Daily Archives: August 25, 2010

I’m a Child, Not a Choice

Today is the Lewis Crusade’s Feast Day

From Wikipedia

St. Louis, pray for us!

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Thomas Howard, Peter Kreeft, a bystander, and me at the Seattle C. S. Lewis Institute, June 1998.

“Catholics” for a Free Choice? Call to Action? “In Fighting”?

You may have heard about the controversy. Some groups, including the Catholic League, wanted New York City to honor the 100th anniversary of the birth of Blessed “Mother” Teresa of Calcutta on August 26, 2010, by lighting up the side of the Empire State Building to show her picture. Apparently, this has been done to honor various figures, .
Thirteen “Dissenting” Groups, including Call to Action (excommunicated by Archbishop Fabian Bruskewitz in 1994 and upheld by the Apostolic Signatura), New Ways Ministry (officially censured by the Vatican), Women’s Ordination Conference (supporting a heretical idea that was declared off limits ex cathedra by John Paul II, not to mention condemned by one of the early Church Councils), and of course “Catholics for Choice” (a wholly owned subsidiary of Planned Parenthood), have sided with the Empire State Building, saying that the Catholic League does not represent all Catholics, and they don’t like Mother Teresa, since she opposed “gay rights,” “reproductive rights” and “women’s ordination.”

So some guest columnist at the Washington Post’s anti-Catholic “On Faith” column named Tracy Grant has suggested that this “in-fighting” is embarrassing and would be offensive to Mother Teresa, whose concern was helping the poorest of the poor. Grant refers to the 13 groups as “Dissenters” and “progressives” and seems to presume these 13 groups want to honor Mother Teresa by doing acts of charity. Even if that is the case, Grant and the 13 Ghosts of the Spirit of Vatican II seem to forget that Mother Teresa herself said the absolute “poorest of the poor” are the unborn.

Danielle Bean, a bit surprisingly, agrees that this situation is embarrassing. On Facebook, she replied to my concern by admitting that, yes, “in fighting” was probably a bad choice of words but, to the average “outsider,” this is what it looks like.

Is Bill Donohue over the top and bombastic? Sure. So were Elijah, Isaiah, Jeremiah and Ezekiel.
Is it hypocritical of the Empire State Building to honor Communism, the Salvation Army, the Grateful Dead, Mariah Carey, Blue M&Ms, and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, but not Mother Teresa? Sure.
Would Mother Teresa *want* to be honored by the Empire State Building? No.
Would energies be better served elsewhere? Yes.
Does this constitute in-fighting and an embarrassment to Catholicism? Hardly. The only embarrassment is that these 13 groups can claim to be “Catholic” without being called on it. Why isn’t the USCCB stepping into this fight to say these 13 groups aren’t Catholic?

Pray with Me: Mega Novena

God has really been blessing my family lately, and we are grateful for the many good things that have been happening for us lately.  And while one doesn’t want to seem ungrateful, one also realizes that God wants us dependent upon Him, which is why He is reluctant to give big miracles.

That said, there are three big areas of concern in our family right now, and I’m going to start a blog Novena for those three intentions.  I’m waiting to hear about a full time college teaching job, which, of course, would be my “big break.”

I’m also praying that we will be able to fund our Modest Needs grant and get my van repaired.

We’re also praying that we will find and qualify for the right rental home (a search that is suspended until we know about the job).

Also, as always, but not as urgently (except as it relates to the above), I’m praying for  the success of my CD.

So, for these intentions, and yours, please join me in prayer:

Emergency Novena to the Infant Jesus of Prague

O Jesus, Who said, “Ask and you shall receive, seek and you shall find, knock and it shall be opened to you,” through the intercession of Mary, Your most holy Mother, I knock, I seek, I ask that my prayer be answered.

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O Jesus, Who said, “All that you ask of the Father in My Name He will grant you,” through the intercession of Mary, Your most holy Mother, I humbly and urgently ask Your Father in Your Name that my prayer be granted.
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O Jesus, Who said, “Heaven and earth will pass away, but My word shall not pass,” through the intercession of Mary, Your most holy Mother, I feel confident that my prayer will be granted.
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Novena Prayer to Mary, Undoer of Knots

O HOLY MARY, full of the presence of God, during your life you accepted with great humility the holy will of the Father, and the legacy of your Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, and evil never dared to entangle you with its confusion.

Since then, you have interceded for all our difficulties as you did at the wedding feast of Cana. With all simplicity and with patience, you have given us an example of how to untangle the knots in our complicated lives. By being our Mother forever, you arrange and make clear the path that unites us to Our Lord.

HOLY MARY, Mother of God and ours, with your maternal heart, please untie the knots that upset our lives. We ask you to receive into your hands our finances, careers and housing, and deliver us from the chains and confusion that restrain us.

O BLESSED VIRGIN MARY, through your grace, your intercession, and by your example, deliver us from evil and untie the knots that keep us from being united to God, so that free of every confusion and error, we may find Him in all things, keep Him in our hearts, and serve Him always in our brothers and sisters.

O MARY, Undoer of Knots, pray for us who have recourse to you.


Novena to St. Jude

May the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus be adored, loved in all tabernacles until the end of time. Amen.
May the most Sacred Heart of Jesus be praised and glorified now and forever. Amen.
St. Jude pray for us and hear our prayers. Amen
Blessed be the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
Blessed be the immaculate Heart of Mary.
Blessed be Saint Jude in all the world and for all eternity. Amen.

Our Father
Our Father who art in heaven hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. Amen

Hail Mary
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you, blessed are you among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen

Prayer to St. Jude

O glorious Apostle, St. Jude, true relative of Jesus and Mary, I salute you through the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. Through this heart I praise and thank God for all the graces He has bestowed upon you.

Humbly prostrate before you I implore you through the Heart to look down upon me with compassion. Despise not my poor prayer, let not my trust be confounded. To you God has granted the privilege of aiding mankind in the most desperate cases.

Oh come to my aid that I may praise the mercies of God. All my life I will be grateful to you, and will be your faithful client until I can Thank you in Heaven. Amen