Monthly Archives: February 2012

Cain and Abel–Fratricide

Cain and Abel

 

 

Study question tonight for Genesis 4:17-24:

Even though our age is one of great technological and scientific advancement, what dangers do you see in it for our civilization?  What needs to happen for us to avoid them?

Very good question.  Something I ponder quite a bit, as a psychologist.  I have a theory about the “electronic” cave.

 

But, I’m really interested in how you would respond to these two questions.

 

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Ash Wednesday in a Joyful Way.

From the book of the prophet Isaiah 58:1-12 Here is my favorite part:

This, rather, is the fasting that I wish: releasing those bound unjustly, untying the thongs of the yoke;

Setting free the oppressed, breaking every yoke;

Sharing your bread with the hungry, sheltering the oppressed and the homeless;

Clothing the naked when you see them, and not turning your back on your own.

 

Now for a joyful song about Ash Wednesday!  Enjoy!

 

 

Day One of 40 Days of Life

This is also Day One of 40 Days of Life.  The following prayer is especially appropriate for Day One as People of God both Catholics and non-Catholics are joining to pray outside abortion mills all over the country.  We CAN end abortion!)

 

Pro-life Reflections for Every Day by Father Frank Pavone:

The defense and promotion of human life are not the monopoly of anyone, but rather the responsibility and task of all –The Gospel of Life, 91

REFLECTION:  In the Gospel of Life, Pope John Paul states that no person or group, including the Catholic Church has a monopoly on the defense of life.  He called on all Christians, and all people of goodwill, to cooperate with each other in this effort.

PRAYER:  Lord, enable those who work for the defense of life to accept one another and to rejoice in the fruits of their collaboration.

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Matthew Chapter 6

Lent is almost here!  And, I re-read Matthew 6: 1-18 this evening to get ready for Almsgiving, Praying, and Fasting.

Just to recap for you, so you don’t have to go run for your Bibles (although that would be good if you did) verses 1-4 concern Almsgiving.  Some highlights “Beware of practicing your piety before men in order to be seen by them; for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven. . . . .But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing. . . . and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

Concerning Prayer–Verses 5-15  “And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. . . . But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

Concerning Fasting – Verses 16-18  “And when you fast, do not look dismal like the hypocrites. . . . But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face that your fasting may not be seen by men but by your Father who is in secret and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

The key to a good Lent:  “and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.”

Here is another great Lenten song for you to enjoy.

(And, beginning Ash Wednesday, I will post a daily prayer for Life as we participate in the 40 Days for Life Campaign across the country.)

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Oh, How I Love Adoration — Part 2

Just an update:  We now have the adoration chapel open on Mondays and Tuesdays from 12 noon until 9 p.m.   Father has agreed to open the chapel as we fill up each day.  We have people signing up for Wednesday, now.

I am so happy to be able to go back to the chapel.  During the “blackout” I was going into the big, empty church on Monday evenings at 7:00 p.m. to keep my hour with the Blessed Sacrament.  I would take a flashlight, and turn the up front lights on in the church very low and when I wanted to read the Divine Office or The Word, I would shine my little light on the page.  It was an adventure.  And sort of fun in some mysterious, childlike way.

Now, I want to share with you the promises that were made to Catalina Rivas in a private revelation.  They are from the book “In Adoration” that received an imprimatur from the Bishop of Oruro, Bolivia.

Jesus said to Catalina:

I promise to the soul that visits Me frequently in this Sacrament of Love, that I will receive it affectionately together with all the Blessed and the Angels in Heaven, and that each of its visits will be written down in the Book of its Life and I will grant to it:

The Promises of Eucharistic Adoration

  1. every petition that is presented before the Altar of God in favor of the Church, the Pope and consecrated souls.
  2. the annulment of Satan’s power over its person and its loved ones.
  3. special protection in case of earthquakes, hurricanes and other natural disasters which otherwise would affect it.
  4. it will be lovingly withdrawn from the world and its attractions which are the cause of perdition.
  5. the elevation of its soul, desiring to attain sanctification, in virtuous eternal contemplation of My Face.
  6. relief of its loved ones from the pains of Purgatory.
  7. my blessing on every material and spiritual project it undertakes, if they are for the good of its own soul.
  8. the receiving of My visit in company with My Mother at the moment of its death.
  9. to listen to and to look after the needs of the persons for whom it prays.
  10. the intercession of the Saints and Angels at the hour of its death, in order to diminish temporal punishment.
  11. that My Love will cause holy vocations to God among its loved ones and friends.
  12. that the soul which preserves a genuine devotion to My Presence in the Eucharist will not be condemned or die without the Sacraments of the Church.

