Monday, March 26, 2012

Pope Pius XII - Saved hundreds of thousands

Pope Piux XII                                    

I just watched this today. I  have heard people in discussing the Catholic church's role during the time of the holocaust put down the Catholic church, especially they put down Pope Pius XII.  I used to believe some of the lies, also. Little by little I am learning the truth.

This video definitely debunks the theory that the Catholic church did nothing. It isn't just a video of talks but it shows concrete evidence with documents and statements.  Worth watching.  I would love it if a wonderful Catholic would make a movie about his life. There is a documentary I have yet to watch called, A Hand of Peace.






Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Instructions from Rome regarding Liturgical Abuses

I love going to Mass on Sunday. I am a revert now for about four years. I was away for a long time. I had very little catechesis when I was younger. I don't blame any one person or the Church for that. I played a part in it, also. I was not a good student in school. I was more interested in socializing. So after returning I went through the Baltimore Catechism with my son, several times. We still go through it from time to time and I post things on the refrigerator frequently to help him, myself and my husband all to remember what Mass is, what the teachings of the Catholic church are and what we need to do to be faithful to Holy Mother Church. Little by little I am learning just what is the Catholic church, it's history and what truths are there but unfortunately I am learning that I am not the only one who doesn't know the teachings of the Church, what Mass is and what the teachings are. I do believe in my book reviews you will find the three books we used for catechism. I loved them.

Recently, I stumbled across this document which was helpful to me, so I thought I would post it. I am surprised at what things are actually liturgical abuses. It was comprised:  from the offices of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, Rome, on the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord, 25 March 2004  Francis Card. ArinzePrefect    Domenico Sorrentino Archbishop Secretary.


 I thought I would include the link here :  http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/congregations/ccdds/documents/rc_con_ccdds_doc_20040423_redemptionis-sacramentum_en.html


I am not one to interpret everything or understand everything, as I am learning. Just thought it would be good to read or skim through or just keep for reference.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Spring is Not Far Away.

Okay, so I feel like I have been posting lately some distressing and disturbing things going on in the news, so I thought I would add a happy note.

I don't know what the weather is like where you live but right now we are enjoying sunshine and spring like weather. I am about to get up and begin my Spring Cleaning Experience. I like to do this around Lenten season. Kind of prepare for Easter.

I am going to open windows, air out the house and begin washing blankets and other odds and ends. I, also, like at this time of year to clean out my cupboards.  Last year I relined my kitchen shelves and they didn't turn out too well and so I am looking for a way to redo that. Not sure what I am thinking of. I don't think they make liner paper like they used to.

Usually, about this time my husband and I, with our son, take up the task of shampooing our carpets. They get pretty bad and usually need it, we can get up dirt the vacuum sweeper never can.

Well, anyhow if you are experiencing nice spring like weather too, it might be a good time to start spring cleaning. I know a lot of you probably work and find that hard to do, and I understand that.  I work part time myself.

Another thing I am looking forward to is this weekend. St. Patricks Day. We are hoping as a family to go and enjoy a St. Patricks Days parade and then come home and enjoy some corned beef. I may add some cabbage, though I will probably be the only one eating it.  I'll let you know more of how that turns out.

Poorly-formed Catholics biggest obstacle to New Evangelization - EWTN, and News from the Vatican

I heard about a couple of  stories this morning on the Theresa Tomea show while driving in my car listening to the radio, so I thought when I got home I would look them up and post them. 

The first one I found interesting from EWTN regarding poorly catechized Catholics being one of the biggest obstacles to the New Evangelization. I couldn't agree more. I myself, as a revert, was a very poorly catechized Catholic. It would be way too embarrassing to even tell what I knew,or thought I knew about the Church prior to my return. I hope and pray that our world is learning from the mistake of the past and is changing this attitude of not teaching the catechism. I remember after I returned to the Church and my son needed to go through the RCIA, what one of the sisters there said when asked by someone else, "when are we going to learn the catechism?"  She told the class we no longer teach the catechism. My son turned to me as if we were going to stop and quietly told him we still do. I know there is more to passing your faith on to your children than just the catechism and I am always in prayer for my son and husband's salvation.

So anyhow, here is a link to that article.


http://www.ewtnnews.com/catholic-news/World.php?id=5057



Now the second article is a newsworthy event. One maybe you have heard before, I haven't.
It appears there have been some computer hackers attacking the Vatican.  I don't understand all there is about hacking computers and exactly what they did. It looks as if it happened twice. Once during World Youth Day and then again March 7th but like the article stresses, look at the reasons for their hacking and wanting to bring down the Vatican website.

According to an entry on the “Anonymous” Italy blog site, the attack was in response to the “doctrines, liturgies and the absurd and anachronistic precepts” that the Church spreads worldwide, citing the sexual abuse of children, and various historical and other alleged misdeeds. The hackers also objected to the Catholic stance against abortion and contraceptives.

I pray those people, and it looks like there were thousands, come to know and undestand the Catholic church is a place of love and forgiveness through Our Lord.

http://www.ncregister.com/blog/tim-drake/vatican-attacked

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Father Z - "Nancy Pelosi: ‘I am going to stick with fellow Catholics’ in Pres. Obama’s war on Catholics. Wherein Fr. Z rants.

I really didn't intend for my  blog to get caught up in politics but I did want it to be a place to grow spiritually and it seems like there are times when the two need spoken of together, especially when a government has declared a war on religion. Mostly it seems like this battle is against the Catholic church of which I am a member.

I was looking for an  article I had read not too long ago on Father Z's page when I came across this one and thought I would repost it.


http://wdtprs.com/blog/2012/02/nancy-pelosi-%e2%80%98i-am-going-to-stick-with-fellow-catholics%e2%80%99-in-pres-obamas-war-on-catholics-wherein-fr-z-rants/


Please pray for our government to make the right decisions, for our Catholic church to stand strong and for Nancy Pelosi to change her heart and turn away from whatever is driving her in the direction she is going.

Dear Lord help us to educate our family for your glory.

"Since parents have conferred life on their children, they have a most solemn obligation to educate their offspring. Hence, parents must be acknowledged as the first and foremost educators of their children. Their role as educators is so decisive that scarcely anything can compensate for their failure in it. For it devolves on parents to create a family atmosphere so animated with love and reverence for God and others that a well-rounded personal and social development will be fostered among children. Hence, the family is the first school of those social virtues which every society needs."--Gravissimum Educationis (one of the documents of the Second Vatican Council)

Helping and Loving Our Neighbor

Corporal works of Mercy
Feed the hungry

Give drink to the thirsty

Clothe the naked

Shelter the homeless

Visit the sick

Visit the imprisoned

Bury the dead



The Spiritual Works of Mercy
Admonish the sinner

Instruct the ignorant

Counsel the doubtful

Comfort the sorrowful
Bear wrongs patiently

Forgive all injuries

Pray for the living and the dead


Good Samaritain