How Do I Get To Heaven

November 12, 2008

Q. How do we get to Heaven?

A. We get to Heaven by:
1) Repenting of our sins and

2)By the saving grace of Jesus’ death and resurrection

3)Through baptism and

4)receiving His body and blood in sacred communion and

5)dying without mortal sin on our soul and

6)in friendship with God.
This is the normal way for us to attain Heaven after our death. However, God can bring people to Heaven in ways and for reasons only He knows. So, please don’t think that everyone who doesn’t meet all 6 of the items above is going to Hell. These are the revealed things that we believe will help us get to Heaven.
Here is a different post on my site that goes into more detail.

How does a Catholic get to Heaven?

Marian Prayer Of Saint Gregory Of Narek (A.D. 1010)

November 12, 2008

Assist me by the wings of your prayers,
O you who are called the Mother of the living,
so that on my exit from this valley of tears
I may be able to advance without torment
to the dwelling of life
that has been prepared for us
to lighten the end of a life burdened by my iniquity.

Healer of the sorrows of Eve,
change my day of anguish into a feast of gladness.
Be my Advocate,
ask and supplicate.
For as I believe in your inexpressible purity,
so do I also believe in
the good reception that is given to your word.

O you who are blessed among women,
help me with your tears
for I am in danger.
Bend the knee to obtain my reconciliation,
O Mother of God.

Be solicitous for me for I am miserable, Read the rest of this entry »

Hope? Nope!

November 12, 2008

5 bob to Jackie Parkes  & RECONnecting to the TRUTH

And From That Day Forward…

November 12, 2008

No one made fun of his red boots again!

With apologies and 5 bob to Carolina Cannonball

Blessed Bianca of Aragon

November 12, 2008


Blessed Bianca of Aragon

Celebrated on November 12

Wife of King James II of Aragon, called the fair, the Blessed White Queen was one of extreme piety and charity. On the death of her husband she took the dress Mercedario and lived as a simple nun among other religious. Assiduous in prayer, full of all praise and merit, Mogro holy to the Lord. The Order celebrates the Nov. 12.

SOURCE: Santi e Beati

November 11, 2008

That Catholic Show – Statues and Icons

Prop 8 and the politics of H8

November 11, 2008


Those Episcopalians who now fancy themselves Anglicans have learned a bitter lesson.  The Mormons this week have learned the same one:  Those who differ with the gay community will be accused of hate. In a time when escalated language is de rigeur, the accusation of hatred is not enough, so it is made more graphic by associating the opponent with a heinous act.  Cue Matthew Shepherd.  So Mormons and Anglican by differing with the gay community, are now often accused of complicity in the murder of Matt Shepard, the countless murdered gays through the ages, gay bashings, Hitler.  It always goes back to Hitler, doesn’t it?

Today I am shocked by one thing only:  that nothing shocks me and that being called worse than Hitler is a kind of badge signifying that someone was actually listening to what I said.  Phony outrage is a rhetorical weapon as old as the hills, but the gay community has mastered the craft. Read the rest of this entry »

November 11: Blessed Alice (Maria Jadwiga) Kotowska

November 11, 2008

blessed-alice-maria-jadwiga-kotowska-nov-11Blessed Alice (Maria Jadwiga) Kotowska

Warsaw, Poland, November 20, 1899-Piasnica at Wejherowo, November 11, 1939

Blessed Alice  was born in Warsaw on November 20, 1899 as the second of eight children.  She lived during the time of struggle for freedom in Poland, a time full of hope, that Poland would be finally free from the captivity of other nations.  God and Country – these were her two great loves throughout her entire life.

After the outbreak of the war in 1918 she became a member of the Organized Polish Army where she found occasions to give of herself for the good of her Country.  It was during that year that she began studies in medicine at the University of Warsaw.  As a Red Cross nurse, she used her knowledge to bring solace to the wounded soldiers during the invasion of the Bolsheviks in 1920.  For her dedication she was awarded a medal of “Poland Restored.”

