Thursday, November 29, 2012
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
St. Catherine was a Daughter of Charity in France. The Blessed Mary appeared to her three times in 1830. Mary told St. Catherine to commission the production of the Immaculate Medal - which she did. "Catherine reported that the Blessed Mother returned during evening meditations. She displayed herself inside an oval frame, standing upon a globe, wearing many rings of different colors, most of which shone rays of light over the globe. Around the margin of the frame appeared the French words Ô Marie, conçue sans péché, priez pour nous qui avons recours à vous (O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee). As Catherine watched, the frame seemed to rotate, showing a circle of twelve stars, a large letter M surmounted by a cross, and the stylized Sacred Heart of Jesus crowned with thorns and Immaculate Heart of Mary pierced with a sword. Asked why some of her rings did not shed light, Mary reportedly replied, "Those are the graces for which people forget to ask." Catherine then heard Mary ask her to take these images to her father confessor, telling him that they should be put on medallions, and saying "All who wear them will receive great graces.""
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Monday, November 26, 2012
The Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis came up in conversation recently, and I admit I knew nothing about them. So I did what we do now a-day - I did an internet search. And it got me thinking....what is that white bib-like thing called that nuns used to wear. My teachers at Our Lady of Sorrows School were Sisters of St. Joseph and looked like this:
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Father Z says, "Let’s be clear about this. Catholics are obliged to believe in the existence of the Devil and of Hell. These are de fide doctrines taught by the Church without the possibility of error." And he says priests will go there if they fail to teach us about it.
Pope Benedict XVI has written a book, called 'Jesus of Nazareth: The Infancy Narratives'. In it, the Pope claims that "The calculation of the beginning of our calendar – based on the birth of Jesus – was made by Dionysius Exiguus, who made a mistake in his calculations by several years". Jesus was actually born several years earlier than the year 0. So that means - according to the Mayan Calendar - I am already dead.
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
I wasn't blogging at the time so I missed some big soccer news: "The Pontifical North American College Martyrs soccer team won the championship match of the annual Clericus Cup tournament on May 12. They defeated the reigning champions of the Pontifical Gregorian University 3-0."
Monday, November 19, 2012
Saturday, November 17, 2012
Friday, November 16, 2012
I believe that at some point in my life I have seen the black chasuble - but for the life of me, I can't remember when. I wonder if it's like the green soccer referee shirt because it's the last one you buy after you have all the others? Anyway, it's apparently worn on All Souls' and at times of mourning or sadness. I'm thinking funeral masses...
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
I read that Catholics, once again, gave the most pro-abortion, anti-religion politician in America most of their votes. Turns out that was slightly misleading. Only 40% of White Catholics voted for him (and shame on you), but an eye-popping 75% of Hispanic Catholics voted for him. Apparently, some expect more from the government than what the expect from God.