Monthly Archives: March 2014

“We are the Church Militant; not the Church Pansy.”

Don’t you love it?

I do not agree with this post 100%.  However, I think it is very interesting and wanted to share it with you, today.

http://supertradmum-etheldredasplace.blogspot.com/2014/03/are-you-fighting-wrong-battles-could-be.html

Hope you are having a great Lent, so far!

I am.  (including my small sharing in the cross 🙂 )

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Baby Burning?

I found this so distressing and repugnant.  I hope you do, too.

http://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2014/03/britains-baby-burning

Jesus Mourns the Little Child

Jesus Mourns the Little Child

There was one thing that surprised me, though.  There are 190,000 abortions a year in England.  There are more than a million a year in the US.  Ponder that, please.  I think that it will go better for Sodom and Gomorrah on Judgment Day than it will for those of us who live in the US and do not fight to end this abominable killing.

 

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A General Confession

I’m still having a little trouble typing on the computer without my one finger.  It takes me a very long time and I make a lot of mistakes so I’d rather not do it until the stitches come out on Monday.  Soooo looking forward to that!!!

However, I found this article and just had to share it with all of you.  I’m going to “confess” that I have on occasion been a “coucher of words” because of my pride and this was just the reminder that I needed to really examine my motives with regard to my sins.

Enjoy!

http://catholicstand.com/general-confession-slamming-door-satan-lent/

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Whatsoever. . .

“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report: if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. “
— St. Paul

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Mother Teresa’s Simple Steps to Holiness

Just putting you in touch with “Seven Steps to a Holier Life.” on Matthew Warner’s blog from last month.

http://theradicallife.org/seven-steps-to-a-holier-life-by-mother-teresa

Also Matthew Warner’s “Five Reasons to Love Fasting.”

http://theradicallife.org/five-reasons-to-love-fasting

Peace and Love!

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So why is it so hard to pray for some people?

We found out that our Mom, who is 86, has a mass on her one lung.  She will be having a biopsy next Tuesday so that the doctors will know what they are dealing with but she has already decided that there will be no surgery, no radiation, no chemo–nothing.  I understand it but I don’t at the same time.  Because I am pro-life from conception to natural death and believe all the church teachings about the value of life and how we are to preserve it.  (Read CCC 2278)  I don’t get her attitude–her non will to live, as it were.

Mentioned this to my friend today whose older brother is 88 and in remission from lung cancer after going through a few chemo treatments.  When questioned by the doctors if he had a living will, he told them that he had something better, he had the will to live.

I hope that mom will pray to the Holy Spirit, the Giver of Life, to be sure that she is doing what He would have her do instead of refusing treatment out of some selfish reason of pride or control that none of us really have over our life.

My daughter asked me a while back while her Grandma was so miserable in her life.  And that is what brings me to the title of this blog.  My mom is so miserable that she makes her children miserable.  We are all such a disappointment to her (except my brother.)  She actually told my sister that yesterday.  My sister put our mom on her prayer “chains,” but first she had to ask for prayers for herself so that she can deal with our mom’s self-pity and whining all the time.  So some people are hard to pray for without first fortifying ourselves with prayer.

Finally, I was going to take it personally that I am a disappointment to my mom and then, the Lord woke me up at 3:00 a.m. today and I was laughing at my mother and at myself.  So I pulled out my rosary, said it for her, and went back to sleep with a smile on my face and joy and peace in my heart.

Gotta love the Holy Spirit!

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having trouble typing still but

was wondering how your Lent was going so far.  been 2 weeks.

So here is another great article about getting holy:

http://catholiclane.com/become-holy-this-lent-by-being-yourself/

P.S.  happy St. Joseph’s day to you, all.

 

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My small sharing in the cross

Every morning, I pray that I will be thankful for everything that God sends my way, including my small sharing in the cross.

Well, I didn’t realize how much I relied on TWO (count them TWO) hands.  I tried yesterday to borrow one of my husband’s and that didn’t work out too well.  Let’s just say that watching him handle a kitchen knife was scary.  I was afraid that we would be making another trip to Urgent Care.

Two whole weeks before the stitches can come out.  ‘Nuff said.

If you get a minute, say a little prayer for me and I promise to say a little prayer for you, too, because we all have a sharing in the cross–and I’m sure that some of you are suffering from a whole lot more than I am right now.

 

 

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happy st. patrick’s day–i guess!

had an accident today that necessitated 5 stitches in my hand.  (and a tetanus booster)

so today, i present to you an article that i read about distraction in prayer.  enjoy

http://catholicexchange.com/distracted-prayer

 

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Church Blabbers

Okay.  I have a problem with parishioners who carry on whole conversations in the sanctuary before or after Mass.  We have a great gathering place outside two nice double doors and I can’t understand why, if it’s that important, they can’t take it outside.

The shaking of hands during Mass (outside the Kiss of Peace–and that’s another topic for another day), backslapping during said Kiss of Peace, turning around and blowing kisses and flashing the hippie Peace Sign, also drive me crazy.  Walking up to communion chewing gum (where does that go when one places the Body and Blood of Christ in one’s mouth?) and dressing inappropriately for Mass are also on my list of non-sacred liturgical practices. (sic)

Today, though, I just want to address the blabbing.  It is Lent, so I’m struggling for a way to overcome the fact that I begin each Mass with a heart that is kinda resentful–no, that’s beingtoo kind to myself–my heart is very resentful at the beginning of Mass.  Here’s what I have done.

After genuflecting and going into the pew, I kneel to pray and close my eyes.  At least, I don’t have to see who is doing the talking.  I don’t open them again until the processional begins.  I am also experimenting with earplugs and discreet headphones that play Gregorian Chant or some other truly sacred music in those 20 minutes before Mass begins.  Then, I can reread the readings and my meditations (have to open my eyes for that) without as much distraction.

After Mass is over, Charlie and I have begun to kneel and pray the Salve Regina, and the prayer to St. Michael together.  This lets everyone around us know that we are not available for idle chitchat.  However, so far, it has not led to people filing out of the sanctuary quietly.  **chuckle and big sigh**

I wish I could be bolder and just jump up and say,  “Will you all be quiet, please!”  But, then, that would be another “non-sacred, liturgical practice,” wouldn’t it?

My daughter, Patty, says that when she is being irritated by people, she tries some deep breathing, where she breathes out the irritation and breathes in the Holy Spirit.   Maybe I’ll add that to my arsenal, too.  Can’t hurt.

 

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