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A few familiar words from the Mass stop guest-blogger Sean Miller in his tracks and lead to a reflection on the power and love of the Holy Spirit – especially for those in crisis pregnancies.
The Giver of Life
As Christians, we say the Creed every Sunday, and midway through the prayer we acknowledge the Holy Spirit as the Lord, the “Giver of Life.”
When we recite familiar prayers, it’s easy to say them by rote without thinking. But the “Giver of Life”! These words can stop us in our tracks, when we realize what they really mean.
God is so generous that He allows us to partake in the process of creation. We become co-creators with the Lord, sharing in the dignity of creating our very own children.
As a couple unites, they share an expression of their love that may bring forth fruit, a beautiful baby. And this process of creation — with the power of God — brings forth the creation of a soul, which is more precious to Him than all the stars of the universe. What an honor and what a deep responsibility!
This reality is often lost on modern man. And that perhaps is why he has also lost his reverence for life.
Life has become disposable. If somebody is inconvenient or looked on as a burden, then we take the liberty of simply discarding them. Is life so cheap? Can we just get rid of somebody because we don’t want to be bothered with their needs?
If so, what has become of us? For a country with some of the finest educational institutions in the world, it seems as if we’ve lost our minds collectively as a society. Have we become so smart that we’re stupid?
Well, maybe stupid is too harsh, but selfish seems to fit. We are the “me” generation, and we want what we want when we want it. And I think that mentality is what has led us so far from the human touch, the times when people seemed to genuinely care for one another.
What happened? Why is there such a deep hatred running through society? Perhaps we need to implore the Holy Spirit more fervently to replace the fire of hatred with the fire of His love — the true fire that will transform the entire world.
The Lord not only wants to give us life, but to give it to us abundantly. This requires trust, which can be scary at times.
But the Holy Spirit reminds us that the Lord will not give us more than we can handle, that he will strengthen us to do whatever He inspires us to do. We only need to call upon Him so that our despair can be turned to hope and our eyes will be opened to see the beauty of the gift of life.
For the Lord is the giver of all good things. Let us remind every woman who finds herself pregnant and discouraged that the Lord, the Giver of Life, will embrace her with His love and His promise to hold her and her precious little baby in the palm of His hand for all eternity.
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It’s still not too late to make a New Year’s resolution! Here guest blogger Sean Miller describes his plan for 2014 — and beyond.
The Solution to Resolutions
Many times when we’re really motivated to get something done we tend to overlook the very tools we need to accomplish our goal. And one of the most fundamental and obvious things that somehow gets lost in our enthusiasm is this: to remember to include God in our endeavors.
I’ve made this mistake countless times — going forward with my own agenda without ever seeking direction from God. I felt that I had it all together, and perhaps I would talk to God about it at a later date … and that’s just what I end up doing, usually after things are falling apart in my hands.
But in hindsight, it was clear that the heartache or difficulty I went through was caused by my own stubbornness. Eating “humble pie” is no fun, but the lesson surely leaves its mark on your soul. So I’ve resolved that from now on, instead of running off aimlessly with my own ideas, I’m going to include God before the adventure starts, so that it won’t turn out to be a disaster.
But how can I effectively do this on a daily basis? How can I make it work? Continue reading
The prayers seek to end abortion and all offenses against the dignity of the human person, to make reparation for these sins, and to help heal those who are suffering.
In Rockland services will be held at:
St. Francis of Assisi in West Nyack
Dec. 8, 9 p.m. until midnight, with closing mass at midnight
St. Gregory Barbarigo in Garnerville
Dec. 8-9, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. in the Adoration chapel
When the Catholic Church had an abundance of vocations it sent out missionaries throughout the world.
But the Church knew that prayer must come before action. So in her wisdom she arranged for religious orders that had a special charism for prayer — holy monks and nuns in the monasteries and cloisters — to pray earnestly for the the missions.
In this way, the souls of the people the missionaries would come in contact with would be well prepared to receive the graces God offers. This is similar to what happens in our own lives when we seek out God‘s guidance through prayer, which will lead us to the action we need to take next. Continue reading
Rather, it’s a daily commitment that rises from our belief in the sacredness of life, the dignity of every human being. It leads us along a path of service toward others, especially the most vulnerable and those most in need. It causes us to become involved, to share, to pray, and to stand up and speak out when necessary.
Yet the month of October — Respect Life Month — is a special time to deepen our insight of what being prolife is all about. It’s highlighted by liturgies in our churches and observances in the public square. We gather in prayer services and protests, we join in discussions and song.
