Monday, May 22, 2017
Benedict Option Is Really the Augustine Option - Crisis Magazine:
"The Benedict Option isn’t what you think it is. Adorning the cover of Rod Dreher’s much-discussed new book is what appears to be an ancient monastery, clutching a mountaintop. Below is a blue lake, cropped by scraps of land. A mist broods over it. Rising above the mist, the monastery seems aloft, almost cloud-borne, the …"
We Are Travelers:
" Memorial Day weekend approaches. And with it will come the beginning of the summer vacation season. According to one survey, close to half of all Americans took a long-distance vacation in the summer of 2014, traveling an average of nearly 300 miles from home. They went to beaches and big cities, lakes and resorts.
New Fatima Resources for the 100th Anniversary:
" The Catholic Church greeted May 13, 2017 with great celebration as Pope Francis traveled to Fatima for the 100th anniversary of Mary’s first apparition in 1917. My hope is that we will celebrate Fatima throughout the following six months since Mary appeared also on the 13th of June, July, September and October. In August the …"
St. Rita of Cascia:
"In 1381, St. Rita was born in Spoleto, Italy, to elderly parents who were such examples of Christian charity that they were known as “Peacemakers of Jesus Christ.” As devout as they were, however, they seem to have been somewhat misguided when they insisted on St. Rita’s marriage, at the age of 12, to a …"
From Despair to Hope: Job’s Extraordinary Journey:
"The Book of Job seems the least likely of any in the Old Testament to be hopeful. Sure, it ultimately ends happily, but it’s the titular character’s existential angst and his sheer, unending misery that dominates. From the beginning, the mood is one of despair and gloom. After a series of calamities strikes him and …"
Saturday, May 20, 2017
Abolish Ordinary Time - Crisis Magazine:
"With Ascension and Pentecost looming, and with their passage an end to the Paschal season, it’s time to reconsider and abolish Ordinary Time. As dramatically drastic as this may sound, it would not be a move without precedent. For centuries, for most of Church history in fact, there was no Ordinary Time on the Catholic …"
The Apostle of the Rockies: Fr. Pierre-Jean De Smet, SJ:
"Every year on the Feast of the Assumption, Catholics of native descent hold a powwow at Idaho’s oldest building, Sacred Heart Mission in Cataldo. For more than 150 years the Coeur d’Alenes have handed down the story of the Jesuit missionary who healed their chief’s daughter and brought the gospel to their people. This annual …"
St. Bernardine of Siena (Priest):
"The Italian priest St. Bernardine of Siena (1380-1444) was known for his preaching and his popularity with ordinary people. As a young man, he cared for an elderly woman on her deathbed; she constantly pronounced the name “Jesus” with great devotion. Bernardine was profoundly affected, and decided to make the name of Jesus the theme …"
Friday, May 19, 2017
The Supreme Gift (John 14:13-21):
“The spiritual building up of the body of Christ is brought about by love…” – St. Fulgentius of Ruspe John 14:13-21: ‘Whatever you ask for in my name I will do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask for anything in my name, I will do it. If you …
Scripture Speaks: Christ in Us:
"Today’s readings deepen our understanding of the mystery of Easter: Christ rose from the dead to live His life again in us. Gospel (Read Jn 14:15-21) Today we continue in Jesus’ Last Supper Discourse with the Twelve. He is speaking forthrightly to His friends about an imminent change in their three-year jaunt with the itinerant …"
Do You Love God?:
" Do you love God? It’s the most basic, important question anyone will ever ask you, and you will ever answer. Many of us reply too quickly and easily, “Of course I do!” This Sunday Jesus shines a bright light on what loving Him really means: “If you love me, you’ll keep my commandments,” (John 14:15-21). …"
Thursday, May 18, 2017
What Does it Mean to be a Victim with Christ? (Live the Eucharist Series Part III):
"Victim with Christ In the last two posts [part one here, part two here] we have been exploring the capacity that we have to intimately live the Eucharist, to worship well and to live the mystery fruitfully. We explored how we develop a receptivity to Jesus in the Eucharist by letting Him take possession of …"
Getting Out of God’s Way & Cooperating with His Divine Plan:
"All of us have areas in our lives where we get in God’s way. This is most evident in relation to the sins we struggle with on a daily basis. Sin is not a private matter. Our sins impact not only our own soul, but the people around us, whether we realize this truth or …"
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St. Joseph: Our Model for Fatherhood:
"St. Joseph, as Jesus’ spiritual father, can also be our father. Spiritual fatherhood (or motherhood) includes any action of care for others, i.e., the corporal or spiritual works of mercy..."
