High on the list of things that make me sad…

Jesus-Is-Savior.com has a lot to say about us Catholics, and none of it is flattering.  Some of it is really hard to stomach, but it’s a reminder to me that we need to pray for our brothers and sisters in Christ who have let fear harden their hearts.  Living the faith in a world so convoluted can be confusing, and sometimes we end up condemning what is good and true in our efforts to seek the Truth.  Lord, let us be loving and compassionate as we work to steer our wayward neighbors back toward your Church.

Mozart’s Ave Verum Corpus – Be For Us a Foretaste in the Test of Death

blood and water

Say what you want about Mozart, but Ave Verum Corpus is one of my absolute favorite Latin hymns.  We used to sing it all the time in my all-girls high school’s concert choir.  I couldn’t find a good SSA version on YouTube, but it’s beautiful with male vocals, too.  Anyway, the translated lyrics are so beautiful, I had to share them.

Latin / English:

Ave, ave verum corpus  / Hail, true body
natum de Maria virgine / born of the Virgin Mary,
Vere passum immolatum / Who truly suffered, sacrificed
In cruce pro homine / on the Cross for man,
Cujus latus perforatum / Whose pierced side overflowed
Unda fluxit et sanguine / with water and blood,
Esto nobis praegustatum / Be for us a foretaste
In mortis examine. / in the test of death.

Those last two lines give me chills.

Have a blessed day!

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The Reason by Lacey Sturm

The Bottom of a Bottle

I was so please this morning when I woke to find the book I had pre-ordered a month or so ago had downloaded to my phone.  I did intend to get up and walk this morning, but I found myself reading the first few pages and then getting so engrossed in the book, if I wasn’t supposed to be at work I would have stayed there and read the whole thing.

I’ve read and heard part of Lacey’s testimony before, which if you haven’t please take a moment to watch this youtube video.

I’m still only part way through, but I am thoroughly captivated by a story of young girl who hides in the darkness, who runs and hides in the shadows, turning away from God, but she also highlights the point we all need to know and that through it all God was with her in the darkness and…

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Is Romantic Love A Decision?

The Veil of Chastity

“Love is not love

Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove:
O no! it is an ever-fixed mark,
That looks on tempests, and is never shaken;

Love’s not Time’s fool, though rosy lips and cheeks 
Within his bending sickle’s compass come:
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
But bears it out even to the edge of doom.”

William Shakespeare Sonnet 116

Some believe that a man ‘decides‘ to romantically fall in love with a girl.  I am not sure how a person would decide to have romantic feelings nor do I believe that this would be a good thing.  Instead, I hope to convince you that romantic love is sacrifice, not a decision.  Sacrifice is often the most revealing sign of romantic love.   

Actions Are Evidence 

I hear…

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The Saint That Is Just Me – Danielle Rose

Please don’t scroll past this video.  Whatever you’re doing, I’m begging you to take the time to listen to this song and remember that you are a unique, handsewn, handpicked creation of God, who makes no mistakes.  Stop trying to … Continue reading

Purify My Heart

I’ve got my Rosary out, and I’m ready to pray a few decades for John’s conversion of heart.

I really don’t have enough faith in my own prayers, and I just keep trying to remind myself that when I doubt my prayers, I’m doubting Jesus’s mercy and willingness to help me.  I know that whenever my prayers seem to go unanswered, God just has something better in mind, but it can be scary having to accept “no” for an answer, even if God is offering something greater.  Also, it can be so difficult to accept that some things take time, though I try to remember that God’s timing is always perfect.

Jesus, life’s disappointments have left me disillusioned, jaded and cynical.  I guess you get to a place where you tell yourself you don’t believe in miracles, knowing that deep down you desperately want to be proven wrong.   Lord, grant me childlike faith.  Cleanse me of my doubt, that my heart may look to You for every answer.  I know You’re listening, and I know that You, who conquered sin and death, will answer my prayers and likewise conquer the binds of sin and lust on John’s heart.  You alone will fill the void he’s tried to fill with sex and earthly pleasures.  I know You can do these things, O Jesus, because You’ve already done them for me.

Before I go to bed, I want to share my chastity prayers with you guys.  I say them every night, and they’ve helped me to fight temptations for nearly four years.  The first is the Prayer of St. Thomas Aquinas, whose purity was challenged immensely when his father and brothers tried to tempt him with a prostitute:

Dear Jesus, I know that every perfect gift,
and especially that of chastity,
depends on the power of Your providence.
Without You a mere creature can do nothing.
Therefore, I beg You to defend by Your grace
the chastity and purity of my body and soul.
And if I have ever imagined or felt anything
that could stain my chastity and purity,
blot it out, Supreme Lord of my powers,
that I may advance with a pure heart in Your love and service,
offering myself on the most pure altar of Your divinity
all the days of my life. Amen.

And the Prayer to St. Thomas Aquinas for Purity:

Chosen lily of innocence, pure St. Thomas,
who kept chaste the robe of baptism
and became an angel in the flesh after being girded by two angels,
I implore you to commend me to Jesus, the Spotless Lamb,
and to Mary, the Queen of Virgins.
Gentle protector of my purity, ask them that I,
who wear the holy sign of your victory over the flesh,
may also share your purity,
and after imitating you on earth
may at last come to be crowned with you among the angels. Amen.

Goodnight, my wonderfull followers!  If you ever need prayers, advice or anything else, I’m always here.

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