Below are the last words of military chaplain Father Vincent Capodanno. Soon after he said these words to a wounded soldier.... he was shot 27 times while shielding another soldier during a fierce battle in Vietnam.
Monday, October 21, 2013
Monday, August 5, 2013
The core of the Church is the Holy Eucharist. No matter what your view is of Church doctrine....how can one turn their back on receiving the Body of Christ? This is a Church that many people consider a relic of the past. This is a Church that can't offer anything. Really? Do Catholics really understand their faith? I would bet that if the Church changed doctrine on the hot topics....that still wouldn't draw people to Her. What draws me to The Church is the Blessed Sacrament. It's simple. It is not the liturgy. It is not the music. It is not the art work. It is not the homily or either the smells or bells. These things are present in the mass to inspire us.
Then the Jews began arguing with each other about what he meant. "How can this man give us his flesh to eat?" they asked.
So Jesus said it again, "With all the earnestness I possess I tell you this: Unless you eat the flesh of the Messiah and drink his blood, you cannot have eternal life within you.
As they sat down to eat, he asked God's blessing on the food and then took a small loaf of bread and broke it and was passing it over to them...when suddenly, it was as though their eyes were opened...they recognized him! And at that moment he disappeared!
Posted by Amy at 7:27 AM
Monday, July 8, 2013
This really is the truth... bad things will ultimately be made good. This is our hope. When we witness miracles or Godwinks (sometimes confused with coincidences)...we are witnessing heaven on earth. I think it's a glimpse of what's to come. God gives us examples everyday of what life in heaven with Him will be like. Pope John Paul II will be made a Saint in a few months. A woman in Costa Rica was suffering from an incurable brain aneurysm. Her family made a shrine to Blessed Pope John Paul II and prayed for his intercession to cure her. While watching his Beatification (the Latin meaning of blessed) on TV....she looked at a picture of him that was in a magazine that she was reading. She immediately heard the words..."Get up and do not be afraid." She was cured. Did you know that the phrase "do not be afraid" is mentioned 365 times in the bible? Let us be still and take notice.
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Thursday, July 4, 2013
As we celebrate the birth of our nation, let us not forget the words of our forefathers….
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and pursuit of Happiness: that to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.”
~ The Declaration of Independence (1776)
Monday, May 27, 2013
A few years back before my mom passed away.... we all went
to New York to see my daughter perform at Carnegie Hall. We also had somewhere else to visit that was long over do.
We took my mom to Battery Park to see the memorial for the soilders that drowned and who were never recovered in the waters of the Atlantic Ocean during WWII.
Two days out of Norfolk, along the Florida coast, a navy destroyer named the USS Warrington received word that she was steaming directly into a hurricane. Later that evening, the storm forced the destroyer to heave. Keeping wind and sea on her port bow, Warrington rode relatively well through most of the night. Wind and seas, however, continued to build during the early morning hours of September 13th 1944. Warrington began to lose headway and, as a result, started to ship water through the vents to her engineering spaces.
The water rushing into her vents caused a loss of electrical power which set off a chain reaction. Her main engines lost power, and her steering engine and mechanism went out. She wallowed there in the trough of the swells, continuing to ship water. She regained headway briefly and turned upwind, while her radiomen desperately, but fruitlessly, tried to contact another nearby vessel. Finally, she resorted to a plain-language distress call to any ship or shore station. By noon on the 13th, it was apparent that Warrington's crewmen could not win the struggle to save their ship, and the order went out to prepare to abandon ship. By 12:50, her crew had left Warrington; and she went down almost immediately. A prolonged search by 10 other vessels rescued only five officers and 68 men of the destroyer's 20 officers and 301 men.
My mother's brother...Chief Storekeeper USNR Edward John Labuda was one of the men lost at sea. He had just been home on leave prior to returning to duty.
The memorial says....
My mother looking at her brother's name engraved in stone for the first time.
La Buda Edward J.
His name on the wall faces the Statue of Liberty and
.....Ellis Island. The same port where his father entered the United States as an immigrant years before.
Thank you to all of those that made the ultimate sacrifice. You're forever in our debt and hearts. Indeed...in to thy hands, O Lord.
Thursday, May 23, 2013
I think nuns are fascinating. Maybe it's because we live in an age of materialism and how does one give up everything? I came across this video on You Tube and it gives us a peek of the sisters experiencing the same thing we all did....a few months back. Watching them brought back wonderful memories of that day.
Posted by Amy at 7:51 AM