Photo Caption Contest III – Saturday Report

After a long wait, it is now time for another Men of Emmaus photo caption contest. As before, the goal is to write the best caption for this photo:

The caption should be one sentence, respectful, but fun. The contest began last Tuesday at 7:40 P.M. and will end August 3rd at 11:59 P.M. The just judge of my household (that would be my better half!) will decide the winner. As before, the winner will take home a hand-made Rosary suitable for unceasing prayer!

The entries:

(1) “It was a dark and stormy night….”

(2) “I am ready to fly this plane now!”

photo credit: http://img.timeinc.net/time/photoessays/2009/pope_africa/pope_05.jpg

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The Marriage Triangle

Fr. Peffley, again!

I have always found this quite interesting. If one spouse is moving toward God and the other isn’t, they are growing apart. Also, it is possible for them to move toward each other, but further from God weakening the marriage. If we are called to love our spouses as Christ loved us, then to fulfill that call, we need God’s grace. The only way a marriage can ‘work’ then is for both spouses to move together toward Him.

What do you think? Share your thoughts and experiences in the comments.

What Do You Lose When You Miss One Holy Communion?

When You Miss One Holy Communion

It is well for you to consider what you lose every time that you pass up Holy Communion.

1. You miss a personal visit with Jesus, Author of all spiritual energy and of all holiness;

2. You lose a special increase of sanctifying grace, which makes your soul more pleasing to God;

3. You lose a quota of sacramental grace which entitles you to special help in times of temptation and in the discharge of your daily duties;

4. You lose a precious opportunity of having all of your venial sins wiped away;

5. You miss the special preserving influence which each Holy Communion confers against the fires of passion;

6. You miss the opportunity of having remitted a part, or all, of the temporal punishments due to your sins;

7. You lose the spiritual joy, the sweetness and particular comfort that come from a fervent Holy Communion;

8. You lose a part of the glory that your body might enjoy at its resurrection on the Last Day;

9. You lose the greater degree of glory you would possess in Heaven for all eternity;

10. You may lose: a) complete victory over some fault or passion; b) some particular grace long prayed for; c) the conversion or salvation of some soul; d) deliverance of a relative or friend from Purgatory; e) many graces for others, both the living and the dead.

Will a few extra minutes of sleep repay you for all these losses?

What riches hundreds of thousands of Catholics deprive themselves daily by neglecting Mass. It in itself is the best preparation for Holy Communion. At the hour of death our greatest consolation will be the Masses we have heard and the Holy Communions received.

With Ecclesiastical Approval
Chicago, December 6, 1940

This was found on Fr. Francis Peffley’s website. Fr. Peffley is a priest in the Diocese of Arlington.

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Catholic Believe It Or Not

You be the judge.

Location: Lanciano
Who: A priest struggling with his belief in the Real Presence
When: Consecration
Year: In the year of Our Lord 8th Century

What happened:

Ancient Anxanum, the city of the Frentanese, has contained for over twelve centuries the first and greatest Eucharistic Miracle of the Catholic Church. This wondrous Event took place in the 8th century A.D. in the little Church of St. Legontian, as a divine response to a Basilian monk’s doubt about Jesus’ Real Presence in the Eucharist.

During Holy Mass, after the two-fold consecration, the host was changed into live Flesh and the wine was changed into live Blood, which coagulated into five globules, irregular and differing in shape and size.

The Host-Flesh, as can be very distinctly observed today, has the same dimensions as the large host used today in the Latin church; it is light brown and appears rose-colored when lighted from the back.

The Blood is coagulated and has an earthy color resembling the yellow of ochre.

What does empirical science say?

The analyses were conducted with absolute and unquestionable scientific precision and they were documented with a series of microscopic photographs.
These analyses sustained the following conclusions:

The Flesh is real Flesh. The Blood is real Blood.

The Flesh and the Blood belong to the human species.

The Flesh consists of the muscular tissue of the heart.

In the Flesh we see present in section: the myocardium, the endocardium, the vagus nerve and also the left ventricle of the heart for the large thickness of the myocardium.

The Flesh is a “HEART” complete in its essential structure.

The Flesh and the Blood have the same blood-type: AB (Blood-type identical to that which Prof. Baima Bollone uncovered in the Holy Shroud of Turin).

In the Blood there were found proteins in the same normal proportions (percentage-wise) as are found in the sero-proteic make-up of the fresh normal blood.

In the Blood there were also found these minerals: chlorides, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium, sodium and calcium.

The preservation of the Flesh and of the Blood, which were left in their natural state for twelve centuries and exposed to the action of atmospheric and biological agents, remains an extraordinary phenomenon.

Is Seeing Believing or is Believing Seeing?

Fig. 1 – Eosine x 200. Overall histological aspect of a Flesh sample with fibers collected in bundles with longitudinal orientation as it occurs in the outer surface layers of the heart.

Fig. 2 – Miracle Heart in Lanciano. Mallory x 250. An artery and, very close, a branch of the vagal nerve.

Fig. 3 – Miracle Heart in Lanciano. Mallory x 400. Evidence of the “Rough” aspect of the endocardium; the syncytoid structure of the myocardial tissue

Fig. 4 – Elution-absorption test x 80. Above: Hemagglutination test on blood sample in Lanciano: on the left, anti A serum used; on the right, anti-B serum. Below: hemoagglutination test on a Flesh sample in Lanciano: left, with anti-A serum, right,with anti-B serum. It appears thus that the Flesh and the Blood in Lanciano belong to AB blood group.

Fig. 5 – Electro-phoretic pattern of Blood proteins (Cromoscan photometer). The profile of serum fractions is normal and superimposable to that of a fresh serum sample

Always remember that a much greater miracle happened at the Easter Vigil Mass this year and happens every single day thousands of times across the world.

 

SFA Wolfpack Golf Tournament!

SFA family,

I need to ask a favor of each of you to consider taking part in or at a minimum, pass along the attached flyers to people you do know that play golf and would not mind contributing to the success of your sons football program.

The annual SFA golf tournament is scheduled for September 20th at Redgate golf course. This is large contributor to the financial success of our program and we need to obtain both sponsors ($250) as well as players. I am the chairman for this activity this year and will be willing to assist you in any way to make this successful. The attached documents contain all the details.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call me.

James M. McClernon
202-369-3833

“Come away by yourself to a deserted place, and rest a while.” Mark 6:31

Men’s Retreat

September 24 – 26, 2010

Our Lady of Bethesda Retreat Center
7007 Bradley Boulevard
Bethesda MD 20817

Retreats will be based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola. They include guided meditations, private reflections, Mass, opportunities for confession and spiritual direction. Check in is 4:00 p.m. Friday, followed by Mass and Dinner. The retreat ends at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. You will have your own private room with a half bath and dorm-style showers on each floor.

Please contact Anastacia Wooden, Chair of Adult Faith Formation at St. Francis of Assisi, for more information, (301) 987-9443, swooden4@verizon.net.

Sponsored by St. Francis of Assisi Adult Faith Formation Committee

 

Photo Caption Contest III (UPDATED) !

After a long wait, it is now time for another Men of Emmaus photo caption contest. As before, the goal is to write the best caption for this photo:

The caption should be one sentence, respectful, but fun. The contest begins today at 7:40 P.M. and will end August 3rd at 11:59 P.M. The just judge of my household (that would be my better half!) will decide the winner. As before, the winner will take home a hand-made Rosary suitable for unceasing prayer!

The first entry:

(1) “It was a dark and stormy night….”

photo credit: http://img.timeinc.net/time/photoessays/2009/pope_africa/pope_05.jpg