Saturday, August 28, 2010

Just Because I Love you! (Lovely Lady Dressed in Blue

Lovely Lady Dressed in Blue
Teach me how to pray!
God was just your little boy,
Tell me what to say!

Did you lift him up,sometimes,
Gently on your knee?
Did you sing to Him the way
Mother does to me?

Did you hold his hand at night?
Did you ever try
Telling Him stories of the world?
O! And did He cry?

Do you really think he cares
If I tell Him things-
Little things that happen? And
Do the Angels' wings

Make noise? And can He hear
Me if I speak low?
Does he Understand me now?
Tell me for you know?

Lovely Lady dressed in blue-
Teach me how to pray!
God was just your little boy,
And You know the way.

I Love This Poem

God Bless!

Friday, August 27, 2010

In The end my Immaculate Heart will Triumph!!

I am writing this rather late!! (again I know) but the past two Sunday's we have celebrated two beautiful feast of Our Lady. Those being the Assumption, and the Feast of the Immaculate Heart (for those in the ordinary form The feast of the queen-ship of Mary). I would like to focus on the Immaculate Heart specifically for this post!

Luke's Gospel speaks about Mary's heart twice the first at the Adoration of the Shepards "But Mary kept all these words, pondering them in her heart." (Luke 2:19) and again at the Prophecy of Simeon "And Simeon blessed them, and said to Mary his mother: Behold this child is set for the fall, and for the resurrection of many in Israel, and for a sign which shall be contradicted; And thy own heart a sword shall pierce, that, out of many hearts, thoughts may be revealed.(Luke 19:34-35)

The Heart is a symbol of Love, as the Sacred Heart is a symbol of the Divine Love of Christ, Mary's Heart is the symbol of Pure untainted love for Christ. Mary carried Jesus for 9 months in her womb, held him in her arms as an infant, played with her Child, taught him the Jewish religion and raised him to adulthood. The Joy and Love of that house hold, The Joy she shared with Jesus in unity with her divine son she kept all that in her heart as all mother do!!! but we have to remember the intense suffering that Mary suffered in her heart. The fear of loosing Jesus on the pilgrimage to Jerusalem, The flight into a foreign land to avoid the slaughter of the innocence, Jesus leaving Home to start his public ministry, and finally the intense suffering of a mother watching her son suffering and being put to death!!

All this Mary kept in her heart and she United all her Joys all her suffering to the heart of her divine son Jesus. In this Mary's heart was ever overflowing with the love of the Divine!

during the apparitions of Our lady in Fatima Portugal she said to the three shepherd children "In the end my Immaculate Heart Will Triumph and there will be peace)

Many have pondered "what is this Triumph?" to me the Triumph of Mary's Heart is that when we love as she loves with that Intense Love for God, that it overflows out into the world and converts hearts to the same! Let us pray that our hearts can be like Mary's, and that we may love God and all those around us!!

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Ephpheta, be thou opened

GOSPEL Mark 7:31-37
At that time, Jesus went out from the borders of Tyre, and came through Sidon unto the sea of Galilee, through the midst of the borders of Decapolis. And they bring unto him one that was deaf, and had an impediment in his speech; and they beseech him to lay his hand upon him. And he took him aside from the multitude privately, and put his fingers into his ears, and he spat, and touched his tongue; and looking up to heaven, he sighed, and saith unto him, "Ephphatha," that is, "Be opened." And his ears were opened, and the bond of his tongue was loosed, and he spake plain. And he charged them that they should tell no man: but the more he charged them, so much the more a great deal they published it. And they were beyond measure astonished, saying, "He hath done all things well; he maketh even the deaf to hear, and the dumb to speak."

