Be Holy, Be Happy!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Explosive WORD! Lectionary 457

September 28, 2010

Job 3:1-3, 11-17, 20-23

Reflection: Occasionally, not everyday, but occasionally I wake up and “curse the day.” Usually it is because there is something in the day that I do not want to do, or feel ill-prepared or will definitely offer me a negative challenge like meeting with an angry person….I agonize on these days and often do not even sleep well in the first place.

Teaching: Job certainly was articulate about not only a bad, horrible day, but about a bad, horrible life! He curses the day he was born! He regrets that he was not aborted and laments his life, and it seems that only death will be his peace and his rest.

Conversation: Job, you sucked the breasts that gave you life and you survived. God had a purpose for you. We have sucked at the breasts of Mary, and have received the milk of comfort, the Eucharistic strength that comes from having received God through her! Yes, we have been nourished by God, evil has been overcome by the Lord's death and His offering has become our hope, our joy and our reason for living. Death becomes life following of Christ, no matter how bad the day is or how little prepared we feel. Every moment, every second has meaning in light of the death and resurrection of Jesus!

Luke 9:51-56

Final thought: Jesus resolutely determined to journey to Jerusalem so that we might have a reason to live life and live it to the full!


Thursday, September 23, 2010

St. Therese, pray for us!



Nine days of prayer with


September 23 - October 1

The Relationship of St. Therese with the Blessed Virgin Mary

St. Therese's Mariology coincides with that of the council. She rebelled against the distortions of her age, which exaggerated Mary's privileges to the point of nearly denying her humanity. She saw Mary as the quintessential little soul. It was not Mary who was great; rather it was the incomparable grace of the immaculate conception that was great, with a greatness that did not raise her above the church but plunged her into its very depths. She is, said Therese, "more a mother than a queen." The Second Vatican Council said the same thing. The fathers of the council declined to accept a separate schema on the Virgin Mary, preferring to place its treatment of the Blessed Virgin within the Dogmatic Constitution on the Church, Lumen Gentium, precisely where she belongs, devoting Chapter 8 of that great conciliar document to Mary and declaring her to be the mother of the church and its model. What kind of a mother would she be, Therese had asked sensibly, if her children did not look like her and could not imitate her?

Certainly Therese herself imitated Mary. A priest who knew her well called her "A ravishing miniature of the Virgin Mary," a delightful description. How she loved the mother of Jesus! With a hand that trembled and could no longer dip her pen in the inkwell, she picked up her pencil for the last time, and this is what she wrote: "O Mary, if I were the queen of heaven and you were Therese, I would want to be Therese so that you might be the queen of heaven." Famous last words, worthy of a doctor of the church, easy to understand and easy to remember and such an astonishing thing to think of saying!  [Source: Origins Vol 27,12 (Sept 4, 1997)]

We suggest the following method:


Read the passage given.  Read it several times.


Take note of the words or phrases that strike you personally.


Pause, pray and offer your desire to grow in trust that this Word will bear fruit in you.


Entrust yourself to the intercession of your sister, Therese and to Mary, your mother


Ask for the grace of a word or incentive that might become proposal to your life.


Write down your thoughts and prayers and/or share with another person the inspirations that the Lord entrusted to you.

My Mother, My Confidence!   

St. Therese, pray for us!


September 23 - October 1


Day One

All alone, saying the rosary requires an effort for me. I feel that I say it so badly! Even if I strained to meditate on the mysteries of the rosary, I can’t concentrate…I was distressed for a long time over this lack of devotion which surprised me, since I love the Blessed Virgin Mary so much (…) Now I am less distressed, because I think that the Queen of Heaven, being my mother, must see my goodwill and is satisfied by it (Ms C, 25v).


Point to Ponder: A relationship with Mary is not based on our practices, but our desire to be in union with her.


