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Help in Converting

The Novena to Saint Dominic should start today.  Saint Dominic converted many heretics.  His story always begins with his staying up all night talking to his innkeeper.  The innkeeper was his first convert.  Saint Dominic also started his Order with converted Albigensians.  He had to do something with them; so his first act was to start a convent in Prouille, France, in 1206.  So it is a very good idea to pray for Saint Dominic's intercession when you want to convert someone.

O renowned champion of the faith of Christ, most holy saint Dominic, who didst renounce the honour and dignity of an earthly principality to embrace the poor, laborious, and mortified life which should distinguish a disciple of Him Who has said: "If any man will come after Me, let him take up his cross and follow Me." O burning torch, who being thyself consumed with the fire of divine love, didst incessantly labour to enkindle that sacred flame in the hearts of others, lo…


Thinking about today's Gospel, Matt. 13: 36-43, gave me pause.  I was using the words as advice as how to handle evildoers.  Just leave them to God.  Let them live and go.  "The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will collect out his Kingdom all who cause others to sin and all evildoers.  They will throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be wailing and grind of teeth.  Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the Kingdom of their Father."

However, just like weeds, they don't go away.  They try to choke the good.  They're ugly aren't they?  They're unwanted.  They spoil the garden.

They're methods to use.  I cover the ground.  Sometimes I use wood chips.  Sometimes cheese cloth, or plastic.  Weeds won't grow through these substances.  Likewise, people have to take precautions not to be overcome by evil.  It's work no matter which way you take it.

Let's let the love of God burn in our hearts, and that fire will keep …

Ghostly Summons

Ghostly Summons by John A. Karr is a paranormal mystery.  The main character, Lars Kelsen sees dead people.  Let me clarify that statement.  Murdered people appear to him, and continue to appear to him, until he solves their case. 
The novel begins in the Outer Banks.  Lars has moved there to start a new life.  He was a crime reporter and thought that the job was getting to him.  He attributed his visions to his job, his personal life’s tragedies, and he thought a change would do him some good.
His new job was computer programming.  One of his coworkers talked him into helping her husband, who owned a local newspaper.  Lars wrote about his latest vision’s case.  He helped the newspaper and he solves the case.
How he solves the case will leave you guessing.  I won’t spoil it for you, but it’s not who you think it is.  It’s not your second guess, either.  If you like mysteries, you’ll like Ghostly Summons.
John A. Karr is a prolific writer.  He’s very versatile.  He writes  science fic…

Spiritual Triathlon

Last Sunday, I watched my daughter compete in a triathlon.  She did very well.  She is a very competent swimmer, and an efficient bicyclist, and runner.  She's in excellent physical shape.

You may think this is an odd confluence, but I connected this triathlon of physical events to a different kind of spiritual event--praying.  It is an odd confluence, because there are many ways of praying as there are people.  Just look at last week's Gospel (Luke 10:38-42) about Martha and Mary.  There's two different ways of praying (active and contemplative).  Now look at this week's Gospel (Luke 11: 1-13) where Jesus teaches his disciples to pray to their Father in heaven.  And even in the beginning of this Gospel, the disciples mention that John taught his followers to pray: Lord, teach us to pray just as John taught his disciples.

So maybe competing in a spiritual triathlon isn't such a reach.  In fact, when I was thinking over all the different methods of praying, I real…

Warp World

Warpworld is listed as Science Fiction Adventure.  So it is and more. I would add “thriller and suspense.”  Kristene Perron and Joshua Simpson, are the authors.  They will bring the reader  into the two worlds of the two major characters, Seg and Ama.  Seg is Segkel Erarant, who has just graduated from cultural theorist school.  He is sent to look for fuel for his world.  He is warped to Ama Kalder’s world.  She is the captain of the boat Seg hires.  Their adventures, eventual partnership, and I’m not going into spoilers, etc. 
The novel is long, but worth it.  In fact, you will wish it would never end.  You’ll want more.  You’ll love Ama’s family.  In fact, Seg falls in love with their family life, and in particular their culture.  It seems that loyalty, faithfulness, and compassion are not common in Seg’s world.  Seg saw these virtues and not only does he want them for himself, he foresees how useful they are.  He uses these virtues to win over his enemies in his own world.
I wish I …

The Gift of the Priesthood

Watch this vocation video.  Learn that the seminary is full of young men discerning a vocation.

