Thursday, July 31, 2014

Step Back like St. Ignatius, and See Christ

Father Mitch Pacwa, a Jesuit Priest, speaks about the founder of his order today, on the Memorial of St. Ignatius of Loyola.

 Fr. Mitch reminds us that we all must take a step back from ourselves, our desires and our ego, as did St. Ignatius, in order to see Christ clearly and understand what he requests of us....
in exchange for everything.

The Magnanimity & Humility of St. Ignatius of Loyola


The Magnanimity & Humility of St. Ignatius of Loyola

"....Ignatius and the Jesuits were the exemplars of the “new evangelization” of their day.  They sent priests wherever the Church needed them: to win back parts of Christendom that had become Protestant, to preach the Gospel in the New World, and to evangelize even further beyond the reach of European empires in Asia.  Wherever they went, the Jesuits preached they Gospel with magnanimity and humility.  They glorified God by founding excellent schools, building beautiful churches, and above all, winning souls for God."

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Knowing God's Will


Lord, help me to know Your Will, by studying Your Holy Word, and through prayer, especially the Holy Rosary.  Help me to listen.  God, please  show me Your Will for my life today and what you would have me do.  Father, whatever you instruct, my answer is already, "Yes Lord, may it be so!
For I belong to You."

Being Possessed by the Kingdom


Being Possessed by the Kingdom

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

How God is Present in Us


 How God is Present in Us

'Old Fashioned' to take down '50 shades'?

Please God, let this faith-based romance movie be sold out at every showing!

 Valentine's Day 2015

Old Fashioned...where chivalry makes a comeback

I Love Latin Mass!


The Improbable Triumph Of The Latin Mass

Riches of the Traditional Latin Mass

 "There is an intimate link between reverence and sacredness. Reverence permits us to experience the sacred, to rise above the profane; irreverence blinds us to the entire world of the sacred. Reverence, including awe--indeed , fear and trembling--is the specific response to the sacred."
 ( The Case for the Latin Mass, Dietrich Von Hildebrand)

Faith, Hope, Love Homily by Fr. Mitch Pacwa

On this Memorial day of Saint Martha, Fr. Mitch Pacwa talks about the virtues of Faith, Hope, Love and how they each work together. He shows how this is illustrated in today's Gospel reading when Martha speaks with Jesus as he arrives in Bethany, after Lazarus has already been in his tomb for four days. St. Martha's faith in, hope in and  overwhelming love for Jesus has grown and blossomed, so that she is now able to see who he really is!

Fr. Mitch also emphasises that we must always be focused on what is really important, what really matters...not things of this world, but only in the world to come.

Corporation Ad Positive to Catholic Church

Big corporation’s ad shows a priest and his parish in a positive light

It's all about merchandising and selling some fish, but still, it's an ad that is kind, positive and respectful to the Catholic Church....unusual these days. 

Sunday, July 27, 2014

The Treasure of the Kingdom of God

Pope Francis' Angelus address at noon today: (via

Today, the parables of the treasure hidden in the field & the pearl of great price tell us that the discovery of the Kingdom of God can come suddenly, as when the peasant farmer is ploughing, finding the treasure unexpectedly; or after a long search, as the pearl for the merchant, who finally found the pearl of great price he had long dreamed of. The treasure & the pearl are worth more than all other goods. So, the farmer & the merchant give up everything else to buy them; they don't need to reason, think, reflect; they realize at once the incomparable value of what they've found & are willing to lose anything to have it. So is the Kingdom of God: whoever finds it has no doubts, he feels that it is what he was looking & waiting for & that it responds to his most authentic aspirations.

Those who know Jesus, who meet him personally, remain fascinated, attracted by so much goodness, 
truth, beauty & all in great humility & simplicity. Look for Jesus, encounter Jesus. This is the great treasure! How many people, how many saints, reading the Gospel with an open heart, have been so struck by Jesus, converted to Him. Think of St. Francis of Assisi. He was already a Christian, but "milk-and-water". When he read the Gospel, in a decisive moment of his youth, he met Jesus, & found the Kingdom of God & then all his dreams of earthly glory vanished. The Gospel makes one know the real, living Jesus. He addresses your heart & changes your life. So yes, leave everything.

