Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Dr. Scott Hahn Talk on New Evangelization in Colorado




A talk by Dr. Scott Hahn,
Presented by Augustine Institute
Wednesday, September 4, 2013,  7:pm
St. Thomas More Church
Centennial, Colorado

In this lecture drawn from his latest book, “Consuming the Word: the New Testament and the Eucharist in the Early Church”, Professor Hahn will explain why it is important that Jesus called the Eucharist by the same name that Christians subsequently gave to the Gospels and the other writings of the apostles: the New Testament. From this simple fact follow surprising and crucial lessons for the New Evangelization.

Scott Hahn, Ph.D., is professor of Biblical Theology at the Franciscan University of Steubenville.

This event is Free & Open to the Public.


More Information Here

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Theology of Catholic Womanhood



"A Church without women is like the Apostolic College without Mary," he said. "The role of women in the Church is not only maternity, the mother of the family, but it’s stronger: It is, in fact, the icon of the Virgin, of Our Lady, the one who helps the Church grow!"

"Our Lady is more important than the apostles! She is more important. The Church is feminine: She is Church; she is spouse; she is Mother," the Holy Father said."

Read Article from "National Catholic Register:


Catholic Womanhood

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Latin Mass Celebrated at Detroit Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament


 Press Release:

"The young adults of Juventutem Michigan are happy to announce that Bp. Donald Hanchon will celebrate a Traditional Latin Mass at the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament on Friday night, August 30, 2013, the Feast of St. Rose of Lima*, at 7:00 p.m. 

The Mass will be celebrated by a young priest of the Archdiocese and will be musically assisted by a choir under the direction of Joseph Balistreri, the Diocesan Director of Music.

 Anyone may attend the Cathedral Mass. Archbishop Allen Vigneron and Msgr. Mike LeFevre blessed the organizing of this Mass. 7:00 p.m. Mass will be preceded by a 6:30 Rosary, at which members will pray for an increased acceptance of vocations to the priesthood and religious life. 

After Mass, clerics and young adults (18-35 years old), singles and families, will gather for dinner, fine conversation, in the cathedral dining hall.

 The Mass is, of course, open to all ages and it is hoped that many of all ages will come. 

The name "Juventutem" itself is the Latin word for "youth" and it appears in the opening prayers of the Traditional Latin Mass.

 *In the calendar of the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite, St. Rose of Lima is celebrated on August 30th. In the calendar of the Ordinary Form, she is celebrated on August 20th."

 More info Here

Friday, August 23, 2013

Let them be born in wonder - By Bishop James D. Conley



"Every student is made for holiness, made to become a saint. Our schools must lead and draw out from students a sense of their own call to holiness, and a sense of the grace that renews their minds."
 
Let them be born in wonder - By Bishop James D. Conley

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Mary Queen of Heaven

Father Robert Barron discusses the Queenship of Mary, as example of the Arc of the Covenant, the Holy Temple, and the fight between good and evil.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Going Back to School – It’s Not Just for Kids - Seek First the Kingdom





As the days of summer draw to a close – at least according to the calendar, if not the thermometer – we turn our attention to the beginning of yet another school year.  Many adults I know whose school days ended long ago still appreciate having their own “school supplies” – pens, notebooks, reading lists, etc. – to mark what is a sort of new beginning. We are reminded that learning isn’t just for kids in school.  Indeed, learning is a life-long endeavor, especially with respect to our Catholic faith.  We do not “graduate” in the sense of our formation ending once we have finished formal religious education or Catholic school.  Rather, we advance to the next stage of our journey through life, hopefully continually growing closer to the Lord. - See more at: http://cardinalsblog.adw.org/2013/08/going-back-to-school-its-not-just-for-kids/#sthash.EG3MnEQv.dpuf

"As the days of summer draw to a close – at least according to the calendar, if not the thermometer – we turn our attention to the beginning of yet another school year.  Many adults I know whose school days ended long ago still appreciate having their own “school supplies” – pens, notebooks, reading lists, etc. – to mark what is a sort of new beginning. We are reminded that learning isn’t just for kids in school.  Indeed, learning is a life-long endeavor, especially with respect to our Catholic faith.  We do not “graduate” in the sense of our formation ending once we have finished formal religious education or Catholic school.  Rather, we advance to the next stage of our journey through life, hopefully continually growing closer to the Lord.".......

As the days of summer draw to a close – at least according to the calendar, if not the thermometer – we turn our attention to the beginning of yet another school year.  Many adults I know whose school days ended long ago still appreciate having their own “school supplies” – pens, notebooks, reading lists, etc. – to mark what is a sort of new beginning. We are reminded that learning isn’t just for kids in school.  Indeed, learning is a life-long endeavor, especially with respect to our Catholic faith.  We do not “graduate” in the sense of our formation ending once we have finished formal religious education or Catholic school.  Rather, we advance to the next stage of our journey through life, hopefully continually growing closer to the Lord. - See more at: http://cardinalsblog.adw.org/2013/08/going-back-to-school-its-not-just-for-kids/#sthash.EG3MnEQv.dpuf

