Our Lady and Sheen

My old stomping grounds near Penn State

Fr. Z posted a letter here about the EF/TLM/Old Form of the Mass making a come back at Our Lady of Victory in State College PA.  I was told once that Joe Paterno would go to mass there so that he would not be a distraction to the student body for the Mass on Campus (significantly closer).

Also, I enjoy that it’s Our Lady of Victory, instead of the more recent (400 years ago) Our Lady of the Rosary.  There’s something cool about that.

Finally, I had a fantastic confession there once.


March 26, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Our Lady of the Ozarks Shrine

I was in the car going down US 71 from Fayetteville, AR to Fort Smith when I had to turn around. In the middle of no where, with a beautiful view of the valley to my left, I had seen a sign: “Our Lady of the Ozarks Shrine.” I thought.. “what?!” But there it was, in the middle of the Bible Belt on a road forgotten because of I-540: Our Lady of the Ozarks Shrine. It was Catholic, with some parishioners standing outside, and even a younger family or two inside. Absolutely incredible. Searching for this devotion to Our Lady I could only find a school, another parish, and the Shrine: but no other information! How weird in the world of the Internet!

Anyone care to help me out? The statue in front of the church says: “Our Lady of the Ozarks. Virgin of the smile.” (Or maybe Our Lady of Ozark)

Our Lady of the Ozarks, pray for us!
Venerable Archbishop Sheen, in love with the Blessed Virgin, pray for us.




November 19, 2012 Posted by | Random Stuff | , , | 1 Comment

For those looking for a GREAT cause to donate to.

A young woman, Meris, with whom I am friends, is to enter the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist on August 28th.  This is my favorite group of nuns if I had to choose only one (barely, barely, barely, barely edging out the Nashville Dominicans… not that there is a competition).  I know that not everyone can give money, but everyone who has access to facebook or twitter can at least let everyone else know about the great cause to eliminate her debt so she can enter the convent.

Look at her video here: http://meriswantstobeanun.wordpress.com/2011/08/01/ask-5/

And also read her blog: http://meriswantstobeanun.wordpress.com/

She makes a great point in her video, she is not a 501 3c, so a gift is not tax deductible, however she will pray for you, and “prayer is better for you anyway.”

Any amount will help!

Archbishop Sheen, servant of the Eucharist, pray for her, and us!

Our Lady, Mother of the Eucharist, pray for her, and us!

August 2, 2011 Posted by | Religious Link | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

For those who like to read… but not books… but still love God’s servants!

The American Papist is covering great new mediums of preaching the Gospel all the time.  That doesn’t just have to be technologically based, here he covers new, and because I am not good at this stuff, we’ll simplify it and say comic books.  Check it out here!

August 25, 2010 Posted by | Random Stuff | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Gov. Christie in the news

I usually say that I like Gov. Christie of New Jersey, even though I don’t live near New Jersey any more, and I have never lived in it.  But, I like the idea of a Catholic Politician living the ideals of his faith within the sphere of governance.  Do not get me wrong, I like any politician who puts the natural law first.  Here are some examples of things I found in a search today that make me like Gov. Christie:

American Papist coverage of Gov. Christie’s vetoing Planned Parenthood funds.

popwatch.com (I do not know much about the site, so please view it with adult and parental eyes first) covers Gov. Christie’s comments that Jersey Shore is bad for New Jersey.

I’m not good enough yet on fiscal politics to know if the education battle he is fighting is good or bad.  But I did see the NJEA spokesperson say that the average pay of teachers in NJ is $64,000.  I would like to make that much money, so if people would like to start sending me checks, I’ll gladly accept them!

July 29, 2010 Posted by | Random Stuff | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Sundays with Sheen: Prayer for canonization

During my time writing this blog, I have completely forgotten to allow you all the prayer for Archbishop Sheen’s canonization process.  Here it is:

Heavenly Father, source of all holiness, You raise up within the Church in every age men and women who serve with heroic love and dedication.  You have blessed your Church through the life and ministry of Your faithful servant, Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen.  He has written and spoken well of Your Divine Son, Jesus Christ, and was a true instrument of the Holy Spirit in touching the hearts of countless people.

If it be according to Your Will, for the honor and glory of the Most Holy Trinity and for the salvation of souls, we ask You to move the Church to proclaim him a saint.  We ask this prayer through Jesus Christ, our Lord.  Amen


+Most Rev. Daniel R. Jenky, C.S.C.

Bishop of Peoria

July 25, 2010 Posted by | Sundays with Sheen | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Bishop Greco on the Knights of Columbus

Reflecting on the time after his initiation into the Knights of Columbus:

“The organization of Catholic men [Knights of Columbus], banded together for mutual interests and benefits and for the advancement of the welfare of the Catholic Church, is the greatest organization of Catholic men in the world.  Even in 1919, while still in comparative infancy, it gave promise of becoming the ‘great right arm of the Catholic Church.'” – Bishop Greco With God’s Help

July 24, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Catholic Sports

I just found a great website to follow catholic sports. http://www.catholicsportsnet.com/ For those of you who want Catholic sport news, this looks like a great place to get it!

July 21, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

Some early morning humor

Go check out this page on the Top 10 Ways To Know You’re Likely To Hear Something Anti–Catholic. From Creative Minority Report.

St. Lawrence, patron of comedians, pray for us!

July 15, 2010 Posted by | Religious Link | , , | 1 Comment

Reflections on Bastille Day

To all patriotic French, Joyeux Quatorze Juillet.  I apologize if I do not seem as enthusiastic as I would have in my youth about such things.  I have no significant attachment to the French people, other than my love for the persons of France and the Cajun of Louisiana.  However, the more I muse on the celebration of the storming of the Bastille, the more I juxtapose that with the utter and despicable anti-religion that I discovered in France.

Churches and abbeys dot the skylines of the French countryside every where you go, and yet something like 4% of the population attend church regularly.  The past is looked on with disdain, Cathedrals are falling apart, and God is looked on as a joke; and it all began, symbolicaly with the Bastille.

Yet, in this bleak land of darkness, “the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”  Some of the most powerful words in scripture to me, and true.  In a land dotted by forgotten Tombs of St. Thomas Aquinas (in Tolouse), St. Simon Stock (in Bordeaux), St. Martin of Tours, and many hundreds, if not thousands of other saints, stands within the eldest daughter of the Church three beacons of hope!

First, the humble Curé d’Ars, standing watch over his Parish, however small it may become.  Second, St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus, resting in Carmel in Lisieux, the patronness of the Missions though she never left her convent. 

Finally, Our Lady, standing in the midst of the Pyranees, stronger than the fortress of Lourdes, calling out to the World to come and be healed by Faith in the One Christ, The one Lord!  The waters from the Grotto flowing like tears from our Dear Mother’s eyes for the loss of that precious faith in France, Europe, and all places where the faith is dwindling.  The waters from the Grotto flowing as an accelerant to ignite the flame of Faith wherever it is willing!  Knowing that her Son, that precious Babe whom she held in her arms in Bethlehem, that precious Boy that she nurtured through His youth, and that precious Saviour that she again held in her arms after the Victory of the Cross, will prevail across all time and space, and those who follow Him and eat of His flesh shall have Eternal Life!  It is as if she cries out from her place in the Grotto, “My Lord and my Son, have pitty on these people once again, and give them the grace of conversion of heart and healing of body so that they may turn and believe!”

Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us!

Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for us!

St. Denis, pray for us!

St. Thérèse, pray for us!

St. Joan of Arc, pray for us!

St. Jean Marie Vianney, pray for us!

All you Holy Saints of France, pray for us!

July 14, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment