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Saturday, August 29, 2015

Legion of Mary - September 2015 Calendar


Five lessons about the way we treat people.

(Received in email)


1 - First Important Lesson - Cleaning Lady.

During my second month of college, our professor
gave us a pop quiz. I was a conscientious student
and had breezed through the questions until I read
the last one:
"What is the first name of the woman who cleans the school?"
Surely this was some kind of joke. I had seen the
Cleaning woman several times. She was tall,
Dark-haired and in her 50's, but how would I know her name?
I handed in my paper, leaving the last question
Blank. Just before class ended, one student asked if
the last question would count toward our quiz grade.
"Absolutely, “said the professor,”In your careers,
You will meet many people.  All are significant. They
deserve your attention and care, even if all you do
is smile and say "hello...”
I've never forgotten that lesson. I also learned her
Name was Dorothy.

2. - Second Important Lesson - Pickup in the Rain

One night, at 11:30 p.m., an older African American
Woman was standing on the side of an Alabama highway
Trying to endure a lashing rain storm. Her car had
Broken down and she desperately needed a ride.
Soaking wet, she decided to flag down the next car.
A young white man stopped to help her, generally
Unheard of in those conflict-filled 1960's. The man
Took her to safety, helped her get assistance and
Put her into a taxicab.
She seemed to be in a big hurry, but wrote down his
Address and thanked him. Seven days went by and a
Knock came on the man's door. To his surprise, a
Giant console color TV was delivered to his home. A
special note was attached.
It read:
"Thank you so much for assisting me on the highway
the other night. The rain drenched not only my
Clothes, but also my spirits.  Then you came along.
Because of you, I was able to make it to my dying
Husband's' bedside just before he passed away... God
Bless you for helping me and unselfishly serving
others."
Sincerely,
Mrs. Nat King Cole.

3 - Third Important Lesson - Always remember those
who serve.

In the days when an ice cream sundae cost much less,
A 10-year-old boy entered a hotel coffee shop and
Sat at a table. A waitress put a glass of water in
Front of him.
"How much is an ice cream sundae?" he asked.
"Fifty cents," replied the waitress.
The little boy pulled his hand out of his pocket and
studied the coins in it. "Well, how much is a plain dish
of ice cream?" he inquired.
By now more people were waiting for a table and the
Waitress was growing impatient..
"Thirty-five cents," she brusquely replied.
The little boy again counted his coins.
"I'll have the plain ice cream," he said.
The waitress brought the ice cream, put the bill on
The table and walked away The boy finished the ice
Cream, paid the cashier and left.  When the waitress
came back, she began to cry as she wiped down
the Table.  There, placed neatly beside the empty dish,
Were two nickels and five pennies..
You see, he couldn't have the sundae, because he had
To have enough left to leave her a tip.

 4 - Fourth Important Lesson. - The obstacle in Our Path.

In ancient times, a King had a boulder placed on a
Roadway.  Then he hid himself and watched to see if
Anyone would remove the huge rock.  Some of the
King's' wealthiest merchants and courtiers came by
And simply walked around it..  Many loudly blamed the
King for not keeping the roads clear, but none did
anything about getting the stone out of the way.
Then a peasant came along carrying a load of
Vegetables.  Upon approaching the boulder, the
peasant laid down his burden and tried to move the
stone to the side of the road.  After much pushing
and straining, he finally succeeded. After the
Peasant picked up his load of vegetables, he noticed
a purse laying in the road where the boulder had
been. The purse contained many gold coins and a note
from the King indicating that the gold was for the
person who removed the boulder from the roadway.  The
peasant learned what many of us never understand!
Every obstacle presents an opportunity to improve
our condition.

 5 - Fifth Important Lesson - Giving When it Counts...

Many years ago, when I worked as a volunteer at a
hospital, I got to know a little girl named Liz who
was suffering from a rare & serious disease.  Her only
chance of recovery appeared to be a blood
transfusion from her 5-year old brother, who had
miraculously survived the same disease and had
developed the antibodies needed to combat the
illness.  The doctor explained the situation to her
little brother, and asked the little boy if he would
be willing to give his blood to his sister.
I saw him hesitate for only a moment before taking a
deep breath and saying, "Yes I'll do it if it will
save her."  As the transfusion progressed, he lay in bed
next to his sister and smiled, as we all did, seeing
the color returning to her cheek. Then his face
grew pale and his smile faded.
He looked up at the doctor and asked with a
trembling voice, "Will I start to die right away    ?    "
Being young, the little boy had misunderstood the
doctor; he thought he was going to have to give his sister all of his blood in order to save her.

