Saturday, February 28, 2015

The Adventure of Faith, Fr. Robert Barron

Reflections in Lent - Day 11

 The Adventure of Faith

Fr. Robert Barron

"Whenever the Bible speaks of Abraham, it is speaking of faith, for he is our father in faith. The story of the Akeda, the great test of faith and obedience, comes near the end of a lifetime of faith. As we enter more deeply into Lent, it would behoove us to take a quick look at where Abraham’s story began.

Abram, at the age of 75, was summoned by God to leave his home city and, with everything he owned, to begin a wandering trek in the desert in search of a land that God would show him. The miracle is that he did it since, at first he seems to be wavering in faith. He needs some kind of guarantee.

God makes a formal covenant with him, and he does so in the standard manner of the time. He tells Abram to bring several animals forward and to cut them in two, laying their halves side-by-side. The idea is that the two people entering into an agreement would walk in between the severed pieces and swear that the same would happen to them if they broke the covenant.

Abram falls into a trance and a deep terrifying darkness came over him. Here we see his side of the deal. What does trance imply if not a loss of control? When you fall asleep or unconscious, you are practically defenseless. And doesn’t darkness signal the same thing? The fear of the dark is primordial. We don’t know where we are going, and that is so frustrating! So it is with the things of God.

But then we see God’s side of the deal. “When the sun had set and it was dark, there appeared a smoking firepot and a flaming torch which passed between those pieces.” In the form of fire, God signals his covenant fidelity. God can be trusted, even when he is leading us through the deepest darkness. This means that great faith is justified—for Abram, and for us."

Friday, February 27, 2015

Made by God

 

  "Know ye that the Lord he is God: he made us, and not we ourselves. We are his people."
 ~ Psalm 100:3 

 Birthday present in my sunroom...  
a  beautiful Pink Orchid,
 also, made by God!

The Coming Prodigal Moment



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 "When Jesus told the parable of the “prodigal son”,  I believe He was also giving a prophetic vision of the end times. That is, a picture of how the the world would be welcomed into the Father’s house through Christ’s Sacrifice…"

 The Coming Prodigal Moment
by Mark Mallett 

Devotion to God and His Children

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Point to the Cross



"Those of us who lead (clergy, religious, parents, and laymen) must point to the Cross and be willing to shepherd others there..." 

Down with the Struggle or Up with the Cross? A Word to Priests, Catechists, and Parents

By:

Catholic Modesty



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Catholic Modesty

Should Christian Women Wear Pants?

"Hello dear sisters today I wanted to share with you all my opinions on weather or not Christian women should wear pants. I don't think Christian ladies should wear pants because:
1. They outline the lower half of the body: In this picture nothing is really left to guess about the lower half of these women's bodies, you can perfectly see the outlining of her legs, thighs and rear. Even on a looser pair of pants you can still tell the outlining of these areas.Pants not only outline the lower half of the body but they also blur the line between men and women dressing differently from one another. (hence the term "boyfriend jeans")The clothes that women wear send a message, if a Christian women is wearing a pair of tight pants she is telling the world I really don't care about modesty, which can be a very confusing testimony for some because it states clearly in the Bible Christian women are to dress modestly. (1 Timothy) Long skirt's are much more modest.
Even these "looser" pants outline places of the body that shouldn't be focused on, and the way pants are designed there's a triangle shape that leads up the body like an arrow.

2. They aren't feminine: Pant's were originally designed for men, pants only became women's wear when women would borrow the pants of there boyfriends (hence the name boyfriend jeans)
“The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman's garment: for all that do so are abomination unto the LORD thy God.” Deuteronomy 22:5
I do believe that pants were originally made for men and although they eventually produced pants made for women I don't believe that makes them Biblical to wear, if a women wore a loose shirt, jeans and sneakers couldn't a man walk in that's dressed exactly like her? I believe this blurs the line of differences between the sexes placed there by God, and I believe that's what this Bible verse is talking about.
I understand other people's view that if you wear a long shirt or something to cover the front and back of the outlined lower body, but to me this still wouldn't feel feminine or modest. The lower leg would still be outlined by the pants.

