Sunday, February 28, 2010
Saturday, February 27, 2010
Friday, February 26, 2010
Thursday, February 25, 2010
"The problem is: surface. I can recite the Rosary daily (and do) , I can read Scripture daily (and do) and got to Mass on Holy Days (and do) and go to Adoration weekly (and do), fast and abstain as required during Lent, but if I’m not working on my interior disposition the results of the exercises are limited.Sure, it’s better than nothing, but I’m aware of my shortcomings. The period of preparation for Lent gave me a greater awareness then suddenly waking up today and realizing it’s Ash Wednesday!
My plan is to work on my interior charity; really, the lack thereof. I’m constantly fighting the temptation (well, lets be honest, it’s not a heated battle) to mutter about others, judge people, worry about what other people are, or are not, doing. The minute I find myelf falling into my continual temptation to prove to myself what little charity I really have, I’m going to do one of the following: send up a prayer, seek forgiveness in the Confessional or punish myself by some type of personal deprivation. "
This could be the most challenging Lent ever. So, how is your lenten plan going?
Giving up anything for Lent?
Doing anything positive for lent?
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
He concluded his remarks with "My life as a Marianist is what I was made for!" and the joy he shared with his vocation story said the same.
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Monday, February 22, 2010
All of our schools return to school today. This is the last great push before the end of the trimester.Today begins the last weeks of classes, and being a procrastinator, we have much, much work to do. We have papers to finish, exams to prepare for, readings and studying to complete. If you are similar to many of us, we often find ourselves complaining and thinking that this must be what hell is like. Now, I know hell is certainly much worse than trimester tests, but that thought reminded me of this little explanation of Hell by Fr. Robert Barron. Enjoy...
Sunday, February 21, 2010
During Eucharistic adoration, it is not only we who behold Christ, but it is also He who beholds us. When we adore the Blessed Sacrament, we are not just gazing at a beautiful but inert object. The conteplative mode of prayer that we learn during adoration presupposes that Christ returns our gaze.
To find myself in the gaze of the Son of God is very worth it.
So if you live near a parish that has Adoration, go.
On Mondays our high schools all have adoration in their chapels for extended times.
Allow yourself the opportunity to sit in the presence of Jesus and receive the love He desires to pour out into your heart. Try it....you will like it!
Saturday, February 20, 2010
Friday, February 19, 2010
But don't get lost in the "Lenten Lingo", in the end it is all about growing closer and becoming more like Christ!
So wondering where to start, why not join us at two events:
Operation Andrew - Tuesday, February 23
Sponsored by the Diocese of Rockville Centre Vocation Office
Cathedral Seminary - Douglaston, NY
Mass starts at 5:15 pm and the evening concludes at 9:00 pm.
Operation Fiat - Wednesday, March 3
Join the Marianist Brothers and Priests for Prayer and Dinner
Chaminade High School
Want a few more ideas begin with these five - Heart, Soul, Strength, Mind, and Neighbor.
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Not much is known about Fra Angelico's early life. We know he was born around 1400 and was named Guido di Pietro. Around 1418 he and his brother Benedetto took vows to become Dominican friars in Fiesole, Italy. Fra Angelico's religious name was Fra Giovanni da Fiesole. The titles Fra Angelico and Beato Angelico came into use only after his death, as a way of honoring his religious life and work.
He began his career as an illuminator of missals and religious books.
In 1436 some of the Dominican friars of Fiesole moved to the convent of San Marco in Florence. Angelico painted many frescoes for the cloister, chapter house, and entrances to the 20 cells on the upper corridors.
In 1445 Angelico was summoned to Rome by Pope Eugenius IV to paint frescoes for the now destroyed Chapel of the Sacrament in the Vatican.
Angelico died in Rome and was buried in the church of S. Maria sopra Minerva, where his tombstone still exists. Fra Giovanni was a simple and most holy man. He became known as Angelico, but he had long been called 'Beato Angelico' (the Blessed Angelico), but his beatification was not made official by the Vatican until 1984.
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Did you get your ashes today?
