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Monday 29 April 2013

Grandson of Margaret Sanger on Abortion History

My Day Minus Nocturns from Wednesday

I do not have a copy of the schedule in front of me, but it is something like this. This is not exact but close. There are seven hours to sing, plus Mass, plus Adoration, study, lectio divina, private prayer, chores.

5.15am - Rise.
5.30am - Nocturns, silent prayer, reading, breakfast (toast and tea or coffee only).
7.00am - Lauds - morning prayers.
7.30am - Community Mass 
9.15am -Terce
9:30 Morning Work
12.00 noon - End of morning work. Adoration or dinner prep depending on personal schedule

12.10pm - Sext 
12.30pm - Dinner
1:30 Afternoon Reflection

2:30 Afternoon work
(rota for Adoration is in all these between times as well) personal lectio divina
3:30 Common time and work
3:15 None
4:30 Vespers
5:00 Adoration and chores
6.30pm - Supper (soup and bread, some fruit), prayer and reading.
7:00 Chores or Adoration
8:15 - Compline - end of day canticles, prayer and benediction.
8.30 Lock up
9:00 to 9:30 bed depending on duties; younger ones or healthier ones do more chores even until 10:00

A bit of sentiment from an INTJ

My son is helping me go through the list of black and whites for the convent with me. He is helping me pack. Even I am a bit teary over his kindness and gentleness.

He supports me and says, "Mum, think young!"

I am thinking young.

The best news on pro-life issues

"Good on" Damian Thompson on Gosnell

"The Most Important Day of My Life"

The measure of our love is to love without measure. ~ St. Bernard

On April 28th, 1957, I made my First Holy Communion. On old holy cards, frequently this day was labeled,
"The Most Important Day of My Life".

I thank my parents for passing on the Faith to me. Thank you, Mom and Dad. I thank my son for carrying on  the Faith. Thank you, Son. The second most important day of my life was the birth day of my son. Nothing has changed me more to be a better person, outside the sacraments, than having a child.

Stop, think, reflect, pray.

Neo-Church Triumphalists Wake Up--Red Sky in the Morning

And in the morning: To day there will be a storm, for the sky is red and lowering. You know then how to discern the face of the sky: and can you not know the signs of the times? Matthew 16:3 DR

I met so many people in Walsingham who think the Church is about to enter into a Golden Age of evangelization and re-establishment on the earth.

How can I get through to these many disillusioned Catholics (and Anglicans) ? These people honestly do not believe there is a great persecution coming for all Christians, including Catholics, worldwide.

They are not reading, as Christ recommended, "the signs of the times".  I have no doubt these nuns, priests and laity think they are living in Faith. Indeed, they tell me so. But, living in Faith does not mean that one creates a comfortable scenario for one's self and family.

It is wake up time, or has been for years. Some of us knew the age of the martyrs was coming years ago.

When I taught religion classes of various kinds, I would open my class with these two statements.

One, "Where are the 25% of the class that should be here?" My students would then ask me why so many had dropped the course. I would answer, no, that is not it. "These members of your generation have been aborted."  Silence.

Two, "Are you ready to be martyrs?" Some students would say yes, or they would try, and some would say no.

I am disappointed that so many of my brother and sisters in Christ think the Catholic Church is entering a time of worldly expansion and triumph on earth.

Triumph results from years of persecution, yes. But, expansion of ministries and buildings, no, and quite the opposite.

Those who cannot read the signs of the times may be caught unaware. And, what has happened to their discernment? There are reasons why one loses discernment.

American Persecution Watch and the Myth of a Christian Army

“Today, we face incredibly well-funded gangs of fundamentalist Christian monsters who terrorize their fellow Americans by forcing their weaponized and twisted version of Christianity upon their helpless subordinates in our nation’s armed forces.”

Those words were recently written by Mikey Weinstein, founder of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF), in a column he wrote for the Huffington Post. Weinstein will be a consultant to the Pentagon to develop new policies on religious tolerance, including a policy for court-martialing military chaplains who share the Christian Gospel during spiritual counseling of American troops.


