NEW CANEY, Texas, NOV. 20, 2008 (Zenit.org).- St. Thérèse wrote that she wanted to be a missionary on every continent simultaneously and reach the most remote islands — now her dream has extended to space flight. (Read more)
Sharing the Rosary, and praying publicly before she steps onto the ice, are just some of the things that South Korea’s Yuna Kim does to witness to her Catholic faith. She won gold at Vancouver Olympics and will be skating in Sochi beginning February 19.
Read more at NCR
“Did you know that Korea is one of the few countries in the world where Christianity was not introduced by foreign missionaries? Watch this video to find out how the faith in Korea started from one single convert, and now has more Catholics than Ireland!” (via Xt3.com)
The Library at the Admont Benedictine Monastery, in Austria, dates from the late Baroque period; it is considered one of the most beautiful libraries in the world.
I want to live there
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Our Lady’s 15 Promises for Praying the Rosary
1. Signal Graces are those special and unique Graces to help sanctify us in our state in life. See the remaining promises for an explanation for which these will consist. St. Louis de Montfort states emphatically that the best and fastest way to union with Our Lord is via Our Lady [True Devotion to Mary, chapter four]. 2.Our Lady is our Advocate and the channel of all God’s Grace to us. Our Lady is simply highlighting that She will watch especially over us who pray the Rosary. (see CHAPTER VIII THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY, MOTHER OF GOD #52 ) [a great more detail is available on this topic in True Devotion to Mary, chapter four, by St. Louis de Montfort]
3. This promise, along with the next, is simply the reminder on how fervent prayer will help us all grow in holiness by avoiding sin, especially a prayer with the excellence of the Rosary. An increase in holiness necessarily requires a reduction in sin, vice, and doctrinal errors (heresies). If only the Modernists could be convinced to pray the Rosary! (see CHAPTER V THE UNIVERSAL CALL TO HOLINESS IN THE CHURCH #39) St. Louis de Montfort states “Since Mary alone crushed all heresies, as we are told by the Church under the guidance of the Holy Spirit (Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary)…” [True Devotion to Mary #167]
4. Oh, that souls would sanctify themselves by this means. This promise, along with the previous, is the positive part, that being to live in virtue. Becoming holy is not only avoiding sin, but also growing in virtue. (see CHAPTER V THE UNIVERSAL CALL TO HOLINESS IN THE CHURCH #39)
5. Since Our Lady is our Mother and Advocate, She always assists those who call on Her implicitly by praying the Rosary. The Church reminds us of this in the Memorare prayer, “… never was it known that anyone who fled to your protection, implored your help or sought your intercession, was left unaided …”
6. God will not chastise him in His justice, he shall not perish by an unprovided death; if he be just he shall remain in the grace of God, and become worthy of Eternal Life.This promise highlights the magnitude of Graces that the Rosary brings to whomever prays it. One will draw down God’s Mercy rather than His Justice and will have a final chance to repent (see promise #7). One will not be conquered by misfortune means that Our Lady will obtain for the person sufficient Graces to handle said misfortune (i.e. carry the Crosses allowed by God) without falling into despair. As Sacred Scripture tells us, “For my yoke is sweet and my burden light.” (Matthew 11:30)
7. This promise highlights the benefits of obtaining the most possible Graces at the hour of death via the Sacraments of Confession, Eucharist, and Extreme Unction (Anointing of the Sick). Being properly disposed while receiving these Sacraments near death ensures one’s salvation (although perhaps with a detour through Purgatory) since a final repentance is possible.
8. Our Lady highlights the great quantity of Graces obtain through praying the Rosary, which assist us during life and at the moment of death. The merits of the Saints are the gift of God’s rewards to those persons who responded to His Grace that they obtained during life, and so Our Lady indicates that She will provide a share of that to us at death. With this promise and #7 above, Our Lady is providing the means for the person to have a very holy death.
9. Should one require Purgatorial cleansing after death, Our Lady will make a special effort to obtain our release from Purgatory through Her intercession as Advocate.
