2013-08-31

Praying in a Time of Persecution

Hopefully,  you have read my post from yesterday where I suggested that regular recitation of the Stations of the Cross and the offering up a sacrifice may be one way we that we Christians could support our fellow Christians throughout the world who are experiencing persecution first hand. 

Pope Francis' prayer intentions for September 2013, are very much in keeping with the need to pray for all Christians:


That the men and women of our time, often immersed in noise, may rediscover the value of silence and learn to listen to the voice of God and their brothers and sisters.

I also invite you to click on the second intention that will lead to a video concerning these intentions.

Peace,

Peter's Bride 

2013-08-30

Praying for the Persecuted Christians of the World

Did you know 450 Christians die everyday for their belief in Jesus Christ? In one of many recent incidences,  a Christian woman in Pakistan has been sentenced to die by hanging for drinking water on a hot day from a well designated for muslim women.

Our fellow Christians, like this Christian woman and many, many others, are like the wounds inflicted upon Jesus Christ in his suffering on his way to the cross. 

I am sure you are thinking, What can I do? 

May I suggest that you join me in Stations of the Cross, either at your local Catholic Church, or quietly in your home by means of computer, this leaflet, or your bible, which ever leads you to do so. I am praying for the end of Christian suffering and the protection of Christians around the world who live in fear for their belief in Jesus Christ, the Holy Redeemer. 

God likes sacrifice. After all, he gave up his only son, Jesus Christ, to redeem us. If you can offer a sacrifice, be it dessert, a second cup of coffee, or some other thing, this can go a long way towards raising our prayers to Heaven.

In peace,

Peter's Bride


2013-08-27

Praying the Rosary, Part IV !!!

Sometime last winter I discovered videos of the Blessed Bishop Fulton Sheen on youtube from the 1950's and 60's. I had come to realize after watching a few of them, the he had quite a following back in the day. What started out as a novelty for me became an activity that I really enjoyed. I found the Blessed Bishop Fulton Sheen's lectures on the faith and observation of culture's morals to be quite fascinating. I fear to think of what he might have to say about western culture nowadays.

Blessed Bishop Fulton Sheen is soon to become a saint. How lucky we are to be able to hear his teachings. I invite you to listen to his lecture on Our Lady. You will not be disappointed!






 
To read part four, visit here.

Blessings,

Peter's Bride

2013-08-25

Praying the Rosary, Part III

It's funny how things happen. I wasn't planning on adding a third blog entry on praying the rosary, but then this video popped up out of no where and it was about... the rosary! I invite you to watch the whole video or just tune in between minutes nine to twelve of the video where Gabi refers to the rosary and gives the best explanation of the rosary I have ever come across.


Peace,

Peter's Bride

2013-08-24

Praying the Rosary, Part II

As mentioned in a previous post, praying the rosary requires concentration. Since most of us live in a time where sustained attention has been reduced to the length of a TV commercial, far less than the fourteen or fifteen minutes that the rosary requires minimally to complete.

If the first strategy I offered does not appeal to you, may I suggest another option, the video rosary! I have also tried this method, whereby I follow a video of the rosary being presented through word and image. The images are lovely and the narrator's voice is very pleasant.

Don't expect, however, to race through the rosary like you are running he marathon. The rosary is presented, instead, like a pleasant walk along a slow, winding river. Think of this time as a gift to yourself and to God. He is worth it!

The Joyful Mysteries





The Sorrowful Mysteries




The Glorious Mysteries



For part three, visit here.
 
Enjoy and, as always...

God bless,

Peter's Bride








2013-08-23

Prayers for Our Brothers and Sisters

Everyone has heard of or has viewed scenes of the chaos in Egypt. The latest scenes pictures a Coptic Christian church which  has had to cancel mass for the first time in 1600 years.

Can you imagine?

Nuns are being paraded through the streets while Christian schools are being desecrated, looted and then burnt to the ground.

It is important to understand the significance of all of this. Egypt is considered the most, or one of the most, western thinking of countries in the Middle East. The groups acting against the minority Christians have a philosophy that it closely associated with communism.

Christianity and communism are like oil and water. They do not mix. They are polar opposites. This, I imagine, is why the Christians are being terrorized so.

Is this the beginning of the great chastisement so many Christians grew up hearing about? Based on current media headlines, it would appear so. As Catholics, we must help others understand what is at play. This is a fight between good and evil. I invite you to listen below by clicking on the radio icon.


I ask you today to pray along with me to Our Lady of Fatima. 

Pray the  Rosary daily.
                     Offer Sacrifices.*
                                 Attend First Saturday mass
                                                                   Go to Confession.

*(Examples of possible sacrifices: Be patient with someone when you feel otherwise, skip dessert, give alms, etc.)

Peace,

Peter's Bride 

Praying the Rosary, Part I

In a recent discussion with a relative, he remarked about the difficult time he had remaining focused during prayer. It was perhaps ironic that just at this time, I had been trying something new to help me to maintain focus during prayer. It was something I learned from watching an episode of Church Militant. I encourage you to watch and listen. The scriptural verses to which Mr. Voris refers can be found here.

For part two, visit here.
 
God bless,  
Peter's Bride




2013-08-01

What Kind Are You?



Being a cradle Catholic, I never thought about what kind of Catholic I was for the longest time. I just was. I really never thought that any other kinds existed. I am too embarrassed to tell you just how old I was before I realized that there is more than one type of Catholic.

If you were to ask me today, I would say that I was a traditional Catholic. By this I mean that attempt, with all sincerity, to practice that Catholic faith as my great grandparents did, as well as those who came before them... to live my daily life with the teachings of the church in mind and in practice.

I am a traditionalist. 

And, I am proud of it, too

What kind of Catholic are you?




In peace,
Peter's Bride