Wednesday, August 31, 2016
“I strongly suspect that if we saw all the difference even the tiniest of our prayers to God make, and all the people those little prayers were destined to affect, and all the consequences of those effects down through the centuries, we would be so paralyzed with awe at the power of prayer that we would be unable to get up off our knees for the rest of our lives.”
~ Dr. Peter Kreeft
Being Accepted by God:
Extrajudicial killings have been in the news here in the Philippines in the last few months as the new administration intensifies its war on illegal drugs. Suspected drug pushers and addicts are being found dead daily. Many people have justified such killing by stating that the menace of illegal drugs must be curbed at all …
Seven Things I Like About Being Catholic:
I knew the theory, yes, but not how to do it. It was if I’d suddenly be drafted to play for the Red Sox in their pennant run. I knew how to stand in the batter’s box and swing the bat, but not how to hit the slider or the change-up that looks like a …
St. Aidan of Lindisfarne:
One to Call Aidan was a humble man. He was greatly loved and respected because of his love and compassion for the poor, his kindness toward people, and his distaste for pomp and excessiveness. He exuded genuine warmth, humility, and a deep love of goodness — a man anyone would love to call “friend”! Aidan …
Tuesday, August 30, 2016
Five Ways to Build Holy and Solid Families:
Vatican II defines the family as “The Domestic Church.” Saint Pope John Paul II asserts: “The family is the basic building block of society.” It’s also true to say: “How the family goes is the way that society goes.” World history has given evident proof to the fact that when the family comes unraveled then it …
Forgiveness and Contemplation in Prayer:
One obstacle to beginning to pray and living within is the struggle to forgive. Whenever someone hurts us in a serious way
, there is a spiritual wound that remains. As we begin to pray, we commonly find ourselves going back over these wounds again and again. What is most frustrating is that many times we …
A Catholic Response to Demonic Seductions:
“Prepare to get possessed” is the banner text on the trailer for the Fox television network’s series, The Exorcist, scheduled for release in September 2016. The ad campaign develops, “Two very different priests tackle one family’s case of terrifying demonic possession in the all new Fox series, The Exorcist.” Recently I was interviewed on a …
Praying With Fire From Above: An Interview with Dr. Anthony Lilles:
Prayer is difficult at times and we can often seem unsure of what to say or do. The Church, though, has given us the examples of the saints and many lessons to teach us how to make your prayer life into a conversation with Jesus Christ. Today Michael is joined by Dr. Anthony Lilles, author …
Monday, August 29, 2016
The Saints Teach Us How to Trust God:
Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. -Hebrews 10:23 In His Sermon on the Mount, Jesus speaks very movingly about the need to rely on our Father’s loving care: “Do not be anxious about your life, what you shall eat or what you shall drink, …
Kristin Lavransdatter and Your Nordic Medieval Catholic Heart:
I will not sleep, I will not even sit down, until every man goes to bed with a paperback copy of Sigrid Undset’s Kristin Lavransdatter. In these high fourteenth-century mountains, priests still visit the sick shouting, “God help those in this house!” as they raise a cross to all four corners of the room and …
The Son of Tears:
Fra Angelico’s painting, The Conversion of St. Augustine, offers a great insight into the spirituality of the Doctor of Grace. At the forefront of the painting, commanding the immediate attention of the viewer, is the figure of St. Augustine sitting and weeping. The painting portrays the moment of St. Augustine’s conversion as it is described …
Sunday, August 28, 2016
Saturday, August 27, 2016
Friday, August 26, 2016
What was the first rule of our dear Savior's life? You know it was to do his Father's will. Well, then, the first purpose of our daily work is to do the will of God; secondly, to do it in the manner he wills; and thirdly, to do it because it is his will. We know certainly that our God calls us to a holy life. We know that he gives us every grace, every abundant grace; and though we are so weak of ourselves, this grace is able to carry us through every obstacle and difficulty.
~ St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
Grace is not a strange, magic substance which is subtly filtered into our souls to act as a kind of spiritual penicillin. Grace is unity, oneness within ourselves, oneness with God.
