Showing posts from November, 2010


The Readings for this Sunday are suppose to be scary.  They wake you up.  They give you a good shake.
Isaiah 11: 1-10, Psalm 72, Romans 15:4-9, Matt 3:1-12.

I'm not going to tell you my spin on these readings, because I didn't get very far in my reflection.  All I thought about was YHWH.  Someone once told me that the name of God was so sacred, and so awesome, that it couldn't be said.  That's why Jews don't.  And the name YAHWAH refers to God because it's a word that is said without closing your mouth.
Go ahead, say it.  See.  Your mouth doesn't close.

Leaving Home and Becoming Christian

This man went to his rabbi and cried, "I'm very troubled.  My son went away and he came back a Christian." The rabbi commiserated with the man, and said, "I empathize.  My son, too, left home and came back a Christian."

They decided to pray about it.  In prayer, God spoke to them, "You know, it's funny you say that..."

God Speed and Welcome Home Bishop Burnham

Ordinarite Portal is a web site dedicated to the forthcoming Ordinariate in the UK.  This morning, I read a good post about Bishop Burnham.  It was moving.  After giving his sermon, (and it was good and touching) (read it here) his  last sermon--his last at St. John the Evangelist's.  When finished, Bishop Burnham laid his mitre and crozier at the feet of the Blessed Mother.

Good place for all of us to lay our burdens.

Please say a few prayers for the good Bishop on his way to Rome, and include his family who also travel with him.
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Holy Communion

by Sr. Mary Fisher, OP

It lies nestled in my hand,
This white Host,
For precious seconds as we measure time.
During that infinitesimal moment,
Gazing at It, I firmly believe
Christ, whole and entire--
Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity--
Rests on my palm, and
I am Mary, Virgin-Mother,
Caressing her Newborn;
A sinner, clutching His robe;
Martha, preparing a meal,
Magdalene, bathing His dusty feet,
Veronica, wiping His dear,weary face.
I am myself, weak, needy, yearning
For union with Him.
"Come, Beloved, come!"
And kissing the Host, I receive Him.

from Justitia, Poetry from the Second Annual OPrize for Poetry


And here we were casting aspersions on the neighborhood kids, for smashing our pumpkins.

The Word Becoming Digital

Saint Dominic would have used You Tube, the internet, facebook, twitter, and have carried a blackberry.  The modern methods of communication are made for preaching.  In this video, Father Robert Barron explains how an atheist navigated his way from a You Tube video on Bob Dylan, to Father Barron, to investigating the Catholic Faith.  They're modern tools to communicate.

Sure, it's not perfect; it's made by man, Silly.  But, still......

Giving Thanks

While on vacation a couple of months ago, I visited Berkeley Plantation, in Virginia.  The tour guide happened to tell us that this plantation was the place where the first real Thanksgiving took place.


Having come from Massachusetts, where every school child goes on a field trip to Plymouth Rock and Plymouth Plantation, I thought the the tour guide was committing blasphemy.

Berkeley Plantation's claim to being the First Thanksgiving seems silly.  The claim lies in the fact that when the settlers first landed, they prayed.
   Oh for gosh sakes!  That's a universal common reaction!!!!!  After 4 months on a teeny wooden ship, the second I spotted land, I would have prayed "Oh thank God!!!!!!!!", never mind when my foot touched solid ground.  Then, I would have KISSED the ground, a la Pope John Paul II.

However, that being said, the story did pique my interest.  If Berkeley's claim to the First Thanksgiving was the mere fact of historical dates (Berkeley 161…


One of my "cloistered brothers" got lugged and thrown in the hole.  I'm asking your prayers that he stay strong and emerge intact, and even stronger spiritually and physically.
       He's there because he blew the whistle on a Sex for Information Ring run by some bum correctional officers.  The official reason being given is that my brother is there for protection during investigations.
       Solitary Watch, an organization that publicizes confinement in solitary, has noted the situation.  Solitary Watch is a good source of information for those of us interested in rehabilitation and humane treatment of prisoners.  Read about them here. 

