Saturday, June 28, 2014

Pray for EWTN !



PLEASE Pray for EWTN as they fight the HHS Mandate that could force this Catholic television network, begun by Mother Angelica, to close!!!  

 I watch Holy Mass online at EWTN everyday, it is my 'home church'.  A  church should not be subject to the mandate!

 Father in Heaven, please be with EWTN as they bravely and boldly stand up for Religious Freedom!



EWTN Petitions U.S. Supreme Court for emergency relief from HHS mandate

A Breakthrough of Grace



Father Richard Heilman

LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR MIND 

 "All of us are in spiritual darkness, to some degree. Jesus comes as light and truth. When there is a breakthrough of grace, we see everything differently and we have different aspirations. The Divine Life transforms our natural propensity for wealth, pleasure, power, and honor. There is a breakthrough of a new world, God’s life, and a new perspective breaks in. It is amazing to witness a soul who has received this incredible gift. At once, there is an unquenchable thirst to know God more.

We must pray for this amazing breakthrough of grace, but we must also position ourselves in the best place for receiving this gift. Begin by turning to some very powerful devotional books that ask us to reflect upon only a few sentences each day. By beginning with these bite-sized portions of spiritual reading, you will begin to notice your heart being prepared for this breakthrough of grace.

Recommendations: I highly recommend the Preparation for Total Consecration by St. Louis de Montfort (Fr. Michael Gaitley's book on this is excellent too). This consecration to Jesus through Mary is a great way to call out to God for that breakthrough of grace. It has very short daily reflections over a 33-day period. Other powerful daily devotionals are My Daily Bread by Fr. Anthony Paone, the Diary of St. Faustina, and The Imitation of Christ by Thomas à Kempis."

Friday, June 27, 2014

Love Without Reserve



"The essential nucleus of Christianity is expressed in the Heart of Jesus; in Christ the whole of the revoluntionary newness of the Gospel was revealed and given to us; the Love that saves us and already makes us live in God's eternity.  Even our shortcomings, our limitations, and our weakness must lead us back to the Heart of Jesus.  His divine Heart calls to our hearts, inviting us to come out of ourselves, to abandon our human certainities to trust in him and following his example, to make of ourselves a gift of love without reserve." (Pope Benedict XVI)

The Seven Daily Habits of Holy Apostolic People



by Father John McCloskey

"You are reading this because you are interested in taking your spiritual life more seriously from this point on. You heartily assent to one of the key points of the Second Vatican Council: the importance of the doctrine of the universal call to holiness..."


The Seven Daily Habits of Holy Apostolic People

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Falling in Love: Knowing the Sacred Heart of Jesus

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Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus is an act of love. 
"It is a love that we express through our thoughts, words, or actions to our good God, Who makes His divine love known to us through His Son and through the presence of the Holy Spirit in the Church.

The Sacred Heart of Jesus is the manifestation of human and divine love in Jesus Christ, True Man and True God, Redeemer and King.  The Sacred Heart of Jesus reveals the depths of God’s love for us."

Falling in Love: Knowing the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Freedom to Serve

Today's homily by Fr. Joseph Mary on EWTN was outstanding!

He spoke about two women and their very different attitudes of life and the 'fruits' of each life..  One was very giving and supported Life.  In fact, she cut short her own life to give birth to her child.  The other woman was very selfish and did not support Life.  Her name was Margaret Sanger, the founder of  Planned Parenthood.  She wanted to create a 'superior race'.  

One woman lived a life of giving and holiness, one woman lived a life of self-centeredness and evil.

"By their fruits, you will know them."
 Matthew 7:20

Traditional Prayer of Reparation to the Sacred Heart of Jesus





 Most loving Jesus, when I consider your tender heart and see It full of mercy and tenderness toward sinners, my own heart is filled with joy and confidence that I shall be so kindly welcomed by you.  Unfortunately, how many times have I sinned! But now, with Peter and with Magdalene, I weep for my sins and detest them because they offend your infinite goodness.  Mercifully grant me pardon for them all; and let me die rather than offend you again; at least let me live only to love you in return.
Amen.


