Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Look Up!


Sometimes what you have always been looking for, has always been right in front of you!

Shipwreak and Mission, by George Weigel



Shipwreck and Mission

 "Shipwreck and mission, it seems, are intertwined strands in the Church’s historical DNA."

 Essay By George Weigel

Humility Has the Effect of Charity



Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Homily by Bishop David Ricken, of Green Bay

 Homily today on EWTN by Bishop David Ricken, Diocese of Green Bay Wisconsin

Cult of Progressivism



 Writer Matt Walsh is a very 'commonsense' blogger, I find myself agreeing with every one of his posts!  He writes about today's modern culture.  He writes with a Christian slant.  His posts are always thought provoking, sometimes very tender and loving, sometimes challenging and in-your-face.

Today's commonsense blog post:

If you want to prove you don't hate gays, all you have to do is worship at their feet | The Matt Walsh Blog

Memorial of St. Mary Magdalene




Today is the Memorial Day of St. Mary Magdalene. 

 "Burning with the fire of love, she longed for him who she thought had been taken away. And so it happened that the woman who stayed behind to seek Christ was the only one to see him." 
 ~ St. Gregory the Great on St. Mary Magdalene


In the United States, the only Cathedral dedicated to St. Mary Magdalene is in Salt Lake City, Utah. It is beautiful.

The Cathedral of the Madeleine

Monday, July 21, 2014

5 Things You Can Do Right Now as ISIS Threatens Iraqi Christians and Shiites



5 Things You Can Do Right Now as ISIS Threatens Iraqi Christians and Shiites
by Elizabeth Scalia 
"We are never powerless."

NFP Awareness Week

 Photo: Today kicks off National NFP Awareness Week.

If you missed it, a few months ago we had a great feature story on Archdiocese of Seattle couples who use Natural Family Planning: http://bit.ly/nfpseattle

Plus: An Ask Father column on birth control: http://bit.ly/askfr-birthcontrol

Today kicks off National NFP Awareness Week.

"Why does the Church say birth control is wrong?"

Natural Family Planning

New book by Simcha Fisher:

 

World's First Love, Mary, Mother of God


Next on my reading list....


"But having lifted up one woman by preserving her from sin, and then having her freely ratify that gift at the Annunciation, God gave hope to our disturbed, neurotic, gauche, and weak humanity. Oh, yes! He is our Model, but He is also the Person of God! There ought to be, on the human level, Someone who would give humans hope, Someone who could lead us to Christ, Someone who would mediate between us and Christ as He mediates between us and the Father. One look at her, and we know that a human who is not good can become better; one prayer to her, and we know that, because she is without sin, we can become less sinful." 

 ~  Fulton Sheen
 
 

"With his characteristic eloquence and brilliance, Fulton J. Sheen presents a moving portrayal of the Blessed Virgin Mary that combines deep spirituality with history, philosophy and theology. All the major aspects and events of Mary's life are lovingly portrayed in this word portrait that is a never failing source of information, consolation and inspiration. Sheen also gives profound insights into all the Marian beliefs ranging from the Immaculate Conception to the Assumption to the miracle of Our Lady of Fatima. While considering the different phases of Mary's life, Bishop Sheen discusses various problems common to mankind of every age and reveals clearly that every problem can be resolved. He emphasizes the unique dignity, strength and gifts of women and their ability to help heal the world's problems. Sheen stresses mankind's need of the Mother of God and her burning love for all her children. The great resurgence of devotion to Mary is God's way of emphasizing the worth and dignity of every person against the false doctrines that have so confused the modern world."

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Watch Out For the Weeds

 


Watch Out For the Weeds

 by: Fr. Dwight Longenecker

21 Things We Do When We Make the Sign of the Cross


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21 Things We Do When We Make the Sign of the Cross

True Philanthropy

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"This Sunday’s reading from the Book of Wisdom 12:13, 16-19 reflects on God’s actions in history and shows us that even when he is most fiercely just, he is still the ­God of mercy."
True Philanthropy

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Winning the Culture War


How to Win the Culture War —Transcription 

 By Peter Kreeft

1. We are at war

2. Knowing our enemy

3. The weapon



Hope and Trust in Divine Mercy

"I know that I am frail and changeable; I know the power of temptation against the most firmly based virtues; I have seen the stars of heaven and the pillars of the firmament fall; but not even this can make me fear. As long as I hope, I am safe from every evil, and I am sure of always hoping because I hope for this unchanging hope. For you, O Lord have wonderfully established me in hope.

