Thursday, April 28, 2011


Free Your Mind

What affects our minds affects our spirits. God wants us to be as free as possible to love one another and to be creative, to fulfill our destinies as God's children.

— from Make Room For God



Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.

~James 1:27

Yesterday James reminded us how important our "talk" is. Today he reminds us about our walk. True religion is not all talk. We must live and love as Christ did. Caring for widows, orphans, and others who are forgotten and overlooked while we are keeping ourselves holy to God is what "Christ living" is all about.


Loving God, give me eyes to see the people who need your blessing. Please lead me to the folks in our church, our neighborhood, and our work or school who feel forgotten and overlooked. Help me to not only see them, but to include them so they can know the love that you have for them! In Jesus' name I
pray. Amen.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Prayer of St. Alphonsus M. de Liguori

O Mother of God, Mary most holy, how many times by my sins have I merited the pains of Hell! Even now the sentence might have been passed, perhaps on the occasion of my very first sin, hadst thou not in thy tender pity restrained the hand of Divine Justice: and then overcoming my hardness of heart, thou drewest me gently to place my confidence in thee. And oh, how very often should I have fallen in the dangers which beset my steps hadst not thou, loving Mother that thou art, preserved me by the graces thou didst obtain for me.

But oh, my Queen, what will thy pity and thy favors avail me, if after all, I became the cause of my own condemnation. If there was once a time when I loved thee not, yet now, next to God, I love thee above all things. Ah, permit not that I should turn my back on thee and on my God Who, by means of thee, has granted me so many mercies. Wilt thou endure seeing one of thy servants who loves thee go down into Hell? O Mary, what sayest thou? Shall I bring about my own condemnation? I shall most surely do so, if I forsake thee. But who would henceforth have the heart to forsake thee? Who could ever forget the love thou hast borne toward me? No, he assuredly is not lost who faithfully commends himself to thee and has recourse to thee. Ah, my dear Mother, leave me not to my own devices for then I shall surely die. Grant that I may always seek thy protection.

Save me, for thou art my hope, save me from the pains of Hell, but especially from sin, which alone has power to condemn me to the flames of perdition.

THIS DAY'S . . .

There is only one way to bring peace to the heart, joy to the mind, and beauty to the life; it is to accept and do the will of God.
~William Barclay


Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.
~Proverbs 16:18
The New International Version

God prepares great men for great tasks by great trials.
~J. K. Gressett

Tuesday, April 26, 2011


April 25, 2011 Message from Medjugorje

Today, April 25, 2001, Our Lady appeared to the visionary Marija and delivered the following message to the world:

"Dear children! As nature gives the most beautiful colors of the year, I also call you to witness with your life and to help others to draw closer to my Immaculate Heart, so that the flame of love for the Most High may sprout in their hearts. I am with you and I unceasingly pray for you that your life may be a reflection of Heaven here on earth. Thank you for having responded to my call."

Monday, April 25, 2011


It was a beautiful Easter Sunday.  The sun shone high, the birds were chirping and Lee was cutting the grass and manicuring every weed.  My daughter came, or I picked her up, and we went to the Red Box and rented "Country Strong" with Gwyneth Paltrow.  Christie is doing better since her block, but still needs to rest.  She laid on the loveseat and I on the sofa.  I had a nice, big pork roast with saurkraut and onions in the oven, and peas cooked on the stove.  I had planned to make cornbread and fry okra.

Christie went to the guest bath and came out and said she thought the toilet might be stopped up. Well, it had run slowly earlier and I told Lee "I may have stopped up the toilet."  (He later blesses me with "I didn't hear you say that", which means, "you didn't tell me.").  I went in and the water was high and I shook the handle so it would stop running.  I thought, "I'll close the door and that will remind me that no one should go in there until Lee can look at it.

Between five and eight minutes later, Lee is running up the stairs in sheer and unbridled panic.  "What have y'all done ... the basement is flooding!"  Well, the toilet kept running and I didn't know.

Long story, short, the den ceiling was dripping everywhere through the sheetrock and it was a MESS!  Lee was frantic.  Gotta get all the furniture out before something is ruined.  I'm not able to help with heavy stuff ... I'm doing my best and trying to appease, but there was no appeasing his worry.  At this point, everything that was in the den is now either in the garage or the office/bedroom downstairs. 

ServePro came last night to get the paperwork started.  Two men have spent the better part of today tearing down the ceiling and portions of the walls affected.   Then the carpet and padding must go.  Silver lining: I might get to put hardwood down now.

So folks, this is Monday, and I am sitting outside, in  my oasis, listening to James Taylor, drinking my iced tea.  There is sunshine and a cool breeze blowing.  I feel at peace, in spite of what is going on inside.  There nothing one can do but deal with it.  I have to be rational and not get overly emotional.  I've had enough emotional rollercoasters lately with my mom, my son and my daughter.  Lord, may I have a few minutes of peace in the valley?  I promise you, I will appreciate every moment.

See, I have an oasis where I am settled and relaxing, just me and Mother Nature, plust the whirl of the A/C periodically!

And look at this! My Grandmother, God Rest Her Soul, grew the most beautiful geraniums. I have tried for three summers now, and just look at this beauty!  That alone lifts my spirit and my soul soars to our Creator!

Happy Monday, and don't forget,



St. Mark

Most of what we know about Mark comes directly from the New Testament. He is usually identified with the Mark of Acts 12:12. (When Peter escaped from prison, he went to the home of Mark's mother.) Paul and Barnabas took him along on the first missionary journey, but for some reason Mark returned alone to Jerusalem. It is evident, from Paul's refusal to let Mark accompany him on the second journey despite Barnabas's insistence, that Mark had displeased Paul. Later, Paul asks Mark to visit him in prison so we may assume the trouble did not last long.

The oldest and the shortest of the four Gospels, the Gospel of Mark emphasizes Jesus' rejection by humanity while being God's triumphant envoy. Probably written for Gentile converts in Rome—after the death of Peter and Paul sometime between A.D. 60 and 70—Mark's Gospel is the gradual manifestation of a "scandal": a crucified Messiah.

