Friday, September 28, 2012

Prayer space


We all need a place to go when we want to pray and be alone with God, and there is no better place than your own prayer space or home shrine. As Jesus told us "But when you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father in private. Then your Father, who sees everything, will reward you." Matthew 6:6. A prayer space  can be anywhere that is away from noise and distractions, for example mine is in my room which is in the top level in our house.

Most people (including me) suggest you should have the following at your prayer space.

  • Crucifix
  • Sacred Scripture
  • Prayer Cards
  • Missal(s)
  • Holy Water
  • Incense
  • Candles
  • Rosaries
  • Icons
  • Statues
  • Blessed Salt
  • Vigil Candles
My prayer space started out in a small corner of our living room, it consisted of a cross, a manger, a bible, my rosary and a picture of Mary and Jesus. I really liked it but it was right in the living room so I had to move it into my bedroom. My prayer space has now evolved into a small table with a Statue of Mary, the Infant of Prague, three icons of Jesus, palms from Palm Sunday, a manger, a candle, picture of Jesus and Mary, a Crucifix, Holy Water, Bible and a Rosary. This little prayer space is tucked between my bed and a wall, its perfect because it makes it private and I don't have many distractions.

I pray the rosary at my prayer space and I often use it to meditate. You can do as you wish in your prayer space that is just what I do. If you participate in the saying of the Liturgy of the Hours as a lay person you could say it here at your prayer space, I often did the Divine Office at my prayer space and I loved it. Its also always fun to change the color of your cloth in your prayer space to resemble the colors of the liturgical year or you can add flowers or other decorations that match the season. 

A prayer space is personal and is meant for you and your family (if you permit it) I hope this has helped you mind rolling about starting a prayer space or how you can improve yours! God Bless!

P.S. please send me a picture of your prayer space and I will post it on my blog! Click here to send me an e-mail.



Thursday, September 27, 2012

Fall Photos

I thought I would share some amazing photos that my Dad took while we were taking pictures up in Big Cottonwood Canyon in Utah. Hope you enjoy them!








Don't copy these pictures without permission please! I might not see it but God does.

Christians not appreciated or respected

I thought I would share this with all of you. My dad sent it to me and I thought that most of you would like to read it. Share it with you friends and family! God Bless



by Rev. Austin Miles

CHARLOTTE , North Carolina (9/11/12) When the DNC came to Charlotte ,
area churches, 100 of them, offered hospitality, not knowing how much
the Dems hate God and would actually boo God at the convention. They
had no idea how that hatred would be directed at them and their
churches.

The Sunday before the DNC, over 9000 people had come together to pray
for the convention. Then, wanting to extend hospitality to the
visitors to their city, 56 of the churches set out to
“Adopt-a-Delegation.”

They put together gift baskets featuring Carolina Pralines and a
letter welcoming them to the city and offering assistance in
transportation, childcare or spiritual matters.
According to writer, Todd Starnes, The DNC banned the churches from
distributing the gift baskets to delegates because, DNC said, the
congregations hold values that are contrary to the party platform.
Read that carefully.

David Benham, one of the organizers of the outreach said, “We were
just trying to display Southern hospitality.” DNC officials, however,
conveyed to city leaders that the Christians would not be allowed to
present their gift baskets.

Even the Charlotte Mayor’s office jumped in to tell the churches not
to participate, saying that their views on women’s rights are contrary
to the platform. That’s right….the same platform that booed God later.
Benham then asked if they could send welcome letters to the delegates.
Again, the DNC refused, because, they said, “The churches hold
pro-life values.”

The baskets did not contain a single political or pro-life message.
They just wanted to give them regional candles and a welcome letter.
The DNC refused to return numerous phone calls seeking comment.
But it gets worse. When a gathering of 200 Muslims showed up to pray
for the convention, the Dems welcomed them with open arms and the
liberal media gave extensive national coverage.

It is ironic that this day, in the shadow of that Islamic prayer
event, we commemorate the greatest tragedy in American History, when
Muslims attacked America on September 11, 2001, brutally killing
thousands of innocent people.