You can actually change your way of life, or continue to do what you did before, but you are another, you are born again. You find that you are given meaning, flavor, light to everything, even hardships, suffering & death. Read a passage of the Gospel every day. Carry a small copy of the Gospel in your pocket, in your handbag -have one at hand & there, reading a passage, we find Jesus. Everything makes sense when you find this treasure, which Jesus called "the Kingdom of God," that is, God reigning in your life, in our lives. He is love, peace & joy in every man & in all men. This is what God wants, that for which Jesus gave himself up to die on a Cross, to free us from the power of darkness & move into the realm of life, beauty, goodness, joy! Read the Gospel & find Jesus & have this Christian joy & the gift of the Holy Spirit. 

Dear brothers & sisters, you see, the joy of having found the treasure of the Kingdom of God shines through. A Christian can't conceal his faith, because it shines through in every word, every gesture, even in the most simple, everyday ones. The love that God shines through, given to us through Jesus. Let us pray, through the intercession of the Virgin Mary, that his kingdom of love, justice and peace comes to us and to the whole world.

Pray Like a Champion

 By Father Richard Heilman


"I’ve come to believe that the desire to enter the fight is a desire to enter into a genuine training in holiness, pursuing the goal of becoming one of God’s champions. St. Paul put it this way:

“Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize” (1 Cor 9:24-27).

St. Paul talks about a strict training and a desire to run in such a way as to win. Vince Lombardi would’ve heard these words from St. Paul many times in his life, as he went to Mass every day. In fact, he admitted, “I derive my strength from daily Mass and Communion.” As Coach Lombardi describes what it takes to be number one, see if you don’t recognize a bit of St. Paul in his words:

“And in truth, I’ve never known a man worth his salt who in the long run, deep down in his heart, didn’t appreciate the grind, the discipline. There is something in good men that really yearns for discipline and the harsh reality of head to head combat. I don’t say these things because I believe in the ‘brute’ nature of men or that men must be brutalized to be combative. I believe in God, and I believe in human decency. But I firmly believe that any man’s finest hour — his greatest fulfillment to all he holds dear — is that moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle — victorious.”

Rediscover Catholicism

EWTN Global Catholic Television Network: EWTN Live - Fr. Mitch Pacwa, SJ - Matthew Kelly - Rediscover Catholicism

No Clapping in Church, Please

St John XXIII Asks the Faithful Not to Applaud in Church

Let There Be Peace on Earth

Pope appeals for peace in Middle East, Iraq and Ukraine

Pope Francis Mass and Homily on Feast of St. Ann

Pope Francis presides over the Holy Mass for the local people on the occasion of the Feast day of St Ann, Patron Saint of Caserta, Park of the Royal Palace of Caserta.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

In Witness of the Gospel, God Uses All

Women With Down Syndrome Respond to God’s Call

Sisters with Down Syndrome 

To offer oneself to God, in witness to the Gospel of Life.

Read more:

The Language of Love - Giving All

"The Language of Love" is Bishop Conley's pastoral letter on the sacrificial nature of love and on the destructive nature of contraception.

The Language of Love


Friday, July 25, 2014

To the women of America: 4 reasons to hate 50 Shades of Grey

"This is truly a seminal moment in our history. The weight of our future, our children’s future, our children’s children’s future, partially rests on the decision you are facing. Your task, ladies, is simple. All you must do is not buy tickets to 50 Shades of Grey when it’s released in theaters on Valentine’s Day.

Not one ticket.

Weekend box office total: $0 "

To the women of America: 4 reasons to hate 50 Shades of Grey | The Matt Walsh Blog

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Fr. Mitch Pacwa Homily 7/24/14

Fr. Mitch Pacwa's Homily today on EWTN..

"I remember the devotion of your youth, how you loved me like a bride. Following me in the desert, in a land unsown."(Jeremiah 2)

Very Exciting News from EWTN!!!

