Saturday, October 25, 2014

"Agnus Dei" from "Catholicism" Soundtrack




From the "Catholicism" Soundtrack (2012)

 Music by Steve Mullen & Choir of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

The Fruit of Chastity



Fr. Richard Heilman

GOD’S WORD
The eye is the lamp of the body; so then if your eye is clear, your whole body will be full of light. (Matthew 6:22)
Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him. For God’s temple is holy, and that temple you are. (1 Corinthians 3:16)

HEROES’ WORDS
Do not say that you have chaste minds if you have unchaste eyes, because an unchaste eye is the messenger of an unchaste heart. –St. Augustine
Now, though the era of persecution is gone, yet our peace has its martyrdom, because though we bend not the neck to the sword, yet with a spiritual weapon we slay fleshly desires in our hearts. –Pope St. Gregory I

MEDITATION
Chastity means the successful integration of sexuality within the person and thus the inner unity of man in his bodily and spiritual being. Sexuality, in which man's belonging to the bodily and biological world is expressed, becomes personal and truly human when it is integrated into the relationship of one person to another, in the complete and lifelong mutual gift of a man and a woman. The virtue of chastity therefore involves the integrity of the person and the integrality of the gift. (CCC 2337)
The chaste person maintains the integrity of the powers of life and love placed in him. This integrity ensures the unity of the person; it is opposed to any behavior that would impair it. It tolerates neither a double life nor duplicity in speech. (CCC 2338)
Chastity includes an apprenticeship in self-mastery, which is training in human freedom. The alternative is clear: either man governs his passions and finds peace, or he lets himself be dominated by them and becomes unhappy. "Man's dignity therefore requires him to act out of conscious and free choice, as moved and drawn in a personal way from within, and not by blind impulses in himself or by mere external constraint. Man gains such dignity when, ridding himself of all slavery to the passions, he presses forward to his goal by freely choosing what is good and, by his diligence and skill, effectively secures for himself the means suited to this end." (CCC 2339)

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

Friday, October 24, 2014

Catholic 'man-crisis'

"There is a Catholic “man-crisis.” Large numbers of men who were baptized Catholic have left the Church and the majority of those who remain are “Casual Catholic Men”,  men who do not know the Catholic faith and don’t practice it."

Becoming a Committed Catholic Man 
By Mr. Matthew James Christoff

Masterpiece of God's Creation



The Fruit of Self-Control

DAY 26 – MARY, SINGULAR VESSEL OF DEVOTION, PRAY THAT WE RECEIVE THE FRUIT OF CONTINENCE!

PRAYER INTENTIONS: For peace, the family, human life, marriage, religious freedom (and your intentions).

ROSARY - Sorrowful

GOD’S WORD
A man without self-control is like a city broken into and left without walls. (Proverbs 25:28)

No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it. (1 Corinthians 10:13)

But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified (1 Corinthians 9:27).

HEROES’ WORDS
He who is chaste in flesh should not be proud, for he should know that he owes the gift of continence to another. –Pope St. Clement I

I thought that continence was a matter of our own strength, and I knew that I had not the strength: for in my utter foolishness I did not know the word of Your Scripture that none can be continent unless You give it. –St. Augustine

Great are those two gifts, wisdom and continence: wisdom, forsooth, whereby we are formed in the knowledge of God; continence whereby we are not conformed to this world. –St. Augustine

MEDITATION
Self-Control (or Continence): The virtue by which a person controls the unruly movements of sexual desire or other bodily emotions. It is connected with the virtue of temperance. It generally means the chastity to be observed by the unmarried. But it may also refer to the abstinence, in marriage, voluntarily agreed upon by both parties or forced by circumstances to abstain from marital intercourse. (Fr. John Hardon, Modern Catholic Dictionary).

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

Fr. Richard Heilman

"GOD’S WORD
A man without self-control is like a city broken into and left without walls. (Proverbs 25:28)
No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it. (1 Corinthians 10:13)
But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified (1 Corinthians 9:27).

HEROES’ WORDS
He who is chaste in flesh should not be proud, for he should know that he owes the gift of continence to another. –Pope St. Clement I
I thought that continence was a matter of our own strength, and I knew that I had not the strength: for in my utter foolishness I did not know the word of Your Scripture that none can be continent unless You give it. –St. Augustine
Great are those two gifts, wisdom and continence: wisdom, forsooth, whereby we are formed in the knowledge of God; continence whereby we are not conformed to this world. –St. Augustine

MEDITATION
Self-Control (or Continence): The virtue by which a person controls the unruly movements of sexual desire or other bodily emotions. It is connected with the virtue of temperance. It generally means the chastity to be observed by the unmarried. But it may also refer to the abstinence, in marriage, voluntarily agreed upon by both parties or forced by circumstances to abstain from marital intercourse. (Fr. John Hardon, Modern Catholic Dictionary).

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

Hope for Catholics With a Homosexual Orientation

 
Pray for Dean Bailey and Family and his mission

Via "BlogThis"

"The Smoke of Satan in the Temple of God: Libido Redux: Hope for Catholics With a Homosexual...: Dean Bailey and Family I have just read an interview with a man who is being healed of a same-sex orientation, which he describes as an addiction ...."

Thursday, October 23, 2014

The Fruit of Modesty

 

Fr. Richard Heilman

"GOD’S WORD
But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” (1 Samuel 16:7)

HEROES’ WORDS
The dress of the body should not discredit the good of the soul. St. Cyprian
The purpose of clothing is to keep warm in winter and to cover your nakedness, not to serve your vanity. St. Cyril of Jerusalem

MEDITATION
Purity requires modesty, an integral part of temperance. Modesty protects the intimate center of the person. It means refusing to unveil what should remain hidden. It is ordered to chastity to whose sensitivity it bears witness. It guides how one looks at others and behaves toward them in conformity with the dignity of persons and their solidarity. (CCC 2521)
Modesty protects the mystery of persons and their love. It encourages patience and moderation in loving relationships; it requires that the conditions for the definitive giving and commitment of man and woman to one another be fulfilled. Modesty is decency. It inspires one's choice of clothing. It keeps silence or reserve where there is evident risk of unhealthy curiosity. It is discreet. (CCC 2522)
There is a modesty of the feelings as well as of the body. It protests, for example, against the voyeuristic explorations of the human body in certain advertisements, or against the solicitations of certain media that go too far in the exhibition of intimate things. Modesty inspires a way of life which makes it possible to resist the allurements of fashion and the pressures of prevailing ideologies. (CCC 2523)
The forms taken by modesty vary from one culture to another. Everywhere, however, modesty exists as an intuition of the spiritual dignity proper to man. It is born with the awakening consciousness of being a subject. Teaching modesty to children and adolescents means awakening in them respect for the human person. (CCC 2524)
BY THY HOLY AND IMMACULATE CONCEPTION, OH MARY, DELIVER US FROM EVIL. AMEN - OUR LADY OF AMERICA"

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"