Sunday, May 12, 2013

Happy "Cosmic" Mother's Day from Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen

"Human motherhood is two-fold in essence and is a more complex thing than motherhood among the animals.  There is, first, the physical act of giving birth, which women share with all of nature. As the tree bears fruit and the hen hatches her eggs, so every mother, by the act of birth is bound up with the life of all living things, and her of her may be rightly said, "Blessed is the fruit of thy womb."

But human motherhood has a second and far lordlier aspect - that of the spirit.  The soul of a child does not emanate from the mother's soul or body, but if freshly created by God Himself, Who infuses it into the body of the unborn child.

Physiological motherhood is glorified by this co-operation with God Himself, who fathered the baby's soul and then permitted a woman to clothe it in her flesh.  The human mother does not bear a mere animal but a man, made to the image and likeness of the God Who created him." 

"Every birth requires a submission and a disciplining.  The earth itself must undergo harrowing before it passively accepts the seed.  In woman, the submission is not passive.  It is sacrificial, consciously creative, and for this selflessness her whole nature has been formed.

It is well known that women are capable of far more sustained sacrifice than men; a man may be a hero in a crisis, which enables a woman to be heroic through the years, months, days and even seconds of her life, when the very repetitive monotony of her tasks wears down the spirit.  Not only a woman's days but her nights--must share in the Calvary of Motherhood.

This is why women have a surer understanding of the doctrine of redemption than men have; they have come to associate the risk of life and death in childbirth, and to understand the sacrifice of self to another through the many months preceding it."

"And the co-operation with grace in a mother, although it may be unconscious on her part, yet makes her a partner of Divinity: every human mother is, in as sense, "over-shadowed by the Holy Ghost."

Not a priest, and yet endowed with a kind of priestly power, she, too, brings God to man, and man to God.  She brings God to man by accepting her mother's role, and thus permitting God to infuse a new soul in her body for it to bear.

 She brings man to God in childbirth itself, when she allows herself to be used as an instrument by which another child of God is born into the world."

If motherhood is seen as a matter involving only a woman and a man, it is seen too astigmatically, and without the honor that it is due.  For to comprehend the real significance of motherhood, we must include the spiritual element that goes to make a child--we must see the human woman co-operating with her husband, the father of the human baby, and with God the Father of a soul that it eternal, indestructible and unlike any other ever formed throughout the history of the world.  Thus every human motherhood involves a partnership with the Divine"

The Way to Happiness by Fulton J. Sheen. 

Friday, May 10, 2013

Someone to Grab Onto When Things Get Tough.

Here's a list of our Doctors of the Church   We are given them as a gift to us for all areas of our lives.  If we're ever in need let's remember them.  Then Trust.

There could be some of your confirmation saints among them.  Maybe someone you know will be confirmed soon.  This might help them.
Before the Pope can proclaim a person a Doctor they have to be a saint. It is a rare honor. Usually, it happens to a person who shows eminent (sound) holiness and a type of spirituality that is exceptional.
 The Pope proclaims such a person because of overwhelming support by the entire church. This saintly person has a powerful message, example and contribution that will benefit the church members.
 For that reason the Holy Father wants the whole church to know about this "extra-ordinary" and extraordinary person and proclaims the individual "Doctor" of the Church.
Next to the office of the Pope, the highest church office is a cardinal. Cardinals are selected by the Pope and only the cardinals elect a Pope. The Pope alone proclaims a Doctor.

The Thirty-five  Doctors of the Church

Original Four Doctors of the Latin (Western) Church
recognized by: Pope Boniface VIII, 1295
1..  Pastoral Doctor
      St Ambrose (340-97)
      Opponent of Arianism in the West. Bishop of Milan.
2.    Doctor of Biblical Science
       St Jerome (343-420)
3.    Doctor of Grace
       St Augustine of Hippo (354-430)
4.    Doctor of Hymnology
       St Gregory the Great (540-604)
       Defended papal supremacy. Worked for clerical/monastic reform.
Original Four Doctors of the Eastern Church
recognized by St. Pius V in 1568

5.   Doctor of Orthodoxy
      St Athanasius (297-373)  

     Bishop of Alexandria. Dominant opponent of Arianism.

6.   Doctor of Monasticism
      Saint Basil the Great (329-379)
7.    Doctor of Theologians
       St. Gregory Nazianzen (330-90)
8.    Doctor of Preachers

       St. John Chrysostom (347-407)
       "golden-voiced" orator

9.   Angelic Doctor
       St. Thomas Aquinas (1225-74)
       Added by Saint Pius V in 1568
10.  Seraphic Doctor
       St Bonaventure (1217-74)
       Franciscan theologian.
       Added by Sixtus V in 1588
11.  Doctor of Scholasticism
       St Anselm of Canterbury (1033-1109)
       Archbishop of Canterbury.
       Added by Clement XI in 1720
12.   Doctor of Education
        St Isidore of Seville (560-636)
        Added by Innocent XIII in 1722
13.   Doctor of Homilies
        St. Peter Chrysologus (400-50)
        Added by Benedict XIII in 1729
14.   Doctor of Doctrine
        Saint Leo the Great (400-61)
       Added by Benedict XIV in 1754
15.  Doctor of Reform and Renewal
       St. Peter Damian (1007-72)
       Added by Leo XII in 1828
16.  Devotional and Eloquent Doctor
       St. Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153)
       "Mellifluous" Doctor because of his eloquenceCictercian
       Added by Pius VIII in 1830

