Thursday, May 31, 2007

New and Improved "4 new x 2" Meme

The new and improved Meme is the "4 new x 2" is a variation of the eight things meme and I've been tagged by Esther.

The rules: You have to share four things that were new to you in the past four years. Four things you learned or experienced or explored for the first time in the past four years. New house, new school, new hobby, new spouse, new baby, whatever. Then you have to say four things you want to try new in the next four years.

Four Things That were new to me in the Past Four Years:

1. Kansas - We moved here 19 months ago from IL. Prior to moving here, I had only been through Kansas late at night traveling on a train headed for Houston, Texas, so I had no idea of what it would be like to live here. I love it here - at least in the area where we're living. The pace is slower and there is so much more to do here. Property taxes are lower than IL and there are many advantages to living here. There are many faithful Catholics in this area.

2. Working as a Crisis Pregnancy Counselor - I love my volunteer work - I believe that this is one of the reasons God called us here.

3. I made a pilgrimage to Rome for the first time last year and met the Holy Father. I actually shook hands with him!

4. I started blogging 3 and a half years ago.

Four Things That I Hope to Try in the Next Four Years:

1. Have my new book published.

2. Learn to play the piano, which is something I have wanted to do since I was in the third grade.

3. Become fluent in Spanish.

4. Travel to Mexico. I would love to go on a pilgrimage to Guadalupe.

I will tag the following 8 people:

Barb

Deb

Karen

Leticia

T.O.

Jeff

Matthew

Paul

O’Reilly Rebounds With Hard-Hitting Exposé on Notorious Abortionist

Accuses KS Governor of protecting Tiller

New York City, NY – Fox News host Bill O’Reilly rebounded from a six-month silence to issue a scathing segment on the notorious late-term abortionist George R. Tiller that aired the evening of May 30. During the segment, O’Reilly blasted Tiller for “executing fetuses” for “vague medical reasons.”

He was equally critical of Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, who vetoed a bill that would have required Tiller to provide specific medical reasons for abortions after 21 weeks of pregnancy.
“Incredibly, Gov. Sebelius is protecting Tiller,” O’Reilly said during his broadcast. “And Gov. Sebelius is allowing him to continue the slaughter. How the governor sleeps at night is beyond me.”

O’Reilly produced a document showing that Tiller has a lengthy history of campaign contributions to Sebelius going back to 1994.
O’Reilly’s guest was Rep. Ben Hodge, who resigned a committee post in protest of the lack of action by Speaker Melvin Neufeld to bring Tiller to justice.

When asked by O’Reilly if this was a disgrace upon everyone who lives in Kansas, Rep. Hodge responded, “Yes, I think it is. I think at times in American history there will be times when branches of government fail the people and I think this is one of those times.”

“O’Reilly’s remarks underscore what our own research and work has revealed about the web of corruption that surrounds and protects Tiller,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman, who worked behind the scenes with Kansas legislators in an attempt to bring Tiller to justice.

“Because women come from every state to abort late-term babies at Tiller’s Wichita abortion mill, this is a national problem. We pray that the national exposure O’Reilly brings to this scandal will force the people of Kansas to begin taking meaningful action to clean up governmental corruption and bring Tiller to a court where he can be held accountable under the law as soon as possible,” said Newman.

VIEW THE VIDEO HERE. (8 min. 15 sec.) (Video and photo capture courtesy of kansasmeadowlark.com.)

Via Operation Rescue.

The Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

“Mary set out, proceeding in haste.”

As soon as the angel had visited Mary, she went with haste to her cousin Elizabeth, who herself was expecting a child. And the child to be born, John the Baptist, leaped for joy in Elizabeth’s womb. How marvelous! The all-powerful God chose a child yet to be born to announce his Son’s coming!

In the mystery of the Annunciation and the Visitation, Mary is the very model of the life we should lead. First of all, she welcomed Jesus in her existence; then, she shared what she had received. Every time we receive Holy Communion, Jesus the Word becomes flesh in our life – gift of God who is at one and the same time beautiful, kind, unique. Thus, the first Eucharist was such: Mary’s offering of her Son in her, in whom he had set up the first altar. Mary, the only one who could affirm with absolute confidence, “this is my body”, from that first moment offered her own body, her strength, all her being, to form the Body of Christ.

Our mother the Church raised women to a great honor before the face of God by proclaiming Mary as Mother of the Church.

~ Blessed Teresa of Calcutta (1910-1997), Foundress of the Missionary Sisters of Charity No Greater Love

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

In Their Own Words: Mahatma Ghandi, Planned Parenthood

"It is cowardly to refuse to face the consequences of one's acts. Person's who use contraceptives will never learn the virtue of self-restraint. Self - indulgence with contraceptives will sap the vitality of both men and women."

~ Mahatma Ghandi

"People should put their time, their energy and their money to just enjoying their [male organ]."

~ Planned Parenthood of Western Washington

Today's Prayer Intentions

During my Holy Hour today at Eucharistic Adoration, I prayed for the following intentions and invite all of you to join me in prayer for these requests:

For peace, healing, and comfort for Betty and Jim and their entire family. Their oldest granddaughter Jessi, Jessi's boyfriend, and 3 - year - old Sammy (a twin) were in a bad car accident on Memorial Day. Jessi's boyfriend was killed on the spot and Sammy later died after emergency surgery. Jessi is still alive, but is in critical condition.

For the intentions of the Holy Father.

For world peace and for the protection of the lives of our military.

For a job for Darin and a place for him to live, as his lease expires at the end of this month.

For the repose of the soul of Darin's uncle and for peace, comfort, and healing for the family.

For the special intentions of L. and her family.

For healing for Dave, who has stomach cancer.

For an end to abortion and all sins against life.

For a special intention.

For all previous prayer requests mentioned here and for those around St. Blog's.

Wednesday Basics

Wednesday of the Eighth Week of Ordinary Time

Saint of the Day: St. Joan of Arc, Patroness of Soldiers and France

Today in Catholic History:

339 The church historian Eusebius of Caesarea died (b. ca. 275).

1431 - Hundred Years' War: In Rouen, France, 19-year-old Joan of Arc is burned at the stake.

Birthdays:
1909 - Benny Goodman, American clarinetist and bandleader (d. 1986)

1922 - Hal Clement, American writer (d. 2003)

1927 - Clint Walker, American actor

1943 - Gale Sayers, American football player

St. Padre Pio of Pietrelcina: Trials and Afflictions


"Our present life is given only to gain the eternal one and if we don't think about it, we build our affections on what belongs to this world, where our life is transitory. When we have to leave it we are afraid and become agitated. Believe me, to live happily in this pilgrimage, we have to aim at the hope of arriving at our Homeland, where we will stay eternally. Meanwhile we have to believe firmly that God calls us to Himself and follows us along the path towards Him. He will never permit anything to happen to us that is not for our greater good. He knows who we are and He will hold out His paternal hand to us during difficulties, so that nothing prevents us from running to Him swiftly. But to enjoy this grace we must have complete trust in Him."

"The more you are afflicted, the more you ought to rejoice, because in the fire of tribulation the soul will become pure gold, worthy to be placed and to shine in the heavenly palace."
~ St. Padre Pio of Pietrelcina

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Catholic-Affiliated Adoption Agency Recruiting Homosexual Adoptive Parents

By John Jalsevac

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, May 29, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The Bay Area adoption/foster care agency, Family Builders, partnering with the City and County of San Francisco, has launched a controversial ad campaign in the hope of attracting more homosexual couples to adopt children.

Two of the posters that form the core of the campaign feature homosexual couples together with their adopted children. The signs either use the slogan "Family Planning," with the phrase beneath, "Our family was no accident-we planned for it," or the slogan "Intelligent Design," with the phrase, "Before we started our family we considered all the options."

Family Builders is the adoption agency that San Francisco's Catholic Charities partnered with last year after the government enforced legislation mandating that all adoption agencies permit homosexual adoptions. Rather than follow the lead of Boston's Catholic archdiocese, which closed its adoption services rather than be associated with homosexual adoption, San Francisco Catholic Charities side-stepped Catholic teaching on the intrinsic immorality of homosexual adoption by partnering with Family Builders. [More]

Bill & Hillary Linked to Elder Scam

By Dick Morris & Eileen McGann
Newsmax
Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Since he left office in 2001, former president Bill Clinton has been paid by $3.3 million by InfoUSA, an Omaha, Nebraska company that has been identified as a key provider of specially designed databases that have been sold to criminals who use the detailed information to defraud the unsuspecting elderly.

