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Prayer of Thanks

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PRAYER OF THANKS

Heavenly Father, I thank You for my very existence which You gave me out of the abundance of Your love and which You sustain at every moment. I thank You for my health, which I so often take for granted, for my family which I also take for granted. I thank You for my intellect, by which You enable me to think, and for my will, by which You enable me to love. Thank You for my body, and the food and drink by which You sustain it, and the shelter by which You protect it. Thank You for my soul, and the grace of Your Holy Spirit by which You nourish it.

My every talent comes from You, my every possession, my every moment of time, for which I will be eternally grateful.

Thank You for Blessed Mary who intercedes for me before You. And thank You most of all for Jesus, who has given us new life, new hope, new love by his death and resurrection, and for the Church which brings Him to us each day. What an awesome, generous, loving God You are!

You ask me to worship You at least weekly and to pray to You without ceasing. It is my privilege and my joy to do so in thanksgiving for all You have given me. Amen.

© 2013 Rev. T. G. Morrow

 

GRACE BEFORE MEALS Bless us O Lord, and these Your gifts, which we are about to receive from Your bounty. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

GRACE AFTER MEALS We give You thanks Almighty God for these and all Your benefits. And, may the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

 

THE MYSTERIES OF THE ROSARY Joyful (Mon, Sat)

1. The Annunciation

2. The Visitation

3. The Birth Christ

4. The Presentation

5. The Finding in The Temple

 

Luminous (Thurs.)

1. The Baptism in the Jordan

2. The Miracle at Cana

3. The Kingdom is Proclaimed

4. The Transfiguration

5. The Eucharist is Instituted

 

Sorrowful (Tue., Fri.)

1. The Agony in the Garden

2. The Scourging at the Pillar

3. The Crowning with Thorns

4. The Carrying of the Cross

5. The Crucifixion

 

Glorious (Sun., Wed.)

1. The Resurrection

2. The Ascension

3. The Descent of the Spirit

4. The Assumption of Mary

5. The Coronation of Mary

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Prayer of Thanks

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Bookmark Prayer of Thanks, Grace before and affter Meals, and The Mysteries of the Rosary.

 

 

 

PRAYER OF THANKS

Heavenly Father, I thank You for my very existence which You gave me out of the abundance of Your love and which You sustain at every moment. I thank You for my health, which I so often take for granted, for my family which I also take for granted. I thank You for my intellect, by which You enable me to think, and for my will, by which You enable me to love. Thank You for my body, and the food and drink by which You sustain it, and the shelter by which You protect it. Thank You for my soul, and the grace of Your Holy Spirit by which You nourish it.

My every talent comes from You, my every possession, my every moment of time, for which I will be eternally grateful.

Thank You for Blessed Mary who intercedes for me before You. And thank You most of all for Jesus, who has given us new life, new hope, new love by his death and resurrection, and for the Church which brings Him to us each day. What an awesome, generous, loving God You are!

You ask me to worship You at least weekly and to pray to You without ceasing. It is my privilege and my joy to do so in thanksgiving for all You have given me. Amen.

© 2013 Rev. T. G. Morrow

 

GRACE BEFORE MEALS Bless us O Lord, and these Your gifts, which we are about to receive from Your bounty. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

GRACE AFTER MEALS We give You thanks Almighty God for these and all Your benefits. And, may the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

 

THE MYSTERIES OF THE ROSARY Joyful (Mon, Sat)

1. The Annunciation

2. The Visitation

3. The Birth Christ

4. The Presentation

5. The Finding in The Temple

 

Luminous (Thurs.)

1. The Baptism in the Jordan

2. The Miracle at Cana

3. The Kingdom is Proclaimed

4. The Transfiguration

5. The Eucharist is Instituted

 

Sorrowful (Tue., Fri.)

1. The Agony in the Garden

2. The Scourging at the Pillar

3. The Crowning with Thorns

4. The Carrying of the Cross

5. The Crucifixion

 

Glorious (Sun., Wed.)

