Monday, July 31, 2017

Summoned to the Gates, by Mark Mallett


Summoned to the Gates
"The path to holiness is always God's Will...."
by Mark Mallett

Daily EWTN Catholic Mass - 2017-07-31 - Fr. Anthony



This is a very important sermon by Fr. Anthony.

At one point, he talks about the opioide epidemic in America today. 
I know of three young people who have died suddenly from these horrible drugs;  one very promising young man died just last week. He was only 25 years old and was like a dear son to me.

Listen to the Thunder of God’s Voice



Listen to the Thunder of God’s Voice

"The only thing that might have been scarier than the size and appearance of the giant angel of Revelation was what he sounded like. [A]nd then he cried out in a loud voice as a lion roars. When he cried out, the seven thunders raised their voices, too, (Revelation 10:3; all translations NAB, Rev. Ed. …"

Eyes, Stomachs, and Hearts



Eyes, Stomachs, and Hearts

“Your eyes are bigger than your stomach.” The admonition echoes across summer barbeques as overzealous eaters test the structural integrity of paper plates. But recently, this saying echoed for me in an unlikely place. This summer, I visited a monastery of Dominican Nuns in North Guilford, Connecticut. Like many communities of our nuns, they devote themselves to …"

St. Ignatius of Loyola



St. Ignatius of Loyola

"One of the greatest figures of the sixteenth century, St. Ignatius of Loyola (1491-1556) was born in Spain and served as a soldier as a young man. During a long recovery from a wound suffered in battle, he began reading the Lives of the Saints as a way of combating boredom. Deeply moved by what …"

Friday, July 28, 2017

Scripture Speaks: Where Your Treasure Is



Scripture Speaks: Where Your Treasure Is

"Today, Jesus teaches about the kingdom of heaven in parables that are so clear, even the apostles understand them. Gospel (Read Mt 13:44-52) The Gospel reading gives us another cluster of parables about the kingdom of heaven, adding to an unusually high number in just one chapter.  The first two are very similar.  In one, …"

Old vs. New



Old vs. New

“Liberal” and “conservative.”  The definitions of these terms are seldom stated.  Usually they are just presumed.  Often people call “conservative” those who like old-fashioned things and “liberal” those who favor the latest ideas, trends, and values. But for the Christian, the ultimate question is not personal preferences of style, or whether something is old or …

The Crown of Martyrdom



The Crown of Martyrdom

"Jesus’ opponents felt sure that his execution would solve the problem that he had become. That was the way Roman authority typically dealt with troublesome religious movements — with exemplary public violence. Once the charismatic leaders were removed and the treasuries emptied, the followers usually lost their ardor for the cause. Crucifixion was a particularly …"

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Contemplatiive Prayer - Dcn. Matthew - EWTN Daily Mass

Real Food, Real Presence, by Mark Mallett



Real Food, Real Presence
by Mark Mallett

Learning Balance Alongside St. Martha

Learning Balance Alongside St. Martha

Learning Balance Alongside St. Martha

"A good many of us live busy lives. This busyness can become burdensome as we pack our days with activities, work requirements, family engagements, and especially during periods of illness or suffering. Our service to our families and our neighbors can become a source of resentment, exhaustion, and spiritual malaise. This is precisely why Our …"

The Infant of Prague

The Infant of Prague

The Infant of Prague:

" Q: My grandmother has always had a statue of Jesus as a child dressed up like a little king with a crown. She even has different outfits for him which are very elaborate. Can you tell me anything about this?"

 "From the description given in the question, the statue is one of the Infant of Prague …"

Stuck on the Way: The Simon-Veronica Loop

Stuck on the Way: The Simon-Veronica Loop

Stuck on the Way: The Simon-Veronica Loop

“For a moment, a vision more wonderful than that of Tabor is granted to the woman whose compassion drove her to discover Christ in a suffering man.” ~ Caryll Houselander

"Where do you sit in church? Do you automatically gravitate to a region time and again, maybe even a particular pew? Everybody does it, it …"

Why Human Suffering?



Why Human Suffering?

