Sunday, August 31, 2008

A Prayer for the areas and people in need due to the impending hurricane

Litany of Our Lady of Prompt Succor

Lord, have mercy on us.

Christ, have mercy on us.

Lord, have mercy on us.

Christ, hear us.

Christ, graciously hear us.

God the Father of Heaven, have mercy on us.

God the Son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy on us.

Holy Trinity, one God, have mercy on us.

Holy Mary, pray for us.

Mother of the Infant Jesus, pray for us.

Our Lady of Prompt Succor, pray for us.

Our Lady of Prompt Succor of all who invoke you with confidence, pray for us.

Our Lady of Prompt Succor of all who are devout toward the Infant Jesus, pray for us.

Our Lady of Prompt Succor for obtaining a lively faith, pray for us.

Our Lady of Prompt Succor for sustaining the hope of Christians, pray for us.

Our Lady of Prompt Succor for obtaining and persevering in charity, pray for us.

Our Lady of Prompt Succor for observing the law of God, pray for us.

Our Lady of Prompt Succor for observing perseverance in virtue and good works, pray for us.

Our Lady of Prompt Succor in every spiritual necessity, pray for us.

Our Lady of Prompt Succor against the revolt of self-will, pray for us.

Our Lady of Prompt Succor in the occasion of sin, pray for us.

Our Lady of Prompt Succor in every temptation, pray for us.

Our Lady of Prompt Succor against the evil spirit, pray for us.

Our Lady of Prompt Succor for obtaining contrition, pray for us.

Our Lady of Prompt Succor of those wishing to re-enter the path of salvation, pray for us.

Our Lady of Prompt Succor for the conversion of sinners, pray for us.

Our Lady of Prompt Succor in every temporal necessity, pray for us.

Our Lady of Prompt Succor in every affliction, pray for us.

Our Lady of Prompt Succor of afflicted families, pray for us.

Our Lady of Prompt Succor of the sick and the poor, pray for us.

Our Lady of Prompt Succor against contagious diseases and epidemics, pray for us.

Our Lady of Prompt Succor in every accident, pray for us.

Our Lady of Prompt Succor against destruction by fire, pray for us.

Our Lady of Prompt Succor against lightning and tempest, pray for us.

Our Lady of Prompt Succor against destruction by flood, pray for us.

Our Lady of Prompt Succor of travelers, pray for us.

Our Lady of Prompt Succor of navigators, pray for us.

Our Lady of Prompt Succor of the shipwrecked, pray for us.

Our Lady of Prompt Succor against the enemies of our country, pray for us.

Our Lady of Prompt Succor in time of war, pray for us.

Our Lady of Prompt Succor of those aspiring to the holy priesthood and the religious life, pray for us.

Our Lady of Prompt Succor of laborers in the Lord's vineyard, pray for us.

Our Lady of Prompt Succor of missionaries who spread the faith, pray for us.

Our Lady of Prompt Succor of our Holy Father the Pope, pray for us.

Our Lady of Prompt Succor for those searching for the faith, pray for us.

Our Lady of Prompt Succor against the enemies of the Church, pray for us.

Our Lady of Prompt Succor at the hour of death, pray for us.

Our Lady of Prompt Succor for the deliverance of the souls in purgatory, pray for us.

Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world, spare us, O Lord.

Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world, graciously hear us, O Lord.

Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.

V: Our Lady of Prompt Succor, pray for us.

R: That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

O Almighty and Eternal God, Who sees us surrounded by so many dangers and miseries, grant in Your infinite goodness that the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of Your Divine Son, may defend us from the evil spirit and protect us against all adversities, that always and with prompt succor she may deliver us from every evil of soul and body, and safely guide us to the kingdom of heaven, through the merits of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, Who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end. Amen.


If our eyes are always on heaven and God, at the end of life we will find ourselves in His Presence.

(Recitation of the Rosary)

Joseph F. Rummel
Archbishop of New Orleans.
New Orleans.
February 11, 1936.

