Meditation On One’s Own Demise

Meditation On One’s Own Demise

This past weekend was the opening of deer season in Northwest Louisiana and a few friends and I made our way out to a forested spot from which we might spy prey. Long story short, I almost died.  It has been a little difficult for me to apply myself to writing over the last few days, as I have been recovering, but I will post the story and my thoughts Monday morning. In the mean time, please turn off your phone, music and take several minutes to read this meditation from St. Francis de Sales, Introduction to the Devout Life; part I, Ch. 13: Preparation 1. Place yourself in the Presence of God. 2. Ask His Grace. 3. Suppose yourself to be on your deathbed, in the last extremity, without the smallest hope of recovery. Considerations 1. Consider the uncertainty as to the day of your death. One day your soul will quit this body–will it be in summer or winter? in town or country? by day or by night? will it be suddenly or with warning? will it be owing to sickness or an accident? will you have time to make your last confession or not? will your confessor or spiritual father be at hand or will he not? Alas, of all these things we know absolutely nothing: all that we do know is that die we shall, and for the most part sooner than we expect. 2. Consider that then the world is at end as far as you are concerned, there will be no more of it for you, it will be altogether overthrown for you,...
3 little known oddities in the Catholic world

3 little known oddities in the Catholic world

The Catholic world is full of oddities, things which are either not well known, or things which are completely bizarre at face value.  Many are the basis for movies, some art, some are lesser known and obscure.  I have included three such oddities today. 1.  The Holy Grail actually exists:  Some might suspect I’ve seen Indiana Jones one too many times.  (The answer is yes, but this post is not the result.)  The Holy Chalice of Valencia is considered to be the chaliceor one of two chalices used by Christ at the Last Supper.  The backstory is long, but basically it was passed from person to person until the arrest and martyrdom of St. Lawrence by Valerian in 258.  In short, Lawrence was allowed by Valerian to gather the “treasure of the Church.”  During this time, Lawrence took the worldly treasures, relics, etc. including the chalice, and dispersed them, supposedly in his home in Spain.  It is held by tradition that upon his return, he presented Valerian with a group of the poor and stated that these were in fact the treasures of the Church.  Read more about the Chalice of Valencia from Fr. Z, or listen to Paul Camerata’s SaintCast for a more thorough treatment of St. Lawrence and the Holy Grail (There are actually three separate episodes concerning the chalice.  One, two, and three.) 2.  Ossuarys – An ossuary is a container built for the storage of bodies.  Traditionally, ossuaries are created in places where room for cemeteries and single grave sites is minimal.  The dead are buried in the ground, sans modern embalming, and eventually are unearthed,...
The Death of Feminism

The Death of Feminism

When you get right down to it, feminism (understood in the context of pop culture), is mostly about women thinking they are entitled to everything without having to pay any sort of consequences or take anyone else’s life into consideration. The goal of the “philosophy” is selfishness! We were all raised to believe that we could do anything we want to. We were convinced that we are entitled to an amazing, intellectually stimulating job and a family of five and all the clothes and shoes we’d ever want since everything is actually about US… right? Sadly, this scenario is both untenable and actually undesirable. If everything is really about us, that means that it can’t also be about people we love. People like husbands and children get lost in the mix. I’m not saying it’s impossible to have a job and a family, I’m saying it’s impossible to do both jobs at 100 percent of your full capacity. As women, it’s imperative that we understand our God given ability to have babies and be nurturing as a gift, not as a curse. Sure, it’d be fabulous to work for some interest group on Capitol Hill and afford to buy Kate Spade high heels, but I married a Air Force captain who moves every three years. And, as it turns out, making sacrifices for a good man who you happen to be in love with is really, very easy. It all comes down to what our goals in life are. My goal in life is to go to heaven and to love like crazy. Do I like to be intellectually...