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Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Saint Catherine Labouré And Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal - Marianne Lorraine Trouvé and Cathy Morrison - Encounter the Saints Book 30

Saint Catherine Labouré
And Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal
Encounter the Saints Series Book 30
Marianne Lorraine Trouvé
Cathy Morrison (Illustrator)
Pauline Books and Media
ISBN 9780819872241




This book is about a saint that I had not encountered before reading the book. The story of this saint and the miraculous medal are amazing. My children could hardly believe the story. We loved this book and the whole series. The Encounter the Saints Series, from Pauline Books and Media, are all wonderful reads. Written for younger readers, they are great reads for anyone who wants to encounter saints in a powerful way. These books are great to read to children, with children or if you just want a good read for yourself. I started reading the series before reading them with my kids and we have now tracked down all 37 book currently available in the series in one format or another, and are working through them all.

The chapters in this book about Saint Catherine Labouré are:
Prologue 
1. Life on the Farm 
2. A New Role
3. A Growing Desire 
4. Following a Dream
5. Rue du Bac
6. The Lady 
7. A Special Mission
8. Back to the Farm
9. The Medal
10. Miracles 
11. Catherine's Secret 
12. Ordinary Life
13. Fire!
14. Another Mission for Father Aladel
15. The War 
16. More Trouble 
17. Into Flight
18. Back to Normal  
19. Some Changes
20. The Final Road 
Prayer
Glossary



Saint Catherine Labouré lived to serve and to work for the lord. Her service in running the gardens, and then the farm as well as her hospice work is exemplary. I was unaware of the story of the medal, its history. After having read a book about Mother Teresa and her affinity for passing out these medals it is nice to know their origin now. 

The author of this work also penned three other book in the series but has written about 25 other books about the Catholic faith. The writing style is direct and to the point but tells the story in a very engaging manner. The illustrator, Cathy Morrison, has illustrated one other book in the series and it was also written by Trouvé. I believe that the illustrations are charcoal or conté sketches. They are full of rich details. And each of the 5 illustrations is a full page illustrated out to a full rectangular image. A number of the other books have sketches that are not complete drawings like these.  

My children really love the last two sections in these books; the prayer and the glossary. The glossary in this volume has 20 definitions ranging from Canonization to vow. The especially enjoyed the definition of: 
"Pilgrimage - a journey to a holy place to venerate a saint or to obtain some spiritual favor. A person making a pilgrimage is called a pilgrim."
For we often go to a statue of Mary outside of our town and spend some time praying as a short pilgrimage together. And as always they really enoued the prayer:
"Saint Catherine, all your life you workedhard. You tried to serve God and love others insimplicity. Even when the Blessed Motherappeared to you and gave you a special mission,you were so humble that many people neverguessed what you had experienced. Your speciallove for the poor moved you to reach out to them,so that they would know how much God lovesthem. Pray for me that I will have a truly humbleheart, grateful for all that God has given me.May I, too, serve God with courage, even whenit seems that no one notices. 
Mary, our Lady of the Miraculous Medal,you asked Saint Catherine to encourage people totrust in your prayers and help. Pray for me andfor all those whom I love. Keep us close to Jesus.O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us whohave recourse to you. Amen."
My oldest commented about the book; and the prayer that the book is an example of doing everything as well as we can, but also in not calling attention to ourselves in the process. And that we should work hard at all we do. And that is a lesson I still need to learn and am happy my children are being exposed to through this book. And all three children loved the story of her faith during the fire, it really has encouraged them to face things that scare them.



My children and I love this series. In fact I have two different books on the go currently with my youngest two. I carry a small pocket oratory that has a miraculous medal and I love knowing more about it through this book. We love this book and the series. 

Currently there are 37 books in this series, including The Saints Pray for Us, and I have read over a third of them. I have read almost half of the series on my own and read about a third of them now with my children.  My oldest who is 11 and I read them to the younger two. My son who is 9 can read them with some help on the more difficult words. This book and the series is geared for readers between the ages of 9 and 12 but in our house they are loved by the 6 year old and this man who is pushing 50. As mentioned this book as mentioned is part of the Encounter the Saints Series; from Pauline Books and Media, and this book is an excellent read as is the entire series!  This family gives them our highest recommendation.

Note: This book is part of a series of reviews: 2017 Catholic Reading Plan!