3.Many Christian men have expressed that they won't find pants to be modest on women, they to claim that the outlining of the lower body can be a stumbling block for them. The wearing of pants doesn't go both ways because women don't have the same mind set as men do. Men can fall into sinful thoughts just by looking at a women, we don't want to be stumbling blocks to our brothers rather we want to be encouraging in their walks with God.

Romans 14:21 It is good not to eat meat or drink wine or do anything that causes your brother to stumble.
Romans 14:13 Therefore let us not pass judgment on one another any longer, but rather decide never to put a stumbling block or hindrance in the way of a brother.
So these are the reasons I don't wear pants and don't encourage my Christian sisters to do so. God bless dear sisters, please feel free and share your opinions in the comments!"
  ~ Taylor Willett


Learn from Mary


Fr. Mitch Pacwa Homily, 2/26/15

Powerful Homily, "Ask, Seek, Knock, Trust", by Fr. Mitch Pacwa of EWTN.

Psalm 138

I Will Give Thanks with My Whole Heart


 I will praise thee, O lord, with my whole heart: for thou hast heard the words of my mouth.
 I will sing praise to thee in the sight of his angels:
 I will worship towards thy holy temple, and I will give glory to thy name. 

For thy mercy, and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy holy name above all.
 In what day soever I shall call upon thee, hear me: thou shall multiply strength in my soul.

 May all the kings of the earth give glory to thee: for they have heard all the words of thy mouth.
 And let them sing in the ways of the Lord: for great is the glory of the Lord.

 For the Lord is high, and looketh on the low: and the high he knoweth afar off. If I shall walk in the midst of tribulation, thou wilt quicken me: and thou hast stretched forth thy hand against the wrath of my enemies: and thy right hand hath saved me.

The Lord will repay for me: thy mercy, O Lord, endureth for ever: O despise not the work of thy hands.

 Douay-Rheims Bible - Psalm 138

Ask and It Will Be Given

 

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew 7:7-12.

Jesus said to his disciples: "Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.

For everyone who asks, receives; and the one who seeks, finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.

Which one of you would hand his son a stone when he asks for a loaf of bread,
or a snake when he asks for a fish?
If you then, who are wicked, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good things to those who ask him.


Do to others whatever you would have them do to you. This is the law and the prophets."



Storie sacre, c. 1070-1208. Abbazia di Sant'Angelo in Formis, Capua, Italy

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Vatican II - Parish Watch



"Almost nothing that happens in your parish each Sunday has a thing to do with the Catholic Faith -- And you can't blame it on Vatican II!"
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The Most Important Prophecy, by Mark Mallett



"I often smile when I think of that story of St. Francis who, while gardening, was asked: “What would you do if you knew the world would end today?” He replied, “I suppose I would finish hoeing this row of beans.” Herein lies the wisdom of Francis: the duty of the moment is the will of God...."

The Most Important Prophecy
by Mark Mallett

God is On Your Side

 

"When you fail to measure up to your Christian privilege, be not discouraged for discouragement is a form of pride. The reason you are sad is because you looked to yourself and not to God; to your failings not to His love. You will shake off your faults more readily when you love God than when you criticize yourself. You have always the right to love Him in your heart even though you do not love Him in your acts. God is biased in your favor. God is more lenient than you because he is perfectly good and therefore loves you more. Be bold enough then to believe that God is on your side, even when you forget to be on His."
 ~ Archbishop Fulton Sheen (Preface to Religion)

Lenten Reflection, by Fr. Robert Barron


Lenten Reflection - Day 8

Resisting the Lordship of God
by Fr. Robert Barron

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Unfathomable Mercy

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"O Most Holy Trinity! As many times as I breathe, as many times as my heart beats, as many times as my blood pulsates through my body, so many thousand times do I want to glorify Your mercy.

I want to be completely transformed into Your mercy and to be Your living reflection, O Lord. May the greatest of all divine attributes, that of Your unfathomable mercy, pass through my heart and soul to my neighbor.

Help me, O Lord, that my eyes may be merciful, so that I may never suspect or judge from appearances, but look for what is beautiful in my neighbors' soul and come to their rescue.

Help me, that my ears may be merciful, so that I may give heed to my neighbors' needs and not be indifferent to their pains and moanings.

Help me, O Lord, that my tongue may be merciful, so that I should never speak negatively of my neighbor, but have a word of comfort and forgiveness for all.