The Sunday Homily: Fr. James

"Before getting into this Sunday's liturgy, it has been a good week for the pro-life movement. Some of our Bishops from around the country have been very vocal. Very good. I hope that they will keep it up. If all of our Bishops were to speak strongly and with unity, the abortion issue would end very quickly. Senator Barack Obama, a huge supporter of abortion and late-term abortions, is having his week of fame. On Monday, I went to the local Barnes and Noble bookstore in Corpus Christi, Texas and purchased a very interesting book: The Obama Nation by Jerome Corsi. It has been hard to put it down. If you want to know the facts about Barack Obama and how he is a radical leftist, you need to read this book.

For all of you E-parishioners living in the U.S., happy Labor Day. Work is good and let's be thankful that we have plenty of it. However, it is also important to remember this: let us work in order to live and not live in order to work. Balance is very important. We need to avoid any aspect of materialism. OK, now let's get into today's liturgy...

Richard lived a very normal, happy life in his quiet, rural New Hampshire home. His parents were very devout Catholics and were wonderful parents.

When Richard was nine years old, his ordinary life changed forever. Richard was diagnosed with polio. The disease left him completely paralyzed. His paralysis was so severe, that he had to breathe by physically gulping for air, something like what a frog does. At night, he slept in an iron lung.

Without a doubt, Richard’s cross was very heavy. Nevertheless, everyone who came into contact with him was astonished by his patience and joy within the very difficult circumstances of his daily existence.

However, initially, Richard did not carry his cross well. Understandably he gave into self-pity, until one day his parish priest, through good, sound advice, snapped him out of his slump. From that moment on, Richard decided to help others by speaking to any group that would listen to his story. With the help of his parents, Richard Chaput of Nashua, New Hampshire traveled all over his home state, and his testimony touched thousands of lives.

Most of us when we suffer wonder, why me. Why do I have to suffer? The meaning of life will be become clearer to us when we realize that we will find purpose in life when our search leads us from why to whom. Suffering does have a human face to it. We have only to look at our Lord Jesus crucified on the Cross and there we will find the meaning of our existence and the answer to our searching and longing.

In our suffering we demand answers. We are not satisfied with pietistic platitudes such as “just offer it up” or “you will be just fine”. Suffering, especially chronic physical sickness, deep emotional pain, and death itself, causes a personal crisis that forces us to go deep into ourselves and ask those questions that are most fundamental to our human existence. It is precisely in the crucible of intense suffering that we either come close to God or rebel against his loving presence.

“Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me” (Matthew 16: 24). In these words taken from this Sunday’s gospel narrative we discover the drastic invitation of Jesus. Embracing the cross, our personal cross or crosses that cannot be transferred to another is an essential aspect to our walk with the Lord Jesus.

Jesus and the two thieves were not the only people ever crucified by the Roman Empire. Crucifixion was the preferred form of capital punishment used for those living under Roman jurisdiction but who were not actually Roman citizens. Beheading was the punishment of choice for Roman citizens, crucifixion for non-Roman citizens. Just think how horrible crucifixion must have been if the Romans spared their own citizens such a terrible death. So painful was death by crucifixion that the Romans eventually did away with it as a form of capital punishment.

The Jews were accustomed to seeing people crucified. Political insurrections on the part of the Jewish populace were punished by mass crucifixions When Jesus turned to his disciples and said "Take up your cross and come follow me", it was if he were saying, "Take up your gas chamber, take up your electric chair, take up your noose, and come follow me". Those listening to him knew precisely what crucifixion entailed. While the comparison may sound absurd, nevertheless, it is precisely in the daily carrying of our cross that we will find the loving presence of the crucified and risen Lord.

Too many of our contemporaries seek an easy life without suffering, without sacrifice, without renunciation, without mortification. Many people would like to stand under the cross of Jesus and cry out as did the jeering crowd on the first Good Friday, “Come down from the cross”. Contemporary society does not want to suffer and this is why we need to heed the words of St. Paul: “Do not conform yourselves to his age…” (Romans 12: 2). We must be convinced that there is only one Jesus, and he is the crucified Jesus who rose from the dead. Christianity without the cross is not Christianity; only through the cross of Jesus have we gained salvation.

So, when we suffer, we should not consider our suffering a burden; rather we must look upon the cross we bear as an immense gift from God. Mother Theresa once said: “Suffering is a sign that we have come so close to Jesus on the cross that he can kiss us and that he can show that he is in love with us by giving us an opportunity to share in his passion”.

