Tuesday, December 12, 2017

When Joseph & Mary Went to Bethlehem

Joseph & Mary's Journey to Bethlehem

When Joseph & Mary Went to Bethlehem

"Saint Joseph, in his capacity and with his authority of father, bestowed this name on our Savior, as he had been directed by the angel to do (Matt. 1:21)...."

Find Time for Silence in Advent



Find Time for Silence in Advent

"Today we suffer from an onslaught of noise, and more than a little noise pollution!  Not that noise is always bad, but it is true that the human heart, mind, and the soul longs for moments of silence. As we enter more deeply into Advent, now is a great time to learn to cultivate silence. That …"

Our Lady of Guadalupe: Patroness of the Nitty-Gritty in Life

Our Lady of Guadalupe: Patroness of the Nitty-Gritty in Life

Our Lady of Guadalupe: Patroness of the Nitty-Gritty in Life

"She’s into everything, yammering away as she climbs and builds and rearranges.  From the toy box to my desk, from the kitchen to the bathroom, from bookshelves to dog bowls, the world awaits her discovery. One morning, when I had to go outside suddenly to deal with loose sheep, I came in to find her …"

12 Gift Ideas to Express Your Devotion to Our Lady of Guadalupe

Our Lady of Guadalupe Triptych

12 Gift Ideas to Express Your Devotion to Our Lady of Guadalupe

Loving the Blessed Virgin

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"Never be afraid of loving the Blessed Virgin too much.  You can
never love her more than Jesus did."
~ St. Maximilian Kolbe

Monday, December 11, 2017

Why the World Remains in Pain, by Mark Mallett



Why the World Remains in Pain

"Because we have not listened. We have not heeded a consistent warning from Heaven that the world is creating a future without God..."

by Mark Mallett

St. Francis of Assisi and the Christmas Creche Tradition

St. Francis nativity Holy Card

St. Francis of Assisi and the Christmas Creche Tradition

Heaven

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The Apocalyptic Lessons of Advent

The Apocalyptic Lessons of Advent

The Apocalyptic Lessons of Advent

"In Advent, we learn again that Christ is our origin and our end. All things that matter have their source in Him and move towards Him as their destination..."

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Meet Anna Zelíková, a holy teenager who had an “apostleship of smiling”



Meet Anna Zelíková, a holy teenager who had an “apostleship of smiling”

"Born on July 19, 1924, in what is now the Czech Republic, Anna Zelíková was a simple teenager who loved Jesus dearly. She learned of the example of St. Therese of Lisieux, who at the time was newly…"

Ascend to God

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Our Life is an Advent

Mother Calls, by Mark Mallett




Don't be afraid... Mother calls.

Mother Calls

by Mark Mallett

St. Lucy's Feast Day: Celebrate with Lights and Sweets!



St. Lucy's Feast Day: Celebrate with Lights and Sweets!

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Scripture Speaks: Prepare Your Hearts



Scripture Speaks: Prepare Your Hearts:

" In Advent, if we ask how we can prepare for the coming of Jesus in this new liturgical year, today’s readings are loaded with answers. Gospel (Read Mk 1:1-8) At the beginning of St. Mark’s Gospel, he announces that Isaiah’s centuries-old prophecy of one who will prepare the way for the coming of the Messiah …"

Friday, December 8, 2017

The Freedom of Mary’s Immaculate Conception

The Freedom of Mary’s Immaculate Conception

The Freedom of Mary’s Immaculate Conception

"Today the Church celebrates the great Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. It is the day we celebrate how Our Heavenly Mother was the first to receive the merits of her Divine Son’s Paschal Mystery. Unlike us, she was conceived without the taint of Eve’s sin coursing through her. Do we contemplate this great mystery? What it …"

The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary



The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

"St. Ann conceived Mary, not by the power of the Holy Spirit as Jesus was conceived, but by normal means.  However, when she was conceived in her mother’s womb, Mary was without the stain of original sin.  This was a special grace granted by God.  Truly, this was what God had willed for all mankind, …"

It’s All Grace: The Meaning of the Immaculate Conception



It’s All Grace: The Meaning of the Immaculate Conception

"The deepest meaning of the Immaculate Conception is that it was the grace of God working mysteriously from the moment of her conception that made possible Mary’s exemplary life of faith..."

The Perfect Model of Holiness

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"The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary is the infallibly defined dogma of the Catholic Church that "God freely chose Mary from all eternity to be the Mother of his Son. In order to carry out her mission she herself was conceived immaculate. This means that, thanks to the grace of God and in anticipation of the merits of Jesus Christ, Mary was preserved from original sin from the first instant of her conception" (Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church). Chosen by God to be the Mother of the Savior and the "New Eve," Mary Immaculate is a type of the Church and the perfect model of holiness for all Christians. Mary under this title is the patroness of the United States of America, and the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception is a Holy Day of Obligation."

Praise Mother Mary, and We Praise Her Son

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Thursday, December 7, 2017

St. Ambrose



St. Ambrose

"Ambrose was born in 340 in Trier, Germany, and grew up to be a very successful lawyer. He later became governor of Milan, Italy, and lived on a large estate. In 374, there was a great controversy brewing between Catholics and Arians (heretics who argued against the divinity of Christ). When the Bishop of Milan …"

Jesus Promised to the Patriarchs: An Advent Meditation

Jesus Promised to the Patriarchs: An Advent Meditation

Jesus Promised to the Patriarchs: An Advent Meditation

"These are the riches hidden in these few words: “In you and in one of your race all the nations of the earth shall be blessed.”

