Sunday, November 30, 2014

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Ten Beautiful Advent Songs

10 Advent Songs to Remind You It's Not Yet Christmas

Mary's 'Yes'

Blessed Mary, Mother of Jesus

Mary’s faith gave human flesh to Jesus. As the Council says: “Through her faith and obedience, she gave birth on earth to the very Son of the Father, without knowing man but by the overshadowing of the Holy Spirit” (Lumen Gentium, 63). This was a point on which the Fathers of the Church greatly insisted: Mary first conceived Jesus in faith and then in the flesh, when she said “yes” to the message God gave her through the angel. What does this mean? It means that God did not want to become man by bypassing our freedom; he wanted to pass through Mary’s free assent, through her “yes”. He asked her: “Are you prepared to do this?” And she replied: “Yes”.

St. Peter's Square
12 October 2013

View the messages online and in the archive at:

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Gratitude for the Catholic Church

What aspect of the Catholic Church are you most grateful for?

From writers at 1P5:

Te Deum – A Catholic Thanksgiving Symposium

Thanksgiving and Puddleglum


Thanksgiving and Puddleglum

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Top Ten Movies for Fallen-Away Catholics

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Top Ten Movies for Fallen-Away Catholics

Note: This list, in my opinion, should include Fr. Robert Barron's "Catholicism" series.  Though not an actual movie, it is a DVD series that looks at the history, culture and Truth of the Catholic Church.  It was a major factor in my returning to the Church.

Pope's Address to Council of Europe





Pope Francis: Address to the Council of Europe

  "Pope Francis on Tuesday called on Europe’s leaders to work diligently and continuously for creative solutions to divisions and conflict for a peaceful continent." 

Low Expectation Catholicism


Low Expectations Catholicism

Sunday, November 23, 2014

It's Time for a New Holy League


For Men of Christ:

It's Time for a New Holy League

Fr. Richard Heilman

That God May Be All in All - Christ the King

November 23, 2014 – Feast of Christ the King

When the End Comes
Ezekiel 34:11-12, 15-17
Psalm 23:1-3, 5-6
1 Corinthians 15:20-26, 28
Matthew 25:31-46

The Church year ends this week with a vision of the end of time. The scene in the Gospel is stark and resounds with Old Testament echoes.
The Son of Man is enthroned over all nations and peoples of every language (see Daniel 7:13-14). The nations have been gathered to see His glory and receive His judgment (see Isaiah 66:18; Zephaniah 3:8). The King is the divine shepherd Ezekiel foresees in Sunday’s First Reading, judging as a shepherd separates sheep from goats.
Each of us will be judged upon our performance of the simple works of mercy we hear in the Gospel.
These works, as Jesus explains today, are reflections or measures of our love for Him, our faithfulness to His commandment that we love God with all our might and our neighbor as ourselves (see Matthew 22:36-40).
Our faith is dead, lifeless, unless it be expressed in works of love (see James 2:20; Galatians 5:6). And we cannot say we truly love God, whom we cannot see, if we don’t love our neighbor, whom we can (see 1 John 4:20).
The Lord is our shepherd, as we sing in Sunday’s Psalm. And we are to follow His lead, to imitate His example (see 1 Corinthians 1:11; Ephesians 5:1).
He healed our sickness (see Luke 6:19), freed us from the prison of sin and death (see Romans 8:2,21), welcomed us who were once strangers to His covenant (see Ephesians 2:12,19). He clothed us in baptism (see Revelation 3:5; 2 Corinthians 5:3-4), and feeds us with the food and drink of His own body and blood.
At “the end,” He will come again to hand over His kingdom to His Father, as Paul says in the Epistle this week.
Let us strive to be following Him in right paths, that this kingdom might be our inheritance, that we might enter into the eternal rest promised for the people of God (see Hebrews 4:1,9-11).

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Bringing Catholic Back

from Mar 7, 2012  

Authentic Catholicism is never outdated. Be proud. Accept no imitations.