Most importantly.... ”Live with no regrets, Treat people the way you want 
to be treated, Work like you
don’t need the money, Love like you’ve never been hurt, and Dance like 
you do when nobody’s watching”
You never know how or when you'll be paid



Friday, August 28, 2015

Reflections of Summer Spiritual Retreat from Cami Murphy

On August 1, 2015 the Little Handmaids of Our Sorrowful Mother and the Legion of Mary in Del Rio, Texas joined forces to present a "summer retreat" on The Spirituality of St. Louis de Montfort: Coming into the Presence of Jesus with Mary. 

The presenters were Fr. Antonio O. Moreno (spiritual director of the Little Handmaids and the Legion of Mary) and Cami Murphy, director of the Little Handmaids. 

There were about 65 people who attended the retreat.


In this email I would like to share with you a portion of 
Fr. Moreno's Introduction, as well as my own reflections on it. The retreat began with Mass, and in his homily, Fr. Moreno spoke to us about Mary as the best spiritual director, the one who best directs us to Jesus.

In his typically funny manner, he said he wanted us to have the best spiritual director, and that person was...and he extended his arm and hand in the direction of a large statue of Mary at the front of our church. And then his arm and hand seemed to spring back to point to himself. Then back to Mary, etc. (A very good illustration of our ambivalence about surrendering our lives to Mary.)

Then we walked to the parish center, where most of the retreat took place.


After time for registration, coffee, pan dulce, and fruit, Fr. Moreno gave us a deeply insightful introduction to The Spirituality of St. Louis de Montfort.


I spoke to Fr. Moreno on the phone recently to refresh my memory and to increase my understanding of what he shared with us.


What was most anointed for me is what he said about consecration being at the center of St. Louis de Montfort's spirituality. "Jesus," Fr. Moreno emphasized to me, is the Consecration.


I am reminded of the Scripture, "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life."And I think also of the Scripture of the Presentation in the Temple, in which Simeon said: "...mine eyes have seen Thy Salvation..."

Jesus is the Consecration, the Gift (as Fr. Moreno proclaimed to us), the Holiness that we are called to. Jesus is the Way. Jesus is the Truth. Jesus is the Life. Jesus is the Salvation. "I am that I am," God said to Moses.


St. Louis de Montfort emphasizes to us that, to be a Christian in the most profound sense, is to be filled with the Life of Christ, to share in His life. Christ lives in us.Jesus is the Holiness that we are called to. It is in Jesus that we become holy.


It is through union with Him, a fruit of our consecration, which originates not in ourselves, but in Christ, through the will of the Father. That is our primary vocation as Christians, according to St. Louis de Montfort. 

And the angel said to her,“The Holy Spirit will come upon you,and the power of the Most High will overshadow you;therefore the child to be born will be called holy,the Son of God. (Luke 1:35)


Mary participated (and continues to participate) in the Consecration of Christ through her yes, and our consecration to Mary enables us to have the grace to say yes


This is only a portion of what Father shared with us in His Spirit-filled, grace-filled, joy-filled manner; and my reflections on his teaching.


--Little Handmaids of Our Sorrowful Mother

www.sorrowfulmother.net

And Mary said, "Behold I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word." (Lk 1:38)






August 28, 2015: Del Rio News-Herald * OPINION * Letter to the Editor * Futuristic court cases











































Letter to the Editor,

Futuristic Court Cases

New Washington, Mars (IPA)––Thousands of New Washington martians from the northeast quadrant of sector 711 protested outside the Intergalactic Supreme Court today as justices began deliberations on a number of hotly contested issues including inter-species marriage, multi-religious freedom and intergalactic commerce. 

The justices are hoping to cover all the core issues that the average martian on the planet is currently facing; issues such as understanding marriage in regards to the martian race and the earthling race, practicing a multitude of various religions simultaneously and the intergalactic trade agreements of martians utilizing earthling money.

Spokesmartian for the Intergalactic Supreme Court told the Intergalactic Press Agency outside the Intergalactic Supreme Court spacecraft. “I have faith that our Justices will be able to guide the controversial martian-earthling relationships in these decisions, to help them better understand how all of us can better interact regarding inter-species marriages, the freedom to practice a multitude of various and at times conflicting religious beliefs and foreign trade intergalactic-commerce interactions with martian and earthling money.”

