Month: December 2011

“The person we want to be does not come without a price” [2012 resolutions] |

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Making A New Year’s Resolution That Lasts | 

In the end, we must admit that life can be a struggle and that the person we want to be does not come without a price.”

Jeff Cavins, making some really awesome points about new years resolutions.  We are such corporeal creatures and so easily influenced by the world around us that it can be easy to forget why we are here and what our purpose is.  Let’s all make an effort to remember why, and work towards achieving the perfection of our vocations while here on earth.

One of the big mistakes that we make when we make New Year’s resolutions is that we cut away the branches, when the root is really the problem. For example, the person who makes a New Year’s resolution to lose 25 pounds oftentimes is missing the real problem of gluttony. Rather than making the resolution to lose 25 pounds, a better resolution may be to pray before every meal and ask God for the strength to eat moderately and to see your eating as a way of giving God thanks.”

Another thing that’s good to keep in mind is that grace builds upon nature. When it comes to making New Year’s resolutions, we all have a tendency to focus on nature, that is, the physical hurdles and goals before us. But keep in mind that our “physical” lives are not separate from our “spiritual” lives, in fact they are one. To attempt to do something about our physical reality without addressing the spiritual dimension is only addressing half the equation. In the end, we must admit that life can be a struggle and that the person we want to be does not come without a price.”


† O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee. Amen. †



Fighting Abortion With the Eucharist |

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Fighting Abortion With the Eucharist | Daily News |

Now this is how it’s done.

““I want to promote Eucharistic adoration to fight abortion,” Father Imbarrato said. […] “We’ve been taking Our Lord in procession after Mass, two days a week, and we just added a third day,” Father Imbarrato said. An average of 30 or more participants join in a Rosary and other prayers before processing back.”

“[W]hat if the abortionist moves to some quieter location? “If he moves, we move,” Father Oswalt said. “We will follow him wherever he goes.””


† Father forgive them, for they know not what they do … †

And for the Holy Innocents of our time:

† Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them.  May the souls of the faithful departed through the mercies of God rest in peace.  Amen.  †

Pope to Young Couples: “By burning certain stages, you risk burning love”

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Pope to Young Couples: “By burning certain stages, you risk burning love”.

“The pope said dating should lead to a path of maturity where people can discover just how important the other person is in their life.  He also said that all love, is based “on gratitude, sacrifice, forgiveness and mutual respect.”  The pope also highlighted how taking that route isn’t always  easy. 

“Do not believe that living together before marriage guarantees the future. By burning certain stages, you risk burning love itself. Time needs to be respected gradually, just like the expressions of love.” – Pope Benedict XVI

What wise words from a very wise man.

Viva il Papa!!

Pope Benedict XVI to Protestants: Faith is not something that can be negotiated

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Pope Benedict XVI to Protestants: Faith is not something that can be negotiated.

“Before taking on the trip to Germany, the pope said, he was asked  to make so called religious compromises or ‘ecumenical gifts’ that could bring Lutherans and Catholics closer. The pope declined, saying this type of negotiation,  reflects a misunderstanding between the meanings of faith and ecumenism.”
What a wonderful Pope we have.

Viva il Papa!  Merry Christmas!

30 Things to Stop Doing to Yourself |

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30 Things to Stop Doing to Yourself |

Just in time for New Years Resolutions, an excellent list of things of which many of us are guilty, and how to rectify them to lead full, productive lives.

A few to get started….


1) Stop spending time with the wrong people.  ” If someone wants you in their life, they’ll make room for you.  You shouldn’t have to fight for a spot.”

10 ) Stop exclusively looking to other people for happiness. “If you’re not happy with who you are on the inside, you won’t be happy in a long-term relationship with anyone else either.  ”

12) Stop thinking you’re not ready. “Most great opportunities in life force us to grow beyond our comfort zones, which means we won’t feel totally comfortable at first.”

14) Stop rejecting new relationships just because old ones didn’t work.  “In life you’ll realize that there is a purpose for everyone you meet.  Some will test you, some will use you and some will teach you.  But most importantly, some will bring out the best in you.”

24) Stop following the path of least resistance.  “Life is not easy, especially when you plan on achieving something worthwhile.”

30) Stop being ungrateful. “No matter how good or bad you have it, wake up each day thankful for your life.  Someone somewhere else is desperately fighting for theirs.  Instead of thinking about what you’re missing, try thinking about what you have that everyone else is missing.”