Saturday, June 24, 2017

Fear No One


From "The Sacred Page':

Fear No One: Twelfth Sunday of OT Year A

Scripture Speaks: Shrink Not From Fear

Scripture Speaks: Shrink Not From Fear

Scripture Speaks: Shrink Not From Fear

"Today, Jesus tells His disciples that there is empty fear and worthy fear. How will they know the difference? Gospel (Read Mt 10:26-33) The tenth chapter of Matthew’s Gospel begins with Jesus calling the Twelve apostles. Then, He sends them out to preach the Good News He’s going to teach them. He gives them detailed …"

John the Baptist: Pointing Away From Himself



John the Baptist: Pointing Away From Himself

"On December the 25th, we celebrate the big one—the birthday of Jesus, the Word of God made flesh.  The Church actually does not celebrate the birthday of the saints, except that of Jesus’ mother.  Generally, their special day in the calendar is the date of their death, their entry into eternal life.  But there is …"

Friday, June 23, 2017

Falling in Love: Knowing the Sacred Heart of Jesus



Falling in Love: Knowing the Sacred Heart of Jesus

"Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus is an act of love.  It is a love that we express through our thoughts, words, or actions to our good God, Who makes His divine love known to us through His Son and through the presence of the Holy Spirit in the Church. The Sacred Heart of …"

Sacred Heart: Love that Crushes Evil

Sacred Heart: Love that Crushes Evil

Sacred Heart: Love that Crushes Evil

“Sacred Heart devotion isn’t our devotion. It’s God’s. It’s God’s devotion to us”, writes Fr. James Kubicki, S.J., in his book, A Heart on Fire. He also reminds us that the Sacred Heart devotion didn’t begin in the seventeenth century with revelations to a Visitation nun named St. Margaret Mary Alacoque—it began “before time, in …

Behold the Heart

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Today is the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

"Devotion to the Sacred Heart, as we know it, began about the year 1672. On repeated occasions, Jesus appeared to Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque, a Visitation nun, in France, and during these apparitions He explained to her the devotion to His Sacred Heart as He wanted people to practice it. He asked to be honored in the symbol of His Heart of flesh; he asked for acts of reparation, for frequent Communion, Communion on the First Friday of the month, and the keeping of the Holy Hour.

When the Catholic Church approved the devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, she did not base her action only on the visions of Saint Margaret Mary. The Church approved the devotion on its own merits. There is only one Person in Jesus, and that Person was at the same time God and Man. His Heart, too, is Divine -- it is the Heart of God.

The devotion especially emphasizes the unmitigated love, compassion, and long-suffering of the heart of Christ towards humanity."

EWTN

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

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Friday June 23, is the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. 

 "Devotion to the Sacred Heart calls for a fundamental attitude of conversion and reparation, of love and gratitude, apostolic commitment and dedication to Christ and his saving work."
 (Directory on Popular Piety and the Liturgy)

How the Sacred Heart Transforms Us

How the Sacred Heart Transforms Us

How the Sacred Heart Transforms Us

"How do we let Jesus’ heart transform our own hearts? Simply state, we start by worshiping the Sacred Heart..."

Community: Having the Right Intention

Community: Having the Right Intention

Community: Having the Right Intention

"We can't build communities out of fear, vain glory, or selfish motives, neither for high ideals. Those foundations will not stand the tests of time. We also have to stop thinking like consumers....."

The Intersection of Catholic Faith and Modern Classical Music

The Intersection of Catholic Faith and Modern Classical Music: An Interview with Mark Nowakowski

The Intersection of Catholic Faith and Modern Classical Music

An Interview with Mark Nowakowski

"I recently had the opportunity to interview Polish-American maestro Mark Nowakowski, a musician at the frontier of modern classical music, to say nothing of his family’s devotion to their Catholic faith. Mark recently released his new album, “Blood, Forgotten,” performed by the Voxare String Quartet. Here is the transcript of …"

Our Lady of Czestochowa

Our Lady of Czestochowa

Our Lady of Czestochowa

"Q:  I know that Pope John Paul II had a strong devotion to Our Lady of Czestochowa. Please explain how this devotion came about.

 Pope John Paul II visited the shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa on his first trip to Poland in 1979. He said, “The call of a son of Poland to the …

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Gripped by the Eucharist

Gripped by the Eucharist

Gripped by the Eucharist

A homily for the Solemnity of Corpus Christi

"Her husband had left her after close to 40 years of marriage and five grown kids and moved in with another younger woman. Her friends made fun of her for choosing to remain single and faithful to her marriage vows and not follow their warped advice to …"

Job and My Greatest Fear

Job and My Greatest Fear

Job and My Greatest Fear

"Fatherhood has changed me.  I used to be able to handle stories of tragedies involving children with a sigh and a prayer; now, as a husband and father, I can barely sigh for the sorrow I feel.  Stories from friends about miscarriages or the death of a child mix in my mind with reports of …"

'St. Aga, Who?'



'St. Aga, Who?'

"Just when I think that I’ve “heard” it all, I read some new, bizarre, nonsensical idea. Let me explain.  I was in the thrift store, scanning the bookshelves, when I came upon a book about simplifying your life while at the same time living your life more abundantly. So far sounds good! I cracked it …"

SAINT OF THE DAY - ST. ALOYSIUS GONZAGA

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SAINT OF THE DAY - ST. ALOYSIUS GONZAGA

St. Aloysius Gonzaga (1568–1591) was born to a noble Italian family, the eldest of seven children, and was destined for the military. However, by the time he was 9 years of age he chose the religious life and made a personal vow of chastity. As a safeguard against sexual temptation he always kept his eyes downcast in the presence of women. Although many tried to dissuade him from his chosen vocation, he was eventually allowed to renounce his inheritance and enter the seminary in order to become a Jesuit priest. While he was studying in Rome, there was an outbreak of the plague. Aloysius volunteered to care for the sick, despite the delicateness of his own health. As a result, he contracted the disease and died at the age of 23, before completing his priestly studies. St. Aloysius was connected with two great figures of the Counter-Reformation: he received his First Holy Communion at the age of 12 from St. Charles Borromeo, and his Last Rites from St. Robert Bellarmine, both of whom served as his spiritual advisers. On the night of his death, St. Mary Magdalene de Pazzi had a vision of him being received into great glory. St. Aloysius Gonzaga is the patron saint of youth and bodily purity. His feast day is June 21st.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Five Ways to Improve Your Prayer Life

Five Ways to Improve Your Prayer Life

Five Ways to Improve Your Prayer Life

"How much time and energy is exerted in obtaining a degree from some prestigious University?  How much blood, sweat and tears are expended to win a trophy from some sporting event? How much time and energy can even be consumed in preparing for a surprise Birthday party?   If we can expend so much time, money, emotional and physical …"

Mystery of Hope



Mystery of Hope

" Presence of God – Let me hunger for You, O Bread of Angels, pledge of future glory.

 MEDITATION Jesus said: “I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If any man eat of this bread, he shall live forever, and the bread that I will give is My Flesh, for …"

Monday, June 19, 2017

Mary as My Refuge



Mary as My Refuge

"Jesus took on our sin -- my sin -- and died. What higher purpose could His mother have than to act as a refuge to the very ones he offered his life to save? Jesus wants us to have His mom for comfort, just as He did throughout His life..."