 Day Two

When an angel offers you to be the Mother of the God who will reign for all eternity, what an astonishing mystery to see you prefer the unutterable treasure of your virginity! I understand that your soul, Oh Immaculate Virgin would be more dear to the Lord than the Divine sojourn. I understand that your soul, humble and gentle valley, would contain my Jesus, the Ocean of love (PN 54)/


Point to Ponder: Therese had it right, the greatness of Mary was in God’s choosing her to bear his Son, and she saying YES!


Day Three

The Blessed Virgin was also watching over her little flower. Not wanting her to be tarnished by contact with earthly things, she moved her to her mountain before she bloomed….While waiting for this happy moment, the little Therese grew in love for the Heavenly Mother (Ms A, 40r)


Point to Ponder: Therese invites us to a deep spiritual journey with Mary.


Day Four

Finding no assistance on earth, poor little Therese turned to her heavenly mother. She prayed to her to have pity on her. …All of a sudden, the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared beautiful to me, with a beauty such as I had never seen before. Her face radiant and indescribable kindness and tenderness. But what penetrated my soul it its very depth was the ravishing smile of the Blessed Virgin” (MsA, 30r).


Point to Ponder: The memory of the loving smile of Mary stayed with Therese her whole life.



Day Five

When Therese was three-and-a-half years old, every evening before retiring, she asked whether the good Lord was please with her. When the answer was in the affirmative, she asked then whether the Blessed Virgin was likewise satisfied (Jamart, pg 252).


Point to Ponder: The Blessed Virgin Mary held an important place in the daily life and daily decisions of St. Therese.


Day Six

At the age of seven, she wrote in one of her copybooks: “The Blessed Virgin is my mother and little children ordinarily resemble their mama” (Jamart 253).


Point to Ponder: Therese and Mary, mother and daughter.


Day Seven

In the afternoon of her first Communion Day, she pronounced the Act of Consecration to the Blessed Virgin, putting all her heart in to the act and asking the Holy Virgin, Mother of God, to watch over her. Recalling this later on, she added “that it seemed to her that Mary looked with love at her little flower and smiled at her” (Jamart 253).


Point to Ponder: Offering her life to Jesus was always done through Mary.


Day Eight

The Blessed Virgin made me feel that it was truly she herself who had smiled at me and had cured me. Oh! How great the fervor with which I begged her to be always my protector and help me realize my dream (to see the Pope and ask permission to be a Carmelite), hiding me in the shadow of her virginal mantel  (NV August 20 and 23).


Point to Ponder: Therese found trust, confidence and courage under Mary’s mantel.


Day Nine

If we wish a sermon on the Blessed Virgin to bear fruity, we ought to show what sort of life Mary actually led, as indicated by the Gospels, not as fabricated by our imagination…The Blessed Virgin is sometimes pictured as if she were unapproachable. We realize on the contrary that it is possible to imitate her by practicing her hidden virtues. She lives a life of faith common to all of us and we should prove this from what we are told in the pages of the Gospel (NV August 20 and 23).


Point to Ponder: St. Therese deeply read the Gospels and found the mother she was looking for!


Set aside a little time at the conclusion of the novena:


Review the fruits received in these past nine days of prayer with the Blessed Virgin Mary and St. Therese of Lisieux.  Visit with Mary about how to grow closer to Jesus in the spirit of St. Therese. Share your insights with others.  Pray your own prayer of thanksgiving.


“The Blessed Virgin is the Queen of Heaven and earth, quite true, but she is more mother than queen…It is proper to speak of her prerogatives, but we must not content ourselves with that. We must do all we can to maker her beloved of souls” (NV August 20 and 23).


All Saints, All Brothers and Sisters!