Encounter the Saints Series from Pauline Books and Media:
Blessed James Alberione Media Apostle
Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati Journey to the Summit
Journeys with Mary Apparitions of Our Lady
Saint André Bessette Miracles in Montreal
Saint Anthony of Padua Fire and Light
Saint Bakhita of Sudan Forever Free
Saint Bernadette Soubirous And Our Lady of Lourdes
Saint Catherine Labouré And Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal
Saint Clare of Assisi A Light for the World
Saint Damien of Molokai Hero of Hawaii
Saint Edith Stein Blessed by the Cross

Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Daughter of America
Saint Faustina Kowalska Messenger of Mercy
Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini Cecchina's Dream
Saint Francis of Assisi Gentle Revolutionary
Saint Gianna Beretta Molla The Gift of Life
Saint Ignatius of Loyola For the Greater Glory of God
Saint Isaac Jogues With Burning Heart
Saint Joan of Arc God's Soldier
Saint John Bosco Champion for the Young
Saint John Neumann Missionary to Immigrants
Saint John Paul II Be Not Afraid
Saint John Vianney A Priest for All People
Saint Juan Diego And Our Lady of Guadalupe
Saint Kateri Tekakwitha: Courageous Faith
Saint Katharine Drexel The Total Gift
Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque And the Sacred Heart of Jesus
Saint Martin de Porres Humble Healer
Saint Maximilian Kolbe Mary's Knight
Saint Paul The Thirteenth Apostle
Saint Pio of Pietrelcina Rich in Love
Saint Teresa of Avila Joyful in the Lord
Saint Teresa of Calcutta Missionary of Charity
Saint Teresa of Kalkota Missionary of Charity
Saint Thérèse of Lisieux The Way of Love
Saint Thomas Aquinas Missionary of Truth
Saint Thomas More Courage, Conscience, and the King
Saints Jacinta and Francisco Marto: Shepherds of Fatima
The Saints Pray for Us




Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Saint Teresa of Kolkata Missionary of Charity - Mary Kathleen Glavich and Barbara Kiwak - Encounter the Saints Book 17

Saint Teresa of Kolkata
Missionary of Charity
Encounter the Saints Series Book 17
Mary Kathleen Glavich
Barbara Kiwak (Illustrator)
Pauline Books and Media
ISBN 9780819890757



This book was originally published in 2003 as Blessed Teresa of Calcutta: Missionary of Charity, it was later published as Saint Teresa of Calcutta: Missionary of Charity, and is now republished as Saint Teresa of Kolkata: Missionary of Charity it does not appear that the text was revised much across the three editions. Of the 37 books in the series this is one of 18 that is only available in a physical book. There are no eBook editions available. But it is part of an amazing series of book. This book is an excellent read and the whole Encounter the Saints Series, from Pauline Books and Media, are wonderful reads. They were written for younger readers but are great reads at any age. I started reading these books with my three children, but I keep reading ahead of where I am at with them, I find I cannot put these books down I am now only one book shy of having the whole series. 

The chapters in this book about Saint Teresa of Kolkata are:
1. Happy Years
2. Family of Love
3. Mission Call
4. Leaving Home 
5. A Loreto Sister 
6. Kolkata
7. The Second Call 
8. Toward the Dream
9. Creek Street Home
10. First Missionaries of Charity 
11. The New Motherhouse 
12. Place of the Pure Heart 
13. A Home for Children 
14. City of Peace 
15. Growth 
16. Branching Out 
17. A Family Cross
18. Around the World 
19. Gratitude and Honors
20. Courageous Love
21. Final Sufferings  
22. Saint of the People 
Prayer
Glossary



There are likely few people in the whole who do not know the name of Mother Teresa of Calcutta or Kolkata. But this little volume of 136 pages does an incredible job of giving us a glimpse of her life, her mission and her suffering.  The stories in this book span from when she was 2 years old until her burial. The life that she lived of certitude, steadfastness, and living compassion is an example to all of us. Many both within and outside the Catholic church have had an appreciation for this woman, this saint. This book is a great way to introduce her to the next generation; a generation that did not grow up reading about her in the news, about her accomplishments, and about her continuous service. 



The author of this work also penned one other book in the series but has written many books about the Catholic faith. Her writing style is very engaging and this was one of the best reads so far in the series for my children and me. The illustrator on the other hand, Barbara Kiwak, illustrated 7 book in this series. All of the books in the series we have read to date, have 5 illustrations spread throughout the book. Because of various artists there are very different styles. The illustrations in this book appear to be pencil or charcoal sketches. My children really loved the illustrations in this book. We have only read one of the other books illustrated by Barbara but look forward to encountering more of her artwork. 



As always one of the things my children love the most about this series is the prayers at the end of the book. The prayer to Saint Teresa is:
"Saint Teresa of Kolkata, you bravely answeredGod's call twice and taught the world how to putlove into action. You saw Jesus in the poorest ofthe poor and responded with love. The dying,unwanted children, the lepers and the abandonedall came to know God's love through you. 
Now pray for us, that we too may answerGod's call to do more. Let us trust God to providefor us as we do what he wants. May we follow youradvice to love until it hurts and do it with a smile,beginning with our family and friends. Then wetoo will make our lives something beautiful forGod! Amen."
This book is an incredible read in an amazing series. I think it was a wonderful introduction to Saint Teresa for my children. After reading this book my oldest ask that when I pray for her at the end of each day that I pray that she hear God's call. I do pray that for each of my children and that they become the best version of themselves. This book and this series will help with that by showing them many different ways of following God, of following where he leads, of following his call.   