Hello all!! It's been a long time. but I just wanted to comment on last sundays Gospel (The Gospel for all those Traditional Latin Mass Folks). Today father emphasized in his Sermon that the Sacraments are the ever present touch of Jesus in Our lives today. Through all the seven sacraments of the Church we experience that intimate and healing touch of Jesus. Through this touch of Jesus we become open to spiritual things, and our aided in our journey to heaven. Through Baptism we are brought into the Family of God made heirs of the father, and we are cleansed of the stain of Original Sin. In the Eucharist Christ our God comes to us and intimately uniting himself with us Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity we are given a foretaste of heaven and we are fed for the journey of our life, and the ways Jesus touches us through all the Sacraments goes on and on we could talk forever about the Amazing way's Jesus touches us and heals us through the Sacraments. we are dumb and death to things spiritual but Jesus raises us to the things beyond!

Friday, June 18, 2010

Just for Fun

so I found this quiz on a fellow servers blog this morning and thought it would be fun to take so here are my results!

What Kind of Catholic Are You?
Your Result: Orthodox

resultYou follow the teachings of the Pope and the Magisterium. You prefer a liturgy that is reverent and beautiful, not tacky and "inclusive." You realize that humble piety is the best approach to God, and practice this in your daily life. Incense, gold, exquisite vestments, massive candles, and cloistered nuns are your cup of tea.

What Kind of Catholic Are You?
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Thursday, June 17, 2010

Pray for the Priest!

I know I missed the boat on this year devoted entirely to the Priesthood, but I feel that now that the year for the priest has ended, we are all asking, well where do we go now? I encourage everyone to continue to pray for priest, support your priest, and encourage those young men who wish to join their ranks (pray for my vocation!). in theses recent years we have forgotten to pray for priest (especially when they're in error) Priest struggle so much especially today with the modern attacks on the faith, and the recent troubles in the Church, Priest have much to suffer. Saint John Marie Vianney the patron of priest said

"Without the priest, the passion and death of our Lord would be of no avail. It is the priest who continues the work of redemption here on earth...What use would be a house filled with gold, were there no one to open its door? The priest holds the key to the treasures of heaven: it is he who opens the door: he is the steward of the good Lord; the administrator of His goods...Leave a parish for twenty years without a priest and they will end by worshiping the beasts there..The priest is not a priest for himself, he is a priest for you."

This is why we need priest more than anything! Pray for Priest! Pray for an increase in Vocations Continually!! May no one go with out the keeper of the keys to the doors of all the treasures that God has gifted us!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

The Rosary My first Chatechism

Today is the feast of Saint Germain Cousin, I was reading her story and something struck me while I was reading, and that was the line that said "The Rosary was her only book". This brought me back to the days before my conversion, before I The Catholic Faith. it wasn't until recently that I realized how much the Rosary played a part in my conversion. I remember, I was just a kid (maybe about 12) with really very little interest in religion, God, and the whole gig (I was that kid that tried to sleep on my mothers lap during Sunday service). I recall that God, Jesus were people that the preachers spoke (shouted) about on Sundays and the rest of the week well they kinda just disappeared (except for prayer before bed). and than came my entrance into Catholic school in 6th grade, And so the grueling introductory to Catholic prayer, etiquette, Mass, gestures etc. began and to be completely honest, I hated it. Interestingly enough learning the Rosary was my biggest obstacle. the constant repetition, learning prayers that were foreign to me and the whole nine yards. And than that's when it all changed, My Religion Teacher at the time in an attempt to keep us all interested in what she was teaching showed us the movie The Miracle of Fatima, and I was deeply affected by the Fatima Message, and The Love of Our Lady! (for those who do not know the Fatima Story please follow this link and from that point forward my life was changed! I grew in Love for Our Lady and her Holy Rosary, and eventually the Led me to Christ and his Holy Church. so here I sit 9 years later as a member of that Church, and discerning a vocation the the priesthood (this is a very sparknoted version of my conversion story)

I say all this because, not only did I grow in Love for Our Lord and Our Lady, I grew in Understanding and knowledge of the truth! The Rosary in itself (if prayed with the right intention, and form) is theology without books, It is scripture without a Bible. through meditation of the Mysteries of our salvation we go on a mystical pilgrimage with Our Lady through the fundamental mysteries of our salvation. Our Lady gently teaches us the faith, and inspires in us a intimate loving knowing of Our Lord and herself. through the Rosary Our Lady draws us into her heart where she kept all things "And he went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was subject to them. And his mother kept all these words in her heart" Luke 2:51


