Thursday, July 31, 2008

Our Lord Has Been Desecrated

News Alert: College Professor Requested "Catholics" To Give Him The Most Blessed Sacrament So He Can Video Tape Desecrating It. He pictured the desecrated "cracker" on his blog. The Original Story Here.

Desecration of Host Not Seen
as Free Speech Confraternity
Prayer Day in Reparation

HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, JULY 30, 2008 ( The Confraternity of Catholic Clergy is proposing Friday as a national day of prayer and fasting in the wake of the desecration of the Eucharist by a Minnesota professor.

Father John Trigilio, Jr., the president of the confraternity, a U.S. association of 600 priests and deacons, sent a statement this week asking Catholics "to join in a day of prayer and fasting that such offenses never happen again."

Paul Myers, a professor of biology at the University of Minnesota at Morris, says he desecrated the Eucharist by piercing it with a rusty nail, then he threw it into the trash.

The self-professed atheist wrote about the incident on his blog and posted a photo of the desecrated host.

The statement of the Confraternity of Catholic Clergy said it found the actions of Myers

"reprehensible, inexcusable, and unconstitutional. His flagrant display of irreverence by profaning a consecrated Host from a Catholic Church goes beyond the limit of academic freedom and free speech."

"Attacking the most sacred elements of a religion is not free speech anymore than would be perjury in a court or libel in a newspaper," added the text.

Father Trigilio told ZENIT that the congregation is asking the faithful to make a holy hour before the Eucharist on Aug. 1, the feast of St. Alphonsus Ligouri, and to fast in "reparation for the sacrilegious desecration of the Holy Eucharist."

Priest Request # 2

"A Priest's Perspective On Desecrating The Eucharist..."

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Ignaciophile Baby Coming Soon

We are having a baby!

Really soon!

July 31st! The feast of St. Ignatius.

Go figure a blogger who dedicated his site to a Jesuit Saint is rewarded with a St. Ignatius baby. I am truly honored, excited and humbled with such a gift.

What is an Ignaciophile? Good question, I had to look it up.

Karen, Some Have Hats, started a new blog, called A Little Battalion; A blog for Ignaciophiles, to the best of my knowledge she coined the phrase.

Ignaciophiles = Lovers of St. Ignatius of Loyola

Joseph From, Good Jesuit, Bad Jesuit labeled me an Iganciophile. Being the wretched sinner I am, I do not deserve such an honor, but my new daughter does.

Introducing to the Catholic blogging world . . .

Gianna Clare

Pictures coming soon.

Pray for us, PLEASE!

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Father John Corapi Gives You A Strict Warning

Father John Corapi
"It's Terribly Shocking"

The Catholic Church is in the process of celebrating the 40th anniversary of the prophetic and landmark encyclical of Pope Paul VI, Humanae Vitae, on human life. At the time the Holy Father promulgated the encyclical there was a general spirit of dissent in the air. This inspired document put the dissenters into yet a new orbit, even further from the center of Church teaching.

Their lack of humility resulted in disobedience, ultimately resulting in moral death for them and countless others. What has resulted from the rejection of the principles contained in this great document is a catastrophe of unprecedented proportions.

"Life begins at conception. Abortion begins at artificial contraception."

Pope Paul VI prophetically predicted that if artificial contraception were to become generally acceptable in society, then abortion would inevitably become just another means of artificial contraception. Today, not only have what is approaching one billion children been murdered in the name of 'choice' worldwide, but a host of incredible evils have followed in the wake of the rejection of the Holy Father's teaching on life.

Pope John Paul II called abortion murder in the clear and inspired language of his encyclical Evangelium vitae. If a single abortion is homicide"and it is"then the cumulative result of abortion on demand is genocide. Numbers of innocent and helpless children totaling more than the population of large countries have been annihilated.

  • Can a society that elevates such an outrage to the noble status of law be pleasing to God?
  • Or, will God's patience soon run out and visit an avalanche of natural disasters, wars, chaos, and economic collapse on the perpetrators of such violence and evil?
I have no doubt whatever that the Western world is headed for collapse and annihilation, and it will be by suicide, not at the hand of terrorists or enemy states, although that may well facilitate the demise.

As Abraham Lincoln asserted, "If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time, or die by suicide."

Muslims As An Instrument Of Torture?