I loved this book and this series. There are currently 37 books in this series, including The Saints Pray for Us, and I have read over a third of them. I have read book 1 and book 36 and a number in between. The books in this series are written with a target audience of 9-12 year olds, and my 11 year old can read them without any difficulty, and my 9 year old needs help with some words. I believe that anyone who reads these books will have their faith enriched. This book as mentioned is part of the Encounter the Saints Series; from Pauline Books and Media. This is another inspiring book in a wonderful series and I highly recommend both the book and the series.

Note: This book is part of a series of reviews: 2017 Catholic Reading Plan!



Encounter the Saints Series from Pauline Books and Media:
Blessed James Alberione Media Apostle
Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati Journey to the Summit
Journeys with Mary Apparitions of Our Lady
Saint André Bessette Miracles in Montreal
Saint Anthony of Padua Fire and Light
Saint Bakhita of Sudan Forever Free
Saint Bernadette Soubirous And Our Lady of Lourdes
Saint Catherine Labouré And Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal
Saint Clare of Assisi A Light for the World
Saint Damien of Molokai Hero of Hawaii
Saint Edith Stein Blessed by the Cross

Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Daughter of America
Saint Faustina Kowalska Messenger of Mercy
Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini Cecchina's Dream
Saint Francis of Assisi Gentle Revolutionary
Saint Gianna Beretta Molla The Gift of Life
Saint Ignatius of Loyola For the Greater Glory of God
Saint Isaac Jogues With Burning Heart
Saint Joan of Arc God's Soldier
Saint John Bosco Champion for the Young
Saint John Neumann Missionary to Immigrants
Saint John Paul II Be Not Afraid
Saint John Vianney A Priest for All People
Saint Juan Diego And Our Lady of Guadalupe
Saint Kateri Tekakwitha: Courageous Faith
Saint Katharine Drexel The Total Gift
Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque And the Sacred Heart of Jesus
Saint Martin de Porres Humble Healer
Saint Maximilian Kolbe Mary's Knight
Saint Paul The Thirteenth Apostle
Saint Pio of Pietrelcina Rich in Love
Saint Teresa of Avila Joyful in the Lord
Saint Teresa of Calcutta Missionary of Charity
Saint Teresa of Kalkota Missionary of Charity
Saint Thérèse of Lisieux The Way of Love
Saint Thomas Aquinas Missionary of Truth
Saint Thomas More Courage, Conscience, and the King
Saints Jacinta and Francisco Marto: Shepherds of Fatima
The Saints Pray for Us




Monday, 14 August 2017

What's Next After Exodus 90

Exodus 90 - What's Next After Exodus 90


A 90 Day program for Christian men with a focus on Prayer, Asceticism, and Brotherhood. From Those Catholic Men. And my fraternity is now 90 days in. Here are some reflections after the program.


This was a time to refocus, a time to make gains in the spiritual disciplines and the physical disciplines. For me that means 90 days of:

No television.
No sugar and sweets.
No alcohol.
No meat on Tuesdays and Fridays.
Daily Rosary.
Daily exercise.


As I stated on my Day 90 Report: "After 90 Days our fraternity has decided to stay together. We are still working out what that will look like, especially considering we are a remote fraternity that met over the web and not in person." But that has proven harder said than done. It has been over 2 months since we finished the 90 days. We have not done a good job of sticking together, and some of that is likely that we are a remote fraternity. Rather than meeting face to face we connect over the internet and span a number of time zones. Crossing those time zones has proved a bit of a struggle, especially since I get up at 5am for work. I have managed to keep a number of the disciplines and even become more regimented on a few. I would love to redo the program either locally with some men, or remotely again. I still highly recommend it. But for now it is time to keep praying and working on the disciplines. 

From the Exodus 90 website:

"Exodus 90: The Purpose

The goal of Exodus is to achieve the freedom necessary to fully engage the love of God and the love of neighbor. Exodus is based on a challenging 90-day period of purification, a dying to self, which is supported by a fraternity of like-minded men for greater interior freedom and, eventually, a more purified and selfless love.

Most importantly Exodus is for men who have difficulty finding God and desire to radically unite himself to his Heavenly Father. Exodus is not a program of penance and self-abasement. It is a program for men who seek, together, to strive for more-perfect FREEDOM. This is the cornerstone of the exercise and much will be lost if that is forgotten."

When you register for the Exodus 90 program you get a 30-page manual and 90 days of emails direct to your inbox. Each email has a scripture passage, a meditation, an action list and links to supporting articles.

An special thanks to Dr. Taylor Marshall and Jared Zimmerer who mentioned this program on The Maccabee Society Podcast a number of months back, and who made it through their 90 day journey.





This is my commitment for the next 90 days, discipline and working out for the body, the mind and the spirit!