We’re drawn to events that bring us together because it’s with others that we find our strength. By sharing the sorrows, the uncertainties, the joys, and the exhilaration of the prolife mission we find the place where the courage comes from, and the hope, and the inspiration to keep on going in the year to come.
Will you join us? Here is a short list of some of the events going on in and around Rockland during Respect Life Month 2013. Please select one (or several) that seem right for you — and come! You’ll be glad you did!
More information about each event will be appearing on this site as we get closer to the date. So please check back. If your group or church is doing anything for Respect Life month, please let us know so we can post it on this site and pass the word along. Email: RocklandRTL@optonline.net.
The 237th birthday of America began with exposition of the Most Blessed Sacrament by newly ordained hometown friend, Father Kenny Riello.
Father Kenny is such a blessing to the pro-life community and we are so grateful for his presence, especially in the sacrament of Confession.
Fifty plus people from all ethnic backgrounds and ages came to pray directly to Jesus for an America that is placed under God’s protection by obeying God’s Laws.
At 11:15 AM we began the Most Holy Rosary and there were about 100 people praying the Luminous Mysteries, the decades given by Blessed John Paul II to the Roman Catholic Church.
At 12 Noon, there were hundreds of people participating in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.
Our celebrants were Father Brendan Gormley and Father Kenny Riello (Father Nicholas Callahan was stuck in horrendous traffic but with us in prayer)
Father Brendan spoke of an America that is free and that freedom comes with choices and it is our Godly choices that truly set us free.
God is a loving and merciful God who can heal our America just as he healed the paralytic man in today’s Gospel: Matthew 9:1-8
“When Jesus saw their faith he said to the paralytic, “Courage, child, your sins are forgiven.”
Special thanks to our lector: Richard Bruno, founder of Our Lady of Guadalupe Rosarians.
Just before the final blessing, Father Brendan went before the statue of Mary Help of Christians and prayed the 5th Decade of the Glorious Mysteries of the Most Holy Rosary- Mary is Crowned Queen of Heaven and Earth!
To Jesus through Mary we beg our America to be a country that respects and obeys the Laws of God.
Special thanks to Peggy Beirne , Monica Peterson-St. John, and Maryann and Peter Partridge.
We in PRO-LIFE Rockland County are filled with thankful hearts.
“A Morning of Prayer for America,” organized by the Rockland County Catholic Coalition, was held today at the Marian Shrine in Stony Point.
The services began with the Exposition of Blessed Sacrament and concluded with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, celebrated by Fr. Brendan Gormley, of St. Barnabas in the Bronx.
Fr. Brendan formerly served in St. Paul’s in Congers and was very active in the prolife movement in Rockland County.
In his Independence Day homily, Fr. Brendan spoke of the two gifts of God that are also cherished American values — the right to life and the right to be free. He said that the freedom to choose and decide is truly a gift that makes us human, but that real freedom lies in choosing what we ought to do and not merely what we want to do. Continue reading
“This kind of (of evil) cannot be driven out by anything but prayer.”
— Mark 9:29 [RSV]
In the final weeks of this legislative session (which ends on June 20), we expect pro-abortion forces to push to bring the bill to radically expand abortion in NY to the Senate floor for a vote.
At this time, several local churches have planned vigils and services to ask for God’s intercession against this newest threat to the unborn and to pray for a restoration of the culture of life in our state. Everyone is welcome. Please try to attend one of them and spend some time in prayer.
Holy Hour for Life
Friday, June 7
6 to 7 pm, St. John’s Church, Piermont
Pray for Life — First Friday with the Lord
Friday, June 7
7:30 to 10:30 pm*, St. Ann’s Church, Nyack
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament at 7:30 pm and ending with Benediction at 10:30 pm *Note time change
Monday, June 3
7:30 pm, St. Aedan’s Church, Pearl River
Celebrant will be Msgr. Emmet R. Nevin of St. Catherine’s in Blauvelt
Sponsored by the Rockland County Prolife Vicariate, every first Monday
Rosary for Life
Saturday, June 1
5 pm, St. Mary of the Assumption Church, Haverstraw
Just prior to 5:30 Mass on Saturday
for protection from the abortion expansion act
Prayer for Life
Friday, May 31
1 to 7 pm, Sacred Heart Church, Suffern
Adoration from 1 pm to 7 pm with a Holy Hour at 7 pm.