Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Grandmother celebrates 100th birthday by becoming world's oldest paraglider

British grandmother Peggy McAlpine celebrated her 100th birthday by becoming the world's oldest paraglider.

Not content with her letter from the Queen, Peggy floated into the record books just three years after moving to "start a new life" in Cyprus.

She had already bungee-jumped with members of the Royal Parachute Regiment as an 80-year-old "youngster."

But cracking open a bottle of champagne after a safe landing, Peggy was already planning her next adventure.

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Pray with the Holy Father


VATICAN CITY, (VIS) - Pope Benedict's general prayer intention for November is: "That those dedicated to medical research and all those engaged in legislative activity may always have deep respect for human life, from its beginning to its natural conclusion."

His mission intention is: "That in the Korean peninsula the spirit of reconciliation and peace may grow."

Saint Quote of the Day: St. Josemaria Escriva


You go to pray; to become a bonfire, a living flame, giving light and heat.

~St. Josemaria Escriva

NCR: Abortion Activists’ ‘Plan B’

Catholics Fear a National Campaign Targeting Church Hospitals

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Pennsylvania is the latest battleground in a national campaign by abortion activists directed at Catholic hospitals. The goal? To persuade state legislatures to force Catholic hospitals to dispense the contraceptive known as Plan B.

Catholic bioethics experts suggest the abortion lobby and its allies have an underlying agenda: The drug’s pro-abortion promoters hope to eradicate the religious freedom rights of Catholics to set their own policies at Catholic medical institutions.

According to Dan O’Brien, vice president of ethics for St. Louis-based Ascension Health, which operates 65 Catholic acute care hospitals, said that 15 states have now passed legislation regarding hospitals’ provision of Plan B to rape victims.

Three other states — Pennsylvania, Florida and Wisconsin — are actively considering proposed bills.


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Wednesday Basics Plus Ideas for Sanctifying Halloween

Happy Halloween!

Tuesday of the Thirtieth Week of Ordinary Time; All Hallows' Eve

Ideas for Sanctifying Halloween, All Saints Day and All Souls Day

On This Day in Catholic History:

834 - This evening became All Hallow’s Eve with the establishment of Nov 1 as Feast of All Saints by Pope Gregory IV.

1541 - "The Last Judgement" by Michelangelo on the altar wall of the Sistine Chapel at Rome was officially unveiled. It is one of the largest paintings in the world.

1982 - Pope John Paul II became the 1st pontiff to visit Spain.

1992 - The Roman Catholic church rehabilitated Galileo Galilei after 359 years. Pope John Paul II acknowledged that the church had erred in condemning Galileo.

1999 - In Augsburg, Germany, leaders of the Roman Catholic and modern Lutheran Churches signed the Augsburg Accord, a "Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification," in a step toward reconciliation.

Birthdays:

1705 - Pope Clement XIV (d. 1774)

1711 - Laura Bassi, an Italian scientist, the first woman to officially teach at a college in Europe. (d. 1778)

1795 - John Keats, British poet (d. 1821)

1860 - Juliette Low, American founder of the Girl Scouts (d. 1927)

1879 - Sara Allgood, Irish actress (d. 1950)

1912 - Dale Evans, writer, movie star, singer -songwriter (d. 2001)

1930 - Michael Collins, American astronaut

1936 - Michael Landon, American actor (d. 1991)

1950 - John Candy, Canadian comedian and actor (d. 1994)

1961 - Peter Jackson, New Zealand film director, Lord of the Rings

1969 - Mike O'Malley, American actor

MORE KUDOS FOR BELLA


Bella Wins Top Prize for Dramatic Movie at Heartland Film Festival

Bella, the touching drama that has inspired the pro-life community and took in the second highest per-theater amount last weekend, started off its premier with another film festival award.

This time, the movie captured the Grand Prize Award for Best Dramatic Feature at the 16th annual Heartland Film Festival. The festival, based in Indiana, concluded its nine-day run on Friday, the same day Bella premiered in 31 cities across the country. Read the complete story.

I have been posting on the movie, Bella, since January, 2007 and I'm still not tired of posting on it! It's a powerful movie and I can't wait to see it again!

Bella Reviews:

My Advance Review of Bella

Kansas City Star Review

National Catholic Register Review

Catholic News Service Review

Roger Ebert at The Chicago Sun Times

Life Teen Review

Recapturing Our Catholic Patrimony Review

USCCB Review

American Papist Mega Review

Joan Frawley Desmond Review at Inside Catholic

Previous Bella Posts on Catholic Fire:

Thank you to all who supported "Bella"

Living La Vida Bella on Oct. 26

NCR: "Bella and Beyond"

Causa Nostrae Laetitiae: Eduardo Verastegui on The World Over

Movie Review: Bella

Bella Set for Nation-wide Release in October

Two Award-Winning Abortion Films - Updated

Bella, the Movie

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Catholic Clergy Ask Bishops to Keep Mass HOLY

MARYSVILLE, PA, OCTOBER 30, 2007 - The Confraternity of Catholic Clergy respectfully asks the Bishops of the United States (USCCB) to disregard the recent letter from the National Coalition of American Nuns on Liturgical Translations. We totally disagree with their request to reject a literal and accurate English version of the Roman Missal based on the typical Latin text. It is our contention as ordained ministers who daily celebrate the sacred liturgy and who serve the spiritual needs of the faithful that they deserve nothing less than total and complete conformity to the authentic and official texts approved by the Holy See.

Since the Eucharistic Sacrifice is the ‘source and summit of Christian life’, it is imperative that the Church’s ministers celebrate 'digne, atténte ac devote' (worthily, with attention and devotion). Reverence is achieved not only by diligently following the rubrics but also by having accurate texts which incorporate sacred language. Ritual (gestures) combines with Rite (words) to make proper worship. 'Full, conscious and active participation' by the faithful in the sacred liturgy is only possible when pedestrian language and banal translations are abandoned once and for all. The congregation is more educated and sophisticated than purported by those who insist accurate and literal translations from the Latin into English would be confusing at best and frustrating at worst.

