Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Pope Francis' Prayer Intentions for January 2015

Vatican City, 30 December 2014 (VIS) – The Holy Father's universal prayer intention for January 2015 is: “That those from diverse religious traditions and all people of good will may work together for peace”.

His intention for evangelisation is: “That in this year dedicated to consecrated life, religious men and women may rediscover the joy of following Christ and strive to serve the poor with zeal”.

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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Saint Pope Clement I- Early Church Father

Saint Pope Clement I

Saint Pope Clement I is also known as Clement of Rome. There are differing views as to exactly when and where he was born. The general agreement is that he may have been a freed man from a Roman household. He is generally considered by the Roman Catholic Church to be one of the Greek Fathers and an Apostolic Father. He was the third successor to Peter as Pope, after Linus and Anacletus (Cletus), and writings from other Early Fathers including those of St. Irenaeus, Origen, and St. Jerome, to name a few, say that Clement was baptised by Peter. He was also a contemporary of Paul, and one of the early writers in speaking of Clement, said that "the preaching of the Apostles still rang in his ears".

The one thing that gives us more knowledge about Clement than the first two sucessors of Peter, is Clements "Epistle to the Corinthians", a letter he wrote to the "sojourning Church in Corinth from the sojourning Church in Rome", in regard to a schism happening there. The date of the letter is believed to have been around 96 A.D. His name does not appear in the letter nor did he direct the letter to a bishop at Corinth, but, the letter seems to have been generally intended for all in the Church at Corinth. Clements Epistle, is also the first evidence of papal correction to a Church outside of Rome. The letter he wrote was so highly regarded by the Church at Corinth, that a decade or so later, the bishop in Corinth in a letter to Rome, mentions that the letter from Clement was read at their assemblies. Indeed, this letter was also included in the early Bibles of many of the eastern Churches, before the canon was established in the Latin Vulgate.

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Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Merry Christmas!!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Hard Times Again

As some may know, my hours have been cut at work yet again. Earlier this year than in previous years. Only getting 26-32 hours a week, and I make less than $10.00 an hour.

I heat with an old electric furnace which not only is on it's last legs, but when I just now got home, is no longer working. It runs but no warm air, so apparently the blower is gone.

I have a high power bill once again, and since the rules for getting heating assistance and power bill assistance have changed, I no longer qualify for any help.

So once again, I would be extremely grateful for any assistance my readers might be able to provide.

I am going to be $183.00 short on the power bill (which must be paid by December 22, 2014), and it's going to take another $125.00 to buy a kerosene heater to get me by until such a time as I can get the furnace repaired.

I hate doing this, but I have nowhere else to turn, but to God and my blog's readers.

So thank you for your prayers and any other assistance you can provide.

God bless you all, and Our Lady keep you in her care.

Urgent Prayer Request -- Please Read -- UPDATED

UPDATE 12/15/2014

Just got very good news from my "daughter" Jackie. Everything is fine and she says that the "baby is perfect and moving around like crazy ". Thanks to all for your prayers! God is good!


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Jackie R., a young lady I work with, has essentially "adopted" me as her dad, and really thinks of me in that way.

Jackie is about 3 months pregnant. Well, this evening, she called me at work from the hospital. She was bleeding and was taken to the emergency room.

The good news is, that the baby seems to be OK at this point. They were able to detect it's heartbeat. However, Jackie has to really take it easy until she can see her doctor on Monday, so that they can try to determine what is taking place.

I was the first person she called to tell what was going on, and she asked me to pray for her and the baby, and she asked me to ask my friends and family to also pray for them. Please also pray for her husband, as I know he is also worried. Jackie tries to play "cool and tough" but I could hear the fear in her voice.

So, I am asking all of you. Family...friends...acquaintances... both near and far... to please pray for Jackie, her husband and their little one.

Sunday, December 07, 2014

Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary (From Goffine's Devout Instructions)

December 8
On this and the following eight days the Church celebrates, with particular solemnity, the immaculate conception of the ever-blessed Virgin Mary, who, from all eternity, was chosen to be the daughter of the heavenly Father, the spouse of the Holy Ghost, the Mother of the divine Redeemer, and, by consequence, the queen of angels and of men. The consideration of these prerogatives convinced the most enlightened fathers and teachers of the Catholic Church that she was conceived immaculate, that is, without original sin. It is very remarkable that among the shining hosts of saints who have, in every century, adorned the Church no one wrote against this belief, while we find it confirmed by the decisions of the holy fathers from the earliest times. Pope Pius IX, forced, as it were, by the faith and devotion of the faithful throughout the world, finally, on 8 December 1854, sanctioned, as a dogma of faith falling within the infallible rule of Catholic traditions, this admirable prerogative of the Blessed Virgin. It is, therefore, now no longer, as fomerly, a pious belief, but an article of the faith, that Mary, like the purest morning light which precedes the rising of the most brilliant sun, was, from the first instant of her conception, free from original sin.

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Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Need Stocking Stuffer Gifts?

So, the Christmas season is upon us, and I have a few ideas to help you out with your gift giving from Mystic Monk Coffee. Gifts especially for the coffee lovers among your family, friends, and co-workers.

Have stockings to stuff at work of for family? Then consider Mystic Monk Coffee’s Sampler Packs. They have their “9 Monks Sampler Pack” available in four different combinations of 2 oz. Samples of their fine coffee.

First is the Extra Dark sampler pack which has 3 each of Mystic Monk Blend, Midnight Vigils Blend, and Hermits Bold Blend.

Then there is the Flavored sampler pack which has 3 each of Carmel, Royal Rum Pecan, and Hazelnut.

Next we have the Medium Roast sampler which has 3 each of Cowboy Blend, Colombian Medium Roast, and Decaf. Arabica.

Finally, there is the Variety sampler, which gives you one each of the coffees listed in the sampler packs above.

Of course, if you have a large office, or a large number of family and friends to whom you want to give a small gift, you can always go for the 30 Pack Sampler, which gives you the following 2 oz. Samplers: 4 x Mystic Monk Blend, 4 x Midnight Vigils Blend, 4 x Hermits' Bold Blend, 3 x Cowboy Blend, 3 x Medium Colombian, 3 x Decaffeinated Arabica, 3 x Hazelnut, 3 x Royal Rum Pecan, and 3 x Carmel.

Now, if you are like me, and can't decide what someone else would like, you can always take the easy route, and give your recipients a Mystic Monk Coffee Gift Card. Then they can choose what they like from the selection of Mystic Monk Coffee, tea, drinkware, religious gifts, and more.

Gift cards are available in $15, $25, $50, $75, and $100 amounts for your convenience.

Your purchase from Mystic Monk Coffee helps to support the monastery of the Carmelite Monks of Wyoming and this blogger.

Monday, December 01, 2014

Pope Francis' Prayer Intentions for December 2014

Vatican City, 1 December 2014 (VIS) – The Holy Father's universal prayer intention for December is: “That the birth of the Redeemer may bring peace and hope to all people of good will”.

His intention for evangelisation is: “That parents may be true evangelisers, passing on to their children the precious gift of faith”.

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