Undoubtedly there are many forms of suffering that are quite mysterious. However, the need to carry our cross as an essential dimension of Christianity does not take away the need and the duty to seek cures for illnesses and to make this life a better life for everyone. Although human progress continues to make this earth a better place for everyone, suffering, in one form or another, will always be a part of our existence. The meaning of suffering only makes sense when we contemplate Jesus Christ crucified and then raised from the dead.

When we ask the question why, we need only look upon the crucifix. It is there that we will find the meaning of suffering and the exact reason why we too must carry our own cross.

Each of us has a cross to carry. We must all identify our crosses and carry them with patience, joy, and love. Why should we complain about something that will be the means by which we will gain eternal life?

As Thomas a' Kempis reminds us, "The cross, therefore, is always ready; it awaits you everywhere. No matter where you may go, you cannot escape it, for wherever you go you take yourself with you and shall always find yourself. Turn where you will -- above, below, without, or within -- you will find a cross in everything, and everywhere you must have patience if you would have peace within and merit an eternal crown.

If you carry the cross willingly, it will carry and lead you to the desired goal where indeed there shall be no more suffering, but here there shall be. If you carry it unwillingly, you create a burden for yourself and increase the load, though still you have to bear it. If you cast away one cross, you will find another and perhaps a heavier one" (The Imitation of Christ, 2:12).

A number of years ago, a young friend of mine was diagnosed with cancer at nineteen. Sadly, he died two years later. However, his acceptance of this challenge and the manner in which he embraced his daily suffering not only transformed his life, but it transformed the lives of those who were closest to him.

One day after he returned from a weeklong series of treatments at the hospital, his dad suggested that before returning home, they stop by their parish and pray the Stations of the Cross together. The father told his son that contemplating how much Jesus had suffered for them would be important, particularly in their present trial. Both father and son had understood the transforming power of the Cross of Jesus."

Further Reading - Memo to U.S. Bishops
More great news - McCain picks pro-life woman as VP pick

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Building new website: have a look!

Due to a data base error, my main website is missing in action! I have to rebuild my site and years of work is missing at the moment. I'd like to give you an address to a temporary site. I will soon have this new site connected to my old website's address. This is a start. The header will be different as will lots of other things. At least it is a new beginning! Go and take a look by clicking here!

God bless your holiday week end!


Wednesday, August 27, 2008

The Catholic Lion Roars

Great words to ponder today...

"It appears that the Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi in the past few days has succeeded in accomplishing something American Catholics have been waiting for months now. Her incorrect understanding of Catholic teaching on the matter of abortion has caused the sleeping lions, namely the American Catholic Bishops to awaken from their silent slumber. Yesterday, the roars of the Arch-lions of New York, Philadelphia, Washington and Denver strongly rebuked Pelosi while reaffirming the correct teachings of the Catholic Church. This call to action is precisely the event that is needed to continue the campaign of Pro-Live advocacy in the Catholic Church, as the American bishops have finally returned from what has seemed to be an extended summer hiatus.
With His Eminence Cardinal Rigali issuing the first pastoral reminders to the Catholic flock through the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops website, the political scenario again brings Catholic voters back to an awareness of the sanctity of human life in Church teachings. At the same time, yesterdays declarations against Pro-Choice candidates reaffirm the importance of the Catholic voters in this upcoming presidential election. The misconceptions of such groups as, Catholics United, that advocate platforms contrary to the genuine teachings of Catholic moral and ethical teachings based upon the humanist formed conscience, the American Bishops have appropriately responded to the ever deepening chasm that separates the real appreciation of the true Catholic moral life as proclaimed by the Magisterium and the distorted and often secular humanism influenced understanding of morality that continues to spread in more liberal factions of the Catholic Church... (Continued here)"

Saturday, August 23, 2008

In case you are interested - I'll be on EWTN again tomorrow and Wednesday

I'll be featured on Faith and Culture with host, Colleen Carroll Campbell, Teresa Tomeo, and Genevieve Kineke on Sunday at 10:30 AM Eastern Standard Time and also again on Wednesday night (same show). This week will be the last in the 4 part series of roundtable discussions of Mulieris Dignitatem and women and the Church. I hope you can tune in. Check out more information about these programs in another post below this one.

God bless!


