Monday, December 31, 2007

January 1st---HOLY DAY OF
Stop reading blog... Go to Mass...
Enough said...

Sunday, December 30, 2007

Time versus Eternity...

I recently attended a wonderful day retreat where we heard a talk about time versus eternity. When was the last time you thought about this? When was the last time you actually took a second to realize that we are going to live forEVER somewhere (Heaven or Hell), and that our time now is nothing more than a speck in the face of eternity. In the Bible it says: "What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes." (James 4:14b)

How true that is! None of us knows if Jesus will return in our lifetime, or if our lives will end very soon. Although we don't know when our lives will end, we do know that they will end.

It is interesting when people find out that they have a terminal sickness and that they will die soon. The doctor tells them "Get your house in order!". Shouldn't we always have our 'house in order'? Thank God for the sacrament of confession where we have the opportunity to clean our souls of that sin and have the chance to try again (and again)! We must be careful though to not grow slack and think we have time. Our time is very short. I don't know how much time anyone has, but in the face of eternity, all the time in the world is short.

Then also, we shouldn't simply think that if I go to confession and stay out of mortal sin then I am okay. No! God has given us our lives and the little time we have for a reason! It is our duty to help our own soul first, yes, but then we must fight very hard to help bring all souls to Christ. Evangelization!!! We are the Church militant! It is our duty to work for Christ in the vocation and mission we are called to serve right now!

Remember the story Jesus told where the servants all got some talents and they were supposed to multiply those talents before the king returned? (Matthew 25:14-30) Remember how one servant who received one talent, buried his talent to keep it safe, and upon the king's return the servant gave the one talent back. The king was furious that the servant had not even put the talent in the bank to get interest---he had done absolutely nothing beneficial with his money.

Just so, we should think of those talents as our time, our vocation, and our mission. We cannot simply stay in our little shells and keep our souls "safe". We are called to go out and bring more back for Christ! We are called to use every second the way God intends for us to use it. Personally, not wasting time is an everyday challenge. However, we really should examine our conscience to see if we have done this sin and repent of it if we are guilty. Like Benjamin Franklin once said, "Lost time is never found again.".

LOTR Voice Over

This a very pointless video, but I thought it was really funny... Sorry!!

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Merry Christmas!!!

I wish to officially say "Merry Christmas" to all my readers! I hope that you have had a blessed Christmas so far (remember there ARE 12 days of Christmas!). I have had a wonderful day with family and going to Holy Mass! I think I've learned a lot this Advent/Christmas season. If you like, please share what you've been learning spiritually this Advent/Christmas, or just how it was! God Bless!

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Time to Vote...

Just wanted to point out to everyone that the poll is back up and running! C'mon... I know you don't want to admit (or think about) how much money you spent this year---but fess up! Or I'll send a battalion of Swiss guards after ya!

Results from the last poll indicate that in the event of a plane crash most people would try to make sure their soul is ready to meet God (versus trying to raid the food section!). We should always try our best to be prepared to face the Judgement of God! The end for us is coming at an unknown hour---LET'S GET READY!!!

Friday, December 21, 2007

Meditation Before Christmas
Stressed out about finding a last minute gift? Still didn't send the Christmas cards? Ran out of tape for the wrapping? Still getting the house ready for the guests? Worried about bad weather for traveling? ?????
It seems that Christ's coming into our world and God giving us His Son has brought a lot of stress around this time of year! Actually, no, it's NOT God who is bringing this stress---it's ourselves---it's our culture and our materialism...
Isn't it ironic that the Savior and Lord of the World was born in a poor stable on a cold night, forgotten by all but a few angels and shepherds, when our children sit on "Santa's" lap and tell him what THEY WANT for Christmas! Instead of telling Santa how they have given THEMSELVES to the Baby Jesus through acts of charity and penance, they go say "I WANT...".
The giving of material gifts should NOT be our focus this Christmas. This Christmas let's meditate on how we can really give of ourselves to God, our family, and OTHERS! Let's not focus on ourselves and our personal desires but learn to mortify ourselves and to like Christ give what is most precious---OUR VERY LIFE!
Esther from A Catholic Mom in Hawaii has a good meditation from the Imitation of Christ that I highly suggest you read and meditate on. It is very powerful!
Another BIG "Thank You"
To all of those who prayed for me while I took my ACT test. I scored a 24 which is good enough to get me accepted into the seminary/college I am interested in. Thank you Lord! (And a "thank you" to my mother in Heaven---of course!!)
And This Year's Award Goes to:

Me. Thank you Carolina from The Crescat who graciously awarded me the Ugly Vestment picture award for the category of "Mitres, Stole and More". Posted below is the picture that voters voted the ugliest! I like the caption:


Thanks Carolina! That was fun!

Praystation - Playstation

Friday, December 14, 2007

Your Christmas is Most Like: A Charlie Brown Christmas

Each year, you really get into the spirit of Christmas.
Which is much more important to you than nifty presents.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Listen to your papa!!!

I thought I'd go ahead and post a couple of good talks from our wonderful pope, Benedict XVI. Some important truths we should keep in mind. I think that Relativism is the greatest "heresy" of modern times.


"At the same time, international discussions often seem marked by a relativistic logic which would consider as the sole guarantee of peaceful coexistence between peoples a refusal to admit the truth about man and his dignity, to say nothing of the possibility of ethics based on recognition of the natural moral law. This has led, in effect, to the imposition of a notion of law and politics which ultimately makes consensus between states, ... the only real basis of international norms."

Among "the bitter fruits of this relativistic logic," the Pope mentioned "the attempt to consider as human rights the consequences of certain self-centered lifestyles; a lack of concern for the economic and social needs of the poorer nations; contempt for humanitarian law, and a selective defense of human rights."

The Holy Father expressed the hope that the Church's social doctrine may become "better known and accepted on the international level" and encouraged his listeners "to counter relativism creatively by presenting the great truths about man's innate dignity and the rights which are derived from that dignity." This, he said, "will help to advance specific initiatives marked by a spirit of solidarity and freedom.

"What is needed," Pope Benedict added, "is a spirit of solidarity conducive for promoting as a body those ethical principles which, by their very nature and their role as the basis of social life, remain non-negotiable. A spirit of solidarity imbued with a strong sense of fraternal love leads to a better appreciation of the initiatives of others and a deeper desire to cooperate with them."

