Monday, May 31, 2010

Corpus Christi Procession Omaha, Nebraska

You are invited to walk with our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament in the St. Peter Church 5th Annual Corpus Christi Procession, Sunday, June 6, 2010 (the Feast of Corpus Christi) at 2:30 p.m..

What a great oppurtunity to put your faith into action by walking with Our Lord through the streets, as a witness to His true presence in the Most Blessed Sacrament. 

For more information please see
St Peter's website here.


The Corpus Christi Procession: a Catholic Tradition

Processing through the community with the Blessed Sacrament on the Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ is a venerable Church tradition. The procession is an outward demonstration of Catholic faith and belief in the real presence of the risen Christ, under the appearance of the Consecrated Host.

The Solemnity of Corpus Christi was introduced in the late 13th century to honor Our Lord's institution of the Holy Eucharist. It is believed Corpus Christi processions date back to the 14th century. They are still held on the Feast of Corpus Christi throughout the world, often with the regal splendor and rich traditions of years past.

The procession is made up of clergy, Catholic groups and organizations, and lay people and their families. Children in First Communion dress traditionally strew flower petals in front of the transported Eucharist. The Holy Eucharist is held in a processional monstrance carried by a priest or bishop. The monstrance itself is protected by a decorated canopy.

In his Apostolic Letter Mane nobiscum Domine, Pope John Paul II urged all Catholics to participate in Corpus Christi processions as a public profession of their faith in the real presence of Christ in the Holy Sacrament.


I hope to see all who are able to show their support for St. Peter's, the community, and most especially our blessed Lord.


Thursday, May 27, 2010

Novena, Day 4

I am doing my novena this evening and 2 passages from St. Josemaria struck me.

"The important thing is that we should love the Mass and make it the centre of our day. If we attend Mass well, surely we are likely to think about our Lord during the rest of the day, wanting to be always in his presence, ready to work as he worked and love as he loved." 2

2 Christ is Passing By, 154

May God help me to work well, with the greatest possible perfection. May I never work carelessly, but be convinced that work done badly cannot be sanctified, because it lacks love, and love alone enables any human action to be pleasing to God.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Germany and EU to Legalize Pedophilia and with it, Child Pornography as well!

Germany and EU to Legalize Pedophilia and with it, Child Pornography as well!

Booklets from a subsidiary of the German government’s Ministry for Family Affairs encourage parents to sexually massage their children as young as 1 to 3 years of age. Two 40-page booklets entitled “Love, Body and Playing Doctor” by the German Federal Health Education Center (Bundeszentrale für gesundheitliche Aufklärung – BZgA) are aimed at parents – the first addressing children from 1-3 and the other children from 4-6 years of age.

“Fathers do not devote enough attention to the clitoris and vagina of their daughters. Their caresses too seldom pertain to these regions, while this is the only way the girls can develop a sense of pride in their sex,” reads the booklet regarding 1-3 year olds. The authors rationalize, “The child touches all parts of their father’s body, sometimes arousing him. The father should do the same.”

The pamphlet advises parents to permit young children “unlimited masturbation” except where physical injury becomes apparent. It advises: “Children should learn that there is no such thing as shameful parts of the body. The body is a home, which you should be proud of.” For ages 4-6, the booklet recommends teaching children the movements of copulation.

If you can stomach it, the full article is here: http://www.eutimes.net/2009/06/germany-and-eu-to-legalize-pedophilia-and-with-it-child-pornography-as-well/


WOW! How sad, I wonder what and how strong the German Bishops will stand up to this desecration of human innocence.

Douay Rheims Bible
The Gospel According to St. Matthew
Chapter 18
1 At that hour the disciples came to Jesus, saying: Who thinkest thou is the greater in the kingdom of heaven?
2 And Jesus calling unto him a little child, set him in the midst of them,
3 And said: Amen I say to you, unless you be converted, and become as little children, you shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.
4 Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, he is the greater in the kingdom of heaven.
5 And he that shall receive one such little child in my name, receiveth me.
6 But he that shall scandalize one of these little ones that believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone should be hanged about his neck, and that he should be drowned in the depth of the sea.
7 Woe to the world because of scandals. For it must needs be that scandals come: but nevertheless woe to that man by whom the scandal cometh.
8 And if thy hand, or thy foot scandalize thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee. It is better for thee to go into life maimed or lame, than having two hands or two feet, to be cast into everlasting fire.
9 And if thy eye scandalize thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee. It is better for thee having one eye to enter into life, than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire.
10 See that you despise not one of these little ones: for I say to you, that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father who is in heaven.

