Sunday, September 30, 2012

The Three Archangels

YESTERDAY was the feast of the Three Archangels: Sts. Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael. Pre-Vatican II, each archangel had their own separate feast day, as St. Gabriel's was March 24, the day before the Annunciation.

St. Michael


"Quis ut Deus?"

Who is like God?

"Then war broke out in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back. But he was not strong enough, and they lost their place in heaven. The great dragon was hurled down—that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him."
- Revelation 12: 7 - 9

St. Gabriel


"I am Gabriel, who stands in the presence of God"

In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary. And he came to her and said, 'Hail, O favored one, the Lord is with you!' But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and considered in her mind what sort of greeting this might be. And the angel said to her, 'Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there will be no end.' And Mary said to the angel, 'How shall this be, since I have no husband?' And the angel said to her, 'The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy, the Son of God. And behold, your kinswoman Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son; and this is the sixth month with her who was called barren. For with God nothing will be impossible.'And Mary said, 'Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.' And the angel departed from her."
 - Luke 1: 26 - 38

St. Raphael


"I am Raphael, one of the seven angels who enter and serve before the Glory of the Lord."

"Now bless the
Lord on earth and give thanks to God. I am about to return to him who sent me from above. Write down all that has happened.' And he rose in the air. When they stood up again, he was no longer visible. They praised God with hymns; they thanked him for having performed such wonders; had not an angel of God appeared to them?"
Tobit 12: 20 -21

St. Michael, St. Gabriel, and St. Raphael, pray for us!





                                    

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Hail, or Maybe, "Fail" Mary Pass

It's all over the local news. As living only 20 minutes away from Lambeau Field, I am a HUGE Green Bay Packer's fan. The Packer's "loss" to the Seattle Sea Hawks is the biggest controversy in this whole brew ha ha with the referee lock outs. Read more here.



 

I figured I could post this since it was a Hail Mary pass! I meant no offense to our Blessed Lady by the title.


Sunday, September 23, 2012

St. Pio of Pietrelcina

Today we celebrate the feast of St. Pio of Pietrelcina, more commonly referred to as Padre Pio.



Born of May 25, 1887, From young on he felt the call to join the Capuchin Franciscans, which he did. He was transferred several times from monastery to monastery due to poor health.


The Incorrupt Body of Padre Pio


For Some reason I can't copy and paste info from this website, so since they have a lot of interesting facts about Padre Pio, click here to go to the Padre Pio tab and here to the Marypages website home.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Eucharistic Procession for Life


Crucifix above the altar at St. Pius (I couldn't stop staring at it!)

Today I attended Mass at St. Pius X Church in Appleton for a pro-life Mass celebrated by Fr. Tom Farrell. After Mass we processed with the Blessed Sacrament for about 2 miles from the church to the Grand Chute Abortion clinic (BOO!!). We made four stops total:
  1. Memorial to the Unborn at St. Pius Church, Appleton
  2. Highland Memorial Park, Appleton
  3. Resident of Grand Chute's yard
  4. Resident of Grand Chute's house next to the abortion clinic
The procession was something to see! Being led by the Lord with a large image of Our Lady of Guadalupe, patroness of the unborn, following. I loved seeing the looks on people's faces in the cars! They were either smiling and bowing their heads or just staring at us like freaks (that was most of them).

At the final stop, seeing the place where so many innocent children have died, it looked as if the place had the gloom of death all over it, even the plants were dying. Father put it best saying: "We recently remembered 9/11, when over 3,000 people died, yet 4,000 children die each day at the hands of their own parents". My friend told me that while she was saying the rosary there, they had guards there to make sure nobody would step on their property. She would either get thumbs up and honks or cuss words and the finger. We must stop this loss of life!

Pictures of the procession from 2009 here.

Prayer for the End of Abortion

Lord God, I thank you today for the gift of my life, 
And for the lives of all my brothers and sisters.

I know there is nothing that destroys more life than abortion, 
Yet I rejoice that you have conquered death 
by the Resurrection of Your Son.