"Theology of Divine Mercy, Conversion, and Human Suffering One of the beautiful things about the Catholic Church is its willingness to ask tough questions in pursuit of the truth. Popes, theologians, and saints have never been afraid to ask the hard questions about human suffering. The tradition of the Church is full of people pursuing …"

A Kneeling Theology



A Kneeling Theology

" In order to be a compelling force in social renewal, theological wisdom needs the animating power of mystical wisdom. The study of theology needs to be imbued with a deeper contemplation of the Word made flesh. Some presume that recourse to prayer in the context of theological study is anti-intellectual, a …"

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Martha & Mary: Learning Not to Worry

 

Martha & Mary: Learning Not to Worry

"Do you ever worry? If so, why do you worry?  Then next: when do you worry? Still more: does your worrying help you in any way you can think? Finally, what is it that can bring your worrying to a halt? The whole reality of worrying so prevalent in these stressful times should be addressed and …"

Communion Reveals God’s Love for You

Communion Reveals God’s Love for You

Communion Reveals God’s Love for You

“I will write my law in their heart.” Cf. Jeremiah 31:33 Not only does Communion enlighten our mind by a special grace, revealing to us, by impression rather than by reason, all that our Lord is, but it is also, and above all, the revelation to our heart of the law of love. The Eucharist …"

From Addict to Ascetic

From Addict to Ascetic

From Addict to Ascetic

"One Saturday in 1884, twenty-eight-year-old Matt Talbot stood outside O’Meary’s pub in Dublin, Ireland. He was low on cash. Workers streamed by him, men with whom he had often labored, and he waited for one of them to invite him in for a drink. Work hard; drink hard—this had been his rhythm of life since he was …"

Bonding to Christ: Dramatic Confession of an Ex-Drug Addict



"This personal and gripping story reminds us that "faith is not an idea but an encounter with an event..."

I have been all things unholy. If God can work through me, He can work through anyone.
– attributed to St. Francis of Assisi

Dramatic Confession of an Ex-Drug Addict

Monday, July 24, 2017

We CAN Do Hard Things

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Historic Saint Anne Roman Catholic Church, Detroit, Michigan


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Saint Anne Roman Catholic Church

Detroit, Michigan
Founded July 26, 1701
 (two days after the founding of Detroit)
Happy 316th Birthday!


Welcome to historic Ste. Anne de Detroit

EWTN Daily Catholic Mass - 2017-07-24 - Fr. Shanil Jayawardena



"Perfect Love Casts Out Fear"

When Sinai Was Turned Upside Down



When Sinai Was Turned Upside Down

"Among the more awe-inspiring spectacles of the Book of Revelation is the descent of the giant angel. Then I saw another mighty angel come down from heaven wrapped in a cloud, with a halo around his head; his face was like the sun and his feet were like pillars of fire. In his hand he …"

Divine Providence



Divine Providence:

"Presence of God – O my God, You order and dispose everything according to Your own exalted purposes; teach me to trust fully in Your divine Providence.



MEDITATION Divine Wisdom, says Holy Scripture, “reacheth … from end to end mightily and ordereth all things sweetly” (Wisdom 8:1). Divine Wisdom is thus identified with …"

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Seeking the Beloved, by Mark Mallett


Seeking the Beloved
"I love God, but not yet with my whole heart, soul, and strength... and so, I am restless, until I rest in Him..." 
by Mark Mallett

Love Finds a Way

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"When Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and did not find the Lord’s body, she thought it had been taken away and so informed the disciples. After they came and saw the tomb, they too believed what Mary had told them. The text then says: “The disciples went back home,” and it adds: “but Mary wept and remained standing outside the tomb.” We should reflect on Mary’s attitude and the great love she felt for Christ; for though the disciples had left the tomb, she remained. She was still seeking the one she had not found, and while she sought she wept; burning with the fire of love, she longed for him who she thought had been taken away. And so it happened that the woman who stayed behind to seek Christ was the only one to see him. For perseverance is essential to any good deed, as the voice of truth tell us: “Whoever perseveres to the end will be saved.”
 ~ Pope Saint Gregory the Great from a homily

Love Finds a Way
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St. Mary Magdalene



St. Mary Magdalene: 

"Our knowledge of St. Mary Magdalene, one of Christ’s most devoted followers, is based entirely on the Gospels, which portray her as a disciple of Jesus and as one of the women who followed and ministered to Him in Galilee (Luke 8:1-2). She was from Magdala, a small town on the northern edge of the …"

