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All Hallows Eve, All Saints and All Souls

i Oct 30th No Comments by

All Hallows Eve or better known as Halloween, starts these 3 days, ending the month of October and beginning November.  I love how these 3 Gospels speak of the Saints and the Souls recently deceased.

Gospel  (Oct. 31)
Lk 13:22-30
Jesus passed through towns and villages, teaching as he went and making his way to Jerusalem.
Someone asked him, “Lord, will only a few people be saved?”
He answered them,  “Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many, I tell you, will attempt to enter but will not be strong enough.
After the master of the house has arisen and locked the door, then will you stand outside knocking and saying, ‘Lord, open the door for us.’
He will say to you in reply, ‘I do not know where you are from.’ And you will say, ‘We ate and drank in your company and you taught in our streets.’
Then he will say to you, ‘I do not know where you are from. Depart from me, all you evildoers!’
And there will be wailing and grinding of teeth when you see Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and all the prophets in the Kingdom of God and you yourselves cast out.
And people will come from the east and the west and from the north and the south and will recline at table in the Kingdom of God.
For behold, some are last who will be first, and some are first who will be last.”

Gospel (Nov.1)
Mt 5:1-12a

When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain, and after he had sat down, his disciples came to him.  He began to teach them, saying:

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are they who mourn, for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the land.
Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied.
Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the clean of heart, for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you and utter every kind of evil against you falsely because of me.
Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven.”

Gospel (Nov. 2)
Jn 6:37-40
Jesus said to the crowds:
“Everything that the Father gives me will come to me, and I will not reject anyone who comes to me, because I came down from heaven not to do my own will
but the will of the one who sent me.
And this is the will of the one who sent me, that I should not lose anything of what he gave me, but that I should raise it on the last day.
For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in him may have eternal life, and I shall raise him on the last day.”

Some of my favorite Saints… St. Catherine of Alexandra, Catherine of Siena, St. Therese the Little Flower, St. Elizabeth of Hungary, Bl. Chiara, St. John Bosco, St. Dominic Savio, St. Francis of Assisi, St. Clare, St. Joseph, and of course Our Blessed Mother, Mary!

Feast of the Archangels Gabriel, Michael and Raphael

i Sep 28th No Comments by

I hope everyone has had a good week and is having a good weekend!

I love this feast day along with Guardian Angels on Oct. 2!  I thought this was good for those who wonder who are the Archangels and how do we have names for them!

Angels are celestial or heavenly beings. They are pure created spirits and have no bodies. They are messengers of God.
Archangels are one of the nine choirs of angels listed in the Bible. The nine choirs or classes are Angels, Archangels, Principalities, Powers, Virtues, Dominions, Thrones, Cherubim, and Seraphim.
The three Archangels Michael, Gabriel and Raphael are the only angels named in the Holy Bible and all three have important roles in the history of salvation. Michael protects; Gabriel announces; Raphael guides.
The Feast of Archangels is celebrated on September 29th. Here is a prayer to the three Archangels.
Heavenly Father, you have given us archangels to assist us during our pilgrimage on earth.
Saint Michael is our protector, I ask him to come to my aid, fight for all my loved ones, and protect us from danger.
Saint Gabriel is a messenger for the Good News, I ask him to help me clearly, hear your voice and to teach me the truth.
Saint Raphael is the healing angel, I ask him to take my need for healing and that of everyone I know, lift it up to your throne of grace and deliver back to us the gift of recovery.
Help us O Lord to realize more fully the reality of the archangels and their desire to serve us. Holy Angels pray for us.
Amen

Triumph of the Cross/Our Lady of Sorrows

i Sep 14th No Comments by

Today we celebrated the Feast of the Triumph of the Cross!

Reading 2
Phil 2:6-11
Brothers and sisters:
Christ Jesus, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God something to be grasped.
Rather, he emptied himself, taking the form of a slave,
coming in human likeness; and found human in appearance,
he humbled himself, becoming obedient to death, even death on a cross.
Because of this, God greatly exalted him and bestowed on him the name
that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus
every knee should bend, of those in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.

The Word of the Lord!  Thanks be to God!

Whenever we make the sign of the Cross over ourselves it is like making a big invisible shield to protect us!  Jesus also tells us in Scripture to “take up our cross and follow Him”  where to?  To victory and one day to Heaven!

Ever notice that the Feast of the Triumph of the Cross is surrounded by Marian Feast days?!  Sept. 8 Birthday of Mary, Sept. 12 Holy Name of Mary and Sept. 15 Our Lady of Sorrows!  Our Mother is trying to tell us that her triumph is in the Cross of her Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ!

Have a Blessed Weekend!

Sister Catherine Nagl

22nd Sunday in Ordianary Time

i Sep 2nd No Comments by

Hello Everyone and welcome to September!

