Saturday, April 30, 2011
Pius V was elected in 1566 and was charged with the task of implementing the sweeping reforms called for by the Council. He ordered the founding of seminaries for the proper training of priests. He published a new missal, a new breviary, a new catechism and established the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (CCD) classes for the young. Pius zealously enforced legislation against abuses in the Church. He patiently served the sick and the poor by building hospitals, providing food for the hungry and giving money customarily used for the papal banquets to poor Roman converts. His decision to keep wearing his Dominican habit led to the custom of the pope wearing a white cassock.
In striving to reform both Church and state, Pius encountered vehement opposition from England's Queen Elizabeth and the Roman Emperor Maximilian II. Problems in France and in the Netherlands also hindered Pius's hopes for a Europe united against the Turks. Only at the last minute was he able to organize a fleet which won a decisive victory in the Gulf of Lepanto, off Greece, on October 7, 1571.
Pius's ceaseless papal quest for a renewal of the Church was grounded in his personal life as a Dominican friar. He spent long hours with his God in prayer, fasted rigorously, deprived himself of many customary papal luxuries and faithfully observed the spirit of the Dominican Rule that he had professed.
Friday, April 29, 2011
Please note: I used random.org to decide the winner
(sorry I couldn't get the video on here! its just the link.)
And a "side-by-side" of Cathrine and Diana at their wedding's:
There are a few more neat video's on the website!
Hope you enjoy!
Thursday, April 28, 2011
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Sunday, April 24, 2011
Saturday, April 23, 2011
1st. MELT the marshmallows and butter in a big bowl.
2nd. After they're melted stir in all of the rice crispy cereal
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Today, April 23rd, is the feast day of St. George. He lived between the 3rd and 4th centuries and is was presumedly born in Lydda (modern Lod, near Jerusalem). Not much is known about him, but he is most famous for the legend of battling a dragon to free a princess, a legend dated back to the Middle Ages. He has since been depicted as a knight battling a dragon. It is believed that he was a martyr in Lydda before the time of Constantine. He is the protector of halberdiers, arms-makers, knights, horses, soldiers, Boy Scouts, lepers, and husbands. He is the patron of England and the cities of Genoa and Ferrara. The name George is of Latin origin and means "farmer."
St. George, pray for us!
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Sunday, April 17, 2011
Soul Surfer was an amazing movie about teenage Bethany Hamilton after losing her arm in a shark attack, and losing 60% of her blood, she got back in the water to fulfill her dream of becoming a pro surfer. With the help of her supportive family and a lot of faith, she was able to catch her first wave. I love how this movie doesn't hide that the Hamilton family was Christian. It's such a realistic movie, none of it looks 'fakey-made-in-Hollywood'.
The real Bethany Hamilton
Saturday, April 16, 2011
On April 16, 1879, Bernadette -- or Sister Marie-Bernard, as she was known within her order -- died in the Sainte Croix (Holy Cross) Infirmary of the Convent of Saint-Gildard. She was thirty-five.
Born into a humble family which little by little fell into extreme poverty, Bernadette had always been a frail child. Quite young, she had already suffered from digestive trouble, then after having just escaped being a victim of the cholera epidemic of 1855, she experienced painful attacks of asthma, and her ill health almost caused her to be cut off for ever from the religious life. When asked by Monsignor Forcade to take Bernadette, Louise Ferrand, the Mother Superior of the Sisters of Nevers, replied: "Monsignor, she will be a pillar of the infirmary".
At least three times during her short life-time, she received the last Sacraments. She was gradually struck by other illnesses as well as asthma: among them, tuberculosis of the lung and a tubercular tumor on her right knee. On Wednesday, April 16, 1879, her pain got much worse. Shortly after eleven she seemed to be almost suffocating and was carried to an armchair, where she sat with her feet on a footstool in front of a blazing fire. She died at about 3.15 in the afternoon.
The civil authorities permitted her body to remain on view to be venerated by the public until Saturday, April 19. Then it was "placed in a double coffin of lead and oak which was sealed in the presence of witnesses who signed a record of the events". Among the witnesses were "inspector of the peace, Devraine, and constables Saget and Moyen".
The nuns of Saint-Gildard, with the support of the bishop of Nevers, applied to the civil authorities for permission to bury Bernadette's body in a small chapel dedicated to Saint Joseph which was within the confines of the convent. The permission was granted on April 25, 1879, and on April 30, the local Prefect pronounced his approval of the choice of the site for burial. Immediately they set to work on preparing the vault. On May 30, 1879, Bernadette's coffin was finally transferred to the crypt of the chapel of Saint Joseph. A very simple ceremony was held to commemorate the event.
Friday, April 15, 2011
Tell seven things about yourself
1) I have very bad asthma and very bad vision
2) I have 5 brothers, and am the only girl :(
3) I just started blogging about a year ago. Before that, I had NO idea what blogging was
4) I have red hair and big eyes
5) I am terrified of snakes, spiders, and heights. About the last one, I almost throw up if we're in a car and we go over a big hill. NOT GOOD.
6) I am very optimistic and outgoing. I also tend to be a little bossy. Whoops!
7) I am an avid gum chewer, BUT I'm getting braces in two months. :(
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Thursday, April 14, 2011
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Monday, April 4, 2011
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