February 27, 2007
The following is the 3rd in a series of talks by one of our employees relating the amazing healing power and love of God in her life.
“The truth is that we cannot remain prisoners of the past; people need a sort of healing of memories” so that past evils will not come back again. This does not mean forgetting past events; it means reexamining them with a new attitude and learning precisely from the experience of suffering that only love can build upwards, whereas hatred produces only devastation and ruin.” Lessons for Living by John Paul II
Have you ever felt so completely alone in this world? I believe this is when we find our Lord ever closer to us. When I heard myself say aloud, “I hate you, God”, I was shaken to my very core. Hatred is born of fear and fear is not of God. The very God I said I hated was about to teach me all about love.
“What did my family do to deserve this?”, I asked. But, in reality, had it not been my family, it would have been another family, perhaps even your family, and I would never wish this kind of suffering on another human being. Yet, brothers and sisters all around us in this world have faced and are facing terrible trauma and suffering in their lives every day. So many people are affected in this life by the wrong choices of others. Evil will always exist and human beings, having been given the gift of free will by God, will either choose in Love or in Fear. We all have made wrong choices in life and our loving Father always invites us back to set things right. This kind of love is all but impossible for our finite minds to comprehend; to be loved with no conditions. Yet, this is how God loves each and every one of us. And, as I was to learn, all I had to do was begin to open my heart and allow Him to enter with His all powerful love, compassion and mercy.
I began to pray. And I wept. I prayed some more. And I wept. I prayed even more. And I began to look to the Blessed Mother. And through my tears, I contemplated her life – a life of love, a life of suffering, a life given over so completely to the will of God. I found a beautiful book entitled “The Life of Mary as Seen by the Mystics”, compiled by Raphael Brown. This book was quite possibly the most beautiful love story I’ve ever read. Having lost my earthly mother, I sought the love and guidance of our Heavenly Mother and she would become for me the source of strength and courage that would bring me into a deeper relationship with her Son, our Savior and God.
God bless you,
February 22, 2007
Yep, number seven will be born in September somewhere around the feast of Cosmas and Damian. A mini-van is no longer going to work. I think a 12-passenger van will hold us for a while.
February 22, 2007
Due to several requests we have received since the Catholic Liturgical Library went down about the practice of removing holy water from fonts during Lent, I am reposting the official answer here. The Library should be back up tomorrow.
Can the holy water be removed from fonts during Lent?
No. Here is a letter from the Congregation for Divine Worship responding to this question on 3/14/03:
Prot. N. 569/00/L
This Congregation for Divine Worship has received your letter sent by fax in which you ask whether it is in accord with liturgical law to remove the Holy Water from the fonts for the duration of the season of Lent.
This Dicastery is able to respond that the removing of Holy Water from the fonts during the season of Lent is not permitted, in particular, for two reasons:
- The liturgical legislation in force does not foresee this innovation, which in addition to being praeter legem is contrary to a balanced understanding of the season of Lent, which though truly being a season of penance, is also a season rich in the symbolism of water and baptism, constantly evoked in liturgical texts.
- The encouragement of the Church that the faithful avail themselves frequently of the [sic] of her sacraments is to be understood to apply also to the season of Lent. The “fast” and “abstinence” which the faithful embrace in this season does not extend to abstaining from the sacraments or sacramentals of the Church. The practice of the Church has been to empty the Holy Water fonts on the days of the Sacred Triduum in preparation of the blessing of the water at the Easter Vigil, and it corresponds to those days on which the Eucharist is not celebrated (i.e., Good Friday and Holy Saturda).
Hoping that this resolves the question with every good wish and kind regard, I am,
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Mons. Mario Marini
February 20, 2007
I have several other things that need work, like holiness. If my staff has things to write about, they are certainly welcome. Lent might be a good time to reflect on this article I found by way of the New Liturgical Movement.
February 18, 2007
Okay folks, we know that many of you have used catholicliturgy.com over the years as a liturgical resource. Since the site is currently not working, we thought it would be a decent time to ask what features you would most like to see in the site when we have a chance to update it. Go nuts! It’s just a wish list so ask for anything you want.
February 17, 2007
“When you get to Heaven, do you want your claim to Heaven to be that you gave up chocolate for Lent? Eternity’s a long time and hopefully you want to have a better story to tell than that.” – Curtis Martin at the Catholics United for the Faith retreat in Colorado Springs today.
February 17, 2007
According to Weather.com:
Partly cloudy skies. A few flurries or snow showers possible. Low 19F. Winds NW at 15 to 25 mph.
According to kktv.com (a local tv station):
Although winds will gradually subside along the Front Range tomorrow, expect the winds to continue to cause blowing and drifting snow in the mountains for a good part of the day on Saturday. Travel will be difficult in these areas. Otherwise, expect a decent weekend with highs back into the 50s by Sunday with plenty of sunshine. Our next chance of snow is coming on Monday night, although little or no accumulation is expected. Have a nice weekend!
According to the view out my front door:
100% chance of snow blowing straight sideways for the past five hours. All paths to the garage are buried under two feet of new snow. I’m supposed to be at a Catholics United for the Faith conference tomorrow morning at 7. 10% chance that I’ll even be able to make it out of our cul-de-sac. I’m glad my wife bought hot cocoa mix last week.