Help me, O Lord, that my hands may be merciful and filled with good deeds, so that I may do only good to my neighbors and take upon myself the more difficult and toilsome tasks.

Help me, that my feet may be merciful, so that I may hurry to assist my neighbor, overcoming my own fatigue and weariness. My true rest is in the service of my neighbor.

Help me, O Lord, that my heart may be merciful so that I myself may feel all the sufferings of my neighbor. I will refuse my heart to no one. I will be sincere even with those who, I know, will abuse my kindness. And, I will lock myself up in the most merciful Heart of Jesus. I will bear my own suffering in silence. May Your mercy O Lord, rest upon me.

You Yourself command me to exercise the three degrees of mercy. The first: the act of mercy of whatever kind. The second: the word of mercy--if I cannot carry out a work of mercy, I will assist by my words. The third: prayer--if I cannot show mercy by deeds or words, I can always do so by prayer. My prayer reaches out even there where I cannot reach out physically. O my Jesus, transform me into Yourself, for You can do all things."
~  Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska  #163

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Monday, February 23, 2015

Two Wills, His and Mine, by Mother Angelica



 A great reading for Lent: Mother Angelica of EWTN. Will you follow your will or Jesus' will in your life?

The most awesome gift God has given each human being is freedom of Will—the ability to accomplish—to act—to say yes or no to temptation, to the call of holiness, to any state in life and even to God.


Two Wills, His and Mine 
by Mother M. Angelica

Pope Announces Soon to Be New Doctor of the Church

A depiction of St Gregory of Narek

10th-century Armenian mystic, poet and monk St Gregory of Narek to be a Doctor of the Universal Church

Becoming the Beatitudes

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"In the Beatitudes, and indeed in the whole Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-8), the Lord is painting a picture of the transformed human person..."

 Becoming the Beatitudes – A Lenten Meditation on the Gift of the Life Jesus Died to Give Us

By:

The Great Adventure, by Mark Mallett





 The Great Adventure
by Mark Mallett
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Sunday, February 22, 2015

My Patron Saint, St. Clare of Assisi


Fr. Wade Menezes on Lent

Fr. Wade Menezes expounds upon the various liturgical seasons, with a special focus on the similarities and differences between Advent and Lent. Hosted by Fr. Mitch Pacwa.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Me? by Mark Mallett

 

"... as we remain in this subtle state of doubt, if not despair, we will remain infant Christians..."

 Me?

by Mark Mallett

Friday, February 20, 2015

God's Arrival


Feast of Blessed Jacinta and Francisco Marto of Fatima


 

February 20th - Feast Day of Blessed Jacinta and  Bl.Francisco of Fatima

Sic Semper Tyrannis: Feast of Blessed Jacinta and Francisco Marto of Fatima...:

“Give my love to our Lord and our Lady, and tell them that I suffer all they ask of me to convert sinners, and in reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.”
~ Blessed Jacinta to her brother Blessed Francisco

Lent Reflection Day 3, Fr. Robert Barron

 The Great Lie

Fr. Robert Barron

"Our God is a living God, and God wants us to share his life. This is why “God planted a garden in Eden…and he placed there the man he had formed.” In Eden he gave us near total freedom as a sign of his good will and his desire that we fulfill ourselves in every direction. Politics, art, science, literature, philosophy, music, sports, entertainment—all that conduces to human flourishing is desired by God.
But then enters the serpent. Like us, the serpent is a creature of God. He is totally dependent on God for his life. He is not some sort of co-equal rival to God. The Church has always taught that evil is parasitic on the good, not a substantive opponent.
Nevertheless, he is a wily opponent. He forces Eve to wonder about the prohibition: “Did God really tell you not to eat from any of the trees in the garden?” When she clarifies, he says, “You certainly will not die! God knows well that the moment you eat of it you will be like gods knowing good and evil.”
This is the great temptation and the great lie. The serpent places in the minds of Adam and Eve the conviction that unless and until they determine the meaning and purpose of their lives, they will not be free. To put it in modern terms, their lives will not be lived to the fullest.
But the knowledge of good and evil is the godlike prerogative to set the agenda for one’s life, to determine the difference between right and wrong. And this belongs to God alone. Just as he breathed life and being into us, so he breathes moral and spiritual purpose into us.
When we convince ourselves that we live on our own terms, we cease to be truly free and alive.
When Adam and Eve grasped at this knowledge, they were expelled from the garden, not because God is vindictive, but because it is the natural consequence of making oneself into God.
When we grasp at divinity, whatever life we have dries up. We become small souls, locked in the prison of our egotism, victims of the Great Lie."