Gospel
Mk 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23
When the Pharisees with some scribes who had come from Jerusalem gathered around Jesus,
they observed that some of his disciples ate their meals with unclean, that is, unwashed, hands.
—For the Pharisees and, in fact, all Jews,
do not eat without carefully washing their hands, keeping the tradition of the elders.
And on coming from the marketplace  they do not eat without purifying themselves.
And there are many other things that they have traditionally observed,
the purification of cups and jugs and kettles and beds. —
So the Pharisees and scribes questioned him,
“Why do your disciples not follow the tradition of the elders but instead eat a meal with unclean hands?”
He responded,
“Well did Isaiah prophesy about you hypocrites, as it is written:
This people honors me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me;
in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines human precepts.
You disregard God’s commandment but cling to human tradition.”

He summoned the crowd again and said to them,
“Hear me, all of you, and understand.
Nothing that enters one from outside can defile that person; but the things that come out from within are what defile.

“From within people, from their hearts, come evil thoughts, unchastity, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit,
licentiousness, envy, blasphemy, arrogance, folly.
All these evils come from within and they defile.”

The Gospel of the Lord!  Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ!

We need to remember the cleansing power of the Sacrament of Reconciliation in our lives!

Tomorrow, Monday in the United States we celebrate Labor Day.  We honor it by not working or going to school on that day.  To me this day has a spiritual meaning as well for all people.  Work or “labor” is good for us.  It is not the result of Original Sin. God worked when he created the world and universe and all created things; and rested on the 7th day.  See Gen. 1:1-2:3  We see next in Scripture that “The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to till it and keep it.” Gen. 2:15  This is before the 1st sin and to till and keep a large garden is work.  Now at this time the work was not as hard as it became after Original Sin, cursed is the ground because of you; in toil you shall eat of it all the days of your life; thorns and thistles it shall bring forth to you; and you shall eat the plants of the field. Gen. 3:17b-18.  So work has always been, but after Original Sin it because hard.    We also “work out our Salvation”.  Yes Christ died for us and opened the gates of Heaven for us, but we are to “take up our cross and follow Him”.  We see in Scripture; So faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead. James 2:17 and “for as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so faith apart from works is dead.” James 2:26

Have a good and Blessed Week!  Some Saints for this week: Pope Gregory and the Birthday of Mary!

 

Sr. Catherine Nagl

 

St. Monica and St. Augustine

i Aug 27th No Comments by

Today we celebrate the memorial of St. Monica and tomorrow her son St. Augustine.  We know about St. Monica from her son St. Augustine.  I found this about the Saints at St. Francis media.

Saint Monica’s Story
The circumstances of Saint Monica’s life could have made her a nagging wife, a bitter daughter-in-law, and a despairing parent, yet she did not give way to any of these temptations. Although she was a Christian, her parents gave her in marriage to a pagan, Patricius, who lived in her hometown of Tagaste in North Africa. Patricius had some redeeming features, but he had a violent temper and was licentious. Monica also had to bear with a cantankerous mother-in-law who lived in her home. Patricius criticized his wife because of her charity and piety, but always respected her. Monica’s prayers and example finally won her husband and mother-in-law to Christianity. Her husband died in 371, one year after his baptism.
Monica had at least three children who survived infancy. The oldest, Augustine, is the most famous. At the time of his father’s death, Augustine was 17 and a rhetoric student in Carthage. Monica was distressed to learn that her son had accepted the Manichean heresy—”all flesh is evil”—and was living an immoral life. For a while, she refused to let him eat or sleep in her house. Then one night she had a vision that assured her Augustine would return to the faith. From that time on, she stayed close to her son, praying and fasting for him. In fact she often stayed much closer than Augustine wanted.
When he was 29, Augustine decided to go to Rome to teach rhetoric. Monica was determined to go along. One night he told his mother that he was going to the dock to say goodbye to a friend. Instead he set sail for Rome. Monica was heartbroken when she learned of Augustine’s trick, but she still followed him. She arrived in Rome only to find that he had left for Milan. Although travel was difficult, Monica pursued him to Milan.
In Milan, Augustine came under the influence of the bishop, Saint Ambrose, who also became Monica’s spiritual director. She accepted his advice in everything and had the humility to give up some practices that had become second nature to her. Monica became a leader of the devout women in Milan as she had been in Tagaste.
She continued her prayers for Augustine during his years of instruction. At Easter 387, Saint Ambrose baptized Augustine and several of his friends. Soon after, his party left for Africa. Although no one else was aware of it, Monica knew her life was near the end. She told Augustine, “Son, nothing in this world now affords me delight. I do not know what there is now left for me to do or why I am still here, all my hopes in this world being now fulfilled.” She became ill shortly after and suffered severely for nine days before her death.
Almost all we know about St. Monica is in the writings of Saint Augustine, especially his Confessions.

