Friday, June 28, 2013

Feast of St. Irenaeus




A blessed Feast of St. Irenaeus to you...

 One of the Church's greatest saint-theologians, the martyred bishop of Lyons famously wrote: "The glory of God is man fully alive, and the life of man is the vision of God."

 "If the revelation of God through creation gives life to all who live upon the earth, how much more does the manifestation of the Father through the Word give eternal life to those who see God." On this your feast day, St. Irenaeus, pray for us. A blessed Feast of St. Irenaeus to you... One of the Church's greatest saint-theologians, the martyred bishop of Lyons famously wrote: "The glory of God is man fully alive, and the life of man is the vision of God." "If the revelation of God through creation gives life to all who live upon the earth, how much more does the manifestation of the Father through the Word give eternal life to those who see God."

 On this your feast day, St. Irenaeus, pray for us.

 (from: Scott Hahn FB)

Pope at Mass: The Mystery of God's patience




.... "When the Lord intervenes - said the Pope– He does not always do so in the same way. There is no ‘set protocol’ of action of God in our life", "it does not exist ". Once, he added, "He intervenes is one way, another time in a different way” but He always intervenes. There is "always - he said - this meeting between us and the Lord".

"The Lord always chooses His way to enter into our lives. Often He does so slowly, so much so, we are in danger of losing our 'patience', a little. But Lord, when? 'And we pray, we pray ... And He doesn’t intervene in our lives. Other times, when we think of what the Lord has promised us, that it such a huge thing, we don’t believe it.....


Pope at Mass: The Mystery of God's patience

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Eucharistic Miracles


 Nearly 200 Eucharistic Miracles worldwide have been verified by the Church.

The Vatican International Exhibition, a Photographic Exhibition of Church Approved Eucharistic Miracles  is now available in book form and also can be viewed online.

Eucharistic Miracles



Tuesday, June 25, 2013

God calls each Christian personally, Pope says :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)


“We Christians have been called one-by-one: none of us is Christian by pure chance. No one,” he said during his homily at the chapel of Saint Martha House in the Vatican.
The call of each Christian is “by name, and with a promise: Go ahead, I am with you. I walk beside you.”
“God accompanies us, God calls us by name,” the Bishop of Rome assured his listeners.


God calls each Christian personally, Pope says :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

Pray for Ireland's Pro-Life Movement


This image of Our Lady with the baby Jesus as captured in a sunset in Medjugorje at the time of an apparition. May Ireland always cherish the sanctity of life and the beauty of mother and child. Every baby is a unique and beautiful gift from God.

Pray for Ireland's Pro-Life Movement.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Unity in the Body of Christ ~ Pope Francis





Audience: Unity in the Body of Christ

~ Pope Francis
  6/19/13 
 Vatican Radio

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Catholics Can Achieve Great Things




In "Crisis Magazine",  R.J. Snell explains seven points which will help Catholics today achieve great things.

" Magnanimity, a much-forgotten virtue, is the aspiration of the spirit to great things, extensio ad magna. A person is magnanimous if he has the courage to seek what is great and becomes worthy of it. This virtue has its roots in a firm confidence in the highest possibilities of that human nature that God did “marvelously ennoble and has still more marvelously renewed” (Roman Missal)."

 "work we must, and not for ourselves alone, ..... but working to proclaim to all the glory of the Lord and the dignity of man."
 
How Catholics Can Still Achieve Great Things

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Lay Faithful Must Stand Up for Religious Liberty

 

 

"Christians are ready to proclaim the Gospel because they can’t hide the joy that comes from knowing Christ."  Pope Francis tweet

 Archbishop Chaput: Religious Liberty Depends on Lay Faithful, Not Bishops 


‘If laypeople don’t love their Catholic faith enough to struggle for it in the public square, nothing the bishops do will finally matter.’

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

My Catholic Heritage



 
My great-grandparents and my grandparents were Roman Catholics who grew up in the Richmond, Michigan area.

They attended St. Augustine Parish.

There is an extensive history of  St. Augustine Catholic Church and also the history of the early Catholic Church in Detroit, at the following link of an online book.

It's an interesting  read, even if you aren't from Michigan.  Did you know there was a "Pew fee" required in those early days?

On page 19 of the book, there is "Record of  Pew fees".  It announced what had been paid and what was still owed.  My ancestors,  Joseph Lueck, Sr., (great-grand),  Joseph and Grace Lueck (grandparents) and the Markel family (great-grand) are all listed as still owing Pew fees at that time!  Hopefully, with God's grace, they are all in Heaven now.....no Pew fees required!
  

125 Years of St. Augustine Parish History...1880 -2005, including Detroit early Church History


Monday, June 17, 2013

Pope Francis' homily, Mass for Evangelium Vitae




"Let us say 'Yes' to love and not selfishness. Let us say 'Yes' to life and not death. Let us say 'Yes' to freedom and not enslavement to the many idols of our time. In a word, let us say 'Yes' to the God who is love, life and freedom, and who never disappoints."

~  Pope Francis' homily at the Mass for Evangelium Vitae, (The Gospel of Life) Sunday, June 16


Read Entire Homily Text HERE

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Be Not of This World





Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
 ~ Romans 12:2 NIV

Make God's Will  your WillPractice God-depen-Dance

 

Friday, June 7, 2013

How Should We Respond to the Sacred Heart?





How Should We Respond to the Sacred Heart?

"The Sacred Heart is a reminder that the motivation for Jesus’ redemptive mission arose from the depths of His heart."



Monday, June 3, 2013

Follow Jesus Christ Truly


Pope Francis delivered his homily at morning Mass at the chapel of the Casa Santa Marta residence. Archbishop Rino Fisichella and Monsignor José Octavio Ruiz Arenas, respectively the president and secretary of the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization, concelebrated Mass.

“When a Christian has no difficulties in life . . . something is wrong.”

“You cannot remove the cross from the path of Jesus, it is always there.”


“Following Jesus is just that: going with him out of love, behind him: on the same journey, the same path. And the spirit of the world will not tolerate this and what will make us suffer, but suffering as Jesus did.”

“Let us ask for this grace: to follow Jesus in the way that he has revealed to us and that he has taught us. This is beautiful, because he never leaves us alone. Never! He is always with us. So be it.”

Worldly Spirit “Reduces Christian Activity to Doing Social Good”  ~ Pope Francis

Faith requires sharing, Pope teaches :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)


"The multiplication of the loaves and fish highlights our need to share our faith with others as part of a conversion to a deeper unity with Christ, Pope Francis says."


Faith requires sharing, Pope teaches :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)