"An authentic spirit of freedom, lived in solidarity, will help the initiative of the members of non-governmental organization to create a broad gamut of new approaches and solutions with regard to those temporal affairs which God has left to the free and responsible judgement of every individual. When experienced in solidarity, legitimate pluralism and diversity will lead not to division and competition, but to ever greater effectiveness."
AC/CATHOLIC NGOS/... VIS 071203 (500)

VATICAN CITY, DEC 6, 2007 (VIS) - The Holy Father today received in audience members of the joint international commission sponsored by the Baptist World Alliance and the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, who are currently meeting in Rome to ponder the theme: "The Word of God in the Life of the Church: Scripture, Tradition and Koinonia."

That theme, said the Pope in his English-language address to the delegates, "offers a promising context for the examination of such historically controverted issues as the relationship between Scripture and Tradition, the understanding of Baptism and the Sacraments, the place of Mary in the communion of the Church, and the nature of ... primacy in the Church's ministerial structure.

"If our hope for reconciliation and greater fellowship between Baptists and Catholics is to be realized," he added, "issues such as these need to be faced together, in a spirit of openness, mutual respect and fidelity to the liberating truth and saving power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ."

"Today, as ever, the world needs our common witness to Christ and to the hope brought by the Gospel," Pope Benedict concluded. "Obedience to the Lord's will should constantly spur us, then, to strive for that unity so movingly expressed in His priestly prayer: 'that they may all be one... so that the world may believe.' For the lack of unity between Christians 'openly contradicts the will of Christ, provides a stumbling block to the world, and harms the most holy cause of proclaiming the good news to every creature'."

Monday, December 10, 2007

Science and God...
Recently I've been spending a considerable (that means too much) amount of time on Facebook and my seemingly disastrous boycott of the Golden Compass stuff ect.. Anyhow, one bit of good coming from all this though is that I've received some interesting messages from Facebook members, and I thought I'd share with you one such message (keeping names anonymous of course) that I received today that was interesting: "Hi, I was wondering why you believe in God with such passion when all evdience points to the contrary?"
This message was so short and straightforward (quite unusual), and well, I thought it deserved a, well, not quite so short but hopefully straightforward answer. I am posting it below and hope that you will find it beneficial!

Hey thanks for the note! I'll try to answer your question of why I believe in God when, as you said, "all evidence points to the contrary".
First I must ask what "evidence" are you talking about? If you are talking about scientific evidence then I must say it is impossible scientifically to disprove the existence of God. Why? Well, first of all, if God is the Creator of the entire universe and all that exists then He has the power to reveal Himself as much or as little as He chooses. We can't expect to examine God under a microscope. Now, of course that is assuming He exists. But how would you go about scientifically to DISproving God? It is impossible. Science cannot disprove the Loch Ness monster for example (I'm not saying I believe in this creature). Let's take that example. If scientists wanted for all time to disprove the existence of this creature then they of course would have to search the waters. However if they made a search of the whole lake and found nothing, that would NOT disprove the existence of Nessy. Why? Unless they were able to search the entire area of water ALL AT ONCE and at THE SAME TIME then they could not even come close to saying that the creature doesn't exists, as the monster can move around and go to an area already searched before. Additionally they would have to take into account that this monster could be hiding in an underwater cave that is unknown to man or is somehow greatly camouflaged etc..
Anyways, why am I talking about the Loch Ness monster? I mean, our discussion is about GOD'S existence. Well, the reason I bring this up is that I am saying there is absolutely no way for science to disprove God's existence. It is extremely difficult and nigh impossible for scientists to disproof the Loch Ness monster, so do you think that it would be possible to DISprove God? It is not. So please tell what "evidence" you are talking about, as I firmly believe that there is no "EVIDENCE" to disprove God.
Anyway, so why do I believe in God? Well, first of all, my belief in God is based off of reason. Personally, I don't understand how it is possible that anything could exist without a being that created everything. There would be only two logical positions. Either A.) Everything always existed (which is beyond our comprehension as everything we know of in the scientific world has NOT always existed). Or B.) Something came from Nothing (which is just plain stupid).
I believe that if something always existed it had to be something greater than what we could ever possibly understand. I don't believe it is "something" though but SomeBODY----God. Only something greater than we have ever discovered or "known" scientifically could've existed forever (try thinking about that for a sec---something ALWAYS having been in existence).
Also, God has revealed Himself in so many different ways it would be impossible to count them all. He has worked so many spectacular miracles (if you like I'll give you some examples) and I have found fulfillment in my life through coming know of God and Who He is.
My belief in God is not something that is tested scientifically through trying to find "god particles" or something ridiculous like that, but it does require a certain amount of faith (belief in something that you cannot totally see or comprehend). Yet, if you think about it, no matter what position you take (whether you believe in God or not) it requires FAITH. If you do not believe in God, it takes FAITH that He doesn't exists as I just stated above it is impossible to disproof God. Likewise, it takes faith to believe in God, but my faith is based on reason and I cannot imagine that there could exist a world without God.
My faith in God, I believe, is not insignificant. In other words, we might be tempted to think that whether or not God exists doesn't really matter. One might think that it doesn't effect them. However, that is not the case. If God created everything and left it at that and never revealed Himself or interacted with man then sure--I would think that God doesn't care and we have no responsibility to follow Him. However, that is NOT the case. The point is is that God has revealed Himself to man (e.g. read the Bible to see what I mean) and has laid down laws for him to obey (e.g. Ten Commandments) and also has established the Church (Matthew 16) in which to guide those who wish to follow Him. He died for us to make reparation for the punishment earned for our sins and so that we may have eternal life IF we choose to follow this God Who is Love. This God has given us His very self in His Infinite Love and demands that we respond--either to except this relationship with Him, or to reject it. The choice is ours, but it is a decision that we all must make. To reject it is to reject true Love, happiness, and peace.

I understand that from your perspective this all may be difficult to comprehend, but I ask that you at least take some time to meditate on what I've said and think about it before you respond. I hope this response has helped you to understand better!
God Bless!
A Big "Thank You!"...
To all those who prayed for me as I took the ACT test. I won't know what my scores are for a couple of weeks, and then I'll know how I did. I felt like the first half went well, while the second half was quite challenging. However, I'm sure that God's Will will be accomplished no matter what the outcome. I hope I can get into seminary this fall though (*hint*! Hey did you hear that???).
God Bless!

Friday, December 07, 2007

Just one Hail Mary would be nice!

Hey everyone! Would you mind saying a quick prayer for me---that I'll do okay on my ACT test!? Thanks! I'll be taking it on December 8th from 8AM-12:15PM (MST).

