The Holy Spirit and Feminism

Over at Crisis Magazine I have been finding a wealth of thought provoking articles including one on the Holy Spirit (the Hagia Sophia Is No Lady) that fits perfectly with some of the things I have recently been thinking about the problem of feminism. In another article from the same source Donna Steichen discusses the question of whether or not Feminism might be a heresy (Is Feminism A Heresy?). I happen to agree with both of the above articles.  Feminism in the Church has taken on the form of a heresy which seeks to warp essentials such as our understanding … Continue reading

Back to Lent and Planning Baptisms

I’ve been unwell and this has messed with my goal of perfect attendance on my prayers for this season.  I’m catching up now that I feel a bit better, and accepting that being miserably ill is a good penance for me.  We should give thanks in all things and so being miserably ill is a good time to practice being thankful even in the midst of being miserable with a head-ache that just would not quit. Meanwhile, my older daughter is planning the baptism of her first child and our first grandchild and asked if I wanted to have her … Continue reading


Yesterday was a major head-ache of a day.  An actual head ache was the core problem.  I couldn’t shake it, not with a nap, not with medication, and as the pain medication for the c-section is strong and I’m still on it that unshakable head ache didn’t make sense. I do have a head-cold.  But usually the saline nasal flush does a good job easing the sinus head-ache situations.  This seemed to do little. They asked about blood pressure but this is already measured and managed with medication. I also have been pushing fluids and yet I am thirsty.  How … Continue reading

Penitential Practices Proper to Lent

Lent is a part of our Liturgical year set aside for penance.  There is a lot out there about the Rules for Lent  and Archbishop Chaput did a video on practices proper to Lent. FASTING–giving up some good in order to gain spiritually Minimally: All persons 14 yrs of age or older are bound to abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday, all Fridays of Lent and Good Friday.   NOT by replacing it with Lobster or other treat.  Going meatless is supposed to be a penance. All persons age 18 or older but not yet 59 yrs old are bound to … Continue reading

Spiritual Warfare, Lenten Preparation and Church Authority

Here are some excellent blog posts to add to your reading for Lent.  They pertain to current events and may be useful as an aid to developing your own answers for the questions we Catholics get asked about Lent and what it means and the current political battles between the Culture of Life and the Culture of Death. Lent is 40 Days of Spiritual Battle. Fr. Z has a good post on spiritual warfare and prayers for Ash Wednesday. A Current Battle in our secular world is on who has the authority to determine religious practices; specifically, on those issues … Continue reading

Lenten Preparations: Consecration to Our Lord Jesus: February 22-March 26

Making or renewing the consecration of their heart to Our Lord Jesus through the heart of His Most Blessed Mother is a marvelous devotional to do this Lenten season.  We’re doing this in addition to the Novena for Religious Freedom and the book reading over at Suscipio.

We’ll be using the St. Louis-Marie De Montfort’s prayers and meditations from the book, The True Devotion To the Blessed Virgin published by Baronius Press Limited, 2008, ISBN # 978-1-905574-36-0. has a kindle version you can get instantly!

I found this clip of a Bob and Penny Lord program on St. Louis-Marie De Montfort on youtube:

EWTN has a nice page about St. Louis-Marie De Montfort.  This page includes links to documents on the writings of this Saint and an audio program.

See also this link:  Consecrate this Lent to Jesus through Mary, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.   This link has a marvelous wealth of information about why this particular period of time is so special.  ONLY time in our lifetimes when the dates for the Total Consecration fall within the period of Lent, starting on Ash Wednesday and making the consecration on the Feast of the Annunciation.

We will begin prayers on February 22, 2012 (Ash Wednesday) and end with the feast of the Annunciation (March 26, 2012) as the Day of Consecration.

Novena for Religious Freedom!

Novena for Religious Freedom! I found my way to this delightful blog of novena prayers and decided to join in on this one. Starting on Ash Wednesday, I am joining nearly 10,000 Catholics to pray a Novena for Religious Freedom! With so many faithful Catholics around the world praying this novena, I thought you’d like to join too! This is a special novena because of all that has been going on in the US. But, it is also special because it is focused specifically on praying to Saints who were persecuted or martyred. You can sign up for handy email … Continue reading

UPDATES 2-19-12

BURNING INCENSE BEFORE IDOLS Our fight against the HHS mandate is only the tip of the iceberg.  Caesar is determined to force all to bow before his idol.  Caesar is determined to claim the authority to define religious belief for all citizens of the United States, first amendment be damned.  Clearly, the days of Rome have returned complete with all the evils of abortion and infanticide in addition to the worship of the ruler as a god. CONTRACEPTION AND ABORTION AND THE EARLY CHURCH FATHERS We have a Church that preserves by the power of the Holy Spirit the full … Continue reading

The ESSENTIAL Nature of Free Will

We face a major crisis with our own government ignoring the First Amendment of the Constitution and legislating to religious groups how they must abide by a practice that violates a major tenet of their religion. Here we have an article that I will be blogging around.  it is a good article as far as it goes. It lacks some finesse in the history department and lacks some definitions.  However, as a starting point for our discussion it is useful. God desires that we live according to His will because we have chosen to do so freely.  Free will naturally … Continue reading

History Texts and Learning Resources Recommendations

I used to hate history. It was a boring jumble of unrelated dates and isolated incidents completely focused on politics and economics that had no power to capture my imagination and thus could not be remembered.  BORING! Not anymore!  Several things came along to wake up my brain and make history something that I not only no longer dislike but I happily spend hours studying it! Dr. Warren H. Carroll wrote a series of World History texts titled his Christendom Series.  His writing turned me from a non-history learner to a person who enjoys the study of history. He made … Continue reading