Category Archives: Love

Life is Beautiful

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“Jesus, Mary and Joseph, I love you
very much. I beg you to spare the life of
unborn baby that I have spiritually
adopted who is in danger of abortion”.

Prayer of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen

 “Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you”.  

– Jeremiah 1:5

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

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Yes we are still in Christmas Season! May everyone have a prosperous and blessed 2015!

It has been an amazing year full of challenges and many blessings. I cannot think of a better way to end 2014  with the Divine Office Prayer for today.

If you are wondering what is the divine office?  The divine office or liturgy of the hours are a set of prayers based on scriptures that the Catholic Church sets apart for each day. In doing so the whole Church prays to God for the good of all.

“From ancient times the Church has had the custom of celebrating each day the liturgy of the hours. In this way the Church fulfills the Lord’s precept to pray without ceasing, at once offering its praise to God the Father and interceding for the salvation of the world.”

Office of the Sacred Congregation for Divine Worship.

It is a beautiful meditation and form of worship!

Lord, open my lips.
– And my mouth will proclaim your praise.

Ant. Christ is born for us; come, let us adore him.

Psalm 95

Come, let us sing to the Lord
and shout with joy to the Rock who saves us.
Let us approach him with praise and thanksgiving
and sing joyful songs to the Lord.

Ant. Christ is born for us; come, let us adore him.

The Lord is God, the mighty God,
the great king over all the gods.
He holds in his hands the depths of the earth
and the highest mountains as well
He made the sea; it belongs to him,
the dry land, too, for it was formed by his hands.

Ant. Christ is born for us; come, let us adore him.

Come, then, let us bow down and worship,
bending the knee before the Lord, our maker,
For he is our God and we are his people,
the flock he shepherds.

Ant. Christ is born for us; come, let us adore him.

Today, listen to the voice of the Lord:
Do not grow stubborn, as your fathers did in the wilderness,
when at Meriba and Massah they challenged me and provoked me,
Although they had seen all of my works.

Ant. Christ is born for us; come, let us adore him.

Forty years I endured that generation.
I said, “They are a people whose hearts go astray
and they do not know my ways.”
So I swore in my anger,
“They shall not enter into my rest.”

Ant. Christ is born for us; come, let us adore him.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son,
and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now,
and will be for ever. Amen.

Ant. Christ is born for us; come, let us adore him.

Taken from http://divineoffice.org.

God Bless,

Caleb

St. Jude: The Patron Saint of the Impossible.

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Today is the feast day of St. Jude, apostle of Christ and  patron saint of impossible causes.  He authored the Letter of Jude and according to tradition traveled as far as Persia, to the east, and as far as Libya to the west. He was martyred in Syria with an axe.

His letter is a powerful testament of his faith and fortitude in Christ against heresy and the dominions of the world.  Many miracles have been attributed to his powerful interception hence tradition holds him to be the patron saint of impossible causes.

In honor of his feast day and the wonderful gift of his faith in Christ I hope you can read the following excerpt from his only recorded letter in scripture:

Jude 1:17-25

Exhortations

But you, beloved, remember the words spoken beforehand by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ,

for they told you, “In [the] last time there will be scoffers who will live according to their own godless desires.”

These are the ones who cause divisions; they live on the natural plane, devoid of the Spirit.

But you, beloved, build yourselves up in your most holy faith; pray in the holy Spirit.

Keep yourselves in the love of God and wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life.

On those who waver, have mercy;

save others by snatching them out of the fire; on others have mercy with fear, abhorring even the outer garment stained by the flesh.

Doxology

To the one who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you unblemished and exultant, in the presence of his glory,

to the only God, our savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord be glory, majesty, power, and authority from ages past, now, and for ages to come. Amen.

St. Jude pray for us!

For the complete Letter of Jude visit: Letter of Jude

For more information about St. Jude visit: The Powerful Faith and Intercession of St. Jude

Excerpt taken from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishop

 

St. Maximillian Kolby: Priest, Missionary, Auschwitz Prisoner and Martyr

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“The most deadly poison of our time is indifference.”

 St. Maximillian Kolbe

It was a summer day and the camp prisoners were standing in front of their Nazi guards in disbelief against such inhuman cruelty. They all stood until the last of ten prisoners was chosen to suffer death by starvation. No barbarian is content with the blood they wanted more. They want it to teach a lesson to those who would try to escape.

The sentence was pronounced and like a piercing thunder aloud cried erupted from one of the condemned:

 “O my poor wife, my poor children. I shall never see them again.”

At that moment, a flood of mercy rushed into his Heart, all his life was for this moment. As a child, he asked the Virgin Mary what would be of him. She responded by showing him two crowns, one white and the other one red. She tenderly asked him if he was willing to accept either one of them. The white one meant that he should persevere in purity and the red one that he should become a martyr. He chose both.

Long time later, that child now barely resembling a grown human being due to the scourge of hard labor and inhuman mistreatment slowly walk to the prison guards and said:

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“My name is Maximillian Kolby”.

“I am a polish catholic priest and I want to take this man place.”

Prisoner 16670 said calmly as he offered his life for the family man. What thoughts must have passed through the SS officer? Could such act of love have broken through his soul and lifted the clouds of darkness?

They tried to take their humanity away, but instead fervently and loud prayers; hymns and the rosary met their inhumanity. The starvation bunkers were not longer and instruments of death, but one of redemption. In imitation of Christ, they turned those starvation bunkers from a sign of despair and extreme human cruelty into a sign of Faith, Hope and Charity. They turn their cross into an instrument of love.

St. Maximillian Kolby pray for us!


This was a fictionalized re-creation of what happen based on witness account. To learn more about this great saint please visit:

Catholic resource:

http://www.ewtn.com/library/MARY/kolbe2.htm

Non-Catholic resource:

http://moralheroes.org/maximilian-kolbe