EWTN To Open West Coast Studio at Christ Cathedral Campus! 
"EWTN Global Catholic Network has begun construction of its first West Coast television production facility located on the campus of Christ Cathedral in the Diocese of Orange, California. EWTN hopes to begin using the studio to transmit news, televised Masses, and inspiring stories of faith to its global audience by the end of the year. A joint announcement of the new facility was made at the annual Napa Institute gathering in Napa, California on July 24 by EWTN Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Michael P. Warsaw and the Most Rev. Kevin Vann, Bishop of Orange.

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange acquired the former Crystal Cathedral in November 2011 and took possession of the property in September 2013. Shortly after moving onto the campus, the Diocese began an extensive renovation to restore the 34-acre campus and its seven buildings to their former magnificence - upgrading them to modern earthquake and energy efficiency standards in order to accommodate the unique needs of a large and vibrant parish, Diocesan Pastoral Office and Catholic school. As part of the renovations of the campus, the Diocese has worked to develop the capacity to share its events, liturgical celebrations, news and other topics of interest with audiences throughout Southern California and the world.

“As we transform the Christ Cathedral campus into a dynamic and inspirational center of Catholic worship and outreach, we are blessed to partner with EWTN to share our community’s energy and faithful witness with the world. EWTN’s partnership will profoundly benefit our Church, enabling us to share the love of Christ with millions across the world in multiple languages from the Cathedral campus, here in Orange County,” said the Most Rev. Kevin Vann, Bishop of Orange.

"EWTN is pleased to be able to collaborate with Bishop Vann and the Diocese of Orange on this important new project. The studio being developed there will be of great benefit to EWTN's programming efforts around the globe,” said Network CEO Michael P. Warsaw. “The location of the facility gives EWTN a presence in an area of the country where the Network will be able to execute programs that would be difficult to produce elsewhere, particularly for our Spanish-language channels.

“We are also pleased to develop this West Coast studio in advance of the historic renovation of the Christ Cathedral itself. We will be well positioned and prepared to share news of this closely watched transformation with our viewers,” said Warsaw.

As the world’s largest religious media network, EWTN transmits television programming 24 hours a day to more than 230 million homes in 140 countries and territories through cable, Direct Broadcast Satellite (DBS), broadcast TV and digital media platforms. EWTN airs family and religious programming from a Catholic point of view in multiple languages. The network offers inspiring talk shows, entertaining children's animation, exclusive teaching series, live coverage of Church events, and thought-provoking documentaries. Programming originating from the Christ Cathedral campus will be included within its broadcast content mix for global audiences."

Christ Cathedral Campus

Love is...

"Love is the fusion of two souls in one in order to bring about mutual perfection."

~ St. Teresa of the Andes

Meriam Ibrahim arrives safely in Italy; meets the Pope

Never lose hope.  Our God answers our deepest prayers!


Meriam Ibrahim arrives safely in Italy; will meet the Pope

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Look Up!

Sometimes what you have always been looking for, has always been right in front of you!

Shipwreak and Mission, by George Weigel

Shipwreck and Mission

 "Shipwreck and mission, it seems, are intertwined strands in the Church’s historical DNA."

 Essay By George Weigel

Humility Has the Effect of Charity

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Homily by Bishop David Ricken, of Green Bay

 Homily today on EWTN by Bishop David Ricken, Diocese of Green Bay Wisconsin

Cult of Progressivism

 Writer Matt Walsh is a very 'commonsense' blogger, I find myself agreeing with every one of his posts!  He writes about today's modern culture.  He writes with a Christian slant.  His posts are always thought provoking, sometimes very tender and loving, sometimes challenging and in-your-face.

Today's commonsense blog post:

If you want to prove you don't hate gays, all you have to do is worship at their feet | The Matt Walsh Blog

Memorial of St. Mary Magdalene

Today is the Memorial Day of St. Mary Magdalene. 