We live in a culture where the vulgar, crass and obscene are part of everyday conversation. It proliferates the media at all levels: radio, television, movies, theater, magazines, and the internet. Yet, good taste and graceful language are not archaic. Sacred worship requires a sacred vocabulary and nomenclature which expresses the value and need for reverence for ‘the Holy’ and which transcends the secular world and allows the worshipper to approach the threshold of heaven. Accuracy demands that the word "consubstantial" be restored to the Creed since the Council of Nicea (325) canonized the terms 'homoouios' (Greek) and 'consubstantialem' (Latin). Adjectives which predicate the divinity of Christ, prominent in the Latin, need to be reinserted into the English. 'Holy', 'sacred', 'venerable', and 'immaculate', etc., are not foreign terms to Catholic vocabulary. Edified language "inspires the believer to aspire to those things which are holy and sacred. Banal and pedestrian language lowers us into the gutter. One can and ought to seek a poetic sacred language that uplifts the human spirit to seek the divine rather than being content with the mediocrity of mundane.

A SPECIAL THANK YOU


My deepest thanks and gratitude go out to all who have been praying for my special intentions: the job for Bill and the success of our garage sale. After 8 months of searching for a full-time position, he was able to obtain a sales position, which he starts later this week. This means we will not have to sell our house or our car and will not need to relocate, as we had anticpated.

Thank you also for the prayers for the success of our garage sale -it went well. We had many visitors and I discovered that the most popular items at our garage sale were: clothing, costume jewelry, and household cleaning products.

May God bless you abundantly for your kindness!

Do You Babelize?

What happens when an English phrase is translated (by computer) back and forth between 5 different languages? The authors of the Systran translation software probably never intended this application of their program and it is not equipped for 10 consecutive translations of the same piece.

The resulting half-English, half-foreign, and totally non sequitur response bears almost no resemblance to the original. Remember the old game of "Telephone"? Something is lost, and sometimes something is gained. Try it for yourself!

Here is just a sample I entered into the babelizer : (I got the idea for using this phrase from Spirit of Vatican 2.)

"Gregorian chant is the opposite of rap."

translates into

"Gregoriano Cantili is opposition of the dry and hard effect."

Hard and dry - what a great description for rap!

Just enter a phrase here and babelize for yourself!

This Weeks Catholic Carnival is up

...and it's being hosted by K T Cat at The Scratching Post.

As you might suspect, there is a cute feline photo posted there and, as a cat lover, I thoroughly approve. Be sure to read all the great posts there. The beautiful image here is courtesy of the creative and talented Esther.

Saint of the Day: St. Alphonsus Rodriguez

St Alphonsus, or Alonzo as he was called in Spain, was born at Segovia in Spain, on July 12, 1531. From childhood he was devoted to the Blessed Virgin Mary. He loved her as his mother. This childlike devotion to her was the main reason for his sanctity.

Alphonsus was destined to be an example of Christian perfection in many states of life. On the death of his father in 1545, he was called home from Alcala where he was studying, by his mother burdened with the care of eleven young children, and though a boy of fourteen, he was placed at the head of the family business, which involved the buying and selling of wool. At the request of his mother, Alphonsus married the virtuous Maria Suarez. His married life of four years was marked with much suffering. His wife died leaving behind a son; his mother, too, died leaving behind her eleven children. He was about 32 years old when his mother died. He bore his cross willingly.

Alphonsus started a more fervent life. He wanted to become a Jesuit. Twice he was refused admittance due to his older age, but providence came to his rescue. The Provincial admitted him on January 6, 1571. At the age of thirty-seven, Alphonsus entered the Jesuit novitiate and after six months he was instructed to go to the Jesuit college of Montesion in Palma on the island of Majorca off the coast of Spain, to complete his novitiate training. At the end of his novitiate, in 1573, he pronounced the three vows of religion. He was assigned various duties and, in 1579, he was made doorkeeper at the college and remained in this office until his death.

Nothing could be more insignificant in the eyes of the world and more monotonous in itself than such a life. By his deep interior spirit that animated him, Alphonsus transformed and transcended it with his: fervent spirit of prayer, deep union with God, devotion to Mary, especially the Rosary, which allowed him to live constantly in the presence of God even in the hardest times. His spirit of obedience was remarkable. His love for his fellowmen and his spirit of penance inspired many to follow him. People in high positions came to him in their troubles and difficulties to seek his advice. He exercised a powerful influence for good upon his own Brothers, many of whom reached a high degree of sanctity. Of these the greatest was St Peter Clever, a fellow Jesuit, whom Alphonsus prepared to become the apostle of Slaves in the New World. Many owed their vocation to priesthood and religious life to him.

The year 1617, the last of his life, was for him one of great suffering. Thus ended a life of suffering, labor, love and service in the vineyard of the Lord on October 31, 1617; he died invoking in a loud and lingering voice the name of Jesus.

He was beatified in 1825, and was canonized by Pope Leo XIII on 15 January, 1888 together with his spiritual disciple, St Peter Claver.

Inspirational Quote of the Day


"There are two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle."

~Albert Einstein, quoted in Des MacHale, Wisdom (London, 2002).

Tuesday Basics

Mater Mea

On This Day in Catholic History:
1950 - Pope Pius XII witnesses the "Miracle of the Sun" while at the Vatican

Birthdays:

1735 - John Adams, President of the United States (d. 1826)

1857 - Georges Gilles de la Tourette, French neurologist (d. 1904)

1911 - Ruth Hussey, American actress, The Philadelphia Story (d. 2005)

1945 - Henry Winkler, American Actor, best known as Arthur "Fonzie" Fonzarelli in "Happy Days"

1958 - Joe Delaney, American football player, who died in the prime of his career while attempting to save three boys from drowning. (d. 1983)

Thank you to all who supported "Bella"

Via Cause of Our Joy : Thank you to all who supported "Bella"

Congratulations to Leticia whose movie review of Bella on Mercatornet has been picked up by Reuters News Service and USA Today here and here.

Monday, October 29, 2007

Today's Intercessory Prayers - Update

Jesus heals us of all our infirmities. In faith, let us pray:

Jesus, heal our blindness!

When we fail to see the light of Your truth: Jesus, heal our blindness!

When we fail to respond to the suffering of the unfortunate, Jesus, heal our blindness!

When we fail to see Your love at work in the world: Jesus, heal our blindness!

Thank you, Lord, for:

The success of our garage sale.


Bill's new sales job, which begins later this week.


We pray for the following intentions:

Update: For this young woman and her baby.


That the children who are now scheduled to be aborted may be protected.


