Saturday, July 28, 2012

You Call Me Master


Found this prayer in Poland. I'm working on the translation and finding a good image for it. Anyways, I want to make it into a holy card. What are your thoughts?

You Call Me Master
Author: Unknown

You call me master, but you don’t ask for advice
You call me light, but you don’t see me
You call me the way, but you don’t walk in my footsteps
You call me the truth, but you don’t respect the truth
You call me richly generous, but you don’t ask anything from me
You call me eternal, but you don’t search for me
You call me merciful, but you don’t trust me
You call me all-powerful, but you don’t appreciate me
You call me just and fair, but you are afraid of me

I am your God - I know more. You have faith - have courage! Your life will not be difficult, because whoever has my divine heart has everything. The world will pass away, death will take everything from you. There will be only one thing left in the end - Me…Your God.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Being A Martyr

So I read this the other day and thought, "Man, that's good stuff." So I pass it on to you for some food for thought. It comes from a blog called Young and Catholic.



Being A Martyr

If religion is just a game, then our generation just isn’t interested in playing.  You probably know this.  Why put on a phony face on Sundays if you’re going to break all of “the rules” throughout the rest of the week anyway?
No, if we are going to believe in something, we have to be all in.  We are passionate to the point of radical; it’s all or nothing.  And this is a very good thing when it comes to faith.  It’s probably what Blessed John Paul II had in mind when, addressed with the question of why he held World Youth Day, he replied:
“I have come to greet the martyrs of the third millennium”
We tend to think of martyrs as only belonging in history books or to cultures that lack the constitutional guarantee of religious freedom that we [supposedly] have.  But that’s not the case.  We’re called to a “white martyrdom” on a daily basis—to make sacrifices that may not be as drastic as our life, but that can still make it feel like the world, as we know it, is ending.  Sometimes it’s our popularity, sometimes it’s a relationship that is bringing us away from God, or sometimes it’s our own comfort.
Going to mass is easy.  Living out your faith?  That’s hard.  But in all of our struggles, we need not be discouraged:
Dear young people, in these noble undertakings you are not alone.  With you there are your families, there are your communities, there are your priests and teachers, there are so many of you who in the depths of your hearts never weary of loving Christ and believing in him.  In the struggle against sin you are not alone: so many like you are struggling and through the Lord’s grace are winning!
Today let’s pray for the courage and the strength to live out our faith with everything we are.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Carmelites

So I decided to visit the Carmelite Sisters before I had to leave. Fortunately for me, I was able to celebrate mass for them for about 3 days.  

Correct me if I am wrong, but a Carmelite monastery is affectionately known as Carmel...no, not as caramel candy! :p And, yes, they live in Savannah!

So, in my visit, I asked if I could take some pictures, and they were totally cool about it...and...I also to Danbo with me! Bahahaha...the sisters actually had a great time with Danbo Dashboard!


Danbo: Run, priest! These robed women are after us!
Me: Relax. These women won't harm you.
Ya know, these sisters have their meals just like everyone else!!! Oh, and they are also habited! They wear their religious clothes all the time...

Carmelite sisters have a different kind of spirituality. I'm not an uber expert on their spirituality but I do know that they are more contemplative. So they are all about silence and quiet time and Adoration...I found out that they actually have different associations which means various Carmelite houses may have a different emphasis and practice in their lifestyle than other Carmelite houses...

AH! Priest!! SHE HAS ME! SHE HAS ME!!
RUNAWAY!! BEFORE SHE GET'S US ALL!!
So if there are any Georgians who want to see some legit Carmelite nuns, you should visit these wonderful women. Though they are very reflective, they are full of love and joy. They are always willing to talk to young women who may be interested in living their lives as brides of Christ. And in case some of my pictures didn't convey this, they are also women who have fun. They are always laughing and giggling whenever we sit down to talk.

Oh...and if you google them for a website, you may not be able to open up their actual link. For whatever reason their website is no longer considered "theirs" so we can't access it. Hopefully they will get some tech savvy person to help them either "reclaim" it or create a new one.