The truth is, Lord,
I'm not sure I'm ready
to come back to you with my whole heart-
and to say otherwise wouldn't be the whole truth.
So be patient with me, please...
Let's you and I work this out this Lent...
Can we do this one day at a time,
a piece of my heart each day?
And will you help me with the parts
I have trouble with,the heart-parts I hold on to?
I trust you, Lord,
and pray you will trust me
Remember, you are dust
and to dust you shall return...
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
The rosary is a Christ-centered prayer. It brings us into meditation on the life of Christ.
The "Hail Mary" is a prayer which came from Gabriel, bringing the message from God himself, called her blessed among women.
We marvel at God's mercy and greatness, that He would be born of a woman to save us from our wretchedness.
We honor her as Christ did, and obey the last words she uttered in scripture, "Do whatever He tells you."
Monday, February 15, 2010
Mercy Me - Word of God Speak
I'm finding myself at a loss for words
And the funny thing is it's okay
The last thing I need is to be heard
But to hear what You would say
Word of God speak
Would You pour down like rain
Washing my eyes to see
To be still and know
That You're in this place
Please let me stay and rest
In Your holiness
Word of God speak
I'm finding myself in the midst of You
Beyond the music, beyond the noise
All that I need is to be with You
And in the quiet hear Your voice
I'm finding myself at a loss for words
And the funny thing is it's okay
Sunday, February 14, 2010
Saturday, February 13, 2010
Sort of. Ms. Lohan is wearing a crown of thorns and holds her arms outstretched, in a cruciform pose. On the other hand, her white dress seems decidedly more Marian, appropriate for today's Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes. (Doubtless the "stylist" Christopher Niquet had a liturgical calendar handy.) Not so Marian, though, is her decolletage, which descends to roughly her navel. Too bad that the editors of Purple couldn't have timed this cover closer to Lent since that's when it would have the most shock value, and offended the maximum number of...oh wait, Lent begins next week. I get it.
Lindsay starred in "Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen." Jesus instituted the Sacrament of Confession, and is the King of Kings.
Lindsay is followed by crowds of paparazzi who hang on her every move. Jesus was followed by crowds of people who hung on his every word.
Lindsay starred in "Herbie: Fully Loaded," about a car that becomes human. Jesus is God become man.
Lindsay was arrested for drunk driving by the Beverly Hills police and was guilty. Jesus was arrested for sedition by the Roman police and was innocent.
Lindsay is a "triple threat" in Hollywood: a singer, a dancer and an actor. Jesus is a member of the Holy Trinity.
Lindsay released a self-tanning product in collaboration with Sephora, and was the face of the Fornarina, an Italian clothing line. Jesus visited the Roman town of Sepphoris in Galilee, and is the face of God.
Lindsay dropped out of production of "Poor Things" after being arrested for drunk driving. Jesus was poor, and was arrested after drinking with his friends at the Last Supper.
Lindsay posed in Purple for a fashion shoot, which would help sales. Jesus was clothed in purple before his crucifixion, which would redeem humankind.
Friday, February 12, 2010
Yesterday we celebrated the Anniversary of Religious Consecration of our Brothers. Many years ago these Brothers of Mary made public profession in the Society of Mary with the following words:
You do the Math, but the years of consecration to the Church is over 180 years!
For the glory of the Most Holy Trinity, the honor or Mary, and to follow Christ more closely, I vow to observe chastity, poverty and obedience conformably to the Rule of Life of the Society of Mary.
May the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit be glorified in all
places through the Immaculate Virgin Mary.
49 years professed -Brother David
49 years profeseed - Brother Robert Anthony
47 years professed - Brother Donald
44 years professed - Brother Robert Joseph
May He who began this good work, bring it to completion!
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Prayer to Our Lady of Lourdes
Oh ever immaculate Virgin, Mother of Mercy, Health of the Sick, Refuge of Sinners, Comfortess of the Afflicted, you know our wants, our troubles, our sufferings. Look upon us with mercy. When you appeared in the grotto of Lourdes, you made it a privileged sanctuary where you dispense your favors, and where many sufferers have obtained the cure of their infirmities, both spiritual and corporal. We come, therefore, with unbounded confidence to implore your maternal intercession. Our loving Mother, obtain our request. We will try to imitate your virtues so that we may one day share your company and bless you in eternity. Amen.
