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My 2011 Patron saint – St John of Kanty


I was blog surfing as usual and Jen at conversion diary has this saint generator on her page and I thought why not and voila! I have a patron saint for the year St John of Kanty… boy is he humble and patient and…, yeah. St John pray for me!
So after clicking first I got  St John of Kanty… and thought who’s that? Then I saw the link to click for another saint so I did. After clicking the learn more about St John link of course. As I read the info on him the following quote just popped out at me:

“Fight all error, but do it with good humour, patience, kindness, and love. Harshness will damage your own soul and spoil the best cause.”

And so I closed the other saint I had opened up coz I sure need the patience and good humour bit 🙂 He is totally perfect and my brother just came to live with me and is job hunting so this is so fitting…

Catholic pick up lines


I found Cathlolic Pick up lines here… I found them totally hilarious! LOL

1. Confess here often?

2. Did you feel what I felt when we reached into the holy water font at the same time?

3. You’ve got stunning scapular-brown eyes.

4. I bet I can guess your confirmation name.

5. Let’s get out of here. I know a much cozier little Catholic bookstore downtown.

6. You don’t like the culture of death either? Wow! We have so much in common!

7. What’s a nice girl like you doing at a First Saturday Rosary Cenacle like this?

8. Sorry, but I couldn’t help but noticing how cute you look in that ankle-length, shapeless, plaid jumper.

9. Hi there. My buddy and I were wondering if you would settle a dispute we’re having. Do you think the word should be pronounced HOMEschooling, or homeSCHOOLing?

10. May I offer you a light for that votive candle?

11. You don’t have an accountability partner? Me neither.

12. The Bible says “Give drink to those who are thirsty, and feed the hungry”; how about dinner?

13. You look so beautiful in that mantilla you wear to Mass

14. Want to go to Adoration with me?

15. I didn’t believe in predestination till I met you.

16. Man does not live by bread alone. So how about dinner and a movie?

17. What do you think Paul meant when he said, “Greet everyone with a holy kiss” (1Pet 5:24)?

18. A little bird… the Holy Spirit actually… tells me we should get to know each other a little better.

19. Do you need help carrying your Bible? It looks heavy.

20. What are your plans for tonight? Feel like a Bible study?

21. Hi, this pew taken?

22. My prayers are answered.

23. What’s a charismatic like you doing in a mainline place like this?

24. Don’t worry, I’m attracted to you purely in a spiritual way.

25. What’s your name and number so I can add you to my “prayer” list?

26. Has anyone ever told you, your eyes are like doves and your neck like the tower of David

27. Oh you are cold, Ecclesiastes 4:11.

28. You have the body of Amy Grant and the soul of Mother Teresa.

29. Am I the only one who sees the sign of the beast in the Volkswagon logo?

30. Read any good Bible passages lately?

31. Wow that grey/black ash smudge on your forehead, vaguely resembling a cross, really brings out the tones in your skin.

32. You know Jesus? Hey, me too! (from Brittney Quirk)

33. God told me to come talk to you. (from Brittney Quirk)

34. How about a hug, sister? (from Brittney Quirk)

35. Would you happen to know a Christian man/woman that I could love with all my heart and wait on hand and foot? (from Brittney Quirk)

36. Do you believe in Divine appointment? (from Brittney Quirk)

37. My friend told me to come and meet you, he said that you are a really nice person. I think you know him. Jesus, yeah, that’s his name. (from Brittney Quirk)

38. You look like a good vocation (from Stephen Bonnette)

39. I lost my rosary, can I use your fingers? (from David Napoli)

40. Hey … I don’t want to embarass you but your Scapular strap is showing. So … how long have you been wearing that? We should discuss the Sabatine promises over a 40 hours devotion sometime. (from Robert Klesko)

41. You’re so fine, you’re divine! (from Thomas F. Varacalli)

42. “It’s Palm Sunday, may I hold your palm?” (from Walker Solis)

43. “A girl like you only comes along once in a Blue Army meeting.” (from Walker Solis)

44. At a charismatic assembly: “Slain here often”? (from Walker Solis)

45. Presenting a rose: “I just may be the answer to your Little Flower novena.” (from Walker Solis)

46. Thumbing a rosary: “How ‘bout joining me for a few decades?” (from Walker Solis)

47. “Me, I prefer a more traditional Mass. I’m a regular Latin lover.” (from Walker Solis)

48. “You look like (an officially approved) apparition!” (from Walker Solis)

49. “You’re a saint! Kiss me, and make me a second-class relic!” (from Walker Solis)

50. “If loving you’s a heresy, consider me anathema!” (from Walker Solis)

51. “Where did you find such an exquisite St. Christopher medal?” (from Jennifer Salame)

52. “Can I hold your hand during the Our Father?”
(from Alyssa Collins)

53. “My Guardian Angel thinks you are cute”
(from Aaron Russell)

54. “Let me get your number; I know this great place to go to on Sunday mornings. They have the best wine!”
(from Chad A. Dubiel)

55. “Wedding and onions always make me cry. Which do you like better: onion rings or wedding rings?” (from Walker Solis)

56. “You must be the eighth wonder of the world because I’m smack dab between seventh heaven and cloud nine right now.” (from Walker Solis)