One issue receiving lots of attention is that of intergalactic marriage. The question of whether martians could legally marry earthlings was first thrust into the spotlight when well known earthling space hockey player Wave Greatsky fell in love with martian actress of spaceship stage and teleport screen Planet Jones, causing a storm of controversy.

Another highly controversial issue is whether martians can practice a variety of religions including earthling religions or whether they should practice the one and only traditional martian religion which has existed for a gazillion years.

Another contentious issue is the worthiness or worthlessness of the earthling monetary system.

Other issues the justices might also be considering are whether it’s permissible to form crop circles outside one’s own space property and what kind of consensual agreement is required for earthling probing to be lawfully allowed by martians.

Justice Marciano was overheard to mutter, “Oh, what I would give to go back to those uncomplicated Supreme Court decisions of 2015!”




Marian Casillas, Ed.D.



Friday, August 21, 2015

Little Handmaids of Our Sorrowful Mother invitation

Dear Little Handmaids and Friends,

Tuesday August 25th at St. Joseph Church room 11 from 5:30 to 7:30pm , we are going to show the 2nd Disk of Father Hugh Gillespie, SMM DVD for Total Consecration. Father Gillespie is a priest of The Company of Mary, which is St. Louis De Montfort Company of Priest. On this disk we will watch talks on Father Gillespie talk on:

1) Knowledge of self
2) Knowledge of Mary

Everyone is invited to join us

Little Handmaids of Our Sorrowful Mother


Thursday, August 20, 2015

August 20,2015: Del Rio News-Herald * OPINION * Letter to the Editor * My summer vacation


































Letter to the Editor,

My Summer Vacation

Missy wakes up and dashes to the kitchen where she finds her mother and father drinking coffee and declares, “I became a saint this summer!”
Her mother and father look at each other quizzically, taken aback by their daughter’s remark.
They look at each other, neither one knowing exactly how to respond.
Missy resolutely continues her elucidation, “That’s what I’ll write about when my teacher asks the class to write about what we did during the summer.”
It seems Missy has already thought this through, and knowing their daughter, there is no stopping her once she has set her mind on something, and it definitely seems like she has set her mind on this.
Her mother finally inquires, “What do you mean you became a saint this summer?”
“Well, Mamí, Mrs. DeLaVida, our Vacation Bible School teacher, taught us that if we loved God and we did what He told us in the Ten Commandments, then we would go to Heaven.”
Both her mother and father nod in unison and Missy continues expounding on her exposition, “and all the people who are in heaven are saints because they loved God and did what He told us to do in the Ten Commandments”, and breathlessly she continues “and this summer I made a promise to always love God and to always follow the Ten Commandments,” and finally she concludes, “so that means I am a saint who will go to heaven.”
Junior sputters out between mouthfuls of cereal and exclaims, “I hated Vacation Bible School; it was boring.”
Missy is flabbergasted with her brother’s most incredulous remark, “It was the best thing about the summer”, Missy forthrightly defends Vacation Bible School, as any true saint would valiantly speak up, virtuously defending veracity.
“Besides,” smugly continues her brother, “you can’t write about God things in school.”
“Yes I can,” staunchly responds Missy without missing a beat and resolutely continues, “I know my rights and I can so write about God, saints, heaven and Vacation Bible School.”
“No, you can’t”, barks her brother.
“Yes, I can”, retorts Missy.
“We’ll see”, Junior ends the discussion, wipes the dripping milk from his chin with a napkin and departs the kitchen. He abruptly turns around and pulls no punches as he tries to win by deflating his sister’s ego, “You’re not a saint because you just committed a sin by fighting with me.”
“Well, you’re wrong, because I wasn’t fighting with you. I was just defending my rights and besides, sinners can so become saints when they go to Confession and are sorry for their sins.”


Marian Casillas, Ed.D.