An end to abortion, euthanasia, contraception, and all sins against life.


The continued success of the 40 Day Life Campaign.


Continued success for Bella and that it will come to Kansas.


All families who basic needs for food, clothing, and shelter are not being met.


For the elderly who are abandoned, neglected, and abused by our society.


For all senior citizens who are being discriminated against in the work place.


For the disabled whose needs are not being met.


For all mothers who have died from abortion.


For the repose of the soul of Brother J.I., who has died from a brain aneurysm.

For all of Bill's special intentions.

For all the prayer intentions at One Came Back.

For all previous prayer intentions here and for those around St. Blogs.

Our Father ....

May the Lord be our light and our salvation! Amen. (Ps. 27:1)

Legalized Rape...Why Not?

If Saving Women is Really the Goal . . . by Mark Crutcher

Now that the political season is back at our throats, we are again hearing the abortion lobby trot out its usual collection of distortions, half-truths and outright lies. Of course, one of their favorites is the old line that since women are going to have abortions regardless of what the law says, we have to protect them against dangerous back-alley abortions.

This assumes that the legal abortions women are getting right now are safe, but we'll let that fairy tail slide for the moment. We'll also ignore the fact that, if abortion were outlawed today and illegal abortionists started springing up next week, every one of them would be someone who is pro-choice. In fact, every woman who was ever killed or maimed during an abortion was killed or maimed by someone who was pro-choice. That means the obvious solution to the back-alley abortion problem is for the pro-choice mob not to do them. But like I said, we'll ignore that for now.

What I'm wondering about is this. If the motivation for legalized abortion really is to save the lives of women, why aren't the people who make that argument also calling for the repeal of laws against rape? After all, it is not uncommon for a woman to be killed by a rapist so she can't identify him to the authorities. Legalizing rape would save those women by taking away the rapists' motivation for killing them. Legalization could also result in the establishment of rape clinics where rapists could take their victims instead of dragging them into dangerous back-allies. These facilities could offer clean rooms, condom machines, emergency contraception and perhaps even doctors on staff in case the rapist injures his victim. We could also issue licenses to rapists requiring them to undergo monthly testing for AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases.

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HILLARY WINS!

Once again, Hillary Rodham Clinton leads in a poll. This time, she was top choice when people were asked which major 2008 presidential candidate would make the scariest Halloween costume.

Asked about costume choices, 37 percent in an Associated Press-Ipsos survey this month chose New York Sen. Clinton, the front-runner among Democratic presidential contenders. Fourteen percent selected former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who leads Republicans in national polls.

No other candidate exceeded 6 percent.

Clinton was the choice of four in 10 men and one-third of women. While a predictable two-thirds of Republicans picked her, she also was the choice of 18 percent of Democrats. Among members of her own party, that made her second only to Giuliani as the scariest costume.

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That was a costume?

Holy Father Urges Pharmacists to Reject the Abortion Pill - Updated

Pharmacists must be allowed to refuse to supply drugs that cause abortion or euthanasia, Pope Benedict said today, calling on health professionals to be "conscientious objectors" against such practices.

Pope Benedict XVI told a convention of Roman Catholic pharmacists this morning that part of their job is to protect human life from conception until natural death -- the Church teaching that rules out any deliberate termination of pregnancy or euthanasia.

"It is not possible to anaesthetise the conscience, for example, when it comes to molecules whose aim is to stop an embryo implanting or to cut short someone's life," the Pope said.

The so-called abortion pill, which is available in many European Union countries and has had regulatory approval in the United States since 2000, has not been authorized in Italy.

The Vatican has criticized moves by some Italian politicians who favor the pill, which blocks the action of the hormone progesterone that is needed to sustain a pregnancy.

The Pope told the international gathering that individual pharmacists could always choose not to prescribe such a drug.

"I invite your federation to consider conscientious objection which is a right that must be recognized for your profession so you can avoid collaborating, directly or indirectly, in the supply of products which have clearly immoral aims, for example abortion or euthanasia," he said.

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Update: Pharmacists Agree With Pope

Archbishop Gregory Diagnosed with Prostate Cancer

Let's keep Archbishop Wilton Gregory of Atlanta in our prayers.

Prayer for Respect Life to St. Gerard Majella

St. Gerard Majella, women the world over have adopted you as their patron in the joys and fears of childbearing. Today, we invoke your intercession for the pro-life movement.

Pray that all will look upon human life as a great gift from God to be accepted and loved, not as an unwanted burden to be destroyed. Assist from Heaven the efforts of those on earth who are enlisted in the Christlike crusade of promoting the dignity and value of all human life, particularly the unborn. This we ask through Christ, Our Lord. Amen.

Saint Quote of the Day: St. Gerard Majella


"Who except God can give you peace? Has the world ever been able to satisfy the heart?"


~ St. Gerard Majella

Monday Basics

German Autumn 2007

Monday of the Thirtieth Week of Ordinary Time


Today's Mass Readings


Saint for Today: St. Narcissus


On This Day in Catholic History:

1943 - Sister Restituta Kafka was beheaded by the Nazis for putting up crosses in a hospital. Pope John Paul II beatified her in 1998.

Birthdays:

1682 - Pierre François Xavier de Charlevoix, French Canadian historian (d. 1761)

1815 - Daniel Emmett, American composer (d. 1904)

1940 - José Ulises Macías Salcedo, Catholic bishop

1981 - Amanda Beard, American swimmer, Seven-time Olympic medalist

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Holy Father to Visit New York April 18-20

Included in Pope Bededict's visit will be a speech made to the United Nations on April 18, a mass on April 19 at St Patrick's Cathedral and a larger outdoor Mass at Yankee Stadium on April 20, sources say.

Bill Donohue: Miller's Apology is Insulting

Miller Brewing Company has issued a formal apology for the offense caused by the use of Miller brand logos on a poster promoting the Folsom Street Fair in San Francisco. The company said it has taken action to ensure that such an incident will not happen again. However, Catholic League President Bill Donohue finds the apology "insulting". Here is his reaction:

The Miller Brewing Company and the Board of Directors of the Folsom Street Fair have both issued press statements this week apologizing for the offensive Last Supper poster that was used to promote the event. As such, they have insulted Catholics one more time. Let me be specific.

