Friday, October 31, 2014

Concerns About Direction Church is Taking ~ Burke

 

 Burke: “There is a strong sense that the Church is like a ship without a helm”

Full Armor of God




 Fr. Richard Heilman

"St. Cyril of Jerusalem in his Mystagogical Catechesis insists, “Just as the Savior, after His baptism and the coming of the Holy Spirit, went forth to vanquish the Enemy (in the wilderness), so you too, after Holy Baptism and Mystical Chrismation, having put on the whole armor of the Holy Spirit, are to resist the power of the Adversary and to vanquish him, saying, ‘I can do all things in Christ Who strengthens me’ (Phil. 4:13).”
“Let us be filled with confidence,” St. John Chrysostom exhorts, “and let us discard everything so as to be able to meet this onslaught. Christ has equipped us with weapons more splendid than gold, more resistant than steel, weapons more fiery than any flame and lighter than the slightest breeze ... These are weapons of a totally new kind, for they have been forged for a previously unheard-of type of combat. I, who am a mere man, find myself called upon to deal blows to demons; I, who am clothed in flesh, find myself at war with incorporeal powers.”
"The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds" (2 Cor. 10:4)".

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Consecration to Jesus through Mary



CONSECRATION TO JESUS THROUGH MARY

  Fr. Richard Heilman

"St. Louis De Montfort in his famed Treatise on True Devotion to Mary, begins his explanation of the nature of perfect consecration to Jesus through Mary with the following words:
“All our perfection consists in being conformed, united, and consecrated to Jesus Christ; and therefore the most perfect of all devotions is, without any doubt, that which the most perfectly conforms, unites, and consecrates us to Jesus Christ. Now, Mary, being the most conformed of all creatures to Jesus Christ, it follows that, of all devotions, that which most consecrates and conforms the soul to our Lord is devotion to his holy mother, and that the more a soul is consecrated to Mary, the more it is consecrated to Jesus… Hence it comes to pass that the most perfect consecration to Jesus Christ is nothing else but a perfect and entire consecration of ourselves to the Blessed Virgin …”
St. Louis De Montfort claims that this devotion of total consecration to Mary “is an easy, short, perfect and secure way of attaining union with our Lord, in which union the perfection of a Christian consists.” How is it that this is an “easy” way? De Montfort explains that it is true that there are other roads by which to reach transforming union with Christ, but that these roads are much more difficult. In his own words: “It is an easy way. It is the way in which Jesus Christ himself trod in coming to us, and in which there is no obstacle in reaching him. It is true that we can attain divine union by other roads; but it is by many more crosses and strange deaths, and with many more difficulties which we shall find it hard to overcome. We must pass through obscure nights, through combats, through strange agonies, over craggy mountains, through cruel thorns, and over frightful deserts. But, by the path of Mary, we pass more gently and more tranquilly.”
In Poland, just prior to World War II, St. Maximilian Kolbe led one of the largest pushes for Marian consecration in the history of the world. The one going on right now is the second largest. There is a sense of urgency right now. We recognize it, we participate in it and we bring others to it.
Now is the perfect time to consecrate ourselves to Jesus through Mary. The culture of death is strangling our country, and traditional marriage – the bedrock of civilization - is threatened in our times. Just as St Maximilian Kolbe knew something is happening, something is moving, something is ahead … many people, today, believe something is ahead. Our Lady wants to embrace us all and lead us to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

BY THY HOLY AND IMMACULATE CONCEPTION, OH MARY, DELIVER US FROM EVIL. AMEN - OUR LADY OF AMERICA"

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Pope's General Audience Catechesis, Oct. 29


Text of Pope's General Audience Catechesis, Oct. 29

"The reality of the visible Church goes beyond our control, beyond our strength, and it is a mysterious reality because it comes from God."

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Are you Catholic? Then stay in the Church, Pope says

Pope Francis celebrates the opening Mass of the 2014 Extraordinary Synod on the Family in St. Peter's Basilica, Oct. 5, 2014. Credit: Lauren Cater/CNA.

Are you Catholic? Then stay in the Church, Pope says :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

Our Lady of America



Fr. Richard Heilman

PRAYER INTENTIONS: For peace, the family, human life, marriage, religious freedom (and your intentions).

 Today, we ask you to pray for a special prayer intention, with the intercession of Our Lady of America, and Sts. Jude and Simon on this their feast day.

OUR LADY OF AMERICA
Beginning on September 26, 1956, the Blessed Virgin Mary, under a specific appearance as "Our Lady of America," manifested Herself to Sister Mary Ephrem in the Convent of the Precious Blood Sisters at Rome City, Indiana. Our Lady indicated to Sister that She had come in response to the United States having recognized Her privilege of The Immaculate Conception, especially through The Shrine of The Immaculate Conception at Washington, D.C., and Our Lady of America came with a message for the United States to focus on the virtue of purity. Our Lady spoke about the recognition of The Indwelling Most Holy Trinity in the Christian Family, with The Holy Family (Jesus, Mary & Joseph) as a model.
On October 7, 1957, Our Lady spoke these words. “Making the rosary a family prayer is very pleasing to me. I ask that all families strive to do so. But be careful to say it with great devotion, meditating on each mystery and striving to imitate in your daily lives the virtues depicted therein. Live the mysteries of the rosary as I lived them, and it will become a chain binding you to me forever. They who are found in the circle of my rosary will never be lost. I myself will lead them at death to the throne of my Son, to be eternally united to Him.”
Be reassured by the Church's approval of Mary's message, and be moved by Our Lady's plea for purity. In 2007, Cardinal Burke wrote to all the bishops of America, "In a particular way, Our Lady of America expressed her desire that the United States of America, through her intercession, be devoted to the purity of love … She calls the people of our nation to the new evangelization through a renewed dedication to the purity of love."

