Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Pope Francis Summarizes Cuba-U.S. Trip

Pope Francis Sept. 30 recounted the highlights of his trip to Cuba and the United States


Fr. Mitch Pacwa's Homily on St. Jerome

Fr. Mitch Pacwa's Homily on EWTN on the Memorial of St. Jerome.

St Jerome and Bethlehem’s Church of St Catherine


St Jerome and Bethlehem’s Church of St Catherine

Cecile Richards, Kim Davis and the Dictatorship of Relativism

"The conscientious objector, like Kim Davis, stands up for the truth that there is a law greater than the government’s law and if so, there is a lawmaker greater than the presidents, dictators, legislators and judges."...

Cecile Richards, Kim Davis and the Dictatorship of Relativism

by Fr. Dwight Longenecker

Encounter the Love of God

Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church

Fr. Riccardo reflects on the visit of Pope Francis to the United States in this homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church. He says that we must first encounter the love of God before we can truly understand church doctrine. He reminds the congregants that God is calling all of us to grow in faith, and to give witness to others of all that God has done for us.

How Choice Replaced Human Nature

How Choice Replaced Human Nature - Crisis Magazine

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Walking With Jesus in the Joy of the Gospel

It's often not easy to find new and current Catholic books at my Public Library... in Utah; but possibly triggered by the Papal visit to the U.S., I've noticed some new ones popping up.  Today I was happy to find two new books I've been wanting to read.

 After watching all the television coverage of the visit last week, I just want to stay 'tuned-in' to Pope Francis!

If you do too, maybe you'd like to read these. You can click on the links to order.

Notice how the two titles just seem to flow together..."Walking With Jesus" (in) "The Joy of the Gospel"! I love it!

Obama: Gay Rights More Important than Religious Freedom

As Pope Francis returned to the Vatican, Obama was doing a '360' turnabout of his welcome remarks to the Pontiff in Washington, DC when he said 'Religious Freedom is very important in the United States'.

At a speech to a Gay Rights crowd, he warned Christians as he stated:

"Gay Rights Are More Important than Religious F

A Prayer to the Archangels


 Heavenly King, You have given us archangels to assist us during our pilgrimage on earth. Saint Michael is our protector; I ask him to come to my aid, fight for all my loved ones, and protect us from danger. Saint Gabriel is a messenger of the Good News; I ask him to help me clearly hear Your voice and to teach me the truth. Saint Raphael is the healing angel; I ask him to take my need for healing and that of everyone I know, lift it up to Your throne of grace and deliver back to us the gift of recovery. Help us, O Lord, to realize more fully the reality of the archangels and their desire to serve us. Holy angels, pray for us. 

St. Paul Street Evangelization National Gala

Wow, wish I lived near here, if you do... don't miss this:

 St. Paul Street Evangelization's 2nd Annual National Gala and Fundraising Dinner is coming to OLGC ! (Our Lady of Good Counsel, Plymouth, Michigan).

SATURDAY - OCTOBER 17, 2015 @ 6 PM. "Every Soul is Priceless" - St. Paul Street Evangelization's 2nd Annual National Gala and Fundraising Dinner.

Friends, please join us for what will be, God willing, a wonderful night of faith, dining, and a celebration of the love of our Lord.

 * His Excellency, Archbishop Vigneron, Archbishop of Detroit, will give the Benediction

 * Al Kresta, nationally renown speaker and radio show host will deliver the keynote address

 *Craig Pohl, Director of the New Evangelization for the Diocese of Lansing

 * Steve Dawson, St. Paul Street Evangelization founder and national director, will also provide an address

 Please follow the Eventbrite link below to purchase your tickets:… Buy them early!

10 Totally Awesome Facts About the Archangels


10 Totally Awesome Facts About the Archangels

Monday, September 28, 2015

The Invisible Prayer

The Invisible Prayer

Cdl. Burke Back in the Curia

Cdl. Burke Back in the Curia
Pope Francis has re-appointed Cdl. Raymond Burke to the Congregation for the Causes of Saints

Whoever is Not Against Us is For Us - For JESUS

"Whoever is not against us, is for us."

On his visit to America, Pope Francis said over and over and over again, "Please Pray for Me." 

 He knows that when we pray for another, we are in a way also praying for ourselves, and we are joining in spirit for another.

 Though we don't always agree totally on everything with one another, when we join with them, especially through praying for them, we become as one heart one spirit....
"whoever is not against us is for us".

Pope Francis wants us all to be... for JESUS.  When we pray for Pope Francis (or for anyone), we are naturally and powerfully drawn to and FOR Jesus!

St. Wenceslaus

St. Wenceslaus

St. Wenceslaus

From EWTN: Pope Francis' Words

Pope Francis' 'Words' from all his talks in the U.S. Papal visit.