Thursday, February 19, 2015

An Irish Blessing




My front door is already decorated  for St. Patrick's Day, and it's still February!


Found an Irish-Catholic 'McCarthy' site which promotes Latin Mass:

 Blessed Thaddeus McCarthy's Catholic Heritage Association, based in Cork, Ireland, is part of a network of Catholic Heritage Associations around Ireland dedicated to the Traditional Latin Liturgy and to the implementation of Pope Benedict XVI's 'Summorum Pontificum'.

The Latin Mass in Cork


Going Against the Current, by Mark Mallett



Going Against the Current

by Mark Mallett

Entering into Lent



Entering into Lent

Fr. Patrick Mary 

EWTN

Lent Reflection by Fr. Robert Barron, Day 2 - Into the Garden

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

40 Ways to Win Lent

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40 Ways to Win Lent

(Spoiler alert:  doing these things will make you a happier person)

Fr. Mitch Pacwa's Homily 2/17/15

Fr. Mitch's Homily on Gospel of St. Mark 8:14-21

Modern Martrydom

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The Apocalypse of Modern Martyrdom

by Fr. Dwight Longenecker



40 Days, by Dr. Scott Hahn

Learn about the meaning and purpose of Lent, with Dr. Scott Hahn:


Monday, February 16, 2015

Current Radical Islam and the Crusades



The Glory of Being Shut Up

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 "We lost something important when our Western culture ‘outgrew’ its infatuation with obscenely large cathedrals, ornate basilicas, dark stone chapels, stretching towers, and lonely crypts. We lost something important – a unique human experience – when religious people began their relationship with the plaster-church over the ‘old-school’ church....."

The Glory of Being Shut Up

Saturday, February 14, 2015

An Eternal Easter

 

“The human heart is not shaped like a valentine heart, perfect and regular in contour it is slightly irregular in shape as if a small piece of it were missing out of its side. The missing part may very well symbolize a piece that a spear tore out of the universal heart of humanity on the Cross, but it probably symbolizes something more. It may very well mean that when God created each human heart, he kept a small sample of it in heaven, and sent the rest of it into the world, where it would each day learn the lesson that it could never be really happy, that it could never be really wholly in love, that it could never be really whole-hearted until it rested with the Risen Christ in an eternal Easter.”
~  Archbishop Fulton Sheen (Manifestations of Christ)

Friday, February 13, 2015

Peace Not as the World Gives



Lord, I give thanks for all those You have brought into my life...those who have stayed a little while, and those who have stayed a long while. Some You took away, and brought back Home to Yourself. Others you have allowed to stay, as they had more to learn here. I am grateful for all those I've been blessed to know. I only want to Love. I only want to serve You, in whatever way You have planned for me. I have no fear in going or staying, I am not afraid. You are with me always and everywhere. Your Peace is all around and in me.  Thank You, Lord. I Love YOU!


"What a weakness it is to love Jesus Christ only when He caresses us, and to be cold immediately once He afflicts us. This is not true love. Those who love thus, love themselves too much to love God with all their heart."
~ Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque


Our Lord Jesus Christ, Heart of the Universe, I Love YOU with all my heart! 

Love is...

St. Valentine

St. Valentine

"A man named Valentinus was martyred on February 14 late in the third century A.D.—this much we know. But when it comes to details about the life of St. Valentine, legend often supersedes fact. As you celebrate this Valentine’s Day, find out the truth about the man for whom the day is named, as well as some other intriguing facts about history's most romantic holiday."

6 Surprising Facts About St. Valentine

Thursday, February 12, 2015

A Time to Read, Reflect and Respond - Celebrate a Catholic Lent

 This Lent ... Read, Reflect, Respond
Lent begins Wednesday, February 18, 2015.
Easter is Sunday, April 5, 2015.

