Monday, November 30, 2015
"Lord, I'm waiting for you to solve this, to show me the way out, the way forward. I've been running, planning, worrying, but now I'm going to let you work." Then, throughout Advent, watch attentively for signs."
Three Advent Practices
Bishop Robert Barron
Sunday, November 29, 2015
"To all those who make unjust use of the weapons of this world, I make this appeal: lay down these instruments of death! Arm yourselves instead with righteousness, with love and mercy, the authentic guarantors of peace"
Saturday, November 28, 2015
"Some beautiful words from St. Augustine on the relationship between the earthly life we live now and the heavenly life to which we're called." (Charlie Fox)
From the Church's Office of Readings for today:
"O the happiness of the heavenly alleluia, sung in security, in fear of no adversity! We shall have no enemies in heaven, we shall never lose a friend. God’s praises are sung both there and here, but here they are sung by those destined to die, there, by those destined to live for ever; here they are sung in hope, there, in hope’s fulfillment; here they are sung by wayfarers, there, by those living in their own country.
So, then, my brothers, let us sing now, not in order to enjoy a life of leisure, but in order to lighten our labors. You should sing as wayfarers do – sing, but continue your journey. Do not be lazy, but sing to make your journey more enjoyable. Sing, but keep going. What do I mean by keep going? Keep on making progress. This progress, however, must be in virtue; for there are some, the Apostle warns, whose only progress is in vice. If you make progress, you will be continuing your journey, but be sure that your progress is in virtue, true faith and right living.
Sing then, but keep going."
A Thanksgiving reflection on freedom and its enemies
Friday, November 27, 2015
National Geographic article:
How the Virgin Mary Became the World's Most Powerful Woman
Thursday, November 26, 2015
"This Thanksgiving take time to Thank God for the tremendous blessings and the freedoms He has given the United States of America. Ask Him to lead us out of the compromise, turning away from God, turning away from the good and all that is taking place in our Country the United States of America. Stand in truth. He is the source of all truth. Beg Him for all the peoples of the world to see God and His grace clearly. To be able to see what is a truth and what is a lie. Abraham Lincoln asked us to set this day aside to thank God for our freedoms and protect them. Turn to God and grow in holiness and defend this Country that many have died defending."
~ Sister Ann Shields (Food for the Journey)
In Salt Lake City, Utah (where this blog originates)....
Eucharistic Miracle Under Investigation After Host Bleeds on Third Day
Eucharistic Miracle Under Investigation After Host Bleeds on Third Day
Wednesday, November 25, 2015
"God wants us to be with Him for all eternity. Go deeper my friends. Go deeper. God needs very holy men and women today whose lives are so closely patterned on the Lord., that He can entrust us with His message, His warning, His comfort, His promises, His challenge.Unless we pray and read His word and ask God to give us the grace, unless we spend time with Him we stay on the fringes.We need faith. Ask God every day for it."
~ Sister Ann Shields (Food for the Journey)
Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Monday, November 23, 2015
A Thanksgiving Prayer of Gratitude:
Thank you, Father, for having created us and given us to each other in the human family. Thank you for being with us in all our joys and sorrows, for your comfort in our sadness, your companionship in our loneliness. Thank you for yesterday, today, tomorrow and for the whole of our lives. Thank you for friends, for health and for grace. May we live this and every day conscious of all that has been given to us.
From The Catholic Prayer Book, compiled by Msgr. Michael Buckley
A MUST-READ EXCERPT FROM CARDINAL ROBERT SARAH'S NEW BOOK:
"Each one of us absolutely must schedule time for prayer each day and build up his prayer life. How? I will tell you a little story that offers food for thought.
One day an elderly professor was hired to provide training in efficient time management to a group of fifteen heads of major businesses. This course was one of the five workshops of their training day. The elderly professor therefore had only one hour. While standing, he looked at them one by one, slowly, and then told them: “We are going to do an experiment.” From beneath the table, the professor brought an enormous pot holding several gallons, which he gently placed in front of him. Then he held up a dozen rocks, each about the size of a tennis ball, and gently placed them one by one into the big pot. When the pot was filled to the brim and it was impossible to add another rock, he looked up at his students and asked them, “Is the pot full?” They all answered, “Yes.” He waited a few seconds and added: “Really?” Then he bent down again and brought out from under the table a container filled with gravel. He meticulously poured this gravel onto the big rocks and then gently stirred the pot. The bits of gravel filtered between the rocks down to the bottom of the pot. The old professor looked up again at his listeners and repeated his question: “Is the pot full?” This time his brilliant students were beginning to understand his scheme. One of them answered: “Probably not!” “Right!” the old professor replied. Again he bent down and this time brought some sand from under the table. He poured it into the pot. The sand settled into the spaces between the big rocks and the gravel. Once again he asked: “Is the pot full?” This time, in chorus and without hesitating, the students answered: “No!” “Right!” the old professor replied. And as the students expected, he took the pitcher of water that was on the table and filled the pot to the very brim. Then the old professor said: “What important truth does this experiment demonstrate for us?” The boldest of the students, who was no slouch, thought of the subject of the course and answered: “It demonstrates that even when we think that our agenda is completely full, we can always add more meetings and more things to do if we really want to.” “No,” the old professor replied, “that is not it! The important truth that this experiment demonstrates for us is the following: if you do not put the big rocks into the pot first, you will never be able to make them all fit later.” There was a profound silence, each one becoming aware of the obvious truth of these remarks. The old professor then told them: “What are the big rocks in your life? Your health, your family, your friends, your dreams, your professional career? What you need to remember is the importance of putting the big rocks into your life first; otherwise you run the risk of failing to do so. If we give priority to junk—the gravel, the sand—we will fill our life with futility, with unimportant, worthless things, and we will no longer have the time to devote to the important things. So do not forget to ask yourself the question: What are the big rocks in my life? Then, put them first into the pot of your daily routine.” With a friendly gesture of his hand, the old professor saluted his listeners and slowly left the room.
