Saturday, February 18, 2017
Giving Like God (Matthew 5:38-48):
"Giving Like God (Matthew 5:38-48) “Finally, may Christ inflame the desires of all men to break through the barriers which divide them, to strengthen the bonds of mutual love, to learn to understand one another, and to pardon those who have done them wrong.” St. Pope John XXIII, Pacem in terris Matthew 5:38-48 ‘You have …"
Friday, February 17, 2017
The Interior Life: Both Active and Contemplative:
"The Interior Life: Both Active and Contemplative There are periods in which the interior life becomes easy and sweet. Who has not had times when he was able, without any difficulty, to live for days filled with fervor? The pity is that we have not been able to determine why or how we arrived …"
Scripture Speaks: Choosing Perfection:
"Jesus told His followers to “be perfect.” Is that even possible? Gospel (Read Mt 5:38-48) In His extended teaching to His followers in the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus called them to a remarkable way of life. It is helpful to understand the historical context for this session on the mountain. In the Old Testament, …"
Turn the Other Cheek?:
“Love your enemies.” “Turn the other cheek.” (Mat 5:38-40). This sounds admirable to some, but preposterous to others. The 19th century philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche thought such talk promotes a society of weaklings. Karl Marx thought these words keep the oppressed under the thumbs of the capitalists. Does Jesus want us to be doormats, suckers who …"
Priest, Prophet, and King:
"Although what we owe to Jesus is included in the commandment to love God, it is nevertheless worth considering what we owe to him as the Christ, that is, as the mediator and bond of God’s love for us and ours for him. To do this we should look to Christ’s own explanation of the …"
Thursday, February 16, 2017
SAINT OF THE DAY - Saint Claude de la Colombiere
St. Claude de la Colombiere (1641-1682) was born to a noble family in France and became a Jesuit priest. He was known for his solid and serious sermons and his dedication to observing the rule of his Order with exactness.
He became the rector of a Jesuit house next to the Monastery of the Visitation where St. Margaret Mary Alacoque lived, who was given special revelations from Jesus of His Sacred Heart. Claude became St. Margaret Mary's spiritual director, and, like her, became a zealous promoter of devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
In 1676 he was sent to England to attend the wife of the future King James II, serving at court as preacher and confessor. When anti-Catholic persecutions broke out,
Claude was falsely accused of being involved in a 'papist plot' and was thrown into prison. While there his health suffered due to mistreatment.
He was preserved from execution and instead banished from England by royal decree. He returned to his native France, where his fragile health continued to deteriorate until he died a few years later.
The day after his death, St. Margaret Mary received supernatural assurance that he needed no prayers, as he was already in heaven.
His feast day is February 15.
When Life Disappoints You:
"Sometimes, life just smacks you a good sucker-punch right to the noggin. And often that blow nearly takes your breath away. Someone you love dies, you lose a job, someone you care about gets sick, you lose a pet, etc. And then, out of the blue, hopelessness and grief show up for an uninvited,
The Hidden Power of Holy Water:
"It is said that people in the British Isles speak of the weather more than inhabitants of other countries do. Not surprising, perhaps, the climate is unpredictable. Not for us are the blues skies of California or, as in parts of Canada, the snows and sun dividing the year neatly into distinct seasons. No, in …"
St Paul and Distractions in Prayer:
"We must all have had that experience before – we come to prayer intent on listening to God but our minds are running all over the place following distracting thoughts. Someone once said humorously, “If you want to remember the things that you easily forget or tend to ignore, start praying seriously.” Prayer time easily …"
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Ramblings of a country pastor: Time to Man up! What we need in our priests :
"Almost 20 years ago I was ordained to the priesthood in the Roman Catholic Church. This decision was not easy and challenged every fiber of my being..."
'O Holy Spirit, let me never forget Your Presence...Since in every place I am reminded of You, in every place will I worship You. Since You are present every moment, in every moment I will remember You. For every place is Your place, and every moment Your moment....'
(The Living Pyx of Jesus)
Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Fr. Mitch Pacwa Homily on Saints Cyril, Monk and Methodius, Bishop (Memorial)
To Love is to be Vulnerable:
“To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly be broken.” ~ C.S. Lewis I remember the first time my heart was broken. I was 7 years old, and my best friend had moved away from the neighborhood. The first time we spoke on the …
Sts. Cyril & Methodius: Love and Evangelism:
"On a day when the secular world celebrates love, lust, and everything in between, the Church commemorates the lives of two outstanding missionaries – Saints Cyril and Methodius. February 14th is the feast day of these biological brothers, born in Thessalonica in 827 and 826. Their father was a military officer, but Cyril quickly renounced a …"
10 Reasons to Continue the Holy Hour of Power:
"The famous Ven Fulton J. Sheen, famous tele-radio-evangelist, prolific writer, Head of the Missionary Society of the Church, world-renowned preacher and friend and confidant to many Popes, loved by millions attributed his success to one thing: a deep relationship to Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The love of this great man of God was …"