Sunday, December 4, 2011

Thanksgiving

Two weekends now... my Mom and I went to go pray outside the local Planned Parenthood.
It was like any other Saturday morning we go to pray there.  Two pro-life sidewalk counselors, a few prayer warriors, a man on the corner with a graphic sign,  and another on another corner with a banner sign that reads "vote for life." 

It's hard to counsel at this particular Planned Parenthood.  Usually the girls pull in the driveway, and the counselors can only shout something to the women as they walk from their cars into the clinic.   Planned Parenthood also blasts music to drown out the counselor's voice.  After a few hours, or minutes, depending on what the women go in for, they come out, and simply drive away.  Right passed us.

On Novemebr 19th, I wittnessed a "turn around".  A car pulled out of the driveway and pulled over to a group of us pro-lifers.  There were two young women in the car with tears in their eyes.  The passenger got out of the car, came out to us and hugged each of us.  She said she "just couldn't do it."  She said she had been in the Planned Parenthood for a while, and had time to think about what she was doing.  This will be her third child, and she might give the baby up for adoption.

Please pray for this woman and her baby, and never stop praying for life!

Friday, April 8, 2011

Michael Voris Event!



Latest daily Vortex Video


Michael Voris presents: "The Majesty of the Catholic Faith"


Saturday, April 30, 2011

Pheasant Run Hotel

4051 East Main Street – St. Charles, IL

{Free parking is available just outside the Royal Ballroom’s glass-windowed veranda.}

Tickets are $15.00/person or $30.00/family

Seating is limited. Please send your check, payable to:



St. Michael’s Media

1214 S. Tenth Street – Saint Charles, IL 60174

Phone: 630-584-5389

S C H E D U L E:

Registration – check in at 9:00 am

~ First talk 9:15 – 10:30

~ Second talk 10:45 – 12:00 noon

* Lunch break 12:00 – 1:00 pm

~ First afternoon talk 1:00 – 2:15 pm

~ Second afternoon talk 2:30 – 3:30 pm

Holy Sacrifice of the Mass 3:30 – 4:30 pm

{Permission for Mass is pending, with the Diocese.}

*Lunch is not provided. Three restaurants are located in the hotel.
 
 
 
Michael Voris Bio:


At 47, president and founder Michael Voris is among the generations

of Catholics which simply didn’t receive thorough and accurate

catechesis. His searching blue eyes reveal an intense desire to

change that. Trained in theology at the doctrinally-sound St.

Joseph's Seminary in New York, he has been known to put a

damper on cocktail parties with a discussion on the consequences

of sin. Kind and charming, he is likewise unyielding in

his mission of notifying others of the existence of both God and

Satan, and that salvation comes through Jesus Christ and His

Bride, the Holy Catholic Church.

After several years in seminary he discerned that his vocation

lay elsewhere, and spent years working as a CBS affiliate anchor

in various markets and won multiple Emmys for his work in

broadcast news production. The success he enjoyed in his career

did not mollify a growing understanding of the darkness

engulfing the secular media today. His experiences there provided

him with not only the technical knowledge to produce

excellent television programming, but a profound grasp of the

need to produce programs that leave the viewer improved spiritually

rather than just entertained.

On May 8, 2006 a new state-of-the-art digital television studio

was dedicated to the archangel who Scripture promises will lead

the victorious battle against Satan at the end of time (Rev

12:07). Located in an outwardly humble building a half mile

north of the city of Detroit, it is the production center of what is

hoped will be many high quality Catholic programs to be distributed

nationwide. The twofold purpose of these programs is

educating a generation of Catholics largely ignorant of Church

teaching and saving souls from eternal damnation.

Voris is the host of St. Michael's Media's first show, aptly called

The One True Faith. To date, 65 episodes have been completed and

are airing in various markets in the United States.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Tribute to a Hero

...On Saturday we went to Chicago for a dinner in honor of the great hero/founder of the Pro-Life Action League Mr. Joseph Scheidler! Before the actual dinner we joined the "Crusaders" of St. John Cantius (Br. Chad!) and marched over to the hotel with huge yellow "LIFE" balloons. The plan was to give Mr. Scheidler a "hollywood style" welcome (thus the sunglasses and prom dresses), not only because Mr. Scheidler is so awesome, but also because earlier in the week we got word that the pro-choicers were going to protest the dinner from outside. Because of security, we didn't get to be too close to the actual entrance to the hotel, so we rolled out the "red carpet" a little bit a away from the hotel's entrance. After he walked across the carpet, Mr. Scheidler stayed outside on the streets with his pro-life stop sign and stood with the Crusaders across the street from the "pro-choicers." I went inside with my Mom, Constance, and some of our Crusader friends who were going to the dinner, so we unfortunately missed that action. The rest of the Crusaders went on to walk around town singing pro-life chants during the dinner.

So, here's the jolly, happy as a hobbit video:



In his delightful way, Mr. Scheidler often says pro-life people are the happiest people. We are happy becuase we know we are doing the Lord's work. The pro-choicers are so full of hate that during the dinner they slashed the tires of the cars of the pro-lifers in the hotel parking lot. (The cars had pro-life bumbper stickers.) You can read a post in which they admit this here.

Mr. Scheidler has dedicated himself to the pro-life movement. For over 30 years he has been out on the streets protesting and showing America the gruesome reality of abortion. He's sacrificed jobs, was brought in front of the Supereme court by NARAL, sacrificed his home, he was even black balled by pro-life organizations for showing the truth. As mentioned countless times throughout Saturday evening, the pro-life movement would not be as strong as it is today if it was not for Mr. Scheidler. He
is truly the "Father of the Pro-life Movement" and my hero! It was an honor to be at his tribute dinner!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Pretiola!