The consulting fees to the former president were only part of the largess InfoUSA showered on the former president.

Vinod Gupta, the CEO of InfoUSA, lent the Clintons the company's jet which took them to places like Switzerland, Hawaii, Jamaica and Mexico.

The jet service was worth a staggering $900,000.

And Gupta gave the Clinton library a six-figure gift as well. Indeed, just months after he left the presidency, Bill Clinton was paid $200,000 for a speech given to InfoUSA in Omaha.

InfoUSA is not the kind of company with which a former president and the husband of a presidential candidate should associate.

According to the The New York Times, InfoUSA compiled and sold lists that disclosed the names of elderly men and women who would be likely to respond to unscrupulous scams.

The lists left no doubt about the vulnerability of the elderly targets.

The Times reported, for example, that InfoUSA advertised lists of "Elderly Opportunity Seekers," 3.3 million older people "looking for ways to make money," and "Suffering Seniors," 4.7 million people with cancer or Alzheimer's disease. "Oldies but Goodies" contained 500,000 gamblers over 55 years old, for 8.5 cents apiece. One list said: "These people are gullible. They want to believe that their luck can change."

InfoUSA sold lists to companies that were under investigation or closed down by courts because of their criminal activity. The company's internal emails show that employees were aware that the investigation for elderly fraud involved their customers, but sold the lists anyway.

The Times profiled one unfortunate 92-year-old man who entered a sweepstakes sponsored by InfoUSA. The information that he innocently provided was then sold to the predator marketers. After responding to their telemarketing calls seeking financial information, his entire life savings was stolen from his bank account at Wachovia Bank. These practices, using lists supplied by InfoUSA, were repeated all over the country.
Last week, Hillary Clinton sought and obtained an extension of time to file her presidential candidate financial disclosure statement.

Unlike the information required of Senators, this filing requires her to list not just the sources of Bill's income but exactly how much they paid him.

While Senator Clinton offered no reason for the postponement, one cannot help wondering if a desire to conceal InfoUSA's payments to her husband while the company is under fire.
The extent of the company's payments to Bill only came out as a result of a lawsuit by disgruntled stockholders against the company management.

The relationship between Bill Clinton and Vinod "Vin" Gupta, the CEO and Chairman of InfoUSA is both long-standing and deep.

A frequent Clinton donor, he has stayed in the Lincoln Bedroom, admitted to donating $1,000,000 to the Clinton Library and told the press that he'd consider an additional donation.

Again, since the Clintons refuse to disclose who donated money to the library, we don't know the total that he actually gave. In late 1999, Gupta gave $2,000,000 for Hillary Clinton's Millennium New Year's Eve bash. (They party cost $16 million and was closed to the press!)

The links between Gupta and the Clintons are extensive:
Gupta raised over $200,000 for Hillary's Senate campaigns and contributed thousands to the DNC and Democratic House and Senate campaigns.

InfoUSA was one of the sponsors of the Aspen Festival of Ideas last summer where Bill and Hillary Clinton both spoke.
Gupta built the Bill Clinton Science & Technology Center and the Hillary Clinton Mass Communications Center in his hometown of Rampur, India.

Bill and Gupta traveled to India together.
Gupta reportedly paid for a golf outing for Bill at a legendary Scottish course.

InfoUSA appointed Terry McAuliffe, the Clinton's longtime moneyman to the Board of Directors of its subsidiary company videoyellowpagesusa.com.

Clinton appointed Gupta to the Kennedy Center Board of Trustees only a few days before he left office.

Clinton also nominated Gupta as Consul General of Bermuda and U.S. Ambassador to Fiji, but Gupta was never confirmed.
Gupta's company co-sponsored the 2006 Clinton Global Initiative.

Gupta sent a $7000 treadmill to Chappaqua days after the Clintons left the White House. After the New York Post disclosed the gift, the Clintons returned the gift.

Gupta's generosity to the Clintons is only matched by his generosity to himself. InfoUSA has lately been attacked by some of its shareholders, particularly by the Greenwich, Connecticut company Cardinal Capital that went after Conrad Black. Lord Black is now on trial in Chicago for corporate fraud.

Cardinal Capital objected to Gupta's purchase of a $600,000 skybox at the University of Nebraska, his family's charges of $13.5 million in private jet charges, and $2.5 million for the long term lease of a yacht – all with corporate funds.

In addition to his 2001 visit to the company's headquarters, Bill Clinton was back there to speak at a conference on privacy issues in September 2006. Senator Clinton's disclosure statement for that period has not been publicly released, so we don't know how much he was paid.

This connection between the Clintons and InfoUSA only underscores the necessity of full disclosure of income sources and amounts by all the presidential candidates and the release of their income tax returns, a step Mrs. Clinton has, thus far, refused to take.

My Comments: This doesn't shock me because when you're into murdering babies like Bill and Hillary elder abuse is not really that much different.

The Washington Post on Archbishop Raymond Burke

Check out Peter Slevin's article on Archbishop Burke in the Washington Post. I could go on and on about all the issues this brings up, but since I have already addressed most of the issues here and need to leave for daily Mass soon, I just want to say Thank God we have clergy like Archbishop Burke who have the courage to stand up for the truth and the teachings of their faith. Thank God we have role models like him who don't back down to the pressures of our corrupt society. I look at what a wonderful example he is to all of us as Catholics and I pray that God will reward him abundantly for his strong Catholic pro-life stance and for being a humble and obedient servant of the Church. Let us praise the Lord for Archbishop Burke! Let us pray for many more clergy like him.

Today's Prayer Intentions

The Holy Spirit manifests Christ to us, recalls His words, and open our minds to the Paschal Mystery. Rejoicing in the Spirit we pray:

In thanksgiving for Charlene's mother being released from the hospital and for continued healing.

For the intentions of the Holy Father.

For world peace and for the protection of the lives of our military.

For an end to abortion and all sins against life.

For my dear husband Bill who is in desperate need of work at this time. Our health insurance will be expiring this week. Jesus, we trust in You!

For a job for Darin and a place for him to live, as his lease expires at the end of this month.

For the repose of the soul of Darin's uncle and for peace, comfort, and healing for the family.

For the special intentions of L. and her family.

For healing for Dave, who has stomach cancer.

For our current parish priests and for the newly ordained priests who are being assigned to our parish.

For Brother A - D, who took his vows on Pentecost and for Susan B. who made her lifetime oblature on the same day.

For peace, wisdom, and discernment for Fr. O, a diocesan priest, who is taking a one year leave of absence.

For Fr. L. who is suffering from cancer.

For an increase in vocations to the priesthood and the consecrated life.

For the alienated, the doubt-ridden, the poor - especially for the spiritually poor and those trapped in the culture of death and for those of the verge of despair: that the supernatural peace of the Spirit will bring them to new life and confidence.

For all previous prayer intentions mentioned here and those around St. Blog's.

Loving Father bless us with the seven-fold gifts of Your Holy Spirit and let our lives manifest all the fruits of the Holy Spirit. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Tuesday Basics

Tuesday of the Eighth Week of Ordinary Time

Saint of the Day: St. Maximus of Trier

On This Day in Catholic History:

757 - Paul I succeeds Stephen II as pope.

1453 Constantinople fell to the Turks under Muhammad II, ending the Byzantine Empire and the Middle Ages. The city, the capital of Eastern Christianity since 324, was renamed Istanbul, and the Ottoman Empire began. The lavish cathedral, Hagia Sophia, was converted into a mosque.

1954 Pope Pius X (1835–1914) was canonized.

1982 - Pope John Paul II becomes the first pontiff ever to visit Canterbury Cathedral.

