Monthly Archives: March 2014

Childhood Awaits Us in Heaven

Children ad the Feet of Mother Mary

Children at the Feet of Mother Mary

A Trance about Heaven

In the Fall of 2008, I had a trance while sitting at table before the Crucifix in my dining room where I found myself in another place in Springtime playing joyfully with many other children, all of us around the age of 11 or 12.  I was holding hands with a girl who had blue eyes and red hair who was pulling me toward the other children, and my heart and theirs were full of ecstatic joy, a joy which was without blemish or worry, one which was based on complete faith.  We were all smiling and laughing ecstatically  – so very happy – it did not matter why – we just were.

Happy, happy, happy!

Happy, happy, happy!

I think this was Heaven, because it was a feeling which does not seem possible here, except for slight glimpses during early childhood perhaps.  But, it was of God because the Source of this joy was infinite and we felt it to its fullest potential, such that there was no worry or concern, but only love truly in our hearts for each other, such that we desired nothing more, because nothing more could possibly be greater than what we have.

And our Mother Mary is there, and I have imagined her in my prayers before as a loving Mother watching over us, her children, as we play games at her feet, and she smiles and laughs with us, encouraging us with her Motherly kindness.  How can this not be Heaven?

Desire To be Born of Mary

Jesus, born of the sinless flesh of Mary

Jesus, born of the sinless flesh of Mary

On 24 May 2009, I prayed that I might be born again, physically, through our Blessed Mother and be her child completely with a body from her body, free of original sin and stain of personal sin.  In this way, I would be like unto Jesus – compatible with Him in truth and pleasing to the Father and lovingly attached to my Mother as her child, and humble and faithful and charitable and pure.  [Not that I wanted equality with Jesus – no, but that I would be a true child free of sin and all that displeases the Lord our God, and follow my new Parents unreservedly and with complete trust.]

Sacred Scripture shows how the Lord favors little children.  Here are several verses which came to mind:

“Jesus said, ‘Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them; for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.'” [Matthew, 19:13-14, RSVCE Holy Bible]

“‘Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter into it.’  And he took them [little children] in his arms and blessed them, laying his hands upon them.” [Mark 10:13-16, RSVCE Holy Bible]

“At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, ‘Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?’  And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them, and said, ‘Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.  Whoever humbles himself like this child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.'” [Matthew, 18:1-4, RSVCE Holy Bible]

“‘Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me; but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened round his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.'” [Matthew 18:5-6, RSVCE Holy Bible]

Sacred Scripture also shows how the Lord invites us to be members of his family:

“Jesus answered, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.'” [John 3:5, RSVCE Holy Bible]

“When Jesus saw his mother, and the disciple whom he loved standing near, he said to his mother, ‘Woman, behold your son!’  Then he said to the disciple, ‘Behold your mother!’  And from that hour, the disciple took her to his own home.  [John 19:26-27, RSVCE Holy Bible]

“But he said to them, ‘My mother and my brethren are those who hear the word of God and do it.'” [Luke 8:21 with ref. to Psalm 87:5-7,  RSVCE Holy Bible]

“Jesus said to her [Mary Magdalene], ‘Do not hold me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to my brethren and say to them, I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.'” [John 20:17, RSVCE Holy Bible]

LGBT is not the “new black” or the “new woman”

A very good and convincing analysis. The author states “Yet, let us suppose that such a gene was found. Such discovery would still be irrelevant, because there is the element of free-will. LGBT, ipso facto, is a behaviour unless you believe that human beings are slaves to their genes. However, such deterministic worldview is more dismal than the worldview presented by the alternative side that says those who face this orientation can and do overcome it and live normal lives. I would much rather believe that I am the master of my own destiny than the slave of my genes.”

Some Food for Thought

The Bread of Life from the House of Bread, for you.

Bent on Lent: 40 Awesome Days in the Desert--No Sunblock Required

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Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me will never hunger, and whoever believes in me will never thirst” (John 6:35).

Recently I learned—and this just blows my mind—that the translation of “Bethlehem” in Hebrew means “house of bread.” The name of the town, and its meaning, far predates the birth of Jesus; and as we know, it was foretold in the Old Testament that the Messiah would be born in Bethlehem. So this connection between the “bread of life” coming forth from the “house of bread” was no mere coincidence, it’s just one more piece of a divine mystery unraveled.

“Give us this day, our daily bread…” Jesus is that daily bread. This bread is food for our souls, our minds, and our bodies. They say you are what you eat, so if that’s the case, who wouldn’t want to receive—and consume—Jesus? The Eucharist

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The Pleasure Seekers: Users of Artificial Contra-nutritives and Contra-ceptives

My friends, we are born with strong urges which are good for us.  We become hungry because we need nutrition in order to be healthy and live good lives.  We become sexually potent because male and female, together, need to bring forth new human life to replace us and to continue to support human life as we know it.  But, we often get lured away by pleasure (which is accidental and passing) and lose our focus on life (which is essential and eternal).

