Prayer to Saint Dymphna In Nervous or Emotional Distress
I turn to you, dear virgin and martyr, confident of your power with God and of your willingness to take my cause into your hands. I praise and bless the Lord for giving you to us as patron of the nervous and emotionally disturbed. I firmly hope that through your kind intercession He will restore my lost serenity and peace of mind. May He speak to my heart and reassure me: "My peace I give you. Let not your heart be troubled nor let it be afraid." Pray for me, dear St. Dymphna, that my nervous and emotional turmoil may cease, and that I may again know serenity and personal peace. Amen.
West's Theology of the Body (Thought folks would be moved)
The Sacramentality of the Body
The Catholic faith, if you haven't already noticed, is a very fleshy, sensual religion. We most intimately encounter God through our bodily senses and the "stuff" of the material world: through bathing the body with water (baptism); anointing the body with oil (baptism, confirmation, holy orders, anointing of the sick); eating and drinking the Body and Blood of Christ (the Eucharist); the laying on of hands (holy orders, anointing of the sick); confessing with our lips (penance); and the unbreakable joining of man and woman in "one flesh" (marriage).
How can we describe the "great mystery" of the sacraments? They are the physical mean by which we encounter God's spiritual treasures. In the sacraments, spirit and matter "kiss." Heaven and earth embrace in a union that will never end.
The human body itself is in some sense a "sacrament." This is a broader and more ancient use of the word than we may be used to. Rather than referring to the seven signs of grace that Christ instituted, when John Paul speaks of the body as a "sacrament," he means it is a sign that makes visible the invisible mystery of God. We can't see God. God is pure Spirit. Yet Christianity is the religion of God's self disclosure. God wants to reveal himself to us. He wants to make his invisible, spiritual mystery visible to us so that we can "see" him. How does he do so?
Most everyone has experienced that deep sense of awe and wonder in beholding a starlit night or a radiant sunset or a delicate flower. In these moments, we are in some way "seeing God" (more accurately, seeing his reflection). "The beauty of creation reflects the infinite beauty of the Creator" (CCC, n. 341). And yet, what is the crown of creation? What more than anything else in God's creation "speaks" of divine beauty? The answer is man and woman and their call to fruitful communion. "God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. And God blessed them and said to them, 'Be fruitful and multiply...'" (Gn. 1:27-28).
ganked from our comrades at catholics
Oh little twinkle in my eye.
Little wrinkle next to my pie.
The moon is full and full of light.
Pantie woven with cotton white.
I look at the stars with my legs above me
Next to my head fall me undy
Its a beautiful night to be making this love
Watching the stars in the sky above
Bitter sweet nights, sucking on candies
Heres the story of my wrinkled panties.
I picked them up from the grass.
My stomach hurt as i passed the gas
Leg by leg I put them on
dirty and grass stained from the lawn
In my car almost nude.
How could Johnny of been so rude.
On the highway i began my race.
In my panties decored in Lace.
The first day of the end of my strife
The last day of a normal life
Can you say Manic?
I joined this community the other day because it sounded like just the community for me. Many of my journal entries are about the ways, both harmful and helpful, that Catholicism shaped and continues to shape me.
When was this community created? Does anyone watch it?