Friday, May 30, 2014

Pentecost Devotions from EWTN



"Through the Holy Spirit we are restored to paradise, led back to the Kingdom of heaven, and adopted as children, given confidence to call God "Father" and to share in Christ's grace, called children of light and given a share in eternal glory."


- St. Basil, De Spiritu Sancto

Church Doctrine, Prayers, Reflections, Church Documents on Pentecost

All I Am is Yours

"All I Am"

Take these hands I know they're empty
But with You they can Be used for beauty
In Your perfect Plan
All I am is Yours


Take these feet I know they stumble
But You use the weak You use the humble
So, please use me
All I am is Yours


I give You all my life I'm letting it go
A living sacrifice No longer my own
All I am is Yours

Take this heart Set it on fire
Shine it in the dark I want to tell the world
Of who You are
All I am is Yours


I give You everything, To You I belong
Every beat of my heart The breath in my lungs
All I am is Yours

I lift my hands up God I surrender
All that I am
For Your glory, Your honor, Your faith
I lift my hands up God I surrender to You


All I am is Yours
All I am is Yours

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

The 4 Patron Saints of Impossible Causes

 The 4 Patron Saints of Impossible Causes



The 4 Patron Saints of Impossible Causes

Are You Overcome With Worry?

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"This short article will propose five clear and practical ways to overcome the “Worry wart” complex. Read, meditate, pray and apply these simple principles and you will be able to experience a peace that maybe you have never experienced before in your life."


Are You Overcome With Worry?

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Mary-Nating - Soaking in God's Graces



Great Article by:
Fr. Richard Heilman


"The “one thing necessary” (unum necessarium) constitutes the essential foundation for the interior life and consists in hearing the word of God and living by it (I will serve!). It stems from the story of Martha and Mary (Lk 10:38-42), where we first see that, amazingly, the Second Person of the Holy Trinity was sitting right in their living room. Now, Martha remains busy with the good and noble protocol of hospitality while Mary sits at the feet of Jesus, her eyes locked on His holy face, peering into His soul, hanging on His every word. Mary is actually in adoration, soaking in everything our Lord wants to give her. I like to say that she is “Mary-nating” — soaking in the gusher of God’s graces. Mary had come to understand what St. Augustine said: “God loves each of us as if there were only one of us.” Remarkable!

When Martha objects to Mary’s lack of activity, Jesus tells Martha that she remains anxious and upset about many things while Mary has chosen the better portion, the “one thing necessary” (unum necessarium). Mary was the one who was making the guest truly feel welcomed while Martha remained detached, going through the motions of the demands of protocol. God is light and love and truth Who brings order and meaning and serenity to our lives. While we remain disconnected from our Source, we remain easily agitated and frustrated in our disordered and chaotic existence as we continue to walk in darkness.

A very significant modern example of this is seen in the Martha-like indifference to the presence of the Divine in so many of our present-day liturgies, compared to a more Mary-like contemplative way of worshiping. Contemplative awe and veneration has always been the distinctive way Catholics worshiped, until recent decades. The unintended consequence of the modern initiative to push for a more irreverent way of worshiping that is performance oriented and man-centered, lacking in a deep sense of the sacredness of God, has led to an epidemic of detachment from the Divine, facilitating the modern prevalence of "acedia" - spiritual sloth (indifference towards spiritual things). Like Martha, God is “right there in our midst,” but we act as though He is not, or if He is, “What’s the big deal?”"

Monday, May 26, 2014

Discerning God's Will


Do you have a big choice to make?
 Is your life changing somehow?
 How can you know what is the right way to go? 

Am I following God's Will?

Discernment -- How can I learn God's Will for me?

By Peter Kreeft

Nicene Creed in Latin and English


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 CREDO in unum Deum, Patrem omnipotentem, factorem caeli et terrae, visibilium omnium et invisibilium.   

I believe in one God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all things visible and invisible.  

Et in unum Dominum Iesum Christum, Filium Dei **unigenitum,  ex Patre natum ante omnia saecula. Deum de Deo, Lumen de Lumine, Deum verum de Deo vero, genitum non factum, consubstantialem Patri; per quem omnia facta sunt.   
And in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, born of the Father before all ages. God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, one in being with the Father; through Whom all things were  made.  