1. The Resurrection

2. The Ascension

3. The Descent of the Spirit

4. The Assumption of Mary

5. The Coronation of Mary


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A Brief Guide to Confession

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A BRIEF GUIDE TO THE SACRAMENT

OF RECONCILIATION/PENANCE

 

The sacrament of God's loving forgiveness

 

© 1990 Rev. T. G. Morrow - With Ecclesiastical Approval

 

SCRIPTURE REFLECTION

If we say we are free of the guilt of sin we deceive ourselves; the truth is not to be found in us. But if we acknowledge our sins, he who is just can be trusted to forgive our sins and cleanse us from every wrong. If we say we have never sinned we make him a liar and his word finds no place in us. My little ones, I am writing this to keep you from sin. But if anyone should sin, we have in the presence of the Father, Jesus Christ, an intercessor who is just. He is an offering for our sins, and not for our sins only, but for those of the whole world. (1 John 1:8 - 2:2).

 

Reminder: Individual confession is the only ordinary way to be reconciled with God for serious sin (barring a serious hindrance).

 

EXAMINATION OF CONSCIENCE

1. Roughly how long is it since my last confession? (Only sins committed since then need be confessed.)

 

2. Have I committed any mortal sins? These must be confessed by type and approximate number. A mortal sin is one which involves serious matter, full consent of the will, and full awareness that the act is seriously sinful. Some examples of objectively serious sins (mortal if the other two criteria are present):

- Missed Sunday Mass (or Holyday Mass) without a serious reason

- Received the Eucharist in the state of mortal sin

- Committed impure acts with self (masturbation)

- Committed adultery, or fornication (sexual intercourse outside marriage)

- Kissed or touched someone passionately for arousal (unmarried)

- Committed a homosexual act

- Practiced contraception

- Dwelled on impure thoughts (sexual fantasies for arousal)

(Note: sexual sins are ordinarily not the worst serious sins but they are quite common.)

- Had an abortion or paid for one

- Promoted abortion rights

- Withheld a mortal sin in confession

- Took or sold cocaine or other dangerous drug for recreation.

- Got drunk

- Refused to help any of God's poor or needy when able

 

3. Some sins which are ordinarily venial but a few could be serious depending on the stakes.

- Lied, or cheated

- Stole _______ (must be returned)

- Used the Lord's name in vain or cursed ("Damn ___, etc.) or used foul language

- Fought with others

- Did unnecessary work on Sunday

- Was selfish or lazy or proud

- Spoke unkindly to others

- Told harmful lies about others

- Told harmful truths about others without serious reason to do so

- Was excessively critical about others

- Became unreasonably angry

- Willfully delayed forgiving

- Failed to accept God's forgiveness

- Dressed immodestly

- Was late for Mass or left early without a serious reason

- Was disrespectful to parents

- Failed to fulfill duties of own state in life (specify which duties)

- Gave scandal to children or others

- Was irreverent in Church

- Ate or drank too much

- Willfully angered others

- Watched TV shows or movies which promoted immoral sex or violence

- Watched excessive TV or wasted time

- Drove car too fast or carelessly

- Violated (a just) law (specify which law)

- Failed to care for own health

 

4. Smaller sins/imperfections for mention by the spiritually advanced:

- Failed to pray enough

- Failed to make God first always

- Had unkind or prideful thoughts

- Failed to be loving or kind to others

- Failed to trust in God always

 

CONFESSION OF SINS

After the greeting, and Scripture reading (if any), tell the priest how long it has been since your last confession and confess your sins. All mortal sins must be confessed by type and number to be reconciled to the Lord (and receive the sacrament validly).

 

Although venial sins need not be confessed, we are encouraged "also to make use of the sacrament of Penance for venial sins alone." (John Paul II). If you have only venial sins to confess, for the sake of brevity mention only those few which are most significant.

 

NOTE: If you need help confessing, simply say, "Father, I need your help confessing."

 

SORROW FOR SINS and FIRM PURPOSE OF AMENDMENT

In order to be forgiven, the penitent must express sorrow and sincerely intend not to sin again.

 

The Act of Contrition should be said slowly, reverently:

 

ACT OF CONTRITION

O my God, I am deeply sorry for having offended You, and I despise all my sins because of Your just punishments; but most of all because they offend You my God who are all good and deserving of all my love. I firmly resolve, with the help of Your grace to sin no more and avoid the near occasion of sin.

 

After the penitent says the act of contrition, the priest gives absolution while the penitent makes the sign of the cross.

 

PRAISE OF GOD AND DISMISSAL

Priest: Give thanks to the Lord for he is good.