For more information on this approved message and devotion, go to: http://www.ourladyofamerica.org

BY THY HOLY AND IMMACULATE CONCEPTION, OH MARY, DELIVER US FROM EVIL. AMEN - OUR LADY OF AMERICA

Monday, October 27, 2014

The Renewal of Faith




Fr. Richard Heilman

"PRAYER INTENTIONS: For peace, the family, human life, marriage, religious freedom (and your intentions).


MEDITATION
“In vast areas of the earth the faith risks being extinguished, like a flame without fuel,” Pope Benedict XVI warned, “We are facing a profound crisis of faith, a loss of a religious sense which represents one of the greatest challenges for the Church today … The renewal of faith must, then, be a priority for the entire Church in our time.”
A society increasingly disengaged from the Divine Life has no place to go but down. Definitely not progress, but a radical descent away from our greatest potential. Jeffrey Kuhner of the Washington times wrote, “For the past 50 years, every major institution has been captured by the radical secular left. The media, Hollywood, TV, universities, public schools, theater, the arts, literature — they relentlessly promote the false gods of sexual hedonism and radical individualism. Conservatives have ceded the culture to the enemy. Tens of millions of unborn babies have been slaughtered; illegitimacy rates have soared; divorce has skyrocketed; pornography is rampant; drug use has exploded; sexually transmitted diseases such as AIDS have killed millions; birth control is a way of life; sex outside of wedlock has become the norm; countless children have been permanently damaged — their innocence lost forever — because of the proliferation of broken homes; and sodomy and homosexuality are celebrated openly. America has become the new Babylon.”
Summoning us to courage, St. Augustine challenges us to fight: “Hope has two beautiful daughters: their names are anger and courage. Anger that things are the way they are. Courage to make them the way they ought to be.”

BY THY HOLY AND IMMACULATE CONCEPTION, OH MARY, DELIVER US FROM EVIL. AMEN - OUR LADY OF AMERICA"

Why God Leaves Some Things Unresolved

"One of the great mysteries of God’s providence is that He often leaves things unresolved or unattended to for a very long time. Often, despite our fervent prayers, He doesn’t rush to fix everything, and He has His reasons for this."

God leaves many things unresolved. Here are some reasons why...

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Feminism is Poison


feminism

"Feminism has nothing to say but it still won't shut up." 

 Feminism is Poison

Matt Walsh

Sunday, October 26, 2014

What Next for Catholics

 
What Next for Catholics? 

The Holy Father’s remarks give hope that fundamental teachings on marriage will endure.

Church Militant

 

Fr. Richard Heilman

RISE UP, CHURCH MILITANT!

MARY, TOWER OF DAVID, PRAY FOR US!

PRAYER INTENTIONS: For peace, the family, human life, marriage, religious freedom (and your intentions). Begin praying in thanksgiving today.

ROSARY – Glorious

MEDITATION
We belong to the Church Militant; and she is militant because on earth the powers of darkness are ever restless to encompass her destruction.” - Venerable Pius XII
Pope Benedict XVI stated that we are facing a critical moment. “In vast areas of the earth the faith risks being extinguished, like a flame without fuel,” the pope warned, “We are facing a profound crisis of faith, a loss of a religious sense which represents one of the greatest challenges for the Church today … The renewal of faith must, then, be a priority for the entire Church in our time.”

BY THY HOLY AND IMMACULATE CONCEPTION, OH MARY, DELIVER US FROM EVIL. AMEN - OUR LADY OF AMERICA

Saturday, October 25, 2014

The Fruit of Chastity



Fr. Richard Heilman

GOD’S WORD
The eye is the lamp of the body; so then if your eye is clear, your whole body will be full of light. (Matthew 6:22)
Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him. For God’s temple is holy, and that temple you are. (1 Corinthians 3:16)

HEROES’ WORDS
Do not say that you have chaste minds if you have unchaste eyes, because an unchaste eye is the messenger of an unchaste heart. –St. Augustine
Now, though the era of persecution is gone, yet our peace has its martyrdom, because though we bend not the neck to the sword, yet with a spiritual weapon we slay fleshly desires in our hearts. –Pope St. Gregory I

