Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Life & Death Matters

I have not commented on the terrible massacre in Connecticut.  The situation and the senseless of it all simply overwhelms me.  I can't comprehend killing innocent children.  There is no plausible explanation for such a terrible act.  I offer my priestly prayers and condolences.  I pray that the families will have some comfort and consolation.  The act remains, however.

Like acts are going to recur from time to time as long as our culture continues to be what John Paul the Great called a culture of death.  New laws, more secure schools, better screening of people for mental illness and even gun control, will not ultimately prevent these atrocities.  Only a rejection of the culture of death and an embrace of the Culture of Life will stop the murders.  

As a culture of death we make our own distinctions between acceptable killing and murder.  Distinctions once considered enlightened will be denounced by later generations.  Killing of slaves as property is now universally recognized as morally unacceptable and against the law.  This is as it should be, however a new murderous mindset has permitted abortion & the indiscriminate killing of civilians with the recent bombings in the Middle East, to name just two examples.  We accept and even deem necessary the killing of those who are deemed to be insurgents, while we are appalled if one of ours is killed.  It's ok, nay a right,  to slaughter millions of infants in the womb for the sake of convenience, yet we turn a blind eye to those precious children killed or made to suffer at the hands of our unmanned missals.

Clearly something is amiss.  We ARE a culture of death.  We need conversion.  We need to discover that culture of life, built on the love of Christ and the Laws of God that assures the sanctity of all--  ALL human life.  I long for a day when it is simply unthinkable for one person to kill another.  I long for the day when even the mentally ill wouldn't go so far as to kill someone intentionally.  I long for the day when the Lord reigns on Earth as well as in Heaven.

Come Lord Jesus!

Thursday, December 13, 2012


Ramble Ramble Ramble

Had a beautiful Mass this morning with my 4 regular worshippers.  St. Lucy is a very special saint in my life.  I grew up with her statue in my home parish.  She "comes to me" every now and then when I am praying.  I always give her the graces from my prayers when she comes so she can use them for whomever needs them the most.  I do ask her to pray that my eyesight might be protected from the diabetes that I have.

Of course, all the graces from the Rosary go to the Blessed Mother.  I never keep them for my own petitions.  She knows best, anyway!


I spent part of yesterday with my dear Capuchin Sisters of Nazareth.  We had a wonderful time celebrating our Lady of Guadalupe.  I offered Mass and the sisters had a delicious dinner of macaroni and cheese, salad, and yummy vegetables.  Then out came the sweets for the feast day.  We laughed and prayed and just enjoyed our time together.  God Bless my dear Sisters!

I came home and was very grateful that neither of my dogs "messed" my house or their crates.  That got a Praise God from me!

Please remember to pray for your Pastor and all priests.  That imp is always trying to stir up trouble in our lives, disrupting our ministry and trying to discourage us.  Pray for us especially as the Advent season winds up and we enter the busy days of Christmas.

Thus ends this Ramble!

God Bless You!

Saturday, December 1, 2012

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I forgot I had this blog!!

Well, now that I have found it, I hope to start making regular posts.  So much is going on in my life and the world!  In this Year of Faith I hope to offer some reflections that may help you to grow in your faith with our Lord Jesus Christ!

Happy Advent.  Prepare the way for the Lord!

prayers and blesssings,

fm