Patience Tuesday, Mar 31 2009 

"Patience is the virtue which makes us accept for love of God, generously and peacefully, everything that is displeasing to our nature, without allowing ourselves to be depressed by the sadness which easily comes over us when we meet with disagreeable things.

Only by fixing our glance on Jesus, the divinely patient One, can we learn to practise patience. When we see Him who came into the world to save us, living from the first moment of His early existence in want, privation, and poverty, and later in the midst of misunderstanding and persecution; when we see Him become the object of the hatred of His own fellow citizens, calumniated, doomed to death, betrayed by friend, and tried and condemed as a malefactor, our souls are stirred: we realize that we cannot be his disciples unless we follow the same road…" <a Divine Intimacy

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Look at what I found at the market for Passion Week Monday, Mar 30 2009 

We normally drink orange juice or milk for breakfast, but this week we will be drinking this instead:

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On veiling images and the veiling of women Monday, Mar 30 2009 

Traditional Latin Mass homily for Passiontide:

"Going back to the 3rd Century, today marks the beginning of “Passiontide”, a mini-season which begins with Passion Sunday. A very striking way this is demonstrated is the practice of covering or veiling the Crucifix, statues and holy pictures within the Church with violet/purple cloth – as asign of mourning. This practice originated in Rome, where the images in the papal chapel were veiled immediately after the deacon proclaimed today’s Gospel which conclude with the words, “Jesus hid Himself and went out of the temple.” (Jn 8:59) So the focus from today until Easter has traditionally been on the Sacred Passion of our Lord. With the exception of the veneration of the Crucifix on Good Friday, the sacred images wouldn’t be seen again until the celebration of our Lord’s Glorious Resurrection on Easter. Certainly, we could also cover the sacred images in our homes with purple cloth as a frequent stark reminder to focus on the passion of our Lord!

The traditional practice has always been that boys and men uncover their heads when entering the Church as a sign of humility and reverence to our Lord. St. Paul says that fathers and husbands – who are heads of their families – are to uncover their heads in Church to humble themselves before Christ, who is their head. Since the early Church, Religious sisters and nuns traditionally have worn a veil as part of their habit as a sign of humility and purity and to show that they have consecrated themselves to Christ, their spiritual spouse. Until recently it was the unbroken tradition of the Church, following the writings of St. Paul, that girls and women who are not religious, wear a chapel veil – also known by its Spanish name, mantilla– or some other dignified hat – whenever they entered a Catholic Church. St. Paul argues for the use of veils especially based on the order of creation and headship. Contrary to the feminist view, covering her hair does not mean a girl or woman is ashamed of her feminine beauty, but that, following the example of our Lord in the Gospel, during divine worship, she is covering her physical glory so that God ALONE may be glorified. Furthermore, the veil fittingly expresses the dignity of woman as a life-bearing vessel. The Church veils only the sacred, such as the tabernacle, ciborium, and the chalice in the 1st part of the Mass. These sacred vessels hold the Most Blessed Sacrament, which contains Life itself. Similarly, woman was created with the privilege of bearing human life. So men and women, though equal in dignity, are distinct and so show respect and love to God in different ways. For the Catholic girl or woman, the veil is a symbol of her unique feminine dignity as an adopted daughter of God the Father. So, the chapel veil, though now apparently optional like so many other venerable traditions of Holy Mother Church – such as the biretta, is still very fittingly worn by girls and woman whenever they enter in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament. Also some women profit from wearing a veil during other times of prayer at home, such as the Rosary or mental prayer. The veil can also encourage girls and women to imitate the perfect model for modesty, purity, and femininity – our Blessed Mother…"

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Unfortunately, right after covering Our Lady of Fatima, she fell and her face was shattered 😦

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The Value of Suffering Monday, Mar 30 2009 

"The Passion of Jesus teches us in a concrete way that in the Christian life we must be able to accept suffering for the love of God. This is a hard, repugnant lesson for our nature, which prefers pleasure and happiness; however, it comes from Jesus, the Teacher of truth and of life, the loving Teacher of our souls, who desires only our real good. If He commends suffering to us, it is because suffering contains a great treasure.