This is also my second attempt at the Exodus 90 Program. One of the goals of the program is to start together and finish together. Each time a member of the fraternity falls, the whole group restarts at Day 1. The first time I tried to do this by the 6th time we had to restart in under 6 weeks everyone had quite. So I am starting again on Ash Wednesday with a new crew! The 4 of us have each others backs and will see this through to the end.

Note: This book is part of a series of reviews: 2017 Catholic Reading Plan!

Exodus 90 Articles:
Exodus 90 My Commitment
Exodus 90 My Commitment - Take 2
Exodus 90 at Day 30
Exercise Update
Exodus 90 at Day 60
Exodus 90 at Day 90
What's Next After Exodus 90



Saturday, 12 August 2017

Saturday 18th Week or Ordinary Time

Saturday 18th Week or Ordinary Time 

Eighteen weeks of ordinary time have passed. We have 14 weeks until the beginning of the church year with Advent. In today's readings I was really hit by the responsorial psalm:

Ps 18:2-3a, 3bc-4, 47 and 51

R. (2) I love you, Lord, my strength.
I love you, O LORD, my strength,
O LORD, my rock, my fortress, my deliverer.

R. I love you, Lord, my strength.
My God, my rock of refuge,
my shield, the horn of my salvation, my stronghold!
Praised be the LORD, I exclaim!
And I am safe from my enemies.

R. I love you, Lord, my strength.
The LORD live! And blessed be my Rock!
Extolled be God my savior!
You who gave great victories to your king,
and showed kindness to your anointed,
to David and his posterity forever.

R. I love you, Lord, my strength.




Friday, 11 August 2017

Space and Time


Space and Time


For many years I had a den, my personal space. But with three children, and having moved, now I have a smaller shared space. But this was my favorite den. 

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Saint Thomas Aquinas Missionary of Truth - Marianne Lorraine Trouvé and Cathy Morrison - Encounter the Saints Book 35

Saint Thomas Aquinas
Missionary of Truth
Encounter the Saints Series Book 35
Marianne Lorraine Trouvé
Cathy Morrison (Illustrator)
Pauline Books and Media
ISBN 9780819890269
eISBN 9780819890276
ASIN B017S0ZN38



I have been reading this series for about six months now. Because each book is the biography of a specific saint I have been jumping around. At first I was reading saints I had an affinity for, and now I just want to read the whole series. This book is an excellent read in an amazing series. The Encounter the Saints Series, from Pauline Books and Media, are written for younger readers but are great reads at any age. I started reading these books with my kids, but I keep reading ahead of where I am at with them, I just cannot put the books down. 



The chapters in this book about Saint Thomas Aquinas are:
1. A Stormy Night
2. A Love for Learning
3. Studying at Monte Cassino
4. On to Naples
5. Missionary of Truth
6. Kidnapped!
7. Trapped in the Castle
8. A New Journey Begins
9. The Dumb Ox
10. A Priest Forever
11. Called to Paris
12. How to Be Brave
13. Thomas Returns to Italy
14. Meeting the Pope
15. Speaking with the Saints
16. A Book for Beginners
17. Rome Under Attack
18. The King's Banquet
19. Nothing but Straw
20. Home at Last
Prayer
Glossary

My children love the prayers at the end of the books, and also the glossary. They often go back to the books we have read so that the can prayer the prayer. We have started building a second set of these books to donate to our school library. They loved the prayer in this book because of praying for students and Catholic schools. 

"Saint Thomas Aquinas, the Church honors you as one of its most important teachers of God's truth. But you are a saint not because you knew so much, but because you led a holy life. Teach me how to become holy too. Pray for me that I might love Jesus above all else and give him my whole heart. Pray also that I might grow in faith, hope, and love. 
Saint Thomas, you are the patron saint of students and of Catholic schools. You always sought the truth about God, and you spent your life teaching it to others. Help me in my studies, too, that I might do my best and learn well in school. Just like you were a missionary of truth, pray for me that I too might speak about Jesus and in my own way bring the light of the Gospel to others. I want to use my mind for things that are good for me and for others. Saint Thomas, pray for me! Amen."

My children were very surprised by Thomas being kidnapped and being kept from his calling by his mother. My children also loved the story of Saint Thomas being so deep in thought that he forgot he was at the Kings table and caused a stir at dinner. And they asked a lot of questions about the Manicheans. We were a little surprised it was not in the glossary. They also loved the idea of the tonsure and kept asking questions about it. They asked a number of questions about what a 'Doctor of the Church' was and how one becomes one. 



This book like the others in the series contains 5 illustrations. The illustrator of this volume is Cathy Morrison, and she also illustrates one other book in the series. Her illustrations are much darker than many of the others in the series, but they do a great job of capturing events in Saint Thomas Aquinas's life, from the night of his sister's death in a storm to his statement later in life "Everything I've written, all the work I've done my whole life, seems worthless in comparison to what God revealed to me during that Mass on the feast of Saint Nicholas.".



This is a wonderful read. It really opened my children's eyes to the importance of study. To following God. To serving. 