From EWTN:

Pope Francis' Words

Francis and the First Freedom

L'Osservatore Romano

Francis and the First Freedom 

 Through words and action, the Pope eloquently underscored the importance of religious liberty.


Sunday, September 27, 2015

Be Open to Miracles of Love for Families


Pope Appeals: Be Open to Miracles of Love for Families 

 Official translation of the text of Pope Francis’ homily at the closing Mass for the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia.

Pope Visit Count-down and Schedule

World Meeting of Families

U.S. Apostolic Visit and World Meeting of Families

Pope Francis arrival in U.S. Count-down and Live feed site

Pope Francis Schedule for U.S. visit

EWTN Coverage

Spectacular Saturday for Pope Francis

In the final installment of Daily Pontiffications, Fr. John Riccardo reflects on what was a spectacular Saturday for Pope Francis.

Pope Francis Speech FULL Philadelphia Festival of Families MOVING Pope Homily

Pope Francis Speech FULL Philadelphia Festival of Families MOVING Pope Homily Pope Francis Speech FULL Philadelphia Festival of Families MOVING Pope Homily Pope Francis Speech FULL Philadelphia Festival of Families MOVING Pope Homily Pope Francis Speech FULL Philadelphia Festival of Families MOVING Pope Homily

Catholicism: the Original Mega Church


Catholicism: the Original Mega Church
by Fr. Dwight Longenecker

Saturday, September 26, 2015

To Belong to Christ, Dr. Scott Hahn Reflects

To Belong to Christ

How Do You Hide a Tree?

"How do you hide a tree?” I thought for moment about my spiritual director’s question. “In a forest?” Indeed, he went on to say, “Likewise, Satan has raised a tumult of false voices in order to obscure the authentic voice of the Lord.”...

How Do You Hide a Tree?

Be a Missionary Disciple - Joy of Jesus

In Daily Pontiffications #5, Fr. John Riccardo discusses the visit of Pope Francis to the U.S. and what it means to be a missionary disciple.

Holiness in a Nutshell


Holiness in a Nutshell

What About You?

Pope Francis celebrating Mass in Philadelphia. - AFP

"What About You?"
Pope: Every Christian has a mission to build up the Church

Friday, September 25, 2015

Are You Living It Right?


Are You Living It Right?

On John Boehner’s Tears and Mine


On John Boehner’s Tears and Mine

by Fr. Dwight Longenecker

The Vortex—Ann Coulter And Catholics

The Vortex—Ann Coulter And Catholics

Unceasing Prayer

Unceasing Prayer

...." I would ask that you pray for 3 specific events: 1) The Holy Father’s visit to the United States, 2)the World Meeting of Families, 3) and most especially for the Ordinary Synod on the Family in October. "

Full Text Pope Francis address to the UN General Assembly

Pope Francis addresses the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly - AP

Pope Francis addresses the UN General Assembly

Pope Bringing People to Jesus

In Daily Pontifications #4, Fr. Riccardo discusses how Pope Francis is bringing people to Jesus.

His Love

My wish is to share His Love, Goodness,  Joy, Peace and Truth with you, forever.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Full Text of Pope's Address to Congress

Full text of Pope Francis' historic address to Congress

Time to Get Serious

Time to Get Serious

What the Pope is Really Saying

In Daily Pontiffications #3, Fr. John Riccardo digs past the news headlines and lets us know what the Pope is really saying during his visit to America.

His Mercy

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Pope's In-flight Interview

Pope Francis aboard the papal flight from Cuba to Washington, D.C., Sept. 22, 2015. Credit: Alan Holdren/CNA.

"I am not a Leftie"
Full transcript of Pope's in-flight interview from Cuba to US

What to Expect as Pope Francis Comes to America

Father John Riccardo discusses what we can expect when the Pope comes to America.

"Live a Revolution of Tenderness", Pope Francis Final Homily in Cuba


Pope Francis' final Homily in Cuba at Our Lady of Charity Shrine

"Live a Revolution of Tenderness"

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Pope Francis Personally Invites YOU!

World Meeting of Families 2015

Pope Francis personally invites you to join him

 Pope Francis recorded a video encouraging everyone to come to Philadelphia for his visit next weekend, Saturday, Sept. 26 to Sunday, Sept. 27.