This Lent...Read, Reflect, Respond
This Lent ... Read, Reflect, Respond During this penitential season, immerse yourself in the word of God and allow it to influence your actions and your prayer life - See more at: https://www.osv.com/MyFaith/ChurchSeasonsandFeasts/Lent/Article/TabId/830/ArtMID/13773/ArticleID/16885/This-Lent--Read-Reflect-Respond.aspx#sthash.VXqA17Y5.dpuf
This Lent ... Read, Reflect, Respond During this penitential season, immerse yourself in the word of God and allow it to influence your actions and your prayer life - See more at: https://www.osv.com/MyFaith/ChurchSeasonsandFeasts/Lent/Article/TabId/830/ArtMID/13773/ArticleID/16885/This-Lent--Read-Reflect-Respond.aspx#sthash.VXqA17Y5.dpuf
This Lent ... Read, Reflect, Respond During this penitential season, immerse yourself in the word of God and allow it to influence your actions and your prayer life - See more at: https://www.osv.com/MyFaith/ChurchSeasonsandFeasts/Lent/Article/TabId/830/ArtMID/13773/ArticleID/16885/This-Lent--Read-Reflect-Respond.aspx#sthash.VXqA17Y5.dpuf


Wednesday, February 11, 2015

A Lenten Valentine


Lenten Preparation and Readings



Ash Wednesday is next week!

Lent, Day by Day

by George Weigel

Our Lady of Lourdes



Our Lady of Lourdes 

 In 1858 the immaculate Virgin Mary appeared to Bernadette Soubirous, near Lourdes in France, in the cavern called “de Massabielle.” Through this poor, fourteen-year-old girl, Mary calls on sinners to change their lives. She has inspired in the Church a great love of prayer and good works, especially in the service of the poor and the sick.

 

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Passages from Vatican II that Every Catholic Should Know

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"...it is good for Catholics to familiarize themselves with what the council actually said in its official promulgations."

Passages from Vatican II that Every Catholic Should Know - Crisis Magazine

40 Day Lenten 'Boot Camp'

From Fr. Richard Heilman:

40 DAY LENTEN BOOTCAMP!!

Sr. Mary Paul and I have decided to offer a 40 Day Lenten Bootcamp. We will continue to use this group for the bootcamp. Again, the focus will be on spiritual and physical wellness.

It will begin on Ash Wednesday (Feb. 18).

1) If you would like to join us, please remain as a member here or join now.
2) Please invite your friends to join us.

Love and Trust Pope Francis!








" 880 When Christ instituted the Twelve, "he constituted [them] in the form of a college or permanent assembly, at the head of which he placed Peter, chosen from among them." Just as "by the Lord's institution, St. Peter and the rest of the apostles constitute a single apostolic college, so in like fashion the Roman Pontiff, Peter's successor, and the bishops, the successors of the apostles, are related with and united to one another."

 881 The Lord made Simon alone, whom he named Peter, the "rock" of his Church. He gave him the keys of his Church and instituted him shepherd of the whole flock. "The office of binding and loosing which was given to Peter was also assigned to the college of apostles united to its head." This pastoral office of Peter and the other apostles belongs to the Church's very foundation and is continued by the bishops under the primacy of the Pope.

 882 The Pope, Bishop of Rome and Peter's successor, "is the perpetual and visible source and foundation of the unity both of the bishops and of the whole company of the faithful." "For the Roman Pontiff, by reason of his office as Vicar of Christ, and as pastor of the entire Church has full, supreme, and universal power over the whole Church, a power which he can always exercise unhindered."

 883 "The college or body of bishops has no authority unless united with the Roman Pontiff, Peter's successor, as its head." As such, this college has "supreme and full authority over the universal Church; but this power cannot be exercised without the agreement of the Roman Pontiff.""

CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH

Monday, February 9, 2015

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Doctors of the Catholic Church

 

Doctors of the Catholic Church...
(by Jim Arsenault)

Doctor of the Church...
A title given to Saints who were outstanding ecclesiastical writers. There are now 33 of them. Four are called the traditional great doctors of the Church. These are shown with an '*'.
The list is in chronological order.

