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Monday, April 29, 2024

 Monday Night at the Movies

Roberto Rossellini, The Flowers of St. Francis, 1950.

April 29

Saint of the day:

Saint Catherine of Siena

Patron Saint of Fire Prevention


Monday of The Fifth Week of Easter

ST. CATHERINE OF SIENA-Chemical Warfare

 

Job, Chapter 21, Verse 28

And to mortals he said: See: the FEAR of the Lord is wisdom; and avoiding evil is understanding.

 

This is from my friend artificial intelligence:

 

And to mortals, the divine voice proclaimed: “Behold! The fear of the Lord is wisdom, and shunning evil is true understanding.” 🙏

In this sacred utterance, we find profound guidance. Let us delve into its depths:

 

  1. Fear of the Lord: It is not a trembling dread but a reverential awe—a recognition of the divine majesty. To fear the Lord is to acknowledge His sovereignty, His holiness, and our dependence upon Him. It is the beginning of wisdom, for it opens our hearts to seek His ways.
  2. Wisdom: Beyond mere knowledge, wisdom is the art of living rightly. It is the skill to navigate life’s complexities with discernment. When we fear the Lord, we gain insight into His purposes, aligning our choices with His eternal truths.
  3. Avoiding Evil: True understanding lies in recognizing the destructive nature of evil. It is not enough to know what is good; we must actively turn away from wickedness. By avoiding evil, we safeguard our souls and honor the Lord.

 

Let us walk in wisdom, guided by reverence and discernment. May our hearts echo the divine proclamation: “Fear the Lord, and depart from evil.” 🌟

 

Saturdays are traditionally dedicated to Mary ask her and she will lead you in fear of the Lord, Wisdom and how to avoid evil.

The Most Ancient Shrines to Our Lady[1]

Our Lady Of The Catacombs, Rome

Our Lady Of The Snows, Rome

The Virgen Del Pilar, Saragossa, Spain

Le Puy, France

The Cathedral Of Chartres, France

Notre Dame De Paris, France

The Holy House Of Nazareth, Loreto, Italy

Santa Maria Ara Coeli, Rome

Our Lady Of Rocamadour, France

The Caves Of Covadonga, Spain

Our Lady Of Guadalupe, Spain

The Shrine That Charlemagne Built (Aix La Chapelle), Aachen

The Holy Mountain Of Montserrat, Spain

The Shrine That Has Never Been Destroyed, Altotting Germany

The Hermitage Of Einsiedeln, Switzerland

The Black Madonna Of Czestochowa, Poland

From Our Lady’s Dowry, Walsingham, England

 

St. Catherine of Siena[2]

Catherine, the youngest of twenty-five children, was born in Siena on March 25, 1347. During her youth she had to contend with great difficulties on the part of her parents. They were planning marriage for their favorite daughter; but Catherine, who at the age of seven had already taken a vow of virginity, refused. To break her resistance, her beautiful golden-brown tresses were shorn to the very skin and she was forced to do the most menial tasks. Undone by her patience, mother and father finally relented and their child entered the Third Order of St. Dominic.

Unbelievable were her austerities, her miracles, her ecstasies. The reputation of her sanctity soon spread abroad; thousands came to see her, to be converted by her. The priests associated with her, having received extraordinary faculties of absolution, were unable to accommodate the crowds of penitents. She was a helper and a consoler in every need. As time went on, her influence reached out to secular and ecclesiastical matters. She made peace between worldly princes. The heads of Church and State bowed to her words. She weaned Italy away from an anti-pope, and made cardinals and princes promise allegiance to the rightful pontiff. She journeyed to Avignon and persuaded Pope Gregory XI to return to Rome. Even though she barely reached the age of thirty-three her accomplishments place her among the great women of the Middle Ages. The virgin Catherine was espoused to Christ by a precious nuptial ring which, although visible only to her, always remained on her finger.

Excerpted from The Church's Year of Grace, Pius Parsch

Patron: Against fire; bodily ills; Europe; fire prevention; firefighters; illness; Italy; miscarriages; nurses; nursing services; people ridiculed for their piety; sexual temptation; sick people; sickness; Siena, Italy; temptations.

Symbols: Cross; heart; lily; ring; stigmata.

Things to Do:

 

Remembrance for All Victims of Chemical Warfare[3]

 

Day of Remembrance for all the Victims of Chemical Warfare commemorates the victims of chemical warfare and serves to reaffirm the world's commitment to eliminate chemical weapons. Thus, the day also serves to promote peace, security and multilateralism. Although chemical weapons have been banned for some time by the Geneva Convention, they are still infrequently used. The United Nations proclaimed the Day of Remembrance for all the Victims of Chemical Warfare in November of 2005. It has since been celebrated on April 29th, the same date on which the Chemical Weapons Convention entered into force in 1997. The day aims to destroy chemical weapons and further gain adherence to the Convention's articles in order to achieve a safer and more peaceful world.

