Friday, February 26, 2016

Bishop Robert Barron Lenten Reflections, Day 15, 16, 17

Bishop Robert Barron Lenten Reflections

Day 15 - From Mountain to Mission

Day 16 - Like a Flash of Lightening

Day 17 - Mass and the Mountain

Father Jose Maniyangat Story

A priest was riding his motorcycle to go celebrate Mass and was hit head on by a car and died...he visited Heaven, Hell and Purgatory then came back to tell about it...

Power of God's Grace



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Let no soul, even the most miserable, fall prey to doubt; for, as long as one is alive, each one can become a great saint, so great is the power of God's grace. It remains only for us not to oppose God's action.

Training for Holiness: The Meaning of Asceticism

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Training for Holiness: The Meaning of Asceticism

Guardian Angels Do More than Just ‘Guard’ Us

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Guardian Angels Do More than Just ‘Guard’ Us

What is Conscience?

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What is Conscience?

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Ave Crux, Spes Unica! - Crisis Magazine

Our Lady of the Holy Cross Abbey



Ave Crux, Spes Unica! - Crisis Magazine


Cardinal Robert Sarah

Cardinal Sarah

“The idea that would consist in placing the Magisterium in a nice box by detaching it from pastoral practice — which could evolve according to the circumstances, fads, and passions — is a form of heresy, a dangerous schizophrenic pathology. I affirm solemnly that the Church of Africa will firmly oppose every rebellion against the teaching of Christ and the Magisterium.”

If America's elections go leftist, and "One Nation Under God" collapses here, we Catholics can always migrate to South Africa!
Not a high percentage of Catholics in South Africa (yet), but with the continent of Africa being one of the fastest growing areas of Catholicism, South Africa is ripe for the New Evangelization!


Blouberg Beach - 20 Best South African Beaches

Fr. John Paul Mary Homily on EWTN on 1/25/16



Only Trust in the Lord will bring us satisfaction, joy and salvation.
 From Gospel reading: Luke 16:19-31. Gospel and Homily begin at 3:10 on video.

Seven Last Words

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Seven Last Words

Responding to “Spiritual but Not Religious” Christians

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Responding to “Spiritual but Not Religious” Christians

Falling In Love Versus Staying In Love



Falling In Love Versus Staying In Love

Lust Kills... the Soul!



Lust Kills... the Soul!

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Fr. Mitch Pacwa Homily on EWTN, 2/24/16




Fr. Mitch Pacwa Homily on EWTN. Gospel and Homily begins at around 2:30 on video

Let My Prayer Rise Like Incense


"Forsake me not, O Lord!  My God, be not far from me!
 Make haste and come to my help, O Lord, my strong salvation!"

From a commentary on the psalms by Saint Augustine, bishop
“Lord, I have cried to you, hear me” (Psalm 140:1). This is a prayer we can all say. This is not my prayer, but that of the whole body of Christ. Rather, it is said in the name of his body. When Christ was on earth he prayed in his human nature, and prayed to the Father in the name of his body, and when he prayed drops of blood flowed from his whole body… What is this blood streaming from his whole body but the martyrdom of the whole Church? […]
“Let my prayer rise like incense in your sight; let the raising of my hands be an evening sacrifice.” (Psalm 140:2).
This is generally understood of Christ, the head, as every Christian acknowledges. When day was fading into evening, the Lord laid down his life on the cross, to take it up again; he did not lose his life against his will. Here, too, we are symbolized. What part of him hung on the cross if not the part he had received from us? …Christ, nailing our weakness to the cross… cried out with the very voice of our humanity: My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? (Psalm 21:1).
The evening sacrifice is then the passion of the Lord, the cross of the Lord, the oblation of the victim that brings salvation the holocaust acceptable to God. In his resurrection he made this evening sacrifice a morning sacrifice. Prayer offered in holiness from a faithful heart rises like incense from a holy altar. Nothing is more fragrant than the fragrance of the Lord. May all who believe share in this fragrance.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

“Risen” and the Reality of the Resurrection | Word on Fire





“Risen” and the Reality of the Resurrection | Word on Fire

Bishop Robert Barron

Eucharistic Mercy for Inner Healing

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Eucharistic Mercy for Inner Healing

Review of the New Biblical Movie: Risen

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Review of the New Biblical Movie: Risen

My Review: Almost as good as my favorite "King of Kings"

Catholic School at NY’s First Cathedral to Be Turned Into Luxury Condos



Catholic School at NY’s First Cathedral to Be Turned Into Luxury Condos

Units selling for as high as $25 million for a 10,000-square-foot townhouse. 
Before renovation, it was NY's longest-running parochial school, teaching Catholics for 200 years.

This is so very sad...

Catholic School at NY’s First Cathedral to Be Turned Into Luxury Condos

ChurchMilitant.com

Bishop Robert Barron Lenten Reflections, Day 13 and 14

Bishop Robert Barron's Lenten's Reflections

Day 13 - What the Transfiguration Means

Day 14 - Where is Your Mountain

God is in Control, Even Here



God is still in control, even here.

