Saturday, October 26, 2013

Friday, October 25, 2013

Pope Francis warns faithful not to be 'rosewater Christians'




  "In his daily homily, Pope Francis focused on the fact that we have been “re-created” in Christ, urging those in attendance to take their faith seriously, rather than committing halfway.
“People do not take it seriously! Lukewarm Christians: ‘But, yes, yes, but, no, no.’ Neither here nor there - as our mothers said, ‘rosewater Christians’ - no!”

The Holy Father offered his reflections to those present for his Oct. 24 daily Mass in the Saint Martha guesthouse of the Vatican.

“We have been re-made in Christ,” urged the Pope at the beginning of his homily, “What Christ has done in us is a re-creation: the blood of Christ has re-created.”

Pope Francis warns faithful not to be 'rosewater Christians' :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

Thursday, October 24, 2013

What is a “Tea Party Catholic”?



 Interesting interview with Samuel Gregg, author of the book "Tea Party Catholic", 
who discusses Catholic social doctrine and what it has to do with economics, limited government, and religious freedom.

What is a “Tea Party Catholic”? | Catholic World Report - Global Church news and views

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

To Light a Fire on the Earth

Ave Maria Meditations
Consoling and joyous meditation on those words of Christ, “l came to bring fire to the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled!” (Lk 12:49) That fire is charity, the total, exclusive, and zealous love of God and, through him, of all humanity
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Ave Maria Meditations
Consoling and joyous meditation on those words of Christ, “l came to bring fire to the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled!” (Lk 12:49) That fire is charity, the total, exclusive, and zealous love of God and, through him, of all humanity
- See more at: http://airmaria.com/#sthash.c7DkltKs.dpuf

Ave Maria Meditations
Consoling and joyous meditation on those words of Christ, “l came to bring fire to the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled!” (Lk 12:49) That fire is charity, the total, exclusive, and zealous love of God and, through him, of all humanity
- See more at: http://airmaria.com/#sthash.c7DkltKs.dpuf
Ave Maria Meditations

"I came to bring fire to the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled."
 (Luke 12:49)
Ave Maria Meditations
Consoling and joyous meditation on those words of Christ, “l came to bring fire to the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled!” (Lk 12:49) That fire is charity, the total, exclusive, and zealous love of God and, through him, of all humanity
- See more at: http://airmaria.com/#sthash.c7DkltKs.dpuf

Ave Maria Meditations
Consoling and joyous meditation on those words of Christ, “l came to bring fire to the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled!” (Lk 12:49) That fire is charity, the total, exclusive, and zealous love of God and, through him, of all humanity
- See more at: http://airmaria.com/#sthash.c7DkltKs.dpuf
To Light a Fire on the Earth

Monday, October 21, 2013

The Dignity of the Human Person ~ John Paul II


"The dignity and value of humanity is established in Creation, but is fully realized and expressed in the invitation to become a "new creature" in Christ (2 Cor. 5:17). In Redemptor Hominis, the Pope writes,

...we can and must immediately reach and display to the world our unity in proclaiming the mystery of Christ, in revealing the divine dimension and also the human dimension of the Redemption, and in struggling with unwearying perseverance for the dignity that each human being has reached and can continually reach in Christ, namely the dignity of both the grace of divine adoption and the inner truth of humanity... (RH 11.4)."


Interesting and detailed article, from Ignatius Insight

The Dignity of the Human Person: Pope John Paul II's Teaching on Divinization in the Trinitarian Encyclicals
 

Originally published in Saint Austin Review in 2002.
  By Carl E. Olson

Called to a Holy Life





Sunday, October 20, 2013

Pray Always ~ Homily of Holy Father




Below, please find Vatican Radio’s translation of Pope Francis’ Sunday Angelus address:
"Dear brothers and sisters, good day!

In today’s Gospel, Jesus told a parable about the necessity for them to pray always without becoming weary. The main character is a widow who, forced to plead before a dishonest judge, manages to get him to grant her justice. And Jesus concludes, if the widow managed to convince that judge, do you think God will not hear us, if we pray to Him insistently? The expression used by Jesus is very strong: “Will not God then do justice for His chosen ones who call out to Him day and night?”

