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Monday, March 26, 2007

Moving Day

Friends, you can now find me here, a move precipitated by the discovery of some very alarming and abhorrent facts. You can read them for yourselves, although it makes my stomach churn to have to show you.

"Freedom negates and destroys itself, and becomes a factor leading to the destruction of others, when it no longer recognizes and respects its essential link with the truth. When freedom, out of a desire to emancipate itself from all forms of tradition and authority, shuts out even the most obvious evidence of an objective and universal truth...then the person ends up by no longer taking as the sole and indisputable point of reference for his own choices the truth about good and evil, but only his subjective and changeable opinion or, indeed, his selfish interest and whim." (Pope John Paul II, Evangelium Vitae)

I can no longer remain with a service provider that refuses to protect our children.

Sunday, March 25, 2007

Shrine of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré

Talk of shrines led to longings for some readers and wonderful memories for others, so here is the beautiful site for Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré, which will celebrate its 350th Anniversary in 2008. Stop by, take a tour, linger awhile.

Prayer of the Year at Ste. Anne's:

Grant Us Peace In Our Day

O Good Saint Anne, grandmother of the “Prince of Peace”, we come to you in prayer. We offer you our world, our families, and ourselves. Men, women, and children of this world are longing to live in peace. Many are innocent victims of division, violence, and hate. In communion with you and your daughter Mary, we turn to your grandson, the Lord Jesus. We implore him to place his Spirit in the hearts of all people. May the Lord grant us peace in our day. O Good Saint Anne, through your intercession, may we all be “peacemakers”.

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Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Brother André

In the previous post I gave a link to St. Joseph's Oratory in Montreal. For any of you who may be interested in learning more about the Oratory and Brother André in particular, the CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) has eight short clips (from both t.v. and radio) in its archives which you might enjoy.

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Monday, March 19, 2007

Feastday of St. Joseph

St. Joseph was named the patron saint of Canada in 1637 by Pope Urban VIII.

St. Joseph's Oratory in Montreal is dedicated to this humble, silent saint, husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary and foster-father of Jesus.

The Oratory is filled with unused crutches, similar to at Lourdes; they are wooden and metal witnesses to the miracles that have taken place there.

St. Teresa of Avila was a recipient of just such a miracle. As a young woman she was paralyzed for more than two years following an illness. In her autobiography, she tells us that it was St. Joseph who was responsible for her cure, that he, "was true to his own nature when he cured my paralysis and gave me the power to rise and walk..."

St. Teresa of Avila had a very special devotion to St. Joseph. She writes, "To other saints the Lord seems to have given grace to succour us in some of our necessities but of this glorious saint my experience is that he succours us in them all..." She explains that Jesus, in Heaven, wishes to do everything that his guardian and foster-father asks of Him, just as He did on earth.

St. Teresa tells us that, "those who practise prayer should have a special affection for him always", and that if, "anyone cannot find a master to teach him how to pray, let him take this glorious saint as his master and he will not go astray."

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