Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Giving Thanks



"...on April 30, 1598, in Texas, Don Juan de OƱate had already declared officially a “Day of Thanksgiving,” commemorated with the holy sacrifice of the Mass."

Thanksgiving Day, a deeply Catholic holiday

 

My Thanksgiving Wish For YOU...

Thankfulness
Prayerfulness
Wisdom

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Top Ten Movies for Fallen-Away Catholics

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Top Ten Movies for Fallen-Away Catholics

Note: This list, in my opinion, should include Fr. Robert Barron's "Catholicism" series.  Though not an actual movie, it is a DVD series that looks at the history, culture and Truth of the Catholic Church.  It was a major factor in my returning to the Church.

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Pope's Address to Council of Europe



 

 

 

 

Pope Francis: Address to the Council of Europe

  "Pope Francis on Tuesday called on Europe’s leaders to work diligently and continuously for creative solutions to divisions and conflict for a peaceful continent." 

Low Expectation Catholicism


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Low Expectations Catholicism

Sunday, November 23, 2014

It's Time for a New Holy League



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For Men of Christ:

It's Time for a New Holy League

Fr. Richard Heilman

That God May Be All in All - Christ the King


SUNDAY BIBLE REFLECTIONS BY DR. SCOTT HAHN
November 23, 2014 – Feast of Christ the King

When the End Comes
Readings:
Ezekiel 34:11-12, 15-17
Psalm 23:1-3, 5-6
1 Corinthians 15:20-26, 28
Matthew 25:31-46

The Church year ends this week with a vision of the end of time. The scene in the Gospel is stark and resounds with Old Testament echoes.
The Son of Man is enthroned over all nations and peoples of every language (see Daniel 7:13-14). The nations have been gathered to see His glory and receive His judgment (see Isaiah 66:18; Zephaniah 3:8). The King is the divine shepherd Ezekiel foresees in Sunday’s First Reading, judging as a shepherd separates sheep from goats.
Each of us will be judged upon our performance of the simple works of mercy we hear in the Gospel.
These works, as Jesus explains today, are reflections or measures of our love for Him, our faithfulness to His commandment that we love God with all our might and our neighbor as ourselves (see Matthew 22:36-40).
Our faith is dead, lifeless, unless it be expressed in works of love (see James 2:20; Galatians 5:6). And we cannot say we truly love God, whom we cannot see, if we don’t love our neighbor, whom we can (see 1 John 4:20).
The Lord is our shepherd, as we sing in Sunday’s Psalm. And we are to follow His lead, to imitate His example (see 1 Corinthians 1:11; Ephesians 5:1).
He healed our sickness (see Luke 6:19), freed us from the prison of sin and death (see Romans 8:2,21), welcomed us who were once strangers to His covenant (see Ephesians 2:12,19). He clothed us in baptism (see Revelation 3:5; 2 Corinthians 5:3-4), and feeds us with the food and drink of His own body and blood.
At “the end,” He will come again to hand over His kingdom to His Father, as Paul says in the Epistle this week.
Let us strive to be following Him in right paths, that this kingdom might be our inheritance, that we might enter into the eternal rest promised for the people of God (see Hebrews 4:1,9-11).

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Bringing Catholic Back



from Mar 7, 2012  

Authentic Catholicism is never outdated. Be proud. Accept no imitations.

Truth is Always True


Be comfortable going against the current.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

No Surprise Here! Vatican Conference Ends With Affirmation of Marriage

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No Surprise Here! Vatican Conference Ends With Affirmation of Marriage

Store Up Spiritual Energy


 
STORE UP SPIRITUAL ENERGY

 Fr. Richard Heilman

"The heroes of our faith are the warrior saints who have gone before us. God worked mightily and miraculously through them. Therefore, we must study their ways. In humility, obedience, and trust (H.O.T.), we ask: How did they remain so well connected, in such strong friendship with God, so that His river of supernatural grace could flow so freely through them? What do these “SEALS for Christ” teach us about the ideal spiritual disciplines, the ultimate daily regimen of prayer?

Prayer is our outstanding supernatural resource for fighting the wiles of the enemy. St. Alphonsus said, “Prayer is, beyond doubt, the most powerful weapon the Lord gives us to conquer evil … but we must really put ourselves into the prayer, it is not enough just to say the words, it must come from the heart. And also prayer needs to be continuous, we must pray no matter what kind of situation we find ourselves in: the warfare we are engaged in is ongoing, so our prayer must be on-going also.”

We are being asked to allow God’s grace to surge through us to a waiting world, but nemo dat quod non habet (no one gives what he does not have). Father McCloskey correctly points out that these seven exceptional habits of prayer are the way of storing up spiritual energy to be used to bring Christ to others. St. Bernadette said: “Do not just be a channel for grace, but a reservoir, an overflowing reservoir. No sooner has a channel received grace than it pours it out. A reservoir waits to be filled up and then offers grace to those who come to draw from its superabundance.”

The following are based in large part on Fr. John McCloskey’s Seven Daily Habits of Holy Apostolic People and include:
1. The Morning Offering
2. Mental Prayer (at least 15 minutes)
3. Spiritual Reading (at least 15 minutes)
4. Holy Mass and Communion
5. The Angelus (at noon)
6. The Holy Rosary
7. Brief Examination of Conscience (at night)

BY THY HOLY AND IMMACULATE CONCEPTION, OH MARY, DELIVER US FROM EVIL. AMEN - OUR LADY OF AMERICA