MEDITATION
Chastity means the successful integration of sexuality within the person and thus the inner unity of man in his bodily and spiritual being. Sexuality, in which man's belonging to the bodily and biological world is expressed, becomes personal and truly human when it is integrated into the relationship of one person to another, in the complete and lifelong mutual gift of a man and a woman. The virtue of chastity therefore involves the integrity of the person and the integrality of the gift. (CCC 2337)
The chaste person maintains the integrity of the powers of life and love placed in him. This integrity ensures the unity of the person; it is opposed to any behavior that would impair it. It tolerates neither a double life nor duplicity in speech. (CCC 2338)
Chastity includes an apprenticeship in self-mastery, which is training in human freedom. The alternative is clear: either man governs his passions and finds peace, or he lets himself be dominated by them and becomes unhappy. "Man's dignity therefore requires him to act out of conscious and free choice, as moved and drawn in a personal way from within, and not by blind impulses in himself or by mere external constraint. Man gains such dignity when, ridding himself of all slavery to the passions, he presses forward to his goal by freely choosing what is good and, by his diligence and skill, effectively secures for himself the means suited to this end." (CCC 2339)

BY THY HOLY AND IMMACULATE CONCEPTION, OH MARY, DELIVER US FROM EVIL. AMEN - OUR LADY OF AMERICA

Friday, October 24, 2014

Catholic 'man-crisis'

"There is a Catholic “man-crisis.” Large numbers of men who were baptized Catholic have left the Church and the majority of those who remain are “Casual Catholic Men”,  men who do not know the Catholic faith and don’t practice it."

Becoming a Committed Catholic Man 
By Mr. Matthew James Christoff

Masterpiece of God's Creation



The Fruit of Self-Control

DAY 26 – MARY, SINGULAR VESSEL OF DEVOTION, PRAY THAT WE RECEIVE THE FRUIT OF CONTINENCE!

PRAYER INTENTIONS: For peace, the family, human life, marriage, religious freedom (and your intentions).

ROSARY - Sorrowful

GOD’S WORD
A man without self-control is like a city broken into and left without walls. (Proverbs 25:28)

No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it. (1 Corinthians 10:13)

But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified (1 Corinthians 9:27).

HEROES’ WORDS
He who is chaste in flesh should not be proud, for he should know that he owes the gift of continence to another. –Pope St. Clement I

I thought that continence was a matter of our own strength, and I knew that I had not the strength: for in my utter foolishness I did not know the word of Your Scripture that none can be continent unless You give it. –St. Augustine

Great are those two gifts, wisdom and continence: wisdom, forsooth, whereby we are formed in the knowledge of God; continence whereby we are not conformed to this world. –St. Augustine

MEDITATION
Self-Control (or Continence): The virtue by which a person controls the unruly movements of sexual desire or other bodily emotions. It is connected with the virtue of temperance. It generally means the chastity to be observed by the unmarried. But it may also refer to the abstinence, in marriage, voluntarily agreed upon by both parties or forced by circumstances to abstain from marital intercourse. (Fr. John Hardon, Modern Catholic Dictionary).

BY THY HOLY AND IMMACULATE CONCEPTION, OH MARY, DELIVER US FROM EVIL. AMEN  - OUR LADY OF AMERICA

Fr. Richard Heilman

"GOD’S WORD
A man without self-control is like a city broken into and left without walls. (Proverbs 25:28)
No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it. (1 Corinthians 10:13)
But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified (1 Corinthians 9:27).

HEROES’ WORDS
He who is chaste in flesh should not be proud, for he should know that he owes the gift of continence to another. –Pope St. Clement I
I thought that continence was a matter of our own strength, and I knew that I had not the strength: for in my utter foolishness I did not know the word of Your Scripture that none can be continent unless You give it. –St. Augustine
Great are those two gifts, wisdom and continence: wisdom, forsooth, whereby we are formed in the knowledge of God; continence whereby we are not conformed to this world. –St. Augustine

MEDITATION
Self-Control (or Continence): The virtue by which a person controls the unruly movements of sexual desire or other bodily emotions. It is connected with the virtue of temperance. It generally means the chastity to be observed by the unmarried. But it may also refer to the abstinence, in marriage, voluntarily agreed upon by both parties or forced by circumstances to abstain from marital intercourse. (Fr. John Hardon, Modern Catholic Dictionary).

BY THY HOLY AND IMMACULATE CONCEPTION, OH MARY, DELIVER US FROM EVIL. AMEN - OUR LADY OF AMERICA"

Thursday, October 23, 2014

The Fruit of Modesty

 

Fr. Richard Heilman

"GOD’S WORD
But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” (1 Samuel 16:7)

HEROES’ WORDS
The dress of the body should not discredit the good of the soul. St. Cyprian
The purpose of clothing is to keep warm in winter and to cover your nakedness, not to serve your vanity. St. Cyril of Jerusalem