St. Athanasius....................297-373, Bishop of Alexandria.
St. Ephraem Syrus.............306-373, Biblical exegete. Called, 'Harp of the Holy Spirit'.
St. Hilary of Poitiers...........315-368, Bishop, called Athanasius of the West.
St. Cyril of Jerusalem.........315-387, Bishop, opponent of Arianism.
St. Basil the Great..............329-379, Father of Monasticism in the East.
St. Gregory of Nazianzus...330-390, called, 'The Theologian' in the Eastern Church.
St. Ambrose......................340-397, Bishop of Milan. *
St. Jerome.........................343-420, the Father of Biblical Science. *
St. John Chrysostom..........347-407, Bishop of Constantinople. He was called 'Golden Mouthed'.
St. Augustine.....................354-430, Bishop of Hippo. *
St. Cyril of Alexandria........376-444, Patriarch, opponent of Nestorianism.
St. Peter Chrysologus.........400-450, Bishop of Ravenna, Golden Worded.
St. Leo the Great................400-461, Pope, wrote against Nestorius.
St. Gregory I the Great.......540-604, Pope, wrote for Papal supremacy. *
St. Isadore of Seville..........560-636, Archbishop, regarded as the most learned of his time.
St. Bede the Venerable.......673-735, Benedictine priest, father of English history.
St. John Damascene...........675-749, Greek theologian, 'Golden speaker'.
St. Peter Damian..............1007-1072, Benedictine, ecclesiastical reform.
St. Anselm.......................1033-1109, Archbishop of Canterbury.
St. Bernard of Clairvaux...1090-1153, Cistercian, noted for his eloquence.
St. Anthony of Padua.......1195-1231, Franciscan Friar, evangelical Doctor.
St. Albert the Great..........1200-1280, Dominican, patron of natural scientists.
St. Bonaventure...............1217-1274, Franciscan theologian, Seraphic Doctor.
St. Thomas Aquinas.........1225-1274, Dominican philosopher.
St. Catherine of Sienna.....1347-1380, Dominican, mystic, 2nd woman doctor.
St. Teresa of Avila............1515-1582, Carmelite nun, 1st woman doctor.
St. Peter Canisius.............1521-1597, Jesuit theologian, leader in the counter reformation.
St. John of the Cross........1542-1591, Doctor of mystical theology.
St. Robert Bellarmine........1542-1621, Jesuit, defended doctrine during the reformation.
St. Lawrence of Brindisi....1559-1619, vigorous preacher, influential in counter reformation.
St. Francis de Sales..........1567-1622, Bishop, leader in counter reformation.
St. Alphonsus Liguori........1697-1787, founder of Redemptorists.
St. Therese of Lisieux........1873-1897, 'Little Flower', 3rd woman doctor. (as of Oct 19, 1997)

I Got Married Today: National Marriage Week



As the USCCB shares:

The Church celebrates today World Marriage Sunday–showing the fundamental importance of marriage and the family to the life of Christianity. The communion of persons that is formed by a baptized husband and wife is a Sacrament, an icon, and a reflection of the communion of Persons that is the Holy Trinity. Marriage is fundamentally about a life of communion, sacramental communion in the case of baptized spouses. Not that any married couples have achieved perfect communion. Rather, marriage is the training ground, the discipline, and the school for growing toward that communion. This is a key attitude for a successful marriage.


Such a sweet and tender article about married love, spiritual conversion, and growing old together.
Made me cry....

I Got Married Today: #NationalMarriageWeek

by Lisa M. Hendey

Saturday, February 7, 2015

The Key to Living a Holy Life

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"...the decision to begin again and again with Jesus each day." 

The Key to Living a Holy Life

The Flowers Appear


"The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land..." 
~ Song of Solomon

(Pretty Bouquet of  Flowers for Valentine's Day (2/14) and my Birthday (2/20), from Trader Joe's)

Friday, February 6, 2015

Archbishop Attacked for Defending Mission of Catholic Schools

 Salvatore Cordileone

"The archbishop is simply reminding employees of this by explicitly stating that administrators, faculty and staff members are not to visibly contradict, undermine or deny Catholic teachings on the Truth of the evil of abortion and euthanasia, and the sanctity of marriage between one man and one woman. Archbishop Cordileone should be applauded for having the courage to make that religious mission explicit for those who teach in his archdiocese."

Archbishop Attacked for Defending Mission of Catholic Schools - Crisis Magazine