The Western world's wholesale rejection of the teaching of Humanae Vitae ushered in a death wish that is even now well on its way to completion. Pseudo-Christian Europe has had an extremely low birthrate for decades, while the burgeoning Muslim population is growing exponentially. With the average European family having less than 2 children and the average Muslim family having 8-10 children it won't be long until Europe as we know it will be no more. Muslims vote and they will vote to radically alter laws that facilitate gross immorality. God may use them to chastise a decadent West. I assure you they will not need bombs and bullets; mathematics will more than suffice.

We Are Part Of A Death Wish

The unspiritual person cannot see reality as it is, hence they cannot discern the advancing disaster of our rejection of both common sense and proper morality. The spiritual person must pray fervently for the Spirit of God to discern reality as it is. (i.e., 1 Corinthians 2:12-16).
Things such as artificial contraception, abortion, homosexual sex, and euthanasia all have something in common.They have no life in them. They are part of a death wish that when brought to its inevitable conclusion will result in the annihilation of the West as we know it, if something isn't done to change course immediately.

Every one of us, as disciples of Christ, must pray and sacrifice for the cause of life, and do so with earnest. The hour is late and time is now short. The battle between truth and lies, good and evil, life and death rages on toward its consummation. We know the ultimate outcome—truth, the good, and life is victorious in Christ the Conqueror.

Stand Up!

We, however, must fight the good fight. How we shall live forever is determined by how we live now. We are being called upon by the Spirit of God to be the saints of these times. How we respond to the call will dictate the rise and fall of nations, and the eternal salvation of many.

"Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go" (Joshua 1:9).

God bless you,

Fr. John Corapi

Monday, July 28, 2008

St. Ignatius of Loyola Miracle

St. Ignatius of Loyola Still Answers Prayers.

His feast day is coming up this Thursday.
It was on All-Saint's Day that Alvaro offered up this prayer, and he continued it during the whole Octave of the Festival. On the last day, towards evening, he suddenly hoard, as it were- an inward voice, which said to him, "Rise up, and walk;" and at the same time he experienced an irresistible impulse to leave his chair.

He rose, and found that he was completely restored to the use of his limbs, that his tongue was loosed, and that his whole body had recovered its former vigor. Hastily he ran towards the hall, where the Religious were assisting at a course of theological lectures. When he entered, their astonishment was so great, that they gazed at him, believing that their eyes must have deceived them; but when the old man related to them how this miracle had been wrought upon him by the intercession of St. Ignatius, their surprise was changed into joy, and with grateful devotion, they offered up thanks to God and to His servant, and joined their voices in the solemn anthem, Te Deum Laudamus. Immediately after, they sent information to the Fathers of the Society of all that had occurred, accompanying it with an authentic attestation of the facts.

Source: History of the Life and Institute of St. Ignatius de Loyola

See if St. Ignatius is wanting to work a miracle in your life.

Your Catholic Sunday Homily - 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time

From the Desk of Father Mark, Your Catholic Sunday Homily Minute - 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time

My Dear People,

The Coming of Jesus!

What is an eternity with God, worth to you? At the end of all time, the Lord will "dredge" the world, looking for His faithful servants. Those who have been faithful, will enter His Holy Presence. The unfaithful one, will be cast into the eternal fire. Then the Holy Angels will be sent into the world, to ready it for the coming of the King. After all has been prepared, then the holy ones will enter into their eternal reward. All of the "older order" will pass away. Then, the "new order" will come to pass. What a great day that shall be.

All of creation "groans" as it awaits this sacred time. We prepare yourselves now, hoping for that day. Pray that you not waste the present, invest your future in the Lord. All of creation hungers to be reconciled with Almighty God. Ask Our Blessed Mother to keep you close to Her Immaculate Heart. Then, Mary will wrap you in the Sacred Heart of Her Son, Jesus Christ. In between the Two Hearts, we will find our PEACE! Come Lord Jesus!

May we have a strong faith, trusting that God will provide all that we need; even as we generously share what God has placed into our hands.

Entrusting you to the care of Our Lady,

Fr. Mark

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Planned Parenthood Debacle - An Eyewitness Report

It's Amazing! Courage, Truth, Fear & Murder

All In One Morning At Planned Parenthood

By an anonymous prayer warrior.

