Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Special Forces Training in Holiness




New FB group....many Priests, Religious and Lay Catholics have already joined...Come Join, YOU are invited! Over 700 members in just one day. Encourage one another online! Group founded by Fr. Richard Heilman.


 "Inspired by Pope St. John Paul II's new millennium call for pastoral initiatives focusing on "Training in Holiness" and "Schools of Prayer," this group will train together, both spiritually and physically, to become better equipped to accept the missions God wants for each one of us".

 Special Forces Training ...in Holiness

Children of God: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God

 Mary Mother of Christ

Children of God: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God | St. Paul Center For Biblical Theology

It is the Last Hour

Fr. Patrick Mary on EWTN gives the New Year's Eve Homily

Feast of the Epiphany



Feast of the Epiphany | Word on Fire

Fr. Robert Barron

Pope's New Year's Eve Vespers Message

 Pope Francis swung incense toward a statue of Jesus as he celebrated a New Year's Eve vespers service in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican. The traditional Mass contains the thanksgiving hymn ''Te Deum" for the ending year and is the last public appearance of the pope in 2014. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Pope ends 2014 with an examination of conscience, above all on the poor

by John L. Allen Jr.

A Novitiate for Eternity





“...time is a part of eternity; that just as our present moment has a memory behind it and a hope in front of it so, too, time is like one circle that is locked in another circle or, better still, time and eternity are like two hearts carved by lovers on an oak tree as if to give perpetuity to their love. Each new year is actually a testing and proving ground for eternity, a kind of novitiate in which we say "aye" or "nay" to our eternal destiny, a season of plenty from which we shall later on reap either wheat or weeds. A beautiful example of this consciousness of how time is bound up to eternity was revealed when we gave First Communion to a little princess. After the ceremony, when she had received the greetings of friends she said to her mother, "I am ready." Her mother said, "Ready for what?" She said, "Ready for Heaven. I have received Divine Love this morning and why should I go on living? For living is nothing but waiting for Perfect Love." 
~  Archbishop Fulton Sheen (On Being Human)

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

The Chaplet of the Divine Mercy







PRAYER TO BE RECITED AFTER THIS VIDEO:

Eternal God...
in Whom mercy is endless and the tresury of compassion inexhaustible, look kindly upon us and increase Your mercy in us...
That in difficult moments we might not despair nor become despondent...
But with great confidence submit ourselves to Your most Holy Will which is LOVE and MERCY Itself!

IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER, THE SON, AND THE HOLY SPIRIT...
AMEN.

Catholicism IS the Early Church



This is the same reason I reverted back to the Catholic Church, it is most like the Early Church, because it is the original Church.

"Former Southern Baptist Rod Bennett used to believe that the Catholic Church was the result of the “Great Apostasy.” However, as he was lead to read the works of the earliest Christians, he realized that the Early Church actually resembled Catholic beliefs and traditions!

(This talk was originally given in 2004 at the CHNetwork's "Deep in History" conference)

About the Deep in History Talks from the CHNetwork:

The early period of the growth of Christianity (ca. A.D. 50-700) is a rich source for learning how the earliest disciples and apostles of Jesus Christ passed on the “faith delivered once and for all to God’s holy ones” (Jud 3). From Ignatius of Antioch in the early second century to Gregory the Great in the early seventh, the story of the Church’s proclamation in winning over pagan culture to Christ is widely diverse in practice and wonderfully unified in doctrine. The faith of these early Saints inspires and challenges us to live more deeply in love with Christ and in continuity with our forbearers in Christ."

We hope these resources take you deep into the history of Christ's Church and thereby deeper into Christ. Please visit:
http://DeepinHistory.com
http://CHNetwork.org

Thou Shalt Take it Easy: 7 Reasons to Embrace Sunday Rest

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Thou Shalt Take it Easy: 7 Reasons to Embrace Sunday Rest

Monday, December 29, 2014

Friendship with Christ Jesus

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Friendship with Christ Jesus

Fr. Joseph Mary's Homily on the Christmas Truce During WWI


Today's ‎Homily‬ by Fr. Joseph for Monday in the Octave of Christmas‬. Fr. Joseph tells us about the 100th anniversary of the Christmas Truce during ‪‎WWI‬.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

HELL BURNS: TV: 'THE SISTERHOOD: BECOMING NUNS' (6 PART SERIES)

 

HELL BURNS: TV: 'THE SISTERHOOD: BECOMING NUNS' (6 PART SERIES)

by Sister Helena Burns

I watched the series and this is a very interesting and on-point review of the program, and those who participated in it .  Most important is the background story of  the girls' perception of their sexuality and how it effects their relationships. "Theology of the Body" MUST be taught early.