Traditional Prayer of Reparation to the Sacred Heart of Jesus :: Catholic News Agency

Fr. Mitch Pacwa, Birth of John the Baptist

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Fortnight for Freedom 2014

Sacred Heart of Jesus


 
 
I.   O my Jesus, you have said: "Truly I say to you, ask and you will receive, seek and you will find, knock and it will be opened to you." Behold I knock, I seek and ask for the grace of...... (here name your request)
Our Father....Hail Mary....Glory Be to the Father....Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in you.


II.  O my Jesus, you have said: "Truly I say to you, if you ask anything of the Father in my name, he will give it to you." Behold, in your name, I ask the Father for the grace of.......(here name your request) Our Father...Hail Mary....Glory Be To the Father....Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in you.

III.  O my Jesus, you have said: "Truly I say to you, heaven and earth will pass away but my words will not pass away." Encouraged by your infallible words I now ask for the grace of.....(here name your request) Our Father....Hail Mary....Glory Be to the Father...Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in you.

O Sacred Heart of Jesus, for whom it is impossible not to have compassion on the afflicted, have pity on us miserable sinners and grant us the grace which we ask of you, through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, your tender Mother and ours.

Say the Hail, Holy Queen and add: St. Joseph, foster father of Jesus, pray for us.
~ St. Margaret Mary Alacoque


Friday, June 20, 2014

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Living Above the Battleground

 

The following statement was written several years ago, and is more true today than ever.

 America is no longer Christian. The news media is anti-Christian. The government is anti-Christian...EWTN being told this week that it must provide coverage of contraception, abortion-inducing drugs and sterilization as part of its employee health care coverage, and Christians are more and more being forced to go against their conscience or suffer the consequences. Many will refuse to compromise!

 Like the 1st century Christians, we will soon be the small minority in this nation.  As were early Christians (Catholics) we will continue to be harassed and even prosecuted for our religious beliefs. Our God-given freedoms will be denied. Yet even in this morally declining nation, it is my prayer that Catholics will come together once again, as in the first century, and form new communities of like-minded believers who choose to live together, serve one another, and love one another, as extended families of Faith, living above the battleground!. 

“The world in which we live is the battleground of the Church. I believe that we are now living at the end of Christendom. It is the end of Christendom, but not the end of Christianity. What is Christendom? Christendom is the political, economic, moral, social, legal life of a nation as inspired by the gospel ethic. That is finished. Abortion, the breakdown of family life, dishonesty, even the natural virtues upon which the supernatural virtues were based, are being discredited. Christianity is not at the end. But we are at the end of Christendom. And I believe that the sooner we wake up to this fact, the sooner we will be able to solve many of our problems.” 

~ Venerable Fulton J. Sheen
 From the book “Through the Year with Fulton Sheen”

St Benedict and St Therese: The Father and The Child

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Father Dwight Longenecker

St Benedict and St Therese: The Father and The Child

When You Gather for Mass

Have you ever considered  where you really are when you genuflect and move quietly into your pew?

You are certainly not in an environment appropriate for guitars, interpretive dance, or applause.


Satan is a liberal | The Matt Walsh Blog

 I don't like labels, but this is an interesting article.

Satan is a liberal | The Matt Walsh Blog

Monday, June 16, 2014

Don't Settle for 'De-Caff Faith"


Today as I was sipping a cup of  hot, strong coffee, (I like it  very strong),  I was thinking about Faith.

Unexpectedly, the Holy Spirit  whispered, "Let your Faith be like unto a triple espresso!"

I said "Whaaaat???",  but I really knew exactly what Holy Spirit was saying!

What an expressive way to describe the intensity of Faith we are called to live daily.

 Like a triple espresso, our Faith must be very strong, undiluted, 'hyper'...moving us to activity...Faith in action, bold, daring, convincing, attractive, delicious, and even forcing us to remain totally  'awake'...ever a witness...
Awake in the Spirit!

 So, now I guess every time I have my cup of coffee in hand, (pretty much constantly), it will be a not so subtle reminder to...keep my Faith strong... kinda like an intense, bold and daring triple espresso!

Holy Spirit,  may my life of Faith never be merely 'de-caff'!

Pope Francis' Interview with 'La Vanguardia'

 Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square June 7, 2014. Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA.