Penitent: His mercy endures forever.

The penitent is dismissed and goes to perform his penance in the spirit of love for God.

 

 

 

 

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A Brief Guide to Confession

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This tri-fold, pocket sized card contains the following text:

 

A BRIEF GUIDE TO THE SACRAMENT

OF RECONCILIATION/PENANCE

 

The sacrament of God's loving forgiveness

 

© 1990 Rev. T. G. Morrow - With Ecclesiastical Approval

 

SCRIPTURE REFLECTION

If we say we are free of the guilt of sin we deceive ourselves; the truth is not to be found in us. But if we acknowledge our sins, he who is just can be trusted to forgive our sins and cleanse us from every wrong. If we say we have never sinned we make him a liar and his word finds no place in us. My little ones, I am writing this to keep you from sin. But if anyone should sin, we have in the presence of the Father, Jesus Christ, an intercessor who is just. He is an offering for our sins, and not for our sins only, but for those of the whole world. (1 John 1:8 - 2:2).

 

Reminder: Individual confession is the only ordinary way to be reconciled with God for serious sin (barring a serious hindrance).

 

EXAMINATION OF CONSCIENCE

1. Roughly how long is it since my last confession? (Only sins committed since then need be confessed.)

 

2. Have I committed any mortal sins? These must be confessed by type and approximate number. A mortal sin is one which involves serious matter, full consent of the will, and full awareness that the act is seriously sinful. Some examples of objectively serious sins (mortal if the other two criteria are present):

- Missed Sunday Mass (or Holyday Mass) without a serious reason

- Received the Eucharist in the state of mortal sin

- Committed impure acts with self (masturbation)

- Committed adultery, or fornication (sexual intercourse outside marriage)

- Kissed or touched someone passionately for arousal (unmarried)

- Committed a homosexual act

- Practiced contraception

- Dwelled on impure thoughts (sexual fantasies for arousal)

(Note: sexual sins are ordinarily not the worst serious sins but they are quite common.)

- Had an abortion or paid for one

- Promoted abortion rights

- Withheld a mortal sin in confession

- Took or sold cocaine or other dangerous drug for recreation.

- Got drunk

- Refused to help any of God's poor or needy when able

 

3. Some sins which are ordinarily venial but a few could be serious depending on the stakes.

- Lied, or cheated

- Stole _______ (must be returned)

- Used the Lord's name in vain or cursed ("Damn ___, etc.) or used foul language

- Fought with others

- Did unnecessary work on Sunday

- Was selfish or lazy or proud

- Spoke unkindly to others

- Told harmful lies about others

- Told harmful truths about others without serious reason to do so

- Was excessively critical about others

- Became unreasonably angry

- Willfully delayed forgiving

- Failed to accept God's forgiveness

- Dressed immodestly

- Was late for Mass or left early without a serious reason

- Was disrespectful to parents

- Failed to fulfill duties of own state in life (specify which duties)

- Gave scandal to children or others

- Was irreverent in Church

- Ate or drank too much

- Willfully angered others

- Watched TV shows or movies which promoted immoral sex or violence

- Watched excessive TV or wasted time

- Drove car too fast or carelessly

- Violated (a just) law (specify which law)

- Failed to care for own health

 

4. Smaller sins/imperfections for mention by the spiritually advanced:

- Failed to pray enough

- Failed to make God first always

- Had unkind or prideful thoughts

- Failed to be loving or kind to others

- Failed to trust in God always

 

CONFESSION OF SINS

After the greeting, and Scripture reading (if any), tell the priest how long it has been since your last confession and confess your sins. All mortal sins must be confessed by type and number to be reconciled to the Lord (and receive the sacrament validly).

 

Although venial sins need not be confessed, we are encouraged "also to make use of the sacrament of Penance for venial sins alone." (John Paul II). If you have only venial sins to confess, for the sake of brevity mention only those few which are most significant.

 

NOTE: If you need help confessing, simply say, "Father, I need your help confessing."

 

SORROW FOR SINS and FIRM PURPOSE OF AMENDMENT

In order to be forgiven, the penitent must express sorrow and sincerely intend not to sin again.

