Saturday, December 12, 2009

Continued Prayers

Please continue to pray for our brothers injured in the car accident. Two of them have had extensive surgery and one still remains unconscious. We are praying to Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha for a miraculous healing and recovery.

Prayer for the Canonization of Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha

O God, who among the many

marvels of your grace in the New

World did cause to blossom on

the banks of the Mohawk and the

St. Lawrence the pure and tender

lily, Kateri Tekakwitha grant, we

beseech you, the favor we beg

through her intercession, that this

young lover of Jesus will soon be

counted among her Saints by

Holy Mother Church, and that our

hearts may be enkindled with a

stronger desire to imitate her

innocence and faith.

Through the same Christ Our Lord, Amen.


Thank you very much for your concern and prayers-



Saturday December 12th

Happy Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patroness of the Americas and the Unborn. May she help us bring about the Culture of Life. We need it.

Here is the latest video from Lila Rose, the young woman who does undercover work to expose the lies of Planned Parenthood. Wow, really shocking. Visit Lila's site at www.liveaction.org

Sunday, December 06, 2009

Prayers Needed

On behalf of our SOLT Community in the United States, we would like to ask for your prayers for 4 of our members who were in a serious car accident yesterday. Please pray for Fr. Scott, Br. Duran, Br. Patrick and Br. Adee. 3 of the 4 young men were seriously injured and one of the brothers was life-flighted to Denver and remains unconscious and in critical condition. Our hearts are united with them at this time and for those doctors and community members who are caring for them.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Happy Advent

A very Happy and Blessed Advent to you and your family. May this Advent season bring you closer to Jesus and Mary and may you come to know God as a Father who keeps His promises.

We are praying for you!

Monday, November 02, 2009

A change of heart

Wow, here is really moving article about a Planned Parenthood worker who had a conversion after watching an ultrasound of what really happens during an abortion. God bless her.

We also pray for all those who have died on this Feast of All Souls. We pray all the souls whom God has ever created. Most of humanity is deceased, we are the rare few who walk the face of the earth at this time in history. We also remember in a special way deceased priests. May they be brought into the fullness of Love and may they all rest in peace.

Sunday, November 01, 2009

Eduardo Verastegui makes new short film

If you haven't checked out the new short film by Eduardo Verastegui entitled
"The Butterfly Circus" you can see it here.
It was the GRAND PRIZE WINNER of the 2009 Doorpost Film Project. Very moving and a really true message of the power of healing and redemption- loved it! Check it out!

Making the world more beautiful

I was graced with the opportunity of seeing the concert pianist Lang Lang this afternoon. He was performing downtown and someone graciously offered a ticket to go and so off I went.

As I sat there listening the music of Beethoven, words really can't described how beautiful it was. Simply amazing. The really cool part for me though was watching Lang Lang play. This young man seems to be transported somewhere else within himself as he plays. He sits there in his sharp, black tailored suit, and listens to the orchestra, not just with his ears, waiting for his cue to enter, but with his whole body, seemingly lost in the beauty of the banquet of sound.

He plays so lightly with his hands, the music notes pour out from his fingertips as he closes his eyes and plays from his heart. That playing makes everyone else's world a little more beautiful. It sure made my afternoon more beautiful as I sat there absorbed in the talent that God gave him.

You know, I think we are all like that. Whenever we allow the gifts that God gave us shine, we make everyone else's world more beautiful. It doesn't help anyone to hide our gifts or to think that they are unimportant, who are we to judge that? God gives what he gives, that's His business, all we are to do is allow them to grow in order to let the beauty of God shine through them. We may never be internationally known concert pianists but that is unimportant. We all have gifts from God, gifts that will heal the world if we allow them to.

Some people have the gift of intelligence and organization. Some people have social gifts and generous hearts- the list in infinite because God is infinite. But whatever the gifts are, we must let them out and allow God to shine in us- allow His love to heal the world. He will do this, if we let Him.

