Category: Family

Suffering makes us seek the light.

tumblr_mhsjx81rbq1qcwhbgo1_500Suffering, little sufferings, big sufferings – it makes us seek the light. In larger sufferings, we of course throw our hands up, hit our knees, and pray. We find ourselves lost for any control or even effort – so we beg God for his assistance. We should be begging for mercy – but more often than not it a pleading for help.

It is the little sufferings where we often forget to seek God, and yet it is precisely those times that we should most easily seek Him. If we are lost in little ways, it is so conceited and full of ourselves if we think we can find the path, alone – without light. Shouldn’t we most want to ask God for the little favors since they are so little?

Saint Lucy is an important saint to our family. We are fiercely devoted to her, and she has often found much favor for us. I think God wants us to learn from the Saints – ways to love Him the way they did. With Lucy it was unwavering devotion – blind devotion. Yet, her name, she was the light – in her blindness, and devotion – it is then that we can most see God.

Saint Lucy – let us know that it is always darkest before the dawn, but that once we find the light and the light appears let us not forget the night. Let that night, the darkness remain in us just enough to keep us close to the light.

Saint Lucy – Ora Pro Nobis.

Comméndo te omnipoténti Deo, caríssima soror

litany64I commend you, my dear sister,
to almighty God,
and entrust you to your Creator.
May you return to him
who formed you from the dust of the earth.
May holy Mary,
the angels, and all the saints
come to meet you as you go forth from this life.
May Christ who was crucified for you
bring you freedom and peace.
May Christ who died for you
admit you into his garden of paradise.
May Christ, the true Shepherd,
acknowledge you as one of his flock.
May you see the Redeemer face to face,
and enjoy the vision of God for ever.
R. Amen.

True Love. – A New Catholic Video

There is a lot of talk about what Love is, and what it isn’t, these days. With all the hub-bub over certain movies, Valentine’s Day, and the cultural discussions of late it seemed fitting to turn the world upside down a little, and reclaim what is truly ours, as followers of God, – LOVE.

Because, God is love  – and therefore love is ours, not the world’s.

I hope you enjoy it, please feel free to share it, and I pray that it helps a few people who are afraid to love, waiting for love, or looking for love.

What are you waiting for? He is waiting for you.

 

Help if you can…

These types of tragedies are part of the world, one to which we do not belong but must spend our time, and so the suffering is real and excruciating at times.lewis

Dear friends,

Many of you know Sean and Becca Lewis from UD, CUA and WCC. I’m sad to tell you that two of their daughters, Emma and Olivia, passed away today.

Emma and Olivia were in a car wreck with Becca. Becca has no serious injuries. Sean and their middle daughter, Vivian, were not in the car. For the official statement from Wyoming Catholic College, please see their FB page:

https://www.facebook.com/WyomingCatholicCollege

I’m writing to ask you to donate to a fund for Sean and Becca. They are surrounded by your love and prayers, which will carry them far. This money will allow them to worry less about finances in the coming months. As you may know, funeral expenses alone can be $10,000-$15,000. I’m setting our goal high so we can also give them the gift of some time and resources to grieve. Please share this with anyone who may want to donate.

With love, Maureen and Nick Benes

It is our Christian duty to show love and ease the suffering of others.

Please help through Prayer, Fasting, or Alms.

For the last of these please visit: The Sean and Becca Lewis Fund

The Importance of Sacrament Remembrance

The Baptism of the Lord (Theophanylcon)
The Baptism of the Lord (Theophanylcon)

This is a small idea, but one that was reinforced at Mass today during the Homily.

The priest said that he often has as least one person during his Marriage prep discussions call their mother1 to ask the when/where details about their Baptism. His point was that for such and important day in our lives, we know so little about it, and do so little to commemorate it.

This is another thing that PROTESTANTS do, that we as Catholics don’t. Now, before there are a million reasons thrown at me as to why it isn’t necessarily necessary2 let me just say that even conceding the unknown arguments in this vein against my premise, it still is something that we could do, and that might have some good spiritual gravity in our lives.

