December 27, 2012

CATHOLIC WOMEN: WOULD YOU WEAR A MANTILLA TO MASS?

I've been tossing around the idea for quite some time now. 
A veil/mantilla is so lovely and reverent, I wish we never stopped wearing them. When I was a little girl sometimes my grandmother used to "bobby pin" a tissue to my head, or a scrap of lace. Even then (circa 1968-69) veils were phasing out.

My feeling is that I would love to bring back this tradition - to express reverence. The veils of today are so pretty, they come in all colors and lengths. However, I'm worried that it would be too much of a distraction - since it is not the norm. The last thing I want to do is to draw attention to myself and distract others from Jesus. 

Perhaps we could start a movement where we all begin wearing them again. What is your opinion?

December 24, 2012

A Merry and Blessed Christmas to All!

From "We are the Salt"



Josh Groban sings his beautiful rendition of "Oh Holy Night" 
with scenes from the moving and poignant "Nativity Story."
Let us celebrate the birth of our Lord and pray that all will come to know Him!!


December 22, 2012

USCCB SITES VATICAN DOCUMENT: CALLS FOR REGULATION OF FIREARMS

The USCCB - after uniting in prayer - issued a statement regarding the Newtown tragedy. The Bishops referenced Vatican document "The International Arms Trade" of 2006 in yesterdays response:
"With regard to the regulation of fire arms, first, the intent to protect one's loved ones is an honorable one, but simply put, guns are too easily accessible. The Vatican's Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, in their document, "The International Arms Trade (2006)," emphasized the importance of enacting concrete controls on handguns, for example, noting that "limiting the purchase of such arms would certainly not infringe on the rights of anyone."

The committee  pointed out the "desensitization" of society at the hands of the lucrative entertainment business - particularly citing the effect of violence on our young people. They have called for responsibility and improved resources for parents, guardians and the young:
"Secondly, our entertainers, especially film producers and video game creators, need to realize how their profit motives have allowed the proliferation of movies, television programs, video games and other entertainment that glorify violence and prey on the insecurities and immaturity of our young people. Such portrayals of violence have desensitized all of us. The massacre of twenty little children and seven adults causes each of us to reflect on our own understanding of the value of human life. We must improve our resources for parents, guardians and young people, so that they can evaluate entertainment products intelligently. We need to admit that the viewing and use of these products has negative emotional, psychological and spiritual effects on people."

The Bishops also addressed the need for health services and support of the mentally ill and their families:
 "We must also reflect on our own fears as we grapple with our prejudices toward those with mental health needs. Our society must provide health services and support to those who have mental illnesses and to their families and caregivers. As a community we need to support one another so no one feels unable to get help for a mentally ill family member or neighbor in need."

In recent times America has had a great need for the defense of our Constitutional rights. I have joined with many others in the vehement defense of these rights - especially our religious freedom and the right to bear arms. I am American - but above all things I am Catholic. Jesus Christ calls His followers to live out the Faith in every aspect of our lives. He gave us His Holy Spirit led Church to preach, guide and instruct.

I may not trust the current administration but I trust in God and His Church. If you are truly Catholic - then you are called to do the same. The Magisterium has called for the regulation of firearms. I accept this and abide by whatever it entails, trusting that we are truly in God's Hands. You can read the Bishop's response in it's entirety here: http://www.usccb.org/news/2012/12-219.cfm

Jesus, I Trust in You!

December 20, 2012

PLEASE Join in "26 Random Acts of Kindness" in Memory of Newtown

December 19, 2012

WWJD? 2012


In the wake of the horrific Newtown tragedy a grieving, collective nation is left asking many difficult questions. What are the answers? Gun control? More guns? How do we defend ourselves?  I think we can all agree on stricter background checks. My husband and I propose this: that gun owners be mandated to submit to annual inspections - ensuring that weapons are securely stored on the premises of a home or business.