The situation is a sad commentary.  Prayers are requested for my cloistered brother, and also that some positive changes may be made in the prison system.
Remember what I posted last Sunday.  The only person ever promised that he was going to heaven when he died, was the condemned prisoner, crucified next to Jesus.

Prayer Vigil for All Nascent Human Life

Pope Benedict XVI will celebrate a "Vigil for All Nascent Human Life" at St. Peter's Basilica in Rome at first Vespers of the First Sunday of Advent, This Saturday, November 27, 2010.  The Holy Father has requested that all Diocesan Bishops to preside at similar celebrations as the Church enters into a new liturgical year.

Accordingly, Cardinal Sean Patrick O'Malley, OFM, Cap. will pray Vespers, the Rosary, and Benediction, on Saturday, November 27, 2010, at 4:00 PM, in Holy Cross Cathedral.

All are welcome to join in sacred prayer for the dignity of human life at the beginning of the cherished season of Advent.  Following the vigil, a 5:30 PM Mass for the First Sunday of Advent, will be celebrated by Rev. Peter Grover, OMV.

Children's Book Review--Care for Creation

Care for Creation by Christy Baldwin, is my November Book Review.  This children’s book, published by Tribute Books, gives a Christian perspective on our environment.  The illustrations, by Shelly Draven, compliment the author’s message positively. 
Each page gives an environmental message, and then, underneath, it gives a scriptural reference.  For example, accompanying a picture of our planet taken from space is the message:
We are called to care for God’s creation. He wants us to love the land… And underneath we are referred to Genesis 1:1 In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.
I can see this book used for several age groups.  The pre-school groups can look at the beautiful pictures.  The early grades can read the book because the words and font are simple.  Then up to middle school kids, the scripture can be a teaching tool.  I’m also thinking of parents taking the opportunity to teach children how to look up the scripture references.  Look at the book’s web-site to g…

Iraqi Catholics

By now you know about the Church Bombing in Baghdad.  Dan from the blog, America Needs Fatima,  is calling for world wide prayer.  On November 23, 2010 everyone is asked to pray a Rosary for the persecuted Catholics in Iraq.

Calling all prayer warriors.

Remember the 15 promises.

Media Madness

This morning my alarm clock radio woke me up with the news reporting that the Pope says it's "OK" to use condoms.
 That woke me up!
And I woke up disgusted, and grumbling to my self.  My husband knows enough to stay under the radar, but the poor cat got thrown out in the cold without her breakfast.  I was in no mood for her demands.

You and I know the Pope said no such thing.  He has never, is not, and will never, "OK" condoms.  Condoms promote promiscuity which in turn lead to a multiple of physical, emotional, mental, and societal problems.  One of which is Aids.

What is going on here is a publicity promotion.

This week, Peter Seewald's book, Light of the World was released.  The style of the book is an interview the Pope gave to Seewald, who is a journalist.

Are you getting the picture?

"There may be a basis in the case of some individuals, as perhaps when a male prostitute uses a condom, where this can be a first step in the direction of a moralizati…


On September 27, 2010, I asked for help for the Anglican priests swimming the Tiber to the Catholic Church.  Now with more coming, I'm asking for more.  Don't forget; these priests have families that are coming with them.  They are not choosing the Catholic Church because the pay is better.  They are sacrificing for what they believe deep in their minds and rights.

The Saint Barnabas Society helps priests and their families.  At Christmas time the Society regularly gives financial help, as well as gifts.  We need to support their efforts for all the good work they do for the Anglican/Catholic Community.

Donate here.

The St. Barnabas Society began over a hundred years ago, for the purpose of welcoming and helping clergy and religious, who were entering the Catholic Church and needed help integrating into the Catholic Community.

What would Jesus do?
TThe St Barnabas Society continues the work, begun over a century ago, of welcoming and helping clergy and religious of other church…


This Sunday's Gospel Reading is one of my favorites.  Luke 23:35-43  This is the story of the man being crucified next to Jesus on the cross.  The good one.  The one that reprimand those who mocked Jesus.  The good thief said,

"Have you no fear of God, for you are subject to the same condemnation?  And indeed, we have been condemned justly, for the sentence we received corresponds to our crimes, but this man has done nothing criminal."  Then he said, "Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom."  Jesus replied to him, "Amen, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise."

