"I wanna be loved like that!" - That is what I often say
to myself when I am there gazing upon the big Hollywood screen of
all romantic movies! Boy meets girl, boy falls in love with girl,
boy and girl get married, and all live happily ever after.
I know that is what so many of us dream for and long for. But as
Catholics, as believers in God for that matter, we need to trust!
Trust that God knows what He is doing with our love lives. Trust
that His time, not ours, is the best timing. Trust that He is preparing
that prince or princess for us every day and we have to continue
to prepare ourselves as well. I know that is hard in this 'sex-driven'
world that we live in. We must not give in to the pressures that
say, "I must have a boyfriend/girlfriend!" - I have to
go all the way or he wont like me anymore." - "I have
to buy her these things or she won’t be my girlfriend anymore!"
The temptations of our human body sometimes feel so strong, that
we can't help but give in to them. But be strong faithful soldiers!
Pray, pray and pray some more you faithful lovers! Ask your Guardian
Angel to help you keep strong and pure. Ask our Blessed Mother to
watch over you and your future spouse to keep you holy and chaste.
Pray for God's will, maybe He even wants you to consider a religious
vocation as a sister, brother or priest. Be open to His call for
you! God will grant you the desires of your heart. God is hearing
your prayers and will answer them in His time! Check out the little
poem below. Do what I did-cut it out, hang it on your mirror or
some place that you will see it daily and read it EVERY day! I promise
it will help to move you along on your journey to your future spouse.
Because we need to remember that the Ultimate Lover loves us more
than we can ever imagine. God loves you more than any human ever
can, so you better learn how to accept and return His love, before
you can even think about accepting and returning the love of a spouse.
So, the next time you catch yourself dreaming about your Hollywood
Love Story, remember that your Heaven Love Story will win more Academy
awards than this world can ever offer!
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OF THE SAINTS
ST. EDMUND CAMPION
St. Edmund lived in the sixteenth century. He was a very popular young English student who was a great speaker.
St. Bibiana's father Flavian had been prefect of the city of Rome in early Christian times.
ST. FRANCIS XAVIER
St. Francis Xavier, the great missionary, was born at Xavier Castle in Spain in 1506.
ST. JOHN DAMASCENE
St. John lived in the eighth century. He was born in the city of Damascus of a good Christian family
St. Sabas, born in 439, is one of the most famous monks of Palestine.
St. Nicholas is the great patron of children and of Christmas giving.
St. Ambrose was born around 340. He was the son of the Roman governor of Gaul.
IMMACULATE CONCEPTION OF MARY
Our first parents offended God by sinning seriously.
BLESSED JUAN DIEGO
St. Juan Diego is well-known because the Mother of God appeared to him.
ST. JOHN ROBERTS
St. John was born in Wales in 1577. Although he was not a Catholic, he was taught by an elderly priest.
ST. DAMASUS I
ST. Damasus was born in Rome and lived in the fourth century-exciting times for the Church.
OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE
We celebrate the event of Mary's appearances on Tepyac Hill in Mexico.
St. Lucy, the beloved saint, lived in Syracuse, Sicily. She was born toward the end of the third century.
ST. JOHN OF THE CROSS
St. John was born in Spain in 1542. He was the son of a weaver.
St. Nino was a Christian girl who lived in the fourth century.
St. Adelaide was born in 931. At the age of sixteen, this Burgundian princess was married to King Lothair.
St. Olympias was born around the year 361. She belonged to a great family of Constantinople.
St. Flannan lived around the seventh century. He was the son of an Irish chieftain named Turlough. Flannan was educated by the monks.
BLESSED URBAN V
Blessed Urban's name before he became pope was William de Grimoard.
ST. DOMINIC OF SILOS
St. Dominic, a Spanish shepherd boy, was born at the beginning of the eleventh century.
ST. PETER CANISIUS
ST. Peter, a Dutch man, was born in 1521. His father wanted him to be a lawyer.
ST. CHAEREMON AND ST. ISCHYRION AND OTHER MARTYRS
The third century was marked by Roman persecutions of the Church.
ST. JOHN OF KANTY
St. John, the Polish saint, was born in 1390, the son of good country folk.
ST. MARGUERITE D'YOUVILLE
St. Marguerite was born in Quebec, Canada, on October 15, 1701.
St. Charbel was born Youssef Makhlouf on May 8, 1828, in a mountain village in Lebanon.
CHRISTMAS, THE BIRTHDAY OF JESUS
The time had come for the Son of God to become man for love of us.
St. Stephen's name means crown. He was the first disciple of Jesus to receive the martyr's crown.
ST. JOHN THE APOSTLE
St. John was a fisherman in Galilee. He was called to be an apostle.
THE HOLY INNOCENTS
When Jesus was born in Bethlehem, the Wise Men came from the east to worship him.
ST. THOMAS BECKET
St. Thomas Becket was born in 1118, in London, England.
St. Anysia lived in Thessalonica toward the end of the second century.
St. Sylvester dates back to early Christian times, to the reign of Constantine.
PHOTO OF THE MONTH
of the Relics of the Passion
for Holy Relics)
Why did Jesus, the sinless one sent from the Father in heaven,
submit himself to John’s baptism? John preached a
baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins (Luke
3:3). In this humble submission we see a foreshadowing of
the “baptism” of Jesus bloody death upon the
cross. Jesus’ baptism is the acceptance and the beginning
of his mission as God’s suffering Servant (Isaiah
52:13-15; 53:1-12). He allowed himself to be numbered among
sinners. Jesus submitted himself entirely to his Father’s
will. Out of love he consented to this baptism of death
for the remission of our sins. Do you know the joy of trust
and submission to God?