Saturday, January 31, 2009
Our Blessed Lady was with us, too, carried in a beautiful "ark"
Our Lady of Guadalupe joining us, praying for all of us, born and unborn.
Nebraskans LOVE LIFE!!
Michael Clancy speaking and pink and blue balloons ready to be released into the sky in memory of each baby boy and girl who've been killed by abortion, and for those who survive, by the real freedom of choice given to a mother when she sees a ultrasound of her baby. It was a very prayerful gathering with some opposition, but no real problems or any obscenities heard, at least not where I was and where we were walking in procession to the Student Union building on UNL's Campus. No shouting, just a loud stereo from somewhere in attempt to drown out the speakers, but it didn't last long, and their goal was not attained. Praise God!
We left Omaha with Baby Jesus on my lap, wrapped in my 1st class relic of Fr. Kevin's. He's not a canonized saint yet, but to me he is! We drove the 45 minute drive to our capitol, for the Right to Life Walk and went to Mass at St. Mary then walked to the capitol building, which was standing proud in the very warm sun for the last day of January. St John Bosco was with us, too, as all the Saints praying for the babies of Mary and Jesus. It was truly an inspirational day, about 4500 walkers turning out to let our voices be heard for those who have no voice. Michael Clancy, the photographer who took the stunning and amazing photo of baby Samuel's hand, reaching from the incised womb, curling around the finger of the surgeon, (back in 1999) shown all over the world, as the miracle photo. He gave a most tender and moving talk about the event and what led him to finally be there to take the photo. What a humble and caring man, who only wants now to spread God's miracle photo to show the world that indeed babies are baby humans in utero, not anything else, and not just 'blobs of cells.' It was wonderful to see so many pro life people there from our state legislature, and our Gov. Dave Heineman, all gathered to promote the Walk for Life and the dignity of each and every human being, from conception to natural death. We pray for our leaders, local, state and national to be so enlightened and so informed and so PRO LIFE as they! Amen!
Sit in His presence quietly, and offer Him your heart, your soul, your mind. We will need all our strength, which is only IN CHRIST, for the battle ahead. Yes, Christ has won the war, and in the end we know He is Victorious, but we must do some heavy lifting and fight many battles here, and the War on the Unborn is the greatest of all. When our babies, Christ's babies, Our Lady's babies are being sacrificed on the altar of "convenience" and turned into mere commodities, then be sure and know that the powerful right Arm of God cannot be held back forever. May God be praised in His sanctuary, and in our hearts and may we take up the weapon, the ROSARY, and pray for our souls! We will not last if we don't pray! We will not survive the assault if we don't pray! It's time to pray for ourselves, for the gift of final perseverence - to withstand the onslaught, and then move in and with the power of God, infused into us, transforming us before His presence, receiving Him at Mass, offering our entire selves to Him for the sins of the world because He won't tolerate the intolerance of the unborn much longer. Do whatever He tells you...and do it NOW! Time is running out for us all. The ground is going to shake literally, and who knows what else will come to America in the way of persecutions. I hear there's a volcano about to blow anytime in Alaska, and Seattle was shaken yesterday by a 4.something tremor. Listen to Him in these signs, for He is speaking to all who have ears to hear! Consecrate yourselves to Him through Mary our Mother, and all of your family and pray pray pray! God be with you and with us all. The enemy is loosed and wreaking havoc as God has allowed, and it's not wise to put off prayer, for only by prayer will we attain heaven, and become saints.
The devil hates prayer so much he do anything to keep you from praying. Every prayer to our Lord and most of all the rosary sends another of God's arrows into him, but like any wounded animal, he's now enraged and prowling about seeking the ruination of God's chosen, God's faithful, and God's elect. Don't let him deceive you and keep you from prayer, because the pit is deep, and dark and is unyielding of any who in the end fall into it. Kill off the Devil's power by prayer, fasting and praising God in the midst of your trials, and he will flee and you will be free to arrive across that last threshold to meet all of the Saints who've been cheering you on, and we will be in the glorious, resplendent presence of our Lord forever!
Friday, January 30, 2009
Monday, January 26, 2009
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Friday, January 23, 2009
Dr. King fought long and hard and suffered many things that all men and women in the United States of America might enjoy those truths that we hold to be self evident: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. He was an American hero for so doing. This week we should rightly celebrate the fact that an African American can be and has been elected President of the United States. This is surely progress, both political and moral.
This all being said, it has to plague the conscience of any thinking person that in this country there is yet the most immoral and deadly form of prejudice and persecution imaginable against the most innocent and vulnerable class of human beings—the unwanted unborn. No matter what advances this country makes, moral, economic, social, or technological, so long as that blight on our national identity remains, all else will ultimately pale into relative insignificance.
