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Staff breaks? Staff it out!

Posted by on Jun 6, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

So… Pope goes to Sarajevo.  He was to use the Paul VI style pastoral staff/crucifix along with his most favoritest vestments, which we all are now so very very familiar.  Via Vatican Insider. Problem: the Paul VI staff broke! Oh dear… what a shame! Thinking fast, Msgr. Guido Marini, head of the Pope’s liturgy staff, working against the clock, fixed it the staff with … I’m not making this up… adhesive tape. One of my friends from Rome tweeted: “Even Paul VI must have thought, ‘I don’t want...

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Ora pro eo – PRAY FOR HIM

Posted by on Jun 5, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

  BRUCE JENNER (alias Caitlyn) is in desperate need of our prayers. Pathetically, there are some who uncharitably and sarcastically lampoon his recent ‘transgendering’ and on the opposite end of the spectrum there are some who not just tolerate and condone, but they also praise and admire him for what he has done.  Making fun of the situation does not help. It is a very serious matter and our society and culture must recognize that. It is also a serious mental illness in need of treatment. Bruce is biologically a man. He...

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Ask a Franciscan: To Give or Not to Give?

Posted by on Jun 5, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Q. What should we do when we’re driving and we see a man by the side of the road holding a sign that reads, “Family hungry. Will do anything for food”? When I see this, I feel sad and confused. What if the person is not really in need, but hoping to get money for drugs? What if the person really is in need, but I can’t stop to help? What would you do? What would Jesus do in 2015? A. Thanks for asking. Your question shows that your conscience is not asleep! This quote from Matthew 25:40 is Jesus’ response to the people saved at the Last...

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Moving beyond Anger

Posted by on Jun 4, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Our guest blogger today is Robert J. Wicks, author of Spiritual Resilience: 30 Days to Refresh Your Soul. During the very times when losses occur and crises strike, the opportunity is especially present for us to realize how much God is at the center of our lives, at the heart of ourselves, and on the horizon of our destiny in new, refreshing ways. Until then, the covenant we have with God may be vague, a mere backdrop, or practically forgotten. It isn’t the deep relationship implied by the word covenant. A crisis or loss can shake the dust...

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J.O.Y.

Posted by on Jun 3, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Our guest blogger today is Kelly M. Wahlquist, author of Created to Relate: God’s Design for Peace and Joy. When I was in eighth grade, we got a new principal, Sr. Mary Gwendolyn. At the end of every single day, over the P.A. system, Sr. Mary Gwendolyn said the same thing to us: “Remember children, Jesus, others, then yourself. If you put your life in this order: Jesus first, then Others, then Yourself, you will have JOY.” Back then, it was a little annoying to hear this day in and day out. But now that I am older, I see the wisdom of this...

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God Is So Big

Posted by on Jun 2, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Our guest blogger today is Kelly M. Wahlquist, author of Created to Relate: God’s Design for Peace and Joy. When I was in preschool, my image of God was the Statue of Liberty. I know that sounds crazy, but as a little four-year-old, I knew God was big, and the Statue of Liberty was the biggest thing I had ever seen. When I looked at the statue, I saw God carrying a book and lifting high a torch. I remember thinking: God is big, but he is so far away. He’s all by himself on an island. That image of an aloof God stayed with me for many...

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Clothing

Posted by on Jun 1, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Last Sunday saw triple rejoicing on Papa Stronsay. The 31st May 2015 is, of course, the feast of the Most Blessed Trinity. It is also the feast of the Queenship of Mary, and is thus the 16th anniversary of our coming to Papa Stronsay. And we received two new novices into our Congregation.  Deo Gratias!  The two postulants kneel before the altar and are addressed by Very Rev. Fr Michael Mary, F.SS.R. They prostrate themselves during the chanting of the Veni Creator Spiritus, and are covered with the funeral pall, representing...

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Ask a Franciscan: What Is the Status of Divorced People?

Posted by on Jun 1, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Q. As far as the Catholic Church is concerned, what happens when a couple divorces? I know many divorcées who have left the Catholic Church because they felt abandoned by it. Someone I know very well is getting a divorce, and I don’t know what the Church’s position is.  A. Divorce does not change the religion of former husbands and wives. If they were previously Catholic, they remain Catholic unless and until they formally join another religious group or publicly renounce their Baptism. Because marriage affects society, civil law is always...