Birthdays:

1736 - Patrick Henry, American patriot (d. 1799)

1874 - G. K. Chesterton, English novelist (d. 1936)

1903 - Bob Hope, British-born comedian and actor (d. 2003)

1917 - John Fitzgerald Kennedy, 35th President of the United States (d. 1963)

1939 - Al Unser, American race car driver

1978 - Lorenzo Odone, Adrenoleukodystrophy victim

Huckabee on Immigration

Mike Huckabee, a strong pro-life candidate for the 2008 Presidential election, has some excellent ideas about immigration. I agree with him - secure our borders first and enforce our current laws.

EWTN Guest Robert E. Rector on the High Cost of Low-Skilled Immigrants



Robert E. Rector, a leading expert on poverty and the U.S. Welfare System and Senior Research Fellow in Domestic Policy Studies at The Heritage Foundation, appeared as a guest on Raymond Arroyo's World Over Live recently. I was stunned by Rector's statements in the interview, particularly as he described the details of The Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act (CIRA, S.2611). I knew there were flaws in this proposal, but I had no idea how outlandish this act is.

Rector explained that CIRA would create a new "Z" visa exclusively for illegal aliens. This title would change the status of those who are here illegally to legal, essentially granting amnesty to those "previously in unlawful status." This flawed proposal would also undermine the rule of law by granting massive benefits to those who have willfully violated U.S. laws, while denying those benefits to those who have played by the rules and sometimes even to U.S. citizens.

Some of the many flaws of this act can be found in this online article entitled "Rewarding Illegal Aliens: Senate Bill Undermines The Rule of Law" at Heritage House.

†Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam† presents more vital information on immigration and how this bill rewards lawbreakers and terrorists in this post.

Monday, May 28, 2007

Two Award-Winning Abortion Films - Updated

4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days



Bella


Romanian director Cristian Mungiu's small film "4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days" has won the top prize at the 60th Cannes Flim Festival. Mungiu's film, "4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days," is a "harrowing" look at an illegal, back street abortion in communist-era Romania. It is the story of a timid student in a small town is desperate to terminate her mid-term pregnancy at a time when abortion is illegal but almost anything can be bought on the black market. In the film the pregnant Gabita, with the help of her friend, Otilia, meet with the inhuman and manipulative abortionist Mr. Bebe. In what is said to be one of the most powerful scenes in the film, Mr. Bebe gives the girls a purposely graphic description of the abortion procedure.

Not content with taking life, however, Mr. Bebe exploits the situation further, demanding that Gabita and Otilia pay the terrible price of their personal dignity by exchanging sex for the abortion. According to one reviewer, the scene takes place “notably off camera,” showing Mungiu’s ability to instill “a sordid and heavy environment without yielding to demonstration.”

It makes a point,” the director told reporters at a press conference. “People should be aware of the consequences of their decisions."

As reported by LifesiteNews.Com:

“4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days” is the second film about abortion to win the highest award at a prestigious international film festival in the last year. “Bella,” which also tackled the topic of abortion, was the winner of the People’s Choice Award at the 2006 Toronto Film Festival.

In fact, at least on the superficial level, the two films have much in common. Much like the Romanian film, “Bella” was extremely low budget, and was praised for its intimacy and eschewal of Hollywood hyper-polish. Much of the camerawork in “Bella” is static, instead allowing the story of the film to speak for itself. “Bella,” much like “4 Months” also takes place over a 24 hour period, and centers around the difficult decision of a young pregnant woman about whether or not to abort her child.

Update: The Catholic News Agency comments on “4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days”:

The film has caused much controversy as some consider it pro-abortion propaganda, while others see it as brutal warning of the consequences of taking the life of the unborn.

The film tells the story Gabita, a timid student from a small Romanian town, who desperately wants to end the life of her unborn child, even though that she is more than half-way along in her pregnancy.

The friend that helps her get an abortion has to navigate through a world of corruption and political repression, in which anything can be bought if one has the right connections with the black market, and is presented as a hero.

On the other hand, the director also shows an extended and shocking scene of the aborted baby, and portrays how corrupt the doctor is, who is heard graphically describing the abortion in all of its rawness and repugnance. He said the decision to show the unborn child on screen “is intended to send a message: people should be aware of the consequences of their decisions.” Mungui was presented the award by actress Jane Fonda, who despite her “conversion” after separating from media mogul Ted Turner, continues to be an avid abortion-rights supporter.

My Comments:

While the film “4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days” shows a woman having an abortion (before it was legal to do so in Romania), it sounds like it may also be showing how horrific the consequences of making such a decision is, which may be a good thing. I do not condemn this movie at all nor do I recommend it, but would like to see it for myself and then decide whether or not it reveals the truth. It is sad that there are still abortions done today (legally) in which the same horrific consequences result and women are scarred for life. Just because the murder of a child in the womb has been decriminalized doesn't mean that is any less trauamtic for its victims: the child, the mother, the father, the extended family, and society as a whole.

Memorial Day Tribute 2007



A Prayer for Memorial Day

Remember, Lord, the fallen
Who died in fields of war,
In flaming clouds, in screaming crowds,
On streets that are no more,
That we today might waken
And greet this day in peace
With grateful prayer for those who bear
The storms that never cease.

Remember friends and strangers,
And those forgotten now,
Whose names are known to you alone,
Before whose love we bow
And ask that you surround them
With mercy’s endless light
That they may live, and we forgive
The foe they went to fight.

Remember, Lord, the living,
Who bear the pain of loss
- A death she died who stood beside
Her Son upon the cross.
Remember all your children
The dead and those who weep,
And make us one beneath the sun
Where love will never sleep.

Text: 7686D; Genevieve Glen, OSB; © 2005, Abbey of St. Walburga, Virginia Dale, CO. Published by OCP Publications.

The Book Meme

How many books do you own?
I haven't counted lately, but I would guess about 500. I have given many of my books away.

What books are you reading now?
Humility by Dietrich Von Hidebrand
The World's First Love by Fulton J. Sheen
Infinite Space, Infinite God by Karina Fabian

Books I Have Read Recently:
My Life With the Saints by Fr. James Martin
A Holy Life: St. Bernadette of Lourdes by Patricia Mc Eachern

Five Books That Mean a Lot to Me:
The Bible
True Devotion to Mary
The Story of a Soul by St. Therese of Lisieux
Mother Angelica by Raymond Arroyo
Amazing Grace For Those Who Suffer by Jeff Cavins & Matt Pinto

I tag anyone who wants to play.

Via Leticia.

Sunday, May 27, 2007

Now, Paris Hilton turns to the Virgin Mary to save her from the slammer

I don't doubt that this is true, but some of us have been faithfully praying to Mother Mary for her conversion and who knows? Let us continue to pray for her, not that she won't have to face the consequences of her actions, but that she'll leave the culture of darkness and enter into the light of His love.

Pentecost Sunday: Come, Holy Spirit!


On the day of Pentecost, "suddenly from up in the sky there came a noise like a strong, driving wind which was heard all through the house where they were seated. Tongues as of fire appeared, which parted and came to rest on each of them. All were filled with the Holy Spirit. They began to express themselves in foreign tongues and make bold proclamation as the Spirit prompted them" (Acts 2:2-4).


Come, Holy Spirit
Come, Holy Spirit, come!

And from Thy celestial home
Shed a ray of light divine!

Come Father of the poor!
Come source of all our store!
Come within our bosoms shine!

Thou, of comforters the best;
Thou, the soul's most welcome guest;
Sweet refreshment here below;

In our labor, rest most sweet;
Grateful coolness in the heat,
Solace in the midst of woe.

O most blessed Light divine
Shine within these hearts of Thine.
And our inmost being fill!

Where you are not, man has naught,
Nothing good in deed or thought,
Nothing free from taint of ill.

Heal our wounds, our strength renew;
On our dryness pour Thy dew;
Wash the stains of guilt away:

Bend the stubborn heart and will;
Melt the frozen, warm the chill;
Guide the steps that go astray.