God is not a disinterested spectator in the affairs of man. He knows every child by name from all eternity. He loves each one with His infinite love. God’s holy Catholic Church teaches that abortion in a single case is homicide. I assert that if this is the case, and it is, then the 50,000,000 homicides through abortion that have taken place in the United States since Roe v. Wade constitute genocide. God will not favor such a country, regardless of any other progress. Unless this outrage against God and humanity is stopped very soon, the United States of America, and in turn all of the Western world, will realize the death wish that it has manifest for several decades.
Every Catholic, Christian, Jew, and all people of good will and right reason must pray and do penance rigorously and daily from now on for the defeat of this heinous evil we call abortion. If we fail, then Western society as we know it will soon collide with a disaster it will not survive.
May God have mercy on us.
Fr. John Corapi
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Pray for us!
"There was little or no room in that small body for a wound. Yet she shows no fear of the blood-stained hands of her executioners. She offers her whole body to be put to the sword by fierce soldiers. She is too young to know of death, yet is ready to face it. Draggedagainst her will to the altars, she stretches out her hands to the Lord int he midst of the flames, making the triumphant sign of Christ the victor on the altars of sacrilege. She puts her neck and hands in iron chains, but no chain can hold fast her tiny limbs."
"In the midst of tears, she sheds no tears herself. She stood still, she prayed, she offered her neck.""You could see fear in the eyes of the executioner, as if he were the one condemned. His right hand trembled, his face grew pale as he saw the girl's peril, while she had no fear for herself. One victim, but a twin martyrdom, to modesty and religion; Agnes preserved her virginity and gained a martyr's crown."
~ Saint Ambrose
You may not know me, but I know everything about you. Psalm 139:1
I know when you sit down and when you rise up. Psalm 139:2
I am familiar with all your ways. Psalm 139:3
Even the very hairs on your head are numbered. Matthew 10:29-31
For you were made in my image. Genesis 1:27
In me you live and move and have your being. Acts 17:28
For you are my offspring. Acts 17:28
I knew you even before you were conceived. Jeremiah 1:4-5
I chose you when I planned creation. Ephesians 1:11-12
You were not a mistake, for all your days are written in my book. Psalm 139:15-16
I determined the exact time of your birth and where you would live. Acts 17:26
You are fearfully and wonderfully made. Psalm 139:14
I knit you together in your mother's womb. Psalm 139:13
And brought you forth on the day you were born. Psalm 71:6
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
And every tongue will confess
Sunday, January 18, 2009
So when we saw the crucifix (posted below) beneath the canopy, (which is kind of rare) my friend and I again had to pause, for we'd only just discussed this at breakfast yesterday, before going to Hebron.
A contemporary, yet conservative Jewish wedding I found on line. Jana & Daniel. If you'll notice the interesting comment, in the "Before the ceremony" paragraph. There's a reference to a "Catholic custom."
I've answered this but if any of you would like to "chime in" please feel free. atlasdoc2
I've prayed and will continue to pray for this person's extremely sadly, horribly misguided soul.
In another reply, I sent the reading today from 1st Corinthians.
The body is not meant for immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body.
And God raised the Lord and will also raise us up by his power.
Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I therefore take the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute? Never!
But he who is united to the Lord becomes one spirit with him.
Shun immorality. Every other sin which a man commits is outside the body; but the immoral man sins against his own body.
Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have from God? You are not your own;
you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body
How is it, I asked of this person, that anyone can glorify God in their body if they aren't allowed one? If a babies body is ripped limb from limb while inside the mother's body, that seems to conflict this message. Also, how does that mother glorify her body by murdering the baby inside her womb? And then I asked this question: "Was Hitler right?" If he wasn't, why? For he did what was only "right" in his eyes. He had every "right" to his "freedom of choice." RIGHT? OR was it only "right" because it was just Jews and Catholics (and some Protestants) who were gassed and tortured to death?
So I would hope that some of you will take a moment and write this person. At least pray for him or her. This is the sorry state of affairs, and the dreadful mindset we've come to, by the horrific "relativism" that has been shoved down our collective throats for decades. Preached at our youth, no longer in higher education, but down to grade school for years in this culture of death. If, and "if" is sounding less "ify," If FOCA is signed by Mr. Obama on the 21st,in plain English - "We're toast."