Sunday Snippets

It’s time once again forSunday Snippets. We are Catholic bloggers sharing weekly our best posts with one another.  Join us to read and/or contribute. To participate, go to your blog and create a post titled Sunday Snippets–A Catholic Carnival. Make sure that the post links back to here, and leave a link to your  snippets post on our host, RAnn’s, site, This, That and the Other Thing.This Sunday I'm calling attention to the Novena for the Spiritual Welfare of the Black Community.  Please pray with us.

Novena for the Spiritual Welfare of the Black American Community

A little explanation for non-Catholics, a novena is a prayer said for nine days. Catholics tend to have different expressions that are shortcuts for longer explanations.  For example, when I say that this prayer is to Father Augustine John Tolton, I don't mean that I am worshipping him.  NO Catholic worships anybody, or thing, except God.  Praying to Father Augustine John Tolton, means asking his intercession.  Since Catholics believe in the Communion of Saints, we pray (talk) to those who have gone before us.  We are in communion with them and talk (pray) to them.  We pray and Father Tolton will pray.  So that's constant praying.  Get it?

Why Father Augustine John Tolton?  Father Tolton was the first black priest in America (ordained 1886)  The diocese of Chicago is promoting him for sainthood. Since the country is in turmoil over the Zimmerman trial, and we people seem divided by race, I think it is a good idea to appeal to Father Tolton for help.

NOVENA for the Spiritual Welf…

Why Adoration?

While treading water at Menauhant Beach, my friend and I were discussing Eucharist Adoration. (Doesn't everybody do that at the beach?)  Our parish has stopped Adoration, for the summer.  My friend expressed the opinion that she doesn't see, nor understand the reason for Adoration.  Why is it even needed, when Jesus is everywhere, and especially present, in the Tabernacle?

At the time, I couldn't think of a response.  (Getting sunstroke is as good a reason as any.)  However, I've been thinking and praying about an answer, ever since.  I even solicited help from my Facebook friends.  And their posts kept me thinking.

This is what I'm going to explain to her.  Appealing to the magisterium of the Church doesn't reach everybody.  Many find it difficult and are not inclined that way.  What does appeal to everybody is attaining a personal relationship with God.  A good teacher will use visual, auditory, and tactile means to get a lesson across.  Hence, to give the p…

Litany to the Saints of Bethany

Litany to the Saints of Bethany
Martha, always willing to welcome Jesus at your home                                                                                                                - teach us confidence you have stuck to Jesus, when your brother had died                                                                   - teach us confidence
you have tamed the dragon                                                                                                                              - teach us confidence Mary, friend of understanding                                                                - teach us devotion
Mary, regardless of the talk of the others                                                 - teach us devotion
Mary, tender and lavish                                                                         - teach us devotion
Lazarus, friend of the Lord                                                                      - teach us friendship
Lazarus, having c…


The sun got to me.  Yesterday, my friend and I swam, tread water, and just floated for over an hour, at Menauhant Beach.  I think I got sunstroke.

I was wearing a hat, when I was just sitting on the beach.  But I took it off, when I went into the water.  I thought I'd just dunk my head in the water, when I got hot.  I did.  However, the sun reflects off the water, so the sunlight was doubly burning my head.  Since my hair was thin, it was burning my scalp.  Dunking my head, made it worse, because then my wet hair was plastered together in places, and other places bare scalp was exposed.

I felt nauseous all day.  I had a head ache.  My skin felt tight.  The ends of my fingers tinkled.

I couldn't sleep all night, so I'm too tired to see how I feel.

Lord, have mercy.

A Suspicious Samaritan

My "cloistered brothers" and I were doing group Lectio Divina.  We were reading Luke 10: 25-37.  This is the parable of the Good Samaritan.  We shared our thoughts.

Most of the "cloistered brothers" identified with the robbers--at least for a part of their lives.  Some identified with the innkeeper, who probably wrestled with his conscience, regarding whether or not he could take advantage of the Samaritan.

