Friday, December 2, 2016

"Can a Pope Become a Heretic?"

Interesting download from author and blogger, Mark Mallett, of
The Now Word blog

 This download is an online article (21 pages) by one of my favorite authors, Fr. Joseph Leo Iannuzzi.
  (link to list of his books)

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"Can a Pope Become a Heretic?"

By Rev. Joseph L. Iannuzzi, STD, Ph.D.
(About Fr. Joe)

Thursday, December 1, 2016

God Hidden in the Eucharist

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God Hidden in the Eucharist

Adoro te devote, latens Deitas — 

“Hidden God, I devoutly adore you”

— is the first line of the famous eucharistic hymn at­tributed to St. Thomas Aquinas. Jesus promised: “I will remain with you always” (Matt. 28:20), but he does so hidden behind the disguise of transubstantiated bread. We see Christ’s humility in this hiddenness. …

The Good Samaritan: Not Just a Good Neighbor

The Good Samaritan: Not Just a Good Neighbor

The Good Samaritan: Not Just a Good Neighbor

"Providence is a powerful force—it’s God’s invisible hand guiding our lives.  I experience Providence in different ways.  Most frequently it happens on the phone with my clients when a story or metaphor comes to mind that I don’t normally use, and it hits home in a way I could not have possibly planned.  It happens …"

Pope Benedict XVI: Evangelist to the World

Pope Benedict XVI: Evangelist to the World

Pope Benedict XVI: Evangelist to the World

Through his lifetime of bridge building, Benedict XVI proposes to be the Virgil to the Dantes of our generation, calling for both a New Evangelization and a new metanoia — a sacramental return to Christ and His Church. The Father of the West who had guided the poet has become the Holy Father who did the unthinkable, and now he wishes simply to be called Father Benedict even amidst the celebrations of his service.

Let the Chips Fall

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Hope for all who struggle with addiction or suicidal thoughts....
Let the Chips Fall

"It was a clear, Fall night. I remember because I threw my head back against the headrest and looked up as I let out a long-suppressed sigh. The waxing moon was then an early riser, peeking through the sunroof of my new car. After beginning my new career, I decided that if I’m going to pass most of my days …"

Sounds of Silence

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Sounds of Silence

Jimmy Stewart and Margaret Sullavan starred in a delightful romantic comedy called The Shop Around the Corner (1940). I don’t know why the movie’s title included Around the Corner, since the location of the shop was not integral to the story. Maybe director and producer Ernst Lubitsch suspected that calling the movie merely The Shop wouldn’t …

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Fr. Mitch Pacwa Homily on Feast of St. Andrew


Fr. Mitch Pacwa Homily on Feast of St. Andrew

St. Andrew Novena




Today starts the St. Andrew #Christmas Novena! Recite 15 times each day until Christmas for a special intention.

Advent: Our Hope is Not in This World

Advent: Our Hope is Not in This World

Advent: Our Hope is Not in This World

In my experience, paring down the material side of Advent and Christmas greatly deepens the spiritual dimensions. I do not spend my Advent stuck in traffic, pushed around in stores, or struggling to maintain patience in the face of widespread rudeness. In paring back, and focusing on Christ in Advent, I am more prepared for the realities offered in the mystery of Christmas.

Advent: the Season of Forgotten Penitence

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Advent: the Season of Forgotten Penitence

For many American Catholics, Thanksgiving kicks off another season of “here we go again”—fending off the annual bombardment from advertisers and the temptation to measure Christmas in terms of presents. It’s a monthlong struggle to get all of our holiday work done and somehow keep Christ in Christmas, too. Many of us look back to …

St. Andrew

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St. Andrew

Andrew, an Apostle of Jesus Christ, was the first disciple of our Lord. Prior to coming to Jesus, Andrew had been a follower or disciple of John the Baptist. One day while walking with John, Jesus passed by. St. John, seeing Jesus, pointed Him out to Andrew and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God.” Realizing …

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Praise God With All Your Heart



“The most deadly poison of our times is indifference. And this happens, although the praise of God should know no limits. Let us strive, therefore, to praise Him to the greatest extent of our powers.”
- St. Maximilian Kolbe

The Advent Gift of John the Baptist

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The Advent Gift of John the Baptist

“Now the time came for Elizabeth to be delivered and she gave birth to a son. And her neighbors and kinsfolk heard that the Lord had shown great mercy to her, and they rejoiced with her” (Luke 1:57-58). True gatherings of the friends and families of Chris­tians should have for their object to celebrate the …

Advent is a Time for Greater Silence and Prayer

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Advent is a Time for Greater Silence and Prayer

Advent is a season of very special graces! It is time of waiting, hope and joy.  Waiting—for the birth of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ; Hope—because Jesus came to save us; finally Joy—because Jesus’ birth, life and Resurrection is a promise of eternal life for those who obey His commandments and love Him. Silent …

Keeping Advent when it's not yet Christmas

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Keeping Advent when it's not yet Christmas

It’s nearing the end of November. Which means Christmas music has already begun playing in stores, and I’m too late to buy Thanksgiving blend at Starbucks, because Christmas blend has already been out for weeks and weeks. The grocery stores are starting to fill out their fabricated forest of Christmas trees out front, and okay, …

Monday, November 28, 2016

Come Home




Four Advent Attitudes

Four Advent Attitudes

Four Advent Attitudes

It’s hard to believe Advent has already arrived.  If I’m not mistaken, this is the longest observance of Advent we celebrate because Christmas falls on a Sunday this year.  It seems Advent is one of the seasons that happens, and usually goes quicker than we would like! We are always in a hustle and a …

The History of Advent

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The History of Advent

The liturgical season of Advent marks the time of spiritual preparation by the faithful before Christmas. Advent begins on the Sunday closest to the feast of St. Andrew the Apostle (November 30). It spans four Sundays and four weeks of preparation, although the last week of Advent is usually truncated because of when Christmas falls. …

St. Catherine Labouré

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St. Catherine Labouré

Catherine Labouré was a French mystic who initiated devotion to the Miraculous Medal. Born on May 2, 1806, this virgin entered, at an early age, the community of the Daughters of Charity in Paris, France. When she was a 24-year-old novice, the Virgin Mary appeared to her in a vision, seated on the right side …