Thursday, 29 August 2013

My Favourite Saints: Part 4. The final one

Part 4 of my Favourite Saints.

St. Maximilian Kolbe.
I grew close to Saint Maximilian Kolbe when he was assigned as my patron Saint a few years back.
He was a Polish Priest. He is known as Mary's Knight. Because he taught many people about Mary. He was taken to a concentration camp, and even though it was forbidden, he heard all the men who wished to have confession, confessions.

He is a very great inspiration. Mary appeared to him when he was a young boy, with two crowns. One was white and one was red. She explained that the white one was a crown of purity, which meant he would be pure all his life, and the red crown was a crown of martyrdom. She asked him to choose which one he wanted. He chose both.

At the Concentraton Camp, he was beaten repeatedly, he was a skinny person, and he was not very strong. He took the place of a man who was sentenced to die by starvation with some other men, for punishment for one of the other prisoners escaping.
He was a brave men. He encouraged the men who were locked in the starvation bunker with him, to sing hyms. He was finally killed when he was the last left alive. By a needle with poison in it. He was a strong man to the last, doing what he knew was right. Even if it was forbidden.

St. Joseph. Okay, well there is no doubting that I love St. Joseph! He was foster father to Jesus and husband to Mary. He took the role of head of the Holy Family very seriously. He was a strong, brave, and just man. There are not many things that we know about St. Joseph. We can hang out though, because we are both workers. He's got two feast days, one being St. Joseph, and the other being St. Joseph the worker.
St. Joseph is the patron Saint of Families. So if you want gay 'marriage' (insert thowing up here and its not marriage by the way, its a gross misinterpretation of what marriage is, FYI) stopped, pray to St. Joseph. Because he's the patron of families And the Patron Saint/Protector of the Universal Church.
He's awesome! :D

Other notable saints:

St. Tarcisius, martyred while taking the most Holy Eucharist to Christians in jail. He's arms remained strong even when cruel boys tried to see what he held to his chest. His prowess in this is amazing. He prayed to God that his arms would not open to these boys. He was martyred because of this and brought back quickly by a Roman soldier who was a Christian to the Pope. And then, and only then, did he give Jesus to the Pope.

St. Dominic. If there is one saint people love naming their kids after its Dominic, my favourite thing about him was that he tried to get himself martyred, and because of this he didn't! Also he started the Holy Rosary as well.

St. Padre Pio. A strong, Italian priest. He had the stigmata and was a man who many asked for his help and prayers. Oh, yeah and his body is incorrupt.

The Saints you want if you need back-up: There is this story I remember, that a friend told me. Basically a women was being stalked by a robber and she was really frightened. So she prayed to her Guardian Angel to look after her. The robber stopped following her.

Later on, he was caught by the police and asked why he had not robbed her. He replied that two large men had been standing on either side of her, blocking him. Her Guardian Angel and another Angel.
Whenever I think of this story I think of an angel with a radio saying 'I need back-up'  And its good to have back-up so here's a list of Saints who are most helpful when you need more help than usual.
St. Benedict
St. Padre Pio

St. John Vianney
St. Catherine of Siena
St. Michael the Archangel

St. Raphael the Archangel

And thus ends this post and these series of posts. Unless of course I change my mind! :P
I hope you enjoyed reading as much as I enjoyed writing them. :)

God Bless

Wednesday, 28 August 2013

My Favourite Saints: Part 3

Part 3 of my Favourite Saints. I am so enjoying doing these!

