Saturday, December 26, 2009
Although our weather was very 'rough" Christmas Eve, I managed to attend a Christmas Vigil at 5PM. I don't know about other areas of the country but we no longer have what we called a Midnight Mass. To me, that's sad. I am not saying the Mass I attended was not beautiful, it was. Made especially so by the young people's choir which was composed of mostly girls and my two grandsons, ages 12 and 13. The high voices of the girls and the deep voices of my grandsons created a beautiful harmony. I have no doubt that the participation of these young people was most pleasing to the Lord.
I stayed the night at daughter's home as I live near the Pascagoula River and a bridge was underwater. I am aware that the Lord said He would not destroy us by water ever again but we certainly have had our share of destructive WATER.
I am prayerfully looking forward to the New Year and pray that the pendulum swings back to the good life.
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Well, it's almost Thanksgiving and I have so much to thank Our Lord for this year. Of course it's not the Thanksgivings of years ago when I was cooking for a relatively large family. As they grew into adults and married, I was still providing the "feast". It took three days to have everything ready for my children, their husbands and grandchildren. I seldom sat as I was serving them. I enjoyed it all. This year I will be dining with my youngest daughter and her family. I was only asked to prepare one dish and that was a cold potato salad that has been in the family forever. Also there will be a Mass at 8AM that I plan to attend. Will be a great way to start the day.
I am jubilant by all the Catholics that are on the Internet, the News want us to think that there are only a small minority of us. Not so!.
A Blessed Thanksgiving Everybody, I will see you soon.
Monday, November 23, 2009
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Monday, November 9, 2009
In the Bible, the destruction and utter desolation of nations is summed up by saying that the pelican, along with other wild beasts and birds, shall dwell in their place (Isa 34:11; Zep 2:14). Through the psalmist, Christ also called Himself "a pelican of the wilderness" (Psa 102:6). This phrase refers to His rejection by His people and abandonment by His followers during His Passion (Mt 26:56; Lk 55-62; Mk 14:50-52). The "pelican of the wilderness" has also been associated with Christ's fast in the wilderness after His baptism in the River Jordan (Mt 4:1-11).
Friday, October 9, 2009
Monday, October 5, 2009
Unfortunately, in the 60's, the past was to eventually become the present time we live in. I know saying that "it makes my blood boil" is not a charitable thing to say but I was there and we were deceived. Pope Benedict XVI is calling out to all faithful Catholics to stand up and be counted. Do we have the courage to do that? How do we do it? We pray, pray, pray and ask the Holy Spirit to lead the way. Use the Internet as a means to defend Him, We might have to endure terrible things said to us but don't respond in an ugly way. Jesus Christ, Savior of the World, said not a word in His defense but now is the time for US to speak for Him.
My Future at this time may be a bleak one but my faith and the love I have for Him and His church casts out all fear.
Friday, September 25, 2009
Monday, September 7, 2009
My daughter and son-in-law, Dave and Anita hosted a party in our honor in their home to mark the anniversary. Another daughter Peggy was present and shared in the preparations. Relatives were there, my brother Billy, my sister Ada. sisters-in-law, nieces, cousins, and five grandchildren. Our two other daughters, Mary and Ruth Ann could not be present. Would have been great to have them and the eight other grandchildren. This is on a religious blog and properly so, we married in Our Lady of Victories Catholic Church in Pascagoula, MS where the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass was offered and the Holy Eucharist received.
Monday, August 10, 2009
The many people protesting healthcare reform are REAL people, not a "fringe" as the media is reporting. I live in a small town but if I have a chance to protest, I will. There has been no rational explanation why because 46 muillion have no insurance that those of us who are insured and satisfied will eventually be thrown into the "pool" with them. A neighbor of my daughter's recently returned from Germany after taking care of her aged mother until she died. She was refused medical treatment because she was considered "too old". I don't know the cut off age when you are considered too old there but they place more focus on the very young.
Abortion is the cause of America's economical downfall. The babies aborted from 1973 through 1994 would be in the workforce now. I, as many others did, worked when I was 15 yrs.old. I read China is having problems and asking women to have a second child.
We are reaping what we have sown but it is not too late to turn around.
