Monday, March 17, 2014

Saint Patrick

Who is St. Patrick?

Saint Patrick was born Maewyn Succat at the end of the 4th century in Scotland, and would later take the name Patrick. At the age of 16, he was kidnapped and taken to Ireland as a slave. He was sold to a chieftain in Dalriada, a territory in what is now the county of Antrim in Ireland, where he was put to work tending his master's flocks. Alone in the hills of Ireland, Patrick spent much of his time in prayer, growing deeper in Faith, as related in his  Confessio:

 The love of God and His fear increased in me more and more, and the Faith grew in me, and the spirit was roused, so that, in a single day, I have said as many as a hundred prayers, and in the night nearly the same, so that whilst in the woods and on the mountain, even before the dawn, I was roused to prayer and felt no hurt from it, whether there was snow or ice or rain; nor was there any slothfulness in me, such as I see now, because the spirit was then fervent within me.
 I came to the Irish people to preach the Gospel and endure the taunts of unbelievers, putting up with reproaches about my earthly pilgrimage, suffering many persecutions, even bondage, and losing my birthright of freedom for the benefit of others. If I am worthy, I am ready also to give up my life, without hesitation and most willingly, for Christ's name.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Vial of blood from Pope John Paul II stolen from Italian church

Italian police are investigating the theft of a reliquary filled with the blood of the late Pope John Paul II from a small church near Rome.
A custodian at San Pietro della Ienca, near the city of L'Aquila, said thieves broke a window early Sunday morning and took a gold reliquary and a crucifix from the stone church, Reuters reported.

The beloved former pope, who died in 2005, loved the mountains in the Abruzzo region east of Rome. He would sometimes escape from the Vatican in secret to ski or hike the mountains there and pray in the church.
January 27, 2014

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Satanic Temple plans monument at Oklahoma state Capitol

Satanists are planning to erect a statue of the Devil at the Oklahoma state Capitol.

The Satanic Temple, based in New York City, released its design Monday for a monument depicting children standing beside a horn-headed Satan at his throne.
The New York-based Satanic Temple wants to place Lucifer in the same spot of the building where a replica of the Ten Commandments was placed in 2012.
A satanic group unveiled designs Monday for a 7-foot-tall statue of Satan it wants to put at the Oklahoma state Capitol, where a Ten Commandments monument was placed in 2012.
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Wednesday, January 01, 2014

January 1st - Honoring Mary, the Mother of God

The Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, a Holy Day of Obligation

January 1st is much more than a new calendar page and a day off from work. On this day, the Church remembers and celebrates Mary’s motherhood of Jesus. The celebration of a feast honoring Mary’s maternity of the Divine Jesus Christ dates back as far as the 5th century, and was celebrated in many cases just before or after Christmas. The feast has been celebrated on different days in the East and West; prior to Vatican II, the Latin Rite Church celebrated the feast of the Maternity of Mary on October 11th.

In 1974, Pope Paul VI restored the feast to being a part of the Christmas season by fixing the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God to January 1st:

“On the Solemnity of the Birth of Christ the Church both adores the Savior and venerates His glorious Mother. On the Epiphany, when she celebrates the universal call to salvation, the Church contemplates the Blessed Virgin, the true Seat of Wisdom and true Mother of the King, who presents to the Wise Men, for their adoration, the Redeemer of all peoples. On the Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph (the Sunday within the octave of Christmas) the Church meditates with profound reverence upon the holy life led in the house at Nazareth by Jesus, the Son of God and Son of Man, Mary His Mother, and Joseph the just man.

In the revised ordering of the Christmas season it seems to us that we should all direct attention towards the restored Solemnity of Mary the holy Mother of God. This celebration, placed on January 1 in conformity with the ancient indication of the liturgy of the City of Rome, is meant to commemorate the part played by Mary in this mystery of salvation. It is meant also to exalt the singular dignity which this mystery brings to the "holy Mother...through whom we were found worthy to receive the Author of life."

It is likewise a fitting occasion for renewing adoration of the newborn Prince of Peace, for listening once more to the glad tidings of the angels, and for imploring from God, through the Queen of Peace, the supreme gift of peace. Because of these considerations and the fact that the octave of Christmas coincides with a day of hope, New Year's Day, we have assigned to it the observance of the World Day of Peace.”
     -Pope Paul VI, Marialis Cultus, 1974

Thursday, October 31, 2013

9 Facts About the Sacred Heart

St. Peter Damien1) The devotion to the Sacred Heart is over 900 years old: In the 11th century St. Peter Damien wrote the following to St. Catherine of Siena: “It is in the adorable Heart of Jesus that we find every weapon proper to our defense, every remedy for the cure of our ills, the most powerful assistance against the assaults of our enemies, the sweetest consolation to relive our sufferings, the purest delights to crown our souls with Joy.”

St. Gertrude the Great2) There was more than one saint who had visions of the Sacred Heart: In the 1200's three nuns started the monastery of St. Mary 
of Helfta. The nuns were St. Mechtild of Magdeburg, St. Mechtild of Hakeborn and 
St. Gertrude the Great.
3) Doesn't everyone have visions? St. Margaret Mary started having visions of Jesus, typically crucified, early in her life. She assumed that this was normal for everyone.
4) The Feast of the Sacred Heart was celebrated before St. Margaret Mary's visions: On August 31, 1670 a celebration in honor of the Sacred Heart was celebrated at the seminary in Rennes.
5) St. Margaret Mary Alacoque had multiple visions of the Sacred Heart: From 1673 - 1675. During the visions Christ told St. Margaret that he wanted three specific devotions done to honor His Sacred Heart - frequent communion, receiving Communion at Mass on the first Friday of the month and regular holy hours.