10. This promise is a logical consequence of promises #3 and #4 since anyone who truly lives a holier life on earth will obtain a higher place in Heaven. The closer one is to God while living on earth, the close that person is to Him also in Heaven. The Catechism of the Catholic Church states “Spiritual progress tends toward ever more union with Christ.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church paragraph 2014)
11. This promise emphasizes Our Lady’s role as our Advocate and Mediatrix of all Graces. Of course, all requests are subject to God’s Most Perfect Will. God will always grant our request if it is beneficial for our soul, and Our Lady will only intercede for us when our request is good for our salvation. (see CHAPTER VIII THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY, MOTHER OF GOD #52 )
12. If one promotes the praying of the Rosary, Our Lady emphasizes Her Maternal care for us by obtaining many Graces (i.e. spiritual necessities) and also material necessities (neither excess nor luxury), all subject to the Will of God of course.
13. Since Our Lady is our Advocate, She brings us additional assistance during our life and at our death from all the saints in Heaven (the Communion of Saints). See paragraphs 954 through 959 in the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
14. Since the Rosary is a most excellent prayer focused on Jesus and His Life and activities in salvation history, it brings us closer to Our Lord and Our Lady. Doctrinally, Our Lady is our Mother and Jesus is our Eldest Brother, besides being our God. (see CHAPTER VIII THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY, MOTHER OF GOD #52 )
15. Predestination in this context means that, by the sign which is present to a person from the action of devoutly praying the Rosary, God has pre-ordained your salvation. Absolute certainty of salvation can only be truly known if God reveals it to a person because, although we are given sufficient Grace during life, our salvation depends upon our response to said Grace. (See Summa Theologica, Question 23 for a detailed theological explanation). Said another way, if God has guaranteed a person’s salvation but has not revealed it to Him, God would want that person to pray the Rosary because of all the benefits and Graces obtained. Therefore the person gets a hint by devotion to the Rosary. This is not to say that praying the Rosary guarantees salvation - by no means. In looking at promises #3 and #4 above, praying the Rosary helps one to live a holy life, which is itself a great sign that a soul is on the road to salvation. (See also paragraphs 381, 488, 600, 2782 in the Catechism of the Catholic Church.) In fact, St. Louis de Montfort says even more strongly that “an infallible and unmistakable sign by which we can distinguish a heretic, a man of false doctrine, an enemy of God, from one of God’s true friends is that the hardened sinner and heretic show nothing but contempt and indifference to Our Lady…” [True Devotion to Mary, #30]
"What was the saddest moment of your life?"
"When my mother died."
"What was your mother’s best quality?"
"How do you say in English—she always flew straight. Sometimes it makes your life much easier to go a little to the left, or a little to the right. She was a Catholic in communist Poland and it was not good to be a Catholic during that time. Especially because she was a teacher. It was very difficult for her, to be a Catholic and raise three children. It would have been much easier for her to join the Communist Party. But she never did.”
NEW CANEY, Texas, NOV. 20, 2008 (Zenit.org).- St. Thérèse wrote that she wanted to be a missionary on every continent simultaneously and reach the most remote islands — now her dream has extended to space flight. (Read more)
Figure skater Tara Lipinski always wears a gold medal.
Not the one she won at the 1998 Olympics, but a medal of St. Thérèse of Lisieux, which was given to her by the Rev. Vince Kolo, a Catholic priest from Pittsburgh.
Lipinski believes St. Thérèse has guided her life since 1994, when she first prayed to the saint known as the Little Flower.
"I know that, without her, I could never have done anything at the Olympics. Not that she made me win, but she gave me the faith to believe that there was someone who would keep me calm and help me through, no matter what happened," Lipinski said.
Source: Catholic Memes
Also see: Catholic Lab Posters
Washington, D.C. Field trips for the “flying nun” pre-flight class, including inspection tours of hangars at the Washington National Airport. Here, Sister Aquinas is explaining engine structure to her students (LOC) by The Library of Congress on Flickr.
Sister Mary Aquinas gained national fame as a pilot and teacher of aeronautics. The sister, whose family name was Kinskey, was born in Zanesville, Ohio. She entered the convent in 1911. Her teaching of aerodynamics to military personnel and a television play about her life brought her national attention.
