Wednesday, October 22, 2014

St. Fautina's Meditations on the Passion

I just bought a cd for meditation,  "The Rosary and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy", recorded at the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy by Vinny Flynn and 'Still Waters'.

It includes Saint Faustina's Meditations on the Passion.

They are very vivid and powerful, and brought me to tears at the amazing Love of Our Lord.

Saint Faustina's Meditations on the Passion

Prayer to St. John Paul II

 
Official Vatican Prayer to Saint John Paul II

Oh, Saint John Paul, from the window of heaven, grant us your blessing! Bless the church that you loved and served and guided, courageously leading it along the paths of the world in order to bring Jesus to everyone and everyone to Jesus. 

Bless the young, who were your great passion.
 Help them dream again, 
help them look up high again to find the light 
that illuminates the paths of life here on earth.

May you bless families, bless each family! You warned of Satan's assault against this precious and indispensable divine spark that God lit on earth. Saint John Paul, with your prayer, may you protect the family 
and every life that blossoms from the family.

Pray for the whole world, which is still marked by tensions, wars and injustice. You tackled war by invoking dialogue and planting the seeds of love: 
pray for us so that we may be tireless sowers of peace.

Oh Saint John Paul, from heaven's window, 
where we see you next to Mary, 
send God's blessing down upon us all. Amen.

The Fruit of Faithfulness




Fr. Richard Heilman

"Cardinal Burke is teaching us how to be saints in 2014
Faith means battles; if there are no contests, it is because there are none who desire to contend. –St. Ambrose
Faithfulness: Our faith is a free assent to the WHOLE truth that God has revealed. We have faith only if we believe in Christ’s ENTIRE public revelation. The Catholic faith is faith that Christ instituted a divine institution, a Church blessed with authority to infallibly teach His public revelation. If we accept only doctrines consistent with our own experience we are not accepting them on faith but rather on human analysis. (Fr. John Hardon, Modern Catholic Dictionary)."


"GOD’S WORD
For we walk by faith, not by sight. (2 Corinthians 5:7)
For by grace, you have been saved through faith. And this is not of yourselves, for it is a gift of God. (Ephesians 2:8)
But the Lord said: “If you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you may say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted, and be transplanted into the sea.’ And it would obey you. (Luke 17:6)

HEROES’ WORDS
For Faith is the beginning and the end is love, and God is the two of them brought into unity. After these comes whatever else makes up a Christian gentleman. –St. Ignatius of Antioch
Faith means battles; if there are no contests, it is because there are none who desire to contend. –St. Ambrose
Faith does not quench desire, but inflames it. –St. Thomas Aquinas
A faint faith is better than a strong heresy. –St. Thomas More
It is not the actual physical exertion that counts toward a man's progress, nor the nature of the task, but the spirit of faith with which it is undertaken. -St. Francis Xavier

MEDITATION
Faith is “the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen,” (Heb 11:1) our firm belief in God and all that He has revealed to us through Holy Mother Church. “When you received the word of God which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men but as what it really is, the word of God.” (1 Thes 2:13)
Our faith is a free assent to the whole truth that God has revealed. We have faith only if we believe in Christ’s entire public revelation. The Catholic faith is faith that Christ instituted a divine institution, a Church blessed with authority to infallibly teach His public revelation. If we accept only doctrines consistent with our own experience we are not accepting them on faith but rather on human analysis. (Fr. John Hardon, Modern Catholic Dictionary).

BY THY HOLY AND IMMACULATE CONCEPTION, OH MARY, DELIVER US FROM EVIL. AMEN - OUR LADY OF AMERICA"

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Work, Pray, Love: Archbishop Chaput's advice for modern Christians

 Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia speaks at the Vatican Press Office, March 25, 2014. Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA.

Work, Pray, Love: Archbishop Chaput's advice for modern Christians :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

The Fruit of Gentleness



Fr. Richard Heilman

GOD’S WORD
Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. (Matthew 11:29)
Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience (Colossians 3:12)

HEROES’ WORDS
Nothing appeases an enraged elephant so much as the sight of a little
lamb. –St. Francis de Sales
When you encounter difficulties and contradictions, do not try to break them, but bend them with gentleness and time. –St. Francis de Sales
He who can preserve gentleness amid pains, and peace amid worry multitude of affairs, is almost perfect. –St. Francis de Sales

MEDITATION
Mildness is gentle disposition and behavior. A perfection of love which tempers justice by avoiding unnecessary actions that might provoke anger or resentment (Fr. John Hardon, Modern Catholic Dictionary).