 

The Act of Contrition should be said slowly, reverently:

 

ACT OF CONTRITION

O my God, I am deeply sorry for having offended You, and I despise all my sins because of Your just punishments; but most of all because they offend You my God who are all good and deserving of all my love. I firmly resolve, with the help of Your grace to sin no more and avoid the near occasion of sin.

 

After the penitent says the act of contrition, the priest gives absolution while the penitent makes the sign of the cross.

 

PRAISE OF GOD AND DISMISSAL

Priest: Give thanks to the Lord for he is good.

Penitent: His mercy endures forever.

The penitent is dismissed and goes to perform his penance in the spirit of love for God.

 

 

 

 


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Prayer for Humility

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Prayer for Humility

 

O Jesus! meek and humble of heart,

make my heart like unto thine.

From the desire to be esteemed,
Deliver me.

 

From the desire to be honored...
From the desire to be praised...
From fear of being humiliated...
From fear of being held in contempt...
From fear of suffering rebukes...
From fear of being slandered...
From fear of being ignored...
From fear of being insulted...
From fear of being wronged...

From fear of being belittled...


Jesus, grant me the grace...

that others be admired more than I;

that others be praised and I unnoticed;
that others be preferred to me in everything;
that others be holier than I, provided I become as holy as I should;

that I might imitate the patience and obedience of Your mother, Mary.

Amen.

 

Based on a prayer by Cardinal Merry del Val.


© 2006 Rev. T. G. Morrow - With Ecclesiastical Approval

 

Humility in Scripture


Clothe yourselves... with humility toward one another, for "God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble." Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that in due time he may exalt you. (1 Pet 5:5, 6)


The greater you are, the more you must humble yourself; so you will find favor in the sight of the Lord. For great is the might of the Lord; he is glorified by the humble. (Sir. 3:18, 20)


He who is greatest among you shall be your servant; whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted. (Mt 23: 11, 12)


He has scattered the proud in their conceit; he has cast down the mighty from their thrones, and lifted up the lowly. (Lk 1:51, 52) (LOH)

 

Biblical quotes from RSV except where otherwise noted.

 

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Prayer for Humility

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This card contains the following text:

 

Prayer for Humility

 

O Jesus! meek and humble of heart,

make my heart like unto thine.

From the desire to be esteemed,
Deliver me.

 

From the desire to be honored...
From the desire to be praised...
From fear of being humiliated...
From fear of being held in contempt...
From fear of suffering rebukes...
From fear of being slandered...
From fear of being ignored...
From fear of being insulted...
From fear of being wronged...

From fear of being belittled...


Jesus, grant me the grace...

that others be admired more than I;

that others be praised and I unnoticed;
that others be preferred to me in everything;
that others be holier than I, provided I become as holy as I should;

that I might imitate the patience and obedience of Your mother, Mary.

Amen.

 

Based on a prayer by Cardinal Merry del Val.


© 2006 Rev. T. G. Morrow - With Ecclesiastical Approval

 

Humility in Scripture


Clothe yourselves... with humility toward one another, for "God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble." Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that in due time he may exalt you. (1 Pet 5:5, 6)


The greater you are, the more you must humble yourself; so you will find favor in the sight of the Lord. For great is the might of the Lord; he is glorified by the humble. (Sir. 3:18, 20)


He who is greatest among you shall be your servant; whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted. (Mt 23: 11, 12)


He has scattered the proud in their conceit; he has cast down the mighty from their thrones, and lifted up the lowly. (Lk 1:51, 52) (LOH)

 

Biblical quotes from RSV except where otherwise noted.

 


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For Love Chastity Card

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Believing that sexuality is sacred, and given to us for a noble purpose, I resolve to use that gift according to God's plan and for the dignity and well-being of myself and others. I promise, for the love of God and my future spouse, to live chastely before marriage; and to live by (a different) chastity in marriage, should God call me to that state. Signed_______________________ Date__________

 

For Love: Chaste Activity Before Marriage

 

Affection - YES. Seeking Sexual Pleasure - NO (CCC2351) AFFECTION - includes warm, chaste hugs, touching or kissing hands, holding hands, touching face gently, tender brief (<1 min) goodnight kisses standing. (Brief unexpected sexual arousal from affection isn't sinful if not sought.) SEEKING SEXUAL PLEASURE - means sexual intercourse, tongue kissing, touching sensitive areas, long-term kissing, & anything else highly stimulating.