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
If Christ was not truly God, and was not, at the same time, fully man, the foundation of Christian life as such would come to naught, and in an altogether particular way, the foundation of every Christian consecration of man and woman would come to naught. Consecrated life, in fact, witnesses and expresses in a "powerful" way the reciprocal seeking of God and man, the love that attracts them to one another. The consecrated person, by the very fact of his or her being, represents something like a "bridge" to God for all those he or she meets -- a call, a return. And all this by virtue of the mediation of Jesus Christ, the Father's Consecrated One. He is the foundation! He who shared our frailty so that we could participate in his divine nature.
Our text insists on more than on faith, but rather on "trust" with which we can approach the "throne of grace," from the moment that our high priest was himself "put to the test in everything like us." We can approach to "receive mercy," "find grace," and "to be helped in the opportune moment." It seems to me that these words contain a great truth and also a great comfort for us who have received the gift and commitment of a special consecration in the Church.
Monday, February 8, 2010
"Who you truly are is who you are in God and nothing more..."I suspect we all want to maintain a certain psychic integrity, to think well of ourselves and to present an image to other people that we want them to think about us. It’s easy enough to pooh-pooh the obviously superficial stuff as a way of cobbling together an identity – how expensive your clothes are, how perfect your body is, so on. Jesus goes further, though, to root out any places where our egos try to hide: even ostensibly good stuff like getting an education, being religious, can be one more way of convincing ourselves that we have got it together. In fact, it’s insidious, because although I believe religion can be the best thing in the world, it can also be the worst thing when it gives divine legitimacy to inflating our egos.
Everything you need is already here – it’s just hard to live out of that because it doesn’t feel like much, because our egos can’t hang onto anything for themselves.Who you truly are is who you are in God, and nothing more. That sounds hokey, but at least in my own neurotic self, I constantly feel like I have to prove something, earn something, accomplish something, so I can think well of myself, so others will think well of me, so God will think well of me. That’s hard at a place like this and at the age most of you are, because there are so many talented people that it’s easy to covet all the talents and successes you see in other people. But no matter how many books I read, how many degrees I earn, how many good deeds I do or churchy things I attend, none of that can create an identity for me. That’s the bad news: I can’t cobble together an identity like that. The good news is, I don’t have to.Who I am is who I am in God, and nothing more – there is nothing to prove, no need to deny what a mess I am, no good self-image to project for other people, no need to make it look like I’ve got it all together so that God will love me or so that I can love myself...
Sunday, February 7, 2010
There was a time when crowds of people would gather around the Lord to hear Him speak the very words of God. Jesus is being crowded out. Closer and closer to the water’s edge He is pushed, so He gets in the boat to teach the people. He needs His space! Eager listeners were so hungry for the words Jesus spoke, they couldn’t get close enough to Him! We’ve lost that passion for the words of God.
Jesus says “Put out a bit deeper, Peter, and start fishing!”
Peter retorts with a: been there, done that.
“We’ve already tried that, Jesus!” and says, “But because you say so, I’ll do it!”
What “But Lord’s” are you speaking today?
“But Lord, I’ve already tried!”
“But Lord, I can’t say that!”
“But Lord, not today!”
“But Lord, I’m too busy!”
We’ve all spoken our own “But Lord…”
So today, let’s try what Peter said, “But because You say so, I’ll obey!”
Here’s what one commentator said: “The Lord did not say how deep [to take the boat]. The depth of the water into which we sail depends upon how completely we have cut our ties to shore, the greatness of our need, and our anxieties about the future. Yet the fish [the rewards] were to be found in the deep, not the shallow water.”
Tired and weary Peter, already up all night long from working and fishing, yet catching nothing, had put his nets away. Jesus says, ‘Go out deeper, and let your nets down again’.
What is your answer? Have you been up all night? Are you tired and weary? Have you already tried it once and reaped nothing? Jesus says, ‘Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.”