Evidently a friend of Mark (Peter called him "my son"), Peter is only one of the Gospel sources, others being the Church in Jerusalem (Jewish roots) and the Church at Antioch (largely Gentile).

Like one other Gospel writer, Luke, Mark was not one of the 12 apostles. We cannot be certain whether he knew Jesus personally. Some scholars feel that the evangelist is speaking of himself when describing the arrest of Jesus in Gethsemane: "Now a young man followed him wearing nothing but a linen cloth about his body. They seized him, but he left the cloth behind and ran off naked" (Mark 14:51-52).

Others hold Mark to be the first bishop of Alexandria, Egypt. Venice, famous for the Piazza San Marco, claims Mark as its patron saint; the large basilica there is believed to contain his remains.

A winged lion is Mark's symbol. The lion derives from Mark's description of John the Baptist as a "voice of one crying out in the desert" (Mark 1:3), which artists compared to a roaring lion. The wings come from the application of Ezekiel's vision of four winged creatures (Ezekiel, chapter one) to the evangelists.


Mark fulfilled in his life what every Christian is called to do: proclaim to all people the Good News that is the source of salvation. In particular, Mark's way was by writing. Others may proclaim the Good News by music, drama, poetry or by teaching children around a family table.

There is very little in Mark that is not in the other Gospels—only four passages. One is: "...This is how it is with the kingdom of God; it is as if a man were to scatter seed on the land and would sleep and rise night and day and the seed would sprout and grow, he knows not how. Of its own accord the land yields fruit, first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear. And when the grain is ripe, he wields the sickle at once, for the harvest has come" (Mark 4:26-29).

Minute Meditations

United in Christ

As many grapes are brought together and crushed to make the wine—as many grains of wheat are ground into flour to make the one bread—so we, although many, become one Body when we eat the one Bread.

— from Catholic Update Guide to The Mass

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Saturday, April 23, 2011


The first few are of Bay at one of his recent baseball games.  He plays shortstop and pitches. You'll see him on the ground at second try to makew a play.

Then there are a few slides of my flowers. I am especially proud of  my yellow roses, they are my mother's favorite!

Then you'll see Riley during a break between games at a tournament one week ago.  Finally, there are all my grands playing together at my son, Kerry's house.  Cooper is getting so big, walking all over the place and I wish I knew what he was saying when he is talking to himself. He does try to repeat, and I tried teaching him everybody's names.  He already knows who "Mimi" is, of course!

These children fill my tanks; they are such huge blessings.  I think God made grandchildren to bring us old folks joy.  Plus, we can have them over and send them home when we get tired! LOL!

Hope you enjoy the slideshow!


Friday, April 22, 2011


To our Friends in Christ,

As this "Good Friday" draws to a close, I pray that your heart is profoundly touched by remembering that nearly 2,000 years ago Jesus went to the Cross, died, and was buried in a borrowed tomb. For several days, Jesus' body remained lifeless as His followers melted with fear and found their faith in the icy grip of confusion and despair.

Thank God! Jesus' crucifixion story does not end with the Lord's body enslaved to death and decay in that borrowed tomb! No, Sunday was coming even though none of Jesus' followers seemed to expect the events of that incredible Resurrection Sunday Morning. They were completely surprised, held breathless by the incredible experiences of meeting the Lord alive again, walking, talking, and eating with the One they loved so deeply and that they thought was gone. Some were startled. Some fell and grasped his feet. Others disbelieved for joy. Another placed his hands in the imprints left by the nails and spear. And little by little, follower after follower, Jesus showed himself alive and offered many different proofs of his resurrection and they believed. They then testified to their faith, sometimes at
the cost of their own lives, so they could share this good news with others.

So my prayer is that you wait with anticipation for Resurrection Sunday, this first Sunday after Passover. And with the coming of this glorious day, I pray that the Holy Spirit, the gift of the risen Jesus, will re-enivorate your passion, hope, and courage to live for our Lord no matter what challenges you face!

From your friends at Heartlight, we pray God's richest blessings for you and yours, and we pray that our living and reigning Lord will make His presence powerfully real to you as you serve Him in the days ahead. As we celebrate our 15th year on the web, we want to renew our pledge to you and to our Lord, that we believe that Jesus is risen and living and calling us to lives that matter and bless others,

By God's grace,
Phil Ware for the Heartlight Team

Thursday, April 21, 2011

THIS DAY'S . . .

When Jesus cried, "It is finished," He did not take away the conflict, the contest, the fight. No! He took away only your defeat.

~Ira Taylor


But they all cried out together, “Away with this man, and release to us Barabbas” – a man who had been thrown into prison for an insurrection started in the city and for murder. Pilate addressed them once more, desiring to release Jesus, but they kept shouting, “Crucify, crucify him!” A third time he said to them, “Why, what evil has he done? I have found in him no guilt deserving death. I will therefore punish and release him.” But they were urgent, demanding with loud cries that he should be crucified. And their voices prevailed. So Pilate decided that their demand should be granted. He released the man who had been thrown into prison for insurrection and murder, for whom they asked, but he delivered Jesus over to their will.

~Luke 23:18-25


The Ultimate Sacrifice

At the Last Supper, on the night he was betrayed, our Savior instituted the eucharistic sacrifice of his Body and Blood. He did this in order to perpetuate the sacrifice of the cross through the centuries until he should come again and in this way to entrust to his beloved Bride, the Church, a memorial of his death and resurrection.

— from Catholic Update Guide to The Mass

Wednesday, April 20, 2011


In this very special time when we celebrate the Resurection of Christ, this short video struck me as very timely. Lent is about YOU and a renewal of your relationship with JESUS CHRIST. Jesus lived a life as a pauper, but He was always able to "give" something of Himself, whether it be parrables or miracles. If one is after a life emmulating that of Jesus Christ, this short video is just an example of how simple that can be. I thank my precious friend, Soutenous from A Catholic Notebook for posting this on Facebook.
God bless,

Tuesday, April 19, 2011


Dear Ones, I pray that this Holy Week has been filled with blessings and a renewed relationship with our Lord, Jesus Christ.

