Thursday, August 31, 2017
Lead Us Not into Temptation?:
" Q: In the Our Father, we pray, “And lead us not into temptation.” This sounds a little odd, because why would God lead us into temptation?
Upon first hearing, this petition of the Our Father does sound like we are asking God not to lead us into temptation. (The Our Father is found in Matthew …"
New Books on Mary for Every Catholic’s Reading List:
"2017 is a special year for celebrating the Blessed Virgin Mary. Among other causes for celebration, this year marks the centennial of the first of a series of Marian apparitions in Fátima, Portugal, beginning May 13, 1917. At the same time, this is unfortunately an era of great difficulty and discord, on an international scale. …"
Wednesday, August 30, 2017
Looking to Mary to Help Quell Our Fears:
"Have you ever had an experience in prayer that you returned to repeatedly? Has God given you a phrase or consoling thought in prayer that remains with you to the present day? In an earlier essay on Catholic Exchange, I shared “How God Interrupted My Day,” I wrote about an experience of visiting a religious…"
Nine Ways the Eucharist Is Hidden in the Old Testament:
"John Henry Newman once compared Scripture to an inexhaustibly rich wilderness—never failing to reward the faithful explorer with thrilling new discoveries yet always beyond his ability to master it completely: It cannot, as it were, be mapped, or its contents cataloged; but after all our diligence, to the end of our lives and to the …
The Reality of Spiritual Adoption:
"At the African orphanage where I worked, children received photo albums from their new families early in the process. They got a snapshot of what their life would be like when the adoption was finalized, a first glimpse of adoptive parents, siblings, homes, and bedrooms. And while it might seem that an orphan growing up …"
Tuesday, August 29, 2017
The Passion of St. John the Baptist (Memorial)
The Power of Goodbye:
"Many times in life, we move on. And we say goodbye. A goodbye to a lifestyle, employment, location, or even a goodbye to the people or things we have in close proximity to our lives. And it’s definitely not always easy. As a means in helping ourselves to maintain a strong faith, we must often …"
Monday, August 28, 2017
Augustine & Monica's Thirst for Heaven:
"Near the end of his famous work, Confessions, St. Augustine records the last days of his mother Monica’s life. By that time, Monica’s fervent prayers had been realized and her son was not only a Christian but a fervent defender of orthodox faith. Augustine recalls a moment standing with his mother at a window, “conversing …
"A Wayward Son Returns Home He was deluded by paganism and lived a sinful lifestyle. Yet he became one of the greatest thinkers in Western history, and more importantly, a saint. St. Augustine (354-430) was a brilliant scholar and teacher even as a young man, but he was led astray by the false charms of …"
Living the Wondrous Adventure:
"An adventure is just an inconvenience rightly considered. -G.K. Chesterton He dashes down the stairs to the station with a pinched and focused look on his face, grumbling under his breath about the tourists who were making him late. His card doesn’t work the first time he swipes it. He swears at the turnstile as …"
Seek the Hidden Manna:
"The beginning of the Book of Revelation contains a series of promises for those Christians who are victorious over sin by persevering in the faith. One of the most enigmatic is Revelation 2:17: Whoever has ears ought to hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the victor I shall give some of the …"
Friday, August 25, 2017
Scripture Speaks: Upon this Rock:
"In a conversation with Peter and the apostles, Jesus declares His intention to build His Church on a human being. Whatever was He thinking? Gospel (Read Mt 16:13-20)
Sunday's Gospel is so familiar to Catholics that the potential for missing the punch it packs is inordinately high. If ever we are challenged on our belief …"
Time for God — Fr Jacques Philippe’s Classic on Mental Prayer:
"Time for God Father Jacques Philippe’s Classic on Mental Prayer Time for God by Jacques Philippe is about mental prayer. Facing God in solitude and silence for a time, to enter into intimate, loving communication with him. I read this as a participant in a group study initiated by my covenant community, with talks each …"
The Example of Mary:
"In the Gospel of Luke we read: In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. And he came to her and said, “Hail, …"
Peter & the Keys:
“More Catholic than the Pope.” There is nothing more quintessentially Catholic than the Papacy. When we think “Catholic,” we think Rome, the Vatican, the dome of St. Peters. But the roots of the papacy actually go back to Jerusalem and the messiah-kings who ruled there. Like most heads of state, David and his descendants, the …
Thursday, August 24, 2017
