Friday, August 31, 2007

The 'Atheism' of Mother Teresa

She became poor to serve the materially poor — did she similarly share the sufferings of the spiritually poor?

Find the story in the National Catholic Register here written by FATHER RANIERO CANTALAMESSA, Ofm Cap, the preacher to the papal household.

The Challenges of a Large Family

Check out Catholic writer Pete Vere's story from the Washington Post here. There are plenty of interesting tips there. Nice human interest story, too, plus you may recognize some of the parents there.

Eucharistic Quotes

" I am the bread of life. Your ancestors ate manna in the desert, but they died; this is the bread that comes down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I give is my flesh for the life of the world."
~John 6: 48 - 51

"When you look at the crucifix you understand how much Jesus loved you then. When you look at the sacred host, you understand how much Jesus loves you now."
~ Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta

Image Source

A Harvest of Priests

Five alumni of Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula were ordained to the priesthood this year, bringing the total number of alumni priests to 47. The college also boasts 20 graduates who are religious brothers and sisters, and an additional 35 in seminaries preparing for the priesthood.

These numbers are especially striking for a small, private college with only 2100 alumni and a maximum enrollment of 350 students.

California Catholic Daily interviewed Fr. Sebastian Walshe, a TAC graduate now belonging to the Norbertine St. Michael's Abbey in Silverado, California. Father Walshe has been a Norbertine priest for two years.

Does everybody at Thomas Aquinas College major in theology or religious studies?

Fr. Walshe: No, there are no majors, no areas of specialization. The college follows the Great Books curriculum and the Socratic method of teaching.

Do most of Thomas Aquinas students go straight from devout Catholic families to this enclave of Catholic piety?

Fr. Walshe: Some do, but that was certainly not the case with me. I was raised Lutheran and became a convert to the Catholic faith at age thirteen. [Entire Story]

This is great news! It's no wonder the Holy Father is looking to the Americas as the hope for the future.

Men Can Suffer a Myriad of Grief Issues Following a Partner's Abortion

Washington, DC ( -- Abortion is frequently considered a woman's issue and one where men should have little no role in the decision and likely have little or no ill-effects afterwards. However, one man who regularly counsels men who have been involved in an abortion says that claim is unfounded. Kevin Burke is the associate director of Rachel's Vineyard Ministries, a group that reaches out to those adversely affected by an abortion to provide them hope and healing." Read the complete story.

Friday Basics

Friday of the Twenty-First Week of Ordinary Time

Today's Mass Readings

Saint of the Day: St. Raymond Nonnatus

On This Day in Catholic History;

431 The Third Ecumenical Council in Ephesus closed. Nestorius (ca. 386–ca. 451) was condemned, ending the Nestorian Controversy.

1535 Pope Paul III (1468–1549) excommunicated English King Henry VIII (1491–1547).


1870 - Maria Montessori, Italian educator (d. 1952)

1896 - Félix-Antoine Savard, French-Canadian priest and novelist (d. 1982)

1897 - Fredrich March, American actor (d. 1975)

1903 - Arthur Godfrey, American television host (d. 1983)

1924 - Buddy Hackett, American actor and comedian (d. 2003)

1935 - Frank Robinson, American baseball player and manager

1949 - Richard Gere, American actor

1983 - Larry Fitzgerald, American football player

The Way to Inner Peace: The Mini Version

One of the best but least recognized spiritual guides is Saint Leonard of Port Maurice (1676-1751), a Franciscan friar known for his preaching in defense of the Immaculate Conception. He offered four “rules” to help achieve peace of soul.

1. To be attached only to God. Status and wealth may be beneficial, but to be overly concerned about them is to invite inner spiritual havoc. The soul’s primary need is communication with its Creator. One needs to view objects and persons in reference to God and His will if peace is to reign. To be “dead” to the world and creatures is paramount.

2. To surrender to Divine Providence. All Catholic spiritual writers are unanimous on this point: Sanctity and inner peace are attained only when God’s will holds sway. The Lord knows best. Humbly accepting His will is vastly different from reluctantly putting up with it. When a person yields to the divine plan, he demonstrates a belief that God will sustain him—come what may.

3. To welcome suffering and hardship. Human nature tends to resist difficulties. Yet, spiritual perfection entails carrying the cross of Jesus. Scorn and rejection from others—while hardly pleasant—must be seen as an opportunity to experience solidarity with the suffering Christ.

4. To undertake only that which our situation in life demands. Often a person takes upon himself too many activities at once.

“The more, the better” does not necessarily apply in the realm of good works. Prudence dictates what one can accomplish. Inner turmoil may spring from a plethora of activities, even when they are morally good acts. Prayer and counsel will determine what to undertake and what to forego.

"Happiness of soul occurs when a person conforms himself to Christ through acceptance of the Father’s will. Only then may one experience the peace which the world cannot give." (cf. John 14:27).

Father Mangan is a priest of the Diocese of Sioux Falls (South Dakota). He was ordained to the Priesthood in 1989. He currently works in the Vatican Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life.

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Symptoms of Inner Peace

Via Esther.

A tendency to think and act spontaneously rather than on fear based on past experiences.

An unmistakable ability to enjoy each moment.

A loss of interest in judging other people.

A loss of interest in interpreting the actions of others.

A loss of interest in conflict.

A loss of the ability to worry.

Frequent, overwhelming episodes of appreciation.

Contented feelings of connectedness with others and nature.

Frequent attacks of smiling.

An increased susceptibility to the love extended by others as well as the uncontrollable urge to extend it.



Tiller Demands Special Treatment at Trial

Wichita, KS – Attorneys for abortionist George R. Tiller are demanding special treatment for their client as he faces 19 criminal misdemeanor counts of violating the Kansas ban on post-viability abortions. Tiller wants a jury of 12 to hear his case, but Kansas state law only allows for a jury of six on misdemeanor cases.

“Anyone else facing similar charges in Kansas would get a jury of six. Tiller is trying to increase his chances of weaseling out of these charges by asking for a jury of twelve. It is just another example of how Tiller acts as if the laws don’t apply to him in the same way they do to everyone else. He has gotten so much special treatment that he now demands it,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman.

