Archive for September 22, 2010

My LISS Commissioning Experience

Posted: September 22, 2010 by CatholicJules in Life's Journeys

In summary there is a Eucharistic Celebration together with a short ceremony whereby the participants are sent to be the “Salt” and “Light” to the world.  However the experience I want to share is what led up to it…….

The day before I made a trip to the Adoration room where the Blessed Sacrament resides, to spend a little time with Jesus in prayer and reflection.  I was pouring my heart out to him, praising and thanking God for all that he has done for my family, friends, His church and me.  Then it dawned on me after a while  that I should just be still in His presence to listen.   It was only then I was prompted to read up on and understand the Beatitudes. Matt 5-1:12

After reading up and finally understanding the Beatitudes, I was taken aback.  Was Jesus prompting me to share this with the rest? After all it makes perfect sense that if we are called to serve him then we should learn, understand and apply what he taught us from the Mount. Also another surprise caught me off guard! (This tells you that I had never been a regular scripture reader) because just after the Beatitudes this follows, Matt 5-13:16 “You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trodden under foot by men.  “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do men light a lamp and put it under a bushel, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.  It was time to head back to the Adoration room once again today.

This time round, after a period of prayer, I was prompted to switch off the lights and just reflect on him.  I don’t know why I felt this way since I was alone with my Saviour,  but fear just crept up on me and I started to feel a little afraid.   Then this passage came to mind “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.”  Followed by another passage  “I am the light of the world; he who follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”  I opened my eyes and gazed upon the Blessed Sacrament which had a a small stand alone light source.  Again I wondered if this was another message for me to pass on?  So I thanked and Jesus and prayed that if he wanted me to share this his flock at the LISS commissioning then he would guide me and prompt me strongly later so that I might know His Will.

During and after the Eucharistic Celebration, I was wondering if I would even have the opportunity to share the messages should Jesus want me to.  Then as Raymund (The LISS Leader) was saying his last few words, encouraging the participants to stay back and have a meal together, I had the burning desire to share what I was ‘told’ and so I mouthed my desire to say a few words to Raymund.  Fortunately he understood, and opened a short session for anyone who wanted to testify or share which I and a few others did.  I just hope I did my Lord and Saviour justice in passing his message on, because I was a little nervous and not sure if I had fumbled. Lord have mercy if I did….

All Glory and Honour are Yours Almighty Father.

Amen.

Some Great Catholic Iphone Apps

Posted: September 22, 2010 by CatholicJules in Memory Book

Here are some of my Favourites…

IRosary

iRosaryVersion 2.5

IRosary is an innovative new Rosary for the iPhone and iPod Touch which displays a fully-animated set of Rosary beads that flows across your hand as you move it with your finger, like a standard Rosary.

For those new to the Rosary, there is no easier way to learn this perfect prayer which engages the body, mind, and soul, while meditating on the life of Jesus Christ. Those who pray the Rosary regularly will appreciate how closely iRosary resembles a traditional Catholic Rosary.

Unique Features

  • Pull the beads with your finger to advance to the next prayer.
  • 2 complete sets of images from famous Christian paintings.
  • 270 chain, bead, and cross combinations let you create a Rosary just for you.
  • The text is easy to read and can be resized by spreading with 2 fingers.
  • iRosary suggests the correct Mystery based on the liturgical period.
  • Pray with your eyes closed thanks to an easy interface and pleasing sound cues.

Other Features

  1. Move the beads to the left or the right, making it easy to hold iRosary in EITHER HAND
  2. Always REMEMBERS your place and automatically resumes when you return
  3. A bead highlight and a decade bead number help TRACK your progress
  4. Uses the STANDARD set of prayers listed on the Vatican website
  5. The SAME number of beads as a standard Rosary, with between-bead prayers that fold out as you arrive to them
  6. Beads can be pushed back to return to a PREVIOUS prayer
  7. The LUMINOUS mysteries can be turned on or off
  8. Includes the CHAPLET of Divine Mercy and the Loreto LITANIES
  9. A DYNAMIC interface which extensively uses Apple’s Core Animation to provide a rich user experience

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Find iPieta (Catholic Teaching, Calendar, and Prayer) on AppStoreHQ.

