Our Lady and Sheen

The Ecumenical Patriarch and the Pope

It was amazing to see the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople addressing the Pope in Italian.  How crazy would this have been a few decades or centuries ago.

And then, I enjoy that His Holiness thanked his “brother, Andrew.”  Peter and Andrew together.

Oh Lord, that they may be One.


March 20, 2013 Posted by | Pope Francis | , , , | Leave a comment

My favorite quote from the First Homily of Pope Francis: Stop thinking you’re better than Christ and the Church

During his Mass for the Church with his Cardinals the new Holy Father had a few really great quotes, for instance: “When one does not profess Jesus Christ, one professes the worldliness of the devil.” Pretty intense stuff.

My favorite quote, I think gets to the heart of the problem that some people have with the “liberal” or “progressive” side of the Church. That being said, I’m sure it could apply to the “conservative” or “traditionalist” side in some manner. Since there is no “liberal” or “conservative” in the Church… only Orthodox and heterodox.

Third [type of movement in the readings], professing: we can walk as much we want, we can build many things, but if we do not confess Jesus Christ, nothing will avail. We will become a pitiful NGO, but not the Church, the Bride of Christ. When one does not walk, one stalls.

We are not just an NGO, a non-governmental organization. We are The Church!

It is necessary to help the poor!
It is necessary to bury the dead!
It is necessary to give drink to the thirsty!
It is necessary to visit the sick!
It is necessary to ransome the captive!
It is necessary to harbour the harbourless!
It is necessary to clothe the naked!

Stop pretending that we have some super insightful work around for the instructions of Christ and his Holy Church. But! Also!

It is necessary to instruct the ignorant!
It is necessary to counsel the doubtful!
It is necessary to admonish the sinners (ourselves, yes, AND others)!
It is necessary to bear wrongs patiently!
It is necessary to forgive offenses willingly!
It is necessary to comfort the afflicted!
It is necessary to pray for the living and the dead!

Stop pretending that we have some super insightful work around for the instructions of Chist and his Holy Church!

March 15, 2013 Posted by | Pope Francis | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

His Holiness Pope Francis

I am still recovering from the excitement of yesterday. I want to do everything in my humble power to spread the call for prayer for our new Soveriegn Pontiff.

Here are some ideas:

1. Pray the prayer:
V. Let us pray for our Sovereign Pontiff, Pope Francis.
R. The Lord preserve him, and give him life, and make him blessed upon the earth, and deliver him not up to the will of his enemies.

2. Pray daily for the intentions of the Holy Father: 1 Our Father, 1 Hail Mary, and 1 Glory Be.

3. Pray the Rosary (I debated whether I should remind people).

4. Pray the Franciscan Crown in honor of the name of His Holiness.

5. Pray the Litany of Jesuit Saints.

St. Joseph, patron of the Church, pray for us!

Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us!

Venerable Fulton Sheen, loyal servant of God and the Pontiffs, pray for us!

March 14, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

Assisi and back (may contain graphic references)

I got back to the convent about an hour ago, at 920pm, I left at 630am, so quite the long day! On the train to Assisi, I met a couple from Sadona, AZ, and talked to them the two hours up to the Umbrian Plane. He is an interfaith minister and she’s studying to be a nurse, and they randomly decided at 6 am to make the journey to Assisi.

Let me say that Assisi is amazing, but that will have to wait for when I’m not exhausted!

Surprise of all surprises, I ran into the American family that I met in Lourdes, and they allowed me to be adopted. We went to the English Mass in the Chapel of Peace, one of the oldest parts of the Franciscan convent (for men), and a Maronite Bishop from Syria sat in choir (since it wasn’t his Rite). It was amazing, he sung a song in Aremaic while we received the Lord!

After that, the American Family and I hiked, hiked, hiked, hiked up the hill, and had lunch. The father treated me to lunch of ravioli with butter which was amazing. I even tried mushrooms, regular and in truffle spread form! Even if had been awful, he and his family are now counted amongst my benefactors, and I will remember them in my prayers, along with the rest of those who have been kind to me.

After the trek back down, seeing St. Claire, and many other saints, I had the opportunity to exchange medals with a Cappucian Franciscan, I gave him one of my St. Martin medalions and he gave me a Miraculous Medal, and I think it was from the place where Our Lady revealed the medal, I need to do more research!

I got back to the train station suffering from heat exhaustion, I ended up missing out on some of my calories next to a tree in the train station. That was after an hour of feeling like I was going to die. The homeless man looked at me with great pity! Then I was able to pass in and out of consciousness on the train and feel pretty ok now. I am however going to go to sleep so I can wake up and get to St. Peter’s in time to “Mass shop” when the priests pour in at 7am!


San Francesco, pray for us!
Santa Chiara, pray for us!
Our Lady, concieved without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee!
Archbishop Sheen, pray for us!

June 27, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | 1 Comment