In other developments, Attorney General Paul Morrison, an abortion supporter who reluctantly charged Tiller with the 19 counts in June, is saying he is opposed to the interim legislative committee hearing the 44-minute recorded interview with Dr. Paul McHugh that discusses his professional opinion that Tiller misused psychiatry to illegally justify late-term abortions for trivial reasons. The recording is scheduled to be played tomorrow as the 3-day hearings begin. [Read Entire Story at Operation Rescue.]

Click here to view the entire McHugh interview and read the full written transcript.

Toilet Babies Evidence of Numbness Toward Life

Kansas City, MO – A 20-year old McDonald’s employee attempted to flush her newborn baby down the toilet at the Kansas City restaurant where she worked after she unexpectedly gave birth to a 32-week baby boy on Monday.

She told shocked co-workers that she had “flushed three times but that it would not go down.” [Read the entire story.]

Illinois Governor Blagojevich Signs Embryonic Stem Cell Research Bill

Washington, DC ( -- Gov. Rod Blagojevich on Tuesday signed a bill that would force taxpayers there to spend money on embryonic stem cell research. His signing the measure is the latest action going against the views of pro-life advocates on whether unborn children should be sacrificed to advance scientific research. The measure would set up an institute under the Illinois Department of Public Health to award grants for the research, which has never helped any patients. It also makes embryonic stem cell research legal and establishes procedures for couples to donate their "unwanted" human embryos for studies. Blagojevich has angered lawmakers over the last two years with executive orders spending state dollars on embryonic stem cell research without the backing of the legislature. He has perviously spent $15 million on embryonic stem cell research and the bill would put that funding into state law.

ACTION: Express your disappointment by going to for full information. Read the complete story at LifeNews.Com.

My Comments:
This in conformity with the rest of Governor B.'s pro-death actions, so on the one hand it doesn't really surprise me, on the other hand, IL has so many strong pro-lifers and good Christian people, in a way, it is difficult to understand.

Thursday Basics

Thursday of the Twenty-First Week of Ordinary Time


1839 - Gulstan Ropert, French Catholic prelate (d. 1903)

1898 - Shirley Booth, American actress (d. 1992)

1908 - Fred MacMurray, American actor (d. 1991)

1915 - Robert Strassburg, American composer (d. 2003)

1919 - Kitty Wells, American singer

1925 - Laurent de Brunhoff, French writer and illustrator

1946 - Peggy Lipton, American actress

1951 - Dana, Irish singer and politician

Photo Meditation of the Day: Psalm 27

"The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom do I fear?
The Lord is my life's refuge; of whom am I afraid?"

Psalm 27: 1

Litany of the Dust

For those who have betrayed us...Father, forgive them.
for those who have let us down...(Repeat: Father, forgive them.)
for those who have been indifferent to us...
for those who have crippled our lives...
for those who have doubted us...
for those who have accused us...
for those who have preferred others to us...
for family members who have hurt us...
for friends who have denied us...
for those who have walked away from us...

For my own self pity...Father, forgive me.
for my lukewarmness...(Repeat: Father, forgive me.)
for my times of despair and distrust...
for my refusals to be hugged...
for my disbelief in your love...
for my searchings everywhere but in your heart...
for apologies frozen on my lips...
for my words of love unspoken...
for my kisses and embraces ungiven...
for compliments never offered...
for a heart closed in self-centeredness...
for my own unforgiving postures...
for not believing in your forgiveness...

O Jesus, you who offered forgiveness to so many---to Mary, the
Crippled Man, the Good Thief---who said that you came to give
life and shed your blood "for the forgiveness of sins," forgive us
our sins. Not only the obvious ones, but especially the unnoticed
ones of pride, righteousness, self-hate and the refusal to be loved.
Take our very selves and wash them in that unconditional love
of yours, for you are a God of mercy and compassion, you who
live and love forever and ever. Amen.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Operation Rescue: Tiller's Criminal Abortions Subject of Legislative Hearings

Topeka, KS – A special committee of the Kansas Legislature will begin hearing testimony Friday concerning late-term abortions and how they are reported, focusing on the lack of enforcement of the Kansas post-viability abortion ban.

OR President Troy Newman's comments:

“We know that the Tiller acolytes and other abortion supporters will be up there attempting to convince the committee to dump the law or weaken it to the point of irrelevancy."

“We plan to be present at every day of the hearings to represent the interests of innocent viable babies who are at risk because the laws are not being properly enforced,” said Newman. “Because lives are at stake, we cannot allow disinformation from the abortion cartel go unchallenged.”

“The Kansas law banning abortions after 21 weeks is very clear and has been Constitutionally tested. Tiller is violating this law while agencies that are supposed to be enforcing the law are looking the other way. Because women are coming from every state in the U.S. to abort their babies at Tiller’s late-term mill in Wichita, this has become a national problem and a disgrace on the State of Kansas,” said Newman. “We pray that these hearings will prompt proper enforcement of existing Kansas law and get these illegal abortionists out of business for good.”

[Read the entire OR post here.]

Let's continue to pray that justice be served through these hearings and that Tiller will not be let off scott-free again for his criminal activity.

Today's Prayer Intercessions

I am praying for the following intentions during Eucharistic Adoration and at Holy Mass (daily).

Please share with me any prayer needs you may have via the comment box or via jean.heimann@gmail and I will be happy to pray for your intentions. No request is too small.

In thanksgiving for an answered prayer.

For the special intentions of the Holy Father.

For this special intention.

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

For Esther's special prayer request.

For a safe and relaxing vacation for Bernadette.

For an end to abortion and the closing of all abortion mills.

For the conversion of George Tiller, late-term abortionist.

For healing and conversion of all my family members.

For my work at the crisis pregnancy center - that I will receive special guidance and graces from the Holy Spirit and remain in good health in order to do the extra work there.

For all previous prayer requests here, those around St. Blogs, and for all my readers' intentions.

Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us!

Immaculate heart of Mary, pray for us!

St. John the Baptist, pray for us!

St. Joseph, pray for us!

Our Lady of Perpetual Help, pray for us!

Our Lady of Good Remedy, pray for us!

Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for us!

Our Lady of Guadalupe, pray for us!

St. Augustine, pray for us!

St. Monica, pray for us!

St. Jude, pray for us!

St. George, pray for us!

St. Bernadette, pray for us!

St. Joan of Arc, pray for us!

St. Dominic, pray for us!

St. Benedict, pray for us!