On the faithful who adore
And confess you, evermore
In your sev'nfold gift descend;

Give them virtue's sure reward;
Give them Thy salvation, Lord;
Give them joys that never end.
Amen. Alleluia

Reflection for Pentecost Sunday

Holy Spirit Novena: Day 9

NINTH DAY

Thou, on those who evermore Thee confess and Thee Adore, in Thy sevenfold gift, Descend; Give Them Comfort when they die; Give them Life with Thee on high; Give them joys which never end. Amen

The Fruits of the Holy Spirit

The gifts of the Holy Spirit perfect the supernatural virtues by enabling us to practice them with greater docility to divine inspiration. As we grow in the knowledge and love of God under the direction of the Holy Spirit, our service becomes more sincere and generous, the practice of virtue more perfect. Such acts of virtue leave the heart filled with joy and consolation and are known as Fruits of the Holy Spirit. These Fruits in turn render the practice of virtue more attractive and become a powerful incentive for still greater efforts in the service of God, to serve Whom is to reign.

Prayer

Come, O Divine Spirit, fill my heart with Thy heavenly fruits, Thy charity, joy, peace, patience, benignity, goodness, faith, mildness, and temperance, that I may never weary in the service of God, but by continued faithful submission to Thy inspiration may merit to be united eternally with Thee in the love of the Father and the Son. Amen.

Our Father and Hail Mary ONCE.
Glory be to the Father SEVEN TIMES.
Act of Consecration, Prayer for the Seven Gifts

Saturday, May 26, 2007

Jordin Sparks: A Pro-life American Idol Winner

Here's 17- year- old Jordin Sparks singing her heart out at the American Idol Finale. I love to hear her sing Martina McBride's "A Broken Wing". Yes, she is a both a Christian and a pro-lifer, who wears a purity ring, which is her pledge that True Love Waits, or that she will remain pure and chaste for her husband on their wedding night. This is awesome! I had been cheering for her long before I discovered she was a young woman with strong morals and Christian beliefs, because of her incredible gift of music. She seemed so confident and mature for someone so young and performed consistently well throughout the competition.

Check out Leticia's post at causa nostrae laetitiae and this post at LifesiteNews.Com for more information and photos. I hope and pray that her newfound fame won't change her. She's a winner that's for sure!

Previous Post: Jordin Sparks: A Pro-life American Idol

Warning Label for New Birth Control Pill

This labeling should be mandatory.


Via The Curt Jester.

Holy Spirit Novena: Day 8

Bend the stubborn heart and will, melt the frozen warm the chill. Guide the steps that go astray!

The Gift of Wisdom
Embodying all the other gifts, as charity embraces all the other virtues, Wisdom is the most perfect of the gifts. Of wisdom it is written "all good things came to me with her, and innumerable riches through her hands." It is the gift of Wisdom that strengthens our faith, fortifies hope, perfects charity, and promotes the practice of virtue in the highest degree. Wisdom enlightens the mind to discern and relish things divine, in the appreciation of which earthly joys lose their savor, whilst the Cross of Christ yields a divine sweetness according to the words of the Saviour: "Take up thy cross and follow me, for my yoke is sweet and my burden light.

Prayer
Come, O Spirit of Wisdom, and reveal to my soul the mysteries of heavenly things, their exceeding greatness, power and beauty. Teach me to love them above and beyond all the passing joys and satisfactions of earth. Help me to attain them and possess them for ever. Amen.

Our Father and Hail Mary ONCE.
Glory be to the Father SEVEN TIMES.
Act of Consecration, Prayer for the Seven Gifts

Saint Teresa of Avila: In the Hands of God

Saint Teresa of Avila (1515-1582), Carmelite, Doctor of the Church Poem “Vuestra soy, para vos nací” – In the Hands of God

I am Yours and born for you,
What do You want of me?
Majestic Sovereign,
Unending wisdom,
Kindness pleasing to my soul;
God sublime, one Being Good,
Behold this one so vile.
Singing of her love to you:
What do You want of me?
Yours, you made me,
Yours, you saved me,
Yours, you endured me,
Yours, you called me,
Yours, you awaited me,
Yours, I did not stray.
What do You want of me?
Good Lord, what do you want of me,
What is this wretch to do?
What work is this,
This sinful slave, to do?
Look at me, Sweet Love,
Sweet Love, look at me,
What do You want of me?
In Your hand I place my heart,
Body, life and soul,
Deep feelings and affections mine,
Spouse – Redeemer sweet,
Myself offered now to you,
What do You want of me?
Give me death, give me life,
Health or sickness,
Honor or shame,
War or swelling peace,
Weakness or full strength,
Yes, to these I say,
What do You want of me?...
Yours I am, for You I was born:
What do You want of me?

Cards for Shane

Shane Bernier is a 7 year old boy from Ontario , Canada . At the age of 5, Shane was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Through all his treatment and relapses, Shane has managed to keep a positive outlook on life. His goal in life? To break the world record for the most birthday cards ever received!

His birthday is May 30, so let’s help make Shane’s wish come true! Something as simple as a birthday card sends a message of hope to this courageous young boy.

You can read more about Shane here.

You can mail your cards to:
Shane Barnier
PO Box 484
Lancaster, Ontario
KOC 1NO
Canada

Today's Prayer Intentions

All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation by our God. With great thanks, we now present our petitions to the Father:

For Esther's grandmother, Juanita.

For Melanie's special intention.

For Dom's nephew.

For a successful job search for Bill and a job very soon, as there will soon be no income nor health insurance.

For a good Catholic wife for Bob.

For Charlene's mom who was admitted to the hospital today and is in the stroke unit.

For all those who have requested my prayers.

For all previous prayer intentions and for those around St. Blog's.

Loving Father, You have done wondrous deeds. May we live with wonder before the mystery of Your love. We ask this through Christ Our Lord. Amen.

Saint of the Day: St. Philip Neri, Priest, "The Humorous Saint", "The Apostle of Rome"


St. Philip Neri was born in Florence, Italy on July 22, 1515. He was one of four children of the notary Francesco Neri. His mother died when he was very young, but a very capable and competent stepmother filled her place. Although they were related to Italian nobility, the family was quite poor. Philip was a cheerful and friendly boy, and was popular with all who knew him.

At eighteen, Philip was sent to the town of San Germano, where he lived with a childless relative who had a business there to train as an apprentice and heir. Philip had a strong aptitude for business. Soon after his arrival, Philip began speaking of his conversion, which dramatically changed his life. He left his relative’s home and set out for Rome, as he had a vision that he had a mission to fulfill there. He left without money or a specific plan, trusting in God’s providence.

In Rome, he found shelter in the home of Galeotto Caccia who offered him an attic and a few basic necessities in exchange for tutoring his two sons. During his first two years there, he lived as a recluse, spending time in prayer and eating frugal meals. Then, for the next three years, he studied philosophy and theology at the Sapienza and St. Augustine’s Monastery, where he was a brilliant student. Quite suddenly, he stopped taking classes, sold all his books and gave his money to the poor. Philip now set about on a new venture – to evangelize the people of Rome.

He started out in a very direct manner, making friends with people on street corners and in the public squares. His warm, friendly manner, his cheerfulness, and his wonderful sense of humor would catch the attention of passersby, and once caught, they found it difficult to escape. He had a magnetic personality and an appeal that drew others to him and held their interest. His usual question, “Well brothers, when shall we begin to do some good?” frequently brought a positive response. Without hesitation, he would take them with him to visit and care for the poor in the hospitals or to pray in the Seven Churches. His days were given up totally for others, but his nights were filled with solitude as he spent them either in a church porch or in the catacombs along the Appian Way.

During the Easter season of 1544, while praying in one of the grottos along the Appian Way, he received a vision of a globe of fire, which first entered his mouth and then his chest. He felt a dilation of the chest. He was filled with such strong divine love, that he fell to the ground, crying out in joy, “Enough, enough, Lord, I can bear no more!” When he stood up, he discovered a swelling over his heart, which gave him no pain.In the year 1548, when Philip had been carrying on his mission for ten years, he founded the Confraternity of the Most Holy Trinity – a group of laymen who met regularly for spiritual growth. He also popularized the devotion of the forty hours – exposing the Blessed Sacrament for forty hours, on three successive days, in honor of the forty hours Christ spent in the tomb.Philip had accomplished much by the time he was thirty-four, but his spiritual director felt he could be even more effective as a priest.