My Mother. The most beautiful woman in the whole world. 
Our Blessed Mother Mary. Well, we would be a far sight worse off if we didn't have Mary as our Mother I reckon. Mother to our Lord, King and God. She always did what God asked her to do and said 'yes.' Even when it sounded a difficult. She was perfect. God made her perfect! She never ever sinned at all. Not once. Because that was how God made her. So that the womb wherein his son would dwell would be a spotless and perfect one. She is the Mother of God. Jesus dwelt in her womb for nine months. Jesus is God so she's the Mother of God. There are three things that are the most painful for devils, these are,
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1. The Holy name of Jesus, so if you ever are experiencing a moment of temptation, ask Jesus to help. Say "Satan in the Name of Jesus Christ my Lord God and Saviour begone!" Of course it takes courage to say that, but your Guardian Angel is always there to help. :)
2. The Holy Name of Mary. Yep, our Mum can scare away the devil, she is just so awesome! If you need courage, ask her for it. She's not going to say no.
3. The Brown Scapular. The Brown Scapular which our Blessed Mother gave to St. Simon Stock. To be a full member of the Brown Scapular you have to say the Rosary, every single day. My family and I all have brown scapulars, they are usually the only thing I wear around my neck.

I love this song sung about Mary. It's beautiful.
Mary is the best helper we can ever have. She will help us like no other to get to heaven. She's our Mother. She will pray for us, and help us, always. Trust in her because she helps all who ask. Honour because its one of the ten commandments to honour your father and mother. :)

My Gaurdian Angel.
Okay, well my Gaurdian Angel isn't a Saint. He's an Angel. But I thought I'd better say about him anyway.
Whenever you feel the compulsion to do the wrong thing. Ask your Gaurdian Angel for help. That's what he's there for. He's there to get you to heaven. And the best way he can do that, is if you ask him for help.

And so ends part 3.
God Bless

Tuesday, 27 August 2013

My Favourite Saints: Part 2

Here is another blog post on my favourite saints.

Bl. Mother Teresa of Calcutta.
Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta still needs another miracle before the Church can make her a Saint. But that's okay, it will happen! :) She died only in 1997 (a year before I was born!)

She founded the Missionaries of Charity, and I've gotta say, they are one of my favourite orders of nuns! She won the Nobel Prize in 1979 (she deserved it, too!) and she was beatified in 2003. Her four vows for her order are these: chastity, poverty, obedience, and Whole hearted and free service to the poorest of the poor.

She and her sisters worked in India doing many good works of faith. Did you know that whenever they received donations of shoes she would always pick the worst ones and because of this her feet were deformed? There have also been some negative comments about her, but I spent a while yesterday researching and I think that you should ignore it. Besides, any wrong she did do the good she did far outweighs it. :) Also if you are interested look it up on a Catholic website, because she was Catholic, or look it up on a Catholic website and then a non-Catholic website and compare. Or you could just ignore the negative comments, kay?

She is a great inspiration to me. She said many marvelous things in defense of the Pro-Life movement and was stoutly against abortion her entire life. As you can see, I've tried to fit as many pictures of her as I can here.

Doesn't Jesus look adorable? 
St. Anthony, now if you ask any Catholic who is the best at finding things, they'll say St. Anthony. I call him my best friend because whenever I have lost something or I'm looking for something, he helps me! :)
He is a Doctor of the Church, he once held the baby Jesus in his very arms (much to my jealousy) He was canonized less than a year after his death. He was a Franciscan brother, though he started out in the Augustinian Order. He joined the Franciscans in the hope of shedding his own blood for martyrdom after hearing about the five Franciscan protomartyrs. He is called the 'Hammer of the Heretics" for his great protection of the Catholic Faith, against all their lies and deceit. He was also a great teacher of the Faith to all peoples.
He died when he was only thirty-six years old, ten years after he joined the Franciscans. 336 years after his death, his body was found to be corrupted, but his tongue was totally incorrupt, so perfect were the teachings that had been formed upon it.
He is Patron Saint of: American Indians, pregnant women, shipwrecks, starvation, faith in the Blessed Sacrament, lost articles (one of the reasons he is so well known), barrenness, oppressed people, and poor people, plus a few more.

