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LOM 70

LOM 70


* * * May 24: Our Lady, Help of Christians * * * May 25: Ascension of Our Lord * * * May 27: Our Lady Queen of Apostles * * * May 29: Memorial Day * * * May 30: Saint Joan of Arc * * * May 31: Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary to Saint Elizabeth and Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary * * *

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Keynote Address at the Legion of Mary 70th Anniversary Celebration St. Joseph – Del Rio, Texas May 6, 2017

Keynote Address at the Legion of Mary 70th Anniversary Celebration
St. Joseph – Del Rio, Texas
May 6, 2017

        Last year, Pope Francis made an apostolic visit to Poland for the celebration of World Youth Day, with millions of young men and women of faith from every corner of the world. It was a beautiful opportunity for him to gather in a country with such a strong devotion to our Blessed Mother – under her title of Our Lady of Czestochowa. Near the Shrine of Divine Mercy, the Holy Father preached about the plan of salvation carried out by our God, and how he carried it out in humility and simplicity.
        The Holy Father said: “It is particularly striking how the coming of God into history came about: he was ‘born of a woman.’ There was no triumphal entrance or striking epiphany of the Almighty. He did not reveal himself as a brilliantly rising sun, but entered the world in the simplest of ways, as a child from his mother, with that ‘style’ that Scripture tells us is like a rainfall upon the land (cf. Is 55:10), like the smallest of seeds which sprouts and grows (cf. Mk 4:31-32). Thus, contrary to our expectations and perhaps even our desires, the kingdom of God, now as then, ‘does not come in a way that attracts attention’ (Lk 17:20), but rather in littleness, in humility.”
        This is the nature of the action of God. He definitely worked miracles and great signs, but this is not where his most glorious work resides. His greatest triumphs are hidden in the hearts of the faithful who turn to him in love and conversion, the joy of a heart on fire with the Holy Spirit, or the comfort given to a heart that grieves. Simplicity and humility are the nature of God’s great work.
        Pope Francis continues: “It is to Mary, then that we, who have gathered here, now look. In her, we find complete conformity to the Lord. Throughout history, interwoven with the divine thread, is also a ‘Marian thread.’ If there is any human glory, any merit of our own in the fullness of time, it is she. Mary is that space, preserved free from sin, where God chose to mirror himself. She is the stairway God took to descend and draw near to us. She is the clearest sign of the fullness of time. In the life of Mary we admire that littleness that God loves, for he ‘looked upon the humility of his servant,’ and ‘lifted up the lowly’ (Lk 1:48, 52). He was so pleased with her that he let his flesh be woven from hers, so that the Virgin became the Mother of God, as [her] ancient hymn, sung for centuries, proclaims.”
        The challenge comes to you today. You are the Legion of Mary, and you have taken on the task of singing that ancient hymn in this part of the world today. Your chapter has been about this work for seventy years! What a beautiful witness to the love our God has lavished upon us in our Blessed Mother.
        I ask you to renew your commitment and fidelity to being witnesses in that “style” the Holy Father has spoken of, “the divine ‘style’ incarnated by Mary.” The style of a faithful missionary disciple is that of humility and simplicity. How many different ways do we see this style in the witness of our beautiful Mother Mary?
        Our Lady of Czestochowa’s image was subjected to violence. She bears the scars on her face of the sinfulness of humanity, but she still steadfastly, simply, and humbly presents her Son to the world with faith. Our Lady of Fatima sent out her very powerful message of conversion and humility through three tiny child shepherds, who touched the hearts of the world in their simple way one century ago. Our Lady of Guadalupe chose not the great leaders of the community to bear her message, but a simple man of the people. She called San Juan Diego to let his simplicity and humility speak louder than any words could ever hope to speak. Her miracle was the simple beauty of flowers and faith.
        This is the witness of our Mother Mary. She walks in simplicity and humility, and through that humble virtue, she carries out her great work of evangelization. She carries out her part of the very work of God. As Pope Francis puts it: “God saves us, by making himself little, near and real.” My brothers and sisters, you who have devoted yourself to following Christ through Mary, “May she help you to weave in your own lives the humble and simple thread of the Gospel… May we do everything in littleness, and accompany others at close hand, with a simple and open heart.”

