Feast Day for Our Guardian Angels!

Who can possibly top our Guardian Angels for attentiveness, love, concern, and protection? Okay, mothers might come close but even though it seemed that they did have miraculous powers  when finding out ‘who did it’ in our childhood, they didn’t! Our Guardian Angels do. I imagine the first thing God will reveal to those of us blessed enough to reach the foot of His throne will be to show us all the mishaps we avoided because of our heavenly friends.

Angels of God,
My Guardian dear,
To whom God’s love
Commits me here,
Ever this day,
Be at my side,
To light and guard,
Rule and guide.
Amen

 

September 29th – Feast Day of the Archangels

Heavenly Father, you have given us archangels to assist us during our pilgrimage on earth.

Saint Michael is our protector, I ask him to come to my aid, fight for all my loved ones, and protect us from danger.

Saint Gabriel is a messenger for the Good News, I ask him to help me clearly, hear your voice and to teach me the truth.

Saint Raphael is the healing angel, I ask him to take my need for healing and that of everyone I know, lift it up to your throne of grace and deliver back to us the gift of recovery.

Help us O Lord to realize more fully the reality of the archangels and their desire to serve us. Holy Angels pray for us.

Amen

Spiritual Needs . . .

I was told once that the physical needs of a family have to be met first . . . then you can work on the spiritual. We have to provide the basics to see that our children are healthy and well-fed, but the physical needs the world is advertising today exceeds actual need and is self-centered want.
To meet the ‘needs’ of a family, mothers are competing in the workforce. Although I’m not well-versed in economics, it seems to me that the more people who require jobs, the less good jobs there are available. And if a husband isn’t making enough to support his family, then the mother probably has to get a job. Equal rights looks rather unbalanced from this viewpoint.
All right, you might say, so a man has to work harder for his paycheck. What’s wrong with a woman grabbing her share of the paychecks being handed out? It’s fair competition.
One of the first things to go is respect. If a female wants to compete in a ‘man’s’ world, she should expect to be treated differently. You can’t have it both ways. You lose a bit of what makes each gender unique.
If you are a single woman, you can cope with the pressure, overtime and exhaustion. What if you are a mother in the workplace? Now who gets hurt?
A look around the world today will tell you that many mothers aren’t on duty. No matter how you try, you can’t handle two, full-time jobs. Motherhood is not an eight to five job..
In order to keep your children happy and maintain your ‘freedom’ to work, you keep them supplied with the latest and greatest to satisfy their physical needs. If you aren’t home, you don’t have the time to work on the spiritual. And the longing for physical wants far exceeds any desire for the spiritual unless this is nurtured . . . but who has time?
I knew a couple who put off starting a family until they could afford a boat. They earned their boat, had a baby and soon divorced. They both worked, the baby was in day care and they really didn’t have a family. The boat didn’t hold them together. In fact, it was something to argue over in the divorce proceedings. And the baby continued in day care because now the mother had to work.
I think that if most working mothers sat down and figured out the actual cost to them, spiritually and physically, of working, they might reconsider. Of course, there is always the ‘world’ telling them they have a right to find themselves so number crunching might not change their minds. And many of the husbands of today are products of working parent homes and used to the ‘bounty’ two salaries can bring. No one seems to know anymore when their physical needs have been met and exceeded. They keep trying to fill a void that only God can ultimately satisfy.
I know many of us ‘stay home’ mothers are regarded as being somewhat selfish and lazy. We stay home most of the time, don’t have the hassle of PTA and car pools, and seldom worry about whether our clothes are totally fashionable. Our own relatives even wonder about us!
Well, I guess as long as we are being considered backward, we might as well continue on that path and see first to the spiritual needs of our family . . . then we can work on the physical – together, as a family

The Saints in Our Lives

The Saints in Our Lives
by AnnMarie Waters

Each of us, by virtue of our baptism, is called to holiness. The call is one to which we recommit ourselves daily: through prayers the sacraments, and participation in the life of the Church. As we meditate on Jesus’ call to follow Him, and to conform our will to His, we cannot help but notice what a daunting task this can be.

