March 29, 2013

Good Friday

"It was our infirmities that He bore; 
our sufferings that He endured."

His Mother suffered greatly too!

 From the Book of the Prophet Isaiah
"Though He was harshly treated, He submitted and opened not His mouth. 
Oppressed and condemned, He was taken away."

March 17, 2013

The Heretical Testament of Mary

"A Broaday show based on a novel by Colm Toibin is preparing to open at the Walter Kerr Theatre in New York for a limited run of 12 weeks. Previews start on March 26th. The show is a one woman play called "The Testament of Mary" and stars Fiona Shaw and is directed by Deborah Warner. The "Mary" of the title refers to the Blessed Virgin Mary. In this play however, any similarity to the Holy Mother of God stops with her name.

The play is yet another attempt to tear away the beliefs that we as Catholics hold in faith as the truth. Mary is portrayed as an anguished old woman who finds comfort in a pagan temple - and who is never able to forgive herself for fleeing the crucifixion to save her own life. She does not believe that Jesus is the Son of God and if He were, His redemption of the world would not have been worth it. The message of this play is horrific and as Roman Catholics we should not tolerate it. Even the ad for the play is sacrilegious in that it shows a woman (Mary) with a crown of thorns around the back of her neck and over her mouth, implying that Mary was, in some way, prevented from speaking the truth about her life and her son.

Photo from the "Passion of the Christ"

 It's time to take a stand in honor of the Holy Mother of God and protest to the writer, director, actress and owners of the theatre that we, as Catholics, are radically offended by productions like this one. Also, please take the time to pray for everyone involved with both this book and the play - because their woundedness may be keeping them from the one true woman who loves them with a Mother's love - Mary.

Below are tthe addresses where you can send your letters:
Walter Kerr Theatre
219 West 48th Street
New York, NY 10036-1423

Colm Toibin
c/o Scribner
A Division of Simon & Schuster, Inc
1230 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10020

March 15, 2013

"The Very Sight Of Him Is A Burden To Us."

 "Let us lie in wait for the righteous man, because he is inconvenient to us and opposes our actions; he reproaches us for sins against the law, and accuses us of sins against our training. He professes himself to have knowledge of God,  and calls himself a child of the Lord. He became to us a reproof of our our thoughts; the very sight of him is a burden to us because his manner of life is unlike that of others, and his ways are strange."
The Book of Wisdom 2:12-15

 I was awestruck by today's reading from the Book of Wisdom. It reaffirmed to me that the Holy Spirit has chosen our new Supreme pontiff, Pope Francis. There's been a lot of discussion about this man - who is known for his humble service and unwavering adherence to the Faith and morals of the Church - including teachings on abortion, euthanasia and same sex unions. Particularly discussed has been his devotion to the poor, and his own Christlike actions which "hate the sin but love the sinner,"  which is how all the Faithful are called to live.

 Last night I saw a tweet from Piers Morgan which summed up what is occurring not only outside the Church but even among so called "open minded Catholics." Morgan stated that Hollywood actress Mia Farrow "liked" that Pope Francis washed & kissed the feet of AIDS patients, but was 'concerned' about his stance on gay "marriage." Farrow is a baptized Catholic.

I have a question for Mia Farrow: What is "concerning" about the 2000 year old Church - with it's vicar at the helm - striving to live in accordance with the Faith that She professes? And wouldn't it be hypocritical to do otherwise?

How open minded is it really - for anybody - to expect the Church to "adapt" to a secular society whose lifestyle is absolutely contrary to Christian Faith and morals? The ways of the Church are "strange" to those who "know not." As evident in the Book of Wisdom this was true in the days of King Solomon . . . and it is true now, for
"He became to us a reproof of our our thoughts; the very sight of him is a burden to us."

March 13, 2013

Habemus Papam! God Bless Pope Francis the HUMBLE!

We have been blessed with a new and humble Holy Father. A man who prayed FIRST for Emeritus Pope Benedict - and THEN bowed before the crowd - asking US for prayers before giving his blessing!!! 

Jesuit ArchBishop Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina - a man who used public transportation to travel around his home town and spent most of his time in the slums helping the poor. He is known to have visited Hopspice, and to have washed and kissing the feet of AIDS patients. This is a man of great servitude and humility. The Holy Spirit has blessed the Church with a Godly Pope! May God bless Pope Francis! Viva il Papa!

March 4, 2013

Keeping Lent Holy

I am so grateful for the Lenten season. If I can immerse myself - even a fraction  in our Lord's Passion - there is opportunity for great growth and purification.

Sadly I find that it takes a lot of effort to keep Lent in a world where the enemy is always "prowling" in attempt to trip me up. It came to me this morning that I still have so very far to travel in my quest to become selfless and humble.I am reminded of the importance of keeping my focus on the Lord at all times - in everything.

The enemy works hard to bring strife and darkness to our lives - he does everything he can to prevent us in drawing nearer to God. When we open ourselves up to the Lord in prayer His light shines out of the darkness - and His Goodness permeates everything - even the trials of our lives! Instead of wallowing in the dark we are given the opportunity to grow in His love.

This morning  my meditations began with Scripture. I moved on to St Faustina's Diary "Divine Mercy in my soul," and then a daily reading from the letters of Saint Paul of the Cross.  I felt called to share some of these meditations with you. I pray you are blessed as I was.

From Saint Faustina's diary:

"Whatever Jesus did, He did it well. He went along doing good. His manner was full of goodness and mercy. His steps were guided by compassion. Toward His enemies He showed goodness, kindness and understanding and to those in need help and consolation. I have resolved to mirror faithfully these traits of Jesus in myself during this month, even if it costs me much."

From the Letters of Saint Paul of the Cross:

"Take the trials you suffer, whether in body or spirit, also any other storm which arises from men or devils, and all the desolations, abandonment, darkness, etc, take them all I say, from the most gentle Heart of Jesus."


"Jesus, in Your Passion You have accepted the cup of suffering, not from Caiphas, or Pilate, or Herod, or the soldiers or the crowds, but from Your Father's Love. Teach me to accept my cup, not from others, but from His Love, trusting Him for the same loving outcome You experienced." Amen. 

The Litany of Humility 
done in a beautiful, contemporary song from: Danielle Rose