Saturday, February 18, 2017
Giving Like God (Matthew 5:38-48):
"Giving Like God (Matthew 5:38-48) “Finally, may Christ inflame the desires of all men to break through the barriers which divide them, to strengthen the bonds of mutual love, to learn to understand one another, and to pardon those who have done them wrong.” St. Pope John XXIII, Pacem in terris Matthew 5:38-48 ‘You have …"
Friday, February 17, 2017
The Interior Life: Both Active and Contemplative:
"The Interior Life: Both Active and Contemplative There are periods in which the interior life becomes easy and sweet. Who has not had times when he was able, without any difficulty, to live for days filled with fervor? The pity is that we have not been able to determine why or how we arrived …"
Scripture Speaks: Choosing Perfection:
"Jesus told His followers to “be perfect.” Is that even possible? Gospel (Read Mt 5:38-48) In His extended teaching to His followers in the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus called them to a remarkable way of life. It is helpful to understand the historical context for this session on the mountain. In the Old Testament, …"
Turn the Other Cheek?:
“Love your enemies.” “Turn the other cheek.” (Mat 5:38-40). This sounds admirable to some, but preposterous to others. The 19th century philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche thought such talk promotes a society of weaklings. Karl Marx thought these words keep the oppressed under the thumbs of the capitalists. Does Jesus want us to be doormats, suckers who …"
Priest, Prophet, and King:
"Although what we owe to Jesus is included in the commandment to love God, it is nevertheless worth considering what we owe to him as the Christ, that is, as the mediator and bond of God’s love for us and ours for him. To do this we should look to Christ’s own explanation of the …"
Thursday, February 16, 2017
SAINT OF THE DAY - Saint Claude de la Colombiere
St. Claude de la Colombiere (1641-1682) was born to a noble family in France and became a Jesuit priest. He was known for his solid and serious sermons and his dedication to observing the rule of his Order with exactness.
He became the rector of a Jesuit house next to the Monastery of the Visitation where St. Margaret Mary Alacoque lived, who was given special revelations from Jesus of His Sacred Heart. Claude became St. Margaret Mary's spiritual director, and, like her, became a zealous promoter of devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
In 1676 he was sent to England to attend the wife of the future King James II, serving at court as preacher and confessor. When anti-Catholic persecutions broke out,
Claude was falsely accused of being involved in a 'papist plot' and was thrown into prison. While there his health suffered due to mistreatment.
He was preserved from execution and instead banished from England by royal decree. He returned to his native France, where his fragile health continued to deteriorate until he died a few years later.
The day after his death, St. Margaret Mary received supernatural assurance that he needed no prayers, as he was already in heaven.
His feast day is February 15.
When Life Disappoints You:
"Sometimes, life just smacks you a good sucker-punch right to the noggin. And often that blow nearly takes your breath away. Someone you love dies, you lose a job, someone you care about gets sick, you lose a pet, etc. And then, out of the blue, hopelessness and grief show up for an uninvited,
The Hidden Power of Holy Water:
"It is said that people in the British Isles speak of the weather more than inhabitants of other countries do. Not surprising, perhaps, the climate is unpredictable. Not for us are the blues skies of California or, as in parts of Canada, the snows and sun dividing the year neatly into distinct seasons. No, in …"
St Paul and Distractions in Prayer:
"We must all have had that experience before – we come to prayer intent on listening to God but our minds are running all over the place following distracting thoughts. Someone once said humorously, “If you want to remember the things that you easily forget or tend to ignore, start praying seriously.” Prayer time easily …"
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Ramblings of a country pastor: Time to Man up! What we need in our priests :
"Almost 20 years ago I was ordained to the priesthood in the Roman Catholic Church. This decision was not easy and challenged every fiber of my being..."
'O Holy Spirit, let me never forget Your Presence...Since in every place I am reminded of You, in every place will I worship You. Since You are present every moment, in every moment I will remember You. For every place is Your place, and every moment Your moment....'
