me. I have You Lord. Then came – I may not THINK I am worried, nor unsettled but in reality, that is what it is, for others. I became quiet. At that moment I began to ponder St. John and how beautiful it was for him to rest his head on the chest of our Lord. But, that too (for those moments) were only temporary moment for St. John. BLAMO This scripture than came to my heart. “I have told you this so that you might have peace in me. In the world you will have trouble, but take courage, I have conquered the world.” We are still in the world, although in exile, while living in the Spirit there is complete tranquility. Think about how spending one hour with our Lord in Exposition is truly time to rest your head on His chest and lean into Him. My work in my interior life needs to reflect more on His peace while I am still here, in an unsettled world, I must be “settled” in Him.

Praise, glory and honor to our Lord Jesus Christ

 

(From our time together Friday January 22, 2016 )

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9 Days For Life – Day 8

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For today’s Novena please CLICK HERE

Life Matters: Domestic Violence

The Angelus

The Angel of the Lord declared to Mary:
And she conceived of the Holy Spirit.

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of
our death. Amen.

Behold the handmaid of the Lord: Be it done unto me according to Thy word.

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of
our death. Amen.

And the Word was made Flesh: And dwelt among us.

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of
our death. Amen.


Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray:

Pour forth, we beseech Thee, O Lord, Thy grace into our hearts; that we, to whom the incarnation of Christ, Thy Son, was made known by the message of an angel, may by His Passion and Cross be brought to the glory of His Resurrection, through the same Christ Our Lord.

Amen

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9 Days For Life – Day 7

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For today’s Novena please CLICK LINK
The only healing I have found, is through our Lord Jesus Christ and the much needed Sacraments He gave to us to act on and grab hold of the mercy and forgiveness He is offering to each and every soul on earth.

Please read my story here, originally written on JANUARY 23, 2012. Slipping Away – Post Abortion Syndrome

There is a bit of a discussion of late in regards to the graphic images being used of the innocent children taken through abortion. If you have read the link I posted in regards to my story, you will understand that seeing the images of aborted children is horrific. What is more horrific, is not seeing them at all in public, and still seeing them in every day actions. It brings to light the grim reality of what we are doing.

I will post a comment I made yesterday, before I seen what today’s Novena contained. There is a Light in the dark.

Ask yourself, what would happen if we removed the graphic image of our Lord Crucified from our faith because it was to gruesome? What does that image of our Lord invoke? What does the thought of His battered and bruised body cause us to do? Repent. The second we remove Christ Crucified from our worship is the second its no longer Him and He is reduced to a sanitized idea of what He did for us. Its no different for the smallest among us. The reality’s of abortion have been removed from society and its turned into a sanitized idea, no longer seen as the murder of an innocent child. They need to be seen and heard in entirety for the reality to set in. I am post abortive. Before the images came to be used, I would see them anyway as I struggled from time to time with the sin I had committed as I see it now as a way for our Lord to being me to repent deeper and understand the MERCY He is offering through His forgiveness. The images are not doing a disservice nor are they a lack of respect for the children taken. By ending Abortion completely and making it unthinkable to do, they give glory to our Lord for the slaughter of the innocence finally ending.

Lord, I remember You Crucified as I see the children of abortion. May their images bring an end to the slaughter of the least among us. May they bring about repentance to the providers and to all effected by abortion. May these same souls feel the gentleness and compassion in your healing touch and they reach out in need for You. Amen

The USCCB has further links on this Novena for Help and Healing

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9 Days For Life – Day 6

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For today’s Novena please CLICK LINK

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Lord Jesus Christ, Spouse of my soul, I ask You through the intercession of St. Agnes to keep my soul undefiled, from all sins of the flesh, sins against Your precious Body and Blood, that have inundated the world in which we are only in exile for a short while, for the purpose of pleasing You for all eternity; I ask also for the protection of the children, whom You O Lord have given to me as innocent little souls, for that same protection to all my family, therefor oh Spouse of my soul, to bring into this world a stronger Culture of Life in which the protection of innocence of all in exile is obtained. St. Agnes, patron of young girls, chastity, rape survivors, and the Children of Mary, pray for us. Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on us all, hear us crying out to you O Lord for your Merciful healing from all that displeases Thee. Amen