Let’s listen to God’s Word and then do as Peter did: “But because you say so…I’ll obey.” Move out to the deep waters in faith, gather his rewards, share it with friends, then fall at the Lord’s feet at the love He has for us and the care He has for our daily tasks.
Saturday, February 6, 2010
If you have not heard, the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist in Ann Arbor MI will be featured on the mega-popular Oprah Winfrey show on February 9th – the 13th anniversary of this new Dominican community of religious sisters.
The Sisters have visited our schools and will visit again this year. They will host a women's retreat in late February.
Friday, February 5, 2010
Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on an attempt by feminist lawyer Gloria Allred to get CBS to drop the pro-life Super Bowl ad featuring Tim Tebow and his mother:
Gloria Allred is no stranger to the subject of abortion, so it is not surprising that she wants to kill this pro-life ad. Her letter to Les Moonves of CBS, available at RadarOnline.com, wants the ad pulled because it is allegedly guilty of “misleading advertising.”
Allred, who has not seen the ad, charges that when Tebow’s mother was being advised by doctors in the Philippines to consider an abortion (she was on antibiotics for a pregnancy illness), it was illegal there to have one. In a monumental stretch, Allred reasons that the ad should disclose this information, otherwise it is “misleading.”
What is really misleading is Allred’s duplicity. Several years ago, she represented Amber Frey in a case related to the death of Laci Peterson; Peterson’s husband, Scott, was convicted of murdering both her and the baby she was carrying, a boy they named Connor. In an interview she gave to Hannity and Colmes on the Fox News Channel on June 5, 2003, Allred found it useful to her case to emphasize the humanness of Peterson’s baby: “And the fact that there are two individuals who are dead there, Laci and Connor, that has to be the most important consideration of everything.” For once, she was right.
Allred’s confession in 2003 undercuts her credibility—to say nothing of her ethical standing—to make the case against this Super Bowl ad. She knows that Tim Tebow is alive today because his mother did not abort him. To top it off, she can’t even deal respectfully with this issue. Her snide remark, which is in the letter to Moonves, is classic. “As the story is reported,” she says, “Tim’s mother decides to take her pregnancy to term anyway and give birth to Tim. Apparently they have lived happily ever after since that time.” And apparently, this woman has no shame
Thursday, February 4, 2010
All the time...God is good!
We are tiny and God is great, all powerful, all sovereign and all good.
"the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters." (Genesis 1:2)
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Saint Blaise devoted the earlier years of his life to the study of philosophy, and later became a physician. In the practice of his profession he saw so much of the miseries of life and the shallowness of worldly pleasures, that he resolved to spend the rest of his days in the service of God. From being a healer of bodily ailments he became a physician of souls.
When the governor began a persecution by order of the Emperor, Saint Blaise was seized. After interrogation and a severe scourging, he was hurried off to prison. While he was under custody, a distraught mother, whose only child was dying of a throat disease, threw herself at his feet and implored his intercession. Touched at her grief, he offered up his prayers, and the child was cured.
Prayer to Saint Blaise
Dear bishop and lover of souls,
Blaise is the patron saint of wild animals because of his care for them.
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Monday, February 1, 2010
Yes, I know. Today I know. I can forget sometimes when my childhood memories threaten my peace of mind. But even when I am deep in the pit, I can sense, deep down inside ... a presence ... a peace ... that cannot be denied.
But just in case I was wavering on that answer too much, the Lord made sure I got the message.
When I came home from the retreat, I caught up on some of my email and visited some of the blogs I follow. One of them was entitled, You're Mine.
Even when I neglect You? ignore You? Think just maybe I may be in control? You still want me? Love me?
I read these verses and to be honest, deep inside, I wonder what you see in me. You’re mine
I am not just some nameless object You created and check in on from time to time.
You don’t neglect me.
You don’t ignore me.
You know my name.
You stay with me.
You want a personal, moment by moment relationship with me.
I don’t understand You at all, Lord. But thank You for knowing me, for naming me, for claiming me as Your own.
ransom, Ethiopia and Seba in exchange for you. Because you are precious in my sight, and honoured, and I love you. (Isaiah 43: 1-4)