Friday, November 13, 2009

Be Not Afraid

It started with 12.

We can go back down to 12, and with the Holy Spirit, rebuild.
Be not afraid.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Cuss Free

Never thought 0% would ever be a good thing!
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Rather proud of it, I am!

Sunday, March 1, 2009

First Sunday of Lent - Pope St. Felix II

I pray for the Pope. That he may lead Catholics to deeper faith and union and that he live long enough to right the waywardness that has hurt the Church so much in the past 40 years. I also pray for his intentions for the month of March:

That the role of women may be more appreciated and used to good advantage in every country in the world." His missionary intention is: "That, in the light of the Letter addressed to them by Pope Benedict XVI, the bishops, priests, consecrated persons and lay faithful of the Catholic Church in the Popular Republic of China may commit themselves to being the sign and instrument of unity, communion and peace."

Julian asks our Lord to give Ama Gaby good health so that we may enjoy her company for many, many years.

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, have mercy on us.

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Saturday After Lent - Pope Saint Hilary

Lord, I pray and ask your help for the need of all the people that have been praying for D's recovery. Especially Connie, who is in a particularly difficult situation. Bless her and her daughter and give then strength through this trial.

Julian prays for:
All the children that are in hospitals today and those that can not go home because they are very sick, especially those at Sant Joan de Deu Hospital in Barcelona.

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, have mercy on us.

Friday, February 27, 2009

Friday After Lent - St. Leander of Seville and St. Julian

For Avia (his Catalan grandmother), I hope the doctor tell her her finger is better.

For priests: Lord make them holy. May they ALWAYS be faithful to You and Holy Mother Church.

I read this prayer for priests on the comments of Fr. Z's blog.

Prayer for Priests
O Jesus,
I pray for Your faithful and fervent priests;
for Your unfaithful and tepid priests;
for Your priests labouring at home or abroad in distant mission fields;
for Your tempted priests;
for Your lonely and desolate priest;
for Your young priests;
for Your dying priests;
for the souls of Your priests in purgatory.
But above all I recommend to You the priests dearest to me;
the priest who baptized me;
the priests who absolved me from my sins;
the priests at whose Masses I assisted and who gave me Your Body and Blood in Holy Communion;
the priests who taught and instructed me;
all the priests to whom I am indebted in any other way.
O Jesus, keep them all close to Your heart,
and bless them abundantly in time and in eternity.

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, have mercy on us.

Thursday After Lent- St. Victor

I want to pray for Apa Carlos (maternal grandfather) so that his metal knee can help him walk and he can play with me when I go to California.

Lord, I pray for the millions of unborn babies that are slaughtered every year and for their mothers.

Lord Jesus Christ, son of the living God, have mercy on us.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Prayers for Lent - Ash Wednesday

Julian and I are making a Lenten prayer book. Each day we both pray for something specific.
Here is my first entry:

Lord God, I pray for all your faithful. May this Season of Lent bring them closer to you Son so that we can share in his passion, death and resurrection.

As I fast, Lord, I pray for the 3.8 million people in the world that go hungry everyday.

Julian had this to ask our Lord:

I pray for Daddy. I want him to believe in God and to come to Mass with us.

May this Season of Lent be joyful for all of you and I hope that this road of freedom that we are on will lead you to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Friday, February 13, 2009

A Little Good News Today.

Crisis, crisis, crisis. I really hate to turn on the news or read the paper. I get depressed. But today I ran across a story that warmed my heart.

Forty years ago a fire in South Boston brought two people together. A black baby girl named Evangeline and a white fireman (that was the correct term back then) named William Carroll. The man saved the baby and forty years later Evangeline sought him out to give him thanks. Big deal, right? He was doing his job! Yes. But in this day and age where some people can't or won't do their job. And in this day and age where being thankful and giving thanks is not appreciated, this story speaks of values we've lost.
What sticks out in my mind are the last words of the video that accompanies the story.

Mr. Carroll says:
We did a good thing that day.

WE not I.

See it and read it for yourself.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Back in the Blogosphere!

I've come back to blog for two reasons. i've been sick for a week. Today is the first day I fell well enough to sit up and do something and I'm bored and restless. Now I'm catching up with all my favorite blogs and have walked right into the storm created those who are trying to misread and mislead. Of course I'm referring to the lifting of the excommunications of four bishops of the Society of St. Pius X by Pope Benedict. I'm not going to go into those details as you can get much better accounts at Fr. Z.'s blog and other Catholic blogs (that is if you want a true account and not the junk being passed off as reporting i.e. NYT)

Fr. Z posted this article on I'm dojng just that, but for commentary go here.

