St. Bridget prayers update

One of the most popular posts on my blog is the 7 St. Bridget Prayers. It is a 12 year commitment to say the prayers every day. There has been a lively discussion about the promises, but in the end, they really don’t matter. What matters most about these prayers are that it is a commitment to daily prayer, and for a 12 year period. One must not rush through them as if their house is on fire. Our prayer must lead us to contemplation of the mysteries of God. I have now been praying them for over three years. My original booklet is great to keep in your home, a larger bible or prayer book. But, I wanted something smaller, something that can fit in a small pocket, purse, or the Brievary. In the new printable version, you can print two on a 8.5″x 11″ standard US Letter, cut it in half and have two copies. I have placed the link on the original page. I printed mine on a heavier card stock for endurance. You can get it here.

Has God’s protection been lifted from Europe?

stbenedictFollowing the earthquake that destroyed the ancient Basilica of St. Benedict in Norcia, I heard someone’s comment that it’s a sign from heaven. Saint Benedict was born in Norcia, Italy around the year 480. He was the son of a Roman nobility of Norcia. Benedict was the twin of a sister, St. Scholastica. He studied in Rome and was upset with the promiscuous lives of his classmates, he fled to a cave, where he lived for three years. Soon, a group of men came to him, asking that he lead them in the monastic life. Hence, Benedict is known as the Father of Western Monasticism. He founded a monastery at Monte Cassino, It is there that he wrote his way of life. In his Papal Audience of 9 April 2008, Pope Benedict XIV stated: “St Benedict of Norcia, with his life and his work, had a fundamental influence on the development of European civilization and culture.”

Benedict is credited with founding 12 monasteries in the art of Subiaco. The locals streamed to the monasteries for prayer, guidance and inspiration. They became centers for solid Catholic Liturgy that made the common man a monk in the world. St. Benedict, and the influence of his monasteries gave Europe the foundation of a solid Catholic culture.

Through the years, Europe has strayed from her Catholic culture, replacing it with a secular humanist culture. Today, Europe lives as if God does not exist. Churches are empty, the culture of death is alive and well, alternatives lifestyles are accepted as normal and the Church is attacked as a relic of antiquity.

Back to Italy’s biggest earthquake since 1980. It was centered on the little village that gave birth to St. Benedict. Along with the quake, the new foundation of Benedictines of Norcia was hit hard. Thank God the monks are all safe, but their church, the Basilica of St. Benedict was destroyed, save the facade.

Is this a sign for out times? Has the Lord Himself given us a clear sign of the destruction of European and Western culture? And, is this a sign that God has left us to our own designs? We have abandoned God, and we have also left His protective care.

Now is the time for Europe and all of the Western world to turn back to her roots before it is too late. “if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” (2 Chron. 7:14) There is another sign, there is basilica_norciastill hope, the facade is still standing. So, the facade of faith is still standing for us to embrace once again and once agin make it part of our lives. Let us now return to the Lord and rebuild our culture with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Cyber-shot DSC-QX100

I have a Sony Cyber-shot DSC-QX100 that I no longer need. It is in perfect condition. The camera originally cost $500.00 +

I have original packaging, all documentation, the mini USB cable, and a Sony Soft Carrying Case for this phone, that I purchased separately.

Key specifications:

  • 20.2 effective megapixel 1.0″ Exmor R BSI CMOS sensor
  • 28-100mm equivalent 3.6x optical zoom F1.8-4.9 lens
  • Limited manual control – aperture priority, auto and exposure compensation
  • Optical SteadyShot image stabilization
  • MicroSD card slot
  • NFC and Wi-Fi connectivity

It’s yours for $400.00 plus shipping. (Cash or certified bank check)
If your interested, send me an email FrF (at) iPadre (dot) net

All you need to do is download the Sony Play Memories to your smart phone and follow the directions for great pictures.

View a video review here.

Pictures of the camera and packaging below.

Let the countdown begin!

immaculate_heart_fatimaToday is the 99th anniversary of the final apparition an the miracle of the sun at Fatima. We have come a long way since that day of grace in the little cova. Our Lady warned that if we do not repent, if we do not make great sacrifices and if Russia were not consecrated to her Immaculate Heart that the world would face great trials.

“The third part of the secret refers to Our Lady’s words: ‘If not [Russia] will spread her errors throughout the world, causing wars and persecutions of the Church. The good will be martyred; the Holy Father will have much to suffer; various nations will be annihilated’ (13-VII-1917).

Russia and atheistic Communism has spread their errors throughout the world. The damage done has be extensive and to the root of the tree. Many souls have abandoned the practice of the faith, and many others have abandoned God completely. They live as if there is not God, no hell and no eternal life. Culture through the world has become about the ego. I have to be happy and enjoy to the fullest every one of my passions, despite the harm it may do to others and even me.

Yet, we are not left alone. Our Lord promised “I will be with you until the end of the ages.” He is with us in so many ways, but above all, He remains with us in the Most Blessed Sacrament. Our Lady also has not abandoned us. She promised “In the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph. The Holy Father will consecrate Russia to me, and she will be converted, and a period of peace will be granted to the world.”

Could the 100th anniversary be significant? Maybe and maybe not. But, let us embrace the full message of Our Lady, make our personal consecration to her Immaculate Heart, offer prayers, sacrifices and penances and await with hope the triumph of her Immaculate Heart.