Suffering in itself is an evil and cannot be agreeable; if Jesus willed to embrace it in all its plenitude and if He offers it us, inviting us to esteem and love it, it is only in view of a superior good which cannot be attained by any other means- the sublime good of the redemption and the sanctification of our souls…" <a Divine Intimacy

Passion Fruit Cheesecake for Passion Sunday Sunday, Mar 29 2009 

Since the 3rd Century, today (5th Sunday in Lent) has been known as Passion Sunday. Today we will have passion fruit as our theme.

Passion Fruit Cheesecake

Ingredients:

Crust
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/4 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons nuts, finely chopped
6 ounces butter, melted

Cheesecake Filling
1 1/2 pound cream cheese
1 1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons corn starch
1/2 vanilla bean, scraped
3 eggs
3/4 cup sour cream
3/4 cup passion fruit puree.

Directions:

Make crust by combining dry ingredients in a large bowl. Melt butter and add to dry ingredients. Mix thoroughly. When incorporated, press evenly into nine-inch springform pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.Combine cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Add corn starch and blend. Add eggs and mix thoroughly, scraping the sides of the bowl. Add vanilla and sour cream. Mix until smooth and fold in passion fruit puree. Pour batter into a springform pan and bake at 300 degrees for approximately one hour and thirty minutes, or until set. Cool slowly and completely refrigerate for several hours.

Jesus Persecuted- the first Sunday of the Passion Sunday, Mar 29 2009 

"Today Passiontide begins, a time especially consecrated to the remembrance and
loving contemplation of the sorrows of Jesus. The veiled crucifix and statues, the absence of the Gloria Patri in the responsories of the Divine Office,- are all signs of mourning by which the Church commemorates Our Lord's Passion. Pope St. Leo exhorts us to participate "in the Cross of Christ, in order that we also may do something which will unite us to what He has done for
us, for as the Apostle says, 'if we suffer with Him we shall be glorified with Him.' " Therefore, we must not only meditate on Jesus' sufferings, but also take part in them; only by bearing His Passion in our heart and in our body (2 Cor 4, 10) shall we be able to share in its fruits." <a Divine Intimacy

This is so heartbreaking :-( Saturday, Mar 28 2009 

Please visit Let Them Be Little, and pray for this family. They lost their 8-month old baby boy last week, and are desperately grieving. HT: Shannon

Why do we cover our crucifixes and images with a purple cloth? Saturday, Mar 28 2009 

Here is what our priest said in his homily about why we cover images and crucifixes with purple cloth:

"Since the 3rd Century, today (5th Sunday in Lent) has been known as Passion Sunday. A very powerful way this was demonstrated was the practice of covering or veiling the Crucifix and all statues and holy pictures within the Church with violet/purple cloth. This practice originated in Rome, where the images in the papal chapel were veiled immediately after the deacon proclaimed the traditional Gospel passage, which concluded with the words, “Jesus hid Himself and went out of the temple.” (Jn 8:59) So the focus from today until Easter has traditionally been on the Sacred Passion of our Lord!  On Good Friday, the violet cloth is removed from the Crucifix so that the faithful may venerate it while the rest of the sacred images are again seen on Easter. Certainly, you could cover the sacred images in your homes with purple cloth as a stark reminder to focus on Lord’s Passion!"

"The veiling also symbolizes the fact that Christ's Divinity was hidden at the time of His Passion and death, the very essence of Passiontide." Fish Eaters

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Difficulties in Obedience Saturday, Mar 28 2009 

" My sweet Saviour, can I see You obedient to your creatures for love of me, and refuse to be obedient out of love for You to those who represent You? Can I see you obedient unto death, the death of the Cross, out of love for me, without lovingly embracing this virtue and the Cross on which You consummated it?" Divine Intimacy

Happy 13th birthday! Friday, Mar 27 2009 

Happy 13th birthday, Cecilia. We love you very much! We are so blessed to have you in our lives. May our Blessed Mother watch over you today and always.

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I forgot to buy candles, so we used our prayer candle instead : )

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