Pope Francis to large families: you are a gift to society


 


 Pope Francis to large families: you are a gift to society


On the feast of the Holy Family, Pope Francis gives a shout-out to big families
by John L. Allen, Jr.

Friday, December 26, 2014

Twelve Days of Christmas

 "One of the delights of studying for the priesthood in Rome (many decades ago now) was the opportunity to experience the reality of the complete Christmas season: one that did not begin with a mass-market assault on Thanksgiving evening and build to a consuming crescendo on Christmas Day, but instead began with Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve and continued for eleven days after December 25."

Twelve Days of Christmas - The Catholic Thing

 By Fr. C. John McCloskey


The Christian Martyr-Witness, by Mark Mallett

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"All those who sat in the Sanhedrin looked intently at him and saw that his face was like the face of an angel. (Acts 6:15")

On the Feast of St. Stephen the Martyr

The Christian Martyr-Witness
by Mark Mallett

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

The Night Jesus Leaped From Heaven


"While gentle silence enveloped all things, and night in its swift course was now half gone, thy all-powerful word leaped from heaven, from the royal throne, into the midst of the land that was doomed" (Wis. 18:14-15)


"O holy night! The stars are brightly shining,
It is the night of our dear Savior's birth
Long lay the world in sin and error pining
'Til He appear'd and the soul felt its worth
A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn

Fall on your knees! O hear the angel voices!
O night divine, O night when Christ was born
O night divine, O night, O night Divine

Truly He taught us to love one another
His law is love and His gospel is peace
Chains shall He break for the slave is our brother
And in His name all oppression shall cease
Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we
Let all within us praise His holy name

Christ is the Lord! O praise His Name forever
His power and glory evermore proclaim
His power and glory evermore proclaim"


"Why is Christmas Celebrated Mainly at Night?"
~ Msgnr. Pope


Advent and the Four Comings of Christ

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 "....Holy Mother Church asks us for a different kind of preparedness, a preparedness that does not involve shopping or wrapping gifts—She calls us to a preparedness of heart..."

 Advent and the Four Comings of Christ

Monday, December 22, 2014

The Nigerian Gift, by Mark Mallett




The Nigerian Gift
by Mark Mallett

Tribulation develops Patience, Patience develops Hope ~ O Come, O Come Emmanuel!





“The Greek origin of the word patience suggests two ideas: one continuance, the other submission. Combined, they mean submissive waiting; a frame of mind which is willing to wait because it knows it thus serves God and his holy purposes. A person who believes in nothing beyond this world is very impatient, because he has only a limited time in which to satisfy his wants. Patience is not something one is born with; it is something that is achieved. Sight is a gift of nature, but seeing has to be won. So it is with self-possession and patience; such a virtue is developed by resistance and control. There are many who excuse themselves, saying that if they were in other circumstances they would be much more patient. It makes little difference where we are; it all depends on what we are thinking about. What happens to us is not so important, but rather how we react to what happens. Tribulation tries the soul, and in the storm it develops patience, and patience, in its turn, hope.” 
~  Archbishop Fulton Sheen (Way to Inner Peace)

" O come, O come, Emmanuel,
and ransom captive Israel,
that mourns in lonely exile here
until the Son of God appear.


Refrain:
Rejoice! Rejoice!
Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.


O come, thou Wisdom from on high,
who orderest all things mightily;
to us the path of knowledge show,
and teach us in her ways to go. Refrain


O come, thou Rod of Jesse, free
thine own from Satan's tyranny;
from depths of hell thy people save,
and give them victory over the grave. Refrain


O come, thou Dayspring, come and cheer
our spirits by thine advent here;
disperse the gloomy clouds of night,
and death's dark shadows put to flight. Refrain


O come, thou Key of David, come,
and open wide our heavenly home;
make safe the way that leads on high,
and close the path to misery. Refrain


O come, O come, great Lord of might,
who to thy tribes on Sinai's height
in ancient times once gave the law
in cloud and majesty and awe. Refrain