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Because I have experience with a FISHY BLOG, I also know FISHY TALES when I hear them.
Thursday, July 16, 2009
The Pope's New Encyclical-Caritas in Veritate
The Holy Father has recently released a much anticipated encyclical entitled Caritas in Veritate. In our most recent episode of Weekly Wisdom I share some initial impressions of this encyclical. I have frequently preached and taught on the indissoluble and absolute integrity of love and truth. There is no authentic charity without it being rooted in truth. If love is not in fact rooted in truth, then it is not authentic love. Charity in truth is the driving force behind the authentic development of every person, as the Holy Father points out.
The contemporary disintegration of societies and economies has at its root a failure or denial of this essential reality. When individuals fail or refuse to live charity in truth, then this is reflected in societies and economies. Love and truth are names for God. Jesus, the Lord (the God that is Love and Truth) is the Vine. We and all of society are the branches. If we refuse to live in Christ, then there is no life, either in societies or economies. This follows ultimately as surely as morning follows night.
The Holy Father points out the indispensable link between life ethics and social ethics. If a person or nation fails or refuses to respect the right to life, then it is folly to imagine that they will respect anyone or anything ultimately. If you don’t respect an individual’s right to life, how will you ever ultimately respect a worker’s right to work? You won’t.
We are on a collision course with social and economic chaos unless we begin to live charity in truth. This happens one person at a time. Make sure that you are one person that is living charity in truth.
God bless you,
Fr. John Corapi
Monday, June 29, 2009
FAITH OF OUR FATHERS
Thursday, June 18, 2009
He has committed some work to me
which He has not committed to another.
I have my mission - I may never know it in this life,
But I shall be told it in the next.
I am a link in a chain,
a bond of connection between persons.
He has not created me for naught.
I shall do good,
I shall do His work.
I shall be an angel of peace,
a preacher of truth in my own place while not intending it -
if I do but keep His Commandments.
Therefore I will trust Him.
Whatever, wherever I am,
I can never be thrown away.
If I am in sickness, my sickness may serve Him;
in perplexity, my perplexity may serve Him;
if I am in sorrow, my sorrow may serve Him.
He does nothing in vain.
He knows what He is about.
He may take away my friends,
He may throw me among strangers.
He may make me feel desolate,
make my spirits sink,
hide my future from me -
still He knows what He is about.
--John Henry Cardinal Newman
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Monday, June 15, 2009
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Monday, May 18, 2009
I believe that it is not too late to turn around. Because there is strength in numbers, if all denominations fought alongside the Catholic Church, we can save, if not the world, America, the land of the FREE.
Sunday, May 10, 2009
The following is a poem written by Judge Roy Moore from Alabama . Judge Moore was sued by the ACLU for displaying the Ten Commandments in his courtroom foyer He has been stripped of his judgeship and now they are trying to strip his right to practice law in Alabama ! The judge's poem sums it up quite well.
America the beautiful,
or so you used to be.
Land of the Pilgrims' pride;
I'm glad they'll never see.
Babies piled in dumpsters,
Abortion on demand,
Oh, sweet land of liberty;
your house is on the sand.
Our children wander aimlessly
poisoned by cocaine
choosing to indulge their lusts,
when God has said abstain
From sea to shining sea,
our Nation turns away
From the teaching of God's love
and a need to always pray
We've kept God in our
temples,how callous we have grown.
When earth is but His footstool,
and Heaven is His throne.
We've voted in a government
that's rotting at the core,
Appointing Godless Judges;
who throw reason out the door,
Too soft to place a killer
in a well deserved tomb,
But brave enough to kill a baby
before he leaves the womb.
You think that God's not
angry, that our land's a moral slum?
How much longer will He wait
before His judgment comes?
How are we to face our God,
from Whom we cannot hide?
What then is left for us to do,
but stem this evil tide?
If we who are His children,
will humbly turn and pray;
Seek His holy face
and mend our evil way:
Then God will hear from Heaven;
and forgive us of our sins,
He'll heal our sickly land
and those who live within.
But, America the Beautiful,
If you don't - then you will see,
A sad but Holy God
withdraw His hand from Thee.