Personally?  No matter how many times I read the story, I always identified with the Samaritan.  I could see myself coming across someone who needed help.  Upon my first reading, my thoughts were confused and rushed:

How can I help?
He's a Jew.
He may be repulsed by my being a Samaritan.
I can't take him home.
I can't take him to an inn, I have no money.
Who knows how much this will cost?
I have no other means to help him.

Then I listened to my "cloistered brothers" share their thoughts. This time, some said they were the priests; they nev…

Love Before You Preach

I'm reading a lesson Pere Lataste was teaching to his student brothers.  He was their Novice Master.

The Lord ordered us to do what he himself did; he began loving before teaching about it. He gave us the greatest proof of his friendship he could by having died for us. We have to love each other, because we are brothers. We have to love each other, because we are members of the same body. Brothers in Adam, brothers in Jesus Christ2, members of one body, which is humanity, the one humanity regenerated in Jesus Christ, our head. We have to love even more deeply due to the close bounds that unite us. It is neither the hazard of birth nor the hazard of the same country that makes us brothers, but the choice of God
and our own choice.
Of course you can teach or preach without that love.  That's what 99% of them do.  But it's this empathetic love that makes you one of the best.  Love the people.  Open yourself up to them.  Is that so hard?

Sunday Snippets -- A Catholic Carnival

It's that time again, Sunday Snippets. We are a group of Catholic bloggers, who share our posts with one another, on Sundays.

Why don't you join us?  Follow the links and read some different bloggers.  If you have your own blog, create a post entitled Sunday Snippets -- A Catholic Carnival.  Link your post back to here, and also to RAnn's site, This, That, and the Other Thing.

My favorite posts this week were two: Fairweather Catholics, and The Most Cordial Intimacy Possible.

Contraception and the Coming Violence

Life Site interviews the papal theologian, Fr. Wojciech Giertych, op, on contraception and the coming violence, through the rejection of Humanae Vitae

A Lawyer's Summation

The readings to the 15th Sunday in Ordinary time, remind me of a lawyer's summation.  The first one, which I am proclaiming, especially.

Deuteronomy 30: 10-14 is pleading to the jury.  If only you would heed the voice of the Lord...and keep His commandments and statutes...For this command that I enjoin...

I'm memorizing the last sentence, so I can look everyone in the eyes, when I say,

No, it is something very near to you, already in your mouths and in your hearts; you have only to carry it out.
I know.  I'm such a drama queen.  I don't care.  I'm proclaiming something important, and it's necessary that everyone understands.

Since I can't trust the second reader to be there, I'm also preparing the reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Colossians 1:15-20.  I'll read it as a polemic.  I'll emphasize God and just rattle away very quickly: thrones, dominions, principalities, or powers, because I need to get across the concept that only God is …

Fairweather Catholics

My Lay Dominican Study Group is reading Catherine of Siena--the Dialogue, translation by Suzanne Noffke, O.P.  We're at the part where Catherine is talking about the steps to holiness.  We're on the first step, but this step is where quite a few quit.  They don't ascend any further.
This image brought to mind, a friend of mind.  She thought that she would whip her body and soul into shape, by attending daily Mass, and walking to work.  She had her husband drop her off at the church.  She started attending daily Mass.  Afterwards, she walked to work.
She never persevered.  She quit.
When I asked her why, she blamed the priests.  She said the priests were too weird; they got to her.  I asked her what that had to do with the Eucharist. She just gave me a quizzical look, but no verbal reply.   
St. Catherine says the following about people like my friend, But there are many who begin their climb so sluggishly and pay what they owe me (God) in such bits and pieces, so indiffer…

The Most Cordial Intimacy Possible

Vie du pere Lataste

I'm reading pere Laste's Sermon 90 at Cadillac Prison, Septembre 15, 1864.  His words are so poignantly touching.  I so wish I could have known him, personally.

In talking about the Sacrament of Reconciliation to the women prisoners at Cadillac Prison, he tells them that if they wish, he will be their soul mate.  He urges them to call him "father," and he will call them, "my children."  How more loving can you get?  He continues, "If you desire, there will exist between us the most candid, the most sincere, and the most cordial intimacy possible."

Be still my heart!  Does God make spiritual directors and confessors like this, any more?