Truth is Always True

Be comfortable going against the current.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Store Up Spiritual Energy


 Fr. Richard Heilman

"The heroes of our faith are the warrior saints who have gone before us. God worked mightily and miraculously through them. Therefore, we must study their ways. In humility, obedience, and trust (H.O.T.), we ask: How did they remain so well connected, in such strong friendship with God, so that His river of supernatural grace could flow so freely through them? What do these “SEALS for Christ” teach us about the ideal spiritual disciplines, the ultimate daily regimen of prayer?

Prayer is our outstanding supernatural resource for fighting the wiles of the enemy. St. Alphonsus said, “Prayer is, beyond doubt, the most powerful weapon the Lord gives us to conquer evil … but we must really put ourselves into the prayer, it is not enough just to say the words, it must come from the heart. And also prayer needs to be continuous, we must pray no matter what kind of situation we find ourselves in: the warfare we are engaged in is ongoing, so our prayer must be on-going also.”

We are being asked to allow God’s grace to surge through us to a waiting world, but nemo dat quod non habet (no one gives what he does not have). Father McCloskey correctly points out that these seven exceptional habits of prayer are the way of storing up spiritual energy to be used to bring Christ to others. St. Bernadette said: “Do not just be a channel for grace, but a reservoir, an overflowing reservoir. No sooner has a channel received grace than it pours it out. A reservoir waits to be filled up and then offers grace to those who come to draw from its superabundance.”

The following are based in large part on Fr. John McCloskey’s Seven Daily Habits of Holy Apostolic People and include:
1. The Morning Offering
2. Mental Prayer (at least 15 minutes)
3. Spiritual Reading (at least 15 minutes)
4. Holy Mass and Communion
5. The Angelus (at noon)
6. The Holy Rosary
7. Brief Examination of Conscience (at night)


Happiness is Knowledge Of and Union With God

"Happiness is the sense of peace and joy that stems from knowledge of and union with the One who created us and loves us infinitely...we will attain it fully in Heaven but we can achieve it significantly beforehand by battling our desire to remain independent of God, and ignoring the voices that label religion, boring and unnecessary, better acquainting ourselves with truth through study and prayer."
~ Sr Maria Veritas, O.P. 

God and Woman at Harvard

A 2010 summa cum laude heads to a convent.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

God Strong


Fr. Richard Heilman

"The U.S. Army ran a very effective “Army Strong” advertising campaign to recruit soldiers. The key message was: “There is strong, and then there is Army Strong.” The commercial goes on to say, “It is a strength like none other. It is a physical strength. It is an emotional strength. It is strength of character. It is strength of purpose. The strength to do good today, and the strength to do well tomorrow. The strength to obey, and the strength to command. The strength to build, and the strength to tear down. The strength to get yourself over, and the strength to get over yourself.”

These are warrior assets necessary to overcome the enemy. However, recall that our struggle is not against flesh and blood combatants, but against the much stronger and craftier spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realm (Eph 6:11). This means it is not enough for you to possess the power of a warrior. You must discover what it means to be supernaturally empowered by God. You are to become not just Army Strong, but God Strong. You must know what it means to be in a state of grace. St. Ignatius of Loyola said, “Few souls understand what God would accomplish in them if they were to abandon themselves unreservedly to Him and if they were to allow His grace to mold them accordingly.”

Fr. John Hardon wrote: “St. Thomas Aquinas believed that man is more than a composite of body and soul, that his is nothing less than elevated to a supernatural order which participates, as far as a creature can, in the very nature of God. Accordingly, a person in the state of grace, or divine friendship, possesses certain enduring powers, the infused virtues and gifts, that raise him to an orbit of existence as far above nature as heaven is above earth, and that give him abilities of thought and operation that are literally born, not of the will of flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.”
Frequent Confession, frequent Mass, Adoration, and a strong prayer life.
“Be all you that you can be” … “Be in a State of Grace!”


