Overheard from the Playroom: Babies in Mommy’s Belly

At the daycare center where I work, there are several moms who are pregnant.  You can tell which class their older kids are in based on if the children in the class have any idea why their bellies are expanding.

Cute things I have heard:

“Did you swallow the baby?”

 

Girl: “How do mommies get babies in their belly?”

Boy: “Mommies get married to daddies and they decide to have babies.  It is really simple.”

 

“How old is the baby when it is born?”

 

“Do you get to choose a boy?”

 

Boy: “My mommy says the baby is a girl, but I think it is a boy because he likes kicking me.”

 

“Will the baby look like my dolly when it is born?”

Now, I work in the Infant room, so none of my parents are currently expecting.  Sometimes I will go into an older room for naps or until they get into ratio.  I am amazed at how candid children are about asking why bellies are growing, but I am always impressed when other children have the correct answer.

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Daydreaming about the Election

Once again, I found something interesting about the election.  The blog, Carrots for Michaelmas, has a post about the ideal political candidate.  The post is honest – our nation is in trouble.

There is absolutely no respect for life in our society.  This is evident by the riots and killings happening every single day. This is evident by the questionable wars and practices that our government is involved in.  This is evident by the increasing desensitization that society is forcing on us toward euthanasia.

Without even looking at policies on marriage, we cannot even seem to understand the principles of Natural Law regarding life.  Can we not agree to some basic principles regarding human life? From the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy:

According to Aquinas, all human actions are governed by a general principle or precept that is foundational to and necessary for all practical reasoning: good is to be done and evil is to be avoided. This principle is not something we can ignore or defy. Rather, it is an expression of how practical thought and action proceed in creatures such as ourselves. Whenever we deliberate about how we should act, we do so by virtue of a natural inclination to pursue (or avoid) those goods (or evils) that contribute to (or deter us from) our perfection as human beings. The goods for which we have a natural inclination include life, the procreation and education of offspring, knowledge, and a civil social order (ST IaIIae 94.2). Whether there are additional goods that are emblematic of the natural law will depend on whether they in fact contribute to our rational perfection.

The list of basic believes that the political unicorn holds include the dignity of the human person and protection of life.  This most fundamental aspect of philosophy and of ethics.  So, why can’t we agree that the value and protection of true human dignity and life is central to our success as a nation?

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Just a Family Dinner?

I remember being at a Catholic youth conference and becoming upset because one of the teen-speakers called the Mass “a family dinner”.  I went to one of the youth leaders of my group and stated that I was upset that the mystery had been taken away from the Holy Mass.  She, being a neocon Catholic herself, agreed that the Mass was a family dinner and that was the mystery.  After all, God did not have to make us his family.

There is truth there — God did not have to save us from sin nor make us His children through Holy Baptism.  The redemptive act of the cross did not have to happen.  God had mercy on His creatures and willed that it should happen.  He willed that we all be given the chance at being obedient, echoing Mary’s fiat.

The Mass is about the redemptive act of Calvary.  The Last Supper is about a sacrifice.  How many family dinners have you gone to that the head of the family gives his flesh and blood for food and drink, that he offers his body and life in sacrifice?  Yes, that is not what happens at a family dinner.  That is what happens at the Mass.  The Mass is the mystical unbloody sacrifice of Calvary.  It should not be reduced to something profane or anthropocentric.

It isn’t about us.  It is about the worship of God.

What brings up this rant? I came across a post which discusses the practice of Ad Orientum, the priest facing the East and leading the people in the sacrifice.  The post was in response to a very narrow idea that Ad Orientum is nothing more than the priest having his back toward the people.  This is simply not the case.  I liked the response of the post:

The celebrant does not turn his back to the people; he turns to face the Father as they do, in solidarity with them and acting in the person of Christ the Head. However, if he views the altar as firstly a table, then his anthropocentric understanding of Eucharistic worship is not so surprising.

The Roman Catechism, also known as the Catechism of the Council of Trent, states the following regarding the Holy Mass as a True Sacrifice:

Proof From The Council Of Trent

With regard to the institution of this Sacrifice, the holy Council of Trent has left no room for doubt, by declaring that it was instituted by our Lord at His Last Supper; while it condemns under anathema all those who assert that in it is not offered to God a true and proper Sacrifice; or that to offer means nothing else than that Christ is given as our spiritual food.