Friday, August 22, 2008

The Presidential elections and your vote

Fr. James's Sunday Homily:

"Once again, we are faced with tough decisions as we choose a presidential candidate who will lead this nation for another four years. Once again, the ideological battlefields, the cultural war, and the confusion have all intensified as Election Day draws near. Once again, Catholics in this country find themselves void of leadership and clear guidance that will help them make correct decisions when they go into the voting booth in November.

When we take a look at any candidate for political office, we should ask three fundamental questions: 1) Which candidate affirms that life begins at the moment of conception and will do all that he can to defend the rights of the unborn? 2) Which candidate affirms that marriage is between a man and woman and will do all that he can to defend and protect marriage? 3) Which candidate will appoint pro-life and pro-marriage Supreme Court Justices?

Catholics are also concerned about the war in Iraq, the environment, the economy, capital punishment, poverty and immigration. These too are important issues, but the question that divides many Catholics is this: can I vote for a candidate that supports my beliefs although that candidate supports abortion? I would argue that we cannot. I would argue that at this moment in history there is only one issue and that issue is abortion. Why do I say this? Legalized abortion is destroying our nation. Let us remember the haunting words of Mother Theresa: "Any country that accepts abortion is not teaching its people to love, but to use violence to get what they want. That is why the greatest destroyer of love and peace is abortion".

Let's look at it this way. There are more babies killed in one day in the US by abortion (4,500) than all the US soldiers combined since the Iraq war started. There have been more babies killed by abortion since Roe v. Wade than people killed in World War I, World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War and both Iraq wars combined. An average of 150 convicted murderers, proven guilty, are killed by the death penalty in Texas every year. 90,000 innocent babies are killed in Texas every year by abortion.

Abortion affects every hot button issue and concern that we Americans have during a presidential election. If we can kill an innocent child in the womb of a mother and that no longer shocks us as a nation, then we can justify and get used to anything... (Continued here.)"

Stay tuned for Fr. James's homily regarding the election

Stay tuned! I will be posting an exemplary homily from Fr. James regarding the upcoming election!

Busy, busy, busy!

I have been working on a couple of projects that have been keeping me extremely busy, so please excuse the lack of posts of late. I'll be sharing some news on that soon. Additionally, I am experiencing a lot of technical issues. One such issue is with my website which has been down and which requires many conversations with tech support and waiting on hold for a half hour or more before they answer the phone, etc. A good trial of patience!

The company contacted me late yesterday to tell me that my website was fixed! Unfortunately, they were wrong. It is still not working. Trying to keep a sense of humor about it, I will tell you: You know you have been on the phone with tech support way too long and way too often when you wake up in the morning and the background music from tech support that plays when you are on hold is playing in your head! That's just what happened to me this morning!

Stay tuned! Hopefully it will be resolved soon, maybe even today!

God bless!


Saturday, August 16, 2008

Check out EWTN Sunday morning and Wed. night to see American delegates (myself included) in rountable discussion

(photo of the American delegates who attended the congress in Rome earlier this year and who are on the shows)

Just a quick note to let you know that I will be on EWTN television tomorrow and Wednesday, as well as the following Sunday and Wednesday. The times I will give here are for Eastern Standard Time. You'll have to check for your own area.

Additionally I do have a little "button" in the right hand column of my blogs to view EWTN television right from your computer if you are living in an area without EWTN, such as my friend, Heidi who is in Alaska. So, be sure to check the "button" out.

Here is the info copied from my blogs:

"Faith & Culture" is scheduled to air throughout August! (Sundays at 10:30 a.m. Eastern Time and Wednesdays at 11 p.m. Eastern Time). If you don't have EWTN, you can also watch the shows on the Internet at those times. They will also eventually re-air on radio.

Here are the dates you can expect to see the shows on TV:

August 3 and 6: Women's Round table on Mulieris Dignitatem; episode one (Dale, Genevieve, Elizabeth)

August 10 and 13: Women's Round table on Mulieris Dignitatem; episode two (Dale, Genevieve, Teresa)

August 17 and 20: Women's Round table on Mulieris Dignitatem; episode three (Genevieve, Elizabeth, Donna)

August 24 and 27: Women's Round table on Mulieris Dignitatem; episode four (Teresa, Donna, Elizabeth)

I hope that your summer is going well!