O come, thou Root of Jesse's tree,
an ensign of thy people be;
before thee rulers silent fall;
all peoples on thy mercy call. Refrain


O come, Desire of nations, bind
in one the hearts of all mankind;
bid thou our sad divisions cease,
and be thyself our King of Peace. Refrain


O come, O come, Emmanuel,
and ransom captive Israel,
that mourns in lonely exile here
until the Son of God appear. Refrain"


Words: Latin, twelfth century;
trans. John Mason Neale (1818-1866), 1851

My Spirit Rejoices in God



And Mary said, "Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her." St. Luke 1:38 

 "My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, my spirit rejoices in God my Savior for He has looked with favor on His lowly servant. For this day all generations will call me blessed: the Almighty has done great things for me and holy is His Name." Luke 38.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

The New Eve

Advent Day 22 - The New Eve
"In our Gospel for this fourth Sunday of Advent, we turn to the beautiful and familiar story of the Annunciation. The angel Gabriel comes to a virgin named Mary to announce she will give birth to a son. Although undoubtedly shocked, Mary responds, "I am the maidservant of the Lord. Let it be done to me according to your word." Mary abandoned her own plans and acquiesced to what God wanted her to do.

The Church Fathers were fond of describing Mary as the new Eve, the new mother of all the living. In fact, some say the angel's "ave" ("hail") reversed "Eva."

What was Eve's problem? Eve grasped at the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, claiming along with Adam that she would be the criterion of right and wrong, that her will would determine the nature of the good. Every one of our spiritual and moral problems flows from this primordial sin. But when Mary says, "Let it be done to me according to your word," this spiritual momentum is stopped and then reversed. It is this reversal that allows Christ to be born into the world.

Meister Eckhart noted that every Christian has the vocation of Mary, to bring Christ to birth. We each do this in our own ways and styles, according to the exigencies of our unique vocations. But we do this, Eckhart saw, the same way Mary did: by abandoning our projects and plans, our sense of the good life, and acquiescing to God's purpose working through us."


~  Fr. Robert Barron

'Santa's Priority' - Catholics Come Home




"This "Keep Christ in Christmas"-themed evangomercial from Catholics Come Home reminds us that all of us, like Santa depicted in this commercial, should make Jesus our priority at Christmastime each year."

Saturday, December 20, 2014

The Immaculata, by Mark Mallett



The Immaculata
by Mark Mallett

Expanding Our Heart to Receive God's Gift

Forty years is a long time to 'wander in the desert', but maybe during this Advent season of waiting.... we begin to understand...God's ways are not our ways.
 
Advent Day 21 - Expanding Our Heart
"Sometimes we are made to wait because we are not yet adequately prepared to receive what God wants to give us. In his remarkable letter to Proba, Saint Augustine argued that the purpose of unanswered prayer is to force expansion of the heart. When we don't get what we want, we begin to want it more and more, with ever greater insistency, until our souls are on fire with the desire for it. Sometimes it is only a sufficiently expanded and inflamed heart that can take in what God intends to give.

What would happen to us if we received, immediately and on our own terms, everything we wanted? We might be satisfied in a superficial way, but we wouldn't begin to appreciate the preciousness of the gifts. After all, the Israelites had to wait thousands of years before they were ready to receive God's greatest gift.

Even if we are on the right track and even if we desire with sufficient intensity what God wants to give, we still might not be ready to integrate a particular grace into our lives or to handle the implications of it.

How badly do you want Christ this Advent?"


~ Fr. Robert Barron

Consecrated Life Must Mirror Chirst's Life

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“You have not only a glorious history to remember and to recount, but also a great history still to be accomplished!” St. John Paul II told clergy and religious women in his 1996 apostolic exhortation, Vita Consecrata."

Renewal Amid Divisions

Advent with Mary



"When she became God’s handmaid, [Mary] surrendered the plans she had for herself in lieu of the agenda given by her Creator. Can you imagine forgoing all the plans you have made for your life in just a moment’s time?”

That’s an excellent question to ask ourselves in these coming days of Advent. 

Could we forgo our own plans in lieu of God’s plans, even if they vastly contradicted our own? It’s one thing to decide to say “yes” to God as Mary did. It’s a completely other thing to accept the reality of that decision as Mary did. That level of surrender requires trust in God at a level that is difficult to reach for many of us."

