Thursday, March 31, 2016

11 Years After They Starved My Sister to Death, We Must Never Forget Terri Schiavo

11 Years After They Starved My Sister to Death, We Must Never Forget Terri Schiavo

"March 31st will mark the eleven year anniversary of my sister Terri Schiavo’s mandated court ordered death by starvation and dehydration...."

Divine Mercy Sunday, Dr. Tim Gray on EWTN

Celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday!

Watch Dr. Tim Gray on EWTN on Divine Mercy Sunday, April 3rd at 12pm Eastern Biblical scholar Dr. Tim Gray will be discussing mercy in Scripture as a guest on the Divine Mercy Preview Show, part of EWTN's special programming on Divine Mercy Sunday.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

St. Clare and Poor Clare, Mother Angelica

The Secret Behind Mother Angelica's Success: Total Dependence on the Eucharist 

COMMENTARY: Devotion to the Blessed Sacrament, in imitation of her patroness St. Clare, nourished Mother Angelica’s successful union of television, at the service of the Gospel, and perpetual adoration.

Tim Staples Recollection of Mother Angelica

Tim Staples Recollection of Mother Angelica

Tale As Old As Time: The Transformative Power of Love - Crisis Magazine


Tale As Old As Time: The Transformative Power of Love - Crisis Magazine

From the very beginning of his existence, man is orientated to love and desires love. In fact, St. John Paul II says in Redemptoris Hominis that “man cannot live without love. He remains a being that is incomprehensible in himself, his life is senseless, if love is not revealed to him, …

See God in All Things...

"You have to enjoy life without resting in it. You have to have zest for life but a desire for heaven. And you must see God in all things realizing that He transcends them all." 
 ~ Mother Angelica

'She's in Heaven', Pope Francis on Mother Angelica

Pope Francis offers a special blessing for the repose of Mother Angelica's soul during his general audience March 30, 2016. Credit: CNA.

"She's in Heaven", Pope Francis on Mother Angelica

Monday, March 28, 2016

The Download—Mother Angelica, Rest in Peace

The Download—Mother Angelica, Rest in Peace

The Download—Mother Angelica, Rest in Peace

Enjoy this free episode

Fr. John Trigilio Reflections and Remembrance of Mother Angelica

"Father Levis and I meeting Mother Angelica the first time when we taped our first season of WEB OF FAITH in 1998. Reverend Mother was very dear to me, like a beloved grandmother. FrKen Brighenti and I anointed her last December for our most recent taping of WEB OF FAITH 2.0 Mother was a visionary, a pioneer, a maverick, an RN (real nun), a very dear friend and a very holy and devout Catholic Christian. What you see is what you get. She was authentic. The real deal. No Political Correctness. Mother spoke her mind. She had no guile. She spoke "cor ad cor" (heart to heart) to every viewer and listener. Mother was a true Italian, as we all know. She had an Italian sense of humor and an Italian disposition. Very passionate and very expressive. But also very loving, affectionate and generous. Foundress of Eternal Word Television (EWTN), Mother Angelica was like Christopher Columbus in that she was an explorer in a New World. While competing Catholic networks fizzled out quickly, EWTN has grown into the international and global media giant using cable and satellite television, broadcast and shortwave radio, internet and newspaper (The National Catholic Register). She was kind enough to personally call and console my mom when my brother Joe had been killed by an underage drunk driver on 5 July 1997. My mother had already lost two of her five children and now Joe was number three. Mother spoke to her for 45 minutes. It was a great help and consolation. My mom frequently traveled with Fr. Bob Levis from Erie when we taped WEB OF FAITH and every time the Poor Clares and Mother Angelica were exceptionally hospitable and always made my mom feel at home and most welcome. We watched with amazement as the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament was slowly built. Mother honored me, Fr. Levis and me by inviting us to the dedication and consecration of the shrine. The Mass brought tears to everyone's eyes. I had not seen a communion rail used since my Confirmation in 1976 and watching the very devout and reverent reception of Holy Communion brought me to tears as well. Her fidelity to the Magisterium was exemplary and she proved the axion LEX ORANDI, LEX CREDENDI. Reverent worship and orthodox doctrine are interrelated and interconnected. We've seen the destruction of faith caused by banal, pedestrian and irreverent liturgies and the heterodox nonsense taught in some seminaries and at the pulpits of some parish churches. EWTN was a light in the darkness, showing faithful Catholics that our 2,000 year old religion was and is an invaluable patrimony which believers deserve to share in its splendor and glory, not as some cheap, shabby and philistine fashion. She made a few enemies, so did Christ. She also helped save many, many souls via EWTN. Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta, Pope St. John Paul the Great and Mother Angelica are the three holy giants of the latter 20th century and early 21st. I mourn her death but rejoice in the legacy she has left behind. Mike Warsaw and Doug Keck and everyone at EWTN have been doing a phenomenal job since Mother was forced to retire for health problems several years ago. I am morally certain she will be one day be canonized as well. Her perseverance in trial and tribulation are as encouraging as was JP2. When Mother appeared on television wearing an eye patch and having half her face paralyzed, she was like Pope John Paul during his later years plagued by Parkinson's, drooling and slurring his words, yet still giving Angelus talks when he could. Both of these holy people knew well the Crucified Lord and both embraced their respective crosses with dignity and with fidelity. As a Priest, I hope and pray that I can imitate Mother Angelica's deep and intense love of Jesus and His Holy Church."
~ Reverend Father John Trigilio
Priest at Holy Family RadioGuest Host Catholic Answers and Priest at Mount St. Mary's Seminary

Be Truly Catholic

Mother Angelica Reflections

Mother Angelica ...

