Tuesday, May 24, 2016

A Light Through the Centuries: St. Clare of Assisi

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A Light Through the Centuries: St. Clare of Assisi

St. Clare of Assisi Clare was born in Assisi, Italy in about 1194 into a family of knights and nobles. At the age of eighteen, Clare became the first female follower of Saint Francis when she left her home on Palm Sunday night in 1212 in order to be consecrated as the handmaid …

God Will Be Seen by Men


God Will be Seen by Men

God Will be Seen by Men* There is one God, who by his word and wisdom created all things and set them in order. His Word is our Lord Jesus Christ, who in this last age became man among men to unite end and beginning, that is, man and God. The prophets, receiving the gift …

Radiance and Grace in the Trinity


Light, Radiance and Grace in the Trinity

Light, Radiance, and Grace are in the Trinity, and from the Trinity*   It will not be out of place to consider the ancient tradition, teaching, and faith of the Catholic Church, which was revealed by the Lord, proclaimed by the apostles and guarded by the fathers. For upon this faith the Church is built, …

Monday, May 23, 2016

Let Go, Let God

Walk in Light

Walk in the Kingdom.

Walk in Light.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

St. Rita of Cascia


St. Rita of Cascia

In 1381, St. Rita was born in Spoleto, Italy, to elderly parents who were such examples of Christian charity that they were known as “Peacemakers of Jesus Christ.” As devout as they were, however, they seem to have been somewhat misguided when they insisted on St. Rita’s marriage, at the age of 12, to a …

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Hail Mary Full of Grace

I Love this stained glass panel of Jesus and Mary!

Hail Mary full of Grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now, and at the hour of our death. Amen

Pray and Praise

Is anyone among you suffering?
He should pray.
Is anyone in good spirits?
He should sing a song of praise."
(James: 5)

Friday, May 20, 2016

8 Ancient Christian Symbols and Their Hidden Meanings | ChurchPOP

8 Ancient Christian Symbols and Their Hidden Meanings | ChurchPOP

The Victory of Surrender – Part II of II


The Victory of Surrender – Part II of II

The Victory of Surrender Part II of II Christianity is full of paradoxes: “If you want to find yourself, you have to lose yourself . . . . The last will be first and the first will be last . . . .The greatest of all is the servant of all. . . .” The most important …

Thursday, May 19, 2016

The Heart of God

The Heart of God

Mark Mallett

The Victory of Surrender - Part I of II


The Victory of Surrender – Part I of II

The Victory of Surrender Part I of II “Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain.” (Psalm 127:1) No matter how noble our cause may be, how do we know if it’s really the Lord doing the building? This is a question that was painfully put to me recently. Last year, …

Divine Hope

“Divine hope is not like earthly hope. The latter is subject to disappointment, for however strong our se­curity, it can either be realized or not realized. Who is the fortunate person who has seen all his hopes ful­filled in this world? But the theological virtue of hope is not subject to disappointment; it gives us the holy, invincible certainty that we shall obtain what God has promised.” 
 ~ Luis M. Martinez, When God is Silent

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Catholics Are Romantic

Yes! We certainly are. We believe in Love and the greatest Love story ever created...the Divine Romance!

St. John I (Pope and Martyr)


St. John I (Pope and Martyr)

St. John I was a sixth-century pope and martyr. John was born in the Italian province of Tuscany, and was elected Bishop of Rome (that is, pope) in 523. The Mediterranean world was, by this time, divided into the Eastern and Western Empires, each having a separate emperor. Christianity was also divided (though not in …

Facing Summer Loneliness


Facing Summer Loneliness

Ah, summer. The sun, the poolside, pale ales, the crushing weight of existential loneliness… Yeah, not to be a downer, but summer isn’t all Australian Gold and beach volleyball for everyone. For many it’s actually a season of intense loneliness and isolation. All your friends are on vacation for weeks at a time, there’s nothing …

Don't Be a Squirrel

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Don't Be a Squirrel

Sir 35, 1-12 / Mk 10:28-31 There is something of the squirrel in all of us, gathering up things and 'squirreling' them away in assorted hiding places. There's something of the bird in us as well, scooping up all sorts of things at random to weave into its nest. Many objects end up in nests simply because …

