Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Fr. Michael Schmitz explains Authentic Love

Photo: Great night with Fr. Michael Schmitz at Epiphany cathedral in Venice. Fr. Schmitz spoke about authentic love . Fantastic nightThrough my work with the Lighthouse Catholic Media Apostolate, I have heard talks by a fantastic, young, Catholic Priest, Fr. Michael Schmitz. Fr. Schmitz  has phenomenal presentations on our CDs and MP3s.He is the Chaplain at the Newman Center at the University of Minnesota-Deluth.

Last night he came to speak at Epiphany Cathedral in Venice. He gave one of the best talks for the times we are in. He tackled two of the most difficult topics in the Church and in the world today; contraception and same sex attraction. With compassion, clarity and humor he shared how Authentic Love is the yearning that we all have, because we are made in the image and likeness of God.

Neither Contraception nor same sex attraction are easy to speak about. Almost everyone we know struggles with one or the other. When the topic is brought up, there is usually plenty of anger, denial, misunderstanding and division. When someone wants to share the beauty of the Church's teaching on these topics, they are often called "haters" or worse.

That's why we all need to listen and re-listen to this tremendous talk:
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Whether you agree or disagree with Church Teaching, this talk in an oasis of clear thought. Please listen for yourself and let me know what you think. This talk is for each of us, for someone we love, and so we all are able to better articulate the beautiful plan God has for all men and women~ His own life of grace and authentic love.

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The free talk is True Worship and in it Fr. Schmitz gives three short talks on the how we can be transformed by the Eucharist. Using stories and humor, Fr. Schmitz reveals Christ's power in the mass and opens our eyes to what may be very familiar!

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Seven New Saints!

Today there will be 7 New Saints that will be Canonized at the Vatican, Rome. Here they are:

1. St. ANNA SCHAFFER, a lay German woman who wanted to be a missionary, but could not because of a succession of physical accidents and diseases. She accepted her infirmity as a way of sanctification. Her grave has been a pilg
rimage site since her death in 1925.

2. St. KATERI TEKAKWITHA, daughter of a Christian Algonquin mother and a Mohawk father in upstate New York, will become the first Native American to be canonized. She was baptized by a Jesuit missionary in 1676 when she was 20, and she died in Canada four years later.

3. St. MARIANNE COPE of Molokai led a group of sisters from New York to the Hawaiian Islands in 1883 to establish a system of nursing care for leprosy patients; 

4. St. CARMEN SALLES Y BARANGUERAS, the Spanish founder of the Sisters of the Immaculate Conception. She worked with disadvantaged girls and prostitutes and saw that early education was essential for helping young women. She died in 1911.

5. St. GIOVANNI BATTISTA PIAMARTA, an Italian priest and founder of the Congregation of the Holy Family of Nazareth for men and the Humble Servants of the Lord for women. He died in 1913.

6. St. JACQUES BERTHIEU, Jesuit priest, who was born in Polminhac, France, and was martyred June 8, 1896, in Ambiatibe, Madagascar.

7. St. PEDRO CALUNGSOD, a lay catechist born in Cebu, Philippines, and martyred April 2, 1672, in Guam.mail

Monday, October 15, 2012

St. Teresa of Avila

Two great quotes from St Teresa of the Child Jesus

"Let nothing trouble you,
let nothing frighten you.
All things are passing;
God never changes.
Patience obtains all things.
He who possesses God lacks nothing:
God alone suffices."
– St. Teresa of Avila
"Christ has no body now, but yours.
No hands, no feet on earth, but yours.
Yours are the eyes through which
Christ looks compassion into the world.
Yours are the feet
with which Christ walks to do good.
Yours are the hands
with which Christ blesses the world." 

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Blessed Pope John XXIII

Blessed Pope John XXIII 1881-1963
Elected to the Papacy October 28, 1958
Called the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965) but did not live to see it's end
Beatified September 3, 2000
Feast Day October 11, the date the Second Vatican Council opened.

Learn more about this great man through the made for TV movie:
 Portrait: A Man Whose Name Was John
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Year of Faith Begins today!

Today, October 11, 2012, the fiftieth anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council and the twentieth anniversary of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, begins The Year of Faith.
In his Apostolic Letter of October 11, 2011, Porta Fidei, Pope Benedict XVI asks Catholics to commit themselves to growing in faith by studying and reflecting on the Documents of Vatican IIand the Catechism so that Catholics all over the world may deepen their knowledge and love of the Faith.  Its beginning coincides with this Sunday’s convocation by the Holy Father of aGeneral Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, “The New Evangelization for the Transmission of the Christian Faith”.
With the initial words of his apostolic letter, our Holy Father exhorts each and every one of us to recommit ourselves to the call of Christ received in our baptism – the very gift of Faith. His words stir my heart to respond to the Church’s invitation to go deeper.  In this darkened world we must all take this opportunity seriously and grab hold of the grace the Church gives us to enliven and embolden our Faith so that our lights will shine before men in order reflect the glory of God (Mt 5:16).

Year of Faith 

Monday, October 1, 2012

Picking up Pins, on the Feast of St. Therese of Lisieux

I have loved getting to know St. Therese over the years. Today I want to focus on one of the many great pieces of spiritual advice that she gives in her autobiography The Story of a Soul.

"I prefer the monotony of obscure sacrifice to all ecstasies. To pick up a pin for love can convert a soul."

As a wife and mother, how many "pins" do we pick up each day...not to mention Legos, Polly Pockets, dirty clothes, wet towels, book bags, belts, shoes, socks....the list goes on. So instead of grumbling and criticizing those who don't pick up after themselves, what if we praise God for the opportunity to make a little sacrifice and possibly save a soul?

That puts a whole new look on housekeeping! 

In addition to the Story of a Soul, I highly recommend a book written for pre-teens and teens that weaves the teaching of St. Therese into real life situations of a fifth grader; Olivia and the Little Way.  A great read aloud story for your children or grandchildren.