~~Judge Roy Moore~~
IN GOD WE TRUST
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Saturday, April 4, 2009
The Catholic Alamo
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
It's been a couple of weeks since I have posted, just busy with other things. In my last post, I mentioned that I felt like a Catholic again after so many years wandering and that if it should disappear tomorrow, I will have had that. Well it took almost a week before the disappearance occurred. Let me say this before I continue ... I have a hard time talking about a priest as there are many good ones but I have to admit there are some really bad ones out there trying to destroy the Church. I believe that many people actually think of the Catholic Church as a hindrance to attaining their aspirations. That hindrance is the Church's stance on moral issues and upholding life from conception to death, thus somehow stopping the world from finding "Utopia".
On Ash Wedneday, before Mass began we went up to get ashes put on our foreheads with the words, "Remember man thou art dust and into dust thou shall return" and we respond with an "Amen". Unfortunately, I was in a line that led straight to a young school teacher and she said to me, "Jesus loves you." I hesitated for a second and responded, "Thank you". I wanted to cry. Sadly, I don't think she was even Catholic. My daughter said in the line she was in that the man tried to say the right words but he only came close. The fill in priest was on another side of the altar and I am glad I don't know what he said. I have witnessed his actions twice and he certainly isn't reverent. I won't elaborate on his actions. I will only say this, I didn't stay for Mass or Communion because I don't think Christ was there. Because that priest was still there Sunday I went to the church I was married in and it was passable. My daughter and husband go later as they have children so they went to a different Catholic church and endured not only guitars but bongo drums. So much for sacred music.
So you good Catholics out there, pray, pray, pray!
Saturday, February 14, 2009
We are living in some difficult times, so you Catholics out there, get your act together.
Thursday, February 12, 2009
"Jesus came to save us from abortion, homosexual lust, socialism, liberalism, and greed of money. He begins by gathering us into His Holy Catholic Church in baptism, giving us faith in HIM rather than the perversions and evil legacies of the world and worldly people. He fills us with His Holy Spirit in confirmation to give us the gifts of HIS wisdom, knowledge, understanding, counsel, courage, piety, and fear of the Lord, so that we are formed to conquer the world. He nourishes us with His Body and Blood to fortify our Spirit to hear the counsel of the Holy Spirit to reject not only for ourselves the evil legacies, but to fight for others who are under evil's influence."
Read full text here
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Before I begin this post, I would like to say to my once earthly father, "Happy Birthday Daddy, Pray for Us." I have said many times in my life that I am a stickler for the truth and once I have found that truth, I will hold on, no matter how rough things may get for me. Oh, I don't arrive at these truths on my own, I use the gifts that have been given to not only me but to others.
49 John 16
13 But when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will teach you all truth. For he shall not speak of himself; but what things soever he shall hear, he shall speak; and the things that are to come, he you. shall show.
With my daughter's permission, I have posted her response to Mississippi being first among the religious.
" I'd like to preface this post with this acknowledgment: I am aware that what I am about to say is unimportant, illogical, and pointless in the grand scheme of things....
That said... I am from Mississippi. Yes - from that state that is last in everything from education to pet license registration.. (including Latin masses). First only in such things as teen pregnancies and obesity -- oh and honored with the unique privilege of being the only state east of the Mississippi river to have been used for a nuclear test site. (Thanks!)
I was thrilled (but not surprised!!) to see my state first in this particular poll.
Speaking to the protestant/Catholic divide... Yes - Mississippi is predominantly protestant. However, here on the mostly Catholic (sadly, more culturally now than spiritually) Gulf Coast we have been all but completely abandoned. Our diocese is currently without a bishop. Our parishes and schools have been closed, merged, and protestantized.
With a lot of prayer and support - we could see little dismissed-as-protestant states such as ours bring about a profound renewal of the Catholic faith... My Catholic ancestors founded every city on the Mississippi Gulf coastline beginning just over 300 years ago. We could make 'em proud guys.
Pray for us -- please. Don't just dismiss us because we're not impressive enough percentage-wise."
