Saturday, June 24, 2017

Fear No One


From "The Sacred Page':

Fear No One: Twelfth Sunday of OT Year A

Scripture Speaks: Shrink Not From Fear

Scripture Speaks: Shrink Not From Fear

Scripture Speaks: Shrink Not From Fear

"Today, Jesus tells His disciples that there is empty fear and worthy fear. How will they know the difference? Gospel (Read Mt 10:26-33) The tenth chapter of Matthew’s Gospel begins with Jesus calling the Twelve apostles. Then, He sends them out to preach the Good News He’s going to teach them. He gives them detailed …"

John the Baptist: Pointing Away From Himself



John the Baptist: Pointing Away From Himself

"On December the 25th, we celebrate the big one—the birthday of Jesus, the Word of God made flesh.  The Church actually does not celebrate the birthday of the saints, except that of Jesus’ mother.  Generally, their special day in the calendar is the date of their death, their entry into eternal life.  But there is …"

Friday, June 23, 2017

Falling in Love: Knowing the Sacred Heart of Jesus



Falling in Love: Knowing the Sacred Heart of Jesus

"Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus is an act of love.  It is a love that we express through our thoughts, words, or actions to our good God, Who makes His divine love known to us through His Son and through the presence of the Holy Spirit in the Church. The Sacred Heart of …"

Sacred Heart: Love that Crushes Evil

Sacred Heart: Love that Crushes Evil

Sacred Heart: Love that Crushes Evil

“Sacred Heart devotion isn’t our devotion. It’s God’s. It’s God’s devotion to us”, writes Fr. James Kubicki, S.J., in his book, A Heart on Fire. He also reminds us that the Sacred Heart devotion didn’t begin in the seventeenth century with revelations to a Visitation nun named St. Margaret Mary Alacoque—it began “before time, in …

Behold the Heart

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Today is the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

"Devotion to the Sacred Heart, as we know it, began about the year 1672. On repeated occasions, Jesus appeared to Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque, a Visitation nun, in France, and during these apparitions He explained to her the devotion to His Sacred Heart as He wanted people to practice it. He asked to be honored in the symbol of His Heart of flesh; he asked for acts of reparation, for frequent Communion, Communion on the First Friday of the month, and the keeping of the Holy Hour.

When the Catholic Church approved the devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, she did not base her action only on the visions of Saint Margaret Mary. The Church approved the devotion on its own merits. There is only one Person in Jesus, and that Person was at the same time God and Man. His Heart, too, is Divine -- it is the Heart of God.

The devotion especially emphasizes the unmitigated love, compassion, and long-suffering of the heart of Christ towards humanity."

EWTN

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

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Friday June 23, is the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. 

 "Devotion to the Sacred Heart calls for a fundamental attitude of conversion and reparation, of love and gratitude, apostolic commitment and dedication to Christ and his saving work."
 (Directory on Popular Piety and the Liturgy)

How the Sacred Heart Transforms Us

How the Sacred Heart Transforms Us

How the Sacred Heart Transforms Us

"How do we let Jesus’ heart transform our own hearts? Simply state, we start by worshiping the Sacred Heart..."

Community: Having the Right Intention

Community: Having the Right Intention

Community: Having the Right Intention

"We can't build communities out of fear, vain glory, or selfish motives, neither for high ideals. Those foundations will not stand the tests of time. We also have to stop thinking like consumers....."

The Intersection of Catholic Faith and Modern Classical Music

The Intersection of Catholic Faith and Modern Classical Music: An Interview with Mark Nowakowski

The Intersection of Catholic Faith and Modern Classical Music

An Interview with Mark Nowakowski

"I recently had the opportunity to interview Polish-American maestro Mark Nowakowski, a musician at the frontier of modern classical music, to say nothing of his family’s devotion to their Catholic faith. Mark recently released his new album, “Blood, Forgotten,” performed by the Voxare String Quartet. Here is the transcript of …"

Our Lady of Czestochowa

Our Lady of Czestochowa

Our Lady of Czestochowa

"Q:  I know that Pope John Paul II had a strong devotion to Our Lady of Czestochowa. Please explain how this devotion came about.

