Friday, February 27, 2015

Made by God

 

  "Know ye that the Lord he is God: he made us, and not we ourselves. We are his people."
 ~ Psalm 100:3 

 Birthday present in my sunroom...  
a  beautiful Pink Orchid,
 also, made by God!

The Coming Prodigal Moment



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 "When Jesus told the parable of the “prodigal son”,  I believe He was also giving a prophetic vision of the end times. That is, a picture of how the the world would be welcomed into the Father’s house through Christ’s Sacrifice…"

 The Coming Prodigal Moment
by Mark Mallett 

Devotion to God and His Children

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Point to the Cross



"Those of us who lead (clergy, religious, parents, and laymen) must point to the Cross and be willing to shepherd others there..." 

Down with the Struggle or Up with the Cross? A Word to Priests, Catechists, and Parents

By:

Catholic Modesty



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Catholic Modesty

Should Christian Women Wear Pants?

"Hello dear sisters today I wanted to share with you all my opinions on weather or not Christian women should wear pants. I don't think Christian ladies should wear pants because:
1. They outline the lower half of the body: In this picture nothing is really left to guess about the lower half of these women's bodies, you can perfectly see the outlining of her legs, thighs and rear. Even on a looser pair of pants you can still tell the outlining of these areas.Pants not only outline the lower half of the body but they also blur the line between men and women dressing differently from one another. (hence the term "boyfriend jeans")The clothes that women wear send a message, if a Christian women is wearing a pair of tight pants she is telling the world I really don't care about modesty, which can be a very confusing testimony for some because it states clearly in the Bible Christian women are to dress modestly. (1 Timothy) Long skirt's are much more modest.
Even these "looser" pants outline places of the body that shouldn't be focused on, and the way pants are designed there's a triangle shape that leads up the body like an arrow.

2. They aren't feminine: Pant's were originally designed for men, pants only became women's wear when women would borrow the pants of there boyfriends (hence the name boyfriend jeans)
“The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman's garment: for all that do so are abomination unto the LORD thy God.” Deuteronomy 22:5
I do believe that pants were originally made for men and although they eventually produced pants made for women I don't believe that makes them Biblical to wear, if a women wore a loose shirt, jeans and sneakers couldn't a man walk in that's dressed exactly like her? I believe this blurs the line of differences between the sexes placed there by God, and I believe that's what this Bible verse is talking about.
I understand other people's view that if you wear a long shirt or something to cover the front and back of the outlined lower body, but to me this still wouldn't feel feminine or modest. The lower leg would still be outlined by the pants.

3.Many Christian men have expressed that they won't find pants to be modest on women, they to claim that the outlining of the lower body can be a stumbling block for them. The wearing of pants doesn't go both ways because women don't have the same mind set as men do. Men can fall into sinful thoughts just by looking at a women, we don't want to be stumbling blocks to our brothers rather we want to be encouraging in their walks with God.

Romans 14:21 It is good not to eat meat or drink wine or do anything that causes your brother to stumble.
Romans 14:13 Therefore let us not pass judgment on one another any longer, but rather decide never to put a stumbling block or hindrance in the way of a brother.
So these are the reasons I don't wear pants and don't encourage my Christian sisters to do so. God bless dear sisters, please feel free and share your opinions in the comments!"
  ~ Taylor Willett


Learn from Mary


Fr. Mitch Pacwa Homily, 2/26/15

Powerful Homily, "Ask, Seek, Knock, Trust", by Fr. Mitch Pacwa of EWTN.

Psalm 138

I Will Give Thanks with My Whole Heart


 I will praise thee, O lord, with my whole heart: for thou hast heard the words of my mouth.
 I will sing praise to thee in the sight of his angels:
 I will worship towards thy holy temple, and I will give glory to thy name. 

For thy mercy, and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy holy name above all.
 In what day soever I shall call upon thee, hear me: thou shall multiply strength in my soul.

 May all the kings of the earth give glory to thee: for they have heard all the words of thy mouth.
 And let them sing in the ways of the Lord: for great is the glory of the Lord.

 For the Lord is high, and looketh on the low: and the high he knoweth afar off. If I shall walk in the midst of tribulation, thou wilt quicken me: and thou hast stretched forth thy hand against the wrath of my enemies: and thy right hand hath saved me.