With every book I read in this series I am more impressed. There are currently 37 books in this series, including The Saints Pray for Us, and I have read over a third of them. I have read book 1 and book 36 and a number in between. The books in this series are written with a target audience of 9-12 year olds, and my 11 year old can read them without any difficulty, and my 9 year old needs help with some words. I believe that anyone who reads these book will have their faith enriched. This book as mentioned is part of the Encounter the Saints Series; from Pauline Books and Media. This is another inspiring book in a wonderful series and I highly recommend both the book and the series.

Note: This book is part of a series of reviews: 2017 Catholic Reading Plan!

Encounter the Saints Series from Pauline Books and Media:
Blessed James Alberione Media Apostle
Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati Journey to the Summit
Journeys with Mary Apparitions of Our Lady
Saint André Bessette Miracles in Montreal
Saint Anthony of Padua Fire and Light
Saint Bakhita of Sudan Forever Free
Saint Bernadette Soubirous And Our Lady of Lourdes
Saint Catherine Labouré And Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal
Saint Clare of Assisi A Light for the World
Saint Damien of Molokai Hero of Hawaii
Saint Edith Stein Blessed by the Cross

Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Daughter of America
Saint Faustina Kowalska Messenger of Mercy
Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini Cecchina's Dream
Saint Francis of Assisi Gentle Revolutionary
Saint Gianna Beretta Molla The Gift of Life
Saint Ignatius of Loyola For the Greater Glory of God
Saint Isaac Jogues With Burning Heart
Saint Joan of Arc God's Soldier
Saint John Bosco Champion for the Young
Saint John Neumann Missionary to Immigrants
Saint John Paul II Be Not Afraid
Saint John Vianney A Priest for All People
Saint Juan Diego And Our Lady of Guadalupe
Saint Kateri Tekakwitha: Courageous Faith
Saint Katharine Drexel The Total Gift
Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque And the Sacred Heart of Jesus
Saint Martin de Porres Humble Healer
Saint Maximilian Kolbe Mary's Knight
Saint Paul The Thirteenth Apostle
Saint Pio of Pietrelcina Rich in Love
Saint Teresa of Avila Joyful in the Lord
Saint Teresa of Calcutta Missionary of Charity
Saint Teresa of Kalkota Missionary of Charity
Saint Thérèse of Lisieux The Way of Love
Saint Thomas Aquinas Missionary of Truth
Saint Thomas More Courage, Conscience, and the King
Saints Jacinta and Francisco Marto: Shepherds of Fatima
The Saints Pray for Us




Wednesday, 9 August 2017

My definition of real strength


Real Strength

Doing what needs to be done. Saying no to myself when needed; no second deserts, no I won’t skip the planned workout. Going for the bike ride with the kids, when they ask but when I do not really feel like it and am tired and soar. Saying yes to getting up when my alarm goes off because my day goes better when it is not rushed. Striving to be the best version of myself; in body, mind, and spirit. Comparing myself, my life only to who I was yesterday, or last week or last month and not other people and their lives. Saying no to staying up late when I need the rest. That is real strength.


I am a son, a brother, a husband, a father, a friend, and I am Roman Catholic!



Other Articles Examining Who I Am:
Mad Celtic Warrior, Poet and Priest! - An Essay - 2003
The Journey of a Quester! - An Essay / Spiritual Biography 2004
New Year's 2006
Who Am I? Who Am I? -2008
Confessions of a Bibliophile #5 - How I Became a Bibliophile, From Dyslexic to Addict - 2009
New Year's Goals 2010
Steven R. McEvoy Interview - 2012
2014 My Goals

Who I Am - 2014


Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Curious George's Are You Curious? - H.A. Rey

Curious George's Are You Curious?
H.A. Rey
HMH Books for Young Readers
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN 9780395899243
ASIN B003UV9002



This books is not as some reviewers state one of the original 7 books attributed to H.A. Rey and his wife. It is available as a standalone board book or part of the 'Curious Gorge Box of Books' which contains the following titles:
Curious George's Opposites
Curious George's 1 to 10 and Back Again
Curious George's ABC's
Curious George's Are You Curious?

My youngest and I recently read this book through a number of times. The first time through I helped her a bit. Buy the third or fourth time through she was reading the whole book to me. I am not sure where my daughter picked up this board book edition. We have 2 copies of the complete Curious George at home, and I have read them to all three children and even my oldest has taken to reading it to the younger children.

This book fills a different niche. It is a simple board book with familiar characters , it helps to explain feelings and will give some children a greater context to be able to express themselves. It is a fun little book, and my daughter loves it.


The Original Stories by HA. Rey:
Curious George (1941)
Curious George Takes a Job (1947)
Curious George Rides a Bike (1952)
Curious George Gets a Medal (1957)
Curious George Flies a Kite (1958)
Curious George Learns the Alphabet (1963)
Curious George Goes to the Hospital (1966)

A Second Series of books was released between 1984-1993 and were based on the TV adventures. The newest incarnation The New Adventures of Curious George have been appearing since 1998.

