Tuesday, July 31, 2007

PERSONAL PRAYER REQUESTS UPDATE

I want to thank all who have been praying for us during this difficult time in our lives and I wanted to personally update you on our situation.

My husband has been without a full-time job for nearly 5 months now and we have been without health insurance and benefits for three months. He has been looking for a position as a manufacturing engineer, a manufacturing manager, or a plant manager. We live in the Wichita, KS area and would like to stay here, but are willing to relocate so that he can find a good job with benefits. If you are hiring for these positions or know of anyone who is, please contact me at catholicfire@cox.net. He is in need of work at this time, as his former employer eliminated some positions in this area due to a reorganization of the company.

Also, thanks to all for your prayers for healing from my recent accident. With treatments from my chiropractor, I am recovering and am walking and driving again, but am not totally back to normal. Housework is painful, but I am so happy that I was able to vacuum one room yesterday. Since the accident occurred inside the mall, I have been trying unsuccessfully to contact the mall's adjustor, to pay for the medical expenses incurred from this accident (which happenned due to the mall's wet floor). However, it does not seem like they are too eager to assist or I would think they would return my calls.

Thanks again for your prayers. Prayer is powerful!

"I will bless the LORD at all times; praise shall be always in my mouth. My soul will glory in the LORD that the poor may hear and be glad. Magnify the LORD with me; let us exalt his name together." (Psalm 34: 2 - 4)

Today's Prayer Intercessions

Christ the Lord lives among us and we are his adopted people. Let us praise him and offer him our prayers:- Lord, listen to us and show your greatness.

Lord, king and ruler of the nations, guide all peoples and all who exercise power
that they may work together for the common good, according to your laws.
You conquered our captivity and took it prisoner:

restore to freedom our brethren who are captive in body or in soul.

May our young grow up irreproachable in your sight
and may they wholeheartedly follow you when you call.
Make children follow your example
and move steadily forward in wisdom and grace.
Take up the dead into your eternal kingdom
where we hope one day to rule at your side.

For the special intentions of the Holy Father.

For the Thoene Family Prayer Request. (Brock and Bodie ask for your prayers for Sarah and Luke Thoene and their soon-to-be-born baby girl. Sarah is in the hospital with pre-eclampsia. Baby Wilkie is 26 weeks along and much loved.)

For safe travel for Karina and her family as they move. (They were involved in an accident with a drunken driver during their long moving trip so far. No one was seriously hurt, thank God.)

For Dan's prayer request.

For a respect for all human life from the womb to the tomb, for an end to abortion, euthansia and all sins against human life.

For the repose of the soul of Theresa's mother who passed away on Saturday morning and for healing, peace, and comfort for the family.

For an outpouring of graces on Ebeth's father - in- law and mother-in-law, who are elderly and not doing well and for comfort and peace for the family.

For healing for Christine's aunt who has a brain tumor.

For the success of the Midwest Family Conference to be held in Wichita next weekend.

For this special intention.

For Donna Marie's special intention.

For Esther's special intentions.

For Seminarian Matthew's special intention. (See updates here.)

For Paul's conversion.

For Julie D.'s parents.

For C. who is struggling with a problem pregnancy.

For L., a woman who will be undergoing brain surgery to try to stop further brain damage caused by tumors; the surgery is planned in the beginning of August.

For all those suffering from cancer ( especially Diane (who has been fighting it for almost 3 years now), Fr. L., Dave, WI Catholic, Gloria, Robert, Harry and Vic, their caregivers, friends, and family.

For a full-time job with excellent benefits for Bill.

For continued healing for the accident I had on July 9 and for financial assistance to pay for the expenses entailed. (I applied for financial assistance for medication, but recently discovered that it takes several weeks to be approved.)

For all those previous requests made here and those around St. Blogs.

Our Father, who art in Heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those that trespass against us,and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

Lord God almighty, we thank you that you have brought us through the day to this evening. We lift our hands to you in thanks: accept this as our sacrifice to you. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God for ever and ever.Amen.

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New Jesuit website with videos!

Today is the feast of St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuits and so it is fitting that I share this with you. I have just discovered a new Jesuit website. John Brown, SJ, set up the Companions of Jesus website with videos about St. Ignatius and Ignatian spirituality. The Jesuit Review consists of high quality videos. The site also contains Ignatian Prayers and The Spiritual Exercises.

Be sure to check it out!

Related post:

St. Ignatius of Loyola: Brief Biography, Favorite Quotes, Prayers, and Works

Videos: NFP vs. Contraception

Via Thomas at American Papist.

Video One



Video Two



Video Three

Tuesday Basics



Memorial of St. Ignatius of Loyola, Priest

Today's Mass Readings

Today in Catholic History:

432 - Election of Pope Sixtus III.

1009 - Pietro Boccapecora becomes Pope Sergius IV.

1367 - Blessed Blessed John Colombini (b. ca. 1300), Founder of the Congregation of Jesuati, died.

1556 - St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuit order, died (b. 24 December 1491, Loyola, near Azpeitia, Northern Spain).

1968 - The National Council of Catholic Bishops issued a statement on birth control in support of Pope Paul VI's encyclical, Humanae Vitae, of the previous week. The statement reiterated the pope's condemnation of artificial methods of birth control in spite of the sentiment of several priests and laymen who publicly disagreed with the pope's position.

Birthdays:

1702 - Jean Denis Attiret, French Jesuit missionary and painter (d. 1768)

1912 - Irv Kupcinet, American newspaper columnist (d. 2003)

1916 - Bill Todman, American game show producer (d. 1979) (Beat the Clock, Family Feud, The Match Game, Password, The Price is Right, To Tell the Truth and What's My Line?. )

1929 - Don Murray, American actor

1932 - Ted Cassidy, American actor (d. 1979) (The Addams Family)

1943 - Lobo, American singer and songwriter

1944 - Geraldine Chaplin, American actress

1945 - Gary Lewis, American drummer and vocalist (Gary Lewis & the Playboys)

1965 - Scott Brooks, American basketball player

1974 - Jonathan Ogden, American football player

1975 - Randy Flores, American baseball player

1975 - Mike Lincoln, American baseball player

Bella Set for Nation-wide Release in October

Bella, the heart-warming independent film that took the 2006 Toronto Film Festival by storm, winning the prestigious "People's Choice Award," is in final negotiations with a major U.S. distributor.

Barring any last minute glitches in the signing of the papers, the film is scheduled to be released in theaters across the country on Oct. 26.

Many pro-life and pro-family groups across the country and internationally have embraced the film for its unapologetic celebration of life and the beauty of family and for its honest look at the difficult issue of what to do about an unplanned pregnancy.

Learn more from Christina and Leticia on the details of this film.

Visit the Web site for Bella.