 "Burning with the fire of love, she longed for him who she thought had been taken away. And so it happened that the woman who stayed behind to seek Christ was the only one to see him." 
 ~ St. Gregory the Great on St. Mary Magdalene

In the United States, the only Cathedral dedicated to St. Mary Magdalene is in Salt Lake City, Utah. It is beautiful.

The Cathedral of the Madeleine

Monday, July 21, 2014

5 Things You Can Do Right Now as ISIS Threatens Iraqi Christians and Shiites

5 Things You Can Do Right Now as ISIS Threatens Iraqi Christians and Shiites
by Elizabeth Scalia 
"We are never powerless."

NFP Awareness Week

 Photo: Today kicks off National NFP Awareness Week.

If you missed it, a few months ago we had a great feature story on Archdiocese of Seattle couples who use Natural Family Planning:

Plus: An Ask Father column on birth control:

Today kicks off National NFP Awareness Week.

"Why does the Church say birth control is wrong?"

Natural Family Planning

New book by Simcha Fisher:


World's First Love, Mary, Mother of God

Next on my reading list....

"But having lifted up one woman by preserving her from sin, and then having her freely ratify that gift at the Annunciation, God gave hope to our disturbed, neurotic, gauche, and weak humanity. Oh, yes! He is our Model, but He is also the Person of God! There ought to be, on the human level, Someone who would give humans hope, Someone who could lead us to Christ, Someone who would mediate between us and Christ as He mediates between us and the Father. One look at her, and we know that a human who is not good can become better; one prayer to her, and we know that, because she is without sin, we can become less sinful." 

 ~  Fulton Sheen

"With his characteristic eloquence and brilliance, Fulton J. Sheen presents a moving portrayal of the Blessed Virgin Mary that combines deep spirituality with history, philosophy and theology. All the major aspects and events of Mary's life are lovingly portrayed in this word portrait that is a never failing source of information, consolation and inspiration. Sheen also gives profound insights into all the Marian beliefs ranging from the Immaculate Conception to the Assumption to the miracle of Our Lady of Fatima. While considering the different phases of Mary's life, Bishop Sheen discusses various problems common to mankind of every age and reveals clearly that every problem can be resolved. He emphasizes the unique dignity, strength and gifts of women and their ability to help heal the world's problems. Sheen stresses mankind's need of the Mother of God and her burning love for all her children. The great resurgence of devotion to Mary is God's way of emphasizing the worth and dignity of every person against the false doctrines that have so confused the modern world."

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Watch Out For the Weeds


Watch Out For the Weeds

 by: Fr. Dwight Longenecker

21 Things We Do When We Make the Sign of the Cross


21 Things We Do When We Make the Sign of the Cross

True Philanthropy

"This Sunday’s reading from the Book of Wisdom 12:13, 16-19 reflects on God’s actions in history and shows us that even when he is most fiercely just, he is still the ­God of mercy."
True Philanthropy

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Winning the Culture War

How to Win the Culture War —Transcription 

 By Peter Kreeft

1. We are at war

2. Knowing our enemy

3. The weapon

Hope and Trust in Divine Mercy

"I know that I am frail and changeable; I know the power of temptation against the most firmly based virtues; I have seen the stars of heaven and the pillars of the firmament fall; but not even this can make me fear. As long as I hope, I am safe from every evil, and I am sure of always hoping because I hope for this unchanging hope. For you, O Lord have wonderfully established me in hope.

I am sure that I cannot hope too much in you; and  that I cannot obtain less that I hope for from you. Thus I hope that you will uphold me in the greatest dangers, protect me in the most violent assaults, and make my weakness triumph over my most formidable enemies.
 I hope you will love me always and that I also shall love you with unfailing love."
~ St. Claude De La Colombiere

"We must learn to tread upon the world and to trust Christ."
~ St. Augustine, 5th century

Friday, July 18, 2014

Rosary for Peace

Pray along with Fr. John Paul Mary the Rosary for Peace. Pray for Peace in the Middle East, Israel, Russia, Ukraine, United States and EVERYwhere!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Quiz: How well do you know the early Church Councils?