Full text of Pope Francis' Interview with 'La Vanguardia' :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

Church Attendance Decline & What to do About It



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Church Attendance Decline & What to do About It

Friday, June 13, 2014

Need a key to the Trinity? Start with Jesus


" There are many ways to begin to understand the Trinity. The starting point, I propose, is the historical life and ministry of Jesus of Nazareth."

Need a key to the Trinity? Start with Jesus - By Msgr. M. Francis Mannion

Thursday, June 12, 2014

New Saints on the Way


NEW SAINTS ON 23 NOVEMBER

Vatican City, 12 June 2014 (VIS) –

 During this morning's ordinary public consistory in the Vatican the Holy Father decreed that on 23 November 2014, festivity of Christ King of the Universe, the following blesseds will be inscribed in the book of saints:

- Blessed Giovanni Antonio Farina, bishop of Vicenza, Italy, and founder of the Institute of the Sisters of Saint Dorothy, Daughters of the Sacred Hearts.

- Blessed Kuriakose Elias Chavara of the Holy Family, Indian priest and founder of the Congregation of the Carmelites of Mary Immaculate.

- Blessed Ludovico de Casoria, Italian professed priest of the Order of Friars Minor, founder of the Congregation of the Franciscan Sisters of Saint Elizabeth (“Bigie”).

- Blessed Nicola da Longobardi, Italian professed oblate of the Order of Minims.

- Blessed Eufrasia Eluvathingal of the Sacred Heart, Indian professed religious of the Congregation of the Mother of Carmel.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Who Was Theophilus?

 



Who Was Theophilus?


And for a very good novel about St. Luke and 'his father' Theophilus, check out:

 (at Amazon.com)

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Called Higher...Heavenward

 Father Richard Heilman

CLIMB NEW HEIGHTS!!!

"In the Marine Corps Basic Training, recruits must execute a motivational exercise called the “Confidence Course.” “It’s really a confidence booster,” said Staff Sgt. Roger Taylor, close combat instructor, Instructional Training Company. “Confidence Course II is where the recruits tackle all the high obstacles … Some recruits are terrified of heights, and sometimes, recruits don’t know they are scared of heights until they get up. But we encourage and motivate them to complete the obstacles, and once they do, it’s a great sense of accomplishment, and they leave ready to take on any challenge.”

In the spiritual life, the challenge to climb new heights is always before us. Our willingness to ascend to meet God builds the confidence we need to take on the challenges He will set before those who trust Him. “Therefore, let us go forth with confidence toward the throne of grace, so that we may obtain mercy, and find grace, in a helpful time” (Heb 4:16).

Pope Benedict XVI reminds us of the conditions for this ascent: “Inquiring after God, seeking His face — that is the first and fundamental condition for ascent that leads to the encounter with God.” He goes on to point out that even before that, however, Psalm 24 specifies clean hands and a pure heart: “Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord? And who shall stand in His holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift his soul to what is false, and does not swear deceitfully” (Ps 24:3-4)."

Monday, June 9, 2014

Extraordinary Faith, Episode 1


"No Ordinary Time"


This is a very interesting homily by Father Joseph Mary of EWTN.  He starts out talking about a miracle of a newborn baby coming back to life after not breathing or having a heartbeat for over an hour. The miracle has been attributed to Bishop Fulton J. Sheen, and now he is one step closer to his cause for canonization as a Saint.   Then Father Joseph spoke about how there is really no such thing as "ordinary time" in life.  He explained that we should always be living on a "higher plane"....being in the world, but not of the world.

Homily begins at 3:00 minute mark on video:

Friday, June 6, 2014

Pentecost Changes Everything!

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"The grace of Pentecost, the coming of the Holy Spirit, radically changes everything! The Holy Spirit sanctifies us, and perpetuates our sacramental baptism as a river of grace."

Pentecost Changes Everything!

7 Saints for Pentecost

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" As the Feast of Pentecost approaches, here are seven saints to help you deepen your devotion to the Holy Spirit."

7 Saints for Pentecost

Catholics and Depression


 Walking Alone (3)
Great article about Catholics and Depression

Hope this helps.

  Remember you are never alone.

