Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Which Church Father are you?

Take the quiz and find out!


You’re St. Melito of Sardis!
You have a great love of history and liturgy. You’re attached to the traditions of the ancients, yet you recognize that the old world — great as it was — is passing away. You are loyal to the customs of your family, though you do not hesitate to call family members to account for their sins.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Read the Catechism in a Year

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Thursday, October 4, 2012

Blessed Feast of our Holy Father St. Francis

Last evening, several members of our OFS fraternity of St. John Capistrano joined with another fraternity in town, St. Michael the Archangel, for the annual celebration of the Transitus of our Holy Father Francis into eternal life.  It was a beautiful experience of fraternal life.  Since the Capuchins have left our diocese, we have been missing the presence of the friars in our midst.  St. Michael the Archangel fraternity meets in a parish staffed by TORs, and their spiritual assistant gave the homily at the Transitus.  It was wonderful to experience that friarly presence again!


Thank you to Worm on Plurk for finding this beautiful rendition of the Prayer of St. Francis on youtube:

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Pray not only for, but also with, the Holy Father...

From The Moynihan Report- I got this in my email from another Secular Franciscan.  This would be 12:45pm eastern time.  I think this is a wonderful idea! J

June 9, 2012 -- Pray not only for, but also with, the Holy Father...

"The Holy Rosary is not a pious practice banished to the past, like prayers of other times thought of with nostalgia. Instead, the Rosary is experiencing a new Springtime." --Pope Benedict XVI, May 3, 2008, a Saturday, at the Basilica of St. Mary Major in Rome; he prayed the Rosary in the Basilica on the first Saturday of May that year.

"In the current world, so dispersive, this prayer helps to put Christ at the center, as the Virgin did, who meditated within all that was said about her Son..." --Ibid.

"May Mary help us to welcome within ourselves the grace emanating from these mysteries, so that through us we can 'water' society, beginning with our daily relationships, and purifying them from so many negative forces, thus opening them to the newness of God. The Rosary, when it is prayed in an authentic way, not mechanical and superficial but profoundly, brings, in fact, peace and reconciliation."—Ibid.

An invitation to join with Pope Benedict as he prays the Rosary each evening at 6:45 p.m. (Rome time)

Catholics around the world are being invited to not only pray for the Pope, but also with him, starting now, as he faces some of the greatest challenges of his pontificate.

This initiative originated among German Catholics in Rome, and is not something sponsored by Pope Benedict himself.

But the Pope has been informed that the initiative has been launched, and is said to be heartened by the thought that others around the world will start to pray with him.

The German lay Catholics who are sponsoring the initiative believe the knowledge that others are praying with him will lessen the Pope's sense of isolation and vulnerability in these days, after the privacy of his own household has been betrayed by one of his closest collaborators (the "Vatileaks" affair, with documents being taken without his knowledge from his own apartments).

The initiative began on June 7 with an article by German writer Paul Badde, editor of Vatikan magazine (the German-language monthly magazine which Inside the Vatican helped to launch in 2006, shortly after Pope Benedict's election).

Here is how it works. Each evening in Rome, Pope Benedict walks in the Vatican Gardens beginning at 6:45 pm to pray the Rosary with his personal secretary, Monsignor Georg Gaenswein, accompanying him and praying the responses.

No one else is present; the Vatican Gardens are closed off to other visitors. (If it rains, they pray the Rosary in the papal apartments.)

But now others are being invited, wherever they are, at that hour, to pray the Rosary with the Holy Father.

On the east coast of the United States, this will be at 12:45 p.m. -- in other words, shortly after noon. On the west coast, it will be at 9:45 a.m.

If one prays the Rosary daily at this time, there will not be any direct physical connection with the Holy Father, but there can be a spiritual one.

I asked Badde if the Pope and his secretary know about this initiative.

"They know about it and appreciate it, of course," Badde told me. "But the initiative was all ours. Websites will join in, of course, but without registration. That’s the beauty of this initiative: its complete freedom."

I asked whether the Pope and his secretary pray the Rosary in German, Latin or Italian.

"They pray in German, basically, but switch easily to Italian or Latin," Badde told me.

English-speaking people who wish to join this initiative should therefore pray in whichever language they feel most comfortable, whether English, or Latin, or another language, he said.
The Rosary Initiative like Juliana's Vision

In his article announcing the initiative "to strengthen the Holy Father" but not only "to pray for the Pope, but to pray with him," Badde begins by referring to St. Juliana of Liege's famous vision of a "spot" on the full moon -- something missing in the liturgical life of the Church.