(Via Catholic OnLine) Prayer for the Virtue of Chastity

Jesus, Fortress of mankind, You are Immaculate as God and Man! Bless me with Your infinite graces, That I may remain in a state of purity. Strengthen my body, spirit and soul To continually reflect Your chastity. Protect my soul in its daily struggles, Guiding it to ponder on Your Godliness. Defend me from the forces of evil, Those that seek to acquire my soul: I am truly Yours forever and ever. Holy is my King, the Conqueror of sin!

Overcoming Pornography Addiction

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Destruction Of St. Elijah’s Monastery Of Mosul

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U.S. Army, soldiers celebrate Catholic Easter Mass inside St. Elijah’s Monastery in April, 2010 (AP photo)

Through all the history of our Catholic faith, physical buildings to worship our Lord, have come and gone. Our faith and our Lord Jesus Christ remain. The physical building of St. Elijah’s Monastery of Mosul may no longer stand, but we do in Jesus Christ and with Jesus Christ. One day, in His time, God willing, worship of our Lord may resume in that exact spot, just as it has time and time again through all the world, time and time again.

In listening to Bishop Robert Barron’s podcast Homily for this weekend, as Catholics, we are called to remember where we came from. We are to never forget that it is our Lord who has built the wall and is the bridge in our faith. Remember that not only was are Lord persecuted and put to death but He also resurrected!

Praying for my brothers and sisters all over the world, facing the same persecution as did our brothers and sisters through all history. Along with the conversion of hearts of those responsible. Finding myself pondering our Lords words, with that of St. John Paul II: “Destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it up.” Along with do not abandon yourselves to despair. “We are the Easter people and hallelujah is our song.” – St. Pope John Paul II

Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

 

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9 Days For Life – Day 5

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For today’s Novena, please CLICK LINK

As a survivor of a violet crime, I have seen what can take place to a person first hand, who has fallen deeply into things that carry no respect for self, nor others through actions that no human being with the fear of God could ever carry out. It was by the grace of our Lord that I survived, and by the grace of our Lord that I could forgive and move closer to Him, as I know it was Him who carried me out and through it. It is that same grace today that I praise Him. It is that same grace He offers to ALL of us, to be accepted or denied. Forgiveness does not mean we allow violent criminals to walk free from the harm they have caused, but allows the healing of that crime that was committed to begin.

I can never support the death penalty as it does not open a door for repentance in this life, for the survivor or the criminal. Nor does taking the life of another take away the harm, pain and suffering it has caused. It happened and I have to live with it. The only recourse, be it for me or them, is to forgive them so both can keep walking with the same ability to turn toward our Lord and seek forgiveness through repentance. It is not for me to ponder nor spend any time worrying if my attacker has repented or not, as we both, one day will have to face our Lord. I pray for my attacker as I pray for everyone. “Father, forgive them, they know not what they do.”

I have written about my attack and the early aftermath here. Please read: The Power Of Forgiveness

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Behind Glass

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There is a new “cute and fuzzy” animal video going viral on facebook, in which we see a little boy and a bear, “Bonding”. Once again like so many times, viewers comments are based on a delusion that the giant wild bear wants to be “friends” with the little boy overlooking the obvious, that being the bear sees the little boy as a simple and easy snack.

Video Here: “Boy And Bear Bonding” actually posted two years ago.

My children and I were at the zoo yesterday and I captured a video of a California Condor trying to attack my daughter through the glass. Although extremely funny and a great education, I thank God today for the glass that separated the two, along with having intellect and reason to build the glass in the first place.