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St. Ignatius of Loyola: Brief Biography, Favorite Quotes, Prayers, and Works

St. Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Society of Jesus, was born in 1491 in the Basque Country of Northern Spain to parents of distinguished families in that area. He was the youngest of 13 children and was called was called Iñigo. At the age of 15, he served as a page in the court of a local nobleman and later embraced a military career and became a valiant soldier.

Wounded in battle by a cannonball, which broke one leg and injured the other, he was taken prisoner by the French, who set his leg and eventually allowed him to go home to Loyola. He spent his time recuperating at the home of his brother. Confined to his sick bed , he was given pious books to read, which he grudgingly accepted. To his surprise, he enjoyed them and began to dream of becoming a "knight for Christ", pursuing the ideals of St. Francis and St. Dominic. He eventually promised to devote his life to being a knight for St. Peter if he recovered, which he did after nine months of convalescence.

Ignatius noticed that after doing good deeds for the Lord, he felt peaceful -- which he termed as a "consolation", but when he thought of being a successful soldier or of impressing a beautiful woman where he had initially felt enthused, he later felt dry. Through this process of discernment, Ignatius was able to recognize that God was leading him to follow a path of service. Out of this experience he wrote his famous "Spiritual Exercises".

After traveling and studying in different schools, he finished in Paris, where he received his degree at the age of 43. Many initially hated St. Ignatius because of his humble and austere lifestyle. Despite this, he attracted many followers at the university, including St. Francis Xavier, and soon started his order, The Society of Jesus, or the Jesuits. He travelled to Europe and the Holy Land, then settled in Rome to direct the Jesuits. His health suffered in later years, and he was nearly blind at death. He died at the age of 65.

Favorite Quotes:

"If God causes you to suffer much, it is a sign that He has great designs for you, and that He certainly intends to make you a saint. And if you wish to become a great saint, entreat Him yourself to give you much opportunity for suffering; for there is no wood better to kindle the fire of holy love than the wood of the cross, which Christ used for His own great sacrifice of boundless charity."

"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."

~ Saint Ignatius of Loyola

Prayers of St. Ignatius of Loyola

More Prayers

Litany In Honor of St. Ignatius of Loyola

Works of St. Ignatius Online:

Letter on Obedience, by Saint Ignatius of Loyola

Spirital Exercises

Best of the Blogosphere

Prayer of Spouses for Each Other

"Recently, our Hawaii Catholic moms' biggest concern has been keeping our marriages holy and strong. As you know, the family is always under attack by the devil. What better way to destroy a family but by starting on the foundation of the family, the husband and wife. I offer the following prayer for all who are suffering attacks on their marriage, especially one family in particular who was brought to my attention by Easter:" [more from Esther at A Catholic Mom in Hawaii here.]


I Was Robbed

"I am a "Generation X" Catholic, raised and catechized in the tumultuous aftermath of Vatican II. I was a victim of "renewal" and experimentation gone awry, and so were my peers. With great regret and without exaggeration, I contend that the results have been catastrophic for my generation. It is my firm belief that the overwhelming majority of young Catholics don't have even an elemental understanding of their Faith. As a direct result of that ignorance, young Catholics are leaving the Church in a steady stream (or, dare I say, tidal wave?)." [Read more from Lynne at A Quiet Catholic]

The Movie I'm Not Reviewing Here

"Some of you who remember that my blog was mentioned by Eric Sheske of the National Catholic Register as a movie-review blog. I was as surprised as I was thrilled, as I never fancied myself a movie critic. I have an image of movie critics which is somewhere between the sepulchral food critic in Ratatouille, and David Niven in Please Don't Eat the Daisies, a pinched-face intellectual who enjoys his power of destroying someone's life work just to look smart at high falutin' cocktail parties."

"But actually, I'm nothing like that, in fact I am a little too positive. Why? Because I have a choice in what I review. No one pays me to review films, so if you see a film either here or on Cause of Our Joy, you know it's OK for Catholics. Not all films I review are OK for the kids, however. One of my favorite films, Bella, is rated PG-13 because it deals with abortion (not graphically)." [Read more from Leticia at causa nostrae laetitiae here. Check out all her movie reviews here.]

Why I Call Him My Prince Charming

"After being gone for an overnight visit, I was greeted with an empty sink and a strainer full of clean dishes.

He purged my kitchen of the fly infestation that was causing my tenuous sanity to slip…and slip…and slip.

His first words to me when I walked through the door were, “You bought new shoes. And you have blue toes.”

Then he kissed me and carried the 40-pounder upstairs and put her to bed.

There was no further mention of the new shoes. Somehow, he understood the weakness associated with a new pair of comfortable flip flops for his pregnant wife. (Or perhaps he recognized the inevitability of it…)

The living room…swept, picked up, cleaned better than it has been in an embarrassingly long time. The husband…humble enough to give the dog credit for the amazing housework done in my absence.

As his hand is on my lurching belly, full of an acrobat fairy princess, he will smile at me with tears in his eyes and send me “I love you” signals that make me feel like a princess.

Every morning, a note in the bathroom. For me. From him. He still says thank you when I pack his lunch in the morning. And then he kisses me. (Few better payments, say I!)"

[More From Sarah at Another Day of Catholic Pondering]

Holy Communion on The Tongue: All Sizes and Shapes

As a Eucharistic Minister of Holy Communion, I can relate to this humorous post written by Father Stephanos, O.S.B.

Monday, July 30, 2007

Abortion Clinic Sneaks into Chicagoland

A $7.5 million Planned Parenthood abortion clinic that will open in September in Aurora, Ill., is taking the Chicago area by surprise, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Neighbors thought they were seeing the completion of the "Gemini Health Center," just as the sign says. So did the painters, carpenters, electricians and other tradesmen who have been working on the project for the last eight months.

Just last week, Aurora Councilman Chris Beykirch learned that Planned Parenthood was moving in.

"Frankly, I'm surprised we were able to keep it a secret for so long," Steve Trombley, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood/Chicago Area, told the Tribune. "We didn't want anything to interfere with the opening … and, at this point, I don't anticipate anything will stop that from happening."
Ann Scheidler, executive director of the Pro-Life Action League, said it's not possible to stop construction. "It's probably more a matter of damage control at this point," she said. Her group will begin picketing the site Aug. 22.

"Planned Parenthood's legacy of deception continues as they move forward with opening a new clinic under the auspices of 'health center,'" said Dawn Vargo, associate bioethics analyst for Focus on the Family Action. "The fact that Planned Parenthood officials felt the need to keep the purpose of the center a secret from the builders, residents and the city demonstrates that they suspect their anti-life agenda is very unwelcome."

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My Comments:

Once again, PP uses the deceptive term "health center" when they should be referring to themselves as a "death center".

