August212014
signum-crucis:

Married on a CrucifixFr Michael Mullan, LC
Imagine a world without divorce. Imagine families without separation. Imagine no children or hearts torn apart.
People of one place in this world do not have to imagine.
In the town of Siroki-Brijeg in Herzegovina not one of the 13,000 inhabitants can recall a single divorce or broken family.
What is their secret? One look at their marriage rite says it all.
When the bride and bridegroom go to the church to be married they carry a crucifix with them. The priest blesses the crucifix and exclaims, “You have found your cross! It is a cross to love, to carry with you, a cross that is not thrown off but rather treasured.”
When they interchange the marital vows, the bride puts her right hand on this crucifix and the groom puts his right hand over hers. Both are united to the cross. The priest covers their hands with his stole while they pronounce their promises to love each other in good times and in bad.
Then they both first kiss the cross, not each other. If one abandons the other, they abandon Christ on the cross.
Afterwards, the newly-weds cross the threshold of their home to enthrone that same crucifix in a place of honour. It becomes the reference point of their lives and the place of family prayer.
In times of difficulty and misunderstandings, as all human relationships experience, they do not turn immediately to the lawyer or psychologist, they turn to the cross. They kneel, cry and open up their hearts begging for the strength to pardon and implore the Lord’s help.
The children are taught to reverently kiss the crucifix daily and to thank God for the day before going to bed. These children dream of enthroning one day a crucifix of their own.
The family is indissolubly united to the cross of Christ. Is this simply a morbid outlook on marital and family life? Or is it a piece of wisdom that few in our modern world can understand. Until our world does, it will continue to imagine and long for the unbroken hearth.
-=:†:=-
"The Sacrament of marriage comes as do all the sacraments from the wounded side of Christ as He lay ‘asleep’ in death, when Christ was pierced by a sword and blood and water and the Holy Spirit flowed out. At that moment the Church and all the sacraments came from the side of Christ as Eve was taken from the side of Adam. The Church is the Bride of Christ and the Catholic marriage is to be a living example of Christ and His Bride the Church. If the Catholic couple lives in a state of grace and has the sacrament of marriage they receive constant grace from God to love one another with the very LOVE of God. It is the vocation of the spouses to sanctify one another and be open to new life. According to Archbishop Sheen it takes 3 to get married: husband, wife and Christ. Marriage works in Christ.”—my friend Kathleen Ann

signum-crucis:

Married on a Crucifix
Fr Michael Mullan, LC

Imagine a world without divorce. Imagine families without separation. Imagine no children or hearts torn apart.

People of one place in this world do not have to imagine.

In the town of Siroki-Brijeg in Herzegovina not one of the 13,000 inhabitants can recall a single divorce or broken family.

What is their secret? One look at their marriage rite says it all.

When the bride and bridegroom go to the church to be married they carry a crucifix with them. The priest blesses the crucifix and exclaims, “You have found your cross! It is a cross to love, to carry with you, a cross that is not thrown off but rather treasured.

When they interchange the marital vows, the bride puts her right hand on this crucifix and the groom puts his right hand over hers. Both are united to the cross. The priest covers their hands with his stole while they pronounce their promises to love each other in good times and in bad.

Then they both first kiss the cross, not each other. If one abandons the other, they abandon Christ on the cross.

Afterwards, the newly-weds cross the threshold of their home to enthrone that same crucifix in a place of honour. It becomes the reference point of their lives and the place of family prayer.

In times of difficulty and misunderstandings, as all human relationships experience, they do not turn immediately to the lawyer or psychologist, they turn to the cross. They kneel, cry and open up their hearts begging for the strength to pardon and implore the Lord’s help.

The children are taught to reverently kiss the crucifix daily and to thank God for the day before going to bed. These children dream of enthroning one day a crucifix of their own.

The family is indissolubly united to the cross of Christ. Is this simply a morbid outlook on marital and family life? Or is it a piece of wisdom that few in our modern world can understand. Until our world does, it will continue to imagine and long for the unbroken hearth.

-=:†:=-

"The Sacrament of marriage comes as do all the sacraments from the wounded side of Christ as He lay ‘asleep’ in death, when Christ was pierced by a sword and blood and water and the Holy Spirit flowed out. At that moment the Church and all the sacraments came from the side of Christ as Eve was taken from the side of Adam. The Church is the Bride of Christ and the Catholic marriage is to be a living example of Christ and His Bride the Church. If the Catholic couple lives in a state of grace and has the sacrament of marriage they receive constant grace from God to love one another with the very LOVE of God. It is the vocation of the spouses to sanctify one another and be open to new life. According to Archbishop Sheen it takes 3 to get married: husband, wife and Christ. Marriage works in Christ.”
my friend Kathleen Ann

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10PM
10PM
by-grace-of-god:

IF YOU LOOK AT THE FACTS:

79% of parents report their outlook on life is more positive because of their child with Down syndrome.
99% of adults with Down syndrome report they are happy with their lives, 97% like who they are, and 96% like how they look.
^^ Ironic isn’t it? Considering how the rest of us schmucks seem to be unhappy with our lives and who we are and how we look. - comment added by me
And yet, 9 out of 10 babies who are diagnosed with a prenatal Down syndrome diagnosis are terminated. That’s 90%.