(Catholic mom.com)

Friday, December 19, 2014

Latin Mass in Hollywood on Christmas Eve?


Sharing this because it is so amazing! A Latin Mass in Hollywood on Christmas Eve! Who would have ever thought...I never ever wanted to be anywhere near Hollywood, but looks like Our Lord found a way to make Christmas Eve meaningful for even the Hollywood crowd.  Where I live (Utah), there is never any Latin Masses. So if you know any Catholics in California, let them know this Christmas Eve will be different...at least in Hollywood!

546 Hollywood Latin Mass

Solemn High Christmas Midnight Mass • Hollywood


HELP SPREAD exciting news! On the night of Christmas Eve—that is, early Christmas morning—a Solemn Mass with Deacon & Subdeacon will take place at midnight in Hollywood.
The Celebrant will be Fr. James Fryar, FSSP, who is in the process of establishing a Los Angeles Apostolate of the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter.
CHRISTMAS MIDNIGHT MASS • 2014 Solemn Mass with Deacon & Subdeacon
Saint Victor Church
8634 Holloway Drive
West Hollywood, CA 90069
Please come and support this effort (FSSP.la) at its inception!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

I Am Coming Soon, by Mark Mallett

 
 "I I often think of St. Paul’s words calling us to pray…
…for kings and for all in authority, that we may lead a quiet and tranquil life in all devotion and dignity. (1 Tim 2:2)"
 I Am Coming Soon
By Mark Mallett

The Role of Beauty in the Formation of Men as Men


 Eleanor Fortescue Brickdale from The Book of Old English Songs & Ballads 2

 "Once upon a time in the Western world, exposure to “the beautiful” was an important element in the development and formation of men. The ideal man was also an educated man,..."

The Role of Beauty in the Formation of Men as Men - Crisis Magazine

Traditional Latin Mass Missal & Hymnal

538 IN CANONE MISSAE

St. Edmund Campion Missal & Hymnal Website

 "The Campion Missal & Hymnal (992 pages long) is the first of its kind. It is a pew book providing the faithful with everything they require to properly assist at the Traditional Latin Mass." 

Wow, what a meaningful Christmas gift this would be!

Feast for the Catholic Spirit!

Putting this on my birthday list!

Jesus Chose to Come to the World as Part of a Family

 


 "Pope Francis at yesterday's audience explained that “The family is the great gift that the Lord has given to the world.”

The proximity to Christmas illuminates the mystery of the incarnation of the Son of God, which opens a new chapter in the universal history of man and woman... “And this new beginning occurs within a family, in Nazareth”, explained the Pope. “He could have come spectacularly, or as a warrior, an emperor… No, he came as the son of a family, in a family.” “It is not by chance that Nazareth means 'she who preserves', like Mary who, as the Gospel tells us, 'treasured all these things in her heart'. From then on, whenever there is a family that preserves this mystery, even if it should be at the outer reaches of the world, the mystery of the Son of God is at work. And He comes to save the world.”


General Audience: Jesus chose to come to the world as part of a family

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The O Antiphons



The O Antiphons



Pray the O Antiphons for the last seven days of Advent (beginning December 17) leading to the birth of Christ. Find these and other free resources at www.osv.com/advent.

Let the Church Be a House of Wonder

 St. Ann's Church

 Let the Church Be a House of Wonder - Crisis Magazine

 by Anthony Esolen

A Call to Better Liturgy

The Reign of the Lion, by Mark Mallett



The Reign of the Lion

by Mark Mallett

Bishop Peter Christensen, New Bishop of Boise, Idaho






Most Rev. Peter Christensen has been installed today as the new Bishop of the Diocese of Boise (all of Idaho). He was previously the Bishop of Superior, Wisconsin.

Diocese of Boise

Bishop Peter Christensen

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Knights of Divine Mercy sing Magnificat

KNIGHTS SING MAGNIFICAT - AMAZING!!!!
Solemn Vespers with Fr. Z
 


SO Beautiful...gives me goosebumps!

Final Report on Women Religious



Final Report on the Apostolic Visitation of Institutes of Women Religious in the United States of America

The Spiritual Tsunami, by Mark Mallett


 Decide today whose side you are on...time is growing short.