What's your gift? Let it shine! It makes everyone's world more beautiful.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Rainy Days

Greetings from the rainy Northwest. It's days like this that make me want to sit on the couch and work endlessly on my computer to update our SOLT Sisters website....oh wait....I am already doing that. :) We have a new format now, simple and clean. More work to come!
Check it out-
www.soltsisters.org

Happy Autumn :)

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Sports Quandary...

Okay, so I just don't get it. I am not an attorney or anything but it seems to me that legal decisions don't always make sense and have little to do with justice or truth.

One NFL player drives drunk and hits and kills a pedestrian. He pays the family of the victim over 4 million dollars, is suspended from the NFL for 1 year and walks free from jail after serving only 24 days.

Another NFL player is convicted of running a dog fighting business and pays over 1 million dollars in damages, is suspended from the NFL for TWO years and is released from prison AFTER SERVING TWO YEARS for harming dogs.

Both of these are horrible crimes and we all make mistakes we regret but when is the loss of human life so reduced that killing a human being is seen as less of a crime than harming animals? I just don't get it.

Do you?

Sunday, August 09, 2009

God's Creation

We did something really cool the other day. We had a guest visiting us and so we went downtown to visit the Science Center. They had all sorts of interesting exhibits there but the one that struck me the most was the Tropical Butterfly Room.

It was a room with two sets of doors that was kept at about 85 degrees and contained all sort of tropical plants and flowers. Among the flowers, tropical butterflies fluttered about all over the room from ceiling to floor. It was absolutely breathtaking.

I watched as butterflies gracefully landed on the fragrant blossoms and delicately rested on the leaves. They were awash in colors of red, black, purple and more. So lovely, so peaceful.

The thing that really touched me was the fact that the guide said that the butterflies only live about two weeks. It occurred to me that only God would do something this extravagant. Only God would create these beautiful creatures that live such a short time and bring joy and delight.

I think if it was left up to us humans, we would be far more calculating. We would weigh the cost, the output, how useful the creatures would be, what we would get out of it, etc. but God isnt like that. He creates the sunsets in dazzling colors, creates animals we have not even discovered yet and simple butterflies that bring gentleness and glory. I love that.

Happy Sunday

50th Anniversary Jubilee Hymn

Here's a nice clip of the 50th Anniversary Jubilee Hymn sung by one of our SOLT Priests Fr. Vlad

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Youth on Fire...

Youth on Fire is a new webcast produced in part by young Catholics who are on fire for Christ. I met these young people last week as I was totally amazed at their level of faith, commitment and love. They totally rock and they inspired me so much. I love that they are bringing the Good News of Jesus to the youth over the internet.

Here is a link to a show they broadcast when they asked me to come on and share the call of God in my life but you can find out all about it (and way more interesting stuff!) at www.mycatholicfaith.org

God bless you!

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Conversion Clip

Here's a little clip on the conversion story of actor Eduardo Verastegui, in his own words. God bless him!

First Professions of Vows

Here is a beautiful clip of seven of our SOLT Sisters making their First Profession of Vows on July 13th in Corpus Christi, TX.

A study in contrasts...

Hello out there, long time, no blog. Sorry! Hopefully this year I will be able to bring you some great articles and other links to enrich your faith and your life. Until then though, I will muse a bit ;)

I went for a walk today and saw an interesting site. I live here in the Land O' Coffee and Microsoft, affectionately known as Seattle. I am sure you are familiar with the political situation on the West Coast and people in Seattle are quite proud of being known as "progressive" and "eco-conscious." I am all for saving the environment and feeding the poor but I saw something today that really captured the misguided attitude that many people, and not just here, seem to have.

As I was passing a parked car, I noticed it was covered with bumper stickers that proclaimed the owner's opposition to war and violence. Some of them read, "I am already against the next war" and "Join the military, you get to visit foreign lands and kill people." etc. There were several other stickers like this one and I was about to move on when I noticed that right in the middle of all these stickers was a white one that read: "We won't go back; Keep abortion safe and legal."