There is a trend lately with people today who need to equate humans on the same level as animals and forget which side of the glass they are on and who built the enclosures. We see this time and time again with wild animals and the “oh how cute” comments from the very people who would be eaten by them. Animals are incapable of reason and do not understand and can not THINK, if I attack that child, there will be consequences to my actions. They see things in the way of, food, fight, breed, survive. They can not think and reason. Although many humans have taken on this way of living, it does not mean it is right.

Animal worship is rampant in secularism. So much so it loses sight of the fact that animals still kill to eat. Humans included. Man may be able to brainwash man into believing we are one in the same, but he will NEVER brainwash a wild Grizzly bear into thinking about anything, nor will he be able to “guilt trip” him into thinking he is anything other than a grizzly bear. That my friends is Secularism Utopia crushed.

Might I bring up a documentary called *Grizzly Man* 2005, a Werner Herzog documentary about Timothy Treadwell, a man who lived for several years with grizzlies in Alaska, “protecting” them from encroachment. Spoilers: He was mauled by Grizzly’s. Not only was he mauled, but placed the life of his girlfriend in danger who also, was mauled.

What is more horrific is he wasn’t alone and placed another human life in danger which is no different then what we are seeing over an over again today in a society filled with cuddly emotions rather than Truth driving the bus they are on.

When we look at the lives of Saints who were confronted by God’s “cuddly creatures”, we see distinctly, what is missing today in secular society. A society so in love with His creation, self, above that of love for Him. Which in fact, is bringing secular society itself, by their own hand, lower than the image in which man and woman were created, to that of animals. If we are left in the hands of a society that does not protect and nurture their own, through worshiping self, continuing to abort and euthanize, how then, can we protect and nurture anyone or anything?

Reception

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9 Days For Life – Day 4

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For today’s Novena please CLICK HERE

Acts Of Faith, Hope, And Love

Act of Faith

O my God, I firmly believe
that you are one God in three divine Persons,
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
I believe that your divine Son became man
and died for our sins and that he will come
to judge the living and the dead.
I believe these and all the truths
which the Holy Catholic Church teaches
because you have revealed them
who are eternal truth and wisdom,
who can neither deceive nor be deceived.
In this faith I intend to live and die.
Amen.

Act of Hope

O Lord God,
I hope by your grace for the pardon
of all my sins
and after life here to gain eternal happiness
because you have promised it
who are infinitely powerful, faithful, kind,
and merciful.
In this hope I intend to live and die.
Amen.

Act of Love

O Lord God, I love you above all things
and I love my neighbor for your sake
because you are the highest, infinite and perfect
good, worthy of all my love.
In this love I intend to live and die.
Amen.

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9 Days For Life – Day 3

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For today’s Novena please CLICK HERE

There is a beautiful prayer and reflection from Mother Angelica. I have shared this before on my blog, while sharing the story of my child, one in which our Lord took home, whom I call Angelica. Please see here.

I am sharing it once again here…

My Lord, the baby is dead!

Why, my Lord—dare I ask why? It will not hear the whisper of the wind or see the beauty of its parents’ face—it will not see the beauty of Your creation or the flame of a sunrise. Why, my Lord?

“Why, My child—do you ask ‘why’? Well, I will tell you why.

You see, the child lives. Instead of the wind he hears the sound of angels singing before My throne. Instead of the beauty that passes he sees everlasting Beauty—he sees My face. He was created and lived a short time so the image of his parents imprinted on his face may stand before Me as their personal intercessor. He knows secrets of heaven unknown to men on earth. He laughs with a special joy that only the innocent possess. My ways are not the ways of man. I create for My Kingdom and each creature fills a place in that Kingdom that could not be filled by another. He was created for My joy and his parents’ merits. He has never seen pain or sin. He has never felt hunger or pain. I breathed a soul into a seed, made it grow and called it forth.”

I am humbled before you, my Lord, for questioning Your wisdom, goodness, and love. I speak as a fool—forgive me. I acknowledge Your sovereign rights over life and death. I thank You for the life that began for so short a time to enjoy so long an Eternity.