Monday, June 14, 2010

My Private Prayer to The infant of Prague for the protection of Children

Dearest Infant Jesus, Holy Child of Prague!
You, The God of the whole universe, who in your great love for us
Came down from heaven to save us from the evil and corruption of sin!
you who in your ministry said "If you do not become like little Children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven". Dearest Child Jesus in your great love protect the lives and souls and dignity of all Children! These little ones who are so precious to your most Sacred and Adorable Heart, protect them oh infant Lord, From all that would do them harm physically, From all that will take them from you spiritually, for all that would harm them mentally. I pray for the healing of those Children who have been harmed dearest Jesus, Let them know you love them sweetest Jesus and draw them ever closer to your heart, and heal them of all their wounds, Physically, Mentally, Spiritually. Keep them ever in your Love dearest Jesus, this I ask. Amen

Friday, May 21, 2010

The Greatest Miracle of all..... though greatly forgetten

So Today I was praying before Our Lord in the most Blessed Sacrament after Mass today, and a thought that I haven't had since maybe senior year of High school crossed my mind. "Jesus must be very lonely for most of the time" I remember having this thought while in prayer before the Blessed Sacrament in the schools chapel, as kids roamed through the hall laughing carrying on, not the slightest recognition that Jesus was truly present in there midst! so many kids walked by that chapel, and I always wondered if Jesus was a little sad, lonely etc. that no one nodded there head in acknowledgement, stopped in to say a quick hello. Thats all Jesus ever really asks for (only a second of our time, especially in that most special gift of the Blessed Sacrament). Well today there were more worshippers than there were back in those good old high school , but at the same time i still asked "Jesus are you lonely?". In todays world many are looking for hope, looking for a miracle' looking for something to believe in! so I must ask "do we really know of the miracle that we have before us?" Many of us (myself included) sometimes when we think of miracle we think of something big, flashy and dramatic, And usually the more Dramatic the better. we want to see the sun dance (as in Fatima and Medjugorje), people healed instantly, troubles that seem to melt away out of thin air. not saying that these things are not from God, but they serve a deeper purpose, and that purpose is to point us to the greater miracle which is Christ's love and grace in the Sacraments. We go chasing after such miracles, looking for God looking for his presence. we forget that we do not have to go far, to find God to find Jesus. He waits in the Tabernacle a prisoner of Love! The God of all Creation Jesus the Christ comes down from heaven at the words of a priest (his servant) and hides himself in a small piece of bread for our Salvation. sadly enough we sometimes pass this right up for something more flashy and dramatic (when true miracles lead us to the sacraments). Jesus truly present in the Blessed Sacrament teaches us some things, he teaches us that holiness is simple, that what is truly miraculous happens in day to day things (like bread and wine). so the next time your in the area of a Church/ Adoration chapel, stop in! say hello! spend some time with him for he is our greatest gift!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

All for his Love!

In the Christian life we all struggle with the problems of our day to day life, Struggle with our Crosses, struggle with temptation. we ask ourselves "what is the point of putting up with all this?" "why Me?". These are the Questions we all ask ourselves over and over again. It is important to remember that God has infinite unending Love for us! and it is this Love that gives us endless strength and comfort . We must live Our lives in the Truth that God loves us, and do everything because God loves us. This in turn leads us closer to Holiness because we are living our life not in our own Human love, but in Divine Love (which is perfect Charity). Many people say that they do many things in the pursuit of holiness because they love God. but I challenge to say that, shouldn't we try to lead Holy lives because God loves us? Our love is finite, and at times can be superficial, selfish,etc. but God's love is all giving and seeks the Salvation of all! By Living our life in response to Divine love, we become conduits of that love, and become a source of Divine love ( a witness of sorts) to the all giving love of God!