Friday, December 31, 2010
1. Be honest. Know yourself. What is your strongest virtue? What is your worst vice? Therefore, tailor your resolution so it strengthens your good side and fights your bad one. A one-size fits all resolution is useless.
2. Be specific. Don't use generalities. They don't work. For example, if you need to be more humble, just saying "I am going to be more humble," is useless. You need to zero in on one situation where you need to practice humility and resolve to improve in that one situation.
3. Be simple. Don't make it complicated. Focus on something you can see and measure easily and that does not overwhelm you each time you try to obtain it. Otherwise, you will become distracted and your energy will be dispersed and misdirected.
4. Be reasonable. Don't try to do too much at once. You won't become a saint in one day. Remember: you have one MAJOR point upon which is hinged your entire fidelity to God and His Holy Laws. This is a called your primordial light. Find out and work on improving it. Everything else will improve if you improve on that one major point.
How to discover your primordial light
5. Be consistent. It's far better to do something small everyday to improve on that one key point in your soul than to make a big resolution that you cannot keep for more than a week or two. Slow and steady wins the race!
6. Be humble. Recognize that you cannot do any good action which has value in the supernatural order without God's grace and the intercessory help of the Blessed Mother. Beg God's grace through Our Lady's intercession constantly in all your thoughts, desires and actions
7. Be disinterested. Remember that God wants us to defend His rights and interests, and to share His thoughts and ways. And therefore, to focus on things, happening and events that are very close to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary that are not necessarily linked to our own personal interests.
8. Write it down. It's important to write down your resolution so you can refer back to it often during the year. Also, by writing it down, you will be able to review it when the year is over, and to evaluate your progress since the time the resolution was made.
9. Public expressions of faith. Don't hide your faith. That's just what the devil wants. He knows when you express your faith publicly, others see you and are encouraged to follow your good example. Say grace openly and proudly before meals in a restaurant so people can see. You'll be surprised with the good reactions you will get.
10. Devotion to Our Lady. Have more devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary. Devotion to the Mother of God is a panacea. Saint Louis de Montfort said that devotion to Holy Mary is the easiest, safest, fastest, most secure, and surest path to Jesus and to our own salvation. If you can do nothing else, resolve to say the Rosary everyday. Saint Louis de Montfort wrote:
"If you say the Rosary faithfully until death, I do assure you that, in spite of the gravity of your sins 'you shall receive a never-fading crown of glory.' Even if you are on the brink of damnation, even if you have one foot in hell, even if you have sold your soul to the devil as sorcerers do who practice black magic, and even if you are a heretic as obstinate as a devil, sooner or later you will be converted and will amend your life and will save your soul, if-- and mark well what I say-- if you say the Holy Rosary devoutly every day until death for the purpose of knowing the truth and obtaining contrition and pardon for your sins."
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Monday, November 29, 2010
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Thursday, November 18, 2010
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Once again.. May Our Little Saints in the Making feel the call to Sainthood on Earth as they strive to live out the true meaning of Christ on Earth..
May God Bless them
The goodly fellowship of the prophets praise Thee.
The white-robed army of martyrs praise Thee.
All Thy saints and elect with one voice do acknowledge Thee,
O Blessed Trinity, one God!"
-- Feast of All Saints , Antiphon at Lauds. from the Te Deum
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Thursday, October 28, 2010
Have you seen this series before? I never had, came across one today and you have to see this one... So what would you do?
Thursday, October 7, 2010
Happy Feast Day of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary... She calls us to Come to Her, She has her arms wide open to hold us , to protect us, to love us and bless us. The Rosary is the most beautiful story told. Its so wonderful to have this very powerful tool, where we can live the life of Our Blessed Lord, from the Annunciation, to His birth, to His Holy Work , to His Death and to the Most Beautiful Crowning of Our Lady... How Blessed Are we to have this beautiful tool, and now more than ever, we need to Come to Her for our country, our world, our Church and Our Family...
May She Bless you today and everyday...
Friday, October 1, 2010
Thursday, September 30, 2010
"Jesus, help me to simplify my life by learning what you want me to be - and becoming that person."