In 1922 before completing her medical studies, she entered the Congregation of the Sisters of the Resurrection.  In her request for acceptance, she wrote:  “I desire to live and die for Christ, for He is the Greatest Love, Lord, God and my All.” Read the rest of this entry »

Rosaries For Obama! Calling All Catholics

November 10, 2008

From Taylor Marshall at the always illuminating Canterbury Tales:

What if we joined together anonymously to pray for Barack Obama without judging or condemning him? What if together we prayed one hundred thousand Rosaries for the spiritual benefit of Barack Obama? Would not innumerable graces be poured out upon for our nation and our elected leader?

In order to encourage others Rosaries for Obama! is keeping an anonymous tally of the number of Rosaries prayed for Barack Obama. Keep in mind that this is not a venue for judgment, but a place to earnestly ask God to bless our President-Elect.

Please join us in prayer and please email this to your friends or blog about it if you are able.

Let’s get on our knees and ask Our Lord and Lady to make our nation a place where the dignity of every human life is respected and honored.

Please visit Rosaries for Obama! and share it with others.

Jihad Watch: Life TV’s Zakaria Botros: “Was Muhammad a messenger from God or Satan?”

November 10, 2008

Life TV’s Zakaria Botros: “Was Muhammad a messenger from God or Satan?”

Life TV’s Zakaria Botros: “Was Muhammad a messenger from God or Satan?” Part II

November 10: Saint Andrea Avellina

November 10, 2008


Saint Andrea Avellina

Castronuovo, Potenza, 1521 – Naples, November 10, 1608

Roman Martyrology: In Naples, Saint Andrew Avellino, a priest of the Congregation of the Clerics Regular, which, distinguished for his holiness of life and concern for the salvation in the next life, he committed himself to a difficult vote of daily improvement in the virtues and rich merits, of a holy death at the foot of the altar.

He was born John Avellino and Margaret Apelli, and was called Lancellotti. Launched into his studies in nearby Senise by an uncle who was an archpriest, drilling since then, a catechetical apostolate among the youth of the place. Ordained a priest in 1545, in 1547 he moved to Naples to attend the Faculty of Law of the University, where he graduated in law utroque. Having practiced in 1548 the spiritual exercises under the direction of Jesuit Father Laínez, he lived a life of intense spirituality, which was directed by Theatine wisely, the future blessed p. John Marinoni (1490 to 1562). Church lawyer at the Archdiocesan Curia, the hole left after a lie sfuggitagli during a plea, which deeply embittered him. Read the rest of this entry »

The Gate Of Heaven Upon Earth

November 10, 2008

Father Mark over at the very venerable blog Vultus Christi writes:

The Gate of Heaven Upon Earth

Listen to Robert Hugh Benson (1871-1914), a son of the Archbishop of Canterbury and celebrated convert to Catholic Church. He describes the Church I love: the Church he came to love:

Her arms are as open to those who would serve God in silence and seclusion, as to those who dance before him with all their might. . . . There is nothing to fear for those who stand where we stand; there are no precipices to be climbed any more and no torrents to be crossed; God has made all easy for those He has admitted through the Gate of Heaven that he has built upon the earth; the very River of Death itself is no more than a dwindled stream, bridged and protected on every side; the shadow of death is little more than twilight for those who look on it in the light of the Lamb.

Waldensians NOT Baptists!

November 10, 2008

Timothy over at Christian Apologetics Society has the following wonderful post to consider: Waldensians NOT Baptists!

Do take a look, and add this venerable, under-appreciated blog to your reading list.

Dominicans Swedish Laundry Dancing…

November 10, 2008

In my home, laundry dancing generally consists of running up and down the steps to the basement in my bathrobe or swimtrunks or an old pair of scrubs… (alas, whatever is actually clean on the great day of laundering, I will be found to be wearing it!)

From Moniales, OP  – the venerable blog of NJ-based Dominicans we get these delightful photos.  Observe the good sisters are dancing where sisters should be dancing, in the refectory, not on the altar.  (LCWR, take note!)

Keep the good sisters in your prayers, they are praying for you daily.

Beetle on Gay Marriage Prop 8: Mormons Stole Your Rights………Huh?

November 9, 2008


The Mormons have been unfairly targeted for their position in favor of the gay marriage ban in California.  Beetle Blogger has the facts on the broad coalition supporting Prop 8.