Triplet's Lives Matter


Marian Statue


Marian statue that survived the atomic bombing of Nagasaki to honor those who perished in the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on August 6 and August 9, 1945.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Pray for 2015 Apostolic Journey of Pope Francis to the United States of America



Here is the schedule for Pope Francis' September 2015 Apostolic Journey to the United States of America as released by the Vatican on June 30, 2015.  All times listed are Eastern Daylight Time.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22 (WASHINGTON, DC)

  • 4:00 p.m.    Arrival from Cuba at Joint Base Andrews

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23 (WASHINGTON, DC)

  • 9:15  a.m.  Welcome ceremony and meeting with President Obama at the White House
  • 11:30 a.m. Midday Prayer with the bishops of the United States, St. Matthew's Cathedral
  • 4:15  p.m.  Mass of Canonization of Junipero Serra, Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception 

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 24 (WASHINGTON, DC, NEW YORK CITY)

  • 9:20  a.m.  Address to Joint Session of the United States Congress 
  • 11:15 a.m. Visit to St. Patrick in the City and Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington
  • 4:00 p.m.   Depart from Joint Base Andrews
  • 5:00 p.m.   Arrival at John F. Kennedy International Airport
  • 6:45 p.m.   Evening Prayer (Vespers) at St. Patrick's Cathedral 

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25 (NEW YORK CITY)

  • 8:30  a.m. Visit to the United Nations and Address to the United Nations General Assembly
  • 11:30 a.m. Multi-religious service at 9/11 Memorial and Museum, World Trade Center 
  • 4:00  p.m.  Visit to Our Lady Queen of Angels School, East Harlem
  • 6:00  p.m.  Mass at Madison Square Garden

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 (NEW YORK CITY, PHILADELPHIA)

  • 8:40  a.m.  Departure from John F. Kennedy International Airport
  • 9:30  a.m.  Arrival at Atlantic Aviation, Philadelphia 
  • 10:30 a.m. Mass at Cathedral Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul, Philadelphia 
  • 4:45  p.m.  Visit to Independence Mall
  • 7:30  p.m.  Visit to the Festival of Families Benjamin Franklin Parkway

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 27 (PHILADELPHIA)

  • 9:15   a.m.  Meeting with bishops at St. Martin's Chapel, St. Charles Borromeo Seminary 
  • 11:00  a.m. Visit to Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility 
  • 4:00  p.m.   Mass for the conclusion of the World Meeting of Families, Benjamin Franklin Parkway 
  • 7:00   p.m.  Visit with organizers, volunteers and benefactors of the World Meeting of Families, Atlantic Aviation 
  • 8:00   p.m.  Departure for Rome

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Invitation from Little Handmaids of Our Sorrowful Mother



Dear Little Handmaids Friends,
You are invited to join us this Tuesday August 11, at St. Joseph Church room 11 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm.  We will be showing the first part of the DVD series on Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary of St. Louis DeMontfort.  Anyone interested in preparing to make the consecration or learning about it, is welcome to come to this meeting and watch the DVD series part I. 
We hope to see you on Tuesday
Blessings from Little Handmaids of Our Sorrowful Mother





Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Email received about Rosary Making Workshop on August 21, 2015 at 5:30 pm at Sacred Heart Church Conference Room

Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Sacred Heart Church will be hosting a Rosary Making Workshop.

August 21, 2015 - Friday
5:30 p.m.
Sacred Heart Church Conference Room
We will pray the Rosary before the Workshop
Refreshments will be served
Supplies are free

Sacred Heart Church has three retreats coming up.  Men's retreat October 2015, Women's retreat February 2016 and Teens retreat Summer of 2016. 

This will be a great opportunity for our A.C.T.S. Community to Serve and make rosaries for the retreats.  And a time to pray for our Retreatants for the Holy Spirit to move them to attend a retreat.

Everyone is welcome!  Men's, Women's and Teen's A.C.T.S. Community please mark your calendar and make plans to spend time in Service for our Retreatants.
























Rosary Making Workshop sponsored by The Legion of Mary serving our Catholic Community.





Email received from Cami Murphy on the 7 deadly sins part of her presentation during the Summer Spiritual Retreat