Wouldn't you know it - they're moving in not far from where some of my more vulnerable relatives live. Lord, have mercy on us and on the whole world!

Fr. Pavone Warns "Christian" Pastors Not to Overstep their Authority

Fr. Frank Pavone, the National Director of Priests for Life, has issued a strong warning to some "Christian" pastors who have tried to silence pro-life protesters. Here is his statement:

"The Birmingham News carried a story... wherein some local pastors said that pro-life activists who held events on public sidewalks near their Churches 'did not have permission' to hold the events.

"Excuse me, pastors, but they don't need your permission.
"In America, the public sidewalks are a forum in which any citizen can communicate to any other citizen what is on his or her mind. The 'permission' has been granted by our Founding Fathers and it's called the First Amendment to the Constitution.
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"This permission holds even when the public sidewalk happens to be in front of a Church. Every pastor in every denomination has a duty to understand this clearly and to respect the rights of every citizen to freedom of speech and freedom of assembly."

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I'm really surprised they don't know this - I thought most people were aware that sidewalks are public property.

I'm also wondering what kind of "Christians" these pastors are who won't stand up for an innocent human being's right to life - it must be a new church founded by (the famous pro-abort) Barack Obama, who has the audacity to call himself a Christian.

A MESSAGE FROM GUADALUPE

A Video message from Guadalupe can be viewed here.

Via Fr. Frank Pavone, M.E.V.National Director, Priests For Life

Today's Prayer Intercessions

Visual sunset of Holy Spirit with contrasting image of a bird in flight.


Christ is filled with grace and the Holy Spirit. Let us proclaim his greatness and trustfully ask him:- Lord, give us your Spirit.
Make our day happy, without disturbance, without sin, so that when we reach evening we can praise you joyfully with pure hearts.

May your radiance shine on us through the day:
guide the work of our hands.
Watch over us: let us do good in peace
and do what is right, with the strength you give us.
Look kindly on all who have asked for our prayers
and fill them with good things, both in body and in soul.

For the special intentions of the Holy Father.

For the Thoene Family Prayer Request. (Brock and Bodie ask for your prayers for Sarah and Luke Thoene and their soon-to-be-born baby girl. Sarah is in the hospital with pre-eclampsia. Baby Wilkie is 26 weeks along and much loved.)

For safe travel for Karina and her family as they move. (They were involved in an accident with a drunken driver during their long moving trip so far. No one was seriously hurt, thank God.)

For a respect for all human life from the womb to the tomb, for an end to abortion, euthansia and all sins against human life.

For the repose of the soul of Theresa's mother who passed away on Saturday morning and for healing, peace, and comfort for the family.

For an outpouring of graces on Ebeth's father - in- law and mother-in-law, who are elderly and not doing well and for comfort and peace for the family.

For the success of the Midwest Family Conference to be held in Wichita next weekend.

For Seminarian Matthew's special intention. (See updates here.)

For Paul's conversion.

For C. who is struggling with a problem pregnancy.

For L., a woman who will be undergoing brain surgery to try to stop further brain damage caused by tumors; the surgery is planned in the beginning of August.

For all those suffering from cancer ( especially Diane (who has been fighting it for almost 3 years now), Fr. L., Dave, WI Catholic, Gloria, Robert, Harry and Vic, their caregivers, friends, and family.

For a full-time job with excellent benefits for Bill.

For continued healing for the accident I had on July 9 and for financial assistance to pay for the expenses entailed. (I applied for financial assistance for medication, but recently discovered that it takes several weeks to be approved.)

For all those previous requests made here and those around St. Blogs.

Our Father, who art in Heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those that trespass against us,and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

Lord, be with us in all we plan and help us in all we do, so that our every action begins from you and is completed through you.Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God forever and ever. Amen.

Who Wrote The Book of Love?


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True Love

Alice von Hildebrand, the wife of the late Dietrich von Hildebrand, one of the finest Catholic philosophers of the past century, writing in the pages of Crisis magazine on true love:

When in love, we experience a deep, profound joy—a joy that is both ardent and calm, like a burning bush; but this ardor is not destructive, and is marked by deep recollection. It springs from the very center of our being. How different from the loud excitement of those who experience violent emotions that do not come from their depths and, like a straw fire, shine brightly for a short while but are soon extinguished.

The heart is not only on fire, but this fire has a melting effect. We feel as if a goodness that does not come from within has taken hold of us. Dietrich von Hildebrand speaks of “fluid goodness” of a loving heart.

True love makes the lover more beautiful; he irradiates joy. If this is not the case, we can raise doubts as to whether he is truly in love. One says in French: “Un saint triste est un triste saint”—a sad saint is a pitiful saint. Similarly, a sad “lover” should question whether he truly loves. Small, modest duties are done joyfully, because either they are done “with him” or “with her,” or because they become acts of loving service.

True love makes one humble. All of a sudden our weakness, misery, and imperfection flash up before our minds, but with no depressing effect. We see our mistakes with the wish to unveil them to the loved one, and this unveiling is coupled with the wish to beg for his or her help in order to overcome them. We wish to unveil ourselves spiritually in a chaste way, to be truly known by the person we love; we fear to cheat our beloved into believing that we are better than we truly are. We feel that the loved one is entitled to know both our “valid name” and its caricature.

Love is also linked to a holy realism. The beauty of the loved one appears in front of us, but with no illusion; his beauty is not a fruit of wishful thinking, but a real vision—as on Mount Tabor—that the lover will have to remain faithful to, to hold on to when the vision is inevitably dimmed by the dullness of everyday duties.

The lover will always be willing to give the loved one what Dietrich von Hildebrand calls “the credit of love”—that is, when the loved one acts in a way that we do not understand or is a disappointment to us, instead of condemning him, the lover will trust that, human life being as complex as it is, his actions may be justified, even though at first glance they strike us as regrettable. The true lover eagerly looks for “excuses” when the conduct of the one he loves is a disappointment. He carefully refrains from being overconfident in blaming the other’s conduct, baffling as it might be at first sight. He rejoices upon discovering that he was mistaken.

Via Insight Scoop.

Amorous 'Jesus' Deflowers Virgin in Sexpot Comedy?

Here's the film and here's what Joe Kovacs at WorldNetDaily has to say about it:

A new comedy spoof on the Ten Commandments portrays Jesus Christ deflowering a virgin librarian, and is raising some eyebrows in the Christian community.

"The Ten," rated R for pervasive strong, crude sexual content, language and some drug material, stars Jessica Alba, Winona Ryder, Gretchen Mol and Liev Schreiber among others.