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For Love Chastity Card

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Believing that sexuality is sacred, and given to us for a noble purpose, I resolve to use that gift according to God's plan and for the dignity and well-being of myself and others. I promise, for the love of God and my future spouse, to live chastely before marriage; and to live by (a different) chastity in marriage, should God call me to that state. Signed_______________________ Date__________

 

For Love: Chaste Activity Before Marriage

 

Affection - YES. Seeking Sexual Pleasure - NO (CCC2351) AFFECTION - includes warm, chaste hugs, touching or kissing hands, holding hands, touching face gently, tender brief (<1 min) goodnight kisses standing. (Brief unexpected sexual arousal from affection isn't sinful if not sought.) SEEKING SEXUAL PLEASURE - means sexual intercourse, tongue kissing, touching sensitive areas, long-term kissing, & anything else highly stimulating.


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Truth About Chastity

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The Truth About Chastity

 

1. Sex is holy, not a plaything. It should never be trivialized.

2. Created in the image of God, I can live by reason, not just by urges (as the animals do).

3. Persons are to be loved, not merely used as objects of enjoyment.

4. I must not treat persons as objects, even in the mind, left I become a user of persons in practice.

5. Unchaste activity destroys my most precious friendship, that with God, the source of all happiness.

6. Unchaste activity brings pleasure but not happiness.

 

The Freedom of Chastity

 

Aristotle and Thomas Aquinas taught that the sexual appetite seems to have a life of its own. And, since it listens not only to reason, but to the senses and imagination as well, you cannot deal with it "despotically," that is, command it authoritatively, and expect it to obey. It won't. If you repress it in this way, it will go down into the subconscious, where it will wait for a moment of weakness, and will explode in a spree of sexual activity.

 

You must rather treat the appetite "politically," that is, you must convince it to not go after wrong activity, by repeatedly presenting the values to be gained by chastity. You must, in a sense, graft reason onto the appetite.

 

In other words, you must "convert the heart." Only then, when the heart is converted does the will become free of any resentment over refusing illicit sexual activity. By repeating to oneself several times a day the arguments on the reverse side of this card, you can find the peace of true chastity. You don't avoid thinking about the issue, or wait for it to come up, but daily confront your will with these values. Eventually it will surrender to the truth.

 

of course, as a fruit of the Holy Spirit, chastity requires much prayer.

 

By Rev. T. G. Morrow. Based on the author's book, Christian Courtship in an Oversexed World (OSV), and Karol Wojtyla's Love and Responsibility (Ignatius Press)

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Truth About Chastity

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The Truth About Chastity

 

1. Sex is holy, not a plaything. It should never be trivialized.

2. Created in the image of God, I can live by reason, not just by urges (as the animals do).

3. Persons are to be loved, not merely used as objects of enjoyment.

4. I must not treat persons as objects, even in the mind, left I become a user of persons in practice.

5. Unchaste activity destroys my most precious friendship, that with God, the source of all happiness.

6. Unchaste activity brings pleasure but not happiness.

 

The Freedom of Chastity

 

Aristotle and Thomas Aquinas taught that the sexual appetite seems to have a life of its own. And, since it listens not only to reason, but to the senses and imagination as well, you cannot deal with it "despotically," that is, command it authoritatively, and expect it to obey. It won't. If you repress it in this way, it will go down into the subconscious, where it will wait for a moment of weakness, and will explode in a spree of sexual activity.

 

You must rather treat the appetite "politically," that is, you must convince it to not go after wrong activity, by repeatedly presenting the values to be gained by chastity. You must, in a sense, graft reason onto the appetite.

 

In other words, you must "convert the heart." Only then, when the heart is converted does the will become free of any resentment over refusing illicit sexual activity. By repeating to oneself several times a day the arguments on the reverse side of this card, you can find the peace of true chastity. You don't avoid thinking about the issue, or wait for it to come up, but daily confront your will with these values. Eventually it will surrender to the truth.

 

of course, as a fruit of the Holy Spirit, chastity requires much prayer.