 "The Moral Tsunami is essentially a description of the sexual revolution that has swept through modern civilization. The three waves of contraception, cultural immorality, and pornography have virtually destroyed the moral foundations of society—particularly in the West (which has merely exported debauchery to the rest of the world.) [1] What we are seeing today is the debris left behind these destructive waves.".....

Beginning to see..

The Spiritual Tsunami

by Mark Mallett

Monday, December 15, 2014

Personalized Snowflakes

 

 Found this silly site online. 

Just for fun....

Make your own personalized snowflakes.  Make them for friends, children, family members, co-workers.  Uses the letters of  a name to create a unique personal snowflake.  

 Try using Saint names or names from history.

Family fun....  or slow work-day activity.  :)


Make yours here, just put in any name:

My Snowflake

Example:

Pope Francis Snowflake

Angels for Advent

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".. I am intrigued and enchanted by the angels of Advent, but I am also encouraged by their presence for another reason. I think we need the angels more than ever because they remind us that our religion is not simply a matter of being nice people and making the world a better place."....

~  Fr. Dwight Longenecker

Angels for Advent

Why Stay in the Church?

 


A question asked of Pope Benendict XVI ( Josef Ratzinger), 
 in 1971 ...

"Why Stay in the Church?"

Advent is a Time of Preparation


In this morning's homily, Fr. Mark of EWTN explains how he learned why there needs to be a time of preparation during Advent. With this preparation we are enabled to fully welcome Christ on Christmas Day, with both reason and true faith.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

We Are a Joyful People - Advent Day 15

Advent Day 15 - A New Beginning
"The third Sunday of Advent is referred to as "Gaudete" Sunday. In Latin, Gaudete is a positive command that means, "Rejoice!" We Christians are a joyful people. In fact, St. Paul tells the Thessalonians in today's second reading, "Rejoice always!"
Now, does that mean we must be always giddy, always on an emotional high? No. But it does mean that we are basically and irrevocably an optimistic people, believers in the divine comedy - in good times and bad, in success and failure.

I always think of Thomas Merton in this context, telling one of his novices to get rid of his long face - and meaning it as a positive command. Christians have no business moping around.

Notice how beautifully this theme balances the theme we've been developing the last couple of weeks - one that also belongs to the heart of Advent - the desperation of our sin and our need for salvation.

The sobering news is that we can't save ourselves. But the overwhelmingly good news is that we have been saved through the mighty power of God, and that's the reason why we are an essentially joyful people."
~ Father Robert Barron

Innocence and Simplicity - Frosty the Snowman



Last night, I watched the original "Frosty the Snowman"  and it brought back such tender memories of a much different time, unlike today's sophisticated culture. This children's cartoon made it's debut in December of 1969, during  television's 'prime time' . It was an instant hit with kids, as well as teens and adults.

 Today's modern kids would probably be unimpressed by this sweet tale of 'Frosty the Snowman who came to life one day, with an old silk hat',  along with the little children who loved him and didn't want to lose him. His best friend, Karen, traveled with Frosty in a refrigerated train car to try and save his life  (he was beginning to melt away), even though she nearly froze to death and probably contracted severe bronchitis from the cold.

 It was a time when life was simple, more innocent and we would do anything for a friend, even if it cost us.... and those we loved were our real 'family'.  It was a magical time, even without  'that old silk hat'!

Model Becomes Nun

Beautiful Model Gives Up Flourishing Career To Become Nun

 

Older Vocations



Resources for Older Vocations

Have you ever considered the Religious Life? 

Are you in the second-half of your life?

2015 is "Year of the Consecrated Life"

It may still be a possibility

Praying, Researching, Praying some more.

Fr. Lovasik: A Prolific Humility


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"In second grade Religion class, our school principal, a member of the Sisters of Notre Dame, sat in to observe one morning. Our teacher, Sr. Rosemary, asked us, “What is a homily?” My heart leaped—this was too good to be true. With the principal waiting expectantly for a reply from someone, I shot my hand up." .....

Fr. Lovasik: A Prolific Humility

The Sunday Propers: Gaudete Sunday


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The Sunday Propers: Gaudete Sunday

Friday, December 12, 2014

Fr. Anthony Mary Homily 12/12/14 on Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Wonderful homily by Fr. Anthony Mary about Our Lady of Guadalupe

A Higher Love


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"Most of us begin by thinking the world can make us happy. But if we reach maturity, both spiritual and emotional, we realize that we were made for something higher, something more akin to our hearts truest longings."....