On May 23, 1551, he was ordained. He carried on his mission mainly through the confessional. He started hearing confessions before dawn and continued for hours, while men of women of all ages and social rank flocked to him. In his later years, Philip became weak and suffered from many illnesses, each of which was cured through prayer.

On the feast of Corpus Christi, May 25, 1595, Philip was in a radiantly happy mood. All day he had heard confessions and met with visitors. About midnight, he had a severe hemorrhage and the other priests were called to his bedside. They prayed over him and then he raised his hand in Benediction to bless them one last time. As he raised his hand, he passed to his eternal reward.
Six years later, he was beatified and Pope Gregory XV canonized him in 1622.He was known not only as “The Humorous Saint”, but also as the “Apostle of Rome.”

Quotes From St. Philip Neri

“Bear the cross and do not make the cross bear you.”

“There is no purgatory in this world. Nothing but heaven or hell.”

“Sufferings are a kind of paradise to him who suffers them with patience, while they are a hell to him who has no patience.”

“The greatness of our love for God may be tested by the desire we have of suffering for His sake.”

"Cheerfulness strengthens the heart and makes us persevere in a good life. Therefore the servant of God ought always to be in good spirits."

~ Excerpted from Gold in the Furnace, Jean M. Heimann, copyright 2004

Father Euteneuer: The Advocate Vs. The Accuser

In a few months I will publish a book on exorcism and deliverance by which I hope to educate the Church Militant on the reality of spiritual evil and the truth of the Church’s power against it. On this weekend where our Church celebrates Pentecost, the great Feast of the Holy Spirit, I offer an excerpt from this upcoming book to highlight the influence of the Holy Spirit in defending our cause against the accusing spirit of the devil. If we are to fight for the salvation of souls, we must know our enemy and experience God’s love as the protective shield against all his evil.

The following excerpt is taken from the chapter entitled, “The Devil, His Minions, and His Activities.” [More]

Perhaps we should all chip in and purchase a copy for each of those 18 "Catholic" democrats who recently objected to the comments of Pope Benedict XVI about the fact that legislators favoring the legality of abortion should not receive Communion. These individuals claim to be Catholic, but don't have a clue as to what's going on in their faith. I think they could all benefit from receiving a basic Catechism of the Catholic Church, a Bible, and this book. Some of the defiant and disobedient clergy could certainly benefit from reading this book, too.

Weekend Humor

Irishman's Diet

An Irishman was terribly overweight, so his doctor put him on a diet. I want you to eat regularly for 2 days, then skip a day, and repeat this procedure for 2 weeks, the next time I see you, you should have lost at least 5 pounds."

When the Irishman returned, he shocked the doctor by having lost nearly 60 POUNDS!

"Why, that's amazing!" the doctor said, "Did you follow my instructions?"

The Irishman nodded..."I'll tell you ,though, I thought I were going to drop dead that 3rd day."

"From hunger, you mean?"

"No, from the bloody skipping!"

***

A woman went to the doctor's office where she was seen by a young new doctor. After about four minutes in the examination room, the doctor told her she was pregnant. She burst out screaming and ran down the hallway. An older doctor stopped her and asked what the problem was. She told him her story.
After listening, he had her sit down and relax in another room.

The doctor marched down the hallway to the first doctor and demanded, "What's the matter with you? Mrs. Smith is 59 years old, she has six grown children, seventeen grandchildren and you told her she was pregnant?"

"The new doctor continued writing on his clipboard and without looking up said, "Does she still have the hiccups?"

Friday, May 25, 2007

Today's Prayer Intentions

All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation by our God. With great thanks, we now present our petitions to the Father:

For Birthday blessings for Julie D.

For Esther's grandmother, Juanita.

For Melanie's special intention.

For Dom's nephew.

For a successful job search for Bill and a job very soon.

For a good Catholic wife for Bob.

For an end to abortion and for the closing of all abortion mills, especially for Tiller's late-term abortion mill.

For the young men who will be ordained as priests and for those who will become deacons in our diocese.

For all previous prayer intentions mentioned here and for those around St. Blog's.

Loving Father, You have done wondrous deeds. May we live with wonder before the mystery of Your love. We ask this through Christ Our Lord. Amen.

Holy Spirit Novena: Day 7

The Gift of Counsel

The gift of Counsel endows the soul with supernatural prudence, enabling it to judge promptly and rightly what must done, especially in difficult circumstances. Counsel applies the principles furnished by Knowledge and Understanding to the innumerable concrete cases that confront us in the course of our daily duty as parents, teachers, public servants, and Christian citizens. Counsel is supernatural common sense, a priceless treasure in the quest of salvation. "Above all these things, pray to the Most High, that He may direct thy way in truth."

Prayer
Come, O Spirit of Counsel, help and guide me in all my ways, that I may always do Thy holy will. Incline my heart to that which is good; turn it away from all that is evil, and direct me by the straight path of Thy commandments to that goal of eternal life for which I long.

Our Father and Hail Mary ONCE.
Glory be to the Father SEVEN TIMES.

Act of Consecration, Prayer for the Seven Gifts

Friday Basics

Thursday of the Seventh Week of Easter

Optional Memorial of St. Bede the Venerable, priest and doctor; St. Gregory VII, pope; St. Mary Magdalene de Pazzi, virgin; Bl. Louis-Zephirin Moreau, bishop

Today in Catholic History:

1085 Pope Gregory VII died in Salerno (b. ca. 1020/1025).

1261 Pope Alexander IV died (b. ca. 1199).

1879 Saint Patrick's Cathedral in New York City was dedicated.

Birthdays:

1606 - Charles Garnier, French Jesuit missionary (d. 1649)

1725 - Samuel Ward, American politician (d. 1776)

1887 - St. Pio of Pietrelcina, (d. 1968)

1898 - Bennett Cerf, American publisher, TV personality (d. 1971)

1921 - Hal David, American lyricist and songwriter

1925 - Jeanne Crain, American actress (d. 2003)

1929 - Beverly Sills, American soprano

1939 - Dixie Carter, American actress

1993 - Dilley sextuplets, American sextuplets

In the Blogosphere:

Julie D.'s Birthday at Happy Catholic I think she turns 21 today.

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Today's Prayer Intentions

All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation by our God. With great thanks, we now present our petitions to the Father:

For the special intentions of the Holy Father.

For the safety of all our military.

For Esther's grandmother, Juanita.

For Melanie's special intention.

For Dom's nephew.

For a successful job search for Bill.

For a good Catholic wife for Bob.

For an end to abortion and for the closing of all abortion mills, especially for Tiller's late-term abortion mill.

For the young men who will be ordained as priests and for those who will become deacons in our diocese.

For all previous prayer intentions mentioned here and for those around St. Blog's.

Loving Father, You have done wondrous deeds. May we live with wonder before the mystery of Your love. We ask this through Christ Our Lord. Amen.

Abortifacient: How the Pill Causes Abortion

Editorial in Wichita Eagle: Sebelius wrong to veto abortion reporting bill

The following is this morning's editorial in the Wichita Eagle written by editorial board member Brent Castillo:

Gov. Kathleen Sebelius again vetoed a legislative proposal that would have required doctors to report exactly why viable fetuses -- those who could survive outside the womb -- were aborted. The Kansas Senate failed Tuesday to override her veto.

At least this time Sebelius didn't muddle her veto message with personal-objection rhetoric, as she did last year. Instead she wrote that "all Kansans support efforts to reduce the number of abortions," but that the proposed law "likely" would have little substantive effect and would violate the privacy of patients.

Sebelius is correct that the proposed law may not have directly reduced the number of abortions. But she is blowing more smoke than a western Kansas coal plant on the privacy concern. Privacy would have been protected, because doctors would have assigned numbers to patients and wouldn't submit names to the state.

Contrary to the pro-choice propaganda, pro-lifers aren't anti-women. But they do want to elevate considerations about the intrinsic value of unborn life. We should be earnest in demanding that babies aren't aborted for reasons less than the law requires.

Kansas law allows these procedures after the 21st week only if the woman's life is in danger or if two doctors certify that continuing the pregnancy would cause "substantial and irreversible impairment of a major bodily function." But without more details, no one can be sure the law is being followed. Former Attorney General Phill Kline was ridiculed for trying to find out.