Texas is a prime example of a State where very few of these incidents occur - primarily because residents are armed. I feel certain that any "prospective shooter" would think twice - knowing that their action would be reciprocated almost immediately if they even attempted such a heinous act.

In pondering this issue with my husband today I found myself asking: What Would Jesus Do? We must first and foremost prayerfully turn to our Blessed Lord for solutions in all things. Knowing that the magisterium of the Church is Holy Spirit led I will accept any answer that comes from the holy father - who's entire life is a reflection of this question.

Our secular nation may be offended by the notion of turning to Christ and His earthly vicar for answers - but it is "right and just" to do so. Being "politically correct" and tip toeing around sinful behaviors has gotten us into enough trouble.

May Almighty God help us to protect all innocent life - and to do His will in all matters - through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 Jesus, I Trust In You

December 15, 2012

Pie Jesu



For the precious children and adult victims of the Newtown CT massacre. 

"Pie Jesu" Latin
Pie Jesu, pie Jesu, pie Jesu, pie Jesu
Qui tollis peccata mundi
Dona eis requiem, dona eis requiem
Pie Jesu, pie Jesu, pie Jesu, pie Jesu
Qui tollis peccata mundi
Dona eis requiem, dona eis requiem
Agnus Dei, Agnus Dei, Agnus Dei, Agnus Dei
Qui tollis peccata mundi
Dona eis requiem, dona eis requiem
Sempiternam
Sempiternam
Requiem

"Pie Jesu" English
Merciful Jesus, merciful Jesus, merciful Jesus, merciful Jesus
Father, who takes away the sins of the world
Grant them rest, grant them rest
Merciful Jesus, merciful Jesus, merciful Jesus, merciful Jesus
Father, who takes away the sins of the world
Grant them rest, grant them rest
Lamb of God, Lamb of God, Lamb of God, Lamb of God
Father, who takes away the sins of the world
Grant them rest, grant them rest
everlasting
everlasting
Rest

Amen.

December 12, 2012

Christ is Being Crucified NOW - In Times Square

Did you know that Christ is still being crucified?  Today - in the middle of the public square. I will not post the photo here - but you can click this link from "The Catholic League" to view it:  http://i.imgur.com/qxn57.jpg

The fact that this awful billboard is hanging in the middle of Times Square, New York City is particularly significant. I can say this - because I am a New Yorker (Long Island.) Christ is being crucified in one of the most aggressively secular, corrupt, vile, hedonistic cities in the United States. I was in "the City" (as Long Islanders refer to it) this past weekend. The billboard wasn't hanging yet but you could see the devil prowling. One could almost hear him roar.

Something else steadily burns beneath the twinkling "holiday" lights and decorations of Manhattan. The enormous video screens in Times Square blast everyone within seeing distance with inappropriate images of scantily clad people frolicking and dancing about. Newsstands boldly display vulgar magazine covers and so called "newspapers" - and billboards feature gay couples embracing - many of them quite young. Victoria's secret and other like minded stores feature gigantic billboards of women in barely there undergarments, photographed in seductive positions. Every man, woman and child passerby is subjected to these images . . . and much, much more.

Someone remarked to me that it is "good to have your Faith challenged" and that Christians "shouldn't live in a cocoon of comfort." No worries there! It is virtually impossible to LIVE the Christian life and be "cocooned in comfort." Just take a look at the lives of the saints. YES, I am comparing us to saints because each one of us is called to sainthood - and if that is what we aspire to - it's anything but "comfortable." The beauty is this: the peace of Christ permeating our hearts is greater than any comfort the world can offer.

Please pray for the "American Atheists" group that paid big money to crucify our Lord once again. Unbeknownst to them - if they do not ask for God's Mercy they will suffer eternal perdition. I feel certain that our Blessed Lord is once again saying, "Father forgive them, they know not what they do."

Your sister in Christ,
Deb
Jesus, I trust in You!