— Mother M. Angelica

I pray for all couples who have longed to have children of their own. I pray for children today, waiting for Adoption and I pray for couples who can not conceive children, to consider adoption. May our Lord bring the two, together to become one family in Him.

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9 Days For Life – Day 2

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For today’s reflection, please see here DAY TWO

My plan for today is to go to bed a little earlier and talk to our Lord. For many years, I would be in bed by 8:30 PM, about the time I would send my children to bed, and bring my bible with me. I would crawl into bed, and “talk” to Him. I would contemplate all the souls our Lord had placed in my life, through reading and contemplating the Gospels and other books, that day, and reflect on where I could improve and change for the better to be more pleasing to Him. All the while, giving the praise, glory and honor to our Lord, praying for them all. When we stop and shut down completely, in quiet, it gives our minds and hearts a chance to catch up to what our Lord is doing, now, in our all our lives. Its not to say we can understand it all, but to have the realization that it is in fact Him, doing the work. Which allows our bodies to do what He is doing over time. Working to become one with Him.

My home-life had gotten very busy in the last year and I can see a lot of external noise trying to encroach into my prayer life. While praying the novena this morning, it was beautiful to get that little nudge from our Lord at the link from our Bishops, to stop and spend time with the Spouse of our Souls in a comfortable place. Simply by going to bed early and having a beautiful talk.

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9 Days For Life – Day 1

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Today begins a Nine Day Novena and reflection to end Abortion.

Please see here: The American Bishops Are Asking ALL Catholics Do This One Thing

9 Days For Life Novena – 2016

Intercession: For the conversion of all hearts and the end to abortion.

Prayers: Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be

Reflection: Today’s Gospel reading (Mk 2:13-17) recounts Jesus dining with tax collectors and sinners. When the Pharisees question Jesus about this, he responds, “Those who are well do not need a physician, but the sick do. I did not come to call the righteous but sinners.” In a society where millions of people have fallen prey to the false promises of the culture of death, let us witness to the mercy of Jesus and invite all who’ve been wounded to experience his abundant love and healing.

Acts of Reparation (choose one):
Go to an abortion clinic and pray, or set aside an hour today to pray for those who are struggling with a decision of life or death for their unborn child.

Spend some time reflecting upon today’s Gospel passage.

Use Facebook or another form of social media to post something that builds up the culture of life.

Please click on this LINK for all 9 Days and more for today, including the Novena in Spanish

Please join us and pray for the end of abortion and do something to end it.

Other ways to help HERE

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For The Love Of Mary

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To love the Holy Virgin Mary does not equate to worshiping her. You can love someone very deeply, but it does not mean that you worship them. I can not say how many times I have said to our Lord, I love you. Tonight, pondering, and praying in front of Him in the Blessed Sacrament, the words fell from my lips, I worship You.

“Never be afraid of loving the Blessed Virgin too much. You can never love her more than Jesus did.” –Saint Maximilian Kolbe

I was drawn into the Wedding at Cana in which our Lords public ministry began, (John 2:11) by the intercession of our Holy Mother Mary, approaching our Lord to inform Him, “They have no wine”. In other words, Please Help! How can we not ask of her, for that same help today for the times that we do not have wine. When there is no cause for celebration in our lives. When we are presented with the injection of chaos in our daily lives that are the cause of personal struggles and storms. When trouble arrives and conflict is eminent. In all our trials. In the dark trenches of misery we face from time to time. When we have no wine. She, as all our Holy Angels and Saints, are here to help.

in·ter·ces·sion
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noun
the action of intervening on behalf of another

CCC 2647 Prayer of intercession consists in asking on behalf of another. It knows no boundaries and extends to one’s enemies.

A prayer from St. Don Bosco

Most Holy Virgin Mary, Help of Christian,
how sweet it is to come to your feet
imploring your perpetual help.
If earthly mothers cease not to remember their children,
how can you, the most loving of all mothers forget me?
Grant then to me, I implore you,
your perpetual help in all my necessities,
in every sorrow, and especially in all my temptations.
I ask for your unceasing help for all who are now suffering.
Help the weak, cure the sick, convert sinners.
Grant through your intercessions many vocations to the religious life.
Obtain for us, O Mary, Help of Christians,
that having invoked you on earth we may love and eternally thank you in heaven.