Changing the World Means Growing in Holiness:
"The world we live in is broken. The Fall has wounded us deeply and those wounds and sins tend to fester and grow as we live in community with one another. Anyone who has paid much attention to world news is aware that these wounds cause massive bloodshed on a daily basis. Anger and violence …"
When We Begin to Understand Our Nothingness:
"There is nothing more enticing than to plan our entire schedule around a singular event, in this case the solar eclipse, only to find our nothingness among God’s greatness. In a fast-paced world, much of society is overcome with daily demands that usually connect us to technology. As necessary as technology may be, it also …"
Who is the Center of Your Life?:
Exploring the Source and Summit
"Christ should be the center of our daily lives. The Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) states that the Eucharist is “the source and summit of Christian Life” (CCC 1324 citing Lumen Gentium 11). First of all, Christ instituted the Eucharistic sacrifice at the Last Supper as He offered …"
"The name of the Apostle St. Bartholomew is included among the lists of the Twelve Apostles, but aside from this, there’s no mention of him in the New Testament. Many scholars feel he is the same man as Nathaniel, whom St. John’s Gospel has Jesus describing as “an Israelite in whom there is no guile” ..."
Finding Inspiration in the Most Unlikely of Places:
"As a Protestant, I thought it was funny and slightly idiotic that unmarried men were supposed to have anything worthwhile to say about motherhood, marriage, and family life. What could a priest possibly say to a struggling married couple? To an exhausted mother? How could he ever relate? But the vocation of marriage and motherhood—especially …"
Tuesday, August 22, 2017
Bethrothal to the Ruler of the Kingdom of Heaven
“Hold on to Me!”
I Hear His Whisper - Daily Devotional
"In your days of trouble and your days of glory, in your days of testing and your days of triumph—hold on to Me! The changes will now come more swiftly than you have imagined. That which looms before you may challenge your faith, but hold on to Me!
Your help comes from Me and from nowhere else. Many look to others to be there for them, but I say to you, I will always be there for you. Trust in Me. Let your challenges bring you to a greater faith, for My outstretched arm of power will bring you courage—hold on to Me!
Those who trust in Me see miracles. In these days of intense struggle, when it looks like darkness is winning and your light is growing dim, hold on to Me!
I have taught you many things. You have learned that walking with Me is more valuable and pleasing than your comforts. You have sacrificed your plans for Mine, and you have given Me the reins of your heart. I am satisfied with your tender surrender. You have trusted My ways even when they were nothing but a mystery to you. Many times you bowed your heart in worship. These are the times you grew in grace and took giant leaps of faith. Keep moving into My heart even as things shift all around you. Hold on to Me, and you will have all that you have ever desired, for I am pleased to be your Lord and your God."
The Virgin Mary's Crown of Humility:
"Humility brought about the triumph of Jesus and so must also be the cause of Mary’s glory. She was exalted because of her humility, and in the following manner. We recall that it belongs to the humble person to impoverish himself and strip himself of his advantages. Yet, by a marvelous exchange, humility enriches by …"
Queenship Of The Blessed Virgin Mary:
"This Feast was established by Pope Pius XII in 1954. The Holy Father taught that Jesus Christ alone, God and man, is King in the full, proper, and absolute sense of the term. Mary also, in a restricted and only analogous way, shares in the royal dignity as the Mother of Christ who is God, …"
Ways to Praise God in Your Day:
"Never have we lived in a society with so much information, but we have also lived in a world with so much confusion, and I would have to say massive confusion! While the people were building the Tower of Babel (cf. Gen 11:1-9), God came down to confuse their tongues and so we have the …"
Confession: Sweeping the Temple Clean:
by Mother Angelica
"God has created us to be holy. In our daily efforts towards that end we find within ourselves various attitudes and motives that are hindrances to arriving at that holy state. Many Christians strive for a form of goodness that is on the border of sin and lukewarmness. They do not disobey the commandments, but …"
"There is a piece of rhymed Italian popular wisdom that serves as a great principle for the spiritual life. It says “chi va piano, va sano, e va lontano.” Translated literally it means “he who goes slowly, goes healthily, and goes far.” In another, shorter form, they say “piano piano si va lontano” – “little by little …"
Monday, August 21, 2017
Best view of the Son, on earth!