Muslims who publicly state their hatred of our country with fierce
determination to kill us all and put America under Sharia Law, are
welcomed by the Democratic Party while Christians are pushed out of
sight like criminals because they respect life and hold family values.
These are the same democrats who want you to vote them into office to
direct the United States of America and every life from beginning to
end. It is obvious that we must not let this happen.

Our thanks to Rev. Ed Berkey (retired) who alerted us to this story.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

The Joy of my First Communion

Below is a small excerpt from a memoir I wrote on my First Communion. :)



Father Stan smiled at me and waved for me to come up to him. I got out of the pew as carefully as I could and I walked to Father Stan with a feeling of such joy and excitement. I remember not feeling nervous or hot anymore, all I noticed was the Crucifix behind Father Stan, the sun shining upon me and finally the golden container which held the Hosts that I longed to receive. I bowed before Father Stan and with the Host containing Jesus’ Holy Body he raised it front of me and said, “The Body of Christ.”
I responded with, “Amen.” As he placed it into my hands he had a smile on his face and I knew that he was truly happy for me, I consumed the Host and walked with my hands together with a smile on my face to my friend Laree who had the Chalice of my Saviors Blood waiting for me. I bowed and she said to me, “Nicholas, the Blood of Christ.” She could hardly contain herself and her joy for me was shown on her face. I responded with, “Amen,” and I took the Chalice and drank a small amount. I crossed myself and made walked back to my seat; once I was there I knelt on the kneeler and prayed.

I had never felt so happy in my life, my whole body felt light as a feather and I was overcome with emotion, even though my eyes were closed I saw light and felt such a strong feeling within me. I knew that I had truly received the Body and Blood of my Savior and I was overjoyed, my eyes watered with tears and I prayed in thanksgiving and finally I closed my prayer and sat up as Father Stan said the closing prayers.


God Bless :) 

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Stand Up!




Hello everyone! I am sure all of you are aware of the Piss Christ art, apparently some artist thinks it is art to place a Crucifix in his own pee and call it art. It truly shows what is acceptable and unacceptable in our nation. We as Christians need to stand up for ourselves and not let things like this happen, this should not be tolerated and neither should anything making fun of our religion. People think you can make fun of Christians but leave the Muslims alone, we shouldn't make fun of people and if they can leave the Muslims alone they can leave us alone. The reason they leave Muslims alone is because they get very mad because the artists have insulted their beliefs. I am not saying lets get super angry and start killing people but we should not tolerate being mocked or being made fun of. Stand up and make you voice know or someone is going to trample you underfoot. God Bless!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Meditation

Yesterday I participated with some other kids at our parish center to meditate in the prayer room. The goal of this room is to teach different types of prayer and yesterday was meditation. We were all asked to remove our shoes and each of us placed them outside the door. Our instructor told us that once we were inside of the room we would not be able to talk. The room was illuminated with candles of all shapes and sizes, without the candles the room would have been black as night. Incense was burning and there were icons placed throughout the room of Jesus and Mary and there were many standing crucifixes and crosses placed carefully on small tables. And in the background it seemed as if I heard a Gregorian Chant or some other type of Christian Chant being played softly.

We each found a place to sit on a sunset red cushion and we sat and listened to the instructions from our instructor. She asked us to pick up the clear ornament that was delicately placed in front of us. She explained that our souls were like the ornaments, they were delicate and needed to be taken care of. We were all instructed to carefully place our ornaments in the basket in the middle and go and light a candle and place it on the tray in front of the Icons. I walked as carefully as I could to light my candle and as carefully as I could I placed it on the tray. I picked up a piece of wheat from the center and I went sat back on my cushion and waiting until our instructor began to whisper instructions to us.

She began saying things like "Be aware of your breathing", "Notice how your body feels in rest", "Notice how your clothes feel against your body", "Notice your weight on your cushion", "Now...let these things go from your mind and relax." To tell you the truth I felt so calm, none of the worries of the day were on my mind and I felt that it was just me and God. We were all told to have a conversation with God, and after a few minutes she said "Now...pick up the object you picked and look at it and see if God is trying to tell you something about yourself in this item." After we had looked at our object we were supposed to think about how God could be trying to tell us something about ourselves in this object, and we prayed to Him individually asking him to reveal what it was he wanted us to know.