Also there is another great writing at her site. I personally dedicate these writings to George, Peter, Yvonne, Emily, William, shown in the picture, but also to Chase, Jordan, Matthew, Blake, Nicholas, Grace, Samuel, Daniel ... my grandchildren. Eius Gratia (by His grace)
Sunday, February 1, 2009
STATE OF THE sTATES: IMPORTANCE OF RELIGION
Saturday, January 31, 2009
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Gerald Warner Blog
When all the chaos started after Vatican II, although I knew as so many others did that something was wrong we were waiting on official word from the Magesterium. Well you know folks when there are enemies in the Church hellbent on nothing but destruction, we didn't get the word. Although Pope (Paul VI) at the time and then John Paul II tried they had to trust those who served under them and the true teachings of Vatican II were never told to us. I have since read many of the documents and they are Catholic just as they have always been for centuries. Unfortunately, we didn't have the Internet as we do today because I believe much of this would not have happened. I applaud Pope Benedict XVI for going on YouTube.
I felt like the Israelites must have felt wandering in the desert for forty years. Did I go to Church all through the chaotic years? No I did not attend regularly. I was much younger and I was angry about all that was happening. I saw, heard and had a few heated discussions with certain priests and literally asked, "What's going on? Why has the Blessed Mother's statues been removed from the Church? Why is the tabernacle not in a place of honor anymore? To find a parish church that was in accord with the Magesterium became an impossibility as the years passed.
A priest told me that Jesus did not know he was God. I think I screamed, "What?" He said that Jesus was uneducated and that's why he spoke in parables. And since he saw His mother bake bread etc. and farmers sowing seed , He used them in the parables.
Matthew Chapter 13 verse 24
34 All these things Jesus spoke in parables to the multitudes: and without parables he did not speak to them. 35 That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying: I will open my mouth in parables, I will utter things hidden from the foundation of the world.
Mark Chapter 4 verse 11
34 And without parable he did not speak unto them; but apart, he explained all things to his disciples.
I have many other experiences to talk about and I will, a little at a time. Until then, hang in there!
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Isn't the above painting beautiful? It's a depiction of the Blessed Mother as she presents the rosary to St. Dominic of the Dominican Order. Dominic was born in 1170 and died in 1221.
Every night for 1 1/2 yrs., I have been praying the rosary. I am praying for all the people I have known in my life and also for those who only played a very minute part. If I have had any contact with you on the Internet, as a beggar on the street or we just had a friendly chat in Wal- Mart's, you are in my prayers. So if you should find yourself doing something or thinking something that never crossed your mind before, you can lay the blame on me. Of course, is there any need to say that I mean only good things?
Many people have a misunderstanding of the Rosary, it is all scriptural. I say the Joyful, Sorrowful and Glorious Mysteries on different nights. Comes straight from the bible.
Monday, January 19, 2009
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Song of the Angels
It has been exactly two weeks since I have posted. I am not ill. it takes me this long to get out of the holiday mood. I think that things in the Catholic Church are coming at us fast. Sunday I attended the 8AM Mass and was greeted at the door by a brusque speaking man. Not that his rudeness affected my answer to his question, I just don't care for men who act roughly. With pen and paper in hand he asked me to choose what ministry I would like to assist in. He said they needed lectors and extraordinary ministers. My answer to him was, "Neither but thanks for asking." I have nothing against doing a reading but I have a reason that I didn't offer. I have a problem with lighting whether it be too dim or too bright. As for minister participation, I do have a problem with that. First I do not feel worthy to handle the Host. Obviously many do not share my feelings, it is easily detectable in their attire and their inattention as they casually hand out the Body of Christ. The altar is overrun with ministers. The Magesterium has said it can be used in extreme circumstances by people who are carefully chosen. The first criteria is they have to BELIEVE.
Needless to say, I felt guilty but Monday I was to get an answer. At early Mass my two young grandsons said the pastor couldn't be there but that he had consecrated a sufficient number of hosts. They assisted the female minister as she communicated the small number of people who were there. Now that is extraordinary and I WILL do it if the need is there. Will I be anymore worthy to touch the Host, "No" but even if we only have one priest left in a number of parishes and he consecrates the hosts, we who believe will give the people whom they came to receive... Jesus. I heard and can't believe that 70% of Catholics do not believe in the Real Presence. Fallen away Catholics and those Catholics that attend church for socializing with the community, go sit before the tabernacle, be still and listen.
Dave and Anita, my daughter and son- in -law, gave me the above picture.