All Children are Loved by God

All Children are Loved by God

Most Rev. Joseph Strickland, Bishop of Tyler, is asking that all Catholics join in prayer on Tuesday, January 22, 2013, the 40th anniversary of the legalization of abortion in the United States. Wherever you are at noon on Jan. 22, please pause to pray 40 Hail Mary’s that our society may move to a greater respect for the sanctity of life and an end to abortion. Let us support each other in prayerful thanksgiving for the truth that God revealed to us and let us call our neighbors to support the sanctity of life from conception to natural death.

Here is a sitge where you will also find a Novena – Nine days of prayer, penance and pilgrimage, which is part of a pastoral initiative to help build a culture that is favorable to life, marriage and religious freedom. http://www.usccb.org/about/pro-life-activities/january-roe-events/nine-days-of-prayer-penance-and-pilgrimage-marking-the-40th-anniversary-of-roe-v-wade.cfm
More information can be found at http://www.usccb.org/life-marriage-liberty.

You can also text “9days” to 99000 and the USCCB will send you daily messages/readings for the novena beginning January 19.

I ask all brothers and sisters in Christ and people of good will to join us in prayer at noon on January 22, using the prayer of your choice for the end of abortion and the respect for all life. You may find the novena a convenient and inspiring way to surround January 22 with prayer.

May God bless our nation –
Mother Susan Catherine, DDH

St. Thomas, one of the Apostles, was not with them when Jesus appeared to them on the first day after the Resurrection.  Through St. Thomas’ doubt we receive our Lord’s assurance: “blessed are those who have not seen and have believed.” (Jn 20:29) Today we celebrate the feast of St. Thomas.  During the celebration of every Holy Mass, gifts of bread and wine are brought forward, along with the spiritual offerings of ourselves and the needs of those joined to us around the world.  The priest accepts these gifts, and he blesses the gifts before the prayers of consecration.  That prayer over the offerings for today is:

We render you, O Lord, the service that is your due, humbly imploring you to keep safe your gifts in us, as we honor the confession of the Apostle Saint Thomas and offer you a sacrifice of praise.  Through Christ the Lord.

What service is due?  One is to acknowledge him as Lord.  That he is the almighty, everlasting, sovereign God who comes before any form of civil government and authority.  It is through his creation of the human person that the need for this governance and authority even exists.  Another service due is continuous thanksgiving for the blessings he has bestowed upon this nation.  On more service, out of too many to write here, is to give him glory and praise by using the gifts he has given us to place in right order and to defend the dignity of every human person.

In this prayer over the offerings, we also implore the Lord to keep safe his gifts in us.  Our life, our liberty, our conscience, our free will, our faith – all we are is gift.  We acknowledge that by our very nature alone we cannot protect, nurture and sustain these gifts.  We need the help of our Lord’s grace.  So we humbly beseech him to give us strength, courage, perseverance and wisdom to render the service due to him by defending the rights due to us as human persons, by defending our very faith and by defending his Bride, the Church.

 

Today we pray for Good Leaders

Tuesday July 3 – St. Thomas the Apostle

Lord Jesus Christ, we praise You Who are the King of kings and the Lord of lords! Through the intercession of St. Thomas, the Apostle, we pray that You would give us good leaders. Give us, O Lord, men and women after Your own heart. Reverse the tide of immorality in our land and raise up Godly men and women to govern us. Through our leaders protect life from its conception, safeguard marriage and family life, and grant us religious liberty and freedom of conscience. Amen.    http://www.religiousliberties.org/prayers.asp

 

 

This morning as I was reflecting on the scripture for today, you came to mind.  I was inspired to write to you as encouragement in the battle that is before us to defend the sacred dignity of the human person, the sacred right of living in accord with one’s formed conscience and the sacred gift of religious liberty.

In today’s Gospel (Mk 2:1-12), four men carried a paralytic to Jesus hoping he would be healed.  Their faith and resulting determination were so strong that they carried him to the roof, removed the tiles and let the paralytic down through the roof into the room where Jesus was.  What faith!  What hope!  What determination!

This Gospel challenges us to be equally faithful, hopeful and determined to bring others to Jesus, to help our neighbors, friends, family and political leaders know the love of Jesus Christ that brings healing and great joy-filled peace.  But this is not enough, for like the four men who brought the paralytic to the home where Jesus was; we are to bring people to the Church.  Jesus created his church upon Peter and entrusted it to him and the other Apostles so that all people will come to know Him there and be united to Him through the sacraments, be incorporated into His Body, receive saving grace and life everlasting.  In His church all live in communion and grow to know Him through the great deposit of faith: the sacred Scripture, sacred Tradition and the teaching of the magisterium of the Church, which is under the authority and inspiration of the Holy Spirit.