We were left to pray and to have a conversation with God and to seek out his response. I knew that in those few minutes that God had told me something about myself that I never knew, and when ever I asked Him a question I felt a response and knew what he was asking me to do. I will always cherish this experience and I encourage those of you who haven't meditated to take 5-20 minutes out of your day so you can have some time to be with God and to have a conversation with him. God Bless.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Faith Centered Math Lesson - Coordinate Plane

Finished Product
 As many of you know I am homeschooled and I figured it would be a good idea if I posted activities and lessons for you to do with your children. I know sometimes its hard to find inspiration for a lesson so I wanted to help out by posting this to get your mind rolling. The lesson today is a math lesson, and I bet your saying "Oh boy, Math!" but don't worry I am one who doesn't like math and even I liked doing this! Its all centered on the Coordinate Plane, its mainly in Pre-algebra-geometry so if you have some kids who feel like attempting this lesson I am sure they will like it. I hope your children enjoy this lesson! Have fun teaching them!

Materials:

Graph paper
Pencil
Ruler


Lesson:

Set-up:

Begin by taking your ruler and making a coordinate plan 8 inches tall and 7 1/2 inches wide. Label the horizontal line the x axis, and the vertical line the y axis. The area where both lines intersect is called the origin, this is basically 0. 

Next take your pencil and number the coordinate plane as seen in the picture. The line extending from the origin going up and the other line going towards the right will be labeled with positive numbers.

The line that extends from the origin down and the line to the left will be labeled with negative numbers. Once you have this done you are ready to begin. But there are somethings that your children need to know before they start. 

Basics

First thing first your children need to know what the y and the x axis are. The y axis is the "Whole" line that runs vertically, and the x axis is the line "Whole" line that runs vertically. (The x and y axis don't stop at the origin that is just where they meet, they continue until the line ends.)  

The top right hand corner of the coordinate plane is quadrant 1, to the left is quadrant 2, below quadrant 2 is quadrant 3, and to the right of quadrant 3 is quadrant 4. 

In order to plot points on the coordinate plane your children will need to know how to read the ordered pair (the coordinates). Coordinates will come looking like this (4,3) now without any knowledge what that means your children would have no idea how to plot those coordinates. This is what a numbered pair stands for (x,y), this means that you will find 4 on the x axis then go up 3 on the y axis where you will finally draw a point to plot the coordinates. 

If it was (-4, 3) then you would go to the left 3 on the x axis and go up 3 on the y axis and then you would plot the point. Just make them remember the first coordinate corresponds with the x axis and the second coordinate corresponds with the y axis. 

Coordinates & Final Instruction

Finally with all that knowledge packed into their brains it is time to plot points. Instead of a random array of points your children will be plotting points to make a cross. 

Here are the coordinates that they need to plot in order to create a cross. 
Completed Product

(-1, 7) Label this A
(1, 7) Label this B
(1, 3) Label this C
(8, 3) Label this D
(8, 1) Label this E
(1, 1) Label this F
(1, -13) Label this G
(-1, -13) Label this H
(-1, 1) Label this I
(-8, 1) Label this J
(-8, 3) Label this K
(-1, 3) Label this L


Once they have plotted these points have them draw a line using a ruler from A to B, from B to C, from C to D, from E to F, from F to G, from G to H, from H to I, from I to J, from J to K, from K to L and from L to A. If they have completed this correctly they should now have a cross on their paper.

If they wish they can erase the coordinate plane so the cross is left and draw the cross in or they can keep it the way when they finished. Either way it is sure to be fun! I hope that this is helpful and I hope that your kids had fun. Thanks for trying this lesson, if you like it please tell me and if there is an error that needs fixing please tell me! :) God Bless! 




Wednesday, September 19, 2012

60th Year Anniversary

The two living founders ( so nice! )



On December 8, 1952 a group of Carmelite Sisters left the Carmel of Saint Teresa in Alhambra, California. They came to our city of Salt lake to bring the Carmelite life and Apostolate to our city it Utah. During the time they moved here Utah was considered to be a spiritual desert and the monastery they live at know once was in a place with not many people around. At the time the Catholic population was very much a minority and this is one of the reasons the contemplative communities were invited to the Diocese of Salt Lake City.