Many suspect that the mental health exception is being abused by some doctors.

"The abortion industry seems to have an almighty right to do whatever they want without anyone finding out," David Gittrich, state development director for Kansans for Life, told me. "Every other doctor is open to scrutiny on everything they do. It's just indicative of how she (Sebelius) believes abortion should be allowed in any instance."

Beyond enforcement, more details might also reveal trends that would show us how to help women in these difficult circumstances.

"We don't care about the name of the person," Gittrich said. "We want to know why women are having late-term abortions; that way we can help them. Obviously the mothers have desperate needs or situations, but why are they desperate?"

We may never find out. Current reporting laws offer only minimal details such as how many late-term, viable-life abortions are performed, and whether the women were from Kansas. In the past few years, the numbers ranged from 233 last year to 395 in 2001. None of the abortions was to save the life of the mother.

Abortion supporters are determined to keep the industry in the shadows, but these extreme procedures need closer scrutiny. Doing so would be better for mothers and their near-born children.

Between this, the Olathe Daily News and the Lawrence Journal World, is the media tide in Kansas starting to turn? Write letters to the editor thanking them and agreeing with them when they do the right thing, such as what appears below.

http://www.kansas.com/opinion/castillo/story/78007.html

This is the first pro-life editorial written by one of the Wichita Eagle staff that I have ever seen published by the Eagle. Perhaps they published this because they are losing so many of their paying customers due to their strong pro-abortion stance. I know of several people who have dropped their subscriptions because of their highly biased reporting. This is a nice change! Let's hope they keep it up!

Via Kansans for Life.

Title Blending Meme

Nick from Literary Compass tagged me for the Title Blending Meme.

Here are the rules:Blend two book titles together by using the last word of one title and the first word of the second title. If you want, you can blend the authors' names too. Like this:

The Divine Comedy 0f Errors by Dante Shakespeare

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince of Tides by J.K Conroy

The Canterbury Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Geoffrey Blume

The Screwtape Letters to a Young Poet by C.S. Rilke and of course,

The Last Don Quixote by Mario de Cervantes.

Now it's your turn. Write as many or as few as you want. Tag six people. Extra credit for blending titles with my other two favorite books, Lord of the Rings and Master and Commander. Extra extra credit if you can find another title that blends with Don Quixote.

Don Quixote and the Hobbit by Miguel Tolkien

Cradle Don Quixote by Kurt de Cevantes

Catch Don Quixote by Heller de Cevantes

Don Quixote: 1984 by Miguel Orwell

A Prayer for Don Quixote by John Saavedra

The Taming of Don Quixote by Miguel Shakespeare

Flowers for Don Quixote by Daniel de Servantes

A Wrinkle in Don Quixote by Miguel L'Engle

The Rings of Don Quixote by Miguel Tolkien

Don Quixote and the Shrew by Tolkien Shakespeare

Commander Don Quixote by Miguel O'Brian

The Divine Don Quixote by Dante de Cervantes

Enough of Don Quixote!

Island of the Little Women by Scott Alcott

I will tag the following six people: Esther, Barb, Ukok, Leticia, Sarah, and Margaret Mary Myers.

CARNIVAL #120 - The Catholic Worldview


This weeks Catholic Carnival, hosted by Ebeth at A Catholic Mom climbing the Pillars is up.

Click here.

Holy Spirit Novena: Day 6


SIXTH DAY

If Thou take Thy grace away, nothing pure in man will stay, All his good is turn'd to ill.

The Gift of Understanding

Understanding, as a gift of the Holy Spirit, helps us to grasp the meaning of the truths of our holy religion BY faith we know them, but by Understanding we learn to appreciate and relish them. It enables us to penetrate the inner meaning of revealed truths and through them to be quickened to newness of life. Our faith ceases to be sterile and inactive, but inspires a mode of life that bears eloquent testimony to the faith that is in us; we begin to "walk worthy of God in all things pleasing, and increasing in the knowledge of God."

Prayer

Come, O Spirit of Understanding, and enlighten our minds, that we may know and believe all the mysteries of salvation; and may merit at last to see the eternal light in Thy Light; and in the light of glory to have a clear vision of Thee and the Father and the Son. Amen.

Our Father and Hail Mary ONCE.
Glory be to the Father SEVEN TIMES.

Thursday Basics

Thursday of the Seventh Week of Easter Australia: Solemnity of Mary Help of Christians

Saint of the Day: St. Vincent of Lerrins, monk and ecclesiastical writer

Catholic History:

1218 - The Fifth Crusade leaves Acre for Egypt.

1086 Blessed Victor III (1026?–1087) was enthroned as pope.

1543 Nicolaus Copernicus, Roman Catholic priest, astronomer and scientist, died (b. 19 February 1473, Thorn [Torun], Prussian Poland).

Birthdays:

1494 - Pontormo, Italian painter (d. 1557)

1941 - Bob Dylan, American singer and songwriter

1944 - Patti LaBelle, American singer

1967 - Carlos Hernández, baseball player

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Servant of God Father Emil Kaupan


Today, May 23, is the anniversary of the death of Fr. Emil Kaupan, which took place in 1951. Father Kaupan, a chaplain in the U.S. Army, gave his life serving God in the Korean War.

Father Kapaun, was born in Pilsen, Kansas in the Diocese of Wichita, Kansas on Holy Thursday, April 20, 1916. He was the first child of Enos and Elizabeth (Hajek) Kapaun and was of Bohemian (Czech) ancestry. Nearly everyone in the area spoke Bohemian (Czech).

Emil was raised in the Catholic faith and even from the time he was a young boy, he knew that he wanted to be a priest. As a young boy, he pretended he was a priest and "played Mass" at home with his younger brother.

He was ordained as a Priest for the Diocese on June 9, 1940 and became an assistant Pastor at his home parish in Pilsen. However, it was in World War II that he found his true calling - to minister to the spiritual needs of the soldiers in the US. Army. He enlisted in the U.S. Army Chaplain Corps in 1944. As a 2nd Lieutenant, he served in Burma, China, and India from 1944 to 1945.

Separated from the service in 1946, he re-enlisted in the Army in 1948 and was assigned to the 8th cavalry regiment, who were sent to Japan as part of the U.S. occupation force. In July of 1950, Father Kapaun was ordered to Korea.

Father Kapaun did whatever he could to assist his men. He celebrated Mass, using the hood of his Jeep as an altar. When his jeep was blown out from under him, Fr. Kapaun tended his flock from the back of a bicycle. Kapaun was never far from the fighting - he often risked his own life to retrieve wounded soldiers from the battlefield. On two separate occasions, Fr. Kapaun actually had his pipe shot out of his mouth. On November 1st , 1950, while his unit was falling back from a communist offensive, Fr. Kapaun became a prisoner of war.

As he was preparing to leave, he discovered that there was a pocket of American troops from his unit (most of them sick and wounded) who had not been able to get away. One of the American doctors with the military, Dr. Anderson, was going back to assist those wounded troops. Chaplain Kapaun voluntarily accompanied Captain Anderson.
Eventually, Fr. Kapaun was instrumental in negotiating the surrender to the Chinese of this pocket of American troops. He was the one who did most of the negotiating and he was the only unwounded member of that body that was captured.

In the seven months that he was in prison, Father Kapaun spent himself in heroic service to his fellow prisoners without regard for race, color or creed. To this there is testimony of men of all faiths. As a prisoner of war, Fr. Kaupan continued his aposolate by meeting both the spiritual and physical needs of his men. He gave up his own rations to feed the sick and would often steal food to keep starving soldiers alive. Ignoring his own poor health, he nursed the sick and wounded until a blood clot in his leg prevented his daily rounds. Moved to the camp "hospital", but denied medical assistance, his death followed soon afterwards.

The Diocese of Wichita and the Vatican have begun the formal process that could lead to Father Kapaun's canonization. In 1993, it was announced that Fr. Kapaun would receive the title of "Servant of God".

Photo courtesy of his official website.