Tools Not Toys: Of Narnia and Confirmation:
"You are never too young to join the mission of the Church. You are never old enough to quit learning and growing. You find yourselves now, not at the completion of your journey but smack-dab in the middle, Chapter 10 of the novel. Run towards Jesus. Take up those precious gifts of your Confirmation and use them. Know each one intimately and pray for their increase, choose the best tool for your tasks and employ them wisely."
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
A Vow of Stability: A Call to Commitment in an Age of Choice:
"Recently, while traveling for business, I was tired after a long day and so began scrolling through the channels on the hotel television. Because there was next to nothing worth watching on the hundreds of channels available, I finally settled on a mildly interesting house hunting show. If you haven’t seen this kind of show, …"
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Don't Be Afraid of Joy:
“We are afraid of joy…We need to overcome the fear of joy; we need to think of the many times we are not joyful because we are afraid.” ~ Pope Francis Panic set in as I settled down for the day. It was evening, and all was quiet in the house for the first time …"
God or Nothing:
"If you had a choice between God and nothing, which would it be? The answer is obvious. But given the option “God or something,” many of us will choose something besides God. This is really a senseless choice, though, because in comparison with God even the greatest thing is nothing. This is the ultimatum that …"
The Hidden Story of Jesus in the Old Testament:
"There are many figures that foreshadow Jesus in the Old Testament—Adam, David, and Moses come to mind—but the basic story of Jesus itself is deeply embedded in it. It can be found in the mysterious figure of Wisdom, who is personified in books like Proverbs, Job, Wisdom, and Sirach. In Proverbs 8:27-30, it is said that, …"
St. Pascal Baylon:
"St. Pascal Baylon was born in Spain in May of 1540. His parents, who were virtuous peasants, named him Pascal because he was born on the Feast of Pentecost, which in Spain is called “the Pasch of the Holy Ghost.” In order to help support his family, Pascal worked as a shepherd from the time …"
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Desiring What Christ Desires For Us:
"Happy Mothers’ day to you all here in the Philippines and around the world! I had a memorable phone conversation with my mother while I was in the seminary in Boston in 2003. I was about to visit my native country of Nigeria for the very first time after over four years. I asked her …"
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Ten Reasons to Pray the Rosary:
" Jesus sent His Loving Mother, Mary most Holy, from heaven to the small town of Fatima, Portugal in the year 1917. The Queen of heaven and earth appeared to three little shepherd children, Lucia de los Santos, and Francisco and Jacinta Marto—brother and sister. Our Lady appeared six times and every time that she appeared …"
Deepen Your Prayer Life Through Exclamations:
"As Catholics, we tend to nurture our devotional lives through longer prayers—the rosary, novenas, litanies, and the Liturgy of the Hours. But there is an additional way to deepen one’s prayer life, and that is through shorter prayers, known as exclamations. These prayers, often just one sentence or even a few short words long, were …"
Monday, May 15, 2017
All in God’s Time: A lesson from St. Monica:
"I am convinced that sometimes, the saints choose us. St. Monica is another proof to me that this is true. She was the patron of the mother whose home we recently purchased. The house was dedicated to St. Monica and when we moved in an icon of her was on our wall. She is now …"
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Trusting in God Like St. Isidore the Farmer:
"On May 15th, the Church traditionally celebrates the feast of one of the most beloved of all Spanish saints, St. Isidore the Farmer, who was born in Madrid to poor parents around the year 1070. From the time he was old enough to work, Isidore was a laborer on an estate outside of Madrid owned by …"
Art that Draws us to God:
"Art and the Angels Art is authentic in its essence when it draws us to God. Everything that is truly beautiful, reflects the opulence, kindness, and generosity of God. He could have made the world gray with no contrast between objects, no depth or texture. Instead, He has given us a magnificent creation so vast, …"
Sunday, May 14, 2017
May is Mary’s Month: 10 Ways to Celebrate Your Spiritual Mom:
