Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

How God is Present in Us


 How God is Present in Us

'Old Fashioned' to take down '50 shades'?

Please God, let this faith-based romance movie be sold out at every showing!

 Valentine's Day 2015

Old Fashioned...where chivalry makes a comeback

I Love Latin Mass!


The Improbable Triumph Of The Latin Mass

Riches of the Traditional Latin Mass

 "There is an intimate link between reverence and sacredness. Reverence permits us to experience the sacred, to rise above the profane; irreverence blinds us to the entire world of the sacred. Reverence, including awe--indeed , fear and trembling--is the specific response to the sacred."
 ( The Case for the Latin Mass, Dietrich Von Hildebrand)

Faith, Hope, Love Homily by Fr. Mitch Pacwa

On this Memorial day of Saint Martha, Fr. Mitch Pacwa talks about the virtues of Faith, Hope, Love and how they each work together. He shows how this is illustrated in today's Gospel reading when Martha speaks with Jesus as he arrives in Bethany, after Lazarus has already been in his tomb for four days. St. Martha's faith in, hope in and  overwhelming love for Jesus has grown and blossomed, so that she is now able to see who he really is!

Fr. Mitch also emphasises that we must always be focused on what is really important, what really matters...not things of this world, but only in the world to come.

Corporation Ad Positive to Catholic Church

Big corporation’s ad shows a priest and his parish in a positive light

It's all about merchandising and selling some fish, but still, it's an ad that is kind, positive and respectful to the Catholic Church....unusual these days. 

Monday, July 28, 2014

Don't be fooled by Birth Control Contraception Drugs!

Please, please, PLEASE do not use contraception.  My experience is an example of how dangerous it really is.  When I was a young teen, a doctor recommended to my mother that I needed to take these pills to regulate a difficult monthly flow. She consented.

 My mother had attended Catholic schools her whole life, but by the time I was 12,  she was "no longer 'into the church', or it's teachings.

Due to taking these dangerous drugs, when I married at 21, I could not have babies. Though it turned out to be kind of a blessing in my case because it was not a sacramental  marriage, no true Christian  love involved (a 'rebound marriage'), and it ended in divorce when I finally left.  But I do truly miss never having been able to conceive.  I blame it on the birth control pills given to me, without my knowledge or consent, when I was young. Of course I forgive my mother, she wasn't given the true facts of the dangers.

But infertility  was only the beginning of the terrible results of these drugs ...

In 2008, I developed endomietriel cancer.  I had to have a radical hysterectomy to save my life, I was hospitalized for almost a week, followed by radiation therapy everyday for eight weeks.  There was no plausible reason why this cancer attacked my body....other than the contraceptive drugs I was given as a child.

The medical costs were in the hundred thousands.  Thank God I had good medical insurance at that time, today I would not be able to afford the medical costs and my life would have ended early and painfully.

Don't think it can't happen to you.

Please listen to the Church!  Don't take birth control pills.  Let your babies LIVE!  Babies are a blessing from God! Let your body stay healthy and strong.  God loves you!  And the Catholic Church truly knows and understands more than the medical community ever will!

"It is frequently asserted that contraception, if made safe and available to all, is the most effective remedy against abortion. The Catholic Church is then accused of actually promoting abortion, because she obstinately continues to teach the moral unlawfulness of contraception... But despite their differences of nature and moral gravity, contraception and abortion are often closely connected, as fruits of the same tree. It is true that in many cases contraception and even abortion are practiced under the pressure of real-life difficulties, which nonetheless can never exonerate from striving to observe God's law fully. Still, in very many other instances such practices are rooted in a hedonistic mentality unwilling to accept responsibility in matters of sexuality, and they imply a self-centered concept of freedom, which regards procreation as an obstacle to personal fulfillment. The life which could result from a sexual encounter thus becomes an enemy to be avoided at all costs, and abortion becomes the only possible decisive response to failed contraception."
—Saint John Paul II,

From his Encyclical Letter "Evangelium Vitae".

Sunday, July 27, 2014

The Treasure of the Kingdom of God

Pope Francis' Angelus address at noon today: (via

Today, the parables of the treasure hidden in the field & the pearl of great price tell us that the discovery of the Kingdom of God can come suddenly, as when the peasant farmer is ploughing, finding the treasure unexpectedly; or after a long search, as the pearl for the merchant, who finally found the pearl of great price he had long dreamed of. The treasure & the pearl are worth more than all other goods. So, the farmer & the merchant give up everything else to buy them; they don't need to reason, think, reflect; they realize at once the incomparable value of what they've found & are willing to lose anything to have it. So is the Kingdom of God: whoever finds it has no doubts, he feels that it is what he was looking & waiting for & that it responds to his most authentic aspirations.

