Happiness or Holiness

 Happiness or Holiness (or both?)

     “He began to teach them, saying: ‘Blessed are they …’ “

       At the conclusion of the movie “Bride of Frankenstein,” the movie sequel based on Mary’s Shelly’s book, “Frankenstein,” Frankenstein’s monster is emotionally devastated at the repugnant rejection of him by his so called, “bride to be.”

     With tears in its eyes, the heartbroken monster starts to throw a tantrum, when it inadvertently and unknowingly stumbles across a lever that, if moved in the wrong position, could set off a chain reaction and destroy the entire laboratory, and everything and everyone in it, including itself. 

      In anticipation of this potential disaster, the evil scientist sternly warns the monster “not to pull the lever” in the hopes the monster might react rationally, and avoid the impending calamity. 

Of course, sternly warning a monster of its moral obligation not to do something rash and immoral, immediately following a personally devastating emotional and psychological heartbreak and public humiliation is almost like inviting it, in fact, to “pull the lever.” That’s why they’re monsters!  They generally don’t listen very well, especially when you tell them to do something right or not do something wrong. Continue reading

The Resurrection of the Body vs Transexualism

The Resurrection of the Body vs Transexualism

“That the dead will rise, even Moses made (that) known in the passage about the bush, …”

Since he was a boy, the painter Henri Matisse would visit the great Pierre-Auguste Renoir every week, taking in everything he could from the great master. When Renoir contracted arthritis, Matisse began to come every day to bring food, brushes and paint, and anything else Renoir needed

One day, Matisse watched as Renoir groaned in pain while making a simple but exact brush stroke. Finally, the young would-be artist could no longer stand watching his mentor suffer.

“Master,” Matisse asked, “your work is already vast and important. Why keep torturing yourself like this?”

“Very simple,” Renoir answered. “The pain passes; but the beauty remains.” Continue reading

Why Should I Go to Mass?

Why Should I Go to Mass?”

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“He… “He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day as was His custom.”

A story from ancient Egypt tells how the god Thoth invented a new way of helping people learn and remember things, a system called writing. Thoth explained his invention to the king of Egypt; but the king was not impressed. He said the invention was liable to make people lazy in trying to remember things; that they would start to rely on written things instead of thinking for themselves. Worst of all, it would allow people to appear learned, rather than actually being learned. Written things need the help of the author to explain them, the human touch.

Although this is just an ancient myth, it still has some valid points to make. First, we learn from other people. Books are written by other people; they don’t appear out of the blue or fall out of the sky. And second, we learn better from human contact in teaching, even when books are involved – what the ancient Greek philosopher Plato called “the animated speech of a knowledgeable person.” Even then, although the person might have knowledge, they also need the gift of passing on that knowledge, of helping others become keen to learn, and setting people on fire with a love of that subject. And with the invention of the printing press in the fifteenth century, some of the Egyptian king’s misgivings came true. People sometimes mistook the book for learning or wisdom itself. Sometimes they thought that simply by reading or quoting that they would become learned, and so they neglected the need for understanding, for teaching and for interpretation to bring the written word to life. Continue reading

26th ANNUAL NATIONAL NIGHT OF PRAYER FOR LIFE

26th ANNUAL NATIONAL NIGHT OF PRAYER FOR LIFE

ProLifeCorner-  Rockford Il.- DECEMBER 8, 2015   

Our-Lady250xJoin in Unity of Prayer across America to protect LIFE, LIBERTY and HIS CHURCH!!!

“And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us”- John 1:14

As soon as the Holy Spirit overshadowed the womb of the Virgin Mother, God immediately became one of  the human family. In like manner when a child is conceived, he becomes one of us. This little person now dwells among us. So that our nation may recognize this truth…

COME PRAY WITH US!!!!! Continue reading

Stewardship Time, Talent, and Treasure

Stewardship Time, Talent, and Treasure

ProLifeCorner-  Sun Sept 27 2015-   “See what you have stored up for yourselves against the last days.”

            Today, in light of the 2nd reading from the Apostle, St. James, I’m going to talk about time, talent and treasure, each briefly and separately.

Time

It happens in every parish: The pastor has a new project in mind — a religious education program for teenagers, a Thanksgiving dinner for the poor, or a food and clothing collection for the local shelter. The pastor then approaches parishioners to help out. It’s a tough sell: People are very protective of their time, they’re not sure this is something they want to do or are comfortable being involved with, or they doubt they have the abilities and patience necessary for this kind of work. But, eventually, a group of volunteers — however reluctant — comes together. Continue reading

The Blessed Trinity – Understanding by Analogy and Consequence

Prolifecorner.com-   “God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him might not perish, but might have eternal life.”

Newspapers in California carried a story not too long ago about a State Highway Patrol officer who received a call to rush to a nearby bridge. A distraught woman was about to jump off the bridge, more than four hundred feet above the floor of a deep gorge. The situation was more than the officer bargained for—the officer herself suffered from an extreme fear of heights. Even though it made no sense, in her own mind to approach the would-be jumper, the officer nevertheless, managed to put aside her own fears and calmly eased herself out onto the railing where the would-be jumper was perched. There, high above the rocky gorge, the two women talked for two hours, the officer offering her hope and assurance while quietly struggling with her own panic. Finally, the desperate woman agreed to come away from the railing and get help. Continue reading

Happy Thanksgiving 2013

Accept O Lord, our thanks and praise you for all you have done for us. We thank You for…

The splendor of creation, the beauty of this world, the wonder of life and the mystery of love.

For the blessing of family and friends, for the loving care that surrounds us on every side, for setting us at task, which demands our best efforts, for leading us to accomplishments  which satisfy and delight us, and for disappointments and  failures that lead us to acknowledge our dependence on You alone.

Above all, we thank Your Son Jesus Christ, for the Truth of His Word and for the example of His Life, for His steadfast obedience by which He overcame temptation, for His dying through which He overcame death, for His rising to life again in which we are raised to life in Your Kingdom.

Grant us the gift of Your Holy Spirit that we may know Him and make Him known, and through Him at all times and in all places, give thanks to You in all things, Amen!

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at the ProLifeCorner

Epiphany,The Three Wise Men

These men are not to be confused with the wise guys. There is nothing foolish about them and it would be safe to say that there would be no bad jokes in their repertoire. Rather, they took special note of a star and followed it wherever it went. It is reminiscent of the Israelites wandering in the desert, following the pillar of cloud in the day and pillar of fire at night in Egypt. This is a very serious commitment. They could have traveled up to two years to see this child. They left their home, and safety to literally God knows where. Continue reading

Advent Season a Retreat

ProLifeCorner.com-  From Our Pastor:  So how is your retreat (Advent season) going this year? Some have started their retreat on Thanksgiving Day with the 33 days of preparation for the Total Consecration and are benefiting from it already.    If you haven’t started it yet, you can start it today. I find the Angelus a great prayer to meditate on for the Advent Retreat. Continue reading