Original Monstrance and Tabernacle

"Mary was the first Monstrance and the first Tabernacle!"
~ Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers


Monday, November 17, 2014

Happiness Comes from Spiritual Life


Fr. Richard Heilman

Surveys by Gallup, the National Opinion Research Center and the Pew Organization conclude that spiritually committed people are twice as likely to report being “very happy” than the least religiously committed people. Secular analysts seem to be doing back flips trying to explain away the simple reality that there is no other authentic and fulfilling way to live other than a supernatural life.
St. Paul writes, “The unspiritual man does not receive the gifts of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned” (1 Cor 2:14). This is the person who acts only by using his or her human faculties (intelligence and will) and who therefore can be wise only in the things of the world. He remains superficial and worldly. This is a heart that has hardened to the presence of God. The prophet Jeremiah writes “Cursed is the man who trusts in human beings, who seeks his strength in flesh, whose heart turns away from the Lord. He is like a barren bush in the desert that enjoys no change of season, but stands in a lava waste, a salt land and empty earth” (Jer 17:5-6).

However, throughout the Bible (e.g., Ps 1, Jer 17, Rev 22) we are told that the blessed ones are those who trust God and His ordinances; they are like trees planted beside streams of water. These trees are full of life (their leaves stay green) and they fulfill their purpose (produce fruit) even in the face of life’s challenges. The spiritual man is the Christian reborn by the grace of God; grace elevates his faculties to enable him to perform actions which have a supernatural value — acts of faith, hope, and charity.

A person who is in the state of grace is able to perceive the things of God, because he carries with him the Spirit in his soul in grace, and he has Christ’s mind, Christ’s attitude. "We have no alternative," St. Josemaria Escriva teaches, "there are only two possible ways of living on this earth: either we live a supernatural life, or we live an animal life. And you and I can only live the life of God, a supernatural life.”


Saturday, November 15, 2014

Court Says Obama Admin Can Force Pro-Life Group to Obey Pro-Abortion HHS Mandate


Court Says Obama Admin Can Force Pro-Life Group to Obey Pro-Abortion HHS Mandate

St. Faustina Prayer to Mother Mary

"O Mary...a terrible sword has pierced your holy soul. Except for God, no one knows of your suffering. Your soul does not break; it is brave, because it is with Jesus. Sweet Mother, unite my soul to Jesus, because it is only then that I will be able to endure all trials and tribulations, and only in union with Jesus will my sacrifices be pleasing to God. Sweetest Mother, continue to teach me about the interior life. May the sword of suffering never break me. O pure Virgin, pour courage into my heart and guard it."
St. Faustina's prayer to Our Lady

Thursday, November 13, 2014

War on Supernatural


Fr. Richard Heilman

In speaking of the need for a New Evangelization, Pope Benedict XVI said, “the true problem of our times is the ‘Crisis of God,’ the absence of God, disguised by an empty religiosity” … a kind of lukewarm, going through the motions of one’s faith, which ends up collapsing completely. The terrible consequence of this war on the supernatural is seen in the epidemic of spiritual sloth in our times — hearts deadened to the Divine Life of God.

Fr. Robert Barron draws attention to this very real epidemic in our times:
“A real concrete statistic around this is that 70 percent of the baptized faithful are staying away from Mass on a regular basis. And we’re doing well in comparison with the European countries. Vatican II said the Mass is the source and summit of the Christian life … everything leads to and flows from the Mass. The Eucharist is everything, and 70 percent could care less about it. Yes, there are many reasons around why some do not go to Mass, but I suspect that, for most, they are suffering from spiritual sloth; they could just care less.”

Aristotle said, “No one can long remain in sadness without any joy.” Depriving oneself of spiritual joy through neglect and sloth leaves one desperate to fill that void with inferior pleasures. Hence, it is no wonder why we see so many people frantically attempting to fill their lives with every kind of activity and distraction possible, desperately trying to avoid the gloom of emptiness. St. Augustine said, “You have made us for Yourself, Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in You.”

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

True Love Hurts

Mother Teresa Quote:

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Fr Mitch Pacwa's Homily 11/11/14

Fr. Mitch Pacwa's homily on Veteran's Day and Memorial of St. Martin of Tours

What 'Gospel' Means

Monday, November 10, 2014

Go to Confession Often


Fr. Richard Heilman

In the Marine Corps Basic Training, recruits must execute a motivational exercise called the “Confidence Course.” “It’s really a confidence booster,” said Staff Sgt. Roger Taylor, close combat instructor, Instructional Training Company. “Confidence Course II is where the recruits tackle all the high obstacles … Some recruits are terrified of heights, and sometimes, recruits don’t know they are scared of heights until they get up. But we encourage and motivate them to complete the obstacles, and once they do, it’s a great sense of accomplishment, and they leave ready to take on any challenge.”