St. Francis of Assisi, pray for us!

St. Maximilian, Kolbe, pray for us!

St. Pio, pray for us!

St. Francis de Sales, pray for us!

Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta, pray for us!

St. Therese, pray for us!

St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, pray for us!

St. Catherine of Siena, pray for us!

Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, pray for us!

Father Emil Kaupan, pray for us!

Pope John Paul II, pray for us!

All you holy saints and angels, pray for us!

Catholic Carnival is up with a new entry

Catholic Carnival 134 is up. It is being hosted by Christine of The World IMHO this week. If you think you have already read all the entries, please take another look, as my submission went to the host's spam mail again and was just posted today.

There are some great posts there. My personal favorites are: USCCB on AI’s Abortion Switch From cehwiedel of Kicking Over My Traces, "Sarah R.'s Review of Infinite Space, Infinite God at just another day of Catholic pondering, and Father Valencheck's post IF YOU EXIST, PRESUME GOD LOVES YOU, which offers some good advice for discerning God's will in your life. Enjoy!

Image Source

Culture of Life Quote of the Day

“We are all members of the one human family and we must defend unborn children in our family however conceived. They may be seen as unwanted or inconvenient but they have, from moment of conception, been given the gift of life by Almighty God.”

~ Cardinal Keith O'Brien, Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh, Scotland

Wednesday Basics

Today's Liturgy: Martyrdom of St. John the Baptist

Mass Readings

On This Day in Catholic History:

1261 - Urban IV becomes Pope, one of the last men to be elected pope outside the College of Cardinals.

1484 - Cardinal Giovanni Battista Cibo is elected Pope Innocent VIII.

2000 - Pope John Paul II endorsed organ donation and adult stem cell study but condemned human cloning and embryo experiments.


1632 - John Locke, English philosopher (d. 1704)

1809 - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr., American physician, poet, essayist and humorist (d. 1894)

1876 - Charles F. Kettering, American inventor (d. 1958)

1915 - Ingrid Bergman, Swedish actress (d. 1982) (The Bells of St. Mary's, Joan of Arc)

1936 - John McCain, American politician, R- Arizona

1959 - Timothy Perry Shriver, chairman of the Special Olympics

1977 - John Patrick O'Brien, American soccer player

Martyrdom of St. John the Baptist

The Beheading of Saint John the Baptist
Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio
Oil on canvas, 361 x 520 cm
Saint John Museum, La Valletta

Read my post on the martyrdom of St. John the Baptist here.

Photo Meditation of the Day: Psalm 36

"How precious is your kindness, O God!...For, with You is the spring of life-giving water, in Your light we see true light."
~ Psalm 36: 8, 10

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Moral Absolutism, Star Wars, and Lord of the Rings

Listen to the Sirius broadcast here.

Special Prayer Request

Please join me in praying for the following special prayer request I received today:

Adam, 29, and his wife are rebuilding their home in New Orleans after Katrina demolished it. Today he was working on it, and sent one young son up to the house (which is on stilts) to fetch something. When the boy didn't return, he sent the next youngest son up after him. Curious as to why they weren't returning, he went up after them, and found both lying face down in the dirt, both bitten by a poisonous snake. He called 911, and they told him it would be quicker if he drove the boys himself to the hospital. So he grabbed both under each arm, put them in the truck, and in his haste and panic, drove over and killed his 3-year-old child. Both boys ended up dying from the snake bite, so this man and his wife lost all three of their children today. Please ask the Lord to overwhelm them with graces and faith.

Image Source

Good Morning, Lord!

Image Source

"My heart is steadfast, God. My heart is steadfast. I will sing and chant praise. Awake, my soul; awake lyre and harp! I will wake the dawn. I will praise You among the peoples, Lord; I will chant Your praise among the nations. For Your love towers to the heavens; Your faithfulness to the skies. Appear on high over the heavens, God; may Your glory appear over all the earth."

~ Psalm 108: 2-6

Tuesday Basics: A Delicate Rose for You, Liturgy, Mass Readings, Birthdays

Memorial of St. Augustine, bishop, confessor and doctor

Today's Mass Readings


1774 - St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, American-born Catholic saint 1821)

1828 - Leo Tolstoy, Russian writer (d. 1910)

1904 - Secondo Campini, Italian jet engine pioneer (d. 1980)

1917 -
Jack Kirby, American comic book artist (d. 1994)

1921 -
Nancy Kulp, American actress (d. 1991)

- Donald O'Connor, American singer, dancer, and actor (d. 2003)

1943 -
Lou Piniella, American baseball manager

1951 - Wayne Osmond, the second oldest of the original Osmond Brothers singers.

1958 - Scott Hamilton, American figure skater

1965 -
Shania Twain, Canadian singer

1982 - LeAnn Rimes, American singer

St. Augustine: Biography, Favorite Quotes, and Prayers

St. Augustine is one of my favorite saints. At age 12, I read his Confessions and was fascinated with his great love and passion for the Lord. Little did I realize at that time that eleven years later, I would stop practicing my Catholic faith and, like Augustine, it would be the long-suffering and persistent prayers of my mother that would draw me to the heart of Jesus and bring me home to my faith.

Last year's post was St. Augustine, Bishop, Doctor of the Church, with insights from Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen which contains his biography. This year I would like to share a few of my favorite quotes and prayers of St. Augustine with you.


"I should not believe the Gospel except as moved by the authority of the Catholic Church."(St. Augustine, Against the Epistle of Manichaeus Called Fundamental, 5,6)

"That Bread which you see on the altar, having been sanctified by the word of God IS THE BODY OF CHRIST. That chalice, or rather, what is in that chalice, having been sanctified by the word of God, IS THE BLOOD OF CHRIST. Through that bread and wine the Lord Christ willed to commend HIS BODY AND BLOOD, WHICH HE POURED OUT FOR US UNTO THE FORGIVENESS OF SINS." (St. Augustine, Sermons 227)

"It was not the visible sun, but its invisible Creator who consecrated this day for us, when the Virgin Mother, fertile of womb and integral in her virginity, brought him forth, made visible for us, by whom, when he was invisible, she too was created. A Virgin conceiving, a Virgin bearing, a Virgin pregnant, a Virgin bringing forth, a Virgin perpetual. Why do you wonder at this, O man?" (Sermons 186:1 [A.D. 411] Source)

"Our bodies are shaped to bear children, and our lives are a working out of the processes of creation. All our ambitions and intelligence are beside that great elemental point. "

"To many, total abstinence is easier than perfect moderation."