BY THY HOLY AND IMMACULATE CONCEPTION, OH MARY, DELIVER US FROM EVIL. AMEN - OUR LADY OF AMERICA

The Annulment Process: A Right And A Healing



"The Church recognizes that some marriages are not valid and that the presumed spouses have the right to be able to seek a sacramental marriage, either with the first presumed spouse or with someone else who is free to marry."
 The Annulment Process: A Right And A Healing

Monday, October 20, 2014

God is the Ultimate Therapist

Via 'BlogThis'

 Father Knows Best!

 God is the Ultimate Therapist

The Gift of Long Suffering



Fr. Richard Heilman

"GOD’S WORD
And not only that, but we also find glory in tribulation, knowing that tribulation exercises patience, and patience leads to proving, yet truly proving leads to hope (Romans 4:3-4)
Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. (Romans 12:12)
And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. (Galatians 6:9)

HEROES’ WORDS
This, in short, is the difference between us and others who know not God, that in misfortune they complain and murmur, while the adversity does not call us away from the truth of virtue and faith, but strengthens us by its suffering. –St. Cyprian

MEDITATION
Longanimity: Extraordinary patience under provocation or trial. Also called long suffering. It is one of the fruits of the Holy Spirit. It includes forbearance, which adds to long suffering the implication of restraint in expressing one's feelings or in demanding punishment or one's due. Longanimity suggests toleration, moved by love and the desire for peace, of something painful that deserves to be rejected or opposed (Fr. John Hardon, Modern Catholic Dictionary).

BY THY HOLY AND IMMACULATE CONCEPTION, OH MARY, DELIVER US FROM EVIL. AMEN - OUR LADY OF AMERICA"

St. Paul of the Cross

"Entrust yourself entirely to God. He is a Father, and a most loving Father at that, who would rather let heaven and earth collapse than abandon anyone who trusted in him."
~ St. Paul of the Cross

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St. Paul of the Cross

Sunday, October 19, 2014

The Courage of Pope Paul VI



The Courage of Pope Paul VI

Pope Beatifies Blessed Paul VI

 Pope beatifies Blessed Paul VI, the 'great helmsman' of Vatican II

The Fruit of Goodness

 

 Fr. Richard Heilman

"GOD’S WORD
"Do to others whatever you would like them to do to you. This is the essence of all that is taught in the law and the prophets." (The Golden Rule) -Matthew 7:12

HEROES’ WORDS
Inasmuch as we exist, we are good. –St. Augustine
Be a good child, and God will help you. -St. Joan of Arc
To attribute to God, and not to self, whatever good one sees in oneself; but to recognize always that the evil is one’s own doing, and to impute it on one’s self. –St. Benedict

MEDITATION
Goodness: In general, whatever is suitable or befitting someone or something. Practically, however, it is that which all things tend toward or desire. The good is the desirable, and therefore the object of the natural (or supernatural) needs or tendencies of a being (Fr. John Hardon, Modern Catholic Dictionary).
God created the world to show forth and communicate his glory. That his creatures should share in his truth, goodness and beauty - this is the glory for which God created them. (CCC 319)
Man participates in the wisdom and goodness of the Creator who gives him mastery over his acts and the ability to govern himself with a view to the true and the good. The natural law expresses the original moral sense which enables man to discern by reason the good and the evil, the truth and the lie: “The natural law is written and engraved in the soul of each and every man, because it is human reason ordaining him to do good and forbidding him to sin . . . But this command of human reason would not have the force of law if it were not the voice and interpreter of a higher reason to which our spirit and our freedom must be submitted.” –Pope Leo XIII (CCC 1954)
The "divine and natural" law shows man the way to follow so as to practice the good and attain his end. The natural law states the first and essential precepts which govern the moral life. It hinges upon the desire for God and submission to him, who is the source and judge of all that is good, as well as upon the sense that the other is one's equal. (CCC 1955)

BY THY HOLY AND IMMACULATE CONCEPTION, OH MARY, DELIVER US FROM EVIL. AMEN - OUR LADY OF AMERICA"

Blessed Paul VI



 Via 'BlogThis':

The Smoke of Satan in the Temple of God: Blessed Paul VI"Pope Paul VI will be beatified Sunday at the Vatican. While he is perhaps best known for his decisive 1968 encyclical on the regulation of birth, Humanae Vitae, he will also be remembered as a man of extraordinary gifts ....."