IPIETA

Version 3.2


This is a great Catholic Resource App!

New in Version 3.2:

  • Navigation Features: Right (and Left) Swipes for Custom Gestures are extended to scroll to the next (or previous) chapter if already at the bottom (or top) of the webview. A Single Tap in the Webview toggles the view size to show or cover the tab bar. Single Tap feature is only for iPad and iPhone 3GS and above; it can be disabled in Settings > General.
  • Veritas Tab: Abandonment to Divine Providence and The Cloud of Unknowing have been added to the Veritas > Spiritual. The listing of Popes can now be accessed in Veritas > Papal. The duplicate text for St. Jean Marie Vianney and the Council of Trent has been cleaned up; the Raccolta now correctly displays sections 122-130.
  • Calendar Tab: Solemnities that fall on Sunday in the Novus Ordo now display the correct readings; some minor fixes.
  • Prayer Tab: Added: Prayer to the Blessed Virgin Mary after Mass; the Transfige (St. Bonaventure); and the latin versions of the Anima Christ and the Litany of the Precious Blood.
  • Text: Font choices increased to 10. Color choices decreased to 12; however more color choices (about 70) are accessible by enabling “More Colors” in Settings > General. Font size now includes 13. Margins added to text on the iPad.
  • Searching: The very first and the very last search result can now properly access the whole chapter.
  • Optional Audio: Added Mark Ch. 12-14; Luke Ch. 1-7 (See http://www.ipieta.com for directions)
  • Other: Labels in table cells containing audio buttons are correctly formatted to better show table indexes.

Bible:

Catholic Bibles in the public domain with excellent English-Latin correspondence: Douay-RheimsLatin Vulgate.

Scripture can read as English, Latin, or in English-Latin. The latter mode can displayed either as side-by-side or verse-by-verse. Chapters are easily accessed with the indexed tables. The entire chapter is displayed.

The Douay-Rheims is the only public-domain English Catholic Bible we are aware of. It is an excellent and truly Catholic translation, although some people may not prefer the “old English’ style. We are hopeful that the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops (for the NAB version) and the National Council of Churches (for the RSV-CE version) will delight in the extensive corpus of doctrine which we make available for a minimum fee ($3) and will grant us permission to incorporate these translations.

Calendar:

Either the Ordinary (or Novus OrdoCalendar or the Extraordinary (or Traditional or TridentineCalendar can be displayed. Toggle between calendars by shaking the device. The default calendar type can be set to Novus Ordo or to Tridentine or to “Last Type”. The latter setting remembers which calendar was used last and applies that setting.

The Novus Ordo Calendar can be displayed in table format for Australia, Canada, England, Ireland, Malta, New Zealand, Scotland, the United States, or Wales. (The default can be set in the “Settings” Tab.)

Calendar Colors and Fonts:

  • BOLD UPPER-CASE: Solemnity (Class I)
  • Bold: Feast (Class II)
  • Regular: Memorial (Class III)
  • Italics: Optional Memorial (Class IV)
  • Red Color: Martyr, Mass of Holy Spirit, etc.
  • Blue Color: Liturgical “white” (e.g., non-martyr)
  • Green / Gold / Violet date / weekday backgrounds colors to distinguish the liturgical season
    • The Traditional Calendar has three shades of violet to distinguish Septuagessima, Lent, and Passiontide

Tapping the row for a given day will display that day’s Gospel or first reading. Touching the “Other” button (or doing the appropriate swipe) will display the other reading(s) for the day.

Calendar defaults (Settings Tab) include: Default Text (Gospel or 1st Reading), Number of Months to Show (2-12), Calendar Type (Novus Ordo, Tridentine, or Last Type), and National Calendar (for Novus Ordo only).