~ Thomas Merton
Thursday, August 25, 2016
Only Jesus is Enough:
"Some of Jesus’ commandments to us seem a bit out of reach. For example, he commands us, “Be perfect, as your heavenly father is perfect” (Matt 5:48). “Be merciful, as your Father is merciful” (Luke 6:36). Be like God. We are even to become one with him. This is the whole purpose of God becoming …"
The Desert in Carmelite Spirituality:
"The Desert in Carmelite Spirituality “What did you go out to the wilderness to see?” (Matthew 11:7). These were Jesus’ words to the crowd. John took to the desert to draw people out into solitude to prepare their hearts for the coming of the Messiah. For many years the desert had become a place …"
St. Louis of France:
"King St. Louis IX (1214-1270) reigned over France for thirty-five years. The son of Louis VIII, the young king ascended to the throne in 1235 and soon showed himself to be a just and able administrator. Louis was impartial and merciful in dispensing justice (even forgiving nobles who rebelled against his reign). He insisted on …"
Fatherhood: The Drums of War:
"There is a steady drum beat in the culture of our society: a steady drone of information, busyness, and distractions that lead to a numbness of the heart and mind. This drum beat should be more of a dog whistle to the sheep dogs in our society than a sedative, because they are the drums …"
Monday, August 22, 2016
On the Queenship of Mary:
On the Queenship of Mary Memorial of the Queenship of Mary In 1954, Venerable Pope Pius XII formally promulgated the memorial of the Queenship of Mary with his encyclical Ad Caeli Reginam (Queen of Heaven). It was initially celebrated on May 31st but subsequently transferred to August 22nd, seven days after the Solemnity of the …
The Queenship of Mary is Deeply Rooted in Scripture
Sunday, August 21, 2016
More than politics, more than sports, more than religion,
more than anything...
America needs a revival of LOVE.
And it's coming, I can feel it.
"People today are looking for the meaning of life in all kinds of places. You have to look to the source of all Truth to find Truth: Jesus Christ."
Saturday, August 20, 2016
Dozing Off to Sleep and the Power of the Cross:
Dozing Off to Sleep and the Power of the Cross The date was August 18, 2011, and I was tucked away on the fourth floor in a little room in Christ Church, Oxford, England. After successfully defending my dissertation, I sat down to write my forward to the work. Upon doing so, I was made …
Friday, August 19, 2016
Live your Catholic faith.
"Your Catholic faith is a public thing. It is not meant to be left behind when you leave home (CCC 2472). But be forewarned: Being a public Catholic involves risk and loss. You will find some doors closed to you. You will lose some friends. You will be considered an outsider. But, as a consolation, remember our Lord’s words to the persecuted: "Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven" (Matt. 5:12)."
-Pillar of Fire, Pillar of Truth
FRANCISCAN OF THE DAY: St. Louis, Bishop
Louis, son of Charles II, king of Naples, and Mary the daughter of the king of Hungary, was born in the year 1274. While spending his youth as a hostage at the court of the king of Aragon in Barcelona he frequently associated with the Friars Minor. After gaining his freedom he renounced his throne and bade farewell to the world. He was made Bishop of the diocese of Touluse and at the same time received the #Franciscan habit. Louis distinguished himself in poverty, humility and compassion for the poor. He died in the year in 1297.
Scripture Speaks: Enter Through the Narrow Gate:
Someone in a crowd called out to Jesus, “Will only a few people be saved?” Why was this the wrong question to ask? Gospel (Read Lk 13:22-30) St. Luke tells us that as Jesus “passed through towns and villages, teaching as He went,” someone called out a question to Him: “Lord, will only a few …
Fugitives to the Nations:
In this Sunday’s first reading, the prophet Isaiah briefly lifts the veil on the future at the climactic end of his long poetic book. He points beyond his own time to a future age, an age that God will bring about on his own initiative. Through Isaiah, God promises “to gather all nations and tongues” (Isa 66:18).While we might think of God abstractly as the great unifier, for the ancient Jews, this prophecy goes beyond their normal hopes. Much of their focus was on being safe and alone in the land with God since the nations around them constantly threatened their peace and autonomy. Yet here, Isaiah points to the dawning of a new age, one in which the people of God expands from one group to all. That is, God finally brings the fulfillment of his promise to Abraham that he would be the catalyst through whom “all the families of the earth” will be blessed (Gen 12:3).