Quiz: How well do you know the early Church Councils?

Fall in Love with the Eucharist

Ten Ways to Fall in Love with the Eucharist
Fr. Ed Broom

"The saints are the mad-lovers of Jesus; they were on earth and now are in heaven loving God for all eternity. In this article, we will give a list of what some saints have said in an excess of love for the most Holy Eucharist. Then we will give ten keys to unlock the treasure-case of gems to love the Eucharist more in our lives! Let us read and meditate on the fire of the saints and the Eucharist:

“Holy Communion is the shortest and the safest way to Heaven.” (St. Pius X)

“If the angels could be jealous of men, they would be for one reason: Holy Communion.” (St. Maximilian Kolbe)

“In one day the Eucharist will make you produce more for the glory of God than a whole lifetime without it.” (St. Peter Julian Eymard)

“How I love the feasts!… I especially loved the processions in honor of the Blessed Sacrament. What a joy it was for me to throw flowers beneath the feet of God!… I was never so happy as when I saw my roses touch the sacred Monstrance.” (St. Therese the Little Flower)

“When you look at the Crucifix, you understand how much Jesus loved you then. When you look at the Sacred Host you understand how much Jesus loves you now.” (Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta)

“From the Eucharist comes strength to live the Christian life and zeal to share that life with others.” (St. John Paul II)

“This is the bread of everlasting life which supports the substance of your soul.” (St. Ambrose)

“The longer you stay away from Communion, the more your soul will be weak, and in the end you will become dangerously indifferent.” (St. John Bosco)

“The Eucharist is the consummation of the whole spiritual life.” (St. Thomas Aquinas)

Now let us dive into ten golden keys that can open up the infinite treasure house of jewels so as to derive countless graces and blessings from Jesus’ greatest Gift to the entire world: Holy Mass and Holy Communion, His Body, Blood Soul and Divinity!

Faith. Beg the Lord for a greater faith in the sublime mystery of the most Holy Eucharist. Let us say with the Apostles Saint Thomas: “My Lord and my God.” Let us also so the prayer of the man of the Gospel: “Lord I believe but strengthen my faith!”

Visit. Make it a habit to visit the most Blessed Sacrament as often as is possible. Hopefully when we die Jesus will not reproach us with these words: “Whenever I see a church I stop to make a visit so that when I die the Lord will not say: “Who is it!” Friends meet to chat, talk, and enjoy each other’s company; so should we, in visiting and talking frequently to Jesus.

Spiritual Communion. Highly recommended by St. Alphonsus Liguouri as well as Pope Benedict XVI in his document “Sacramentum Caritatis” is the frequent practice of the Spiritual Communion. It can be done in a simple manner and as often as your heart desires. You can say the simple prayer: “Jesus I believe that you are truly present in the Tabernacle in your Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity. Now I cannot receive you sacramentally but come at least spiritually into my heart.” Then enter into your heart and thank, praise and love the Lord who has come spiritually into your soul. This can fan the flame of love for our Eucharistic Lord.

Read John 6. The Gospel of John chapter six has three parts: Jesus multiples the loaves, walks on water, and then He gives a sublime discourse related to the Eucharist; actually it is a Eucharistic prophecy. Best known as the “Bread of life discourse”, Jesus promises to give us the Bread of Life. Also Jesus points out in no unclear terms that our immortal salvation depends upon our eating His Body and drinking His Blood, which obviously refers to Holy Communion. Read and meditate this powerful chapter!

Fifteen Minutes. Years ago there was published a small booklet with the title “The fifteen minutes”. It is a little gem where Jesus encourages the reader to enter into simple but profound conversation with Him. Basically Jesus wants to be our Best Friend and challenges us to open up the secret mysteries of our heart to Him and only He can truly understand the inner secrets, wounds and mysteries in our heart. Read and pray through this booklet if possible in front of the Blessed Sacrament!

Holy Hour. Get into the habit of making a daily Holy Hour in front of the most Blessed Sacrament. It will transform your life if you persevere in the practice. The Great Servant of God, Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, who made his Holy Hour faithfully for more than fifty years, called it THE HOUR OF POWER!