Her vision served as inspiration for the introduction of the Corpus Christi celebration in the mid-1200s.

Badde argues that there is a shocking "spot" on the face of the Church today: the isolation and loneliness of Pope Benedict.

"The loneliness of the Pope is particularly shocking," Badde writes. "Therefore, we want to call on this feast of Corpus Christi to immediately pray not only for the Pope, but to pray with him."

He continues: "This can be done in the family, among couples, in twos, in threes, in fours, in groups, in orders and congregations, and in all of the new gathering places on the social networks and websites. It can be done anywhere, loudly or quietly — at home, at church, on the street, in cars, in gardens. And all free. Without Secretaries, without control, steering, no organization, no postage, no dues, no stopwatch, no address lists, but in the simplest way in the world: with a Sign of the Cross at 6:45 in the evening, and then the prayer of the Rosary with the Holy Father."

(The original German article may be found here, at the web site:


How Does One Pray the Rosary?

The usual Rosary contains five "mysteries," events from the life of Christ to reflect upon. The reflection continues through the praying of five "decades" of Hail Marys for each mystery -- a "decade" (from the Latin word for 10) is made up of 10 Hail Marys.

The mysteries are the Joyful Mysteries, the Sorrowful Mysteries, the Glorious Mysteries and now the Luminous Mysteries, introduced by Pope John Paul II.

Begin with a Sign of the Cross and an Apostles' Creed.

Say an Our Father and three Hail Marys then a Glory Be to the Father.

Announce and meditate on the first mystery and say an Our Father.

Say 10 Hail Marys, and end the decade with a Glory Be.
Begin the cycle again with an Our Father, meditateon the second mystery according to the same schema, and so on for the third, fourth and fifth mysteries.

End with the Prayer After the Rosary and a Sign of the Cross.

Sign of the Cross

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Apostles' Creed

I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth; and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, Our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell; the third day He arose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, sits at the right hand of God, the Father Almighty; from thence He shall come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Holy Catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body and life everlasting. Amen.

Our Father

Our Father, Who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name; Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.

Hail Mary

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee, blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now, and at the hour of our death. Amen.

Glory Be to the Father

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Prayer After the Rosary

Hail! Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, our life, our sweetness and our hope. To you do we cry, poor banished children of Eve. To you do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears. Turn then, O most gracious advocate, your eyes of mercy toward us; and after this our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of your womb, Jesus.

O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary.

Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God.

That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

O God, whose only-begotten Son, by His Life, Death, and Resurrection has purchased for us the rewards of eternal life; grant, we beseech You, that, meditating on these mysteries of the most holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we may imitate what they contain, and obtain what they promise. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.


Why Pray the Rosary?

More than a century ago a proud university student boarded a train in France and sat next to an older man who seemed to be a peasant of comfortable means. The brash student noticed that the older gentleman was slipping beads through his fingers. He was praying the rosary.

"Sir, do you still believe in such outdated things?", the student inquired.

"Yes, I do. Don't you?" the man responded.

The student laughed and admitted, "I do not believe in such silly things. Take my advice. Throw the rosary out the window, and learn what science has to say about it."

"Science? I do not understand this science. Perhaps you can explain it to me," the man said humbly, tears welling in his eyes.

The university student noticed that the man was deeply moved. To avoid hurting further the older person's feelings, he said, "Please give me your address and I will send you some literature to explain the matter to you."

The man fumbled in the inside pocket of his coat and pulled out his business card. On reading the card, the student lowered his head in shame and was speechless. The card read: "Louis Pasteur, Director of the Institute of Scientific Research, Paris." The brash science student had unknowingly been speaking with his country's leading chemist and bacteriologist.


(Note: You may view these emails at the link:

Note:  I would have just posted the link to the page instead of reproducing it here in its entirely, but the link was broken at the time of this posting. J

Wednesday, May 2, 2012





Hail, mother of mercy, mother of God, and
mother of pity, mother of hope, and mother
of grace, mother full of holy joy, O Mary.

Hail, happy virgin and mother. For he who
sits at the Father's right hand, ruling heaven,
earth and sky was borne in thy womb, O Mary.

Mother, be our comfort; Virgin, be our joy;
and may we after this exile join thee among
the choirs of heaven, O Mary.

- Hymn of the Carmelites
Thank you to Don Ryan for this entry!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Litany for the Church in Our Time

Our prayer group prayed this prayer for a long time until Summorum Pontificum came out.  Only afterwards did I find out it was the prayer recommended for the restoration of the Latin Mass!  I think it's time to start praying it again...novena anyone?