From Beetle Blogger.

1. Mormons make up less than 2% of the population of California. There are approximately 800,000 LDS out of a total population of approximately 34 million.

2. Mormon voters were less than 5% of the yes vote. If one estimates that 250,000 LDS are registered voters (the rest being children), then LDS voters made up 4.6% of the Yes vote and 2.4% of the total Proposition 8 vote.

3. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) donated no money to the Yes on 8 campaign. Individual members of the Church were encouraged to support the Yes on 8 efforts and, exercising their constitutional right to free speech, donated whatever they felt like donating. Read the rest of this entry »

November 9: Blessed Elizabeth Of The Trinity

November 9, 2008

blessed-elizabeth-of-the-trinity-nov-9Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity

July 18, 1880-November 9, 1906

Elisabeth Catez was born July 18 1880 in the Field of ivory at Bourges (France), and was baptized four days later. In 1887 the family moved to Dijon. That same year her father died. On April 19, 1891, she received her First Communion, the next year she was Confirmed on June 18. With a fairly hard, volatile, impetuous, fiery, extroverted, temperament, she had to work long and a little at a time to dominate, or as you said, to “win for love”, her attraction to Christ, which started from the time of her First Communion. In 1894 she issued a vow of virginity. Feeling the call to religious life, she asked her mother for permission to come to the Disalced Caramelites, but she was refused until she came of age. On August 2, 1901 she came to the Disalced Caramelites of Dijon, where on December 8, 1901, she took the religious habit. On January 11, 1903, she professed her religious vows. On Jan. 21 of that year, she made the ceremony of monastic velazione. The five years of her religious life were a continuous ascent to God and the Lord purified her soul with spiritual and physical suffering through the terrible Addison’s disease that led to her death on November 19, 1906.

The literature about this blessed is immense, a sign of an unbelievable spirituality to be discovered, meditate, analyze, gathered in a closed Caramel, contemporary of that other great pillar of Carmelite asceticism, Saint Teresa of the Infant Jesus of Lisieux (1873-1897). Read the rest of this entry »

Subscribe To Your Favorite Blogs’ Feeds – Including The Black Cordelias!

November 8, 2008

ticker-tape-machine.jpgA lot of folks may be unaware of the fact that if they read several blogs on a regular basis, there are many, many options for using what are called aggregators (or “feed readers”) to keep up with the latest posts at each of their favorite blogs.

Some that are out there include:

My Catholic Homepage Add to Google Subscribe in NewsGator Online Add to netvibes Add to My AOL Subscribe in Bloglines Add to flurry Add to Plusmo Add to netomat Hub Add CVSTOS FIDEI to Newsburst from CNET Subscribe in NewsAlloy Add to Excite MIX Add to Webwag Add to Attensa Receive IM, Email or Mobile alerts when new content is published on this site. Add to The Free Dictionary

I myself am a Google Reader™ man. I chose it for the simple sake that when we were with Blogger™, it was relatively easy to use that service as I already had a Google account through Blogger. Anyone who uses Gmail™ will also have an account. I don’t have any special attachment otherwise – in fact their may be aggregators among those listed above which have superior functions, I simply have not investigated others at this time.The convenience of an aggregator is really in its simplicity. Like an old time newspaper wire service, as entries are submitted to your favorite blogs, they are fed into your aggregator and simply show up at one location when you are ready to see what is new in the blogs that you have subscribed to. For Google Reader™all you need to do is copy and paste the address of your favorite blogs and enter it into the “Subscribe to new blog” field of Google Reader™ and voilayou are subscribed. This is equally useful, I have found, in tracking blogs that have especially frequent, or especially infrequent updates.What aggregators do our readers like to use? I note that we have about 30 who subscribe to us via Google Reader™… What else are you using? What do you reccomend?

November 8: Blessed Maria Crocifissa Satellico

November 8, 2008

blessed-maria-crocifissa-satellico-nov-81Blessed Maria Elisabeta Satellico

January 9, 1706-November 8, 1745

Maria Elizabeta Satellico was born in Venice to Peter Satellico and Lucia Mander on Jan 9, 1706. Together with her parents, she lived in the house of her maternal uncle, who was a priest and who provided moral and cultural training to her. With early intelligence she soon learned to read, showing a particular affinity for prayer, music and singing.