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Blog Spotlight: One Came Back; Prayer Intentions
I've recently discovered a new blog called One Came Back which is a blog dedicated to prayers requests and reports of answers to prayer. I suggest you check it out regularly and take a little time to pray about the items mentioned there. I think it is a wonderful idea. I've joined this blog (and others are welcome as well) so that I can post the many prayer requests that come up in my life. Also, remember the Catholic Warrior has a place where you can post your prayer intentions here.
"Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The fervent prayer of a righteous person is very powerful." (James 5:16)

Monday, December 03, 2007

Time for some Advent Cheer!!!
Although Advent is a penitential season (meaning a time of repentance and cleaning up of the soul), I think I'll sneak in a few songs that I've been working on. Tell me what you think, or add some of your own in the comment box...
"We Wish you a Merry Advent!"
We wish you a merry Advent,
We wish you a merry Advent,
We wish you a merry Advent and a Holy Christmas!
Good tidings we bring to you and your friends:
We wish you a merry Advent and a Holy Christmas!
"Sanctus Bells"
Refrain: Sanctus bells,
Sanctus bells,
Sanctus all the way!
Oh what joy it is to ring in a Mass every day! (hey!)
Oh, what joy it is to ring in a Mass every day! (hey!) x2
Chanting through the Mass,
with the Angel choirs,
O'er the pray'rs we go,
Praising all the way (hey! hey! hey!)
Servers ring the the bells,
Making spirits bright,
O what joy it is to to pray and ring a bell of light! (Oh!---refrain)
"Deck the Church"
Deck the Church with lots of beauty,
fa, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la.
Tis the season to repent,
Fa, la, la, la, la, la, la, la la.
Confess we now our sins
Fa, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la.
Do your penance,
Do it quick.
Fa, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la.

Sunday, December 02, 2007

The "Peaceful Religion of Teddy Bear Lovers"
A British school teacher who is (was) a teacher in a Sudanese school is accused of "insulting Islam" for allowing her class of 7 year-olds name a teddy bear "Muhammad". Read the story here. Apparently to name an animal "Muhammad" is very disrespectful at best in the Islamic religion.
Okay, I understand that they could say naming an animal after their holiest prophet to be disrespectful, but we are dealing with a Teddy bear for Pete's sake. Also, it seems about every 1 in 4 guys in Islamic countries has the name "Muhammad" attached somewhere, which would explain why the kids would think of naming a teddy bear as such.
Additionally, the woman who permitted this "act" was a British woman who I believe is Episcopalian, and therefore cannot be expected to necessarily know that naming a teddy bear after the Islamic prophet would be disrespectful. If a group of little kids wanted to name their class teddy bear Jesus without meaning it as a joke, I would see this as innocence and not as an act of hatred of insult.
If this woman had been convicted of "inciting religious hatred" she would've received 40 "lashes" and would have to serve 6 months in prison if she received the maximum sentence. Now she only has to serve 15 days.
I'm glad I live in a country that isn't controlled by Muslims (yet). We can name our Teddy Bears without getting trouble!

Saturday, December 01, 2007

Emmanuel Award

The "God With Us" Award. I was nominated with this award by Kaila from Ego me bene habeo. A big thanks to Kaila who is so good at giving me awards!! You're really cool! Here is the discription of the award:

In a consumer society it is a blessing to read blogs where the writer's main focus is God. Where they express their love for their faith so visibly and joyfully. In a cynical world it is refreshing to see so many blogs which are generous, giving, who care about others and demonstrate what being a Christian is about, loving God and loving our neighbor. Through their faith, lives and spirituality, they bring God to us, they in essence make God visible, 'God with us.' This Award goes to all the faith filled blogs who make evident 'Emmanuel'- God with us, with Joy in their hearts. Please share this Award with Christian blogs that focus on the real meaning of Christmas, the birth of our Savior.

Here some blogs I'd like to give this award to:

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Prayer Request...
I would ask my readers to take a moment now to pray for a man at my church who has had cancer found in his body. Apparently doctors were removing a cancerous tissue, and when they were doing surgery found more cancerous cells. I don't know how serious it is yet, but this man also has numerous other health problems, and he can't be much older than about 55. He does a lot of good at our local church, and is loved by many.
Have your own prayer request? Please post them here

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Well, in my time zone there's still 45 minutes more of Thanksgiving, and if we want to be more like the pilgrims, there's still 2 more days to celebrate! Anyway, I hope you guys all had a blessed Thanksgiving. I started the day out very nicely by going to Confession, Holy Mass, and then visiting a cemetery to pray for the souls in Purgatory. The rest of the day there was lots of work to be done in the house, but it was worth waiting for that wonderful dinner prepared by my wonderful parents! Anyway, there is so much to be thankful for, and I think it's just great that our Country has this day dedicated to thankfulness. Oh, and in case you want to keep up with the times so as to not offend anyone that might be working for the ACLU---I wish you all a "Happy Turkey Day!"

Also, if you felt like your Thanksgiving was not very nice and couldn't think of anything you were thankful for, please take a minute to look at the picture below and remember that we have something to be thankful for all the time!

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Spirit of Thanksg----No, I mean Christmas Award...

Thanks to Kaila from Ego me bene Habeo, who awarded me the Spirit of Christmas Award! I know it must be the Red and White colors on this blog that bring it all to life!!
I would now like to hand this award on to:
And whoever else has caught the "spirit"...

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Movie Review: Flight 93

I know most people have seen this movie (or United 93), but I have just recently been able to watch it, and I thought I should do a review on it. The story is, of course, of the September 11th flight United 93 which was the only plane hijacked on September 11th which did not reach its intended destination. The hijackers seemed to do everything right at first--they killed a flight attendant, a passenger, and scared everyone into believing that they had a bomb if there was any resistance. They managed to get into the cockpit and kill both pilots, and then take control of the plane. The scared passengers were ushered to the back of the plane where many made phone calls to family members telling them what was going on, and also finding out from their loved ones about the other planes that had hit the World Trade Center in New York just a little earlier that morning. The passengers learned that the other planes had been suicide missions, and no reported "real" bombs had been on the other planes. The people united to try to "take down" the terrorist and gain control of the plane. Of course, we know they failed to take control of the plane, but they saved lives by not allowing the terrorists to succeed in flying the plane into the original target.