Please continue your prayers for my Mother.  I talk to her frequently (she said calling every day was making too much fuss over her - sounds just like my mom), but she still doesn't sound right and I worry about so many different things regarding her recovery.  I also would like for you to keep my Daddy in your prayers.  This is really taking a toll on his 79 year-old mind and body.

Christie and Me

I have a new request, and would be deeply grateful if you would pray for my daughter, Christie.  She has been in constant pain for quite some time now, and has been passed around from one specialty doctor to another and none of them would go the extra step to find the source of her pain.  She is presently in the hospital, having been admitted this past Sunday night.  An MRI found a bulging disc in the sacra region and the consults that were going on yesterday must have not finished, because the doctors never told us what they plan to do.  She called me early this morning crying.  She had a "horrible" night and her pain is off the charts,  They are hooking up a pain med pump so they can see how often she presses the button for a "shot".

I'm checking the boys out of school at noon for their allergist appointments and then I plan to take them to see their mom.  A surprise for both them and her!!  I've been very worried about her for a long time, and I know they are giving her their undivided attention (my son-in-law is a V.P. in the Department of Medicine, and when they found that out in the ER on Sunday, every time he said "jump", they said "how high?"). I'm thankful that Keith is in this position because we were experiencing what too many people experience today - NOBODY WOULD LISTEN, or take the extra energy to find the problem.

Please keep Christie and her family of three children and a husband in your prayers. I'll keep you posted on her condition.

Deeply grateful for you,


True Reverence

"The person who puts God before all else truly possesses a proper fear of God, that is, a true reverence and appreciation of the one who created all things."

— from A Retreat With Pope John Paul II

Sunday, April 17, 2011


Daily Lent Prayer
"Lord, open my lips,
and my mouth shall declare your praise."

We begin our celebration with an invitation to remember what happened on this very special day.

Dear friends in Christ, for five weeks of Lent we have been preparing, by works of charity and self sacrifice, for the celebration of our Lord's paschal mystery. Today we come together to begin this solemn celebration in union with the whole Church throughout the world. Christ entered in triumph into his own city, to complete his work as our Messiah: to suffer, to die, and to rise again.

Let us remember with devotion this entry which began his saving work and follow him with a lively faith. United with him in his suffering on the cross, may we share his resurrection and new life.

The Blessing of Palms

Almighty God, we pray you
bless these branches and
make them holy.
Today we joyfully acclaim Jesus
our Messiah and King.
May we reach one day
the happiness of the
new and everlasting Jerusalem
by faithfully following him
who lives and reigns for ever and ever.

Opening Prayer:

Let us pray for a closer union with Christ during this holy season.

Almighty, ever-living God,
you have given the human race
Jesus Christ our Savior
as a model of humility.
He fulfilled your will
by becoming one of us and giving his life on the cross.
Help us to bear witness to you
by following his example of suffering
and make us worthy to share in his resurrection.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, you Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

The Readings:

The Procession Gospel: Matthew 21:1-11
Readings for Mass: Isaiah 50:4-7; Psalm 22; Philippians 2:6-11; Matthew 26:14-27 or Matthew 27:11-54

Daily Meditation:

For a closer union with Jesus in his humility, in his suffering. This Sunday we hold palm branches in our hands, and wave them to greet our Lord's entry into the city of our salvation.

Last year's palms were burned to form the ashes that marked our foreheads to begin this Lenten journey. We can place these palm branches - perhaps from each member of the family - in a special place in our home maybe cutting a small piece and putting it some place where I work).

Each day this week they can represent our celebration of his love for me.
That symbol can say so many words - all that I am about to celebrate and accept as love for me, and all the entry into Jerusalem experiences in my life.

Holy, Holy, Holy Lord, God of Hosts,
Heaven and earth are full of your glory!
Hosanna in the highest!
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!
Hosanna in the highest!

Today's Daily Reflection


As Christ entered Jerusalem he was greeted as King and Messiah, Let us adore him, and joyfully praise him:

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.

Hosanna to you, Son of David, King of the ages,
-hosanna to you, victor over death and the powers of darkness.

You went up to Jerusalem to suffer and so enter into your glory,
-lead your Church into the paschal feast of heaven.

You made your cross the tree of life,
- give its fruit to those reborn in baptism.

Savior of mankind, you came to save sinners,
- bring into your kingdom all who have faith, hope, and love.

Closing Prayer:

Loving God,
I am just beginning to realize how much you love me.
Your son, Jesus was humble and obedient.
He fulfilled your will for him by becoming human and suffering with us.
I ask you for the desire to become more humble
so that my own life might also bear witness to you.
I want to use the small sufferings I have in this world to give you glory.

Please, Lord, guide my mind with your truth.
Strengthen my life by the example of Jesus.
Help me to be with Jesus in this week
as he demonstrates again his total love for me.
He died so that I would no longer be separated from you.
Help me to feel how close you are and to live in union with you.

May the Lord bless us,
protect us from all evil
and bring us to everlasting life.


St. Benedict Joseph Labre's story reminds me of how Christ lived.

St. Benedict Joseph Labre
(d. 1783)

Benedict Joseph Labre was truly eccentric, one of God's special little ones. Born in France and the eldest of 18 children, he studied under his uncle, a parish priest. Because of poor health and a lack of suitable academic preparation he was unsuccessful in his attempts to enter the religious life. Then, at 16 years of age, a profound change took place. Benedict lost his desire to study and gave up all thoughts of the priesthood, much to the consternation of his relatives. He became a pilgrim, traveling from one great shrine to another, living off alms. He wore the rags of a beggar and shared his food with the poor. Filled with the love of God and neighbor, Benedict had special devotion to the Blessed Mother and to the Blessed Sacrament.

In Rome, where he lived in the Colosseum for a time, he was called "the poor man of the Forty Hours Devotion" and "the beggar of Rome." The people accepted his ragged appearance better than he did. His excuse to himself was that "our comfort is not in this world."

On the last day of his life, April 16, 1783, Benedict Joseph dragged himself to a church in Rome and prayed there for two hours before he collapsed, dying peacefully in a nearby house. Immediately after his death the people proclaimed him a saint.

