Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Ain't Technology Grand?!

I admit that I am only one or two steps removed from Luddite. Maybe everyone already knows about these really awesome IPhone Apps, but just in case there are others like me...

My favorite IPhone App is Divine Office (Liturgy of the Hours) by Surgeworks (DivineOffice.org). Although Fr. Jim was teaching me to work the Christian Prayer book, and I was getting the hang of it, finding this app was beyond exciting. It automatically updates each day with the invitatory, morning, midday, evening and night prayers as well as the office of readings. and most delightful is that all but the midday prayers have an audio option. The audio option includes the prayers and a hymn.

My new favorite, which I just downloaded and am working with, is the Prayer App, also by Surgeworks. With 2000+ Catholic prayers, you should never be at a loss for an appropriate prayer! The Prayers are indexed and searchable. Once you find one you want to use regularly, you can add it to your favorites. Also includes Catholic Doctrine, Chaplets, Novenas, Rosary and Way of the Cross.

Monday, June 13, 2011

The Lesser of Two Evils

The Lesser of Two Evils

This is an awesome blog from Brother Andre on catholicism.org. It certainly doesn't need any comment from me. Enjoy!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Pentacost

Today is Pentecost. I have officially been a Catholic for fifty days, but it seems like much longer than that! Maybe because I've been thinking of myself as being Catholic for almost 10 months. I am fully and completely in love with Jesus, with the Church, and want only to follow God's will.

It has been a rocky 20 odd years since I fell off the straight and narrow path (ha! pun intended) and into the evil one's camp. Was I fully evil during that time? No, definitely not. But I wasn't moral and I wasn't acting like a child of God. For offending God and for the pain I caused to those dear souls who continued to pray for me, most especially my mother, I am most heartily sorry.

I thank God nearly every day that I didn't die while I was out there living a life of immorality. I praise Him that I, just another prodigal daughter, was able to make it back home. I pray that all of the lost souls, all of those prodigal sons and daughters, will have even a momentary clarity of vision and find the road home. Home to a God who loves us and who calls each of us to be holy.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Prayer After Communion

Before I got "sworn in" to the Catholic Church, I didn't know what to do with myself when everyone else went up for Communion. I found that reciting the prayer for Spiritual Communion was very beneficial.

Then once I became officially Catholic, I wanted to participate as fully and completely with Jesus in the Eucharist as possible. My patron saint is St. Padre Pio and I discovered his Prayer for After Communion. What a blessing!! I strongly encourage everyone--born Catholic, cradle Catholic, Convert, Revert--to pray this after Communion. Try it for 30 days, see what a difference it makes.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Who Are We???

These two stories, from two different states, are examples of just how far we've travelled down the slippery slope of moral decay and decline.

Alameda, California: Firefighters, Police stand by and watch a man drown. http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/story?section=news%2Flocal%2Feast_bay&id=8161285

Texas: Chief U.S. District Judge Fred Biery issues a ruling that bans prayer at high school graduation; also bans the words "benediction", "invocation",
“join in prayer,” “bow their heads,” “amen,” and “prayer.”
His ruling prohibits anyone from saying, “in [a deity’s name] we pray.” This is all because, according to Biery, the Plaintiff and his parents would "suffer irreperable harm" if any of those words were used. http://www.foxnews.com/us/2011/06/02/prayer-prohibited-at-graduation-ceremony

Grace

I realized that I might have left the impression that I believed my transformations were due in whole or part to my own efforts or will. Nothing could be further from the truth. I stand humble and unworthy before God who has given me the gift of His Grace.

From one of my favorite books: "There is nothing in the world more astonishing, no more interesting spectacle, than that afforded by the action of grace upon the soul of a just man. How it transforms him, sustains him, strengthens him and comforts him! How it subdues and governs him exteriorly and interiorly! How it altars his affections, making him love what he formerly abhorred, and abhor what he formerly loved! How strong it makes him in combat! What peace it gives to him!" The Sinner's Guide by Venerable Louis of Granada available from Tan Books.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Oh No!

It turns out that if you sign up for adsense, you have no control over what ads they put on your blog. :( I apologize for any offensive ads that any of my 7 visitors might have seen. SEVEN!!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

on the gay thing

Up until about September of 2010, I identified as a lesbian. Out and proud. Although I hadn't marched in any pride parades since college, I didn't hide who or what I was. Then I discovered the Catholic Church. I say "discovered" because that's really what it was like--finding something you never knew was there.

After much soul-searching, intellectualizing, reading, debating, and trying to find a compromise, I allowed myself to admit that I could not continue to act on my homosexual feelings. I felt God's calling, the pull of Him, that powerfully.

I believe the Church's teachings on these matters, e.g., that having feelings of same-sex attraction is not a sin. Acting on those feelings is a sin. God calls all of us--hetersexual, homosexual and bisexual to chastity according to our state in life. If you are not married, you are called to celibacy. If you are a priest or other religious, you are called to lifelong celibacy. If you never marry, celibacy. If you are married, you are still called to chastity, in that you are required to be faithful to your spouse and all that goes with that.

There isn't anything special about people with SSA. Nothing special, really, about our "cross". I have a friend, we'll call her Bella. Bella is single, over 40, never married, devoutly Catholic. She has never met the one man who would be her future husband. She's still called to refrain from sexual relations. Is her cross lighter than someone who has SSA and is called to refrain from acting on those feelings?

We've allowed ourselves as a society to be drug into the gutter where our be all and end all, our identity, and our very fulfillment is found in sex.

I do NOT choose to allow my sexuality to define me.