In the spiritual life, the challenge to climb new heights is always before us. Our willingness to ascend to meet God builds the confidence we need to take on the challenges He will set before those who trust Him. “Therefore, let us go forth with confidence toward the throne of grace, so that we may obtain mercy, and find grace, in a helpful time” (Heb 4:16).

Pope Benedict XVI reminds us of the conditions for this ascent: “Inquiring after God, seeking His face — that is the first and fundamental condition for ascent that leads to the encounter with God.” He goes on to point out that even before that, however, Psalm 24 specifies clean hands and a pure heart: “Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord? And who shall stand in His holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift his soul to what is false, and does not swear deceitfully” (Ps 24:3-4).

GO TO CONFESSION!! (Frequently!)


Our Lady of America

Our Lady of America: A Light in the Darkness 

by Pat Archbold

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Dress Rehearsal for Heaven

"...our Liturgy is a kind of dress rehearsal for heaven. "

The Heavenly Elements of the Liturgy


Saturday, November 8, 2014

Indifference Leads to Destruction

Good Bye To Burke?

 Cardinal Raymond Burke

Sometimes "Good Bye" in a relationship is a necessary change that leads to a new beginning and a better and more beneficial relationship for all involved. Will conservative Catholics follow the 'demoted' Burke?

 Good Bye To Burke?

Fr. Dwight Longenecker

Friday, November 7, 2014

Set the World Ablaze



Fr. Richard Heilman

The word “courage” actually derives its meaning from a Latin root word “cor” which means “heart.” It means we are never more courageous than when we “have the courage of our convictions,” that is, when we live from the heart, remaining true to who we really are. To be courageous is then the will to simply yield to our raison d ‘être, our reason for existence. St. Catherine of Sienna put it this way: “If you are what you should be, you will set the whole world ablaze!”

Who are we, then, and what is our reason for existence? Sometimes the message escapes us in its simplicity. Jesus said, “I give praise to You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for although You have hidden these things from the wise and the learned You have revealed them to the childlike” (Mt 11:25). The Baltimore Catechism states who we are quite plainly: “We were made to the image and likeness of God … to know Him, to love Him, and to serve Him in this world, and to be happy with Him forever in heaven.” The spiritual master, Fr. Thomas Merton, wrote: “To say that I am made in the image of God is to say that love is the reason for my existence, for God is love. Love is my true identity. Selflessness is my true self. Love is my true character. Love is my name.”


First Friday Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus ~ Miracle Rosary Mission

The First Friday Devotion
to the 

Sacred Heart of Jesus

"The First Friday of each month was designated
by our Savior Himself as a day to be
consecrated to honoring His Sacred Heart…. As the object of this devotion
is to make our Savior Jesus Christ ardently and perfectly loved, and to
make reparation for the outrages offered to Him in the past, as well as
for those which he daily receives in the Blessed Eucharist…Jesus Christ
merits our love at all times, but alas! He is despised and outraged in
the Sacrament of His love at all times, and so people should at all times
make reparation to Him. 


We should then adore Jesus Christ
in this august Sacrament, make a fervent act of love to Jesus in the tabernacle,
thank Him for having instituted this Mystery of love, express our sorrow
at seeing Him so abandoned, and resolve to visit Him as soon as possible
and love Him unceasingly. 


Attendance at the Holy Sacrifice
of the Mass is assuredly the best means of honoring and loving the adorable
Heart of Jesus. 

The following First Friday devotions
are efficacious in honoring the Sacred Heart of Jesus: 

The Promises of the Sacred Heart of Jesus to
St. Margaret Mary Alacoque

1. "I will give them all the graces necessary in their state of life." 

2. "I will establish peace in their homes." 

3. "I will comfort them in their afflictions." 

4. "I will be their secure refuge during life, and above all in death."

