Tuesday, August 26, 2014

O Good Jesus, Hear Me

 


SOUL of Christ, sanctify me.
Body of Christ, save me.
Blood of Christ, inebriate me.
Water from the side of Christ, wash me.
Passion of Christ, strengthen me.
O good Jesus, hear me.
Within Thy wounds, hide me.
Separated from Thee let me never be.
From the malignant enemy, defend me.
At the hour of death, call me.
To come to Thee, bid me,
That I may praise Thee in the company
Of Thy Saints, for all eternity.

Amen.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Advice from Bo


Don't know if this great football coach was Catholic, but this advice is certainly appropriate for those on the journey of following of Jesus Christ! Stay the course. Never give up!
Stay true.
Always!

Photo: #GoBlue

Pray for your future spouse

 


This isn't just for young people.  Many older Catholics made bad choices and are now divorced.  They may have been granted annulments or could be granted one if they applied.  If the first marriage is invalid, there really has not been a Sacramental Marriage yet.  So, prepare.


Why you should pray for your future spouse


Loving Father, if I am called to the sacramental life of matrimony, hear my prayer now for the person who will be my spouse. Be with him/her today and every day. Help him/her through the challenges of becoming an adult and send my support in prayer through any difficulties. In this way, may I genuinely love this person even before we meet. I ask for help ahead of time to be respectful and honourable when we meet and begin a relationship. I ask for help ahead of time to be faithful, supportive, strong, and as loving as I can be when we are married. If I am privileged to help create new human beings, I pray today for my children. You exist outside of time, and you know who they will be, so I can pray for them now. Help me to do everything I can now to become the best parent I can be for them, from the day they are born to the day you call me home to heaven. Amen

Spiritual Warfare: GO WEAPONS HOT!



 By Fr. Richard Heilman

Spiritual Warfare: GO WEAPONS HOT! - OnePeterFive

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Gratitude




Thank you for visiting this blog today!

 I am blessed by your presence.

Sacredness of Sanctuaries


A Return to ‘Noble Beauty’

Church Renovations Enhance Sacredness of Sanctuaries


Saturday, August 23, 2014

Forming Intentional Disciples

 


Forming Intentional Disciples by Sherry Weddell

"Here's a quick ... summary of FID with both the Fr. Barron and Ralph Martin interview videos attached. Not a bad place to direct people who have heard of the book but need a bit more information before they "commit" to reading it."
Sherry Weddell

Friday, August 22, 2014

Queenship of Blessed Virgin Mary Homily

Fr.Anthony of EWTN on the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Father also spoke about Catholic James Foley, who was killed in Iraq by ISIS terrorists this week.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Devotion to the Eucharist

 


"The devotion to the Eucharist is the most noble, because it has God as its object; it is the most profitable for salvation, because it gives us the Author of Grace; it is the sweetest, because the Lord is Sweetness Itself.."

Pope Saint Pius X

Tribute to Catholic School Teachers




From September 2010, Pope Benedict XVI message to Catholic school teachers.

"Visiting a Catholic school in London on Friday, Pope Benedict said teachers should give their pupils not only marketable skills but also wisdom, which he said was inseparable from knowledge of God. Catholic schools and Catholic religious teachers play an important part in transmitting this wisdom, he said. He also stressed the need to protect pupils from sexual predators.
Following are excerpts from his address to the teachers:

“I am pleased to have this opportunity to pay tribute to the outstanding contribution made by religious men and women in this land to the noble task of education… As you know, the task of a teacher is not simply to impart information or to provide training in skills intended to deliver some economic benefit to society; education is not and must never be considered as purely utilitarian. It is about forming the human person, equipping him or her to live life to the full – in short it is about imparting wisdom. And true wisdom is inseparable from knowledge of the Creator, for “both we and our words are in his hand, as are all understanding and skill in crafts”.

“This transcendent dimension of study and teaching was clearly grasped by the monks who contributed so much to the evangelization of these islands … Since the search for God, which lies at the heart of the monastic vocation, requires active engagement with the means by which he makes himself known – his creation and his revealed word – it was only natural that the monastery should have a library and a school. It was the monks’ dedication to learning as the path on which to encounter the Incarnate Word of God that was to lay the foundations of our Western culture and civilization…

“Many of you belong to teaching orders that have carried the light of the Gospel to far-off lands as part of the Church’s great missionary work, and for this too I give thanks and praise to God. Often you laid the foundations of educational provision long before the State assumed a responsibility for this vital service to the individual and to society. As the relative roles of Church and State in the field of education continue to evolve, never forget that religious have a unique contribution to offer to this apostolate, above all through lives consecrated to God and through faithful, loving witness to Christ, the supreme Teacher.”

