Tuesday, September 30, 2014

It is Jesus You Seek

Catholics You Might Not Know

11 Awesome People You Totally Didn’t Know Were Catholic 

"They weren’t noisy about it, but their faith was surprisingly important. For a daily reader of these fascinating stories, check out The American Catholic Almanac by Brian Burch and Emily Stimpson."

Bold Faith

 Fr. Richard Heilman

"The theological virtues are the foundation of Christian moral activity; they animate it and give it its special character. They inform and give life to all the moral virtues. They are infused by God into the souls of the faithful to make them capable of acting as his children and of meriting eternal life. They are the pledge of the presence and action of the Holy Spirit in the faculties of the human being. There are three theological virtues: faith, hope, and charity (CCC 1813).
Faith is the theological virtue by which we believe in God and believe all that he has said and revealed to us, and that Holy Church proposes for our belief, because he is truth itself. By faith "man freely commits his entire self to God." For this reason the believer seeks to know and do God's will. "The righteous shall live by faith." Living faith "work[s] through charity" (CCC 1814).
The disciple of Christ must not only keep the faith and live on it, but also profess it, confidently bear witness to it, and spread it: "All however must be prepared to confess Christ before men and to follow him along the way of the Cross, amidst the persecutions which the Church never lacks." (CCC 1816).
Our faith must be complete. We completely submit our intellect and will to God. Our faith therefore illuminates our daily life. Our fallen race inherits from its first parents a propensity to sin, but our constant objective must be to live as Holy Mother Church teaches. We seek to live by the theological and cardinal virtues. We consciously avoid the seven capital sins. We go to the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass every day if possible, or every Sunday at minimum. We go to Confession every week if possible, or every month at minimum. We do all this because we have faith that the Catholic Church has Christ’s authority to teach us how to prepare for heaven (Fr. John Hardon, Modern Catholic Dictionary).

Monday, September 29, 2014

Marriage Is Not a Water Fountain

 "Segregation was based on irrational, peculiar prejudice. By contrast, protecting marriage between one man and one woman is based on universal truths about our human nature."

 Marriage Is Not a Water Fountain
by AnthonyEsolen

Guardian Angels

Catholic Values in Catholic Schools

 Many years ago I went by this Catholic girls high school every morning!  The school bus I took to public high school had an agreement to daily detour to drop off a few students attending Marian. 

 Lately,  this school has been in the news because students, parents and some teachers are offering support to a teacher who was fired due to not following Catholic moral values (previously agreed to at hiring, it is assumed).

Pregnant Lesbian Teacher Rallies Parents to Fight Her Dismissal from Catholic H.S.

By Kathy Schiffer 

Pope Francis: Satan seduces by disguising evil as good

 Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square during the Wednesday general audience on May 28, 2014. Credit: Daniel Ibáñez/CNA.

Pope Francis: Satan seduces by disguising evil as good :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

Sunday, September 28, 2014

What Demons Know About the Eucharist that Many Catholics Don't


What Demons Know About the Eucharist that Many Catholics Don't

Act of Spiritual Communion

My Jesus, I believe that You are in the Blessed Sacrament. I love You above all things, and I long for You in my soul. Since I cannot now receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. As though You have already come, I embrace You and unite myself entirely to You; never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.

Our Lord to Sr. Benigna Consolata: "Make as many Spiritual Communions as possible, to supply for the many Sacramental Communions which are not made. One every quarter of an hour is not enough. Make them shorter, but more numerous."

Spiritual Communion

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Blessed Alvaro del Portillo


Blessed Álvaro del Portillo Alejandro

He served as the prelate of Opus Dei between 1982 and 1994. He was beatified on September 27, 2014 in his birth city of Madrid.

He made many contributions to Vatican II.

"According to Salvador Bernal, his biographer: Del Portillo was the person who argued that there be a specific Decree for priests. Also one of the decisions of the Commission for the Discipline of the Clergy and the Christian People was "defend centuries-old traditions against those who regarded them as mere pietism.  It discussed the presence of the priest in the world, and why he needed a good formation in the basic human virtues in order to serve the men and women of his time. But it also warned that priests should not adopt lay lifestyles, much less take on commitments of a partisan political nature. Finally, it asserted the freedom to join associations which in one way or another could help them achieve personal sanctification in the carrying out of their priestly ministry.”