17.  Doctor of Christ's Divinity
       St. Hilary of Poitiers (315-68)
       Added by Blessed Pius IX in 1851
18.  Morality and Marian Doctor
       St. Alphonsus Liguori (1696-1787)
       Founder of Redemptorist Order
       Added by Blessed Pius IX in 1871
19.  Doctor of Authors and the Press
       St. Francis de Sales (1567-1622)
       Bishop, leader in Counter- Reformation.
       Added by Blessed Pius IX in 1877
20.  Doctor of Faith and against Heresy
         St Cyril of Jerusalem (315-87)
         Bishop and opponent of Arianism in the East.
         Added by Leo XIII in 1883
21.   Doctor of the Incarnation
         St Cyril of Alexandria (376-444)
         Patriarch. Opponent of Nestorianism. Made key contributions to Christology.
       Added by Leo XIII in 1883

   22.  The Icon or Image Doctor
        St. John Damascene (675-749)
        Added by Leo XIII in 1883

 23.  Doctor of English History
       The Venerable Bede (673-735)
       Added by  Leo XIII in 1899
24Doctor of Deacons and Poets
       St Ephrem the Syrian (306-73)
       Biblical exegete and ecclesiastical writer. Called "Harp of the Holy Spirit."
       Added by Benedict XV in 1920
25.  Doctor of Catechetical Studies
        St. Peter Canisius (1521-97)
       Added by Pius XI in 1925

26.  Mystical Doctor
         St John of the Cross (1542-91)
         Added by Pius XI in 1926
27.  Doctor of Science
         St. Albert the Great (1200-80)
        Added by Pius XI in 1931
28.  Doctor of Church State Relations
         St. Robert Bellarmine (1542-1621)
         Added by Pope Pius XI in 1931
29.  Evangelical Doctor
         St Anthony of Padua (1195-1231)
         Added by Pius XII in 1946
30.  Doctor of Science
         St Lawrence of Brindisi (1559-1619)
         Added by Blessed John XXIII in 1959
31.   Doctor of Prayer
         St Teresa of Avila (1515-82)
         Spanish  nun/mystic. First woman Doctor. Co-founder of the Discalced Carmelites
       Added by Paul VI in 1970
32.  Doctor of Unity
         St Catherine of Siena (1347-80)
        Mystic.  Dominican
         Added by Paul VI in 1970
33.  Doctor of Confidence and Missionaries
        St Therese of Lisieux (1873-97)
        French Carmelite nun. Known as The Little Flower, "Story of a Soul" has become classic    inspiring millions to follow her "Little Way" of  holiness.
       Added by John Paul II in 1997
These two Doctors of the Church were added by Pope Benedict XVI  to help us through the Year of Faith and bring us closer to who Christ meant us to be.  Let's remember that they are ready and able to help.

34.   St. John of Avila
         Added by Benedict XVI in 2012
35.  Hildegard of Bingen
       Benedictine nun during the height of the German Middle Ages, a true master of
 theology and a great scholar of the natural sciences and of music.
        Added by Benedict XVI in 2012

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Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Archbishop Alexander Sample: Will He Wear This Uniform with Pride or Angst?

We have to point out things in this world that are against our Church's Teachings to our children.  Confusion isn't a way to raise a child on their way to Eternal Life with Christ. 

There seems to be a sense of  "we'll take care of things Archbishop, don't worry".  We'll have to find a way to get this information to our dear Archbishop.  The gatekeepers are still in place I fear.

(This just in:  The U of P just had the Dalai Lama give a talk.  He is the totality of everything NOT Catholic.  A "reincarnation", not "of a soul that it eternal, indestructible and unlike any other ever formed throughout the history of the world", he believes in anything goes if there's a good reason. More money spent by those hell bent on destroying the Church at a Catholic university.)

The University of Portland gave this athletic gear to Archbishop Sample recently.  It shows very clearly that Nike is pro-homosexual actions and pro-abortion.  In face they are hoping to be the first sportswear company to sponsor a homosexual athlete. 

Sports are wonderful, but when it comes with this high of a price to live by the label, it's sad.
Catholic Sentinel Ed Langlois
Universities Whose Theology Professors Have a Mandatum.  
Canon 812 reads: "It is necessary that those who teach theological disciplines in any institute of higher studies have a mandatum from the competent ecclesiastical authority."

The Conference at the University of Portland's Chiles Center in June picked Thomas "let there be women priests" Groome to be the keynote speaker.  He works for Sadlier Publishing and is a friend of Mary Jo Tully who is also connected with Sadlier. 

This could point out some flaws in thinking on the Chancellor's part, since she is the one allowing this ex-priest from coming into the Archdiocese. 

The is very sad: even with the Installation Mass of our Archbishop at the Chiles Center and the standards of the University have continued slipping.

Thomas Groome

Every part of this earth is sacred . . .
Every clearing and humming insect is holy . . .
All belong to the same family.
Teach your children that the earth is our mother . . .
The wind gave our children the spirit of life.
This we know, the earth does not belong to us; we belong to the earth . . .
(Coming to God's Word, William H. Sadlier Inc.)


Friday, May 3, 2013

Monsignor Gaenswein: Pope Peeking

Benedict’s trusted secretary, Monsignor Georg Gänswein, will be serving both pontiffs — living with Benedict at the monastery inside the Vatican and keeping his day job as prefect of the new pope’s household. Asked about the potential conflicts, Vatican spokesman Fr. Lombardi was defensive, saying the decisions had been clearly reasoned and were likely chosen for the sake of simplicity. “I believe it was well thought out,” he said.  Do you see the Monsignor ? Look up to the left.