I am ready to do my part in ending abortion. 
Today I commit myself 
Never to be silent, 
Never to be passive, 
Never to be forgetful of the unborn.

I commit myself to be active in the pro-life movement, 
And never to stop defending life 
Until all my brothers and sisters are protected, 
And our nation once again becomes 
A nation with liberty and justice 
Not just for some, but for all.

Through Christ our Lord. 

Amen






Thursday, September 20, 2012

St. John the Evangelist, Green Bay, Church Centennial

St. John the Evangelist Church, Green Bay, WI, is the oldest parish in the State of Wisconsin. On Sunday, September 16, 2012, the parish celebrated a milestone of their church turning 100 years old (this is the fourth church for the parish). Mass was presided by Bishop Robert Banks, Retired Bishop of the Diocese (I didn't go to the Mass but I've been hearing about it a lot lately so I decided to do this post). Click here for a news video of the celebration and here for pictures.

Pictures of the Church:




The Pre-Vatican Interior


The Interior Now
 (Is the idea now to make churches as plain as possible?? Don't get me wrong, this is a beautiful church, but compared to the picture above, it doesn't compare. It's still way better than some other churches though! )



Some more pictures of the Church

Sunday, September 16, 2012

2016: Obama's America

A  must see for everyone - those who are undecided or even for him should see this more than anyone else!


Saturday, September 15, 2012

Our Lady of Sorrows


Our Lady of Sorrows, previously called the Seven Sorrows of Mary, remembers the sorrows and hardships the Blessed Mother faced in her life. They are as follows:

1. The Prophesy of Simeon


"Sorrow as sharp as a sword shall pierce Mary’s heart because of her Child. Mary is in the Temple. She has come with Joseph to present the Child to God. They meet Simeon, the holy man, and Anna, the prophetess. Simeon takes the baby in his arms, saying now he will die in peace because he has seen Christ. Then he foretells the sorrow to come."

2. The Flight into Egypt


"Soon the sword of sorrow strikes. Herod the King seeks to kill the Child. Warned in sleep by an angel, Joseph takes the Child and His Mother and sets out for Egypt. “Why should men want to hurt my darling Baby?” Mary asks herself, holding Him tightly, on the long and dangerous journey, sad at heart because all the babies in Bethlehem are to be killed on account of Jesus."

3. Christ lost in Jerusalem


"When Jesus is twelve, He is taken to Jerusalem for the Feast of the Passover. On the return journey Joseph and Mary find at the end of the first day that Jesus is not with them. Racked with anxiety they return, searching for Him. Nobody in the crowded streets, not even the beggars, can tell them where He is. Not till the third day do they find Him."

4. Mary meets Jesus on the way to Calvary


"Mary has known fear and sorrow, but none so great as seeing her beloved Son stumbling along under the weight of the Cross. She hears the jeering shouts from the crowds and has not power to help Him. Pity and love are in her eyes as she gazes at his blood-stained face. To many around her He is no better than a criminal, and her heart is breaking as she follows Him to Golgotha."

5. The Crucifixion


"With John, Mary stands at the foot of the Cross. “A sword shall pierce thy soul,” Simeon had told her. Truly her heart is pierced with sorrow. Her beloved Son is dying. She shares in His suffering. She does not ask God to take away the suffering. She is His Mother, so close to Him that His pain is her pain too. And now He speaks from the Cross. “Woman, behold thy son.” Jesus gives His Mother to John, and to us. For all eternity she is our Mother."

6. Jesus is taken down from the cross


"It is over. Darkness has come down upon the world. Jesus is dead. Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus take down the Body from the Cross, and Mary receives it into her arms. She is filled with a sadness that no human heart has known. This is her Son. Once she had cradled Him in her arms, listened to His voice, watched Him working at the carpenter’s bench. Now He is dead. She does not weep : her grief is too great for tears."