A large group was assembled to pray outside of a St. Louis Planned Parenthood abortion mill. I arrived early to pray the Rosary when the Truth Truck from Troy Newman's Operation Rescue pulled up. This is when all hell broke loose.

It's Truly a Shocking Sight!

This truck has pictures of aborted babies on the sides, so large that no one can miss seeing them. And that's what it means to do, shock the public as to what abortion is. You see anytime truth confronts evil, Satan throws a tantrum.

Anyway, the truck turned right into the PP drive, pulled up in front of the doorway, and stopped! Those of us outside the wrought iron 'gates of hell' were amazed, and then thrilled. I thought, "What a gutsy move."

They Had A Gun . . .

Security came from the porch of PP and approached the driver, who was still in the truck. I wondered to myself if the security guards were armed. Then I saw the male security guy unsnap the strap over his gun. "Uh oh," I thought. This guy's a cowboy and this could get ugly. PP 'deathcorts' came out as well. One of them called the police. We were all praying like crazy.

Before the police arrived, the male security guard went to the gates and closed them. Inspired, Mary Maschmeier, who organizes so much pro-life work here in St. Louis told the guard.

"It's against the law to close those gates while people were inside, what if there was a fire and the people were trapped in the parking lot because they couldn't get out!?"

Then the truck drove around the circle inside the parking lot and stopped at the inside entrance of the driveway. When the guard opened the gates a young girl in a car pulled in but couldn't go anywhere because the truck was stopped.

Then 3 police cruisers arrived, but couldn't go anywhere either. The first cop got out and talked to the truck driver. The driver moved his truck back to the first place he had pulled up to, right at the entrance doors. After a few minutes, cars got moved and the truck exited PP property to a standing ovation from the fellow pro-life demonstrators. The driver proceeded to circle the building on the street for the next hour, advertising the horrors of PP.

They Screwed Up!

Mary spoke to the driver. He said he had pulled in to PP to 'ask for directions.' And Mary also said that he wasn't arrested because the guard had closed the gate, so he wasn't able to get out. I have to say I was so energized that this man would risk jail by doing this. I would have gone with him!

You wouldn't wanted miss this for anything! Just think, if they didn't lock the gates the Truth Truck would have drove around the block and some of the Mothers would have never seen it.

  • Thanks to Tracy Mathews for her photos
  • The eyewitness is a dear anonymous friend of mine. God bless prayer warriors!
  • Edited by John Michael, St. Bellarmine"s Blog

Our Lady of Guadalupe, pray for us.

Family Funny - Trying to Catch Jesus

Anne Marie(Five years old): "Dad, Why did Satan try to get Jesus to eat bread in the desert?"

Me: "Because Jesus fasted for 40 days."

Anne Marie: "So, Satan was trying to catch up with him?"

Thursday, July 24, 2008

St. Robert Bellarmine, The Miracle Worker

St. Robert Bellarmine

"The Fisherman of Fish?"

Our good Saint Bellarmine, a Doctor of the Church, is known for his prolific writings. He once wrote a book on how to learn Greek, a language he taught himself! His writings definitely overshadows his heroic virtue, devout prayer life and the miracles he performed.

Amazingly, This Staunch Defender Of The Faith,
Worked Miracles & Nobody Knows About It!

Do you love miracle stories? Do they not truly show the great glory and power of our Lord?

Be amazed at this, a St. Bellarmine miracle.

"Come, Fish, Come!"

One evening the Cardinal was taking a walk outside the city walls along the banks of the river where some fishermen were plying their craft, trying to catch some shad. When they saw Bellarmine coming, they ran to meet him and to get his blessing.

"Well, have you not caught any fish?" he asked.

"We are dying of hunger," one of them answered, "for we can catch nothing."

The great drag net had been raised, and only three shad had been taken, and these the first for some days past, while the license they had to pay for fishing was very heavy. They had only just lowered the net again, which was usually left some two hours in the water.

"Well," he said, "pull it up and you will catch some fish."

"I will do as you bid," said one of the fishermen, "though we have had it up so lately and caught nothing."

"Oh, then leave it awhile," said Bellarmine.

The good Cardinal went on a few steps further to a little wayside chapel of the Madonna della Grazia, which was close to where the nets were hauled up. There he knelt and prayed for a quarter of an hour, and then coming back to the men at the ropes, he lifted his hand from under his mozzetta, and, as if beckoning to the fish to come to the net, he cried,

"Come, fish, come!"

The men at once found their hand nets filled again and again.

"Now, lift up the drag net, so I can bless the bounty the Lord has given us."

The fishermen thanked him and begged him to come again and often, and when he was gone the same fortune attended them, till before evening they had nearly twice as large a haul as they ever had in the best of seasons.

Notice St. Bellarmine took this to the Chapel. Maybe, God is calling you to visit Him in the Chapel. Do you have 30 minutes so God can work a miracle in your life?

Go visit Him! You deserve it!

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

A St. Ignatius Loyola Novena


This is it! The efficacious St. Ignatius prayer to get answers to your personal prayer request.

(to be said both morning and night for nine days)
Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be to the Father (three times).
V. Pray for us, O Holy Father, Saint Ignatius.
R. That we may be made worthy of the Promises of Christ.

Let us pray.

O God, who, for the increase of the greater glory of Thy Holy Name, hast been pleased by Blessed Ignatius to strengthen the Church militant with new help, grant that, aided by his prayers during our warfare on earth, we may so imitate his virtues as to be happily crowned with him in heaven. Through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Let us pray.

O Holy Lord, Father Almighty, Eternal God, who, imparting to the bodies of the sick Thy gracious blessing, dost guard Thy creature by Thy manifold tenderness, graciously assist us to invoke Thy Holy Name, that, by the intercession of Thy Confessor, Saint Ignatius, Thy servants, freed from sickness and blessed with health, may be raised up by Thy right hand, strengthened by Thy help, guarded by Thy protection, and restored to Thy Holy Church with every blessing. Through our Lord Jesus Christ.

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St. Ignatius, pray for us and for all Jesuits!

May your St. Ignatius Loyola Novena be answered quickly.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Your Catholic Sunday Homily Minute -15th Sunday in Ordinary Time

From the Desk of Father Mark, Your Catholic Sunday Homily Minute - 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time

My Dear People,

The Kingdom of Heaven Is Beyond Our Comprehension!

The "Kingdom Parables" are laced throughout the Gospels. In them, we hear Jesus speaking about God re-establishing His reign here on Earth. Jesus says, "The Kingdom of Heaven is like a farmer sowing seed in the field." The reality of God's Kingdom is so beyond where we are right now, that our minds and hearts couldn't even comprehend it, even if we tried. Only the Holy Spirit can help us prepare for the "Great Day" when the Kingdom is established again on the face of the Earth.

Jesus had to use stories to convey the depths of the mystery about His new Kingdom. It was very difficult for the Apostles to understand what Jesus was saying in these parables. They too had questions. Jesus told them that an understanding of the true nature of the Kingdom would only be granted to them. To anyone who has, more will be given. From anyone who has not, it shall be taken from him. Pray for the grace to understand how you can assist Jesus in establishing His Kingdom here on Earth.

May we allow stewardship to blossom in our hearts by generously sharing the gifts and talents, which our generous God has sowed in our own lives.

Entrusting you to the care of Our Lady,
Fr. Mark

Friday, July 18, 2008

St. Anne Novena

St. Anne PictureThis is it!


The first part is to be prayed daily in addition to a daily prayer to St. Anne. The most efficacious time to pray St. Anne's Novena is the 9 days before her July 25th feast day. (July 18-26)

O glorious St. Anne,

you are filled with compassion for those who invoke you
and with love for those who suffer! Heavily burdened with
the weight of my troubles, I cast myself at your feet and
humbly beg of you to take the present intention which I
recommend to you in your special care.

Please recommend it to your daughter, the Blessed Virgin
Mary, and place it before the throne of Jesus, so that He
may bring it to a happy issue. Continue to intercede for
me until my request is granted. But, above all, obtain
for me the grace one day to see my God face to face, and
with you and Mary and all the saints to praise and bless
Him for all eternity. Amen.

Our Father, . . . Hail Mary . . .

O Jesus, Holy Mary, St. Anne, help me now
and at the hour of my death.

Good St. Ann, intercede for me.

St. Anne Novena Day 1

Dear St. Anne, though I am but a prodigalchild,
I appeal to you and place myself under your great
motherly care. Please listen to my prayers and grant my
requests. See my contrite heart, and show me your
unfailing goodness.