Text of Pope's Homily in Havana, Cuba

Text of Pope Francis' Homily in Cuba

'Service is never ideological, for we do not serve ideas, we serve people'

Scripture Speaks: While We Wait


Scripture Speaks: While We Wait

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Friday, September 18, 2015

The Africans Will Save the Synod, the Church, and the World


The Africans Will Save the Synod, the Church, and the World - Crisis Magazine

St. Joseph of Cupertino

Image of St. Joseph of Cupertino

St. Joseph of Cupertino 

The Saint Who Didn't Fit In

Fr. Anthony Mary's Homily on
St. Joseph of Cupertino

Holy levitator, mystic, Patron Saint of travellers and students

"Clearly, what God wants above all is our will which we received as a free gift from God in creation and possess as though our own. When a man trains himself to acts of virtue, it is with the help of grace from God from whom all good things come that he does this. The will is what man has as his unique possession."
(St. Joseph of Cupertino, from the reading for his feast in the Franciscan breviary).

Thursday, September 17, 2015

The Scandal of Mercy

The Scandal of Mercy

by Mark Mallett

Carly Blasts Planned Parenthood

Your Faith Has Saved You

The Gospel Reading for September the 17th Luke 7:36-50
 ~ The Sinful Woman and the Parable of the Two Debtors

 “36 A Pharisee invited him to dine with him, and he entered the Pharisee’s house and reclined at table. 37 Now there was a sinful woman in the city who learned that he was at table in the house of the Pharisee. 38 Bringing an alabaster flask of ointment, she stood behind him at his feet weeping and began to bathe his feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them, and anointed them with the ointment. 39 When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this he said to himself, ‘If this man were a prophet, he would know who and what sort of woman this is who is touching him, that she is a sinner.’ 40 Jesus said to him in reply, ‘Simon, I have something to say to you.’ ‘Tell me, teacher,’ he said. 41 ‘Two people were in debt to a certain creditor; one owed five hundred days’ wages and the other owed fifty. 42 Since they were unable to repay the debt, he forgave it for both. Which of them will love him more?’ 43 Simon said in reply, ‘The one, I suppose, whose larger debt was forgiven.’ He said to him, ‘You have judged rightly.’ 44 Then he turned to the woman and said to Simon, ‘Do you see this woman? When I entered your house, you did not give me water for my feet, but she has bathed them with her tears and wiped them with her hair. 45 You did not give me a kiss, but she had not ceased kissing my feet since the time I entered. 46 You did not anoint my head with oil, but she anointed my feet with ointment. 47 So I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven; hence, she has shown great love. But the one to whom little is forgiven, loves little.’ 48 He said to her, ‘Your sins are forgiven.’ 49 The others at table said to themselves, ‘Who is this who even forgives sins?’ 50 But he said to the woman, ‘Your faith has saved you; go in peace.’”

 This story is a powerful lesson that illustrates the relationship between forgiveness and love. A Pharisee has invited Jesus, the controversial local Rabbi, to a banquet at this house as the honored guest. All the guests are reclining at the meal. It was a Hellenistic custom that was observed for a formal dinner (also see Mt 26:7, 20; Mk 14:3; 18). It was also the custom to greet each guest with a kiss, to offer a basin for the guests to wash their feet, and, especially in the case of an honored guest, to anoint his head and/or feet with ointment. A woman who is filled with the desire to repent her sins takes this opportunity to approach Jesus and express her sorrow and repentance in an act of humility. Jesus read the negative and judgmental thoughts of His host when He allowed the sinful woman to touch Him—to be touched by someone who was impure imparted that person’s state of “uncleanness” to the one touched. Jesus answered Simon’s thoughts by telling him a parable. In telling the parable, Jesus is making a comparison between the Pharisee Simon and the sinful woman. Admittedly the woman is the greater sinner, but she is also the most repentant and has shown Jesus the greater love, a demonstration of her repentance. Her tears and attention to Jesus is a demonstration of love and is the consequence of her forgiveness. On the other hand, the self-righteous Simon didn’t even show Jesus the common courtesies of a host. The result of the woman’s actions in her demonstration of repentance is that Jesus forgives the woman’s sins. Her faith in Jesus (verse 50) expressed by her loving action has saved her, but the implication can be made that perhaps Simon’s self-righteousness and lack of faith will condemn him. “49 The others at table said to themselves, ‘Who is this who even forgives sins?’” This question is similar to the question of the scribes and Pharisees in Luke 5:21 when they asked “Who but God alone can forgive sins?” St. Luke is building the tension and inviting his audience to respond in faith to answer the question for themselves. “50 But he said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.’”

The peace Jesus gives her when He blesses her is the restoration of peace and fellowship with God. The sinful woman has manifested to God greater gratitude in her love than the self-righteous Pharisee. Her repentance for the sins of her life has made her more open to God’s mercy than the Pharisee who withholds the customary courtesies a host owes toward his guest. The woman’s tears, kisses and humble anointing of Jesus’ feet reveal her openness to God in her faith that brings her salvation.

 Michael E. Hunt Copyright © 2015