The faithful must pray, do penance and pray pray pray! Pray the rosary! Pray for folks like this and write them while there's time. There is Divine Mercy for all NOW.............but mercy isn't mercy without JUSTICE. Don't tell me that Jesus can take seeing his babies, Mary's babies, being torn limb from limb inside the wombs of their mothers much longer. He's more patient than I would be, but then, I'm not God...thank God!. Let's LET GOD BE GOD and quit trying to be Him. Stop the insanity of believing women have the "right to choose!" Choose what???? Murder??
We are the 'creatures' and we can't make anything out of nothing. Only God can. Let us pray for Divine Mercy and hope that we remain faithful to the end of the persecution that is surely on its way. This is the SPIRITUAL WAR, going on since the beginning, and Satan is now in full gear, and his minions are duping people right and left (no political pun intended.) The blood of the innocents is crying out for Justice. The Right Arm of Justice will sweep across this land because Justice is never late. It will first sweep through the House of God and I pray to have the gift of 'final perseverence' to endure, and not "wimp out" when the persecution, of whatever kind, ensues.
St. Joseph, pray for us! St. Joseph, who guarded and protected Jesus and Mary, pray for these irresponsible fathers, boyfriends and husbands, of these women, so many just girls, who go to abort their own child by the thousands every single day. Pray for this horror to cease in our world. Mary mopped up the blood of the Most Innocent Man, her "baby Boy"... when he was scourged for our sins at the pillar. She's been mopping up the blood of Jesus at every abortion mill and from every single abortion everywhere for centuries and I do believe she is tired. She's weary. She's able to do so, being FULL of GRACE. But I don't know of too many husbands who could watch their wife mop blood day after day, seeing the tears on her face fall and mingle with that innocent blood. Mary's Spouse is the Holy Spirit. He is PURE LOVE. And LOVE covers a multitude of sins. Love never ends, but immorailty will.
Every house needs a house cleaning, and cleaning has begun. When a house is cleaned, part of the cleaning is to throw away what is no longer of use. Or what has been broken and no longer works and if it can't be repaired, it is cast into the garbage to be taken to the dump. Same goes for the House of God. Same goes for a refrigerator. Do you ever clean your refrigerator and throw away old moldy food? Or do you keep it and think it to be good? The same goes for a garden being pruned. Branches and trees, vines or other plants that do not produce are they not simply burned or made into compost?
Arrogance is not the way to God. When Americans raise a defiant fist, shake it at God and all that is Holy, and demand their RIGHTS and the EVIL "FREEDOM OF CHOICE ACT," then we best wake up and smell the sulphur! The stench of sin can only be endured for so long. I can't help but somehow feel, in my inmost heart of hearts, in my gut, that the "shoe is about to drop." The night is far spent. The DAY of Judgment is close at hand. Today, tomorrow, 10 years, 100 years...that's "close" to God who's not in "our time." However, we DON'T KNOW when that DAY will be for us. I could die today, or tomorrow, or in 10 years.
At that moment, I will have to give an account for my life, and I will NOT be able to Blame anyone for anything. The blame game will be OVER. Even BUSH can't be blamed for your bad choices or mine! That might come as a real shock to some of you, but believe it or not, God doesn't hate George Bush! He doesn't hate you and he doesn't hate me, but HE DOES HATE SIN! So, stop it. Get right with God. If you voted for Obama because he's "Pro Choice" and you're a Catholic, then please, look inside yourself, listen to God's warning now, and go to confession ASAP, because the CHURCH will be the first to be judged. God said so.
I've heard Omaha NE. is 60% Catholic. Our "Catholic community" and Douglas county went for Obama. Did we put the economy before Mary's babies? Before Jesus? That is a very scary thing to contemplate. Catholics who voted for Obama DEFIED the Church and her warning to CHOOSE LIFE. Who was just ignorant and who was actually defiant I have no idea. All I know is time is running out and for so many deliberate crimes, the Church and the earth will soon be shaken. Repent. Get to confession. God loves you. Love Him back, amend your life and CHOOSE LIFE.
Saturday, January 17, 2009
Friday, January 16, 2009
Hail Mary, Full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen.
Sunday, January 11, 2009
I cannot for the life of me remember where I saw this and from where I lifted it. H/T to somebody out there. This just makes me laugh out loud every time. I've been cleaning out some folders and came across this in my "drafts folder" at gmail. There could be plenty of humorous captions, but this one's mine:
"I may be be pecked to death, but so help me, I'll die with flawless hair!"
Highly recommend this one, folks.
We enjoyed our time and the company of friends watching and muching popcorn and sipping some wine. Kris is recovering from surgery and it was something we talked about earlier in the day when she invited us over. We thought, "what a great idea, to have a 'movie night' or "matinee" regularly with friends, of like mind and heart! We all need more time just to "hang" and not have it be for a class, mass, donut Sunday, or a Lenten mission or a retreat, etc. We have a "friendship" deficit in our culture, and even in the Church, we get too busy just to "hang out" and "waste time" together.
