Discouragement and keeping the faith in this time

With the synod going on in Rome and all of the disparaging reports coming out of it, I feel extremely discouraged. This is not like my usual self. On most days, I am joyful, eager to do God’s Will, and full of energy. The past few days have left me very worried and sick about the division among the cardinals. So instead of wasting all my time on worrying, I made a list of little phrases and thoughts to encourage me and keep me going. I would like to share them with you.

-Have courage!

-The Church has survived this far.

-Christ will not abandon His Bride and leave Her to the wolves.

-Fidelity…fides…faith…

-Be hopeful.

-There are still some who defend the Truth.

-“Christ will guard His own!” St. Agnes

-The bishops and the Holy Father may not have a solid plan of attack, but God does!

“Remember, I am with you always until the end of time.” Matthew 28:20

-Pray and fast, giving glory to God.

“…and the gates of Hell will not prevail against it.” Matthew 16:18

-Trust in God’s plan.

-“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding.” Proverbs 3:5

-Keep busy serving the Lord.

-“Even if I walk through the valley of the shadow of death…” Psalm 23:4

-Love beyond limits, imitating Christ.

-Thank God and praise Him for His goodness!

-Be a saint every minute of the day.

Also, this.

 

Saint Joseph the Worker

From Lives of the Saints:

   In an adress to the Catholic Association of Italian Workers, May 1, 1955, Pope Pius XII proclaimed May 1 (May Day) the feast of St. Joseph the Worker.  He thus imparted special religious significance to an observance that had been strictly secular – the proper feast of labor throughout the world – and one that had been used by the enemies of the Church to further their evil designs.

Henceforth, May Day is to be “a day of rejoicing for the concrete and progressive triumph of the Christian ideals of the great family of labor.  Acclaimed in this way by Christian workers and having received as it were a Christian baptism, the first of May,  far from being a stimulus for discord, hate and violence, is and will be a recurring invitation to modern society to accomplish that which is still lacking for social peace.”

Thus the humble carpenter of Nazareth, who was the support and guardian of the Divine Child and His Virgin Mother on earth, is now honored above all other men as the personification of the dignity of the manual laborer and the provident guardian of the worker’s family.

Also, here is my absolute favorite prayer to Saint Joseph, found in the year 50, and sent from the Pope to Emporer Charles shortly before a battle that took place in 1505:

O St. Joseph, whose protection is so great, so strong, so prompt before the throne of God, I place in thee all my interests and desires.  O St. Joseph, do assist me by thy powerful intercession and obtain for me from thy Divine Son all spiritual blessings, through Jesus Christ, our Lord; so that having engaged here below thy heavenly power, I may offer my thanksgiving and homage to the most loving of Fathers.  O St. Joseph, I never weary contemplating thee and Jesus asleep in thy arms.  I dare not approach while he reposes near thy heart.  Press him in my name and kiss His fine head for me and ask Him to return the kiss when I draw my dying breath. St. Joseph, Patron of departing souls, pray for us. Amen.

Now I know its not the feast of departed souls or anything, but the prayer is quite powerful, for following the prayer is this:

Whoever reads this prayer or hears it or carries it, will never die a sudden death, nor be drowned, nor shall poison take effect on them; neither shall they fall into the hands of the enemy, nor be burned in any fire, nor shall they be overpowered in battle.

Make this prayer known everywhere.

Cool, right? 😉

God bless!

We have a new pope!!!!!

To be perfectly honest, when I heard about the new pope, the first thing I thought of was the Veggietales movie Esther: the girl who became queen. I was thinking of the part when the announcer was on stage with her and after the king gives him the thumbs up, he says, “Oh, we have a new queen!”

Okay, so I’m not entirely sure why I thought of that, but moving on…………….;)

So here are a few firsts with Pope Francis: firstly, he’s the first pope ever to be named Francis (hey, at least he didn’t pick Peter the Roman). He is also the first pope from South America and the first Jesuit pope. In 2005, he received the second most votes in the conclave that elected our former pope Benedict XVI. Pope Francis is strongly pro-life and he denounced abortion as “a death sentence” for the unborn. He is known among the cardinals for his humility.  During his time as an archbishop in Argentina, he lived in a simple apartment, cooked his own meals, and took the bus to work! He upholds all of the Catholic Church’s teachings on homosexuality, gay “marriage”, and euthanasia, so now the liberal media can begin weeping over their lost chance to have a liberal pope……;)

Pope pic Let us pray for our pope, Francis I!

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Well, the Catholic blogosphere is going to get crazy with new posts about Pope Francis I. And why on earth he isn’t the Petrus Romanus that so many have been hoping for. And jokes about “Papa Frankie the First”. And blog posts like mine that are basically just re-reciting the facts…….

Yawn. 10:23 PM. Time for bed.

God bless everyone!