How is it that we can do this; by boldly and confidently living in the Truth.  Today we hear in Paul’s letter to the Corinthians: “As surely as God is faithful, our word to you has not been Yes and No…but in him it is always Yes.  For all the promises of God find their Yes in him.  That is why we utter the Amen through him, to the glory of God.  But it is God who established us with you in Christ, and has commissioned us; he has put his seal upon us and given us his Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee.” (2Cor 1:18, 19b-22) We have all received this commission in our baptism.  By our baptism, we are consecrated in Christ who is Truth.  We are sealed in Christ and receive the Spirit in our baptism and confirmation.  By living our baptismal consecration faithfully, boldly, and joyfully, it should be our natural desire to bring others to know the love that fills and sustains us.  We possess in this love the great gift of saving hope, which the world desperately needs.  Our desire to share this gift inspires and spurs us on to draw others into his steadfast and healing love and to encounter Truth.  So together we may proclaim with the psalmist today:  “But thou hast upheld me because of my integrity, and set me in thy presence for ever.  Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting! Amen and Amen.” (Ps 41: 12-13, RSV)

Through the prayers of Mary, Mother of Divine Hope, may our Lord bless you with his mercy and bathe you in his hope, that you may be filled with his joy and peace and proclaim his Truth. Amen. Alleluia.

In Christ our Hope,

Sr. Susan Catherine, DDH

Seventh Sunday of Ordinary Time

19 February 2012

I want to share with you this communication from the office of Bishop Alvaro Corrada, SJ, Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Tyler.

In Christ our Hope,

Sr. Susan Catherine, DDH

 

Feb 1, 2012

The Diocese of Tyler wants to make clear, that as Catholics, we are opposed to procedures that violate the dignity of the human person, and we do not cooperate in this being done to others. As Americans, we should enjoy the religious liberty to have no part in their provision. These are far from new concerns.  In his statement on Health Dignity, Conscience and Health Care, in December 2008, Bishop Corrada said:

“As a bishop, it is my duty to remind Catholics of our evangelical obligation to defend human dignity, which obligation cannot be altered by appeals to erroneous theological opinions or unjust legislation.  I call upon every Catholic to act in defense of human dignity with a conscience formed in accord with the Gospel and request that they contact their legislators to support freedom of conscience for those providing healthcare. I also ask the civil community to join us in defending human dignity and the right of conscience in this matter.”Bishop Alvaro Corrada, SJ  (#3)

Recently, the Administration (through HHS) abandoned respect for conscience with its mandate that all healthcare plans include contraception, sterilization, and abortion causing medications.  These drugs and procedures contradict the love of God, the gift of life, and offend against the nature and dignity of human sexuality and harm, rather than heal, the body. It is a violation to the sacred dignity of the human person.  The shocking decision of the Obama Administration that conscience would not be respected is contrary to the foundation of liberty in this great country.  Even social service institutions that hold deep and long standing objections to such services will be forced to provide funds for services against the dignity of the human person.

The Administration has made a token allowance for conscience of groups that are religious and serve few outside of their community.  This narrow exemption does not insure protection of the integrity of conscience for Catholic employers and the many religious based charitable organizations, healthcare facilities and educational institutions.  Many Catholic institutions are amongst those religious based entities that will be affected as the regulations currently stand.  How in conscience can a Catholic hospital system take funds currently being used for service of the poor and spend them on increased insurance premiums to pay for services contrary to the dignity of the human person?  How can a Catholic employer be expected to provide procedures that violate his employee’s human dignity?

Bishop Corrada again asks:  How is it, that in theUnited States, with its rich history of religious freedom and of religious service to the community, consideration could be given to enacting civil or criminal laws that would rule against the obligations of our Christian life, our consciences, and our faith-based provision of health care? Certainly, the civil community cannot expect that Catholics would violate the Gospel and human dignity because the law mandated such a violation. Faced with unjust legislation of this sort, we would vigorously seek to protect the human dignity of the patient and the right of conscience for health care workers and institutions. We would, in that situation, answer with the Apostles: “We must obey God rather than men” (Acts 5:29).