Saturday, August 27, 2016
Friday, August 26, 2016
What was the first rule of our dear Savior's life? You know it was to do his Father's will. Well, then, the first purpose of our daily work is to do the will of God; secondly, to do it in the manner he wills; and thirdly, to do it because it is his will. We know certainly that our God calls us to a holy life. We know that he gives us every grace, every abundant grace; and though we are so weak of ourselves, this grace is able to carry us through every obstacle and difficulty.
~ St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
Grace is not a strange, magic substance which is subtly filtered into our souls to act as a kind of spiritual penicillin. Grace is unity, oneness within ourselves, oneness with God.
~ Thomas Merton
Thursday, August 25, 2016
Only Jesus is Enough:
"Some of Jesus’ commandments to us seem a bit out of reach. For example, he commands us, “Be perfect, as your heavenly father is perfect” (Matt 5:48). “Be merciful, as your Father is merciful” (Luke 6:36). Be like God. We are even to become one with him. This is the whole purpose of God becoming …"
The Desert in Carmelite Spirituality:
"The Desert in Carmelite Spirituality “What did you go out to the wilderness to see?” (Matthew 11:7). These were Jesus’ words to the crowd. John took to the desert to draw people out into solitude to prepare their hearts for the coming of the Messiah. For many years the desert had become a place …"
St. Louis of France:
"King St. Louis IX (1214-1270) reigned over France for thirty-five years. The son of Louis VIII, the young king ascended to the throne in 1235 and soon showed himself to be a just and able administrator. Louis was impartial and merciful in dispensing justice (even forgiving nobles who rebelled against his reign). He insisted on …"
Fatherhood: The Drums of War:
"There is a steady drum beat in the culture of our society: a steady drone of information, busyness, and distractions that lead to a numbness of the heart and mind. This drum beat should be more of a dog whistle to the sheep dogs in our society than a sedative, because they are the drums …"
Monday, August 22, 2016
On the Queenship of Mary:
On the Queenship of Mary Memorial of the Queenship of Mary In 1954, Venerable Pope Pius XII formally promulgated the memorial of the Queenship of Mary with his encyclical Ad Caeli Reginam (Queen of Heaven). It was initially celebrated on May 31st but subsequently transferred to August 22nd, seven days after the Solemnity of the …
Sunday, August 21, 2016
More than politics, more than sports, more than religion,
more than anything...
America needs a revival of LOVE.
And it's coming, I can feel it.
"People today are looking for the meaning of life in all kinds of places. You have to look to the source of all Truth to find Truth: Jesus Christ."
Saturday, August 20, 2016
Dozing Off to Sleep and the Power of the Cross:
Dozing Off to Sleep and the Power of the Cross The date was August 18, 2011, and I was tucked away on the fourth floor in a little room in Christ Church, Oxford, England. After successfully defending my dissertation, I sat down to write my forward to the work. Upon doing so, I was made …
Friday, August 19, 2016
Live your Catholic faith.
"Your Catholic faith is a public thing. It is not meant to be left behind when you leave home (CCC 2472). But be forewarned: Being a public Catholic involves risk and loss. You will find some doors closed to you. You will lose some friends. You will be considered an outsider. But, as a consolation, remember our Lord’s words to the persecuted: "Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven" (Matt. 5:12)."
-Pillar of Fire, Pillar of Truth
FRANCISCAN OF THE DAY: St. Louis, Bishop
Louis, son of Charles II, king of Naples, and Mary the daughter of the king of Hungary, was born in the year 1274. While spending his youth as a hostage at the court of the king of Aragon in Barcelona he frequently associated with the Friars Minor. After gaining his freedom he renounced his throne and bade farewell to the world. He was made Bishop of the diocese of Touluse and at the same time received the #Franciscan habit. Louis distinguished himself in poverty, humility and compassion for the poor. He died in the year in 1297.
Scripture Speaks: Enter Through the Narrow Gate:
Someone in a crowd called out to Jesus, “Will only a few people be saved?” Why was this the wrong question to ask? Gospel (Read Lk 13:22-30) St. Luke tells us that as Jesus “passed through towns and villages, teaching as He went,” someone called out a question to Him: “Lord, will only a few …
Fugitives to the Nations:
In this Sunday’s first reading, the prophet Isaiah briefly lifts the veil on the future at the climactic end of his long poetic book. He points beyond his own time to a future age, an age that God will bring about on his own initiative. Through Isaiah, God promises “to gather all nations and tongues” (Isa 66:18).While we might think of God abstractly as the great unifier, for the ancient Jews, this prophecy goes beyond their normal hopes. Much of their focus was on being safe and alone in the land with God since the nations around them constantly threatened their peace and autonomy. Yet here, Isaiah points to the dawning of a new age, one in which the people of God expands from one group to all. That is, God finally brings the fulfillment of his promise to Abraham that he would be the catalyst through whom “all the families of the earth” will be blessed (Gen 12:3).
Wednesday, August 17, 2016
Catholicism alive and flourishing in North Idaho...
Cataldo Pilgrimage welcomes 900 people to 82nd annual event:
CATALDO — Bright feathers on Andy Kitt's traditional men's bustle bounced to the rhythm of drums. ...The silvery sound of bells upon his regalia could be heard with every movement as he proceeded through a crowd gathered on the lawn of the Old Mission in Cataldo. Kitt, a member of the Coeur d'Alene Tribe, performed the Cup Dance to honor his ancestors and celebrate the "bread of Heaven."....
The Assumption: Why It Matters for You:
The perfection of all virtues and gifts of God is beatitude. In other words, the more perfect virtue and use of the gifts of God are, the more perfect is one’s happiness. And there is no greater happiness than to see God. That is why it is called the beatific vision and is the final …