I Am His

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John 20:1-2,11-18

Friday, July 21, 2017

Phenomena During Fatima 100 Year Anniversary

Striking Phenomena During this Centennial Year of Fatima

STRIKING PHENOMENA DURING THIS CENTENNIAL YEAR OF FATIMA
Fr. Richard Heilman

Scripture Speaks: The Kingdom of Heaven



Scripture Speaks: The Kingdom of Heaven

"Today, Jesus uses parables to teach about the kingdom of heaven.  What do all three of them have in common? Gospel (Read Mt 13:24-43) In this chapter of Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus uses parables to teach the large crowd gathered to hear Him at the seashore.  In the first one, He says, “The kingdom of heaven …"

Your Spirit Finds Joy in Communion

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Your Spirit Finds Joy in Communion

"God desired to nourish our spirit, so He gave it His Bread, the Eucharist, announced by Holy Scripture: “He will feed them with the Bread of life and understanding.” Now, there are no greater joys on earth than the joys of the spirit. Contentment of heart is less lasting because it is based on feeling, …"

Daily Catholic Mass - 2017-07-21 - Fr. Tom Dufner



Sermon on the need for outstanding Catholic schools

The Parable of the Wheat and the Tares



The Parable of the Wheat and the Tares

"At one time or another, we’ve all dreamed of a perfect world.  Imagine a company where everyone is productive, a government full of honest politicians, a church where all are saints. Dreaming about such things is natural; expecting such things is dangerous.  Unrealistic expectations lead to discouragement, despair, even cynicism. That would be bad enough.  …"

Thursday, July 20, 2017

When the Weeds Begin to Head, by Mark Mallett



When the Weeds Begin to Head
 by Mark Mallett

"I received an email from a distraught reader over an article that appeared recently in Teen Vogue magazine..."

Few Have Discovered This Great Pearl

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Few Have Discovered This Great Pearl

"Few Catholics have discovered the “pearl of great price” that is buried in the rich field of our Catholic faith, and gone to sell all that we have to “buy it” (Mat 13:45-46). Few have come to discover personally the truth expressed in Vatican II that “the Eucharist is the Source and Summit of the …"



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Adoration: The Most Perfect Prayer

Adoration

Adoration: The Most Perfect Prayer

"We may pray to adore, to give thanks, to implore pardon, or to ask for the graces we need. But whereas, in the last three cases, our thought comes back to ourselves, in the first, we forget ourselves entirely and think of God alone. If I give thanks, it is because I have received; if …"

Bethel Live- Closer, Steffany Frizzell-Gretzinger




Lyrics

Your love has ravished my heart
And taken me over, taken me over

And all I want is to be
With You forever, with You forever

So pull me a little closer
Take me a little deeper

I want to know Your heart
I want to know your heart

‘Cause Your love is so much sweeter
Than anything I’ve tasted

I want to know Your heart
I want to know Your heart

And Your love has ravished my heart
And taken me over, taken me over

And all I want is to be
With You forever, with You forever

So pull me a little closer
Take me a little deeper

I want to know Your heart
I want to know Your heart

‘Cause Your love is so much sweeter
Than anything I’ve tasted

I want to know Your heart
I want to know Your heart

So pull me a little closer
Take me a little deeper

I want to know Your heart
I want to know Your heart

‘Cause Your love is so much sweeter
Than anything I’ve tasted

I want to know Your heart
I want to know Your heart

I want to know Your heart

So pull me a little closer to You

Oh, oh how great Your love is for me
Oh, oh how great is Your love

Oh, oh how great Your love is for me
Oh, oh how great is Your love

Oh, oh how great Your love is for me
Oh, oh how great is Your love

Oh, oh how great Your love is for me
Oh, oh how great is Your love

Oh, oh how great Your love is for me
Oh, oh how great is Your love

Oh, oh how great Your love is for me
Oh, oh how great is Your love

How great is Your love

So pull me a little closer
Take me a little deeper

I want to know Your heart
I want to know Your heart

‘Cause Your love is so much stronger

Than anything I’ve tasted

I want to know Your heart
I want to know Your heart

Written by Marcus Geoffrey Whale, Travis Owen Cook • Copyright © Universal Music Publishing Group

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Divine Encounters, by Mark Mallett


Divine Encounters 
If you have no peace, the question isn’t “Where is God?”, but “Where am I?” 
by Mark Mallett

The 7 Gifts of the Holy Spirit


The 7 Gifts of the Holy Spirit

"We often hear about them, but what are they?"