Blog post by Fr. Z.  Mother Angelica on blasphemy.

She taught us dedication, devotion,honest, humor, holiness, and fearlessness.

Mother Angelica 1923 - 2016

Mother Angelica with Fr. Frank Pavone

Mother Angelica 1923 - 2016

Remembrance by Fr. Frank Pavone,
National Director Priests for Life

Mother Angelica '60 Minutes' Interview 1984

Mother Angelica: 60 minutes 1984
My first TV boss! What a woman of God! Yes I was on 60 minutes at least my arm was! LOL!
Posted by Carey Goin on Monday, December 28, 2009
Mother Angelica, founder of The Eternal Work Network (EWTN) interview on '60 Minutes' from 1984.

Amazing flashback!

How Mother Angelica And EWTN Saved My Life

Catholic speaker and author Gary Zimak at EWTN studios

How Mother Angelica And EWTN Saved My Life

Poor in Spirit

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Chosen Souls in His Hand

Happy Easter! 

May Our Lord use us all as His Chosen Souls, in His hand, bringing His Light into the world.

"Chosen souls are, in My hand, lights which I cast into the darkness of the world and with which I illumine it. As stars illumine the night, so chosen souls illumine the earth. And the more perfect a soul is, the stronger and the more far-reaching is the light shed by it. It can be hidden and unknown, even to those closest to it, and yet its holiness is reflected in souls even to the most distant extremities of the world."
~ Jesus to St. Faustina

Easter Sunday: Feast of the Resurrection

Agape Catholic Bible Study

Easter Sunday: 
Feast of the Resurrection

The Theme of this Sunday Readings: 
 Christ the Lord Has Risen Today!

King of Kings, Lord of Lords

The Easter That Will Have No End

Pope Francis Homily, Easter Vigil Mass, 2016
“Peter ran to the tomb” (Lk 24:12). What thoughts crossed Peter’s mind and stirred his heart as he ran to the tomb? The Gospel tells us that the eleven, including Peter, had not believed the testimony of the women, their Easter proclamation. Quite the contrary, “these words seemed to them an idle tale” (v. 11). Thus there was doubt in Peter’s heart, together with many other worries: sadness at the death of the beloved Master and disillusionment for having denied him three times during his Passion.
There is, however, something which signals a change in him: after listening to the women and refusing to believe them, “Peter rose” (v. 12). He did not remain sedentary, in thought; he did not stay at home as the others did. He did not succumb to the somber atmosphere of those days, nor was he overwhelmed by his doubts. He was not consumed by remorse, fear or the continuous gossip that leads nowhere. He was looking for Jesus, not himself. He preferred the path of encounter and trust. And so, he got up, just as he was, and ran towards the tomb from where he would return “amazed” (v. 12). This marked the beginning of Peter’s resurrection, the resurrection of his heart. Without giving in to sadness or darkness, he made room for hope: he allowed the light of God to enter into his heart, without smothering it.
The women too, who had gone out early in the morning to perform a work of mercy, taking the perfumed ointments to the tomb, had the same experience. They were “frightened and bowed their faces”, and yet they were deeply affected by the words of the angel: “Why do you seek the living among the dead?” (v. 5).
We, like Peter and the women, cannot discover life by being sad, bereft of hope. Let us not stay imprisoned within ourselves, but let us break open our sealed tombs to the Lord so that he may enter and grant us life. Let us give him the stones of our rancor and the boulders of our past, those heavy burdens of our weaknesses and falls. Christ wants to come and take us by the hand to bring us out of our anguish. This is the first stone to be moved aside this night: the lack of hope which imprisons us within ourselves. May the Lord free us from this trap, from being Christians without hope, who live as if the Lord were not risen, as if our problems were the centre of our lives.
We see and will continue to see problems both within and without. They will always be there. But tonight it is important to shed the light of the Risen Lord upon our problems, and in a certain sense, to “evangelize” them. Let us not allow darkness and fear to distract us and control us; we must cry out to them: the Lord “is not here, but has risen!” (v. 6). He is our greatest joy; he is always at our side and will never let us down.
This is the foundation of our hope, which is not mere optimism, nor a psychological attitude or desire to be courageous. Christian hope is a gift that God gives us if we come out of ourselves and open our hearts to him. This hope does not disappoint us because the Holy Spirit has been poured into our hearts (cf. Rom 5:5). The Paraclete does not make everything look appealing. He does not remove evil with a magic wand. But he pours into us the vitality of life, which is not the absence of problems, but the certainty of being loved and always forgiven by Christ, who for us has conquered sin, death and fear. Today is the celebration of our hope, the celebration of this truth: nothing and no one will ever be able to separate us from his love (cf. Rom 8:39).
The Lord is alive and wants to be sought among the living. After having found him, each person is sent out by him to announce the Easter message, to awaken and resurrect hope in hearts burdened by sadness, in those who struggle to find meaning in life. There is so necessary today. However, we must not proclaim ourselves. Rather, as joyful servants of hope, we must announce the Risen One by our lives and by our love; otherwise we will be only an international organization full of followers and good rules, yet incapable of offering the hope for which the world longs.
How can we strengthen our hope? The liturgy of this night offers some guidance. It teaches us to remember the works of God. The readings describe God’s faithfulness, the history of his love towards us. The living word of God is able to involve us in this history of love, nourishing our hope and renewing our joy. The Gospel also reminds us of this: in order to kindle hope in the hearts of the women, the angel tells them: “Remember what [Jesus] told you” (v. 6). Let us not forget his words and his works, otherwise we will lose hope. Let us instead remember the Lord, his goodness and his life-giving words which have touched us. Let us remember them and make them ours, to be sentinels of the morning who know how to help others see the signs of the Risen Lord.
Dear brothers and sisters, Christ is risen! Let us open our hearts to hope and go forth. May the memory of his works and his words be the bright star which directs our steps in the ways of faith towards the Easter that will have no end."

