(for those of you that saw the last picture, but don't feel like looking up Humanae Vitae 17)
Consequences of Artificial Methods
17. Responsible men can become more deeply convinced of the truth of the doctrine laid down by the Church on this issue if they reflect on the consequences of methods and plans for artificial birth control. Let them first consider how easily this course of action could open wide the way for marital infidelity and a general lowering of moral standards. Not much experience is needed to be fully aware of human weakness and to understand that human beings—and especially the young, who are so exposed to temptation—need incentives to keep the moral law, and it is an evil thing to make it easy for them to break that law. Another effect that gives cause for alarm is that a man who grows accustomed to the use of contraceptive methods may forget the reverence due to a woman, and, disregarding her physical and emotional equilibrium, reduce her to being a mere instrument for the satisfaction of his own desires, no longer considering her as his partner whom he should surround with care and affection.
Finally, careful consideration should be given to the danger of this power passing into the hands of those public authorities who care little for the precepts of the moral law. Who will blame a government which in its attempt to resolve the problems affecting an entire country resorts to the same measures as are regarded as lawful by married people in the solution of a particular family difficulty? Who will prevent public authorities from favoring those contraceptive methods which they consider more effective? Should they regard this as necessary, they may even impose their use on everyone. It could well happen, therefore, that when people, either individually or in family or social life, experience the inherent difficulties of the divine law and are determined to avoid them, they may give into the hands of public authorities the power to intervene in the most personal and intimate responsibility of husband and wife.
Limits to Man’s Power
Consequently, unless we are willing that the responsibility of procreating life should be left to the arbitrary decision of men, we must accept that there are certain limits, beyond which it is wrong to go, to the power of man over his own body and its natural functions—limits, let it be said, which no one, whether as a private individual or as a public authority, can lawfully exceed. These limits are expressly imposed because of the reverence due to the whole human organism and its natural functions, in the light of the principles We stated earlier, and in accordance with a correct understanding of the “principle of totality” enunciated by Our predecessor Pope Pius XII. (21)
“Following Saint Bruno and his successors, the carthusian monasteries never stop awakening the Church to the eschatological dimension of its mission, calling to mind God’s marvelous deeds and being watchful in the expectation of the ultimate accomplishment of the virtue of Hope (Cf. Vita consecrata § 27). Watching tirelessly for the Kingdom to come, seeking to Be rather than to Do, the carthusian Order gives the Church vigor and courage in its mission to put out in deep waters and permit the Good News of Christ to enkindle all of mankind.”—Pope John Paul II on the Carthusians
"God has led his servant into solitude to speak to his heart; but he alone who listens in silence hears the whisper of the gentle breeze that reveals the presence of the Lord. In the early stages of our Carthusian life, we may find silence a toilsome burden; however, if we are faithful, there will gradually be born within us of our silence itself something that will draw us on to still greater silence."
“My children, I urge you to ask everyone to pray the rosary. With the rosary you will overcome all the troubles which Satan is trying to inflict on the world. Give time to the rosary.”—The Blessed Virgin Mary, June 25 1985, in Medjugorje
My seed was born One bright spring morn In gardens grown by God. Out of the earth My stem gave birth To petals red as blood.
The gentile rain My growth sustained, And like each seed God sows, I dreamed one day That I`d be named A king`s most precious rose. — One day a soldier Bent me over, Tore me from my bed. All beaten, battered, My stem tattered, Wanted not but dead
In cruel hands ripped, My beauty stripped, `Twas not the dream I chose, And filled with shame, I wept in pain, No more a precious rose. — Then did I see The soldiers lead A man through palace doors. Was this my king? Why did they bring him in, This man so poor?
A purple garment Hid the torment None but I could see. They mocked and laughed, Gave him a staff, And bowed on bended knee. — They bent me round And wove a crown And placed me on his head. My petals found Crushed on the ground, Like tears of God turned red.
With each small sin I was pressed in. I pierced with self-disdain. In thought and deed I made him bleed, My selfishness, his pain. — `Behold!` they`d sing, `Behold your King! Hail, King of the Jews!` With each reed`s blow, Our pain did grow, As one we are abused.
Despite the crown He did not frown; He smiled with love instead, And carried me For all to see Upon his tender head. — Once placed with awe In manger straw, Anointed by John`s hands, Transfigured on A mountain dawn, Now wore a mangled branch.