Time is but a shadow, a dream; already God sees us in glory and takes joy in our eternal beatitude. How this thought helps my soul! I understand then why He lets us suffer... - VIII Letter to Her Sister Celine
Yes, even if I have on my conscience every possible crime, I should lose none of my confidence; my heart breaking with sorrow, I should go and throw myself into the arms of my Savior. ~St Therese
"Our Lord needs from us neither great deeds nor profound thoughts. Neither intelligence nor talents. He chrishes simplicity. Jesus, help me to simplify my life by learning what you want me to be - and becoming that person."
To Call God my Father and to Know myself His Child, that is Heaven to me ... St. Therese
Our Lord needs from us neither great deeds nor profound thoughts. Neither intelligence nor talents. He cherishes simplicity."
Saturday, September 25, 2010
A St. Teresa of Little Flower Pink/White Korker Bow...
Enter by email them at firstname.lastname@example.org with your favorite St.Terese Quote.
The drawing will take place Monday night and the bow will be ship out Tuesday so that the winner will have it by Friday.. Oct. 1st St. Terese Feast Day..
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
What is also sad is that my husband's mother celebrates her birthday today. How does one celebrate a birthday with the death of your own mother, with God's love and grace we can celebrate life... Life after Death...
Saturday, September 11, 2010
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Monday, September 6, 2010
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Mr. Berquist is a founding member of the faculty of Thomas Aquinas College and one of the principal authors of A Proposal for the Fulfillment of Catholic Liberal Education, the College’s founding and governing document. He has been a tutor and governor of the College for over 40 years. He has on numerous occasions made great sacrifices to help promote the well-being of the community and to keep it committed to its mission of educating under the guidance of St. Thomas Aquinas and Aristotle. Please remember to pray for his health and well-being and for his family during this difficult time."
Monday, June 28, 2010
"Do all things without murmuring and disputing,".
Thursday, June 24, 2010
You might know by now that I am a big fan of this sport. I played all my life. I love it. And here we are .. 2010 World Cup. Holding on to this spirit of the game.. to this great feeling as an American.. How close we are.. 3 games away from playing in the Final of the World Cup.. Which has never been done before.. But as a proud American who loves our country as much as this game.. might be able to witness this.. we might be able to pull it off. USA is not great in soccer when it comes to the international world such as Brazil, Spain, Etc.. But we have something these country do not.. we have this power to over come great obstacles in our path and move our country forward. You will see this in November .. when we will take our country back.. but it would be great to see it now.. in this great game, we call soccer! This might just give the extra fuel we'll need to wake up those who are sleeping and see how great our nation is and how we need to bring it back for God bless the USA!
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Saturday, May 29, 2010
Well, Thursday night, my father says to me watch this on CNBC at 9pm (they will air it again on May 30/31). I have to tell you it was one of the longest and hardest hour of TV I have ever seen. I saw what my parents saw to the best of the left wing CNBC puts it. My parents were not Padre Pan children, they were married with my oldest brother at 3 months old when they left Cuba. But I got to see it and I was crushed (I honestly told my dad, how can you even see this and he starts to cry and hangs up on me.)
But Its funny, with my little knowledge that I know , I thought that CNBC didn't do justice to these children and gives the US government at that time, Kennedys, etc a hero look which accordly to my father.. was not true.. He was among those to fight against this Castro -Dictator and he tells it in a different way. So I did some search online.. and I came across this great blog and reading post on what others view this tv program and how some of them was real to them as the day they left Cuba ,just brings back the sadness and ache in my heart.
But please do justice and read this (if you like) to get a real sense of the CNBC mess!
