Friday, December 30, 2016
'On this earth we must attach ourselves to nothing, not even the most innocent things, for they fail you at the moment when you are least expecting it. It is only what is eternal that can content us.'
~ St. Therese of Lisieux, Doctor of the Church
Tuesday, December 27, 2016
Saint John the Evangelist:
Saint John the Evangelist Today, the Church celebrates the Feast of Saint John the Evangelist. It is St. John who is thought to be the “Beloved Disciple”, the Apostle who is referred to as the one “whom Jesus loved” six times in the Gospel of St. John (John 13:23, 19:26, 20:2, 21:7, 21:20, 21:24). …
Five Ways to Have the Best Year:
This New Year will be the best of Years and this all depends on us and most important God’s amazing grace! Hope, trust, joy, confidence, peace and happiness should be sentiments that simply overflow in the heart of a true follower of Jesus. Jesus’ Birthday must be a source of the greatest joy and happiness. …
A New Year's Resolution Worth Keeping:
It’s that time of year again. Time to make New Year’s resolutions. Actually, that’s the easy part. The hard part as we all know, is sticking to them. So much so that many people decide never to make resolutions again, versus risk failure in keeping them. But yet, as each year ends, and a new …
Monday, December 26, 2016
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Friday, December 23, 2016
The Deeper Meaning of Christmas:
In the days of Caesar Augustus, an era of peace was established in the Mediterranean world after centuries of strife. But this peace was forged by the proud ambition of emperors and the edge of their armies’ swords. Upon this stage appears a baby acclaimed as king by eastern dignitaries. Neither Caesar nor Herod will …
Mass of Christ: The Real Meaning of Christmas:
Do you really want to live Christmas to the maximum potential of your being? If you have responded in the positive the following is the most efficacious path: living out to the fullest degree possible the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. How interesting—the word Christmas is a compound word: Christ… Mass, that is to say …
The Hidden Christ and the Hidden Christians:
Christmas is the feast of the Incarnation, but God Incarnate was with us at the Annunciation: when, in the fullness of time, the Word became flesh, conceived by the Holy Spirit in Mary’s womb. For nine months, God was with us, but He was hidden from our view. And every Advent we contemplate the hidden …
Ascending to the Divine During Advent: Avoiding the Spiritual Sin of Acedia:
Advent should be a time of profound spiritual renewal as we anticipate the coming of Christ the King. We set aside four weeks each year to prepare our hearts so that we can expunge bad habits and tendencies, in order to bring ourselves closer to the Savior’s heart and invite him into our own. But, …
Thursday, December 22, 2016
Charles de Foucauld (1858-1916)
"Father, I abandon myself into your hands; Do with me what you will. Whatever you may do I thank you; I am ready for all, I accept all, let only your will be done in me, and in all your creations.
I wish no more than this O Lord. Into your hands I commend my soul; I offer it to you with all the love of my heart, for I love you Lord and so need to give myself, to surrender myself into your hands, without reserve and with boundless confidence, for you are my Father."
~ Brother Charles of Jesus, 1896, from a meditation on Luke 23:46
Very Sad News! I love Mother Miriam!!!
The Okie Traditionalist: Newly Ordained Tulsa Bishop Konderla Dismissing Another Trad Catholic Community...:
"This cold Advent evening I'm setting down my eggnog, heavy-hearted to report what I think is another public tragedy in the Diocese of Tulsa..."
Wednesday, December 21, 2016
Celebrating Christmas in the Aftermath of Suicide:
In recent years suicide has been on the rise and has claimed many victims. In the cities where I serve as a priest, I have been present for too many prayer vigils and funerals for teenagers who committed suicide this year. I have stood next to their friends and family members, and provided an ear …
The O Antiphons, also known as The great Os are Magnificat antiphons used at Vespers of the last seven days of Advent in Western Christian traditions. They are also used as the alleluia verses on the same days in the Catholic Mass.