Sister Aquinas became a licensed pilot in Manitowoc and taught aerodynamics and meteorology at a high school in Ironwood, Mich., in 1942. She later taught aviation and aeronautics at Catholic University in Washington.
In 1957, she was the subject of a television play, ”The Pilot.” The play was later the basis for a series, ”The Flying Nun,” starring Sally Field.
Sister Aquinas was honoured in 1957 by the Air Force for outstanding achievements for world peace and national security. She died aged 91, on a Sunday in 1985 at Holy Family Convent, where she had retired in 1977 after a stroke.
Sister Mary Aquinas Kinskey, OSF, earned a bachelor’s degree from Catholic University in 1926. She became a teacher and her interest in aviation stemmed from the enthusiasm for the subject from her students. In order to best teach her students, she wished to learn as much about the subject as possible. In 1942, she earned a Master of Science in Physics cum laude from the University of Notre Dame. Her dissertation was entitled “Electron Projection Study of the Deposition of Thorium on Tantalum.” Wanting hands-on aviation experience, Sister Mary Aquinas learned to fly in 1943.
In 1957, “the Air Force Association gave her a citation for her ‘outstanding contributions’ to the nation’s security and world peace” [“No Glamor Girl”]. As part of the honor, Sister Mary Aquinas had the opportunity to fly in a T-33 jet trainer and take the control for much of the flight, making her the first nun to fly a jet.
—Sister Mary Aquinas, OSF
Also see: A Flying Nun and a Female Bullfighter
Blessed Martin Martinez Pascual, priest executed during the Spanish Civil War at the age of 25. When he was asked if he would like to face away from the rifles during his execution, he said no, all he wanted to do was bless those who killed him and pray that God would not hold his death against them. Then he shouted VIVA CRISTO REY!
Right before being shot, he smiled for the photographer, who took this last picture of him. In his eyes, one sees the courage and joy of a faithful priest.
Jules Gabriel Verne (February 8, 1828 – March 24, 1905) was a French author who pioneered the science fiction genre. He is best known for his novels Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (1870), A Journey to the Center of the Earth (1864), and Around the World in Eighty Days (1873). Verne wrote about space, air, and underwater travel before air travel and practical submarines were invented, and before practical means of space travel had been devised. He is the second most translated author in the world. Some of his books have also been made into live-action and animated films and television shows. Verne is often referred to as the “Father of Science Fiction”, a title sometimes shared with Hugo Gernsback and H. G. Wells.
One of the most important changes his publisher Hetzel enforced on Verne was the adoption of optimism in his novels. Verne was in fact not an enthusiast of technological and human progress, as can be seen in his works created before he met Hetzel and after Hetzel’s death.
In 1863, Jules Verne wrote a novel called Paris in the Twentieth Century about a young man who lives in a world of glass skyscrapers, high-speed trains, gas-powered automobiles, calculators, and a worldwide communications network, yet cannot find happiness and comes to a tragic end. Hetzel thought the novel’s pessimism would damage Verne’s then-booming career, and suggested he wait 20 years to publish it. Verne put the manuscript in a safe, where it was discovered by his great-grandson in 1989. It was published in 1994.
With no less dexterity, and, it must be said, with no greater regard to accuracy, then that displayed by Dumas in his adaptation of history to the whims and fancies of story-telling, he brought science into the realm of fiction, and whatever may be the final verdict on the value of his work, he deserves the commendation that none of his books contains anything offensive to good taste or morals. Verne lived and died a Catholic.
—Catholic Encyclopedia: Jules Verne
His best friend once described him as “most Catholic,” and Verne was moved to tears by an audience with Pope Leo XIII in 1884.
—Journey to the Center of Jules Verne… and Us
More science fiction and fantasy writers belong to the Catholic Church than to any other religious body. Notable among these are G.K. Chesterton, Andrew Greeley, J.R.R. Tolkien, R.A. Lafferty, Anthony Boucher, Clifford Simak, Walter M. Miller, Jr. and Gene Wolfe. On a per capita basis, there are more practicing Catholics than practicing Protestants among mainstream sf/f writers. In the introduction to Sacred Visions, Fr Andrew Greeley (the famed priest-sociologist-novelist) suggests Catholicism fits better with science fiction than Protestantism. The Jesuit priest/scientist is one of the most common types of religious characters in science fiction literature.