Once gently kissed By Mary`s lips, And blessed with magi`s myrrh, Baptized by A parting sky, Now streamed with blood so pure. — An innocent brow Calls to us now To follow this example: To let our thorns And all that scorns Be healed within his temple.
Though dreams may fade, Each one was made In seed that Jesus sows. And now I see I`m called to be The King`s most precious rose.
“The greatest barrier to evangelization today is bad example….Our strategy of evangelization must be based upon sanctity, upon our enthusiastic response to Christ’s universal call to holiness.”—Archbishop John Foley
“If you think you don’t have any time for prayer, and can’t find any time, then ask God to forgive you… The Pope isn’t too busy for his daily rosary; if you’re busier than the Pope, you’re too busy.”—Fr. James Peterson
“Ladies: “Satan attacks most viciously that which has the greatest ability to lead us to God. I hope you know that he fears your beauty. He knows it can lead people to God, who is the fulfillment and source of all beauty…He has taken aim at your beauty and has set his plan to ruin God’s plan for it.””—
The Congregation: Sacred space is different from other space; the inside of the church is different from the narthex (not “gathering space”). Thus we should all break the bad habit of commencing the post-Mass conversation immediately after the conclusion of the recessional hymn or organ postlude. Wait until you leave the interior of the church before beginning to chat with the neighbors. If there is a choral postlude, chatting over it is an insult to the choir, which has worked hard to prepare something beautiful for God; if there is only an organ postlude (with or without a recessional hymn), chatting over it is an insult to the organist. Thirty seconds of silence after Mass are no bad thing.
“The re-sacralization of the English used in the liturgy affords all of us an opportunity to ponder just what it is we are doing at Holy Mass: we are participating, here and now, in the liturgy of angels and saints that goes on constantly around the Throne of Grace where the Holy Trinity lives in a communion of radical self-gift and receptivity. This is, in short, serious business, even as it is joyful business. We should do it well, as the grace of God has empowered us to do it well.”—George Weigel
remember to pray for the people who have suffered at the hands of great evil, and ask for mercy Christ to have mercy on our nation and on the whole world. Remember to fight for those who have no one to fight for them.
For those who have been forced to become child soldiers, For those who have been sold into sex trafficking, For those who have seen their families and friends murdered before their eyes, For those who have been abused in any form, For those who have nothing to eat,
Lord, hear our prayer.
For the sake of His sorrowful passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.
“I was not born a boy soldier; my captives forced me to become one. I had to obey them to stay alive today. When you have nothing left but God that is the time you realize that God is enough.”—Salifu Kamara, a friend and former child soldier in Sierra Leone
Does it matter if we accept or reject a vocation from God?
We are in the midst of a peculiar moment in the life of the Church where vocation has been construed as a kind of personal decision that one is free to accept or reject without consequence. Contrary to this assumption, the Bible presents a very different understanding of vocation, an understanding that insists that to resist or even refuse one’s vocation means that the purpose of not only one’s own life, but also the lives of others can be significantly effected.
In terms of this biblical vision of vocation, a person’s life is not merely self-directed, and what one decides about one’s life is no simply a matter of preference or career. Instead, the purpose for which one has been created is illuminated as one accepts one’s life as God-directed and discerns the kind of life that mind of God has conceived as necessary to bring a person to their fulfillment. It seems to me that we are enduring a sad age in the Church’s life where too many are drifting, having fled their vocation… or having never even considered the call. The consequences of this flight from vocation are all around us, and the effects on the soul can be as terrifying as the storm described in the Book of Jonah.
The lesson? There is an urgency about discerning and accepting one’s vocation, and despite the protests of many that insist the contrary, it is no small matter for one to resist or refuse God’s purpose for one’s life.
[read the full article at: http://www.wordonfire.org/WoF-Blog/WoF-Blog/October-2011/Spirituality-Jonah-the-reluctant-prophet.aspx]
“You want to destroy yourself? Cling to your warring emotions; they will devour you. You want to save yourself? Hook those passions onto the infinite purposes of God and you will find yourself elevated, transfigured, enlightened. Pressed in the direction of sanctity, you will save your life.”—Father Robert Barron
“Deserves it! I daresay he does. Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgement. For even the very wise cannot see all ends.”—J.R.R. Tolkien
It is definitely an option! The Lord is calling me to dwell very close to His heart. Both religious life and married live are incredibly beautiful gifts, but I’m not sure where the Lord is leading me. Please pray for me :) God bless!