Deign to be my advocate and recommend me
to God’s infinite mercy. Obtain for me forgiveness
of my sins and the strength to begin a new life that will
last forever.

Blessed St. Anne, I also beg of you the
grace to love, to serve, and to honor your daughter, the
most holy Virgin Mary. Please recommend me to her and
pray to her for me. She refuses none your requests but
welcomes with loving kindness all those for whom you

Good Jesus, be merciful to the faithful
servants of Your grandmother St. Anne.

St. Anne Novena Day 2

From the depths of my heart, good St. Anne,
I offer you my homage this day and ask you to
shelter me under the mantle of your motherly care. You
know, good mother, how much I love you, how gladly I
serve you, how happy I am to praise you, how eager I am
to call on you in time of distress.

Good St. Anne, be pleased to extend your
helping hand in all my wants. Listen to my prayers, for I
place my trust in your gracious bounty. Make all my
thoughts and desires worthy and righteous.

Jesus, I thank You for all the graces
which in Your infinite goodness You have lavished upon
St. Anne; for having chosen her, among all women, to be
Your grandmother on earth and exalted her in heaven with
such great and miraculous powers. In the name of her
merits, I humbly recommend myself to Your infinite mercy.

St. Anne Novena Day 3

Hail, good St. Anne, who first responded to
the needs of Mary, Mother of our Savior and Queen of
Angels. Hail to you and to your husband St. Joachim, who
watched over her infancy, presented her to the Lord in
the temple and, according to your promise, consecrated
her to the service of God.

Hail St. Anne, good mother! I rejoice in
the marvels you continually perform, because they
encourage all to seek your intercession.

Good St. Anne, by the great power that God
has given you, show yourself my mother, my consoler, my
advocate. Reconcile me to the God I have so deeply
offended. Console me in my trials; strengthen me in my
struggles. Deliver me from danger in my time of need.
Help me at the hour of death and open to me the gates of

St. Anne Novena Day 4

Good St. Anne, you offered your pure and
holy daughter Mary in the temple with faith, piety and
love. By the happiness which then filled your heart, I
beg you to present me to your Grandson Jesus. Offered by
you, I will be agreeable in His sight.

Kind St. Anne, take me forever under your
protection. Deliver me from the temptations which
continually assail me. Above all, attend me in my last
hour. As I lie on my deathbed, be present with your
daughter to console and strengthen me.

Holy Mary and good St. Anne, show
yourselves to be mothers indeed by obtaining for me the
grace of a good death. When my soul goes forth, lead it
to God’s tribunal so that, by your powerful help and
intercession, it may obtain a favorable judgment.

St. Anne Novena Day 5

Hail, all-powerful Lady. By God’sspecial favor,
grant consolation to those who invoke you.
Procure for them the eternal riches of heaven, and like a
good mother, success in their temporal affairs as well.

Good St. Anne, obtain my deliverance from
the punishment which my sins deserve. Obtain for me
success in my temporal affairs; especially see to the
salvation of my soul.

St. Anne, by your influence with
Mary’s son Jesus, you have won the gift of
conversion for many sinners. Will you then abandon me,
who have chosen you as my mother? No, St. Anne. Your name
alone, which signifies grace, assures me of the help of
your prayers, and these prayers will surely procure
pardon and mercy from Jesus. You will pray for me now and
at the hour of my death.

St. Anne Novena Day 5

Good St. Anne, do not allow my soul, a
masterpiece of God’s creative power, to be lost
forever. Free my heart of pride, vanity, self-love. May I
know myself as I really am and learn meekness and
simplicity of heart.

God’s great love for me leaves me
cold and unresponsive. I must reflect this love through
works of mercy and charity toward my neighbor.

In your boundless charity, good St. Anne,
help me to merit the glorious crown which is given to
those who have fought the good fight against the world,
the devil and the flesh. Assist me to preserve purity of
heart and body. With Mary and her divine Son, protect me

St. Anne Novena Day 7

Once again, Good St. Anne, I choose you
for my advocate before the throne of God. By the power
and grace that God has placed in you, extend to me your
helping hand. Renew my mind and my heart.