 

Remembrance for Victims of Chemical Warfare Facts & Quotes

 

·         Chemical weapons were used for the first time on a large scale in battle during World War I at the battle of Ypres in 1915. The chemical that was used as a weapon was chlorine gas.

·         90% of the world’s declared chemical weapons stockpile of 72,525 metric tons has been verifiably destroyed.

·         There are three different schedules of chemicals:
1) Schedule One: these are typically used in weapons such as sarin and mustard gas
2) Schedule Two: these are used in weapons such as amiton and BZ
3) Schedule Three: these are typically the least toxic chemicals and are used for research and the production of medicines.

·         For the risks that the leaders of a rogue state will use nuclear, chemical or biological weapons against us, or our allies is the greatest security threat we face. – Madeleine Albright, American politician and diplomat, first woman to be secretary of state.

 

Remembrance Victims Top Events and Things to Do

 

·         Watch a documentary or movie on the perils of chemical warfare. Some popular options are: Science at War: Laboratory of War, Chemical Warfare Watch, Avoiding Armageddon: Chemical Weapons, and Total Recall.

·         Read a book on the widespread dangers of chemical warfare. Some good suggestions are War of Nerves, Chemical and Biological Warfare: America’s Hidden Arsenal, and a Higher Form of Killing.

·         Spread awareness on social media by using the hashtags #peacenotwar and #remembranceforallchemicalwarfarevictims

·         Visit the site of some of the chemical weapon use. Some ideas, the Battlefields of Ypres, the Battlefields of Passchendaele and the Tokyo Subway.

 

Catechism of the Catholic Church

PART FOUR: CHRISTIAN PRAYER

SECTION ONE-PRAYER IN THE CHRISTIAN LIFE

CHAPTER TWO-THE TRADITION OF PRAYER

Article 3-GUIDES FOR PRAYER

A cloud of witnesses

2683 The witnesses who have preceded us into the kingdom, especially those whom the Church recognizes as saints, share in the living tradition of prayer by the example of their lives, the transmission of their writings, and their prayer today. They contemplate God, praise him and constantly care for those whom they have left on earth. When they entered into the joy of their Master, they were "put in charge of many things." Their intercession is their most exalted service to God's plan. We can and should ask them to intercede for us and for the whole world.

2684 In the communion of saints, many and varied spiritualities have been developed throughout the history of the churches. the personal charism of some witnesses to God's love for men has been handed on, like "the spirit" of Elijah to Elisha and John the Baptist, so that their followers may have a share in this spirit. A distinct spirituality can also arise at the point of convergence of liturgical and theological currents, bearing witness to the integration of the faith into a particular human environment and its history. the different schools of Christian spirituality share in the living tradition of prayer and are essential guides for the faithful. In their rich diversity they are refractions of the one pure light of the Holy Spirit.

The Spirit is truly the dwelling of the saints, and the saints are for the Spirit a place where he dwells as in his own home since they offer themselves as a dwelling place for God and are called his temple.

Servants of prayer

2685 The Christian family is the first place of education in prayer. Based on the sacrament of marriage, the family is the "domestic church" where God's children learn to pray "as the Church" and to persevere in prayer. For young children in particular, daily family prayer is the first witness of the Church's living memory as awakened patiently by the Holy Spirit.

2686 Ordained ministers are also responsible for the formation in prayer of their brothers and sisters in Christ. Servants of the Good Shepherd, they are ordained to lead the People of God to the living waters of prayer: the Word of God, the liturgy, the theological life (the life of faith, hope, and charity), and the Today of God in concrete situations.

2687 Many religious have consecrated their whole lives to prayer. Hermits, monks, and nuns since the time of the desert fathers have devoted their time to praising God and interceding for his people. The consecrated life cannot be sustained or spread without prayer; it is one of the living sources of contemplation and the spiritual life of the Church.

2688 The catechesis of children, young people, and adults aims at teaching them to meditate on the Word of God in personal prayer, practicing it in liturgical prayer, and internalizing it at all times in order to bear fruit in a new life. Catechesis is also a time for the discernment and education of popular piety. The memorization of basic prayers offers an essential support to the life of prayer, but it is important to help learners savor their meaning.

2689 Prayer groups, indeed "schools of prayer," are today one of the signs and one of the driving forces of renewal of prayer in the Church, provided they drink from authentic wellsprings of Christian prayer. Concern for ecclesial communion is a sign of true prayer in the Church.