God Bless

Monday, 26 August 2013

My Favourite Saints: Part 1

Okay, so we all have our favourite saints, right? The ones we want to be like, who inspire us, who we ask for help when we are having trouble , who have amazing stories. Those are the saints we like.
So my awesome Mum said that for (school) :) I could do a series of blog posts on my favourite saints.
So here I am. I'm going to start with my patron saints and then move on to other saints who if I could have had tons more patron saints I would have had, or who are just my best friends.

St. Catherine of Siena
St. Catherine of Seina. Back when I first read the St. Catherine of Siena book, I knew that I loved her. She was such an inspiration for me. And the book about her was really small so I can't help it if I chose it. :P But the way she did stuff. How she cut her hair and her mother was outraged! How the Dominicans first thought that she was too weak to become a sister, and she showed them that she had a strong spirit. And she saw Jesus up in the sky when she was very little. She is a Doctor of the Church, a bearer of the stigmata (hers was invisible though, how awesome is that?!)  There is much to like when it comes to St. Catherine of Seina, and if you want help. Ask her, I'm sure she'd be happy to help. BTW. My sister Autumn also has St. Catherine as a patron saint.
Patron Saint of: people ridiculed for their piety, firefighters, miscarriages, sick people, and bodily ills.
NOTE: When I say 'Patron Saint' it means that those are the situations that they are the best as handling or that they are the best at helping with. We don't worship saints, but we do ask them for help, (they are our friends) when we are struggling with something. Just thought I'd point out that.

St. Agnes. She suffered martyrdom under the reign of the Emperor Diocletain, at the age of twelve or thirteen. Her name was given to the authorities by a young man who was slighted by Agnes' resolute devotion to religious purity. The son of the prefect was stuck down and St. Agnes prayed for him to be brought back to life. She was also dragged naked through the streets and there are many versions of the story where God saved her from this humiliation by making her hair grow, so that is covered her body, or that anyone who looked at her was struck down dead by God. She was led out to the stake and it was attempted to be set fire to, but the flames neither touched her, nor hurt her. She was finally either, beheaded, or stabbed in the throat with a  In all icons and pictures of her, you will find a lamb is always in her arms, a sign of her purity. She is patron saint of: Betrothed couples, virgins, Young girls, crops, and a few others.

Since July 2010 these two saints have been my patron saints. I really need to get back to asking for their help more often, though! :)

God Bless

Sunday, 25 August 2013

Our Ranger's Apprentice movie.

In the post where I mentioned that we had made a movie cast for the Ranger's Apprentice movies it was greeted with enthusiasm, and so I've decided to do this post, on what and how we would do our own Ranger's Apprentice movie.

The characters:
Will Treaty, will is the main character of the entire series, he's implusive, small for his age, and is known to ask more than one question all in one go. He's smart, and loyal and very protective. He also has a very nice sense of humour. Sometimes he even thinks it matches Halt's. (No luck there :P)

Played by Asa Butterfield. It is very difficult to find the perfect Will for us, mostly because there are not a lot of actors who could play him who are young enough and could do a good job. I've seen him in Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang, (it's hilarious) Hugo (never ever watch that movie! Complete waste of two hours of your life) and in Merlin, (which due to some of the stuff in Merlin we no longer watch). He could do a good job, just as long as he doesn't go gazing into the distance too much, plus, he needs to be energetic and implusive, as they are very big traits in Will's character.

Halt O'Carrick, mentor to Will as well as father figure, husband to Pauline and best friend to the Commandant of the Ranger's he's doing alright. The most notable things about Halt are his sense of humour, his cleverness at adapting situations to his favour, his faith in Will, and the fact that everyone thinks his six feet tall and a giant, with a massive longbow, which never hesitates to annoy him.

Played by Robert Downey jr. I know yes, he's the actor of Iron Man but it was him or Brad Pitt and seeing as he is a extremely sarcastic Tony Stark he could do a very good Halt as well. Plus, Halt is short which is why we ditched Liam Neeson for the role. :)

Horace Altman, the first worse enemy of Will and then best friend he is a knight, clumsy on his feet compared to Rangers but not your average 'bash and whacker' as Halt and Will term knights. He's loyal, brave, determined and would be a good guy to have around if you ever needed protection.