I repeat; "today you will be with me in Paradise."  IOW, the only person EVER guaranteed to go to heaven was A CONDEMNED CRIMINAL.

Don't you just love it?  We Latasties do.  Every saint has a past.  And ever sinner has a future.

New Roman Missal Translation Leaked

I love the internet.  While surfing, I read that Father Z, during lunch with his Hermeneuticalness, came across a site (Wikisource) where much of the new Roman Missal is leaked displayed.   “Areas of Difficulty” looks very interesting.  The person who wrote it, may not be the same  who "leaked" it,  but has obviously had the texts of both the “white book” approved by the Holy See’s CDW and then the revisions to the same that have come. Father Z finds it interesting that this happens at the time the bishops of the USA and of England and Wales are having their respective meetings. So do I. Having read through “Areas of Difficulties” I can say that I agree in large part with the author’s concerns. Related articlesThird Edition of the Roman Missal Text (New) Online (

The Devil and Saint Dominic

DDon't you just love legends?  I mean stories.  St. Dominic stories abound.  Of course they would.  Since Dominic hardly left any writings, or poems, or music--just his life.  What we know about him has been passed down like the children's game of telephone.  But part of it is true.  Let's look at one of my favorite stories about St. Dominic. It is said that Dominic battled the devil often.  Sometimes, the devil would disguise himself, i.e., as an animal, a woman or a man.  One time the devil disguised himself as a monkey.  He was trying to distract Dominic from scripture reading.  St. Dominic wasn't afraid of the devil's nonsense.  Dominic grabbed him and ordered him, in the name of Christ, to hold a candle so he could continue to read. Then Dominic continued his studies.  When the candle burned down to a stub, and was burning the monkey's hands, St. Dominic dismissed him. So what's true?   Well, the fact that we're often distracted in prayer, or study, or…

Adopting a Priest

Image via Wikipedia Keeping a priest can be expensive.  I use to take out a priest to dinner every week.  That got to be very expensive for me.  I was glad when he was posted somewhere else.

I use to have a spiritual director who wouldn't take any money from me.  So I'd take him out to dinner once a month.  That was good and some of my best spiritual direction.

Last year, I adopted Father Jojo Vattakeril, MCBS during the Year for Priests.  He was from India and had been a priest since 2004.  He is still in my prayers.

Now, the Serra Club of Boston, is promoting Adopting a Priest or a Seminarian.  I'm glad to see this.  A few years ago, my parish priest invited a few parishioners to go to a Serra meeting at Saint John's Seminary.  It was a disaster.  The building was locked up.  Father was embarrassed.  He didn't know what to do.  We drove around and eventually he found someone who said he'd get someone to unlock a door for us.  I think about two other parishes …

Alleluia at Macy's

Don't you just love it? !!!!!

Must've been a wonderful sale.

Humanizing Communication

Image via Wikipedia Christianity is needed to "humanize communication," says Pope Benedict XVI.  This comment is from an audience B16 had with participants in the Pontifical Council for Culture's four-day conference on the topic, "Culture of Communications and New Languages,"  reads an article in CNA.

That includes blogging.

The discussions included the effects of the internet, the social venues, news, learning, and even the way people communicate through food.  (Didn't your mother tell you the way to a man's heart is his stomach?  How's that for communication?)

In this audience, B16 said that "...communication touches crucial world cultures, and for believers, it means getting closer to God, Who, in His wisdom, is making Himself manifest in this new way.  The Pope spoke of "profound cultural transformation" taking place due to the great changes in modern communication.  The Church has to adapt to be a player in the modern world.

The C…

O Beloved

The Coptic Hymn, "O Beloved," for all Christians in Iraq.