Dear St. Anne, I have unbounded confidence
in your prayers. To your blessed hands I entrust my soul,
my body and all my hopes for this world and the next.
Direct my actions according to your goodness and wisdom.
I place myself under your motherly care.

Receive me, good mother. Cover me with
the mantle of your love. Look kindly on me. By your
powerful intercession, may I obtain from God grace and
mercy. Obtain for me remission for sin and release from
the punishment my offenses have deserved. Pray that I may
receive grace to lead a devout life on earth and that I
may obtain the everlasting reward of heaven.

St. Anne Novena Day 8

Hail, St. Anne! I rejoice at your exaltedglory.
You gave birth to Mary, whose divine Son brought
salvation to our lost world by conquering death and
restoring life and hope to sinners. Pray to Him who, for
love of us, clothed Himself with human flesh in the
chaste womb of your daughter.

Glorious St. Anne, with your blessed
daughter, deliver me from everything that is displeasing
in the sight of God. Pray to your gentle and powerful
Grandson that He may cleanse my soul in His precious
blood, that He may send His Holy Spirit to enlighten and
direct me in all that I do, always obedient to His holy

Good mother, keep a watchful eye on me.
Help me bear all my crosses. Give me the fullness of your
bounty and sustain me with courage.

St. Anne Novena Day 9

Good St. Anne, I have reached the end of
this novena in your honor. I have asked and ask again.
Good mother, let not your kind ear grow weary of my
prayers, though I repeat them so often.

Bounteous Lady, implore for me from
divine Providence all the help I need through life. May
your generous hand bestow on me the material means to
satisfy my own needs and to alleviate the plight of the

Good St. Anne, fortify me by the
sacraments of the Church at the hour of my death. Admit
me into the company of the blessed in the kingdom of
heaven, where I may praise and thank the adorable
Trinity, your grandson Christ Jesus, your glorious
daughter Mary, and yourself, dear St. Anne, through
endless ages.

Blessed Sacrament Fathers
Cleveland, Ohio

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Wednesday, July 16, 2008

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Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Your Catholic Sunday Homily Minute - 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time

From the Desk of Father Mark, Your Catholic Sunday Homily Minute - 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time

My Dear People,

Are You Drowning God?

What suffocates the life out of your spiritual life? What drowns the voice of God in you heart? These are the serious spiritual questions Jesus asked His Disciples in our Gospel this week. Money, worries, vices, and sin all drain our spiritual energy. We have been told, that only ONE GOD may we serve at one time. When we are so distracted by the cares and worries of this world, our focus is taken off of our God. This is when the devil does his best work.

Once distracted, the evil one can then attempt to control what we say and do. Jesus' temptations in the desert are a great example of this tactic. Each time Jesus met the devil on his own terms, He utterly rebuked him. We must do the same in the name of Our Lord Jesus. God will then become our source of strength. Only through God's power can the evil one be held at bay. Call upon the name of the Lord often. Come to know His saving power. Delight in God's mighty hand.

May the lure of riches and material goods not choke God out of your life.

Entrusting you to the care of Our Lady,

Fr. Mark

Monday, July 14, 2008

"A Priest's Perspective On Desecrating The Eucharist..."

News Alert:
College Professor Request "Catholics" To Give Him The Most Blessed Sacrament So He Can Video Tape Desecrating It.
Disgruntled Professor's Story Here" .

Shocking Story Prompts Priest To Call All Catholics To Action! His Advice May Surprise You. . .

Hello My Fellow Catholics,

Some of you may have heard the news through the Catholic League regarding the desecration of the Most Blessed Sacrament.

May I propose a course of action to all:

(1) Pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet for this misguided soul, a Minnesota professor, who so wishes to desecrate our Lord in His Greatest Gift in a public way in front of cameras and so on. We are called to pray for this man who desecrates our Lord in so public and so thumb-nosing an action.

- BUT -

(2) Pray a second Divine Mercy Chaplet for ourselves, when we by our sins, desecrate the Most Blessed Sacrament. After all, if Catholics, who quote unquote truly believe Christ is present in this Most Wondrous Gift, can desecrate that Gift by coming in front of Him dressed immodestly, if we can come before Him in this Wondrous Gift with petty rivalries, if we can come before Him in a state of sin from sexual misconduct, should we not ask for mercy our selves? What has this professor done that we have not done with our own actions?

