Thursday, February 27, 2014

Consistency in the Christian life ~ Pope Francis





" May I be a person who thinks like a Christian, who feels like a Christian, who acts like a Christian!”. And “this is a prayer for all of us today, for we need to be consistent!” .

Pope Francis then proposed a very practical example: “If you happen to be with an atheist who tells you that he does not believe in God, you can read him the whole library, where it says that God exists, and where it is proven that God exists, and he will not believe”. However, he continued, “if in the presence of this same atheist you witness to a consistent, Christian life, something will begin to work in his heart”. And “it will be your witness that brings him the restlessness on which the Holy Spirit works”.

He then reminded those present that “all of
us, the whole Church” should ask the Lord for “the grace to be consistent”.


 Read Entire Homily Here:

  The Pope's Mass at Santa Marta - Consistency in the Christian life

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Vocations to Progressive Orders in Sharp Decline

 

From:  Intermountain Catholic:

Radical Renewal Needed for Religious Life

 By Msgr. M. Francis Mannion

- Pastor emeritus of St. Vincent de Paul Parish (Holladay, Utah)
- Founding director of the Mundelein Liturgical Institute in the Archdiocese of Chicago
- Contributor to "Our Sunday Visitor"
 
"Today, many women’s religious orders and congregations seem headed for a very insecure future (to put it mildly), or worse, extinction. Those that have taken a more progressive direction since Vatican II have experienced the greatest disorientation and the sharpest decline in new vocations."

Read Entire Article Here

Be Ye Not Stubborn


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The Problem of A Stubborn and Unrepentant Heart 

By: Msgr. Charles Pope

Sunday, February 23, 2014

The Romance of Religion


 


 Interview with Fr. Dwight Longenecker about his new book, "The Romance of Religion"


The Romance of Religion | Catholic World Report - Global Church news and views

The Desire of Your Heart




"May He give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed"  ~ Psalms 20:4

 May your greatest desire be Him!

 Peace to you this night!  And always...
 

The Church has need of you!

The Church has need of your courage.

The Church has need of your prayer.

The Church has need of your compassion.

The Church has need of your peace.

Let us work together in the Love of God.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Returning to Our 'Sunday Best'

From Intermountain Catholic:

In favor of the restoration of "Sunday Best"

 By Msgr. M. Francis Mannion

 

- Pastor emeritus of St. Vincent de Paul Parish (Holladay, Utah)
- Founding director of the Mundelein Liturgical Institute in the Archdiocese of Chicago
- Contributor to "Our Sunday Visitor"

 "As a firm believer that Sunday Mass is the world’s most extraordinary occasion, I propose the restoration of the good old-fashioned custom of dressing up for church on Sundays."

 Read Article Here

Holy as God: Scott Hahn Reflects on the 7th Sunday in Ordinary Time

 Jesus on the Cross 2
"We are called to the holiness of God. That is the extraordinary claim made in both the First Reading and Gospel this Sunday."

 Holy as God: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time | St. Paul Center For Biblical Theology

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Saving St. Ann's



Nice to know that the Vatican will stand up to save old churches, when local Diocese leaders want to shut them down, demolish them or sell them. Parishoners do have a say and can work to save the old churches they love.

From National Catholic Register:

St. Ann's Still Stands: 

Vatican Rules U.S. Diocese Can’t Close Inner-City Church  The new ruling gives hope to parishioners that their church can be restored and reopened, but cuts off the diocese from pursuing secular uses as another avenue to save the iconic church from demolition.

Read Entire Article Here 

 

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

The School of Mary




"Christ is the supreme Teacher, the revealer and the one revealed. It is not just a question of learning what he taught but of “learning him”. In this regard could we have any better teacher than Mary? From the divine standpoint, the Spirit is the interior teacher who leads us to the full truth of Christ (cf. Jn 14:26; 15:26; 16:13). But among creatures no one knows Christ better than Mary; no one can introduce us to a profound knowledge of his mystery better than his Mother.

The first of the “signs” worked by Jesus – the changing of water into wine at the marriage in Cana – clearly presents Mary in the guise of a teacher, as she urges the servants to do what Jesus commands (cf. Jn 2:5). We can imagine that she would have done likewise for the disciples after Jesus' Ascension, when she joined them in awaiting the Holy Spirit and supported them in their first mission. Contemplating the scenes of the Rosary in union with Mary is a means of learning from her to “read” Christ, to discover his secrets and to understand his message.

