Saturday, July 25, 2009

Offline a Week!


I have been sick a week, thus offline, then for a week I had to "catch up" from being off for a week, so I was basically offline, and now, I'm having company visit for a week and will be busy with them.
So...I'll be back in a week and hopefully should be rested, caught up, and back to blogging! :))

Have you joined my Ning group for Catholics over 30? Stop by and sign up:
Catholics Online.

I am on Twitter and Facebook...are you? If so, let's add each other!
I am on Twitter at 1romancatholic and Facebook here.

Have you seen my other blogs?

I have a Catholic Quotes blog (I LOVE Catholic Quotes! This site is a great source to dig through all the archives...I'll go back to updating when I return...but there's plenty there! All my quotes are thanks to Mike Humphrey.): Catholic Quotes.

I have a Confession Source Blog here: Confession Source.
(*if you have any extra sources I can post there, email me!)

I have my original Catholic blog called "Catholic Kelly" here. Lots of archives!

I have some more, but those are some I'd like to share. My little way of trying to follow Pope John Paul II's call to evangelize on the new media means also the call of Pope Benedict 16th.

Some new things I did recently was join the Arch confraternity of St Philomena. It's great. You can join here at her official site/shrine in Italy: St Philomena Shrine.

{ I love St Philomena, "powerful with God." She certainly is! You can go to that site to find out a ton of information on her, get her official oil, cords, relics, etc!! Go to the official source! Some do offer St Philomena Oil, but the official source is the site I have given you above in Munango Italy. It's a great sacramental! The Shrine Rector is friendly, too! }

I also joined The Invisible Monestary of Fraternity and Charity...check it out here: Click.
It's neat! Check it out. You register and are sent the prayer booklet (consisting of mostly scripture and novena prayer to the Sacred Heart and the Divine Mercy!) and you pray at 6:30pm your time Wednesday's UNITED in spirit with everyone else who is a member who is also praying...we pray for our needs listed on the site (submit yours and it's placed before Eucharisitic Jesus)...and for these needs in particular:
For those who have lost hope or the desire to live
For those who are alone and neglected
For those who are in darkness and are searching for the light w/o finding it
For those who are anguished and gripped by illness.

It's wonderful praying for those intentions as they really do need our charity! We can obtain graces for them. :)

Ok, must go prep for the guests, but see you soon!
Have a great week & God bless!

Kelly :)

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Prayer for the Elevation of Society through the Communications Media Lord

Prayer for the Elevation of Society through the Communications Media Lord

In union with the priests who today are offering the Holy Mass, I offer You Jesus-Host and myself, a small victim: In reparation for the errors and the scandals spread throughout the world by the media of communication; To implore Your mercy for those who are deceived and allured by these powerful media and who are withdrawn from Your Fatherly love; For the conversion of those who, in the use of these media, refuse to recognize the Magisterium of Christ and of the Church, and thereby poison the minds, the hearts, and the activities of the people; That we all may follow Him, whom You, Father, in the immensity of Your love, have sent to the world, proclaiming, 'This is My Beloved Son, hear Him."; To know and to make it known that only Jesus, the Incarnate Word, is the Perfect Teacher, the Sure Way that leads to knowledge of the Father and to participation in His life; For the multiplication in the Church of the number of priests, religious, and laity who dedicate themselves to making the message of salvation resound throughout the world through the apostolate of social communication; For those who carry on the diffusion of technical and writing apostolates to be wise, to be holy, and to bear witness to genuine Christian life in the field of social communication; For Catholic undertakings in the field of communication to grow in number and in value, and to effectively promote truly Christian values in order to offset the voices of error and evil; That we all may know our ignorance and our unworthiness, humbly and confidently draw near to the font of life, nourish ourselves with Your Word, Father, and the Body of Christ, and invoke light, love, and mercy for all humankind. Prayer to the Guardian Angels for the Good Use of the Media of Social Communication O Angels of heaven, watch over those who write, those who produce, those who distribute audiovisual media, and those who make use of them. Defend them from evil, guide them in the truth, and obtain for them true charity. Ask of God the necessary vocations to the apostolate of the audiovisual media, and be with them in their delicate mission. Inspire everyone to contribute to the apostolate of social communication media through good works, prayers, and offerings. Enlighten, guard, rule, and guide the world of audiovisual media, so that it serves to uplift the level of this present life and directs humankind towards eternal goods. Amen.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Being Honest with Yourself