I pray for you everyday!

Pope Encourages Teachers in Mission Drawing Students to the ‘Good, Beautiful and True’


We are grateful for teachers, especially Catholic school teachers!

Pray today, many faithful young adults choose Catholic school teaching as a career and a vocation!

Thank you Catholic School Teachers!  You are making a huge contribution to the Faith EVERYday!
God Bless YOU!

Pope Encourages Teachers in Mission Drawing Students to the ‘Good, Beautiful and True’

Poverty, Chastity, Obedience

REMINDER DAY 27 OF 54 DAY ROSARY NOVENA

TODAY - GLORIOUS MYSTERIES

What is it that can snatch the Divine Life from us, killing off any zeal for God’s mission of battling evil and saving souls? There are actually three wounds that ravage souls and bring spiritual death to them by turning away from God. St. John speaks of these evils when he says: “For all that is in the world — the lust of the flesh (craving for sensual gratification) and the lust of the eyes (greedy longings of the mind) and the pride of life (assurance in one’s own resources or in the stability of earthly things) — these do not come from the Father but are from the world (itself)” (1 Jn 2:16). These three wounds destroy the original harmony we once shared with God and His creation in the garden. The greater one’s attachment is to these worldly desires, the more detached one becomes to God’s will and God’s Divine Life.

This triple slavery, which replaces the original harmony, is order overthrown. Christ came to restore the order that had been destroyed; with this end in view, He gave us the three evangelical counsels (or counsels of perfection). The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches that these virtues have a clear application to everyone who aspires to a life of discipleship.

POVERTY (counters lust of the eyes): In the face of a materialistic, consumer culture where one’s value is often determined by earning power or the acquisition of wealth, a spirit of poverty testifies to our dependence upon God as the source of all gifts and our solidarity with one another, especially the poor. What does it mean to be “poor in spirit”? To be poor in spirit is to realize that nothing we have is worth more than the kingdom of God. Knowing this, we become willing to part with anything we have if it hinders us from receiving the kingdom. Being poor in spirit does not always mean taking vows of poverty or despising the blessings God has given us. Instead, it is a condition of the heart. The main point is always “detachment.” It’s not whether you have it or not, it’s how you have it.

CHASTITY (counters lust of the flesh): Chastity is a commitment to purity and fidelity no matter what your state in life, whether married, single, or consecrated. Sex is used in our society for so many purposes, including the selling of products and recreation, and the prevailing message is that one must be sexually active to be fully human — even if that means promiscuity. Chastity reminds us of the deeper meaning of sexuality. Those who are reverent and respectful toward their bodies and those of others, with God’s grace, will maintain their purity. 

OBEDIENCE (counters pride of life): Obedience actually means the practice of listening. It is a commitment to listen to God through the mediation of Sacred Scripture and through the teaching of Christ’s Bride, the Church. We choose obedience to indicate a preference for the common good over personal desire. The modern-day definition of freedom is to be able to do whatever one wants to do as long as it does not interfere with the rights of others — freedom from responsibility. Obedience demonstrates that the most perfect form of freedom is that which makes a commitment to another person (divine or human) or a cause.


 By Father Richard Heilman

"What is it that can snatch the Divine Life from us, killing off any zeal for God’s mission of battling evil and saving souls? There are actually three wounds that ravage souls and bring spiritual death to them by turning away from God. St. John speaks of these evils when he says: “For all that is in the world — the lust of the flesh (craving for sensual gratification) and the lust of the eyes (greedy longings of the mind) and the pride of life (assurance in one’s own resources or in the stability of earthly things) — these do not come from the Father but are from the world (itself)” (1 Jn 2:16). These three wounds destroy the original harmony we once shared with God and His creation in the garden. The greater one’s attachment is to these worldly desires, the more detached one becomes to God’s will and God’s Divine Life.

This triple slavery, which replaces the original harmony, is order overthrown. Christ came to restore the order that had been destroyed; with this end in view, He gave us the three evangelical counsels (or counsels of perfection). The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches that these virtues have a clear application to everyone who aspires to a life of discipleship.