This school of Mary is all the more effective if we consider that she teaches by obtaining for us in abundance the gifts of the Holy Spirit, even as she offers us the incomparable example of her own “pilgrimage of faith”. As we contemplate each mystery of her Son's life, she invites us to do as she did at the Annunciation: to ask humbly the questions which open us to the light, in order to end with the obedience of faith: “Behold I am the handmaid of the Lord; be it done to me according to your word.” (Lk 1:38)."


~ Blessed Pope John Paul II

Priests, Prophets, Kings




New Article by Father Robert Barron: 

Father Robert Barron is the founder of the global ministry, Word on Fire, and the Rector/President of Mundelein Seminary

 
Holy Priests, Crazy Prophets, Bold Kings

 "A classic characterization of Jesus is that he is priest, prophet, and king. As priest, he sanctifies, that is to say, he reestablishes the lost link between divinity and humanity; as prophet, he speaks and embodies the divine truth; and as king, he leads us on the right path, giving guidance to the human project. You might say that, as priest, he is the life; as prophet, he is the truth; and as king he is the way."

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Lent Reflections with Fr. Robert Barron

This year, journey through Lent with Fr. Robert Barron



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Monday, February 10, 2014

Pope Francis: Rediscover the Sacred



Source:(Vatican Radio)
 "To rediscover the sense of the sacred, the mystery of the Real Presence of God in the Mass: that was Pope Francis’ invitation during the Eucharistic celebration this morning at Casa Santa Marta.

The first Reading of the day speaks about the “theophany” of God in the time of Solomon the king. The Lord came down like a cloud upon the temple, which was filled with the glory of God. The Lord, the Pope said, speaks to His people in many ways: through the prophets, the priests, the Sacred Scriptures. But with the theophanies, He speaks in another way, “different from the Word: it is another presence, closer, without mediation, near. It is His presence.” This, he explained, happens in the liturgical celebration. The liturgical celebration is not a social act, a good social act; it is not a gathering of the faithful to pray together. It is something else. In the liturgy, God is present,” but it is a closer presence. In the Mass, in fact, “the presence of the Lord is real, truly real.”

“When we celebrate the Mass, we don’t accomplish a representation of the Last Supper: no, it is not a representation. It is something else: it is the Last Supper itself. It is to really live once more the Passion and the redeeming Death of the Lord. It is a theophany: the Lord is made present on the altar to be offered to the Father for the salvation of the world. We hear or we say, ‘But, I can’t now, I have to go to Mass, I have to go to hear Mass.’ The Mass is not ‘heard’, it is participated in, and it is a participation in this theophany, in this mystery of the presence of the Lord among us.”



Read Entire Article Here:
Text from page http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2014/02/10/pope_francis:_rediscover_a_sense_of_the_sacred/en1-771852
of the Vatican Radio website

Sunday, February 9, 2014

God's Forgiveness, Mercy and Love


This year Lent begins on March 5, Ash Wednesday.  I think I'll begin Lent early...today!

 Lent is a time of  intense repentance and leads to God's great gift of Mercy.  Lent allow us to receive wholly the Love of God at Easter.

For anyone I have hurt or treated unfairly, I ask your forgiveness. 

 I only want to love others.

For anyone I have not loved enough, I ask forgiveness. 

Lord, help me to be a witness of Your Love.

For anything I have loved too much, I ask forgiveness.

Lord, help me to have no gods before you.

For times I have been unkind, grumpy, or selfish, Lord forgive me. 

(My Jesus, You healed me of cancer in 2008, and have kept me cancer-free for 5 years now... Your Mercy is amazing! How can I live with anything but total gratitude!)


Lord, fill me with Your Grace and Goodness! Burst me open in total Gratitude!.

Lord, grant me Your Mercy and help me to totally repent of anything that is displeasing to You.

God of Mercy,, lead me to the joy of Easter, through your forgiveness and Love. 

 Amen.

Fill my mind with Truth,

Fill my heart with Love,

Fill my life with Service. 



Forgiveness is NOT based on being worthy or deserving of it.
Forgiveness is an act of Grace and Mercy.
Ultimately it is an act of LOVE!