Email received from Cami Murphy on the 7 deadly sins





These are my notes, which come partly from a website for Catholic Bible 101, a page on the 7 deadly sins, and partly just from things I have read or been told in the past:
1.  Lust- focus on pleasure to the point that we treat other persons as objects for our pleasure. (Of course, most Catholics know that fornication, adultery, homosexual acts, and masturbation are mortal sins.) Chastity overcomes the sin of lust.(Chastity is the giving of self according to God's will for the vocation that we are in: matrimony, priesthood, religious life, or Christian single life.)
2.  Greed- Compulsive need for more, more, more for me, me, me. The part in Finding Nemo of the seagulls calling, "mine, mine, mine..." reminds me of greed. Generosity overcomes the sin of greed.
3.  Gluttony- an excess of anything (food, drink, toys television, entertainment, sex, or company). Temperance overcomes gluttony.
4.  Envy- Envy loves what other people possess rather than what is Good, Beautiful, and True. Brotherly love overcomes envy.
5.  Anger- Anger can be as mild as impatience and, of course, as grievous as murder. Hatred and unforgiveness are also mortal sins, if a person is not working to overcome them. Meekness overcomes anger.
6.  Pride- the "unholy trinity" of "me, myself, and I, instead of the Most Holy Trinity of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Humility overcomes pride. 3 ways to destroy pride:
·         Be grateful to anyone and everyone. Treat even the things people are expected to do as great gifts.
·         Beg forgiveness of God for the sin of pride. Go before Him in prayer every day, or even every few hours, to beg His forgiveness for our pride.
·         Ask God for a spirit of humility and gratitude.
7. Sloth is not caring enough to put forth the effort to grow spiritually, or (according to Fr. Moreno) not sharing the spiritual 
         gifts that we receive. Diligence overcomes sloth.
I didn't remember to say this during the retreat, but these sins truly become deadly sins (according to Fr. Moreno) when they totally separate us from God, and they are then mortal sins. For instance, greed can be a mortal sin if we are totally concerned with obtaining "more, more, more" money or things, to the extent that we have no room in our hearts and souls for God.






Tuesday, July 21, 2015

July 21, 2015: Del Rio News-Herald * Opinion * Letters to the Editor * Lights, camera, action

















Lights, Camera, Action

Precedent has now been set for The White House to be used as an icon of celebration for any and all  particular political or even social causes or purposes, or will it discriminate against certain ones that might not be politically correct?

It has now ceased to be The People's House, and has now become one person’s, administrations’, or particular group’s house to proclaim his or their particular views on any topic of social or public policy. It has now been enlisted and used for other purposes besides the powerful and noble symbol of our country and all that it has stood for generations throughout our nation's history.

The physical structure at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave has now been denigrated and degraded to become merely a bumper sticker, banner, billboard, placard, or t-shirt; our government's equivalent of a Google doodle.

Sending subliminal messages is now what The White House has become for propagating it's ideological agenda and diminishing it's symbolism of patriotic pride and national unity.

Light up the White House in the colors of our nation's flag when we celebrate our nation's birthday on the Fourth of July, Independence Day. 

Flood it in pink hues to call us all to Breast Cancer Awareness.

Drape it in emerald green shamrocks on St. Patrick's Day.

On Easter Sunday let The White House celebrate by being wrapped in pastel colored lights.

During Lent let The White House bear the color purple for 40 days and 40 nights.

Let the festive Christmas colored lights embrace The White House throughout the joyful season.

On days of national mourning let the lights go dark to honor the fallen heroes.

On 911 let the silhouette of the Twin Towers cover The White House facade.

Let blue lights shine brightly to honor America's Law Enforcement Officers.

Let the Pro-Life baby girl pink and Pro-Life baby boy blue colors softly cradle The White House.

During Thanksgiving cover The White House in the fall foliage colors of orange, yellow and brown.

And of course on Valentine's Day lavish The White House lovingly with red hearts.

In order to balance the budget, will revenue now be sought by advertising flashing on The White House walls?

Marian Casillas, Ed.D.





Wednesday, July 15, 2015

August 1, 2015: Free Summer Spiritual Retreat for Men and Women 18 and older at St. Joseph Parish Hall



























Free Summer Spiritual Retreat


August 1, 2015

Men and Women 18 and older – retreat from the summer heat into the presence of Jesus with Mary

Sponsored by the Little Handmaids of the Sorrowful Mother and The Legion of Mary

Theme: Spirituality of St. Louis De Montfort: Coming into the Presence of Jesus with Mary

Presenters: Father Antonio O. Moreno and Cami Murphy

Place: St. Joseph Parish Hall

Schedule:
8:00 a.m. Mass – St. Joseph Church
9:00 a.m. – Registration
9:30 a.m. – Knowledge of Self: Examination of Conscience
11:00 a.m. – Knowledge of Mary: Contemplative Prayer
12:00 noon – Pot Luck (salads/desserts) – spaghetti will be provided
1:00 p.m. Knowledge of Jesus: The Gospel of Joy

2:00 p.m. – Fourth Conference:  “Lectio Divina”