Played by James Franco, possibly, he's a little too old. But we thought he'd do excellently as Horace. The important thing about Horace is that he needs to be loyal, and though not seen as smart is a logical thinker. And I loved him as Harry out of Spiderman so it's a win for me.

Gilan, Halt's former apprentice, an expert of unseen movement, good friends with both Will and Horace, amusing, the only Ranger to carry a sword and cares deeply for Halt. Very sweet on Jenny, too. :)

Played by Christian Bale, this was the first character we nailed! And I think we are all very happy with who we chose for Gilan. I always sort of imagined him like Faramir from Lord of the Rings and Christian Bale would do an awesome job. Important things for Gilan, giving counsel and being extremly good with a sword and very sharp.

Pauline, head of the diplomatic service, mentor of Alyss, and wife of the legendary Halt. She is wise, kind and very smart. She is probably the only person who can make Halt scared. She is also a mother figure to Will.

Played by Meryl Streep we did consider Julie Andrews but she is getting a little old and we thought thast Meryl Streep would do a good job. I haven't actually seen her in anything but I think she'd do Pauline good.

Alyss Mainwaring, Will's childhood sweetheart, and finally wife in the Lost Stories. She is kind, gentle buisness-like at times and can be rather jealous at times. She is punky and fun and I prefer her over Evanlyn.

Played by Jennifer Lawrence, once again I haven't seen her in anything as I am not allowed to watch the Hunger Games, she could do a good job though.

Princess Casandraa/Evanlyn. Good friends with Halt, Will and Horace, a bit of a love triangle and jealousy between herself and Alyss, who finally reconcile themselves in book ten. Wife to Horace (in book eleven) Uses a sling as her primary defence, resouceful, strong, independent.

Played by Abigail Breslin, I've seen her in two movies. Nim's Island and Kit Kittredge: An American Girl. She would do a fantastic job of Evanlyn!

Erak Starfollower, Jarl, becomes Oberjarl, very good friends with Halt, Will, Horace and Evanlyn. Anyone who does somehting he soen't like he threatens to brain with a battle-axe. A good navigator and loves his ship Wolfwind, has a good sense of duty when it comes to his crew and is not a someone who isn't interested in new ideas and ways of attack.

Played by Hugh Jackman, Erak is a hard character to find an actor for. Hugh Jackman could do him well as he is very big and Erak is suppose to be very big as well.

Morgarath, the evil lord of the Mountains of Rain and Night. Gets killed by Horace and is a very big irritation to Halt. He is described as tall and mad. But than most bad guys are mad aren't they?

Played by Jim Carrey. He could do a very convincing portryal of Morgarath especially the mad bit. :)

Crowley Meratyn, old comrade and best friend of Halt. Loves dogs and tells everyone contiunuesly in book eight what a genius he is. He's not modest obviously. He has a good sense of humour and is not as stern as Halt is.

Played by Michael Caine, perhaps he is too old but he's appearnaces in the books are brief and so he doesn't need to do a lot. He could do Crowley good. Hmm, maybe we need to find a replacement after all.

Selethen, the Arridi Wakir of the province of Al Shabah, becomes good friends with Halt, Will, Horace, Evanlyn, Gilan and Svengal when they come in book seven to see about Erak's release. He is very fond of coffee, cares about the men under his command and is very just. He is also in book ten, as a nice additon. :)

Played by Will Smith., he's not very serious but I'm sure he could do Selethen well if he tried. It is also very difficult to find a darker-skinned person as well. :)

Svengal, Erak's first mate more of a secondary character but good, nontheless. Likes to think that he is superb when it comes to joking and is rather kind to Will and Evanlyn when they are prisoners of the Skandians.

