Your duty is to sanctify yourself. Yes, even you. Who thinks that this task is only for priests and religious? To everyone, without exception, our Lord said: Be ye perfect, as my heavenly Father is perfect. St. Josemaria

Friday, August 28, 2009

“This is the very perfection of a man, to find out his own imperfections.”

Today is the Feast Day of St. Augustine, the patron of our Blog for this year which was pick by JMJ.

Here are some of these great quotes for St. Augustine.

"God had one son on earth without sin, but never one without suffering."

Think about how there is not one soul on earth that does not suffer, not even Christ. The question is what do we do with that suffering? Do we offer back to God for the good of the world, for the souls who need it, for our own families, or do we do nothing with it? There has been many times that all I do is complain about this or that but the times that I use those suffering moments and offer them to God, it seem to be a bit less suffering to it. (does that make sense?)

"Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what you believe."

To have true faith in the Holy Eucharist is by itself a miracle for us, for its so hard to believe that His body and blood is given to us, that He is there waiting for us, wanting us to visit Him and be with Him..The King of Kings..

He so loves us...

May we believe!

"Lord, I believe, help my unbelief " Mark 9:24

"If you believe what you like in the gospels, and reject what you don't like, it is not the gospel you believe, but yourself."

Now, this quote seems to be so true in the our world ... especially with our Beautiful faith, Our Church... how many believe in some teachings but not others... I may not understand many of the teachings of the Church (yet, working on it) but I honestly believe in it. I believe (the Nicene-Constantinople Creed),
"We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen. We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father. Through him all things were made. For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven. By the power of the Holy Spirit he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary, and was made man. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate, he suffered death and was buried. On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures. He ascended in heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end. We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father [and the Son]. With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified. He has spoken through the Prophets. We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen."

The last quote from St.Augustine that is one of my favorite is
"Pray as though everything depended on God. Work as though everything depended on you."

We are God instruments.. we just can't pray for this or not and do nothing about it.. We must work it.. for in that work we become Saints... we must do "Opus Dei" God's work! How many times have I pray.. Oh.. God help here or there, etc, etc.. seems same story and yet I do nothing about it.. As this prayer is a magic wand and BAM!! My prayers are answered.. Well some time that does happen, but for the most part God wants us to work as He would for us!

God bless you!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Priestly Thursday: "I forgive you!"

The last words of Father Mariano Arroyo Merino expressed his forgiveness for the would-be robbers who knifed and burned him.

The Spanish priest, 74, was murdered July 13 at his parish of Our Lady of Regla, in Havana, Cuba. Father Arroyo was the second Spanish priest to be assassinated in Cuba in less than a year. Father Eduardo de la Fuente Serrano, 59, was killed Feb. 14.

Father Isidro Hoyos, another Spaniard who carries out his ministry in Cuba, was a friend of them both. In Santander for vacation, Father Hoyos was interviewed by the Diario Montañés. He recounted that Father Arroyo's last words were "I forgive you."

This revelation came from the suspect who has admitted to killing the priest.

Father Hoyos met Father Arroyo in 1970 in Spain. At the urging of his friend, Father Hoyos left for Cuba in 2001, having reached the age of retirement in Spain, to continue with his priestly ministry on the island. "Yes," he explained, "it happened that that summer (of 2000), Mariano was here (in Spain). He had already spent many years in Havana. I told him (I'd go to Cuba), it seemed a good idea to him and I went. We lived together for four years and then they assigned me to the barrio of Alamar in Havana."

There, he carries out his mission among a population of 100,000 people. "It is a village that was created after Castro's revolution, but a village of 100,000 inhabitants. Actually it's a city-dormitory" and it has just one parish.

The priest described it: "It's a little house with a patio -- a few grains of sand among this immense multitude. On Sunday we have the (Eucharistic) celebration and some 300 people participate. That's not many, but before there was nothing."

Father Hoyos said being a priest in Havana is not difficult. "People treat you very well," he explained. "I wasn't accustomed to the adoration that is felt there for the figure of the priest. The Cubans are very reverent with sacred things."

He said he supposes that the investigations are correct in presuming the motive for Father Arroyo's murder was an attempted robbery.

"Mariano had a big safe but he didn't have much of value there -- only a crown for Our Lady that had more sentimental than monetary value. It was very old," he noted. "If he had money, it wouldn't have been much. Mariano had just finished doing some work in the parish because it was in very poor conditions. And if he had money from donations, he didn't keep it in the house but in the bishopric. In any case, if the robber would have given him the choice between the money and his life, undoubtedly Mariano would have given him the money without resistance."

The two suspects under arrest for the murder have confessed, Father Hoyos noted, "and the one who killed Mariano revealed that his last words were, 'I forgive you.'"