7. Jesus is laid in the tomb


"Hastily the Body is wrapped in a clean linen cloth. Nicodemus has brought myrrh and aloes, and the Body is bound in linen cloths with them. Nearby is a new tomb, belonging to Joseph of Arimathea, and there they lay Jesus. Mary and John and the holy women follow them. They watch them roll the great stone to the door of the tomb. It is the end. "

- From  Calefactory.org 

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Never Forget: 9/11



It was a beautiful, Tuesday morning over the nation. It seemed like a perfect day. Then it happened. A jetliner hijacked by Muslim extremist terrorists crashed into the north tower of the World Trade Center. Suspected as simply an accident, those in the south tower were told to remain were they were. Sadly, that bad decision costed many more lives to be lost, as the south tower was attacked 16 minutes later. The Pentagon was also attacked by a plane around 21 minutes later. About a half hour later, flight 93, also hijacked by terrorists, suspected to be headed for the Capitol building, crashed into a field in Shanksville PA.  About 2800 people were killed at the Twin Towers, 190 at the Pentagon, and 44 on flight 93. All together over 3000 Americans were killed that fateful day.



Eternal Rest, Grant unto them, O Lord
And let the perpetual light shine upon them.
May their souls and all the souls of the faithful departed,
through the Mercy of God, rest in peace.

Amen.





Father, I pray You prevent the destructive forces of terrorism directed against our nation. Provide protection from evil attacks and stop the aggressors that attempt to bring destruction to our nation and its people. May Your Hand of protection keep us safe.
I stand against the spirit of fear that accompanies the cowardice acts of terrorism. Allow our fear to turn to trust in You. May knowledge of terrorist planned attacks be revealed to those who provide our national and international security. Help those in power to act swiftly to avert all danger, protecting American lives and property.
Lord, provide strength, courage, and wisdom to our protectors. Give wisdom and insight to our government and everyone involved in the elimination of terrorism. Provide instruction in the development of effective and efficient anti-terrorist strategies that will give us an advantage against our aggressors, allowing this country to remain safe and secure.
I also pray that You enter the hearts of the instigators of terrorism, so they recognize the evil of their ways, and repent and denounce their cowardice acts of destruction against humanity. Without repentance, may they reap the consequences of their actions through Your Divine Justice. May the fear of our retaliation be greater than their hatred of democracy. Guide us in efforts to seek out and erradicate these merchants of death. Reveal to us the names of those responsible and in allegiance with terrorist organizations. Enable our military to become swift, powerful, and accurate in any action of retaliation. Help them keep the innocent safe as they stop these evil people.
Lord, help us to understand lifestyle changes that might be necessary to ensure our protection. Grant patience and tolerance to us in adapting to the safety precautions and measure that we might experience. Enable us to realize that the cost of inconvenience is a small price to pay for the safety of our families. 

Amen.

God Bless America

Saturday, September 8, 2012

The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary



Today we celebrate the birthday of the greatest mom ever, the Blessed Mother.

"The Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary was celebrated at least by the sixth century, when St. Romanos the Melodist, an Eastern Christian who composed many of the hymns used in the Eastern Catholic and Eastern Orthodox liturgies, composed a hymn for the feast. The feast spread to Rome in the seventh century, but it was a couple more centuries before it was celebrated throughout the West.

The source for the story of the birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary is the Protoevangelium of James, an apocryphal gospel written about A.D. 150. From it, we learn the names of Mary's parents, Joachim and Anna, as well as the tradition that the couple was childless until an angel appeared to Anna and told her that she would conceive. (Many of the same details appear also in the later apocryphal Gospel of the Nativity of Mary.)

The traditional date of the feast, September 8, falls exactly nine months after the feast of the Immaculate Conception  of Mary. Perhaps because of its close proximity to the feast of the Assumption of Mary, the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary is not celebrated today with the same solemnity as the Immaculate Conception. It is, nonetheless, a very important feast, because it prepares the way for the birth of Christ."

- About.com: Catholicism 
Written by: Scott P. Richert



Thy birth, O Virgin Mother of God,
heralded joy to all the world.
For from thou hast risen the Sun of justice,
Christ our God.

Destroying the curse, He gave blessing;
and damning death, He bestowed on us
life everlasting.

Blessed art thou among women
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb.
For from thou hast risen of Sun of justice,
Christ our God.

- Hymn from the Divine Office-