The movie does not take many liberties whatsoever to change the story or make it "more exciting". It is not a movie for entertainment, but rather a movie that allows us to remember and not forget the courage of American citizens that day. It shows us the gruesome reality of that evil that those men committed. I highly recommend watching this movie, or watching it again. We will never forget, and let us pray for the victims, their families, and for the conversion of all souls--especially let us also remember to pray for the conversion of Muslims.

5 Star match up...

4 1/2 stars. It seemed realistic without overly dramatized. Very moving.

Entertainment: 5 stars. Again, it's not entertainment--captivating is a good word.
Sexual content: 4 1/2 stars. Slight immodesty in a couple guys (very little), and a man and woman seen kissing.

Violent content: 3 1/2 stars. Flight 93 is obviously a violent story and tense, but this film shows very little graphic violence. There is blood shown to show people were hurt but no graphic nature to this one. The film United 93 shows more I think--though I haven't seen this one yet.

Language content: 3.5 stars. A few bad words scattered throughout.
Other immoral content: 4 stars. Obviously terrorism is a topic, though in no way shown in a positive light. It would be disturbing (perhaps inappropriate) to younger audiences.

Over all rating: 4 stars.

Definitely worth watching!

Sunday, November 11, 2007

The Golden Compass

Recently I've heard about a new movie to be released this December (7th) called "The Golden Compass". This movie is the first in a series of movies based off Phillip Pullman's books His Dark Materials. These books are indeed very anti-Christian and seemingly even more specifically anti-Catholic. By the end of the trilogy the "God" (who is the whole time portrayed as weak and cruel) dies of his own weakness and I think the "good guys" (who are really bad guys and include witches) win and defeat the Church.

Now you may be thinking that this just sounds like another Harry Potter controversy. Personally I still think that Harry Potter is not a good work, but His Dark Materials is much more blatantly evil and I do not think that there is much doubt. Pullman is against CS Lewis, a very good Christian fantasy author, and his series (among other things) portrays Heaven as place of torment.

How could this be any clearer? Isn't it sad that we have a new "hit" movie coming out right around the Christmas season directed at young viewers that is anti-Christ. I ask that if you think these movies and books are wrong that you make a stand! Do not go to the movie or let your children go! Do not buy his books---we have plenty of good literature out there for our children and ourselves without this trash!

Also, if you are a member of Facebook ( then you can also join my campaign to get at least 1 million people to boycott this work by Phillip Pullman by clicking here.

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Well, I guess some of you may like to hear some about what it was like being in Rome. First of all, the whole experience was very awesome, and I really hope that the Lord should allow me to return (and stay!) some time. I was tempted to "miss" my return flight and let the immigration police take me home.
A close to eight hour flight from Newark, NJ landed us in Rome around 7:30 AM (jet lag is purgatory). There at the airport we met our wonderful tour guide Maria, who did above and beyond her job. As you saw in the slide show we visited all 4 of the Major basilicas in Rome: St. Paul outside the Walls, St. Mary Major, St. John Lateran, and (of course) St. Peter's. My favorite of course would be St. Peter's, as there is nothing like it. It is so huge (never knew that sooo many huge statues existed) and beautiful. In addition we saw many smaller (certainly NOT small) churches (including St. Peter in Chains and the Holy Cross Church---the latter containing relics of the true cross) which were very ornate and awesome. In one church (you kind of lose your memory after church #5) there was buried most of the remains of St. Catherine of Sienna.
We also visited the Vatican Art Museum which was fascinating. Connected to the museum is the Sistine chapel (no pictures are permitted), and further is the burial place for the pontiffs. Included in the papal burial area was the tomb of Pope John Paul II.
The highlight of the trip was most certainly the Masses that were celebrated in those holy places. Our spiritual director on the trip, Fr. Malin, beautifully celebrated the liturgy (and allowed me to serve at almost every Mass) at St. Peter's (I didn't serve here), the catacombs, St. John Lateran, St. Paul outside the Walls, Santa Maria di Angeli, and others. It was soo cool when he faced the "ad orientem" (away from the people for the Eucharistic prayers) position in some of the churches where the altars are placed against the walls.
We also visited the "Scala Sancta", or "Holy Stairs", which was one of my personal favorites parts of the trip. To see so many people devoutly ascend the steps only their knees was just something else. To think that I was touching the stairs that Our Lord walked up on and down when He was condemned is unexplainable.
Many miracles seemed to have happened while we were there. At the Vatican Fr. Malin and about 5 other people from our group (not me unfortunately) went to confession at the Vatican to a Carmelite priest. This priest was not in anyway connected with our group, but was simply a priest that was hearing confessions in English at the Vatican in one of the confessionals. As Fr. Malin told me, this is what happened to him: Fr. Malin went into confession and named a sin. Then, before he said the rest of his confession, the priest went on to name some of his other sins! He asked Fr. Malin, "Is this correct?" He responded, "Yes, I was about to say these." Furthermore, Fr. Malin likes to make a "General Confession" (an Ignatian devotion---a confession which goes through your entire life) every year around August but had unfortunately not been able to this year. Fr. Don of course had not brought this up to this priest, but the priest anyway said, "So, you have not been able to make your general confession this year, and so I will allow you to do that now." (Please remember confessions there are always behind the screen) This priest must be one of those unheard of living saints.
My "Rome miracle" was perhaps not quite as exciting, but showed me how much it is necessary to trust in God. On a Saturday we had a free afternoon from the usual schedule of tour guides and activities. Since everyone seemed to have their own un-exciting or expensive plans, I made my own which was neither un-exciting or expensive. I happen to know a Legionaries of Christ seminarian named Br. Edward who used to be my spiritual director, and of course is a personal friend. He has been in Rome now for a couple of months and so I decided it would be fun to try to see him and have him show me around the Legionary seminary in Rome. I had emailed him like a day before we left, but of course that doesn't leave him enough time to get back since I wasn't able to check email much. I sent him my cell phone number which did no good as my cell phone didn't work in Rome (long story), and I tried calling the seminary from a local phone, but after trying every area code combination I could think of, I could not even get a single ringing phone on the other end. Okay, so I decide I'll risk it and hope he happens to be at the seminary and available to visit on the only afternoon I had available. Since taxis charge the amount to send their kids to college I was counseled to travel on the buses which are very cheap. I got specific directions from Maria (God bless that amazing woman!) who made sure I understood them. So I get on the correct first bus, but got off late and ended up on a wrong second bus (yes, I am navigationally challenged among other things). After about 2-3 hours of getting myself lost, walking up and down streets, and having no clue where I was at, I finally spotted my bus! I ran and missed the bus of course, and so I'm waiting at this bus stop hoping that this bus will be the right one (BTW, my directions only get me to an area "very close" to the school, and so I am supposed to ask for directions afterwards) I was praying during this whole time to Jesus, Mary and of course our navigator St. Anthony. It seemed the line was busy for awhile, but I started the Divine Mercy Chaplet (while I'm waiting at this bus stop) and within about 2-3 minutes I see two Legionaries of Christ guys walking right by me---one of them "happens" to be Br. Edward. Sorry, but I'm just not one of those guys who knows he's going to be the next cereal box winner to Hawaii---this was a miracle (BTW, did I mention that there are about 450 Legionaries just in Rome, and about 3 million people in the city). I placed my trust in God and He worked His own plan in. The priest that was with Br. Edward informed me that I was going the wrong way to the seminary (LOL--boy, do you have to rub it in?). Anyway, after a wonderful visit with my seminarian friend, who showed me around the seminary, I gave up on my new directions back to the hotel and took a taxi--hey some Italian kid will be going to college thanks to me!
Later we visited the most beautiful city I've ever been to--Assisi. This town has not changed much at all since St. Francis lived there in the Middle Ages. The Franciscan nuns and brothers are still very traditional and strict there. Parents will do as much as send their daughters to court rather than allow them to enter the cloistered convent there, as they will probably never see their daughter again. It was very cold and drizzling while we there on Monday but that didn't stop the Franciscan brothers and sisters to wear sandals and bare feet. The churches there are very beautiful as well but in a very different way than Rome. In Assisi the churches are simple and draw their beauty from that simplicity, while in Rome it is screaming decoration everywhere. I would love to live in Assisi one day.
I cannot explain with words or pictures what it is really like to go there on a pilgrimage, and I hope one day each of you will have an opportunity to go there. I have left out a lot of what happened during the trip, so if you would like you can leave a comment asking for something else you would like to hear about---I don't wish to bore you to death!!!
May God Bless!