Monday, 7 August 2017

Prayer to Obtain a Favor Through the Intercession of the Servant of God Father Vincent R. Capodanno


Prayer to Obtain a Favor Through the Intercession of the Servant of God

May God who has offered healing and strength through the hands of the His only Son, Our Lord, and through Christ’s many servants grant me the favor of His healing hand through the intercession of His servant, Father Vincent Capodanno, priest, missionary, and chaplain, who always sought to heal and comfort the wounded and dying on the field of battle. May I be granted this request on my own field of battle I pray in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.



The above prayer and others as well as the pray cards are available here.

Related Posts:
The Grunt Padre: Father Vincent Robert Capodanno Vietnam 1966-1967 - Daniel L. Mode 
Looking for recommendations, Catholic Military Chaplains WWI, WW2, Korea, Vietnam, Canadian Chaplains ....


Sunday, 6 August 2017

The Grunt Padre: Father Vincent Robert Capodanno Vietnam 1966-1967 - Rev. Daniel L. Mode

The Grunt Padre:
Father Vincent Robert Capodanno Vietnam 1966-1967
Rev. Daniel L. Mode
CMJ Marian Publishers
ISBN 9781891280085
ASIN B0097HRKGO



This is the fourth book I have read about military chaplains in the last year. This one was a recommendation after someone posted an icon of Father Capodanno and Father Kapaun. This book was an addictive read. I could hardly put it down, and gave up taking my lunch break two days in a row to keep reading. This book was originally published as a masters thesis in 1992. The edition I read was published in 2008 and is considered the 3rd edition. The book was expanded in 2001, and the 2008 edition was expanded again with more information and background on the Military Diocese. The author himself a military chaplain has researched extensively to prepare this book for us. And from what I can tell it is currently the only book about this man of God and his service. It is an inspiring story.

Prior to this book being recommended I did not know anything about Father Capodanno. But he has been described many ways, he was a navy chaplain, he was a member of the Maryknoll Fathers, he was a distinguished soldier who received the Congressional medal of honor, Bronze star and 3 purple hearts. And there are memorials and buildings around the world named after him. But after reading this story I think he is best described as a Catholic hero. He had a servants heart.

Vincent Capodanno volunteered when he saw the looming conflict in Vietnam. He left his role as a missionary and enrolled in the military. He was a grunt, he carried the same pack as the other marines. He lived their life, and he served them in body and spirit. The cause for the canonization of Fr Capodanno is underway. In 2006 he was named a Servant of God.

But this book is more than the telling of his military service. It is the story of his life, his struggles, his frustrations and his obedience to his calling, to his superiors and to God. The author states in the preface to this book:

"While I was studying at Mount Saint Mary's Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland, and casting about for an M.A. research paper, Father Vincent emerged as a likely subject. Initially, I was going to opt for a fifty-page paper in which I would review the most publicly known events of his life. But the more I discovered about this remarkable man, the more I realized that such a modest paper would not do justice to him and to the ideals for which he stood. I wanted to determine the "whys" behind his actions, including the motivation for his joining the Chaplain Corps and his going to Vietnam with the U.S. Marines. I wanted to do as thorough a study as possible of this dedicated and brave priest. Consequently, I wrote a lengthy thesis rather than a brief paper."
And he did that with all of the resources available. Beginning with the few published articles about Father Vincent, his military and church records, and interactions with over 50 people who knew Father Vincent personally. So after compiling all of that material this book grew out of the research. Therefore the sections in this book are:

Foreword
Preface
Introduction
An Italian-American Family
Radiating Christ
The Field Afar
St. Martin's Cloak
The 7th Marines
Priest Of God - Servant Of Men
Semper Fidelis
An Inspiration:
Memorials
Postscript
A Bibliographic Essay

This book unlike those about Father Kapaun is not about being a pow, being tortured, being abused. It is about serving, serving in the front lines and making the ultimate sacrifice. The Vietnam War is for many still a hard topic, especially among my American friends. What this book does is bring a different light on the subject. It highlights one man who had an influence upon many. It was an inspiring read. And I can highly recommend it.


Note: This book is part of a series of reviews: 2017 Catholic Reading Plan!




Saturday, 5 August 2017

Just a blog post rambling thoughts about books.


This year I have been reading the Catechism ever day again, loosely following a plan that will read the whole book in a year. I took this picture late last year. I do not actually read many physical books. I much prefer eBooks. But today I am tired, sore, and starting to feel a cold coming on. Because of my preference for eBooks I have a few things I wish for:

  • I wish that all books were available electronically.
  • I wish than so many eBooks I want to read were not geolocked (US Only, UK only, Australia only ...).
  • Or why physical books are region specific.
  • I do not understand why some eBooks cost more than the current paperback editions.