Our Entire Body Should Serve God

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

EWTN Daily Catholic Mass - 12/6/17 - Fr. Mitch Pacwa, St Nicholas Day

Invitation to Sanctity



from Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction:

Invitation to Sanctity:

" Invitation to Sanctity Presence of God – I place myself in the presence of Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament, contemplating Him as the Redeemer and Sanctifier of my soul.

MEDITATION

“Where sin abounded, grace did more abound” (Romans 5:20). Adam’s fall brought about the destruction of God’s plan for man’s sanctification. Our first parents, …"

The Expectancy of Advent

The Expectancy of Advent

The Expectancy of Advent

"Advent couldn’t arrive at a more appropriate time of year. Just when we’re getting revved up for special parties, homemade dishes to complement fine feasts, gift shopping, and lavish decorating, the Church reminds us to be still. To listen. To wait with God and for Him. It can be agonizing to wait in silence when …"

Path to Everlasting Life

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"To use this life well is the pathway through death to everlasting life."

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Two things to remember this Advent: Now and the hour of our death


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Two things to remember this Advent: Now and the hour of our death

"I don’t recall who brought it to my attention, but it makes complete sense. Hail Mary, Full of Grace, The Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb…"

Perfect Peace





THE PAPACY IS NOT ONE POPE, by Mark Mallett



THE PAPACY IS NOT ONE POPE
 "In this present fog of confusion, it is good to remember that the papacy is not one pope.. "
by Mark Mallett

The Greatest Romance, Adventure and Achievement

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Advent: Intense Training

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“Advent is, so to speak, an intense training that directs us decisively toward him who already came, who will come, and who comes continuously.”

The Prayer of the Heart, by Mother Angelica

Prayer of the Heart

The Prayer of the Heart
by Mother Angelica

"The first Christians soon realized that if they were to persevere in the new life they were chosen to live, they had to love and love intensely. It was this element of love that made Christianity so different from any other religion. Man is a being of emotion and to live only in Faith and …"

The Patience of Mary

The Patience of Mary

The Patience of Mary:

" Mary has spoken in many places to different visionaries and she has imparted messages to them, calling us to conversion and repentance. She patiently waits for us to listen and respond, praying like any good mother would for her children...."

Remember Christ this Christmas

Remember Christ this Christmas

Remember Christ this Christmas

"The whole focus of Advent which culminates in the Solemnity of Christmas is a person! That person is Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ..."

Monday, December 4, 2017

Pray for Thomas Aquinas College


Urgent! Please pray that the wildfire raging in Santa Paula, CA will not destroy this wonderful Catholic college!!!
56 mins
*** FIRE UPDATE ***
The precautionary evacuation of campus is complete, and everyone is safe, but the #ThomasFire rages on. St. Thomas Aquinas, pray for us!


UPDATE:  12/5/217  7:30am  Praise God!!!

https://thomasaquinas.edu/

Three Simple Paths to Interior Peace

Interior Peace

Three Simple Paths to Interior Peace:

" With these few attainable goals, I have exponentially increased my level of interior peace.  That’s not to say that my life is graceful or that I never approach uncertainty with fear, because I do.  It’s difficult to rid ourselves of that nasty concupiscence, which is precisely why we need salvation...."

The True Meaning of Advent: God Comes for Us

The True Meaning of Advent: God Comes for Us

The True Meaning of Advent: God Comes for Us

"In Advent, the hinges of history turn the other way. God seeks us out. This is what happens in the Incarnation. Heaven comes to earth...."

To Forgive Another



To Forgive Another

“Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.” We pray these words routinely as Christians, yet their weight should give us pause. We all need forgiveness, but to offer forgiveness often feels beyond our ability. This is a serious issue: How can we be forgiven if we never learn to forgive …"

Saturday, December 2, 2017

First Sunday of Advent

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First Sunday of AdventFirst Sunday of Advent
Sunday, December 3, 2017

Gospel Reading: Mark 13:33-37

Jesus said to his disciples:
"Be watchful! Be alert!
You do not know when the time will come.
It is like a man traveling abroad.
He leaves home and places his servants in charge,
each with his own work,
and orders the gatekeeper to be on the watch.
Watch, therefore;
you do not know when the Lord of the house is coming,
whether in the evening, or at midnight,
or at cockcrow, or in the morning.
May he not come suddenly and find you sleeping.
What I say to you, I say to all: 'Watch!'"

St. Francis of Assisi and the Christmas Creche Tradition



St. Francis of Assisi and the Christmas Creche Tradition

Heart of Jesus

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"The adorable Heart of Jesus is our comfort, our way,
  our life."
 ~ St. Frances Xavier Cabrini

Friday, December 1, 2017

Scripture Speaks: Advent Watchfulness

Scripture Speaks: Advent Watchfulness

Scripture Speaks: Advent Watchfulness

The Gospel reading sounds the call of Advent: Be watchful! How?

Gospel (Read Mk 13:33-37)

"During this season of Advent, let us check ourselves for drowsiness and heavy-lidded eyes; let us have ears to hear what the Church is saying:  “Be alert!”...

Is the Eastern Gate Opening?, by Mark Mallett

Is the Triumph of Our Lady beginning its final stages?



Is the Eastern Gate Opening?
by Mark Mallett

Silence in Advent Prepares Us for the Joy of Christmas

Silence in Advent Prepares Us for the Joy of Christmas

Silence in Advent Prepares Us for the Joy of Christmas

"Without periods of silent waiting for Christ, we will rob ourselves of the true joy of Christmas. Gifts, trees, lights, cookies, delicious dinners, and even time with friends and family are fleeting. Our joy comes from Christ alone..."