“The poster was the least offensive part of this Catholic-bashing forum. What was even more offensive was the sight of Christian symbols being sold at this Miller-sponsored fair as sex toys. The obscene and blasphemous names of these vulgar sex toys are so disgusting that no mainstream newspaper would print them. Then there was the incredible sight of a stripper and a man dressed as Jesus hoisted in cages above a Catholic church on a Sunday. This was done to provoke, taunt and insult Catholics. And who greeted everyone at the street fair? Men dressed as nuns. Had they been dressed like Al Jolson—with blackened faces—they would have been run out of town as racists.

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My Comments:

The rest of this is unbelievably disgusting - I felt sick reading it -but it explains in detail why Donohue is not accepting Miller's apology at this time. They need to promise that they will never sponsor another Catholic - bashing and morally depraved event like this again. It's one thing to admit your sinfulness and wrongdoing, but you need to make a firm purpose of amendment not to repeat the same sin again. This one was very serious!

***Update: MILLER’S LATEST APOLOGY REJECTED

October 29, 2007

Catholic League president Bill Donohue commented today on Miller’s apology of Oct. 26:

“They either don’t get it or they think we’re stupid. Miller’s latest apology is nothing but a rehash of what it has been saying all along—it limits its apology to the use of its logo on the offensive Last Supper promotional poster for the Folsom Street Fair. But it still refuses to apologize for the anti-Catholic nature of the event itself. As we have repeatedly said, sacred symbols were sold as sex toys at the Miller-sponsored event, a stripper and a man dressed as Jesus were hoisted in cages above a Catholic church on a Sunday, and men mocked nuns in the street. Evidently, Miller thinks these kinds of things are okay.

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Sunday Basics

Thirtieth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Priesthood Sunday

World Youth Day

Today's Readings

Today's Homily from Father Daren

On This Day in Catholic History:

312 The outnumbered forces of Roman emperor Constantine (ca. 280–337) defeated the army of Maxentius, a contender for the throne, at Milvian Bridge.


1958 - Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli, was elected pope, taking the name John XXIII.


1965 - Pope Paul VI issued a decree absolving Jews of collective guilt for the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.

Birthdays:

1585 - Cornelius Jansen, Bishop of Ypres (Cornelius Jansenius Yprensis), from whom Jansenism derives its origin and name, (d.1638)

1718 - Ignacije Szentmartony, Croatian Jesuit missionary (d. 1793)

1903 - Evelyn Waugh, English writer (d. 1966)

1907 - Edith Head, American costume designer (d. 1981)

1914 - Jonas Salk, American physician and researcher; developed polio vaccine in the 1950's, (d. 1995)

1949 - Bruce Jenner, American athlete, Olympic track and field gold medalist

1974 - Joaquin Phoenix, Puerto Rican-born actor, (Walk The Line)

1983 - Jarrett Jack, American basketball player

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Saturday, October 27, 2007

Books, Books, and More Books

People of the Book posts on three new books written by the Holy Father:

The Blessing of Christmas (Ignatius Press), a beautifully-presented edition of seven Advent and Christmas meditations that Joseph Ratzinger wrote while he was Archbishop of Munich, The Apostles (OSV) collects 21 talks that Benedict XVI gave during his weekly general audiences in 2006 and 2007, with an accompanying guide (OSV) A Study Guide for the Apostles by Amy Welborn, and The Essential Pope Benedict XVI by John F. Thornton and Susan Varenne (Harper SanFrancisco), a collection of his most important writings and speeches.

Karen at Some Have Hats discusses "A Mother's Plea: Journey Into the Light" written by Fr. Anthony Bus, CR. in her post "Something Sacred".

The Curt Jester reviews "The Diary of a Country Priest: A Novel" by George Bernanos.

Friday, October 26, 2007

KS Supreme Court Blocks Tiller Grand Jury

Topeka, KS - The Kansas Supreme Court ruled today that the grand jury called to investigate late-term abortionist George Tiller by over 7,000 citizens of Sedgwick County will be delayed at least until November 16.

Operation Rescue President Troy Newman issues the following statement in response to the ruling:

Today the Kansas Supreme Court has ruled to ignore Kansas law that gives citizens the right to convene a grand jury to investigate criminal wrong-doing. In doing so, they have become contributors to the crisis in Kansas that has been caused by what we believe to be an out of control abortion industry that operates as if the laws do not apply to them. They have also become enablers to Tiller's illegal abortion ring that continues to take the lives of viable babies in a manner that we believe is contrary to Kansas law.

The allegations that the citizens have asked a grand jury to consider, including illegal late term abortions from 2004-2007, have never been fully investigated. The fact that the Kansas Attorney General has brought 19 similar criminal charges on a small number of 2003 records gives the grand jury investigation both credibility and urgency.

We demand that the KS Supreme Court enforce the laws of Kansas and allow the grand jury investigation into George Tiller's abortion business to go forward as allowed by statute. It is unconscionable to deprive the citizens of Kansas the ability to seek justice in this way.

My Comments: Well, it looks like somebody has been paid off with "blood money" again.

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Priesthood Sunday

This Sunday is Priesthood Sunday. It is a special observance, spearheaded by Serra International, in order to thank and pray for our priests. Father Frank Pavone has prepared a special novena prayer. He is also request that we share our favorite “priest stories” and requests to offer specific prayer intentions for particular priests For more information, go here.

A SPECIAL BIRTHDAY/ HALLOWEEN TRIBUTE

Now this is scary!

Happy 60th, Hillary!

Garage Sale Update

Today was the second day of our three day garage sale and things went OK today. We're expecting a crowd on our last day, as everything will be half price then.

Thanks to all who have been praying! Please continue.

I wish all of you could come!

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Youth, adults walk for life to Tiller's Abortion Mill

About 50 youngsters and adults walked from Blessed Sacrament School, Wichita, to Tiller's abortion clinic Sunday during the annual Walk for Life. They raised money for Right to Life of Kansas. A video clip of Msgr. James Conley's comments before the Walk for Life is available on the Downloads page at catholicadvance.org.

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Operation Rescue Demands Apology From Tiller Attorney

Wichita, KS – Operation Rescue has send a letter to Lee Thompson, an attorney who is representing late-term abortionist George R. Tiller, demanding an apology for untrue and potentially slanderous comments he has repeatedly made in the media.

Thompson has repeatedly referred the legal effort by citizens to convene a grand jury to investigate Tiller wrongdoing as “vigilantism.”