2690 The Holy Spirit gives to certain of the faithful the gifts of wisdom, faith and discernment for the sake of this common good which is prayer (spiritual direction). Men and women so endowed are true servants of the living tradition of prayer.

According to St. John of the Cross, the person wishing to advance toward perfection should "take care into whose hands he entrusts himself, for as the master is, so will the disciple be, and as the father is so will be the son." and further: "In addition to being learned and discreet a director should be experienced.... If the spiritual director has no experience of the spiritual life, he will be incapable of leading into it the souls whom God is calling to it, and he will not even understand them."

Places favorable for prayer

2691 The church, the house of God, is the proper place for the liturgical prayer of the parish community. It is also the privileged place for adoration of the real presence of Christ in the Blessed Sacrament. the choice of a favorable place is not a matter of indifference for true prayer.
- For personal prayer, this can be a "prayer corner" with the Sacred Scriptures and icons, in order to be there, in secret, before our Father. In a Christian family, this kind of little oratory fosters prayer in common.
- In regions where monasteries exist, the vocation of these communities is to further the participation of the faithful in the Liturgy of the Hours and to provide necessary solitude for more intense personal prayer.
- Pilgrimages evoke our earthly journey toward heaven and are traditionally very special occasions for renewal in prayer. For pilgrims seeking living water, shrines are special places for living the forms of Christian prayer "in Church."

THIS WE BELIEVE

PRAYERS AND TEACHINGS OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH

Act of Hope

O my God, relying on Your infinite goodness and promises, I hope to obtain pardon for my sins, the help of Your grace and life everlasting, through the merits of Jesus Christ, my Lord and Redeemer. Amen.

Satancon Canceled for 2024-Protests Work![4]

 

When the Satanic Temple announced it would hold “history’s largest conference of satanists” in Boston on April 28-30, 2023, many thought it useless to protest. The high-profile event that attracted 800 participants enjoyed the support of the major media and the liberal establishment.

Many Catholics disagreed with the call for inaction. They felt the need to protest and manifest their disgust and rejection of this satanic festival billed as “a weekend of blasphemy.” They disagreed with the agreement that protests only call attention to these highly publicized events. Indeed, the lack of protest only calls attention to the absence of fervent souls.

Fortunately, Catholics showed up in force to protest the 2023 conference. The massive protest had its effect. The Satanic Temple announced on its Instagram page (Dec. 31, 2023) that the group would not be holding a Satancon in 2024.

Summer magic is the third satanic “solemnity” and occurs on the night between April 30 and May 1. During the year [Satanists] often choose nights when the new moon is inaugurated, because it is particularly dark.

 

This from last year

Hell Week[5] (OSV News) — The Satanic Temple, based in Salem, Massachusetts, will host SatanCon 2023 April 28-30 at the Marriott Copley Place in downtown Boston. With a theme of “Hexennacht (Witches’ Night) in Boston,” the TST-organized conference includes lectures, panel discussions and entertainment.

Prayer, sacramental grace and the cultivation of virtue are Catholics’ most effective responses to an upcoming satanist convention in Boston — and the event itself is an opportune moment for Catholics to give witness to the Good News of Jesus Christ, pastoral experts told OSV News.

Regular Mass attendance, frequent reception of the sacraments of Eucharist and reconciliation, prayer and the use of sacramentals — such as holy water and religious medals — all form an effective strategy in “keeping the Evil One at bay,” Dominican Father Basil Cole, professor of moral, spiritual and dogmatic theology at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, told OSV News.

“This isn’t rocket science. We’ve known how to handle this for 2,000 years,” said Father Cole, who also stressed the need for Catholics “to grow in grace and in virtue” in order to defeat evil.

Christopher’s Corner

History of Kuwait[6]

Kuwait is a sovereign state in Western Asia located at the head of the Persian Gulf. The geographical region of Kuwait has been occupied by humans since antiquity, particularly due to its strategic location at the head of the Persian Gulf. In the pre-oil era, Kuwait was a regional trade port. In the modern era, Kuwait is best known for the Gulf War (1990–1991).

Daily Devotions

·         Unite in the work of the Porters of St. Joseph by joining them in fasting: Today's Fast: The Sick, afflicted, and infirmed.

·         Eat waffles and Pray for the assistance of the Angels

·         Litany of the Most Precious Blood of Jesus

·         Offering to the sacred heart of Jesus

·         Make reparations to the Holy Face

·         Monday: Litany of Humility

·         Drops of Christ’s Blood

·         Universal Man Plan

 

[6] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Kuwait





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