And that would be characteristic of Father Mariano, his friend contended. "He was a profoundly religious man. He was very coherent, very austere."

Father Hoyos added that it was no surprise multitudes attended the funeral. "I imagined that would happen," he said. "Mariano was very well-known there. I think that it was the biggest gathering Havana has seen, not counting Castro's manifestations."

For his part, Father Hoyos will be returning to Cuba next month, and reported that he is not frightened by this prospect. "I don't think (the two slayings) are going to become an unending chain," he said. "I have a commitment to those people and I am going to fulfill it. It seems cowardly to not return. I am not saying that I'm indispensable, but I feel obligated to return."

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

From one men's heart to another

After reading a brief article on CNN News about Castro's thoughts on US.

"Castro also mildly praised Obama's domestic initiatives, such as health care reform. "

1st, I love it how CNN loves to call him ex-President, as my mother would say.. where were the Free elections?, they should call it as it is.. dictator! Period!

Ok.. so the dictator, mildly praised Mr. President on his domestic.. such as health care.. .. of course.. for its foundations is just such as Cuba.. Which sucks.. if you want to have a baby in the hospital.. bring your own say the least.. As a relative of mines says.. oh.. Cuba is another story.. it will never happen here!" Can you promise that you? Can you promise that on your life? Nope!

"Still, Castro said he was astonished by U.S. news reports of declining popularity for Obama. Castro blamed "traditional [U.S.] racism" for dampening reform efforts, including health care revisions."
Ok.. Than.. our Friend here.. is astonished of the declining popularity for Obama..What did he forget that he is talking about Americans..who love their freedom.. So as a traditional racism.... why is everything about racism for a president that is half white and black.. why is it that we can't disagree with Mr. President and be called a racists! Well, for a country like CUBA.. if you disagree with the Dictator.. you went to jail, your life was turn upside for the worst.. but noooo that will not happen here.. Can you promise me that?

Don't you love it, he says.. "health care revisions.." what revisions.. is a monster new health care system made up in few weeks... nothing revision about it! What I really don't understand and it bothers me a great deal here is family and friends who are born in Cuba or Cuban American.. where they came from or their family ... read History.. yes, American and Cuba are not the same story to say.. but to close for comfort! Its the idea's behind these men that are the same and American can be a Cuba or for my fear.. worst then Cuba...

So as the feast of Our Lady of Charity comes near, September 8th.. I pray with my whole heart and soul that Our Blessed Mother protects this beautiful country of ours and gives these brave men and women the courage to fight for the truth.. which the truth will set us FREE!

Monday, August 24, 2009

Live for Now--For tomorrow may never come!

"We must sanctify ourselves at every moment, for we know not if the next will be ours. It is for us to become holy here and now, for we cannot be certain whether we will be here this evening. The better we fulfill our obligations the more we give glory to God and respond to the will of the Immaculata. So important is the present moment that we must continually remind ourselves of it as the means of sanctification."
St. Maximilian Kolbe
Reading this today, was like a little tab to the head by My Lord. This phrase is so in depth and so profound that it really says our Faith.. We are call to sanctify our every moment. I find how alike St. Maximilian Kolbe and St. Josemaria are. Two priest living their lives as Saint way before their calling to Heaven! They both but such great strength to reminding us to live right now for God, to sanctify our every thought and moment to God, for we are call to be Holy and that tomorrow may never come!
Now, as a mother..oh.. this is so hard to do for it seems that you go from moment to moment as a tornado and you haven't even stop to take a breath of air! Yet, in all the craziness of my daily life that is where I will find sanctity, that is where I find my cross and that is where I live for.. moment to moment of my life as a mother!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Vacation Trip--1st Set!

Priestly Thursday

Lord Jesus Christ,
You are the Savior of the world.
Please manifest in Your Church
the Spirit whom You also abundantly
bestowed on Your apostles.
Call very many to Your priesthood
and Your religious life.

May zeal for Your glory
and for the salvation of the world
inflame those You have chosen.
May they be saints in Your likeness.
May Your Holy Spirit strengthen them.
May they be priests and religious according to Your own heart!

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Priestly Thursday

Pope Benedict as a child

“The pastoral care of vocations needs to involve the entire Christian community in every area of its life. Obviously, this pastoral work on all levels also includes exploring the matter with families, which are often indifferent or even opposed to the idea of a priestly vocation. Families should generously embrace the gift of life and bring up their children to be open to doing God's will. In a word, they must have the courage to set before young people the radical decision to follow Christ, showing them how deeply rewarding it is.” Pope Benedict XVI (Sacramentum Caritatis, 25)