First the Sisters in the heart of the city, but four years later they were able to relocate to a large house on Holladay Blvd. 20 years latter they started building the monastery that they have today. This year, in honor of the 60th year of the Carmelite Nuns being in Holladay, Internmountain Catholic is creating a recipe book in honor of the anniversary. If you have met these wonderful nuns and have some stories or pictures send icnews@icatholic.org with "recipe" in the subject line to have a chance to be included in the book. Or if you would like to submit a recipe follow the instructions above! This will be an amzing recipe book and I can't wait to see what is in it!

If you live near a monastery of Carmelite Sisters write them a letter, I am sure they will appreciate it greatly!

God Bless!

Nicholas

Monday, September 17, 2012

Carmelite Nuns




Out of all the religious monasteries I absolutely love the Carmelite Monastery in Salt Lake City, Utah. They have been here in Salt Lake ever since December 8, 1952, how amazing is that because December 8 is my birthday! And to top it off the two foundresses are still alive and are living in the Monastery to this day. They are very nice ladies and I am glad to have met them, their kindness and love for Jesus shows in everything they do. Their Monastery is down in a beautiful part of Salt Lake called Holladay where they own a large piece of property that is surrounded by walls. The first time I went to this monastery I was so amazed at home beautiful it was, it was like a little Eden right near me! We pulled up and were greeted by a statue of St. Therese, the monastery was humble and yet so beautiful. On campus they have a wonderful chapel which holds mass every day at 7:30, the nuns are allowed to attend mass but they are situated behind a screen so you can hear them, not see them.

All of the sisters there are very nice, I had sent letters to them before I had come down to meet them and from their letters they sounded very kind. This was very obvious because when we met with them in the parlor with them behind bars and us in chairs they were actually very nice. We talked to them for awhile and it was so great to talk to them because I don't think they get many visitors. My favorite sister was Sister Therese, whom I had corresponded with when I first sent them a letter. She was full of life and filled with the Holy Spirit, it made me so happy to see that she and the rest of the sisters were happy and full of life. 

These wonderful nuns make altar bread, hard candy, prayer cards, nun dolls and rosaries and sell them on their site. They hand draw the pictures on the prayer cards, and I have to say they are really good artists! These nuns are amazing, I hope you will pray for them! 

The other day they hosted their annual fair and my mom and I headed down to join in the festivities. Once we parked we walked to the gate and instead of using real money for the fair you gave them some money and they gave you Carmelite Dollars, which you would use to purchase food and items such as homemade jam! We received our Carmelite Dollars and headed in, we knew that the sisters wouldn't be outside so we walked in ready to participate. But what a surprise, we were walking and who was there to greet us was Sister Therese! She had just unlocked the chapel for the start of the Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. I was so excited to see her and she was very kind to us and she remembered me from my visit and from my letters. It made my day to see her and I hope that she was exciting to see us too. 

We walked around the fair and finally spotted the religious goods table, we headed over and my mom bought a calendar that's main theme was the Carmelite Nuns. Soon we left and bought some homemade peach jam that the sisters had made. It is the best jam I have ever had! My mom and I parted and she searched the fair grounds and I headed to the chapel for Adoration. The chapel was so beautiful, I had never seen something as beautiful as this. It had flowers all over just had a very peaceful feel. After a while I left and joined up with my mom, we walked around and looked at the nuns garden and saw all the wonderful crops they were producing. I never knew they had a garden so it was really cool to see it! 

For the last time I headed to the religious goods table and bought a large framed picture of the Virgin Mary and a Trinity Icon. Both of which I have in my room proudly displayed on the wall! :) After that we left and bought some honey and headed home! Thanks for reading! God Bless. 

Visit the Nuns site: http://www.carmelslc.org/

Act of Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary


O most pure heart of Mary, full of goodness, show your love towards us. Let the flame of your heart, O Mary, descend on all people. We love you im- mensely. Impress on our hearts true love so that we may long for you. O Mary, gentle and humble of heart, remember us when we sin. You know that all people sin. Grant that through your most pure and motherly heart, we may be healed from every spiritual sickness. Grant that we may always experience the goodness of your motherly heart, and that through the flame of your heart we may be converted. 
Amen. 