Prayers:

Prayers displayed using Indexed Tables. Rapidly navigate to hundreds of prayers. Sections are:

  • Sacred Heart
  • Passion of our Lord
  • Holy Mass
  • Eucharistic
  • Holy Spirit
  • Immaculate Heart of Mary
  • Total Consecration to Jesus in Mary
  • Our Lady of Sorrows
  • Basic Marian Prayers
  • Marian Devotions
  • St. Joseph
  • Basic Prayers
  • Blessings
  • Angel Prayers
  • Saint Prayers
  • Prayers to St. Jude
  • Prayers to St. Anthony of Padua
  • Examination of Conscience

FREE and OPTIONAL AUDIO is available for many prayers.

Substantial prayers include:

  • An older (public domain) version of the Little Office of our Lady
  • 33-day preparation for Total Consecration to Jesus in Mary
  • Ordo for the Traditional Mass
  • Novena to the Holy Spirit
  • St. Alphonsus Stations of the Cross
  • The St Bridget 1-Year and 12-Year Prayers.

Veritas / Search:

  • Search
    • The entire Veritas section as well as the Douay-Rheims Bible is indexed for searching.
    • Search is the first row in the Veritas table.
  • Saint “Cliff Notes” (incomplete)
    • An on-going feature; succint overviews of the lives of the Saints; written by the iPieta Team
  • Baltimore Catechisms #1, #2, and #3
  • Catechism of Christian Doctrine (Promulgated by Pope St. Pius X)
  • Introduction to the Devout Life, by St. Francis De Sales
  • The Imitation of Christ, by Thomas Kempis
  • True Devotion to Mary, by St. Louis Marie de Montfort
  • Love of Eternal Wisdom, by St. Louis Marie de Montfort
  • Friends of the Cross, by St. Louis Marie de Montfort
  • The Secret of Mary, by St. Louis Marie de Montfort
  • The Dialogue, by St. Catherine of Siena
  • The Life of St. Teresa of Jesus, by St. Teresa of Jesus
  • The Way of Perfection, by St. Teresa of Jesus
  • Interior Castle, by St. Teresa of Jesus
  • Treatise on Purgatory, by St. Catherine of Genoa
  • Instructions on the Catechism, by St. Jean-Marie Vianney
  • Selected Explanations and Exhortations, by St. Jean-Marie Vianney
  • Excerpts of Sermons, by St. Jean-Marie Vianney
  • Ascent of Mount Carmel, by St. John of the Cross
  • Dark Night of the Soul, by St. John of the Cross
  • Spiritual Canticle, by St. John of the Cross
  • Living Flame of Love, by St. John of the Cross
  • The Catechetical Instructions of St. Thomas Aquinas
  • The Roman Catechism (also knows as The Catechism of The Council of Trent or The Catechism of Pope St. Pius V)
  • The Summa Theologica, by St. Thomas Aquinas
    • Indexed tables give fast access to the whole Summa
    • Even the Summa can be searched – either in its entirety or in one of five parts.
  • Haydock’s Bibilical Commentary
  • Catena Aurea (St. Thomas Aquinas’ collection of Church Fathers on the Gospels)
  • The Dolorous Passion (Ven. Catherine Emmerich)
  • Fathers of the Church (Eerdman’s version)
  • Spiritual Exercises (St. Ignatius of Loyola)
  • The Sinner’s Guide (Ven. Louis of Granada)
  • Consolation of Philosophy (Boethius)
  • Confession of St. Patrick
  • Abandonment to Divine Providence
  • The Cloud of Unknowing

The works, even the Summa, can be quickly navigated using the Indexed Table.

