Tuesday, August 31, 2004

THE CATHOLIC VOTE


Way to go, Catholic Answers! The California-based Catholic apologetics organization has a full-page ad in today’s USA Today to guide Catholics voters in voting Catholic. It lists five key issues, which Catholics should never vote in favor of, including: abortion, homosexual marriage, embryonic stem cell research, human cloning, and euthanasia. The ad contains the text of the controversial but successful ‘Voters’ Guide for Serious Catholics,’ the text of which can be seen on the organization’s website, www.catholic.com.

I have read this guide and shared it with friends. It is short, concise, and helpful in clarifying what the important issues are. My husband, Bill, and I plan to pass these out in our parish after Sunday Mass. Handing out information to parishioners seems to be much more effective than just leaving it in a rack. When you hand something to others with a friendly smile, they will almost always want to accept it – it is presented as a gift. Now, getting them to read it is an entirely different matter, but we will be praying about that.
~posted by Jean M. Heimann

Sunday, August 29, 2004

Priests for Life Call To Prayer for Our Nation



Novena of Weeks leading to Election Day


Starting on August 31, 2004, Priests for Life is calling upon all Catholics to offer a special novena of nine weeks of intense prayer for our nation as we prepare to elect our national and local leaders. August 31 is exactly nine weeks before November 2, which is Election Day.


A Prayer for our National Elections


O God, we acknowledge you today as Lord, not only of individuals, but of nations and governments.


We thank you for the privilege of being able to organize ourselves politically and of knowing that political loyalty does not have to mean disloyalty to you.


We thank you for your law, which our Founding Fathers acknowledged and recognized as higher than any human law.


We thank you for the opportunity that this election year puts before us, to exercise our solemn duty not only to vote,But to influence countless others to vote, And to vote correctly.


Lord, we pray that your people may be awakened. Let them realize that while politics is not their salvation, their response to you requires that they be politically active.


Awaken your people to know that they are not called to be a sect fleeing the world but rather a community of faith renewing the world.


Awaken them that the same hands lifted up to you in prayer are the hands that pull the lever in the voting booth; that the same eyes that read your Word are the eyes that read the names on the ballot, and that they do not cease to be Christians when they enter the voting booth.


Awaken your people to a commitment to justice to the sanctity of marriage and the family, to the dignity of each individual human life, and to the truth that human rights begin when human lives begin, and not one moment later.


Lord, we rejoice today that we are citizens of your kingdom.
May that make us all the more committed to being faithful citizens on earth.


We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


--Fr. Frank Pavone, Priests for Life

Please join me in praying this Novena. God bless you!

Saturday, August 28, 2004

FEAST OF ST. AUGUSTINE

"Late have I loved you, O Beauty ever ancient, ever new, late have I loved you! You were within me, but I was outside, and it was there that I searched for you. In my unloveliness I plunged into the lovely things which you created. You were with me, but I was not with you. Created things kept me from you; yet if they had not been in you they would have not been at all. You called, you shouted, and you broke through my deafness. You flashed, you shone, and you dispelled my blindness. You breathed your fragrance on me; I drew in breath and now I pant for you. I have tasted you, now I hunger and thirst for more. You touched me, and I burned for your peace."

~ from The Confessions of Saint Augustine

Sunday, August 22, 2004

FEAST OF THE QUEENSHIP OF MARY

"Just as Mary surpassed in grace all others on earth, so also in heaven is her glory unique. If eye has not seen or ear heard or the human heart conceived what God has prepared for those who love Him (1 Corinthians 2:9), who can express what He has prepared for the woman who gave Him birth and who loved Him, as everyone knows, more than anyone else?"

~ St. Bernard of Clairvaux

Thursday, August 19, 2004

A Message From St. Bernard of Clairvaux

"In dangers, in doubts, in difficulties, think of Mary, call upon Mary. Let not her name depart from your lips, never suffer it to leave your heart. And that you may obtain the assistance of her prayer, neglect not to walk in her footsteps. With her for guide, you shall never go astray; while invoking her, you shall never lose heart; so long as she is in your mind, you are safe from deception; while she holds your hand, you cannot fall; under her protection you have nothing to fear; if she walks before you, you shall not grow weary; if she shows you favor, you shall reach the goal."