In this day and age books being locked to specific regions or countries does not make a lot of sense to me. But I am just an old bibliophile. But we do not always get what we wish for. With my dual form of dyslexia I find that I read faster and with better comprehension on an electronic device. But so many books I want to read are either not available in Canada, or often not available electronically. That being said as of today I have read 235 books so far this year. Reviewed the majority of them. And have a monster pile of books I wish to read.

Related posts:2017 Catholic Reading Plan!
2016 A Year of Reading Intention - Catholic Reading!

Friday, 4 August 2017

Looking for recommendations, Catholic Military Chaplains WWI, WW2, Korea, Vietnam, Canadian Chaplains ...

Looking for recommendations, Catholic Military Chaplains  WWI, WW2, Korea, Vietnam, Canadian Chaplains ...

Greetings:

Over the last year I have read the following books about military chaplains.

I am now looking for recommendations along the same lines. WWI, WW2, Korea, Vietnam, Canadian Chaplains ...

Thanks in advance. Please post recommendations in the comments or drop me an email.

Steven




Thursday, 3 August 2017

The Priest Barracks Dachau 1938-1945 - Guillaume Zeller

The Priest Barracks:
Dachau, 1938-1945
Guillaume Zeller
Michael J. Miller (Translator)
Ignatius Press
ISBN 9781621640998
eISBN 9781681497662
ASIN B071975HJN




I find that as much as I appreciate books about the Holocaust, and wars, I seldom love them. These are books that we need to read, they are books that we should read, but other than the triumph of the human spirit in these horrendous situations these books are often very hard to read. Prior to reading this book I was aware of some stories of some Christians, specific Catholics who had spent time in the concentration camps, but I was not aware of the extent of it. I was unaware of how many Catholic Priests were interned in the camps. I was unaware of the persecution they suffered, how they were singled out by the SS for extra punishment and torture.

Reading this book by no means diminishes the atrocities that the Jewish people and others suffered at the hands of Nazi Germany. But it tells another piece in that larger story. There are some incredible stories of sacrifice, service and true Christ like character in this chronicle.

The sections in this book are:
Map of the Dachau Concentration Camp
Introduction
I. A Camp for Priests

 1. The Precursors
 2. Centralization
 3. The Largest Diocese in Europe
 4. Organization of the Camp
 5. Zugänge
 6. Blocks and Commandos
 7. Jobs
II. “O Land of Distress”
 8. Hunger
 9. Dying in Dachau
 10. Typhus
 11. Anti-Christian Hatred
 12. Medical Experiments
 13. Himmelsfahrts Transport
III. A Spiritual Home
 14. A Chapel in Dachau
 15. The Eucharist
 16. Sacramental Life
 17. Liberation
 18. The Fruits of Dachau
 19. Witnesses and Blesseds
Conclusion
Appendices
Glossary
Abbreviations
Chronology
The Priests in Dachau: Statistics
Bibliography

Some of the stories that really hit home for me were those about specific Pallotine fathers. The parish we attend and that is associated with my children’s school is served by priests from this order. The example the priests lived in the camps is character I have seen in the half dozen members of this order I have known over the years.

This is the Chronology of priests at Dachau:
March 22, 1933: The camp in Dachau opens.
1938: Arrival of the first priests from Austria.
December 1940: Priests are grouped together in Dachau.
December 14, 1940: 525 priests arrive from Mauthausen.
January 21, 1941: First Mass at the chapel.
February 1, 1941: Severe punishments for the priests of the snow commando.
March 10, 1941: Start of the “privileges”.
September 1941: End of the “privileges”, except for the German priests gathered in Block 26. Father Ohnmacht replaces Father Prabucki as chaplain of the priests.
October 30, 1941: Arrival of a convoy of 487 Polish priests.
January 9, 1941: Fathers Pawłowski and Grelewski are hanged.
March 28, 1942: Beginning of the “Holy Week” persecutions.
April 19, 1942: Non-German priests without a work assignment join the plantation commandos.
Spring 1942: Beginning of the “transports of the disabled”.
September-December 1942: Medical experiments conducted at peak operation.
October 28, 1942: The priests, except for the Germans, are deprived of Brotzeit for four weeks.
November 1942: Start of large-scale experiments on phlegmons.
End of 1942: Individual packages are allowed.
December 19, 1942: Priests of all nationalities are regrouped in Block 26, except for Poles and Lithuanians.
December 1942: Epidemic of typhus and quarantine.
January 26, 1943: Death of Bishop Michał Kozal.
March 14, 1943: Quarantine lifted.
March 16, 1943: Father Schelling replaces Father Ohnmacht as chaplain.
Spring 1943: Start of “leisure activities” and sports events.
March 14, 1944: Priests are dismissed from the postal commandos.
March 30, 1944: Priests must leave all infirmarian positions at the Revier.
Summer 1944: French priests arrive in great numbers. Polish priests are tolerated at the chapel.
November 12, 1944: The camp in Dachau is raised to the rank of deanery by the Archbishop of Munich.
December 1944: Beginning of the typhus epidemic.
December 17, 1944: Priestly ordination of Karl Leisner.
April 26, 1945: Partial evacuation of the camp: some German priests join the “death convoy”.
April 29, 1945: Liberation of the camp.