Is prayer one of the big rocks in my life? I answer without hesitation: Prayer truly must be the big rock that has to fill the pot of our life. It is the time when we do nothing else but be with God. It is the precious time in which everything is done, everything is regenerated, and God acts to configure us to himself."
—Robert Cardinal Sarah
From the book GOD OR NOTHING, now available in softcover and e-book: http://www.ignatius.com/Products/GON-P/god-or-nothing.aspx
According to the most recent newsletter from Our Lady of the Angels Monastery, Mother Angelica's health has recently declined, and she has been placed on a feeding tube. The Sisters ask that you please keep Mother in your prayers at this time, as "she continues to give her all to Jesus."
If you would like to read the newsletter, click here:
Sunday, November 22, 2015
Michael Voris of Church Militant.com has started thinking and talking about forming a new Catholic community on the lines of the Benedict Option. He hasn't posted any specific details yet, but will be updating soon on his Vortex video talks.
I lived in an intentional Christian community in Wisconsin for three years in the '90's, and loved it!
We bought up old motels from the '50's and big old houses;turning them into housing for the community members. It was fun, ( like the big family I always wanted to be a part of), and a very intense time of spiritual growth (living, sharing, serving together like the 1st century Christians). Since that time, I have returned to my Catholic roots and the true faith, and I would love to be part of an authentic Catholic community. I'm hoping and praying Church Militant will take the lead!
"Forming the Resistance"
I wrote this post on Michael Voris' Facebook. Would like to hear your thoughts email me at: bethiemccarthy(at)yahoo.com or post a blog post about it ....
Bethie Marie McCarthy Hope this will not be ONLY through internet and online social media! It is time for the Church Militant apostolate to have a physical, visible Community presence. An old apartment building, big house, or hotel in or near Ferndale could be renovated and house 20 to 25 self-supporting members, as a start-up community. "If you build it, they will come!" smile emoticon
Yes, some will always call a religious community some kind of a "cult". They did that to the 1st century Christians, they did that to the community in Wisconsin, and they will probably do that, as well, to an authentic Catholic community formed through ChurchMilitant.com. So what? Who cares what others think...the secular world is the most dangerous "cult" EVER!
I love this article by Father Z, where he sarcastically reports on the 'disturbing', 'suspicious' things he noticed on his visit to the ChurchMilitant studio and office. (SO funny!)
Saturday, November 21, 2015
Friday, November 20, 2015
The Vortex—Dying Flowers
This reminds me of an interview Neil Cavato showed at the end of his Fox News program one day earlier this week. It was between a young father and his little son in France, talking about the terrorist attack in Paris. The little boy, about 4 years old, was trying to be brave but he was clearly terrified about what had happened. He told the interviewer, "Now we have to find a new home." The father quickly told him, "No we don't have to move. We'll be safe." The boy answered, "But what about the bad men?" They were standing before the street side man made memorial of flowers and candles in Paris. The young father told his son, "Look at the flowers, the flowers will protect us." The little boy, who trusted his father totally, asked in his innocence, "The flowers, they will protect us?" His father nodded. The boy's worried face immediately relaxed and smiled. It was a sweet scene, but I had to wonder...why did not the father be honest, why did he not tell his little son, "Don't worry, the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will protect us." His boy would have believed him totally and he would have learned a great Truth that day which would have carried him through his whole life. We need to get real. We need to get honest. ONLY Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will save and protect us. The little children need to know that. We ALL need to know that, and share it.
Thursday, November 19, 2015
Islamic Refugee Crisis: Good Samaritan or Maccabean Response?
What would Thomas Aquinas Say?
by Dr. Taylor Marshall
Happy Birthday Bishop Robert Barron! Here is his latest video:
Bishop Barron on Vatican II and the Power of the Laity | Word on Fire