The movie which opens Friday features ten separate stories, each inspired by one of the Ten Commandments from the Holy Bible.
"If you've ever stopped yourself from murdering someone, then you yourself have been following the Ten Commandments without even knowing it," clowns director David Wain on the film's website. [More]

This is more than a just a little offensive to me - it's totally outrageous. What are your thoughts? You can go here to participate in the poll.

Why Abortion is Demonic


The Demonic Abortion Industry
The following is an excerpt from my upcoming book on exorcism. One chapter of the book is entitled, “Pro-Life and Exorcism” and is devoted to reflecting on the evil of abortion from a spiritual perspective. As a caution for those who may not be accustomed to the language of spiritual warfare, I would mention that the view of abortion contained in the passage below is derived primarily from Jesus’ presentation of the devil as “a murderer from the beginning” (Jn 8:44) and from scriptural passages that identify other demons who collaborate with Satan in his attempt to destroy the very life of God’s children. Make sure to pray as you read this passage.
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In what sense is abortion demonic? The spiritual dimension of this grisly “business” is its systematizing of ritual blood sacrifice to the god of child murder, Moloch, who we know of from the severe condemnations of him in the Old Testament (Lev 18:21, 20:2-5, 1 Kings 11:5.33, 2 Kings 23:13 and Zephaniah 1:5). This demon of murder appears in many forms and cultures through history (Phoenician, Carthaginian, Canaanite, Celt, Indian, Aztec and others) but is always the same bloodthirsty beast that demands the killing of children as his form of worship. This demon is not content with a single act of murder here and there. His insatiable appetite for the death of innocents seeks public endorsement to justify his gruesome deeds, and he needs a systematic expression of it to increase his worship.

The modern abortion industry offers ritual blood sacrifice to the ancient abortion demon. It is in every way a demonic religion. It has its sacred dogma (“choice”), its ruling hierarchy (Planned Parenthood), its theologians (feminist ideologues), its sacrificing priesthood (abortionists), its temples (abortion mills), altars (surgical tables), ritual victims (primarily babies and secondarily women), acolytes and sacristans (clinic workers and death-scorts), congregations (all supporters of abortion) and its own unifying principle of sacramental “grace” (money). In short, the abortion industry is a perfect demonic system which offers a perverse form of worship to the devil.

The sacrificial victim in this demonic religion is not a brute animal as was offered to the Old Testament God of Israel in a legitimate system of religious sacrifices. In abortion, the victim is an innocent human being who is made in the “image and likeness of God” and who can never defend herself. This combination of innocence, parental participation and ritualized obliteration of the visage of God in human form is the devil’s way of blaspheming the Father with the misguided participation of God’s own children. The systematic destruction of the human body which St. Paul calls “the temple of the Holy Spirit” is a blasphemous insult to God. If the abortion business is not truly demonic, nothing is. (End of excerpt.)
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From this perspective, the need for a deeply spiritual approach to ending the abortion holocaust is fundamental. It does not absolve us from working in every way humanly possible to end abortion, but it puts all our human activity into the right perspective. In this month of the Precious Blood we must cover every abortionist, abortion mill and client of the abortion industry with Christ’s Blood in order to conquer the blood sacrifice of the devil with the greatest force of good known to man. If His Blood is properly applied over time with great love, we will see conversions from even the most devoted advocates of abortion. The Blood of Christ is a strong shield for all who pray and work for life and reminds us that our pro-life work brings us to Calvary to stand in solidarity with the unborn child who is unjustly deprived of life.

Rev. Thomas J. Euteneuer,President, Human Life International

Monday Basics

Monday's Flower

Today in Catholic History:

579 - Pope Benedict I died.

1540 - Thomas Abel, English priest (martyred).

History Highlight of the Day:

1956 "In God We Trust" became the official motto of the United States by an act of Congress signed by President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Birthdays:

1511 - Giorgio Vasari, Italian painter and architect (d. 1574)

1818 - Emily Brontë, English novelist (d. 1848)

1863 - Henry Ford, American industrialist (d. 1947)

1890 - Casey Stengel, American baseball manager (d. 1975)

1916 - Dick Wilson, American actor ("Mr. Whipple": "Please, don't squeeze the Charmin!")

1926 - Christine McGuire, American singer (The McGuire Sisters)

1933 - Edward Byrnes, American actor, "Kookie" Kookson III on the TV detective series 77 Sunset Strip. ("Kookie, Kookie, Lend me Your Comb.")

1941 - Paul Anka, Canadian singer and composer

1956 - Delta Burke, American actress

1963 - Chris Mullin, basketball player

1971- Christine Taylor, American actress

My Favorite Quotes from St. Peter Chrysologus, Doctor of the Church

"He is The Bread sown in the virgin, leavened in the Flesh, molded in His Passion, baked in the furnace of the Sepulchre, placed in the Churches, and set upon the Altars, which daily supplies Heavenly Food to the faithful."

"Today Christ works the first of his signs from heaven by turning water into wine. But water [mixed with wine] has still to be changed into the sacrament of his blood, so that Christ may offer spiritual drink from the chalice of his body, to fulfill the psalmist's prophecy: How excellent is my chalice, warming my spirit."

~ St. Peter Chrysologus, Doctor of the Church, 406 - 450

Sunday, July 29, 2007

Today's Prayer Intercessions (Updated)

"God's Gift"

Christ the Lord is our day and our sunlight, shining on all men and never setting. Let us praise him, saying:
- O Lord, you are our life and our salvation!
Creator of the stars, we offer you in gratitude the first-fruits of this day,
and we commemorate your resurrection.
May your Spirit guide us today to do what is pleasing to you:
may your Wisdom lead us always.
Let us join together with joy at Mass this Sunday,
at the table of your word and your Body and Blood.
Our souls give you thanks
for your immeasurable kindness.

Update: Thanks be to God, for this answer to prayer.

For the renewal of the Church: that it will be a place where all may experience the holiness of God, forgiveness of sins, and deliverance from evil.

That the hungry of the world will be given daily bread, generous care, and friendship.

That the Lord will protect and preserve those who walk amid distress.

That God's kingdom will come to those who suffer oppression, prejudice, or persecution - especially the unborn, the disabled, and the elderly.

For the grace this week to work with greater fervor and commitment.

For the repose of the soul of Theresa's mother who passed away on Saturday morning and for healing, peace, and comfort for the family.

For an outpouring of graces on Ebeth's father - in- law and mother-in-law, who are elderly and not doing well and for comfort and peace for the family.

For healing for Christine's aunt who has a brain tumor.

For the success of the Midwest Family Conference to be held in Wichita next weekend.

For this special intention.

For Donna Marie's special intention.

For healing for Rosemary.

For Esther's special intentions.

For Seminarian Matthew's special intention. (See updates here.)

For Adoro te Devote as she struggles with the imminent loss of her beloved dog.