"Love is the beauty of the soul."

"Beauty is indeed a good gift of God; but that the good may not think it a great good, God dispenses it even to the wicked. "

"Humility is the foundation of all the other virtues hence, in the soul in which this virtue does not exist there cannot be any other virtue except in mere appearance."

"God loves each of us as if there were only one of us."

"O Holy Spirit, descend plentifully into my heart. Enlighten the dark corners of this neglected dwelling and scatter there Thy cheerful beams."

"What does love look like? It has the hands to help others. It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy. It has eyes to see misery and want. It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men. That is what love looks like. "

"Miracles are not contrary to nature, but only contrary to what we know about nature."



Breathe in me, O Holy Spirit, that my thoughts may all be holy.
Act in me, O Holy Spirit, that my work, too, may be holy.
Draw my heart, O Holy Spirit, that I love but what is holy.
Strengthen me, O Holy Spirit, to defend all that is holy.
Guard me, then, O Holy Spirit, that I always may be holy.


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

~ From The Confessions of St. Augustine

Nice Matters Meme

It's been a busy day and here I am in the wee hours of the morning just now checking my favorite blogs. What a pleasant surprise it was to receive this award from Deb! And, this really brightened up my day... I mean night. Thanks so much, Deb!

Here is the criteria for this award:

“This award is for those bloggers who are nice people; good blog friends and those who inspire good feelings and inspiration. Also for those who are a positive influence on our blogging world. Once you’ve been awarded please pass on to seven others whom you feel are deserving of this award”.

The following three have already been selected, but I did want to mention they are extra nice bloggers and worthy of another mention:

1. Deb of UKOK
2. Esther of A Catholic Mom in Hawaii
3. Margaret Mary of Margaret Mary Myers

The bloggers I know are all really nice people, so its hard to select just seven, but here are my seven:

1. Leticia

2. Sarah R.

3. Jackie

4. ParamedicGirl

5. Karen

6. Barb

7. Julie D.

Monday, August 27, 2007

AG Gonzales Resigns; OR Says "Good Riddance"

Gonzales obstructed enforcement of the Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act

Washington, DC - Alberto Gonzales has resigned today as United States Attorney General. Operation Rescue calls on President George Bush to appoint a replacement that will immediately enforce the Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act.

"We are not sorry at all to see Gonzales resign," said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. "Since the Supreme Court ruled that the Federal ban on partial-birth abortions is constitutional, Gonzales has done nothing but obstruct enforcement. In fact, we don't think the temporary restraining order barring the ban from going into effect has even been vacated."

"Right now we don't know who is doing this illegal late-term abortion procedure. There has been no investigation or any attempt to find out if the abortionists are following the law," said Newman.

"We call on President Bush to appoint an Attorney General who will enforce the ban and investigate abortionists to ensure they are obeying the law, including Nebraska's LeRoy Carhart who defended the horrific abortion method all the way to the Supreme Court. Since Carhart is also employed by Kansas abortionist George Tiller, we are asking for an Federal investigation of him as well."

Newman is not impressed by abortionists, such as Tiller, who claim they do not do the illegal abortion procedure. Operation Rescue is calling for investigations of late-term abortionists Warren Hern of Colorado, James Pendergraft of Florida, and Martin Haskel of Ohio along with Carhart, Tiller and others.

"If you ask a drug dealer if he is dealing drugs, he will deny it, but no law enforcement officer will take him at his word until a thorough investigation substantiates it. It's crazy to trust the word of abortionists who say they are in compliance with a law that they avidly opposed," said Newman.

"We need a new Attorney General who will do his job and enforce the law with immediate investigations and arrests of those abortionist who are committing criminal partial-birth abortions," said Newman.

Via Operation Rescue.

Thanks be to God for his resignation! Let's pray for someone who will do their job.

Mother Teresa Anniversary and Novena

Mother Teresa Anniversary: September 5, 2007 will mark the 10th anniversary of the death of (Blessed) Mother Teresa of Calcutta. Priests for Life invites you to join a novena of prayer from August 27 to September 5 in her honor. At, you can download the prayer and also share your stories about how Mother Teresa has impacted your life. You will also find resources there like her 1994 speech at the National Prayer Breakfast, at which she told the Clintons that the greatest destroyer of peace is abortion.

Monday Basics: Liturgy, Saint of the Day, Mass Readings, Catholic History, Birthdays

Memorial of St. Monica

Today's Mass Readings

On This Day in Catholic History:
1590 - Pope Sixtus V died. (b. 1521)

1809 - Hannibal Hamlin, Vice President of the United States of America (d. 1891)

1865 - Charles G. Dawes, 30th Vice President of the United States and Nobel Peace Prize laureate (d. 1951)

1908 - Lyndon B. Johnson, 36th President of the United States(d. 1973)

1935 - Ernie Broglio, American baseball player

1937 - Tommy Sands, American actor and singer

1955 - Diana Scarwid, American actress

1975 - Jonny Moseley, American skier

Image: Sunset (in Sudtirol)

Saint of the Day: St. Monica, Patroness of Wives and Mothers

St. Monica was born to Christian parents in present - day Algeria in 331. At the age of 13 or 14, she married an ill-tempered, adulterous pagan, Patricius. One of their children was St. Augustine. She shed many tears and prayed constantly for the conversion of her husband (who converted on his death bed), and of her son (who embraced heresy and had a son by his mistress). Monica was a virtuous mother whose perseverance in prayer and strong faith brought those whom she loved to the Heart of Jesus. She died in Ostia in 387.

Prayer to St. Monica for conversion of loved one(s)

Eternal and merciful Father, I give You thanks for the gift of Your Divine Son Who suffered, died and rose for all mankind. I thank You also for my Catholic Faith and ask Your help that I may grow in fidelity by prayer, by works of charity and penance, by reflection on Your Word, and by regular participation in the Sacraments of Penance and the Holy Eucharist.

