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Wednesday, 1 July 2015
A Letter of thanks and support from Mary Wagner for the Rosary Bouquet:"...whenever someone tells me they are praying...for the women in here, it warms my heart..."
|The Mother of God over the Vanier Centre for Women |
in Milton, Ontario
June 28th, 2015
A few weeks ago, my friend Jack proposed to readers the offering of a Spiritual Bouquet for my sisters-in-green, here at Vanier. I want to thank everyone who is praying for us. Whenever someone tells me they are praying, not only for me, Linda and the babies and their mothers, but also for the women here, it warms my heart a great deal. We all need prayer.
The need here is special in that many of the women do not have ties with a healthy family or even, sometimes, with one person. Most are open to hearing about God, to some form of prayer or reading the word of God, but they lack the connection on the outside with someone who is seeking to live for God; they do not have a spiritual guide. Who is praying for them?
In your prayers, please remember that often enough women arrive who are pregnant. The temptation to abort is great under these circumstances.
Just as the cloistered prayer of so many sisters and brothers interceding on our behalf throughout the world rises up to God, who showers down graces as He sees fit, so will the graces from your prayers penetrate these walls and enter the hearts of many women here. Please continue to pray for us and please encourage others to as well! Thank-you!
God bless you, Mary
|Pope Benedict XVI celebrating Mass in London|
Today, is a perfect day to implore Our Blessed Saviour that once again His Precious Blood may descend on the nation of Canada, a nation once with great hope, but a nation that has been utterly seduced by "the world, the flesh and the devil".
Dropped from the Roman Calender in 1969, this beautiful Feast day is still retained as a Votive Mass. It was used by His Holiness, Pope Benedict, during his Apostolic Journey to Scotland and England in 2010. The Holy Father celebrated this Mass in Westninster Cathedral, a place of worship most dear to my heart. In fact, the most beautiful Novus ordo Mass I ever attended was the Feast of St. Peter and Paul in that Cathedral in 1997.
The Eucharistic sacrifice of the Body and Blood of Christ embraces in turn the mystery of our Lord’s continuing passion in the members of his Mystical Body, the Church in every age. Here the great crucifix which towers above us serves as a reminder that Christ, our eternal high priest, daily unites our own sacrifices, our own sufferings, our own needs, hopes and aspirations, to the infinite merits of his sacrifice. Through him, with him, and in him, we lift up our own bodies as a sacrifice holy and acceptable to God (cf. Rom 12:1). In this sense we are caught up in his eternal oblation, completing, as Saint Paul says, in our flesh what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions for the sake of his body, the Church (cf. Col 1:24). In the life of the Church, in her trials and tribulations, Christ continues, in the stark phrase of Pascal, to be in agony until the end of the world (Pensées, 553, éd. Brunschvicg).
We see this aspect of the mystery of Christ’s precious blood represented, most eloquently, by the martyrs of every age, who drank from the cup which Christ himself drank, and whose own blood, shed in union with his sacrifice, gives new life to the Church. It is also reflected in our brothers and sisters throughout the world who even now are suffering discrimination and persecution for their Christian faith. Yet it is also present, often hidden in the suffering of all those individual Christians who daily unite their sacrifices to those of the Lord for the sanctification of the Church and the redemption of the world. My thoughts go in a special way to all those who are spiritually united with this Eucharistic celebration, and in particular the sick, the elderly, the handicapped and those who suffer mentally and spiritually.
(Pope Benedict XVI, September 18, 2010)
Today, may we somberly recall from whence we came, and to where we are going. I wish all readers a most blessed Feast Day. In your charity, please keep poor, apostate Canada, in your prayers.
Sunday, 28 June 2015
On this very day, in 2003, our now sainted Pope John Paul II wrote:
Forgetfulness of God led to the abandonment of man”. It is therefore “no wonder that in this context a vast field has opened for the unrestrained development of nihilism in philosophy, of relativism in values and morality, and of pragmatism – and even a cynical hedonism – in daily life.”
We are witnessing the emergence of a new culture, largely influenced by the mass media, whose content and character are often in conflict with the Gospel and the dignity of the human person. This culture is also marked by an widespread and growing religious agnosticism, connected to a more profound moral and legal relativism rooted in confusion regarding the truth about man as the basis of the inalienable rights of all human beings. At times the signs of a weakening of hope are evident in disturbing forms of what might be called a “culture of death".
The evil that is the "gay pride parade" is indeed a manifestation of this cynical hedonism, a culture of death.
Spiritual support and fellowship for Catholic men and women with same-sex attractions.