For Paul's conversion.

For Julie D.'s parents.

For C. who is struggling with a problem pregnancy.

For L., a woman who will be undergoing brain surgery to try to stop further brain damage caused by tumors; the surgery is planned in the beginning of August.

For all those suffering from cancer ( especially Diane (who has been fighting it for almost 3 years now), Fr. L., Dave, WI Catholic, Gloria, Robert, Harry and Vic, their caregivers, friends, and family.

For a full-time job with excellent benefits for Bill.

For continued healing for the accident I had on July 9 and for financial assistance to pay for the expenses entailed. (I applied for financial assistance for medication, but recently discovered that it takes several weeks to be approved.)

For all those previous requests made here and those around St. Blogs.

Our Father, who art in Heaven, hallowed be thy name.Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those that trespass against us,and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

O God, you are the protection of all who trust in you, for without you nothing is holy, nothing strong. Guide us and lead us with ever-increasing compassion. Make us make such use of the good things that pass away that we may share, even now, in the good things that endure. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God for ever and ever.

Saturday, July 28, 2007

Movie Review: HAIRSPRAY (Updated)

Bill and I were in dire need of a good comedy so we went to watch Hairspray tonight. What a relaxing time we had! This movie was sheer Fun!

A musical comedy adapted from a Broadway play of the same name, Hairspray is about a happy - go-lucky, plump teenager, Tracy Turnblad (Nikki Blonsky) from 1962 Baltimore who loves to dance. Her dream is to be selected to dance on "The Corny Collins Show" (a TV dance program which seems to be a combination of The Mickey Mouse Club and The Dick Clark Show.)

Tracy's parents, Edna (John Travolta dressed as a woman and acting as a woman throughout), who takes in laundry, is initially resistant to Tracy's auditioning for the show, but her dad, Wilbur (Christopher Walken), a novelty shop owner, is more encouraging and tells her to go for it.

When Tracy auditions, she is strongly rejected by Velma Van Tousle (Michelle Pfeiffer), the Producer of the show and a former beauty queen, who is determined to keep her daughter, Amber (Brittany Snow) in the spotlight as Miss Teenage Hairspray (Clutch Hairspray is the sponsor of the show), while the star of the show, Corny Collins (James Marsden), is open to changing with the times. One of the things Corny is at odds with Velma about is "Negro Day", which is held only monthly and is hosted by Motormouth Maybelle (Queen Latifah). Velma decides to put an end to it.

In spite of Velma's efforts to keep Tracy off the show, the lively teen attracts the admiration of dancing star Link Larkin (High School Musical’s Zak Efron), appears on the TV show, and becomes an overnight sensation. Tracy also earns the respect of Maybelle’s son, Seaweed, (Elijah Kelley), who is attracted to her best friend, Penny Pingleton (Amanda Bynes) and the White teens join the African American teens in a dancing party on the other side of town. When Motormouth Maybelle reveals that there will no longer be a “Negro Day” on the TV program, the teenagers are devastated, but the ever - optimistic Tracy suggests that they all march in a group effort to integrate the show.

The music in this film is uplifting and upbeat, while the dancing gives it energy and pizzazz. The actors are all talented and play their parts well; however, the one character I do not like in this film is Mrs.Prudy Pingleton (Allison Janney of "The West Wing,"), Penny’s mom, a religious fanatic, who punishes her daughter by handing her a rosary, forcing her to listen to a religious record album, and tying her up with rope in her bedroom. It was intentionally meant to be ludicrous, which it was, but it still irks me that Catholics are portrayed this way on screen.

The values presented include: racial equality, self-respect, “doing what’s right", family loyalty, and support, which all enhance the quality of the film.

Due to some crass expressions, innuendo, mild sexual banter and irreverence, and brief teen smoking, I agree with the USCCB, that this film is more suitable for older teens and adults.

My rating: B+ ***1/2 out of four stars.

Related Post: Featured Friday Film: Hairspray

Inspirational Scripture Meditation

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What we are waiting for is what he promised: the new heavens and new earth, the place where righteousness will be at home. So then, my friends, while you are waiting, do your best to live lives without spot or stain so that he will find you at peace. Think of our Lord’s patience as your opportunity to be saved.

~2 Peter 3:13 - 15

My Super Power

Your Superpower Should Be Invisibility

You are stealth, complex, and creative.
You never face problems head on. Instead, you rely on your craftiness to get your way.
A mystery to others, you thrive on being a little misunderstood.
You happily work behind the scenes... because there's nothing better than a sneak attack!

Why you would be a good superhero: You're so sly, no one would notice... not even your best friends

Your biggest problem as a superhero: Missing out on all of the glory that visible superheroes get

Friday, July 27, 2007

Blogger Reflection Award

Blogger Reflection Award: this award should make an individual reflect upon five bloggers who have been an encouragement, a source of love, impacted you in some way, and who have provided a Godly example. In other words, five dear bloggers whom, when you reflect upon them, you are filled with a sense of pride and joy. . .of knowing them and being blessed by them.

Leticia has nominated me for this award and I am honored and thankful. A talented writer and a mom who is raising three beautiful daughters, one of whom has Down Syndrome, she is an inspiration to me. While I have difficulty keeping up with one blog, she writes two - Cause of Our Joy and causa nostrae laetitiae and does a great job on both. She's a special lady who is a strong advocate for the disabled and the unborn. I enjoy reading both of her blogs and staying in touch with her - she has some great ideas.

Here's her nomination of me for the Blogger Reflection Award:

1. Jean M. Heimann at Catholic Fire. Jean not only knows everyone in the Catholic blogosphere (I do?), but she is up on all the buzz, I know that when I read her blog will be inspired and informed by her keen insight. She is passionately pro-life, yet perennially optimistic about the birth of a Culture of Life in this world. She is heavenly minded, as you can see in all her holy posts about the saint of the day, yet she is practical, making her one of my all time favorite bloggers and a great blogbuddy.

Here are my five nominees for the Blogger Reflection Award:

1. Esther at A Catholic Mom in Hawaii - I know Leticia has already nominated Esther, but you know, I have to agree that she inspires me in many ways. Esther's blog reflects her artistic talents and her flair for beauty. Her photos and customized designs convey that personal touch. Yes, she lives in Paradise, but there is a natural gentleness, tenderness, and beauty she exudes that comes from within. Her comments and words convey Christian charity and her prayers and saintly posts are so inspiring. She is a naturally sweet person which comes through in her blog - she's a wonderful prayer partner and blogging buddy. You can find Esther's nominations here.