“To cry out day and night” to the Lord! This is a striking image of prayer. But we might ask, why does God want this. Doesn’t He already know our needs? What does it mean to “insist” with God?

And this is a good question, that leads us to deepen a very important aspect of the Faith: God invites us to pray with insistence, not because He doesn’t know what we need, or because He doesn’t listen to us. On the contrary, He always hears and knows all of us, with love. In our daily journey, especially in difficulties, in the fight against evil outside of ourselves and within us, the Lord is not far away, He is at our side; we fight with Him beside us, and our weapon is prayer, which makes us feel His presence alongside of us, His mercy, even His help. But the fight against evil is hard and long, it requires patience and resistance – like Moses, who had to hold up his arms so that his people could triumph (cf. Ex. 17:8-13). It is so: there is a struggle to carry on every day; but God is our ally, faith in Him is our strength, and prayer is the expression of this faith. Therefore, Jesus assures us of victory but in the end He asks “When the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on earth?” (Lk. 18:8). If the faith goes out, if prayer goes out, and we walk in the darkness, we will be lost on the journey of life.

Let us learn, therefore, from the widow of the Gospel, and pray always without growing weary. This widow was good, she knew to fight for her children, and I think of the many women who fight for their families, who pray, who never grow weary! Today let us remember, all of us, these women who with their behavior give us a true witness of faith, of courage, of a model of prayer. Let us remember them! Pray always, but not to convince the Lord by the strength of words! He knows better than we do what it is we need. And so persevering prayer is an expression of faith in a God Who calls us to fight along with Him, every day, every moment, to overcome evil with good."

Friday, October 18, 2013

The Anima Christi ~ Soul of Christ




Soul of Christ, sanctify me
Body of Christ, save me
Blood of Christ, inebriate me
Water from Christ's side, wash me
Passion of Christ, strengthen me
O good Jesus, hear me
Within Thy wounds hide me
Suffer me not to be separated from Thee
From the malicious enemy defend me
In the hour of my death call me
And bid me come unto Thee
That I may praise Thee with Thy saints

and with Thy angels
Forever and ever
Amen


This prayer, from around the 14th century, is still widely used, especially after reception of the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ in Holy Communion.

Although its authorship was once attributed to St. Ignatius Loyola, who included it in his "Spiritual Exercises", the prayer was subsequently discovered in a number of prayer books printed during Ignatius' youth and in manuscripts written a hundred years before his birth (1491). Some now credit its authorship to Pope John XXII, although that is by no means certain.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Pope Francis' Homily on Marian Day



"Faith is ultimate fidelity, like that of Mary."
~ Pope Francis


HOLY MASS FOR THE MARIAN DAY
ON THE OCCASION OF THE YEAR OF FAITH
HOMILY OF HOLY FATHER FRANCIS
Saint Peter's Square
Sunday, 13 October 2013

In the Psalm we said: "Sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvellous things" (Ps 98:1).

Today we consider one of the marvellous things which the Lord has done: Mary! A lowly and weak creature like ourselves, she was chosen to be the Mother of God, the Mother of her Creator.

Considering Mary in the light of the readings we have just heard, I would like to reflect with you on three things: first, God surprises us, second, God asks us to be faithful, and third, God is our strength.

Read Entire Homily HERE

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Pope Francis: Women called to service, not servitude

 From Vatican Radio:  report of Pope Francis' talk on the vocation and the mission of women

Pope Francis: Women called to service, not servitude



".....Pope Francis also spoke about the special gifts given to women in the Church.

“ I would like to underline how the woman has a particular sensitivity for the ‘things of God’, above all in helping us to understand the mercy, tenderness and love that God has for us,” he said. “ And it pleases me to think that the Church is not ‘il Chiesa’ [‘the Church’, masculine]: it is ‘la Chiesa’ [feminine]. The Church is a woman! The Church is a mother! And that’s beautiful, eh? We have to think deeply about this.”.....