A rabbi speaks here, some might listen. Certainly some of those who would not give a traditional Catholic the chance to speak.

Left Wing of the Catholic Church Destroying the Faith Says Orthodox Rabbi
By Hilary White, Rome correspondent

ROME, February 11, 2009 ( - The dissident, leftist movement in the Catholic Church over the last forty years has severely undermined the teaching of the Catholic Church on the moral teachings on life and family, a prominent US Orthodox rabbi told Rabbi Yehuda Levin, the head of a group of 800 Orthodox rabbis in the US and Canada, also dismissed the accusations that the Holy See had not sufficiently distanced itself from the comments made by Bishop Richard Williamson of the Society of St. Pius X (SSPX) on the Holocaust.

"I support this move" to reconcile the traditionalist faction in the Church, he said, "because I understand the big picture, which is that the Catholic Church has a problem. There is a strong left wing of the Church that is doing immeasurable harm to the faith."

Rabbi Levin said that he understands "perfectly" why the reconciliation is vital to the fight against abortion and the homosexualist movement.

"I understand that it is very important to fill the pews of the Catholic Church not with cultural Catholics and left-wingers who are helping to destroy the Catholic Church and corrupt the values of the Catholic Church." This corruption, he said, "has a trickle-down effect to every single religious community in the world."

"What's the Pope doing? He's trying to bring the traditionalists back in because they have a lot of very important things to contribute the commonweal of Catholicism.

"Now, if in the process, he inadvertently includes someone who is prominent in the traditionalist movement who happens to say very strange things about the Holocaust, is that a reason to throw out the baby with the bathwater and start to condemn Pope Benedict? Absolutely not."

During a visit to Rome at the end of January, Rabbi Levin told that he believes the media furore over the lifting of the excommunications of the four bishops of the Society of Saint Pius X is a red herring. He called "ridiculous" the accusations that in doing so Pope Benedict VXI or the Catholic Church are anti-Semitic and described as "very strong" the statements distancing the Holy See and the Pope from Williamson's comments.

Rabbi Levin was in Rome holding meetings with high level Vatican officials to propose what he called a "new stream of thinking" for the Church's inter-religious dialogue, one based on commonly held moral teachings, particularly on the right to life and the sanctity of natural marriage.

"The most important issue," he said, is the work the Church is doing "to save babies from abortion, and save children's minds, and young people's minds, helping them to know right and wrong on the life and family issues."

"That's where ecumenism and inter-religious dialogue has to go."

Although numbers are difficult to determine, it is estimated that the Society of St. Pius X has over a million followers worldwide. The traditionalist movement in the Catholic Church is noted for doctrinal orthodoxy and enthusiasm not only for old-fashioned devotional practices, but for the Church's moral teachings and opposition to post-modern secularist sexual mores. Liberals in the Church, particularly in Europe, have bitterly opposed all overtures to the SSPX and other traditionalists, particularly the Pope's recent permission to revive the traditional Latin Mass.

The Vatican announced in early January that, as part of ongoing efforts to reconcile the breakaway group, the 1988 decree of excommunication against the Society had been rescinded. Later that month, a Swedish television station aired an interview, recorded in November 2008, in which Bishop Richard Williamson, one of the four leaders of the Society, said that he did not believe that six million Jews were killed in the Nazi death camps during World War II.

At that time, the media erupted with protests and accusations that the Catholic Church, and especially Pope Benedict XVI, are anti-Semitic.

Rabbi Levin particularly defended Pope Benedict, saying he is the genius behind the moves of the late Pope John Paul II to reconcile the Church with the Jewish community.

"Anyone who understands and follows Vatican history knows that in the last three decades, one of the moral and intellectual underpinnings of the papacy of Pope John Paul II, was Cardinal Ratzinger.

"And therefore, a lot of the things that Pope John Paul did vis-à-vis the Holocaust, he [Benedict] might have done himself, whether it was visiting Auschwitz or visiting and speaking in the synagogues or asking forgiveness. A lot of this had direct input from Cardinal Ratzinger. Whoever doesn't understand this doesn't realise that this man, Pope Benedict XVI, has a decades-long track record of anti-Nazism and sympathy for the Jews."