Dec 31, 2009

A great resolution for the new year: Make holy hours before the Blessed Sacrament

"Could you not spend one hour with Me?" (St. Mark 14:37)

Think of how Jesus will love your company when you visit Him in holy hours this year! Think of all the graces that will flow into you when you visit Jesus! Think of all the reparation you can make!

"O Most Holy Trinity, I adore Thee! My God, my God, I love Thee in the Most Blessed Sacrament!" -- The Eucharistic Adoration Prayer, Fatima

"Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, I adore Thee profoundly. I offer Thee the Most Precious Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ, present in all the tabernacles of the world, in reparation for the outrages, sacrileges and indifference by which He is offended. And through the infinite merits of His Most Sacred Heart, and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I beg of Thee the conversion of poor sinners. " -- The Angel's Prayer at Fatima

"My God, I believe, I adore, I trust and I love Thee! I beg pardon for those who do not believe, do not adore, do not trust and do not love Thee." -- The Angel's Pardon Prayer, Fatima, 1916

For excellent resources on Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, click on this post's title.

The photo above is from another Adoration site:

Does your parish or school offer Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament? Holy hours? Perpetual Adoration? Please write in here and let everyone know!


Dec 27, 2009

Let's remember our abortion-targeted babies on the Feast of the Holy Innocents, December 28

On the Feast of the Holy Innocents, December 28, let's remember L.A.'s abortion-targeted babies and those of all California and our entire country.

The great Catholic group Women for Faith & Family has resources (click on this post's title) for observing the Feast of the Holy Innocents, including a Novena for Protection of the Unborn.

Did you know that the Holy Innocents Reparation Committee used to hold a big pro-life candlelight march in the heart of Hollywood on the evening of every December 28, and movie stars such as Ricardo Montalban and Ann Blyth used to lead decades of the Rosary at Blessed Sacrament Church after the march? God bless everyone who took part.

By the way, Women for Faith & Family is my source for the painting above, Giotto's Massacre of the Innocents (1304-1306). Pro-lifers will notice that the pile of slain babies in Giotto's 700-year-old painting closely resembles today's actual photos of aborted babies.

Raymond Arroyo says it appears "The Catholic Health Association supports the 'morally unacceptable' abortion compromise"

In his post for December 26, EWTN newscaster and blogger Raymond Arroyo says the following (click on this post's title):

" appears that the Catholic Health Association, the trade organization for the nation's Catholic hospitals[,] is backing the Senate Health Reform Bill and the most recent 'abortion compromise.' This is in open defiance of the Bishops['] position."

It's just about entirely the case that liberal Catholics have never seen a pro-abortion Democrat bill that they didn't love, or for that matter a pro-abortion Democrat politician whom they didn't love.

And not only do the liberal Catholics love the pro-abortion Democrats, they love them more than they love Catholic doctrine -- and they love the pro-abortion Democrats far, far more than they love our abortion-targeted preborn babies.

The liberal Catholics' words and actions, both, prove the truth of these assessments.

Dec 23, 2009

Have a Holy and Merry Christmas! And keep opposing the totalitarian, anti-life socialized medicine

Merry Christmas 2009, and God bless you! Thank you so much for being a friend of this blogspot and for checking in.

As we know, at this Christmas season you and I have to keep opposing the totalitarian, anti-life, unconstitutional, and un-Catholic socialized medicine.

We have to do that -- for the sake of America's abortion-targeted babies, the euthanasia-targeted elderly and all vulnerable Americans, our 624 Catholic hospitals and their 640,000 staffers, all the American people, and our American rights and liberty and way of life.

Baby Jesus, pray for us! Holy Mary, pray for us! St. Joseph, pray for us! Holy Family, pray for us!

The painting above is by Raphael (1483-1520). And here is a poem from the year 1900:

A Christmas Carol
by G. K. Chesterton (1874-1936).

The Christ-child lay on Mary's lap,
His hair was like a light.
(O weary, weary were the world,
But here is all aright.)

The Christ-child lay on Mary's breast,
His hair was like a star.
(O stern and cunning are the kings,
But here the true hearts are.)

The Christ-child lay on Mary's heart,
His hair was like a fire.
(O weary, weary is the world,
But here the world's desire.)

The Christ-child stood at Mary's knee,
His hair was like a crown.
And all the flowers looked up at Him,
And all the stars looked down.

Dec 15, 2009

Do you know about the Nican Mopohua?

If you were able to take part in any Guadalupana events this past week, you know how beautiful and unforgettable they are, and why we look forward to them all year long.

What love everyone has for Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mother of the True God, and what pride and consolation we take in Her and in St. Juan Diego!

Do you know about the Nican Mopohua? It is a very moving account, from around 1560, of Our Lady of Guadalupe and St. Juan Diego. Antonio Valeriano, a Catholic Aztec and scholar, wrote it in Nahuatl, the Aztec language.

Click on this post's title for a site where you can learn all about the Nican Mopohua. You can even see it in Nahuatl and find English and Spanish translations. Your love for Our Lady of Guadalupe, Her Son, and St. Juan Diego will grow and bloom.

A related site, in Spanish:

Dec 3, 2009

Our bishops should sign the Manhattan Declaration

Probably you've heard about the Manhattan Declaration (click on this post's title), the manifesto that Catholic, Protestant and Orthodox clerical, religious and lay leaders signed and released in Washington, D.C., on November 20.

The declaration is a statement of Christian conscience in which the leaders reaffirm Christian morality and announce their intent to refuse to obey any and all future evil anti-life laws. They say:

"Because we honor justice and the common good, we will not comply with any edict that purports to compel our institutions to participate in abortions, embryo-destructive research, assisted suicide and euthanasia, or any other anti-life act; nor will we bend to any rule purporting to force us to bless immoral sexual partnerships, treat them as marriages or the equivalent, or refrain from proclaiming the truth, as we know it, about morality and immorality. . . . We will fully and ungrudgingly render to Caesar what is Caesar's. But under no circumstances will we render to Caesar what is God's." [emphasis added]

On November 28, an L.A. Times editorial slammed the declaration. Wouldn't it be nice if Cardinal Mahony would slam the Times and defend the declaration and its signers? And...

Cardinals, archbishops, bishops, and priests are among the prominent signers of the Manhattan Declaration. So wouldn't it be nice if Cardinal Mahony and all our California bishops would sign it, too?

Our Lady of Guadalupe Procession and Mass, Sunday, December 6, in East L.A. ... and ...

The annual procession and Mass for Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe will take place this Sunday, December 6, en el Este de L.A. Click on this post's title for all the details.

People will gather at 12 noon at the corner of Ford Boulevard and Cesar Chavez Avenue and process to East Los Angeles College Stadium on Cesar Chavez Avenue in Monterey Park for Mass at 1:30 p.m. Pilgrim images of La Virgencita and of San Juan Diego will be present.

Cardinal Mahony will preside at Mass and Bishop Zavala will give the homily.

Also, I'm told that an annual Rosary and procession for Our Lady of Guadalupe will take place up in Santa Barbara this Sunday, December 6. People will gather at 5 p.m. at De La Guerra Plaza downtown for a Rosary. Then, at 5:45 p.m., they will process about eight blocks up State Street to Our Lady of Sorrows Church, where there will be Vespers and a reenactment of the Nican Mopohua, the ca. 1560 account of Our Lady of Guadalupe and St. Juan Diego.

Please check with your local parish to find out about other Guadalupana celebrations on Sunday and about the Mananitas celebrations on December 12.
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