MEDITATION
Purity requires modesty, an integral part of temperance. Modesty protects the intimate center of the person. It means refusing to unveil what should remain hidden. It is ordered to chastity to whose sensitivity it bears witness. It guides how one looks at others and behaves toward them in conformity with the dignity of persons and their solidarity. (CCC 2521)
Modesty protects the mystery of persons and their love. It encourages patience and moderation in loving relationships; it requires that the conditions for the definitive giving and commitment of man and woman to one another be fulfilled. Modesty is decency. It inspires one's choice of clothing. It keeps silence or reserve where there is evident risk of unhealthy curiosity. It is discreet. (CCC 2522)
There is a modesty of the feelings as well as of the body. It protests, for example, against the voyeuristic explorations of the human body in certain advertisements, or against the solicitations of certain media that go too far in the exhibition of intimate things. Modesty inspires a way of life which makes it possible to resist the allurements of fashion and the pressures of prevailing ideologies. (CCC 2523)
The forms taken by modesty vary from one culture to another. Everywhere, however, modesty exists as an intuition of the spiritual dignity proper to man. It is born with the awakening consciousness of being a subject. Teaching modesty to children and adolescents means awakening in them respect for the human person. (CCC 2524)
BY THY HOLY AND IMMACULATE CONCEPTION, OH MARY, DELIVER US FROM EVIL. AMEN - OUR LADY OF AMERICA"

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

St. Fautina's Meditations on the Passion

I just bought a cd for meditation,  "The Rosary and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy", recorded at the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy by Vinny Flynn and 'Still Waters'.

It includes Saint Faustina's Meditations on the Passion.

They are very vivid and powerful, and brought me to tears at the amazing Love of Our Lord.

Saint Faustina's Meditations on the Passion

Prayer to St. John Paul II

 
Official Vatican Prayer to Saint John Paul II

Oh, Saint John Paul, from the window of heaven, grant us your blessing! Bless the church that you loved and served and guided, courageously leading it along the paths of the world in order to bring Jesus to everyone and everyone to Jesus. 

Bless the young, who were your great passion.
 Help them dream again, 
help them look up high again to find the light 
that illuminates the paths of life here on earth.

May you bless families, bless each family! You warned of Satan's assault against this precious and indispensable divine spark that God lit on earth. Saint John Paul, with your prayer, may you protect the family 
and every life that blossoms from the family.

Pray for the whole world, which is still marked by tensions, wars and injustice. You tackled war by invoking dialogue and planting the seeds of love: 
pray for us so that we may be tireless sowers of peace.

Oh Saint John Paul, from heaven's window, 
where we see you next to Mary, 
send God's blessing down upon us all. Amen.

The Fruit of Faithfulness




Fr. Richard Heilman

"Cardinal Burke is teaching us how to be saints in 2014
Faith means battles; if there are no contests, it is because there are none who desire to contend. –St. Ambrose
Faithfulness: Our faith is a free assent to the WHOLE truth that God has revealed. We have faith only if we believe in Christ’s ENTIRE public revelation. The Catholic faith is faith that Christ instituted a divine institution, a Church blessed with authority to infallibly teach His public revelation. If we accept only doctrines consistent with our own experience we are not accepting them on faith but rather on human analysis. (Fr. John Hardon, Modern Catholic Dictionary)."


"GOD’S WORD
For we walk by faith, not by sight. (2 Corinthians 5:7)
For by grace, you have been saved through faith. And this is not of yourselves, for it is a gift of God. (Ephesians 2:8)
But the Lord said: “If you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you may say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted, and be transplanted into the sea.’ And it would obey you. (Luke 17:6)

HEROES’ WORDS
For Faith is the beginning and the end is love, and God is the two of them brought into unity. After these comes whatever else makes up a Christian gentleman. –St. Ignatius of Antioch
Faith means battles; if there are no contests, it is because there are none who desire to contend. –St. Ambrose
Faith does not quench desire, but inflames it. –St. Thomas Aquinas
A faint faith is better than a strong heresy. –St. Thomas More
It is not the actual physical exertion that counts toward a man's progress, nor the nature of the task, but the spirit of faith with which it is undertaken. -St. Francis Xavier

MEDITATION
Faith is “the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen,” (Heb 11:1) our firm belief in God and all that He has revealed to us through Holy Mother Church. “When you received the word of God which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men but as what it really is, the word of God.” (1 Thes 2:13)
Our faith is a free assent to the whole truth that God has revealed. We have faith only if we believe in Christ’s entire public revelation. The Catholic faith is faith that Christ instituted a divine institution, a Church blessed with authority to infallibly teach His public revelation. If we accept only doctrines consistent with our own experience we are not accepting them on faith but rather on human analysis. (Fr. John Hardon, Modern Catholic Dictionary).

BY THY HOLY AND IMMACULATE CONCEPTION, OH MARY, DELIVER US FROM EVIL. AMEN - OUR LADY OF AMERICA"

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Work, Pray, Love: Archbishop Chaput's advice for modern Christians

 Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia speaks at the Vatican Press Office, March 25, 2014. Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA.

Work, Pray, Love: Archbishop Chaput's advice for modern Christians :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

The Fruit of Gentleness



Fr. Richard Heilman

GOD’S WORD
Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. (Matthew 11:29)
Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience (Colossians 3:12)

HEROES’ WORDS
Nothing appeases an enraged elephant so much as the sight of a little
lamb. –St. Francis de Sales
When you encounter difficulties and contradictions, do not try to break them, but bend them with gentleness and time. –St. Francis de Sales
He who can preserve gentleness amid pains, and peace amid worry multitude of affairs, is almost perfect. –St. Francis de Sales

MEDITATION
Mildness is gentle disposition and behavior. A perfection of love which tempers justice by avoiding unnecessary actions that might provoke anger or resentment (Fr. John Hardon, Modern Catholic Dictionary).