Friday, September 14, 2012

Day of Fun

Today after school I went with my dad and my uncle to go collect firewood that had been set aside for us up City Creek Canyon in Salt Lake City, Utah. We picked my dads brother up at the security checkpoint and the gate went into the sky and allowed us to pass and then closed behind us. We drove about 5-10 miles up a one way canyon that was actually kinda creepy because the trees were all covering the road. My dads uncle loves picking berries and making them into jam, so the entire time we drove up the road he was pointing out bushes of berries which looked really good! We passed stack of wood after stack of wood and finally reached the top were we turned around and began picking up firewood.

Every stack of wood we saw we picked up and threw into the back of my dads truck. One stack of wood was in a small meadow and while picking up wood we found a green praying mantis and a brown praying mantis. The brown one was laying her eggs on a stump and the green one was just walking around. The last time I ever saw a praying mantis was when I was younger so I was really excited to have seen it! All seemed well until we saw a man stopped in the middle of the road looking at something. We all got out and saw that it was a rattlesnake! My uncle used to collect rattlesnakes for collecting venom for a university so he put a stick on its head and picked the rattlesnake and held its the base of his head in fingers and the body in his hand. It was so amazing that he was holding it because its fangs we out and its mouth was open, but soon it calmed and after we took pictures and the man finally walked by he let it go and it began to shake it rattle like no tomorrow!

We dropped of my uncle and began home to unload and chop our wood. My dad unloaded the wood as I searched for our ax and when I got back he reminded me of the log we found that had the praying mantis' nest in it, so my dad placed it in the garage and in March or April we will have hundreds of praying mantis babies! After I chopped half of all the wood we got in the car and headed the the local Christian Center to find some amazing things! My family has always had a passion for buying things used so we always go to the Christian Center to find great deals on different articles of clothing. Today I found a really cool old western bolo tie which I plan on wearing! :) Overall I had an amazing day and am so blessed to have experienced it!

P.S. tomorrow I am running a race and volunteering at the Walk for Hunger so I might not be able to post. God Bless You!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Passion of the Christ - Scourging Clip



Of all parts of the movie of passion of the Christ besides the Crucifixion this is one of the hardest for me to watch. I know its just a movie but reading it and seeing a depiction of it are two very different things. This clip really makes the scourging of Jesus really come to life, it draws you in and makes you understand how severe the suffering that Jesus went through. I remember watching this for the first time and my eyes were just streaming with tears, I just kept thinking it is my sins and those of the whole world that put our Lord through this. It was too much for me to know that Our Lord suffered 12 hours of agony because of the sins we have committed. During this scene I just kept think that each of my sins is like a lash on Jesus' back...all I could do was promise myself to try not to make Jesus to feel the pain that he felt on Good Friday some 2,000 years ago...

I really think this clip shows very closely of how brutally and how unmercifully Jesus was treated. I couldn't imagine feeling that much pain, not to mention all the blood...I am not really good with blood so I think I would have been passed out if I was there. It's really sad to think that this happened to him, hes so kind and loving. I remember reading saying that even a prayer from Jesus to the Father would be enough, but he loved us so much that he suffered for us so that we may share in eternal life.

Also just want to say sorry for not posting as often as I should! I have had some busy days with school, but I will try my hardest to post! :) Thanks for reading. God Bless You. Mother of God...Pray for us!

P.S. next time you are about to sin remember Jesus being scourged...

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Choir Retreat

Yesterday I participated in a wonderful retreat for our Church choir in an amazing building near our Church! The house was amazing and it had an chapel in the back with an Altar and everything to preform mass with! I loved that part of the house especially because it was so peaceful and beautiful! Mainly the purpose of our retreat was to pray and to talk about different mass settings that we could do and to listen to songs that we would be preforming during Advent and Christmas. We began by praying the liturgy of the hours led by our deacon with our Father sitting in the audience participating. Once we had finished we had a wonderful time of listening to possible mass settings and most of the choir members choose a very contemplative and peaceful setting that we hope on doing.

During break I got to go visit the horses and feed them. They were so big and so nice that I wish that I could have stayed longer with them. On horse had an itchy nose and it started rubbing its face on my shirt because it needed something to itch itself on! It was such a fun experience, I have always loved horses and they are just so calming and peaceful.