 

By Rev. T. G. Morrow. Based on the author's book, Christian Courtship in an Oversexed World (OSV), and Karol Wojtyla's Love and Responsibility (Ignatius Press)


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Men's Survey on Modesty

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Men's Survey on Modesty


The table on the reverse side contains the results of an informal survey of 237 single men ages 27-55 taken in 2006. The purpose of this survey was to help women realize how men are reacting to them, because as Pope John Paul II said, "The evolution of modesty in woman requires some initial insight into the male psychology." (Love and Responsibility, LR, p. 177)

 

Women got a raw deal in the sexual revolution and came to be seen as "objects of enjoyment" (LR, p. 160). And, in this age when both men and women are tuning in to John Paul II's Love and Responsibility, and his Theology of The Body; when young people are getting a good dose of solid Catholicism at universities like Franciscan U. at Steubenville, Ave Maria and Christendom; and just when young families are finding strong support for their faith in Opus dei, Regnum Christi, and the Neo-catechumenal Way, the concept of modesty seems lost on just about everyone, including some of these very same people. It seems that although many are digesting good words about chastity, the pictures portrayed by women's dress speak a different message. And, one picture is worth 1,000 words.

 

It's rather strange to see women who are enthusiastic about chastity and the Theology of The Body show up at a wedding with spaghetti strap dresses or strapless dresses. Have they been watching too much TV, to think that they have to show their shoulders to be formal? Women are not even allowed in St. Peter's in Rome with bare shoulders. And then there's the girl attending a solidly Catholic high school or college who arrives at the beach wearing a bikini. What gives? We don't expect much modesty from non-believers but from hard-core Catholics, we should expect a lot.


Revolutionary? Of course! Fr. David Knight wrote, "When it comes to American clothes styles, I personally favor a revolution... I think it is commonly recognized that the overall effect of the styles we see around us is to make sex objects out of women–and men, too." (The Good News about Sex, p. 225)

 

Until the chic chastity group gets serious about modest styles and begins to wear them, the dignity of women will not be restored. And women will continue to be seen, consciously or subconsciously, even by decent Christian men, as objects of enjoyment.

 

(Survey results follow on the reverse side of card)

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Men's Survey on Modesty

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This card contains the following text:

 

Men's Survey on Modesty


The table on the reverse side contains the results of an informal survey of 237 single men ages 27-55 taken in 2006. The purpose of this survey was to help women realize how men are reacting to them, because as Pope John Paul II said, "The evolution of modesty in woman requires some initial insight into the male psychology." (Love and Responsibility, LR, p. 177)

 

Women got a raw deal in the sexual revolution and came to be seen as "objects of enjoyment" (LR, p. 160). And, in this age when both men and women are tuning in to John Paul II's Love and Responsibility, and his Theology of The Body; when young people are getting a good dose of solid Catholicism at universities like Franciscan U. at Steubenville, Ave Maria and Christendom; and just when young families are finding strong support for their faith in Opus dei, Regnum Christi, and the Neo-catechumenal Way, the concept of modesty seems lost on just about everyone, including some of these very same people. It seems that although many are digesting good words about chastity, the pictures portrayed by women's dress speak a different message. And, one picture is worth 1,000 words.

 

It's rather strange to see women who are enthusiastic about chastity and the Theology of The Body show up at a wedding with spaghetti strap dresses or strapless dresses. Have they been watching too much TV, to think that they have to show their shoulders to be formal? Women are not even allowed in St. Peter's in Rome with bare shoulders. And then there's the girl attending a solidly Catholic high school or college who arrives at the beach wearing a bikini. What gives? We don't expect much modesty from non-believers but from hard-core Catholics, we should expect a lot.


Revolutionary? Of course! Fr. David Knight wrote, "When it comes to American clothes styles, I personally favor a revolution... I think it is commonly recognized that the overall effect of the styles we see around us is to make sex objects out of women–and men, too." (The Good News about Sex, p. 225)

 

Until the chic chastity group gets serious about modest styles and begins to wear them, the dignity of women will not be restored. And women will continue to be seen, consciously or subconsciously, even by decent Christian men, as objects of enjoyment.

 

(Survey results follow on the reverse side of card)


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Benefits of Staying Slim

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THE FREEDOM OF STAYING TRIM

 

Aristotle and Thomas Aquinas taught that the appetite seems to have a life of its own. And, since it listens not only to reason, but to the senses and imagination as well, you cannot deal with it "despotically," that is, command it, and expect it to obey. If you repress it this way, it will go down into the subconscious, where it will wait for a moment of weakness, to explode in an eating spree.