BY THY HOLY AND IMMACULATE CONCEPTION, OH MARY, DELIVER US FROM EVIL. AMEN - OUR LADY OF AMERICA

The Annulment Process: A Right And A Healing



"The Church recognizes that some marriages are not valid and that the presumed spouses have the right to be able to seek a sacramental marriage, either with the first presumed spouse or with someone else who is free to marry."
 The Annulment Process: A Right And A Healing

Monday, October 20, 2014

God is the Ultimate Therapist

Via 'BlogThis'

 Father Knows Best!

 God is the Ultimate Therapist

The Gift of Long Suffering



Fr. Richard Heilman

"GOD’S WORD
And not only that, but we also find glory in tribulation, knowing that tribulation exercises patience, and patience leads to proving, yet truly proving leads to hope (Romans 4:3-4)
Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. (Romans 12:12)
And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. (Galatians 6:9)

HEROES’ WORDS
This, in short, is the difference between us and others who know not God, that in misfortune they complain and murmur, while the adversity does not call us away from the truth of virtue and faith, but strengthens us by its suffering. –St. Cyprian

MEDITATION
Longanimity: Extraordinary patience under provocation or trial. Also called long suffering. It is one of the fruits of the Holy Spirit. It includes forbearance, which adds to long suffering the implication of restraint in expressing one's feelings or in demanding punishment or one's due. Longanimity suggests toleration, moved by love and the desire for peace, of something painful that deserves to be rejected or opposed (Fr. John Hardon, Modern Catholic Dictionary).

BY THY HOLY AND IMMACULATE CONCEPTION, OH MARY, DELIVER US FROM EVIL. AMEN - OUR LADY OF AMERICA"

St. Paul of the Cross

"Entrust yourself entirely to God. He is a Father, and a most loving Father at that, who would rather let heaven and earth collapse than abandon anyone who trusted in him."
~ St. Paul of the Cross

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St. Paul of the Cross

Sunday, October 19, 2014

The Courage of Pope Paul VI



The Courage of Pope Paul VI

Pope Beatifies Blessed Paul VI

 Pope beatifies Blessed Paul VI, the 'great helmsman' of Vatican II

The Fruit of Goodness

 

 Fr. Richard Heilman

"GOD’S WORD
"Do to others whatever you would like them to do to you. This is the essence of all that is taught in the law and the prophets." (The Golden Rule) -Matthew 7:12

HEROES’ WORDS
Inasmuch as we exist, we are good. –St. Augustine
Be a good child, and God will help you. -St. Joan of Arc
To attribute to God, and not to self, whatever good one sees in oneself; but to recognize always that the evil is one’s own doing, and to impute it on one’s self. –St. Benedict

MEDITATION
Goodness: In general, whatever is suitable or befitting someone or something. Practically, however, it is that which all things tend toward or desire. The good is the desirable, and therefore the object of the natural (or supernatural) needs or tendencies of a being (Fr. John Hardon, Modern Catholic Dictionary).
God created the world to show forth and communicate his glory. That his creatures should share in his truth, goodness and beauty - this is the glory for which God created them. (CCC 319)
Man participates in the wisdom and goodness of the Creator who gives him mastery over his acts and the ability to govern himself with a view to the true and the good. The natural law expresses the original moral sense which enables man to discern by reason the good and the evil, the truth and the lie: “The natural law is written and engraved in the soul of each and every man, because it is human reason ordaining him to do good and forbidding him to sin . . . But this command of human reason would not have the force of law if it were not the voice and interpreter of a higher reason to which our spirit and our freedom must be submitted.” –Pope Leo XIII (CCC 1954)
The "divine and natural" law shows man the way to follow so as to practice the good and attain his end. The natural law states the first and essential precepts which govern the moral life. It hinges upon the desire for God and submission to him, who is the source and judge of all that is good, as well as upon the sense that the other is one's equal. (CCC 1955)

BY THY HOLY AND IMMACULATE CONCEPTION, OH MARY, DELIVER US FROM EVIL. AMEN - OUR LADY OF AMERICA"

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Vindicated: why a maligned Pope will be Beatified

 Paul VI, who will be beatified at the Synod on the Family's closing. Credit: UN Photo.

" He had the unenviable task of being Pope during a most “tumultuous” era for the Church, but  Paul VI stood “deeply rooted in Christ” through it all, a theology professor has said."