Thompson was most recently quoted in the Wichita Eagle today as saying, “This is a proceeding brought for harassment and in bad faith by the petition gatherers. You approach the level of vigilantism, and I think we see that happening in this instance.”
“This comment is nothing more than a vicious attack and patently false accusation against the integrity of the over 7,000 registered voters of Sedgwick County who exercised their citizenship by calling for the grand jury investigation,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman in a letter to Thompson.


“Vigilantism is when the people take the laws into their own hands. In this case, the people are working within the law to bring justice. You should be thanking God that the people are engaged in peaceful, legal efforts. Instead, you malign them,” Newman’s letter continued. “If you are so confused about what the law says and what true vigilantism is, perhaps you should return to law school for a refresher course. We expect more from someone who is a former Federal Prosecutor.”

The letter concludes, “Since your client has been charged in the past 10 months with a total of 49 criminal acts based on a few medical records from 2003, it is very reasonable to suspect that similar activity continued over the ensuing five years. Because of this, the citizens of Sedgwick County who signed the grand jury petition demanding further investigation of your client not only acted in good faith, but appropriately and necessarily discharged their duty as citizens. You owe us all an apology.”

My Comment: As one of the 7,000 people who signed this petition in an attempt to put an end to the illegal and criminal activity of an abortionist who believes that he can do anything illegal he pleases and is above the law in Kansas, I am outraged by these accusations. It is not only an attack on my character, but also the character and the integrity of the other 6,999 people in this state who have signed the petition to put an end to the corruption here in Kansas that allows Tiller to do whatever he pleases because he has the (blood) money to pay off the politicians. Everyone else who violates the law has to pay the consequences, but not Tiller and we're all sick of it! We are the victims of his crimes; he is the perpetrator. Enough is enough!

Sixty Groups Ask Congress To Block Planned Parenthood Funding

Washington, DC - In a noteworthy show of unity, a coalition of sixty pro-life/pro-family advocacy groups have sent a letter to each United States Senator and Congressman asking them to stop Federal funding to Planned Parenthood. Operation Rescue added its support to the letter, which included such a list of heavy-hitters in the conservative arena such as Concerned Women For America, Focus on the Family, Eagle Forum, American Family Association, Traditional Values Coalition, and Americans United for Life, to name a few.


The letter was prompted by 107 criminal charges that were filed last week against Planned Parenthood by Kansas District Attorney Phill Kline alleging that Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri committed illegal abortions then made false statements regarding the abortions to governmental authorities to which they are required to report.


"We are privileged to stand with 59 other groups in calling for a halt to the funding of Planned Parenthood. Tax payers should not be forced to fund an organization that is under criminal indictment for operating outside the law," said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman.






Thursday Basics

Getting Ready for the Sale Today

We're getting ready for the huge garage sale today. Just a shot of the oak tree in front of our house.

Thursday of the Twenty-Ninth Week of Ordinary Time

Today's Mass Readings

Forty Martyrs of England and Wales

On This Day in Catholic History:

625 Pope Boniface V died (pope from 619 to 625. He did much for the Christianising of England and enacted the decree by which churches became places of refuge for criminals.

1147 The German forces in the armies of the Second Crusade (1145–1149) were destroyed by the Saracens at Dorylaeum (modern western Turkey).

1147 Forces under King Afonso I of Portugal captured Lisbon from the Moors after a four-month siege during the Second Crusade.

Birthdays:

1825 - Johann Strauss II, Austrian composer (d. 1899)

1864 - John Francis Dodge, American automobile pioneer (d. 1920)

1881- Pablo Picasso, Spanish painter and sculptor (d. 1973)

1912 - Minnie Pearl, American comedian and singer (d. 1996)

1940 - Bobby Knight, American basketball coach

1941 - Helen Reddy, Australian singer

1941 - Anne Tyler, American novelist

1961 - Ward Burton, American auto racer

1979 - Sarah Thompson, American actress

1979 - Tony Torcato, American baseball player

Light Blogging and Prayer Request

It's light blogging for me this week as I'm involved in a garage sale project.

I would appreciate it if you would pray for the success of the garage sale. With Bill being laid off for eight months now, we really need the money.

Thanks and God bless!

This week's Catholic Carnival is up:

Check it out here.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

TILLER ASKS KANSAS SUPREME COURT TO STOP WICHITA GRAND JURY SET FOR TUESDAY

See Tiller's filing: HERE

This means the Kansas law utilized to convene a grand jury to look into charges against Tiller because those charges were dropped by KS AG Morrison (whose election Tiller insured through massive political action and donations) will be the person defending the law in front of the Kansas Supreme Court!

To read the AP story go HERE-- It made the Drudge Report!

Via Kansans for Life.

Previous Posts:

Kansas Abortion Industry's Criminality Exposed!

Tiller Loses Again

40 Days for Life Begins Today: What's Happening in Wichita

Wednesday Basics

Homestretch 2

Optional Memorial of St. Anthony Claret, bishop

Today's Mass Readings

On This Day in Catholic History:

1260 The Cathedral of Chartres was dedicated in the presence of King Louis IX of France (1215–1270).

Birthdays:

1710 - Alban Butler, English Catholic priest and writer (d. 1773)

1788 - Sarah Hale, American poet (d. 1879)

1855 - James S. Sherman, Vice President of the United States (d. 1912)

1904 - Moss Hart, Writer, Director, Theatre Owner/Operator, Performer, Producer, (My Fair Lady)

1935 - Malcolm Bilson, American pianist and music professor

1947 - Kevin Kline, American actor

1987 - Charlie White, American ice dancer

St. Anthony Mary Claret, Bishop, (1807 - 1870)

Today is the feast of St. Anthony Mary Claret -- a favorite saint that my husband introduced me to several years ago when he gave a teaching on this amazing man of God. I don't think I have heard of any saint who was filled with so much zeal for his apostolate. He was a monk and a mystic who exerted an unusual amount of influence over the laity by obeying the call of God.

Born on Christmas eve, 1807, in the village of Sallent, in Catalonia, Spain, Anthony was a very pious child. When he was eleven years old, the bishop visited his school and asked him what he wanted to be when he grew up. Without the least bit of hesitation, he replied: "A priest."