Here is his official canonization prayer:

Lord Jesus, in the midst of the folly of war, your servant Emil gave himself in total service to you through his service and care of his fellow soldiers.We now ask you, Lord Jesus, to manifest to the world the glory of his sacrifices by signs of miracles and peace. In your name, Lord, we ask, for you are the source of our peace, the strength of our service to others, and our final hope. In your name, Lord Jesus, we ask.
AMEN

Today's Prayer Intentions

All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation by our God. With great thanks, we now present our petitions to the Father:

In thanksgiving for all our blessings, especially for the grace and perseverance to love and support others with our prayers.

For the special intentions of the Holy Father.

For world peace, especially for an end to violence in the Gaza Strip and for peace in Iraq.

For a successful job search for Bill.

For a good Catholic wife for Bob.

For an end to abortion and for the closing of all abortion mills, especially for Tiller's late-term abortion mill.

For the conversion of all those who are trapped in the darkness of the culture of death.

For the conversion of Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius and all pro-death politicians.

In reparation for all sins against life.

For the young men who will be ordained as priests and for those who will become deacons in our diocese.

For all previous prayer intentions mentioned here and for all those intentions around St. Blog's.

Loving Father, You have done wondrous deeds. May we live with wonder before the mystery of Your love. We ask this through Christ Our Lord. Amen.

Holy Spirit Novena: Day 5


FIFTH DAY

Light immortal! Light Divine! Visit Thou these hearts of Thine, And our inmost being fill!

The Gift of Knowledge

The gift of Knowledge enables the soul to evaluate created things at their true worth--in their relation to God. Knowledge unmasks the pretense of creatures, reveals their emptiness, and points out their only true purpose as instruments in the service of God. It shows us the loving care of God even in adversity, and directs us to glorify Him in every circumstance of life. Guided by its light, we put first things first, and prize the friendship of God beyond all else. "Knowledge is a fountain of life to him that possesseth it."

Prayer

Come, O Blessed Spirit of Knowledge, and grant that I may perceive the will of the Father; show me the nothingness of earthly things, that I may realize their vanity and use them only for Thy glory and my own salvation, looking ever beyond them to Thee, and Thy eternal rewards. Amen.

Our Father and Hail Mary ONCE.
Glory be to the Father SEVEN TIMES.

Wednesday Basics

Wednesday of the Seventh Week of Easter

Saint of the Day: ST. JOHN BAPTIST ROSSI

Today in Catholic History:

1430 - Joan of Arc is captured by the Burgundians while leading an army to relieve Compiègne. (See Siege of Compiègne.)

1498 - Girolamo Savonarola is burned at the stake, in Florence, Italy, on the orders of Pope Alexander VI

1533 - The marriage of King Henry VIII to Catherine of Aragon is declared null and void.

1555 - Paul IV becomes Pope.

Today's Birthdays:

1729 - Giuseppe Parini, Italian writer (d. 1799)

1875 - Alfred P. Sloan, American long-time president and chairman of General Motors (d. 1966)

1910 - Margaret Wise Brown, American author (d. 1952)

1974 - Ken Jennings, American game show contestant

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Eagle Eye Summer Session for Catholic Young Adults Who Want Something More...


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Take Your Faith to A Whole New Level!


Dear young person ages 19-30,

The time is drawing nearer for the Summer Session in Princeville, IL with the Brothers of St. John.

The Summer Session is comprised of four elements: the hiking/camping trip; the Philosophy Session; the Theology Session; and the Silent Retreat. Participants may participate in any of the above activities, or two of them, or three of them. We simply need to know in advance in order to organize our guesthouse.

June 6 - 10th - Hiking Trip - 5 Days of Hiking & Rock Climbing

June 10 - 24th - Eagle Eye Session - Two week study of the study and existence of God and its impact on friendship

June 24th - 30th - Silent Retreat - A Five day silent retreat on the gospel of St. John preached by the Brothers of St. John

Sign up for one part or for all of them!

For more information, go here.

We know that many of you are interested in coming! Great! Please spread the word and please let us know BEFORE MAY 28TH if you can come, or are thinking about coming, even if you are not sure!

May Mary draw the young people here who will most benefit from it.

"Let the one who thirsts come forward, and the one who wants it receive the gift of life-giving water!" (Revelation 21).

Contact: Brother Nathan
Community of St. John
11223 West Legion Hall Road
Princevlle, IL 61559
Eagle_eye_institute@yahoo.com
(309) 385-1193 Ext. 207

Cost for whole: $350
or
Cost for each part: $150

If you can offer a larger donation, it would be appreciated, since the Brothers live on gifts. However, if this price is already too much for you, let them know and perhaps something can be worked out.

Tuesday Basics

Tuesday of the Seventh Week of Easter or the Optional Memorial of Saint Rita of Cascia

Saint of the Day: St. Rita of Cascia: Religious, Patron of Desperate Causes

Today in Catholic History:

337 Constantine the Great, the Roman emperor who first legalized Christianity throughout the empire, died (b. 27 February 272).

1377 - Pope Gregory XI issues five papal bulls to denounce the doctrines of English theologian John Wycliffe.

1533 The first Augustinian friars arrived in Mexico.

1541 A conference at Regensburg (Ratisbon) between three Catholic and three Protestant theologians attempting to reunite the two churches ended in failure after a month of sessions.

1542 Pope Paul III (1468–1549) called the Council of Trent to deal with the Reformation and renewal in the church.

Today's Birthdays:

1859 - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, British physician and writer (d. 1930)

1914 - Vance Packard, American author (d. 1996)

1927 - Michael Constantine, American actor

1934- Peter Nero, American musician

1940 - Bernard Shaw, American television journalist

1943- Tommy John, baseball player

1961 - Ann Cusack - American Actress

URGENT PRAYER REQUEST

The Speaker of the House in Kansas, Melvin Neufeld, who claims to be pro-life, is stonewalling all of the good and willing pro-life hearts in the legislature who are willing to stand up for the Truth and for the unborn children. Please pray for a miracle to happen in the next 24 hours to move things forward to change his heart and to allow the truth to be exposed about the horrors that late - term abortionist George Tiller has done and the laws he has broken in Kansas.

Monday, May 21, 2007

Catholic Identity Crisis: Pro-aborts Pelosi and McCarthy Honored at "Catholic" University

If this isn't openly defying the Holy Father and the Magisterium of the Church, I don't know what is. Sure, Pelosi and Mc Carthy have already excommunicated themselves from the Church by their actions, but why is their leader condoning this?

We need to continue begging Jesus to send His Holy Spirit so that His creatures will be purified by fire (or whatever else is necessary) and something will be done about this defiant attitude and behavior that some people have toward the Holy Father, the Vicar of Christ on earth. Let's also continue to pray and offer up our sufferings for an end to this evil. I am praying that their consciences will be restored.

Fred Thompson: The Man Who Wasn't There

Peggy Noonan raises some interesting points here about Fred Thompson. Brownback is looking less appealing to Catholics these days. Giuliani seems to be splitting up the Republican party with his "I hate abortion, but..." I still support people's rights to choose. Ron Paul is definitely in the wrong party. Mike Huckabee is looking more and more appealing to me with his strong pro-life stance.

This present lack of any one outstanding candidate in the Republican Party, however, doesn't mean I'm considering voting for the opposition. I would sooner vote for Sponge Bob Square Pants than for Obama or Hillary.

Today's Prayer Intentions

All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation by our God. With great thanks, we now present our petitions to the Father:

In thanksgiving for safe travel for Bill and for his two interviews.

For the special intentions of the Holy Father.

For world peace, especially for an end to violence in the Gaza Strip and for peace in Iraq.

For a successful job search for Bill.

For the sale of Anne and Ron's home.

For healing for Dave who has been diagnosed with stomach cancer.

For a young woman who has a stage 3 melanoma.

For A. who does not want an abortion, but is being coerced by the father of her baby, who is closed to other options. We pray for the life of this child.

For the apostolates of Fr. JM for safe travel, and a fruitful meeting with the bishop.

For a special intention.

For all previous intentions mentioned here and for those around St. Blog's.

Loving Father, You have done wondrous deeds. May we live with wonder before the mystery of Your love. We ask this through Christ Our Lord. Amen.

