Sunday, April 30, 2017

In Praise of Rural Manners

Having been born in Detroit, Michigan and living always in cities or suburbs, it has always been my dream to live in the country.  To live a simple life, devoted only to God and His Will.

My current prayer is to live in an intentional Catholic community, living a simple life, devoted to my Lord....

In Praise of Rural Manners

Clear Creek Abbey  and Clear Creek Village

Friday, April 28, 2017

St. Catherine of Siena

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"The devil fears hearts on fire with love of God." 
 ~ Saint Catherine of Siena

The Contradiction of “Pro-Choice but not Pro-Abortion”

The Contradiction of “Pro-Choice but not Pro-Abortion”

The Contradiction of “Pro-Choice but not Pro-Abortion”

"Our beloved Holy Father calls us to let mercy temper our conversations about publicly sanctioned offenses against the 5th, 6th and 9th commandments, particularly abortion, and indeed there is great wisdom in this. This beautiful call should not be misinterpreted as a “softening” of Church teaching on this most vital and basic issue, but a …

Is Jesus the Only Way to Salvation?

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Is Jesus the Only Way to Salvation?

"It’s not politically incorrect to believe in God.  Just so long as you acknowledge that all are God’s children, and that there are many, equally honorable paths to the Most High. After all, that’s only fair.  How conceited it would be to claim that your way is the only way. There is nothing really new …"

Scripture Speaks: On the Road to Emmaus

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Scripture Speaks: On the Road to Emmaus

"A Scripture lesson by a mysterious Stranger on a dusty road prepares two disciples to recognize the Risen Jesus in the breaking of bread; what did they learn? Gospel (Read Lk 24:13-35) Isn’t it interesting that when Jesus appeared to two “downcast” (Lk 24:17) disciples on Resurrection Day, He didn’t do the very thing that …"

12 Fascinating Facts You Didn't Know About the Great St. Francis of Assisi | ChurchPOP



12 Fascinating Facts You Didn't Know About the Great St. Francis of Assisi | ChurchPOP

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Peace Pilgrim Pope

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Catholic Extension

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"For #ThrowbackThursday, here’s our June 1960 Extension magazine cover by the famous illustrator Thornton Utz."

St. Catherine of Siena: Saint of the Eucharist

St. Catherine of Siena: Saint of the Eucharist

St. Catherine of Siena: Saint of the Eucharist

"St. Catherine of Siena had lived an extraordinary life of love and service. What role did the Eucharist play?..."

How Sanctifying Grace Makes us Like God

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How Sanctifying Grace Makes us Like God

"How Sanctifying Grace Makes us Like God With the Gift of the Holy Spirit, the gift of supernatural grace makes one’s whole existence holy. This doctrine of deification, or divinization, involves a true sharing in God’s life that does not diminish our created dignity but raises our freedom above its natural capacities. To be assimilated …"

Learn to Heal Painful Memories

Learn to Heal Painful Memories

Learn to Heal Painful Memories

"Sometimes people get stuck when they try to get over their anger or to forgive. They can’t seem to erase the terrible memory. A key way to deal with this is called healing of memories. Dennis and Matthew Linn have studied the whole process of healing memories, and they suggest that there are five stages …"

A Light in Darkness

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A Light in Darkness:

" At the Saint John Paul II Shrine, just up the road from the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, DC, a series of exhibits chronicles the life of the holy Pontiff and his significance for the Church and the world. The first room, which gives an overview of the chronological tour from his birth in …"

St. Zita

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St. Zita

"Zita lived in the thirteenth century near Lucca, in Tuscany. She was reared in a devout Catholic family and was a joyful person. When she was twelve years old she went to live with and serve the Fatinelli family of Lucca. Because Zita was so humble and sweet natured as well as very pious, she …"

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

The Model of Perfect Motherhood—and we know so little about her

The Model of Perfect Motherhood—and we know so little about her

The Model of Perfect Motherhood—and we know so little about her

"When I was working at an evangelical university, there were countless devotions and sermons about the Proverbs 31 woman. She was the source of inspiration for wives and mothers, while Mary was presented (if at all) simply as a woman that let God work through her, just as He does through us all. Before coming …"