"October is the month of the most Holy Rosary; November, the month to pray for the faithful departed; June we immerse ourselves in the ocean of mercy of the Sacred Heart of Jesus; July we praise and worship the Precious Blood of Jesus, the price of our salvation. May is the month of Mary. Mary …"
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The Way, the Truth, and the Life:
“As long as you believe in God and try to be a good person, it doesn’t matter what religion you belong to.” “There are different paths up the mountain, but they all lead to the summit.” How many times have you heard people say such things? It’s politically correct. Tolerant. Reasonable. But Jesus says it’s …"
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Scripture Speaks: Do Not Let Your Hearts be Troubled:
"In today’s Gospel, we see the apostles as dense as they can possibly be, yet Jesus promises: “You will do the works that I do…and greater ones.” Really? Gospel (Read Jn 14:1-14) Today’s reading comes in the context of the Last Supper Discourse (Jn 13-17), when Jesus speaks to the Twelve more directly than we …"
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Saturday, May 13, 2017
Abp. Sheen: Our Lady of Fatima Will Convert Muslims:
"Oh, Mary, God has chosen you and purified you and elected you above all the women"
Archbishop Fulton Sheen wrote that the Blessed Virgin Mary, under the title of Our Lady of Fatima, will one day be instrumental in converting Muslims to Catholicism..."
Book Reviews and More: How to Become a Heroic Catholic - Catherine Stewart:
How to Become a Heroic Catholic: A Guide to Defending Catholicism For Teenagers and Young Adults Catherine Stewart Rivershore Books ISBN...
Friday, May 12, 2017
Fatima: Mary and the Struggle Against Satan:
"The event of Fatima underscores the victory of Mary over Satan. Mary is the protagonist. Fatima presumes the presence of the Church though Mary. She comes to us in a time of war, anti-Catholic persecution, Communism, Fascism, Christian terrorism, and oppression of any religious values..."
Tomorrow on the 100th Anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima, two new child Saints will be canonized.
Their Feast Day will be February 20th, my birthday! I'm SO happy because there was no saint on the day of my birthday, until now. Saint Jacinta and Saint Francisco, pray for me!
Our Holy Father Francis is in Fatima, Portugal, celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the apparitions of the Mother of God to three shepherd children with messages for the world- two of whom he will canonize at Mass tomorrow! DON'T MISS IT, dear friends!!
Thursday, May 11, 2017
How Are We Saved? Faith Alone? Or the Way Jesus Taught?
“The saints have always had a lively awareness that their merits were pure grace.” (CCC 2011)
By Dave Armstrong
Living a Life of Gratitude Will Transform Your Life:
"Lately I have begun a practice at the end of the day, where I sit quietly, with no distractions, and think about what I’m grateful for and the people I’m grateful to have in my life. This new approach has really changed how I view my life, and, at the end of the day, how …"
The Three Secrets of Fatima Revealed:
"The Lady promised to come back on July 13, 1917. Word was getting around Fatima that the mysterious holy Lady was appearing to the shepherd children. Many faithful Catholics were hoping that it was the Blessed Mother who was coming to their village. Some just didn’t know what to think. A good number of others …"
Who Is the Woman Clothed with the Sun?:
"Last week, we began our investigation of the image of “the woman clothed with the sun” as described in the Book of Revelation (11:19-12:6). Since the time of the early Church Fathers, this image of the woman has had a three-fold symbolism: the ancient people of Israel, the Church and the Blessed Mother. However, as …"
Wednesday, May 10, 2017
How the Rosary Converted a Satanic Priest:
"One of the most incredible testimonies to the ability of the rosary to bring back a soul from the brink of hell is the life of Blessed Bartolo Longo (1841–1926). Bartolo grew up in southern Italy during a time when Italy was experiencing a very strong nationalist movement. The movement was particularly known for turning …"
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Falling in Love with Fatima:
"Sister Lucia said it herself, in a mischievous moment. As Cardinal Bertone reports in The Last Secret of Fatima, “Once, when I told her that I had spoken about Our Lady of Fatima in Lourdes, she remarked that it’s a bad idea to confuse Our Ladies. Our Lady of Lourdes, she said, would surely take …"