“Not a week had gone by after the close of the Council when Cardinal Ciriaci, president of the commission of which Don Alvaro had been secretary, sent him a note expressing heartfelt gratitude and congratulations for the happy conclusion of a great achievement.” The note said: “You steered to a safe harbor your decree, which is by no means the least important of the decrees and constitutions of the Council.” The vote on the document was 2390 to 4, a nearly unanimous approval after thorough debate, on December 7, 1965. Ciriaci said: (History would regard this decree as) “a fresh, and practically unanimous, confirmation by the Second Vatican Council of ecclesiastical celibacy and the exalted mission of the priesthood.”

Pope Paul VI also commented on his work: “I am well aware of the extent to which this is a result of your prudent, tenacious, and courteous efforts. Without failing to respect the freedom of others to have and to express their own opinions, you never swerved from the track of fidelity to the great principles of priestly spirituality.” (source: Wikipedia)

How The Saints Faced Anxiety


"There’s a saying that “Courage is fear that has said its prayers.” Prayer is indeed the key to overcoming or coping with anxiety, for it reassures us of God’s presence and reminds us of our need to rely on His strength, not on our own."

 How The Saints Faced Anxiety

  "Some saints were as prone to worry and anxiety as the rest of us are. But, by placing their trust in the Lord’s presence and care, they were able to overcome their fears."

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Marriage, Communion, and the Teachings of the Church


"Two of the contributors to the book, Remaining in the Truth of Christ: Marriage and Communion in the Catholic Church, discuss the Scriptural, historical, and theological foundations for Catholic doctrine."

Marriage, Communion, and the Teachings of the Church | Catholic World Report - Global Church news and views

Praying for Those Who Hate You


An awesome story regarding Cardinal Burke

The Word of God Lights my Path

Thank you, Lord, for your love and your guidance. Sometimes my path is not clear, but your Word is the light I will humbly follow, when I don't understand what you want me to do.  I remember how you sent out your disciples two by two and said, "Take nothing, for the journey, neither walking stick, nor sack, nor food, nor money...", not even a change of clothes! What big faith you demand, my Lord! Help me to trust, and be guided by your Word. You alone know the outcome. Show me what you want me to do, and I will say "Yes, Lord", even if my voice is shaking and my hands trembling. Your Way is the path I want to follow, and your Word lights the path you have chosen for me. Thank you, Lord. Amen

Christ, the One Teacher of All


Christ, the One Teacher of All (Mysticism and Magisterium: Part III of VI)

Mysticism and Magisterium Series Listing of Posts

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Cardinal Burke: Media hijacking Synod on the Family

Cardinal Raymond Burke, prefect of the Apostolic Signatura, speaks with CNA Sept. 15, 2014. Credit: Joaquin Piero Perez/CNA.

Cardinal Burke: Media hijacking Synod on the Family :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

Fr. Mitch Pacwa's Homily on Saint Padre Pio

Once again "the history teacher", Fr. Mitch Pacwa, gives us a spiritual history lesson on the life, virtues, and ministry of the great Saint Padre Pio....

A Celebration of St. Padre Pio

 Pray, Hope and Don't Worry

A Celebration of Saint Padre Pio

Monday, September 22, 2014

The Greatest Story Ever Told


 "A grave deficiency of modern times is the loss of the sense that our lives are caught up in a tremendous, epic battle. And yet here we are living in the midst of a great drama—in the greatest story ever told."

Multitudes in the Valley of Decision! A Meditation on the Dramatic Battle in Which We Live


A God-Centered Romance

Remaining in the Truth of Christ

"In this volume five Cardinals of the Church, and four other scholars, respond to the call issued by Cardinal Walter Kasper for the Church to harmonize "fidelity and mercy in its pastoral practice with civilly remarried, divorced people".

Beginning with a concise introduction, the first part of the book is dedicated to the primary biblical texts pertaining to divorce and remarriage, and the second part is an examination of the teaching and practice prevalent in the early Church. In neither of these cases, biblical or patristic, do these scholars find support for the kind of "toleration" of civil marriages following divorce advocated by Cardinal Kasper. This book also examines the Eastern Orthodox practice of oikonomia (understood as "mercy" implying "toleration") in cases of remarriage after divorce and in the context of the vexed question of Eucharistic communion. It traces the centuries long history of Catholic resistance to this convention, revealing serious theological and canonical difficulties inherent in past and current Orthodox Church practice.

Thus, in the second part of the book, the authors argue in favor of retaining the theological and canonical rationale for the intrinsic connection between traditional Catholic doctrine and sacramental discipline concerning marriage and communion.

The various studies in this book lead to the conclusion that the Church's longstanding fidelity to the truth of marriage constitutes the irrevocable foundation of its merciful and loving response to the individual who is civilly divorced and remarried. The book therefore challenges the premise that traditional Catholic doctrine and contemporary pastoral practice are in contradiction.