As a young adult, Anthony Claret excelled as a maker of cloth as a weaver in his father's textile factory. He then studied for the priesthood, desiring to be a Jesuit. Ill health prevented him from entering the Order, so he served as a diocesan priest. He was ordained at age 27 and busied himself preaching in rural areas, organizing conferences for clergy, and writing. Zeal for the salvation of souls spurred him on to preach an estimated 25,000 sermons, write 144 books, and preach countless missions.


During his mission work, he accepted no money and walked everywhere -- from town to town through rugged terrain. He had only one pair of shoes, one set of clothes and a few books. He neither ate meat nor drank wine, and slept only 3 - 5 hours per night.

After one remarkable mission, Father Claret's bishop wrote: "this town has never seen the likes of this. Enemies are at peace. Scandals have been ended. Broken marriages are repaired. Restitutions have been made. No one can withstand the fire of his preaching, the kindness of his manner. Everyone, even the proudest, fall at his feet."

The secret of his success was LOVE. He summed it up this way: "Love is the most necessary of all virtues. Love in the person who preaches the word of God is like fire in a musket. If a person were to throw a bullet with his hands, he would hardly make a dent in anything; but if the person takes the same bullet and ignites some gunpowder behind it, it can kill. It is much the same with the word of God. If it is spoken by someone who is filled with the fire of charity- the fire of love of God and neighbor- it will work wonders." (Autobiography #438-439).

In 1848, he established a publishing house at Barcelona and in the following year, founded the Missionary Sons of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, or the "Claretians". Shortly thereafter, he was appointed Archbishop of Santiago in Cuba, where he worked for six years to organize and evangelize his diocese. During that time, he visited every parish in his diocese four times (Some of these had not seen a bishop in 60 years) and conducted missions in each one, plus confirmed those who had not been (300,000), and rectified the invalid marriages (9,000). He also founded another new congregation, the Sisters of Mary Immaculate, dedicated to the instruction of the young.

Miracles surrounded his work, and he possessed the gift of prophecy and the reading of hearts. He often saw Our Lord and Our Lady (to whom he was especially devoted), receiving from them instruction, encouragement, and prophecies. At the request of our Blessed Mother, he spread devotion to the Holy Rosary and was considered to be a latter day St. Dominic.

During a single day's visit to the city, he would preach to the local clergy, to several convents of nuns, and (in the evening) to the laity, besides hearing confessions much of the day. For his miracles and preaching, the Spaniards called him another St. Vincent Ferrer.

Though he avoided politics, both political parties considered him to be Spain's most influential man. He was so hated by the revolutionaries that they tried to kill him no less than 14 times and were still searching for him as he lay dying, an old man in exile.

St. Anthony Mary Claret died in the Cistercian monastery at Fontfroide in southern France on October 24, 1870 and was canonized in 1950.

Into his 35 years as a priest he packed 100 years of work.

Favorite Quote:

“A son of the Immaculate Heart of Mary is a man who is consumed with love and who sets on fire everything in his path. He is a man who unceasingly expends himself to light the fire of divine love in the world. Nothing stops him; he places his joy in privations, he undertakes all works for the glory of God; he embraces willingly every sacrifice, he is happy in the midst of calumnies; he exults in torments. He can think of but one thing — working, suffering, and seeking at all times the greater glory of God and the salvation of souls, to imitate Our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Recommended Reading:

The Autobiography of St. Anthony Mary Claret, TAN BOOKS And Publishers, INC. Rockford, IL, 1985.

The Life of St. Mary Anthony Claret, Fanchon Royer, TAN BOOKS AND PUBLISHERS INC., Rockford, IL, 1985.

Miracles of St. Anthony Mary Claret, Fr. Juan Echevarria, TAN BOOKS AND PUBLISHERS, INC., Rockford, IL

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

MILLER BREWING PROTEST CONTINUES: "WE'RE NOT GOING AWAY" DONOHUE WARNS

MILLER BREWING PROTEST CONTINUES: MILWAUKEE CIVIC ASSOCIATIONS CONTACTED

Catholic League president Bill Donohue explained the latest strategy for dealing with Miller’s sponsorship of anti-Catholicism: “We’re not going away. After having sent the most unbelievable photos of decadent anti-Catholicism to all the priests, ministers, rabbis and imams in Milwaukee, we are now hitting the civic associations. Because there are so many, we are choosing a select group each week..."

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Hooray for the Catholic League! Keep up the excellent work, Bill!

Quotes from St. John Bosco

"Everything and everyone is is won by the sweetness of our words and works."

"Every virtue in your soul is a precious ornament which makes you dear to God and to man. But holy purity, the queen of virtues, the angelic virtue, is a jewel so precious that those who possess it become like the angels of God in Heaven, even though clothed in mortal flesh."

~ St. John Bosco

Culture of Life Quote of the Day: President Ronald Reagan



"God's greatest gift is human life ... We have a sacred duty to protect the innocent life of the unborn child ... Simple morality dictates that unless and until someone can prove the unborn is not alive, we must give it the benefit of the doubt and assume it is. And, thus, it should be entitled to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."


~ President Ronald Reagan, Alfred M. Landon Lecture Series on Public Issues, September 9, 1982

Tuesday Basics

Autumn Beauty

"Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower."
~ Albert Camus




On This Day in Catholic History:

787 - The Second Council of Nicea closed.

Birthdays:

1869 - John Heisman, American football player and coach (d. 1936)

1870 - Bishop Francis Kelley, Catholic Bishop of Oklahoma (d. 1948)

1880 - Una O'Connor, Irish actress (d. 1959)

1894 - Rube Bressler, baseball player (d. 1966)

1905 - Gertrude Ederle, American swimmer (d. 2003)

1918 - James Daly, American actor (d. 1978)

1923 - Frank Sutton, American actor, Sgt. Carter in "Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C." (d. 1974)

1956- Dwight Yoakam, American country singer

1975 - Keith Van Horn, American basketball player

Monday, October 22, 2007

Today's Intercessory Prayers

God made an eternal covenant with his people, and continues his gifts to them still. So we give him thanks and turn to him in prayer:- Lord, give blessings to your people.
Lord, save your people
and bless your inheritance.
Unite all who bear the name of Christians,
so that the world may believe in Christ, whom you have sent.
Pour out your grace onto our friends and acquaintances,
so that they spread the sweetness of Christ through the world.
Show your love for the dying
and let them see your salvation with their own eyes.
Show your compassion for the dead
and let them rest together in Christ.