5. "I will bestow a large blessing upon all their undertakings."

6. "Sinners shall find in My Heart the source and the infinite ocean
of mercy." 

7. "Tepid souls shall grow fervent." 

8. "Fervent souls shall quickly mount to high perfection." 

9. "I will bless every place where a picture of My Heart shall be set
up and honored." 

10. "I will give to priests the gift of touching the most hardened

11. "Those who shall promote this devotion shall have their names written
in My Heart, never to be blotted out." 

12. "I promise thee in the excessive mercy of My Heart that My all-powerful
love will grant to all those who communicate on the First Friday in nine
consecutive months, the grace of final penitence; they shall not die in
My disgrace nor without receiving the Sacraments; My Divine heart shall
be their safe refuge in this last moment."

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Religious Awe, the Beginning of Wisdom

The Divinized Life


Fr. Richard Heilman

“Let your door stand open to receive Him, unlock your soul to Him, offer Him a welcome in your mind, and then you will see the riches of simplicity, the treasures of peace, the joy of grace. Throw wide the gate of your heart, stand before the sun of the everlasting light.”—St. Ambrose

Everything in the religious order — sacraments, teaching, scripture, moral discipline, preaching, etc. — is meant to bring us to this deeper state of being, to this Divine Connection. Jesus calls it “abiding.” The Latin for this is “maneo” which means “to remain” or “to stay” or “to endure” (or like the Marine Corps’ semper fi). This Divine Connection, this conformity to love, this participation in the Divine Life of God is the very power of the Holy Spirit and is referred to as being in a state of grace.

While far too many modernized Catholics have all but completely ignored the necessity of the divinized life under the supernatural power of grace, our ancestors could not conceive of life without it. “Grace,” wrote Thomas à Kempis “is the mistress of truth, the light of the heart, the comforter of affliction, the banisher of sorrow, the expeller of fears, the matrix of devotion, the producer of tears. What am I without it but a piece of dry wood and an unprofitable stock, fit for nothing but to be cast away.”


Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Pray Like a Champion


Fr. 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.”


Fr. Mitch Pacwa's Homily 11/5/14

Fr. Mitch's homily on EWTN this morning...

Single and Catholic


Single and Catholic

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Authentic Unity, Based on the Truth

 Fr. Richard Heilman


The second modern tactic of the devil is actually the very ancient military strategy of “divide and conquer.” This strategy is defined as one that separates a force that would be stronger if united. As we said, the devil is roaming around like a lion that sizes up the herd to find the easiest target. He is also watching to see who is separated from the herd. Large, coordinated forces are difficult to defeat. If the enemy can separate us into small units or individuals, he can more easily defeat each one.

“Strike the shepherd and the sheep scatter” (Zec 13:7). There’s no doubt that the devil has focused his assault on the religious leaders of our day. While these leaders may have had noble intentions of charity and pastoral sensitivity, the results have been devastating. Decades of lenient, non-confrontational leadership have left the faithful feeble and prone to be “conformed to the pattern of this world” (Rom 12:2). St. Augustine once said, “Charity is no substitute for justice withheld.”
The unfortunate laxity of discipline has permitted confusion and strife where there should be clarity and harmony, an authentic unity based on the truth. As a result, the modern trend among those who believe and teach falsehoods that directly contradict the Church’s teaching is to consider these pockets of dissent as merely “differing tribes” within the Catholic Church. In this deceptive tribal system, those who believe in and teach all that the Church teaches are then considered extreme among these tribes.

Right or wrong, religious leadership seemed to calculate that it is better to refrain from “charged issues” for fear of offending some or even losing members. However, St. Peter Canisius cautioned: “Better that only a few Catholics should be left, staunch and sincere in their religion, than that they should, remaining many, desire as it were to be in collusion with the Church’s enemies and in conformity with the open foes of our faith.”


International Conference on Marriage at the Vatican

 Pope to host international conference on complementarity of man and woman
 By Joshua Mercer

Monday, November 3, 2014

Strong in Faith


Fr.. Richard Heilman

"The first major strategy from the father of lies is actually as old as the Garden of Eden itself. It is simply to convince us we do not need God (Gen. 3:5-6), nor do we need His strength and His power (Eph. 6:10).