The girl had a religious vocation and aspired to be Capuchin, but the Lord had other ideas and she was pointed to the Order in which was consecrated a young teacher of Venetian music Read the rest of this entry »

November 7: Blessed Antonio Baldinucci

November 7, 2008

Blessed Antonio Baldinucci

Died Nov 7, 1717

In the village of Pofi in Lazio, blessed Baldinucci Antonio, a priest of the Society of Jesus, devoted himself entirely to preaching missions to the people.

He never despaired, even when he has big wishes adverse and his heart and health are inversely proportional; that we have touched in fate. God can do great things with the little that we Read the rest of this entry »

November 6: 498 Martyrs of Spain

November 6, 2008

498 Martyrs of Spain

Remembered on November 6


St. Peter’s Square
Sunday, October 28, 2007


Your Eminences,
Your Excellencies, Bishops and Brothers in the Priesthood,
Distinguished Authorities,
Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Charged by Pope Benedict XVI to act as his Delegate, I have had the pleasant task of making public the Document through which the Holy Father proclaims blessed 498 Martyrs who poured out their blood for the faith during the religious persecution in Spain in 1934, 1936 and 1937. These Martyrs include Bishops, priests, men and women religious and faithful of both sexes. Three were 16 years old and the oldest was 78.

Until their martyrdom, this large group of Blesseds expressed their love for Jesus Christ, their fidelity to the Catholic Church and their intercession with God for the whole world.

Before dying, they forgave those who persecuted them – and even prayed for them -, as was recorded in the causes for their Beatification introduced in the Archdioceses of Barcelona, Burgos, Madrid, Mérida-Badajoz, Oviedo, Seville and Toledo, and in the Dioceses of Albacete, Ciudad Real, Cuenca, Gerona, Jaén, Málaga and Santander.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church affirms: “Martyrdom is the supreme witness given to the truth of the faith” (n. 2473). Indeed, following Jesus also means following him in suffering and accepting persecution for love of the Gospel (cf. Mt 24: 8-14; Mk 13: 9-13; Lk 21: 12-19): “And you will be hated Read the rest of this entry »

Catholics And The Election

November 5, 2008

Senator Barack Obama won the presidency.  Not a few bishops spoke out and informed Catholics that they may not vote for an Pro-Abortion Candidate.  One bishop, His Grace Archbishop Chaput of Denver, CO spoke the loudest during this campaign.

I have read that Catholics who went to Mass weekly voted for Senator McCain over President-Elect Obama 54% to 45%.  I wonder how many are placing their immortal souls in danger for voting this way when our bishops have been clear that one may not vote for such a candidate with out proportionate reasons.  And, to paraphrase Archbishop Chaput, what campaign promise is proportionally greater than the horrid slaughter of 4000 babies per day?

Doing some research I found the states which have the highest proportion of Catholics in their population.  Here they are from the USCCB website:

1. Rhode Island- 59.5%
2. Massachusetts- 42%
3. New Jersey- 41%
4. New York- 37.1%
5. Connecticut- 36.6%
6. Nevada- 32.3%
7. Illinois- 30.1%
8. Delaware- 29.7%
9. Wisconsin- 29.5%
10. California- 28.6%

Guess who these states elected to the Presidency?

(Why did I choose percentage over total population?  Because to win a state, one has to have the majority of votes, one has to have a higher percentage over the other candidate to win the electoral votes of the state.)

De Profundis

November 5, 2008

Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord;
Lord, hear my voice!
Let your ears be attentive
to my voice in supplication:

If you, O Lord, should mark our guilt,
Lord, who can stand?
But with you is forgiveness,
that you may be revered.