As One poster says it well:
May 28th, 2010 at 10:55 PM
Shame, shame, shame on CNBC! As a Pedro Pan who left Cuba on the 10th of October 1962 and who lived three years in a camp in Florida City and then 1 1/2 years in a foster home in Ohio, I must raise my voice against this farse of a "documentary". This was just another form of propaganda using the trials and tribulations of the Cuban children exodus to air a pletora of lies and misinformation. I was one of those children who were going to be sent to Russia for my "education". There was not such a thing as a CIA plot to incite the Cuban parents to start a revolution. The children were being indoctrinated, I was there. The government took away the rights of the parents; private schools were closed, young people were sent to the mountain to "teach" the campesinos reading and writing, the public schools were closed for the duration, and when they reopened, all we were taught was Castro, Castro, Castro, to tell on our parents and friends if they were not pro-Castro and a new version of Cuban history which they shamelessly had changed. We can thank the Kennedys for having to leave our home, family and all that was dear to us to never return to Cuba. We can thank the Catholic Charities and Msgr Walsh for making it possible for us to have a better life and freedom. Those who blame their parents for having sent them "away" should be ashamed of themselves for their ingratitude; and those who believe the embargo should be lifted and sing praises to the conditions in Cuba, should be expelled from this country like true "gusanos" and sent back to Cuba for their disloyalty and falsehood. Again, shame on CNBC!
All I can say really is May God have mercy on Cuba and bring her back to the beauty of the people He created! Please pray for Cuba and USA as we too are on the wrong track and that we are wise enough to stand up and fight for real freedom!
Monday, May 24, 2010
Bosworth was stunned by the ultrasound photo of her 20-week-old unborn baby giving her the popular sign when everything's alright.
"It was really funny," the 35-year-old mother said of the ultrasound picture she had at Wythenshawe Hospital, near her home in Manchester.
She told the London Daily Mail newspaper, "I went to the scan with my friend and my mum and we were all just laughing. He was giving us the thumbs up, it was just so clear."
"We couldn't believe it. I have big hands, but nothing on the scale of his," she told the newspaper. "We're thinking he might make a good goalkeeper. I've never seen a scan like this before - but we love it."
"I've been keeping it in a book because I want to show it to him when he is older," she added.
Boswell already has a 10-year-old daughter named Olivia and the doctors informed her that her baby, expected in September, is doing just fine.
Shari Richard, a pioneer of the use of ultrasound, believes it has the power to stop abortions. http://www.lifenews.com/state4722.html
More than a million American women will have an abortion in 2010 and 44 percent of American women will have an abortion at some point in their lifetime, Richard says.
With improvements in the imaging taking a two-dimensional picture and moving it into the world of 3D and 4D, Richard is not surprised that more Americans are becoming pro-life and more are opting against an abortion.
"Ultrasound technology is credited with an important role in changing attitudes. If women see images of their unborn children, and are educated about developing life in the womb, they are less likely to abort," she says.
Richard personally experienced the grief and pain of abortion but, in 1990, through Sound Wave Images, she produced the videos Ultrasound: a Window to the Womb and Eyewitness to the Earliest Days of Life.
These powerful videos, seen by millions, showed fetal development and facts related to the emotional and physical trauma of abortion.
As a voice for the unborn, Shari Richard knows a picture is "worth a thousand words."
Saturday, May 22, 2010
While Bedard is less well known than the conference’s keynote speaker – Cardinal Marc Ouellet – whose staunchly pro-life statements made later that afternoon were seized on by the anti-life Quebec media, she might be the speaker who most touched hearts that Saturday afternoon.
Ms. Bedard grew up at a time when Quebec society was undergoing what historians call the “Quiet Revolution,” a period of time from the early-sixties to the mid seventies when Quebec society shed its Christian heritage and adopted secular values. “I was born in 1968 — talk about bad luck” she joked.
Bedard had a typical childhood in a non-religious household, and went to the notoriously leftist Université du Québec à Montréal, where she studied literature, eventually graduating with an MA. “I filled my mind with all the radical feminist literature — I drank it all up” she said.
She began a series of heterosexual relationships, which all ended badly. “Prodded along by what I was reading, I began thinking that since all my heterosexual relationships were failures, that I might be a lesbian.” And in fact she dove into the lesbian lifestyle, and admitted that she revelled in it for quite some time. “It was actually a very good time, in a way, being with a big gang of girls, tearing up the town, chain-smoking like there was no tomorrow. I was also very sexually active.”