After listening to many songs for Advent and Christmas we took notes on our paper and rated each song 1-5. Truthfully I picked either 4 or 5 because each song was just so amazing! I can't wait for Advent and Christmas, it will spectacular now that I get to help preform the music that I always loved. We sang some of our parts and listened to our piano player effortlessly play parts that he just looked at. It was such an amazing thing to be part of, it was probably one of the most exciting things I had done for awhile!

After listening it was time for lunch! A nice lady and I went to start the BBQ and I began flipping burgers and turning hot dogs for the choir to enjoy. It was so fun making the food, but the smoke from the BBQ was blowing right in my face and my eyes were stinging really badly so each time I had to flip a burger I did it to the side. Soon enough the burgers and the hot dogs were ready and it was time to dig in and enjoy a well needed lunch! 

We sat around the table exchanging fun baking projects that we had done and discussing the music and the property we were on! Overall it was a blast and I really enjoyed being part of such an amazing group of people! Thank you so much for all of you who were there with me! I hope all of you had a extraordinary mass and hope all of you will enjoy your day! God Bless! 


Thursday, September 6, 2012

The Way of the Heart

Just recently I finished a book called "The Way of the Heart" a book about Desert Spirituality and Contemporary Ministry by Henri J.M. Nouwen. The author was a Dutch born Catholic priest who died September 21, 1996.

The Book addresses three key principals the Desert Fathers lived by, solitude, silence and prayer.

Solitude: 

Many of the Desert Fathers lived in the desert which offered them solitude. We may feel that solitude is a place that you can go to get away from the daily grind and just relax. Solitude to the Desert Fathers meant being completely alone with God without any interaction from the outside world, nothing to listen to and no friends to run to. When we enter into solitude we do it to meet our Lord and to be with him alone.

Where can find solitude in our daily lives? What we need to do is set apart time and a place to be with God and with him alone. We need to channel out the distractions and focus just on Jesus with no worldly worries on our minds. Thus as it states in this book "solitude is the place of purification and transformation, the place of great struggle and the great encounter. It is where Jesus models us into his own image and frees us from the victimizing compulsions of the world." (Last paragraph of page 31 and beginning of page 32)

Silence:

Silence is another key principal of the Desert Fathers and most of the early leaders of the Monastic Life, like St. Benedict who encouraged silence greatly. When we embrace silence we are less likely to sin, although you may think your conversation is without sin or without fault the book of Proverbs tells us that "A flood of words is never without its faults." (Proverbs 10:19) St. Benedict uses this passage out of the bible when he describes Silence in his Rule, " I will keep a muzzle on my mouth . . . I will watch how I behave and not let my tongue lead me into sin." (Psalm 39:1) To often we can go from a nice conversation into something that can lead us into thinking and speaking sinfully. It is best for us to control our words and speak not lengthily but by choosing a small amount of meaningful words that will  give a better message than a paragraph going on and on.

The Holy Spirit resides in us, and it clearly states in this book that Silence Guards the Fire Within. This means that when we are silent we protect the inner heat of religious emotion. Diadochus of Photiki tells us that "When the door of the steambath is continually left open, the heat inside rapidly escapes through it; likewise the soul, in its desire to say many things, dissipates its remembrance of God through the door of speech, ever though everything it says may be good. Thereafter the intellect, though lacking appropriate ideas, pours out a welter of confused thoughts to anyone it meets, as it no longer has the Holy Spirit to keep its understand free from fantasy. Ideas of value always shun, verbosity, being foreign to confusion and fantasy. Timely silence, then, is precious, for it is nothing less than the mother of the wisest thoughts." (Diadochus of Photiki) Thus we need to keep silent in order to maintain the Holy Spirit that remains in us.

Many people in this modern day think that because someone doesn't talk much and keeps to himself has something wrong with him. The one who keeps silent will guard himself from temptation and thus keep his inner fire going and with him at all times. Don't let your heart betray your lips, speak truthfully or say nothing at all.

