Sunday, March 31, 2013

Follow Christ, Live for Him

 
 From the Easter Vigil homily of Pope Francis:

"Nothing remains as it was before, not only in the lives of those women, but also in our own lives, and in the history of mankind. Jesus is not dead, he has risen, he is alive! He does not simply return to life; rather, he is life itself, because he is the Son of the living God. Let the risen Jesus enter your life, welcome him as a friend, with trust: he is life! If up till now you have kept him at a distance, step forward. He will receive you with open arms. If you have been indifferent, take a risk: you won’t be disappointed. If following him seems difficult, don’t be afraid, trust him, be confident that he is close to you, he is with you and he will give you the peace you are looking for and the strength to live as he would have you do."

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Alive to God in Christ Jesus!


 Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.

 For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his.

  We know that our old self was crucified with him so that the sinful body might be destroyed, and we might no longer be enslaved to sin. For he who has died is freed from sin.  But if we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him. 

  For we know that Christ being raised from the dead will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him.  The death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God. So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.

 ~ Romans 6:3-11

Friday, March 29, 2013

The Passion ~ The Body and Blood



"Is not the mystery that our Savior knew that our salvation was in his blood? Impelled by his ardent desire to save our souls, he could no longer retain his blood, which holds within itself our life much more than his own?"

Read Entire Article Here


Thursday, March 28, 2013

Holy Thursday ~ Maundy Thursday







Blessed Holy Thursday! In this memorial of Jesus' last meal with his disciples, the faithful are reminded of the everlasting value of that meal, the gift of the priesthood, the grave dangers of turning away from God, the necessity of the approaching cross and the abiding love that the Lord has for his people. Discover the significance of these holiest of days: http://osv.cm/16jWKSm

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Mother Angelica 90 Years Old in April



Mother Angelica is the founder of EWTN  Catholic worldwide television network.  Next month she will celebrate her 90th birthday.  She has also written numerous books to uplift and  teach the faithful.

I love the quote above....it reminds us that God wants us to forgive everyone.

 During this Holy Week, when we remember Jesus' Passion and Judas' betrayal, we are called to remember that even on the Cross, our Lord Jesus Christ said, "Father, forgive them.  They know not what they do."

How much more should we quickly forgive others.


“As Christians, we are called to have courage, the courage to honor God’s extraordinary request that we forgive someone even in the midst of our pain.

“If someone has hurt you very deeply, I know that you are experiencing a terrible torture of heart. This torture can be eased by forgiving the person who has hurt you. I have a hunch that you think forgiveness is something that it truly isn’t: a feeling, an end to your pain, a burial of some kind. Forgiveness is none of those things. But what forgiveness will do is lift the torture out of your heart and embolden you with a new Christian dignity, the heights of which you may never have known before.”

~ Mother Angelica

From her book “Mother Angelica’s Answers, Not Promises”. Find this book on Ignatius website.


Read more about Mother Angelica, her life, her work, her faith HERE

Monday, March 25, 2013

Pope Francis' Palm Sunday Homily


"Follow Jesus! We accompany, we follow Jesus, but above all we know that he accompanies us and carries us on his shoulders. This is our joy, this is the hope that we must bring to this world of ours."
~ Pope Francis

The Holy Father looked at and explained three important words in his Palm Sunday Homily. He said we must live the faith with a young heart. The three words he chose to illustrate this were "Joy", "Cross" and "Youth".

You can read the entire text of Pope Francis' homily Here

Truth Cannot Lose


Spiritual warfare is increasing in today's word, but the brotherhood of Christ need have no fear, "in a conflict between truth and darkness, truth cannot lose." ~ Archbishop Fulton Sheen

Florida University Professor Orders Students to Stomp on "Jesus Name".