Despite the fun and the excitement of the lifestyle, she felt broken, she recalls. “I was a mental wreck. I just felt that I was spinning out of control, that I was keeping appearances but I was miserable inside.” Things came to a head when, inexplicably, she broke into tears one night at 3 am and began shouting in her empty apartment in a trendy district of Montreal, imploring God to “take her away.” “Here I was, a militant feminist lesbian atheist lying on my apartment floor crying my head off imploring God. I wasn’t in my right mind, but I was desperate for help.”
She began seeking help, meandering in and out of countless 12-step type programs, in the hopes of finding some kind of solution for her anxiety and “messed-up life.” To make matters worse, she had just quit smoking: “I was suddenly forced to face life in the raw, without any protection or buffer.”
At wit’s end, she recounted how someone she knew talked about visiting “the monks” at the famous Saint-Benoît Abbey in Saint-Benoît-du-Lac, Quebec. The idea, as bizarre as it seemed to her, intrigued her, and she went, but not without reservations. “I went to the monastery armed with all the contempt and hatred for the patriarchal Church that I had stored up from years of radical feminist studies. For radical feminists the Church is basically enemy #1.”
She entered the convent and was assigned a room and a monk with whom she could converse twice a day. “For three days in a row, two hours a day, I badgered, screamed at, practically foamed at the mouth in the face of this monk, dredging up basically every insult, cliché, dirty thing that I could think of, or invent about Christianity. I was so mad, so hurt and angry, and I was dishing it all out to this monk, who never said a word the whole time, but instead just looked at me, nodding his head.”
Then, at the end of those three days, something happened that changed her life forever. “It was the third day, the sixth hour of screaming. We were about to wrap up yet again. I was basically done screaming, there was a pause, and then the monk looked up and said to me “you have no idea, absolutely no idea how much God loves you; He made you out of nothing, he knows you, you have no idea how much he loves you, His daughter. So don’t feel ashamed, let it all go. Give it up, give it all up, give your life up to Him … He loves you so much.”
Those simple words at that crucial time “absolutely floored her” she recalled. From that moment on, her life had utterly changed. “I am His daughter, there are no two ways about it, and I can’t explain it.” She admits she is at pains to explain exactly what it was that caused her conversion: “I just say that God floored me, staggered me; I didn’t convert myself, he brought me to Him.”
She now works as an independent journalist and happily married stay-at-home mother of six. Life for her now is not all peaches and cream, however. “When I need quiet, there’s nothing I can do except for one thing: get up at 4 am. Which I do, pretty often, just to get some peace.” Remarking on the differences between her life now and in her lesbian days, she quipped: “Living with a man is definitely a pain, but living with a woman all the time was a living hell.”
Brigitte Bedard, who writes for the Nouvel Informateur Catholique, was one of four conference participants (plus keynote speaker Cardinal Marc Ouellet) at the annual Quebec Life Coalition conference at Quebec City on May 15. Video recordings of the talks (in original French, or dubbed in English) are available through Quebec Life Coalition.
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Monday, May 17, 2010
A young priest for Tanzania, Father Deogratias Malewa, lives and ministers in a place that has no paved roads, no hospitals, no grocery stores. His people (the women) grow the food by using a hoe and their hands. They carry water for their gardens in pots on their heads from a stream that is half mile away. If they get sick or injured, they stay where they are and make the best of it because there is no practical alternative.
Julia Fogassy of Our Father's House, has a goal to raise enough money for him so he can get a rototiller and a vehicle to transport it. That way, gardening will be better for the women and Father will be able to move sick or injured people to the hospital that is in the nearest city--more than 100 miles away.
Father Deogratias will be doing little talks and demonstrations about life in Tanzania, playing games with the children, and telling Tanzanian stories at the Northwest Catholic Family Conference. Hair Bows 4 Life will have a table with Father and 10% of the sales will go to Father and Julia Fogassy efforts to help raise this money. So if you are at the conference stop by and see what they have.