Qui propter nos homines et propter nostram salutem descendit de caelis. Et incarnatus est de Spiritu Sancto ex Maria Virgine, et homo factus est.   

Who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven.  And he was made flesh by the Holy Spirit from the Virgin Mary, and was made man. 

Crucifixus etiam pro nobis sub Pontio Pilato, passus et sepultus est, et resurrexit tertia die, secundum Scripturas, et ascendit in caelum, sedet ad dexteram Patris.  

He was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate; suffered, and was buried. On the third day He rose again according to the Scriptures; He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of the Father.  

Et iterum venturus est cum gloria, iudicare vivos et mortuos, cuius regni non erit finis.  

And He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and of His kingdom there shall be no end.  

Et in Spiritum Sanctum, Dominum et vivificantem, qui ex Patre Filioque procedit.  

And in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and giver of Life, Who proceeds from the Father and the Son.  

Qui cum Patre et Filio simul adoratur et conglorificatur: qui locutus est per prophetas.  
 
Who, with the Father and the Son, is adored and glorified: Who has spoken through the Prophets.  

Et unam, sanctam, catholicam et apostolicam Ecclesiam.   
And (I believe in) one holy, catholic and apostolic Church.  

Confiteor unum baptisma in remissionem peccatorum. Et expecto resurrectionem mortuorum, et vitam venturi saeculi. Amen.  

I confess one baptism for the remission of sins. And I look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the age to come. Amen. 

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Pope Francis' "Angel Wings"



Our Holy Father, Pope Francis, is taking planes and helicopters on his trip to the Holy Land, but it looks like with his 'Angel Wings' he could probably just fly all by himself!

Friday, May 23, 2014

O God Beyond All Praising


I Love this Catholic Hymn, it thrills my soul !



"O God beyond all praising,
we worship you today
and sing the love amazing
that songs cannot repay;
for we can only wonder
at every gift you send,
at blessings without number
and mercies without end:
we lift our hearts before you
and wait upon your word,
we honor and adore you,
our great and mighty Lord.

Then hear, O gracious Savior,
accept the love we bring,
that we who know your favor
may serve you as our king;
and whether our tomorrows
be filled with good or ill,
we'II triumph through our sorrows
and rise to bless you still:
to marvel at your beauty
and glory in your ways,
and make a joyful duty
our sacrifice of praise."

God's Mercy on the Way to Holiness




God's Mercy on the Way to Holiness

by Detroit Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron

"I invite you to join me in renewing our commitment to be heralds of the gospel of God’s merciful love. In this regard, I find particularly powerful one of the images Pope Francis has used: his comparison of the Church to a field hospital. In the Church, the healing mercy that flows from the Heart of Jesus is available to all who call upon him. The Church’s clear teaching about sin and holiness is nothing other than a call to our age to recognize our need for mercy and an invitation to come to Christ in the Church to receive that healing love."

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Abandonment to God




"Those who have abandoned themselves to God always lead mysterious lives and receive from God exceptional and miraculous gifts by means of the most ordinary, natural and chance experiences in which there appears to be nothing unusual. The simplest sermon, the most banal conversations, the least erudite books become sources of knowledge and wisdom to these souls by virtue of God’s purpose. This is why they carefully pick up the crumbs which clever minds tread underfoot, for to them everything is precious and a source of enrichment." 
~ Jean-Pierre de Caussade, S.J

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

A Shepherd's Post: A New Evangelization Needs a New and Tender Humanity


A Shepherd's Post: A New Evangelization Needs a New and Tender Humanity

"I'm guessing that if you were to research the most frequently used words of Pope Francis, "tenderness" would rank pretty high up there."....

...." What makes Catholic communities evangelical is the experience of the gaze of Christ.  When we experience a tender humanity, we are moved by it and attracted to it.  We are moved by it to look with the same gaze upon others.".....


Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Hail, Holy Queen



I am reading Scott Hahn's book, "Hail, Holy Queen". We are all her
beloved children, and in this very troubled world we need to always stay close to Our Mother.

What is your attitude toward Your Blessed Mother?



