Sunday, August 2, 2015

Encounter God's Immense Mercy in Confession

Pope Francis delivers an Angelus address in St. Peter's Square, June 15, 2015. Credit: L'Osservatore Romano.

Pope: In Confession we encounter God's immense mercy

The Hidden Sweetness of God

"Place your mind in the mirror of eternity;

Place your soul in the splendor of glory;

Place your heart in the figure of the divine substance;

And through contemplation, transform your entire being
into the image into the Divine One himself,

So that you, yourself, may also experience what his friends
experience when they taste the hidden sweetness that God
alone has kept from the beginning
For those who love him.

St. Clare of Assisi in a letter to St. Agnes of Prague

Does Forgiveness Make You Healthier?

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Does Forgiveness Make You Healthier?

Whining on the Way


Whining on the Way

Hunger for Bread and for God

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Hunger for Bread and for God 
User's Guide to Sunday, Aug. 2 

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Offering the Novus Ordo Ad Orientem



Offering the Novus Ordo Ad Orientem

Pastor's Abortion Confession Motivates Action and Hope

Pastor's Abortion Confession Motivates Action and Hope

Endurance Test, Dr. Scott Hahn Reflections

"The journey of discipleship is a life-long exodus from the slavery of sin and death to the holiness of truth in Mount Zion, the promised land of eternal life...."

Endurance Test

The Surprising Case of Solanus Casey

"Fr. Solanus Casey, the doorkeeper at St. Bonaventure Monastery in Detroit, Michigan, had already seen many people on that warm summer day in 1941...."
The Surprising Case of Solanus Casey
by Bob French

Bread from Heaven, Agape Catholic Bible Study

The 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Cycle B)

The Theme of this Sunday’s Readings: Bread from Heaven 

(Ex 16:2-4, 12-15; Ps 78:3-4, 23-25, 54; Eph 4:17, 20-24; Jn 6:24-35)

"Our psalm response sets the theme for this Sunday’s readings: “The Lord gave them bread from heaven.” This is the first of four consecutive Sundays which offer a meditation of the Eucharist in God’s divine plan."

by Michael E. Hunt

Thursday, July 30, 2015

America the Murderous: A Solemn Prophetic Warning


America the Murderous: A Solemn Prophetic Warning

by Fr. Dwight Longenecker

Fr. Mitch Pacwa Homily 7/30/15

A Love Relationship with Jesus

From 2010, NPR interview with young Dominican sisters:

 "It’s a mysterious call to what they describe as a love relationship with Jesus. And for them it is literal: They consider the white habit a wedding gown.

“It’s beautiful, and it’s a reminder that you are a spouse of Christ,” says Sister Mara Rose McDonnell. But it’s more than that.

“It tells others that there’s a reality beyond this world. There’s heaven. We’re all orienting ourselves towards heaven,” she says.

To the world, the habit is the most visible symbol of their commitment — one they all acknowledge exacts a price.

Sister Beatrice Clark trained as a litigator before entering the convent five years ago.

“Yeah, like motherhood and children, that’s the desire of a woman’s heart,” says Liederbach. “And being desired, and pursued by a man, that’s something for sure that’s a real sacrifice.”

 But Sister Anna Joseph Van Acker says she’s weary of shallow relationships rooted in texting and Twitter — and finds the depth she’s looking for in God. “He has the love you don’t find by someone leaving a message on your Facebook wall,” she says. “It’s way better than someone saying, ‘I’m eating pizza for dinner right now,’ or whatever your Facebook status says right now. You don’t get fulfilled by that.

Ultimately, all you want is more. And here, we’re thirsting for more, but we’re constantly receiving more as well.”

St. Peter Chrysologus

A man who vigorously pursues a goal may produce results far beyond his expectations and his intentions. Thus it was with Peter the Golden-Tongued, as he was called, who as a young man became bishop of Ravenna, the capital of the empire in the West.
At the time there were abuses and vestiges of paganism evident in his diocese, and these he was determined to battle and overcome. His principal weapon was the short sermon, and many of them have come down to us. They do not contain great originality of thought. They are, however, full of moral applications, sound in doctrine and historically significant in that they reveal Christian life in fifth-century Ravenna. So authentic were the contents of his sermons that, some 13 centuries later, he was declared a doctor of the Church by Pope Benedict XIII. He who had earnestly sought to teach and motivate his own flock was recognized as a teacher of the universal Church.
In addition to his zeal in the exercise of his office, Peter Chrysologus was distinguished by a fierce loyalty to the Church, not only in its teaching, but in its authority as well. He looked upon learning not as a mere opportunity but as an obligation for all, both as a development of God-given faculties and as a solid support for the worship of God.
Some time before his death, St. Peter returned to Imola, his birthplace, where he died around A.D. 450.