Prayer: 

Prayer is essential to have a relationship with Jesus, you can't  just go to church and be done with it. Prayer to some people think that prayer has just come to the point that you are just thinking about God that you are not actually speaking to him. Likewise many people think its just talking to him. Prayer is much more than that, it is a conversation of your heart with God. When you pray you are speaking and in the silence God speaks back to you. God helps you and is always with you, you just have to accept him into your life and follow him an pray to him.

When we pray do not overwhelm your Lord with long prayers and fancy words, it is better to have short prayers with simple words because your Lord knows whats in your heart. Often enough when we pray long prayer to Jesus our mind wanders and often does not keep on track and is flying all over the place. It is better to have said a short meaningful prayer than a prayer that lasts forever.

Another principal of prayer is prayer unceasing, its when you are constantly praying throughout the day. But many people ask how can we do this when we have work to do, that is when charity comes along. When we are charitable towards others and we are kind to them more often then not they will pray for us. So basically when we are busy they are praying for us and when they are busy and we are praying we can pray for them. A simple prayer that a Pilgrim used when traveling when he was trying to learn how to pray unceasing was "Lord, Jesus, have mercy on me." He repeated this simple prayer thousands of times during his journey and finally he said that one day he didn't have to use his lips to pray it, his heart began to, ever beat was the prayer that he had been reciting.

Solitude, silence and prayer. Three amazing things that we need to embrace so we can allow the Lord to shape us into the person he wants us to be. Amen.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Catholics against Obama




Do we really need another 4 years with our current administration? Do you think it is right for us to pay for women to have abortions? We most certainly do not! We need a president who will respect our values and start bringing God back into our country. We are a nation under God, not under the government and we have the right to express our religious freedom. No longer will our hospitals be forced to offer abortions and other things that go against our faith. It is time to make a difference and start seeing how you can get involved and how you help get in a president that promotes moral and religious values and will strive to stop our church from being forced to do things against its beliefs.
We founded America because we wanted religious freedom, let us not have that taken away from us, let us fight to maintain God in our country and in our lives.

Our debt reached 16 trillion dollars today and that's just one of many broken promises that our president has. He said he would cut the deficit in half but surprise surprise the president has spent more money than all the presidents combined. What an absolute outrage, what we need is someone who will take control and start helping this country get back on track! :)

Thanks for putting up with my mind! God Bless You!

Here are some "Clean" Funny Pictures! :)







Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament Prayer



My Lord Jesus Christ,for the love which You bear to men, You remain night and day in this Sacrament full of compassion and of love, awaiting, calling, and welcoming all who come to visit You. I believe that You are present in the Sacrament of the Altar: I adore You from the abyss of my nothingness, and I thank You for all the graces which You have bestowed upon me and in particular for having given me Yourself in this Sacrament, for having given me your holy Mother Mary for my advocate, and for having called me to visit You in this chapel. I now salute
Your most loving Heart: and this for three ends:

1.In thanksgiving for this great gift;
2.To make amends to You for all the outrages which You receive in this Sacrament from all Your enemies;
3.I intend by this visit to adore You in all the places on earth in which You are the least revered and the most abandoned.

My Jesus, I love You with all my heart. I grieve for having so many times offended Your infinite goodness. I promise with Your grace never more to offend You in the future.
Now, miserable and unworthy though I be, I consecrate myself to You without reserve;
I give You my entire will, my affections, my desires, and all that I possess. From now on dispose of me and of all that I have as You please. All that I ask of You and desire is Your holy love, final perseverance, and the perfect accomplishment of Your will. I recommend to You the souls in purgatory; but especially those who had the greatest devotion to the most Blessed Sacrament and to the Blessed Virgin Mary. I also recommend to You all poor sinners.

My dear Saviour, I unite all my affections with the affections of Your most loving Heart; and I offer them, thus united, to Your eternal Father, and beseech Him in Your name to vouchsafe, for Your love, to accept them.
 Amen.

Mysteries of the Holy Rosary

First Sorrowful Mystery: The Agony in the Garden


The thought of our sins and His coming suffering causes the agonizing Savior to sweat blood.
(Luke 22:39-44)

Lesson: Contrition for our sins. Our sins caused Jesus to sweat blood and spend an agonizing night in the garden. Think about that the next time you are about to sin. 

