Humility

“God always gives a greater blessing to humble beginnings than to those that start with the chiming of bells.”
St. Vincent de Paul

For Reflection:
Thank you, St. Vincent de Paul. You have helped me to see better the value of that which I see as so small and so insignificant! Lord, I give you all my “humble beginnings,” all of my “small starts.” Do with them what You will. Amen.

Our Queen Mother

Today is the Feast of the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  This Feast was established by Pope Pius XII in 1954 and concludes the octave of the Feast of the Assumption.  Pope Pius XII stated that,

 “Jesus Christ alone, God and Man, is King in the full, proper, and absolute sense of the term.  Mary also, in a restricted and only analogous way, shares in royal dignity as the Mother of Christ who is God, as His associate in the work of Redemption, in His conflict with the enemy, and in His complete victory.  From this association with Christ the King, she obtains a height of splendor unequaled in all creation” (Ad Caeli Reginam, no. 25).

Wow! What a Queen Mother we have!  When we place ourselves in her caring hands, she continually draws us ever more closely to Jesus, Our King.  I hope that you will entrust yourself, your family, and all of your needs to the loving intercession of Mary, Our Queen.  Please enjoy this beautiful prayer of Pope Pius XII: Read the rest…

What Does Rolfing Have to do With the New Age?

MF writes: “I am inquirinq about a bodywork technique called rolfing which I had done. I read about it and it said it was about movement of the facia connective tissue but it is mentioned in the document ‘Jesus Christ, Bearer of the Water of Life’ as being new age. Could you help me out with tis question.”

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Catholic Physicians Launch On-Line Petition to Stop Birth Control Mandate

By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS
Staff Journalist

St. Gianna Physician’s Guild launched an online petition drive today requesting that the Obama Administration and Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), Kathleen Sebelius, immediately withdraw all references to contraception and contraception counseling from the “Guidelines for Women’s Preventive Services” under The Affordable Care Act, and to provide a conscience clause to protect the religious freedom and beliefs of Catholics.

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Pakistani Catholic Woman Refuses to Renounce Christ After Horrific Ordeal

By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS
Staff Journalist

A young Pakistani Catholic woman from Quetta, Pakistan is refusing to renounce Christ even after being forced to convert and marry a Muslim man who regularly drugged her and subjected her to mental and physical torture for two years.

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Humility

“Everyone that exalteth himself shall be humbled; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.”
Galatians 2:20

For Reflection:
In my own life, what instances can I recall where I was toppled by my own pride? What instances can I recall when I was “exalted” when I least expected it? How can I use these experiences to grow in humility?

What’s Love Got to Do With It?

Here is an excerpt from a book written by Father Benedict Groeschel that he wrote in 1987 called “Stumbling Blocks, Stepping Stones.” It inspired me and I hope it inspires you:

“If you want to love, you must be willing to be vulnerable. The Gospel makes it clear that if you extend your hand often enough in a gesture of love, someone will drive a nail through it. If you love others, you may be deceived, betrayed an abandoned. if you love Christ, you must walk the difficult road to Calvary. but you will begin to see yourself borne by powers that are beyond you. It may not be very noticeable at first. It may be no more than patience with criticism, or extra generosity after you have done enough. You may feel firmly drawn to God even when you can’t pray. You will begin to change. … Love inspired by charity is one of the most potent forces in the world.”