My wife and I for example said that we always wanted to make a “big deal” over Sacrament days, and name feast days. We have some friends that do it right, and just name their children after the “Saint of the Day” but we chickened out with our first, and with our second we chose not to go with “Saturnius.” That being said, we do celebrate the other days, and minimize overall birthdays. It isn’t so much that we don’t celebrate birthdays, we do make a “Big deal” of them to the extent we believe they should be, but we also don’t meet the standards to have our birthday celebrations meet the criteria for any reality shows.

The point I am so horribly trying to make is this: if our faith is important to us, and like the priest said today “What is better than the gift of faith, the gift of CHRIST?”, then why wouldn’t we want to focus on and emphasize those days that have spiritual importance in our lives?

So in a few days when our son’s baptism day is upon us, we will do SOMETHING, and even though our daughter’s baptism day is on another Sacrament day in our family, we will do something. We want to pass on the faith, and pass it on in a way that isn’t separate and distinct from who we are, but as an integral and everyday part of who we are.

  1. He stressed that it is ALWAYS the mother. []
  2. A little philosophical modal logic there. []

UPDATE: Robertson Family Official Statement

Robertson Family - Duck Dynasty, Duck Commander
Robertson Family – Duck Dynasty, Duck Commander

The following statement is the official Robertson Family response to the decision by A&E TV to “suspend” Phil due to his GQ interview:

We want to thank all of you for your prayers and support.  The family has spent much time in prayer since learning of A&E’s decision.  We want you to know that first and foremost we are a family rooted in our faith in God and our belief that the Bible is His word.  While some of Phil’s unfiltered comments to the reporter were coarse, his beliefs are grounded in the teachings of the Bible. Phil is a Godly man who follows what the Bible says are the greatest commandments: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart” and “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Phil would never incite or encourage hate.We are disappointed that Phil has been placed on hiatus for expressing his faith, which is his constitutionally protected right.We have had a successful working relationship with A&E but, as a family, we cannot imagine the show going forward without our patriarch at the helm.  We are in discussions with A&E to see what that means for the future of Duck Dynasty.   Again, thank you for your continued support of our family.

This is a strong and united stance to take, and it is rather refreshing in today’s world.

For those that think A&E is taking the high road here, and that they are pristine in their place in this situation, remember they once had a show devoted to the Gotti family. For those that don’t know, John Gotti, the patriarch of that family, was a mob boss famous for murder and crime. The family of the reality TV show were made famous simply because of the evil things their father did.

This isn’t about tolerance, morality, or anything of the sort. This is about choosing one set of beliefs over another, all while condemning the latter.

 

Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson Suspended

Duck Dynasty family: The Robertsons
Duck Dynasty family: The Robertsons

Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson has been suspened by TV network A&E for his recent comments in a GQ interview.

A&E says the following to industry-mag Entertainment Weekly:

 “We are extremely disappointed to have read Phil Robertson’s comments in GQ, which are based on his own personal beliefs and are not reflected in the seriesDuck Dynasty. His personal views in no way reflect those of A+E Networks, who have always been strong supporters and champions of the LGBT community. The network has placed Phil under hiatus from filming indefinitely.”

Legal analysis aside, what is interesting is that A&E is suspending a man from a show about him and his family for – being himself.

Here is what he said that is being quoted everywhere as the “hateful” and “anti-gay” comments:

“It seems like, to me, a vagina—as a man—would be more desirable than a man’s anus. That’s just me. I’m just thinking: There’s more there! She’s got more to offer. I mean, come on, dudes! You know what I’m saying? But hey, sin: It’s not logical, my man. It’s just not logical.”

People can interpret things in many ways, so I leave you the reader to interpret that how you will. Phil said it and really he believes it.

The question is: is it “anti-gay” or “hateful”?

But the big quote that is getting Phil in all the turmoil here is this one:

“Everything is blurred on what’s right and what’s wrong,” he says. “Sin becomes fine.”

What, in your mind, is sinful?

“Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there. Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men,” he says. Then he paraphrases Corinthians: “Don’t be deceived. Neither the adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlers—they won’t inherit the kingdom of God. Don’t deceive yourself. It’s not right.”

The accusation is that Phil is being hateful for believing, and then stating, that homosexuality is a sin.

So at what point does belief and expression of those beliefs turn to “hate”? I do believe there is a line somewhere that this happens, but what is it exactly?

Here is a quote from the same article that not as many folks are quoting:

“You put in your article that the Robertson family really believes strongly that if the human race loved each other and they loved God, we would just be better off. We ought to just be repentant, turn to God, and let’s get on with it, and everything will turn around.”

 

 UPDATE: 

Rod Dreher has a take that makes some decent points.

 

The @CatholicVote #DeoGratias Project

CV-DeoGratias-E-A-300x350The swell folks over at CatholicVote.org have once again created a nifty little social media campaign to put some Catholicity into the internet. Their email today suggests to people to include the hashtag #DEOGRATIAS on tweets and facebook updates about the things for which we are thankful.

The point is to remind ourselves, and one another, that ultimately our thanks should be directed to GOD. Deo Gratias, or give thanks to God / God is good! is really the ultimate praise for all that we are blessed with in life.

So, this weekend, remember to give thanks, where thanks is due! #DEOGRATIAS

#IStandWithThomasPeters

I Stand With Thomas Peters
I Stand With Thomas Peters

Thomas Peters, best known as “The American Papist” from his blog and his work with CatholicVote.org, was injured in a swimming accident months back. His long road to recovery has taken him and his family along the full spectrum of human emotion and spiritual battles.

Tomorrow, the Catholic Blogosphere will do a full social media assault in support of Thomas: You can find out more at the blog set up to chronicle his recovery: #IStandWithThomasPeters Day

Whether you can help with prayer, financial support, or just through spreading the word – every little bit will help.

 

 

Proper understanding of love, children, and marriage

3togetmarriedSaw this on Twitter today:

It really struck me. I have always believed this type of thinking to be true – that marriage is a vocation because it turns us, and orders us, towards God. The concept: The best way a father can love his children, is to love his wife, their mother, follows along those lines. That love is not a uni-directional, or even bi-directional thing. Love is tri-union; two people and God.

I wonder if that is why God is the Trinity?

As a closing note, this is a great opportunity to suggest to married couples, and especially young adult Catholics that feel called to Marriage – PLEASE READ: Three to Get Married by Fulton Sheen. It explains these concepts better than I ever could, and to puts proper perspective on marriage.

 

Bright Blinding Light

brightsunIf you’re reading this you are either lost, hopelessly devoted, or happened to see that I updated.

My once torrent pace of posting and blogging has lost a lot of steam over the last few years, and while there have been hot and cold periods, as of late1 updating has been almost non-existent.

As I have strayed from the Catholic Blogging world a bit, I realized that life snuck up on me with its bright lights and sucked me into a world of routine and complacency.

I recently wrote a quick message to a friend to say hello and he wrote back in rather candid words what I have been feeling but without the bravery to admit it.

I think that we sometimes find ourselves in a sort of spiritual desert, not a “Dark night of the Soul” but instead the inverse. We are talking the Bright Blinding Light of the Soul. Where the world with all its glitz, glamour, and promises of spectacularness lull our sense of life into a constant struggle to find the next thing that ignites us only to find out that it is a short and depraved faux-quenching of our thirst for life.

It is a silly pursuit really. We have all we ever really need with God and the Church. But us silly little humans continue to pursue that next savory thing to satisfy an unending hunger for “more,” whatever that more is – and for some we will never know.

The only way to shield our eyes, and not be enamored by the bright lights, is to find quiet little corners of life to reset ourselves. Much like a sunny day, the lights and excitement of life are fine, but it is finding a way to exist in them safely, and in a way that doesn’t cause us to stumble or lose our way.

  1. the last couple of months []