I actually had to back up a few steps and read it again to make sure I was seeing things correctly.
Wow. Somewhere in the minds of people is a HUGE disconnect. Killing innocent people in foreign lands is considered outrageous but killing innocent children in the wombs of their mothers should be "kept safe and legal"? Whatever "safe" and "legal" means, that's just jargon.

I looked around to see if the owner was in site because I wanted to ask them to tell me about their stickers. I wanted to know how they could oppose one war and promote the most saddening crime of humanity. I really just don't get it.

All life is precious from conception to natural death.

We save the whales and the owls but not the people? It's time for a change, true enough. A change from living in darkness to the light of life.

Year of the Priest

Welcome to this blessed year devoted to and in thanksgiving of the priesthood. We thank God for all priests, living and deceased, and the way they serve the people of God. May God shower His tender compassion upon them and bring them closer to His Divine Heart and the Immaculate Heart of His Mother Mary.

Reading Pope Benedict's Letter announcing the Year of the Priest here.

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Hand of Hope picture

You may have seen that amazing photo that was taken almost 10 years ago of the little baby in the womb who reached out and grasped the doctor's hand while surgery was being performed. It transformed a lot of lives and helped to pass the partial-birth abortion ban.

Here is an article about the little boy and what he is doing today. Very inspiring!

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Monday, April 06, 2009

Follow Christ's Footsteps

Here's a great reflection by the Holy Father, encouraging the young people of the world to follow in Christ's footsteps.

Our condolences and prayers go out to all the victims of today's earthquake in L'Aquila, Italy. May God bless you all during this difficult time.

We are also praying for you during this sacred Holy Week. May the culmination of all the graces of Lent fill your heart and soul and bring you to Resurrection with Jesus.

God bless you!

Friday, February 13, 2009

Fr. Samuel Medley, SOLT

Thought you might find this article written by one of our SOLT priests, Fr. Samuel Medley very enlightening and inspiring.

Monday, February 02, 2009

Superbowl Sack

I just had to post this article because it irked me so much. Conspiracy and oppression of speech is alive and well in the U.S.!

NBC yanked a pro-life ad, the one I posted earlier celebrating the potential of all human life, from the Super Bowl lineup of commercials. CatholicVote.org raised enough money to run the ad but NBC WOULD NOT AIR IT.

Those of you who watch the Super Bowl yesterday saw that NBC ran a number of inappropriate and suggestive ads from many companies, yet the pro-life ad was seen as too "political." YIKES!

Absolutely ridiculous. Here is the ad in case you didn't catch it the first time it was posted.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Fight FOCA!!

Please remember to send in the postcards to your Senators and Representatives urging them to protect life and reject FOCA. If you can, please write a personal note with your postcard expressing your concerns and desire to defend and protect innocent human life.

It only takes a few minutes, so please put a stamp on the cards and mail them!

Don't have any postcards? Contact your diocese today!

Fr. Tom Kraft, O.P. 1953-2009

I just had to write about our Dominican friend here in Seattle, Fr. Tom Kraft.

Fr. Tom died last week of terminal cancer.

He was 55.

Fr. Tom was one of those people who radiated the love and zeal of Jesus. He always had a smile on his face and a humble and humorous manner about him. He welcomed you when he saw you and he was always going from one place to the next, spreading the love of Jesus wherever he went. He loved his priesthood and he loved God's people.

The Dominicans and those at Blessed Sacrament Parish in Seattle did an astounding job today organizing one of the most resplendent and piercing funeral liturgies I have ever witnessed. The church was packed to standing room only with people of all races and ages. We had all come to pay tribute, grieve and celebrate the life of a man whose "yes" to God changed us all forever.

Fr. Tom's brothers and sister and niece gave moving eulogies about their beloved brother and uncle, a man who brought authenticity, music, laughter and Christ to all he met. The Gregorian chant that flowed from the choir during parts of the Mass was a fitting partner to the silence as the casket was blessed and people said their final goodbye.

It was amazingly beautiful to see what it looks like to be faithful unto death.

Probably all of us asked ourselves, "Why, God?" "Why take a young man who was doing so much for You?"