2. Margaret Mary Myers inspires me with her blog. First of all, I love the music that I hear when I go there. Fur Elise has to be one of my all-time favorites - so comforting and yet gently stimulating at the same time. She writes uplifting posts about her family that reflect her deep faith, shares some of the latest information about authors and books and posts short meditations and personal reflections. When I need a lift, I head on over to her blog -- Margaret Mary Myers. Margaret Mary is an author and has been a homeschooling mom for 22 years, homeschooling high school for 13 years, and homeschooling special education (visual impairment) for five years.

Her other blog is VIP (Visually Impaired Person) Homeschooler, which provides resources for those who are visually impaired as well as family news, and book reviews. On this blog, she tells us that she is " a Catholic homeschooling Mom of many years with a wonderful husband and six great kids. Two of my sons are visually impaired." This alone should qualify her for sainthood! Her blogs reflect the deep faith that she has, her willingness to help others, the love that she has for God, her family, and others.
I feel blessed to have Margaret Mary as a blogging buddy.

3. Deb at Ukok's Place. Deb has been quite an inspiration for me over the years. She has touched me deeply with her own conversion story as well as that of her father's. I love the family news she shares - the photos as well as the latest news on the happenings in her life. She is on vacation now, but I know that when she returns, she will post some wonderful photos, as she is a gifted photographer. Recently, she has been posting beautiful, inspirational photos with scripture messages that brighten my day. She often prays for others and if you have a need, she is there for you. She has many humorous anecdotes to share about her family experiences - past and present - to hold your interest. And, does this woman have talents? Not only is she a great photographer, prayer intercessor, writer, and story-teller, but she designs and creates her own personalized greeting cards, is a wonderful cook, has great advice for other moms, and knows her faith very well. I am blessed to know her and to have her as a blogging buddy.

4. Barb at SFO Mom. I have known Barb since her early blogging days. She is a very friendly, Catholic mom who shares uplifting and amusing family stories, great recipes,inspirational prayers,
and lots of useful, practical information for moms/homemakers on her blog. Barb is a secular Franciscan who really lives out her faith - she is a strong pro-life advocate, a loving wife and mom who is a great blogging buddy.

5. Sarah at Just Another Day of Catholic Pondering. She's got a way about her - there's something about the way that Sarah expresses herself that is very appealing. She writes in a very natural way, demonstrating a good sense of humor, and an honest, wholesome friendliness. When you read her blog, you feel like you're visiting a good friend and neighbor. Here's an example of what I mean - she posts this on her blog: "I'm not off hiding somewhere with a good book, chances are I'm chasing a toddler or a Jack Russell (or sleeping, because every mom can use a nap!). I found Prince Charming and married him, and now we enjoy the idiosyncrasies of life in an old farmhouse. Oh yeah, and we root for the Buckeyes. Every time."

Her serious posts are straight from the heart - and will inspire you to change your life in positive ways for the Lord. What a blessing Sarah is to all of us!

Congratulations, ladies! Now you display your award, and nominate five other bloggers who have inspired you.

Updated Respect Life Boycott List

Seminarian Matthew at A Catholic Life has updated his Respect Life Boycott List with new information on companies that support Planned Parenthood. Please write to the companies on the list and ask them to stop funding Planned Parenthood. If they refuse, please boycott the company and inform them of the reason for your boycott.

Thanks, Matthew, for sharing your list. People are always asking me about this, so it's nice to have this list available for handy reference.

Featured Friday Film: Hairspray

I watched the official trailer on this movie and have heard some good things about it - mostly that it is very funny and enjoyable to watch; however, there are a couple of things I'm concerned about. First, I don't really care for the fact that John Travolta is dressed as a woman and plays the part of the main character's mother. I know that in Shakespeare's time, male actors played the female roles, but that was mainly due to the fact that they didn't have women actresses back then (In medieval times, it was considered disgraceful for the woman to go on stage.), but nowadays it seems somewhat distasteful and disgraceful for a man to appear in women's clothing.

Second, this film is rated PG and contains some crass expressions, innuendo, mild sexual banter and irreverence, and brief teen smoking, which makes it less than ideal to view. USCCB reports that it is best for older adolescents, but I would have to see it for myself before making recommendations on the appropriate viewing audience.

You can find USCCB's review here and Rotten Tomatoes Reviews here. I plan to watch it this weekend to check it out for myself.

Today's Prayer Intercessions


Today I am praying for the following requests and invite all my readers to join me.

The Father who loves us gives us good gifts beyond our imagining.
Let us turn to him in confidence and pray:

Father, hear your children's plea!

For all those who are diminished by deprivation and violence:

free them to live to the full we pray.

For all those who gifts remain undeveloped through lack of education or encouragement:

grant them the opportunity to thrive and grow, we pray.

For all those who have died:
bring them to the fullness of everlasting life in Christ.

For peace, comfort, and healing my friend Theresa's mother, who suffered a heart attack and a stroke, and last night underwent emergency surgery to remove blood clots from both legs. (She has Parkinson’s and dementia.) For comfort and peace for Theresa and her family.

For healing for Christine's aunt who has a brain tumor.

For healing for Julie D.'s father, who has an appointment with a new doctor today.

For Donna Marie's special intention.

For healing for Rosemary.

For Seminarian Matthew's special intention. (See updates here.)

For Adoro te Devote as she struggles with the imminent loss of her beloved dog.

For Paul's conversion.

For Esther's prayer request.

For Julie D.'s parents.

For C. who is struggling with a problem pregnancy.

For L., a woman who will be undergoing brain surgery to try to stop further brain damage caused by tumors; the surgery is planned in the beginning of August.

For all those suffering from cancer ( especially Diane (who has been fighting it for almost 3 years now), Fr. L., Dave, WI Catholic, Gloria, Robert, Harry and Vic, their caregivers, friends, and family.

For the fruitfulness of Bill's job search.

For continued healing for the accident I had on July 9 and for financial assistance to pay for the expenses entailed. (I applied for financial assistance for medication, but recently discovered that it takes several weeks to be approved.

For all those previous requests made here and those around St. Blogs.

Our Father...

May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who has loved us and given us everlasting encouragement and good hope through his grace, encourage our hearts and strengthen them in every good deed and word. Amen. ( 2 Thes.2:16-17)

"Making Time for Prayer" and Other Activities

Patrice Fagnant-MacArthur has written a very interesting and succinct post for Catholic Exchange entitled Making Time for Prayer. While you're over there, be sure and check out CE on Time: A Guide to Personal Productivity. The primary focus of this blog is to help readers make the most of the time God has given them. It offers some useful suggestions on organization, household chores and work-life balance. Here are some examples of some of the posts there include:

1. 5 Ways to Be Better at Self Promotion: Brazen Careerist

2. The Case for (not) Being Nice at Work: MSN

3. If You Believe in Building Good Talent, Encourage Someone Today: All Things Workplace

Go here to see more.