I was at the point of death,
   my soul was nearing the depths of the nether world;
I turned every way,
   but there was no one to help me,
 I looked for one to sustain me,
   but could find no one.
But then I remembered the mercies of the Lord,
   His kindness through ages past.
I called out: O Lord, you are my father...
                    Sirach 51:6-8a, 10-12a

10 Most Powerful People

I was reading Forbes, 10 most powerful people.  I found the picks interesting:

Hu Jintao, President, People's Republic of China, Barack Obama, President, United States ofAmericaAbdullah bin Abdul Aziz al Saud, King, Saudi Arabia, Vladimir Putin, Prime Minister, Russia, Pope Benedict XVI, Pope, Roman Catholic Church, Angela Merkel, Chancellor, Germany, David Cameron, Prime Minister, United Kingdom, Ben Bernanke, Chairman, Federal Reserve, Sonia Gandhi, President, Indian National Congress, Bill Gates, Co-Chair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, 
What do you think they were looking at?  The most people one influences?  Money?  Political power?  Financial Power?

I was going to make my own list of powerful people in my world, but the categories are too numerous. There's an organizational hierarchy in the Lay Fraternities of Saint Dominic.  I have those that have the power over me at work.  What about those that influence me at church?  Mmmm, maybe I should have a sub-category f…

Show Support for Iraqi Christians

As Catholics, we believe that we belong to a Communion of Saints.  We believe in the Gospel's promise.  We profess that all the ties of friendship span to our enemies.  We believe in loving our enemies.  It's hard.  The cross is hard.

Yet, this is what the Iraqi Christians are about.  Our brothers and sisters in Christ, in Iraq, are hurting and need our prayers.  Maria Teresa Landi, a member of the Communion and Liberation Movement has come up with an idea which will show our Iraqi brothers and sisters that we are with them, that they are in our prayers, thoughts, and hearts.  We are invited to send emails of support for the Iraqi Catholics, to the Papal Nuncio at the United Nations.  The Nuncio at the UN has offered his diplomatic pouch (direct mail).  He will print out our emails and send them to the Nunciature in Iraq.

Please address your emails to the families to:

His Beatitude Emmanuel Delli, Patriarch of the Chaldean Catholic Church in Bagdad

and send them to tonuncio@gma…

Verbum Domini

IN THE LIFE AND MISSION OF THE CHURCH “THE WORD OF THE LORD abides for ever. This word is the Gospel which was preached to you” (1 Pet 1:25; cf. Is 40:8). With this assertion from the First Letter of Saint Peter, which takes up the words of the Prophet Isaiah, we find ourselves before the mystery of God, who has made himself known through the gift of his word. This word, which abides for ever, entered into time. God spoke his eternal Word humanly; his Word “became flesh” (Jn 1:14). This is the good news. This is the proclamation which has come down the centuries to us today. The Twelfth Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, meeting in the Vatican from 5-26 October 2008, had as its theme: The Word of God in the Life and Mission of the Church. It was a profound experience of encounter with Christ, the Word of the …

New Papal Document

The Holy Father just issued a new papal document on Sacred Scripture, Verbum Domini.

Bronze Medal

The winner of Third Prize in the OPrize for Poetry Contest, this year is Father Gerald Lessard, O.P.
The Dark Ages

Since Christ a thousand vacillating years
Had passed like tides of holy blood and wine.
When harsh barbari hordes ignited fears,
Shrewd abbots, then, to save their culture fine,
Assigned their monks to build thick walls of stone,
Confining friendly liberated men.
Since Christ now two millennia have shown
That still despoilers ravage cloisters when
Accusers sack the poor defiled in courts,
When plaintiffs plunder without mercy all
Religious brethren forced inside their forts
To build and bear a legal lithic wall,
A protocol protecting innocents
From devastating costly settlements.

Blessed in Confession

The Sacrament of Reconciliation is always a blessing.  But this past weekend, I was especially blessed by going to Confession.  I was at a meeting at St. Pat's.

I've been to this particular Church numerous times because they have Eucharistic Adoration, 24/7.  I've also been to Confession there because I like the Jesuit Confessor.  Since I was at St. Pat's for my meeting, and it ended just as Confessions were being heard, I thought I'd take the opportunity to receive this Sacrament.

