Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Incorruptibles, Saints that defy decomposition

This has always fascinated me. I love miracles, OK who doesn't. I LOVE to read about the lives of Saints. I remember as a child being shown movies at school about how there are some Saints bodies that did not decompose after they died. I revisited this phenomenon... OK, MIRACLE, this evening while I was searching for relics ... specifically the relic of St. John Neumann.

The reason I am looking for a relic of St. John Neumann is because my brother Edward was healed of Crohns disease many years ago through St. John Neumann. I will ask him to blog about it. But the short version is that during a special mass that was said just for him, he was blessed with the relic of St. John Neumann. His disease disappeared instantly. God is good.

And now ... Warren's friend has crohns disease. Poor kid. I spoke with her briefly tonight and I could tell she was holding back tears, trying to be brave. She is very sick right now. She just had surgery and they expect her to be in the hospital for 3 more weeks.

My Uncle Curly was also healed. I do not know all the details but he was a child and had a crippling disease in his legs, and he was healed at St. Anne's Shrine in MA. It is a beautiful church.

I just love miracles. God is good. Thank you for the Saints.

So back to the incorruptibles.

I was not aware that St. John Neumann was one of the Saints that did not decay.

From this website: http://www.overcomeproblems.com/incorruptables.htm

Saint John Neumann - Died in 1860 in Philadelphia at age 48. His body was later found incorrupt. He was the first American Bishop to be canonized a Saint. His remains are on display in a glass enclosed altar in the lower church of St. Peter the Apostle at 5th and Girard Streets in the Northern Liberties section of Philadelphia.

This website explains it best, not to mention that there are many pictures of some of the incorruptibles: http://www.overcomeproblems.com/incorruptables.htm

Here is another saint everyone knows,

Saint Bernadette Soubirous
- St. Bernadette was the original visionary at Lourdes, France
and died in 1879 in Nevers, France. Her body was exhumed 30 years later in 1909 and was discovered completely incorrupt and free of odor. The body was again exhumed a second time ten years later in 1919 and was still incorrupt. Her body is still on display in the Chapel of St. Bernadette in Nevers, France to this day. See photos below.
I love the movie made about her life ... it is a MUST see. It is called The Song of Bernadette.

Well you'll be happy to know that all my searching was not in vain. We found a website that sells precious medals that are touched with relics of Saints. However, please note that a relic is not necessary for a healing. One can still get a healing through a Saint regardless of whether or not they were touched by a relic. I felt that if Warren would give her the medal she would know that we are thinking about her and praying for her. Thanks. I would give you her name, but I don't have permission to do that so I'll just ask that you pray for Warren's friend. Peace, Judy


Monday, October 15, 2007

Courageous Converts

I read recently read about an Episcopal Priest who converted to Catholicism. He brought many of his paritioners with him. see here: Diocese of Scranton could have first married Roman Catholic priest
(Pictured left, Fr. Eric Bergman's ordination. http://www.stthomasmoresociety.org/)
Then there is the Scott Hahn story, which by now most of you know about. But if not he is the presbyterian minister who converted, read his story here: The Scott Hahn Conversion Story.
I read his story, Rome Sweet Home, and continue to pass it to others when I can. It is a great
story for all Catholics to read. Though Scott Hahn is a very educated man and can certainly speak way above MY comprehension, he writes from the heart in this story about his conversion. One can only imagine. His whole life was centered around his job as a presbyterian minister. He had a wife and children to consider. It was their livelihood. Not to mention a flock of people that followed him. His wife happened to be from a family of presbyterian ministers and yet he abandoned all his wants and followed Gods call. A must read for everyone. For Catholics it is a great refresher in how privileged we are, and for non-Catholics it is a great explanation of what we're all about. I came upon this lovely review of the book at Amazon,
Pray before you read this book! What a journey!, April 22, 2003
By Terry Fenwick (Half Moon Bay, CA) - See all my reviews
My husband and I are 76 and 70 and have been strong "Bible" Christian believers and teachers. For the last 33 years we have been very active in Church and in the best Protestant Christian Bible Studies in national and international classes. We are becoming Catholic with NO RESERVATIONS! Something we never thought could or would happen to us. This book will open your mind to TRUTHS you have never seen before. My beautiful Christian husband read this book non-stop, came in the room, closed the book, put it down beside me, looked at me with his eyes brimming with tears and said, "They are right!" Simple as that. I give this book to others but I tell them, "Pray because it will change your life!" You next need your Bible, Keatings books, and a Catechism. Get ready for a new but very exciting and blessed life. You will fall in love with Jesus all over again. The Catholic Church will become your Rome Sweet Home! See you in heaven. Terry