Vindicated: why a maligned Pope will be beatified :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

Cardinal Burke: confirms transfer, praises pushback, addresses controversy over remarks by Cardinal Kasper



Cardinal Burke to CWR: confirms transfer, praises pushback, addresses controversy over remarks by Cardinal Kasper | Catholic World Report - Global Church news and views

A Novel About Saint Luke




"The world-famous novel about the triumphant story of St. Luke. Man of science, and Gospel writer. Today St. Luke is known as the author of the third Gospel of the New Testament, but two thousand years ago he was Lucanus, a Greek, a man who loved, knew the emptiness of bereavement, and later traveled through the hills and wastes of Judea asking, "What manner of man was my Lord?" And it is of this Lucanus that Taylor Caldwell tells here in one of the most stirring stories ever lived or written. Lucanus grew up in the household of his stepfather, the Roman govenor of Antioch. After studying medicine in Alexandria he became one of the greatest physicians of the ancient world and traveled far and wide through the Mediterranean region healing the sick. As time went on he learned of the life and death of Christ and saw in Him the God he was seeking. To find out all he could about the life and teachings of Jesus, whom he never saw, Lucanus visited all the places where Jesus had been, questioning everyone--including His mother, Mary--who had known Him or heard Him preach. At last, when he had gathered all information possible, he wrote down what we now know as the Gospel according to St. Luke. Taylor Caldwell has chosen the grand, the splendid means to tell of St. Luke. Her own travels through the Holy Land and years of meticulous research made Dear and Glorious Physician a fully developed portrait of a complex and brilliant man and a colorful re-creation of ancient Roman life as it contrasted in its decadence with the new world Christianity was bringing into being. Here is a story to warm, to inspire, to call forth renewal of faith and love lying deep in each reader's heart."

The Fruit of Kindness

 

 Fr. Richard Heilman

"GOD’S WORD
But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. If someone strikes you on one cheek, turn to him the other also. If someone takes your cloak, do not stop him from taking your tunic. Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. Do to others as you would have them do to you." (Luke 6:27-31)
“Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. (Ephesians 4:32)
"Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience." (Colossians 3:12)
She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue. (Proverbs 31:26)
So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 2:1-5)

HEROES’ WORDS
Be kind to all and severe to thyself. –St. Teresa of Avila

MEDITATION
Kindness: One of the fruits of the Holy Spirit; the quality of understanding sympathy and concern for those in trouble or need. It is shown in affability of speech, generosity of conduct, and forgiveness of injuries sustained (Fr. John Hardon, Modern Catholic Dictionary).

BY THY HOLY AND IMMACULATE CONCEPTION, OH MARY, DELIVER US FROM EVIL. AMEN - OUR LADY OF AMERICA"

Friday, October 17, 2014

We are God's Possession

 
We are God's Possession
By Mark Mallett

A Bishop Who is Unapologetically Catholic

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"A tale of two bishops and two different generations. One in love with interfaith dinners and endless dialoging. The other simply preaching the truth, regardless of his audience. Bold, authentic, refreshing and Catholic." 

A Bishop Who is Unapologetically Catholic

The Fruit of Patience ("Stay the Course")

 
Lord, please grant me the Fruit of Patience!

"In times of difficulty those brave enough to stay the course will be victors in the end."
 ~  Bo Schembechler


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Fr. Richard Heilman

GOD’S WORD
And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all. (1 Thes. 5:14)
Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us. (Hebrews 12:1)
May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy. (Colossians 1:11)
My brothers, when you have fallen into various trials, consider everything a joy, knowing that the proving of your faith exercises patience, and patience brings a work to perfection, so that you may be perfect and whole, deficient in nothing. (James 1:2-4)
HEROES’ WORDS
Patience is the companion of wisdom. –St. Augustine
Patience is the root and guardian of all the virtues. –Pope St. Gregory I
The virtue of patience is the one which most assures us of perfection. –St. Francis de Sales
If there be a true way that leads to the Everlasting Kingdom, it is most certainly that of suffering, patiently endured. -- St. Colette
MEDITATION
Patience: A form of the moral virtue of fortitude. It enables one to endure present evils without sadness or resentment in conformity with the will of God. Patience is mainly concerned with bearing the evils caused by another. The three grades of patience are: Lowest: to bear difficulties without interior complaint, Middle: to use hardships to make progress in virtue, Highest: to desire the cross and afflictions for Christ’s love, to have something to offer up, and to accept them with spiritual joy. (Fr. John Hardon, Modern Catholic Dictionary).
BY THY HOLY AND IMMACULATE CONCEPTION, OH MARY, DELIVER US FROM EVIL. AMEN - OUR LADY OF AMERICA

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Charity, Clarity…and Hilarity

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Charity, Clarity…and Hilarity

Fr. Dwight Longenecker

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The Gift of JOY



Lord, bless me with the gift of joy, no matter what's happening.


Fr. Richard Heilman

"GOD’S WORD
You have made known to me the ways of life; you will fill me with joy by your presence. At your right hand are delights, even to the end. (Psalm 16:11)
His lord said to him: ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. Since you have been faithful over a few things, I will appoint you over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’ (Matthew 25:21)

HEROES’ WORDS
"Joy is a net of love by which we catch souls."-Mother Teresa
Joy is very infectious; therefore, be always full of joy. –Mother Teresa
We are at Jesus’ disposal. If he wants you to be sick in bed, if he wants you to proclaim His work in the street, if he wants you to clean the toilets all day, that’s all right, everything is all right. We must say, “I belong to you. You can do whatever you like.” And this is our strength. This is the joy of the Lord. –Mother Teresa
Let the brothers ever avoid appearing gloomy, sad, and clouded, like the hypocrites; but let one ever be found joyous in the Lord, gay, amiable, gracious, as is meet. –St. Francis

MEDITATION
Joy: In spiritual literature, the feeling aroused by the expectation or possession of some good. One of the fruits of the Holy Spirit. Joyful emotions affect the body, but they are essentially in the higher faculties of the soul. Differs from pleasure, which may affect the human spirit but originates in some bodily sensation. Thus joy is possessed by angels and human beings, and its source is the rational will (Fr. John Hardon, Modern Catholic Dictionary).
BY THY HOLY AND IMMACULATE CONCEPTION, OH MARY, DELIVER US FROM EVIL. AMEN"

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Advice for the Pope in Light of the Synod - Crisis Magazine

"Compassion without content is mere sentimentality. Mercy without truth
is an empty gesture. Kindness without correction is cowardly."