I trust in the Lord;
my soul trusts in his word.
My soul waits for the Lord,
more than sentinels wait for the dawn.
More than sentinels wait for the dawn,
let Israel wait for the Lord;

For with the Lord is kindness
and with him is plenteous redemption;
And he will redeem Israel from all their iniquities.  Ps. 130

November 5: Blessed Beatrice of Schwabia

November 5, 2008

Blessed Beatrice of Schwabia

Germany circa 1200-Toro, Zamora(Spain) circa Nov. 5, 1235

And what is known as much in two thousand years of Christian saints who have always enjoyed greater popularity has been predominantly religious at all levels and martyrs of the early centuries. In the background are unfortunately always passed all those exemplary figures of married couples, that in married life have attempted to implement the so-called domestic Church, the Bride of Christ the Lord.any of the married couples who have been assigned a public worship are sovereign nations, but unfortunately, more often than not only the husband has had any popularity, as in cases of Charlemagne and Hildegard, Stephen and Gisella of Hungary, Etelberto Read the rest of this entry »

William Witt Blasts the Catholic/Orthodox Churches on WO and My Response #2

November 4, 2008


My second response to a blast from Professor William Witt My first response is HERE.:

It seems to be de rigeur to continue some of the errors of the polemicists into modern theology by making sharp distinctions between Eastern theology and Western theology on every point and presuming a facile pre schism harmony. There are so many points to be made here, I will try to limit myself to the central ones. Read the rest of this entry »

November 4: Blessed Francesca D’Amboise

November 4, 2008

Blessed Francesca D’Amboise

1427-November 4, 1485

She was born in 1427, probably in Thouars (France). She spent Fifteen years married to Peter II, Duke of Brittany, and was crowned alongside of him in the Cathedral of Rennes in 1450. She remained a widow in 1457, did not want the second marriage, and was geared towards even religious life. For this purpose she built a Carmelite house for women in 1463, under the advice of Blessed John Soreth, Prior General of the Carmelites. But her entry into the monastery was delayed until 1468. In 1477 she went to the monastery of Nantes, also its founder. Documents show us she held the office of prioress and had strong character, with maternal understanding and psychological sense. You keep a copy of the wise exhortations with which she maintained the spirit of her religion. She introduced the idea of taking Communion frequently (daily for the sick) and the fourth vow of enclosure close. She died Nov. 4 1485. Her testimony was the words, sometimes spoken in life: “All the things you do that God is always the most beloved!” Her liturgical worship was approved in 1863 by Pope Pius IX, in the attack of Brittany prize to the Catholic Church and their duchess. She is regarded as the founder of the Carmelite nuns of France.

She was beatified by Pope Pius IX in 1866.

Author: Anthony Cilia (santiebeati)

Translator: Google

Worth A Thousand Words

November 4, 2008

Meet Jessica Rowley, pregnant schismatic in a tacky chasuable.

I don’t know what is sadder… Her delusions, or the fact I recognize the chasuable as being the same tacky variety spotted every sunday at the parish where I went to school as a kid.

Come home, Mrs. Rowley. And put that awful poncho away – it is embarassing enough when real priests don them. Why do that to yourself?

Mazal tov on the bundle of joy.

Graphic Truth about Abortion – Over 18yrs only

November 3, 2008

November 3: Saint Pietro Francesco Neron

November 3, 2008

Pietro Francesco NERON, Priest and Martyr

Martyred November 3, 1860

One of 50 martyrs from the time of the Emperor Tu Duc (1847-1883), in the fortress of Xa Doai, in Tonkin, Pietro Francesco Neron, Priest of the Society of Foreign Missions of Paris, and martyr, who under the Emperor Tu Duc, lived for three months locked in a small cage, appallingly beaten, starved for three weeks and ultimately beheaded.

THE CHURCH IN VIETNAM fertilized by the blood of martyrs

The work of evangelization, undertaken from the beginning of the sixteenth century, then established in the first two Apostolic Vicariate of the North (Dang-Ngoại) and South (-Dang Trong) in 1659, has experienced over the centuries a admirable development. At the moment, the diocese there were 25 (10 North, 6 and 9 at the South). The Vietnamese Catholic hierarchy was erected by Pope John XXIII on 24 November 1960.

This result is due to the fact that the early years of evangelization, the seed of the Faith has been involved in the land Vietnamese blood poured plenty of Martyrs, both clergy missionary of the local clergy and Christian people of Viet Nam. All bore all the fatigues of the apostolic work and have one heart, also faced death to bear witness to the Gospel truth. The religious history of the Church of Viet Nam recorded that there were a total of 53 decrees signed by the Lords and TRINH NGUYEN and emperors, which for three centuries XVII, XVIII, XIX: exactly 261 years (16251886 ), Enacted against Christians persecuted one more violent than the other. There are about 130,000 victims fell across the territory of Viet Nam.

