Friday, February 27, 2009
Many of our bishops need to do more teaching, not just preaching from their pulpits. However, as Catholics it is also up to us to know and continuosly study our faith; it is filled with endless treasures! If you don't already have a copy of the Catechism of the Catholic Church-get one and read and then reread it! It is very user friendly. (See my sidebar under Catholic Links) The Catechism is a great place to start. The encyclicals and letters of our present Holy Father and those before him are also a great study tool. Finally, you can Google Canon Law to look up any point of which you may be unsure.
SAHMinIL's blog is also a great place if you are a home schooling parent. I have the greatest admiration for all of you who make this choice.
May you all continue to be blessed and strengthened as you continue your Lenten journeys.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Monday, February 23, 2009
Saturday, February 21, 2009
Catholic Carnival before it moves on. There's even an awesome cookie recipe in one of the posts if you want something decadent for your own Fat Tuesday. If you want to join in the festivities of the next Catholic Carnival, you'll find that information there as well. Finally, for my own self-promotion- I'm starting something new on my sidebar called Voice of the Saints. There will be a quote from a saint each day. Today I am starting with one of my favorites; Blessed Charles de Foucauld. I love reading the saints; they have so much to say to us. We need them to pray for us-don't be afraid to ask your favorite saints to do so. The Communiion of Saints is one of our Catholic treasures.
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
I bring You my shortcomings... my impatience, my laziness, my failure to do all the good I can. Forgive me for the ways I do not cooperate with Your grace which you give to me in such abundance each day.
I bring You my worship and praise... simply for who You are; for the majesty of Your creation; for Your love and mercy; for all your graces and blessings and for Your Divine Providence in my life. Above all for loving me enough to die for me.
I bring You my prayer... for all those You have given to me in this life; those who remain and those who have gone through death or for other reasons. I give you all those who are in need of prayer and all those who have asked me for prayer because they or someone close to them is suffering. I wish to bring you my prayer in all that I think, say and do.
You spoke to me... last Sunday's Gospel about the leper whom You healed. In this I saw my own spiritual leprosy of which you mercifully healed me. Thank You.
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Sunday, February 15, 2009
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Monday, February 16, 2009
Outside my window...
The sun is just coming up.
I am thinking...
about what to do with my early day out
I am thankful for...
quiet time to write.
From the kitchen...
a London Broil marinating for dinner and ingredients
for banana nut bread (was supposed to make yesterday)
and the aroma of coffee freshly brewed.
I am wearing...
still in pj's~it's early!
I am creating...
a new blog~still in planning stages.
I am going...
to work soon.
Confessions of a Shopaholic-mindless, I know!
I am hoping...
for a smooth day at work~I'm the only one in today.
I am hearing...
Around the house...
Lots of things to put away.
One of my favorite things...
being able to get up early without too much effort
so I don't have to rush.
A few plans for the rest of the week:
nothing to speak of yet.
Here is the picture thought I am sharing: I love Thomas Kinkaid.
This one was sent to me in an e-mail.
Friday, February 13, 2009
I finally found my way to the article on abortion. The writer of the article thought she was giving the whole story by reporting snippets from one or two women who had had abortions. The doctor who was quoted seemed very callous although she was portrayed as someone being "helpful." The article again strove to be helpful by giving a few questions women should ask themselves when faced with this decision; questions like "Are you doing this because you feel it is best for you?", "Do you believe that an abortion is equivalent to killing a child who is already born?" In the discussion under this question, they did make an attempt to give some resources that may give women other options like adoption. The final question is where they really miss the mark, "Why is the abortion rate so high?" In trying to answer this one the article talks about more effective uses of contraception as well as emergency contraception that can be taken up to 72 hours after intercourse in the event that the first method of birthcontrol fails (broken condoms etc). It was at this point I found myself mumbling aloud, "They just don't get it!"
What was more outrageous than the article itself, was the comments that followed. One in particular was heartbreaking. A woman talked about how she is still unable to forgive herself and realizes she gave up the only chance she had of having a child. I wish I had her e-mail to let her know there is help out there. The other comments just made me angry. Most were the usual praises for an "open and honest" article on this subject. I couldn't help myself; I had to leave a comment voicing the truth of how horrible this is (no I did not include the gory details) as well as the web address for Rachels Vineyard. I wanted to say more in my comment but knew I would get carried away.
Finally what saddened me most was that nowhere does the article mention the baby. Not that I would expect an article in a magazine like this to do so. I was just so struck by how this article gave such a clear picture of what our society has become- "me centered". It's all about "what's best for me." Nowhere did it ask "What's best for the baby?" And they really couldn't see how abortion really isn't best for the woman involved either.
After the ordeal of this article, I felt sick to my stomach. However, I was glad that I came upon it for the simple reason that it gave me a glimpse into what is going on out there. Not that I live in a cave, but because I choose not read most secular magazines it can become easy to put the reality of just how bad things are in the back of my mind. I have to remind myself that in being able to fight the Enemy, you have to know the Enemy. The pro-abortion and pro-choice people are not the real enemy; Satan gets that title.
You may have noticed that I posted a prayer intention for this year on my sidebar. It is to pray for our youth because they are being lied to. Unless they come from strong, practicing faith based families, they are likely to fall prey to the attractive snares the devil has set. Articles like this don't help matters. I know I have only scratched the surface of what articles like this are really about, but my purpose in writing this is just to bring the reality and severity of the problem to the forefront. Again, sometimes I get so caught up in fighting the fight that I lose sight of the reality of the situation.
You can read the article for yourself. Just click the link above and it will take you straight to it. I wanted to save you the horror of the main page.