The Lord Helps Those Who Help Themselves

“If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.” The healing of the bleeding woman is depicted in the Catacombs of Marcellinus and Peter in Rome. (Mark 5, Matthew 9, Luke 8)
“The Lord Helps Those Who Help Themselves”
We help ourselves by following God, doing good works in faith, seeking righteousness and His will.
by Dave Armstrong

When Women Pray: Satisfying Love’s Longing

When Women Pray: Satisfying Love’s Longing

When Women Pray: Satisfying Love’s Longing

"In Cardinal Sarah’s great book, The Power of Silence: Against the Dictatorship of Noise, he quotes St.

John Vianney on prayer, “See my children, A Christian’s treasure is not on earth. It is in heaven. Well, then! Our thoughts must go where our treasure is. Man has a fine function: to pray and to love. …"

How We React to the Storms in Our Life

How We React to the Storms in Our Life

How We React to the Storms in Our Life

"Every morning at Matins (morning prayer) our monastery prays Psalm 148.  Seven times a week we pray “Give praise to the Lord from out of the earth, you monsters, and all you depths! Fire and hail, snow and ice, Tempestuous wind, who obey his word;” (Psalm 148 7:8) Recently, however, I think all of us …"

God’s Infinite Goodness



God’s Infinite Goodness

 Presence of God – O my God, You alone are good; deign to clothe me with Your goodness!



MEDITATION When Moses asked God to show him His glory, God replied: “I will show thee all good” (cf Exodus 33:19 [Douay-Rheims]), as if to say that His glory is infinite goodness, the good …

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

F.P.Schubert - Ave María [de "Fantasía", 1940]

Watch the beautiful Disney animated prayer of “Ave Maria”



SO Beautiful!!!

Hillsong United - Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)


You call me out upon the waters
The great unknown where feet may fail
And there I find You in the mystery

In oceans deep
My faith will stand
And I will call upon Your name
And keep my eyes above the waves
When oceans rise
My soul will rest in Your embrace
For I am Yours and You are mine

Your grace abounds in deepest waters
Your sovereign hand
Will be my guide
Where feet may fail and fear surrounds me
You've never failed and You won't start now

So I will call upon Your name
And keep my eyes above the waves
When oceans rise
My soul will rest in Your embrace
For I am Yours and You are mine

Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders
Let me walk upon the waters
Wherever You would call me
Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander
And my faith will be made stronger
In the presence of my Savior
I will call upon Your Name
Keep my eyes above the waves
My soul will rest in Your embrace
I am Yours and You are mine

Prepare Your Heart to Pray



Prepare Your Heart to Pray

"Renunciation, detachment, recollection — whatever word we use, the reality is the same, and that reality is the true secret of prayer. Close the door and enter. . . ."

The Groaning of the Christian Life

The Groaning of the Christian Life

The Groaning of the Christian Life

"The Christian life is the new life of Christ within us by the power of the Spirit and this life is meant to grow through the trials and pains of life, striving to be brought to perfection and maturity in the life to come. On its journey to glory, the Christian life is one of constant struggle to do and to endure many things so that word of life grows within us..."

Jesus Our Healer

Jesus Our Healer

Jesus Our Healer

"One of the principal activities that Jesus exercised in His Public Life was that of Healer! Jesus, the Healer, the Divine Physician of our lives came into a wounded, suffering, broken world. Recognition There is no way any one us can be healed unless we first recognize that we are wounded and in dire need of healing. …'

Monday, July 17, 2017

What It Means That God Is Pure Act

What It Means That God Is Pure Act

What It Means That God Is Pure Act

"On its face, the traditional doctrine that God is pure act —actus purus— may seem strange. First, in colloquial terms, we don’t usually think of God as being active when considered in Himself. Even in relation to creation, God’s power is such that He merely says the word and it is so. After all, God …"

The Greatest Love Story

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Who Will You Serve?

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