Thursday, June 30, 2016

A Time of Glory for the Church


"A time of darkness is coming on the world, but a time of glory is coming for My Church, a time of Glory is coming for My people. I will pour out upon you all the gifts of My Spirit. I will prepare you for spiritual combat; I will prepare you for a time of evangelism that the world has never seen…and when you have nothing but Me, you will have everything: land, fields, homes; brothers and sisters; love and joy and peace, more than ever before.."
Given in the presence of Blessed Pope Paul VI
by Dr. Ralph Martin, St. Peter’s Square
Pentecost Monday of May, 1975

Forming Effective Adoration

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Forming Effective Adoration

Of all creatures, the most Christlike is Mary. None better than she has ever practiced effective and affective adoration simultaneously. Since her example far surpasses that of any of the saints, we must dwell a while upon it. Filled to overflowing with the love of God, the silent Virgin — for the Gospel relates but …

Desperate Times Call for the Saint of Desperate Cases

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Desperate Times Call for the Saint of Desperate Cases

There is perhaps no one among us, particularly at this point in our nation’s history, who is not facing a crisis on some level.  Maybe yours is of a financial nature.  Maybe your home is in foreclosure or you are facing a short sale.  Perhaps your marriage needs healing or you are newly bereaved.  Maybe …

Mercy: Finding Your Path to Forgiveness, Peace, and Joy

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Mercy: Finding Your Path to Forgiveness, Peace, and Joy

The Institute on Religious Life Interview with Kathleen Beckman, Catholic Lay Evangelist, Retreat Director, Radio Host, President of the Foundation of Prayer for Priests & Author of God’s Healing Mercy Finding Your Path to Forgiveness, Peace, and Joy. 1. What led you to write God’s Healing Mercy Finding Your Path to Forgiveness, Peace, and Joy? I …

Working for the Lord — Luke 10:1-12

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Working for the Lord — Luke 10:1-12

“I am convinced that there is a great need for the whole Church to rediscover the joy of evangelization, to become a community inspired with missionary zeal to make Jesus better known and loved.” – Pope Benedict XVI Luke 10:1-12: After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them out ahead of him, in …

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

7 Ways to Honor the Sacred Heart of Jesus

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7 Ways to Honor the Sacred Heart of Jesus

“Behold this heart which has so loved men.” – Jesus Christ “Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, of its very nature, is a worship of the love with which God, through Jesus, loved us, and at the same time, an exercise of our own love by which we are related to God and to …

The Secret of Avoiding Bitterness in Suffering

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The Secret of Avoiding Bitterness in Suffering

In 1991, my son Charles took his life, jumping off a bridge in Big Sur, California. In his letter to the family he told us that he thought it pointless to endure the sufferings he was sure were inevitable in a world such as ours…for a year we wept. Was there ever a book started …

On The Importance of Silence in the Liturgy

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On The Importance of Silence in the Liturgy

Many Catholics rightly complain about the absence of silence in…the celebration of our Roman liturgy. It is…important, therefore, to recall the meaning of silence as a Christian ascetical value, and therefore as  a   necessary condition for  deep, contemplative  prayer, without forgetting the fact that times of silence are officially prescribed during the celebration of the …

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

God Bless Papa Benedict


Sixty-five years ago in the Cathedral of Freising on June 29, 1951, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI was ordained to the priesthood! May God continue to bless him!
(Bob Ricci)

Francis and Benedict

This handout picture released by the Vatican press office shows Pope Francis (L) holding the hand of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI during a celebration to mark the 65th anniversary of his ordination on June 28, 2016 at the Vatican.
Three years after he became the first pope to retire in seven centuries, the 89-year-old German confounded rumours that his health was failing by standing for nearly ten minutes as he spoke in a clearly audible, steady voice in a mixture of Italian and Latin.
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Francis and Benedict: The most exclusive brotherhood on the planet 
by Elizabeth Scalia

Apologetics with St. Irenaeus

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Apologetics with St. Irenaeus

The early Church Fathers are indispensable resources for Catholic apologetics, helping to bridge the gap between our own time and the age of the apostles. Not only do they provide extra-biblical verification of the life and teachings of Jesus Christ, they provide a great deal of insight into what the early Christians believed and how …

Monday, June 27, 2016

Honor God


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Ultimate Sign of Hope

"I guess I never really appreciated how much of a gift faith really is until I read something about an atheist who said he would be willing to believe in God only if he could see just one single piece of evidence that there is a God out there who really cares for us. Faith …"

A Little Righteousness


Yes! And not just the sons of a righteous man ... but his daughters, his spouse, his grateful friends, his relatives, his students, his team..... like a an expanding ripple after a pebble is thrown into a calm blue lake. 