“Indeed, the presence of religious in Catholic schools is a powerful reminder of the much-discussed Catholic ethos that needs to inform every aspect of school life. This extends far beyond the self-evident requirement that the content of the teaching should always be in conformity with Church doctrine. It means that the life of faith needs to be the driving force behind every activity in the school, so that the Church’s mission may be served effectively, and the young people may discover the joy of entering into Christ’s “being for others”.

“Before I conclude, I wish to add a particular word of appreciation for those whose task it is to ensure that our schools provide a safe environment for children and young people. Our responsibility towards those entrusted to us for their Christian formation demands nothing less. Indeed, the life of faith can only be effectively nurtured when the prevailing atmosphere is one of respectful and affectionate trust. I pray that this may continue to be a hallmark of the Catholic schools in this country.”"

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Preferring the Benefit of the other...




Love is...
"Not merely a feeling; it is an act of will
that consists of preferring , in a constant manner,
the benefit of the other over the benefit of oneself."

Becoming Prayer Warriors



Fr. Richard Heilman

STORE UP SPIRITUAL ENERGY

"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.”

Fr. Mitch Pacwa Homily 8/20/14, The Good Shepherd


On today's Memorial of St. Bernard, Fr. Pacwa spoke about this Saint, and also discussed today's reading in Ezekiel 34:1-11 about bad shepherds vs. good shepherds, and the ultimate Good Shepherd, Our Lord Jesus Christ.


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

St. John Eudes (Priest and Founder)

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Pope  Leo XII declared him the "father, doctor and apostle of the liturgical cult of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary".

St. John Eudes (Priest and Founder)

I Desire Nothing More

"Take, O Lord, and receive my entire liberty, my memory, my understanding and my whole will. All that I am and all that I possess You have given me: I surrender it all to You to be disposed of according to Your will. Give me only Your love and Your grace; with these I will be rich enough, and will desire nothing more."

Friendship with Christ Jesus

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 Friendship with Christ Jesus

Monday, August 18, 2014

The LCWR Doubles Down on Dissent



Very sad story. They have everything to lose and nothing to gain by their dissent.

 Pray for them.




The LCWR Doubles Down on Dissent | Catholic World Report - Global Church news and views

Secret to Happiness

 

 Fr. Richard Heilman

TOP SECRET TO HAPPINESS

"Surveys by Gallup, the National Opinion Research Center and the Pew Organization conclude that spiritually committed people are twice as likely to report being “very happy” than the least religiously committed people. Secular analysts seem to be doing back flips trying to explain away the simple reality that there is no other authentic and fulfilling way to live other than a supernatural life.

St. Paul writes, “The unspiritual man does not receive the gifts of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned” (1 Cor 2:14). This is the person who acts only by using his or her human faculties (intelligence and will) and who therefore can be wise only in the things of the world. He remains superficial and worldly. This is a heart that has hardened to the presence of God. The prophet Jeremiah writes “Cursed is the man who trusts in human beings, who seeks his strength in flesh, whose heart turns away from the Lord. He is like a barren bush in the desert that enjoys no change of season, but stands in a lava waste, a salt land and empty earth” (Jer 17:5-6).

However, throughout the Bible (e.g., Ps 1, Jer 17, Rev 22) we are told that the blessed ones are those who trust God and His ordinances; they are like trees planted beside streams of water. These trees are full of life (their leaves stay green) and they fulfill their purpose (produce fruit) even in the face of life’s challenges. The spiritual man is the Christian reborn by the grace of God; grace elevates his faculties to enable him to perform actions which have a supernatural value — acts of faith, hope, and charity.

A person who is in the state of grace is able to perceive the things of God, because he carries with him the Spirit in his soul in grace, and he has Christ’s mind, Christ’s attitude. "We have no alternative," St. Josemaria Escriva teaches, "there are only two possible ways of living on this earth: either we live a supernatural life, or we live an animal life. And you and I can only live the life of God, a supernatural life.”"

Back to School...in August!

Back to school week for many students...make it FUN!
Looks like this math teacher is also an artist.

Spiritual Warfare: You Are a Commissioned Officer

 During the Korean War, a wounded soldier is assisted by posthumous Medal of Honor Recipient (and candidate for sainthood) Army chaplain Father Emil Kapaun.

" From the very first days of our membership in the Mystical Body of Christ, we are, in essence, commissioned officers in the Church Militant. In other words, the power of the Holy Spirit to combat evil and rescue souls proceeds precisely through the three offices of Christ: Priest, Prophet, and King."

Spiritual Warfare: You Are a Commissioned Officer - OnePeterFive

By Fr. Richard Heilman