Over the centuries, these martyrs of the faith were buried in a way anonymous, but their memory is still alive in the minds of the Catholic community. From the early twentieth century, in this crowd of heroes, 117 people – the tests have been most cruel – have been selected and elevated to the honors of the altars by the Holy See in 4 series of beatifications:

William Witt Blasts the Catholic/Orthodox Churches on WO and My Response

November 2, 2008

Recently, Professor William Witt, an Episcopalian, has introduced a novel argument in favor of Women’s Ordination.

Historically, Orthodoxy has held that the priest acts in persona ecclesiae (in the person of the church), and that consecration takes place through the epiclesis.

Historically, the Western Church has held that the priest acts in persona christi, and that consecration takes place at the words of institution.

In ecumenical discussions/debates, this difference has long been a point of contention between East and West, with the East insisting that their position is correct, and that the West’s position is seriously mistaken.  In ecumenically agreed statements, the eucharistic model that has come to dominate in the last half century is the epicletic one, without explicit acknowledgment that this is a move toward the Eastern position.

During the second half of the twentieth century (and, to my knowledge, not before), Roman Catholic theologians began arguing that women could not be ordained because they could not represent Christ, i.e., could not act in persona christi. Read the rest of this entry »

November 2: Blessed Pio Campidelli

November 2, 2008

Blessed Pio Campidelli

April 29, 1868-May 27, 1882

Pius of St. Aloysius (Campidelli) was born on 29th April 1868 at Trebbio (Italy) and was the son of farmers. It was through a parish mission that he came to know the Passionists. He received the Passionist Habit on 27th May 1882 and made his first vows on 20th April 1884.

While preparing for Ordination he was afflicted with a grave illness. He died on 2nd November 1889 at age 21 and was beatified by Pope John Paul II on 17th November 1985.

In the chapel of rest since 1985 are the remains of Blessed Pio Campidelli, placed in an urn designed by Ravagli. In the background of the chapel eight large paintings in ceramics school Gatti Faenza, sketches of the painter Clara Zoani, many depict scenes from the life of the blessed, topped by the Passionist emblem.In the crypt are derived a cozy lounge and meeting rooms for prayer and study. In the sacristy there is a canvas depicting the crucifix that Galliadi GB, renowned painter of Santarcangelo, painted for the sanctuary in 1780.The chapel is kept working in a frontal seed of the church.

Friday’s Flannery: Revelation by Flannery O’Connor

November 1, 2008

Friday’s Flannery is a series of posts on Flannery O’Connor’s short stories.

Revelation is perhaps Flannery O’Connor’s most popular short story republished regularly in college writing course primers. Not surprisingly, it is one of her most accessible stories for new readers coming as it does to a more or less easily recognizable resolution. It is common for Catholics to speculate that some of her stories are efforts at associating particular church doctrines with everyday life. If this is true, if it is even possible or desirable to reduce a work of fiction to a single point, I would consider Revelation to be an enfleshing of the doctrine of Purgatory. This is, of course, a religious reading of her stories not shared by many literary critics. Still, if her stories are anything like gospel parables, their deeper meanings should be apparent to the Christian disciple while remaining hidden from the non-believer.

Mrs. Turpin is a classic O’Connor character, a southern white Christian woman seemingly pleasant and well mannered on the outside but bearing in her soul the unspoken thoughts of her class and race and time—thoughts which to her seem like innocent and objective observations are  jarring and offensive to everyone else including the reader. She is a women who is utterly unself-reflective and believes passionately her own P.R. Mrs. Turpin holds-in her darkest thoughts in order not to betray her small venial spirit without realizing that what she thinks acceptable is virtually as dark. Revelation’s opening scene sets up the crucial lines:

“Mrs. Turpin occupied herself at night naming the classes of people. On the bottom of the heap were most colored people, not the kind she would have been if she had been one, but most of them; then next to them—not above, just away from were Read the rest of this entry »