—Adherents.com: Some Catholic Demographics
John Philip Holland (Seán Pilib Ó hUallacháin / Ó Maolchalann) (29 February, 1840 – 2 August, 1914), Irish, engineer, inventor of the submarine.
He was fortunate that while in Cork he had an excellent science teacher in Brother Dominic Burke, a Limerickman. Brother Burke encouraged him in his designs for a submarine and as early as 1859 he completed his first drafts for a submarine design, a design he never radically changed.
Holland was convinced that naval warfare of the future would be run by the country that used submarines to steal close to the iron-clad battleships and attack at close range. In 1870, Jules Verne published a novel, “20,000 Leagues Under The Sea”, and an excited Holland persisted in turning a dream into reality.
—The Liscannor Man who invented the Sub
He was one of four brothers who may have been born in Liscannor, County Clare, Ireland to an Irish speaking mother, Máire Ní Scannláin, and John Holland, and learned English properly only when he attended the local English-speaking National School system and, from 1858, in the Christian Brothers in Ennistymon. Holland joined the Irish Christian Brothers in Limerick and taught in Limerick and many other centres in the country including North Monastery CBS in Cork City. Due to ill health, he left the Christian Brothers in 1873.
—John Philip Holland
He emigrated to the USA in 1873 and, after working as a schoolteacher in Paterson, New Jersey, began designing submarines.
After a number of failures, he succeeded with the Holland I, a tiny two-ton, petrol driven sub in 1877. From there he moved to bigger and better boats that formed the first fleets of the US, British, Japanese and Dutch navies. He died only a few months before the first ever sinking of a warship by a submarine with a torpedo at the opening of the first World War.
—A Little Bit of History - The Man from Clare
It is interesting to contrast the origin and character of Batman with that of rival Marvel Comics’ most popular character, Spider-Man (Peter Parker). These two super-heroes could hardly be farther apart in disposition. Effervescent Parker is the epitome of everyman humanity compared to the almost inhuman, some would say monstrous, spirit of vengeance the Batman has crafted himself into. Yet the tragic events which launched both characters onto the path of the hero (or vigilante) was remarkable similar: The murder of Peter Parker’s parental Uncle Ben and the murder of Bruce Wayne’s parents. If anything, Parker’s tragedy should have triggered far more guilt and obsession, as he was more directly culpable because he let the killer escape from an earlier crime when he could easily have stopped the man. Traditionally, young Bruce Wayne bears no such burden of guilt (although the movie Batman Begins introduced some small but unjustified childlike feelings of responsibility). In a literary sense, the difference between Parker’s homey Protestant upbringing and Batman’s Catholic background provides a plausible explanation for why such similar motivations produced such dissimilar results. (Of course, concepts such as Catholic guilt and Protestant commonness are often literary traditions or conventions more than real-world phenomena.)
From a psychological perspective, the traditional literary Catholic psyche provides a ready explanation for who Batman is on the inside. Privileged Episcopalianism, one of America’s most liberal denominations, deeply entrenched within and also defined by normative mainstream American culture, seems as wholly at odds with Batman’s persona as it is in keeping with Bruce Wayne’s.
Mother: Martha Wayne - Catholic
Father: Thomas Wayne - Episcopalian
—Religious Affiliation of Comic Book Characters: Batman
Dixon has openly identified himself as a Christian and has written explicitly religious comics in the past, such as Batman: The Chalice (2000), which overtly portrayed Batman as the latest in a long line of Christian champions charged with protecting a holy icon of Christ.
—Religious Affiliation of Comic Book Characters: Robin
BATMAN’S cry might now be “To the confessional, Robin!” after he was unmasked as a Catholic yesterday.
One of the legendary superhero’s writers made the startling revelation in an on-line interview with fans of the Caped Crusader.