Adorn and Embellish Churches & the Eucharist. The woman lavished her expensive nard on the feet of Jesus; she wept and her tears came pouring forth on the feet of Jesus; finally she wiped Jesus’ feet with her hair (Lk. 7:36-50). Fulton Sheen points out that this is symbolic of the gestures of love and attention we should manifest in the way we adorn, embellish and beautify the Churches and tabernacles where Jesus abides. Known for his spirit of penance, fasting, and sacrifice, the Cure of Ars would travel long distances and expend big sums of money to purchase the best for his little Church. Why? For the simple reason that Jesus the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords abides in the tabernacle and descends from heaven in the hands of the priest in every consecrated Host. “O come let us adore Him!”

Holy Mass and Holy Communion. Of course the greatest action in the whole universe is the celebration of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. The greatest gesture any human being can accomplish is to assist at Mass and to receive Holy Communion with faith, devotion, reverence and awe but especially with a passionate love. Whenever possible, go to daily Mass. Arrive early to prepare yourself. Offer your own private intentions. Participate in Holy Mass fully, actively and consciously. Receive Holy Communion as if it were your first Holy Communion, last Holy Communion and only Holy Communion. Be exceedingly thankful for your faith in such a sublime and august mystery! Do not rush out of the Church after Mass, as if your pants were on fire! Rather, spend some time after Holy Mass to render abundant thanks to Jesus for such a sublime gift. Actually the word “Eucharist” means THANKSGIVING! What a sublime gift, free of charge. The only condition is lively faith and a heart overflowing with love for Jesus the greatest of all lovers!

A.C.T.S—Remember the four principal ends or purpose of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass—A.C.T.S… A—stands for adoration. The primary purpose of Holy Mass is to offer adoration to God the Father, by the offering of Jesus the Victim and through the power of the Holy Spirit. C—stands for contrition. Our hearts should be contrite and humble and repentant for our many sins. It is a great practice to offer our Mass and Holy Communion in reparation for our sins, the sin of our families as well as in reparation for the sins of the whole world. “For the sake of His sorrowful passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.” T—stands for thanksgiving. Everything that we have in this life—with the exception of our own sins—is a pure gift from God. Therefore we should be overflowing and abounding in the thanksgiving. “With the Psalmist let us pray: “Give thanks to the Lord for He is good; his love endures forever.” S– Stands for supplication; in other words we should offer prayers of fervent intercession and petition for the many needs of the world: the world at large, the Church, the conversion of sinners, the sick, the dying, our own personal family needs, the souls in purgatory, and much more….

Eucharistic Missionary. As Mary receive Jesus in the Annunciation and promptly and quickly brought Jesus to her cousin Elizabeth, so should we bring Jesus to others and others to Jesus. This can be done in a very concrete manner by encouraging Catholic lost sheep wandering in the wilderness back to the fold. The second largest religious group in the United States as well as the Americas are non-practicing Catholics. Find the time, manner, effort and initiative to invite some lost soul back to Church. Hopefully he can make a good confession and return to the reception of Holy Communion and to the loving embrace of God the Father. All this might take place if you simply trust God and take the initiative to welcome Him back! God is so loving and good! Share the Good News to the entire world!"

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Holy Mother and Friend


"The Blessed Virgin Mary watches unceasingly with a mother's loving care over the brethren of her Son, and lights us along our pilgrim way to the Mount of your Glory, our beacon of comfort..."

"May the venerable intercession of the glorious Virgin Mary come to our aid, we pray, O Lord, so that, fortified by her protection, we may reach the mountain which is Christ."

You've Got A Friend (and A Holy Mother)

"When you're down and troubled and you need a helping hand
and nothing, whoa, nothing is going right.
Close your eyes and think of me and soon I will be there
to brighten up even your darkest nights.

You just call out my name, and you know where ever I am I'll come running to see you again.
Winter, spring, summer, or fall, all you have to do is call and I'll be there, yeah, yeah,
you've got a friend.

