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God Has Created Me   Leave a comment

From writings of Blessed John Henry Newman

God has created me to do Him some definite service; He has committed some work to me which He has not committed to another. I have my mission—I never may know it in this life, but I shall be told it in the next. Somehow I am necessary for His purposes, as necessary in my place as an Archangel in his—if, indeed, I fail, He can raise another, as He could make the stones children of Abraham. Yet I have a part in this great work; I am a link in a chain, a bond of connexion between persons. He has not created me for naught. I shall do good, I shall do His work; I shall be an angel of peace, a preacher of truth in my own place, while not intending it, if I do but keep His commandments and serve Him in my calling.



Posted September 13, 2019 by ouidaofs in Blessed John Henry Newman

9/11 – Before, During and After (sensitive footage)   Leave a comment

Posted September 11, 2019 by ouidaofs in 9-11


“We landed in a town of 9,000.  They took in 7,000 of us from 90 countries for 9 days…It was more than kindness.  They were all about compassion.  They engaged in the suffering of all of us,” remembered Kevin Tuerff, who was one of the thousands of passengers, whose flight was diverted on September 11, 2001, to an airport outside tiny Gander, Newfoundland.

Tuerff and former American Airlines pilot Beverly Bass joined Fox and Friends, nearly 18 years after the terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and Shanksville, Pennsylvania changed America and the world forever.  On that day, the United States shut down its airspace for the first time in history and 38 commercial aircraft were forced to land in one small Canadian town.


Beverly Bass, the first female captain at American Airlines, was at the helm of Flight 49, going from Paris to Dallas-Fort Worth, when she was ordered to change her flight path.  The story of Bass and the hundreds of people on her plane inspired the Tony-award winning musical “Come From Away” that is now playing around the world from Broadway to Melbourne, Australia.

The new Fox Nation documentary, “Runway of Hope: A 9/11 Story”, re-examines everything that happened during those 5 days in September 2001, including new interviews and rare photos and home-videos from the stranded passengers, pilots, and crew.

In the documentary, Bass recalled receiving the first terrifying reports of a terrorist attack in New York York and how she decided to pass on that information to the passengers.

“We were ordered to land immediately in Gander, Newfoundland.  And as airline pilots, we don’t normally get orders…I had made up my mind that I wanted to tell the truth, but I didn’t want to tell too much, because I didn’t want to cause havoc in the back of the airplane,” said Bass.

On the ground in Gander, things were moving fast, as the town authorities quickly realized the scope of the emergency.

Don O’Brien, Air Traffic Controller, NAV Canada remembered, “We quickly rushed in like we had a real crisis on our hands.  And it was happening now, not tomorrow, not 6 or 7 hours away. But now.”

“The first thing I did as Mayor was declare a state of emergency.  And by declaring a state of emergency it gave me access to everything in town – realizing that we only have 500 hotel rooms and we got 7,000 people,” recounted former Mayor of Gander, Claude Elliott.

Gander is located on the island of Newfoundland, which lies in the Atlantic Ocean northeast of Maine and Novia Scotia.  The town and airport were built by the U.S. military during World War II as a waystation for planes flying to Europe.

Gander, Newfoundland

Gander, Newfoundland

Bass said, “There had been that many planes in Gander at one time, but it was during World War II, and they were all smaller airplanes.  So never ever in the history of Gander had their been 38 wide-body jumbo jets landing in a three-hour time frame.”

After landing the aircraft, the most pressing challenge for the locals was caring for the 7,000 souls that literally fell into their laps, and that was when the real beauty of this true story is revealed.

Longtime Gander resident, Beujah Cooper, recalled, “When I heard that there was a planeload coming in, the first thing I said was ‘Thank God they are coming here, because I know that they will be looked after.’”

“We contacted every church, every organization, every school.  ‘How many can you take?’  And that’s when we started to put the plan in place and started transporting people,” said former Mayor Elliott.


The then-exhausted and uncertain pilot, Beverly Bass, who just landed in a town that no-one had ever heard of, remembered,  “We walked into the terminal… And it was lined with tables and tables of cooked food. It told me that every stove in Gander had been turned on all night long, because they made enough food to feed 7,000 passengers and they only have a population of 9,400.”

To see the entire inspiring true story of Gander, including what happened when some American passengers were told after 5 days that they could leave Gander, but they couldn’t immediately return to the United States, go to Fox Nation and watch “Runway of Hope: The 9/11 Story”.

Posted September 11, 2019 by ouidaofs in 9-11

Prayer of Pope Benedict XVI for 9-11   Leave a comment

A Prayer for 9/11
Below is the prayer Pope Benedict XVI offered on 4/20/08, during his visit to the site of the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in New York City on September 11, 2001.
O God of love, compassion, and healing, look on us, people of many different faiths and traditions, who gather today at this site, the scene of incredible violence and pain.
We ask you in your goodness to give eternal light and peace to all who died here—the heroic first responders: our fire fighters, police officers, emergency service workers, and Port Authority personnel, along with all the innocent men and women who were victims of this tragedy simply because their work or service brought them here on September 11, 2001.
We ask you, in your compassion to bring healing to those who, because of their presence here that day, suffer from injuries and illness. Heal, too, the pain of still-grieving families and all who lost loved ones in this tragedy. Give them strength to continue their lives with courage and hope.
We are mindful as well of those who suffered death, injury, and loss on the same day at the Pentagon and in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Our hearts are one with theirs as our prayer embraces their pain and suffering.
God of peace, bring your peace to our violent world: peace in the hearts of all men and women and peace among the nations of the earth. Turn to your way of love those whose hearts and minds are consumed with hatred.
God of understanding, overwhelmed by the magnitude of this tragedy, we seek your light and guidance as we confront such terrible events. Grant that those whose lives were spared may live so that the lives lost here may not have been lost in vain.
Comfort and console us, strengthen us in hope, and give us the wisdom and courage to work tirelessly for a world where true peace and love reign among nations and in the hearts of all. Amen

Posted September 11, 2019 by ouidaofs in Prayer

St. Teresa of Kolkata Prayer   Leave a comment

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Dear Jesus, help us to spread your fragrance everywhere we go. Flood our souls with your spirit and life. Penetrate and possess our whole being so utterly that our lives may only be a radiance of yours.

Shine through us and be so in us that every soul we come in contact with may feel your presence in our soul. Let them look up and see no longer us, but only Jesus.Stay with us and then we shall begin to shine as you shine, so to shine as to be light to others. The light, O Jesus, will be all from you. None of it will be ours. It will be you shining on others through us.

Let us thus praise you in the way you love best by shining on those around us. Let us preach you without preaching, not by words, but by our example; by the catching force – the sympathetic influence of what we do, the evident fullness of the love our hearts bear to you. Amen.

Posted September 5, 2019 by ouidaofs in Prayer

A Tribute to Notre Dame   Leave a comment

Posted April 17, 2019 by ouidaofs in Our Lady

The Virtues of St. Francis of Assisi – A Model For Sacred Artists   Leave a comment

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Posted January 12, 2019 by ouidaofs in Uncategorized

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