The Iggy Show

Quite in the genes, Iggy likes to have his own television network in the Internet.  So this is his first effort.

Dove for the Cross of Renewal Carving

Come, Holy Spirit


Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Thy faithful and enkindle in them the fire of Thy love.

V. Send forth Thy Spirit and they shall be created.
R. And Thou shalt renew the face of the earth.

Let us pray.
O God, Who didst instruct the hearts of the faithful by the light of the Holy Spirit, grant us in the same Spirit to be truly wise, and ever to rejoice in His consolation. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.


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bless you!

Seven Gifts Ltd

At the prompting of the Holy Spirit, Seven Gifts Ltd has been called to be the outpost of evangelization by making available religious books and materials that adhere to the Magisterium of the Catholic Church.  These materials are intended to enrich the understanding of faithful Catholics, to enlighten our non-Catholic brothers and sisters as to the beauty of the Christ’s universal church established by Him for us on earth, and to do this while always exalting the magnificence of God.

A Look at Poverty in the Eyes of St. Vincent

st-vincent-de-paul-and-heartA few years back, I watched the movie “Monsieur Vincent”.  The film won “Best Foreign Language Film (Oscars)” in 1948.

It is the story of St. Vincent de Paul, also known as Pierre Fresnay.  Assigned at Chantillon, France, he  came to his parish finding it deserted.   In the 16th century, the feudal lords had the responsibility  over  large areas of land.  They were also  responsible for the peasants living within.

Hard times fell among the Chantillon people;  the poor became poorer.  Hunger and  misery showed in their  zombie-like walk, pacing  with their heads down.  Despair set in.  They lost their faith in God.  Why?  Because life became harder and the people were so dirt poor.  They felt God abandoned them.  The former parish priest failed  his duties and left the parish because of the deplorable conditions of the place.    The Nobles remained apathetic to the plight of the poor.  Lack of charity towards their neighbors created distaste for the poverty around them.

It might be hard for Americans to visualize this kind of life.  American’s poor does not resemble at all  the poverty in developing countries like those found in Africa and Southeast Asia.


St. Vincent gave hope to the people.  He learned each day to live like the poor.  He understood why  we cannot blame them or respond  to their harsh remarks.   He struggled to change the outlook of the Nobles to perform corporal works of mercy to the  poor.

St. Vincent gained  sympathy and support from the Noble’s  wives but the struggles  of the poor overwhelmed their pampered hearts.  Basing it on feelings, the excitement of  charitable works  died down, as the fulfillment of the works fluctuated in their hearts just like any other emotions.      When this happens, the poor’s difficulties appear to be a series of desperate acts to keep seeking  water from the same water well so to speak.  With the bottomless problems that fill the poor’s lives, they start to vocalize their grievances, becoming negative and seemingly ungrateful.   Eventually, the benefactors are stunned with their callous demands, feeling physically and emotionally exhausted.

How did St. Vincent de Paul help us understand poverty? st-vincent-2

Since our mission is to “love one another”, there is no other way to live this commandment out but to serve the poorest in our midst.

Is it our neighbor? Is it that family in our parish?  Is it the poor in spirit in our midst?  Is the physically and emotionally vulnerable like women who just came out of the hospital or rehabilitation?  Is it the single woman that lives by herself and in need of a companion?  Is it the woman you know that came from a foreign land and has no immediate relatives?

The US is a rich country but we find the poor abounds in our midst.  The poorest in our children – the one who lost faith that there is a God, the one who demands more from us each day, the one who spews profanities at us, the one who nullifies each good effort we make?

St. Vincent asks us to continue to LOVE them.

We know we love our neighbors?  How can we love differently?

st-vincent-de-paulWe LOVE our neighbors  by showing TENDERNESS at all times.

WE LOVE our neighbors with a SMILE.

Our neighbors may be “poor in spirit” and we can only make them rich with OUR LOVE.

St. Vincent teaches us how to serve our neighbors like the poor:


You will soon realize

charity is a heavy load to carry.