Second Sorrowful Mystery: The Scourging at the Pillar


Jesus is stripped and unmercifully scourged until His body is one mass of bloody wounds.
(Matt. 27:26) 

Lesson: Exterior Mortification. Jesus was scourged for us, he endured pain to ensure that you had entrance into heaven to be granted Eternal Life. He loved us so much that he suffered for our sins. 

Third Sorrowful Mystery: The Crowning with Thorns


Jesus' claim to kingship is ridiculed by putting a crown of thorns on His head and a reed in His hand.
(Matt. 27:28- 31)
Lesson: Interior Mortification. Jesus is crowned with thorns and is mocked and beaten by the guards. Can you imagine a crown of sharp thorns piercing your head? Jesus had to endure this suffering because we sinned against him.

Fourth Sorrowful Mystery: The Carrying of the Cross


Jesus shoulders His own cross and carries it to the place of crucifixion while Mary follows Him sorrowing. (Luke 23:26- 32)

Lesson: Patience under crosses. Jesus already badly wounded was forced to carry his cross to the place of his death. Imagine the suffering that Jesus went through carrying that cross...

Fifth Sorrowful Mystery: The Crucifixion


Jesus is nailed to the cross and dies after three hours of agony witnessed by His Mother.
(Matt. 27:33-50) 

Lesson: That we may die ourselves. Jesus is unmercifully nailed to a wooden cross and set up on the mountain where he suffers three long hours before he dies. 








Saturday, September 1, 2012

Hummingbirds

For the last few days I have been seeing if the hummingbirds that we have in our back yard would drink the nectar from the feeder if I held it in my hand. So yesterday I stood on a chair with the feeder placed on my palms and I sat and waited. All of a sudden I heard something race past my ear, I tried to stay as still as I could and finally the hummingbird flew around and began to drink from the feeder! The whole feeder was vibrating and I could feel it on my hands, it was so amazing! Finally the little bird got more comfortable and sat on the little perch and began to drink, the feeder stopped vibrating and I began to look at the bird more closely. It was one of the prettiest birds I had even seen, the little birds head was green as grass with sunset orange mixed in. On its throat it had green dots going from bigger to smaller starting at its beak, the little dots were all in precise lines and looked so amazing. I was surprised to see how small their feet were, each toe was smaller than grain of rice. Soon enough another hummingbird flew up and started to attack the little hummingbird who was sitting on my feeder and they flew off trying to get each other.

I hung the feeder back up and plucked two red flowers from my garden and I stood next to the feeder and held the flowers next to it. I waited and waited and finally my favorite green hummingbird came up and sat on the feeder and drank, but it soon realized that there were real flowers next to it! The hummingbird then slowly approached the flowers in my hands and surprisingly stuck its little beak in both of the flowers and drank the nectar and went back to the feeder! It was so amazing that it drank from my hand, I could feel its little beak between my fingers as it drank the nectar!

Before I left I held the feeder in my hands again and a small hummingbird came up and began to drink. But it got really curious and started to stick its little beak between my fingers! It was kinda cute because it was looking for more nectar. I love hummingbirds they are so amazing! Thanks for reading! :)

Holy Mysteries of the Rosary

First Joyful Mystery: The Annunciation


Mary learns from the Angel Gabriel that God wishes her to be the mother of God and humbly accepts.
(Luke 1:26-38)

Lesson: Humility. 

Second Joyful Mystery: The Visitation


Mary goes to visit her cousin Elizabeth and is praised by her as "blessed among women."
(Luke 1:39-56)

Lesson: Charity.

Third Joyful Mystery: The Nativity


Mary gives birth to Jesus in the stable at Bethlehem.
(Luke 2:1-20)

Lesson: Poverty, detachment from the world. 

Fourth Joyful Mystery: The Presentation


Mary and Joseph present Jesus to His Heavenly Father in the Temple of Jerusalem forty days after His birth.
(Luke 2:22-39)

Lesson: Obedience

Fifth Joyful Mystery: The Finding in the Temple


After searching for three days, Mary and Joseph find the twelve-year-old Jesus sitting in the Temple discussing the law with the learned doctors.
(Luke 2:42-52)

Lesson: Piety