In modern times, we have witnessed this in the effective campaign of militant secularists who have sought to de-mythologize our faith, a flat out rejection of the supernatural power of God. Once the devil has us convinced that we can challenge him under our own natural power, or simply deny that he even exists, he’s cut us off from the only real power capable of defeating him: God’s supernatural grace.

More and more common is the modern “secularized” version of religion that sees it reduced to a kind of psychotherapy for self-actualization. Some seminaries seem to focus on training therapeutic practitioners rather than theologians. In other words, instead of seeing Jesus as God with us — a real and ever-present source of supernatural love and grace — He is reduced to a historic figure we simply emulate as a model in our efforts at self-actualization.

Sadly, this secular version of religion has become so prevalent that most people’s eyes begin to glaze over at the mere mention of God’s supernatural grace as a necessary source of power in our lives. St. Peter warns us to be fortes in fide, strong in faith, because the devil prowls around like a lion, looking for someone to devour (1 Pt 5:8-9). Lions size up a herd to find the weakest and easiest target. Once we are detached from God and His supernatural grace, we are powerless to defend ourselves from the tactics of the devil.

Our ancestors and all of the saints knew all about this supernatural power and strength and that being in a state of grace was the armor of God that was to be treasured and protected at all cost. Sacred scripture sees this Divine Life in God (state of grace) as the “hidden treasure” and the “pearl of great price” (Mt 13:44-46).


Yes to God

I am reading this....

"In the second chapter, Pope Benedict focuses on the annunciation of the births of John the Baptist and Jesus. Through a closer reading of the dialogue between Mary and the Archangel Gabriel in the Gospel of Luke, the author explains that, through a woman, God "seeks to enter the world anew".
 In seeking to liberate man from sin, God requires "free obedience" to his will, quoting Bernard of Clairvaux. The author continues, "In creating freedom, he made himself in a certain sense dependent upon man. His power is tied to the unenforceable yes of a human being." Mary's assent becomes the starting point of the history of salvation."


Mary: Yes to God 

"As Catholics, we turn to Mary, the Mother of God and our mother.  Mary’s journey with God was one of deep faith and great trust.  She had a grace-filled openness to the mystery of God in her life.

We are familiar with Luke’s account of the Incarnation when the angel appeared to Mary and announced, “The Lord is with you.”  Mary fully grasped this message and was therefore able to believe.  Because she was able to believe, she was able to respond in faith, “Behold the handmaid of the Lord, let it be done unto me according to your word.”

However, before Mary responded to God, the Scriptures remind us that Mary was confused and frightened, and was deeply disturbed by the angel’s greeting. Mary was fully human. In spite of her faith, her belief, her love, she was still confused and disturbed.  She struggled to say “Yes” to the Lord!  She “pondered” these words in her heart.

Pondering is not simply a question of “thinking” or of trying to master the realities of faith or mysteries of life.  It is not a question of trying to control these realities or mysteries or reduce them to something our minds can handle. Rather, it is a question of letting the realities of faith be with us, to enter into us and reveal themselves to us. It is allowing ourselves to be molded by them, to allow God’s will to become our will.  It is fostering both an attitude and atmosphere of trust and openness in our lives.

Mary took a leap in faith.  She had to let go of her plans and say “Yes” to a life of faith. In spite of her awareness of her own unworthiness and littleness, she had to say “Yes” to become the mother of God and also all that it would entail.  She was asked to let go of her plans and let God take over her life.  Mary’s “Yes” was to culminate at the foot of the cross.

Mary understood well that she would never completely understand! Even in her limited understanding, she trusted in God and said “Yes” to God’s plan.  Immediately after the angel left her, Mary went to visit her cousin Elizabeth.  As soon as Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, “the child leaped in her womb.”  “Blessed are you among women, blessed are you who have believed.”  Mary can be seen as the first to bring Christ forth and share him with the whole world.  Mary was the messenger and Christ was the message.