And for the scared, hurting parents who just received an overwhelming diagnosis — they’re not processing the facts that if quality of life is the only consideration here, this baby will make everything in their life a whole lot better.
Read full article by Lauren at Sipping Lemonade

by-grace-of-god:

IF YOU LOOK AT THE FACTS:

79% of parents report their outlook on life is more positive because of their child with Down syndrome.

99% of adults with Down syndrome report they are happy with their lives, 97% like who they are, and 96% like how they look.

^^ Ironic isn’t it? Considering how the rest of us schmucks seem to be unhappy with our lives and who we are and how we look. - comment added by me

And yet, 9 out of 10 babies who are diagnosed with a prenatal Down syndrome diagnosis are terminated. That’s 90%.

And for the scared, hurting parents who just received an overwhelming diagnosis — they’re not processing the facts that if quality of life is the only consideration here, this baby will make everything in their life a whole lot better.

Read full article by Lauren at Sipping Lemonade

August192014
10PM

by-grace-of-god:

For anyone wanting to know what Catholics DO believe, please ask a priest, consult the Vatican’s website, read the Catechism, or ask a faithful Catholic! 

Source: Chelsea T. Hall - 17 Myths of Catholicism, Fulton Sheen

10PM

by-grace-of-god:

"It was pride that changed angels into devils; it is humility that makes men as angels.” ~ St. Augustine

August142014
8PM

Greater Love Hath No Man Than This

"Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends." -John 15:13

In July 1941 a prisoner escaped from Auschwitz concentration camp.  To punish the remaining prisoners, the Nazi commandant selected ten men to be executed by starvation.  One Polish prisoner, Franciszek Gajowniczek, cried out in anguish: “My poor wife! My poor children! What will they do?” When he uttered this cry of dismay, Fr. Maximilian Kolbe, a Franciscan priest, stepped silently forward, took off his cap, stood before the commandant and said, “I am a Catholic priest. Let me take his place. I am old. He has a wife and children.”

Gajowniczek remembers this moment:

"I could only thank him with my eyes. I was stunned and could hardly grasp what was going on. The immensity of it: I, the condemned, am to live and someone else willingly and voluntarily offers his life for me - a stranger. Is this some dream?

I was put back into my place without having had time to say anything to Maximilian Kolbe. I was saved. And I owe to him the fact that I could tell you all this. The news quickly spread all round the camp. It was the first and the last time that such an incident happened in the whole history of Auschwitz.

For a long time I felt remorse when I thought of Maximilian. By allowing myself to be saved, I had signed his death warrant. But now, on reflection, I understood that a man like him could not have done otherwise. Perhaps he thought that as a priest his place was beside the condemned men to help them keep hope. In fact he was with them to the last.”


The lives of the saints reflect that of Christ, providing powerful testimony to the love and salvation of God.  The sacrifice of St. Maximillian Kolbe demonstrates the power of God to sanctify men and make them life Him.  This configuration to Christ also witnesses to God’s salvific love. 

Gajowniczek’s account echoes the cry of wonder all Christians should utter before the great and scandalous sacrifice of the Lord of the Universe.  The immensity of it: the ineffable, unchangeable, eternal, all powerful, all knowing, perfectly good and holy One came to die willingly, voluntarily for those who had forsaken him, who were condemned by sin, for those who were estranged from him. “Is this some dream,” we might also ask.

"But God proves his love for us in that while we were still sinners Christ died for us"-Romans 5:8

The sacrifice of St. Maximilian Kolbe mirrors, points to and pours from the sacrifice of Christ.  Because Christ died for us, God has made it possible for men to willingly, selflessly, without calculations, without pride or self righteousness, but for love of God and neighbor lay down their lives for another.  No great love hath man than this, because this is truly the love of God, the “Love which moves the Sun and the other stars,” the Love that made us, the Love that became flesh, that dwelt among us, carried our burdens, shared our suffering, took our transgressions, bore our offenses, the Love that embraced a sinful world with arms stretched open upon the cross of our salvation.

August102014
anti-abortion:

everythingwithaconservativetwist:

runningrepublican:

christopheric:

Basically everyone to the Texas Senate rn

Not a soldier? No opinion on wars. Never been the president? You can’t critisize him. Think that the government spends too much money? You’re not in congress so you can’t talk. You think that gay marriage should be legal? Shut up you’re not gay. You think slavery was bad? You don’t know you were never a slave.
None of what I said there makes sense right? That’s because everyone can have an opinion on whatever they want. The female reproductive system doesn’t grant special powers on issues of life and death.



^^^

anti-abortion:

everythingwithaconservativetwist:

runningrepublican:

christopheric:

Basically everyone to the Texas Senate rn

Not a soldier? No opinion on wars. Never been the president? You can’t critisize him. Think that the government spends too much money? You’re not in congress so you can’t talk. You think that gay marriage should be legal? Shut up you’re not gay. You think slavery was bad? You don’t know you were never a slave.

None of what I said there makes sense right? That’s because everyone can have an opinion on whatever they want. The female reproductive system doesn’t grant special powers on issues of life and death.

^^^

(via thisismydesertsong)

9PM

peerintothepast:

"There’s nothing more calming in difficult moments that knowing there’s someone fighting with you."
~Mother Teresa

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