I am sure that I cannot hope too much in you; and  that I cannot obtain less that I hope for from you. Thus I hope that you will uphold me in the greatest dangers, protect me in the most violent assaults, and make my weakness triumph over my most formidable enemies.
 I hope you will love me always and that I also shall love you with unfailing love."
~ St. Claude De La Colombiere

"We must learn to tread upon the world and to trust Christ."
~ St. Augustine, 5th century

Friday, July 18, 2014

Rosary for Peace

Pray along with Fr. John Paul Mary the Rosary for Peace. Pray for Peace in the Middle East, Israel, Russia, Ukraine, United States and EVERYwhere!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Quiz: How well do you know the early Church Councils?

 

Quiz: How well do you know the early Church Councils?

Fall in Love with the Eucharist





Ten Ways to Fall in Love with the Eucharist
Fr. Ed Broom

"The saints are the mad-lovers of Jesus; they were on earth and now are in heaven loving God for all eternity. In this article, we will give a list of what some saints have said in an excess of love for the most Holy Eucharist. Then we will give ten keys to unlock the treasure-case of gems to love the Eucharist more in our lives! Let us read and meditate on the fire of the saints and the Eucharist:

“Holy Communion is the shortest and the safest way to Heaven.” (St. Pius X)

“If the angels could be jealous of men, they would be for one reason: Holy Communion.” (St. Maximilian Kolbe)

“In one day the Eucharist will make you produce more for the glory of God than a whole lifetime without it.” (St. Peter Julian Eymard)

“How I love the feasts!… I especially loved the processions in honor of the Blessed Sacrament. What a joy it was for me to throw flowers beneath the feet of God!… I was never so happy as when I saw my roses touch the sacred Monstrance.” (St. Therese the Little Flower)

“When you look at the Crucifix, you understand how much Jesus loved you then. When you look at the Sacred Host you understand how much Jesus loves you now.” (Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta)

“From the Eucharist comes strength to live the Christian life and zeal to share that life with others.” (St. John Paul II)

“This is the bread of everlasting life which supports the substance of your soul.” (St. Ambrose)

“The longer you stay away from Communion, the more your soul will be weak, and in the end you will become dangerously indifferent.” (St. John Bosco)

“The Eucharist is the consummation of the whole spiritual life.” (St. Thomas Aquinas)

Now let us dive into ten golden keys that can open up the infinite treasure house of jewels so as to derive countless graces and blessings from Jesus’ greatest Gift to the entire world: Holy Mass and Holy Communion, His Body, Blood Soul and Divinity!

Faith. Beg the Lord for a greater faith in the sublime mystery of the most Holy Eucharist. Let us say with the Apostles Saint Thomas: “My Lord and my God.” Let us also so the prayer of the man of the Gospel: “Lord I believe but strengthen my faith!”

Visit. Make it a habit to visit the most Blessed Sacrament as often as is possible. Hopefully when we die Jesus will not reproach us with these words: “Whenever I see a church I stop to make a visit so that when I die the Lord will not say: “Who is it!” Friends meet to chat, talk, and enjoy each other’s company; so should we, in visiting and talking frequently to Jesus.

Spiritual Communion. Highly recommended by St. Alphonsus Liguouri as well as Pope Benedict XVI in his document “Sacramentum Caritatis” is the frequent practice of the Spiritual Communion. It can be done in a simple manner and as often as your heart desires. You can say the simple prayer: “Jesus I believe that you are truly present in the Tabernacle in your Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity. Now I cannot receive you sacramentally but come at least spiritually into my heart.” Then enter into your heart and thank, praise and love the Lord who has come spiritually into your soul. This can fan the flame of love for our Eucharistic Lord.

Read John 6. The Gospel of John chapter six has three parts: Jesus multiples the loaves, walks on water, and then He gives a sublime discourse related to the Eucharist; actually it is a Eucharistic prophecy. Best known as the “Bread of life discourse”, Jesus promises to give us the Bread of Life. Also Jesus points out in no unclear terms that our immortal salvation depends upon our eating His Body and drinking His Blood, which obviously refers to Holy Communion. Read and meditate this powerful chapter!

Fifteen Minutes. Years ago there was published a small booklet with the title “The fifteen minutes”. It is a little gem where Jesus encourages the reader to enter into simple but profound conversation with Him. Basically Jesus wants to be our Best Friend and challenges us to open up the secret mysteries of our heart to Him and only He can truly understand the inner secrets, wounds and mysteries in our heart. Read and pray through this booklet if possible in front of the Blessed Sacrament!

Holy Hour. Get into the habit of making a daily Holy Hour in front of the most Blessed Sacrament. It will transform your life if you persevere in the practice. The Great Servant of God, Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, who made his Holy Hour faithfully for more than fifty years, called it THE HOUR OF POWER!

Adorn and Embellish Churches & the Eucharist. The woman lavished her expensive nard on the feet of Jesus; she wept and her tears came pouring forth on the feet of Jesus; finally she wiped Jesus’ feet with her hair (Lk. 7:36-50). Fulton Sheen points out that this is symbolic of the gestures of love and attention we should manifest in the way we adorn, embellish and beautify the Churches and tabernacles where Jesus abides. Known for his spirit of penance, fasting, and sacrifice, the Cure of Ars would travel long distances and expend big sums of money to purchase the best for his little Church. Why? For the simple reason that Jesus the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords abides in the tabernacle and descends from heaven in the hands of the priest in every consecrated Host. “O come let us adore Him!”

Holy Mass and Holy Communion. Of course the greatest action in the whole universe is the celebration of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. The greatest gesture any human being can accomplish is to assist at Mass and to receive Holy Communion with faith, devotion, reverence and awe but especially with a passionate love. Whenever possible, go to daily Mass. Arrive early to prepare yourself. Offer your own private intentions. Participate in Holy Mass fully, actively and consciously. Receive Holy Communion as if it were your first Holy Communion, last Holy Communion and only Holy Communion. Be exceedingly thankful for your faith in such a sublime and august mystery! Do not rush out of the Church after Mass, as if your pants were on fire! Rather, spend some time after Holy Mass to render abundant thanks to Jesus for such a sublime gift. Actually the word “Eucharist” means THANKSGIVING! What a sublime gift, free of charge. The only condition is lively faith and a heart overflowing with love for Jesus the greatest of all lovers!

A.C.T.S—Remember the four principal ends or purpose of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass—A.C.T.S… A—stands for adoration. The primary purpose of Holy Mass is to offer adoration to God the Father, by the offering of Jesus the Victim and through the power of the Holy Spirit. C—stands for contrition. Our hearts should be contrite and humble and repentant for our many sins. It is a great practice to offer our Mass and Holy Communion in reparation for our sins, the sin of our families as well as in reparation for the sins of the whole world. “For the sake of His sorrowful passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.” T—stands for thanksgiving. Everything that we have in this life—with the exception of our own sins—is a pure gift from God. Therefore we should be overflowing and abounding in the thanksgiving. “With the Psalmist let us pray: “Give thanks to the Lord for He is good; his love endures forever.” S– Stands for supplication; in other words we should offer prayers of fervent intercession and petition for the many needs of the world: the world at large, the Church, the conversion of sinners, the sick, the dying, our own personal family needs, the souls in purgatory, and much more….

Eucharistic Missionary. As Mary receive Jesus in the Annunciation and promptly and quickly brought Jesus to her cousin Elizabeth, so should we bring Jesus to others and others to Jesus. This can be done in a very concrete manner by encouraging Catholic lost sheep wandering in the wilderness back to the fold. The second largest religious group in the United States as well as the Americas are non-practicing Catholics. Find the time, manner, effort and initiative to invite some lost soul back to Church. Hopefully he can make a good confession and return to the reception of Holy Communion and to the loving embrace of God the Father. All this might take place if you simply trust God and take the initiative to welcome Him back! God is so loving and good! Share the Good News to the entire world!"

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