Sunday, November 04, 2007

Rome Pilgrimage October 2007

Hey everybody, sorry I haven't been keeping up with the blog! I thank everyone who has been commenting (and for the emails which I have been slow to respond to--I'll catch up soon). In reparation I am posting this video of some photos from my pilgrimage to Italy.
No number of photos can compare to actually going to these holy places, seeing them, and praying there. If God ever gives you the opportunity to make a pilgrimage there (not just a vacation), you must go! I'll give you some stories later.

God Bless!

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Why You shouldn't Give Friends Your Password...
Hi everybody!!! I have returned from Italy and will resume blogging soon. I had an awesome time and will tell you some stories later!
A friend of mine who knew my password evidently changed my blog to an evil color---I greatly apologize for any damage done to your eyes! I have changed my password "Flick" (inside joke), and my color back to normal, so that shouldn't happen again!
I will post my pictures soon for your enjoyment!
May God Bless you all!

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Why there will be no blogging for two weeks....
I just wanted to let everyone know that I will probably not be blogging for about two weeks because I am just about to leave on my trip to Rome. Tomorrow morning (15th) I'll be flying out from Denver airport and beginning my pilgrimage to the Eternal City! Feel free to comment while I'm gone on anything---and yes, I promise to bring back lots of pictures!
I'll be praying for you all in Rome!
God Bless!

Friday, October 12, 2007

Poll Results
These are the results from the latest polls. Thanks for those few of you who took a few seconds to answer them! I'll be posting the new ones for you---please take a minute to answer them if you would--I always love seeing what people think! (I'm still interested to know who said my blog is "Too liberal"! hmmm) God bless!

On average, how often do you visit this blog?

Every day 32% 6

1-5 times per week26% 5

1-5 times per month 11% 2

Whenever I think of it5% 1

This is my first time 26% 5

This is my last time 0% 0
19 votes total

What do you hate most about this blog?

Not enough posting! 18% 2

Too much posting 0% 0

Too conservative 0% 0

Too liberal 9% 1

There's nothing I dislike about this blog! 73% 8

11 votes total
Family Values
This article below states something I believe is very core to bringing up a godly society. So many times it seems that parents think their children can be educated and "brought up" in their society and that they do not have to teach them themselves. They think their education (ie. morals) is given to them by their local church through the various programs or youth programs. This is such a lie! I know personally of youth who have left the Church who were actively involved in the youth group, altar serving, confirmation classes etc.. They were not just "pew warmers", and yet, for some reason they stopped coming to church, and perhaps even lost faith in God. Why is this? I blame partially (because this is not always true) the family they were brought up in. Were the parents taking the initiative to lead the family in the Faith through godly lives and examples. Did they personally take time as a family to discuss religion, God, what the Church teaches, and why it is so awesome to be Catholic? Did they teach their kids not only what we believe, but also why we believe it? These are the fundamental questions to ask. Now, even in the best brought up family there will be those youth who decide for themselves that they don't want to follow Christ and His Church anymore---for various reasons. But the family is the necessary pillar to bring up your children in the ways of God. So when was the last time you had a family discussion about the Faith?


VATICAN CITY, OCT 12, 2007 (VIS) - The Holy Father has written a Letter to Cardinal Alfonso Lopez Trujillo, president of the Pontifical Council for the Family, for the occasion of the designation of the archdiocese of Mexico as the location of the 6th World Meeting of Families, which is due to take place from January 16 to 18, 2009. The theme of the gathering will be: "The family, educator in human and Christian values."

"As the first school of life and of faith, and as a 'domestic church'," writes the Pope in his Letter, "the family is called to educate new generations in human and Christian values so as to forge in them - guiding their lives according to the model of Christ - a well-balanced personality. In such a vital task ... it is important to have the support of the school, of the parish and of the various ecclesial groups that favor the integral education of human beings."

"At a time in which there is often an apparent disassociation between what people claim to believe and the way they live and behave, this forthcoming World Meeting of Families aims to encourage Christian homes in the formation of an upright moral conscience."

"I ask the Lord that the period of preparation and the celebration of this event ... may be for families ... a special occasion joyfully to experience their vocation and mission."