Lord, we thank You for all the blessings of this day.

Thank you, Lord, for Fr's remission from cancer.

We pray for the following intentions:

Our Holy Father's special intentions.

All those who are suffering from bad weather conditions, especially those in southern California.

the conversion of all those ensnared in the culture of death.

For Tim.

a preschool for Katrina.

all those suffering from post-abortion syndrome.

the fruitfulness of the 40 Day Campaign.

God's justice in the upcoming Tiller trial.

all the prayer intentions at One Came Back.

a FT job for Bill, whose unemployment runs out this week we pray through the intercession of St. Joseph, the worker.

good weather for the garage sale.

a good spiritual director for Al.

the special intentions of Chris and Mike.

all previous prayer intentions mentioned here and for those around St. Blogs.


Our Father...

Lord, we, your servants, proclaim your greatness. For our salvation, you looked kindly on the lowliness of the Virgin Mary: look kindly on us too, and raise us up into the fullness of redemption.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.

Zogby: Half Would Never Vote for Hillary for President

While she is winning wide support in nationwide samples among Democrats in the race for their party’s presidential nomination, half of likely voters nationwide said they would never vote for New York Sen. Hillary Clinton, a new Zogby Interactive poll shows.

The online survey of 9,718 likely voters nationwide showed that 50% said Clinton would never get their presidential vote. This is up from 46% who said they could never vote for Clinton in a Zogby International telephone survey conducted in early March. Older voters are most resistant to Clinton—59% of those age 65 and older said they would never vote for the New York senator, but she is much more acceptable to younger voters: 42% of those age 18-29 said they would never vote for Clinton for President.
Related Posts:

Living La Vida Bella on Oct. 26


He’s known as the “Brad Pitt of Mexico.” But after the crucial Oct. 26 opening weekend of his new movie, Eduardo Verástegui may be regarded as Mexico’s “Jim Caviezel.” He’s an actor as excited about his faith as his acting.

Once a notorious playboy, the singer, actor, model and film producer experienced a powerful reversion to his Catholic faith four years ago. In the process, he gave up his fame and fortune to pursue film projects that glorify God.

The first of those is Bella. The film won the prestigious People’s Choice Award at the Toronto Film Festival last fall. Bella will be out in theaters Oct. 26 (to find out where, visit BellatheMovie.com).

Register correspondent Patrick Novecosky sat down with Verástegui after a pre-release screening in Naples, Fla.

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Related Posts:

NCR: "Bella and Beyond"

Causa Nostrae Laetitiae: Eduardo Verastegui on The World Over

Movie Review: Bella

Bella Set for Nation-wide Release in October

Two Award-Winning Abortion Films - Updated

Abortion Death Finally Reported by Secular Press

Massachusetts Abortion Death Case Slowly Progressing

Via Operation Rescue:

Hyannis, MA - October 22, 2007 - The abortion death of Laura Hope Smith has finally been reported Sunday - five weeks late - in a secular newspaper, The Cape Cod Times. The story of this tragic abortion death was also reported last week in the National Catholic Register.

Laura's mother, Eileen Smith, has been working tirelessly to see to it that her daughter's death is not "swept under the rug," and that those responsible for it are brought to justice.

Smith's attorney filed a Complaint for Discovery on October 4, for information from the Medical Examiner's office, the hospital, the abortion clinic, and abortionist Rapin Osathanondh, who committed Laura's abortion on September 13, in the 13th week of her pregnancy.

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Sign the "Catholics Against Rudy" Petition

Steve Dillard, founder of Catholics Against Rudy has a petition up here.

The purpose of this petition is to allow faithful Catholics to speak out against Rudy Giuliani's abysmal record on non-negotiable "Culture of Life" issues (e.g., abortion, embryonic stem cell research) and traditional marriage, and to publicly oppose his candidacy for the GOP presidential nomination.

Go here to sign.

Monday Basics


Monday of the Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time

Today's Mass Readings

Video Daily Reflections

Saint for the Day: Blessed Timothy Giaccardo, Pauline Priest


Birthdays:

1558 - Jacques Sirmond, French scholar and Jesuit (d. 1651)

1811 Franz Liszt, Hungarian composer and musician, was born in Raiding, Hungary (d. 31 July 1886).

1821 - Collis Potter Huntington, American railroad executive (d. 1900)

1876 Karl Adam, German Roman Catholic theologian, was born in Bavaria (d. 1 April 1966).

1942 - Annette Funicello, American actress

1963 - Brian Boitano, American figure skater

1973 - Ichiro Suzuki, Japanese baseball player

Sunday, October 21, 2007

A Meme About My Main Man

Esther emailed me about this one, so here are my responses:

1. Who is your man?
Sweet William - Bill

2. How long have you been together? 15 years

3. How long did you date? 1 year

4. How old is your man? 21 - That's what he always tells people.

5. Who eats more? I'm 5'6" and he's 6'6", so take a guess. If you said him, you're correct. :-)

6. Who said “I love you” first? He did.

7. Who is taller? He is.

8. Who sings better? We are both good singers.

9. Who is smarter? He is.

10. Whose temper is worse? I have a hot temper when provoked. Certain things trigger his temper and then watch out!

11. Who does the laundry? I do.

12. Who takes out the trash? He does.

13. Who sleeps on the right hand side of the bed? Me.

14. Who pays the bills? He does. His math and accounting skills are better than mine. I did this for many years when I was single and am happy to relinguish the reponsibility to him.

15. Who is better with the computer? Me.

16. Who mows the lawn? N/A

7. Who cooks dinner? Me. But sometimes he does. He is a very good cook.

18. Who drives when you are together? He does. He is a very good driver and has a better sense of direction than I do. He seldom gets lost like I do.

19. Who pays when you go out? Well, no matter who picks up the check, it's always the money he earned that pays for everything.

20. Who is most stubborn? He is definitely.

21. Who is the first to admit when they are wrong? Both of us

22. Whose parents do you see the most? Our parents are deceased.

23. Who kissed who first? I think we kissed at the same time.

24. Who asked who out? He asked me out.

25. Who Proposed? He did.

26. Who is more sensitive? We are both sensitive in some respects.

27. Who has more friends? It's probably about equal although he probably has made more friends since we moved here in Kansas two years ago simply because he is involved in more networking and business groups.