"Because it is the task of the apostolic ministry to ensure that the Church remains in the truth of Christ and to lead her ever more deeply into that truth, pastors must promote the sense of faith in all the faithful, examine and authoritatively judge the genuineness of its expressions and educate the faithful in an ever more mature evangelical discernment." - St. John Paul II, Familiaris Consortio"

Pre-Order Now, To Be Released October 7th

Increasing Your Heart's Capacity for Experiencing the Love of God

Father Anthony Mary's Homily this past Sunday was so valuable!

 Father explained how in Heaven we will all experience the fullness of God's Love, but in differing degrees. The degree we experience is based on how we lived here on earth, and how large we expanded our heart's capacity for receiving the fullness of God's Love. If a heart was only expanded a little to receive God's Love, it will still receive the fullness of God's Love, but in a lesser degree because the heart's capacity to receive is smaller.

 Father Anthony compared this to the fullness of  various water holders. A juice glass, a swimming pool and a town's water storage tank, can all be fulled to their capacity, but each has a different capacity.

There are 3 steps to increase our heart's capacity for experiencing the Love of God. Father details these 3 steps in his Homily....

Priests Need to Know the Latin Mass

 The Pastoral Necessity for Priests to Know the Latin Mass

The Synod and the Real Crisis of Marriage


" Expectations and anxieties regarding next month’s assembly in Rome of the world Synod of Bishops are running exceptionally high. The subject matter alone—the  crisis of marriage and family—would be reason enough for that. But there’s a lot else going on here."

The Synod and the Real Crisis of Marriage

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Invitation to Unity?

The new Archbishop of Chicago was the cause of at least two controversies while he was the Bishop of Rapid City and Spokane.  He seems to have discouraged the pro-life event "40 Days for Life",  and forbid local Priests to take part in the event.

The second controversy is detailed in the following article from 2002,  explaining Bishop Cupich's idea of an "invitation to unity", banning Latin services during Holy Week. 

Bishop Bans Latin Services

Pray for our Holy Catholic Church and  for an experience of true unity. And let us live in trust and obedience to Our Father.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Quo Vadis, Cardinal Burke?


"The fallout from this story, if it is confirmed, could be significant."

 Quo Vadis, Cardinal Burke?

Interview of Cardinal Raymond Burke 12/12/13

EWTN’s Raymond Arroyo interviews Cardinal Raymond Burke beginning at 9:55. From December 12, 2013

Catholics Without Compromise

Cardinal Raymond Burke: "We Need Catholics Without Compromise"

Tyranny of Relativism

Source: "Whispers in the Loggia"

 Quotes of Cardinal Raymond Burke (then Archbishop Burke)
"It is clear that we are experiencing today a period of intense and critical struggle in the advancement of the culture of life in our nation. The administration of our federal government openly and aggressively follows a secularist agenda. While it may employ religious language and even invoke the name of God, in fact, it proposes programs and policies for our people without respect for God and His Law. In the words of the Servant of God Pope John Paul II, it proceeds 'as if God did not exist'....

One of the ironies of the present situation is that the person who experiences scandal at the gravely sinful public actions of a fellow Catholic is accused of a lack of charity and of causing division within the unity of the Church. In a society whose thinking is governed by the 'tyranny of relativism' and in which political correctness and human respect are the ultimate criteria of what is to be done and what is to be avoided, the notion of leading someone into moral error makes little sense. What causes wonderment in such a society is the fact that someone fails to observe political correctness and, thereby, seems to be disruptive of the so-called peace of society. Lying or failing to tell the truth, however, is never a sign of charity. A unity which is not founded on the truth of the moral law is not the unity of the Church. The Church's unity is founded on speaking the truth with love. The person who experiences scandal at public actions of Catholics, which are gravely contrary to the moral law, not only does not destroy unity but invites the Church to repair what is clearly a serious breach in Her life. Were he not to experience scandal at the public support of attacks on human life and the family, his conscience would be uninformed or dulled about the most sacred realities.
~ Archbishop Raymond L. Burke
Prefect of the Apostolic Signatura

18 September 2009

Jesus Was No Whimp

Beauty Meets Grace in Detroit’s Historic Churches

Beauty Meets Grace in Detroit’s Historic Churches

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Fr. Mitch Pacwa Homily 9/17/14

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Cardinal Burke to Be Exiled to Malta?


If this article is true, there may be a big divide coming in the U.S. Catholic community. Cardinal Raymond Burke is a favorite of many  American "traditional" Catholics.  He seems to have gotten on the wrong side of Pope Francis and those in charge.