 

You must rather treat the appetite "politically," that is, convince it to not go after wrong activity, by repeatedly presenting the values to be gained by curbing it. You must, in a sense, graft reason onto the appetite.


In other words, you must "convert the heart." Only then, when the heart is converted does the will become free of any resentment over refusing desired food. By repeating to yourself several times a day the arguments on the reverse side of this card, you can find the peace of true temperance. You don't avoid thinking about the issue, or wait for it to come up, but daily confront your will with these values. Eventually it will surrender to the truth.


Of course, this, as any virtue, requires much prayer. All the virtues are necessary to enter the Kingdom.

 

BENEFITS OF STAYING SLIM


1. Losing excess weight will make me healthier, less likely to have a heart attack, high blood pressure, congestive heart failure, osteo arthritis, cancer, type 2 diabetes, or early death.

(from http://www.dietwords.com/obesity_dangers.shtml)


2. It will make me feel better and have more stamina.


3. It will make me look better. All sorts of vocational benefits follow.


4. By making the sacrifice of cutting back I can save a soul from hell (Our Lady of Fatima) or get a soul released from purgatory.


5. There are other ways of dealing with life's difficulties besides over eating.

 

6. Keeping weight moderate is not a one-time effort, but a way of life.


7. I can grow in the virtue of temperance, which I must have to enter the Kingdom.

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Benefits of Staying Slim

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THE FREEDOM OF STAYING TRIM

 

Aristotle and Thomas Aquinas taught that the appetite seems to have a life of its own. And, since it listens not only to reason, but to the senses and imagination as well, you cannot deal with it "despotically," that is, command it, and expect it to obey. If you repress it this way, it will go down into the subconscious, where it will wait for a moment of weakness, to explode in an eating spree.

 

You must rather treat the appetite "politically," that is, convince it to not go after wrong activity, by repeatedly presenting the values to be gained by curbing it. You must, in a sense, graft reason onto the appetite.


In other words, you must "convert the heart." Only then, when the heart is converted does the will become free of any resentment over refusing desired food. By repeating to yourself several times a day the arguments on the reverse side of this card, you can find the peace of true temperance. You don't avoid thinking about the issue, or wait for it to come up, but daily confront your will with these values. Eventually it will surrender to the truth.


Of course, this, as any virtue, requires much prayer. All the virtues are necessary to enter the Kingdom.

 

BENEFITS OF STAYING SLIM


1. Losing excess weight will make me healthier, less likely to have a heart attack, high blood pressure, congestive heart failure, osteo arthritis, cancer, type 2 diabetes, or early death.

(from http://www.dietwords.com/obesity_dangers.shtml)


2. It will make me feel better and have more stamina.


3. It will make me look better. All sorts of vocational benefits follow.


4. By making the sacrifice of cutting back I can save a soul from hell (Our Lady of Fatima) or get a soul released from purgatory.


5. There are other ways of dealing with life's difficulties besides over eating.

 

6. Keeping weight moderate is not a one-time effort, but a way of life.


7. I can grow in the virtue of temperance, which I must have to enter the Kingdom.


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Eternal Life

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Eternal Life

 

Go in through the narrow gate, for wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to [eternal] destruction and those who go in through it are many. How narrow the gate and hard the way that leads to [eternal] life, and those who find it are few (Mt. 7:13, 14).

 

What must I do to have eternal life? Jesus was asked that and the answer was: You shall love God with all your heart, soul, strength, and mind; and your neighbor as yourself (Lk. 10:27). Do I love God this much? My neighbor? Do I even plan to some day? Or, do I think perhaps Jesus didn't mean it? The first step in love is to communicate. Do I pray to God daily? One of the most beneficial and least boring types of prayer is meditation (focused thinking). Could I not meditate on Christ's coming to us, his suffering (agony, scourging, bearing his cross, crucifixion), his triumph (resurrection, ascension) for 5-10 minutes a day to start? Growth is easy once you start. Getting started is the hardest thing.

 

What if we leave this world loving God, but not quite "with all our heart..."? Mercifully, God allows us to be purified of our obstacles to love: attachment to sin and selfishness. Painful? Very, but well worth it.