Amen

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Scripture’s Sober Assessment of the Hardness of Many Human Hearts and What It Means for Evangelization

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I must share… Its a must read from Msgr. Charles Pope

It is rather a typical assumption of the modern Western mind that differences and hostilities are due mainly to misunderstandings or a lack of proper information; that if we would discuss (“dialogue”), share information, respect pluralism (diversity), and overcome misunderstandings, all would be well and there would be peace.

Missing in this approach is the more sober notion of the hardness of human hearts. Information alone does not usually bring peace and an end to trouble. Rather, transformation effected by repentance and conversion is the truer and more biblical answer. But repentance and conversion usually require a lot more than dialogue or the sharing of information.

PLEASE read and ponder much more: Scripture’s Sober Assessment of the Hardness of Many Human Hearts and What It Means for Evangelization

Prayer from Catholic OnLine:

Take From Me My Heart of Stone

O Lord, take away my heart of stone, my hardened heart, my uncircumcised heart and grant to me a new heart, a heart of flesh, a clean heart! O Thou who purifieth the heart and loveth the clean heart, posses my heart and dwell in it, containing it and filling it, higher than my highest and more intimate than my most intimate thoughts. Thou who art the image of all beauty and the seal of all holiness, seal my heart in Thine image and seal my heart in Thy mercy, O God of my heart and the God of my portion in eternity.
Amen.

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Powerball?

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Eucharist. Greater payout for all eternity than a 1.5 billion dollar powerball ticket.

Pure joy.

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What IS and IS Not New Evangelization

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Always look for the fruit… If it is rotten, it will condemn, puff up with self pride and bring with it personal condemnation of ______________________ (misinformation of the day). “Misery loves company”, which freezes us in a position of contempt for __________________________ (fill in the blank with anything but the sin we ourselves are committing). In which we can not move forward. Yes. Its sort of like playing Mad Libs today because I want YOU to think. As this is not ” New Evangelization” but the “old man” putting on a new mask.

From “You’d Better Not Pout” by Curtis A. Martin

Each of us could compose a long laundry list of all the
challenges, frustrations, and temptations to anger we encounter in
our families and within the Church: Dissent from Church teaching,
liturgical abuses, and division (to name a few examples) exist,
but to become consumed by these problems would be to go directly
against Sacred Scripture, which calls us to let our mind dwell on
good and wholesome things (cf. Phil. 4:8). This doesn’t mean we
ignore or deny that these difficulties exist, but neither should
we become preoccupied with them.

If it is good, it will be a blinding light to silence and dispel misery, with compassion (which comes with hope, mercy and joy) and not always pity, (pity does not come with hope but despair) cause one to ponder, and fill what is lacking, bringing mercy, joy and hope, with all the gifts of the Holy Spirit. It will cause one to seek for more to fix a problem, or be open to correction and not drop the subject. With a deep need to share with others for love of neighbor through love of Christ above all else. Including our personal desires for the Church, outside of our desire for Christ Himself. Putting on the “New Man”, casting away all masks.

Curtis A. Martin goes further to state…

Pope John Paul II has called Catholics to participate in a “New
Evangelization.” This mission has two components. First, we must
individually recommit ourselves to Christ and His Church. Only
through a deep, personal conversion to Christ will we be able to
respond effectively in evangelizing others (we can’t give what we
don’t have). Second, we must radiate to others our love for Christ
and His Church, sharing it with family, friends, co-workers,
neighbors ‹ everyone, whenever the opportunity arises.

To do this, we need joy. Our commitment to Christ, a strong prayer
life, and frequent reception of the sacraments will sustain and
deepen our joy and will bear other good fruit: “love, joy, peace,
patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-
control” (Gal. 5:22-23). The absence of these fruits in our lives
indicates a need for deeper personal conversion and recommitment
to Christ and His Church.