The Eucharist Calls to All of Us

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The Eucharist Calls to All of Us:

" I am a reluctant church-goer.  Even now, after all I’ve learned and come to believe about the nature of God, it is sometimes still a massive act of will to drag myself out of bed Sunday morning, and get my sorry self to Mass.  Add the daunting prospect of clothing six children and finding matching …"

Easter Joy: Eight Days Later

Easter Joy: Eight Days Later

Easter Joy: Eight Days Later

"Christ is Risen! Such joy we have known! “We have seen the Lord!” (John 20:25). Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death and to those in the tombs bestowing life. Darkness and death and every sorrow have been extinguished by Christ our light and our life and our joy. Rising up …"

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Preach the Gospel

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The Catholic Gentleman, Farming, and the Benedict Option: A Conversation with Sam Guzman

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The Catholic Gentleman, Farming, and the Benedict Option: A Conversation with Sam Guzman

"With the release of Rod Dreher’s highly-anticipated book, The Benedict Option, many Catholics are having a conversation about how best to raise their families and form healthy communities. What may surprise many is that such a project has been underway in the Catholic world for decades. Today, Michael welcome back Sam Guzman of the Catholic Gentleman …"

Rejoicing in the Risen Christ

Rejoicing in the Risen Christ

Rejoicing in the Risen Christ

"Saint Thomas Aquinas makes this very important assertion: every person is searching for happiness. This may appear to be a common sense statement. However, we must then ask, Why is it that so many people, today more than ever before, have long faces, open up their mouths to gossip and criticize and condemn, suffer despair …"

St. Mark (Evangelist)

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St. Mark (Evangelist)

"Most of our knowledge about St. Mark, author of one of the four Gospels, comes directly from the New Testament. It is possible that the unnamed young man present at Jesus’ arrest (Mark 14:51-52) was the evangelist himself; Mark is mentioned directly in several places in the Acts of the Apostles. He was the son …"

The Hope That Banishes Fear

The Hope That Banishes Fear

The Hope That Banishes Fear

"Our frailty and our diffidence never cease to make objections. We are so inclined to mistrust. To be anx­ious seems to us so natural a thing that often we try to withdraw from the peace that God has given us. We wonder if it can be an illusion; we scrutinize to see whether we may …"

The Measure of Success

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The Measure of Success:

"Everyone who wants to be a failure, please raise your hand. That’s what I thought. We all want to be good at what we do, to be competent and respected and admired. We even spend large amounts of money on things we don’t need in order to show off just how successful we are. But we …"

Monday, April 24, 2017

Embrace the Ordinary | Tony Agnesi



Embrace the Ordinary | Tony Agnesi

Audrey Assad — Be Thou My Vision Official Music Video

My favorite hymn...

St. Fidelis of Sigmaringen

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St. Fidelis of Sigmaringen:

 "St. Fidelis (1577-1622) was born in the German town of Sigmaringen as Mark Rey. He became a lawyer as a young man, and dedicated himself to upholding the rights of the poor and oppressed; in fact, he was nicknamed “the poor man’s lawyer.” Mark became disgusted by the widespread corruption he observed. His brother George …"

Putting First Things First in a College Education

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"St. Gregory’s University just concluded its first bi-annual “Leisure and Labor Conference,” which brings academics and professionals together to reflect on the interplay between the liberal arts and the professions. The dialogue between Martha and Jesus in Chapter 10 of Luke’s Gospel captures the essence of this relationship between labor and leisure. Mary sits at Jesus’s …"

Seven Quotes Every Woman Should Read by Edith Stein


7 Edith Stein quotes every woman should read
Father Michael Rennier

Spiritual Reading Arms Us for Battle

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Spiritual Reading Arms Us for Battle

"Spiritual Reading Arms Us for Battle   For the past twenty years, I’ve been doing my best to commit to daily spiritual reading. Some days have gone better than others. In fact, some years have gone better than others. But I have done my best to stay the course. In that time, I’ve learned a …"

Contemplating the Triumph of Mercy — Easter Week

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Contemplating the Triumph of Mercy — Easter Week