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion



"Before the liturgical changes ushered in by the Second Vatican Council, the Sixth Sunday of Lent was known as “Palm Sunday.” “Passion Sunday” was the name given to the Fifth Sunday of Lent. This day marked the beginning of a two-week period called “Passiontide,” during which the faithful were called to renew a spirit of penitence and re-embrace their Lenten resolutions. We have grown accustomed to the Mass readings’ reflecting liturgical days or seasons, so what may be surprising is to learn the name Passion Sunday had no direct connection with that day’s readings, although the day’s Gospel did affect one of the Church’s universal customs. Many Catholics grew up with statues covered throughout the days of Lent, but the rule apparently specified they be covered only from Passion Sunday, to reflect the closing words of the day’s Gospel, which say, “Jesus hid and went out of the temple area” (Jn 8:59). Since 1970, the Sixth Sunday of Lent combines the two titles and is known as “Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion.” This eliminates a formal season of Passiontide, but makes very clear the connection between the day and the Gospel reading chosen for the day’s liturgy." (OSV)

Pope Francis, the Mystic


Papa

"The more we love God and enter into intimate contact with Him through prayer, the more He makes Himself known and enflames our hearts with His love.” —Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI, speaking on mystical union with God at his Wednesday General Audience on January 12, 2011
 
"Why is Pope Francis so simple, so genuine, so evidently filled with the love of Christ?

Part of the answer may be… because God filled him with His love.".....

“.......on the Feast of St. Matthew [September 21] in the year 1953, the young Jorge Mario Bergoglio experienced at the age of 17 years, in a very special way, the loving presence of God in his life."......
  
He felt his heart “touched” and he “sensed” the “descent of the mercy of God.”

He felt, “in a very special way,” the “loving presence of God in his life.”......
 
Read the entire text of  this very interesting article by Robert Moynihan, editor of  "Inside the Vatican"

Friday, March 22, 2013

Kindness is Eternal

 

Kind  words and kind actions echo eternally and bring great joy.

 In contrast, unkind angry words and actions reverberate coldly,
causing hard hearts  and heart aches.

 "Be ye kind one to another."

Spiritual Warfare...the Good Fight of Faith


Faith is always Victorious, when you add the Grace of God! 


 


"Faith is to believe what you do not see; 

the reward of this faith is 

to see what you believe."
~ St. Augustine


Thursday, March 21, 2013

A Thought of God

"We are not some casual and meaningless product of evolution.

Each of us is the result of a thought of God."

~ Pope Benedict XVI

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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

St. Joseph, The Glorius Saint


Pope Francis' Installation Mass Homily Text


"Let us be protectors."

Pope Francis says during installation Mass that "authentic power is service" and urges protection for the environment and the poor.


"How does Joseph respond to his calling to be the protector of Mary, Jesus and the Church? By being constantly attentive to God, open to the signs of God's presence and receptive to God's plans, and not simply to his own. This is what God asked of David, as we heard in the first reading. God does not want a house built by men, but faithfulness to his word, to his plan. It is God himself who builds the house, but from living stones sealed by his Spirit. Joseph is a "protector" because he is able to hear God's voice and be guided by his will; and for this reason he is all the more sensitive to the persons entrusted to his safekeeping. He can look at things realistically, he is in touch with his surroundings, he can make truly wise decisions. In him, dear friends, we learn how to respond to God's call, readily and willingly, but we also see the core of the Christian vocation, which is Christ! Let us protect Christ in our lives, so that we can protect others, so that we can protect creation!"

Read Entire Homily Text Here

Monday, March 18, 2013

Holiness: Reflection of the Master Flame



"And the saints are humble, that is to say, the mediocrity of the Church does not deter them from expressing once and for all their solidarity with her, knowing well that without her they could never find their way to God. To bypass Christ’s Church with the idea of making their way to God on their own initiative would never occur to them. They do battle with the mediocrity of Christ’s Church not by protesting but by enkindling and encouraging the better. The Church causes them pain, but they do not become embittered and stand aside to sulk. They form no dissident groups but cast their fire into the midst. Your genuine saint never points to himself; he is no more than the reflection.
It is the Master Flame that counts."
~ Hans Urs von Balthatsar

 An interesting article by Thomas J. Neal, Ph.D looks at why the cardinals chose Pope Francis, and why holiness is  always a better reformer than criticism:

Holiness or Criticism? I choose Franciscum.