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Monday, October 07, 2013

The 15 Promises of Our Lady for Praying the Rosary

Mary REALLY wants you to pray the rosary.

Our Lady of the RosaryTradition holds that when Mary gave the Rosary to St. Dominic and Blessed Alan de la Roche that she made 15 promises to those who devoutly pray the Rosary. These promises are:
  1. Whosoever shall faithfully serve me by the recitation of the Rosary shall receive signal graces.
  2. I promise my special protection and the greatest graces to all those who shall recite the Rosary.
  3. The Rosary shall be a powerful armor against hell, it will destroy vice, decrease sin and defeat heresies.
  4. It will cause good works to flourish; it will obtain for souls the abundant mercy of God; it will withdraw the hearts of men from the love of the world and its vanities, and will lift them to the desire for Eternal Things. Oh, that souls would sanctify themselves by this means.
  5. The soul which recommends itself to me by the recitation of the Rosary shall not perish.
  6. Whosoever shall recite the Rosary devoutly, applying himself to the consideration of its Sacred Mysteries shall never be conquered by misfortune. God will not chastise him in His justice, he shall not perish by an unprovided death; if he be just he shall remain in the grace of God, and become worthy of Eternal Life.
  7. Whoever shall have a true devotion for the Rosary shall not die without the Sacraments of the Church.
  8. Those who are faithful to recite the Rosary shall have during their life and at their death the Light of God and the plenitude of His Graces; at the moment of death they shall participate in the Merits of the Saints in Paradise.
  9. I shall deliver from purgatory those who have been devoted to the Rosary.
  10. The faithful children of the Rosary shall merit a high degree of Glory in Heaven.
  11. You shall obtain all you ask of me by recitation of the Rosary.
  12. All those who propagate the Holy Rosary shall be aided by me in their necessities.
  13. I have obtained from my Divine Son that all the advocates of the Rosary shall have for intercessors the entire Celestial Court during their life and at the hour of death.
  14. All who recite the Rosary are my Sons, and brothers of my Only Son Jesus Christ.
  15. Devotion to my Rosary is a great sign of predestination.
For more details about these promises we recommend Our Lady's Warriors.

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

October – The Month of the Holy Rosary

Tradition holds that October has been celebrated as the month of the rosary since 1571, and the victory of the Catholic League (an alliance of Spain, Venice, the Papal States, Genoa, Savoy, and Malta) over the forces of the Ottoman Empire who were seeking to take over Italy in an effort to move into the heart of Europe. It was October 7, 1571 when the battle was fought and the Catholic League was able to overcome the Ottoman forces. Prior to the ships sailing off towards battle, Pope Pius V prayed the rosary, asking for Our Lady’s intercession in victory, and every man on board carried a rosary. For this reason, as soon as the men returned from the battle, the good pope declared a feast day for Our Lady of Victory... Browse all Rosaries>>

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Rejoice in the miraculous Assumption of Mary

On August 15, rejoice in the miraculous Assumption of Mary, the wholly pure and sinless Mother of God

"Mary is taken up body and soul into the glory of Heaven, and with God and in God she is Queen of Heaven and earth. And is she really so remote from us?
The contrary is true. Precisely because she is with God and in God, she is very close to each one of us.
While she lived on this earth she could only be close to a few people. Being in God, who is close to us, actually, "within" all of us, Mary shares in this closeness of God. Being in God and with God, she is close to each one of us, knows our hearts, can hear our prayers, can help us with her motherly kindness and has been given to us, as the Lord said, precisely as a "mother" to whom we can turn at every moment.
She always listens to us, she is always close to us, and being Mother of the Son, participates in the power of the Son and in his goodness. We can always entrust the whole of our lives to this Mother, who is not far from any one of us.
On this feast day, let us thank the Lord for the gift of His Mother, and let us pray to Mary to help us find the right path every day."
- Pope Benedict XVI – Homily at Parish Church of Castel Gandolfo, August 15 2005

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

What is a Scapular?

Origins the Scapular

The scapular, the two small pieces of wool most people think of when they hear the word, is a sacramental based on an important piece of the monastic habit. A true scapular, in the original use of the word, is a piece of cloth, about shoulder width, that is worn over the shoulders and falls not quite to the wearer’s feet. It is the most important garment for those in monastic orders and has also been adopted by non-monastic religious orders for both male and female. In the past the scapular also had bands on the arm, connecting the front and back panel of fabric and thus forming a cross on the body of the wearer; this style of scapular is sometimes still used today. For this reason, the scapular was also simply called a crux, meaning ‘cross.’

Scapular belonging to St. Alphonsus LiguoriThe scapular is meant to be symbolic of an apron, indicating the wearer’s readiness and willingness to serve. That the scapular is a symbolic and not merely a practical apron is based on the point in the St. Benedict’s Rule, where he says that it is to be worn “for work.” Benedict uses a non-specific word for work here, not the word for manual work or labor, which he uses elsewhere in the Rule, and not the words specific to ‘God’s work,’ which he used elsewhere to include prayer. So it is believed that "scapulare propter opera" ("scapular for work") means a scapular to be worn always, whether while at prayer or while doing manual labor.