Thursday, September 21, 2017
The Catholic Guide to Loneliness:
"Turn thou to me and be gracious to me; for I am lonely and afflicted. –Psalm 25:16 The Loneliness “Epidemic”: In Whom Shall We Confide? A group of psychological researchers has recently opined: “Current evidence indicates that heightened risk for mortality from a lack of social relationships is greater than that from obesity…In a recent …"
Posted by Bethie Marie at 10:45 AM
How is Mourning Blessed?:
"This week we will examine the second Beatitude: “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted” (Matthew 5:4). This Beatitude may in fact be the hardest for Fallen human beings to understand. Suffering, pain, and affliction are aspects of the human condition. We have all experienced—or soon will—the devastation of losing someone we love …
Posted by Bethie Marie at 10:43 AM
Forgiveness From the Heart: Why and How?:
“So will my heavenly Father do to you, unless each of you forgives his brother from the heart.” I thought that I had forgiven a lay faithful many years ago for some slanderous comment that he had made about me. I know for sure that I had even prayed for him fervently and sincerely. Well, …"
Posted by Bethie Marie at 10:41 AM
"What was the first rule of our dear Savior's life? You know if was to do his Father's will. Well, then, the first purpose of our daily work is to do the will of God; secondly, to do it in the manner he wills; and thirdly, to do it because it is his will. We know certainly that our God calls us to a holy life. We know that he gives us every grace, every abundant grace; and though we are so weak of ourselves, this grace is able to carry us through every obstacle and difficulty. "
~ St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
Posted by Bethie Marie at 10:39 AM
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Forgiveness in the Midst of Grief:
"That’s the beauty of forgiveness: with every painful death there is a new beginning awaiting us. When we forgive, we mourn the loss (grief) and embrace the opportunity to become something more, to grow into greatness..."
Posted by Bethie Marie at 5:05 PM
Divine Revelation: A Look at Dei Verbum:
"In my years as a Protestant a topic of great passion was just how God reveals Himself to mankind. Sola scriptura, or the Bible alone, was my battle cry for many years. However, once I started reading the early church fathers, something hit me. These sound a lot like Catholic teachings. After further research I …"
Posted by Bethie Marie at 5:01 PM
A Friend's Glimpse of Heaven:
“That I may gaze on the loveliness of the LORD…” (Ps 27). I sat in my usual place on Mary’s side of the church for the 5:30 evening Mass, which is why I didn’t spot Felicia until it was time for Holy Communion. She’d come to St. Matt’s with Anthony, and Anthony always sits on the Joseph …"
Posted by Bethie Marie at 4:59 PM
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Worried About The State Of The World? Here Are 5 Bible Verses You Should Know!:
"Let’s be honest…there are some frightening things going on in the world. Every day we are bombarded with news about terrorism, natural disasters, war and many other threats. While it’s not necessarily a bad thing, advanced technology now makes it possible for weather forecasters to alert us to the possibility of tornadoes and hurricanes weeks …"
Posted by Bethie Marie at 10:23 AM
Prayers of Hope:
by Mother Angelica
"Humility is a liberating virtue, for it takes away from the soul the burden of any injustice. It gives us the freedom to leave everything in God’s hands and the contentment to be satisfied with His plan in our lives. Humility is an exhilarating virtue that keeps us from discouragment at the sight of our …"
"Mary is the Masterpiece of creation, in the words of St. Louis de Montfort. She is worthy of imitation. Mary is the Daughter of the Eternal Father; she is the Mother of the Eternal Son and she is the Mystical Spouse of the Holy Spirit. In other words, Mary is intimately united to the Trinity and therefore …"
Posted by Bethie Marie at 10:18 AM
Monday, September 18, 2017
St. Joseph of Cupertino:
"Let no one say the Catholic Church hasn’t a sense of humor, particularly in the manner she chooses to reward saints. We only need to look to the example of St. Joseph Cupertino for our proof. St. Joseph lived in the 17th century and was a faithful and passionate young boy, yet he was lacking …"
Posted by Bethie Marie at 10:24 AM
The Many Gifts of St. Hildegard of Bingen:
"From inspiring holiness in those around her, to glorifying God in music and language and studied observation of the natural world, St. Hildegard is an example on how to fully and robustly enter into a relationship with the Divine..."
Sunday, September 17, 2017
Saturday, September 16, 2017
Ten Reasons to Be Filled With Hope:
"In the moment of receiving the Sacrament of Baptism, our soul receives many extraordinary gifts, among which are the theological virtues of faith, hope, and charity. These are like little seeds planted in the garden of our soul. However, as in a garden, these seeds must be cultivated constantly. If not, the weeds can choke …"
Posted by Bethie Marie at 12:01 PM