Wednesday, September 22, 2010


A Saint: Fully Human, Fully Alive!
USA NATIONAL PRO SANCTITY CENTER11002 N. 204th St. Elkhorn, NE or 402-289-2670


Lectio Divina
Praying with the Scriptures (LECTIO DIVINA) with Mary and the Saints
Thursday: September 30, October 7, 14, 21 2010

Time: 7-9 pm Cost: $20 ($5.00 a night)
Instructor: Teresa Monaghen, STB, MA
Location: St. Cecilia Institute at 3900 Webster St
Call (402) 553-5524 ext. 1 to pre-register or just come!
Call Teresa for information: 402-289-2670
This short course on Lectio Divina will offer practical ways and means to pray with the Scriptures primarily using the ancient tradition of “Lectio Divina.” The course will be taught prayerfully with examples from the lives of the saints. Location: Saint Cecilia Institute, 3900 Webster St. Instructor: Teresa Monaghen, STB, MA. Dates: 4 Thursdays, September 30-October 21. Time: 7-9 pm. Cost: $20. Pre-register online at or at 402-553-5524 ext 1.

Saturday, October 30, 2010
3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Co-sponsored with the Home School Association
$5.00 per person, $10.00 per Family—Everyone is welcome!
Saint Parade (Bring saint costume or we will provide.), Booths games, candy, candy, saints, saints...bags..., Hay Rack Rides, Camp Fire, Chili, and S’mores
Four miles north of Maple on 204th (Hwy. 31) - West side of road - 11002 N. 204th St. Elkhorn, NE - 68022

In the Shadow of Mary, In the Spirit of Mother Teresa
November 5-7, 2010

In the spirit of Mother Teresa of Calcutta and other saints, we will explore how to stay very close to our Lady. As Mother Teresa said, “If you do this, you can do great things for God and the good of people.” A reference book that will be used on the retreat will be, Mother Teresa: In the Shadow of Our Lady by Joseph Langford, MC (Our Sunday Visitor). Led by Msgr. Vaccari and Teresa Monaghen, AO

Friday, 7:30 p.m. to Sunday after Lunch TIME: Friday 7:30 pm to Sunday after Lunch
COST: $50.00 program free—add on room and board.
PSM@PROSANCTITY and we will send you a form.

Three Possibilities
Come adore the Lord in a quiet, out of the way place.
These are quiet and restful days of prayer. Our special intention is for vocations and the intentions given to us by our members and we pray especially for our priests
FIRST LOCATION: : Drop in at The Bethany, 6762 Western Ave
Call Franca at 402-553-4418 or
7:15 AM - 8:45 PM
9:30 AM - 3:30 PM

SECOND LOCATION: Drop in at the Pro Sanctity Center in Elkhorn 11002 N. 204th St.
Call Leela or Anne at 402-289-1938 or

Pro Sanctity Needs Volunteers!
We need you today!!
Great service hours opportuntiy
Pro Sanctity Center and Camp
11002 N. 204th St. Elkhorn, NE

·Office, mailing, calling, planning, organizing...
·Small group leaders for Confirmation Retreats!!! Go to confi
·Cooking, kitchen and hospitality, and help for a whole variety of activities for all ages!
·Green Team is a great Pro Sanctity group to join! Go to web site and the Green Team Blog and check us out: Building needed items, gardens of all kinds, designing, yard work, tree planting, fix up stuff (great service opportunity)
You tell us!
All ages of volunteers accepted. Come with your parent if you cannot drive!
· Contact Teresa at
402-289-2670 or Joan at 402-553-4418

Put out into the deep!

Pro Sanctity Men, catch fish and soul!
Social animator, Dr. Tom Hejkal
Pro Sanctity Board Member/Green Team, Larry Weigum
Apostolic Sodalis, Fr. Mark Bridgman


Tuesday, September 21, 2010

The Pro Sanctity Family sufferings and joy...fall 2010

My Mother, My Confidence!



September 21, 2010

Feast of St. Matthew

Dear Sisters, Brothers, and Friends of the Pro Sanctity Family. 


In this last period our Pro Sanctity Family is experiencing the sickness and death of our dear friends and relatives. On September 17, we buried our dear friend Marko Botich who was the first President of the Pro Sanctity Board in California. May he rest in peace. Remember his wife Ruth of 63 years, in your prayers. 