He was officially proclaimed a saint by Pope Leo XIII at canonization ceremonies in 1883.


In a modern inner city, one local character kneels for hours on the sidewalk and prays. Swathed in his entire wardrobe winter and summer, he greets passersby with a blessing. Where he sleeps no one knows, but he is surely a direct spiritual descendant of Benedict, the ragged man who slept in the ruins of Rome's Colosseum. These days we ascribe such behavior to mental illness; Benedict's contemporaries called him holy. Holiness is always a bit mad by earthly standards.


Salt of the Earth

Look to Jesus, the living One, and repeat what the Apostles asked: "Lord, teach us how to pray." Prayer will be the salt that gives flavor to your lives, and leads you to him, humanity's true light.

— from Meet John Paul II

Friday, April 15, 2011


You gotta see this! Amazing!



Daily Lent Prayer
"Lord, open my lips,
and my mouth shall declare your praise."

Opening Prayer:

grant us your forgiveness,
and set us free from our enslavement to sin.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit
one God, for ever and ever.

The Readings: Jeremiah 20:10-13; Psalm 18:2-7; John 10:31-42

Daily Meditation:
Set us free.
On this Friday before Good Friday,
it might be most appropriate to make the Stations.
Our desire is becoming more focused and more intense.
After our weeks of reflection, we know that our selfishness has placed us in ruts,
has made us slaves to some very unhappy and sometimes death-dealing patterns.
The celebration of our freedom and healing is close at hand.

Jesus carried our sins in his own body on the cross
so that we could die to sin and live in holiness;
by his wounds we have been healed.
The Communion Antiphon - 1 Peter 2:24

Today's Daily Reflection


Thanks be to Christ the Lord, who brought us life by his death on the cross.
With our whole heart let us ask him:
By your death raise us to life.

Teacher and Savior, you have shown us your fidelity and made us a new creation by your passion,
- keep us from falling again into sin.

Help us to deny ourselves today,
- and not deny those in need.

May we receive this day of penance as your gift,
- and give it back to you through works of mercy.

Master our rebellious hearts,
- and teach us generosity.

Closing Prayer:

Most forgiving Lord,
again and again you welcome me back into your loving arms.
Grant me freedom from the heavy burdens of sin
that weigh me down
and keep me so far from you.

May the Lord bless us,
protect us from all evil
and bring us to everlasting life.


Someone has written these beautiful words. One must read and try to understand the deep meanings in them. They are like the Ten Commandments to follow in life all the time.

1] Prayer is not a "spare wheel" that you pull out when in trouble; it is a "steering wheel" that directs us in the right path throughout life.

2] Do you know why a car's WINDSHIELD is so large & the rear view mirror is so small? Because our PAST is not as important as our FUTURE. So, look ahead and move on.

3] Friendship is like a BOOK. It takes few seconds to burn, but it takes years to write.

4] All things in life are temporary. If things are going well enjoy it, they will not last forever. If things are going wrong don't worry, they can't last long either.

5] Old friends are like Gold! New friends are Diamonds! If you get a Diamond, don't forget the Gold! Because to hold a Diamond, you always need a base of Gold!

6] Often when we lose hope and think this is the end, GOD smiles from above and says, "Relax, my child, it's just a bend, not the end!

7] When GOD solves your problems, you have faith in HIS abilities; when GOD doesn't solve your problems HE has faith in your abilities.

8] A blind person asked St. Anthony: "Can there be anything worse than losing eye sight?" He replied: "Yes, losing your vision."

9] When you pray for others, God listens to you and blesses them; and sometimes, when you are safe and happy, remember that someone has prayed for you.

10] WORRYING does not take away tomorrow's TROUBLES; it takes away today’s PEACE.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

THIS DAY'S . . . .

It seemed to me that God had looked over the whole world to find a man who was weak enough to do His work, and when He at last found me, He said, "He is weak enough- he’ll do." All God’s giants have been weak men who did great things for God because they reckoned on His being with them.

J. Hudson Taylor (when someone complimented him on founding the China
Inland Mission)


And he will love thee, and bless thee, and multiply thee; he will also bless the fruit of thy womb, and the fruit of thy land, thy corn, and thy wine, and thine oil, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep, in the land which he sware unto thy fathers to give thee.

~Deuteronomy 7:13, The King James Version

Tuesday, April 12, 2011


Tuesday, April 12, 2011
St. Teresa of Los Andes

One needn't live a long life to leave a deep imprint. Teresa of Los Andes is proof of that.

As a young girl growing up in Santiago, Chile, in the early 1900s, she read an autobiography of a French-born saint—Therese, popularly known as the Little Flower. The experience deepened her desire to serve God and clarified the path she would follow. At age 19 she became a Carmelite nun, taking the name of Teresa.

The convent offered the simple lifestyle Teresa desired and the joy of living in a community of women completely devoted to God. She focused her days on prayer and sacrifice. "I am God's, " she wrote in her diary. "He created me and is my beginning and my end. "

Toward the end of her short life, Teresa began an apostolate of letter-writing, sharing her thoughts on the spiritual life with many people. At age 20 she contracted typhus and quickly took her final vows. She died a short time later, during Holy Week.

Teresa remains popular with the estimated 100,000 pilgrims who visit her shrine in Los Andes each year. She is Chile's first saint.

'How we Govern Ourselves' Obama 2012 Launched: Should Catholics Support Him?

This is a "must read" for all.  And specifically, as Catholics we MUST work toward a change from the moral decay that has plagued America for several Presidencies, and return to our Catholic roots. It is impossible for me to believe that ANY Catholic could possibly vote for not only Obama, but many senators and representatives whose values are in direct conflict with those of The Church.

In Christ,

'How we Govern Ourselves' Obama 2012 Launched: Should Catholics Support Him?

By Keith A. Fournier
Catholic Online (

Obama 2012 has been launched. Should Catholics Support Him? The answer should be a resounding No!

