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

Thursday, January 29, 2004

I'm having lots of fun listening to a Daughter's of St. Paul CD I managed to get for free from the Catholic freebies site. My sister was laughing at me because I was singing a long with the Sisters...aparently a little too loudly. lol.

I had a wonderful conversation with my youngest sister last night. We spent a whole bunch of time talking about the EUCHARIST! She's not Catholic, by the way. We covered the idea of heavenly worship (as seen in Revalation), the Mass, talked about the Gospel of John and the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist. I also told her a little about what the Holy Father has said about the "heaven on earth" we have. Let me tell you, I was so excited, I could hardly speak coherently! With a lot of help from my guardian angel, I managed to talk so she understood though and took it slowly. Please pray for her! I want so badly for her to know what is Truth!

Wednesday, January 28, 2004

Out of the mouths of babes and infants you have drawn a defense against your foes, to silence enemy and avenger.
When I see your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and stars that you set in place--
What are humans that you are mindful of them, mere mortals that you care for them?
Yet you have made them little less than a god, crowned them with glory and honor.
You have given them rule over the works of your hands, put all things at their feet:
All sheep and oxen, even the beasts of the field,
The birds of the air, the fish of the sea, and whatever swims the paths of the seas.
O LORD, our Lord, how awesome is your name through all the earth!

Tuesday, January 27, 2004

All the snow made me think of my Benedictine nun friend from St. Emma's. She says in weather like this, stepping out of the car into all the road salt can change you from a Benedictine to a Cistercian in seconds! lol.

I was supposed to go over to St. Vincent today to see Father, but the roads made it impossible to even drive 5 miles. It took my mom an hour and a half to get home from work. Something exciting did happen today though. I think I've found a Carmelite cloister with Adoration! http://www.carmelitehermitage.com/FlemingtonCarmel.htm
It's still snowing (beautiful!) and we had another day off because of the ice that is covering everything. I have a feeling though that our delightful superintendent will have us back in school tomorrow if it is the last thing he does. lol. He literally goes out driving at 4 am to see if the roads are decent. In the meantime, we enjoyed the surprise 4-day weekend immensely. I'm in the process of reading Mulieris Dignitatem since I have so much free time. It is very wonderful. The Holy Father is a genius.

Monday, January 26, 2004

We've been receiving an onslaught of mail from "St. Matthew's Parish." All of it is very peculiar and very reminiscient of something you would expect a TV evangelist to be pushing. The latest item we got from the was a paper "prayer rug" along with the typical "pray on this rug and you'll get lots of money" message. There is no way on earth this church is Catholic, but I do wonder what exactly they are. Any ideas would be appreciated. My sister sees Saint and parish and assumes they are Catholic.

We got a lot of snow last night, and consequently the schools were closed for the day. Dad and I made it to 12:10 Mass. The Church was pretty empty, but there were still about 30 people there. There are elderly couples at Mass who wouldn't miss it for the world. That's a very beautiful thing to witness. Good marriages have there foundation on God and are sustained by the Sacraments. I'm saying this for the umpteenth time because it is absolutely true.

I wrote to the PCPAs in Ohio, and will be mailing it tomorrow. I'm looking forward to corresponding with M. Dolores. Cloister attracts me a lot and the spirituality of the Poor Clares is wonderful. Perpetual Adoration!! Incredible! I still have to start a novena to St. Therese by the way. lol. Perhaps I should pray a novena to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel instead.

Sunday, January 25, 2004

We spent the weekend in Virginia to celebrate a friend's retirement/birthday. I was so glad to be down there again, especially on my birthday! On Saturday we went to a Mennonite lady's house (conservative/buggy) who was hosting the celebration for our friends retirement. I haven't seen some of the folks who were there in SUCH a long time! It was lovely. We talked, and talked, and talked... That night we went over to eat supper with some more Mennonites (in VA you're either Mennonite or Baptist). Sunday, we ate breakfast with Carolyn's daughter and her family and then turned around and came home again. Just in time too! It is now blizzarding. They are calling for 5-7 inches of snow with sleet on top. We went to the 7 pm Mass at Holy Family. The Priest celebrating was the rector at the seminary. I love his homilies, because he doesn't beat around the bush. So far, I've heard him preach about vocations (wow!), family/marriage, and tonight, Holy Scripture.