Signal Grace and My Big Girl Pants

Signal Grace and My Big Girl Pants

    My sister and I were on the hunt for a condo for my mom… She’s the “decision is made let’s get on it with it” kind of girl, and I’m “OK, but let’s pray while we’re searching.” We reviewed several condo’s for sale in the area, but we needed a really good deal, one that was close by and somehow my mom would have to be sold on it, because ~ she hates condo’s….. She never wanted to leave the house either. My sister calls me just 2 days after we started looking, “Check your e-mail and the pictures of what I found”. The two she found were beautiful and only five minutes away from both of us. She says.. “Let’s go see it with the Realtor.” I’m...

It’s Time to Move On

It’s Time to Move On

And the Rock Was Christ My family is entering another chapter in our life. It’s time to sell my mom’s house and move her into a condo. It’s a rite of passage in Florida and one I hoped we wouldn’t have to do. I think she’ll be happier. Financially it’s a good move; she’ll be closer to my sister and I …. but it’s the house that holds the last memories of my father and it’s where 28 years ago my mother catered our wedding reception. All evening a good friend played for the guests in our living room on my childhood baby grand piano. In the entrance of the house my mother still has a vase of artificial roses designed by the florist that survived all the weathering of our years together. They stand like a...

In Defense of Not Being…Posers

In Defense of Not Being…Posers

I’m sure Mr. Warner means this in the nicest way…. From: Matt Warner ncregister.com We need more authentic Catholics online. What I mean is – we need more people just being Catholic and living an authentically Catholic life…and then that being reflected online. (All of this applies to offline as well, really.) I have met more authentic Catholic people online than I have time to keep up with. And by authentic I certainly don’t mean perfect. In fact, I mean the opposite. The last thing we need are Catholics pretending to be something we’re not: perfect. Authentic means being humble and honest about our flaws and our need for the Church and the Eucharist (Jesus). People hunger for that kind of authenticity. And the Holy Spirit works powerfully...

Lauda Sion

Benedictine Monks of Clervaux Oh precious and wonderful banquet that brings us salvation and contains all sweetness! Could anything be of more intrinsic value? Under the old law it was the flesh of calves and goats that was offered, but here Christ Himself, the true God is set before us as our food. What could be more wonderful than this? No other sacrament has greater healing power; through it~ sins are purged away, virtues are increased, and the soul is enriched with an abundance of every spiritual gift. —St Thomas Aquinas: Work Praise the Lord for His great gift to us. +PAX *Digitalized from the original record made in...

What Do You See?

What Do You See?

Jean Colombe The Body of Christ (b. Bourges ca. 1430; d. ca. 1493) This masterpiece is painted by Jean Colombe and illustrates the service with two superimposed scenes. The large one represents the interior of a Gothic church, with lavishly decorated pillars, in which two groups of figures pay tribute to the veritable presence of Christ in the Eucharist. On the right, representing the Old Testament, are three men with oriental headdresses, probably Melchizedek (who offered bread and wine to Abraham), Moses (who received manna), and Elijah (who was fed by an angel). On the left, representing the New Testament, are several bareheaded men, probably the four Evangelists. All raise their heads to worship and appear to proclaim the grandeur of this sacrament, repeating...

He Made My Mouth Like a Sharp Sword

He Made My Mouth Like a Sharp Sword

Birth of John the Baptist, late 14th century Nicolo da Bologna Rosenwald Collection 1949.5.86 Listen to me, O coastlands, and hearken, you peoples from afar. The LORD called me from the womb,  from the body of my mother he named my name. He made my mouth like a sharp sword, in the shadow of his hand he hid me; he made me a polished arrow, in his quiver he hid me away. And he said to me, “You are my servant, Israel, in whom I will be glorified.” But I said, “I have labored in vain, I have spent my strength for nothing and vanity; yet surely my right is with the LORD, and my recompense with my God.” And now the LORD says, who formed me from the womb to be his servant, to bring Jacob back to him, and that Israel might be gathered to him, for...

Nothing Can Come, But What God Allows

Nothing Can Come, But What God Allows

The prison cell of St. Thomas More Tower of London/Bell Tower I think we’ve turned ‘discipleship’ in our culture into a celebrity contest. It’s become how much you know, who you know, how strategically you’ve positioned yourself; did you write a book, or are you at least a famous blogger? Most important–can you at all costs avoid looking like ….a loser. Unfortunately, I’m talking about Christians. Somehow we’ve lost the whole concept of what it means to be a follower of Christ. It seems the worse abuse anyone can suffer these days is to have their reputation in question or suffer the injustice of a public rebuke. God forbid anyone should step on your toes unjustly. You’ll go to the tower and your days...

An Afternoon With Father Andrew Apostoli

An Afternoon With Father Andrew Apostoli

Our Lady of Divine Providence House of Prayer Mark Mallett has an excellent piece up titled “When Cedars Fall”, We can no longer afford to leave any room for Satan to wedge his way into our lives. He is on a rampage, for he knows his time is short. It’s not so much that God has changed, but that He has permitted Satan to “sift us like wheat”, and this we must… Be sober and vigilant. Your opponent the devil is prowling around like a roaring lion looking for (someone) to devour. (1 Pet 5:8) The so-called “little sins” are now “big openings”; we cannot afford to be casual about our spiritual lives. I met with Divine Providence today. This morning on my drive to the Cenacle, I carried a deep sense of...

Enduring Correction Gladly…Is a Difficult Gift

Enduring Correction Gladly…Is a Difficult Gift

A wise son hears his father’s instruction, but a scoffer does not listen to rebuke. —Proverbs 13:1 As the wreckage from the John Corapi F-6 tornado continues to unravel, I’ve been crying out to the Lord.. Give us wisdom. The man who finds fault with himself accepts all things cheerfully – misfortune, loss, disgrace, dishonor and any other kind of adversity. He believes that he is deserving of all these things and nothing can disturb him. No one could be more at peace than this man….. [Again] the reason for all disturbance, if we look to its roots, is that no one finds fault with himself. This is the source of all annoyance and distress [in the matter of correction]. . This is why we sometimes have no rest.” But perhaps you will offer me this...

Adoration of the Holy Trinity

Adoration of the Holy Trinity

Adoration of the Holy Trinity Albrecht Durer 1511 Oil on panel Vienna, Kunshistorisches Museum This work was commissioned by the Nuremberg metal trader Matthus Landauer. Also known as the Landauer Altarpiece, it was ordered for the chapel of the Twelve-Brothers House, which he endowed for a dozen impoverished artisans. In the centre of the painted panel at the top is the Trinity. God the Father is shown as emperor, holding Christ on the Cross and surmounted by the dove of the Holy Ghost. Around the figure of God are two rings of angels. Below them, to the right, are Old Testament figures and, to the left, followers of Christ bearing palm branches. Nearer the base of the picture are the slightly larger figures of the living, led by the Pope (with a blue tiara) and...

Mind Your P’s and Q’s and Father Corapi

Mind Your P’s and Q’s and Father Corapi

The priests in the Nazi prison Camp of Daucau Fashioned this Makeshift Monstrance I wasn’t going to comment on the latest announcement regarding Father Corapi until I saw the picture proclaiming the introduction of “The Black Sheep Dog”. It’s  apparently the new name under which he will continue to bring his voice to the people through an independent web broadcast, though no longer in priestly ministry. It is a strange and dark way for anyone to identify themselves as a Christian… To me, this is the most telling and disturbing quote of his whole announcement; God bless you, God love you, and goodbye John Corapi (once called “father,” now “The Black Sheep Dog”) —the black sheepdog I couldn’t even post the picture…It...