Friday, July 31, 2015

REPARATION PRAYER



REPARATION PRAYER

Eternal Father, turn away Thy angry gaze from our guilty people whose face has become unsightly in Thine eyes. Look instead upon the Face of Thy Beloved Son, for this is the Face of Him in Whom Thou art well pleased. We now offer Thee this Holy Face, covered with shame and disfigured by bloody bruises in reparation for the crimes of our age in order to appease Thine anger, justly provoked against us. Because Thy Divine Son, our Redeemer, has taken upon His Head all the sins of His members, that they might be spared, we now beg of Thee, Eternal Father, to grant us mercy. AMEN.

(from the Holy Face Devotion prayers)

Monday, July 27, 2015

Catholic bloggers take note-- be kind to your readers and take care of your own reputation

I've decided that except for the beautiful and carefully curated, Go and Announce blog I'm avoiding Tumblr blogs altogether. This includes the beautiful Raccolta blog.  An all too typical scenario consists of a presumably devout person posting gorgeous paintings of Our Lord, Our Lady and the saints but failing to  take the time to check the blog or site where they got the image from. Too many times I've clicked on a image on a Catholic Tumblr blog in order to find out more about it and found myself at a grotesque and graphic gay or feminist  site. This rarely happens with Blogger or Wordpress blogs for some reason.

Catholic bloggers please take care about where you get your images from and check your linked sites occasionally. If I click on a link and find wickedness it will make me wonder about you. After-all, including a site on your links list indicates to the reader that you like this person or their writing or the information posted on their blog. If that blog contains blasphemous or obscene material I must assume that you like or at least don't feel to bothered about blasphemous and obscene stuff and I won't be back to your blog. I don't waste time on people I don't trust.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Planned Parenthood and screams in the night

We knew that the Planned Parenthood women were hags inside despite pleasant facades. We knew they sell the dismembered body parts of murdered infants and we can guess that the hag who said she wants a Lamborghini probably didn't have a Southern mama to tell her that people in Hell want ice water.

 Judging by the online responses on blogs and Twitter, it was hearing unguarded, uncovered evil from the mouths of the Planned Parenthood hags and seeing it on video that made them wake up. Part of me wants to ask, "Where the Sam Hill have you been all these years?" and part of me is just thankful that more people see what Planned Parenthood is....evil. Full strength evil from the cute girls at the receptionist desk, to  the motherly (hah!) escort, to the death dealing nurse and doctors, to the person who takes out the trash, all of them, fetid, stinking evil.

Whitaker Chambers once told a story of a talk he had with a young European woman who explained to  him how her father finally gave up Communism. It wasn't an intellectual argument that swayed him. One night he was in Moscow and heard screams coming from an apartment after the secret police went in. He heard the screams and like St. Paul, the scales fell from his eyes.  He realized that although he had never lifted a finger of violence towards anyone, his support of Communism was contributing to the torture of another human being. I don't know what's going to happen now for many of the people who saw the videos. Whether they continue to support Planned Parenthood or whether they flee its evil and work to get it defunded they've crossed a line. Nobody can say they didn't know.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Reprartation prayer





REPARATION PRAYER

Eternal Father, turn away Thy angry gaze from our guilty people whose face has become unsightly in Thine eyes. Look instead upon the Face of Thy Beloved Son, for this is the Face of Him in Whom Thou art well pleased. We now offer Thee this Holy Face, covered with shame and disfigured by bloody bruises in reparation for the crimes of our age in order to appease Thine anger, justly provoked against us. Because Thy Divine Son, our Redeemer, has taken upon His Head all the sins of His members, that they might be spared, we now beg of Thee, Eternal Father, to grant us mercy. AMEN.

(from the Holy Face Devotion prayers)

Thursday, July 23, 2015

St. Anthony

This is a different St. Anthony and the Christ Child painting because Our Lord isn't an infant and Our Lady is present.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Don't give up

In 722, things looked completely hopeless in Spain. The Moors had invaded and conquered everything worth having. There was one man, Pelayo, king of a ten mile kingdom in the Cantabrian Mountains with some 300 men and their families. When the Muslims came for them it surely seemed hopeless but there was a miracle. The Moors were driven back.  King Pelayo and his people would long be in their graves by the time Queen Isabella her husband finally drove the Moors out of Spain 700 years later but it was the beginning.  

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Thanks to Our Lady for a wonderful vacation.

Rocky and I just got home from vacation in Lancaster, Pennslyvania. It was great. We both needed to get away and thanks to the stuff going on at my job I was in a state of the jitters for most of every work day. I don't think I really calmed down until day three of the vacation.  We stayed in a Mennonite owned bed and breakfast. They were fine people. The Amish and Mennonites came about because of bad priests. I pray that one day a holy, brave priest will be able to get a serious conversion mission going there.  We took one day to go to Philadelphia and to visit the shrines of St. John Neuman and the Miraculous Medal Shrine.  We went to Mass in Philly and at St. Anthony's in the city of Lancaster. Both Masses reminded me of how blessed we are in the Arlington diocese. I think Pennsylvania's bishops must have gotten a deal on cheap vestments. All the poor priests looked like their chasubles would fall to pieces in they got caught in the rain.

