Sunday, May 31, 2015
Saturday, May 30, 2015
Posted by Bethie Marie at 12:03 PM
Friday, May 29, 2015
"In the face of moral and social disintegration, St. Benedict established core communities of intentional disciples..."
Is It Time for the Benedict Option?
Fr. Dwight Longenecker
( I would love to connect with such a community, if only online. Are you familiar with any? Websites? Any in planning stages? It might be helpful and informative, for all interested in such communities, to have an online group with details and contact info, as these intentional faithful Catholic communities are being formed. Please email me at...
Posted by Bethie Marie at 4:13 PM
Thursday, May 28, 2015
"If you are not preparing yourself now, and your family now, bracing yourselves spiritually for the darkness into which civilization is descending, you will not survive. You will inherit Satan for your father. People do not suddenly decide to suffer for the Faith. They prepare themselves to suffer great hardships for the Faith, by undergoing little hardships and sacrifices in advance. You could think of it as a kind of dress rehearsal. Our Blessed Lord Himself said conversely: If you cannot be trusted in small matters, you cannot be trusted in larger ones (Luke 16:10). Heroes do not miraculously appear. They have the stuff of heroism inside them all along, cultivated and molded and formed, waiting to emerge publicly if and when the correct circumstances arise."
~ Michael Voris
Vortex: Only the Brave Will Survive
Posted by Bethie Marie at 10:10 AM
Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Great Article by:
Fr. Richard Heilman
This wonderful Priest celebrates his 27th Priesthood Anniversary today, wish him a Happy Anniversary, here: Fr. Richard Heilman
"The “one thing necessary” (unum necessarium) constitutes the essential foundation for the interior life and consists in hearing the word of God and living by it (I will serve!). It stems from the story of Martha and Mary (Lk 10:38-42), where we first see that, amazingly, the Second Person of the Holy Trinity was sitting right in their living room. Now, Martha remains busy with the good and noble protocol of hospitality while Mary sits at the feet of Jesus, her eyes locked on His holy face, peering into His soul, hanging on His every word. Mary is actually in adoration, soaking in everything our Lord wants to give her. I like to say that she is “Mary-nating” — soaking in the gusher of God’s graces. Mary had come to understand what St. Augustine said: “God loves each of us as if there were only one of us.” Remarkable!
When Martha objects to Mary’s lack of activity, Jesus tells Martha that she remains anxious and upset about many things while Mary has chosen the better portion, the “one thing necessary” (unum necessarium). Mary was the one who was making the guest truly feel welcomed while Martha remained detached, going through the motions of the demands of protocol. God is light and love and truth Who brings order and meaning and serenity to our lives. While we remain disconnected from our Source, we remain easily agitated and frustrated in our disordered and chaotic existence as we continue to walk in darkness.
A very significant modern example of this is seen in the Martha-like indifference to the presence of the Divine in so many of our present-day liturgies, compared to a more Mary-like contemplative way of worshiping. Contemplative awe and veneration has always been the distinctive way Catholics worshiped, until recent decades. The unintended consequence of the modern initiative to push for a more irreverent way of worshiping that is performance oriented and man-centered, lacking in a deep sense of the sacredness of God, has led to an epidemic of detachment from the Divine, facilitating the modern prevalence of "acedia" - spiritual sloth (indifference towards spiritual things). Like Martha, God is “right there in our midst,” but we act as though He is not, or if He is, “What’s the big deal?”"
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Praise Him! Worship Him! Let Him lift you up, raising your voice and spirit in true celebration!
Christ Was at Mass Today: A Thought Experiment - Living Faith - Home & Family - News - Catholic Online
Posted by Bethie Marie at 9:28 AM
Monday, May 25, 2015
General Audiences: John Paul II's "Theology of the Body"
Four years of teaching on chastity, man & woman relationships, and sacramental marriage.... directly from a Saint of the Church!
Guess Ireland missed this
Posted by Bethie Marie at 11:53 AM
Sunday, May 24, 2015
"The Savior is described by St. Luke as telling His followers to pray continually. It is a universal duty applying to all believers. It means that we are really commanded both to pray always, and forbidden to cease doing so. What can the Holy Spirit possibly mean?"
How to Live in the Presence of God
FATHER JOHN A. HARDON, S.J
Posted by Bethie Marie at 10:33 PM
“Sentimental Theology” is the famous article by Brother Francis, M.I.C.M. which threw us into the limelight in the late 1940’s. It is as relevant today as it was then, for “Sentimental thinking about religious matters is [still] very much with us today.”
Posted by Bethie Marie at 2:20 PM
Saturday, May 23, 2015
Friday, May 22, 2015
"The giving of the Spirit to the new people of God crowns the mighty acts of the Father in salvation history....."
A New Wind: Scott Hahn Reflects on Pentecost | St. Paul Center For Biblical Theology
Posted by Bethie Marie at 10:37 PM
"Franciscan University of Steubenville will celebrate 40 years of conferences this summer. Since the first gathering for Catholic priests in 1975, the University's conferences have grown to provide spiritual renewal each summer to more than 52,000 people."
Read more about this summer's conferences:
Franciscan University 2015 Summer Conferences: Celebrating 40 Years
Posted by Bethie Marie at 2:54 PM
Thursday, May 21, 2015
The Animated Catholic: New Way of Seeing Everything: A Gift from God:
By Peter Kreeft
"This way of looking at things, as gifts and signs rather than simply as things in themselves, is not our usual way of seeing..."
Posted by Bethie Marie at 12:37 PM
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
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Sunday, May 17, 2015
Saturday, May 16, 2015
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Friday, May 15, 2015
Thursday, May 14, 2015
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Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
As Christians, we must maintain Peace amid persecution, and we must do so because people are searching for Truth.
Posted by Bethie Marie at 3:12 PM
Monday, May 11, 2015
Sunday, May 10, 2015
"While other Christian religions either totally ignore or minimize Mary’s role in salvation, Catholics and Muslims share a great love and reverence for the mother of our Lord, Jesus Christ. The fact that Mary appeared at Fatima, Portugal, a Catholic town bearing this revered Muslim name, (named for a Muslim princess) is a great sign for our times."....
Patti Maguire Armstrong: Mary and The Moslems: "At times, it seems that Muslims and Christians have no common ground. Yet, there is one who can bring us together--Mary, our Blessed Mother..."
Posted by Bethie Marie at 1:48 PM