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Maryfest 2015

Posted by on Jun 1, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

On Sunday May 31st, the annual Maryfest procession was held in Christchurch, New Zealand. We organise it each year and this year we were blessed with lovely weather The faithful attended in great numbers – around 500 in all. The order of the photos is somewhat random. If you would like to follow Our Lady of Christchurch on Facebook, you can do so...

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The upcoming “environment” encyclical, “human ecology”, and the everlasting pains of Hell

Posted by on May 31, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Some say that the Pope’s next encyclical – on the “environment” – will be called “Laudato sii“.  Some say that that’s Latin.   No.  It isn’t.  It’s the 13th Umbrian which St. Francis of Assisi would have known and in which he penned his Canticle of the Sun. Of course the catholic Left is wetting itself over the possibilities of denunciation of multinational corporations and free markets, and the magisterial embrace of junk science. The libs and aging hippies are, even now, loading...

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Preaching the Glories of Mary

Posted by on May 29, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Father Anthony Mary, F.SS.R. Over the last few days he has been visiting the different Catholic schools in Christchurch in order to alert them to the Maryfest Procession which will be held at 2.00 p.m. on Sunday, 31 May Our Lady of Victories Church Sockburn, Christchurch, N.Z.  Here are some of the photos taken during his visits to the schools in company with  Br. Xavier Maria and Br. Seelos Maria. EVIVA MARIA! May the Procession be made to the praise of Our Lady of...

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Conversion Stories of Hollywood Legends

Posted by on May 29, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

The following is an excerpt from Mary Claire Kendall’s new book Oasis: Conversion Stories of Hollywood Legends. Early on, when I was marketing Gary Cooper’s faith journey, the editor of a Los Angeles-based magazine told me she was only interested in his “external life.” How absurd, I thought. What can be more fascinating than the story of a soul? It’s Billy Wilder’s classic Sunset Boulevard (1950) about a silent movie queen, craving a return. It’s Barrymore (2011) about Jack, youngest of the theatrical royal family, eying a comeback, in...

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Overcoming Obstacles

Posted by on May 28, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Living out our faith on a day-to-day basis is a challenge. No matter what our age, vocation, or condition, we are subject to encountering obstacles of some kind. They may come from within—a crisis of faith, an illness, or simply the advance of age. Or the obstacles may be external: a change in the economy, a new job, the death of a loved one. If we are trying to live out our baptism, then we ask ourselves how God is present to us in such moments. Sometimes God may seem distant. Sometimes we have questions about our beliefs during these times...

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Created to Relate: God’s Design for Peace and Joy

Posted by on May 27, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Our guest blogger today is Kelly M. Wahlquist, author of Created to Relate: God’s Design for Peace and Joy. As a woman created to relate, you can tap into a divine peace. It doesn’t matter if you are fighting cancer, battling depression, taking care of aging parents, sleep-deprived from tending to young children, or feeling as though you are under a heap of bills and will never see the light of day. God’s peace has been promised to you since the beginning of creation. Just rest in him and let his peace fill your heart. Here are some...

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To Pray as St. Francis Prayed

Posted by on May 26, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Most of us agree, I assume, that personal prayer can be described as a conversation between two parties—ourselves and God. Speaking for myself, I often find myself giving more importance to my side of the conversation than to God’s. I think, for example, that I have to be more responsible, try harder, clench my fists more so I can pray with greater intensity. And yes, it’s certainly true that we humans have to give prayer our very best efforts and pray with all our hearts. But let’s pause for a moment and think. Let’s look at the two sides of...

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"And now let us begin this journey, the Bishop and people, this journey of the Church of Rome, which presides in charity over all the Churches, a journey of brotherhood in love, of mutual trust. Let us always pray for one another. Let us pray for the whole world that there might be a great sense of brotherhood.

I will now give my blessing to you and to the whole world, to all men and women of good will."

-Papa Francis quote

He does not know you, yet he prays for you.
He will most likely never meet you, yet he loves you.

This is your chance to show your love, for as the Bible teaches, "Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven."