Saturday, December 8, 2007

The Sign of the Cross – The world’s oldest gang sign

The sign of the cross, a blessing many Catholics don’t think to much about. Something we often do in a rather rote way after dipping in the holy water font before Mass. But the sign of the cross carries all the power of Calvary. It has the power to dispel demons who must bend their knee in submission to Jesus. It has the power to sanctify God’s people, and through the sign of the cross we join in the Communion of Saints. When we bless ourselves with the sign of the cross we identify with all of the men and women through out the ages who have followed Jesus in Spirit and Truth. We reinforce the mark of Grace upon our soul we received in Baptism and Confirmation, and remind ourselves to whom we belong.

Lord bless your people in the Name of the Father, and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Friday, December 7, 2007

The Fourth Glorious Mystery – Jesus Comes for His Mom

When I pray the Rosary I get images of the events. To keep myself focused I imagine all of the people around, what they were like, where they are now, what was life really like at that moment in time. The mystery of the assumption is a bit different. We don’t know a whole lot about the assumption. No one was around to witness the event that we know of. It was just between Mary and God. There wasn’t even an Archangel on the scene as far as we know and so my mind is filled with this image.

Our Lady’s earthly body has died. I believe the Eastern Church refers to this as Mary’s Dormition. So how does she get to heaven, how do any of us get to heaven? Do our guardian angels guide us, Our Lady couldn’t very well guide herself.

I imagine Jesus himself coming for his mother. I picture him standing next to her as if to wake her from sleep. I imagine him gently stroking her cheek and softly kissing her forehead. I picture her opening her eyes and smiling at her son, whom she loves so dearly, her son whom she has followed loyally all of her life. I imagine Jesus picking her up and carrying her to heaven in very much the same sort of way she holds him in the Pieta. I imagine all of heaven rejoicing that the Queen is on her way home and waiting with joy for her arrival. And then I imagine her praying with her court, waiting and watching like a mother who’s teenage kids are out for the evening. Waiting for all her children to come home, and I can’t wait to get home so I can meet her in person one day.

Mother Mary protect us under your mantel all the days of our lives. Commission your army to protect us in this life and to carry us home to heaven our true country. Pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Contraception Other Reasons Why Not

The Barbershop: Dennis Byrne, proprietor: Why isn't this study about the pill and breast cancer heeded?

Dennis Byrne's article about the link between breast cancer and the pill. Hat tip to Judie Brown of American Life League.

Unisex fish the result of birth control hormones in our water ways. The greenies have been mum about this one.

Lord, open our ears that we may hear and understand your teaching on artificial contraception, and our hearts that we may follow you in faith. Amen.