Saturday, May 13, 2017

May 13, 2017: Happy Feast Day of Our Lady of Fatima on this special 100th Anniversary of the Apparitions at Fatima, Portugal

May 12, 2017: Del Rio News-Herald * OPINION * Letter to the Editor * Manners Matter!

Letter to the Editor,

Manners Matter!

Nursing Home residents Mrs. Brown and Sra. Blanco are congenially conversing.

Mrs. Brown tells Sra. Blanco, “You know, the world around us would be a kinder, gentler place, if manners mattered.”

Sra. Blanco responds, “Etiquette and social graces have given way to the rough and tumble world of emulating the sensationalism of reality shows that revel in exorbitant exhibitionistic exploitation for the sake of ratings.”

Brown: Some view good manners as unreal, restrictive, and even dishonest.

Blanco: What’s so real, liberating and honest about being bad mouthed, discourteous, impolite, rude and uncivil?

Brown: Unfortunately civility, courtesy and good manners have disappeared.

Blanco: Some think those who exhibit good manners are meek and weak; door mats to be trampled on, taken advantage of, mocked and ridiculed.

Brown: How sad manners have become an ancient relic of days gone by, of yesteryear’s way of being; an antiquated, fanciful way of being that no longer exists in this fast paced, harsh and cruel world. 

Blanco:  Some believe that nice people finish last and mean people finish first.

Brown: Our world has turned topsy-turvy, inside out, where manners are extinct and rudeness is epitomized.

Blanco: What once was relished has been relinquished and has vanished.

Brown: Curse words; swearing, profanity and vulgar language are the accepted mood of communication that glibly fills people’s hearts and minds with gutter garbage.

Blanco: When people are filled with a barrage of bad mouthed, foul and furious expletives, there is no room left for the true treasures of beauty, goodness and truth in their life.

Brown:  When people are filled with verbal trash there is no room left for graciousness, generosity and gratitude.

Blanco: You and I are totally counter-cultural; because when others encounter us and interact with us they are surprised and genuinely grateful, and it truly makes their day.

Brown: My mother always said, “Remember to mind your manners for goodness sake”.

Blanco: My mother always told us, “There is nothing that costs so little or goes as far as good manners”.

Happy Mother’s Day!

Marian Casillas, Ed.D.
Del Rio

Monday, May 8, 2017

May 7, 2017: Del Rio News-Herald * LOCAL * Letter to the Editor * Pro-Lifers unwelcomed/unwanted in Democrat Party

Letter to the Editor,

Pro-Lifers unwelcomed/unwanted in Democrat Party

Tom Perez, Democratic National Chair and Bernie Sanders, Independent Senator from Vermont recently took their “unity tour” on the road, underscoring the fact that the mindset of leftist activists these days is that in order for Democrats to unify their party they must drive out all dissenters, but most especially pro-life dissenters.

Tom Perez became the first head of the party to demand lockstep “abortions for all” ideological agreement, promising to support only Democrat candidates who uphold the right to abort unborn babies.

He stated, “Every Democrat should support a woman’s right to make her own choices about her body and her health. That is not negotiable and should not change city by city or state by state. At a time when women’s rights are under assault from the White House, the Republican Congress, and in states across the country we must speak up for this principle as loudly as ever and with one voice.”

Perez delivered a big victory to the “abortion rights” movement, saying that he “fundamentally disagrees about personal beliefs about women’s reproductive health and every candidate who runs as a Democrat should do the same, because every woman should be able to make her own health choices.” 

That means no limitations on abortion, not even efforts to provide information about alternative choices, parental notification and sonograms showing the living baby growing within their mother.
Democrat policy now extends far from just being “pro-choice” to now treating abortion as something the government should subsidize and encourage.

Many people who vote Democrat or are open to voting Democrat don’t agree with the party’s stance.

A 2016 Pew poll found 28% of Democrats, 37% of independents and 41% of those who identify as moderate or liberal believe abortion should be illegal in most or all cases.

A 2015 Public Religion Research Institute poll found that over 70% of African-American and Hispanic respondents consider themselves pro-life.

The chairman of the Democrat Party just told pro-life voters they are unwelcomed and unwanted, just like the aborted babies.