The Glory of the Lord's Resurrection

O God, who makes this most sacred night radiant
with the glory of the Lord's Resurrection,
stir up in your Church a spirit of adoption,
 so that, renewed in body and mind,
we may render you undivided service.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
 who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

1 But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb, taking the spices which they had prepared. 2 And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, 3 but when they went in they did not find the body. 4 While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men stood by them in dazzling apparel; 5 and as they were frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen.” 6 “Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, 7 that the Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and on the third day rise.” 8 And they remembered his words, 9 and returning from the tomb they told all this to the eleven and to all the rest. 10 Now it was Mary Magdalene and Joanna and Mary the mother of James and the other women with them who told this to the apostles; 11 but these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them. 12 But Peter rose and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he saw the linen clothes by themselves; and he went home wondering at what had happened”

The Demanding Story of Victory


The Demanding Story of Victory

Easter Sunday
First Reading: Acts 10:34a, 37-43

Friday, March 25, 2016

Jesus, Remember Me

Ashes to Easter #6, Fr. John Riccardo

In the final installment of Ashes to Easter, Fr. John reminds us to celebrate because Christ has triumphed over death. Happy Easter!

Feast of the Annunciation and Good Friday

Have a blessed Feast of the Annunciation and Good Friday. 
The beginning and the end on the same day...won't happen again for another 141 years!
(R. Westenberger)

Monday, March 21, 2016

Fr. John Paul Homily, EWTN, 3/21/16

Father John Paul Homily on EWTN, 3/21/16.
 Let go of anything that would keep you from Christ.
Gospel and Homily begin at 4:14 on video.

The Dublin Mystic: Matt Talbot

Matt Talbot

The Dublin Mystic: Matt Talbot
On that June day in 1925, when Matt Talbot fell upon a Dublin street, it was dressed as a slave to Mary and as an ambassador of Christ.

Lions and Wolves and Lambs, Oh My!


Lions and Wolves and Lambs, Oh My!

 “I am sending you out as lambs among wolves” -Luke 10:3   “It is right to make known the gift of God and his eternal consolation.  It is right to spread abroad the name of God faithfully and without fear…he gave me such great grace, that through me, many people should be born again in …

Friday, March 18, 2016

What God Has Joined Together

Scripture Speaks: Palm Sunday


Scripture Speaks: Palm Sunday

“Hosanna to the Son of David; blessed is He who comes in the Name of the Lord, the King of Israel.  Hosanna in the highest!” (Mt 21:9) Gospel (Read Lk 22:14-23:56) On Palm Sunday, Catholics all over the globe, in every nation and time zone, in public and sometimes in secret, stand at attention to …

Suffering and Abandonment


Suffering and Abandonment

Suffering and Abandonment Presence of God – O Lord, teach me to suffer with simplicity, without useless concentration on self, but in total abandonment to Your divine will. MEDITATION The secret of learning to suffer in a virtuous way consists chiefly in forgetting oneself and one’s sorrows and in abandoning oneself to God. The soul …

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

An Irish Summer Reading List


Though not summer yet, almost Spring.

 This article is appropriate for

Saint Patrick's Day....

"Walter Macken’s legendary, historically accurate, and passionate novels Seek the Fair Land (1959), The Silent People (1962), and The Scorching Wind (1964), are must reads for anyone interested in the true Irish experience, the witness of faith-filled people, and those who can appreciate and recognize that end-times happen in every lifetime, every generation, every century, just like our own."

An Irish Summer Reading List