Dominus Illuminatio Mea

"...the gaze of the Church is constantly turned to her Lord, present in the Sacrament of the Altar, in which she discovers the FULL manifestantion of His boundless love." Ecclesia de Eucharistia

Friday, January 23, 2004

Forgot to put a thank-you on here to Antonio for fixing up my large font problem. So, thank you!!

Also, further proof that monks can do anything...
Wow! The March for Life! Here's all about my first experience with it (bear with'll be long):

We boarded the parish at 6:30 am. We were very lucky to be accompanied by one of the wonderful Priests from St. Vincent. Before we left, he brought the ciborium onto the bus, and we had a short Communion service and were all able to receive Jesus!!! That was the summit of the day right there!

We traveled for about four hours (praying lots of Rosaries!) and arrived in DC around 11. The speeches began shortly after we arrived. There were a lot of pro-life politicians speaking. One of the senators has 12 kids! The President called in and gave his support and encouragement for the March. They were followed by leaders from several different religious organizations. All of it was wrapped up with greetings from Catholic Bishops throughout the country! Fr. Frank Pavone of the Priests for Life was also introduced...he received a great deal of applause!

After an hour or so, the March began!!! The Catholic turnout was incredible! Everywhere you looked there were people in clericals or habits. A lot of Catholic colleges sent busloads as well. Christendom, Stubie, ND (my brother's college!), and Mt. St. Mary's were some of the banners I saw. All of the seminaries that we walked past were praying the Rosary or singing hymns. Quite beautiful! Towards the end of the March, I had the pleasure of meeting the Sisters of Life. What a wonderful order! Anyway, it was very, very, very amazing. Next year I will be going to the Vigil Mass as well. Of course, there is always the hope that next year will be a celebration of the end of abortion instead of a protest against it. Pray for us, oh Blessed Mother of God!!

Wednesday, January 21, 2004

Mom, my little sis, and I are heading off to DC tomorrow morning to march for LIFE! There is some discrepency in the people count for tomorrow. The numbers range from 300,000 to 800,000 to an optimistic 1,000,000 estimate for the number of people who will be marching for life! Funny how the media manages to avoid reporting about the hundreds of thousands of people marching in the streets every year...*sigh*

There will be a youth Mass (vocations specifically) at the MCI center from 10 o'clock to 11:30 am. Those attending will then join the rest of the March. 6,000-10,000 teens are expected to show up for the Mass, so if you'd like to go, be there early! Cardinal McCarrick will be the principal celebrant. I hope I got all that right!

Our Lady of Guadalupe, pray for us!!!

Monday, January 19, 2004

"O Jesu! on this day, Thy love my prayer has granted;
Before Thy altar throne hereafter 'tis my part
Calmly to wait for heaven, all pain to bear undaunted,
And, lifting to the rays of Thy white Host my heart,
Within that fire of love all self to burn away,
And, like a seraph blest, to serve Thee night and day."

-St. Therese

Sunday, January 18, 2004

I had my first experience in the exterminating business today. I stayed overnight with a lady from my Parish who needed some company. This morning when we got up, she told me that she had been having problems with mice in her attic. She said that she needed someone to go look around up there, and I volunteered. So, armed with a flashlight and gloves, I crawled up there (I thought it was possible to do anything in skirts, but getting into a crawl space wearing a jumper was a little awkward!) Sure enough, there was a trap...with a mouse...that was dead. Yuck. Reminded me of the story of Therese and her "brother" spiders! lol.

The Priest at Mass today gave an awesome homily on the sanctity of marriage. Three cheers for him! He said that the closer you are to God, the closer you are to your spouse. It takes three to make a marriage; God, you, and your spouse.