Tuesday, September 30, 2014

It is Jesus You Seek

Catholics You Might Not Know

11 Awesome People You Totally Didn’t Know Were Catholic 

"They weren’t noisy about it, but their faith was surprisingly important. For a daily reader of these fascinating stories, check out The American Catholic Almanac by Brian Burch and Emily Stimpson."

Bold Faith

 Fr. Richard Heilman

"The theological virtues are the foundation of Christian moral activity; they animate it and give it its special character. They inform and give life to all the moral virtues. They are infused by God into the souls of the faithful to make them capable of acting as his children and of meriting eternal life. They are the pledge of the presence and action of the Holy Spirit in the faculties of the human being. There are three theological virtues: faith, hope, and charity (CCC 1813).
Faith is the theological virtue by which we believe in God and believe all that he has said and revealed to us, and that Holy Church proposes for our belief, because he is truth itself. By faith "man freely commits his entire self to God." For this reason the believer seeks to know and do God's will. "The righteous shall live by faith." Living faith "work[s] through charity" (CCC 1814).
The disciple of Christ must not only keep the faith and live on it, but also profess it, confidently bear witness to it, and spread it: "All however must be prepared to confess Christ before men and to follow him along the way of the Cross, amidst the persecutions which the Church never lacks." (CCC 1816).
Our faith must be complete. We completely submit our intellect and will to God. Our faith therefore illuminates our daily life. Our fallen race inherits from its first parents a propensity to sin, but our constant objective must be to live as Holy Mother Church teaches. We seek to live by the theological and cardinal virtues. We consciously avoid the seven capital sins. We go to the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass every day if possible, or every Sunday at minimum. We go to Confession every week if possible, or every month at minimum. We do all this because we have faith that the Catholic Church has Christ’s authority to teach us how to prepare for heaven (Fr. John Hardon, Modern Catholic Dictionary).

Monday, September 29, 2014

Marriage Is Not a Water Fountain

 "Segregation was based on irrational, peculiar prejudice. By contrast, protecting marriage between one man and one woman is based on universal truths about our human nature."

 Marriage Is Not a Water Fountain
by AnthonyEsolen

Guardian Angels

Catholic Values in Catholic Schools

 Many years ago I went by this Catholic girls high school every morning!  The school bus I took to public high school had an agreement to daily detour to drop off a few students attending Marian. 

 Lately,  this school has been in the news because students, parents and some teachers are offering support to a teacher who was fired due to not following Catholic moral values (previously agreed to at hiring, it is assumed).

Pregnant Lesbian Teacher Rallies Parents to Fight Her Dismissal from Catholic H.S.

By Kathy Schiffer 

Pope Francis: Satan seduces by disguising evil as good

 Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square during the Wednesday general audience on May 28, 2014. Credit: Daniel Ibáñez/CNA.

Pope Francis: Satan seduces by disguising evil as good :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

Sunday, September 28, 2014

What Demons Know About the Eucharist that Many Catholics Don't


What Demons Know About the Eucharist that Many Catholics Don't

Act of Spiritual Communion

My Jesus, I believe that You are in the Blessed Sacrament. I love You above all things, and I long for You in my soul. Since I cannot now receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. As though You have already come, I embrace You and unite myself entirely to You; never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.

Our Lord to Sr. Benigna Consolata: "Make as many Spiritual Communions as possible, to supply for the many Sacramental Communions which are not made. One every quarter of an hour is not enough. Make them shorter, but more numerous."

Spiritual Communion

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Blessed Alvaro del Portillo


Blessed Álvaro del Portillo Alejandro

He served as the prelate of Opus Dei between 1982 and 1994. He was beatified on September 27, 2014 in his birth city of Madrid.

He made many contributions to Vatican II.

"According to Salvador Bernal, his biographer: Del Portillo was the person who argued that there be a specific Decree for priests. Also one of the decisions of the Commission for the Discipline of the Clergy and the Christian People was "defend centuries-old traditions against those who regarded them as mere pietism.  It discussed the presence of the priest in the world, and why he needed a good formation in the basic human virtues in order to serve the men and women of his time. But it also warned that priests should not adopt lay lifestyles, much less take on commitments of a partisan political nature. Finally, it asserted the freedom to join associations which in one way or another could help them achieve personal sanctification in the carrying out of their priestly ministry.”

“Not a week had gone by after the close of the Council when Cardinal Ciriaci, president of the commission of which Don Alvaro had been secretary, sent him a note expressing heartfelt gratitude and congratulations for the happy conclusion of a great achievement.” The note said: “You steered to a safe harbor your decree, which is by no means the least important of the decrees and constitutions of the Council.” The vote on the document was 2390 to 4, a nearly unanimous approval after thorough debate, on December 7, 1965. Ciriaci said: (History would regard this decree as) “a fresh, and practically unanimous, confirmation by the Second Vatican Council of ecclesiastical celibacy and the exalted mission of the priesthood.”

Pope Paul VI also commented on his work: “I am well aware of the extent to which this is a result of your prudent, tenacious, and courteous efforts. Without failing to respect the freedom of others to have and to express their own opinions, you never swerved from the track of fidelity to the great principles of priestly spirituality.” (source: Wikipedia)

How The Saints Faced Anxiety


"There’s a saying that “Courage is fear that has said its prayers.” Prayer is indeed the key to overcoming or coping with anxiety, for it reassures us of God’s presence and reminds us of our need to rely on His strength, not on our own."

 How The Saints Faced Anxiety

  "Some saints were as prone to worry and anxiety as the rest of us are. But, by placing their trust in the Lord’s presence and care, they were able to overcome their fears."

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Marriage, Communion, and the Teachings of the Church


"Two of the contributors to the book, Remaining in the Truth of Christ: Marriage and Communion in the Catholic Church, discuss the Scriptural, historical, and theological foundations for Catholic doctrine."

Marriage, Communion, and the Teachings of the Church | Catholic World Report - Global Church news and views

Praying for Those Who Hate You


An awesome story regarding Cardinal Burke

The Word of God Lights my Path

Thank you, Lord, for your love and your guidance. Sometimes my path is not clear, but your Word is the light I will humbly follow, when I don't understand what you want me to do.  I remember how you sent out your disciples two by two and said, "Take nothing, for the journey, neither walking stick, nor sack, nor food, nor money...", not even a change of clothes! What big faith you demand, my Lord! Help me to trust, and be guided by your Word. You alone know the outcome. Show me what you want me to do, and I will say "Yes, Lord", even if my voice is shaking and my hands trembling. Your Way is the path I want to follow, and your Word lights the path you have chosen for me. Thank you, Lord. Amen

Christ, the One Teacher of All


Christ, the One Teacher of All (Mysticism and Magisterium: Part III of VI)

Mysticism and Magisterium Series Listing of Posts

Tuesday, September 23, 2014