A priest friend shared this with me long ago. It really brings into realty the ways of the world and the ways of God.
“I once read of a Chinese girl in Communist China who hid in a church and watched soldiers ransack the tabernacle and spill the Hosts on the floor. The guards left but she stayed in hiding, picking up a Host, one a day with her tongue, not realizing she could have consumed all the Hosts because of the profanation. She returned every day and picked up one Host with her tongue out of her total respect for the Eucharist.
On the last day, being the last Host, as soon as she consumed it, she was shot by a guard who had followed her into the church. Angels of the Holy Eucharist watching over us from heaven!”
Recently, the pope came out with a change in the Church’s view of capital punishment. I’m sorry to say that he doesn’t seem to have gone beyond an emotional view on this versus the Church and Church History. One of his main concerns is that capital punishment executions takes away a person’s dignity and time in reviewing his redemption. At no point did he mention what was taken away from the victim(s) or their families. Before victims were brutally murdered, were they allowed reflection on their pending mortality and redemption before being forcibly pushed into the afterlife on the whim of a murderer?
God our Father,
Giver of life,
we entrust the United States of America to Your loving
You are the rock on which this nation was founded.
You alone are the true source of our cherished rights to
liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
Reclaim this land for Your glory and dwell among Your
Send Your Spirit to touch the hearts of our nation´s
Open their minds to the great worth of human life
and the responsibilities that accompany human freedom.
Remind Your people that true happiness is rooted in
and doing Your will.
Through the intercession of Mary Immaculate,
Patroness of our land,
grant us the courage to reject the “culture of death.”
Lead us into a new millennium of life.
We ask this through Christ Our Lord.
Amen. (Catholic On-Line)
I noticed on television there is a show about someone who ‘talks to spirits’ and seems to know things she shouldn’t about people she ‘reads’ for in her line of work. Amazing as it might seem, why has she never run into a clamoring spirit that wants to get in touch with their wife, friend, or relative who isn’t in a good place in eternity. They are all happily enjoying eternity and you have to wonder if only good spirits get in touch or . . . The ‘seerer’ sort of woman is also Catholic and, again, I have to muse over the fact that her pastor hasn’t mentioned to her that this isn’t condoned by the Catholic Church.
If you look for a portal into the ‘other side’, you just might find it and it might not be in line with the needs and protection of your soul.
Title: The Porter of St. Bonavaenture’s
Author: James Patrick Derum
Barney Casey was a typical American boy who love baseball, his family and God but definitely not in that order! His was a lumberjack, a prison guard and a motorman on some of the first streetcars in America. His various job ventures didn’t evolve into his ultimate career. At the age of twenty one, he entered the seminary as Father Solanus Casey. His grasp of theology was considered sub-standard. Although he was ordained, he spent all of his sixty years as a Capuchin friar doing menial monastery tasks.
God, however, had great use for this humble man and he literally became spiritual counselor to thousands of people. Many inexplicable miracles were attributed to his intercession during his life.
Saint stories are loved by all of us but it is especially rewarding to discover a person of saintly qualities within the time frame of our own century. After reading this book you will know you have found a friend in Heaven.