 READ ENTIRE ARTICLE AT FOLLOWING LINK:

Text from page http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/10/12/pope_francis:_women_called_to_service,_not_servitude/en1-736720
of the Vatican Radio website

Agnus Dei, Lamb of God



Agnus Dei, referring to the  Christian theological concept the  Lamb of God, and the associated liturgical text from the Roman Catholic Latin Mass has been set to music by many composers, as it is normally one of the movements or sections in a sung Mass setting  or  Requiem Mass. However, sometimes it stands alone, e.g., it provides the lyrics for  Agnus Dei,  the choral arrangement of   Samuel Barber's  Adagdio for Strings.

Based upon John the Baptist's reference in John 1:29 to Jesus ("Behold the Lamb of God that taketh away the sin of the world"), the text in Latin is:
Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi, miserere nobis.
Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi, miserere nobis.
Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi,dona nobis pacem.  
which means:
Lamb of God, you who take away the sins of the world, have mercy upon us.
Lamb of God, you who take away the sins of the world, have mercy upon us.
Lamb of God, you who take away the sins of the world, grant us peace.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Divine Reading and Praying with Scripture

Dr. Tim Gray. from The Augustine Institute, in Denver, explains that the key to prayer is listening to God's word in scripture, lectio divina.



What Everyone Ought to Know About Prayer

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

A Pro-Life Revolution




The following is an excellent article about an expansive and agressively compassionate  Pro-Life program In L.A., run by Kathleen Domingo, the Archdiocese of Los Angelesʼ new coordinator for life.

This program will save many lives. 

A program like this one in L.A. could and should be promoted in EVERY Catholic Diocese.

If you believe the Pro-Life agenda must promote the Culture of Life in all areas of society, and must include the education and experience of children and teens in the Pro-Life ministry, you will want to read this powerful article.  You will discover many plans, directions and strategies to make the Culture of Life a reality in our lifetime!

Leading a Respect-Life Revolution — in L.A.


Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Your Guardian Angel ~ Fr. Larry Richards

Do you know the name of your Guardian Angel?  This homily by Fr. Larry Richards is humorus (his Guardian Angel is named Barabas!), as well as powerfully inspirational.  God's Will is that we ALL return to be with Him in Heaven!  Take a few minutes to watch this totally JOYful homily, it will brighten your day and your heart!



Father Larry Richard's "The Reason For Our Hope Foundation"

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Pope Francis Says Turn to Jesus and Mary to Live Out Gospel




The Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary 

In order that favors may flow in greater abundance on all Christians, even on the whole human race, from the devotion to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, let the faithful see to it that devotion to the Immaculate Heart of the Mother of God be closely joined to the devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus ... It is, then, entirely fitting that the Christian people -- who received the divine life from Christ through Mary -- after they have paid their debt of honor to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, should also offer to the most loving Heart of their heavenly mother the corresponding acts of piety, affection, gratitude and expiation. 
 ~ Pope Pius XII


In a recent homily, Pope Francis said that we must constantly be thinking of Our Lord in order to accomplish the hard things He asks of us.  To do this, we know we should  always be focused on His Sacred Heart, in humble devotion.

 Pope Francis also suggests we contemplate the teachings of Jesus (and we assume His Sacred Heart also), as His Blessed Mother did....."Mary contemplated Christ through the grace of gentleness, the grace of mildness.  “We need sweetness from Our Lady today in order to understand these things that Jesus is asking of us."

Pope Says Turn to Jesus, Mary to Live Out Gospel 

This month, Pope Francis plans on consecrating the whole world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
So, contemplating the Immaculate Heart does play a very significant role in our Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
 And as Our Blessed Mary told us, concerning her Son, and His Sacred Heart....





(Post to be shared on First Friday Blog Link-Up at O Most Sacred Heart Blog)

Fr. Robert Barron on Saint Therese



"The Little Flower has been a personal friend for a long time. And we adopted her very early as the patroness of Word on Fire. Whenever we found ourselves in a difficult situation... we would call upon her. And a staggering number of times, solutions would more or less present themselves. In time, every member of our team would start to notice these “Little Flower moments.” So we have claimed her as our special heavenly protector, and this is why the [Catholicism] series is dedicated to her."
- Father Robert Barron


Father Robert Barron of "Word on Fire" will have articles all week on Saint Therese of Lisieux.  He will also have a new video about her later in the week. The following is a past video.  Be sure to check the "Word on Fire" website everyday this week for new updates!