I just read the incredibly moving story of Father Thomas Byles, a priest on the Titanic. He had at least two offers to get on a lifeboat and turned them both down, saying “his duty was to stay on the ship while one soul wanted his ministrations.”
What a holy man, a man to emulate. If I ever hear his cause for canonization has been opened, I will be among those praying for it.
I mentioned awhile ago that I plan to do a daily posting during the time of Mystagogy, Easter to Pentecost. I will explain more about that at a later time. Suffice to say, I am recovering from the flu, so I will not be following these plans until I am better recovered.
In the meantime, I want to share something I read today today. It’s a story of how a person who works in the Pro-life industry responded when he found himself sitting near an abortionist.
This is a great reminder of what we need to do, for the sake of the unborn as well as for the sake of the soul of abortionist. You can read it at Students for Life of America.
(This has been edited. I don’t understand why, but the first time I read the linked article I could not find the author’s name and referred to him as “she”. Thanks to TwoCrowns, who reblogged with that information, I have corrected it. The author is also clearly marked on the article now. TwoCrown’s comments on it are well worth reading, too.)
Can people please pray for my grandpa? He’s in hospice with a bad infection and we’re not sure what will happen. I’m going home to see him over this Easter weekend.
It’s getting worse and the nurses are saying he’ll probably die tonight or tomorrow…please keep praying. Thank you for all of you who have. Please reblog this.
Consider Jesus’ act of acceptance in the Garden and how much it cost Him, making Him sweat blood. Make this act yourself when things are going well and also when they go against you…We know that nature shrinks from the cross when things are hard, but we cannot say the soul is not submissive to God’s will when we see it carrying out that will, in spite of the strong pull it feels in the opposite direction. — St. Padre Pio (via confessionsofsomeoneanonymous)
(Source: sermoveritas, via acatholicvibe)
Next to the Blessed Sacrament itself, your neighbor is the holiest object presented to your senses.
From Weight of Glory by C.S. Lewis
Next time I’m upset with someone, or tempted to gossip, or in any of the other sins against my neighbor, I need to remember this. To serve God better, it might be very beneficial to see how I measured up against this in my daily examination of conscience.
I received this from Fallen-rosepetals. I am putting in this format so my Tumblr friends can reblog for prayers.
Prayer List: I would like to ask if people could please add my brother, Marco Campos, to your prayer list please. He has a disease where his eye sight deteriorates and they have been getting worse recently. He may go blind and he is unbelievably scared. Please, please keep him in your prayers. Thank you and God Bless! <3
fallen-rosepetals asked: Prayer List: I would like to ask if people could please add my brother, Marco Campos, to your prayer list please. He has a disease where his eye sight deteriorates and they have been getting worse recently. He may go blind and he is unbelievably scared. Please, please keep him in your prayers. Thank you and God Bless! <3
I will pray for healing and for peace! Please keep me posted.
This Easter, 1,306 adults, teens and children will be baptized or confirmed as Catholics in the Archdiocese of Washington, which is the largest number of candidates and catechumens ever.
You can read more at Patheos.com.
I don’t sign petitions often. There are so many, and I don’t have time to look into all the issues. This one is straightforward and important, though.
A nun was invited to speak at a Catholic school in North Caroline.She spoke largely from Theology of the Body.
Her talk, entitled “Masculinity and Femininity: Difference and Gift,” is based on the teachings of Blessed John Paul II’s Theology of the Body. The presentation focused on the differences between the genders, the role of the family, importance of real friendships, emotional intimacy and the impacts of contemporary culture on our concepts of sexuality. (Quoted from Women of Grace).
Needless to say, homosexuality was discussed. Some students, faculty, and parents at this Catholic school were so upset they started a petition and,
In addition, parents called for a letter-writing campaign, sending out emails that listed the addresses of the Diocese of Charlotte, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, even the pope in the Vatican.
On April 2 there will be a school board meeting to discuss this. Rumor is the Bishop will be there. One brave student started a petition in support of the presentation given by this nun. It is important for the Bishop to understand the ramifications to the Church if a nun (or anybody else) cannot give a talk faithful to Church teachings in a Catholic school. The things she teaches need to be encouraged, not stifled.
You can send a message that it is important to uphold Catholic teachings in our schools by signing the petition. You’ll find it here. It will only take a moment.