 While, in Lancaster County, I did my best to sample ever farm wife's version of the Whoopie Pie that I could. I fed goats, turkeys, oggled peacocks, llamas, alpacas, ate eggs from the hens whose house and yard was a few feet from our window, bought a quilt, looked at farms and slept well each night. The only hiccup in the whole trip was that the car's engine stopped on the highway while we were on the way home. With 70 miles to go, Rocky was able to coast to jersey wall and we called AAA. With 20 minutes a tow truck driver from the Dominican Republic came to our rescue and drove us and the ailing car home. Thank God we had just come from the Grotto of Lourdes Shrine in Emittsburg. If we'd taken the shorter way home instead of stopping off to visit Mary's shrine we might've broken down in one of the worst parts of Baltimore or  in PG County. We had potential danger from bad drivers but had we taken the shortest route home we could've been in real danger from crime.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Reparation Prayer






REPARATION PRAYER

Eternal Father, turn away Thy angry gaze from our guilty people whose face has become unsightly in Thine eyes. Look instead upon the Face of Thy Beloved Son, for this is the Face of Him in Whom Thou art well pleased. We now offer Thee this Holy Face, covered with shame and disfigured by bloody bruises in reparation for the crimes of our age in order to appease Thine anger, justly provoked against us. Because Thy Divine Son, our Redeemer, has taken upon His Head all the sins of His members, that they might be spared, we now beg of Thee, Eternal Father, to grant us mercy. AMEN.

(from the Holy Face Devotion prayers)

Friday, July 10, 2015

Fr. Aziz is free

Thanks be to God. Fr. Aziz, the priest who was kidnapped in Syria has been freed. 

Reparation prayer






REPARATION PRAYER

Eternal Father, turn away Thy angry gaze from our guilty people whose face has become unsightly in Thine eyes. Look instead upon the Face of Thy Beloved Son, for this is the Face of Him in Whom Thou art well pleased. We now offer Thee this Holy Face, covered with shame and disfigured by bloody bruises in reparation for the crimes of our age in order to appease Thine anger, justly provoked against us. Because Thy Divine Son, our Redeemer, has taken upon His Head all the sins of His members, that they might be spared, we now beg of Thee, Eternal Father, to grant us mercy. AMEN.

(from the Holy Face Devotion prayers)

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Please pray for Fr. Aziz

Fr. Dhiya Aziz  was kidnapped in Syria on July 4th. No-one has heard anything since.  I don't think I have to go into detail about what kind of danger he is in.


St. Francis, pray for your son.
St. Pio, pray for him.
St. Jospeh Cuppertino, pray for him.
St. Benedict, the Moor, pray for him.
St. Anthony, pray for him.
St. Maximilian Kolbe, pray for him.
Saints Daniel, Peter Baptist and their companions, pray for him.
Blessed Raymond Lull, pray for him.

Monday, July 06, 2015

A word from Our Lady of Akita


“If men do not repent and better themselves, the Father will inflict a terrible punishment on all humanity. It will be a punishment greater than the deluge, such as one will never have seen before. Fire will fall from the sky and will wipe out a great part of humanity, the good as well as the bad, sparing neither priests nor faithful. The survivors will find themselves so desolate that they will envy the dead. The only arms which will remain for you will be the Rosary and the Sign left by My Son. Each day recite the prayers of the Rosary. With the Rosary, pray for the Pope, the Bishops and the priests.”  ~Our Lady of Akita

Sunday, July 05, 2015

On judgement day pointing to someone else won't work any more than it did for Adam

I was reading a discussion in which a well meaning person was complaining that Catholics are confused because of Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi. Hogwash. Just because Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi, the Kennedys and possibly all the way back to John Carroll are/were  bad Catholics is no excuse for the rest of us.


Saturday, July 04, 2015

The goddess liberty versus Christ the King


I can't remember if I was in high school or college when I heard one of my teachers mention that America has a birth defect in that it was created by men who were at best, Diests. For some reason I never forgot that and it comes back to me every 4th of July. 

Friday, July 03, 2015

Oops, down go the Episcopalians...


The Episcopalians have voted to have same sex weddings. This should come as no surprise as this is a religion that was founded by a man who wanted to cast aside his wife over twenty years in order to "marry" his mistress.  As we all know, it didn't work out well for the mistress. The man was fickle and after a thousand or so days of living with her, his lust had pretty much turned to hate and he had her killed. The union did produce Elizabeth I, one of the greatest killers of Catholics in history. Interesting.