POVERTY (counters lust of the eyes): In the face of a materialistic, consumer culture where one’s value is often determined by earning power or the acquisition of wealth, a spirit of poverty testifies to our dependence upon God as the source of all gifts and our solidarity with one another, especially the poor. What does it mean to be “poor in spirit”? To be poor in spirit is to realize that nothing we have is worth more than the kingdom of God. Knowing this, we become willing to part with anything we have if it hinders us from receiving the kingdom. Being poor in spirit does not always mean taking vows of poverty or despising the blessings God has given us. Instead, it is a condition of the heart. The main point is always “detachment.” It’s not whether you have it or not, it’s how you have it.

CHASTITY (counters lust of the flesh): Chastity is a commitment to purity and fidelity no matter what your state in life, whether married, single, or consecrated. Sex is used in our society for so many purposes, including the selling of products and recreation, and the prevailing message is that one must be sexually active to be fully human — even if that means promiscuity. Chastity reminds us of the deeper meaning of sexuality. Those who are reverent and respectful toward their bodies and those of others, with God’s grace, will maintain their purity.

OBEDIENCE (counters pride of life): Obedience actually means the practice of listening. It is a commitment to listen to God through the mediation of Sacred Scripture and through the teaching of Christ’s Bride, the Church. We choose obedience to indicate a preference for the common good over personal desire. The modern-day definition of freedom is to be able to do whatever one wants to do as long as it does not interfere with the rights of others — freedom from responsibility. Obedience demonstrates that the most perfect form of freedom is that which makes a commitment to another person (divine or human) or a cause."

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

The Final Confrontation

 

   Cardinal Wojtyla at the Shrine of Our Lady, Orchard Lake, Michigan (1976)


“We are now standing in the face of the greatest historical confrontation humanity has gone through. I do not think that wide circles of American society or wide circles of the Christian community realize this fully. We are now facing the final confrontation between the Church and the anti-Church, of the Gospel versus the anti-Gospel.

“We must be prepared to undergo great trials in the not-too-distant future; trials that will require us to be ready to give up even our lives, and a total gift of self to Christ and for Christ. Through your prayers and mine, it is possible to alleviate this tribulation, but it is no longer possible to avert it. . . .How many times has the renewal of the Church been brought about in blood! It will not be different this time.”
 
– Bicentennial talk given in the United States by the future St. John Paul II, then Cardinal Karol Wojtyla of Kraków, Poland


The Final Confrontation

 by Fr. C.J. McCloskey

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Obedience In Love

Another outstanding article by
Fr. Richard Heilman

O.I.L. FOR THE HOLY SPIRIT'S FIRE

"Why has study after study shown that people of religious conviction are the happiest? For those who have yielded to a deeply devoted (semper fi) love relationship with Jesus, there is a distinctive serenity and joy about them. There seems to be an extra spring in their step and twinkle in their eye. Far from the boredom and misery of sloth, they radiate a supernatural love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, generosity, and gentleness (Fruit of the Holy Spirit, Gal 5:22-23). They are attracted to spiritual things. They have a resolve to lighten the burdens of others. They have a sense of purpose and mission. They seem to have discovered the way to “join the dance” of life. Their life is ignited by the fire of the Holy Spirit. Why?

The Holy Spirit is often depicted as fire. Jesus said, “I have come to cast fire on the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled” (Lk 12:49). When Pentecost arrived, the Holy Spirit appeared as tongues of fire that came and rested on the disciples (Acts 2:3). We know fire needs fuel to ignite, whether it’s kindling or, as in the parable of the 10 virgins, oil for a lamp. Spiritually speaking, the Holy Spirit will come to rest on those hearts that have provided the fuel for its fire.

So, what is the fuel we offer for the Holy Spirit’s fire? The word “oil” provides a superb acronym to describe the necessary fuel for receiving the fire of the Holy Spirit: O.I.L. = Obedience In Love. Blessed Charles de Foucauld called obedience the “yardstick of love.” It’s a clear way we measure the fidelity and unselfishness of our hearts. Jesus said that His yoke is easy and His burden light (Mt 11:28-30) not because He would ask less of us, but because He knew that love renders suffering bearable and even joyful. St. Ignatius of Loyola said, “It is not hard to obey when we love the one whom we obey.”