Tuesday, August 17, 2004

TWO QUOTES ON ABORTION & TERRORISM

"Now, you think it's a coincidence that on Sept. 11th, 2001, we were struck by terrorists an evil that has at its heart the disregard of innocent human life? We who have for several decades killed not thousands but scores of millions of our own children, in disregard of the principle of innocent human life -- I don't think that's a coincidence, I think that's a warning. I don't think that's a coincidence, I think that's a shot across the bow. "I think that's a way of Providence telling us, "I love you all; I'd like to give you a chance. Wake up! Would you please wake up?"

"What distinguishes the terrorist from the ordinary warrior, is that the terrorist will consciously target innocent human life. What is done in the course of an abortion? . . . Someone consciously targets innocent human life. "As I often point out to folks, the evil is the same. And that means, quite frankly, in fighting the war against terror, as I have often put it to audiences, the evil that we fight is but the shadow of the evil that we do."

~ Alan Keyes, Illinois Republican U.S. Senate Candidate

Wednesday, August 11, 2004

Quote of the Day

"Love says, 'I sacrifice myself for the good of the other.' Abortion says, 'I sacrifice the other for the good of myself.' Abortion is the opposite of love. The same words are used for both: This is my body."

Fr. Frank Pavone, Priests for Life

Tuesday, August 10, 2004

Quote of the Day

"If the Declaration of Independence states our creed, there can be no right to abortion, since it means denying the most fundamental right of all, to human offspring in the womb. But if human beings can decide who is human and who is not, the doctrine of God-given rights is utterly corrupted. Abortion is the unjust taking of a human life and a breach of the fundamental principles of our public moral creed."

~ Alan Keyes, Republican Candidate for the U.S. Senate in Illinois

Monday, August 09, 2004

Quote of the Day

"When we, through our educational culture, through the media, through the entertainment culture, give our children the impression that human beings cannot control their passions, we are telling them, in effect, that human beings cannot be trusted with freedom."

~ Alan Keyes, Republican Candidate for the U.S. Senate in Illinois

Sunday, August 08, 2004

St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross

Edith Stein

(1891 – 1942)

Edith Stein was born in Germany in 1891 to Jewish parents who were well respected in their community. She grew up practicing her faith, but later abandoned her Jewish roots and turned to atheism. Intellectually gifted, she was a brilliant student and philosopher with an interest in phenomenology. She earned her doctorate at age 25. During her studies, she came in contact with Catholic friends whose beliefs made a deep impression on her. After studying the works of St. Thomas Aquinas and reading the autobiography of St. Teresa of Avila, she converted to Catholicism. Shortly afterwards, she became a teacher at a Catholic girl’s school.

At the age of 43, Edith entered a discalced Carmelite monastery and took the name St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross. She was arrested by the Nazis and taken as a prisoner to the death camp at Auschwitz, where she died at the age of 51 in August of 1942. Her feast day is August 9.

Messages From St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross

"The love of the Cross in no way contradicts being a joyful child of God. Helping Christ carry His Cross fills one with a strong and pure joy, and those who may and can do so, the builders of God’s kingdom, are the most authentic children of God."

"Learn from St. Therese to depend on God alone and serve Him with a wholly pure and detached heart. Then, like her you will be able to say ‘I do not regret that I have given myself up to Love’.’’

"O my God, fill my soul with holy joy, courage and strength to serve You. Enkindle Your love in me and then walk with me along the next stretch of road before me. I do not see very far ahead, but when I have arrived where the horizon now closes down, a new prospect will open before me, and I shall meet it with peace."

"God is there in these moments of rest and can give us in a single instant exactly what we need. Then the rest of the day can take its course under the same effort and strain, perhaps, but in peace. And when night looks back and you see how fragmentary everything has been, and how much you planned that has gone undone, and all the reasons you have to be embarrassed and ashamed: just take everything exactly as it is, put it in God’s hands and leave it to Him – really rest – and start the next day as a new life."

"Whatever did not fit in with my plan did lie within the plan of God. I have an even deeper and firmer belief that nothing is merely an accident when seen in the light of God, that my whole life down to the smallest details has been marked out for me in the plan of Divine Providence and has a completely coherent meaning in God’s all-seeing eyes. And so I am beginning to rejoice in the light of glory wherein this meaning will be unveiled to me."

"One cannot desire freedom from the cross when one is especially chosen for the cross."

"God Himself teaches us to go forward with our hand in His by means of the Church’s liturgy."

"The more lofty the degree of loving union to which God destines the soul, so much more profound and persistent must be its purification."