But this is a true example of Christ in our Priest.. and the true meaning of being a Catholic, a universal faith!
May God keep giving him the courage to live out his faith!
If you would like to donate towards Father Deogratias, you may do so at Hair Bows 4 Life website under Water of Love.
May God bless your generosity.
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
I had thought never to see; two parties get together and bury tribalism and
work very respectfully towards making an arrangement on common ground to
rule the country. And its the LibDems and the Conservatives.. and they plan
to introduce a Freedom or Great Repeal Bill... to remove some of the scarily
repressive measures introduced by the previous govt..And to cap it all, we
have Michael Gove as Education Minister..who is the Candidate for the job
who was soundest on HE.I am sure there will still be battles ahead, but the
situation is dramatically better than any of us dared to hope even 48 hours
So thanks very much,
Thursday, April 29, 2010
a Catholic homeschool mom in the Kansas City area who is dying of breast cancer. Her husband has lost his job. The family (seven children) are facing foreclosure as well as losing their mom. A website has been set up, giving details and asking for donations.
I go back to her site and was just inform now that She has just passed away today. It makes me sad for sure since these children just lost their mothers and the least of the worries will be losing their home soon. (They have until June 7th to pay). I wonder about TIME... God's time is everything and yet its never what we think of it for ourselves. I never heard of Vickie until this morning and going on her site and seeing her picture and reading her story and I donated money and pray for her family and few hours later, God called his Faithful servant home.
I wonder how many people today learn of her story, prayed for her and maybe that was what God was waiting for , a day filled with prayers for her by strangers yet brothers and sister in HIS Church, to give her and her family the courage and faith to do His Will.
A Prayer For a Mother who has died
Dear Lord, relying on your promises to us, I turn to you in trust that this mother is with you and that she is enjoying your loving embrace. You alone know how she loved the best she could and how she faithfully endured the struggles that she faced. You know the graces you gave her and you know the grace she was for her family and for so many. For all the ways she truly loved the way you loved her, please reward her, Lord. May she enjoy the communion of all her family and friends who are with you.
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
"Please leave your contributions for the spiritual bouquet - such as Masses personally offered for him and for his intentions, rosaries, novenas or other prayers and offerings - in the comment box or e-mail them to me at: love2learnmom at gmail.com (with the words "Archbishop Gomez Spiritual Bouquet" in the subject). These will be collected and presented to him in a few weeks, so we need to have all of the submissions by May 1st. If you like you may include your name and hometown. "
I just love this game... its a part of who I am...I played Soccer for about 23 years and I love seeing my boy play now.. Don't Forget..43 Days..14 hours...18mins..10 sec...
Don't miss out.. USA vs. England, Saturday June 12th @ 1:30pm! Be there...
God bless the USA!
Monday, April 26, 2010
A Mary's Box, includes a Blessed Mother Bow with your choice of Blessed Mother medal and color, stickers of the Blessed Mother, a Holy Card with the prayer for Purity, one decade white rosary (not picture) and a pretty rose box.
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Saturday, April 24, 2010
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Thursday, April 15, 2010
Looking back, we may all remember April 15, 2010, as the day we got off cheaply. Why a growing deficit and increased spending on health care and Social Security nearly guarantee higher tax bills in our future.
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Saw this over at Creative Minority Report.
Moscow, April 5, Interfax - Fans greeted each other on Easter at a Sunday evening soccer match at Moscow Lokomotiv stadium.
At the beginning of the second half of the match thousands of fans of Dynamo team started chanting "Christ is Risen!", an Interfax correspondent reports.
Thousands of fans of Lokomotiv teeam on the opposite side of the stadium responded by chanting "Truly He is Risen!"
The exchange took place several times.
The correspondent who has attended soccer matches for almost 50 years says it was the occurrence of this kind in the history of Russian soccer.
Excerpts of an article written by non-Catholic Sam Miller - a prominent Cleveland Jewish businessman:
"Why would newspapers carry on a vendetta on one of the most important institutions that we have today in the United States, namely the Catholic Church?