Former evangelical & anti Catholic preacher speaks of discovering the Blessed Mother in scriptures. Dr. Scott Hahn reveals incredible insights on the Biblical basis for the Catholic teachings regarding Mary as the Ark of the New Covenant. This presentation will help shatter many misconceptions and clearly demonstrate how Catholic teachings are unmistakably rooted in Sacred Scripture.

Praise and Worship at Michigan Catholic Parish



 I LOVE this Church! Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Parish (Plymouth, Michigan), they know how to Praise and Worship, in a way that is holy, but also attracts teens, as well as adults. Their parish is one of the fastest growing in Michigan!  They are planning on starting a Church community of parish members based on the early Christian communities described in the "Acts of the Apostles". Christian Service, Evangelization, and Love for One Another!

I would love to make this my parish, but Our Lord will have to show me how to move 1,677 miles to Plymouth, MI and live on my $500 a month retirement! There are no Catholic Churches in Utah, with this much passion, love and dedication!

Check out their website.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Be Not Ashamed of the Gospel




Read the text of the remarks given this week by Robert George, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence at Princeton University and chair of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, at the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast.

Powerful words:

"The days of socially acceptable Christianity are over. The days of comfortable Catholicism are past. It is no longer easy to be a faithful Christian, a good Catholic, an authentic witness to the truths of the Gospel. A price is demanded and must be paid. There are costs of discipleship—heavy costs, costs that are burdensome and painful to bear."

Happy Birthday St. John Paul II!

 



Open Wide the Doors: Happy Birthday St. John Paul II!:

 "What really matters in life is that we are loved by Christ and that we love Him in return."

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Prayer Heals




"Make someone happy, Make just one someone happy, And you will be happy, too."

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Pope Francis and Blessed Mother Mary


Our Holy Catholic Church is in good hands. 

Fear not.


I Thirst For You

This message is for all parishes, I know, but I would love to move to Plymouth, Michigan just to be a member of this parish.... Fr. Riccardo at Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish. A parish dedicated to forming 'a strikingly different kind of community', following the path of the early Christian communities (read 'Acts of the Apostles'). A community of bold preaching and witness, a community of miracles and wonders, a community of love for one another.  I want to be a part of this!!!

The Temple of God


Our Body is God's Temple


"You are strangers and aliens no longer. No, you are fellow citizens of the saints and members of the household of God. You form a building which rises on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the capstone. Through him the whole structure is fitted together and takes shape as a holy temple in the Lord; in him you are being built into this temple, to become a dwelling place for God in the Spirit." 
~ Ephesians 2:19-22

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

The Father and I are One, Homily by Fr. Mitch Pacwa

Father Mitch Pacwa's Homily on EWTN on the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima.
 I love Priests who are also good teachers!
A "Preacher-Teacher",  and Fr. Mitch is certainly one of the best!

Pope at Mass: The danger of a hardened heart





Pope at Mass: The danger of a hardened heart




Sunday, May 11, 2014

Nearly 500 North American Churches Offer the Traditional Latin Mass

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"Has it really been seven years since that momentous date that provided juridical recourse to Catholic laymen directly with their parish priest to provide access to the Traditional Latin Mass and sacraments? What kind of results have we seen in the United States (including Puerto Rico) and Canada in dioceses and parishes offering the Traditional Latin Mass?"

Seven Years after “Summorum Pontificum”: Nearly 500 North American Churches Offer the Traditional Latin Mass

 

New weekly Latin Mass (not listed on article Directory link)
 in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan  

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Celebrate Mary's Month


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 May is the month of Mary...

Celebrate Mary's Month

Trust in the Lord God, Homily by Fr. Mitch Pacwa


Today's homily on EWTN by Father Mitch Pacwa was outstanding. He explained today's reading in John 6:30-35

The crowd at that time wanted Jesus to perform a sign so they could believe, or as Fr. Pacwa relates, "they just wanted more free bread". 

 Jesus wanted to give them eternal life, but they only wanted a full belly! 

 Watch this video of Fr. Mitch's homily, on "I am the bread of life, whoever comes to me will never hunger."

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Our Emmaus Meeting



"If we really enter into the spirit of the Paschaltide liturgy, who can doubt that we will meet Christ--- maybe personally, maybe collectively--in some upper room of ours, or on some road that leads to our Emmaus, as the Apostles met him on the side of the lake and the mountains of Galilee?  Yes, we could meet him anywhere, for we too, must say, "Let us not seek among the dead for the living."