I was on the Pauline blog, "a nun blog", being interested in the Pauline's (Holy Family Institute*).
And, I serendipitously found my way to another Pauline blog from there that stated something very interesting.
It basically stated something to ponder:
"It is Jesus Christ “and him crucified” who reveals the whole truth about God."
"That means that prerogatives that we associate with dignity, importance, status–these are the opposite of divine qualities..."
(You may slip over to the blog, Pauline Spirit, here, to read or subscribe to the blog.)
although we know that in our brain, it really is something to sit in silence and meditate on.
The prerogatives WE associate with dignity (cleanliness? way of dress? quality of clothing? brand name? nice shoes? jewelry? hair? makeup? expensive smell of perfume? driving a BMW or Mercedes-Benz? Carrying a LV bag? Flying business or first class? Staying at a 4 star hotel? Living in the best neighborhood? etc....), importance (business owner? CEO? CFO? VP? Celebrity? Author? etc.) and status (having the latest technological devices: the newest MAC, ipod, iphone, fitness toy, car, clothing, your kids toys/clothing, neighborhood, purse, luggage, etc.)....all these things we DO wrongly value as Catholics (to some degree; some more than others, but most to some degree if we are honest!)...ALL of these are OPPOSITE of the Divine Qualities...that is not how God sees dignity, importance, or status...
Anyhow, it was a good post and reminder that even us, who crown ourselves with halo's before our time (ha!), should take a breather, sit in silence and meditate on that.
Do I value myself or another MORE if they/me are wealthy?
Do I value myself or another MORE if they/I live in that costly sought-after neighborhood v.s. a pure working-class middle of the road (or less) neighborhood?
Even many Catholics fall into the "materialistic" trap.
We want to show ourselves better than our brother.
We fly after the latest fads so we can keep up with the Joneses.
We want our kids to keep up with the Joneses.
If we don't, people might judge us "below" them...and we know we are not...that would be humiliating and wrong for them to think that (we reason/justify) .

"Be still and know that I am God." --God

We need media-free times to just be with and contemplate God.
If that makes us jumpy, we need to contemplate why.
What do I think is missing when "All" is here?!

We need to really get to know our true selves.
Brutally honest.
Then, we may be able to come to have this as our real truth:
"It is Jesus Christ “and him crucified” who reveals the whole truth about God."
And, we can "mirror" that truth to others who see us and our life choices.
They'll see us as
“not considering equality with God a thing to be clung to,” of “taking the form of a slave” and “being all things to all people.”

Shine your very special light in this world.
You are unique and special.
You do not need to look for approval or status or the latest cute shoes or purse.
Just be who God created you to be.
What more could you want or aspire to? ;)

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Ghost Hunters

Do you ever watch "Ghost Hunters" on Wednesday nights? I do with my 2 oldest kids. I asked them first what they thought about it because I didn't want to open a door of occultism to them (getting into that stuff) or help them develop an unhealthy curiosity. Happily to my ears, they said: "Well, if there really is anything, I think it is poor souls in purgatory seeking prayers/relief...and, sometimes it could be demons, too." I was happy they learned well that there are not just "fun friendly spirits" to talk to and have friendships with as so many in the occultism world who are deceived.

I came across this article, "CHIEF EXORCIST OF MANILA OFFERS ADVICE AND PRAYER ON ALLEGED 'HAUNTED' PLACES" and was sure to read it. You can too, HERE.

He answers: How do "ghosts" jive with Catholic teaching?

He starts by saying it CAN be that there are haunted houses! "In scientific parlance," says Father Syquia, who directs the Office of Exorcism for the Archdiocese of Manila, "a house is said to be haunted when there are paranormal disturbances occurring within the vicinity -- invisible entities or beings manifesting themselves or making their presence known. Based on Church authorities and teachings, a 'haunted house' can truly exist."

So, if you enjoy watching "Ghost Hunters" but are not sure what to think about it...go read this priest's, chief exorcist, interview about it. :)

God bless!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Pardon My Site Work!

I have been offline a bit as explained in my last post, and realized my site is loading slow (at least for me!), I am working on it behind the scenes right it it looks weird, hang in there! I'm just changing stuff around and trying to get it to be a fast efficient site! Life's too short for blog hangups, right?!



July: Great Month of the Precious Blood of Jesus Christ!

Month of the Precious Blood! Great to foster devotion to the Precious Blood of Jesus this month and not let a day go by w/o honoring it. Here's one of many websites to check out.

Click here!

I have been busy and mostly offline since school got out. My children still had baseball and then little league world playoff tournaments and trumpet practices, etc. It's been a bit crazy! Baseball finished and the trumpet (until Aug! then it is daily) I hope to have more time to devote to this website and my other Catholic ones. (At the same time I am starting 2 businesses slowly, so that keeps me busy in the background as well). Just a little note to let you know that I am not "flighty" and when I am not here, it's only due to good reason. ;)

Then, we have our daily prayer for Priests this year to say:
(I'll post it on my sidebar, fyi)

Daily Prayer During the Year for Priests

O Jesus, Eternal Priest;
keep all Your priests within the shelter of Your
Sacred Heart, where none may harm them.
Keep unstained their anointed hands
which daily touch Your Sacred Body.

Keep unsullied their lips purpled with Your Precious Blood.
Keep pure and unearthly their hearts sealed with the
sublime marks of Your glorious priesthood.
Let Your holy love surround them and shield them
from the world's contagion.

Bless their labors with abundant fruit,
and may the souls to whom they have ministered to
be their joy and consolation
and in Heaven their beautiful and everlasting crown.

O Mary, Queen of the clergy, pray for us;
obtain for us many holy priests.

And, remember to keep the Pope, the Vicar of Christ on earth in your daily prayers, too! ;)

God bless you and yours.
Have a great Tuesday!