And if I may add, I've been blessed to the hilt "hanging out" with Jesus and "wasting time" with Him at adoration. We've a beautiful chapel, 24/7 Exposition...Jesus is waiting to "hang out" with us, for that's what he was "hanged" on the cross for, our redemption, salvation, and just for us to BE WITH HIM,...not just here, but FOREVER IN HEAVEN. Go hang out with the Lord, and then go get a movie and call some friends over. Share the Faith this way, too, with neighbors. Who knows what might develop and where it might lead them. Maybe to the doors of your parish!
As Saul was converted I pray for Obama and all in political office who seem to be riding rather "elevated, proud ponies" There but for the grace of God, go I and I, too, need deeper conversion but what it is we're up against only God knows. Our Lady warns us to pray and fast and we best heed our Mother. The Right Arm of the Lord is heavy upon her shoulder. She cannot keep the judgment of God our Father held back forever. Divine Mercy is for all RIGHT NOW..."tomorrow" will be too late for as we know, tomorrow never comes.
Scott Hahn's description of Mass as stated on Reasons to Believe (EWTN):
"There are not two churches, one up there, and one down here. There's one church, there's one kingdom, there's one liturgy and we do it on earth as it is in heaven."
"The Mass is probably the most biblically saturated hour that anybody can experience on this planet." And he continues, "From the very opening, and it's not just because they're reading from the bible, but because they're doing what the bible's describing."
The Catholic Church is not "sermon centered" but Eucharistic. The Mass is "soaked" in scripture. 28 times in 22 chapters in Revelation, Jesus is called "Lamb of God" No where else in the NT is Jesus referred to in eucharistic terms.
On the road to Emmaus, when Jesus opens the scriptures, showing them how Christ must suffer. When he takes bread, blesses it, breaks it and gives it to them, pnly then are their eyes opened. Once our faith grasps Christ's real presence IN the Holy Eucharist his physical presence, his visible body is no longer necessary. It even might pose a threat to faith growing and maturing. The gestures of scripture are all through the bible, as well as vestments, and all are part of the New Testament. The NT doesn't do away with the OT, but completes it...with Jesus as our High Priest, and Victim of the sacrifice that 'continues' from the cross in an unbloody manner for it is now his glorified body that we partake of and eat in the Mass. Jesus is the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world and our Eucharistic meal, for we "eat" the Lamb as did they eat the lamb in the OT during Passover. The Eucharist is what makes us ONE BODY, we who are many are one body by sharing the eucharistic body. Hebrews and Revelation describe the "cloud of witnesses" that share in the Eucharist with us at Mass. They're more alive than we are, those Saints in heaven. The kingdom is already on earth, because the Church is already in Heaven. The Church and the Kingdom, though in some ways distinct, are inseparable and can never be divided. Lumen Gentium describes the Pilgrim Church (on earth) is in perfect sacramental union with the Church in heaven, that "great cloud" by Christ's power through the Holy Spirit, in and during the Mass, but there will come a time when the "veil" now between us is rent and we'll discover the heavenly mysteries that are sacramentally veiled in our midst every time we celebrate the Mass. Though apart we're united and ...
all I can say is, "How cool and awesome and amazing is that?!"
Now I'm OFF TO MASS to gather with ALL THE SAINTS and ANGELS!
Friday, January 09, 2009
I just watched "A Hill Apart" on EWTN. Unfortunately, I didn't record it, and in the search, it doesn't come up again, but found this short article. It is so timely. With the new Socialist agenda and radical Left regime building, well, more and more articles, shows, books, videos are popping up all over about persecution, and even Rush and Laura Ingraham and other talk show hosts comment on the "Stalinist" sounding ideas floating about. Words like "spooky" and "creepy" come over the air about Obama's speech today, and other speeches. I do pray for him, for his family and staff that there will be coversions of hearts. Many of my friends and I have spoken about "what could be coming down the pike" and here is a brief vignette of what we could even face here in America, for it seems since 9-11, we've been lulled back into an apathetic collective yawn, and wanting the "freebies" that Obama promises, which ARE NOT FREE! Well, we've also neglected Our Lady's many warnings, since Fatima. Now we will soon see what we're up against as a Church in this country. As Christians, we may just have to face some hard times, but if we remain in solidarity, and pray the rosary and fast, clinging to our Mother's mantle, may we find the grace to persevere, no matter what may befall. I read 3 biographies on St Maximilian Kolbe last year, and recently checked out one on Edith Stein. I pray for their intercession for us, here in "la la land" for we have been seduced by materialism and greed, pushing God further and further out of our lives. We watched First Circle, (Soltzhenitsyn) over Christmas, and I Am David recently and there have been a lot of programs on EWTN about Ukraine Catholics coming out of "underground" only in 1989 and others about Russia and her icons, etc. We need to listen to Our Lady, I think the Pilgrim Virgin Statue's recent visit in the heart of our country, right here in Omaha in October was a 'warning'... prepare. Be vigilant, sober, alert, watchful, and pray pray pray! Get the oil in your lamps, and be ready...who knows what's ahead, but we do know God is bigger than anything, any persecution. Draw close to Him, and "be not afraid."
Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us. Immaculate Heart of Mary, PRAY FOR US!
Thursday, January 08, 2009
Eucharist Miracle Exhibit
Vatican Eucharistic Miracle Display
JPII's Encyclical on the Eucharist
We invoke your intercession, Andre, for our president elect. Please pray for Mr. Obama and our country. Pray for an end to the war on the unborn, and for the conversion of all in the Obama family, and for conversion of hearts in his cabinet and our political leaders. Amen.
Wednesday, January 07, 2009
The blessed and joyous time of Christmas is here again. So, I’ll just take the opportunity to thank all of our viewing and listening family for allowing us into your homes. I don’t take that for granted. I am honestly grateful to you for allowing us to serve you in that way.
As I look out the windows of my home in Montana it sure is “beginning to look a lot like Christmas.” We have about a foot of snow and it’s been below zero for about ten days. Two of my dogs are under my desk with their heads resting on my feet--looking like those big fuzzy slippers that little kids sometimes wear.Christmas is, of course, the best time to recall that Jesus, the Son of God, in fact was born in a poor stable or cave on a cold night—“for us men, and for our salvation.” Amidst the escalating uncertainty and chaos of the modern world we must sit still for a moment and remember what really matters.
In recent years major corporations have been vaporized in the twinkling of an eye. It’s a sign of the times, but recall that what really matters is that it was the twinkling of a star that led shepherds and wise men to the One who is the Light of the world.
In recent years the biggest accounting firm in the world ceased to be over night. They don’t account for anything today, but it honestly doesn’t matter. What really matters is that on a cold night two millennia ago the God who loves us was born in Bethlehem and laid in a manger by the Mother who loves Him.
In recent years the unthinkable has happened--major banks and financial institutions have ceased to be. That doesn’t matter either because the truly unthinkable happened on the first Christmas Eve long ago when the God who always was and will never cease to be came to show us the depth and breadth of His love.
In recent years I have been accused of being a “prophet of doom, and a pessimist.” I can understand this criticism, but it really isn’t true. I am a realist, and as a priest and Catholic/Christian of necessity must share in the prophetic dimension of Christ. The United States, and the entire world for the most part, is in many ways precipitating its own demise. That matters, and we must do all we can to “fight the good fight,” but what truly matters is the state of your soul and mine because in the end that will determine how we live forever, and compared to that nothing else really matters.
Things may go from bad to worse. It may well go from uncomfortable to dangerous to live your Catholic/Christian faith in a world unraveling rapidly due to one bad moral choice after the other. Remember that it will not be the first time if Christians are persecuted, even imprisoned and executed. “The blood of martyrs is the seed of Christians.” The Western world is too fat and lazy, in the secular order and even in the religious. Perhaps a jolly good persecution may be what it takes for people to decide to live their faith, rather than go along with what they know to be a sick society.
In any event, don’t let it get you down. Whatever happens, stay close to Jesus and Mary. Remember that our God is not against you. He is for you, and He will be with you through all of the ups and downs of life. He will be with you in sickness and in health; in good times and in bad; and when death comes knocking at your door He will be there to comfort you and lead you safely home. Having fought the good fight and run the race to the finish line, you will surely hear those beautiful words:“WELL DONE MY GOOD AND FAITHFUL SERVANT! NOW AT LAST ENTER INTO THE JOY OF YOUR MASTER’S HOUSE.”
A most blessed and merry Christmas and a holy, happy, and healthy New Year to each and all of you!
Fr. John Corapi
Tuesday, January 06, 2009
Monday, January 05, 2009
This excerpt by Peter Kreeft is poignant on the subject of suffering. Even if we're having the best day we've ever had, it will be waiting around the corner for us. If we're down farther than ever due to physical, emotional, spiritual suffering, then...read this and understand the "one thing." Jesus is the "tears of God." God who sees, and understands and is with you, and with me in all we suffer. He is the answer to the question, What is God's answer to human Suffering?
H/T Austin's blog for the image