"There is a state of resting in God, an absolute break from all intellectual activity, when one forms no plans, makes no decisions and for the first time really ceases to act, when one simply hands over the future to God’s will and ‘surrenders himself to fate’."

~ Excerpt from Gold In the Fire Copyright 2003 Jean M. Heimann


St. Dominic - A Saint After My Own Heart

My husband Bill tells me that there was a tradition in his hometown, which was composed primarily of devoted Catholics who immigrated to this country from the northwestern part of Germany and Holland to southwestern Illinois, for families to name their children the saint whose feast day it was on the day of the child's birth. For example, if you gave birth on the feast day of St. Jean Marie Vianney, your child would be named after him -- John if the child was a boy and Jean, if a girl.

I have a friend who once confided that each of our guardian angels has a name and that name is the same name of the saint whose feast day falls on our birthday. For example, if your birthday is August 8th -- the feast of St. Dominic -- then your angel's name is Dominic.

I have confirmation from several senior citizens in Bill’s hometown that the first story is indeed true. The parents of my brother - in - law, Felix, wanted to name him Henry, but their parish priest denied their request and insisted that he be named Felix, as he was born on that saint's feast day. Can you imagine that happening today with people so uppity about all their rights and "freedoms"? But I have to admit that I am happy that tradition was not commonplace in the area where I was born as I am not all that fond of the name Dominica or Nicky.

The second story sounds sweet, and ever since I heard it, I address my guardian angel as Dominic. I envision my guardian angel, Dominic, as a strong, very protective spirit. Since the name "Dominic" means "of the Lord" it does seem to fit.

My mom and my dad both had a strong devotion for Our Mother, so they gave me the middle name of Marie -- the French version of Mary. I took Catherine for my confirmation name after St. Catherine of Sienna -- the well-known Dominican Doctor of the Church.

Then, several years ago, I became involved with the Community of St. John, which was founded by a French Dominican priest -- Fr. Dominique Phillipe.

Is this all a coincidence? I don't think so. St. Dominic has been a wonderful protector and intercessor for me in all the trials I have experienced during my 55 years of life on earth. Both He and St. John the "beloved" Apostle have drawn me closer to our dear Mother who leads us to the Heart of her Son.

Today, I would like to share a little about St. Dominic -- my special protector and the saint whose feast day it is that we celebrate today.

St. Dominic Guzman is the founder of the Order of Preachers (the Dominicans) and the Saint of the Holy Rosary. When he was preaching to the Albigenses, St. Dominic obtained little success initially. However, one day, as he was complaining of this in his prayers to our Blessed Mother, she responded to him, saying, "Wonder not that you have obtained so little fruit by your labors, you have spent them on barren soil, not yet watered with the dew of Divine grace. When God willed to renew the face of the earth, He began by sending down on it the fertilizing rain of the Angelic Salutation. Therefore preach my Psalter composed of 150 Angelic Salutations and 15 Our Fathers, and you will obtain an abundant harvest."

The place of the revelation was the church of Prouille and the time was 1208. The claim of place and time are most strongly supported by the tradition of the Dominican Order. Pope Leo XIII affirmed the Dominican origin of the Rosary and in a letter to the Bishop of Carcassone, he accepts the tradition of Prouille as the place where the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to St. Dominic and revealed this devotion. 13 popes support the tradition that Mary first revealed the Rosary devotion to St. Dominic.

St. Dominic boldly ventured into the villages of the heretics, gathered the people, and preached to them about the mysteries of salvation. As the Blessed Virgin had taught him to do, he distinguished the different kinds of mysteries and after each short instruction he recited ten Hail Mary’s. St. Dominic found great success with this new devotion, which brought about the conversion of the Albigensians. The late Dominican, Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange, who was a teacher of Pope John Paul II when he was a student at the Angelicum in Rome, stated: "Our Blessed Lady made known to St. Dominic a kind of preaching till then unknown; which she said would be one of the most powerful weapons against future errors and in future difficulties."

St. Dominic, pray for us, for our families and loved ones, and all who have strayed away from the faith, and especially for those in our society today – all our brothers and sisters who perpetuate heresy – those who embrace and spread false doctrine regarding abortion, euthanasia, and all the perversions which are preached particularly by our "Catholic" pro-choice politicians and many of our "Catholic" Hollywood celebrities. Lift the veil of darkness and deception which blinds them and lead them into the light and the reality of Truth so they may be set free to return Home to their Heavenly family. Amen.

~ Copyright 2004 Jean M. Heimann