The Lord will repay for me: thy mercy, O Lord, endureth for ever: O despise not the work of thy hands.

 Douay-Rheims Bible - Psalm 138

Ask and It Will Be Given

 

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew 7:7-12.

Jesus said to his disciples: "Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.

For everyone who asks, receives; and the one who seeks, finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.

Which one of you would hand his son a stone when he asks for a loaf of bread,
or a snake when he asks for a fish?
If you then, who are wicked, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good things to those who ask him.


Do to others whatever you would have them do to you. This is the law and the prophets."



Storie sacre, c. 1070-1208. Abbazia di Sant'Angelo in Formis, Capua, Italy

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Vatican II - Parish Watch



"Almost nothing that happens in your parish each Sunday has a thing to do with the Catholic Faith -- And you can't blame it on Vatican II!"
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The Most Important Prophecy, by Mark Mallett



"I often smile when I think of that story of St. Francis who, while gardening, was asked: “What would you do if you knew the world would end today?” He replied, “I suppose I would finish hoeing this row of beans.” Herein lies the wisdom of Francis: the duty of the moment is the will of God...."

The Most Important Prophecy
by Mark Mallett

God is On Your Side

 

"When you fail to measure up to your Christian privilege, be not discouraged for discouragement is a form of pride. The reason you are sad is because you looked to yourself and not to God; to your failings not to His love. You will shake off your faults more readily when you love God than when you criticize yourself. You have always the right to love Him in your heart even though you do not love Him in your acts. God is biased in your favor. God is more lenient than you because he is perfectly good and therefore loves you more. Be bold enough then to believe that God is on your side, even when you forget to be on His."
 ~ Archbishop Fulton Sheen (Preface to Religion)

Lenten Reflection, by Fr. Robert Barron


Lenten Reflection - Day 8

Resisting the Lordship of God
by Fr. Robert Barron

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Unfathomable Mercy

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"O Most Holy Trinity! As many times as I breathe, as many times as my heart beats, as many times as my blood pulsates through my body, so many thousand times do I want to glorify Your mercy.

I want to be completely transformed into Your mercy and to be Your living reflection, O Lord. May the greatest of all divine attributes, that of Your unfathomable mercy, pass through my heart and soul to my neighbor.

Help me, O Lord, that my eyes may be merciful, so that I may never suspect or judge from appearances, but look for what is beautiful in my neighbors' soul and come to their rescue.

Help me, that my ears may be merciful, so that I may give heed to my neighbors' needs and not be indifferent to their pains and moanings.

Help me, O Lord, that my tongue may be merciful, so that I should never speak negatively of my neighbor, but have a word of comfort and forgiveness for all.

Help me, O Lord, that my hands may be merciful and filled with good deeds, so that I may do only good to my neighbors and take upon myself the more difficult and toilsome tasks.

Help me, that my feet may be merciful, so that I may hurry to assist my neighbor, overcoming my own fatigue and weariness. My true rest is in the service of my neighbor.

Help me, O Lord, that my heart may be merciful so that I myself may feel all the sufferings of my neighbor. I will refuse my heart to no one. I will be sincere even with those who, I know, will abuse my kindness. And, I will lock myself up in the most merciful Heart of Jesus. I will bear my own suffering in silence. May Your mercy O Lord, rest upon me.

You Yourself command me to exercise the three degrees of mercy. The first: the act of mercy of whatever kind. The second: the word of mercy--if I cannot carry out a work of mercy, I will assist by my words. The third: prayer--if I cannot show mercy by deeds or words, I can always do so by prayer. My prayer reaches out even there where I cannot reach out physically. O my Jesus, transform me into Yourself, for You can do all things."
~  Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska  #163

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Monday, February 23, 2015

Two Wills, His and Mine, by Mother Angelica



 A great reading for Lent: Mother Angelica of EWTN. Will you follow your will or Jesus' will in your life?

The most awesome gift God has given each human being is freedom of Will—the ability to accomplish—to act—to say yes or no to temptation, to the call of holiness, to any state in life and even to God.


Two Wills, His and Mine 
by Mother M. Angelica

Pope Announces Soon to Be New Doctor of the Church

A depiction of St Gregory of Narek

10th-century Armenian mystic, poet and monk St Gregory of Narek to be a Doctor of the Universal Church