Chuck Dixon, who writes Batman cartoon strips for DC Comics, said the brooding superhero’s massive guilt complex meant he had to be a Catholic.
In a debate on Christianity in comics, Dixon said he had discussed Batman’s religion with cartoonist Graham Nolan.
Dixon said: “Graham and I had an ongoing argument about whether Bruce Wayne was raised a Catholic or a Protestant.
"I recently conceded to Graham that he must be a Catholic. No Protestant ever suffered guilt the way Bruce does."
They based their theory on Batman’s enormous guilt, and equated that to the so-called Catholic guilt. Catholic guilt is the feeling of remorse, self-doubt, or personal responsibility that results when a Catholic or lapsed Catholic engages in sinful acts. Habitual obsessive guilt over trivial or imagined sins is the error of scrupulosity and is suspected to stem from complex problems, arising out of a feeling of repentance for sin and helplessness in solving the world’s problems.
Yesterday, Scottish Catholic Church spokesman Monsignor Tom Connelly said: “Batman is well-known for overcoming evil with good and that is what being a Catholic is all about.
"I just hope the angels continue to guide him in everything he does.
"Batman as a Catholic is not something the Catholic Church in Scotland has a problem with in any way."
Catholics of Japan: Samurai, Daimyo, Martyrs, Kakure Kirishitan
#1: Anjirō (アンジロー) or Yajirō (ヤジロー, ヤジロウ), later known as Paulo de Santa Fé, a samurai of Kagoshima.
#2: Takayama Tomoteru (高山友照) (1531–1596), a samurai of the Azuchi-Momoyama period.
#3: Ōmura Sumitada (大村 純忠, 1533 - June 23, 1587), Japanese daimyo lord of the Sengoku period.
#4: Dom Justo Takayama (1552 – February 4, 1615), kirishitan daimyo and samurai in the Sengoku period of Japan.
#5: Murayama Tōan Antonio (村山等安), a 17th-century Japanese Governor of the city of Nagasaki (Nagasaki daikan, 長崎代官).
#6: Arima Harunobu (有馬 晴信, 1567 – June 5, 1612), the second son and successor of Japanese daimyo Arima Yoshisada. (St Alphonsus Liguori wrote of his death.)
#7: Hasekura Rokuemon Tsunenaga (支倉六右衛門常長) (or Francisco Felipe Faxicura, as he was baptised in Spain) (1571 – 1622), samurai and retainer of Date Masamune, the daimyo of Sendai.
#8: Martyrdom of Paulo Uchibori and other faithful, led to Unsen to be tortured in the hot springs and thrown off cliffs.
#9: The 26 Martyrs of Nagasaki — click for links about the Hidden Christians, Kakure Kirishitan (隠れキリシタン).
#10: Takashi Nagai (永井隆 Nagai Takashi, February 3, 1908 Matsue – May 1, 1951, Nagasaki), a physician specialising in radiology, a convert to Catholicism, and a survivor of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki, Japan. His subsequent life of prayer and service earned him the affectionate title “saint of Urakami”.
#11: Shūsaku Endō (遠藤 周作 Endō Shūsaku, March 27, 1923–September 29, 1996), a renowned 20th century Japanese author.
#12: Teenage Ambassadors to Popes Gregory XIII & Sixtus V; Knights of the Golden Spur
#13: Catholic friars knelt and prayed after the nuclear bomb blast at Nagasaki.
#14: photos of modern-day Japanese Catholics in mantillas here.
The documentary opens on 1945 Hiroshima.
8 Jesuit priests living just 8 blocks from the blast site miraculously survived the atomic blast. Everyone else within a radius of roughly 1.5 kilometres was reportedly killed instantly, and those outside the range died of radiation within days. However, the only physical harm to Fr Shiffer was that he could feel a few pieces of glass in the back of his neck.
The priests have been examined over 200 times by scientists. Each time the priests repeated the same explanation for their survival:
”We believe that we survived because we were living the message of Fatima.”
Go to www.findingfatimadvd.com for more information.
Japanese Madonnas by Carmelite nuns.
Our Lady of Akita, pray for us.