I write as a private citizen who is a Catholic. I write because I am deeply concerned about the state of the Nation I love. I write because I believe this is the most important election of my lifetime. There is too much at stake. Politics really is "how we govern ourselves." As the Obama 2012 Video claims, it begins with us! As for the re-election of President Obama Obama in 2012, the question has now been asked, Should Catholics Support Him? The answer should be a resounding No!

WASHINGTON, DC (Catholic Online) - On Monday, April 4, 2011, President Barack Obama announced his re-election campaign with a You Tube video and massive email blast. The title of the video was "It Begins with us." It presented a cross section of supporters who pledged their support. For example, there is a young man who was not able to vote in 2008 but will work to re-elect him; an Hispanic family seeking opportunities to live the American dream; and a white Southerner who doesn't agree with everything the President has done but will support him.

The re-election campaign video used the recycled language of the first campaign. It was a laid back but professionally done piece. Clearly, it is only the first step in what will become a massive and well-funded effort to re-elect this President. Toward the end of the video a statement is made by a woman supporter, "Politics is how we govern ourselves."

Because I believe this claim, I write this article. I write without using my clerical title, lest anyone claim I am trying to speak on behalf of the Catholic Church. I could not and do not attempt to do so. I write as a private citizen who is a Catholic. I write because I am deeply concerned about the state of the Nation I love. I write because I believe this is the most important election of my lifetime.

This will be the first of many articles I will write to oppose the re-election of this President. I hope to be able to support an alternative candidate and will be closely watching as alternative candidates emerge, in either major party or in third parties. Efforts to somehow "divorce" social and economic issues will be exposed by my "pen" for the compromise that they really represent. I will only support a candidate who understands why these two can never be separated.

In the "Afterword" of a book entitled "Can a Catholic Support Him?" written to endorse the candidacy of Barack Obama in 2008 and persuade fellow Catholics to do the same, the current Ambassador to Malta, Doug Kmiec wrote: "Barack Obama has my vote. Your only duty is to cast your own in good conscience. As a Catholic and as an American, you may do so in perfect freedom. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise".

I published a series of articles back then opposing Ambassador Kmiec's support of candidate Obama. About his claim in the "Afterword" I wrote "Make no mistake; this is a moral claim. It uses phrases like "good conscience" and "perfect freedom", which speak to the morality of human action and the acting person. Consciences are "good" when they are properly formed in the truth which then leads the person to do what is good.

Freedom "perfects" (completes) a human person only when it is exercised in accordance with the truth and furthers what is truly good." Back then I personally told Doug back that he had asked the wrong question. The real question was then - and is now - SHOULD a Catholic support him. Then - and even more clearly now after three years of his Presidential leadership - the answer is an unequivocal and unqualified "NO."

Ambassador Kmiec purported to make a "moral" argument for voting for Obama. He was the "Catholic scholar" they used to win Catholics to the Obama candidacy. They had a "Catholic problem" because their candidate had promised to sign the so called "Freedom of Choice Act" (FOCA) into law as soon as he was elected. So the candidate Obama called abortion a "moral issue" and made noises about making the prevalence of abortion less "necessary."

Doug Kmiec made self contradicting arguments to justify voting for the candidate, claiming that that in voting for a candidate who supported an intrinsic evil such as abortion on demand he did not "intend" to support that position. Well, we now all know that what happened has been disastrous to those whom Blessed Teresa rightly called "the poorest of the poor," children in the womb.

He tried to do a "two step" around the obvious contradiction of his position. Purporting to rely on the principle of proportionality, he promoted the error of "proportionalism." The Catholic Catechism put it clearly, "There are certain kinds of behavior that are always wrong to choose, because choosing them involves a disorder of the will". (CCC#1761) Our particular "intentions" must be in accord with right reason.

St Paul addressed the early Christians in Rome concerning the idea that evil may be done as long as there is a good intention. "There are those who say: And why not do evil that good may come? Their condemnation is just" (Rom 3:8). Catholics are to form their consciences in accordance with what is true and then to act morally, that is to act in accordance with that truth. This is what true freedom is about.

Our Nation has become intoxicated on the wine of a false notion of freedom as a raw power over others who are weaker and a "right" to do whatever one ... (click here to continue reading)

Monday, April 11, 2011


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Sunday, April 10, 2011


Make every day count. Appreciate every moment and take from it everything that you possibly can, for you may never be able to experience it again. Talk to people you have never talked to before, and actually listen. Let yourself fall in love, break free and set your sights high.

Hold your head up because you have every right to. Tell yourself you are a great individual and believe in yourself, for if you don't believe in yourself, no one else will believe in you.

Everything happens for a reason. Nothing happens by chance or by means of good luck. Illness, Injury, love, lost moments of true greatness and sheer stupidity all occur to test the limits of your soul.

Without these small tests, life would be like a smoothly paved, straight, flat road to nowhere. Safe and comfortable but dull and utterly pointless. The people you meet affect your life. The successes and downfalls that you experience can create who you are, and the bad experiences can be learned from. In fact, they are probably the most poignant and important ones.

If someone hurts you, betrays you or breaks your heart, forgive them because they have helped you learn about trust and the importance of being cautious to whom you open your heart to. If someone loves you, love them back, unconditionally, not only because they love you, but because they are teaching you to love and open your heart and eyes to little things.

Friday, April 08, 2011


God has given me a lot to carry on my shoulders in recent months.  Throughout this difficult time, I have leaned on Him for His comfort, strength and wisdom. Today, more than ever before, I praise Him, for He has His plan for me and others in my life, and that plan will go on, no matter what I[we] do. If there were not a strong bond based on FAITH and TRUST between God and me, I might have fallen and given in to those feelings and choices that Satan attempts to lure me[you].  I am forever changing. I am not the person I was yesterday, much more, four months ago when great trials in my life began. Today's Heartlight beautifully reflects how we can go to Him and receive what we need, IF we have trust and faith in Him.

Be blessed,



Hear my prayer, O LORD, give ear to my supplications: in thy faithfulness answer me, and in thy righteousness.

~Psalm 143:1

Some days are just plain tough! Those we care about are hurting. Our plans are falling through. Our prayers seem to bounce off the ceiling and fall at our feet. We cry out to God - sometimes in anger, sometimes in desperation, but especially for mercy. We need relief! We need hope! We need the Father to respond.