"Contemplating the Triumph of Mercy The Resurrection is a mystery of the triumph of divine mercy over human misery. When the Father raised Christ Jesus from the dead, humble humanity was not overcome, surmounted or diminished. Instead, all that is good, holy and true about this life was rescued from futility and death. Christian contemplation …"

Friday, April 21, 2017

The Message of The Divine Mercy



The Message of The Divine Mercy

Scripture Speaks: Divine Mercy Sunday

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Scripture Speaks: Divine Mercy Sunday

"Today’s Gospel records a post-Resurrection appearance of Jesus in which a flow of mercy to sinners starts that will not stop until we have all attained the goal of our faith, the salvation of our souls, as St. Peter tells us in the epistle. Gospel (Read Jn 20:19-31) The celebration of our Lord’s Resurrection on …"

Defeating the Tempter by Trust in Divine Mercy

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Defeating the Tempter by Trust in Divine Mercy

"In the book of Job we read, “And the Lord said to Satan, ‘Have you noticed my servant Job, and that there is no one on earth like him, faultless and upright, fearing God and avoiding evil? He holds fast to his innocence and although you incited me against him to ruin him without cause.’ …"

Humbled by Mercy

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Humbled by Mercy

"The Gospels tell an incredible story.  A virginal conception.  Miraculous healings.  Even people coming back from the dead.  How are we to know that it’s not all just a fanciful fabrication? There is much evidence for the reliability of the Gospels, but here is one of the strongest bits of evidence I know.  Think for …"

Thursday, April 20, 2017

The Easter Lesson


"Thus there emerges the Easter lesson; that the power of evil and the chaos of any one moment, can be defied and conquered, for the basis of our hope is not in any construct of human power, but in the power of God who has given to the evil of this earth, its one mortal wound- an open tomb, a gaping sepulcher, an empty grave..”

"The Cross had asked: "Why does God permit evil and sin to nail Justice to a tree?" The Resurrection answered: "That sin, having done its worst, might exhaust itself and thus be overcome by Love, which is stronger than sin and death."

~ Archbishop Fulton Sheen

The Holy Spirit: God's Gift to You

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The Holy Spirit: God's Gift to You

"Not only to possess us does the Holy Spirit live in us, but also to be possessed by us, to be ours. For love must possess, as well as be possessed. He is the Gift of God Most High — Donum Dei Altissimi. Now, the gift that belonged to the giver becomes the possession of …"

It Might Not Look Like Much, but the Interior Life is Everything

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It Might Not Look Like Much, but the Interior Life is Everything:

" I thought life was too short not to do it all, so I was willing to try anything once. I was always up to something new: apartments, jobs, travel plans, degrees, beliefs. I had long lists of things I wanted to try and places I wanted to visit. But then I converted to the Catholic Faith, had my …"

Images Surrounding the Crucifix

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Images Surrounding the Crucifix

"Q: I have a very old crucifix which has a skull and crossbones at the bottom of the cross. What does that mean? Also, what does INRI mean? I have heard people pronounce it as though it were one word. Both the INRI and the skull and crossbones are mentioned in the passion accounts of …"

St. Agnes of Montepulciano

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St. Agnes of Montepulciano:

 "When only a small child in Montepulciano in Tuscany, Agnes would spend hours reciting the Our Father and the Hail Mary on her knees. Her parents realized that she was a very special child, totally dedicated to God, so when she was nine years old they placed her in a Franciscan convent known as Sackins, …"

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

The Gospel of Easter

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"The Gospel of Easter is very clear: we need to go back there, to see Jesus risen, and to become witnesses of His Resurrection. This is not to go back in time; it is not a kind of nostalgia. It is returning to our first love, in order to receive the fire which Jesus has kindled in the world, and to bring that fire to all people, to the very ends of the earth." 
 ~ Pope Francis

Saint Timon

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SAINT OF THE DAY - ST. TIMON

"St. Timon (1st c.) is mentioned by name in the Acts of the Apostles (6:5). He belonged to the group of 70 disciples who followed Jesus during his earthly ministry. After Jesus' ascension into heaven, St. Timon was one of the first Seven Deacons, full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom, chosen by the Apostles after Pentecost to help do the work of ministering to the growing Christian community. Timon was later appointed by the Apostles as a bishop. According to tradition he baptized many Greeks and Jews into the Christian faith. He also had the supernatural ability to heal the sick and to cast out devils. St. Timon suffered martyrdom for preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ. According to tradition he was thrown into a furnace, but by the power of God he came out of it unharmed, and later died by crucifixion. His feast day is April 19."