Thursday, December 11, 2014

A Not Very Cozy Advent ~ Fr. Robert Barron


Father Robert Barron's Homily for the 3rd Sunday of Advent

"Christ proclaims himself as the King of everything. This is a bold claim for it puts everything under him. However, he is a very different King than what we typically expect. So with the arrival of this King, we must change all our expectations."

A Not Very Cozy Advent | Word on Fire

Mary Christ Mass!


COME HOME to the Catholic Church
for CHRIST Mass+++ 

 Mary Christ Mass!!!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

New Combat Rosary

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 from onepeterfive.com :

"Men’s faith formation has been a pet project of mine for the last half of my 26 years as a priest. Among many things, I ‘ve wanted us men to rediscover the treasury of Catholic devotions. If men are going to be the spiritual leaders of their own domestic church, we simply must explore these time-tested and Church approved jewels of our Catholic life.

As I poured myself into this endeavor, I was struck by how effeminate many of the sacramentals tended to be. It’s no wonder men are inclined to see these devotions as “what women do.” In particular, most of the rosaries looked like women’s jewelry. I began to scour the internet to find something truly masculine in a rosary.  Sure, there were the classic black or brown bead rosaries, but they still seemed weak to me....."

 ~ Father Richard Heilman
  
1916 Military Rosary Inspires New Combat Rosary

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

God Never Disappoints



"Strayed" by Mark Mallett



  Strayed

by Mark Mallett

The Highest Mountain

The Highest Mountain - Advent Day 10

 "The prophet Isaiah was someone who felt and brought to articulate expression the Advent attitude of yearning. He gives us, in the second chapter of his book, an image which has burned its way into the consciousness of believers up and down the centuries. That image is of God's holy mountain, the place where the deepest longings of the heart are fulfilled: "In the days to come, the mountain of the Lord's house shall be established as the highest mountain and raised above the hills."

This vision is of the future; it is not here, but it is coming, held out to us as a realistic hope. And what is the substance of it? That the mountain of the Lord's house will be highest.

That mountain is Zion, where the temple of Yahweh was situated. It was the place of right praise.

On the biblical reading, the key to happiness is nothing other than right praise, worship of the true God. For when we give glory to God in the highest, we rightly order all of our desires: we love God first and then all other things for the sake of God. Bad praise - getting this order out of whack - is always what goes wrong with us. It's the result of allowing wealth, or pleasure, or power, or honor to become the highest mountain.

But when the worship of the true God is established as the highest mountain, then it will function as a magnet, drawing all people to itself. This beautiful image - all of the tribes and nations streaming toward Zion - haunted and continues to haunt the religious imagination of believers all over the world.

We pray "Glory to God in the highest and peace to his people on earth." That is a spiritual formula: when God is given glory in the highest, then peace will obtain among us here below."

 ~ Father Robert Barron

Monday, December 8, 2014

The Immaculate Conception




"Because Mary is what God wanted us all to be, she speaks of herself as the eternal blueprint in the mind of God, the one whom God loved before she was a creature. She is even pictured as being with Him not only at creation, but before creation. She existed in the Divine Mind as an Eternal Thought before there were any mothers. She is the Mother of mothers. The closer one is to God, the greater the purity. But since no one was ever closer to God than the woman whose human portals he threw open to walk this earth, then no one could have been more pure than she. This special purity of hers we call the Immaculate Conception. The word ‘immaculate’ is taken from two Latin words meaning ‘not stained.’ Conception means that at the first moment of her conception, the Blessed Mother in the womb of her mother, Saint Anne, and in virtue of the anticipated merits of the Redemption of her Son was preserved free from the stains of original sin."
 ~ Venerable Fulton J. Sheen

Mary, Star of the New Evangelization

 


Mary, Star of the New Evangelization

Holy Mary, star of the new evangelization,
make us the light of the world.

We receive Christ in the Eucharist;
help us build the Kingdom in the world.
Teach us to do whatever He tells us.
May our study of His life lead us to love Him,
and our love for Him lead us to imitate Him.

If we are what we should be,
we will set the world ablaze and affect the culture.
We ask your intercession to make this so,
through Christ, our Lord.

Amen.