Friday Basics

Sunrise over Eldorado Lake

On This Day in Catholic History:

1417 Avignon Pope Benedict XIII (1328–1423) was deposed as pope by the
Council of Constance
.

1549 - Jesuit priest St. Francis Xavier's ship reached Japan.

Birthdays:

1824 - Alexandre Dumas, fils, French author, playwright (d. 1895)

1870 - Hilaire Belloc, English writer (d. 1953)

1882 - Geoffrey de Havilland, British aircraft designer (d. 1965)

1905 - Leo Durocher, American baseball player and manager (d. 1991)

1922 - Norman Milton Lear, American television writer and producer (All in the Family, Sanford and Son, One Day at a Time, Good Times, Maude)

1931 - Jerry Van Dyke, American actor

1948 - Peggy Fleming, American figure skater

1949 - Maureen McGovern, American singer

1975 - Alex Rodriguez, American baseball player

1990 - Cheyenne Kimball, American musician

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Papal Pro-life Quote of the Day

"We not only take care of the earth, but we must respect the other, other human beings...only in absolute respect of other (humans)...can we make progress."

~ Pope Benedict XVI

Holy Father's Message for World Youth Day 2008


VATICAN CITY, JUL 26, 2007 (VIS) - Benedict XVI's Message for the 23rd World Youth Day, due to be held in Sydney, Australia from July 15 to 20, 2008, has as its theme: "You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses" (Acts of the Apostles 1, 8).

For full English text go here.

For official World Youth Day website, click here.

Today's Prayer Intercessions (Updated)

Today I am praying for the following requests and invite all my readers to join me.

Heavenly Father,
we lift up our prayers to you and pray in accordance with your holy will.

For the Holy Father's special intentions.

Update: For my friend Theresa's mother, who suffered a heart attack and a stroke, and last night underwent emergency surgery to remove blood clots from both legs. She has Parkinson’s and dementia.

For N---who is scheduled for an abortion tomorrow morning, that her sister who is pressuring her will have a change of heart.

For Seminarian Matthew's special intention. (See updates here.)

For Donna Marie's special intention.

For Paul's conversion.

For Esther's prayer request.

For Julie D.'s parents.

For C. who is struggling with a problem pregnancy.

For L., a woman who will be undergoing brain surgery to try to stop further brain damage caused by tumors; the surgery is planned in the beginning of August.

For all those suffering from cancer ( especially Diane (who has been fighting it for almost 3 years now), Fr. L., Dave, WI Catholic, Gloria, Robert, Harry and Vic, their caregivers, friends, and family.

For the fruitfulness of Bill's job search.

For all those previous requests made here and those around St. Blogs.

Our Father...

May the Lord our God draw our hearts to himself, that we may follow him in everything. Amen. (1Kings 8:58)

Thursday Basics



Today in Catholic History:

1309 - Henry VII is recognized King of the Romans by Pope Clement V.

1030 - Stanislaus of Szczepanów St. Stanislaw was born. (d. 1079)
Birthdays:

1791 - Franz Xaver Wolfgang Mozart, composer (d. 1844)

1856 - George Bernard Shaw, Irish writer, Nobel Prize Laureate(d. 1950)

1894 - Aldous Huxley, English-born author (d. 1963)

1895 - Gracie Allen, American actress and comedian (d. 1964)

1909 - Vivian Vance, American actress (d. 1979)

1922 - Jason Robards, American actor (d. 2000)

1928 - Stanley Kubrick, American film director (d. 1999)

1939 - Bob Lilly, American football player

1964 - Sandra Bullock, American actress

1977 - Rebecca St. James, Australian-born singer

Image:
The Prayer of St. Joachim
and St. Anne
Peter Brandl, 1716

Motivational Quote of the Day

"Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all."

~Dale Carnegie


Via Sister Patricia.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

The Light of God

"All other joys are surpassed by that light unspeakable, by which God himself shines upon the saints."

~ Blessed John Ingram

Today's Prayer Intercessions

Let us pray to the God of our salvation:

Give peace, O Lord.

You forgave the guilt of your people:
Make all one in the love of Christ.
You spoke the final Word of salvation in the incarnation:
make all holy by the dying and rising of Christ.

You revealed your faithfulness through the longed-for Messiah:
make us servants of your justice and peace for all who wait for you.

For Donna Marie's special intention.

For Paul's conversion.

For Esther's prayer request.

For Matthew's special intention.

For Julie D.'s parents.

For C. who is struggling with a problem pregnancy.

For L., a woman who will be undergoing brain surgery to try to stop further brain damage caused by tumors; the surgery is planned in the beginning of August.

For all those suffering from cancer ( especially Diane (who has been fighting it for almost 3 years now), Fr. L., Dave, Gloria, Robert, Harry and Vic, their caregivers, friends, and family.

For the fruitfulness of Bill's job search.

For all those previous requests made here and those around St. Blogs.

Our Father...

May grace and peace in Jesus Christ be with all those beloved of God! Amen. (Romans 1:7)

The Effects of Want of Love: A Reflection

Most people in the world are unloved. Some do not make themselves lovable because of their selfishness; others do not have enough Christian spirit to love those who do not love them. The result is that the world is full of lonely hearts. Here we speak of love not in the romantic or carnal sense, but in the higher sense of generosity, forgiveness, kindness, and sacrifice. Perhaps it would help to know some of the psychological effects of not loving others in a really noble and unselfish way.

The first effect of not receiving love ... is cynicism and even hostility. Never a good word can be said for anyone. Because one is unloved one tries to make everyone else unlovable...

And the effect of want of love is the martyrdom complex, which is a morbid way to get pity and sympathy when real love is gone. Feigning sickness is one of the tricks. Because good health does not win the affections of others, one pretends to be wounded in the firm hope that someone else will bind the wounds. The "pain" which is in the mind is loss of love. That "pain" is translated to the body and becomes sickness.

Another type of reaction is in those who admit that they need love but say, "I will pretend from now on that I do not need it." As a result, they will become quarrelsome, oppose every idea and suggestion regardless of how good it is, develop anti-social instincts, smoke in front of no-smoking signs, and park in front of no-parking signs.

It is very likely that the over-emphasis on security in society today is due to a want of love. In other generations people wanted to be happy in the framework both of a family and of a permanent marriage bond, or in the embrace of religion. Now the instability of the home through divorce is increasing. A substitute must be found for married love, and it comes out in a ruthless quest for power and security which is only one of the lesser ingredients of happiness.

There is no cure for want of love, but love. There will always be love for the lovable, but there will never be love for the unlovable unless we begin to love them for God's sake. Thus, we are brought back again to religion and to God whose New Testament definition of His essence is: "God is love."

~ Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen in The Way to Happiness

Archbishop clears up media distortions about Pope’s Motu Propio on Latin Mass

Valladolid, Jul 25, 2007 / 10:20 am (CNA).- Archbishop Braulio Rodriguez Plaza of Valladolid (Spain) said this week the Pope’s intention behind allowing greater use of the Missal of 1962 is not to turn the clock back, as many have said, but rather to foster “unity among Catholics, especially during the celebration [of the Mass] and to reconcile the Church with her liturgical past prior to Vatican II.”

“Even though the media has repeated it so many times, the Pope has not decided that we are going to return to celebrating the Mass in Latin. To say such a thing is not only ignorant, it’s also thoughtless. It has always been permitted to celebrate the Mass in Latin, even after Vatican II, and the books of the liturgical reform were written in Latin and later translated into the different languages,” Archbishop Rodriguez explained.

He stressed that the Pope is not discrediting Vatican II with the Motu Propio or acquiescing to the Lefebvrists, as he knows the differences with them “are not only liturgical; the Pope reaches out his hand but he does not compromise his own profound convictions.”

Archbishop Rodriguez noted that the Pope “has reaffirmed the authority of Vatican II and he has reiterated that the liturgical reform is well-founded.”

“In the text of the Motu Propio it is clearly indicated that the celebration of the Mass according to the Missal of 1970 is the ‘ordinary’ form of our liturgy,” the archbishop continued. “The celebration according to the Missal of 1962, promulgated by John XXIII, is the ‘extraordinary form,’ even though it is desired by a determined number of Catholics.” “This is not, therefore, a question of ‘going back to Latin’,” he stated. “In practice, nothing will change for the great majority of Catholics.”

My Comments: The mainstream media's job is to distort the truth and confuse people, especially when it comes to the Catholic Church. Why is it that people put so much faith in the mainstream liberal, atheistic media and not even bother to question it? Why is it that so many will pick up the newspaper and not even question the lies printed there, but won't even bother to read their diocesan newspaper? And, when they do read it, why do they prefer to believe what their local newspaper tells them over what the Holy Father says?

Catholic Carnival is Here!

This week's Catholic Carnival, hosted by Jay of Living Catholicism is up. Check it out here.

Tuesday Basics

Feast of St. James, apostle

To learn more about St. James, go here.

Today's Mass Readings

On This Day in Catholic History:

325 The First Council of Nicea closed. The first ecumenical council, convened by Constantine, it rejected the Arian denial of the full divinity of Christ.

1471 St. Thomas à Kempis, medieval monk, died (b. 1380, Kempen near Cologne and Düsseldorf).

1593 France's King Henry IV converted from Protestantism to Roman Catholicism.

1968 Pope Paul VI published his encyclical Humanae Vitae, which condemned artificial birth control methods.

Birthdays:

1848 - Arthur Balfour, 33rd Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (d. 1930)

1894 - Walter Brennan, American actor (The Real McCoys) (d. 1974)

1923 - Estelle Getty, American actress (Sophia in The Golden Girls)

1926 - Whitey Lockman, American baseball player

1942 - Bruce Woodley, Australian singer, guitarist and songwriter (The Seekers - "Red Rubber Ball")

1954 - Walter Payton, American football player, ("The Refrigerator") (d. 1999)

1971 - Billy Wagner, American baseball player

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

'Why I gave up my Porsche and became a priest'

Fr. Craig Harrison from California shares his conversion story at St. James Church in Medugorje.

Source.

Newman Joins Historic Prayer Delegation To Iraq

Washington, DC – Operation Rescue President Troy Newman will be part of a historic Christian prayer delegation to Iraq. The group of six men, led by the Christian Defense Coalition, has been officially welcomed by the Iraqi government and will be their guests in Baghdad.

The group is scheduled to leave today for Iraq, and will spend a week praying for people of Iraq and seeking God’s wisdom and guidance for the direction of Iraq during this critical time in the nation’s history.

“Because we are a pro-life group, we are very concerned about the loss of life, both among the American troops endeavoring to bring stability to Iraq and to the innocent non-combatants that too often find themselves in harm’s way,” said Operation Rescue Senior Policy Advisor Cheryl Sullenger. “This is an amazing opportunity to cover this nation with much-needed prayer.”

“We are aware of the dangers of traveling to a war zone, so we are asking for special prayer Troy and the other men in the delegation that they would be kept safe and for God’s blessings on their trip,” Sullenger said.

Source

Let's keep Troy and the other members of this delegation in our prayers.

Love and Ecstasy

Too many husbands and wives expect their partners in marriage to give only what God can give: eternal ecstasy. Yet if any man or woman could do that, he would be God. We are right to want the ecstasy of love, but if we expect to enjoy it through the flesh, which is merely on pilgrimage to God, we prepare ourselves for disappointment. The first ecstasy of love is not an illusion; but is only a kind of travel folder, a foretaste, a preview, urging body and soul to start the journey toward eternal joys. If the first ecstasy passes, the change is not an invitation to love another person, but to love in another way -- and the other way is the Christ Way, the way of Him who said: "I am the Way."

~ Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, "Way to Happiness", Fawcett Publications, Greenwich, Conn., 1957, page 75.

Tuesday Basics

Optional Memorial of St. Sharbel (Charbel) Makhloof, priest

Born in 1828, Sharbel Makhluf was a monk and priest of the Marionite Order in Annaya, Lebanon, who spent many hours praying before the Blessed Sacrament. He later lived as a hermit of his order. He celebrated Mass close to noon so as to devote the morning to preparation, and the rest of the day to thanksgiving. He died in 1898.

Today's Mass Readings

On This Day in Catholic History:

1216 - Cencio Savelli is consecrated as Pope Honorius III.


Birthdays:

1725 - John Newton, English cleric and hymnist (d. 1807)

1802 - Alexandre Dumas, père, French writer, author of Three Musketeers (d. 1870)

1936 - Ruth Buzzi, American actress and comedian

1942 - Chris Sarandon, American actor

1951 - Lynda Carter, American actress ("Wonder Woman")


Birthday Highlight of the Day:

My sister, Maureen, was born today. Happy birthday, Maureen!

Monday, July 23, 2007

Challenging Feminist Orthodoxy

By Colleen Carroll Campbell

When Gov. Matt Blunt signed into law new regulations for Missouri abortion clinics this month, the critical response from abortion-rights groups highlighted a hotly contested question in today's abortion debate: Which side cares more about women?

For decades, the feminist establishment has declared the question a no-brainer. The right to abortion is the premier women's right, feminist leaders argue, so support for unfettered abortion access is the litmus test for concern for women. And restrictions on abortion or abortion providers -- such as the new provision in Missouri law that holds abortion clinics to the same health and safety standards as other outpatient surgical centers -- are, by definition, anti-woman. [more]