Wednesday, August 17, 2016
Catholicism alive and flourishing in North Idaho...
Cataldo Pilgrimage welcomes 900 people to 82nd annual event:
CATALDO — Bright feathers on Andy Kitt's traditional men's bustle bounced to the rhythm of drums. ...The silvery sound of bells upon his regalia could be heard with every movement as he proceeded through a crowd gathered on the lawn of the Old Mission in Cataldo. Kitt, a member of the Coeur d'Alene Tribe, performed the Cup Dance to honor his ancestors and celebrate the "bread of Heaven."....
The Assumption: Why It Matters for You:
The perfection of all virtues and gifts of God is beatitude. In other words, the more perfect virtue and use of the gifts of God are, the more perfect is one’s happiness. And there is no greater happiness than to see God. That is why it is called the beatific vision and is the final …
Tuesday, August 16, 2016
Grief as Spiritual Purification and Renewal:
It is our Lord’s will that you should taste of the sorrows of this vale of tears, and not of the milder but of the most bitter kind. May His name be ever blessed, His judgments adored, and His will fulfilled, for the creature owes its Creator reverence and subjection in all things, be they pleasant or painful. To test our obedience, and to teach us what great things we are bound to do and to suffer for so great a Master, God is wont to deprive us of what is as dear to us as the light of our eyes.
Olympic Athlete for Christ the King:
Captivated, enthralled, mesmerized– these words capture the admiration that millions have for those engaged in the Olympic Games! Be it running or rowing or swimming or jumping or cycling, admiration and praise rises to these men and women that go beyond what one would think human nature is capable of attaining! Throughout the whole …
Monday, August 15, 2016
Her Glorious Assumption:
I once asked a college theology class if anyone could explain the doctrine of the Assumption. A student replied, “yeah, that’s the teaching whereby the Catholic Church ‘assumes’ that Mary is in heaven.” There’s a bit more to it than that. The Church does not just “assume” that any canonized saint in is in heaven. …
Diligence – Divine Intimacy Meditation:
Presence of God – O God, make me diligent in Your service, diligent and prompt in every duty!
MEDITATION A prudent man is also diligent; he carefully examines and selects the means best suited to his sanctification, and diligently makes use of them. “He hath done all things well,” St. Mark said of Jesus …
Catholicism: The Scandal of Universality:
Catholic. Once upon a time, the word simply meant ‘universal.’ In our culture, we face a two-front battle to recover the true meaning of this word. Outside the Catholic Church, we are called to assert our identity as the universal Church, both to nonbelievers and to other Christians who have yet to come to the …
"A great sign appeared in the sky, a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars."
~ Book of Revelation
Mary, the Ark of the New Covenant | Catholic Answers
Sunday, August 14, 2016
Monday August 15th is the feast of the Assumption of Mary...
"Today the liturgy invites us to contemplate Mary, taken up body and soul into heaven. By a special privilege, she was enriched by divine grace from the moment of her conception, and Christ, who ascended to the right hand of the Father, opened the doors of His kingdom to her, first among human creatures. Now from heaven, where the Queen of the angels and saints is crowned, the Mother of God and of the Church is close to the Christian people before whom she shines as the “new and immaculate woman (who) mediated for the guilt of the first woman."
~ St. John Paul II
The Case for the Assumption of Mary
'21 Thoughts' by Dr. Jerome Lejeune | Lejeune USA
Dr. Jérôme Lejeune, Hero of the Pro-Life Movement
Jerome Lejeune bio from Wikipedia
"....during his visit to Paris for World Youth Day 1997, John Paul II visited Lejeune’s grave in Châlo-Saint-Mars. Lejeune has been named "Servant of God" by the Catholic Church, and his cause for sainthood is being postulated by the Abbey of Saint Wandrille in France."
Like Mother Angelica, Dr. Jerome Lejeune died on Easter Sunday.