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Monday, February 9, 2009
Friday, February 6, 2009
I was edified both by the young woman doing the pleading as well as by the lawyer who has come forward offering to take the child into his own family once he or she is born. The young woman's mother is also a rape victim who suffers from mental illness, just as the mother of the unborn baby. Her witness speaks volumes to the endless possibilities of each life.
The woman's parents are requesting the abortion because of the rape and because they say their daughter is mentally ill. Will this child have emotional difficulties? Maybe, maybe not. Are the events surrounding this child's conception tragic? Definitely, but the conception itself is NOT tragic!
What saddens me about the story other than the obvious- the loss of this child's life, is that not only are the grandparents asking that their grandchild be killled, but they are also about to add to the trauma that their daughter has suffered from the rape.
Now, I can only imagine what it is like to go through something as horrifying as rape; not to mention being mentally ill on top of it. However I do know from experience the horrors of abortion and its after effects. Thanks be to God I repented of this sin and sought healing. If this woman is forced to go through an abortion, it will only add to her trauma. Post Abortion Syndrome (PAS) is very real. (See note at end of post for resources.) I'm sure this woman's parents are not thinking or are even aware of this. What I pray they do become aware of is the sanctity of this baby's and every baby's life.
I read this article early this morning. It has been on my mind all day which is why I decided to write about it. Whenever I post about anything of such importance, I always ask myself, "What's your motivation?" In this case it is not to judge, it is not to merely vent and it is not to tell my own story. My motivation in this case is prayer. I ask that you follow the link at the beginning of this post to the article on Catholic Exchange. After reading it, please join me in praying for the unborn baby, the baby's mother and grandparents. I would even ask that you pray for the rapist. Also ask a special blessing on the young woman pleading for this baby's life and for the young lawyer willing to open his heart and home to this child. We need more like them.
God can bring great good out of terrible evil. We only need to look at a crucifix to see that. The young woman doing the pleading and her twin sister are also proof of it. So are the many who have sought and received healing from the wound that abortion inflicts.
Consecration of an Unborn Child to Jesus and Mary
Dear Blessed Mother, we gather here in your presence and in the presence of your Son, the Almighty God, here present in the Tabernacle and in our hearts. We ask you, Blessed Mother, in union with your Spouse, the Holy Spirit, to be the safeguard of this little child at birth and throughout its life. We ask you, dear Lady, to keep your mantle over this little one as well as (name), the mother. We come to you to consecrate this child to your Immaculate Heart and to the Heart of your Son. Please give this child your special blessing now and for eternity, and guard it from all the evils of the world. Amen.
(Prayer is from http://www.cukierski.net/)
*For resources on Post Abortion Syndrome and Post Abortion healing:
Forbidden Grief by Dr. Theresa Burke PhD, with David C. Reardon
Redeeming a Father's Heart by Kevin Burke MSS, LSW
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord and may perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in Your peace. Amen.
Mary, our Mother, please console Michael's family. Amen.
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Monday, February 2, 2009
FOR TODAY : Monday, February 2, 2009
Outside my window there is bright sunshine- at least for now...
I am thinking about how I really don't like doing this from work- feel a little too rushed, but
may not get to do it tonight.
I am thankful for my job- so many people seem to be losing theirs these days.
From the kitchen are the fixings for homemade cheeseburgers (fries only if I feel like overindulging).
I am wearing my brown crewneck sweater with tan/brown pinstripe pants.
I am creating... continuing my prayer scrapbook.
I am reading God Alone Suffices-Biography of St. Teresa of Avila
I am hoping for a snow day tomorrow- Jersey is supposedly in for a storm tonight into tomorrow.(We are never too old for a snow day!)
I am hearing not much of anything- the office is fairly quiet right now.
Around the house is a lot of clutter- need to do some straightening up.
One of my favorite things is making homemade chicken soup on a cold, snowy day- good idea if I get my snow day tomorrow!
A few plans for the rest of the week: Nothing in particular planned for this week just yet- will see where the week goes.
Here is picture thought I am sharing... his name is Knut and just had to share him!
Sunday, February 1, 2009
10 Things to Do Instead of Watching the Superbowl
(in no particular order of importance)
1. Read a good book.
2. Go out for a brisk walk (weather permitting in your area)
3. Create something delicious for dinner- I'm making
4. Post on your blog-or create one if you don't have one yet.
5. Say a Rosary- you can even ask our Lady to intercede for your
6. Write NBC to voice your disappointment/outrage at not
airing the Catholic Vote ad.
7. Write a letter to a friend you haven't been in touch with for
while- I mean a good old fashioned snail mail letter- not
8. Spend some time prayerfully reading Scripture.
9. Bake cookies- I do this when I'm bored, so I try to keep myself
from being bored in order to avoid the calories!
10. Visit someone else who is also not watching the game and
choose something from #1-9 on this list. (Can you tell I was
stretching to get to 10?)
Enjoy the day no matter what you do!
Psalm 45: Canticle of Love to the King
My heart overflows with a good theme;
I address my verses to the King;
My tongue is the pen of a ready writer.
You are fairer than the sons of men;
Grace is poured upon Your lips;
Therefore God has blessed You forever.
Gird Your sword on Your thigh, O Mighty One,
In Your splendor and Your majesty!
And in Your majesty ride on victoriously,
For the cause of truth and meekness and righteousness;
Let Your right hand teach You awesome things.
Your arrows are sharp;
The peoples fall under You;
Your arrows are in the heart of the King’s enemies.
Your throne, O God, is forever and ever;
A scepter of uprightness is the scepter of Your kingdom.
You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness;
Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You
With the oil of joy above Your fellows.
All Your garments are fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia;
Out of ivory palaces stringed instruments have made You glad.
Kings’ daughters are among Your noble ladies;
At Your right hand stands the queen in gold from Ophir.