Please read and ponder here

Think! Does what I am about to say or write, radiate to others our love for Christ
and His Church? Or does it try to extinguish it?

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Praying For The Living And The Dead

Praying for the soul of David Bowie, or anyone else you may not like, agree with, can’t stand, find fault with, can’t identify with, or love, is a spiritual work of mercy. One to be focused on when tempted to condemn. When the world loses one of its prized possessions, its best to enter into the sadness with them rather than mucking up the waters with more dirt. When the world is saddened with a loss, its best to bring the Light into their darkness of grief and mourning.

I found David Bowie to be a fantastic entertainer. Different. Unique. I don’t know the struggles he faced in his life. I didn’t know him personalty nor had I ever met him, nor attended any of his performances. I didn’t know he was so sick. I don’t know that much about his personal life at all.

I do know his music.

I do know he was created in the image of God as you and I were. Created in His image, who’s soul is now in need of prayers, the same as you and I, still here in exile. May we pray together always, for all in this world. May our Lord bring us His peace.

Eternal rest grant unto David Robert Jones O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon him. May he and all the holy souls in purgatory rest in peace. Amen.

Edit to add:

More Than One Day – Homily given a while back by FATHER THOMAS C. GIBBONS, CSP,

Music artist David Bowie died Sunday, January 10. Below is a homily I gave a number of years ago based on his Live Aid performance of “Heroes” (with accompanying YouTube video).

RIP, Ziggy.

CLICK HERE

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Mercy In Motion

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“I was naked and you gave me clothing” – Matthew 25:36

This is #MercyInMotion

Click link below
WATCH: NYC subway rider gives shirt off his back to shivering man

Please see Moments of Mercy HERE

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Baptism of Jesus

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And a voice came from the heavens, saying, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.”

Before this moment we see St. John the Baptist preparing the way for our Lord. Baptizing many, and many pondering and asking if John might be the One. John knowing he was not that One, but He was coming. “John answered them all, saying,l “I am baptizing you with water, but one mightier than I is coming. I am not worthy to loosen the thongs of his sandals. He will baptize you with the holy Spirit and fire.”

As I pondered this today, I come to remember that John also had a first encounter with our Lord as he was in his mothers womb. The first leap of faith. There was the desire for our Savior planted as our Lord was hidden. The first encounter which stirred in him to “seek” not knowing that our Lord had always been with him. It was John’s leap of faith, trusting in the Voice calling to him, that when our Lord came to him again at the Jordan, which after his time of preparing, was the complete Manifestation of what once was his “Personal Revelation” of our Lord. St. John the Baptist’s leap again, in proclaiming outward “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!”

How many times our Lord “passed by” St. John the Baptist through his life, feeding that desire and building his faith is where I find myself today on this beautiful feast and how our Lord loved him first, also, as He loves us first.

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Requesting Prayers For Mission San Diego de Alcalá

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I am requesting prayers for the Parishioners and Clergy of Mission San Diego de Alcalá, as San Diego is experiencing extreme rain and flooding. I love this Mission and spend a lot of time here, in Holy Mass, Exposition of our Lord and time pondering. Its heartbreaking to see, but I know our Lord allows the rains to fall. He also allows the sun to shine. May souls be sent to help clean up, and worship resume in this little Mission in San Diego very quickly. Please keep all souls effected by the stormy weather in your prayers.

“Dew and rain, bless the Lord; praise and exalt him above all forever.”

Video taken by Father Peter Escalante (Early Wednesday AM)

UPDATE from Yesterday Morning (keep in mind the rains are still falling and serious flooding conditions still stretch out all over San Diego and Southern California. Please keep us in your prayers)


Storm floods Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcalá

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Epiphany

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Our family began this day, blessing the door to our home….

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Please see: Chalking the Door: Blessing Your Home for Epiphany

The family gathers to ask God’s blessing on their home and on those who live in or visit the home. It is an invitation for Jesus to be a daily guest in our home, our comings and goings, our conversations, our work and play, our joys and sorrows.