For want of more pleasure, the pleasure seekers devise diet pills (which I will term as “artificial contra-nutritives” ) which allow other pleasure seekers to taste and eat large, rich portions without getting obese.  Artificial contra-nutritives enable eating disorders which starve our bodies of life-giving nutrition.  They rob us of a healthy and vibrant life and expose us to diseases which normal nutrition and normal eating habits would prevent.  The pleasure seekers kill themselves for the sake of worshipping the god of pleasure instead of loving and worshipping the God of Life.

For want of more pleasure, the pleasure seekers devise birth control pills (which are called “artificial contraceptives”) which allow other pleasure seekers to have sexual relations often without getting pregnant.  Artificial contraceptives enable sexual disorders which prevent or kill new human life.  They rob us of the familial dignity of trusting, natural spousal relationships and of virtuous motherhood and fatherhood and the joy of nurturing and experiencing new human life.  Artificial contraceptives expose us to a licentious attitude of “sex anywhere with anybody simply for pleasure” which leads to the degrading of persons into sexual objects and the brutally unbiased transmission of sexually-transmitted diseases which would never appear in a virtue-based, sexually-monogamous, caring spousal relationship.  The pleasure seekers kill their offspring for the sake of worshipping the god of pleasure instead of loving and worshipping the God of Life.

Here are the “Pleasure Seekers,” co-architects of the “culture of death” who worshipped the god of pleasure and who taught others to do so in the 20th Century.  It would be a mistake to follow their teachings.  [see De Marco and Wiker, Architects of the Culture of Death (San Francisco, CA: Ignatius Press, 2004) for more on the Pleasure Seekers and other types / lives of the architects of the Culture of Death (as defined by Pope Bl. John Paul II)].  Follow instead the architects of the Culture of Life, who worship the God of Life.

May the only God, the God of Life look upon their ignorance and their very poor family situations and have mercy on their souls:

Sigmund Freud - Psychoanalyst and co-architect of the Culture of Death
Sigmund Freud – Psychoanalyst and co-architect of the Culture of Death
William Reich - Psychoanalyst and co-architect of the Culture of Death

William Reich – Psychoanalyst and co-architect of the Culture of Death

Helen Gurley Brown - editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan magazine and co-architect of the Culture of Death
Helen Gurley Brown – editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan magazine and co-architect of the Culture of Death

Re-Telling the Story of God’s Love

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Christmas Concert from the Choir Loft! (taken by novice Sr. Chelsea) Christmas Concert from the Choir Loft! (taken by novice Sr. Chelsea)

Every Christmas, the Daughters of St. Paul Choir go on tour with a beautiful concert that is much more than just a musical experience. The photos  can’t capture what it’s like to be sung to by this group of talented women dedicated to Christ and to communicating Christ.

It’s been ten years since I’ve been to one of their concerts, and, as always, I am profoundly touched by how the sisters’ singing becomes a channel or opening for the grace of Christ. You can feel the presence of God as the sisters sing.

I know these sisters personally and have lived in community with many of them. They are wonderful, talented women truly dedicated to their vocation to living and communicating Christ. They are also really normal, human, flawed women who struggle with the same things that you and…

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Learn from the Flowers of God

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Sister Tracey, Flower of God, Daughters of St. Paul, March 2, 2014.

Jesus said, “Learn from the way the wild flowers grow.  They do not work or spin.  But I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was clothed like one of them.  If God so clothes the grass of the field, which grows today and is thrown into the oven tomorrow, will he not much more provide for you, O you of little faith?  So do not worry and say, ‘What are we to eat?’ or ‘What are we to drink? ‘or ‘What are we to wear?’ All these things the pagans seek.  Your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.  But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given you besides” [Gospel of Matthew, 6:28-33, NAB].

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The Little Flower, St. Therese Liseux

Hear what the “Little Flower” had to say and compare:

“Yes, when a soul has allowed herself to be captivated by the inebriating fragrance of Thy perfumes, she could not run alone, all the souls whom she loves are drawn after her; this is a natural consequence of her attractions towards Thee.”

Flower of God, "crazy" for Jesus.  St. Tracey will be face-paining on March 4th, 2014 in Metairie, LA.  Please go and make a donation.

Flower of God, “crazy” for Jesus. Sister Tracey will be face-painting on March 4th, 2014 in Metairie, LA. Please go and make a donation for the missions.

“My only desire now is to love Jesus even to folly.”

“You know well enough that Our Lord does not look so much at the greatness of our actions, nor even at their difficulty, but at the love at which we do them.”

“For me to love you, Jesus, as you love me, I would have to borrow your own love and then only would I be at rest.”

~ St. Therese Liseux, the Little Flower

 

And now for a delightful view of the flowers of Jesus the King.  Enjoy