If the sky above you should turn dark and full of clouds
and that old north wind should begin to blow,
keep your head together and call my name out loud.
Soon I will be knocking upon your door.
You just call out my name, and you know where ever I am
I'll come running to see you again.
Winter, spring, summer, or fall, all you have to do is call and I'll be there.

Hey, ain't it good to know that you've got a friend? People can be so cold.
They'll hurt you and desert you. Well, they'll take your soul if you let them,
oh yeah, but don't you let them.

You just call out my name, and you know where ever I am
I'll come running to see you again.
Winter, spring, summer, or fall, all you have to do is call, Lord, I'll be there, yeah, yeah,
you've got a friend. You've got a friend.
Ain't it good to know you've got a friend. Ain't it good to know you've got a friend.
Oh, yeah, yeah, you've got a friend."

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Saint Bonaventure Homily

My favorite Priest, Father Mitch Pacwa, does today's homily on Saint Bonaventure Feast Day.

Don't Give in to Discouragement


Don't Give in to Discouragement

Monday, July 14, 2014

Zechariah, Prophet

 I just finished reading a good fiction book about the Prophet Zechariah.  It's fun to learn more about the Old Testament through novels, along with reading the actual scriptures as the story develops.

 "Return to Me" is the fourth novel I've read by Christian author Lynn Austin.  It's interesting to learn the Old Testament Prophets were just regular people chosen by God to speak His words of warning, judgement, correction, and unrequited love. The Prophets were often subject to anxiety and even depression due to the messages they were required to share.  They had to condemn the idolatry and sin of the people, and at  the same time, the Prophets also had to encourage the people to repent and return to God. (Read I Kings 19 about Elijah's depression!)

Just as the Prophets of the Old Testament, we live in a world where many people are far from God, and yet, we as Catholics are called to share our Faith.  We are told to stand up for Truth Morality, Life and Holiness. At the same time, we are to share God's Love and His message, "Return to Me".
 Not always easy, and often with no positive results.

 As the Prophets learned, we must stay in constant prayer, leaning on and listening to Our Lord, so to  prevent our 'humanness' from falling into frustration, deep sadness or even anxiety. 
Prophets and 'prophets must live in prayer.

 Prayer often reminds us, we do know the end of the story...God wins!

 And His children will rejoice... eternally!

Zechariah :: Catholic News Agency

Church Growing Amid Persecution

Christianity On the Rise Amid Persecution 
By Tom Hoopes 

" There are more witnesses, more martyrs in the Church today than there were in the first centuries,” said Pope Francis last week. He decried the persecution but added “The Church grows thanks to the blood of the martyrs. This is the beauty of martyrdom.”

His words are proving true around the world......."


St. Kateri Tekakwitha Homily

Fr. Joseph Mary of EWTN gave a great Homily this morning about St. Kateri Tekakwitha on her Feast Day. She was willing to give up everything, even her Tribe...her family, to follow Jesus.

I can understand her determination and devotion, because that's what I had to do...leave home and family to follow the path the Lord directed. 
 And I have been richly blessed.

The Parable of the Sower Still Applies Today


Saturday, July 12, 2014

Father Mitch Pacwa Homily 7/10/14

For those of us who have a special  Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, this is a very beautiful Homily by Father Mitch Pacwa on EWTN.
(Hosea 11:1-4,8-9)

Old Mass vs. New Mass

To me, the Latin Mass is like Heaven on Earth!

 I would love to live in a city that offers Mass by the FSSP,  like Couer d'Alene, Idaho.
St. Joan of Arc Chapel 

Watch the following short video and see if you notice a significant difference between the new and old Mass.

Maybe just a little wisp of  "the smoke of satan" entering through a lack of reverence in the "new Mass", including the Priest chomping down the Eucharist in pieces.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

New Books, St. Clare and Virgin Mary

Fun day at the Catholic bookstore today!

 Picked up two new books I've been looking forward to reading!

Let Christ Impart Life to You


Let Christ Impart Life to You

Isn't it mean and hateful to deport illegal immigrants?

