Love this meditation from the 54 day Novena:
Fruit of Patience: A form of the moral virtue of fortitude. It enables one to endure present evils without sadness or resentment in conformity with the will of God. Patience is mainly concerned with bearing the evils caused by another. The three grades of patience are: Lowest: to bear difficulties without interior complaint, Middle: to use hardships to make progress in virtue, Highest: to desire the cross and afflictions for Christ's love, to have something to offer up, and to accept them with spiritual joy. (Fr. John Hardon, Modern Catholic Dictionary)
The meditations are among the best spiritual food I've encountered in a long, long, time.
It's like a mini retreat and the fruit of the Rosary is just so magnificent. So many holy people remind us not to let a day go by without saying the Rosary, especially if we're working in God's vineyard. I continuously talk to God and pray throughout the day so I feel plugged in, but I confess to not keeping up with the daily Rosary. Its the best 20 minutes of my day, so why I let it go by the wayside is beyond me.
And ohhhhhhhhh the stupid things we do.
Speaking of stupid things, the Holy Father continues to give Catholics plenty of things to write about.
Phil Lawlor gives readers a more articulate article on the paganism in Rome than my cryptic post of yesterday.
again—I stress the point because I don’t want to be caught up in the wrong argument—I am not disputing the Pope’s argument that Christians should exercise greater care for the environment. What troubles me is another, more specific aspect of this message: the assertion that care for the environment should be understood as one of the corporal and spiritual works of mercy.
It's actually worse than that as the Holy Father went so far as to say not turning off lights is a sin - and here is the real kicker - which can be absolved by recycling and carpooling.
Even Jeff Mirus has conceded the Pope is confusing pagan ideas with Catholic theology.
This is a great article to read again and again.
Dear God, please help us through this insufferable buffoonery of a papacy. That is all.