You gave Saint Monica a spirit of selfless love manifested in her constant prayer for the conversion of her son Augustine. Inspired by boundless confidence in Your power to move hearts, and by the success of her prayer. I ask the grace to imitate her constancy in my prayer for [name(s)] who no longer share(s) in the intimate life of Your Catholic family. Grant through my prayer and witness that (he/she/they) may be open to the promptings of Your Holy Spirit, and return to loving union with Your Church. Grant also that my prayer be ever hopeful and that I may never judge another, for You alone can read hearts. I ask this through Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Culture of Life Meditation: Motherhood

"Whereas few men are called upon to become priests, all women, without exception, are called upon to be mothers...In her book, The Eternal Woman, Gertrude von le Fort writes: 'To be a mother, to feel maternally, means to turn especially to the helpless, to incline lovingly and helpfully to every small and weak thing upon this earth.'

The diabolical work that has taken place since the legalization of abortion is that it has destroyed, in those tragic women who have allowed their child to be murdered, their sense for the sacredness of maternity. Abortion not only murders the innocent; it spiritually murders women. Those who devote their loving attention to these victims of our decadent society know that the wound created in their souls is so deep that only God's grace can heal it. The very soul of the woman is meant to be maternal. Once this sublime calling has been trampled upon, such women become 'unsexed'; they are 'sick unto death.'

Maternity is a sublime calling, and even though man's ungrateful heart often forgets his mother's sufferings to bring him into the world and her endless devotion to bring him up, it is well known that when a man faces death on the battlefield, his last words, his last thoughts are often directed to his mother. Dying soldiers scream, 'Mother.' "

~Alice von Hildebrand, The Privilege of Being a Mother

Image Source

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Sunday Afternoon Respite

We took a little drive out to Eldorado Lake today to see what it was like. This was the first time we had been there since we moved to Kansas from IL - almost two years ago. It was very peaceful and relaxing there. Both Bill and I love nature and the outdoors. When he was taking aptitude tests in junior college and was trying to discern his future plans, one of his highest results was to be a forest ranger, which I could tell without even testing him from our first date. After eating out at a nice restaurant, we had to go to a nearby park to walk and talk and enjoy the warm summer weather. Each time thereafter, we seemed to end up walking in a park or hiking on a forest trail and he had many interesting tales to tell about the trees, the plants, the insects, the squirrels, the wolves, the deer, the coyotes, the birds, the fish, and the weather.

I am a nature lover and especially enjoyed fishing, hiking, climbing trees, and exploring the old Indian caves and the stream that were located in a grassy knoll just beyond our back yard when I was growing up. However, whenever Bill and I got together it felt like I was on a specially guided nature tour. What a wonderful companion God has given me for this journey called life: a hard - working boy who grew up on a farm, who could chop his own wood, build his own fires, hunt his own food, fend for himself against the elements, and share his knowledge and appreciation of God's gifts with me.

Thanks be to God for the beautiful world which He created for us to enjoy and for all the blessings he bestows on us!

I forgot to take the camera along with us, so I will share this sunrise image from just- jen's photostream. We didn't see the sunrise, but did see the sunset, which shimmered brightly over the lake.

Most Beautiful Photos of the Day

Fatty Diet Linked to Infertility

In mice, a high-fat diet damages eggs in the ovaries and prevents them from becoming healthy embryos, a finding that may help explain infertility problems in obese women, say researchers at the University of Adelaide in Australia.

They discovered that the main cause of diet-induced infertility in mice is a protein called peroxisome proliferator-activated gamma -- found in cells that nourish eggs, Agence France-Presse reported.

"The behavior of this protein helps to determine the way in which the ovaries sense and respond to fats," said researcher Cadence Minge. "Being able to control this protein will be very important in the quest to reverse fertility caused by poor diets."

She and her colleagues found that the anti-diabetes drug rosglitazone helped counter the effects of this protein in mice, resulting in better rates of fetal survival and higher birth weights. However, due to potential side effects, this drug can't be used as a "quick fix" for infertile obese women, AFP reported.

Weight loss is the most effective way for obese women to restore fertility, Minge said.

Via Forbes.

Movie Review: The Ultimate Gift

When his billionaire grandfather Red Stevens (James Garner) dies, Jason (Drew Fuller) anticipates a large inheritance. Instead, he discovers that Red has devised a crash course on life. A series of tasks meant to transform Jason from a hedonistic, self-centered brat into a compassionate, loving man are included in the videotaped will, but whether that’s the gift or there’s a fortune at the end of the rainbow is something Jason will just have to wait to find out.

First, he’s sent to Texas to do hard manual labor on the ranch of one of Red’s old pals (Brian Dennehey). Then his trust fund is cut off and he’s thrown into the streets where he battles a bum for a park bench and eventually makes friends with a young girl--dying of leukemia--named Emily (Abigail Breslin). A romance develops with Emily’s struggling single mom (Ali Hills). Unfortunately, their romance is interrupted by another task that leads Jason to Costa Rica, where he winds up hostage to some drug-running thugs. Bill Cobbs and Lee Meriwether are the attorneys who monitor Jason’s progress and determine whether or not he has met the demands of each task.

This is an excellent movie with a straightforward spiritual message that will tug at your heartstrings. There is a wonderful pro-life message included in this values - oriented film which is an added treat. The acting was well done and the characters seemed more like real people than the bizarre, phony, grossly immoral characters that you see in many Hollywood films. There was an authenticity and a natural charm that radiated from the actors, although the child actress Abigail Breslin seemed a little overbearing at times. Garner, Denehey, Meriwether, and Cobbs were alight with sincerity, compassion, and nobility. This is a film I could watch again and again. It was a tear-jerker, but it was also humorous at times, and was very uplifting. It should make the viewer analyze and re-think his/her own spirituality and capacity to love.

It is rated PG and is suitable for adolescents and adults.

My rating: A

Hillary's Psychologist

A new name, with no national reputation, has entered conversations among Democrats contemplating a running mate for Sen. Hillary Clinton if she is nominated for president: newly elected Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland.

Strickland, age 66, took advantage of the Republican implosion in Ohio to easily win election as governor after five terms in Congress, during which he attracted little attention. He evokes interest for a Clinton ticket as a moderate liberal who has a clean record and comes from a closely contested swing state that decided the 2004 presidential election.

Strickland would be the first professional psychologist on a national ticket. A Methodist minister, he earned a Ph.D. in psychology before becoming a prison psychologist and then a psychology college professor. Strickland ran for Congress unsuccessfully in 1976, 1978 and 1980 before winning in 1992.