""Time is but a shadow, a dream; already God sees us in glory and takes joy in our eternal beatitude. How this thought helps my soul! I understand then why He lets us suffer... VIII Letter to Her Sister Celine

Yes, the figure of this world passeth away (1 Cor. 7:31), soon shall we see new heavens; a more radiant sun will brighten with its splendors ethereal seas and infinite horizons... We shall no longer be prisoners in a land of exile, all will be at an end and with our Heavenly Spouse we shall sail o'er boundless waters; now our harps are hung upon the willows that border the rivers of Babylon (Cf. Ps. 136:2), but in the day of our deliverance what harmonies will then be heard! With what joy shall we not make every chord of our instruments to vibrate! Today, we weep remembering Sion,... how shall we sing the songs of the Lord in a strange land? (Cf. Ps. 136:1,4). V Letter to Her Sister Celine

Saturday, February 20, 2016

The Glory in Sight



The Glory in Sight  
Scott Hahn Reflects on the Second Sunday of Lent

Saying Goodbye to Justice Scalia



"We are gathered here because of one man. A man known personally to many of us. Known only by reputation to even more. A man loved by many. Scorned by others. A man known for great controversy. And for great compassion. That man, of course, is Jesus of Nazareth."
(Fr. Paul Scalia, Homily at his father's funeral)

Judge Scalia
(Grade school picture and memories)

RIP Judge Scalia...job well done!

Homily by Judge Scalia's son, Fr. Paul Scalia


Video of Funeral Mass of Justice Scalia

Friday, February 19, 2016

Judge Scalia Funeral Mass on EWTN



Solemn Funeral Mass for Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, from the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.  LIVE February 20th, on EWTN, Eternal Word Television Network.

(Conservative Ted Cruz only Presidential Candidate scheduled to attend,
as of Friday morning 2/19.)




The World Needs a Few More Men Like Justice Antonin Scalia
Father Dwight Longenecker

Bishop Robert Barron's Lenten Reflections, Day 9 and 10

Bishop Robert Barron's Lenten Reflections

Day 9 - Groaning in Labor

Day 10 - Rejoice in Our Suffering

Launching into Lent

Launching into Lent

by Fr. Paul Scalia
Fr. Paul Scalia

A Parish School Turns Failure into Success - Crisis Magazine

Sacred Heart of Jesus (Vernon Wiering)

A Parish School Turns Failure into Success - Crisis Magazine

A Higher Standard



Gospel Reading February 19th  
Matthew 5:20-26
Agape Catholic Bible Study

Risen Rises Above Most Faith-Based Films - Crisis Magazine

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Risen Rises Above Most Faith-Based Films - Crisis Magazine

Monica Migliorino Miller

Going to see this movie next Tuesday...can't wait!

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Court Rules Obama Admin Can Force Catholic Nun’s Television Network to Obey HHS Mandate

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Court Rules Obama Admin Can Force Catholic Nun’s Television Network to Obey HHS Mandate

Fr. Mitch Pacwa Homily on EWTN, 2/18/16




Fr. Mitch Pacwa on EWTN. Gospel and Homily begin at 3:11 on video.

Pope Suggests Contraception Can Be Condoned



Pope suggests Contraception can be Condoned in Zika Crisis

"Pope Francis has suggested that women threatened with the Zika virus could use artificial contraception, saying there's a clear moral difference between aborting a fetus and preventing a pregnancy."

If this is true, it breaks my heart.  

Abstinence or Natural Family Planning is for the prevention of pregnancy, contraception is not permitted by the Catholic Church.


NO!  This cannot be true!!!  Am I just misunderstanding Pope Francis???

My Teacher, advise and help me to understand.

Pope Francis also says "anyone who wants to build walls is not 'Christian'".  Even for protection from terrorists???  Hasn't Jerusalem always had a wall around it? Doesn't the Vatican have a wall around it?  I don't understand.
This Pope's comments are really confusing me.


Time for Greater Love

St. Simon (or Simeon) Saint of the Day

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St. Simon (or Simeon)

Taxing the Rich Does Not Help the Poor

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Taxing the Rich Does Not Help the Poor
Anthony Esolen

"In Quod Apostolici Muneris (1878), Pope Leo XIII deplores those who “under the motley and all but barbarous terms and titles of Socialists, Communists, and Nihilists, are spread abroad throughout the world,” striving in alliance for “the purpose long resolved upon, of uprooting the foundations of civil society at large.”  

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Pope Francis Speaks to Youth of Mexico

Pope Francis told tens of thousands of young Mexicans gathered in Morelia's sports stadium that they are the wealth of the nation. - AP
Pope Francis meets with youth in José María Morelos y Pavón stadium on Feb. 16, 2016. Credit David Ramos/CNA.

What Pope said to Mexican Youth



Pope tells young Mexicans they are the wealth of the nation
(includes text of homily)

A Parish on Fire for Christ

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from Aletheia.org
A Parish on Fire for Christ
by Kathy Schiffer

Clean Heart

Sleaze and Slander of Politics

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From Aleteia.org

Looking for Virtue Amid the Sleaze and Slander of Politics 

 "More disturbing than our politicians being crooked, scheming, corrupt and wicked is that our electorate seems not to care."

by Father Dwight Longenecker