 

If we are to love God we must do what He told us to do: "Keep holy the Lord's day," "Do this in memory of me," [Sunday Mass]; "Unless you eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink His blood you have no [eternal] life in you" [worthy reception of Eucharist]; and avoid what He told us not to do: "...neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor sodomites, nor thieves... nor drunkards... will inherit the kingdom of God" (1 Cor 6:9, 10). Our merciful God will forgive all our sins if we repent and confess them (1 Jn 1:7-9)). If...

 

Only by God's grace can we avoid sin-and effort.

 

And, there are 100 other things we must do to love God and neighbor. We can discover these and find inspiration, by reading Scripture and books on the saints. (See recommended list at www.cfalive.org.)

 

Loving God and others: the only way to eternal life.

 

© 2002 Rev. T. G. Morrow With Ecclesiastical Permission

 

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Eternal Life

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This laminated card contains the following text:

 

Eternal Life

 

Go in through the narrow gate, for wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to [eternal] destruction and those who go in through it are many. How narrow the gate and hard the way that leads to [eternal] life, and those who find it are few (Mt. 7:13, 14).

 

What must I do to have eternal life? Jesus was asked that and the answer was: You shall love God with all your heart, soul, strength, and mind; and your neighbor as yourself (Lk. 10:27). Do I love God this much? My neighbor? Do I even plan to some day? Or, do I think perhaps Jesus didn't mean it? The first step in love is to communicate. Do I pray to God daily? One of the most beneficial and least boring types of prayer is meditation (focused thinking). Could I not meditate on Christ's coming to us, his suffering (agony, scourging, bearing his cross, crucifixion), his triumph (resurrection, ascension) for 5-10 minutes a day to start? Growth is easy once you start. Getting started is the hardest thing.

 

What if we leave this world loving God, but not quite "with all our heart..."? Mercifully, God allows us to be purified of our obstacles to love: attachment to sin and selfishness. Painful? Very, but well worth it.

 

If we are to love God we must do what He told us to do: "Keep holy the Lord's day," "Do this in memory of me," [Sunday Mass]; "Unless you eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink His blood you have no [eternal] life in you" [worthy reception of Eucharist]; and avoid what He told us not to do: "...neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor sodomites, nor thieves... nor drunkards... will inherit the kingdom of God" (1 Cor 6:9, 10). Our merciful God will forgive all our sins if we repent and confess them (1 Jn 1:7-9)). If...

 

Only by God's grace can we avoid sin-and effort.

 

And, there are 100 other things we must do to love God and neighbor. We can discover these and find inspiration, by reading Scripture and books on the saints. (See recommended list at www.cfalive.org.)

 

Loving God and others: the only way to eternal life.

 

© 2002 Rev. T. G. Morrow With Ecclesiastical Permission

 


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St. Francis Prayer for Safe Driving

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For humble driving, attach to car. This laminated card contains the following text:

 

Dear St. Francis


Help me to seek the last place in every line of Help me to seek the last place in every line of traffic; to slow for yellow lights; to praise God when someone cuts me off; and stay within 5 mph of the speed limit. Amen.

 

 

 

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St. Francis Prayer for Safe Driving

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For humble driving, attach to car. This laminated card contains the following text:

 

Dear St. Francis


Help me to seek the last place in every line of Help me to seek the last place in every line of traffic; to slow for yellow lights; to praise God when someone cuts me off; and stay within 5 mph of the speed limit. Amen.

 

 

 


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Confess! Reminder Card

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This laminated business card contains the following text:

 

CONFESS!

 

Place this card on the floor of your room or car each month and leave it till you go, as a reminder.

 

(The Act of Contrition is on reverse side)

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Confess! Reminder Card

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This laminated business card contains the following text:

 

CONFESS!

 

Place this card on the floor of your room or car each month and leave it till you go, as a reminder.

 

(The Act of Contrition is on reverse side)


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Pro-Life Bumper Sticker

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Bumper Sticker contains color image of 8-week old pre-born baby. Contains the following text: Civil Rights for Preborn Babies??

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Pro-Life Bumper Sticker

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Bumper Sticker contains color image of 8-week old pre-born baby. Contains the following text: Civil Rights for Preborn Babies??


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