So mother’s and grandmother’s pray for your children and grandchildren daily!  I have a home for children and I pray for the children in the home twice daily as well as for those who have lived in the home and those who will be living in the home!

Have a Blessed Week!

Sr. Catherine Nagl

Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal

i Nov 27th No Comments by

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving Weekend!  We are at the end of the day, the feast of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal!

(I apologize, it wouldn’t let me rotate the picture!)

This was my dad’s medal.  He received it in Rome when Pope Pius XII blessed him.  He wore it every day after that until his death in 1989!  One of the stories that goes with this medal is that in 1983 my dad was diagnosed with an aortic aneurism.  It was on a Friday and the doctors didn’t think his heard would withstand the surgery so they sent him home to be on bedrest and directions as to what to watch for.  On Saturday morning my dad told my mom that he felt some tingling in the area of the aneurism.  My mom called the hospital and they said to bring him in.  At the hospital it was confirmed that the aneurism had started leaking, which meant surgery was needed.  The doctors asked my dad what he wanted them to do, for they were not sure his heart would withstand major surgery, but he would die without it.  I am sure my dad said a prayer before answering and said to do the surgery.

After surgery the surgeon came to the waiting room to let my mom know my dad had made it through surgery and had something to show her.  He put into her hand my dad’s Miraculous Medal and the surgeon said that it wasn’t his skill but my dad’s faith that pulled him through the surgery!  He said after surgery the nurse noticed that my dad had his hand clinched. (this should be impossible during a 5 hour surgery)  They had to pry open his hand and found the Miraculous Medal!  No one on the surgical team noticed that he took it off and kept it.

Needless to say my dad not only made it through surgery, but also recovered so well that the doctors talked to him about having a triple bypass surgery the following year  and he lived 5 years after that!

I’ve always liked that Miraculous Medal story!  He prayed the Rosary daily and had a devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus!

This past Sunday was the Feast of Christ the King!  Next Sunday begins the Advent Season!

May you have a Blessed Week!

 

 

Guardian Angels!

i Oct 2nd No Comments by

Angel of God, my guardian dear, to whom God’s love commits me here.  Ever this day be at my side, to light and guard, to rule and guide.  Amen.

I hope everyone had a lovely feast of the Guardian Angels!  Of course September 29 was the Archangels Michael, Gabriel and Raphael, and between all these angels one of my favorite Saints…St. Therese the Little Flower!

It is so true that God gives each and every one of us a Guardian Angel to be ours from the moment of conception to forever!  I say the guardian angel prayer daily and talk with my angel like I do the Saints!

Of course to have the names of 3 of the Archangel in Scripture and some examples of how they help us on a regular basis!

Tied in with all of this is October is Right to Life month.  Reminding us that all life if important from conception to natural death, and of course in the Light of Christ we are cared for too!

It is also the month of Mary, the month of the Rosary.  A meditation of the life of Christ from the moment Gabriel came to Mary clear through to the Queenship of Mary!

24th Sunday in Ordinary Time

i Sep 17th No Comments by

It is already the 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time and the middle of September!  Time flies!

Here are the Psalm and Gospel for Today:

Responsorial Psalm Ps 103:1-2, 3-4, 9-10, 11-12

R. (8) The Lord is kind and merciful, slow to anger, and rich in compassion.
Bless the LORD, O my soul;
and all my being, bless his holy name.
Bless the LORD, O my soul,
and forget not all his benefits.
R. The Lord is kind and merciful, slow to anger, and rich in compassion.
He pardons all your iniquities,
heals all your ills.
He redeems your life from destruction,
crowns you with kindness and compassion.
R. The Lord is kind and merciful, slow to anger, and rich in compassion.
He will not always chide,
nor does he keep his wrath forever.
Not according to our sins does he deal with us,
nor does he requite us according to our crimes.
R. The Lord is kind and merciful, slow to anger, and rich in compassion.
For as the heavens are high above the earth,
so surpassing is his kindness toward those who fear him.
As far as the east is from the west,
so far has he put our transgressions from us.
R. The Lord is kind and merciful, slow to anger, and rich in compassion.

Gospel Mt 18:21-35

Peter approached Jesus and asked him,
“Lord, if my brother sins against me, how often must I forgive?
As many as seven times?”
Jesus answered, “I say to you, not seven times but seventy-seven times.
That is why the kingdom of heaven may be likened to a king
who decided to settle accounts with his servants.
When he began the accounting,
a debtor was brought before him who owed him a huge amount.
Since he had no way of paying it back,
his master ordered him to be sold,
along with his wife, his children, and all his property,
in payment of the debt.
At that, the servant fell down, did him homage, and said,
‘Be patient with me, and I will pay you back in full.’
Moved with compassion the master of that servant
let him go and forgave him the loan.
When that servant had left, he found one of his fellow servants
who owed him a much smaller amount.
He seized him and started to choke him, demanding,
‘Pay back what you owe.’
Falling to his knees, his fellow servant begged him,
‘Be patient with me, and I will pay you back.’
But he refused.
Instead, he had the fellow servant put in prison
until he paid back the debt.
Now when his fellow servants saw what had happened,
they were deeply disturbed, and went to their master
and reported the whole affair.
His master summoned him and said to him, ‘You wicked servant!

