Tuesday, July 29, 2008

This is from over at Father Trigilio blog...

The Confraternity of Catholic
(a national association of 600 priests & deacons) respond to the
sacrilegious and blasphemous desecration of the Holy Eucharist by asking for
public reparation. We ask all Catholics of Minnesota and of the entire nation to
join in a day of prayer and fasting that such offenses never happen again.
(suggested: one Holy Hour before the Blessed Sacrament and one whole day of
fasting on Friday, August 1st, Feast of St. Alphonsus Ligouri)

I couldn't agree more..

Friday, July 25, 2008

This come to us courtesy of the American Papist.

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has received approval (recognitio) from the Holy See’s Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments for the new English-language translation of the Order of Mass (Ordo Missae).

This is the first section of the translation of the third edition of the Roman Missal. It includes most of the texts used in every celebration of the Mass, including the responses that will be said by the people.

In its letter, the Congregation pointed out that while the texts are binding, the approval “does not intend that these texts are to be put into use immediately.”

Cardinal Francis Arinze, Prefect of the Congregation, explained the reasons for providing the text at this time. The purpose is to provide “time for the pastoral preparation of priests, deacons and for appropriate catechesis of the lay faithful. It will likewise facilitate the devising of musical settings for parts of the Mass.”

Read the rest here.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Here is an excellent commentary on the state of Humanae Vitae and The Catholic Church

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

I used to wonder if such a thing as Spiritual Warfare existed. After coming back to the Church and listening to a lot of Father Corapi, you better believe I believe in spiritual warfare.

The reason I bring this up is because of a couple of stories that have been in the news and the Catholic blogosphere over the past couple of weeks.

The first being the story of PZ Myers and his plot to desecrate the Eucharist. The second being the "ordination" of three women in Boston, all of this in the middle of World Youth Day. If you think about it, it's Satan's counterweight to the things that are going on in Australia. I watched and read about all the things that were going on at WYD and how many of the young people were on fire for the faith. These are the leaders of tomorrow and if they fight the good fight, finish the course and keep the faith, the Church is in good hands.

As for the PZ Myers and "ordained" Catholic priest of the world...these too will pass.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Thursday, July 17, 2008

You have got to see this...

Seeing as I'm from the Fight'en Texas Aggie Class of 1998 I saw this and had to post it!

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

I saw this story posted over at The Curt Jester and wanted to pass it along.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

San Antonio, Texas will host it's own version of World Youth Day on July 19th.

San Antonio youths who can't attend World Youth Day in Sydney, Australia,
will have the chance to celebrate the event closer to home this year.

For the first time, the Alamo City will host its own World Youth Day, on
July 19. The daylong event outside San Fernando Cathedral will feature speakers
and live entertainment from well-known Christian performers, as well as poetry,
drama and musical performances.

“We knew a lot of people from San Antonio were going to go, and a lot of
those churches were pulling out from going because of the rising prices,” Vance
said. “We thought, ‘Why don't we do a one-day version of it here?'”

The event has been in the planning stages for about eight months, and
Cooley said San Antonio might be the only city in the nation to have a
celebration of this size. Organizers are unsure how many people will attend, but
they expect youth groups from Austin, Houston and Corpus Christi.

Cardinal Pell celebrates World Youth Day Opening Mass with over 140,000 people

Prime Minister of Australia Kevin Rudd greeted pilgrims prior to the Mass, in several different languages. “You are here for this great celebration of life, this great celebration of faith and this great celebration of hope," said the Australian Prime Minister. "For this you are so much the light of the world at a time when the world has so much darkness."
This is a great message to be sending to our youth and one that I hope to carry with them back home.

In his homily Cardinal Pell called all to listen to Christ’s message saying,
“Christ’s call is to all who are suffering, not just Catholics or other
Christians, but especially to those without religion. Christ is calling you
home; to love, healing and community.”

We need to all pray for this...

This seems like a great start to what I'm sure we all hope will be a great and spiritual experience for all involved.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

I found this over at Fr. Erik Richtsteig's blog and couldn't resist posting it myself.

These are some wonderful videos and I hope to see them on TV in my area soon.

Catholics Come Home

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

This is posted over at "What Does the Prayer Really Say" blog and it's big news this week so I thought I'd cross-post.

Monday, July 7, 2008


The Catechism of the Catholic Church has the following to say about prayer:

2559 "Prayer is the raising of one's mind and heart to God or the requesting of good things from God."2 But when we pray, do we speak from the height of our pride and will, or "out of the depths" of a humble and contrite heart?3 He who humbles himself will be exalted;4 humility is the foundation of prayer, Only when we humbly acknowledge that "we do not know how to pray as we ought,"5 are we ready to receive freely the gift of prayer. "Man is a beggar before God."6

I heard something from Father Larry Richards that has stuck with me. He said that great saints would say "speak to me Lord I'm listening, not shut up Lord I'm talking". Now I can't say that I always use this technique as I'm no saint, but it's good to keep in mind. :)

Recently I've been thinking about what God has in store for me and the direction I'd like my life to take. Funny thing about God is that his plans don't always match up with ours and sometimes the answer to those prayers is "no, not right now I've got something else for you". This can be hard for some of us to take, I know there were/are times in my life when it's been hard for me. It's in those times that we truly need to trust in God's plan for us and remember that he is all-Good and his plans are much greater than ours.

Jesus, I trust in Thee...

Friday, July 4, 2008

I wanted to take this opportunity of wish everyone a happy 4th of July. I think it's important for us to take time and reflect on the things we have. God has blessed us with so much, I know there are many divisions within the country Red vs Blue, Conservative vs Liberal, etc... But we must remember that we are all God's children and that he loves us no matter where we are in life. He is calling us to a closer relationship to Him and maybe today you can take his hand and in the words of St. Thomas the Apostle tell him "My Lord and My God".

God Bless and Happy 4th!

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

I just got this off of Itunes and it's wonderful! I've been trying to use Magnificant to do daily prayers and having this playing in the background does seem to help me focus more.