 Pope John Paul II visited the shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa on his first trip to Poland in 1979. He said, “The call of a son of Poland to the …

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Gripped by the Eucharist

Gripped by the Eucharist

Gripped by the Eucharist

A homily for the Solemnity of Corpus Christi

"Her husband had left her after close to 40 years of marriage and five grown kids and moved in with another younger woman. Her friends made fun of her for choosing to remain single and faithful to her marriage vows and not follow their warped advice to …"

Job and My Greatest Fear

Job and My Greatest Fear

Job and My Greatest Fear

"Fatherhood has changed me.  I used to be able to handle stories of tragedies involving children with a sigh and a prayer; now, as a husband and father, I can barely sigh for the sorrow I feel.  Stories from friends about miscarriages or the death of a child mix in my mind with reports of …"

'St. Aga, Who?'



'St. Aga, Who?'

"Just when I think that I’ve “heard” it all, I read some new, bizarre, nonsensical idea. Let me explain.  I was in the thrift store, scanning the bookshelves, when I came upon a book about simplifying your life while at the same time living your life more abundantly. So far sounds good! I cracked it …"

SAINT OF THE DAY - ST. ALOYSIUS GONZAGA

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SAINT OF THE DAY - ST. ALOYSIUS GONZAGA

St. Aloysius Gonzaga (1568–1591) was born to a noble Italian family, the eldest of seven children, and was destined for the military. However, by the time he was 9 years of age he chose the religious life and made a personal vow of chastity. As a safeguard against sexual temptation he always kept his eyes downcast in the presence of women. Although many tried to dissuade him from his chosen vocation, he was eventually allowed to renounce his inheritance and enter the seminary in order to become a Jesuit priest. While he was studying in Rome, there was an outbreak of the plague. Aloysius volunteered to care for the sick, despite the delicateness of his own health. As a result, he contracted the disease and died at the age of 23, before completing his priestly studies. St. Aloysius was connected with two great figures of the Counter-Reformation: he received his First Holy Communion at the age of 12 from St. Charles Borromeo, and his Last Rites from St. Robert Bellarmine, both of whom served as his spiritual advisers. On the night of his death, St. Mary Magdalene de Pazzi had a vision of him being received into great glory. St. Aloysius Gonzaga is the patron saint of youth and bodily purity. His feast day is June 21st.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Five Ways to Improve Your Prayer Life

Five Ways to Improve Your Prayer Life

Five Ways to Improve Your Prayer Life

"How much time and energy is exerted in obtaining a degree from some prestigious University?  How much blood, sweat and tears are expended to win a trophy from some sporting event? How much time and energy can even be consumed in preparing for a surprise Birthday party?   If we can expend so much time, money, emotional and physical …"

Mystery of Hope



Mystery of Hope

" Presence of God – Let me hunger for You, O Bread of Angels, pledge of future glory.

 MEDITATION Jesus said: “I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If any man eat of this bread, he shall live forever, and the bread that I will give is My Flesh, for …"

Monday, June 19, 2017

Mary as My Refuge



Mary as My Refuge

"Jesus took on our sin -- my sin -- and died. What higher purpose could His mother have than to act as a refuge to the very ones he offered his life to save? Jesus wants us to have His mom for comfort, just as He did throughout His life..."

Symbols of the Spiritual Journey



Symbols of the Spiritual Journey:

" In this image of the desert the traveler is preoccupied—not with their progress upward or inward but with advancing in love toward their destination, often in darkness and struggle, but also as God wills resting in oases of light and peace...."

Friday, June 16, 2017

The Blue Butterfly, by Mark Mallett


The Blue Butterfly 
 by Mark Mallett

The Eucharist: Corpus Christi?

The Eucharist: Corpus Christi?

The Eucharist: Corpus Christi?

"The feast of Corpus Christi celebrates the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist. But what does that mean, and how can we explain that to others?..."