I forgave you your entire debt because you begged me to.
Should you not have had pity on your fellow servant,
as I had pity on you?’
Then in anger his master handed him over to the torturers
until he should pay back the whole debt.
So will my heavenly Father do to you,
unless each of you forgives your brother from your heart.”
The Gospel of the Lord!  Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ!
How hard it is to forgive and accept forgiveness!  This past week we celebrated the Exultation of the Holy Cross and Our Lady of Sorrows!  What a reminder that we have the graces needed to forgive and accept forgiveness!
My mom and I started the 33 DeMontfort consecration to Jesus through Mary on September 11 for October 13 the 100th anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima!
Have a Blessed Week and pray for discernment!

22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time and Labor Day!

i Sep 3rd No Comments by

Today is the 22nd week in Ordinary Time and the Gospel is:

GospelMT 16:21-27

Jesus began to show his disciples
that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer greatly
from the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes,
and be killed and on the third day be raised.
Then Peter took Jesus aside and began to rebuke him,
“God forbid, Lord! No such thing shall ever happen to you.”
He turned and said to Peter,
“Get behind me, Satan! You are an obstacle to me.
You are thinking not as God does, but as human beings do.”

Then Jesus said to his disciples,
“Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself,
take up his cross, and follow me.
For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it,
but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.
What profit would there be for one to gain the whole world
and forfeit his life?
Or what can one give in exchange for his life?
For the Son of Man will come with his angels in his Father’s glory,
and then he will repay all according to his conduct.”

The Gospel of the Lord! Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ!

Just some of my reflection on this Gospel:

It is a daily that we take up our cross and follow Jesus and sometimes with effort.  That is one of our works in life and when we try to do it well with by the grace of God it is a great witness to others.  We must also be careful that in bringing others to Christ we don’t lose our way and miss Heaven!  Some people don’t think that is possible, yet we see in Scripture that it is!  We see it all around us in people who go to church and or minister, yet during the week don’t practice their faith.  We will be re-payed according to his conduct is the last line of this Scripture passage.  Again we work, as it takes work to have good conduct.

On Labor Day which is tomorrow in the USA.  Many people see labor/work as the result of sin or something bad.  Yet if we look at today’s Gospel, we see work as redemptive for us and others.  Yes Christ redeemed us, but it says we must take up our cross and He will repay all according to his conduct.  Work, not bad work, God doesn’t give us more then we can handle.  In Genesis it says God created all in 6 days and rested from His work on the 7th.(Gen. 1)  It also says that God settled man in the garden of Eden to cultivate and care for it (Gen2:15), before the 1st sin!  Work became challenging after the fall of man, but work was there before!

Have a great week!

 

Happy Feast of the Queenship of Mary 5th Glorious Mystery

i Aug 22nd No Comments by

Today is the Feast of the Queenship of Mary!

Some scripture for this feast:

Gospel for today:

GospelMT 19:23-30

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Amen, I say to you, it will be hard for one who is rich
to enter the Kingdom of heaven.
Again I say to you,
it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle
than for one who is rich to enter the Kingdom of God.”
When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished and said,
“Who then can be saved?”
Jesus looked at them and said,
“For men this is impossible, but for God all things are possible.”
Then Peter said to him in reply,
“We have given up everything and followed you.
What will there be for us?”
Jesus said to them, “Amen, I say to you
that you who have followed me, in the new age,
when the Son of Man is seated on his throne of glory,
will yourselves sit on twelve thrones,
judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
And everyone who has given up houses or brothers or sisters
or father or mother or children or lands
for the sake of my name will receive a hundred times more,
and will inherit eternal life.
But many who are first will be last, and the last will be first.”

The Gospel of the Lord!  Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ!

A NT Scripture that talks about Mary as Queen.  “Remember in OT times the Queen was the mother of the King not his wife!”

Rev. 12:1-5

A great sign appeared in the sky, a woman* clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars.a2She was with child and wailed aloud in pain as she labored to give birth.*3Then another sign appeared in the sky; it was a huge red dragon,* with seven heads and ten horns, and on its heads were seven diadems.b4Its tail swept away a third of the stars in the sky and hurled them down to the earth. Then the dragon stood before the woman about to give birth, to devour her child when she gave birth.c5She gave birth to a son, a male child, destined to rule all the nations with an iron rod.* Her child was caught up to God and his throne.d