Marian Casillas, Ed.D.
Del Rio

Sunday, May 7, 2017

May 13, 2017: Rosary Making Workshop at 10:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Guadalupe CCD School

The Legion of Mary

is Sponsoring

Rosary Making Workshop


Come learn to make Rosaries
Free Supplies—Everyone Invited

Saturday, May 13, 2017
10:00 a.m.

Our Lady of Guadalupe CCD School

Saturday, May 6, 2017

May 5, 2017: Del Rio News-Herald * OPINION * Letter to the Editor * Dr. Digital: Devices diagnosis

Letter to the Editor,

Dr. Digital: Devices diagnosis

Patient 1: I have this feeling of panic upon being separated from my phone or tablet. Sometimes I feel panic when I misplace my phone and at other times that panic spirals into desperation.
Dr. Digital: You are suffering from "No-Mobile Phobia" or "nomophobia".

Patient 2: My tech devices interrupt my leisure time, conversations, and meals. What’s worse is that I'll be on Facebook and he'll be on a sporting app while we are both in bed, then we realize that we are literally sitting in bed together, but living in different worlds.
Dr. Digital: You are suffering from "technoference”. Higher “technoference” correlates directly with lower relationship and life satisfaction. When people experience what they perceive to be an interruption due to technology, their views of the relationship are likely to suffer, especially if these interruptions are frequent.

Patient 3: I always feel that my mobile device is pinging or vibrating when, in fact, it is not.
Dr. Digital: You are suffering from “fauxcellarm”, “phantom ringing”, and “ringxiety”. Phantom vibrations are this unusual curiosity that speaks to our connection with our phones.

Patient 4: I am always researching and diagnosing my own illnesses online. I use the internet to self-diagnose. I get neurotic, and go down a Google wormhole, frantically reading about every dreaded disease that matches my symptoms, and soon I’m convinced I’m dying.
Dr. Digital: You are suffering from “cyberchondria”. The top diagnoses matching a symptom search will usually be wrong. It can mess with the diagnostic process, because the results can suggest rare or morbid conditions to patients, which in turn can prompt the appearance of new 'symptoms.'

Patient 5: I have this spooky feeling that someone's watching me or listening to me; that my life is being broadcast.
Dr. Digital: You are suffering from the “Truman Show Delusion” from the 1998 movie “The Truman Show”, where Truman Burbank had that feeling too, only his turned out to be true. With all the recent revelations about “wiretapping”, “surveillance” and “unmasking”, people can feel unnerved.

Marian Casillas, Ed.D. 
Del Rio

Saturday, April 29, 2017

April 28, 2017: Del Rio News-Herald * OPINION * Letter to the Editor * Weather changes

Letter to the Editor

Weather changes

Mr.  Climate and Mr. Seasons have been next door neighbors for many years.

It’s January; the weather is unseasonal for this time of year, rather warm and mild.

Seasons: Looks like we’re having a warm spell.

Climate: Yes, it’s due to global warming that is adversely affecting our planet.

Seasons: I just think God is giving us a break from all the cold and dreary weather. And thank God for that because we needed some relief from all the cold weather.

Climate: I don’t believe in God, I just believe in science. And science definitively proves that there is global warming and that is the reason for this warm and mild weather we are experiencing in January.

Seasons: Have a nice day and enjoy the warm and mild weather.

Climate: How can I enjoy the warm and mild weather when I know the destruction that global warming is causing all around the world and how we are responsible for the end of the world as we know it?

Seasons: Bye.

It is June; the weather is unseasonal for this time of year, rather cool and pleasant.

Seasons: Looks like we’re having a cool spell.

Climate: Yes, it’s due to global cooling that is adversely affecting our planet.

Seasons: I just think God is giving us a break from all the hot and sweltering weather. And thank God for that because we needed some relief from all the hot weather.

Climate: I don’t believe in God, I just believe in science. And science definitively proves that there is global cooling and that is the reason for this cool and pleasant weather we are experiencing in June.

Seasons: Have a nice day and enjoy the cool and pleasant weather.

Climate: How can I enjoy the cool and pleasant weather when I know the destruction that global cooling is causing all around the world and how we are responsible for the end of the world as we know it?