A traditional way of doing this is to use chalk to write above the home’s entrance, 20 + C + M + B + 16. The letters C, M, B have two meanings. They are the initials of the traditional names of the three magi: Caspar, Melchior, and Balthazar. They also abbreviate the Latin words Christus mansionem benedicat, “May Christ bless the house.” The “+” signs represent the cross and 2016 is the year.

Leading up to this beautiful Solemnity, yesterday I was able to hang up a few items in our freshly painted hallway. We had been without any doors on our rooms for a few years and my husband surprised me a few weeks ago, by purchasing some and having them hung. Without my knowing about it. A few days before installation of the doors, “out of the blue”, I decided that the hallway was painted way to dark and needed a fresh coat of white paint. As I informed my husband of the decision to paint, he chuckled thinking I knew he had someone coming to install new doors. I did not know and went about painting. When I finished, he had informed me of what he was planning.

My girls before bedtime often forget that we pray before bed as they are captivated by the world around them. We needed something to remind my girls that before bed, we pray the rosary together. A visual they would see besides my constant calling to them for prayer. We did this in the hallway leading to the bedrooms.

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Close to three years ago, I had received a gift from my Formation Director, of a hand drawn Manuscript Illustration of the Magnificat from a Carmelite Nun, from our home in Aylesford Priory. She had given it to me as a welcome gift upon entering into the Third Order Of Carmel. I was in awe at the gift, but I had never known exactly where I should hang it. It sat on my dresser for as many years and I found myself asking our Blessed Mother what I should do. Last night, it all came together…

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I knew at once, it belonged above the Rosary’s we would use to pray together with.

A few months back, I was asked to make a Rosary by a friend. It had been a while since I had made one,and my hands and fingers usually didn’t work well with the motions it takes to create them. I said yes anyway. I also told him God willing, I would do it for him. I was able to make one, and the make more, and more and more. Its turned into a beautiful little calling to do this work. Especially since its difficult for my hands to do this, but while I am creating them, I am praying them, and focusing on our Lord and not my hands, but His. The little rosary I had made for a friend, turned into a Ministry in which I have sent them to city’s across the USA, to Africa, Malaysia, and other parts of the world.

All from a simple yes to God.

There are many more pieces that I can place into this story today, but as our Holy Mother did, I feel a need to do also. To ponder them in my heart. Not in fear of how the last twenty of so years of our Lords converting my heart have come together in this life. Nor the journey in searching for Him, but in Awe of the Epiphany.

“May Christ bless the house.”

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New Year, New Life

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Welcome 2016! As just as this past year, glory praise and honor to our Lord for allowing us all to live to see it come and 2015 go. To be able to be charitable to the least among us and to share thoughts and experiences with you all.

The health concerns I had, are no longer a concern and to God be the glory. All the results of my tests came back and cleared me for any concern for serious illness, although painful muscle spasms in the bile ducts are to blame for a multitude of problems I have experienced for a few years now. Its a condition know as SOD <— See the link. All controllable with the correct medication. I pray for souls who also have this condition as its not easy to detect and family often times lose patience with you when the tests you undergo come back negative but the pain and miserable condition of your life in this pain and suffering, continues.

With this new year comes new life for me. A life now, that has placed all the issues of medical concern behind with hopes of living an even more a deeper life in Christ. I pray now, for greater changes in my home life as my children are becoming older and feel a bigger need to up our family prayer life. As of now, my children & I pray the Rosary daily and we actually look forward to this time we are granted to pray together. I feel a need to introduce Divine Office to them, just Vespers to start, before we pray the Rosary to together. That is my goal for 2016. To help my children learn the faith in a deeper, lasting way, to help them in their lives to come.

As we begin 2016, I have come to realize this year and the years to come, have nothing to do with me and need to be dedicated through the service of our Lord for others. Use me Lord, and do with me as You see fit. All glory, praise and honor is Yours. Amen

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