It heavier to carry than a bucket of soap and a basket of bread

But you will always keep your tenderness and your smile

It is not hard to serve soup and bread, the rich can do that

But you are servant to the poor

daughter of charity

always smiling

always in a good mood

they are your masters, as you’ll see

touchy and demanding master

the uglier and the dirtier they are

the more unfair and vulgar they are

the more love you’ll have to give

only because of your love, and your love only.


Through the intercession of St. Vincent de Paul today, teach us to love the poor and the poor in spirit so that we can authentically live out the command of our Lord Jesus Christ – to love one another.  Amen.


About Sr. Gertrude


It is very exciting to have Sr. Gertrude as our main speaker at the upcoming “Joyful Hope Family Event”.   The following are her bio, talks, publications and addresses.

Sr Gertrude

Sister Gertrude Gillette was born in 1953 and grew up in South Bend, Indiana. She graduated from St. Benedict Academy in Still River, Massachusetts, and joined a new community of Sisters who taught her during High School. When this community became Benedictine in 1980, Sr. Gertrude was among the founding members. After further training in the Benedictine life at Stanbrook Abbey, England, she made her Solemn Profession at St. Scholastica Priory in 1984. The following year the community moved from Still River to Petersham, Massachusetts. She received her B.A. from Magdalen College (New Hampshire), and her M.A. (1991) and Ph.D. (1996) from the Catholic University of America in Early Christian Studies/Patristics.


Sister then had the opportunity to spend 6 years in Europe, teaching in Gaming, Austria (1996-1999), and in Rome (1999-2002), serving as superior of the international house of studies for Benedictine women (Casa Santa Lioba), and helping to set up the Monastic Formators’ Program. She also attended classes in Rome and obtained an S.T.B. from the Angelicum. It was during her years in Rome that she received the impetus to make a new Benedictine foundation which she and Sr. Theresa Scheuren began in 2003. She is received a licentiate thesis for the Collegio Sant’Anselmo in the field of Monastic Studies, entitled “Anger in Community: A look at Ancient Monastic Texts.” This was published under the title of “The Four Faces of Anger” Seneca, Evagrius Ponticus, Augustine and Cassian.”

Besides her role as superior of the new foundation, Sr. Gertrude works on putting together a monastic liturgy for the house. She is also an Associate Professor of Theology at Ave Maria University for over 8 years. She is currently working for the Charlotte Diocese in a variety of teaching roles.


Book review for: Candles in the Dark: The Authorized Biography of Fr. Richard

Ho Lung and the Missionaries of the Poor, by Joseph Pearce.

Saint Benedict Press, Charlotte NC, 2013.

Published in StAR: Saint Austin Review, Vol. 13.6 Nov/Dec 2013: 40-41.


Delivered at the Oxford Patristic Conference, Aug. 2011

Published in Studia Patristica LXX (2013) Vol 18: 591-600



Published by University Press of America, June 2010


     CONFERENCE 16?@

 Delivered at the Oxford Patristic Conference,

Aug 2007. Published in Studia Patristica (2011):


Published in Tjurunga: An Australasian Benedictine Review, no.65

(Nov 2003):14-37



 >And I was a man.=@  Delivered at the Oxford Patristic Conference,

Aug 1999. Published in Augustinian Studies 32:1 (Jan 2001): 115-125


“PURITY OF HEART in St. Augustine”

In Purity of Heart in Early Ascetic and Monastic Literature,

        Essays in Honor of Juana Raasch, O.S.B., edited by H. Luckman and

L.Kulzer, O.S.B., Liturgical Press, Collegeville, 1999: 175-195



          Enarrationes in psalmos

Delivered at the Oxford Patristic Conference, England, Aug 1995

Published in Studia Patristica XXXIII (1997): 88-93; Transl. into Spanish in

Augustinus: San Augustín en Oxford (5.), Madrid, 1999


“RADEGUND’S MONASTERY AT POITIERS: The Rule and its Observance”

Delivered at the Oxford Patristic Conference, England, Aug 1991

Published in Studia Patristica XXV (1993): 381-387


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