Faithful and righteous God, loving Father, please come to my aide and bring me relief from my struggles with sin, with disease, with discouragement, with friends who are untrue, and with enemies who work for my humiliation and destruction. I need your help. I need your mercy. O, dear Father, I need to know your presence and power in my life today. In Jesus' sweet name I pray. Amen.

Thursday, April 07, 2011

Scriptural Stations of the Cross

This is an AMAZING experience. I pray you will stay with it until the end; it is long, but how long did Christ suffer for you?  How much pain was He in for those 3 hours? Can you imagine nails piercing your palms and your feet and being hung on a cross? Can you imagine a sword piercing your side and your organs as you hang there?  Yes, I feel we owe Him all of our time, but at this time, maybe you can repay His love for you by your experiencing the Scriptural Stations of the Cross.  Bless each and every one of you who are here.

Scriptural Stations of the Cross

Most of God's people in America are starving spiritually. Although the spiritual nourishment of God's word and Holy Communion are more available than ever, we starve ourselves because we have become spiritually anorexic. We have indulged our carnal desires and lost our appetite for the things of God (see Prov 13:19; Gal 5:17). The Scriptural Stations of the Cross will feed us spiritually. Several Scripture passages are quoted for each station. We give little or no commentary but let the Scriptures speak for themselves. You can choose one or more passages as a basis for your prayer on each station. The Scriptures chosen are not the most obvious ones so as to give us a new, richer, and prophetic experience of God's word.

Jesus Is Condemned To Death

We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You because by Your holy cross You have redeemed the world.

Jesus Who never rejected anyone was rejected more than anyone else.

"There is no condemnation now for those who are in Christ Jesus." —Romans 8:1

"God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through Him." —John 3:17

"No one who comes will I ever reject." —John 6:37

"He was spurned and avoided by men, a Man of suffering, accustomed to infirmity, One of those from Whom men hide their faces, spurned, and we held Him in no esteem." —Isaiah 53:3

"All deserted Him and fled." —Mark 14:50

Prayer: Jesus, I repent of rejecting You by rejecting others (Lk 10:16). May I forgive those who have rejected me.

At the Cross her station keeping,
Stood a mournful Mother weeping,
Close to Jesus to the last.

Jesus Takes Up The Cross

We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You because by Your holy cross You have redeemed the world.

Jesus said to all: "Whoever wishes to be My follower must deny his very self, take up his cross each day, and follow in My steps." —Luke 9:23

"It is your privilege to take Christ's part — not only to believe in Him but also to suffer for Him." —Philippians 1:19

"I wish to know Christ and the power flowing from His resurrection; likewise to know how to share in His sufferings by being formed into the pattern of His death." —Philippians 3:10

"Even now I find my joy in the suffering I endured for you. In my own flesh I fill up what is lacking in the sufferings of Christ for the sake of His body, the Church." —Colossians 1:24

"It is for His kingdom you suffer." —2 Thessalonians 1:5

"Never be ashamed of your testimony to our Lord, nor of me, a prisoner for His sake; but with the strength which comes from God bear your share of the hardship which the gospel entails." —2 Timothy 1:8

Prayer: Jesus, I rejoice in the measure that I share Your sufferings (1 Pt 4:13).

Christ above in torment hangs,
She beneath beholds the pangs
Of her dying, glorious Son.


Jesus Falls The First Time

We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You because by Your holy cross You have redeemed the world.

The First Sin

"The woman saw that the tree was good for food, pleasing to the eyes, and desirable for gaining wisdom. So she took some of its fruit and ate it; and she also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it." —Genesis 3:6

The First Sin in the New Testament

"Once Herod realized that he had been deceived by the astrologers, he became furious. He ordered the massacre of all the boys two years old and under in Bethlehem." —Matthew 2:16

The First Sin against Jesus in His public ministry

"At these words the whole audience in the synagogue was filled with indignation. They rose up and expelled Him from the town, leading Him to the brow of the hill on which it was built and intending to hurl Him over the edge." —Luke 4:28-29

Prayer: Jesus, thank You for having mercy on me and forgiving me of my first serious sin.

Is there one who would not weep,
'Whelmed in miseries so deep
Christ's dear Mother to behold?


Jesus Meets His Sorrowful Mother

We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You because by Your holy cross You have redeemed the world.

"Come, all you who pass by the way, look and see whether there is any suffering like my suffering." —Lamentations 1:12

"Simeon blessed them and said to Mary His mother: 'This Child is destined to be the Downfall and the Rise of many in Israel, a sign that will be opposed — and you yourself shall be pierced with a sword — so that the thoughts of many hearts may be laid bare.'" —Luke 2:34-35

"Near the cross of Jesus there stood His mother." —John 19:25

"Because she was with child, she wailed aloud in pain as she labored to give birth." —Revelation 12:2

Prayer: Jesus, thank You for giving me Mary to mother me. Mary, pray for me to love Jesus as You do.

Can the human heart refrain
From partaking in her pain,
In that mother's pain untold?
Bruised, derided, cursed, defiled,
She beheld her tender Child,
All with bloody scourges rent.


Simon of Cyrene Helps Jesus To Carry The Cross

We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You because by Your holy cross You have redeemed the world.

"As they led Him away, they laid hold of one Simon the Cyrenean who was coming in from the fields. They put a crossbeam on Simon's shoulder for him to carry along behind Jesus." —Luke 23:26

"Insult has broken My heart, and I am weak, I looked for sympathy, but there was none; for comforters and I found none." —Psalm 69:21

"The Lord saw this, and was aggrieved that right did not exist. He saw that there was no one, and was appalled that there was none to intervene." —Isaiah 59:15-16

"The twelve accompanied Him, and also some women who had been cured of evil spirits and maladies; Mary called the Magdalene, from whom seven devils had gone out, Joanna, the wife of Herod's steward Chuza, Susanna, and many others who were assisting them out of their means." —Luke 8:1-3

"Roam the streets of Jerusalem, look about and observe, search through her public places to find even one who lives uprightly and seek to be faithful, and I will pardon her!" —Jeremiah 5:1

Prayer: Father, I offer my life to help complete Your plan of salvation.