Nor did (the Council) omit carefully to explain that to God alone is offered this Sacrifice. For although the Church sometimes offers Masses in honour and in memory of the Saints, yet she teaches that the Sacrifice is offered, not to them, but to God alone, who has crowned the Saints with immortal glory. Hence the priest never says: I offer Sacrifice to thee Peter, or to thee Paul; but, while he offers Sacrifice to God alone, he renders Him thanks for the signal victory won by the blessed martyrs, and thus implores their patronage, that they, whose memory we celebrate on earth, may vouchsafe to intercede for us in heaven.”

 

Proof From Scripture

This doctrine, handed down by the Catholic Church, concerning the truth of this Sacrifice, she received from the words of our Lord, when, on that last night, committing to His Apostles these same sacred mysteries, He said: Do this for a commemoration of me; for then, as was defined by the holy Council, He ordained them priests, and commanded that they and their successors in the priestly office, should immolate and offer His body.

Of this the words of the Apostle to the Corinthians also afford a sufficient proof: You cannot drink the chalice of the Lord, and the chalice of devils: you cannot be partakers of the table of the Lord and of the? table of devils. As then by the table of devils must be understood the altar on which sacrifice was offered to them; so also – if the conclusion proposed to himself by the Apostle is to be legitimately drawn — by the table of the Lord can be understood nothing else than the altar on which Sacrifice was offered to the Lord.

Should we look for figures and prophecies of this Sacrifice in the Old Testament, in the first place Malachy most clearly prophesied thereof in these words: From the rising of the sun even to the going down, my name is great among the Gentiles, and in every place there is sacrifice, and there is offered to my name a clean oblation: for my name is great among the Gentiles, saith the Lord of hosts.

Moreover, this victim was foretold, as well before as after the promulgation of the Law, by various kinds of sacrifices; for this victim alone, as the perfection and completion of all, comprises all the blessings which were signified by the other sacrifices. In nothing, however, do we behold a more lively image of the Eucharistic Sacrifice than in that of Melchisedech; for the Saviour Himself offered to God the Father, at His Last Supper, His body and blood, under the appearances of bread and wine, declaring that He was constituted a priest for ever, after the order of Melchisedech.

Again, my family dinners are not sacrificial in nature.  It is not a family dinner – it is a mystery and a sacrifice.  It is rendering to God what belongs to Him.

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Abortions

My poor sisters who are of working age have encountered the prevalence of abortion among young women their age.  One of my sisters takes the utter disrespect for life very personally, as she lost her baby.  A loved child.  It is hard to imagine that anyone could be so reckless in the first place to get pregnant if they are not willing to deal with the consequence of sexual activity.

It isn’t a surprise how a woman gets pregnant.  In our society, we are inundated with information on sexual intercourse and “safe sex” practices.  Condoms, artificial contraception, and other forms of preventing pregnancy exists and are increasingly easy to get ahold of.  There are classes in high school that touch on sexual education.  These children, young women, know what causes pregnancy.  The fact that they are even getting pregnant, aside from being a result of promiscuous behavior, is a result of recklessness.

My sisters called me both times they learned of their coworkers’ abortions.  What disgusted them the most was that it is so seeped into our society that these young women felt no shame.  They wanted sympathy that they didn’t feel well.  My sisters were mostly upset, however, that these young women felt they had no other choice.  That abortion was the natural decision.  It isn’t.

Our bodies are designed to have children.  Our bodies are designed to carry a fetus to term and give birth to a living child.  Our bodies prepare for this honor monthly.  So, of course, so long as we are healthy, if we engage in a creative act, we might end up creating a child.  It is not natural to end this process.  It is not a natural decision.  It shouldn’t be nonchalant.  These young women shouldn’t feel as if this is nothing more than getting a tooth pulled.  Even if a young woman chooses to have an abortion, she should realized the utter weight of that decision.  It should not be an easy decision.

Abortion is against natural law.  That is the principles which come from our very nature.  Life and the process of creating life belong to natural law.  You do not have to be religious to realize this.

I feel terrible for all those women who desire children and cannot have them.  I was skimming through pinterest and saw a picture that said, “For every woman who complains about her stretch marks, there is one who wishes that she could have them.”  I feel terrible for those women who, for a variety of reasons, lost a child.

I feel terrible that my sisters have encountered this at such young ages.  It breaks my heart.