Via Human Events.Com

My Comments:

A Methodist minister who is a psychologist.....hmmm....very interesting...a "Christian minister" (endorsed by NARAL) who is obviously going to attempt to take on the duties of Vice President while working as Hillary's personal therapist and full-time marriage counselor for the Clintons - boy is he going to have his hands full !

He even quoted the Bible in his gubernatorial campaign ad, which cited a verse from the Book of Micah calling one "to do justice, to love kindness and to walk humbly with our God," principles Strickland said he has held throughout his life, especially when it comes to supporting baby killing. Now that's real justice! And he supports embryonic - destructive of human life, zero success research. Sounds just like Hillary, doesn't he? What a MAN! What a MANLY MAN!

He even has experience in prison ministry - so he's worked with criminals (like the Clintons) before - extremely well-qualified for the job - I'd say.

Urgent! Reporter Needs Help

I am passing on this message from my friend, WI Catholic, a nurse, who received this message.

Please pass this on to anyone who may be among those who can help the reporter. Contact Nancy Valko at the email address she has given ASAP.

Dear all,
I have been contacted by a reporter from a national paper who is looking for doctors, nurses or family members who have felt pressured to donate a patient's organs and are willing to speak to this reporter. Please contact me by email ASAP if you can help with this or know someone with such a story. This is an extremely important issue.

Thank you!
Nancy V.

Joe Scheidler interview at Aurora, IL PP protest

Via Jill Stanek:

Sunday Basics

Sunrise at the harbour of Dumaguete, Negros Oriental, Philippines.

Today's Liturgy:

Homily for Today:

On This Day in Catholic History:

1498 In Rome Italian artist Michelangelo (1475–1564) was commissioned by Pope Alexander VI to carve the Pieta.

1978 Cardinal Albino Luciani of Venice was elected the 264th Pope of the Roman Catholic Church. The new pontiff took the name John Paul I.


1901 - Maxwell Taylor, American general (d. 1987)

1906 - Albert Sabin, American polio researcher (d. 1993)

1910 - Blessed Mother Teresa, a Roman Catholic nun who founded the Missionaries of Charity and won the Nobel Peace Prize (d. 1997)

1922 - Irving R. Levine, American journalist

1965 - Chris Burke, American actor (has Down Syndrome), (Charles "Corky" Thacher on the television series Life Goes On.)

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Catholic Tube: Christ and His Mother Video

I Can Relate to This!

You're Confessions!

by St. Augustine

You're a sinner, you're a saint, you do not feel ashamed. Well, you
might feel a little ashamed of your past, but it did such a good job of teaching you
what not to do. Now you've become a devout Christian and have spent more time
ruminating on the world to come rather than worldly pleasures. Your realizations and
ability to change will bring reverence upon you despite your hedonistic transgressions.
Florida will honor you most in the end.

Take the Book Quiz
at the Blue Pyramid.

Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen Quote

"Sex divorced from love, instead of raising man by taking him away from himself, drags him down to the hall of mirrors where he is always confronted with self. Sex does not care about the person, but about the act. The fig leaf which once was put over the secret parts of man and woman in sculpture is now put over the face. The person does not matter."

~ Servant of God Archbishop Fulton John Sheen (1895 - 1979), Those Mysterious Priests, 1974

Fertility Concerns?

WebMD Feature: Getting Pregnant: Ways to Improve Your Fertility

Infertility Terms You Need to Know

Babies Deserve Better - What you need to know if you're struggling with infertility

Further Reading

Saturday Basics

Optional Memorials of St. Louis of France and St. Joseph Calasanz, priest

Today's Mass Readings

On This Day in Catholic History:

325 The First Council of Nicea closed.

1270 King Louis IX of France died on a crusade in Tunis (b. 25 April 1215).


1624 - François de la Chaise, French confessor of Louis XIV of France (d. 1709)

1905 - St. Faustina Kowalska, Polish mystic (d. 1938)

1916 - Van Johnson, American Actor

1921 - Monty Hall, Canadian-born game show host

1946 - Rollie Fingers, American baseball player

Image Source

Saint of the Day: St. Louis of France

Louis IX, King of France, son of Louis VIII and Blanche of Castile, was born at Poissy, April 25, 1215.

Louis was eleven years old when his father's death made him king. At that time, his mother Queen Blanche of Castile, was declared regent and remained an important influence in his life.

At nineteen, he married Marguerite of Provence and the couple had eleven children. Louis was a model father and his children received careful instruction from him in the Christian life.

Louis brought justice to France. When, for example, a baron hanged three students for poaching rabbits, the King's response was firm. He forced the Baron to surrender his forest, imprisoned him for a time, fined him heavily, made him build a chapel in memory of each student, and ordered him to crusade for three years in Palestine.

Louis was a loving and generous king. The poorest of the poor were recipients of his charity and alms everyday. Beggars were fed from his table, he ate their leavings, washed their feet, and ministered to the needs of the lepers. Daily, he fed 120 poor people. He founded many hospitals and houses: the House of the Felles-Dieu for reformed prostitutes; the Quinze-Vingt for 300 blind men (1254), and hospitals at Pontoise, Vernon, Compiégne.

Louis was a faithful Christian sovereign. One of his first acts as King was to build the famous monastery of Royaumont, with funds left for the purpose by his father. Louis gave encouragement to the religious orders, placing the Carthusians in the palace of Vauvert in Paris, and assisting his mother in founding the convent of Maubuisson.

Louis secretly spent long hours in prayer, fasting, and penance.Louis was a patron of architecture. The Sainte Chappelle was constructed in his reign, and it was under his patronage that Robert of Sorbonne founded the "College de la Sorbonne," which became the seat of the theological faculty of Paris.He died near Tunis, August 25, 1270 and was cannonized in Orvieto in 1297, by Boniface VIII.

St. Louis is one of the patron saints of the Secular Franciscan Order.

Favorite Quotes:

"If God send thee adversity, receive it in patience and give thanks to our Saviour and bethink thee that thou hast deserved it, and that He will make it turn to thine advantage. If He send thee prosperity, then thank Him humbly, so that thou becomest not worse from pride or any other cause, when thou oughtest to be better. For we should not fight against God with his own gifts."