O dear Mother, fount of love,
Touch my spirit from above;
Make my heart with yours accord.
Make me feel as you have felt;
Make my soul to glow and melt
With the love of Christ, my Lord.


Veronica Wipes The Face Of Jesus

We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You because by Your holy cross You have redeemed the world.

"Since then no prophet has arisen in Israel like Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face." —Deuteronomy 34:10

"If My people, which are called by My name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land." —2 Chronicles 7:14 KJV

"Even as many were amazed at Him — so marred was His look beyond that of man, and His appearance beyond that of mortals — So shall He startle many nations, because of Him kings shall stand speechless." —Isaiah 52:14-15

"His face became as dazzling as the sun." —Matthew 17:2

"Now we see indistinctly, as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face." —1 Corinthians 13:12

"They shall see Him face to face and bear His name on their foreheads." —Revelation 22:4

Prayer: Jesus, may I have the love and courage to "seek Your face."

Holy Mother, pierce me through;
In my heart each wound renew
Of my Savior crucified.


Jesus Falls The Second Time

We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You because by Your holy cross You have redeemed the world.

"Later on, Jesus found him in the temple precincts and said to him: 'Remember, now, you have been cured. Give up your sins so that something worse may not overtake you.'" —John 5:14

"For when men have once been enlightened and have tasted the heavenly gift and become sharers in the Holy Spirit, when they have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come, and then have fallen away, it is impossible to make them repent again, since thy are crucifying the Son of God for themselves and holding Him up to contempt." —Hebrews 6:4-6

"If we sin willfully after receiving the truth, there remains for us no further sacrifice for sin — only a fearful expectation of judgment and a flaming fire to consume the adversaries of God." —Hebrews 10:26-27

"When men have fled a polluted world by recognizing the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and then are caught up and overcome in pollution once more, their last condition is worse than their first. It would have been better for them not to have recognized the road to holiness than to have turned their backs on the holy law handed on to them once they had known it." —2 Peter 2:20-21 (see also Lk 11:24-26)

Prayer: Jesus, by Your grace may I never sin another time.

Let me share with you His pain,
Who for all our sins was slain,
Who for me in torments died.


Jesus Meets The Weeping Women Of Jerusalem

We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You because by Your holy cross You have redeemed the world.

"Jesus wept." —Luke 19:41

"My tears are stored in your flask; are they not recorded in your book?" —Psalm 56:9

"Oh, that My head were a spring of water, my eyes a fountain of tears, that I might weep day and night over the slain of the daughter of my people!" —Jeremiah 8:23

"Let my eyes stream with tears day and night, without rest, over the great destruction which overwhelms the virgin daughter of my people." —Jeremiah 14:17

"Thus says the Lord: 'In Ramah is heard the sound of moaning, of bitter weeping! Rachel mourns her children, she refuses to be consoled because her children are no more.' Thus says the Lord: 'Cease your cries of mourning, wipe the tears from your eyes. The sorrow you have shown shall have its reward,' says the Lord, 'they shall return from the enemy's land. There is hope for your future.'" —Jeremiah 31:15-17

Prayer: Jesus, give me the gift of tears. May I weep for the same reason You did.

Let me mingle tears with thee,
Mourning Him Who mourned for me,
All the days that I may live.


Jesus Falls the Third Time

We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You because by Your holy cross You have redeemed the world.

"Jesus replied: 'I tell you, Peter, the cock will not crow today until you have three times denied that you know Me.'" —Luke 22:34

"A third time Jesus asked him, 'Simon, son of John, do you love Me?' Peter was hurt because He had asked a third time, 'Do you love Me?' so he said to Him: 'Lord, you know everything. You know well that I love You.' Jesus said to him, 'Feed My sheep.'" —John 21:17

"Those who accepted his message were baptized; some three thousand were added that day." —Acts 2:41

"He will revive us after two days; on the third day He will raise us up." —Hosea 6:2

Prayer: Father, Son and Holy Spirit, I adore You. Thank You, Jesus for rising from the third fall and rising on the third day. May I be transformed by my faith that You will raise me from the dead.

By the cross with you to stay
There with you to weep and pray,
This I ask of you to give.


Jesus Is Stripped Of His Garments

We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You because by Your holy cross You have redeemed the world.

"Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized that they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made loincloths for themselves." —Genesis 3:17

"She gave birth to her first-born Son and wrapped Him in swaddling clothes and laid Him in a manger." —Luke 2:7

"There was a young man following Him who was covered by nothing but a linen cloth. As they seized him he left the cloth behind and ran off naked." —Mark 14:51-52

"Then the disciple Jesus loved cried out to Peter, 'It is the Lord!' on hearing it was the Lord, Simon Peter threw on some clothes — he was stripped— and jumped into the water." —John 21:7

"We groan while we are here, even as we yearn to have our heavenly habitation envelop us. This it will, provided we are found clothed and not naked. While we live in our present tent we groan; we are weighed down because we do not wish to be stripped naked but rather to have the heavenly dwelling envelop us, so that what is mortal may be absorbed by life." —2 Corinthians 5:2-4

Prayer: Father, "strip away everything vicious, everything deceitful; pretenses, jealousies, and disparaging remarks of any kind" (1 Pt 2:1). Then clothe me in righteousness.

Virgin of all virgins blest,
Listen to my fond request;
Let me share your grief divine.


Jesus Is Nailed To The Cross

We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You because by Your holy cross You have redeemed the world.

"He was pierced for our offenses, crushed for our sins, upon Him was the chastisement that makes us whole, by His stripes we were healed." —Isaiah 53:5

"I will pour out on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and petition; and they shall look on Him Whom they have thrust through, and they shall mourn for Him as one mourns for an only son, and they shall grieve over Him as one grieves over a first-born." —Zechariah 12:10

"As He said this He showed them His hands and feet." —Luke 24:40

"See, He comes amid the clouds! Every eye shall see Him, even of those who pierced Him. All the peoples of the earth shall lament Him bitterly. So it is to be! Amen!" —Revelation 1:7

Prayer: Father, pierce me with love and repentance when I look at the crucifix.