There are two conditions to these promises:

  • that they strive to preserved the dignity of My Altars.
  • that they be merciful towards their neighbor.

Oh, How I love adoration.  And Oh, I how love the Lord!!

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Lord, Who Throughout These 40 Days.

While others are still discussing BC Mandates and Politics, I am waiting on the Holy Spirit to guide me into my Lenten Observances for this year in the three areas:  Fasting, Praying, Giving.   Even though Charlie and I are both past the age of fasting according to the Church, I will still “Daniel” fast on Ash Wednesday, First Friday March 2, and Good Friday.  (the Daniel fast is nothing but fruit and vegetables and water.) Abstinence on Fridays is something that we practice all year round.  The rest is between me and my heavenly Father who sees all things in secret.  I am sharing some of these things so that you might get some ideas for yourself.

Praying.  This is a harder one for me.  I am really relying on the Holy Spirit for this one.  I will spend one weekend of Lent doing a mini-version of the Ignatius Retreat called “Consoling the Heart of Jesus” like I do every Lent, but what I will add, I have no clue at this point.  He is giving me some hints and I will have to wait on Him a little longer to discern what I’m supposed to add to my prayer life.  It is always something that I keep doing after Lent is over.

Giving Alms:  We have discerned one area of sacrificial giving for us this Lent.  I don’t know if there will be another.  This is definitely between me and Charlie and the Father.  🙂

So, share what you have in mind.  And enjoy this Entrance hymn as we enter this Holy Season next week.

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’nuff said

Where's the Logic

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Only Jesus Can Make a Life Worth Living!

Jesus is My Lifeguard!

I don’t know which Old Testament book makes me more depressed:  Job or Jeremiah. The first reading for this 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time was from Job.  The point for me this vigil was that suffering is a necessary part of life and only Jesus can make my life worth living.

When the girls were growing up, their complaint was that something “wasn’t fair.”  My reply was that life isn’t fair and they were going to have to learn to live with whatever was happening in their lives or do something to change it.  I explained that God was not the cause of the unfairness or “suffering” but human choices could be.  God is a just God, and unfairness is a result of human sinfulness.  They learned to distinguish between fairness and justice.  And began to talk about the injustices in life that they could do something about versus the petty little things that were uncomfortable for them maybe but would probably change with time.

My husband and I were the “Jobs” of the family for quite a while as we struggled with his heart disease and the suffering that a chronic illness causes in a marriage.  We have seen times when we didn’t have a nickel in our pocket and would roll pennies for bread and gas.  Hamburger Helper without the hamburger.  Rice and beans without the beans.  Spaghetti and sauce without the sauce.  You get the idea.

Anyhow, we learned a lot about suffering, Job-style, as we paid off huge medical bills.  And, in all the struggles, we never once blamed God or got angry at God, or thought “why us?”  We knew “why us.”  Charles was blessed with a large heart (like his dad’s) that could be broken (literally and figuratively) very easily.

Ah!  Suffering is a big part of our life even now.  Heart disease is still with us but, then,  so is Charlie.  We have new medical bills now that he has had two procedures in the past two years.  We have a “peace that surpasses all understanding,” though.  We’ve paid off medical bills before and we will again.  God is good and He is with us.  There is a reading from Divine Office (Monday in the 8th week of Ordinary Time) from St. Gregory the Great, that explains my feelings exactly.  Only Jesus can make our lives truly worth living.  The bad will not hurt us a much if we remember all the good that God has blessed us with.  God bless all of you other Jobs out there.

“If we have received good from the Lord

Shall we not receive Evil?”

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