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St. Jude, The Intercessor for Impossible Causes

St. Jude was the cousin of Our Lord and Savior.  He is one of the early Christian martyrs and the author of the Epistle in the New Testament bearing his name.  He is known as the Intercessor for Impossible Causes.  He is there to prevent despair.

When in times of need, it is important to remember that we have a multitude of friends – heavenly helpers – who are more than willing to intercede on our behalf.  If you have an impossible cause, perhaps a Novena to St. Jude is in order.

 

Blessed be the Sacred Heart of Jesus
Blessed be the Immaculate Heart of Mary
Blessed be St. Jude Thaddeus, in all the world and for all Eternity.

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Another Political Piece

A sermon on the Christian Obligation to “vote & limit evil”.

Your conscience as your guide can only work if your conscience is formed correctly.  Many people do not truly have well formed consciences.  We need to be sure that we live our lives in line with our Faith.  Our Faith is not something to be ignored or only practiced at home.  It should illuminate every aspect of our lives.

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Carmelites of Compiegne

Martyrs for the glory of God.  Their blood marked the end of the reign of terror.  France has a both glories of Christendom and the blood of martyrs.

Veni, creator Spiritus,mentes tuorum visita,imple superna gratia,quae tu creasti, pectora.

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Happy Feast of Our Lady of the Snows

Today was supposed to be my wedding day.  My wedding day was pushed back due to paperwork until November 7th.  Today is my sister’s birthday.  It is also the Feast of Our Lady of the Snows, also known as the dedication of St. Mary Major.

I love snowflakes.  I also love Marian feasts.  I remember, two long years ago in late July, sitting in my car and looking at the dates in August that were Marian in nature.  I was texting my now-husband and we were discussing potential wedding dates.  We decided that we liked the dedication of St. Mary Major because it was a Marian feast and it was in the middle of the week.  I asked my little sister and she absolutely loved the idea of having a birthday cake at my wedding.  She told me it would keep me humble.

Today, my sister is twelve years old.  Her middle name, like all the girls in my family, is Marie.  She is spunky and sly.  My sister was born on August 5th.  She loves that her birthday is a miraculous feast.  When deciding where to build a basilica for Our Lady in Rome, they asked for a sign from heaven.  It snowed, in August, on the place that Our Lady’s Church was to be built.  Snow in August.

I love this feast day.  I am glad I have a good reason to celebrate it.  Although, something tells me I would celebrate it even without my sister.

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Daily Offering

Daily Offerings are excellent ways to start one’s day.  It places one in the presence of God and sets up all actions – joyful and sacrificial – to be for the greater glory of God.  A good daily offering offers our personal intentions alongside those of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, through the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.

A daily offering is also an excellent time to state our intention of gaining all indulgences attached to the actions and prayers we perform that day.  It gives us a moment to pray for the intentions of the Holy Father.  This allows us to gain many graces through living our everyday lives – similar to the Little Way of St. Therese.  We do simple things, but all for Our Lord.

The daily offering I use was given to me from one of my seminarian friends, who learned it at the seminary:

O Jesus, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I offer Thee my prayers, works, joys, and sufferings of this day for all the intentions of Thy Sacred Heart, in union with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass throughout the world, in thanksgiving for Thy favors, in reparation for my sins, and in humble supplication for my temporal and eternal welfare, for the conversion of sinners, for the Holy Catholic Church, and for the relief of the poor souls in Purgatory.

I wish to gain all the indulgences attached to the prayers I shall say and the good works I shall perform this day.  Lord Jesus, give me a contrite and humble heart. Jesus, I am Thine and all I have is Thine through Mary, Thy most Holy Mother. Amen.

Then, prayer an Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be for the intentions and wellbeing of the Holy Father.  This is kind of like starting your day off by exercising or eating a wholesome breakfast.  It sets you up for a good day, spiritually speaking.

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Preparing for Martyrdom

“When I return, will I find faith?”

If Our Lord returned today, would He find faith?

Do we live as we believe? Are we willing to die for the Faith?

We are in a time where we must be prepared to defend our faith.

If we are not willing to defend our faith under mild persecution, will we really be willing to die for our faith?  Will we really be able face Our Lord and say, “Here I am, Lord, your faithful servant”? If we do not courageously defend the faith, can we say that Our Lord will find faith upon his return?

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