We, like Mary, are asked to bring forth a Savior to a weary, hurting world.  The mystical body of Christ is pregnant with hope and calls us to be a Christ-bearer to a world desperately in need.  It is a world in waiting for our eager and decisive “Yes” to the Lord and our “Yes” to a life of faith, as we are sent forth to follow the example of Mary and follow in the Christ’s footsteps."

Veils and the Mystery of Femininity

Your Wife is Wearing What? Men, Veils, and the Mystery of Femininity

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Electing Pro-Life Leadership

Susan B. Anthony List ~ Advancing Pro-Life Leadership

 Electing Leaders who Protect the Unborn

 2014 Endorsed Candidates

Beautiful Latin Gregorian Chant

Beautiful classical chant music from the liturgy of the Mass of Angels (Christmas), all in Latin!

 Missa de angelis : E canti dell' anni liturgico. Kyrie VIII (1:27) ; Gloria VIII (2:24) ; Credo III (3:56) ; Sanctus VIII (1:42) ; Angus dei VIII (1:20) ; Ite missa est (0:36) ; O salutaris hostia (1:05) ; Ave verum corpus (1:19) ; Adoro te devoto (3:06) ; Te deum laudamus (6:09) ; Christus vincit (4:19) ; Alma redemptoris mater (1:10) ; Ecce mundi gaudium (2:00) ; Ave regina caelorum (0:52) ; Attende domine (2:51) ; Parce domine (4:22) ; Salve caput cruentatum (1:00) ; Regina caeli (0:41) ; Salve dies (4:00) ; Ego sum alpha et o (4:01) -- ; Alleluia 'O filii et filiae' (4:18) ; Ave Maria (1:02) ; Omni die (3:30) ; Ave maris stella (1:56) ; Gaude Maria virgo inviolata (5:03) ; Salve regina (1:54) -- In paradisum : Liturgia dei defunti e die santi Requiem aeternam (3:32) ; Kyrie XVIII (1:21) ; De profundis (5:03) ; Dies irae (7:02) ; Sanctus XVIII (0:48) ; Agnus dei XVIII (0:55) ; Lux aeterna (2:16) ; In paradisum. Chorus angelorum (1:16) Gaudeamus-- sanctorum omnium (3:09) ; Mihi autem nimis (3:29) ; In medio ecclesiae (2:52) ; Sanctorum meritis (2:24) ; Statuit ei dominus (2:39) -- ; Clamaverunt iusti (6:11) ; Alleluia. Iustorum animae (3:27) ; Quod dico vobis (2:03) ; Ecce sacerdos (4:01) ; Fidelis servus (3:14) ; Quinque preudentes virgines (3:21) ; Iesu corona virginum (1:58).

 Over two hours of the mystic, soothing sounds of Gregorian Chant

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Holy Alliance


Fr. Richard Heilman


 ""I’ve got your six” is a military phrase that basically means “I’ve got your back.” It comes from the old pilot system in which directions correspond to hours on the clock, where 12 o’clock is forward and 6 o’clock is behind. Thus anyone behind you is “at your six.”

 Blessed Peter Favre said, “I felt great desires that the saints might pray for us, they who have so much power in their state of glory, and that the souls in purgatory might offer prayers for us amidst those remorseful lamentations of theirs … these souls can do much for us (more than we can tell).” St. John Vianney said, “Oh! If all of us but knew how great is the power of the good souls in purgatory with the heart of God, and if we knew all the graces we can attain through their intercession, they would not be so much forgotten! We must pray much for them, so that they may pray much for us.”

 We are not meant to advance unaided. In His great wisdom, God has set up a Holy Alliance that, once united, is designed to defeat any and all forces of darkness in the heavenly realm, rescue souls, and build up the kingdom of God. This alliance is the aforementioned Communion of Saints. It is the exchange of the Sancta Sanctis! (“God’s holy gifts for God’s holy people!”) Those on earth (Church Militant) invoke the saints in heaven and pray for the souls in purgatory (we can gain indulgences for them). When called upon, those in heaven pray for the Church Militant and the Church Penitent; they obtain graces for us on earth and an alleviation of suffering for the poor souls in purgatory. Those in purgatory can, when called upon, invoke the saints on high and pray for us struggling with the world, the flesh, and the evil spirit."