Do you know - the Catholic Church educates 2.6 million students everyday at the cost to that Church of 10 billion dollars, and a savings on the other hand to the American taxpayer of 18 billion dollars. The graduates go on to graduate studies at the rate of 92%.
The Church has 230 colleges and universities in the U.S. with an enrollment of 700,000 students.
The Catholic Church has a non-profit hospital system of 637 hospitals, which account for hospital treatment of 1 out of every 5 people - not just Catholics - in the United States today
But the press is vindictive and trying to totally denigrate in every way the Catholic Church in this country. They have blamed the disease of pedophilia on the Catholic Church, which is as irresponsible as blaming adultery on the institution of marriage.
Let me give you some figures that Catholics should know and remember. For example, 12% of the 300 Protestant clergy surveyed admitted to sexual intercourse with a parishioner; 38% acknowledged other inappropriate sexual contact in a study by the United Methodist Church, 41.8% of clergy women reported unwanted sexual behavior; 17% of laywomen have been sexually harassed.
Meanwhile, 1.7% of the Catholic clergy has been found guilty of pedophilia. 10% of the Protestant ministers have been found guilty of pedophilia. This is not a Catholic Problem.
A study of American priests showed that most are happy in the priesthood and find it even better than they had expected, and that most, if given the choice, would choose to be priests again in face of all this obnoxious PR the church has been receiving.
The Catholic Church is bleeding from self-inflicted wounds. The agony that Catholics have felt and suffered is not necessarily the fault of the Church. You have been hurt by a small number of wayward priests that have probably been totally weeded out by now.
Walk with your shoulders high and you head higher. Be a proud member of the most important non-governmental agency in the United States . Then remember what Jeremiah said: 'Stand by the roads, and look and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way is and walk in it, and find rest for your souls'. Be proud to speak up for your faith with pride and reverence and learn what your Church does for all other religions.
Be proud that you're a Catholic."
Monday, April 12, 2010
Friday, April 9, 2010
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Pope Benedict XVI on Tuesday named a Texas bishop to take over the archdiocese of Los Angeles after Cardinal Roger M. Mahony's expected retirement next year.
The pontiff appointed Jose Gomez as co-adjutor archbishop of Los Angeles, an assisting position that essentially puts him first in line to succeed Mahony, who reaches the mandatory retirement age of 75 for bishops in February.
Gomez is archbishop of San Antonio, a post he took up five years ago, during the last few months of John Paul II's papacy. Gomez, 58, is also a member of Opus Dei, the controversial group favored by John Paul II for its conservative teachings.
Many of you may or may not heard of Opus Dei, founded by Saint JoseMaria.. But this is great news for the Catholic Church in American, for the LA and Pro-Life . LA is going from a left-wing archbishop and less in a year will have a very Pro-life Archbishop!! Who is only 58! That's young. He is good man, a faithful man who loves his church and the people.
Thank you God, for your mercy on us.
"My Mother, my Lady of Torreciudad, Queen of the Angels, ‘show yourself a mother’ and make us into good and faithful children,”
Monday, April 5, 2010
JOHN 20:13 And they said to her, "Woman, why are you weeping?"
She said to them, "Because they have taken away my Lord, and I
do not know where they have laid Him."
JOHN 20:14 When she had said this, she turned around, and beheld
Jesus standing there, and did not know that it was Jesus.
JOHN 20:15 Jesus said to her, "Woman, why are you weeping? Whom
are you seeking?" Supposing Him to be the gardener, she said
to him, "Sir, if you have carried Him away, tell me where you
have laid Him, and I will take Him away."
JOHN 20:16 Jesus said to her, "Mary!" She turned and said to
Him in Hebrew, "Rabboni!"
He is risen; he is not here."
-- Mark 16:6
"Do not abandon yourselves to despair. We are the Easter people and hallelujah is our song."
-- Pope John Paul II
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Sunday, March 28, 2010
Palm Sunday is a beautiful day , I have wonderful mermoires with my family on this great day and we will spend it going to a concert with some dear friends..
May You find the Peace of Heaven on Earth in your soul and your heart..