Litany for the Church in Our Time

Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, Divine Founder of the Church,
hear us.

Christ, Who didst warn of false prophets,
graciously hear us.

God, the Father of Heaven,
have mercy on us.

God, the Son, Redeemer of the World,
have mercy on us.

God, the Holy Ghost,
have mercy on us.

Holy Trinity, One God,
have mercy on us.

Holy Mary, Mother of God,
pray for us.

St. Joseph, Patron of the Universal Church, pray for us.

St. Michael, Defender in Battle, pray for us.

St. Peter, the Rock upon which Christ built His Church, pray for us.

St. Paul, Protector of the Faithful Remnant, pray for us.

St. Francis of Assisi, Re-builder of the Church, pray for us.

St. Anthony, Hammer of Heretics, pray for us.

St. Pius V, Restorer of the beauty of the Sacred Liturgy, pray for us.

St. Pius X, Foe of Modernism, pray for us.

All ye Holy Angels and Archangels, pray that we may resist the snares of the Devil.

St. Catherine of Siena, pray that Christ's Vicar may oppose the spirit of the world.

St. John Fisher, pray that bishops may have the courage to combat heresy and irreverence.

St, Francis Xavier, pray that zeal for souls may be re-enkindled in the clergy.

St. Charles Borromeo, pray that seminaries may be protected from false teachings.

St. Vincent de Paul, pray that seminarians may return to a life of prayer and meditation.

St. Therese of the Child Jesus, pray that religious may rediscover their vocation of love and sacrifice.

St. Thomas More, pray that the laity may not succumb to the Great Apostasy.

St. Francis de Sales, pray that the Catholic press may again become a vehicle of Truth.

St. John Bosco, pray that our children may be protected from immoral and heretical instruction.

St. Pascal, pray that profound reverence for the Most Blessed Sacrament may be restored.

St. Dominic, pray that we may ever treasure the Holy Rosary.

Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, graciously hear us.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.

Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.

Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God,
That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let Us Pray.

Jesus, our God, in these dark hours when Thy Mystical Body is undergoing its own Crucifixion, and when it would almost seem to be abandoned by God the Father, have mercy, we beg of Thee, on Thy suffering Church. Send down upon us the Divine Consoler, to enlighten our minds and strengthen our wills.

Thou, O Second Person of the Most Holy Trinity, Who canst neither deceive nor be deceived, have promised to be with Thy Church until the end of time. Give us a mighty Faith that we may not falter; help us to do Thy Holy Will always, especially during these hours of grief and uncertainty. May Thy Most Sacred Heart and the Immaculate and Sorrowful Heart of Thy Holy Mother be our sure refuge in time and in eternity.


Saturday, February 11, 2012

The Church and Persecution

from 'Crossways' by +Abp. Fulton J. Sheen, p. 33, Image Books. c. 1967.

     Be not cast down because the persecutors of religion, having laid the Church, like its Founder, in the tomb, utter the boast: "Behold the place where we laid it."  The law of progress of the Church is the reverse of the law of progress of the world.  We are most progressive when we are most hated.

     Whence shall come our hope for the Church?  It will not come from the world, for if the world loved the Church, the Church would be no salvation to the world.  If it were not hated, it would be weak.  It is only because the fires of its Truth are blinding evil eyes and convicting them of sin and judgment, that the world vainly tried to put them out.  And though the world is tearing up all the photographs and blueprints of a society and a family based on the moral law of God, be not disheartened.  The Church has kept the negatives.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Setting the twist and finished project!

I set the twist on my handspun yarn last night and left it to dry overnight.
It looked like this in the morning: 

There was just enough for a little project:

Monday, January 2, 2012

A new Spin for 2012!

My New Year's resolution was to learn to spin--- yarn, that is.  I got this nifty supported spindle, the Spindolyn, from Santa (thank you Santa!), and on New Year's Eve eve, I took a trip over to Uncommon Threads in Palm Harbor.  Not only did I get a big bag of really cool fiber, the spinning teacher was in, so another customer and I got a free lesson!  :)

The demo was on a drop spindle, but the principle is the same.  Here is the Spindolyn in action:

My first fiber selection, 1.1 ounces of Merino amethyst:
Beginning to be spun:
All spun into 'singles':
wound off the Spindolyn into the first ball:

divided into two balls for plying:

Plied into three two-ply hanks:

I used this tutorial. The next step is setting the twist, which will probably happen tomorrow. 

Proverbs 31:19  She lays her hands to the distaff, and her hands hold the spindle.