For “the Holy Spirit doesn’t make new things but makes things new!” ~ Fr. Cantalamessa

"Catholicism: The New Evangelization"

Fr.Robert Barron has created a new documentary coming out soon.  It is entitled, "Catholicism: The New Evangelization."  Watch the first three short trailers about this exciting new series.





Watch Part 3 Here

Saturday, March 16, 2013

St. Patrick's Spiritual Burning


"I used to stay out in the forests and on the mountain and I would wake up before daylight to pray in the snow, in icy coldness, in rain, and I used to feel neither ill nor any slothfulness, because, as I now see, the Spirit was burning in me at that time." ~ St. Patrick



Papal Installation Bringing Unity



Breaking News:
(from Catholic Church FB)

 Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople has announced that he plans to attend the inaugural Mass of Pope Frances on March 19.

 The appearance by the Ecumenical Patriarch--the "first among equals" of all the world's Orthodox leaders--is an unprecedented gesture. The Patriarch of Constantinople has not attended a papal installation since 1054, when Constantinople split from Rome.

Friday, March 15, 2013

I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say



I heard the voice of Jesus say,
"Come unto me and rest;
lay down, thou weary one, lay down
thy head upon my breast."
I came to Jesus as I was,
so weary, worn, and sad;
I found in him a resting place,
and he has made me glad.

I heard the voice of Jesus say,
"Behold, I freely give
the living water; thirsty one,
stoop down and drink, and live."
I came to Jesus, and I drank
of that life-giving stream;
my thirst was quenched, my soul revived,
and now I live in him.

I heard the voice of Jesus say,
"I am this dark world's Light;
look unto me, thy morn shall rise,
and all thy day be bright."
I looked to Jesus, and I found
in him my Star, my Sun;
and in that Light of life I'll walk
till traveling days are done.

Insignia of Pope Francis



 Insignia of Pope Francis...translates to "Lowly, but Chosen"

Pope Francis: "Show Courage, Share Wisdom"

Smiling, warm, and at ease Pope Francis I, officially greets and shares with Cardinals this morning.

“Dear Brothers, let's show courage. Half of us are in our golden years. But old age is the source of wisdom. Elders carry the wisdom that comes with life. It reminds me of Simon and Anna in the Temple, who because of their age were able to recognize Jesus clearly. Let's pass on this wisdom to the young. Just like good wine, improves with time, so does wisdom. Let's pass this on to other generations.” ~ Pope Francis

Dark Night of the Soul Healing

St. John of the Cross, a Catholic Saint and Mystic tells us that to reach the Divine Light within, we must "Let go of ALL that is not GOD".

The Love of God




“‎Where there is no love, pour love in 
and you will draw love out.” 
 ~ St. John of the Cross

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Pope Francis' First Homily



"Walking in the Light of Christ"


"Today Pope Francis celebrated his first Mass as Supreme Pontiff. Joined by the College of Cardinals, Pope Francis said the Missa pro Ecclesia—Mass for the Church—in the Sistine Chapel, where just yesterday he was elect to the Chair of Peter."


" In these three readings I see that there is something in common: it is movement. In the first reading, movement is the journey [itself]; in the second reading, movement is in the up-building of the Church. In the third, in the Gospel, the movement is in [the act of] profession: walking, building, professing." ~ Pope Francis

-  Walking the Journey
-   Building up the Church
-   Professing Jesus Christ

Read the entire text of Pope Francis' homily HERE

Monday, March 11, 2013

Perfect Love


Friday, March 8, 2013

Oh, God of Loveliness"

"O God of Loveliness, O Lord of Heaven above, how worthy to posess my heart's devoted love..."