Those who know Jesus, who meet him personally, remain fascinated, attracted by so much goodness, 
truth, beauty & all in great humility & simplicity. Look for Jesus, encounter Jesus. This is the great treasure! How many people, how many saints, reading the Gospel with an open heart, have been so struck by Jesus, converted to Him. Think of St. Francis of Assisi. He was already a Christian, but "milk-and-water". When he read the Gospel, in a decisive moment of his youth, he met Jesus, & found the Kingdom of God & then all his dreams of earthly glory vanished. The Gospel makes one know the real, living Jesus. He addresses your heart & changes your life. So yes, leave everything.

You can actually change your way of life, or continue to do what you did before, but you are another, you are born again. You find that you are given meaning, flavor, light to everything, even hardships, suffering & death. Read a passage of the Gospel every day. Carry a small copy of the Gospel in your pocket, in your handbag -have one at hand & there, reading a passage, we find Jesus. Everything makes sense when you find this treasure, which Jesus called "the Kingdom of God," that is, God reigning in your life, in our lives. He is love, peace & joy in every man & in all men. This is what God wants, that for which Jesus gave himself up to die on a Cross, to free us from the power of darkness & move into the realm of life, beauty, goodness, joy! Read the Gospel & find Jesus & have this Christian joy & the gift of the Holy Spirit. 

Dear brothers & sisters, you see, the joy of having found the treasure of the Kingdom of God shines through. A Christian can't conceal his faith, because it shines through in every word, every gesture, even in the most simple, everyday ones. The love that God shines through, given to us through Jesus. Let us pray, through the intercession of the Virgin Mary, that his kingdom of love, justice and peace comes to us and to the whole world.

Pray Like a Champion

 By Father Richard Heilman


"I’ve come to believe that the desire to enter the fight is a desire to enter into a genuine training in holiness, pursuing the goal of becoming one of God’s champions. St. Paul put it this way:

“Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize” (1 Cor 9:24-27).

St. Paul talks about a strict training and a desire to run in such a way as to win. Vince Lombardi would’ve heard these words from St. Paul many times in his life, as he went to Mass every day. In fact, he admitted, “I derive my strength from daily Mass and Communion.” As Coach Lombardi describes what it takes to be number one, see if you don’t recognize a bit of St. Paul in his words:

“And in truth, I’ve never known a man worth his salt who in the long run, deep down in his heart, didn’t appreciate the grind, the discipline. There is something in good men that really yearns for discipline and the harsh reality of head to head combat. I don’t say these things because I believe in the ‘brute’ nature of men or that men must be brutalized to be combative. I believe in God, and I believe in human decency. But I firmly believe that any man’s finest hour — his greatest fulfillment to all he holds dear — is that moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle — victorious.”

Rediscover Catholicism

EWTN Global Catholic Television Network: EWTN Live - Fr. Mitch Pacwa, SJ - Matthew Kelly - Rediscover Catholicism

No Clapping in Church, Please

St John XXIII Asks the Faithful Not to Applaud in Church

Let There Be Peace on Earth

Pope appeals for peace in Middle East, Iraq and Ukraine

Pope Francis Mass and Homily on Feast of St. Ann

Pope Francis presides over the Holy Mass for the local people on the occasion of the Feast day of St Ann, Patron Saint of Caserta, Park of the Royal Palace of Caserta.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

In Witness of the Gospel, God Uses All

Women With Down Syndrome Respond to God’s Call

Sisters with Down Syndrome 

To offer oneself to God, in witness to the Gospel of Life.

Read more:

The Language of Love - Giving All

"The Language of Love" is Bishop Conley's pastoral letter on the sacrificial nature of love and on the destructive nature of contraception.

The Language of Love


Friday, July 25, 2014

To the women of America: 4 reasons to hate 50 Shades of Grey

"This is truly a seminal moment in our history. The weight of our future, our children’s future, our children’s children’s future, partially rests on the decision you are facing. Your task, ladies, is simple. All you must do is not buy tickets to 50 Shades of Grey when it’s released in theaters on Valentine’s Day.

Not one ticket.

Weekend box office total: $0 "

To the women of America: 4 reasons to hate 50 Shades of Grey | The Matt Walsh Blog

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Fr. Mitch Pacwa Homily 7/24/14

Fr. Mitch Pacwa's Homily today on EWTN..

"I remember the devotion of your youth, how you loved me like a bride. Following me in the desert, in a land unsown."(Jeremiah 2)