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

On the Breath of God

“Listen: there was once a king sitting on his throne. Around Him stood great and wonderfully beautiful columns ornamented with ivory, bearing the banners of the king with great honor. Then it pleased the king to raise a small feather from the ground, and he commanded it to fly. The feather flew, not because of anything in itself, but because the air bore it along. Thus am I, a feather on the breath of God.” 
~ St. Hildegard

Spouse of the Holy Spirit – Divine Intimacy Meditation


Spouse of the Holy Spirit – Divine Intimacy Meditation:

Spouse of the Holy Spirit Presence of God – O Mary, Spouse of the Holy Spirit, make me docile to His divine motions. MEDITATION “The Blessed Virgin Mary,” says St. Augustine, “was the only one who merited to be called the Mother and Spouse” of God. She became the Mother of God because she was …

Ten Ways to Open Up to the Holy Spirit


Ten Ways to Open Up to the Holy Spirit

The Gift of Gifts, the Paraclete, the Counselor and Consoler, Friend, Sanctifier, Third Person of the Blessed Trinity—all of these are different titles given to the Person of the Holy Spirit. In an earlier article we explained the power of the Holy Spirit to transform sinners into great saints—as we saw in the Apostles, and especially …

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Pope Francis Homily for Pentecost Sunday

Pope Francis delivers his homily during Mass for Pentecost Sunday. - REUTERS

(Vatican Radio) Here is the full text of Pope Francis' homily for Pentecost Sunday 2016:

Pope Francis

Homily during Mass for Pentecost Sunday

“I will not leave you orphans” (Jn 14:18).

The central purpose of Jesus' mission, which culminated in the gift of the Holy Spirit, was to renew our relationship with the Father, a relationship severed by sin, to take us from our state of being orphaned children and to restore us as his sons and daughters.

The Apostle Paul, writing to the Christians in Rome, says: “For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the spirit of sonship, which enables us to cry out, ‘Abba, Father’” (Rom 8:14-15). Here we see our relationship renewed: the paternity of God is re-established in us thanks to the redemptive work of Christ and the gift of the Holy Spirit.

The Spirit is given to us by the Father and leads us back to the Father. The entire work of salvation is one of “re-generation”, in which the fatherhood of God, through the gift of the Son and the Holy Spirit, frees us from the condition of being orphans into which we had fallen. In our own day also, we see various signs of our being orphans: in the interior loneliness which we feel even when we are surrounded by people, a loneliness which can become an existential sadness; in the attempt to be free of God, even if accompanied by a desire for his presence; in the all-too-common spiritual illiteracy which renders us incapable of prayer; in the difficulty in grasping the truth and reality of eternal life as that fullness of communion which begins on earth and reaches full flower after death; in the effort to see others as “brothers” and “sisters”, since we are children of the same Father; and other such signs. Being children of God runs contrary to all this and is our primordial vocation. We were made to be God’s children, it is in our DNA. But this filial relationship was ruined and required the sacrifice of God’s only-begotten Son in order to be restored. From the immense gift of love which is Jesus’ death on the cross, the Holy Spirit has been poured out upon humanity like a vast torrent of grace. Those who by faith are immersed into this mystery of regeneration are reborn to the fullness of filial life.

“I will not leave you orphans”. Today, on the feast of Pentecost, Jesus’ words remind us also of the maternal presence of Mary in the Upper Room. The Mother of Jesus is with the community of disciples gathered in prayer: she is the living remembrance of the Son and the living invocation of the Holy Spirit. She is the Mother of the Church. We entrust to her intercession, in a particular way, all Christians, families and communities that at this moment are most in need of the Spirit, the Paraclete, the Defender and Comforter, the Spirit of truth, freedom and peace. The Spirit, as Saint Paul says, unites us to Christ: “Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him” (Rom 8:9). Strengthening our relationship of belonging to the Lord Jesus, the Spirit enables us to enter into a new experience of fraternity. By means of our universal Brother – Jesus – we can relate to one another in a new way; no longer as orphans, but rather as children of the same good and merciful Father. And this changes everything! We can see each other as brothers and sisters whose differences can only increase our joy and wonder at sharing in this unique fatherhood and brotherhood.