Hope and the Future of Catholic Education: An Interview with Jonathan Doyle

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Hope and the Future of Catholic Education: An Interview with Jonathan Doyle

"As a fellow Catholic educator (a veteran theology teacher at Bishop McNamara High School in Forestville, Maryland), as well as a periodic contributor to the National Catholic Educational Association’s blog NCEATalk, I recently had the opportunity to independently interview famed Catholic personality Jonathan Doyle, in the midst of his busy schedule. Doyle is a native …"

Waiting on the Lord During Easter

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Waiting on the Lord During Easter

"Christ is risen! Alleluia! We have entered into the great and joyful season of Easter. It is a time of re-birth and hope as we live the Resurrection. We rest in the truth and wonder that sin and death are conquered by Jesus Christ and that all things are being made new. Even in this …"

Responding to a Toxic Culture

Responding to a Toxic Culture

Responding to a Toxic Culture

"In today’s America, as in other countries like it, people of faith are facing a question of critical importance: How should they respond to a dominant secular culture that’s not just hostile to their beliefs but bent on forcing them to conform to its values and, not incidentally, winning the allegiance of their children? Fresh …"

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Praying and Living the Easter Octave

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Praying and Living the Easter Octave

"Pope Benedict XVI describes the Resurrection of Jesus as an “evolutionary leap” in which a new dimension of human existence emerges.  This new dimension “affects all of us and opens up for us a new space of life, a new space of being in union with God.”  That means we’re all capable of undergoing this …"

Mercy: Jesus' Gift to You Right Now

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Mercy: Jesus' Gift to You Right Now

"Jesus came to save sinners. The primary purpose of the Incarnation and Paschal Mystery—the Passion, suffering, death, and Resurrection of Jesus, the Lord, was to save us from eternal perdition and to bring us to heaven. By the completion of Jesus’ Paschal mystery—Passion, suffering, death on the cross, and Resurrection from the dead three days later, …"

How Proverbs Views Wealth and Poverty | Fr. Mitch Pacwa, SJ

How Proverbs Views Wealth and Poverty

How Proverbs Views Wealth and Poverty | Fr. Mitch Pacwa, SJ

"Like any other virtue, generosity to the poor is a habit, and the most difficult part of any good habit is to begin living it. Today is the day everyone can decide to start (or to continue) the hard work of developing a habit of generosity."

Monday, April 17, 2017

How the Resurrection Defines the Meaning of the Cross

How the Resurrection Defines the Meaning of the Cross

How the Resurrection Defines the Meaning of the Cross

"Man could not return to Eden on his own. So God brought Himself to man. This is what happened in the Incarnation. In the resurrection, then, Christ showed us that sin and death could no longer separate us from God. And there was only way to show us that: not by merely an empty tomb, not by a distant glimpse of Him ascending to heaven, not by a new prophetic word, but by bringing Himself to us once again."

Stay with Us — Easter Monday

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Stay with Us — Easter Monday

   "Presence of God – Do not leave me, O Jesus, gentle Pilgrim; I have need of You.

MEDITATION

God has made us for Himself, and we cannot live without Him; we need Him, we hunger and thirst for Him; He is the only One who can satisfy our hearts. …"

3 Historical Facts About the Resurrection All Skeptics Must Reckon With | ChurchPOP



3 Historical Facts About the Resurrection All Skeptics Must Reckon With | ChurchPOP

Sunday, April 16, 2017

The Good News of Easter

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The Good News of Easter

“Jesus Christ is risen today — Alleluia!  Our triumphant holy day — Alleluia!” Such is the message we sing today — this day we call Easter. What makes this day “triumphant”? Two reasons. The first is this: Our sins are now wiped clean and we have the promise of Heaven if we live our lives …"