H/T: The Catholic Knight

"Fathers Make Known To Children Your Faithfulness..."


Great Pastoral letter from then Most Reverend John J. Myers, Bishop of Peoria, now the Most Reverend John J. Myers, J.C.D., D.D. the Fifth Archbishop of Newark.

I came across this letter several years ago, and it seems now more appropriate than ever. It is increasingly difficult to be a good, holy, Catholic man, husband, and father in today's culture. The words of this letter should be meditated on and read again and again by fathers and understood as a call to greatness. Wives and mothers too, should read this as an understanding of how Men should behave. All too often wives of good men, attempting to do the Lord's will, are held back by the good - albeit misguided- intentions of their spouse. Men need to understand their role and have the courage to live it out with discernment and prayer and open communication with their spouse.


"My intention is to maintain a focus on certain aspects of the complex of problems which constitute our current crisis. In fact, only if women welcome men in the roles of husband and father, cooperate with them and expect great things of them, can men hope to undertake such awesome responsibilities. In a real sense, the same is true for women in their roles as wife and mother."

This was written over a decade ago, but is more relevant today than ever. Take some time, grab a cup of coffee, and sit down for some spiritual direction.




Happy Fatherhood!!!

Congress Gets Ready to Quadruple Tax on Oil

Taken from FoxNews.com

OK, so I am all for cleaing up the oil spill, its mess it left behing, cleaning the enviroment as we DO need to be good stewards. However, I think this is ridiculous. Normally, I don't comment on secular things like this, but this caught my attention. So now (or should I say again) the private citizen will be paying for a private company's cleanup.

President Barack Obama and congressional leaders have said they expect BP to foot the bill for the cleanup. OK, so why this article then...why even bring it up?

"Taxpayers will not pick up the tab," Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said Monday. Oh, I bet we will in the end....no pun intended.

BP executives told Congress last week they would pay "all legitimate claims" for damages. But the government needs upfront money to respond to spills, as well as money to pay for cleanups when the responsible party is unable to pay, or is unknown. Money spent from the fund can later be recovered from the company responsible for the spill.

What, why, who, when? Did I miss something? I break something and then get to tell the government THEY need to clean it up.....WHAT!!

Enough about my rants, here is the whole story should you need something to read.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/05/25/congress-gets-ready-quadruple-tax-oil/

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Novena to St. Joseph and St. Josemaria Escriva

Two new novenas to begin on Monday. These will be for the intention of knowing God's Will for my family and I in regard to work - such as where (The Desert or another place) and the financial resources to accomplish God's Will.........whatever that may be. So..............2 novenas the first is to St. Joseph, he is a powerful intercessor for Husbands and job related woes. The second is to St. Josemaria Escriva, founder of Opus Dei....need I say more. Join in with me and my family as we continue to (try to) discern the will of Our Lord. May the gifts of the Holy Ghost shower us immensely in this Pentecost season. Praise be Jesus and Mary.