Bookmarks / Settings / Help:

  • Bookmarks
    • Organized in Indexed tables in accord with section titles from the other tabs.
    • Edit features include deletion, rearrangement with section, color coding according to tab.
    • Can play audio directily from the bookmarks.
  • General Settings
    • Custom Gestures (On/Off switch)
    • Orientation Lock (On/Off switch)
    • Startup Mode: (Choice of any of the tabs or the last used tab)
    • Default Dual-Display Mode: (Line-by-line or side-by-side)
    • Bible Names (Common/Traditional)
  • Text Settings:Defaults which can be set with Picker Wheels
    • Text Color
    • Background Color
    • Text Size
    • Text Font
  • Audio Settings
    • Audio Status (On/Off switch)
      • NOTE: You need to download the free audio files and load them in your device to have audio. After loading the audio, enable the audio by turningn this switch off and then On.
      • Do not change the track names or the author; otherwise iPieta cannot find the necessary audio files.
    • If iPieta recognizes the audio but doesn’t play it, trying quitting iPieta and relaunching. The audio state should then be ok.
  • Calendar Settings
    • Default Text to display first: either Gospel or 1st Reading.
    • Number of Months to Show: from 2 to 12.
    • Calendar Type
      • Default Calendar Type to first display: either Novus Ordo, Tridentine, or Last Type.
      • Calendar Type can be changed on the fly by shaking the device when the Calendar is being displayed.
    • National Calendar for Novus Ordo:
      • Australia, Canada, Chile, England, Ireland, Malta, Mexico, New Zealand, Scotland, the United States, or Wales
    • Shifted Solemnities in the National Calendars:
      • Epihphany, Ascension, and Corpus Christ can each bet set to shift to Sunday for a particular national calendar.
  • Search Settings
    • Maximum Number of Search Results:50, 100, 250, 500, 1000, 2000, or 5000.
    • Number of Bible Verses to display before and after the verse with the Search Result
  • Help: READ ME
    • IMPORTANT: The “READ ME” file contains a concise of navigation in iPieta.
    • Describes the optional Custom Gestures.
  • Help: Content
  • Help: Features
  • Help: Search
  • Help: Support

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IMissal

Version 1.5

Liturgical Calendar

Full calendar displaying all of the liturgical seasons.  The calendar is color coded based on liturgical season and shows Holy Days of Obligation, Solemnities, Major Feasts, Saints, etc.  Calendar is currently available for years 1990 – 2050.

Mass Readings

All the Mass Readings for every liturgical cycle (A,B,C,I,II) are included!   This includes First Reading, Psalm, Second Reading, Alleluia, and Gospel for all Sunday and Weekday Masses.  Reading text is always available for every day, no WIFI connection necessary.  Uses translations officially approved for Mass in the U.S.  Great resource for Lectors.

** The liturgical texts provided in iMissal are used with the permission of the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine and the International Committee on English in the Liturgy. They are the official texts approved for use in the dioceses of the United States by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Beware of other applications which use other translations and cost much more.

Audio of the Mass Readings.  Audio is only available for more recent dates (sliding window of aprx. 30 days).
* WIFI connection required for optimal playback of audio files.

Order of Mass

Ever wish you could follow along in Mass and have all the prayers, responses, etc. available.  Now you can.  Great for RCIA candidates that are new to the faith.

Mass Videos

Cantcha, Inc. has teamed up with CatholicTV.com and now provides videos of the Mass for you to watch.
* WIFI connection is required for optimal playback of videos.  Videos are of high quality.

Our Daily Bread

Get a unique Bible verse for every day of the year displayed on 20 plus beautiful backgrounds.

These verses have been hand selected from some of the most popular.
Also included are some obscure verses you may have not seen before.

Choose from three different Bible translations:

-) NAB Bible – New American Bible
-) NIV Bible – New International Version
-) KJV Bible – King James Version

Bible translations can be easily switched to compare differences between translations.

* Save your favorite verses for later reference.
* Search on any word across all verses to quickly find your favorites.
* If you miss a day you can easily go back to view previous verses.
* Mix it up by pushing the random button to get new verse each time.
* Email any verse (w/o background) to your friends and family with a push of a button.
* No WIFI connection is necessary

Prayers

– Over 80 of the most popular Catholic prayers are included.
Email your favorite prayers to your friends.