I try to be last, so that I'd get a little more spiritual advice than usual.  I just tell Father that I'm the last one and we can talk for a little while longer.  That's also why I prefer to go to Confession face to face.

So, there I am walking into the room and I walk around the screen to sit down in front of Father, when I am taken aback.  Father was startled also.  We knew each other.  Father even called me by name.  (And actually, if I knew Father David Goodrow was the …

Want A Patron Saint for 2011?

Angela is doing it again.  She will pick a patron saint for you.  Two years ago, I got the Archangel Raphael and was greatly blessed.  Last year, it was St. Nicholas, and ran smack into him by accident at the Russian Museum of Icons.  
  I can't wait to see who gets me this year.
  Why don't you pop over to Where Angels Blog and ask for a patron saint.  Hurry, you only have to the end of November.

Waking the Dead

It is commonly said, that everyone hates change.  If so, what about the dead?  Do you think they like to be disturbed?
What brought these question on?  The recent transfer of the remains of Father Marie Jean Joseph Lataste, O.P. to a new chapel, gave rise to these questions.  You see, the remains of Fr. Lataste were in the chapel where the Dominican Sisters of Bethany pray, in Monferrand, France, and the people on pilgrimage to pray at the tomb of Father Lataste were getting to be a nuisance, to nuns trying to contemplate.    So a new chapel was built to house the remains of Father Lataste.

My "cloistered brothers," sent cards and notebooks of prayers, to be buried with Father Lataste.  All of us Latastes were emotionally involved with the idea of seeing and touching the remains.  And to have a part of us buried with him is felt poignantly.

One of the Dominican Sisters of Bethany from Turin chronicled the event.  She concluded her letter with the following description, which …

Fish Story

Brother Diotrophes: After a 3 hour fight, I finally landed this humongous fish!

Brother Jehoshaphat: I saw the picture of your fish. It was barely 6 inches long.

Brother Diotrophes: Well, after 3 hours of fighting, a fish can lose a lot of weight.

Our Lady of the Spud

What do you think?  Our Lady of the Spud?  Our Lady of the Potato?

Hubby is going to get tee shirts made up and sell tickets to see this potato--the "fruit" of our labor.  Do you think I can auction it off on eBay?

We dug it up out of our garden.  We were surprised by our little potato crop.  Actually we forgot that we planted them.  They must have thrived on our neglect.

Well, whatever you think, we think we have been blessed.

Holy Mother

St. Martin de Porres

How could anyone not like St. Martin de Porres?  What's there not to like?  He's the St. Francis Assisi of the Dominican Family.  He loves animals, cures, helps people, and exemplifies the virtue of humility.

There's a few stories that add to Martin's fame.  One of my favorites is the story about the rats.  It seems that the priory was overrun with rats.  The prior told Martin to set out poison to get rid of them.  Martin, of course, obeyed.  But he went outside and talked to the rats.  He told them about the poison and told them to stop annoying the prior and he would feed them every day, in the barn.  Both ends of the bargain were kept up.

To you Saint Martin de Porres we prayerfully lift up our hearts filled with serene confidence and devotion. Mindful of your unbounded and helpful charity to all levels of society and also of your meekness and humility of heart, we offer our petitions to you. Pour out upon our families the precious gifts of your solicitous and genero…

Be Ready to Give an Account for your Choice.

I beg you to rear and nurture your children in the fear of God.  Be concerned not only for their physical needs but for the good of their souls as well.  Know that on the last day God will demand an account of them from you.    ~St. Catherine of Siena~

h/t for pic from Foreign Embassy

Martyrs This Very Day

10 hostages and approximately 7 Iraqi security are among the dead.   According to Sky News The priest was the first to go when the gunmen stormed the church.  The gunmen immediately ran up to the priest and shot him first.  It seems that the gunmen were planning to hold everyone hostage until 2 women were released.  The gunmen believed the women were being held in Egypt against their will and forced to marry priests.  They also demanded the release of  jailed al Quada militants.

Iraqi security wasted no time in coming in and freeing the hostages.  About 100 people were attending evening Mass at Our Lady of Salvation Church when this happened.
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