Let me, to my final breath,
In my body bear the death
Of that dying Son of thine.


The Death Of Jesus

We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You because by Your holy cross You have redeemed the world.

"Silence before Him, all the earth!" —Habakkuk 2:20

"Silence in the presence of the Lord God!" —Zephaniah 1:7 (see Zech 2:17)

Prayer: Jesus, You gave Your life for me; I give my life for You.

Wounded with his ev'ry wound,
Steep my soul till it has swooned
In His very blood away.


Jesus Is Taken Down From The Cross

We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You because by Your holy cross You have redeemed the world.

"No one has gone up to heaven except the One Who came down from there — the Son of Man (Who is in heaven)." —John 3:13

"He ascended" —what does that mean but that He had first descended into the lower regions of the earth? He Who descended is the very One Who ascended high above the heavens, that He might fill all men with His gifts." —Ephesians 4:9-10

"Rather, He emptied Himself and took the form of a slave, being born in the likeness of men. He was known to be of human estate, and it was thus that He humbled Himself." —Philippians 2:7-8

Prayer: Father, may I humble myself (Mt 23:12),

Be to me, O Virgin, nigh,
Lest in flames I burn and die
In His awful judgment day.


Jesus Is Buried

We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You because by Your holy cross You have redeemed the world.

"Through baptism into His death we were buried with Him, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might live a new life." —Romans 6:4

"In baptism you were not only buried with Him but also raised to life with Him because you believed in the power of God Who raised Him from the dead." —Colossians 2:12

"It was in the Spirit also that He went to preach to the spirits in prison." —1 Peter 3:19 (see 1 Pt 4:6)

Prayer: Father, in Jesus my old life is buried. Now all is new! (2 Cor 5:17)

Christ, when You shall call me hence,
Be Your Mother my defense;
Be Your cross my victory.


The Resurrection Of Jesus

We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You because by Your holy cross You have redeemed the world.

"I am the resurrection and the life; whoever believes in Me, though he should die, will come to life; and whoever is alive and believes in Me will never die." —John 11:25

"If we have been united with Him through likeness to His death, so shall we be through a like resurrection." —Romans 6:5

"Death is swallowed up in victory." — 1 Corinthians 15:54

"There is nothing to fear. I am the First and the Last and the One Who lives. Once I was dead but now I live — forever and ever. I hold the keys of death and the nether world." —Revelation 1:17-18

Prayer: Alleluia! Jesus is risen! "This is the day the Lord has made; let us be glad and rejoice in it." (Ps 118:24) He's alive! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia forever!

While my body here decays,
May my soul Your goodness praise,
Safe in heav'n eternally. Amen.


Scripture references are taken from The New American Bible, copyright 1970 by the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, Washington, D.C., and are used by permission of the copyright holder. All rights reserved.

Nihil obstat: Reverend Ralph J. Lawrence, February 11, 1991.
Imprimatur: † Most Reverend James H. Garland, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, February 14, 1991.

The Nihil obstat and Imprimatur are a declaration that a book or pamphlet is considered to be free from doctrinal or moral error. It is not implied that those who have granted the Nihil obstat and Imprimatur agree with the contents, opinions, or statements expressed.

Wednesday, April 06, 2011


Responsibility is my response to God’s ability.

~Albert J. Lown


"As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father's commands and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you."

~John 15:9-12
The New International Version

Monday, April 04, 2011


Daily Lent Prayer

"Lord, open my lips,
and my mouth shall declare your praise."

Opening Prayer:

Father, creator,
you give the world new life by your sacraments.
May we, your Church, grow in your life
and continue to receive your help on earth.
Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

The Readings: Isaiah 65:17-21; Psalm 30; John 4:43-54

Daily Meditation:

You give us new life.
We now begin the second part of Lent.
The Gospel according to John will be our guide.
Before we enter into the controversy and the sense of being in a court room,
we have a wonderful story of a healing.
In this gospel, the acts of power that Jesus works
are the "signs" that help us see who he is.

We are reminded that he is the one who will give us new life.

Lo, I am about to create
new heavens and a new earth.
Isaiah 65:17 The First Reading

Today's Daily Reflection


Blessed be God the Father for his gift of this sacrifice of praise.
In the spirit of this Lenten season, let us pray:

R:  Instruct us, Lord, in the ways of your kingdom.

God of power and mercy, give us the spirit of prayer and repentance,
- with burning love for you and for all mankind.

Help us to work with you in making all things new in Christ,
- and in spreading justice and peace throughout the world.

Teach us the meaning and value of creation,
- so that we may join its voice to ours as we sing your praise.

Forgive us for failing to see Christ in the poor,
the distressed and the troublesome.

- and for our failure to reverence your Son in their persons.

Closing Prayer:

God who created me,
You offer me new life through your Son
and through the gift of your sacraments.
While I see new life all around me,
I don't always recognize the new life you offer me.
Help me to grow this Lent in an awareness
of the gifts you place in my life
and in a greater appreciation for your care.
Give me the courage to ask for help.

May the Lord bless us,
protect us from all evil
and bring us to everlasting life.

Saturday, April 02, 2011

Medjugorje Message to Mirjana - April 2, 2011

Today, April 2nd, 2011, Our Lady appeared to the visionary Mirjana Soldo and gave the following message:

Once again Our Lady called us to pray for our shepherds, our priests, and said:

"They have a special place in my heart.
They represent my Son."

Special thanks to our friends from IHS 312, in Medjugorje now, for delivering this message so quickly.

"Dear children; with motherly love I desire to open the heart of each of you and to teach you personal unity with The Father. To accept this, you must comprehend that you are important to God and that He is calling you individually. You must comprehend that your prayer is a conversation of a child with The Father; that love is the way by which you must set out - love for God and for your neighbour. That is, my children, the love that has no boundaries, that is the love that emanates from truth and goes to the end. Follow me, my children, so that also others, in recognizing the truth and love in you, may follow you. Thank you."