As the days of summer draw to a close – at least according to the calendar, if not the thermometer – we turn our attention to the beginning of yet another school year.  Many adults I know whose school days ended long ago still appreciate having their own “school supplies” – pens, notebooks, reading lists, etc. – to mark what is a sort of new beginning. We are reminded that learning isn’t just for kids in school.  Indeed, learning is a life-long endeavor, especially with respect to our Catholic faith.  We do not “graduate” in the sense of our formation ending once we have finished formal religious education or Catholic school.  Rather, we advance to the next stage of our journey through life, hopefully continually growing closer to the Lord. - See more at: http://cardinalsblog.adw.org/2013/08/going-back-to-school-its-not-just-for-kids/#sthash.EG3MnEQv.dpuf
Going Back to School – It’s Not Just for Kids - Seek First the Kingdom: Catholic Blog by Cardinal Donald Wuerl - Archdiocese of Washington, DC

Friday, August 16, 2013

A Meditation on the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass

The Holy Mass must always be honored as sacred, reverent, and awe-filled, it's not a time or place for guitars, drums, dance or fund raising.  What is being remembered sacramentally is almost beyond our human conception,  yet Jesus said, "Do this in remembrance of me".  The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is a  most sacred mystery, it must be approached with great penitence, wonder, gratitude and quiet reverence.  We  often forget what a tremendous price was paid for the salvation of the world by Our Blessed Lord Jesus Christ, through His Love. The following video meditation will open your eyes and heart.


"A Meditation on the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass" is not meant to be a mere inspirational drama, but a heartfelt prayer, a Catholic meditation.
 It should be viewed as such: Focused. Silent. Penitent.
My sincere hope is that you will grow in your love for God, and your Faith will be strengthened."
(Michael Sestak - video creator)
 Read more about the symbolism in the video here.


 "Transport yourself to Calvary.
 Keep your mind focused on the mystery
 that is unfolding before your eyes."
~ Padre Pio

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Pope Francis' Homily Feast of Assumption of Blessed Virgin Mary




HOLY MASS ON THE SOLEMNITY
OF THE ASSUMPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY 






Video from Archdiocese of Washington, D.C.
on Feast of the Assumption

 

Redemptoris Mater ~ On the Blessed Virgin Mary

 
 
 
Blessed Pope John Paul II 
(given 3/25/87)

REDEMPTORIS MATER
On the Blessed Virgin Mary
in the life of the Pilgrim Church




INTRODUCTION
" The Mother of the Redeemer has a precise place in the plan of salvation, for "when the time had fully come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, 'Abba! Father!'" (Gal. 4:4-6)
With these words of the Apostle Paul, which the Second Vatican Council takes up at the beginning of its treatment of the Blessed Virgin Mary, I too wish to begin my reflection on the role of Mary in the mystery of Christ and on her active and exemplary presence in the life of the Church. For they are words which celebrate together the love of the Father, the mission of the Son, the gift of the Spirit, the role of the woman from whom the Redeemer was born, and our own divine filiation, in the mystery of the "fullness of time."

Read Encyclical Here



Sunday, August 11, 2013

Cardinal's work aims to foster love, devotion to Eucharist




Cardinal's work aims to foster love, devotion to Eucharist :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

...  “it is my fervent prayer that the reflections on Ecclesia de Eucharistia and Sacramentum Caritatis contained in these pages will lead the reader to an ever deeper and more ardent knowledge and love of our Eucharistic Lord.” ~ Cardinal Burke


EWTN Nightly News with Colleen Carroll Campbell



EWTN News Nightly with Colleen Carroll Campbell begins Tuesday September 3rd at 6 & 9 PM Eastern: 

30 Minutes of news from a Catholic perspective 5 nights a week! 

Watch Promo Video

Friday, August 9, 2013

New Evangelization in Theory and Application


  
So what IS the New Evangelization?

by Elizabeth Scalia

New Evangelization in Theory and Application

Above the Flames...the Cross Stands High




"The world is in flames. The struggle between Christ and Antichrist rages openly, and so if you decide for Christ you can even be asked to sacrifice your life.

Contemplate the Lord who hangs before you on the wood because he was obedient even to the death of the Cross. He came into the world not to do his own will, but that of the Father. And if you wish to be the spouse of the Crucified, you must renounce completely your own will and have no other aspiration than to do the will of God.

Before you the Redeemer hangs on the Cross, stripped and naked, because he chose poverty. Those who would follow him must renounce every earthly possession.

Stand before the Lord who hangs from the Cross with his heart torn open. He poured out the blood of his heart in order to win your heart. In order to follow him in holy chastity, your heart must be free from every earthly aspiration. Jesus Crucified must be the object of your every longing, of your every desire, of your every thought.

The world is in flames: the fire can spread even to our house, but above all the flames the Cross stands on high, and it cannot be burnt. The Cross is the way which leads from earth to heaven. Those who embrace it with faith, love, and hope are taken up, right into the heart of the Trinity.
The world is in flames: do you wish to put them out? Contemplate the Cross: from the open Heart the blood of the Redeemer pours, blood which can put out even the flames of hell. Through the faithful observance of the vows, you make your heart free and open; and then the floods of that divine love will be able to flow into it, making it overflow and bear fruit to the furthest reaches of the earth.