Stop, Pray And Listen

People of God, I KNOW that there is a difference between what this professor is doing and what we do in our sin. And truly, we are called to take the gentle actions Christ would take to stop it. His desecration is shameful, and hurts us all. Still, this remains a moment to look at our own sins and how they wound that Gift, that Jesus who we profess to adore.

God bless,
Fr. Tim Henderson.

News Release from the Catholic League.

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Sunday, July 13, 2008

Miracles of Venerable Felix de Andreis

Unveiled - Miracles of Venerable Felix de Andreis

Father de Andreis First Miraculous Intercession - The Housekeeper!

Father Felix de Andreis Tombstone
While the body of Father Felix de Andreis was laid out in a chamber of the seminary, Bishop Dubourg's housekeeper, a pious woman who for some years had been afflicted with an incurable disease, knelt in prayer by the holy priest, fervently praying to be cured through the intercession of him whom she honored as a saint; she arose, perfectly cured. Bishops Dubourg (St. Louis' First Bishop) and Rosati have attested the truth of this fact.

The Star of Bethlehem Comes Again!

During the burial services a shining light, like a star, was seen, fixed over the church; the whole city saw it. Despite the bright light of the sun, this star remained visible in the heavens for three hours, from nine o'clock till midday. The body of the priest was not interred in St. Louis, but was taken to the Lazarist seminary in Perry county and is buried in St. Mary's of the Barrens home to the National Shrine of the Miraculous Medal. Many said that the extraordinary star followed the funeral cortege till the mortal remains were deposited in the chapel seminary.

Taken from the "Annals of the Congregation of the Mission "

On a personal note: Little Dakota's easily could have died. Then Venerable Felix de Andreis revealed himself as a prayer warrior for this little lad. Full story here.

Prayer to Obtain the Beatification of
Venerable Felix de Andreis

O Lord, the giver of all good gifts, you have shown the power of your grace in the life and virtues of your servant, Venerable Felix de Andreis. Draw others to your service by the influence of his example; and, if such be your holy will glorify him here on earth by manifesting the power of his intercession through the favor we now implore--(insert request).

Hasten, dear Lord, the day when Felix de Andreis will be declared Blessed by Holy Mother Church. This we ask of you through the intercession of your Immaculate Mother, the Queen of Saints.


Venerable Felix de Andreis, pray for us!

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Mom Died!

It was five years ago today.

She died a holy death. Her last words were,
"God help me!"
With the scapular around her neck and the family praying the Chaplet of Divine Mercy she took her last breaths. There were long breaks between breaths. During this last seconds Dad took the holy oil, anointed her and as she gave up her spirit her last breath was filled with a kiss from Dad.

  • She was a mother to nine children.
  • Matt was in eighth grade and Nancy was still in college.
  • She matched Grandma and died at the age of 59.
  • 2000 showed up to the visitation. The town only has 2700 people in it.

Scripture says by their fruits you will know them. Everyone knows Mom's greatest fruit was children. She thankfully had a quiver full. And her greatest fruit arguably comes after her death. Since Mom died her children have conceived or given birth to 16 children. Miscarriages took three little souls to intercede in heaven. May God bless them and their mothers.

Five years and 16 children. What a blessing Mom has been and continues to be to all of our families.

Eternal rest grant unto her O' Lord and let perpetual light shine upon her. My her soul and the souls of the faithful departed through the Mercy of God rest in peace.

Mom, pray for us.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Can I Pee On Your Mascot?

Think you can defile a University Mascot and get away with it. You would hope not.

Well, this Minnesota Professor, has some very hateful comments he posted on the University's web site thinking he can do something "similar" to our Faith. God have mercy on him!


Paul Zachary Myers, a professor at the University of Minnesota Morris, has pledged to desecrate the Eucharist. He is responding to what happened recently at the University of Central Florida when a student walked out of Mass with the Host, holding it hostage for several days. Myers was angry at the Catholic League for criticizing the student. His post can be accessed from his faculty page on the university’s website.

Here is an excerpt of his July 8 post, “It’s a Frackin’ Cracker!”: Blogger Note: Unfortunately, sometimes Catholics are not much better.