Advice for the Pope in Light of the Synod - Crisis Magazine

Fr. Dwight Longenecker

Truths of the Faith Not Changed

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Cardinal Burke: ‘The Truths of the Faith Have Not Changed’ 


"The prefect of the Vatican’s highest court doesn’t mince words in discussing the Synod of Bishops on the family."


Fruit of Charity



Fr. Richard Heilman

"GOD’S WORD
God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. (1 John 4:16)

HEROES’ WORDS
"Our hearts were made for You, O Lord, and they are restless until they rest in you." -St. Augustine
“The fruits of charity are joy, peace, and mercy; charity demands beneficence and fraternal correction; it is benevolence; it fosters reciprocity and remains disinterested and generous; it is friendship and communion: Love is itself the fulfillment of all our works. There is the goal; that is why we run: we run toward it, and once we reach it, in it we shall find rest. –St. Augustine
Charity brings to life again those who are spiritually dead. –St. Thomas Aquinas
Charity is the form, mover, mother, and root of all virtues. –St. Thomas Aquinas
All is made for charity, and charity for God. –St. Francis de Sales
Love God, serve God: everything is in that. -- St. Clare of Assisi

MEDITATION
By this power of the Spirit, God's children can bear much fruit. He who has grafted us onto the true vine will make us bear "the fruit of the Spirit: . . . love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control." "We live by the Spirit"; the more we renounce ourselves, the more we "walk by the Spirit." (CCC 736).

Fruits of the Holy Spirit: Supernatural works that, according to St. Paul, manifest the presence of the Holy Spirit. The one who performs them recognizes God's presence by the happiness he experiences, and others the divine presence by witnessing these good works (Galatians 5:22-23). They are, in other words, identifiable effects of the Holy Spirit. In the Vulgate text they are: charity, joy, peace, patience, benignity, goodness, longanimity, mildness, faith, modesty, continency, and chastity.
Fruit of Charity: Fruit of the Spirit and fullness of the Law, charity keeps the commandments of God and his Christ: "Abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love (CCC 1824).

BY THY HOLY AND IMMACULATE CONCEPTION, OH MARY, DELIVER US FROM EVIL. AMEN"

Monday, October 13, 2014

What many Catholics don’t know about divorce and receiving communion



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What many Catholics don’t know about divorce and receiving communion


Keeping the Church Catholic

For the Church to become more compassionate, it must become more Catholic.

If the Church becomes less Catholic, it will become less compassionate.

Our Lord Jesus Christ established the Church and its teachings in his Compassion, it must not be changed by the world.



Family Synod Mid Term Report

Gift of Fear (Respect)

 

Fr. Richard Heilman

Gift of Fear: Infused gift of the Holy Spirit that confirms the virtue of hope and inspires a person with profound respect for the majesty of God. Its corresponding effects are protection from sin through dread of offending the Lord, and a strong confidence in the power of his help. The fear of the Lord is not servile but filial. It is based on the selfless love of God, whom it shrinks from offending. Whereas in servile fear the evil dreaded is punishment; in filial fear it is the fear of doing anything contrary to the will of God.

The gift of fear comprises three principal elements: a vivid sense of God's greatness, a lively sorrow for the least faults committed, and a vigilant care in avoiding occasions of sin. It is expressed in prayer of the Psalmist, "My whole being trembles before you, your ruling fills me with fear" (Psalm 119:120). One of its salutary effects is to induce a spirit of deep humility in dealing with others, especially with inferiors, since it makes a person aware that he or she stands constantly before the judgment of God (Fr. John Hardon, Modern Catholic Dictionary).
BY THY HOLY AND IMMACULATE CONCEPTION, OH MARY, DELIVER US FROM EVIL. AMEN

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Pope Francis' Homily for Canadian Saints

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Pope Francis’ Homily for Thanksgiving Mass of Canadian Saints

The Gift of Piety

 Fr. Richard Heilman

The Gift of Piety: A special gift of the Holy Spirit; it perfects the virtue of religion, which is the practice of justice toward God. It produces an instinctive filial affection for God and devotion toward those who are specially consecrated to God. As an infused gift of God, it is ready loyalty to God and the things of God, arising not so much from studied effort or acquired habit as from a supernatural communication conferred by the Holy Spirit.
This gift enables a person to see in God not only one's sovereign Master but a loving Father, according to the teaching of St. Paul: "Everyone moved by the Spirit is a son of God. The spirit you received is not the spirit of slaves bringing fear into your lives again; it is the spirit of sons, and it makes us cry out 'Abba, Father!'" (Romans 8:14-15). It engenders in the soul a filial respect for God, a generous love toward him, and an affectionate obedience that wants to do what he commands because it loves the one who commands (Fr. John Hardon, Modern Catholic Dictionary).
BY THY HOLY AND IMMACULATE CONCEPTION, OH MARY, DELIVER US FROM EVIL. AMENBlessed-Virgin-Mary-Virgin-with-angels

