Saturday, September 26, 2009

Fresh Vegetable Juices-mmm good

"In order to regain and maintain the proper balance of health, most of the food we eat must contain live, vital, organic elements. These elements are found in fresh-raw vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds," "Fruit juices are the cleansers of the human system …Vegetable juices are the builders and regenerators of the body. They contain all the amino acids, minerals, salts, enzymes, and vitamins needed by the human body, provided that they are used fresh, raw, and without preservatives, and that they have been properly extracted from the vegetables."

Blessed Herman the Cripple, Monk (1013 - 1054)

Today, Sept. 25 is the feast of Blessed Hermann. Blessed Herman the Cripple was an 11th-century Benedictine monk from southern Germany.

Born deformed with a cleft palate, cerebral palsy, and spina bifida, Herman was cared for from age 7 by the Benedictine monks of the Reichenau abbey of Germany. He was professed as a monk there at age 20. Although he was bedridden and a speech impediment made him nearly impossible to understand, Herman was a genius, who studied and wrote on astronomy, theology, math, history, poetry, Arabic, Greek, and Latin. He also built astonomical equipment and musical instruments and was the most famous religious poet of his day. When he eventually became blind, Herman began writing hymns. His "Salve Regina," or "Hail Holy Queen," is the best known. Blessed Herman died at the age of 40 of causes related to his afflictions in 1054. He was beatified in 1863.

Lesson: Although Blessed Herman suffered much, he always smiled and was the joy of the monastery. He saw each trial as a deeper way to draw closer to God and nearer to His heavenly reward. Let us thank God for each trial He sends our way and view it as a means of purification, drawing us nearer to Him as we consecrate our hearts to His Holy Mother Mary, Our Life, Our Sweetness, and Our Hope.

Blessed Hermann, please pray for all those who suffer from physical afflictions, especially our unborn children.

Thursday, September 10, 2009


It would behoove the hierarchy of the Church (and the lay people) especially the bishops and cardinals to review and note well the following Sacred Scripture passages from Ezekiel (3:18-21)

If you say to the wicked man, "You shall surely die; and you do not warn him or speak out to dissuade him from his wicked conduct so that he may live: that wicked man shall die for his sin, but I will hold you responsible for his death." If, on the other hand, you have warned the wicked man, yet he has not turned away from his evil nor from his wicked conduct, then he shall die for his sin, but you shall save your life. If a virtuous man turns away from virtue and does wrong when I place a stumbling block before him, he shall die. He shall die for his sin, and his virtuous deeds shall not be remembered; but I will hold you responsible for his death if you did not warn him. When, on the other hand, you have warned a virtuous man not to sin, and he has in fact not sinned, he shall surely live because of the warning, and you shall save your own life."

As a wise priest says, "I am not going to hell for anyone."

To reprimand Senator Kennedy would not have been a harsh action, but a display of genuine pastoral care: care for the welfare of his eternal soul. And imagine the enormous good that might have been done, if Ted Kennedy had been persuaded to reverse his support for abortion!.
Sister Bryne of Washington, DC, remarked: "How wonderful it would have been if Ted Kennedy would have said publicly, that he was wrong on his lack of stance in protecting the many lives would have changed, maybe many in his own family and how many lives would be saved...I lament this the most. I pray for him and all who fail to see the preciousness of life from the womb to the tomb. No issue is more crucial in our Catholic faith than that of the sacredness of life."