 One of the most beautiful miracles of Our Lord, he uses a man's little integrity and righteousness and makes it expand out to the ends of the universe!  ALL are Blessed!

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Why is Life Good?

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Why is Life Good?:

" In Centesimus Annus (1991), Pope St. John Paul II writes that atheism is one of today’s causes for misunderstanding the human person. “If we then inquire as to the source of this mistaken concept of the nature of the person and the ‘subjectivity’ of society, we must reply that its first cause is atheism” (13). …"

When God Calls, Burn Your Oxen

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When God Calls, Burn Your Oxen

June 26, 2016 Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

First Reading: 1 Kings 19:16b, 19-21 http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/062616.cfm

"Most of life just drifts along. Day after regular day, the monotony and the routines drone on. We rarely see changes, which is why we celebrate them when they happen—weddings, baptisms, even funerals, punctuate the regular rhythm of working, eating, …"

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Friday, June 24, 2016

Solemnity of the Birth of St. John the Baptist

Live At Peace

Each Human Soul is Tested

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Each Human Soul is Tested

Deep Adventure - The Way of Heroic Virtue


Deep Adventure – The Way Of Heroic Virtue, by Bear Woznick

Lord, Open My Lips

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Lord, Open My Lips

Lord, Open My Lips “Lord, open my lips and my mouth will proclaim your praise.” (Psalm 51:15) These words ring out in the chapel, breaking the silence of the early morning. It is still dark outside and our community of sisters, albeit still a bit bleary-eyed, has gathered to begin the day singing the Divine …

Thursday, June 23, 2016

EWTN Online Game for Kids

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EWTN Has an Awesome Game That Teaches Your Kid About Mass, Church, and the Catholic Life
Daphanie Vega

Strange New World

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Strange New World
Teresa Tomeo

The House That Lasts



The House That Lasts

Mark Mallett

Surrender to Jesus, Our Good Shepherd


From Bill Vanderbush:
"So much of 'The Forgotten Way' is understood in surrender. So with that in mind, I recalled a recent conversation. A longtime friend of mine trains dogs and horses professionally. He said there are three basic things that they need to learn. 

 1. Learn to recognize my voice and respond when I call your name.
 2. Stop everything when I say, "No".
 3. You're always safe with me.
And so... "
Jesus reminds us, "My sheep hear my voice.."

Our Bodies, Ourselves

Our Bodies, Ourselves

A Human Being, A Divine Person Now, we know only three kinds of persons exist: the three uncreated Persons of the Godhead, and the two kinds of created persons — angels and men. In order to understand why we get our bodies back on the Day of Last Judgement, we first have to understand what …

Putting Last Things First

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Putting Last Things First

I remember hearing the story of a priest who, when asked for advice on how to avoid future sin, encouraged his listeners to dig a ditch and lie in it for a few hours while contemplating eternity. Whenever I tell this little tale, the response it provokes is more often a fit of laughter than …

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

God in the Quiet

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God in the Quiet

"Give me thy grace, good Lord, To set the world at nought’, To set my mind fast upon thee. And not to hang upon the blast of men’s mouths. "~ St. Thomas More, A Godly Meditation (1534)

 Thomas More wrote the above when he was in the slammer—the Tower of London, to be exact, ....