28. Who has more siblings? I do. I am the second oldest girl of five siblings. He is the youngest of 4.

29. Who wears the pants in the family? He's the head of the family, and I'm the neck. ;)

I am tagging anyone who wants to play. I will not put pressure on any selected group of you to play. But I hope you let me know if you do.

Most Ridiculous Story of the Day: Hillary Recruiting Catholics

Even Hillary Clinton thinks this is ridiculous.

Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam reports on Hilliary's efforts to win over the "Catholic" vote. AMDG received this letter from the Clinton campaign and almost deleted it as spam:

Dear friend:

We are starting a conversation with Catholics across America and hope you will join us. Hillary shares your vision for the common good -- quality, affordable health care for all Americans, better educational opportunities for our children, and a plan for peace and stability from Baghdad to Darfur. Together we can make this vision a reality. Join Hillary's National Catholic Steering Committee to be a part of this campaign to make history. To sign up, visit our Faith Steering Committee

website:http://www.hillaryclinton.com/faith

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About the only type of Catholics Hillary can recruit are those who have been living in a cave for the past 50 years and don't know anything about her character, her voting record, her and her husband's immoral acts, and their criminal behavior. Another exception to the rule would be people the liberal press identifies as "Catholics" like John Kerry or Rudy Giuliani, who excommunicated themselves from the faith years ago, but still pretend to be Catholic.

In the rare case that you might know someone like that, be sure to share this information with them:

1. Hillary Clinton's Voting Record
2. The Clinton's God - The National Catholic Register
3. The Clinton Crime Family
4. Hillary and The Presidency
5. Hillary and Porn
6. Hillary Clinton Booed By New York Heroes But Applauded By Homosexuals
7. Voting with a Clear Conscience by Father Frank Pavone

Sunday Basics

Twenty-Ninth Sunday of Ordinary Time

On This Day in Catholic History:

The feast day of St. Viator and St. Ursula

Birthdays:

1527- Louis I, Cardinal of Guise, French cardinal (d. 1578)

1581 - Domenico Zampieri, Italian painter (d. 1641)

1775 - Giuseppe Baini, Italian composer (d. 1844)

1833 - Alfred Nobel, Swedish inventor and founder of the Nobel Prize (d. 1896)

1847 - Giuseppe Giacosa, Italian writer (d. 1906)

1895 - Edna Purviance, American actress (d. 1958)

1907 - Jules Chevalier, French priest (b. 1824)

1924 - Joyce Randolph, American actress

1928 - Whitey Ford, American baseball player

1940 - Manfred Mann, English musician

1943 - Brian Piccolo, American football player (d. 1970)

1956 - Carrie Fisher, American actress and writer,(Princess Leia in Star Wars)

1978 - Will Estes, American actor,( JJ Pryor, on the NBC drama American Dreams.)

The Saints on Perseverance in Prayer

"You must never turn back for anything at all. You must not break away from holy prayer for any reason except obedience or charity. For often during the time scheduled for prayer the devil comes with all sorts of struggles and annoyances - even more than when you are not at prayer. He does this to make you weary of holy prayer. Often he will say, 'This sort of prayer is worthless to you. You should not think about or pay attention to anything except vocal prayer.' He makes it seem this way so that you will become weary and confused, and abandon the exercise of prayer. But prayer is a weapon with which you can defend yourself against every enemy. If you hold it with love's hand and the arm of free choice, this weapon, with the light of most holy faith, will be your defense"
~ St. Catherine of Siena, The Dialogue, 65

"Every soul should know that even though God does not answer its prayer immediately, he will not on that account fail to answer it at the opportune time if it does not become discouraged and give up its prayer."
~ St. John of the Cross, The Spiritual Canticle, 2:4

"Provided that we don't give up, the Lord will guide everything for our benefit, even though we may not find someone to teach us. There is no other remedy for this evil of giving up prayer than to begin again; otherwise the soul will gradually lose more each day--and please God that it will understand this fact"
~ St. Teresa of Avila, The Interior Castle, II, 1:9

"All saints began their conversion by prayer, and through prayer they persevered. All the damned were lost because they neglected prayer."
~The Cure of Ars, St. John Vianney

A Personal Reflection and Witness on Today's Readings

"Pray always without becoming weary."
~ Luke 18:1

"If you get into the habit of praying unceasingly, of loving your neighbor and of weeping in prayer for the whole world then your soul will be drawn towards prayer, tears and love. And if you form the habit of almsgiving, of being obedient, of being open in confession towards your spiritual father, then you will always act in the same manner and so you will come to peace."

~Saint Silouan (1866-1938), Orthodox monk, Writings

When both my younger sister and my mom were suffering with cancer at the same time several years ago, I couldn't understand why God would allow this to happen to my family. Mary, a hardworking single mom with two school age children was living in Florida and mom and dad were in Texas, while the rest of us were in IL. Mary was in her thirties and mom was in her early 60's. I was single and busily involved in my career, working my usual 60 - 70 hours per week. I wanted to stop what I was doing and go visit them, to help and comfort them, but was not permitted to do so in the position I was working in at that time. In the meantime, I kept in touch with both of them via phone calls and letter writing.

I had always felt close to my family, but I felt the pain of the distance acutely at this time. Although I had been away from the church, I prayed daily and my prayers for them increased and continued as time went on.

That Easter, I was able to visit my parents, and when I attended the Tridiuum liturgy at their parish, I began to realize how valuable my Catholic faith was to me. That fall, I started going back to church and it was on Christmas Eve that I returned Home after a 15 year absence. Shortly afterwards, I joined my parish prayer group, the choir, and a parish renewal group. Each of these groups prayed with me for my sister and my mother's health for at least three years. Eventually, both my mother and sister were healed of their cancers. But, it had seemed like an eternity to me, waiting and waiting for the ones I loved to get better.

While waiting for them to heal, God was shaping me and forming me into becoming a better Catholic, someone who would learn to persevere in prayer, not only for my own intentions, which were the most difficult to pray for, but to become a prayer intercessor for others. He was developing within me the gift of faith - to persevere in times of trial and to learn that "all things work for good for those who love the Lord".

This painful time was a grace-filled time in my life - a period of spiritual growth in which the Lord was drawing me closer to His heart. As I learned to persist in prayer, to trust in the Lord, and to face the pain head on, He showed me the path to peace.