57. “Is that a new perfume or the odor of sanctity?” (from Walker Solis)

58. “So YOU’RE the third secret of Fatima?!” (from Walker Solis)

59. “In the dark void of this world, could you be my luminous mystery?” (from Stephanie Adams)

60. “Dinner. My Place. Tomorrow. Don’t argue; it’s a feast of obligation.” (from Ben Cohen)

61. If I had a bead for every time I though of you, I’d have a joyful mystery. (from John DeLozier)

62. My sacred heart of Jesus statue started beating faster when I saw you! (from Corrie Christiaansen)

63. I love that new Benediction Incense scent on you. (from Alexa Schuele)

64. hey.. do you wanna take the church van for a spin?
(from Corrie Christiaansen )

65. You are like the book of Revelation. You’ve got me all confused. (from Christa Masson)

On a sin… and communion (Part II)


After asking my questions and googling as if my life depended on doing so, (which it does in a sense) I have been getting an education on what constitutes sin. Here are some conclusions I have come to:

What I have gotten is that:
1. it is wrong to miss Mass without a grave reason, and to go to a Protestant service as a substitute without grave reason… (emphasis on grave)
2. if I go to a Protestant church instead of a Catholic one, I fail to fulfil my Sunday obligation and am in a state of mortal sin
3. it is wrong to fully and actively participate in a non-Catholic service, i.e. communion, reading, etc.
4. it is unclear whether it is wrong to attend other Christian services ‘passively’ – if one can be passive – as well as mass. It is advisable not to go, as one’s faith is put in peril, could be attacked and undermined.And attending these services is not in the best interests of the church; of not condoning the different Christian denominations as we want to encourage the return of all the Christians to the church
5. if I attend Protestant services for different reasons like pleasing family or just because I like it, I tolerate the hurt to Christ’s Body and make light of the scandal that wounds our Lord deeper every day

And what I need to do is:
1. actively endeavour to go to mass every week and receive the Eucharist
2. study the catechism in order to understand why Catholicism is the true church of Christ
3. avoid actively participating in other Christian services and going there as I could be tossed around and confused by strange doctrines and beliefs
4. somehow get my friends and family to understand why it is important for me to be Catholic and lead them to the light…

As I read around I came across a site which had the following… “The new Catechism calls the Eucharist “the heart and the summit of the Church’s life,” as well as the “sum and summary of our faith.” (CCC, #1407, #1327). The Eucharist is the sacrament of sacraments, the divine reality toward which all the other sacraments point and in which they are all fulfilled.”(source) and I thought how profound, I think I was last at a benediction years ago I can’t remember when and yet I always felt immersed in His presence then so why don’t I go now?

In one of the Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis which I am listening to, Screwtape was telling his nephew Wormwood something about how our bodies and what happens to them affects our spirituality… or something to that effect, it was about how the nephews ‘person’ could be led to being less prayerful by thinking that where I am and kneeling etc. are not important in the greater schemes of things for prayer or the quality of a prayer. As Catholic we hold that our bodies are the temples of the Lord, hence I’d want my temple (read body) to be positioned at the best place possible and not be desecrated and to be clean in preparation of the Lord coming into it… during communion.

Along the same lines, I’ll quote the following (also online) “…there were Gnostics who reasoned that the opposition of body and spirit meant the body could do anything without affecting the spirit. This school went in for orgies and every form of self-indulgence, all the while pretending they were ‘holy within’. But the Church of Christ went on teaching the truth: The Word became flesh. Body and spirit are married in Christ Jesus and we who are in him can and must glorify God in our bodies, not apart from them just as Jesus did when he died and rose–bodily–and ascended to his Father.(source) So indeed I have been woefully depriving myself by not receiving the Eucharist to be unified body and soul with the body of my Lord. and not only that, I’ve also been in a state of mortal sin by not attending mass; which leaves me very sad indeed.

“Many Catholics leave their bland parish for another denomination that serves up the Gospel hot and spicy. People who give up the Catholic faith often say they were looking for a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. How much more personal can you get than to have Jesus literally and physically living within your body? Ex-Catholics who claim that they are now being “fed” with the written Word at their new church, don’t realize that they have abandoned the banquet of the Living Word, the body and blood of our Saviour Jesus Christ. (source)

I used to wonder that if half the world did not believe in God for reasons out of their control as in been brought up way out wherever where Jesus is mostly unknown, and that if we can only get to heaven through His son then what would happen to them? It seemed … anathema…!!! Would so many perish?!? Then I would think that there must be another way to heaven or that there must be some flaw in the formula or that one’s deeds were a great part of it. Then I came to realise that there can not be two or more right answers… there is the truth and everything else. It may fill me with horror to think of people perishing in hell, as it well should, for without this fear would my faith grow?

It is not for me to try and figure out the mysteries of the Lord or to try and figure out how the rest of the world would get to heaven or to judge if they should… but it is for me to say yes to the truth when I hear it, for me to say no to the sin when it is recognised (as has happened here). I was sinning and I have to turn away from that sin ask for forgiveness and for the grace of the Lord to not sin again… for all my failures are my own and the triumphs are His. It his mercy that pulls me through.