Fortnight for Freedom



"The Bishops have called for yet another Fortnight for Freedom to highlight ongoing threats to religious liberty in America, and it started yesterday. The Bishops plan to highlight 14 "Witnesses to Freedom" in Church history. For the first day, the Bishops chose none other than our own, national religious liberty heroes, the Little Sisters of the Poor!" ‪#‎Fortnight4Freedom‬

The Little Sisters of the Poor are Witnesses to Freedom. The ‪#‎Fortnight4Freedom‬ begins! www.fortnight4freedom.org

Grant Me the Light to See



"Eternal Father,
whose infinite love watches
in wisdom over each day of my life,
grant me the light to see in sorrow as in joy,
in trial as in peace, in uncertainty
as in confidence, the way Your Divine Providence
has marked out for me. Grant me a strong faith
and trust so pleasing to You, and I will walk in darkness
as in light, holding Your hand and finding in all I receive from
Your bounty, "that all things work together for good, for those who love You."
(Prayer taken from a Holy card
of the Poor Clare Nuns
in Cleveland, Ohio)
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"I know that I serve a Master who values the will of a sincere heart beyond any talent. My ignorance counts on His knowledge. my poverty on His wealth, my weakness, on his strength. And I know and am perfectly certain that, of all the calculations I could make, the wisest is to abandon myself to Him."
 ~ Father Ernest Lelievre

Miserere Nobis: A Plea for Conversion in the Midst of a World in Crisis

Miserere Nobis: A Plea for Conversion in the Midst of a World in Crisis

"The world, it seems, is falling to pieces. Each day brings ever worsening reports of war, violence, and devastation. Protests, riots, bombings, beheadings, rapes, kidnappings, persecutions—the list goes on and on. Yesterday, yet another horror unfolded in Paris, one of the most devastating yet in the Western world, and we feel with foreboding that it likely will not be the last such act of terror..."

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Awakening Your Soul to the Presence of God

Awakening Your Soul to Presence of God

Awakening Your Soul to the Presence of God

The short, direct way to true intimacy with God — to kindle the flame of your spirit

"Most committed Christians don’t like to admit it, but all too many of us serve God solely out of a sense of duty, without ever approaching the burning love and intimacy that the saints have with Him. Indeed, many believers don’t even think it’s possible to attain to the heights of holy love that built the great cathedrals and fired the martyrs to give their lives for their Lord. But in Awakening Your Soul to the Presence of God, Fr. Kilian Healy says that you can indeed — and should — develop this kind of love for God...."

"A perfect book for a serious young person earnestly seeking to grow in the spiritual life. It s also good for more experienced travelers on the journey."

~ Fr. Benedict Groeschel

The Energy of Christian Prayer

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The Energy of Christian Prayer

Christian prayer is rooted in the truth that Christ crucified is fully God and fully man. The prayer of the Lord is theandric — the highest expression of the perfect unity of divine and human energy in His Divine Person. Theandric comes from the Greek words for God (Theos) and for man (anthropos). To say that …

God the Father’s Messages to St. Catherine

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God the Father’s Messages to St. Catherine

Catherine of Siena moved in remarkably wide circles for a woman of fourteenth century Italy. She was a mystic whose plunge into God plunged her deep into the affairs of society, Church and the souls of all those who came under her influence. (Suzanne Noffke, O.P., The Dialogue, Foreword, xi.) I am very grateful that …

The Ten 'M's' On the Highway to Heaven

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The Ten 'M's' On the Highway to Heaven

Behold, ten words all beginning with the letter “M” to help you on the highway to holiness, which terminates in your heavenly homeland for all eternity. Hopefully these ten hints and nudges will fire your spiritual engine to pursue the true purpose of your life—to be holy as your heavenly Father is holy and attain …

Monday, June 20, 2016

That Pope Francis!… A Short Story



That Pope Francis!… A Short Story

Mark Mallett

A More Personal Connection With Jesus

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A More Personal Connection With Jesus

Answering Catholics Who Leave the Church It has been in the news recently that the Catholic Church in Latin America—comprised of both Central and S. America—has been steadily losing members to Protestant communities of faith. According to a recent survey put forth by the PEW Research Center in Washington, D.C. the primary reason that most …

The Only Connection That Matters in the End



The Only Connection That Matters in the End

Is 10:5-7, 13-16 / Mt 11:25-27 It’s something of a standing joke in our culture that some of the most learned professors and cleverest scientists are thoroughly incompetent at the most basic of tasks, like changing a tire or pumping their own gas. But the mismatch between general ability and the performance of ordinary tasks …