From early on until the end of the war there were two barracks dedicated to housing catholic priests, at the peak there were three full barracks dedicated to these men. 




And here are the official statistics for Priests in the Camps:




This was a very important book to read. I am thankful that it came across my desk. I have been inspired by many of the stories. I have been encouraged by the faith these men lived and that over a third gave their life for. The research and writing was excellent, and I hope that someday Zeller’s other books are translated into English as well. I recommend this book, read it so that we do not forget, read it so we are challenged, and read it so that we may be inspired.

Note: This book is part of a series of reviews: 2017 Catholic Reading Plan!

Books by Guillaume Zeller:
English Titles:

The Priest Barracks: Dachau 1938 – 1945

French Titles:
Oran, 5 Juillet 1962 : Un Massacre Oublié
Un Prêtre à la guerre: Le témoignage d'un aumônier parachutiste
La Baraque des prêtres, Dachau 1938-1945







Wednesday, 2 August 2017

The Sign of the Carved Cross - Lisa M. Hendey and Jenn Bower - Chime Travelers Book 2

The Sign of the Carved Cross
Chime Travelers Book 2
Lisa M. Hendey
Jenn Bower (Illustrator)
Servant Books a division of
Franciscan  Media
ISBN 9781616368487




In the same week that I finished this book I read Saint Kateri Tekakwitha: Courageous Faith by Lillian M Fisher, part of the Encounter the Saints series. Both are excellent reads. My daughter and I read this book together and then read the Fisher one right after. We loved this book and have developed a devotion to Saint Kateri through these books. This was the third book in this series that my oldest and I have read together. This time she read more than I did, which with a reluctant reader is truly a blessing. She loved this story and often asked for an extra chapter and went beyond our required daily reading time.

I will be honest and say that neither my daughter nor I really knew much about St. Kateri before we began reading this book. When we got to the section at the end of the book about the real Saint Kateri Tekakwitha, and especially the mention of her ending up near Montreal Canada my daughter immediately wanted to know more. This book like the others in the series we have read does a great job of making the saints real. It brings to life the life, times and struggles of ST. Kateri in a very vivid way. And having a young girl travel in time and spend time with a real saint really challenged and encouraged my daughter.


My daughter relished the experience of watching Katie transported in time and place to live with a saint. Her favorite part of the book was Katie's realization that she herself had not been so nice at home before this adventure began; and her commitment to do better going forward. My daughter also realized how much our words and actions can impact others, even when we do not see it.


For me I love the concept of the series; children who are travel in time, when the bells of their church ring. Each time they travel, they is a lesson they need to learn so that when they come back they can have a different impact on their family, school, parish or circle of friends. And in this book the lessons of compassion, living to serve, and personal time in prayer were brought home wonderfully.

There is a prayer at the end of the book:
"Collect of the Mass in honor of St. Kateri Tekakwitha from the Roman Missal:
Lord God, you called the virgin St. Kateri Tekakwitha, to shine among the American Indian people as an example of innocence of life. Through her intercession, may all peoples of every tribe, tongue and nation, having been gathered into Your Church, proclaim your greatness in one song of praise. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, Who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen."
And my daughter and I have rayed it together a number of times since finishing the book. 


This was the third book by Lisa M. Hendey that I have read. My oldest and I loved it and now we are reading it to my younger two children. Lisa Hendey is an editor and one of the founders at CatholicMom.com she has written numerous books, fiction and non-fiction, and also contributed to a number of other books. I started with the fifth book in this series as a teat and have gone back and am now reading them with my children in order. Our whole family love the numerous illustrations by Jenn Bower, in this book and in the whole series. The illustrations are fun and add to the story. 


This is a great read and part of an excellent series. It teaches good lessons without being preachy. It helps children come to their own conclusions, and I can say that for my oldest it has inspired change in her life. My oldest and I both recommended this book for the whole family.

Note: This book is part of a series of reviews: 2017 Catholic Reading Plan!

Books by Lisa M. Hendey:
The Handbook for Catholic Moms
A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms
The Grace of Yes: Eight Virtues for Generous Living
O Radiant Dawn: 5-Minute Prayers Around the Advent Wreath
As Morning Breaks: Daily Gospel Reflections

Chime Travelers Series:
The Secret of the Shamrock
The Sign of the Carved Cross
The Whisper in the Ruins
The Mystery at Midnight
The Strangers at the Manger

Contributed to:
Beautiful Mercy
Small Steps for Catholic Moms
The Catholic Baby Name Book
One Body, Many Blogs: A Guide for Christian Bloggers
The Catholic Mom S Prayer Companion: A Book of Daily Reflections
The Church and New Media