Scripture Speaks: The Body and Blood of Christ

Scripture Speaks: The Body and Blood of Christ

Scripture Speaks: The Body and Blood of Christ:

"When Jesus ascended to Heaven, He sent the Holy Spirit to His followers to give them the divine life of the Trinity.  Why, then, did He also give them a meal of Bread and Wine to attain eternal life? Gospel (Read Jn 6:51-58) Our Easter lectionary readings moved us through Christ’s Resurrection, Ascension, and the …"

Corpus Christi and the Mystical Body of Christ



Corpus Christi and the Mystical Body of Christ

"Christ promised to be with us always, even unto “the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20) Each time we walk into a Catholic Church and see a flickering red light we are reminded of how he continues to keep this promise, through his Eucharistic presence. Growing up Catholic, attending a Catholic school, and very much …"

Thursday, June 15, 2017

A Heart of Flame: Four Reasons to Love the Sacred Heart

A Heart of Flame: Four Reasons to Love the Sacred Heart

A Heart of Flame: Four Reasons to Love the Sacred Heart:

" We are well into the month of June, and many of us are are celebrating warm weather and clear skies with barbecues, vacations, and time outdoors. But there is another aspect of this month that is often forgotten: Holy Church has dedicated June to the veneration of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Sadly, devotion to the Sacred Heart has …"

Community: The Gift of Witness

Community: The Gift of Witness

Community: The Gift of Witness

"We cannot emphasize enough, the value of Christian witness. In heaven, we have the saints and their lives to draw inspiration from, their intercession to rely on but we also need contemporaries we know on some personal level, to walk with us on our journey..."

The Power of Spiritual Fatherhood

The Power of Spiritual Fatherhood

The Power of Spiritual Fatherhood

"This Father’s Day, remember the priests in your life. Send them a Father’s Day card, or offer them thanks on the day. (And if you know a newly ordained priest, enjoy his delighted expression when you wish him a, “Happy first Father’s Day!”) Take time to let these dear men know that we love them, too."

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Created to Be Saints

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"Saints are ordinary people with the compassion of the Father in their souls, the humility of Jesus in their minds, and the love of the Spirit in their hearts. When these beautiful qualities grow day by day in everyday situations, holiness is born."

 " We are all created to be Saints . . . don't miss the opportunity!"

Mother Angelica

Love and Kind Deeds



Love and Kind Deeds:

" Love and Kind Deeds Love is the heart and soul of religion. God is love, and every kind deed is a step toward God. Life is a school in which you acquire knowledge regarding the means of making your life and the lives of your fellowmen happy. That education is founded on love. You cannot …"

The Virtues and the Gifts



The Virtues and the Gifts

"The Virtues and the Gifts Presence of God – Teach me, O Holy Spirit, to remain in an attitude of continual attention to Your inspirations, and of perpetual dependence upon Your impulses. MEDITATION St. Thomas teaches that the gifts of the Holy Spirit are given to us as a help to the virtues: “dona sunt …"

Pruning Leads to Proliferation

Pruning Leads to Proliferation

Pruning Leads to Proliferation

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vine grower. He takes away every branch in me that does not bear fruit, and every one that does he prunes so that it bears more fruit” (Jn. 15: 1-2). Nearly ten years ago, Ben and I celebrated our Nuptial Mass with a host of …"

Do I Really Know the True God?



Do I Really Know the True God?

"The Islamic Maute terrorist group besieged the Mindanao city of Marawi here in the Philippines for the last two weeks destroying lives and property of innocent citizens. A young man walked into a casino in Manila a few weeks ago and killed close to forty people. A few weeks ago, some men mowed down, killed …"

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

The 12 Promises of the Sacred Heart of Jesus



The 12 Promises of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

God’s Mysterious Absence in Deep Prayer



Ordered this book, 'Fire from Above',  through Inter-Library Loan in Salt Lake City, Utah. Arrived today all the way from Messiah College in Mechanicsburg, PA (distance 2,036 miles)!

God’s Mysterious Absence in Deep Prayer:

" Contemplation does not shield us from doubt or suffering. Christian prayer baptizes our doubts and difficulties, trials and tests in faith. Violently opposing forces, faith confronts doubt in prayer even in the midst of very difficult circumstances. Saint Thérèse of Lisieux lived a life of intense prayer and friendship …"

Grow Close to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

Grow Close to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

Grow Close to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

"May is the month of Mary; July is the month of the Precious Blood of Jesus; October is the month of the Most Holy Rosary; November, traditionally, we pray for the dead. Finally, our focal point of this essay, is who we honor in the most special way in the month of June, and that …"

Our Lady is a Real Wonder Woman

Our Lady is a Real Wonder Woman

Our Lady is a Real Wonder Woman

"Just as Wonder Woman believed she could be an instrument of peace, Mary has revealed herself as a messenger of peace..."