How can we, in a world that is increasingly secular, succeed in growing in holiness? How do we instill in our children a sense of the sacred, a sense that we are not alone in our quest to reach our Eternal Home? The answer has many parts, because our Catholic Faith is so rich. Let us consider our path to holiness in light of the saints.

If we are to be beacons of light in the secular murkiness of the world, we need to take seriously the notion of the family as the ‘domestic church’, and to strive to create and nurture Catholic culture in our homes. I am not suggesting that we transform our homes into monasteries. I am suggesting that we live our family life in harmony with the liturgical calendar of the Church, and that we invite the saints to be a part of our family.

In our family, we read accounts of the lives of the saints throughout the year. Whenever one of our Patrons’ feast days come up, we recognize it in some way. Sometimes it is a simple as discussing the life of that saint or as elaborate as making a cake and decorating it with a symbol of the saint (a bishop’s mitre for Saint Patrick, for example) so that we can have a little party.

I have always had a great kinship with the saints and feel a particular closeness to several of them. The loneliest times in my life have never been truly lonely, because I have always found great comfort and company in the saints. I have been favored with many prayers answered through their intercession.

While there are many fine examples of living role models for our children, there’s an abundance of heroes to be found in the ranks of the saints. What child hasn’t been fascinated by the story of St. George slaying the dragon, or Saint Joan of Arc leading an army to victory? Saints’ heroic virtue and steadfast love of God are sure to make a lifelong impression on our children in a way no Power Ranger or Super Hero can. While our children listen with bland enthusiasm for the umpteenth time to the slogan “just say no”, the powerful story of Matt Talbot’s victory over alcoholism may inspire and compel our children to temperance and fortitude in the face of worldly excess and temptation.

The secular world wants to downplay the sacred, the transcendent, even to the point of glamorizing evil. In union with the whole church, let us and our families honor those who have gone before us, marked with the sign of Faith! We can help our children to love and emulate the saints and to never forget that they are there for us as our advocates, our companions, and our example as we walk the narrow path of sanctity to our true home.

Politics, People, and Prayers

“If religious books are not widely circulated among the masses in this country, and the people do not become religious, I do not know what is to become of us as a nation. and the thought is one to cause solemn reflection on the part of every patriot and Christian. If truth be not diffused, error will be; if the evangelical volume (scripture) does not reach every hamlet, the pages of corrupt and licentious literature will; if the power of the gospel is not felt through the length and breadth of the land, anarchy and misrule, degradation and misery, corruption and darkness, will reign without mitigation or end.
Daniel Webster 1782-1852

Pope Alexander VI

Did some research and our current papal/cardinal scandals are truly bad but, in some respects, the grand prize for having been a really awful pope goes to Rodrigo Borgia. Just the Borgia name clues one into the thought that all might not have been well with this person in charge of anything.

Ridrigo Borgia had a ‘leg up’ on climbing the papal ladder as his uncle was Pope Calixtus III. Most likely, given his papal connection, getting through the various church ranks to his highest title in the church was made easier with the nepotism involved. As he made his way through the ranks, he managed to accumulate a great deal of wealth, too. No tithing for him! In 1492 whilst Columbus was sailing the ocean blue, he greased a few palms, called in some favors and purchased his place in the papacy. Bribery came in handy for getting the better of two other ‘claims’ to the throne.

The crowned Pope Alexander was pretty rotten to the core. He provided the world with seven illegitimate children by way of his mistresses. The church paid for their expenses and he endowed them with funding at the church’s expense. Living a rather plush life at the expense of the Church was, well expensive. When he needed to replenish the cash flow, he established new cardinals in return for money. Another ‘successful’ ploy was to arrest and jail rich people on imagined charges or murder them and abscond with their wealth.

It seems that Alexander VI was never considered godly (Go figure, right?) or in line with the Church and all things lawful. The only ‘virtues’ that can be said about him was his greedy ambition and lust for money and power. The orderly government of the City of Rome he bribed his way into, was left in complete shambles and disrepair.

“Now we are in the power of a wolf, the most rapacious perhaps that this world has ever seen. And if we do not flee, he will inevitably devour us all.” By Giovanni de Medici (Pope Leo X)