(spiritual vision required)
"If we but paused for a moment to consider attentively what takes place in this Sacrament, I am sure that the thought of Christ's love for us would transform the coldness of our hearts into a fire of love and gratitude."
~ Saint Angela of Foligno
h/t: G. SanServino
What Pope St. Pius X Can Teach Us:
"Today we celebrate the feast day of St. Pius X, one of the great reformer popes and the first pope of the twentieth century. On this anniversary of his death, we should pay special attention to this pope’s life, and see what wisdom he has for us. When discussing his legacy, many will talk about the great …"
Pope St. Pius X:
"Giuseppe Sarto (1835-1914), the future Pope Pius X, was one of the greatest religious figures of the early twentieth century. He was born near Venice, the second of ten children in a very poor family. Giuseppe was educated at the village school and eventually ordained a priest in 1858 (a year before the usual minimum …"
Did Isaiah See the Trinity?:
"Early in his ministry, Isaiah was granted a vision of the heavenly temple and the Lord enthroned there. But when he describes in detail what he actually witnessed, it is not so much God he sees as the angelic beings who worshiped Him. Beyond the strange appearance of the six-winged seraphim, it was their cry …"
Sunday, August 20, 2017
NFL Star Benjamin Watson: Abortion is ‘The Ultimate Form of Racism’:
By Ben Johnson
Live Action News
"A professional football star is exposing Planned Parenthood’s origins in the racist views of founder Margaret Sanger.."
Saturday, August 19, 2017
(Less than 10 years ago, I stood next to this statue in a beautiful courtyard of a California historical Catholic Mission. Today it is destroyed. This is so comparable to what ISIS had done in Iraq!
The article below examines 'the revolution' that has come quickly to America and the persecution of
the Church which has now begun....)
Revolution... in Real Time
"We are watching a global revolution unfold in real time... and the Church is in its crosshairs..."
by Mark Mallett
The Saintly Crusader-King:
"August 25 is the feast of St. Louis IX, king of France. To commemorate him, we offer a brief excerpt from Steve Weidenkopf’s forthcoming book, The Glory of the Crusades: Louis’s insistence on taking the cross [in December 1244] and journeying to the Holy Land was an outgrowth of his deep faith and love for Christ. He …"
Saint Louis of France: Man of the Holy Eucharist:
"On this August 25, we celebrated the feast day of Saint Louis of France, principal patron saint of the Archdiocese of Saint Louis. The feast day of Saint Louis is celebrated as a solemnity in the City of Saint Louis and as a feast in the rest of the Archdiocese. In my homily for the …"
Friday, August 18, 2017
Scripture Speaks: The Canaanite Woman’s Faith:
"Today (Sunday Mass), as Jesus travels away from Jerusalem toward the region of the Gentiles, He meets a Canaanite woman who desperately needs His help. Why did He give her the cold shoulder? Gospel (Read Mt 15:21-28) To best understand this Gospel episode, we need to know that it follows a description of the great opposition Jesus …"
The Sigh of the Heart:
"Ronda Chervin, Ph.D., professor of philosophy at Holy Apostles College and Seminary in Cromwell, Connecticut, tells the extraordinary story of how she, despite being brought up by atheist parents in a New York City home where “God was no more real to us than elves,” became a fervent Catholic and has remained even in the face of unimaginably heavy crosses including the suicide of her son..."
The Canaanite Woman:
"The apostles thought she was a nuisance and asked Jesus to get rid of her. Jesus had gone to the region of Tyre and Sidon, modern-day Lebanon, and a local woman approached him for a favor. This was pagan country, home turf of the infamous Jezebel. The inhabitants of these parts were fondly referred to …"
St. Jane Frances de Chantal:
"St. Jane Frances de Chantal (1572-1641) was born in Dijon, France. Because her mother died only eighteen months later, her father (the head of the local parliament) took on the responsibility of educating her. Jane grew up to be a lovely and refined young woman with a cheerful temperament. She married Baron de Chantal and …"