And today I came upon this by accident,
Pastor and Flock Convert to Catholicism. Here is a brief description from that site:

When Pentecostal minister Alex Jones came into the Church this past Easter he was not alone. He brought much of his congregation in with him.

When Detroit-born Alex Jones became a Pentecostal minister in 1972, there was little question among those who knew him that he was answering God's call to preach.

Now, many of his friends and family have dismissed the 59-year-old pastor as an apostate for embracing the Catholic faith, closing the nondenominational church he organized in 1982, and taking part of his congregation with him.

At this year's April 14 Easter Vigil, Jones, his wife, Donna, and 62 other former members of Detroit's Maranatha Church, was received into the Catholic Church at St. Suzanne's Parish. For Jones, becoming a Catholic will mark the end of a journey that began with the planting of a seed by Catholic apologist and Register columnist Karl Keating. It also will mean the beginning of a new way of life.

WHAT A STORY!!!! This is why I call these folks "Courageous!"
Hebrews 3:15, If today you hear HIS voice, harden not your hearts.

Oh btw, we have 3 converts in our family.
My husband is one of them.


Saturday, October 13, 2007

Apparition of 13 October 1917, Miracle of the Sun

Ninetieth Anniversary of the Miracle of the Sun in Fatima

Here is a description from Lucia's memoirs:
After our Lady had disappeared into the immense distance of the firmament, we beheld St. Joseph with the Child Jesus and Our Lady robed in white with a blue mantle, beside the sun. St. Joseph and the Child Jesus seemed to bless the world, for they traced the Sign of the Cross with their hands. When, a little later, this apparition disappeared, I saw Our Lord and Our lady; it seemed to me to that it was Our Lady of Sorrows (Dolors). Our Lord appeared to bless the world in the same manner as St. Joseph had done. This apparition also vanished, and I saw Our Lady once more, this time resembling Our Lady of Carmel. [Only Lucia would see the later, presaging her entrance into Carmel some years later.]


Please offer a rosary today for the conversion of sinners, for the poor souls in purgatory and for the offenses committed against Our Blessed Mother.



My God, I believe, I adore, I trust and I love Thee.
I beg pardon for those who do not believe,
do not adore, do not trust Thee, and do not love Thee. Amen.


Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Beatitudes

Speaking from the heart here. A bit frustrated. Both my college kids are in public colleges. Sadly, both deal daily with persecutors of the faith. They seem to hate Catholics. They are sometimes proud of their Catholic background, yet they speak so disrespectfully of the teachings of the church. Don't get me wrong, these professors are non-Catholic as well. They are male & female, old and young.

It seems a bit like building your house on sand (Matthew 7:15-29) to base ones principles on the condemnation of another's. I have never been in a Mass where we were taught to hate another. Whether it be about religion, politics, and anything else in between. So I find it hard that these professors waste good time and money polluting the airways.

I am not worried about my college kids. They are able to defend the faith when they deem in necessary. I am concerned about those who do not know Christ, that they will be misled.

I'll close with the Beatitudes found in Matthew, they can help us all cope at times such as these.

The Beatitudes

Blessed are the poor in spirit; for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are the meek; for they shall posses the land.
Blessed are they who mourn; for they shall be comforted.
Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after justice; for they shall have their fill.
Blessed are the merciful; for they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the clean of heart; for they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers; for they shall be called children of God.
Blessed are they that suffer persecution for justice sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Friday, October 5, 2007

St. Faustina, Oct. 5, 2007


I have experienced such joy since my introduction to St. Faustina. She is such a strong messenger for Christ and His Divine Mercy. I try to share her with everyone.

If you want to read more about personal experiences with the Divine Mercy of Christ, go here: My Wonderful Experience, and here:
Another Divine Mercy Experience in Our Home.