They are referred to as the "O Antiphons" because the title of each one begins with the interjection "O". Each antiphon is a name of Christ, one of his attributes mentioned in Scripture. They are:
December 17: O Sapientia (O Wisdom)
December 18: O Adonai (O Lord)
December 19: O Radix Jesse (O Root of Jesse)
December 20: O Clavis David (O Key of David)
December 21: O Oriens (O Dayspring)
December 22: O Rex Gentium (O King of the nations)
December 23: O Emmanuel (O With Us is God)
Tuesday, December 20, 2016
Keep Christ at the Center of Your Christmas:
Secularism, paganism, hedonism, materialism, agnosticism, atheism—words that describe the modern drift of society. That being the case, how easy it really is to forget the true meaning of Christmas? Much more than a feast, characterized by buying and selling, eating and drinking, carousing and sinning, it is the celebration of a Person, the greatest Person …
Monday, December 19, 2016
Behold the Savior Comes – Divine Intimacy Meditation:
Behold the Savior Comes Fourth Sunday of Advent Presence of God – I place myself at the feet of Jesus and ask Him to prepare my heart for His imminent coming. MEDITATION “Call together the nations, tell it among the people and say: Behold our Savior comes!” (Roman Breviary) [adapted]. The message becomes more and …
Mary: Our Model for How to Prepare for Christ:
Mary is the exemplary model of how we can best prepare for the coming of Christ. The infancy narratives of the Gospel of Luke set forth her example in all its humble brilliance for us, beginning with the Annunciation: Faith seeking understanding. After the angel announces the good news of Christ, Mary questions him. Zechariah …
What hath Christ to do with Versace? I remember a Christmas morning interview with Cardinal Dolan, the archbishop of New York, onThe Today Show. Asked how he felt living on 5th Avenue, in the heart of a world-renowned shopping district, the superficial of the superficial, the glamorous of the glam, the belly of the beast …
Saturday, December 17, 2016
Scripture Speaks: St. Joseph and Advent:
On this last Sunday of Advent, our Gospel calls us to reflect on Joseph, not Mary or Jesus. Why? Gospel (Read Mt 1:18-24) As our time of preparation and waiting in Advent draws to a close, we find ourselves listening to St. Matthew’s account of how Joseph became an important part of the first Advent. …
Friday, December 16, 2016
Watching the snow fall in my backyard today. Warm and cozy in the sunroom looking out. Feels like being in a snow globe! Feels like Christmas is only one week away!!! Enjoy a Blessed Christmas everyone!
Love You all So Much, Bethie 💙💙
Holy Communion Nourishes Your Supernatural Life:
Holy Communion preserves and increases the supernatural life of your soul. In the Holy Eucharist, Christ becomes present so that He may abide bodily among us by His Real Presence in our tabernacles, renew the Sacrifice of Calvary in an unbloody manner on our altars, and nourish our souls in Holy Communion. The Eucharist is …
The Christmas Story’s Best Supporting Actor:
In the drama of the incarnation, Jesus is, of course, the star. That’s the way it is at every birth. All eyes are on the baby. The co-star, though, is definitely mom. Without her love and labor, the event could not have happened. In this case, without mom’s faith it couldn’t have happened either. According …
Thursday, December 15, 2016
New article by Anthony Esolen
On Man's Proper Disposition Toward God During Mass -
"Anyone coming upon Dietrich von Hildebrand’s Liturgy and Personality (Hildebrand Press), who thinks it will be a manual on how to imbue the liturgy with one’s personality, or how not to do so, is in for a surprise, unsettling and salutary. The work is in the first instance metaphysical: we cannot discuss the relationship between …"
Advent and the Four Comings of Christ:
Can you believe it? Christmas is in ten days. For most of us, it has come much too fast. We feel caught off guard and unprepared. We are in panic mode, striving to finish up last minute preparations for family dinners and parties. Yet, during this season, Holy Mother Church asks us for a different …
Seeing Our Neighbor and the Long Loneliness of December:
Every year a discussion about the startling rise in suicide rates during the holidays makes national news. More often than not, the cause is relegated to mental illness, stress, or family situations. While all of these may be true, they betray a purely materialist view of the human person. Mental illness in itself is a …
O magnum mysterium,
et admirabile sacramentum,
ut animalia viderent Dominum natum,
jacentem in praesepio!
Beata Virgo, cujus viscera
Dominum Jesum Christum.
O great mystery,
and wonderful sacrament,
that animals should see the new-born Lord,
lying in a manger!
Blessed is the Virgin whose womb
was worthy to bear
our Saviour, Jesus Christ.