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Compassion, Puppies and Kittens

Compassion, Puppies and Kittens

 Fr. Dwight Longenecker

After This Life by Fr. Benedict Groeschel

AFTER THIS LIFE
"What Catholics Believe About What Happens Next. Asserting that we live in a death-denying society, Father Benedict Groeschel masterfully explains how consoling and uplifting the truths surrounding death, judgment, Hell, Purgatory, and Heaven really are. These topics offer us the opportunity to think clearly about death in order to live fully in God's grace today. Learn to live each day with confidence based on the mercy and love of our Savior, Jesus Christ, who spoke often of death and the Last Judgment through His parables. Paperback. 142 pages. "

"You're On the Way or in the way..." Fr. Anthony Mary

Father Anthony Mary Homily from 10/10/14

Love of God Leads to Obedience




Let the perfect Will of God be accomplished through our faithful obedience.

Friday, October 10, 2014

A Catholic Response to Suffering and Euthanasia

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God alone is the author of human life, and only He has the right to take it, as well. “The Lord gives, and the Lord takes away. Blessed be the name of the Lord.”

 A Catholic Response to Suffering and Euthanasia

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Burke Offers Clarity Amidst the Confusion

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"Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke continues to shine as a beacon of hope for the faithful during these days of trepidation. As the Extraordinary Synod on the Family continues, Catholics are hearing a steady drumbeat of self-styled reformers calling for “pastoral solutions”, “less offensive language” and the revisiting of “alleged interpretations of dogma” in an effort to respond to the difficulties facing families today."

Burke Offers Clarity Amidst the Confusion

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Gradualism at Synod on Family

Is "gradualism" a sign of the times?  Where are all the "on fire" Catholics?  Have most Catholics become "luke-warm"?   There was no sign of gradualism at the first "synod" at the Jordan River...
the invitation was direct:  "Repent, the Kingdom of God is at hand."

The synod's key twist: The sudden return of gradualism

John L. Allen, Jr.

Jesus Rejected Unlawful and Unchaste Marriages

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 "Monday’s decision by the Supreme Court not to take up numerous state appeals regarding same-sex unions pretty much signals that the secular redefinition is here to stay. This is really no surprise given the rather deep confusion about sexuality and marriage in our culture."

 Jesus Rejected Unlawful and Unchaste Marriages in His Own Day – Here’s Why and Where

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Fr. Mitch Pacw Homily 10/8/14

Sometimes a man mistakenly follows his friends and their habits, rather than following God's Will....

St. Paul corrects St. Peter (Galatians 2:1-2, 7-14) in today's Gospel Reading

Sometimes even a Pope needs to be gently corrected...

Cardinal Burke at Synod Says ‘Defective Catechesis’ is Danger to Catholic Family

 Cardinal Burke



Cardinal Burke at Synod Says ‘Defective Catechesis’ is Danger to Catholic Family

Monday, October 6, 2014

Christ's Truth is Heart of Marriage


Cardinal Burke: Christ's truth is at the heart of marriage

Virtue of Fortitude


GOD’S WORD
“Wait for the LORD; Be strong and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for the LORD” (Psalm 27:14).

Fr. Richard Heilman

HEROES’ WORDS
“Fortitude is the disposition of soul which enables us to despise all inconveniences and the loss of things not in our power.” –St. Augustine
I know well that the greater and more beautiful the work is, the more terrible will be the storms that rage against it. ~St. Faustina
“Moreover, Christians are born for combat, whereof the greater the vehemence, the more assured, God willing, the triumph: ‘Have confidence; I have overcome the world’ (John 16:33)” –Pope Leo XIII
“Though the path is plain and smooth for men of good will, he who walks it will not travel far, and will do so only with difficulty, if he does not have good feet: that is, courage and a persevering spirit” –St. John of the Cross
MEDITATION
Fortitude is the moral virtue that ensures firmness in difficulties and constancy in the pursuit of the good. It strengthens the resolve to resist temptations and to overcome obstacles in the moral life. The virtue of fortitude enables one to conquer fear, even fear of death, and to face trials and persecutions. It disposes one even to renounce and sacrifice his life in defense of a just cause. "The Lord is my strength and my song." "In the world you have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world" (CCC 1808).
BY THY HOLY AND IMMACULATE CONCEPTION, OH MARY, DELIVER US FROM EVIL. AMEN
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Lord, help me and give me fortitude as I wait...

Stay the Course



A lot of stories in the news this morning about how the Church should modernize its teachings, and how most Catholic families don't actually teach their children what the Church teaches. This is very sad. I know this was how it was in my family when I was growing up.

 It was God's mercy and a Catholic friend who taught me the Truth.

 The Church is the Pillar and Foundation of Truth. 1 Tim 3:15

Sunday, October 5, 2014