Sunday, October 07, 2007

Keyes-Obama debate 2 (Christianity)

I just love Alan Keyes! (This is from 2004)

Saturday, October 06, 2007

Swiss Helmet Tip to Esther

1. YOUR ROCK STAR NAME: (first pet & current car) Joseph Honda
2.YOUR GANGSTA NAME: (fave ice cream flavor, favorite cookie) Strawberry Peanut butter
3. YOUR “FLY Guy/Girl” NAME:(first letter of first name, first three letters of last name) P-Gor
4. YOUR DETECTIVE NAME: (favorite color, favorite animal) Red Polar Bear
5. YOUR SOAP OPERA NAME: (middle name, city where you were born) Jonathan Atlanta
6. YOUR STAR WARS NAME: (the first 3 letters of your last name, first 2 letters of your first) Gorpa
7. SUPERHERO NAME: (”The” + 2nd favorite color, favorite drink) The Green Tea
8. NASCAR NAME: (the first names of your grandfathers) Arthur Peter(s)
[I don't know what happened to number nine.]
10.WITNESS PROTECTION NAME: (mother’s & father’s middle names ) Gene Kay
11. TV WEATHER ANCHOR NAME: (Your 5th grade teacher’s last name, a major city that starts with the same letter) Frank Francisco
2. SPY NAME: (your favorite season/holiday, flower) Fall Rose
13. CARTOON NAME: (favorite fruit, article of clothing you’re wearing right now + “ie” or “y”)Grape Shirty
14. HIPPY NAME: (What you ate for breakfast, your favorite tree) Nada Oak
15. YOUR ROCKSTAR TOUR NAME: (”The” + Your fave hobby/craft, fave weather element + “Tour”) The Music Rain Tour

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

SOS For Mysterium Fidei

Mysterium Fidei blog, run by Nicholas Larkin, has always been one of my favorite blogs to visit. I am personally a friend with Nicholas (meaning REAL life), and he has informed me that he would actually keep his blog, Mysterium Fidei, open if at least 5 commenters (with Blogger IDs--no Anonymous) would tell him explicitly that they do not wish for him to close down the blog.

So, it is up to you dear brothers in Christ--- Should he keep it? Please leave him a comment over there! Hurry! He will delete his blog on October 10th if these comments are not received!
Update: Thanks to all of you wonderful bloggers, Nicholas will leave Mysterium Fidei running! Thanks and God Bless!

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Prayer Request...
May I ask that if you are reading this you would take some time today to pray for me. I am currently in the process of discerning where God would like me to go to seminary to study for the priesthood. I have pretty much narrowed it down to two possibilities...
A. I go through the Denver Archdiocese which is well known for their orthodox formation and diocese.
B. I go through my own home diocese of Pueblo, which although this diocese is somewhat known for liberalism, we do not have our own seminaries (because we are poor). This means I would go through seminaries which many different dioceses send their students to. I have been told that these seminaries, although they have had troubled pasts, that they have "shaped" up and are producing good orthodox priests. I have seen a couple of these priests that have come out of these seminaries, and although they are not exactly what I would like to be as a priest, they seem to be quite orthodox and faithful to the Church. The seminaries I would most likely be sent to through my diocese are: Conception Seminary College in Conception, Missouri (first 4 years) and then to St. Meinrad School of Theology in St. Meinrad, Indiana (for 2-3 years I think). Have you heard about anything good or bad in any of these two seminaries? If so please leave a comment for my benefit---otherwise please just pray for me in this difficult decision of trying to follow the Lord on the Path He has set before me.
Thank you!

Sunday, September 30, 2007

Mathetes Award

Esther of A Catholic Mom in Hawaii and Kaila of Ego me bene habeo and Joey of Catholic Homeschooled Teens have kindly chosen me to be one of their 5 recipients of the new Mathetes Award.

What is a Mathete?
A brand new award being is being passed out. It is the Mathetes Award, created by Dan King of Management by God to recognize those who take to heart the Great Commission and further God’s Kingdom by creating more disciples for Him. According to Dan mathetes is the Greek word for disciple.The rules for the award, as posted by it’s creator are as follows: In the spirit of this award, the rules are simple.Winners of this award must pick five other “disciples” to pass it on to. As you pass it on, I just ask that you mention and provide links for (1)this post as the originator of the award (Dan King of management by God), (2) the person that awarded it to you, and then (3) name and sites of the five that you believe are fulfilling the role of a disciple of Christ.

I very much thank these bloggers for their kindness, because according to the description I certainly don't believe I live up to it. But anyway, (before everyone starts crying) I will now list off the great bloggers who I believe have wonderful Apostolates and are spreading the word of God faithfully through their blog!

And they are...

1. Nick of Mysterium Fidei

2. Soutenus of A Catholic Notebook

3. Mac McLernon of Mulier Fortis

4. Jimmy Akin of (you won't believe this)

5. John Paul of Abyss of Love

"Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age." (Matthew 28:19-20)

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

That Would be Big Rule # 3...

"#453. How does one keep Sunday holy?

Christians keep Sunday and other days of obligation holy by participating in the Eucharist of the Lord and by refraining from those activities which impede the worship of God and disturb the joy proper to the day of the Lord or the necessary relaxation of mind and body. Activities are allowed on the Sabbath which are bound up with family needs or with important social service, provided that they do not lead to habits prejudicial to the holiness of Sunday, to family life and to health." (From the Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church)

Monday, September 24, 2007

Movie Review: Pathfinder

A while ago a co-worker of mine told me that I should watch this film called Pathfinder, and so the other day I bought the film (since there was a deal at Hastings) and watched it yesterday. Unfortunately, I somehow (accidentally) managed to buy the unrated extended version which I thoroughly regret as you will see below. The story is a legend that 600 years before Columbus discovered America, vikings came and tried to settle in America, but were somehow defeated. In the movie, a young viking boy refuses to help his men fight the natives (therefore was rejected and left) and is adopted by an Indian family. They raise him, but 15 years later the Vikings return and attempt to wipe out every Indian village they can find. This boy may be the only hope in defending these Indians.

OK, I've laid out the story and maybe it sounds like it has some potential. The movie first of all has terrible character development and it is awkward in how it plays out. One scene will jump to the next scene (with different scenery) and it gets quite confusing. There are occasional points in the film where there is dialogue between characters, but it never lasts. The acting was fine, but mostly there was little to act in this film as it is mostly fighting and violence.

The Vikings could pretty much be compared to orcs or monsters. They are brutal and kill every Indian they can get their swords on. The violence too, is not just plentiful but graphic as well, which is very unfortunate. Overall with all the battle scenes (which were pretty much just genocide scenes) it got very tiring and sicking with seemingly very little purpose to all of this. This is a very un-inspirational movie, and I cannot even begin to compare it to some good films like The Gladiator and The Patriot, that although these latter had quite a bit of violence there was an inspirational story line and excellent acting throughout.