Chapter: Newman Centre
Chapter: Toronto, Ontario
Contact: Fr. Kevin Belgrave
Phone: (416) 928-5094 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Today is the feast day of the great early Church father, St. Irenaeus of Lyon. Our saint heard the Faith being taught by St. Polycarp, who, in turn was a disciple of St. John the Apostle. Irenaeus was a lover of doctrine and truth. Let us always cling to this! God is Love, yes. But God is also Truth. There can be no true love, without knowing God, His truth and Jesus Christ.
"Christ, who was called the Son of God before the ages, was manifested in the fullness of time, in order that He might cleanse us through His blood, who were under the power of sin, presenting us as pure sons to His Father, if we yield ourselves obediently to the chastisement of the Spirit. And in the end of time He shall come to do away with all evil, and to reconcile all things, in order that there may be an end of all impurities".
Saturday, 27 June 2015
For God so loved the world that
He gave His only begotten Son...
The poor, tragic homosexuals are claiming that they "love". Let us ask: what is "love"? "God is love" (1 Jn 4:8). God is. Here, we have the basic Mosaic proclamation of God - [I am , who am. God is Being]. St. John develops this: God is Love; Being is Love. Not was, not will : but IS.
The primary, simple, eternal act of God is Love. This then, is the secret inner life of the Holy Trinity. Man, created in God' s image and likeness is called to imitate this love: primarily through caritas. Sacred Scripture mentions "faith, hope, and love [caritas], and the greatest of these is love" (1 Cor 13:13). Why? Because without love, one cannot have faith, nor hope. And love is a gift of the Holy Spirit. True love, and by extension, true faith and hope cannot be found outside the Catholic Church. "Charity cannot be possessed except in the unity of the Church" (St. Augustine Sermo 265, 9, 11 (PL 38, 1223)). Why is this? Because Jesus Christ is Charity; and the Church is His Mystical Body; hence, to possess charity, one must belong to Christ's Body.
Further, love is in the Will. It is an act of the Will: it is NOT emotion. Emotion may be an effect, but never the cause of true love. True love, then, being in conformity with the Holy Ghost can only be for the perfection of the person, for his final end (which is Heaven). The greatest love between persons is then a spiritual love which unites souls. We catch a picture of this unity when the Apostles received the Holy Spirit on Pentecost. It was an outpouring of God's love. Therefore, true love between persons is always primarily focused on God; and then the giving of oneself for the good of the other person, which is his or her final destiny in Heaven.
From this, we can begin to gather the perversity of what is claimed to be "love" by persons who self-identify with same-sex attractions. In fact, what they claim as "love" is in reality hatred, it is destructive: of the other, and of themselves. Let us pray for these poor, deluded souls, in need of conversion (as we all are) to the liberating truth about Our Blessed Lord. May His Blood that He shed for them, be poured out upon them as a balm of repentance and conversion. I say therefore, to each and every homosexual: may the peace of Christ be with you.
Friday, 26 June 2015
It is worth recalling to mind those famous words of our late Holy Father, recently raised to the Altar as a saint.
The abomination, the profanation of holy and chaste wedlock by this horrible and diabolical caricature of true love, is " an ideology of evil". It was inevitable that this horror would become "law". Since the Fall, concupiscence of the flesh has always existed. Since the French Revolution a false sense of liberty opened the floodgates to divorce, which led to the glorification of infidelity. Soon, fornication joined adultery as "progressive" lifestyles. Once the Pill (the unholy separation of love and life) became accepted, the way open was to kill the unborn in the womb. During this times, sexual license exploded (as predicted by Paul VI in Humanae Vitae) and unnatural sexual acts began to be heard of more and more. The decision by the US |Supreme Court to declare (in effect) that two and two do not make four, is merely a de facto recognition of a society gone mad with impure lust. America, let us recall is heavily addicted to pornography, adultery and fornication are rife, and birth control pills are consumed like candies by lustful, debauched women pandering to lustful and lecherous men.
What is needed now is a great push for purity. For Catholics to begin believing and living pure lives. May Catholic women discard their immodest clothing; why dress in a manner that would make a prostitute from a few years back blush? May Catholic men seriously take up lives of sober purity, rejecting these impure and lustful women.
Wednesday, 24 June 2015
St. John the Baptist:defender of the truth and sanctity of marriage, to the point of imprisonment and death
Saint John the Baptist is above all a model of faith. Following the example of the great Prophet Elijah, in order to listen more attentively to the word of the one Lord of his life, he leaves everything and withdraws to the desert, from which he would issue the resounding call to prepare the way of the Lord (cf. Mt 3:3 and parallels).
He is a model of humility, because to those who saw in him not only a Prophet, but the Messiah himself, he replied: "Who do you suppose that I am? I am not he. No, but after me one is coming, the sandals of whose feet I am not worthy to untie" (Acts 13:25).
He is a model of uprightness and courage in defending the truth, for which he was prepared to pay in his person, even to the point of imprisonment and death.
Pope John Paul II, Homily, June 24, 2001