31st August.

Fr Morty O'Shea

Probably my first religious experience was at about the age of 3. Granny pointed up at a picture of the Sacred Heart in the kitchen and said “That is Holy God!” I easily took up the idea. Holy Pictures in our homes are a source of grace (as are all sacramentals) and a simple though effective way to witness our faith to others.

The following testimony by Ron Ragelis first appeared in the “Fr. Joseph Writes” columndivine mercy of the spring issue of Marian Helper magazine, 2013.  In it, Mr. Ragelis tells the dramatic story of how the Divine Mercy Image became a source of grace for him after he found himself in the path of a terrifying storm.

Late in the evening of Oct. 29, 2012 within hours of the brunt of Superstorm Sandy’s landfall in New London, Connecticut, my immediate neighbourhood was ordered to evacuate by the local authorities…

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On the Coronation of the Coredemptrix

The Amish Catholic

WCorredenzione2Corredenzione, by Giovanni Gasparro. This painting convinced my heart of the doctrine of the Co-Redemption of Mary. (Source).

It is appropriate on this Feast of Our Lady’s Coronation and Everlasting Queenship that we contemplate the fleeting thrones of this lesser world. Let us commemorate the loss of two great English dynasties, fixed on this day by Providence.

On Aug. 22, 1485, His Majesty King Richard III was defeated on Bosworth Field by a usurper from the House of the Tudors. The Red Dragon of Wales eclipsed the White Rose of York; years later, T.S. Eliot would wear the flower every 22nd of August.

RIII-Banner-RIIIF The Personal Standard of Richard III. (Source).

On Aug. 22, 1642, His Majesty King Charles I raised the Royal Standard at Nottingham. This act has widely been considered the formal start of the English Civil War that would end in Puritan…

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When I Pray

Susan Irene Fox

(c) Christina Arsenis

When you pray, go to your room and close the door. Pray privately to your Father who is with you. Your Father sees what you do in private. He will reward you. (Matthew 6:6)

I most often pray in private these days. I used to pray out loud for my group in Bible Study. I prayed during praise and worship time in Church. But neither of those was as meaningful as when I prayed alone, in solitude with God.

Now, I continue to pray in solitude because I know He listens. I feel His presence. I am a recipient of His amazing grace and unconditional love.

Many of my prayers are answered, small and large. When they are not, I wait; I understand the “Not now,” response. And if God’s answer is, “No,” I regroup, seek the lesson therein and move on. Some “No”s are more difficult…

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Amor Vincit Omnia

Susan Irene Fox

Love Conquers All

Jesus told us this in many ways over 2000 years ago. He told us to love each other. He told us that people would be able to identify His followers by the love we showed to one another. He told us to love our neighbors. He told us to love the least among us. He told us to love our enemies.

Many part ways with Jesus at this last command. Because it’s so easy to call people an enemy when they disagree with our doctrine, core beliefs or love of country (amor patriae), people who call themselves “Christian” let this command, along with others to love, roll off their belief system like water off a duck’s back.

They add “ifs,”“ands” or “buts” to Jesus’ words when His command is as straightforward as His other commands, like, “Do not judge.”

To take His commands out…

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The Woman at the Well is Me

RIP Susan Irene Fox

Susan Irene Fox

©A New Zealand Prayer Book – He Karakia Mihinare o Aotearoa

First, I didn’t know what to write in this blog, so I remained silent for a time and asked the Spirit to lead me. This is the title that came out, and I had to ponder why. And this blog is filled with whys. But the Spirit answers them all by revealing the intention of Jesus in this story.

Whenever I’m in confusion or doubt, I always look to Jesus’ words and actions to inform me and enlighten me. I opened my Bible to review the familiar red-letter words in order to read them again and digest them in light of the leading I received. Since I believe the Bible is the living word – the Living Water and Nourishment – of God, it always has a different meaning depending on where you might be at the moment you…

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