I read the reviews for Pathfinder but of course I couldn't find a review on the unrated and extended version. This version possesses more graphic battle scenes and it has a "sex" scene added in which I had to quickly skip.

Overall, I cannot honestly think of a worse movie that I've ever seen. I may very likely end up throwing this one in the trash because yes it was that bad!

5 Star match up...

Acting: 3 stars. Like I said, there was little "acting" in this film as it is mostly fighting.

Entertainment: 1 star. Read above.

Sexual content: 1 star. Tribal clothing is revealing sometimes, 1 scene of attempted rape, and 1 sex scene

Violent content: 1 star. Very graphic violence, torture, and killing in every way possible before modern weapons.

Language content: 3.5 stars. A few bad words scattered throughout.

Other immoral content: 5 stars. The above pretty much covers everything.

Over all rating: 2.4 stars

Not worth watching once...

Friday, September 21, 2007

Blessed are the Pure of Heart, for They Shall see God!

I have recently been struggling with temptations against purity and know that almost everyone out there has to a greater or lesser extent. I sometimes wish so badly that I didn't have to fight this fight, but I am willing to for as long as Our Lord wishes it! I was recommended a book awhile ago called The Courage to be Chaste by Fr. Benedict Groeschel. It is a good book from what I have read and below I would like to give an excerpt below that I believe the Lord shoved in my face today, knowing how it would help me!

"To prepare for the hour of trial it is best to overcome less powerful and virulent temptations. Every temptation that is overcome strengthens a person, even if there are subsequent failures. The most dangerous temptation for those trying to be chaste is what I call the "temptation of temptation."

The tempted person's mind is in a state of conflict. It is a painful time when the individual is pulled in opposite directions. He or she has little or no inner peace, is anxious about the immediate future, apprehensive concerning spiritual danger, and angry and frustrated over such a conflict. Then the temptation of temptation comes: 'Oh, get it over with! What difference will one more episode make. Then I will be at peace or at least able to pray with repentance. God will seem near, whereas He seems so far away now.'

If there is any place in sexual temptation where I am inclined to see the effects of the diabolical, it is precisely in this almost pious suggestion. The antidote to this enticement is to recall that every temptation resisted is a great act of worship of God. To put up with temptation and not seek the easy way out is a powerful acknowledgment of the sovereignty of God and of Christ, our lawgiver and king. Resisting temptation means seeking first the kingdom of God. Even if one falls later on, he has accomplished an act of obedient worship that will not be erased." (page 90 of The Courage to Be Chaste by Fr. Benedict Groeschel)

Monday, September 17, 2007

Hotel Rwanda

Last night I was glad to be able to see a movie I heard good reviews about: Hotel Rwanda. The story is about the Rwandan genocide of 1994 (that killed at least 500,000 innocent people) and one Hotel manager's struggle to save the lives of his family and people that have fled to his four-star Hotel for safety from the brutal killings. The movie possesses excellent acting, and although it is not "enjoyable" to watch, it is a movie many people should see. The thing that was so striking in this movie to me was to see how powerful countries (including America) that although they knew this stuff was going on did nothing to prevent the mass killings---at least not until there were hundreds of thousands dead. I encourage you to watch this movie if you haven't already seen it, and to do what you can to prevent injustice to life!

5 Star match up...

Acting: 4.5 stars
: 4 stars (Although not exactly "entertaining", it was certainly captivating)
Sexual content: Some immodest dress and exposure though not focused on.

Violent content: Quite grusome (consider what this film is about), but quite restrained compared to many graphic movies today. There is plently of violence seen (though not gory), people screeming, intense moments, and disturbing images. 3 stars
Language content: 1 "F" word, about 6 "S" words and God's name is abused a couple of times. 2.5 stars

Other immoral content: Not any that is uplifted (except perhaps too much drinking). 4.5 stars

Average: 3.7 stars

Thursday, September 13, 2007

I've Been Enrolled...

Actually, not in the army of the United States, but I was just recently enrolled in the Brown Scapular! I've written a post on the Scapular earlier, however I had not been enrolled before. My priest graciously heard my confession, and then led a ceremony enrolling me in this wonderful devotion. My commitment is that I must recite the Divine Office daily---namely, I'll be doing morning, evening, and night prayers from the Christian Prayer book I have. I definitely urge all of you to become apart of this devotion if you are not already. What a wonderful way to prepare for death and for the Lord's coming! Below I'm going to give you some instruction I received when I got my scapular. It is called "The Rule of St. Benedict (For Daily Living)". As you may know, the St. Benedict medal is on many scapulars (mine is no exception) and the rule of St. Benedict should be observed by every Christian in my mind. Read for yourself and I think you'll see why. I know I have a lot of these to work on!

It is written: Do all things with counsel, and thy deeds shall not bring thee repentance.

In the first place, to love the Lord God with all one's heart, all one's soul and all one's strength.

Then one's neighbor as oneself.

Then not to kill. Not to commit adultery. Not to steal.

Not to covet. Not to bear false witness. To honour all men.

Not to do to another what one would not have done to oneself.

To deny oneself, in order to follow Christ.

To chastise the body. Not to seek soft living. To love fasting.

To relieve the poor. To clothe the naked. To visit the sick.

To bury the dead. To help the afflicted. To console the sorrowing. To avoid worldly conduct.

To prefer nothing to the love of Christ.

Not to yield to anger. Not to nurse a grudge.

Not to hold guile in one's heart.

Not to make a feigned, (false show of), peace. not to forsake charity.

Not to swear, lest perchance one forswear oneself. (to swear falsely)

To utter truth from heart and mouth. Not to render evil for evil.

To do no wrong to anyone, and to bear patiently wrongs done to oneself.

To love one's enemies.

Not to render cursing for cursing, but rather blessing.

To bear persecution for justice sake.

Not to be proud. Not a wine bibber, (habitual drinker).

Not a glutton. Not somnolent, (inclined to sleep).

Not slothful. Not a grumbler.

Not a detractor, (slanderer). To put ones hope in God.

To attribute to God, and not to self, whatever good one sees in oneself

but to recognize always that the evil is one's own doing, and to impute it to oneself.

To fear the day judgement. To dread Hell.

To keep constant guard over the actions of one's life.