The Primacy of Peter in the Pontificate of Benedict XVI

The Primacy of Peter in the Pontificate of Benedict XVI

The Primacy of Peter in the Pontificate of Benedict XVI

"In his scholarly works, Benedict XVI could always fall back on a marvelous knowledge of theological and dogmatic history, which he conveyed in such a way that God’s vision of man, which supports everything, comes to light..."

Sisters of the Fiat



Mother of 14 founds new order of religious sisters 

 "To live the will of God is the key to heaven.”

Monday, June 12, 2017

Five Ways to Listen to God



Five Ways to Listen to God

"God speaks to each one of us at every moment of our lives, according to the Psalmist: “Today, listen to the voice of the Lord” (Ps 95:7). What does God’s voice sound like? Here are five ways that the Lord speaks to us, which are also five ways that we can begin to prayerfully listen …"

Temperance and Our Addiction Crisis



Temperance and Our Addiction Crisis

"It would be too simple to say that temperance is the sole solution to America’s multifaceted crisis of addiction, but it’s entirely realistic to think there will be no solution that leaves out temperance. In the absence of temperance, we shall continue to apply patchwork, partial solutions here and there while piously decrying addiction as …"

The Holy Spirit and the Breath of Jesus



The Holy Spirit and the Breath of Jesus

"You can’t feel someone’s breath unless you are very close to their body. It might happen when you might lean in to hear an ailing relative whisper their last words. It could be the immediate aftermath of a kiss between lovers—or in some cultures, a peck on the cheek among friends. Or it could be …"

Friday, June 9, 2017

Rite of Ordination to the Diaconate of Brother Matthew Mary

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Franciscan Missionaries of the Eternal Word
Thank you and praise to God for our new Deacon, Rev. Br. Matthew Mary!

Rite of Ordination to the Diaconate of Brother Matthew Mary

Forgiveness and Mercy, by Mother Angelica



by Mother Angelica

Forgiveness and Mercy

"In the Gospel of St. Luke, Jesus tells me that if my brother offends me seven times a day, and seven times comes to me and says he is sorry, then I must forgive him (Luke 17:4). But in the Gospel of St. Matthew, when Peter asked Jesus if he should forgive his brother seven …"

Scripture Speaks: Trinity Sunday



Scripture Speaks: Trinity Sunday:

" On this first Sunday after Pentecost, the Church calls us to remember the Most Holy Trinity.  Why is this perfect timing? Gospel (Read Jn 3:16-18) Today’s Gospel is different from any we have seen during the long seasons of Lent and Easter.  On Sunday after Sunday, the Gospels have reported actions of Jesus.  They have …"

Trinity Sunday: Is it Relevant?



Trinity Sunday: Is it Relevant?

"Many are ready to give a polite nod of some sort to Jesus of Nazareth.  Most honor him as a great moral teacher.  Many even confess him as Savior.  But the Incarnation of the Eternal God?  Second person of the Holy Trinity?  God can’t be one and three at the same time.  Such a notion …"

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Mystical Contemplation and the Gift of Knowledge



Mystical Contemplation and the Gift of Knowledge:

" Mystical Contemplation and the Gift of Knowledge In mystical contemplation, the gifts of wisdom, knowledge, and understanding move the soul in delightful ways that it does not understand. Divine light and warmth enkindle the depths of the soul and completely captivate the mind. Reason does not lead the way but is led to silent surrender …"

Community: Liturgy and Radical Individualism



Community: Liturgy and Radical Individualism

"The perfect antidote to radical individualism is worshipping together at Divine Liturgy where we pray as the one body of Christ and receive Him in communion."

Oil Lamps and Life in the Spirit



Oil Lamps and Life in the Spirit

"At my church, we burn oil lamps in front of the icons on the icon screen. We used to burn votive candles, but some time ago – more than a year ago – we replaced these with oil lamps, which is more traditional for us. I had not had very much experience working with oil …"