O My God, Trinity Whom I Adore – Blessed Elisabeth of the Trinity Prayer

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O My God, Trinity Whom I Adore – Blessed Elisabeth of the Trinity Prayer

O My God, Trinity Whom I Adore Blessed Elisabeth of the Trinity Prayer As we mentioned earlier this year, on March 3rd, Pope Francis approved Blessed Elisabeth of the Trinity for canonization. Today, a meeting of cardinals is expected to set the date for when she will be raised to the altars. Blessed Elisabeth of …

Saint Rita: Hope for the Impossible!

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Saint Rita: Hope for the Impossible!

Known as the patron saint of the impossible and model of maidens, wives, mothers, widows and nuns, St. Rita of Cascia is a canonized intercessor for challenging marriages, difficult children, feuding relatives, spiritual mothers and multiple vocations. Rita was born in 1381in the ancient city of Cascia, about seventy-five miles from Rome, in the southeastern …

The Proper Place of Hope

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The Proper Place of Hope

Among the three theological virtues, hope sometimes seems like it gets short shrift. We talk about faith all the time. It’s impossible not to. The creed is a faith statement. When we speak of salvation, coming to a fundamental faith in Jesus is understood to be a most basic first step. Love is of supreme …

Saturday, June 18, 2016

The Mysterious Origin of the Prayer to St. Michael



The Mysterious Origin of the Prayer to St. Michael | ChurchPOP

Let the Peace of Christ Rest in Your Heart

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Let the Peace of Christ Rest in Your Heart

Through the intuitions of love, more than through the liveliness of the imagination, we have often constructed interiorly an arresting scene: the ominous sky, the wild winds, a little boat tossed by the seething waves of Lake Tiberias, with Jesus asleep in the stern. What a contrast between the fury of the tempest and the sweet, …

Friday, June 17, 2016

Happy Father's Day to All Fr.s

A Gangster's Journey to Sainthood

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A Gangster’s Journey to Sainthood 
The inspiring story of Saint Peter Armengol

Scripture Speaks: Who Do They Say I Am?

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Scripture Speaks: Who Do They Say I Am?

Jesus’ disciples tell Him that the crowds who followed Him were confused about His identify, but was their own understanding much better? Gospel (Read Lk 9:18-24) St. Luke writes about a conversation Jesus had with the disciples that began with a question He put to them.  St. Matthew gives us a longer report on this …

St. Emily de Vialar

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St. Emily de Vialar

Emily, born in Gaillac, France, in 1797, was the daughter of Baron James de Vialar and Antoinette de Portal. She was educated in Paris, but returned home when she was 15 after the death of her mother. Life with her domineering father was extremely difficult, particularly when she refused to marry, and it is said …

The Healing Fountain of Grief

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The Healing Fountain of Grief

Grieving is a strange process. When a close friend or relative dies, you might think that we would need cheering up—bright colors, clowns, comedians, anything that could be an antidote to our painful loss. Yet, in fact, we don’t want cheering up right away. We need to sit in the pain a while, reflect on the loss, experience the hurt of separation. Grieving helps us to hit the pause button on life and allow us to undergo this important, if painful process. Something about grieving is oddly purifying. It changes us, or rather, helps us come to grips with the change which we are inevitably undergoing.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Cdl. Dolan Refuses to Release Body of Abp. Sheen

Cdl. Dolan Refuses to Release Body of Abp. Sheen

Cdl. Dolan Refuses to Release Body of Abp. Sheen:

'There is no rational reason for them to stand in the way of this man's becoming a saint'

Begin Now ~ St. Jerome

The Annunciation: Antithesis of Terrorism and Nihilism

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The Annunciation: Antithesis of Terrorism and Nihilism

It should be apparent to the world that Islamists like those in ISIS are at war with everyone who does not submit to their prescribed religious tenants. Terrorists are not nihilists. There was an article published about a year ago on how terrorists are nihilists. This is false. The only thing nihilists and terrorists have …