God bless you!


Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Lisa Hendey's Review of "NEWSFLASH"

Journalist Shares Her Story to Draw Others Home to Rome

Book Review - Newsflash: My Surprising Journey from Secular Anchor to Media Evangelist By Teresa Tomeo
Reviewed by Lisa M. Hendey
Bezalel Books, P.O. Box 300427, Waterford, MI 48330, 248-917-3865,
$14.99 September, 2008; Paperback, 168 pages
ISBN: 978-0-9800483-9-1
My ranking: 5 stars (of 5)

Most people would look at Teresa Tomeo - author, host of an internationally syndicated talk show, and noted speaker - and make the assumption that this rising star never had a day of trouble in her life, that she's one of those lucky ones for whom the stars just seem to align perfectly. Perhaps her willingness to share the true portrait of her life and to smudge the perfect picture a bit is what makes her newest book Newsflash: My Surprising Journey from Secular Anchor to Media Evangelist so incredibly compelling. I have to admit to being in the camp of people who looked at Teresa's rising success and faith-filled attitude without knowing the full truth behind her journey.

Newsflash: My Surprising Journey from Secular Anchor to Media Evangelist is Teresa Tomeo's first person account of the events in her life that have brought her to her current role as a woman on a mission to employ the power of the media to bring people to the fullness of the truth of a life lived with God at one's center. With surprising candor, Tomeo recounts her rise to the heights of the network news business and her subsequent sinking to the depths of the industry, including a trip to the unemployment line. When we think enviously of television personalities who live their lives as open books, rarely do we pause to contemplate the pain they must face when their own personal tragedies are played out in the public eye. Teresa Tomeo, however, was able to take what most would consider a deal-breaking hand and turn it into a winner.

(Finish reading Lisa's review here.)

Tune in to "Mom's Corner" on the feast of the Assumption!

Teresa Tomeo and I will be on the air on Friday, August 15th, on the wonderful feast day of The Assumption. We'll be discussing the twentieth anniversary of Mulieris Dignitatem and the beautiful feast day along with other good Catholic stuff! Tune in at 9:00 AM Eastern Standard Time on Friday by clicking here at and then click "listen live." Sit back, relax, and enjoy a cup of steaming tea or coffee or a nice tall iced tea. Talk to you soon!

God bless!

Friday, August 8, 2008

Supreme Knight of Columbus calls for change on abortion

Supreme Knight of Columbus Calls for Real "Change" on Abortion and Catholic Revolt against Obama Nation
"It's time we stop accommodating pro-abortion politicians, and it's time we start demanding that they accommodate us."

By Peter J. Smith

QUEBEC CITY, Canada, August 7, 2008 ( - With an electrifying speech from the Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus on Tuesday, the Catholic fraternal organization has begun mobilizing its members for one of the most ambitious political operations since Roe v. Wade: liberating the Catholic vote from pro-abortion politicians.

Supreme Knight Carl Anderson addressed the 126th annual convention of the Knights of Columbus, the world's largest Catholic fraternal organization, in Quebec City and pledged the Knights to fight abortion promoting politicians, who buy Catholic votes with their stand on other issues.

"We have heard a great deal this year about the need for change," said Anderson in a clear reference to the mantra of Barack Obama, the presumptive pro-abortion nominee of the Democratic Party. "But at the same time we are told that one thing cannot change - namely, the abortion regime of Roe vs. Wade."

"It is time that we demand real change, and real change means the end of Roe vs. Wade," he said... (Continued here)

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Blogging nightmare!

Hello Everyone,

I'm having a difficult time blogging since Google Blogger has tagged me as a "Spammer"! Many Catholic blogs and other blogs have been "silenced." Some of us can still post sometimes by jumping through hoops and doing a million word identification things before our posts appear. We were "under investigation" and now Blogger came out with an apology however they are still working on the glitches. I still have to jump through hoops. :)

I'll do my best to be up and running soon on all three of my blogs. I am also having trouble with my website which is not a blogger site.

God bless your week end!

Hugs and prayers,


Friday, August 1, 2008

Prayers for a liver transplant

A friend asked me if I would pray for her cousin who is having a liver transplant tonight. Would you also kindly say a prayer?

Thanks and God bless!