http://www.ewtn.com/devotionals/novena/joseph.htm



http://www.josemariaescriva.info/opus_dei/NovenaforWork.pdf


Saturday, May 22, 2010

Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary Ordination May 2010

My daughter, son, and I attended the Solemn Pontifical Mass for the Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary with the conferral of Holy Orders to the Sacred Priesthood today. Six men of God became Priests for Christ and His Church. What a beautiful experience it was for myself and family. This was my first ordination ever!! It was especially wonderful to assist with this as it was for the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter, which was formed over 20 years ago by John Paul the Great in an effort to honor the needs of those who desire to worship Our Lord by means of the Traditional liturgy of the Catholic Church. The Seminary, which is in Denton, NE is the Fraternities Seminary for the English speaking world. The Celebrant was His Excellency, The Most Reverend Fabian Bruskewitz, D.D., S.T.D., Bishop of Lincoln, NE. Although we feel we are in the desert here, I must say I am overjoyed to have as my Shepard a humble man who is able to celebrate the Mass in the Extraordinary Form. We are blessed in that regard that Bishop B. is so supportive of the Tridintine Mass. St. Francis is the Oratory in Lincoln where the FSSP celebrates Mass daily. Praise the Lord for the Old Mass!!! I could go on all day, needless to say I highly recommend attending an Ordination Mass....especially in the Old Rite. Nothing against the New Rite, mind you, I very much believe in and accept the New Rite as valid. Too often, though, I have seen "extras" added to the Mass that are not supposed to be there. A properly celebrated Novus Ordo Mass is a beautiful Sacrament to assist at. I have had the great pleasure of knowing many Priests who celebrate the New Mass as it should be, and thank God for them. Any how, off the soap box, check out the Pics, any questions shoot me a comment. Oh yeah, the Ordination was celebrated at the Cathedral here in Lincoln...........if you look closely you will see a resurexifix......not exactly what one would like to see.......what can you do? Pray, Hope, Don't worry........I'm workin on it.

For more info on the Seminary

http://www.fsspolgs.org

For more info on the FSSP

http://www.fssp.org/

Friday, May 21, 2010

Eiger Nordwand - Eiger North Face

A movie I would highly recommend watching. True story about the attempts to reach the Summit of the Eiger North Face.

Verso L'alto indeed.



(The movie is in German, however has English subtitles and is quite easy to follow.)

I dare not say more as to spoil the movie, should any watch it.

To the Heights......

God is good for allowing us to enjoy (and climb) his created beauty.

Bl Pier Giorgio Frassati died a little over a decade before the time frame of this film.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Sanctification in Work

I read this article on Zenit.org and it struck a cord with me. I have, as of late, had increased difficulties in finding the joy in work and how I am able to be joyous and find holiness throughout work. This sounds like something one might hear from St. Jose Maria Escriva when he spoke on Opus Dei. I wish I could find an Opus Dei priest in my area to help me find the joy through difficult work.....and people. The Holy Father direcred this to the Police force, however could definately be applied to my line of work.

Pope: Police Work Can Be Mission, Service, Holiness


Encourages Internal and External Vigilance



VATICAN CITY, JAN. 15, 2009 (Zenit.org).- Accomplishing one's duty with love, especially when it is difficult, can be a prayer that leads to holiness, says Benedict XVI.

The Holy Father affirmed this today when he received in audience the members of the General Inspectorate for Public Security in the Vatican.

In this traditional January meeting, the Pope recognized the sacrifices of the guard, as well as those of their families, due to "the shift-work required in order to maintain constant watch over the area around St. Peter's Square and the Vatican."

He said: "A new year is beginning and we have many expectations and hopes. Yet we cannot hide the fact that many threatening clouds are gathering on the horizon.

"We must not, however, lose heart; rather we must keep the flame of hope alive in our hearts.

"For us as Christians the true hope is Christ, the Father's gift to humanity. [...] Only Christ can help us build a world in which justice and love reign."

The Pontiff exhorted his listeners to see their work as a mission, "a service to others through order and security and, at the same time, a form of individual asceticism; what we may call constant internal vigilance, which requires harmony between discipline and cordiality, between self-control and attentive welcome of the pilgrims and tourists who come to the Vatican."

He added: "If undertaken with love, such service becomes prayer, a prayer even more welcome to God when your work is thankless, monotonous and tiring, especially during the night and in bad weather.

"It is by doing their duty well that each of the baptized achieves his or her vocation of sanctity."



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Saint Jose Maria Escriva, Ora Pro Nobis..........................a lot

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Braveheart - Favorite scene



Men don't follow titles, they follow Courage. AAAAARRRRRRRRGGGGGG

Best movie line?

Friday, May 14, 2010

Holy Spirit Novena - Starts today

Pentecost is just days away. Please join our family in the novena in honor of third person of the Blessed Trinity.

The novena in honor of the Holy Spirit is the oldest of all novenas since it was first made at the direction of Our Lord Himself when He sent His apostles back to Jerusalem to await the coming of the Holy Spirit on the first Pentecost. It is still the only novena officially prescribed by the Church. Addressed to the Third Person of the Blessed Trinity, it is a powerful plea for the light and strength and love so sorely needed by every Christian.

http://www.ewtn.com/Devotionals/pentecost/seven.htm

Thanks to EWTN for all they do for the faithful.

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