God's ways are not our ways. Indeed, they are far above our own small ways.

The Pastor, who gave a magnificent homily, mentioned this very thing. He said, "So often we pray to God to take away this suffering or that suffering instead of praying that God's will be done in our lives. We shouldn't ask ourselves what we can do for God but what God can do through us if we would only get out of the way."

The Pastor said he spoke with Fr. Tom a few days before he died and asked him, "Father Tom, what message do you have for the people, what do you want me to tell them?"

Fr. Tom replied, "Tell them, Don't wait until you are dying to live a courageous life."

Fr. Tom lived these words in his life, suffering and death. His life was a courageous example of what the love of God can do, if only we let Him.

Thank you Fr. Tom. We will miss you. I am sure your smile is brightening Heaven now. May you now rest in the peace and love of the One who loves you.

God bless you.

Pope Benedict You tube Channel

Pope Benedict XVI has his own youtube channel! Rock on! Click the link to see all the latest updates, news, homilies etc. of our wonderful Holy Father.

On the Street

Check out the Theology of the Body blog by one of our fab priests, Fr. Samuel Medley, SOLT

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Latests thoughts of Fr. Corapi

Someone sent this to me this morning, thought you might like it:

News Flash: WE WIN! by Fr. John Corapi

As we prepare to enter a new era in politics and perhaps society in general, keep something in mind: WE WIN! No matter what political party is in power at a given point in time, in the end those that remain faithful to Jesus Christ win the war. We may have to fight many battles outnumbered and even despised and looked upon as criminals and outcasts by a society that is unraveling and degenerating into something no one could have imagined.
What matters is that we run the race to the finish line and fight the good fight. Don’t “go with the flow,” for as the great Archbishop Fulton Sheen reminds us, “Dead bodies float downstream.” More than ever we shall have to be strong in the faith. Regular and worthy reception of the sacraments, constant prayer, and rigorous study of the faith is now essential, not merely a luxury.


The front line and primary battle is going to be the fight for life: the dignity of every human life from the moment of conception to the last moment of natural life. If we lose that one, every other battle space will be compromised. If the government succeeds in establishing abortion as an inalienable “right”, then the elderly and sick will be next. It will then be a short and slippery step to the government deciding who lives and dies regardless of their inherent human dignity.


If you don’t already pray the Rosary every day, please start at once. The prayer of the holy Rosary is the prayer of the holy Gospel, and that means it is the prayer of the Good News Who is Jesus Christ, the LIFE of the world. Many saints will be forged in the crucible of the coming years. Make sure you are among them.

God bless you,

Fr. John Corapi

Monday, January 19, 2009

Thought Provoking

Check out this new ad on the Catholic Vote website, very thought provoking.

Please pray for our country at this decisive moment in history.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Urgent Recall

lol! I liked this one-


RECALL NOTICE...

The Maker of all human beings is recalling all units manufactured, regardless of make or year, due to a serious defect in the primary and central component of the heart.

This is due to a malfunction in the original prototype units code named Adam and Eve, resulting in the reproduction of the same defect in all subsequent units.

This defect has been technically termed "Subsequential Internal Non-Morality," or more commonly known as S.I.N., as it is primarily expressed.

Some other symptoms include:

1. Loss of direction

2. Foul vocal emissions

3. Amnesia of origin

4. Lack of peace and joy

5. Selfish or violent behavior

6. Depression or confusion in the mental component

7. Fearfulness

8. Idolatry

9. Rebellion

The Manufacturer, who is neither liable nor at fault for this defect, is providing factory-authorized repair and service free of charge to correct this SIN defect.

The Repair Technician, Jesus, has most generously offered to bear the entire burden of the staggering cost of these repairs. There is no additional fee required.

The number to call for repair in all areas is:

P-R-A-Y-E-R.

Once connected, please upload your burden of SIN through the REPENTANCE procedure.

Next, download ATONEMENT from the Repair Technician, Jesus, into the heart component.

