Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Prayer Request-

Please Pray for a Personal Intention.

Thank you-

Rosary Novena


October is the month of the holy rosary, so if you aren't in the habit of saying it at least once a week, a rosary novena is a good way to start. The feast of Our Lady of the Rosary is on October 7 (Next Tuesday!), and pious custom has made October the month to say the rosary. On Fridays, It's a good practice to offer your rosary for the dead. But if you're feeling very ambitious try praying the rosary once every day! (I'll giv eit a shot!)



Sunday, September 28, 2008

Welp-

The fact of the matter is, is that I need to push myself to post stuff on here. Not for the readers that visit my blog, but for myself. To be true to myself. When immersing myself in the teachings of the church, I feel as though I find home again. That discipline of reading articles and posting them and writing about what ever i am dealing with or is on my mind is what I need to push myself to do. Otherwise I am doing what I am doing, which is curling up and letting the world take control. Which is a bad thing! We all know that this world isn't going with us, and that this isn't the ultimate goal that we strive for and base our lives on. But in keeping up with my post, and praying the divine office; I keep on my feet, and am able to be completely who I am, and focus on what is more important, God.


Woo! I needed to kick myself in the butt!

Thursday, September 18, 2008

God help the Faithful-

Isn't it the perfect opportunity?


As soon as someone gets over a great ordeal, or finds hope in what seems like the darkest time of their lives, the devil steps in. He works himself in little by little, just pushing it over the edge. But you keep faith, and persevere through it. Then he hits you hard, and deep, not giving you anything to hold on to. Turning everything you have around.

When we as catholics, and as human beings grow in faith and love towards God, Satan sees that as his prime goal. To rip us away from The Truth and Gods love. That would be a bigger "prize" for Satan. The only choice is to focus your eyes on God and on the Church's teaching. That is a hard reality to follow. Especially in times when the only thing you want to do is curl up and leave and hide from your troubles. But that is another post for another time.


Today i ask of all of your prayers, and for you to ask others to pray; for the strength and courage to stand up against Satan and his army. To keep their eyes fixed upon God, and to keep faith in what is truly important and what will really ultimately matter. Thank you-

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Forgiveness-

Matthew 18:15-17, "Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother. But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established. And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it to the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as a heathen man and a publican."

There are many verses on the importance of forgiveness, but somewhere along the way people got it in their head that they should always instantly forgive, no matter what. But God did not put that heavy of a burden on us. He does not expect us to be superhuman. There are times when you have the right to feel wronged by someone. That does not mean that you hate them, want to harm them, and are going to "pay them back," but it also doesn't mean that you have to just forgive someone on the spot, especially to someone who does not care that they have wronged you or does not realize it. Although, you should try to forgive. One shouldn't have to suddenly forgive the person who has wronged them, but try over time to forgive them, and pray for them.

God's forgiveness is a wonderful thing. And God's Word shows us that we are to give people the opportunity to repent; "Today if ye will hear his voice, Harden not your heart" (Psa 95:7-10), so that we can forgive them and mend the relationship. We are not to hold a grudge, and we are not to have the attitude of, "I will just forgive and forget." You should forgive, or strive to forgive; but depending on the circumstance, that may take time, sometimes a long time. You also won't forget, you shouldn't forget. It doesn't work like that. That pain is real, and will always be with you. To just push that behind you shows that you didn't learn anything from it. That it hasn't taught you, or helped you to grow. Instead offer the pain up for the person who has harmed you.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Exaltation of the Holy Cross

"Adoramus te, christe, et benedicimus tibi, quia per crucem tuam redemisti mundum."
We adore thee, O Christ, and we bless thee, for by thy cross thou hast redeemed the world.



On the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross (or Triumph of the Cross) we honor the Holy Cross by which Christ redeemed the world. The public veneration of the Cross of Christ originated in the fourth century, according to early accounts, beginning with the miraculous discovery of the cross on September 14, 326, by Saint Helen, mother of Constantine, while she was on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem -- the same day that two churches built at the site of Calvary by Constantine were dedicated.


The observance of the Feast of the Exaltation (probably from a Greek word meaning "bringing to light") of the Cross has been celebrated by Christians on September 14 ever since. In the Western Church, the feast came into prominence in the seventh century, apparently inspired by the recovery of a portion of the Cross, said to have been taken from Jerusalem the Persians, by the Roman emperor Heraclius in 629.


Christians "exalt" the Cross of Christ as the instrument of our salvation. Adoration of the Cross is, thus, adoration of Jesus Christ, the God Man, who suffered and died on this Roman instrument of torture for our redemption from sin and death. The cross represents the One Sacrifice by which Jesus, obedient even unto death, accomplished our salvation. The cross is a symbolic summary of the Passion, Crucifixion and Resurrection of Christ -- all in one image.
The Cross -- because of what it represents -- is the most potent and universal symbol of the Christian faith. It has inspired both liturgical and private devotions: for example, the Sign of the Cross, which is an invocation of the Holy Trinity; the "little" Sign of the Cross on head, lips and heart at the reading of the Gospel; praying the Stations (or Way) of the Cross; and the Veneration of the Cross by the faithful on Good Friday by kissing the feet of the image of Our Savior crucified.


Tuesday, September 2, 2008

It began...

I apologize in advance for the lack of posting I will be doing on here. High school just started today and I am already swamped with football games, musical rehearsals and so on. So when I get the chance I will post more on, but the outlook is pretty grim.

Although, I do ask one thing from you though, and that is your prayers. Pray for the Returning High school students to be in the right state of mind and body to learn and grow and to stay out of any disputes or drama that may enter into their lives (Because boy, there sure is A LOT of drama in high school as many of you well know.) and if these may encounter the student, please pray for them to have to strength to overcome whatever obstacle that they may Indore and keep their eyes focused on our Lord.

I strongly ask for these prayers.



Thank you so much!

In Christ-
Nate