Played by Richard Armitage, I've seen him in several roles, Guy of Gisborne (Robin Hood) the first episode of North and South, a small appearance in Captain America and most recently as Thorin Oakenshield. He could do a good job as a big Skandian. And he has a great voice. :)

Slagor-traitor to the Skandians, rather annoying and always looks 'shifty' according to Erak. :P He also reveals Evanlyn's identity of being Princess of Araluen.

Played by Russel Crowe

Keren-Villain of the fifth and sixth books. Until almost the end of the fifth book everyone thinks that the real bad guy who has been poisoning Lord Syron and such is his own son, Lord Orman. Keren is a good bad guy. When I say good, I mean good at being bad. I do feel a bit sorry for him, but then he hurt Alyss, and anyone who hurst Alyss stinks

Played by Benedict Cumberbatch. Okay, so I wanted Benedict Cumberbatch in our cast because I love his part in BBC Sherlock. It's true that probably people could work out he's the bad guy but not maybe, if we make Orman someone who looks just as untrustworthy.

Orman, son of the castle lord. Looks to be the person behind the mysterious happenings at Macindaw and suspected of sorcery when Lord Syron's mysterious illness comes about. He isn't a too likable character, too. And it is really easy to suspect he's the bad guy. He's not of course and asks for Will's help to get out of the castle, he's also a bit more shrewd than people will give him credit for. :)

Played by Tom Hiddleston. See what I mean by untrustworthy, he does look untrustworthy, right? And also I think him and Cumberbatch being cousins could work very well.

Depauierux- The evil knight who imprisons Halt and Horace on their way to Skandia. He's Gallaican (French) and basically controls the area because of the aura of cruelty that he creates by killing all knights that might show a wee bit of skill with a sword. Which is why he decided to pop by and say hi to Horace.

Played by Sean Bean, he'll need to dye his hair or something, but seeing as he did such a good job of Boromir which required using a sword he could be an awesome villain!

Tennyson-villain of books eight and nine. A skilled speaker and everyone thinks he's really nice. But he's not. Basically he's the 'prophet' of the 'god' Alsias and the the only way people can save themselves from all the bad stuff that is going on is to give all the valuables and gold to the 'golden god' and he will save them. Basically he's a con artist people believe.

Played by Christopher Lee, okay well, maybe a bit old but he is a really good actor. He could do the role of Tennyson very well as it requires a rather deep and powerful voice as he a dresses lots of people at the same time. Plus, you didn't think that we would NOT have Christopher Lee in RA did you?

Sean O'Carrack-Halt's nephew appearing in book eight. A good man who is loyal to his king. He's not that much of a main character but I love him.
Played by Leonardo DiCaprio.

Master Chubb- Official chief of castle Redmont, has a habit of hitting people on the head with a ladle.
Played by Jack Black

Malcolm- The 'bird-like' healer appearing in books five, six, nine and a very brief appearance in eleven. A good man gentle and not one for violence. Hates to see anyone be hurt, even enenmies. Great at illusions and a rather friednly guy all round.

Played by Dustin Hoffman

Gundar Hardstriker-Wolfship skirl of Wolfwill, good friend of Alyss, Will and Horace, likes his battleaxe as most Skandians do, and is a rather 'modern' Skandian as he adapts to the new sail whereas Erak does not apporve.

Played by Ewan McGregor

King Duncan- King of Araluen, good friends with Baron Arald and Halt. Father of Princess Cassandra, a good, stong man.

Played by Liam Neeson, after he didn't fit for Halt do you think we weren't going to put him in this.

Possible: Tom Cruise as Xander, Orman's rather annoying secretary. Dad actually hates Tom Cruise and he suggested him to play Borsa but he's not really the build.

Directed by: Vellvin, Saxon and Rogan O.
Music by: Howard Shore or Hans Zimmer, some disagreement on this point as of yet.

Undecided roles: Buttle, Ragnak, Yusal, Shigeru, Arisaka, Shukin, Genovesans.

And that's it! I hope you enjoyed reading this post. It's a dream, of course, but a good dream.

God Bless


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