Monday, December 21, 2009

Sunday Snippets--A Catholic Carnival; for Sunday December 20, 2009

Hi, and welcome to another edition of Sunday Snippets--A Catholic Carnival. We are a group of bloggers who gather once each week to share out best posts. We are all Catholic and blog at least somewhat about Catholic things; some do so exclusively, others only periodically. All are welcome to participate here.

This week has been quite hectic for me as I'm sure it has been for all those in "preparation", during this holy season of Advent.  Here in our little domestic church we gathered this forth Sunday of "waiting" for an Advent Celebration with those who would be elsewhere on Christmas Day.  As nature would have it, along with the gathering came all the planning as well as home and meal preparation and so I have not posted much this past week.  

Of the two posts I had hoped to get up, only the one on Divine Intimacy made it.  I think you will enjoy this post and will look forward to the "Series"; Part Two will be up next week. Due to the past week of inactivity on St. Monica's Tears, I have included links to some older posts.  The first older post is called You Shall Love Your Neighbor As Yourself: A Reflection On The Culture Of Death. In this post I offer a reflection on Matthew 22:36-39 and Matthew 25:31-46.  In this brief reflection I share what I believe are the very basic, fundamental roots of the Culture of Death, how we can see this played out, and how we can identify and correct this insidious evil that permeates every corner of our society.  Unfortunately as you will see and after reading this post; I think you will agree, the foundational structure of the Culture of Death has found it's way into many if not most of our homes and families. 

The final post for this week is entitled Consecrated for Battle as a Missionary Servant of the Gospel of Life. This post is basically a talk given to a group of men and women in which I convey what it means to me to be Consecrated to the Immaculate Conception as a member of the Missionary Servants of the Gospel of Life lay association; a group of laity living the charism of a Church approved religious order, in other words a "third order". In this post I discuss the virtues of humility, meekness, simplicity, mortification and zeal as followed by St. Vincent de Paul our spiritual father; and as taught to me by the example of Our Blessed Mother found in scripture.  I have found these five virtues to be basic in being the mother of two "lapsi". I also refer to the scripture passages Genesis 3:15, Revelation 21:1 and Revelation 12:17 in regards to the pro-life and pro-family battle we find ourselves entrenched in.

Ending this post I ask that we offer a prayer for one another, our families and our culture; that we as a nation will once again embrace the Christian values that our great country is founded upon...those values that proclaim all men are created in the image and likeness of God and as such possess dignity and sanctity; and so being all men have the inalienable right to "Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness" that order!

In the words of Monsignor Schaedel, a very holy priest and the Vicar General of my Archdiocese, "Of one thing I am convinced; of one thing I am certain: Providence never fails!"

Until next week, with faith, hope and trust in the Providence that will not fail us!

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