To desire eternal life with all spiritual longing.

To keep death daily before one's eyes.

To know for certain that God sees one everywhere.

When evil thoughts come into one's heart, to dash them at once on the rock of Christ and to manifest them to one's spiritual advisor (confessor).

To keep one's mouth from evil and depraved talk.

Not to love much speaking.

Not to speak vain words or such as move to laughter.

To listen gladly to holy reading.

To apply oneself frequently to prayer.

Daily in one's prayer, with tears and sighs, to confess one's past sins to God. To amend those sins for the future.

Not to fulfill the desires of the the flesh. To hate one's own will.

not to wish to be called holy before one is holy, but first to be holy, that one may more truly be called so.

To fulfil God's commandments daily in one's deeds.

To love chastity. To hate no man.

Not to be jealous. Not to give way to envy.

Not to love contention, (conflict). To shun vainglory, (boastfulness).

To reverence the old. To love the young.

To pray for one's enemies in the love of Christ.

To make peace with one's adversary before sundown.

And never despair of God's mercy.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Please pray for all the victims and their families!

Monday, September 10, 2007

Christian Terrorists?

The New York Times recently published an interesting article (found here) about certain religious books (including many Christian books) that are being banned from some prison libraries because the "Bureau of Prisons" wants to prevent "recruiting grounds for militant Islamic and other religious groups." Okay, I understand the idea being careful in watching what Islamic material is going in there. Islam is a religion that believes in violence. I know I may be "politically incorrect" by saying that (which I am happy to be) but that is just the way it is. For those people who have studied Islam a little they can find that out pretty easily.

However, what about Christianity (and Judaism for that matter)? Why is Christianity being considered dangerous? If Christ was in our culture there probably wouldn't be so many people in prison anyway and there would be a heck of a lot more peace. Likely the 9/11 tragedy wouldn't have occurred if our Nation was a Godly one. However, the Enemy (you know who I'm talking about?) is triumphing here even more by placing limits on religion in our Country. The First Amendment in America guarantees freedom of religion. How could this be called freedom? Our nation is so obsessed with "separation of Church and State" (which is just horse turd to begin with) and yet I find this so ironic. Here the state is determining how the Church is to act here, but yet if the Church DARE step in one inch in State affairs that will not be tolerated.

And we think we live in a free country?

Sunday, September 09, 2007

Please inform me as to how my blog is "Too liberal"! Thanks!

Thursday, September 06, 2007

One Word, No Explanations Meme

I was tagged by Esther for this one....
1. Yourself: Weird
2. Your spouse: Nadie
3. Your hair: Wacko
4. Your mother: Patient
5. Your father: Teacher
6. Your favourite item: Rosary
7. Your dream last night: Unimportant
8. Your favorite drink: Tea
9. Your dream car: Runs
10. The room you are in: Office
11. Your ex: None
12. Your fear: Evil
13. What you want to be in 10 years: Priest
14. Who you hung out with last night: Parents
15. What you’re not: Perfect
16. Muffins: Blueberry
17. One of your wish list item: laptop
18. Time: 10
19. The last thing you did: Talked
20. What you are wearing: Clothes
21. Your favorite weather: Moderate
22. Your favorite book: Come Rack! Come Rope!
23. The last thing you ate: Chicken
24. Your life: Challenging
25. Your mood: Content
26. Your best friend: Christ
27. What you’re thinking about right now: #27
28. Your car: Old
29. What you are doing at the moment: This
30. Your summer: Busy
31. Your relationship status: Single
32. What is on your TV: Junk
33. What the weather is like: Beautiful
34. When was the last time you laughed: couple minutes ago
I tag anyone who leaves a comment here if you haven't already done it!

Thursday, August 30, 2007

1. Thou shalt not have ugly Statues....

I'm sure the first commandment at least implies that! To me its just common sense---why would a church put ugly statues to "decorate"? I guess its because they want a more "modern" look, but the Church has stood against Modernism, so I don't think that's a good idea to be pushing. Anyway, I told Micki a while back I would put this post on what I mean by ugly statues (sorry Micki it took me so long. I felt really bad, so I added you to my links!). At our church, if I have gotten the story correctly, we hired a protestant to build us a statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary and we paid quite a hefty chunk for this statue as well. Now, why would I be against a Protestant building a statue of Mary? If he did a nice job I wouldn't care what religion he was, but from the result this statue doesn't resemble traditional Catholic artwork or depictions of Mary. In fact it doesn't resemble a beautiful woman at all, it in fact would seem it was modeled after the artist's grandmother. Don't believe me?? See for yourself (Sorry some of the pictures are not that clear).....

Now compare that to THIS which is right OUTSIDE the Church, put there by the Knights of Columbus!....

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Holy Communion

Below are excerpts from the book Light and Peace which I thought were excellent regarding Holy Communion. Again, one who is in mortal sin and has not confessed his sin and received sacramental absolution is not permitted to receive Holy Communion, but Christ's Body was given to us who are imperfect, though striving to come closer to Him...

"Frequent communion is the most efficacious of all means to unite us to God. 'He that eateth my flesh,' said our divine Saviour, 'abideth in Me and I in him.'"...

"St. Francis de Sales says there are two classes of persons who should often receive holy communion; the perfect, to unite themselves more closely to the Source of all perfection; the strong that they may not become weak, the weak that they may become strong; the sick that they may be cured, and those in health that they may be preserved from sickness. You tell me that your imperfections, your weakness, your littleness make you unworthy to receive communion frequently; and I assure you it is precisely because of these that you ought to receive it frequently in order that He who possesses all things may give you whatever is wanting to you."...

"Rev. Father Margottet, a Jesuit died at Nice, April 1st, 1835, shortly after his return from Portugal where he had suffered a most cruel captivity with the courage that faith alone can inspire. During the last months of his life he took great pleasure in conversing with a certain young man who visited him regularly to be instructed and edified by his pious discourse. One day this young man confided to him the confusion he felt in availing himself of his director's permission to receive holy Communion several times a week. This was due especially to the thought that St. Aloysius, whilst a novice of the Society of Jesus, went to Communion on Sundays only. 'Come, come, my dear sir,' laughingly replied the good Father, 'continue your frequent Communions---you need them much more than St. Aloysius did.' It is indeed an error to consider holy Communion a reward of virtue, and, in a measure, a guage of perfection, whereas it is above all a means to attain perfection, and the one pre-existing virtue required in order to employ this means is the desire to profit by it."...