"In prosperity, give thanks to God with humility and fear lest by pride you abuse God's benefits and so offend him."

"In order to avoid discord, never contradict anyone except in case of sin or some danger to a neighbor; and when necessary to contradict others, do it with tact and not with temper. "

Friday, August 24, 2007

I'm Yellow

You Are a Yellow Crayon

Your world is colored with happy, warm, fun colors.
You have a thoughtful and wise way about you. Some people might even consider you a genius.
Charming and eloquent, you are able to get people to do things your way.
While you seem spontaneous and free wheeling, you are calculating to the extreme.

Your color wheel opposite is purple. You both are charismatic leaders, but purple people act like you have no depth.

More Women Open to Religious Life Today

Interviews conducted by CNS with vocations directors as well as the results of a new survey from Vision Vocation Guide, a magazine for those discerning a religious vocation, reported an increase in women entering the religious life.

The Dominican Monastery of Our Lady of the Rosary in Summit, N.J., is one of those communities. They have had 15 aspirants spend time with them in the past three years to discern whether to enter the community. Of the 15 , more than half entered the Dominican or other communities and two continue in the discernment process.

Other rapidly growing communities include: the Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist in Ann Arbor, Mich., the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecelia in Nashville, Tenn., and the Sisters of Life in New York, that have up to 15 young women entering each year.

Other communities that recently have had a steady inflow of three to seven young postulants. Religious Sisters of Mercy of Alma, Mich., founded in 1970; the Sisters St. Francis of the Martyr St. George in Illinois, founded in 1869; the Carmelite Sisters of the Divine Heart of Jesus, based in St. Louis and founded in 1891; and the Benedictine Sisters of Perpetual Adoration in Missouri, founded in 1874.

Why this sudden increase?

1. The influence of Pope John Paul II who challenged youth to live out their Catholic faith in a radical way and to not be afraid to seek out God's will for their lives.

2. There are more campus ministries nurturing and promoting vocations.

3. Web sites making information on discernment and religious communities easily accessible.

4. Dioceses working with religious communities to promote vocations.

5. More general interest in spirituality among a growing number of young adults.

In the diocese of Wichita, there are no shortages of religious vocations. I believe that all of the above reasons apply plus we have perpetual adoration in many churches throughout the diocese and that makes a big difference.

Fine Art Friday

Time Magazine on Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta

Friday Basics: Today's Liturgy, Mass Readings, Catholic History, Birthdays

Today's Liturgy: Feast of St. Bartholomew, Apostle

Today's Mass Readings:

On This Day in Catholic History:

1215 - Pope Innocent III declares the Magna Carta invalid.

1964 - The first Roman Catholic Mass conducted completely in English was celebrated in Saint Louis, Missouri, in Kiel Auditorium. The celebrant was Father Frederick Richard McManus of the Catholic University of America.


1759 - William Wilberforce, English abolitionist (d. 1833) (Amazing Grace)

1895 - Richard Cardinal Cushing, archbishop of Boston (d. 1970)

1934 - Kenny Baker, English actor ( R2-D2 in Star Wars)

1955 - Mike Huckabee, former governor of the U.S. state of Arkansas, Baptist Minister, and Presidential candidate for 2008 U.S. election.

Saint Quote of the Day: St. Catherine of Siena

"I can do anything through Christ crucified, for I know truly that He does not lay a heavier load on His creatures than they can bear."

~ St. Catherine of Siena

Saint of the Day: St. Bartholomew, Apostle

The Martyrdom of St. Bartholomew
TIEPOLO, Giovanni Battista
Oil on canvas, 167 x 139 cm
San Stae, Venice

St. Bartholomew was born in Cana. His name means "son of Tolomai" and scholars believe he is the same person as Nathanael mentioned in John. He was brought to Jesus by the apostle Phillip. After the Ascension of the Lord, he preached the gospel in India where he was martyred in 79 A.D. The exact manner of his death is uncertain, but according to some, he was whipped severely and crucified with his head downward. He is often depicted in art as being whipped and holding in his hand his own skin.

St. Bartholomew is the patron of bookbinders, butchers, corn-chandlers, dyers, glovers, furriers, leather-workers, plasterers, shoemakers, tailors, tanners, vine-growers, and Florentine salt and cheese merchants. He is invoked against nervous disorders and twitchings.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Today's Intercessory Prayers

With minds and hearts centered on God alone, we pray:

In thanksgiving for Bill's interview today.

In thanksgiving for all the prayers that went out for him.

For healing for Larry who had an accident at work and fell seven feet on his back (fortunately nothing is broken, but he is in a great deal of pain.)

For the nurses, doctors, CNA's, and all who are caring for Larry at the hospital.

For K.'s family and for a special intention for her husband.

For safe travel and good weather for all those who will be attending the ordinations this weekend.

That Mara's adoption of a nine year old Ukrainian girl will go smoothly.

For the repose of the soul of Harry, for peace and comfort for his family, and for safe travel for those who will be attending his funeral.

For Michael who has lymphoma and is undergoing tests.

For repentance, healing, and conversion of all those who accept blood money from Tiller and other abortionists.

For a special intention.

For all previous intentions mentioned here, for those around St. Blogs, and for all who are most in need of prayer at this time.

Our Father...

May the God of peace be with us all.

Taking Tiller's Blood Money: You Can't Run, And You Can't Hide

Wichita, KS – Day laborers working at George Tiller’s late-term abortion clinic today drew the attention of pro-lifers when they arrived in a white pick up with blue masking tape covering the business name painted on the side.

“These men are more than willing to take Tiller’s blood money as long as no one knows they are doing it,” said Operation President Troy Newman. “It says a lot about a company when they cover their name in order to do business with an abortion clinic. It shows they understand that what they are doing is wrong and will likely hurt their business. There is no other reason to hide the identity of their business.” [Entire Story]

There are plenty of photos of those who are willing to take Tiller's blood money. Go here and here to view the photos of those involved.

Let us pray for repentance and conversion for each one of them as we view their photos.

A list of those businesses and individuals who take Tiller's blood money was circulated not long ago, so even if they try to hide the name of their business, many people are aware of who they are. Even if we don't recognize them, do they think they can hide from God?

Blogging Around: Culture of Life

I'm sending this post through a second time, as Technorati did not pick it up the first time.