Through the power of the Cross you can be present wherever there is pain, carried there by your compassionate charity, by that very charity which you draw from the Divine Heart. That charity enables you to spread everywhere the Most Precious Blood in order to ease pain, save, and redeem.

The eyes of the Crucified gaze upon you. They question you and appeal to you. Do you wish seriously to renew your alliance with Him? What will your response be? ‘Lord, where shall I go? You alone have the words of life.

 Ave Crux Spes Unica! (Hail Cross, Our Only Hope)"


St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein)

 Catholic Martyr of Nazism

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Sanctus Bells

 


 I have always loved the bells that announce Jesus' Presence at the Mass! 

 Would a Mass without the bells be proclaiming less than total Truth?

"Most Catholic Christians are familiar with Sanctus bells.

Though the bells are still heard in many parishes, many wonder about them. Some long to hear their joyful sounds; and some erroneously believe their use during the Mass is now prohibited.

Sanctus bells derive their name from being rung first during the Sanctus [Holy, Holy, Holy Lord...]. They have been rung as part of the celebration of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass in the Church for more than 800 years.

Most Sanctus bells used today are small hand-held bells or assemblies of three to five bells that are rung during the Mass as directed in Chapter IV, paragraph 150 of the General Instruction of the Roman Missal (GIRM):

A little before the consecration, when appropriate, a server rings a bell as a signal to the faithful. According to local custom, the server also rings the bell as the priest shows the host and then the chalice.

The reason for ringing bells is, first, to create a joyful noise to the Lord; second, the Church bells ringing signaled those not able to attend Mass that something supernatural was taking place."

WYD Eucharistic Adoration Song

Moving Song played during WYD's Eucharistic Adoration




Wednesday, August 7, 2013

A Teacher's Prayer





From "Love Being Catholic" FB

A Teacher's Prayer

Dear God,

A new school year is about to begin
and my classroom door will soon open
to the students you've assigned to my care...

Open my mind and heart to each of them
and especially to the ones
who will challenge me the most...

Help me challenge my students, all of them,
to study, to learn, to grow in knowledge
and even a little wisdom...

Help me remember, Lord,
how young my students are:
give me patience to help them grow up
and insight to know the help they need...

Help me to understand that sometimes
my students may not understand me:
may I be clear in the things I say and do,
and in how I say and do them…

My students don't know the burdens and worries
my heart brings to the classroom,
so help me remember, Lord,
how anxious and heavy my students' hearts may be...

Keep me from favoring any particular students, Lord,
except for those who most need my help...
Let my decisions in the classroom
be fair and just, honest and true...

Send your Spirit to fill me with gifts
of knowledge and understanding, counsel and wisdom…
Lord, open my mind and heart to my students' parents,
especially those who will challenge me the most...

Help me challenge parents to challenge their children
to study, to learn and to grow...
Help me to teach as you would, Lord:
help me be understanding when I need to be firm,
gentle in all things,
and patient until the last bell rings…

A new school year is about to begin, Lord,
and I wonder,
what will you teach me today?
Amen.
 
 

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Don't Dumb-Down Catholicism ~ Fr. Robert Barron

In this short video, Father Robert Barron advises teachers, writers, publishers (and parents!), "Don't dumb-down Catholicism".

Jesus' Transfiguration



Monday, August 5, 2013

Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord ~ Fr. Scott Hurd






Father Scott Hurd's Homilies: Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord:


"Have you ever experienced something that really challenged your faith? It might have been a sudden death, a serious illness, the loss of a job, betrayal by a spouse or a friend, or the reality of war, poverty, and injustice in our world. Maybe it was a combination of things that led you to question God’s love, or even God’s very existence."


"Jesus’ friends certainly had their faith challenged by his betrayal, arrest, and violent execution. Yet Jesus knew that this would happen, and that’s why he allowed Peter, James and John to see him transfigured in glory. He wanted to give them something to hold on to......"

 Read Entire Article Here

Sunday, August 4, 2013

The Fool’s Vanity: Scott Hahn Reflects on the 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time | St. Paul Center For Biblical Theology




"Jesus calls the rich man a “fool” - a word used in the Old Testament for someone who rebels against God or has forgotten Him (see Psalm 14:1).

We should treasure most the new life we have been given in Christ and seek what is above, the promised inheritance of heaven. We have to see all things in the light of eternity, mindful that He who gives us the breath of life could at any moment - this night even - demand it back from us."

Read entire article Here:

The Fool’s Vanity: Scott Hahn Reflects on the 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time | St. Paul Center For Biblical Theology

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Jesus' Love of Martha and Mary




  "When we say that Christ loves his Church, we mean that he loves, nothing of earthly nature, but the fruit of his own grace; — the varied fruits of his grace in innumerable hearts, viewed as brought together in unity of faith and love and obedience, of sacraments, and doctrine, and order, and worship.  The object which he contemplates, which he loves in the Church, is not human nature simply, but human nature illuminated and renovated by his own supernatural power.  If he has called the visible Church his spouse, it is because she is the special seat of this divine gift."

 Jesus' Love of Martha and Mary