Exile to Malta for Cardinal Burke

Fr. Z's Take

A New Site for Catholic News Junkies

 A Man with a Plan: Tito Edwards Launches Chronica

The founder of Big Pulpit introduces a second site for Catholic news junkies.

By Kathy Schiffer

Monday, September 15, 2014

Fr. Pacwa's Unique Rosary

Fr. Dwight Longenecker is visiting the EWTN studio this week, and shared some time with Fr. Mitch Pacwa, who showed him his unique 'spiritual combat' rosary made from .22 bullets. Look out Satan!
(photo by Fr. Longenecker)

The Lord’s Prayer as A Spiritual Weapon


 The Lord’s Prayer as A Spiritual Weapon

Drill Sergeant Wanted ~ Fr. Dwight Longenecker

"It never ceases to amaze me how soft and spineless we are when it comes to our Catholic faith."

by Father Dwight Longenecker

Drill Sergeant Wanted

Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows


Our Lady of Sorrows

Sunday, September 14, 2014

United to Christ's Cross


"There are two kinds of people in the world. Those who look at the Cross and shake their fist, and those who are united to Christ on the Cross."
~ Venerable Fulton J.Sheen

The Cross is planted in the earth and would seem to extend its roots in human malice, but it reaches up, pointing as it were to the heavens, pointing to the goodness of God. By means of the Cross of Christ, the Evil One has been defeated, death is overcome, life is given to us, hope is restored, and light is imparted.
~ Pope Saint John Paul II

Saturday, September 13, 2014

What Luke-warm Catholicism Has Wrought

New York City skyscrapers lit with crosses for Easter March 29 1956

This photo was from March 1956, New York City skyscrapers were lit with crosses for Easter.

Can you imagine this happening today, less than 60 years later?
It would never be allowed!

What we stand for, and what we stand up for, does make a huge difference! Stand up for the Cross. Stand up for Christ.

Stand up for true Catholicism, not watered down or luke-warm, but true, and unchangeable Catholicism.

Catholics in America will – and do – suffer for ‘swimming against the tide’


"Faithful Catholics will face increasing difficulties in American society as public life becomes more dominated by another “religion” that marginalizes the Church and imposes its own morality, Cardinal Francis George of Chicago has written."

Catholics in America will – and do – suffer for ‘swimming against the tide’

St. John Chrysostom Quotes


“I have taken you in my arms, and I love you
and I prefer you to my life itself.
For the present life is nothing, and my most ardent dream is to spend it with you in such a way that we may be assured of not being separated in the life reserved for us..Heaven.
I place your love above all things, and nothing would be more bitter or painful to me than to be of a different mind than you..”
~ Saint John Chrysostom
(on what a young husband should say to his bride)

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Justice United with Love and Mercy, Fr. Mitch Pacwa 9/11/2014

Father Mitch Pacwa always delivers wonderful homilies, but today's homily was beyond wonderful! Today he spoke about our current situation with terrorism. A most appropriate talk for 9/11 in America, but it was much more. This was an inspired homily and it is one every Christian must hear, take to heart and act upon, with the help of God.

Sacramental Marriage: Light in the Darkness


 "Sacramental marriages are born of God’s light and contribute inestimable good in the world. Marriage threatens the kingdom of darkness because it mirrors Trinitarian life and builds up the kingdom of God."

Sacramental Marriage: Light in the Darkness

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Saints Books

BVM - Saints
holy books and extracts for the soul

Pray for Peace with EWTN

Thursday is the 13th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks against the United States. The Franciscan Missionaries of the Eternal Word will lead a “Televised Rosary for Peace in the World” at 9:05 a.m. ET, following the 8 a.m. ET televised Mass on Thursday. If you reside in Birmingham, please join us at Our Lady of the Angels Chapel on EWTN’s Irondale, Ala. campus. If not, please join us on TV or the web to pray for peace in the world, peace in the hearts of men and women everywhere, and concord among all nations.

Find EWTN at www.ewtn.com/channelfinder.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Link up to the NEW Catholic Bloggers Community Blog Call! ~ Catholic Bloggers Network


If you have a Catholic Blog, add it to Catholic Bloggers Network now, and get more readers.

Link up to the NEW Catholic Bloggers Community Blog Call! ~ Catholic Bloggers Network

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Reasons Catholics Should Love Football

There is the "Holy Mary"  'prayer pass', the "Immaculate Reception" 'miracle catch',  the coveted  Championship "Lombardi Trophy", named after faithful Catholic Vince Lombardi,   and many  more  'connections'  for Catholic football fans:

 10 Reasons Catholics Should Love Football


Source: NCR Blogs, 10/2013