The Curt Jester posts his review on Christopher West's latest book, The Love That Satisfies. This is a book I have been wanting to read, so I was happy to hear him refer to it as "a wonderful book."

Paul at Thoughts of a Regular Guy: Let me set the scene. A pair of homosexual drug dealers, Roberts & Mangini, were convicted, jailed and then paroled. One of the conditions of their probation was that they can't associate with other felons, including each other (this rule is known as Standard Condition No. 9). They sued, with the help of the (of course!) ACLU, on the grounds that they were spouses... Read more here.

Wolftracker at Kansas City Catholic posts on Cures without Cloning, reporting on an effort that is underway in MO to right a wrong.

Esther posts on One Reason for the Flipflopping of Local Politicians disclosing that "now we have high profile pro-choice republicans, like Hawaii Governor Linda Lingle, and the not-too-much-in-the- spotlight pro-life democrats, who are sometimes afraid to state for the record that they are for life."

Catholic Carnival 133 Up in Two Separate Posts

This week's Catholic Carnival is hosted by Jen at Daughter of the King and is on two separate posts this week. You can find it here and here. Be sure and check out both posts.
For some strange reason, Technorati is not picking up this post, even though they are supposed to pick it up automatically. I have gone in and pinged this manually more than once and they are still not picking it up. Are there problems with any of the other feeds? I don't know whether it's blogger or Technorati that is causing the problem. I have had problems with both in the past and if this continues, I will be making some changes.

Amnesty Rejects Vatican Criticism on Abortion Policy

( - Brushing aside criticism from the Holy See, Amnesty International has affirmed its new policy of support for legal abortion.

Responding to public criticism by Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Vatican Secretary of State, Amnesty International issued a statement saying that the group "notes the right of the Vatican to hold its views on abortion," but indicated that it would not change its policy. "The matter of whether individuals, of any faith, agree with or oppose Amnesty International's policy on sexual and reproductive rights, which includes selected aspects on abortion, is for the individual to decide and should be respected," the group said. [Full Story]

Related Posts: Amnesty affirms pro-abortion policy; bishop withdraws from group and calls for end of Catholic support

Cardinal Martino announces end of Church’s financial contributions to Amnesty International

Morning After Pill: Sales Soaring

Many people still don't know that the Morning After Pill has been available at major pharmacies for nearly a year, since the FDA approved its "Over the Counter" status 26 August 2006.

Plan B has been a major money maker for Barr what cost to women?

Read the rest here.

Via Colleen Hammond.

Blogging Around: Culture of Life

The Curt Jester posts his review on Christopher West's latest book, The Love That Satisfies. This is a book I have been wanting to read, so I was happy to hear him refer to it as "a wonderful book."

Paul at Thoughts of a Regular Guy: Let me set the scene. A pair of homosexual drug dealers, Roberts & Mangini, were convicted, jailed and then paroled. One of the conditions of their probation was that they can't associate with other felons, including each other (this rule is known as Standard Condition No. 9). They sued, with the help of the (of course!) ACLU, on the grounds that they were spouses... Read more here.

Wolftracker at Kansas City Catholic posts on Cures without Cloning, reporting on an effort that is underway in MO to right a wrong.

Esther posts on One Reason for the Flipflopping of Local Politicians disclosing that "now we have high profile pro-choice republicans, like Hawaii Governor Linda Lingle, and the not-too-much-in-the- spotlight pro-life democrats, who are sometimes afraid to state for the record that they are for life."

Catholic Carnival 133 Up in Two Separate Posts

This week's Catholic Carnival is hosted by Jen at Daughter of the King and is on two separate posts this week. You can find it here and here. Be sure and check out both posts.

Thursday Basics

Optional Memorial of St. Rose of Lima, virgin

Today's Mass Readings


1814 - James Roosevelt Bayley, first Bishop of Newark, New Jersey, and the eighth Archbishop of Baltimore, Catholic convert, (d. 1877)

1922 - Jean Darling, American child actress, a regular in the Our Gang short subjects

1948 - Daniel Ruettiger "Rudy", University of Notre Dame football legend

My Favorite Quotes of St. Rose of Lima

St. Rose of Lima

“Apart from the cross, there is no other ladder by which we may get to heaven.”

“When we serve the poor and the sick we serve Jesus. We must not fail to help our neighbors, because in them we serve Jesus.”

“Would that mortal men might know how wonderful is divine grace, how beautiful, how precious; what riches are hidden therein, what treasures, what joys, what delights. If they but knew, surely they would direct their energy with all care and diligence to procuring sufferings and afflictions for themselves. Instead of good fortune all men everywhere would seek out troubles, illness and suffering that they might obtain the inestimable treasure of grace. This is the final profit to be gained from patient endurance. No one would complain about the cross or about hardships coming seemingly by chance upon him, if he realized in what balance they are weighed before being distributed to men.”

St. Rose of Lima

Isabella de Flores was born April 20, 1586 to Spanish immigrants in Lima, Peru. At her confirmation, she took the name of Rose, because as an infant her face had been seen transformed by a mystical rose.

She had a strong devotion for Jesus and His Holy Mother and spent long hours praying before the Blessed Sacrament. With St. Catherine of Siena as her model, Rose fasted three times a week, offered up severe penances, and when her vanity was attacked, she cut off her beautiful hair, and wore coarse clothing. She frequently deprived herself of food, water, and sleep. As a result of her exterior mortification, she had interior mystical experiences as well as long periods of darkness and desolation. For fifteen years, she went through the "dark night of the soul."

At age 20, Rose joined the Third Order of St. Dominic and and thereafter increased her penances wearing constantly a metal spiked crown, concealed by roses, and an iron chain about her waist. She moved into a small hut in her parents' garden and served the poor and the sick in a makeshift infirmary.

Our Lord frequently manifested Himself to her, filling her heart with peace and joy, leaving her in ecstasy for hours. In her last long, painful sickness, this heroic young woman prayed: "Lord, increase my sufferings, and with them increase Your love in my heart."

Her austere lifestyle and rigorous penances led to her early death at age 31. She was canonized in 1671.

She is the patron saint of: the Americas; Central America; embroiderers; florists; gardeners; India; Latin America; needle workers; New World; people ridiculed for their piety; Peru; Phillipines; diocese of Santa Rosa, California; South America; vanity; Villareal Samar, Phillipines; West Indies.