Isn't it mean and hateful to deport illegal immigrants? | The Matt Walsh Blog

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Seek the Face of the Lord

In the poor and the desolate, 
seek the face of the Lord.
In the broken and despairing, 

seek the face of the Lord.
In the proud and selfish, 

seek the face of the Lord.
In the hateful and angry, 

seek the face of the Lord.
In the quiet and shy, 

seek the face of the Lord.
In your neighbor and the stranger, 

seek the face of the Lord.
In your brother and sister,

 seek the face of the Lord.
When you look in the mirror, 

seek the face of the Lord.
We are the body of Christ. 
He lives in all of us.
 We just have to look for Him!


Tuesday, July 8, 2014

That My Whole Soul May Do Homage

"I come, O Lord, unto Thy sanctuary to see the life and food of my soul. As I hope in Thee, O Lord, inspire me with that confidence which brings me to Thy holy mountain. Permit me, Divine Jesus, to come closer to Thee, that my whole soul may do homage to the greatness of Thy majesty; that my heart, with its tenderest affections, may acknowledge Thine infinite love; that my memory may dwell on the admirable mysteries here renewed every day, and that the sacrifice of my whole being may accompany Thine."

~ St. Clare of Assisi

Miracle of the Rosary

I don't know if Elvis Presley was Catholic, but this is beautiful.

Pope Francis' Legacy

Will Francis's legacy be his constant reference to the battle between good and evil?

Fr. Dwight Longenecker

Monday, July 7, 2014

Fr. Anthony Mary Homily

Another fantastic Homily by Fr. Anthony Mary! 

Give Him Your Heart

Give Him your heart, and everything else will follow. Your actions reflect your heart's desire.

"I will espouse you to Me forever." Hosea 2:21

Sunday, July 6, 2014

United Hearts

A Holy Knight

Friday, July 4, 2014

Glory of God

Father we don't need earthly fireworks, we only need to see Your Glory!


Our Father who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy name.
Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done,
On earth as it is in Heaven!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Feast of St. Thomas Homily

Wonderful Homily this morning by Fr. John Paul Mary of EWTN.  It's amazing to know he has only been a Priest for a little over a year!

Kiss the Wounds of Christ

From 7/3/13

" Pope Francis celebrated the feast of St. Thomas the Apostle during his daily morning Mass in the Chapel of Domus Sanctae Marthae this morning. The Holy Father reflected on the need to kiss the wounds of Christ “in our hungry, poor, sick and incarcerated brothers and sisters.”

Pope Francis: To Meet God, We Must Touch the Wounds of Christ

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

The Lord Goes With You

"Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified..... for the LORD your God goes with you;
he will never leave you nor forsake you." 

"Always forward, never back."  
~ Fr. Junipero Serra

Your Are In the Sacred Heart of Jesus

 You Are Always in the Heart of God!

 All along, you have been held and loved in the Sacred Heart of Jesus. He is always attempting to give you all the love and satisfaction you are continually searching for, but never reaching.  Stop searching, stop trying.  Give up!   Give in!  Let go!  The Lord Jesus Christ is just waiting for your he can give you what you've always been searching for....and much more!  Your only job is to Let Go and Let God.  Not always easy, but the only way back to health, happiness and Heaven! 

 ****     You are Here:
Remember I love you, always!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Explore California's 21 Historic Catholic Missions

In honor of Blessed Junipero Serra on his Memorial Day today, why not take an online tour of the 21 Calfornia Missions.

Father Serra founded the first eight Missions.

I've visited two of them, Mission Santa Barbara and  Mission San Fernando Rey they are very beautiful and still in use for Holy Masses and weddings.

 I would love to also visit Mission Santa Cruz, Mission Santa Clara, Mission San Jose, Mission Luis Obispo, Mission San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo (where Fr. Serra spent his last years) and San Juan Capistrano (where the swallows arrive every St. Joseph's Day) .....really I'd like to visit and explore them ALL!

Explore California's 21 Missions