Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Evangelism of the trenches

Here is Peter Kreeft's conversion story from Protestantism to a Catholicism.


He tells us that since converting, he has felt it to be his vocation to build bridges between Catholics and non-Catholics. He was also a signer to the Evangelicals and Catholic Together Statement and supports it very strongly. (I'd never heard of this stattement before. Here it is: Evangelicals & Catholics Together: The Christian Mission in the Third Millennium)

This is some of what Kreeft says on this.

"The divisions that exist now are very different than they were 50 years ago when I became a Catholic. The divisions now are far less important now, even though they still exist. That's because we face a common enemy. A culture of death. A society that is becoming increasingly anti-Christian. Whether Mary was assumed into Heaven is pretty important but what's really important is whether Jesus rose from the dead.

The common enemy that we face is doing exactly the opposite of what the devil wants us to do, namely dividing us. They are uniting us, in profound ways sometimes. Common action against a common evil like abortion has united Protestants and Catholics in their hearts and in their works even though not in their heads."

Kreeft tells of a story that he's not sure is literally true or not.

"In the early days of the pro-life movement The Catholics and southern Baptists were protesting at an abortion clinic. They went into the bubble zone and were all thrown into jail together for not observing the bubble zone. They shared a common jail cell. 24 of them. That night they didn't sleep. They prayed and sang hymns together all night. In the morning when they were released, the Baptists went home and asked their families why don’t we love Mary like the Catholics do? And the Catholics went home and asked their families if they accept Jesus Christ as their personal Savior?"

Now that's Evangelism of the trenches."

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Angels singing

I have always loved the sound of crickets. They start sometime in mid summer and go until sometime in the fall.

Their song has always made me feel good somehow, and safe. And now I know why.

Today I discovered an awesome audio of the sound of crickets. With their song slowed way down. It is amazing. I think that crickets may be the sound of a heavenly host singing. Pretty sure.


Sunday, October 13, 2013

Thank you God

Here is Deacon Will's beautiful homily at Mass this morning. He tells us that the origins of Canada's Thanksgiving actually predates the American Thanksgiving.
He also tells us a touching story of a whale who was thankful for being rescued.

I have so many things to be thankful for.

Thanks to God for family and friends, for those who were with us yesterday, and those who weren't.

Thanks for the birds who feed in our yard.

Thanks for the deer who live in the woods at our cabin.

Thanks for the fences that adorn Canada's roads.

Thanks for the candles from my beautiful sister Paula, molded from clay.

Thanks for the yummy pumpkin cheesecake made by my youngest sister Barb. And thanks to God for saving most of it from drowning in the sink when I dropped it.

Thank you God, for all of this, and for everything else. I am truly blessed.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Christmas Nativity sets

My sister Paula makes these adorable, hand-made clay Nativity Set Miniatures and sells them.

They can be purchased here. Each one is unique and are made with coloured clay. They are very beautiful and quite small (fit in your hand). Dimensions are given at the link.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Guardian Angels are our best friend

Today Fr. Charles Orchard spoke on our Guardian Angels is his homily on this feast day of the Holy Guardian Angels.

Fr. Charles told us that our Guardian Angel is our best friend and that they can unite their prayers with our prayers and present them to God.

Sorry I couldn't embed the video again:


A while ago I listened to Peter Kreeft's excellent talk on angels here based on Thomas Aquinas.