Angela Di Paola, an apostolic oblate from Brooklyn, is in Rome these days, because her younger brother, Umberto is terminally ill.  They are making him comfortable but little else can be done. 


And on Thursday, Mariakutty another member of Brooklyn community, is leaving for India, because also her mother is very sick.


Let us ask our Founder Bishop Giaquinta, to stay close to all the sick, and let us remember our sisters in our prayers. 


On this day we remember all our members with the name of Matthew and pray that your saint intercede for your holiness! God bless Theresa Gabriel, Fr. Matt Gutowski, and Fr. Matthew Vellanickal on their birthdays too.


Frances and John Monaghen celebrated their 58th anniversary of marriage yesterday and even though both have dementia they are doing much better thanks to God’s grace and everyone’s prayers.


Please pray for Agnes as she prepares to represent us at the Apostolic Oblate Council Meetings in Rome in October and we pray for Giovanna who is back from her home visit and is preparing her missionary move from New York, to California.


Best wishes to all our Pro Sanctity Local Boards and for a tremendous new season as we celebrate the them, "A Saint, Fully Human, Fully Alive!" Formation booklets are now available too from the Pro Sanctity Center in Elkhorn or pull it off our web site. We are preparing for the National Pro Sanctity Convention in Schuyler, Nebraska this summer. It should be fantastic! Mark off, July 26-31, 2010 on your calendar now and plan to attend and pray for the preparation!


The Animators and the Sodales went on a fishing trip recently, they froze and caught fish! Good way to grow in brotherhood! See their picture on the Pro Sanctity Blog (go to web site and click in it). We pray for the Sodales this year as they prepare for their General Assembly in August 2011


We know that there are many, many more intentions so let us hold one another in our hearts and in the unity of God's Holy Spirit we are one in our prayers for each other.


In the heart of Mary we bless you all,


Teresa and National Council




Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Feast of our Lady of Sorrows - September 15

Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows!


"Mary is the motive of trust; whatever moment we are living, in whatever difficulty we find ourselves, we turn to he and say: My Mother, My Confidence!" G. Giaquinta


Rosary in honor of Our Lady of Sorrows

Offered for the special intentions of those among our members who are suffering in a particular way and also for the opening of a new Pro Sanctity Center and Bethany in Holland, dedicated to our Lady of the Magnificat!


We also remember our members who celebrate their anniversaries today!



"Behold, your mother"


FIRST MYSTERY: Mary bore a Son. In heaven, he is the Only-begotten of the Father; on earth, likewise, he is the Only-begotten of his Mother... She who is the only Virgin-Mother, she who glories in having borne the Only-begotten of the Father, embraces that same Only-begotten of hers in all his members and so can be truly called Mother of all in whom she recognizes her Christ to have been formed, or in whom she knows he is being formed.


SECOND MYSTERY: Eve handed on to her children an inheritance of certain death rather than the beginning of light. She is indeed called the mother of all the living, (Gen 3,20) but... as she was incapable of fulfilling the vocation of her title, Mary consummated the mystery.


THIRD MYSTERY: Mary herself, like the Church of which she is the type, is a mother of all who are reborn to life. She is, in fact, the mother of the Life by which everyone lives, and when she brought it forth from herself, she in some way brought to rebirth all those who were to live by that Life...


FOURTH MYSTERY: Thus the blessed Mother of Christ, knowing that she is the mother of all Christians by reason of this mystery, shows herself a mother by her care and loving attention.


FIFITH MYSTERY: For Mary’s heart is not hardened against these children as if they were not her own; her womb carried a child once only, yet it remains ever fruitful, never ceasing to bring forth the fruits of her motherly compassion. «The blessed Fruit of your womb» (Lk 1,42), O holy Mother, left you pregnant with inexhaustible tenderness. He was born of you once and for all, yet he remains in you always.


Mediations are from Blessed Guerric of Igny (c.1080-1157), Cistercian abbot 1st. Sermon for the Assumption ; PL 185A,187 (©1971 Cistercian Publications)