Holy Spirit Novena: Day 4


FOURTH DAY (Monday, 7th Week of Easter)

Thou in toil art comfort sweet, Pleasant coolness in the heat, solace in the midst of woe.

The Gift of Fortitude

By the gift of Fortitude the soul is strengthened against natural fear, and supported to the end in the performance of duty. Fortitude imparts to the will an impulse and energy which move it to under take without hesitancy the most arduous tasks, to face dangers, to trample under foot human respect, and to endure without complaint the slow martyrdom of even lifelong tribulation. "He that shall persevere unto the end, he shall be saved."

Prayer

Come, O Blessed Spirit of Fortitude, uphold my soul in time of trouble and adversity, sustain my efforts after holiness, strengthen my weakness, give me courage against all the assaults of my enemies, that I may never be overcome and separated from Thee, my God and greatest Good. Amen.

Our Father and Hail Mary ONCE.
Glory be to the Father SEVEN TIMES.

Act of Consecration, Prayer for the Seven Gifts

Monday Basics

Optional Memorial of St. Christopher Magallanes, priest and martyr, and his companions, martyrs; Optional Memorial of St. Eugene de Mazenod, bishop (Canada)

Today in Catholic History:
996 Pope Gregory V (ca. 970–999; reigned 996–999) crowned Otto III (980–1002) as emperor.

1864 Joseph de Veuster (better known as Father Damien, 1840–1889) was ordained priest in Honolulu. In 1873 at his own request he was sent to a settlement of lepers on the island of Molokai, where he later contracted the disease and died.

1972 Wielding a hammer, Laszlo Toth damaged one of the world's most celebrated sculptures, Michelangelo's Pietà, in the Vatican at Rome.

Today's Birthdays:

1850 - Giuseppe Mercalli, Italian priest and volcanologist (d. 1914)

1878 - Glenn Curtiss, American aviation pioneer (d. 1930)

1901 - Sam Jaffe, American film producer (d. 2000)

1917 - Raymond Burr, American actor (d. 1993)

1918 - Dennis Day, American singer and comedian (d. 1988)

1923 - Ara Parseghian, American football coach

1924 - Peggy Cass, American actress (d. 1999)

1957 - Judge Reinhold, American actor

Blog of the Day:

Fr. Jonathon Morris
Day One: Christianity in Turkey

Planned Parenthood Caught in The Act of Protecting Predators Again

Suzanne from Big Blue Wave reports on the latest Planned Parenthood cover-up. Check out this youtube video from Michelle Malkin .

Lila Rose is a 18 year-old student investigative journalist at UCLA who posed as a 15 year-old and caught Planned Parenthood in the act of covering up a reported statutory rape. She also discovered that UCLA doesn’t have any support for students who want to continue with the pregnancy. They have 2 abortion doctors but no pre-natal care, no adoption referral service,and no pregnancy support groups.

I watched Lila and her attorney being interviewed by Bill O'Reilly on Fox News the other day and Planned Parenthood is really getting nasty about this. (Of course, it might tarnish the wonderful reputation they have and they might lose a few bucks in the process.) You can read the article Lila Rose wrote about the cover-up in her pro--life newspaper The Advocate here. You can also go to Jill Stanek’s blog to read how Planned Parenthood is threatening to sue Ms. Rose over these tapes.

I agree with Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue when he says: “Lila Rose is a hero for her courage in exposing the child sex protection racket that so common today at our nation’s abortion clinics. Secrecy always works to the benefit of the rapists and abortionists, while the truth works to protect the innocent. We hope her exposé will help shut down the Planned Parenthood sex centers that give cover for predators at the expense of the safety and well-being of little girls.”

It is also interesting that Lila Rose describes herself as a Christian, but does not object to abortion only because of her faith. She believes that the right to life is everyone’s fundamental right.

Let's continue to pray for the closing of these "sex centers" and "hell holes" run by people who make megabucks from killing babies, destroying women's lives, and protecting predators.

Sunday, May 20, 2007

Eight Things About Me Meme

I was tagged by Deb at Ukok's Place.

“Here are the rules: Each player lists 8 facts/habits about themselves. The rules of the game are posted at the beginning before those facts/habits are listed. At the end of the post, the player then tags 8 people and posts their names, then goes to their blogs and leaves them a comment, letting them know that they have been tagged and asking them to read your blog.”

1. I love flying on airplanes as well as watching them at air shows, touring them, especially the really old ones. I would love to learn how to fly someday.

2. I am outdoor person and love nature. I love gardening, bird-watching, nature walks, and identifying the star formations at night. I love boating and fishing,too, but haven't done either in awhile.

3. Listening to music, reading, writing, and watching old movies are my favorite ways of spending time.

4. I enjoy playing the games Scrabble, Jeopardy, Family Feud, and the old Ms. Packman, but haven't a clue about any of the games children play nowadays.

5. I have a digital camera, but really don't know how to use it, other than the very basics. Sometime I will have to take the time to sit down and read the directions.

6. My nickname is "Red".

7. I love to change the lyrics to songs to make them more personal for my husband or others. Songs and words often come to mind at the oddest times.

8. I often sing along and dance to the songs on American Idol.

Just about everyone I know online has done this meme already, but if you haven't done it and would like to, consider yourself tagged.

The Marian Meme

Via Esther.

What is your favourite image of Our Lady?
Wow, there are so many to choose from, but I have always loved Our Lady of Lourdes and Our Lady of Grace.

What is your favourite Marian feast?
The Feast of the Immaculate Conception

What is your favourite Marian hymn/anthem?
I have lots of them but my favorite is Ave Maria. I also like Salve Regina a lot.

What is your favourite Marian place of pilgrimage?
I haven't been on a Marian pilgrimage yet, but would love to go to Lourdes and the other apparition sites in France, as well as Guadalupe. I would also like to go to Medjugore.

What is your favourite Marian devotion?
The Holy Rosary is my favorite Marian Devotion when it is prayed in a contemplative manner, reverently and slowly, while meditating on the mysteries. I don't like rushing through the rosary.

Anyone who is reading this and loves the Blessed Mother is tagged.

Related Post: A Pictorial Tribute to the Blessed Virgin Mary

Novena to the Holy Spirit: Day 3



THIRD DAY (7th Sunday of Easter or transferred Ascension)

Thou, of all consolers best, Visiting the troubled breast, Dost refreshing peace bestow.

The Gift of Piety

The gift of Piety begets in our hearts a filial affection for God as our most loving Father. It inspires us to love and respect for His sake persons and things consecrated to Him, as well as those who are vested with His authority, His Blessed Mother and the Saints, the Church and its visible Head, our parents and superiors, our country and its rulers. He who is filled with the gift of Piety finds the practice of his religion, not a burdensome duty, but a delightful service. Where there is love, there is no labor.

Prayer

Come, O Blessed Spirit of Piety, possess my heart. Enkindle therein such a love for God, that I may find satisfaction only in His service, and for His sake lovingly submit to all legitimate authority. Amen.

Our Father and Hail Mary ONCE. Glory be to the Father SEVEN TIMES.

Today's Prayer Intentions

All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation by our God. With great thanks, we now present our petitions to the Father:

In thanksgiving for safe travel for Bill.

For the Holy Father's special intentions.

For the repose of the soul of Sr M-A, an Apostolic Sister from the Community, who died of cancer on Ascension Thursday morning (May 17) in France at age 60. For peace and comfort for all her family and all her friends.

For the success of Bill's interview tomorrow morning.

For the apostolates of all the Brothers and Sisters as well as those of the Oblates of the Community of St. John.

For a young woman who has a stage 3 melanoma.

For A. who does not want an abortion, but is being coerced by the father of her baby, who is closed to other options. We pray for the life of this child.

For the repose of the soul of Pauline and for healing, peace, and comfort for her family.

For Dave who has been diagnosed with stomach cancer.

For safe travel for Fr. JM and for a successful meeting with the Bishop.

For an end to abortion and all sins against life.

For a special intention.

For all previous prayer intentions mentioned here and for those around St. Blog's.

Loving Father, You have done wondrous deeds. May we live with wonder before the mystery of Your love. We ask this through Christ Our Lord. Amen.