Weinstein also supports Lt. Col. Jack Rich, the Army officer who wrote to subordinate officers that soldiers who hold traditional Christian beliefs agreeing with organizations on SPLC’s “hate group” list are incompatible with “Army values" and should be carefully watched and excluded from military service.

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Sally Quinn’s Post column also approvingly quotes MRFF Advisory Board member Larry Wilkerson as saying, “Sexual assault and proselytizing, according to Wilkerson, ‘are absolutely destructive of the bonds that keep soldiers together.’”
Did you get that? They say having someone share the Christian gospel with you is akin to being raped. Weinstein makes sure there are no doubts, being quoted by the Post as adding, “This is a national security threat. What is happening [aside from sexual assault] is spiritual rape. And what the Pentagon needs is to understand is that it is sedition and treason. It should be punished.”

Spiritual rape?

"Build a cell inside your mind, from which you can never flee."

The title of this post is Catherine's advice on becoming a contemplative in the world.

Although she had great gifts of prayer and mystical experiences, God sent her into the world. Please remember, dear readers, that she was a lay person, a lay person who is a Doctor of the Church.

I have already written about Catherine, the great Doctor of the Church here in the perfection series and in other posts. I repeat a few here below.

Before I do that, I would like to note that out of all the Doctors of the Church, she seems particularly important for our times, and I find myself quoting her more than the others.

If you have not read her Dialogue, stop and do so. Here are some of my back entries on this great saint

08 Feb 2013
I close this section on Catherine of Siena with two notes. First of all, she was a lay person, not a nun or a sister. So those who think the way of perfection is not for us only have to look at her own life. God gives His graces to the ...

01 Feb 2013
Second selection from St. Catherine of Siena on bad priests. Posted by Supertradmum. Because of the news from .... Third selection of message to St. Catherine Siena ... Second selection from St. Catherine of Siena on ba.

01 Feb 2013
Last reference to The Dialogues and other writings of St. Catherine of Siena. Posted by Supertradmum. In some translations of her treatises and Dialogue, the sins referred by Christ regarding His priests point to the fact that if 

08 Feb 2013
Catherine of Siena, Teresa of Avila, Therese of Lisieux and Hildegard of Bingen. I am concentrating on their holiness and some of the writings. The reason a person is declared a Doctor of the Church is sort of like an honorary ...

01 Feb 2013
Christ words in the Dialogues of St. Catherine of Siena on good and bad priests: “You should love them therefore by reason of the virtue and dignity of the Sacrament, and by reason of that very virtue and dignity you should ...

21 Jun 2012
The Delphic Oracle and St. Catherine of Siena have something in common, which is not unusual, being that God works through many means to bring us all to perfection. Garrigou-Lagrange in the post yesterday, was ...

28 Jan 2013
The entrance into the illuminative way, which is the second conversion described by St. Catherine of Siena, Blessed Henry Suso, Tauler, and Father Lallemant, is called by St. John of the Cross the passive purification of the ...
By Batoni, who did my favourite Sacred Heart; thanks to wikimedia

18 Nov 2012
St. Catherine of Siena was a great player in the world, despite or because of her intense interior life. How can we do this, while working or studying, or commuting? Of course, the singing of the seven hours and the silence is ...

18 Jul 2012
Posted by Supertradmum. St. Catherine of Siena's Mystical Marriage. To you, young people, I say: if you hear the Lord's call, do not reject it! Dare to become part of the great movements of holiness which renowned saints have...

30 Jul 2012
Catherine of Siena is quoted by Garrigou-Lagrange. She states, " O cursed pride, based on self-love, how hast thou blinded the eye of their intellect, that while they seem to love themselves and be tender to themselves, they...

23 Feb 2012
It is crucial for the entire world that the Papacy remains independent of any other country or nation. St. Thomas Becket knew this. St. Catherine of Siena knew this, which is why she begged Pope Gregory XI to leave Avignon,

With St. Lawrence

All should be allowed out of Obamacare

"It’s no surprise that Democrats would want to exempt themselves from the train wreck they created in Obamacare," McGuire continued, "but Sen. McConnell believes the entire country should be exempt from this historic mistake. The law is a disaster and needs to be repealed.”

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