I have a favorite book that I promise you will love. It is called, The Life of Faustina Kowalska: The Authorized Biography.

Here is a brief story about St. Faustina, from Saint of the Day:

St. Mary Faustina's name is forever linked to the annual feast of the Divine Mercy (celebrated on the Second Sunday of Easter), the divine mercy chaplet and the divine mercy prayer recited each day by many people at 3 p.m.

Born in what is now west-central Poland (part of Germany before World War I), Helena was the third of 10 children. After age 16 she worked as a housekeeper in three cities before joining the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in 1925. She worked as a cook, gardener and porter in three of their houses.

In addition to carrying out her work faithfully, generously serving the needs of the sisters and the local people, she also had a deep interior life. This included receiving revelations from the Lord Jesus, messages that she recorded in her diary at the request of Christ and of her confessors.

At a time when some Catholics had an image of God as such a strict judge that they might be tempted to despair about the possibility of being forgiven, Jesus chose to emphasize his mercy and forgiveness for sins acknowledged and confessed.
“I do not want to punish aching mankind,” he once told St. Mary Faustina, “but I desire to heal it, pressing it to my merciful heart” (Diary 1588). The two rays emanating from Christ's heart, she said, represent the blood and water poured out after Jesus' death (Gospel of John 19:34)

Because Sister Mary Faustina knew that the revelations she had already received did not constitute holiness itself, she wrote in her diary: “Neither graces, nor revelations, nor raptures, nor gifts granted to a soul make it perfect, but rather the intimate union of the soul with God. These gifts are merely ornaments of the soul, but constitute neither its essence nor its perfection. My sanctity and perfection consist in the close union of my will with the will of God” (Diary 1107).

Sister Mary Faustina died of tuberculosis in Krakow, Poland, on October 5, 1938. Pope John Paul II beatified her in 1993 and canonized her in 2000.

Comment:

Devotion to God's Divine Mercy bears some resemblance to devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. In both cases, sinners are encouraged not to despair, not to doubt God's willingness to forgive them if they repent. As Psalm 136 says in each of its 26 verses, “God's love [mercy] endures forever.”

Quote:

Four years after Faustina's beatification, Pope John Paul II visited the Sanctuary of Divine Mercy at Lagiewniki (near Krakow) and addressed members of her congregation. He said: “The message of divine mercy has always been very close and precious to me. It is as though history has written it in the tragic experience of World War II. In those difficult years, this message was a particular support and an inexhaustible source of hope, not only for those living in Krakow, but for the entire nation. This was also my personal experience, which I carried with me to the See of Peter and which, in a certain sense, forms the image of this pontificate. I thank divine providence because I was able to contribute personally to carrying out Christ's will, by instituting the feast of Divine Mercy. Here, close to the remains of Blessed Faustina, I thank God for the gift of her beatification. I pray unceasingly that God may have 'mercy on us and on the whole world' (chaplet of Divine Mercy).”


(This entry appears in the print edition of Saint of the Day.)

Monday, October 1, 2007

Happy Birthday Shiela

My oldest turns 21 today... she is in Jolly Old England ... it also happens to be the feast day of St. Theresa the little flower, which is her confirmation name, Theresa. Happy Birthday Shiela!!!

21 years ago today, I have a funny story about that day. I had been having contractions that day and had a scheduled appointment to see my OB/GYN. I was also overdue by about 2 weeks. My sister Shiela, AKA Auntie Shiela, drove me to my appointment. I appeared to be having a few contractions, but the doctor sent me home to wait it out. Here is the funny part. I was craving Taco Bell, as I did the entire pregnancy. I told my sister that I wanted to have a taco on the way home. So she drove me there and while we were sitting at the drive through I started having an awful contraction... for some reason, perhaps a coping mechanism not taught in lamaze, I started reading everything on the menu... well when I was done with the reading, and the contraction, the voice on the other end of the drive thru says, "let me repeat that order..." and he proceeds to read back the entire menu!!!! We sure got a good laugh out of that.

Well the rest is gory and so forth... but suffice to say, we are honored to have her as our child. She is the oldest grandchild as well and we could not have asked for a better 'leader' ... we love you Shiela!! xxoo Mom