"Let us seek the living Christ where he waits for us.  That may be anywhere if only we are silent, at peace inside, prayerful, with a flaming desire to meet him, constantly searching in faith, constantly ready for his appearing, as appear he did to the Apostles."

"Easter Week, week of the baptized; having died with Christ and been born anew with him, we have become a new creation!  We are free.  We live the life of God!  Christ has led us into the Promised Land--- the Church, the gathering of those who have been saved."

~ Servant of God Catherine De Hueck Doherty

Newness of Gospel of Life


THE PERENNIAL NEWNESS OF THE GOSPEL OF LIFE

Full Text 

Cardinal Burke 

“The attack on the innocent and defenseless life of the unborn has its origin in an erroneous view of human sexuality, which attempts to eliminate, by mechanical or chemical means, the essentially procreative nature of the conjugal act.”


Pillar and Foundation of Truth




"I hope to come to you soon, but I am writing these instructions to you so that, if I am delayed, you may know how one ought to behave in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and bulwark of the truth."
1 Timothy 3: 14-15


"Scott Hahn pulled this one on me. “So, Marc, what is the pillar and foundation of truth?” I answered, “The Bible, of course.” “Oh yeah? But what does the Bible say?” “What do you mean?” When he told me to look up this verse, I suspected nothing. I had taught and preached through First Timothy many times. But when I read this verse, it was as if it had suddenly appeared from nowhere, and my jaw dropped. The Church!? Not the Bible? This alone sent my mind and essentially my whole life reeling; the question of which Church was one I was not ready to broach."
~ Marcus Grodi


The Self-Refuting Nature of Sola Scriptura
from "Catholic Ramblings Blog"

Friday, May 2, 2014

Pride vs. Prayer



When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom
Proverbs 11:2



“It was pride that changed angels into devils; it is humility that makes men as angels.”
~ Saint Augustine

The greatest misery does not stop Me from uniting Myself to a soul, but where there is pride, I am not there. (1563)--St. Faustina, Divine Mercy in my Soul

Humility is the only thing that no devil can imitate.
~  St John Climacus.

Envy, my children, follows pride; whoever is envious is proud. See, envy comes to us from Hell; the devils having sinned through pride, sinned also through envy, envying our glory, our happiness. Why do we envy the happiness and the goods of others? Because we are proud; we should like to be the sole possessors of talents, riches, of the esteem and love of all the world! We hate our equals, because they are our equals; our inferiors, from the fear that they may equal us; our superiors, because they are above us.
~ Saint John Vianney

God refuses only the person who does not admit his own weakness; He sends away only the unhappy proud person. You must "hold him" well and strongly, with a poor spirit, with a poor heart, with a life entirely poor.
~ Saint Raphael Kalinowski

Satisfaction consists in the cutting off of the causes of the sin. Thus, fasting is the proper antidote to lust; prayer to pride, to envy, anger and sloth; alms to covetousness.
~ St. Richard of Chichester

In prosperity, give thanks to God with humility and fear lest by pride you abuse God's benefits and so offend him.
~ Saint Louis IX

We put pride into everything like salt. We like to see that our good works are known. If our virtues are seen, we are pleased; if our faults are perceived, we are sad. I remark that in a great many people; if one says anything to them, it disturbs them, it annoys them. The saints were not like that -- they were vexed if their virtues were known, and pleased that their imperfections should be seen.
~ St. Jean Marie Baptiste Vianney

Virtues are formed by prayer. Prayer preserves temperance. Prayer suppresses anger. Prayer prevents emotions of pride and envy. Prayer draws into the soul the Holy Spirit, and raises man to Heaven.
~ Saint Ephraem of Syria

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Your Mission...to Christify!



I love the sound of the word "Christify".

 Christify

 Christ..
 i = I
f = Follow
 y = YOU

Christify = Christ I follow you

It was maybe Fr. Robert Barron who first used the word "Christify", talking about our Pope Francis:




Yesterday, one of my favorite EWTN Priests, Fr. Anthony Mary, talked about what "Christify" means, and how it is one of the fruits of  Vatican II: