Friday, March 31, 2017
Cardinal Sarah's Address on 10th Anniversary of 'Summorum Pontificum' | Catholic World Report - Global Church news and views
Catholic Education at a Crossroads - Crisis Magazine:
"My friend and former colleague Dr. Jared Staudt recently penned an article “How to Save the Soul of Our Catholic Schools” for Crisis Magazine. Dr. Staudt (as I’ll call him here) made a number of sober and valid points about the need to return to a truly Catholic education. Affirming his belief that “[t]he Catholic …"
Let Christ Impart Life to You:
"A visitor from the higher kingdom must descend into the lower, take into Himself the elements of which that lower kingdom is composed, making them His own, infusing into them His own life and holding them in its grasp, endowing them with His power, enriching them with His attributes, crowning them with His beauty, and …"
Thursday, March 30, 2017
Seeing Mercy and Spiritual Progress in Lent:
“Mom, are we allowed to eat that?” During the first weeks of the fast in Great Lent, I am asked this question at least a dozen times by any one of my kids. They know the fasting rules. I tell them at the very beginning what we are fasting from (for us it’s no meat, …"
Spiritual Weapons: The Name of Jesus:
“Flog your enemies with the Name of Jesus, for there is no weapon more powerful in heaven or on earth.” – St. John Climacus “Blessed be the Name of Jesus.” – The Divine Praises Among the spiritual weapons in our arsenal, there are none as powerful as the Holy Name of Jesus. The saints have …"
"On a recent Sunday evening, another brother and I walked up to a snow-covered golf course at the edge of the grounds at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. Up for the week visiting our campus ministry there, we had driven out to the course at the suggestion of the chaplain, who promised us a …"
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
The Wisdom Of Saint Mary Of Bethany - Crisis Magazine:
"Six days before the Passover, one day before Palm Sunday, and not long before Holy Week, Jesus came to Bethany to where Lazarus was with his siblings, Martha and Mary (John 12:1-8). Parallel accounts in Matthew (26:6-13) and Mark (14:3-9) tell us that they were at the house of Simon the leper. While Martha served …"
Is the Benedict Option the Answer to Neo-Barbarianism? - Crisis Magazine:
"At a recent talk, I compared our days to the times of the barbarian invasions and the fall of the Roman Empire. It is a fairly common comparison that applies to decadent societies like our own. In the end, I highlighted the need to continue to fight the Culture War and thus oppose the neo-barbarians …"
The Miraculous Image of Our Lady of Las Lajas:
" In 1754, an event took place in Colombia that continues to baffle geologists and other scientists. This event was the miraculous appearance of the image of Our Lady of Las Lajas (Our Lady of the Rocks)."
Learning the Fatima Vocabulary:
"The Catholic world is all a buzz with Fatima. 2017 commemorates the 100th anniversary of Mary’s monthly apparitions to three shepherd children in Portugal from May-October 1917. Pope Francis will be visiting Fatima in May and this past week the Vatican announced that two of the three visionaries will be canonized during this centennial year. …"
Knowing the Novena:
"Succinctly, a novena is a nine-day period of private or public prayer to obtain special graces, to implore special favors, or make special petitions. (Novena is derived from the Latin novem, meaning nine.) As the definition suggests, the novena has always had more of a sense of urgency and neediness. In our liturgical usage, the …"
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
How to Save the Soul of Our Catholic Schools - Crisis Magazine:
“How can we make our school more Catholic?” This is a real question schools ask, some with perplexity. Is it a new curriculum? Better religion classes? Having the kids come to Mass? The answer is vital for the future of Catholic education. The sociologist Christian Smith notes, from his extensive research on the life of … "
Thy Will Be Mine
How to Recognize If You Have Consented to Temptation:
"We have not much difficulty in seeing that temptation is no evil and that consent alone makes the sin. That which troubles and disquiets those whom God subjects to this painful trial is the fear of offending God and their ignorance of the principles by which they may reassure themselves, not being able to distinguish … "
Thy Will Be Mine
God's Desire: The Conversion of Sinners:
"One of the greatest desires of Almighty God is the conversion of sinners. That poor sinners will leave their sinful lifestyles and turn back to the love of God is high on the list of God’s desires. Furthermore, Our Lady, who is the one closest to God Almighty, shares this same desire: that poor sinners … "
Thy Will Be Mine
What I Found At My Parish On A Weekday:
'Where once I saw a bonus activity for the ready, I now see an opportunity for anyone. What seemed a harder practice for spiritual athletes now seems a simple way to magnify the prayers of the feeblest sinner. Driving to church and participating in communal prayer isn’t the long way round, it’s a short cut. Go head, give it a try. Just take a quick right at your local parish."
Thy Will Be Mine
The Handmaid of the Lord:
"The Handmaid of the Lord Presence of God – O Mary, you who called yourself the handmaid of the Lord, teach me how to consecrate all my strength and life to His service. MEDITATION All the splendors—divine filiation, participation in divine life, intimate relations with the Trinity—which grace produces in our souls are realized in … "
Thy Will Be Mine
Monday, March 27, 2017
Christ’s Battle Against False Images of Man and God:
"What is ultimately at issue in Christ’s temptations, according to Pope Benedict XVI, are false images of God and man. A traditional reading of the temptations is to see each one concerning a virtue and its corresponding vice. The first temptation, involving bread, might seem to represent gluttony. The offer of all worldly kingdoms then …"
Suspect the Good:
"It’s nearly impossible to have a civil conversation nowadays with someone who disagrees with you. For example, take Sally, who is pro-choice, and her friend Alice, who is pro-life. Sally and Alice had never talked about this issue before, but now that they have, they suddenly find themselves at odds. Does this have to spell …"
The Value of Obedience:
"The Value of Obedience Presence of God – O Jesus most obedient, make me understand the value of obedience. MEDITATION St. John of the Cross has said, “God wants from us the least degree of obedience and submission, rather than all the works we desire to offer Him” (Spiritual Maxims: Words of Light, 13).
Sunday, March 26, 2017
Fr. Joseph Mary Wolfe Remembers Mother Angelica
"One year after Mother entered eternal life on March 27, 2016, Fr. Joseph Mary Wolfe shares a behind-the-scenes look at the spunky nun who founded the EWTN Catholic media empire."
Saturday, March 25, 2017
Transformed By Grace: Your Will, Your Way:
by Shelby Hawks
“It will be my joy to say: Your will, Your way.”
( I always prayed to have a daughter named 'Shelby Lynne....'
... it never happened it wasn't God's Will,
but this amazing young Catholic writer from Franciscan University, named SHELBY(!), tells us why it's always best to surrender
to God's Will, God's Way! .....Tears fell, thank you Lord, thank you dear Shelby.)
Day by Day with María: The Annunciation, a Reflection:
"The Annunciation by Dorothy Webster Hawksley The Annunciation by Bartolome Esteban Murillo In the sixth month, the angel Gabriel..."
The Annunciation: A Brief Theological Look:
"The Annunciation begins to reveal the salvific plan God has for his people in announcing the coming of the God-man. Mariology begins to take shape and dogmas such as the Immaculate Conception guided by tradition are understood through the fullness of Christ’s grace which dwells in Mary from her conception...."
The Church Cannot Teach Error, Because She Was Founded by Jesus Christ, Who is God Himself
The Church has no fear of being on the “wrong side of history”, for her Bridegroom is seated at the right hand of the Father.
Msgr. Charles Pope
Friday, March 24, 2017
EWTN Global Catholic Television Network: Mother Angelica Live Classics - Mother Angelica - Family Night originally aired March 24, 1998 - The Annunciation
Contemplating the Word: The Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary:
"In many paintings of the Annunciation, our Blessed Mother is depicted reading or having an open book on her lap, as in Fra Angelico’s frescoes or Rogier van der Weyden’s paintings. What we see in the Blessed Mother is attentiveness to the word of God, which will become flesh in her womb: “And the Word …"
Scripture Speaks: Seeing With the Eyes of Christ:
"Today’s Gospel tells an engaging, sometimes humorous, story of a blind man who can see and men with vision who are blind. Gospel (Read Jn 9:1-41) In the Gospel we are immediately introduced to a contrast that appears in all four lectionary readings: sight and blindness, darkness and light. There are layers of meaning for …"
It’s Time to Stop Fleeing from the Cross:
"One of the most striking aspects of the Passion accounts is how largely alone Our Lord is in His final hours. Most of His beloved disciples, followers, and friends flee from Him and abandon Him in His hour of need. St. Peter goes so far as to deny Jesus three times in order to avoid …"
Thursday, March 23, 2017
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Want to sleep peacefully? Pray this prayer of the night
"The best way for a good night's sleep is to reclaim your inner peace and rest with a heart united to God..."
It is the Story of Everyone - Crisis Magazine:
"My grandfather—who loved telling stories and who, in his last years, would endlessly retell the same stories—was particularly partial to the story of the fellow who, condemned to hang for his crimes, was nevertheless permitted a bit of exercise the day before. “In that case,” the prisoner asks the judge, “may I just skip the …"
3 Simple Ways Stop Blaming And Start Reclaiming Your Power in Grace:
"In today’s world, placing blame is easier than ever. Outlets such as the news and social media allow us to say “it’s their fault!” without a second thought. Because of this, placing blame on others—or even yourself—is a trap that is all too easy to fall into. However, figuring out “who’s to blame” is not …"
A Spiritual Treasure to Enrich Your Prayer Life:
"I think most of us can agree that the culture of today is in desperate need of one thing: God’s mercy. I seldom check the news, but when I do, I am always shocked and disheartened at what I see or read. At times, it seems as if I am living in the Twilight Zone, …"
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Enrich Your Prayer Life With Prayers of Reparation:
"We should constantly be striving to improve upon our prayer life. What air is to our lungs, so is prayer to our soul. It is essential; it is a matter of life and death! The forms of prayer are multiple. A simple way to understand the key forms of prayer is by means of a …"
Jesus and Suffering | Mother Angelica:
"This prefigured what was to come, for Jesus took suffering, the very thing that was held as a curse from God, a sign of His chastisement — and desired it, caressed it, and offered it back to us as a means of healing...."
The First Holy Hour:
"There are, in the life of the believer, occasions when the Lord seems to slumber. It isn’t that He feels completely absent—as He did to St. John of the Cross, Bl. Teresa of Calcutta, and others who have experienced the dark night of the soul—but one senses He is not present and active either. You …"
Day 37, Nineveh 90 - Set the World Ablaze - Nineveh 90
(from Nineveh90.com by Fr. Richard Heilman)