Back when there were more than only 2 manditory fasting days in the Church, ancients would make pretzels because they only contain yeast, water, brown SUGAR and flour.
Monks used to give young children pretzels as a "little reward" or "pretiola!

Yesterday we made Lenten Pretzels.


"We abstain from flesh, meat, and from all things that come from flesh, as milk, cheese and eggs." - Pope St. Gregory


So, here's the recipie I used:


Grease two cookie sheets and sprinkle with salt.

In a large bowl, desolve a packet of yeast in 2 tablespoons of warm water.

Add 1/3 Cup of warm water and 1/3 cup of brown sugar.

Kneed in 4-5 cups of flour until the mizture forms a smooth ball. (You may need to add more water ;-))

Kneed for 10 minutes.


Tiwst as desired.
Heat oven to 450. Fill large skillet with water adding 1 t-spoon of baking soda for each cup of water.
Bring to simmer.







Dip twisted pretzels in skillet for a bout 30 seconds. Transfer to cookie sheet. Sprinkle with salt and bake for 8 minutes.

Tada!


St. Joseph

Just because I neglected to do a blog post on St. Joseph's day, dosen't mean I didn't celebrate him!

Because we went all out.
My little brother made this for my Dad and brother

On Sunday we actaully went up to a Church north of us for their annual "St. Joseph Altar."

The proceeds from the event went to seminarians of the Institute of Christ the King.

The Italian food was great, espcially the firied zuchhini! There were at least 10 tables of food. Spaghetti and Bread crumbs, (which represent saw dust) Fish, symol of Christ/multiplication of loves and fishes (as the altar also symbolizes God's generosity).

I also got a fava bean. There is a "legend" that if you keep it in your pocket you will never go without fortune/food. To me, it's a good reminder to call on St. Joseph!

Special prayer to St. Joseph.
O blessed Saint Joseph, tenderhearted father, faithful guardian of Jesus, chaste spouse of the Mother of God, we pray and beseech thee to offer to God the Father His divine Son, bathed in blood on the Cross for sinners, and through the thrice-holy Name of Jesus, obtain for us from the Eternal Father the favor we implore. (Name your request.)


Appease the Divine anger so justly inflamed by our crimes, beg of Jesus mercy for thy children. Amid the splendors of eternity, forget not the sorrows of those who suffer, those who pray, those who weep; stay the Almighty arm which smites us, that by thy prayers and those of thy most holy spouse, the Heart of Jesus may be moved to pity and to pardon. Amen. St. Joseph, pray for us.

He is a "universal" patron, which means he may intercede on behalf of any intention.

St. Joseph, pray for us!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Happy St. Patrick's Day



Sancti Patricii, ora pro nobis.


"The ambassadors or Misionaries of Christ are of two classes. There are some who have been entrusted witha small tract of the Gentile world. They have to sow the divine seed there, and it yielded friut more or less according to the disposition of the people that received it. There are others who mission is like a rapid conquest that subdues a whole nation, and brings it to the Gospel. St. Patrick belongs to this second class, and in him we recognize one of the most successful instruments of God's Mercy to Mankind.


When is it that Ireland received the Faith? When Britain was almost wholly buried in Paganism, when the race of the Franks had not yet heard the name of the True God, when Germany had not heard of Christ's coming to Earth, when Northern Europe was deeply slumbered in infidelity; before these nations had awakened to the Gospel, Ireland had converted. The Faith, brought to the Isle by her glorious Apostle, took deep root and flourished. Her Saints are scarcely to be numbered, and went about doing good in almost every country of Europe. Her children gave, and are still giving to other countries.

Let us honour the admirable Apostle, chosen by God to sow the seed of His word in this privileged land."

~ The Liturgical Year, March 17th, by Dom Prosper Gueranger


Ireland's Constitution Preamble:

"In the Name of the Most Holy Trinity, from Whom is all authority and to Whom, as our final end, all actions both of men and States must be referred, We, the people of √Čire, humbly acknowledging all our obligations to our Divine Lord, Jesus Christ, who sustained our fathers through centuries of trial, (...) do hereby adopt, enact, and give to ourselves this Constitution."[36]

Can you tell I'm Irish? Not as much we'd all like to be on this day, but I do have roots! I'm also very proud of Ireland for being one of the only abortion-free countries in the world. We need to pray the snakes stay out of that beloved country!

Go mbeannai Dia duit! ~ May God Bless you!

Friday, March 11, 2011

Forty Days



Temptation of Christ by James Tissot

Psalm 19

Unto the end. A psalm for David. 
May the Lord hear thee in the day of tribulation: may the name of the God of Jacob protect thee. 
May he send thee help from the sanctuary: and defend thee out of Sion.
May he be mindful of all thy sacrifices: and may thy whole burnt offering be made fat.
May he give thee according to thy own heart; and confirm all thy counsels.
We will rejoice in thy salvation; and in the name of our God we shall be exalted. The Lord fulfill all thy petitions: now have I known that the Lord hath saved his anointed. He will hear him from his holy heaven: the salvation of his right hand is in powers.  Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will call upon the name of the Lord our God. They are bound, and have fallen; but we are risen, and are set upright. O Lord, save the king: and hear us in the day that we shall call upon thee.

This Psalm is used in the Church to prepare us for the Spiritual Temptations we may recieve during Lent.  Lent is a time for reparation for our sins, pleasing God, and cleansing our souls.