Seasons: Bye.

Fortunately the temperature here is always a comfy, cozy Chill Out!

Marian Casillas, Ed.D.
Del Rio

Friday, April 28, 2017

Invitation for all Legion of Mary active and auxiliary members - Celebrating the 70th Anniversary 1947 - 2017


Celebrating the 70th Anniversary
On Saturday, May 6, 2017
At 12 noon
At St. Joseph Church Parish Hall
Archbishop Gustavo Garcia Siller
Will speak at the Legion of Mary
70th Anniversary Banquet


Celebrando el 70º  aniversario
El sábado, 6 de mayo
A la 12 del mediodía
En el Salón Parroquial de la Iglesia de San José
Arzobispo Gustavo García Siller
Hablará en el Banquete del 70º  aniversario
De la Legión de María

Sunday, April 23, 2017

April 23, 2017: Happy Feast Day of Divine Mercy, celebrated on the 2nd Sunday of Easter.

The Divine Mercy message is one we can call to mind simply by remembering ABC:

A - Ask for His Mercy. God wants us to approach Him in prayer constantly, repenting of our sins and asking Him to pour His mercy out upon us and upon the whole world.

B - Be merciful. God wants us to receive His mercy and let it flow through us to others. He wants us to extend love and forgiveness to others just as He does to us.

C - Completely trust in Jesus. God wants us to know that the graces of His mercy are dependent upon our trust. The more we trust in Jesus, the more we will receive. 

Friday, April 21, 2017

Pro-Life Testimony at Sunday Masses by Cami Murphy

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

I would like to share with you the testimony that I was blessed to give at 3 Masses at Sacred Heart Church in Del Rio, Texas on the weekend of April 1 and 2. I send it as my Easter greeting and as a testimony of Our Father's loving mercy, and I pray that it will be a source of grace for each person who receives it.

Gathered in His Hands

When I returned to the Catholic Church in 1992, after a separation of almost 30 years, I came back with heavy burdens on my heart and soul. As a young woman I had had abortions. I came back into the Church eager to receive the Sacrament o Reconciliation. 
At my general confession on that blessed day, I felt as if I laid down a bag of heavy rocks. I knew that God had forgiven me for all of my grievous sins, and I have come to trust that, through that sacrament, Jesus took all of those sins away. 
For my penance Father told me to name my children and to write a love letter to each of them. It was a penance that frightened me, because, until that day, I had never thought of my abortions as affecting persons, much less my own children. 
In spite of my fear, I took my responsibility to do my penance seriously, but it took me about a week to get up the courage to choose names for my babies. As soon as I chose my baby’s names, a very shocking thing occurred. God spoke to my heart with His “still, small voice,” and He told me totally different names that He had already given to my babies. 
I realized that God had named my babies at their conceptions, and that scared me, because, in that way, I also realized that my babies were, at the deepest level, God’s babies, and, for a short time I doubted whether God had truly forgiven me, because, I thought, how could He forgive me for choosing to have His babies killed? 
But then God also gave me the light to realize that this was His gift to me. In telling me my babies’ names, He was introducing my heart to them. I realized that that gift was a sign of His love. 
For months after that, I could not write love letters to my babies, because all I could feel was guilt. Guilt and love do not mix together well. Guilt was a wall that shut out my love. Over a period of years God has removed the guilt and restored my love, and my love letters have been a source of healing. 
About a year after I returned to the Catholic Church, one night I stayed up all night longing for my babies. In the morning this healing poem came to me:

A Bouquet of Love

Where your faces should be
were holes in my heart,
empty as robbed graves.

Then God gave me your names,
His lovely seeds,
not dead, just buried.

No, it’s me buried
in this fleshly tomb.
Sometimes I can’t see

that one day we’ll be
a bouquet of love
gathered in His hands.

Jesus gave us these comforting words through St. Faustina:

    “I do not want to punish aching mankind, but I desire to heal it, pressing it to My Merciful Heart (...) before the Day of Justice I am sending the Day of Mercy” (Diary, 1588).

May Jesus press each of us to His Merciful Heart!

May you and all of your loved ones continue to receive the Lord's blessing in this Easter season!

Cami Murphy