No matter how big or small the SIN defect is, Jesus will replace it with:

1. Love

2. Joy

3. Peace

4. Patience

5. Kindness

6. Goodness

7. Faithfulness

8. Gentleness

9. Self control

Please see the operating manual, the B.I.B.L.E. (Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth) for further details on the use of these fixes.

WARNING : Continuing to operate the human being unit without correction voids any manufacturer warranties, exposing the unit to dangers and problems too numerous to list and will result in the human unit being permanently impounded.

DANGER: The human being units not responding to this recall action will have to be scrapped in the furnace. The SIN defect will not be permitted to enter Heaven so as to prevent contamination of that facility.

Thank you for your attention!

GOD

Please assist where possible by notifying others of this important recall notice, and you may contact the Father any time by "kneemail".





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Thursday, January 01, 2009

Happy New Year

Hello to you all on this First day of 2009 and on the Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God.

So much is going on the world today. It's interesting, listening to and reading the latest words of the Holy Father. He is calling on all of us to have a conversion in order to change the world. It's easy to sit back and point out all that is wrong with the world, but the hard part is looking within ourselves and seeing what needs to be changed in order to help that change along.

The Holy Father recently said, "If people only look to their own interests, the world will certainly fall apart." This is certainly true. At this time in history, when it seems more than ever that people are sensing a dramatic change on the horizon, we need conversion, we need Christ.

How often we relegate Christ to the farthest corners of our lives, and only call upon Him when we are in trouble or when we want something. How rude! I don't like that when people do that to me and yet how freely we do that to God Himself. Perhaps we think that God cannot possibly understand what is going on in our own little world or that He cares. Yet, all we have to do is look at His life to know this isn't true.

We see in the sorrowful mysteries that Jesus knows sorrow, He has experienced to an infinite degree all that we will ever have to suffer. This is a very small and partial list but a concrete example we can grasp onto is this:

In the first mystery we see that He knows the anguish of betrayal, desertion of friends He gave everything to and utter aloneness and abandonment by people.

In the second sorrowful mystery we see that He knows physical pain.

In the third we see that He experienced mental pain.

In the fourth and fifth mysteries we see that He has embraced frailty and falling down on the path of life. He knows being mocked, ridiculed and judged. He knows poverty, misunderstandings and trials.

Have we not all experienced these things to one degree or another? Do we not complain that God has abandoned us and that we are all alone in our sufferings?
We forget that Jesus has undergone everything. That He is a man like us in all things but sin. He's been there, done that.

Why?

Why would God descend to live such a life as us humans?

Why bother? to show us what it means to be fully human. That this life is passing, we are only pilgrims on this journey. He shows us how to grow in these trials and how to bear fruit through all of them. And mostly, to show us that we are never alone. Even though Jesus is abandoned by frail and faulty humans, the Father, the Eternal, is always with Him.

And so it is with us. We focus our eyes on God and put our trust in Him. That daily we place our hand in His and allow Him to lead us, trusting that no matter what happens this day, God will be with us. When we do this, we can reach out to others. Suddenly we see that we are not the center of the universe. We grow beyond our self-centeredness and are able to live with the realization that there is much work to be done in spreading the light of the Gospel and the Good News of Jesus Christ. We see that God is in control of the universe, not the stock market or the government. We see that this life is passing away and we are called to a great and noble dignity as sons and daughters of the Most High. We are called to be great because God is great. We are made in His image and likeness.

If you are looking for an excellent book to read on this subject that explains these realities in a far better way than I can do here, I would highly recommend Fr. Benedict Groeschel's book, 'Arise from Darkness.' It is absolutely amazing and really gives a person solace in these troubled times that come upon us.

May the light and power of Christ find a place in your heart this New Year. May Jesus and his beautiful Mother Mary be with you, to lead you and guide you along the pathway of life. May you in turn let this light shine upon all those you meet and remember in your prayers.

You and your intentions will be in our prayers this year. We thank God for all those who have helped us and blessed our missions this past year. We could not continue to serve without the generosity of all of our benefactors. Thank you so very much.

Sr. Miriam James, SOLT