“Can anyone out there score me some consecrated communion wafers?” Myers continued by saying, “if any of you would be willing to do what it takes to get me some, or even one, and mail it to me, I’ll show you sacrilege, gladly, and with much fanfare. I won’t be tempted to hold it hostage (no, not even if I have a choice between returning the Eucharist and watching Bill Donohue kick the pope in the balls, which would apparently be a more humane act than desecrating a goddamned cracker), but will instead treat it with profound disrespect and heinous cracker abuse, all photographed and presented here on the web.”

Catholic League president Bill Donohue responded as follows:

“The Myers blog can be accessed from the university’s website. The university has a policy statement saying, ‘When dealing with others,’ faculty et al. must be ‘respectful, fair and civil.’ Accordingly, we are contacting the President and the Board of Regents to see what they are going to do about this matter. Because the university is a state institution, we are also contacting the Minnesota legislature.

“It is hard to think of anything more vile than to intentionally desecrate the Body of Christ. We look to those who have oversight responsibility to act quickly and decisively.”

Contact President Robert Bruininks at

Catholic League: For Religious and Civil Rights

Thursday, July 10, 2008

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Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Gerontius, HUH?

So, my wife was testing her blood sugars this morning. All of a sudden, she asked me if there is a St. Gerontian. She said that the name just "came" to her.

My response was, "Huh?!?"

Then, she corrected herself. She saw the spelling of Gerontius in her head.

And to our surprise...

We googled the following:

  • There is indeed a St. Gerontius
Feastday: May 9. Bishop of Cervia, Italy. He was murdered by bandits near Ancona while returning from a synod in Rome in 501. Gerontius’ death on the Flaminian Way led to his being honored as a martyr.
John Henry Cardinal Newman's renowned poem describes the death of an old man and the journey of his soul to the judgment seat of God.
  • Gerontius means "old man."
  • On an aside, if you are a Lord of the Rings fan, as is my wife, you may recall that Gerontius is the name of the Old Took. However, she didn't remember this even though she is reading this for the third time.... She's still in the middle of pregnancy head, or so she claims. That's been the excuse for a lot of things lately. But, that's a different story for a different time.

Moral of the Story: Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what a word that pops in your head is going to reveal.

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Your Catholic Sunday Homily Minute - Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

From the Desk of Father Mark, Your Catholic Sunday Homily Minute - Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

My Dear People,

Poor Religious Formation Means A Poor Faith?

To know the difference between a childish faith, and a childlike faith, takes great discernment. Matthews's Gospel today, compels us to be childlike and innocent with respect to our faith in God. Like going through grade school and high school, we mature in all the content areas taught according to our grade level. If you are in eighth grade, you should be reading at an eighth grade reading level according to the national average. The same holds true for math, science and social studies. We progress in intellectual knowledge, as we grow older.

The same is not always true when it comes to our Catholic Faith. Many people cease growing in Faith and Spiritual Knowledge, whenever they ceased attending religious formation classes. This means that for some Catholics, their faith stopped growing when their Catholic formation stopped. While we may have gained great worldly knowledge in our secular education, we may still be in grade school in our religious formation. How can this be? Does a poor religious formation set the stage for a poor Faith? You do the math. Have you taken the path to lead to a deeper faith by studying your Faith? Where is the road of your faith leading you? Please take time to pray and grow in your Catholic Faith.

May we learn to see good stewardship as God's light yoke that promises rich rewards and great JOY.

Entrusting you to the care of Our Lady,

Fr. Mark

Friday, July 4, 2008

St. Thomas The Apostle Has Small Hands

It is shockingly small. I mean it is a good inch or two smaller than my wife's hand. You will get the significance here shortly.

While on a pilgrimage we stopped at Dubrovnik. You would fall in love with this Adriatic Sea town of which St. Blaise is the patron. The little port city is surrounded by a large defensive wall to keep out invaders and in the wall are seven statue's of St. Blaise. Pretty smart if you ask me.

Anyway, in the Dubrovnik Churches are relics. You can see more relics in one room than you will see the rest of your life. Father Mark and I were looking at the relics when we saw St. Thomas' hand.

Boy, was it small. Then it dawned on me.

"The size of St. Thomas' makes perfect sense Father."

"What do you mean?"

"If you were going to have someone probe your open wounds wouldn't you want them to have small hands?"
True Story! Seeing all of those relic and beautiful Churches is awe inspiring.

Do you use relics?

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

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Blessed Father Junipero Serra,

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