(The Living Pyx of Jesus)
Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Fr. Mitch Pacwa Homily on Saints Cyril, Monk and Methodius, Bishop (Memorial)
To Love is to be Vulnerable:
“To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly be broken.” ~ C.S. Lewis I remember the first time my heart was broken. I was 7 years old, and my best friend had moved away from the neighborhood. The first time we spoke on the …
Sts. Cyril & Methodius: Love and Evangelism:
"On a day when the secular world celebrates love, lust, and everything in between, the Church commemorates the lives of two outstanding missionaries – Saints Cyril and Methodius. February 14th is the feast day of these biological brothers, born in Thessalonica in 827 and 826. Their father was a military officer, but Cyril quickly renounced a …"
10 Reasons to Continue the Holy Hour of Power:
"The famous Ven Fulton J. Sheen, famous tele-radio-evangelist, prolific writer, Head of the Missionary Society of the Church, world-renowned preacher and friend and confidant to many Popes, loved by millions attributed his success to one thing: a deep relationship to Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The love of this great man of God was …"
Monday, February 13, 2017
The Deeper Meaning of the Story of Jesus and the Moneychangers:
"In a ministry marked by great mercy and kindness, the incident involving Jesus and the moneychangers stands out. In a recent comment thread on another site, one commenter alluded to the story to argue against the notion that Jesus’ message was one of nonviolence. It’s not the first time that such inference has been drawn …"
Seven Reasons to Pray from Fr. Jacques Philippe:
"Whether you are thinking about committing to daily prayer for the first time, or you have been praying for years and your enthusiasm has faded, Thirsting for Prayer by Fr. Jacques-Philippe is the book for you. Based on his extensive experience giving retreats and on his discussions with people around the world, Fr. Philippe offers …"
Sunday, February 12, 2017
“Are we not perhaps all afraid in some way?
If we let Christ enter fully into our lives, if we open ourselves totally to Him, are we not afraid that He might take something away from us? Are we not perhaps afraid to give up something significant, something unique, something that makes life so beautiful? Do we not then risk ending up diminished and deprived of our freedom? No!
If we let Christ into our lives, we lose nothing, absolutely nothing of what makes life free, beautiful and great! Only in this friendship are the doors of life opened wide.."
You have been called to play roles that concern the Universal Church. You are called to throw out the 'nets of the Gospel', into the stormy seas of our time; to obtain the adherence of men and women to Christ, so as to draw them out from the salty waters of death and from the dark, to live in communion with Jesus Christ.."
"The core of faith rests upon accepting being loved by God, and therefore to believe, is to say 'Yes', not only to Him, but to creation, to creatures, above all, to men, to try to see the image of God in each person and thereby to become a lover. That's not easy, but the basic Yes, the conviction that God has created men, that He stands behind them, that they aren't simply negative, gives love a reference point that enables it to ground hope on the basis of faith.”
"The Gospel purifies and renews: it bears fruit wherever the community of believers hears and welcomes the grace of God in truth and lives in charity. This is my faith; this is my joy..."
~ Pope Emeritus Benedict
h/t: G. SanSeverino
Saturday, February 11, 2017
Patti Maguire Armstrong
A Sign from Above During Adoration:
"I had already turned in my article to the National Catholic Register on “Our Blessed Mother, the Stress Expert.” (To be published soon.) ..."
Friday, February 10, 2017
Scripture Speaks: The Law on Our Hearts:
"Jesus told the crowd listening to Him on a mountain that their righteousness must “surpass that of the scribes and Pharisees.” Why? Gospel (Read Mt 5:17-37) In His Sermon on the Mount, Jesus gave His followers extended, detailed instructions about life in the kingdom of God. He started with the Beatitudes, describing “blessedness” in terms …"
Praying While Waiting:
"Why does God, who is love, keep us waiting? Because He is love, and seeks love. Love that does not know how to wait is not love. To love is to give ourselves. Not only for a fraction of a lifetime, nor with a part of its strength: love is, and seeks, the total gift …"
Thursday, February 9, 2017
God’s Transforming Power in The Song of Bernadette:
"I watch The Song of Bernadette every year around the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes (February 11). Produced in 1943, the film stars Jennifer Jones, and won several Academy Awards. The film, even though in black white, was one that I watched several times in my youth. Every time I watch the film, …"
"Caedmon lived in the seventh century and was a herdsman by trade. According to St. Bede, who wrote about him, Caedmon was an unlettered cow herdsman who had no training or gifts for poetry. During local feasts at which singers and musicians would demonstrate their talents, Caedmon would feel embarrassed, believing he had no talents …"
Wednesday, February 8, 2017
Christ Sometimes Calls Men to the Priesthood in Dramatic Ways
“At that very moment, I had an actual vision of our Lord in my car...”
by Patti Armstrong
Transformed By Grace: "To Pray Always Is to Desire Always":
"In the wake of Saturday's "Beloved" event, which brought hundreds of women together from across the campus of Francisca..."
God's Will: The Gateway of the Lord's Prayer:
"Jesus came, as John says, “full of grace and of truth,” filled with all the fullness of the Godhead. He went through the day “doing good.” And as He encountered people, as events took shape around Him, He gave His divine response in deeds, doctrine, and instruction — what each moment called for; each the fruit of …"
Tuesday, February 7, 2017
"She was born Nicolette DeBoilet at Corby Abbey in Picardy, France, on January 13, 1381, but was called Colette. Her mother’s name was Marguerite and her father, Robert, was the carpenter at the famous Benedictine Abbey of Corby. At the age of seventeen Colette was orphaned. After distributing her inheritance among the poor, Colette became …"
20 Things You Should Know About Fatima:
"As we commemorate the one-hundredth anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima to the three shepherd children—Lucia, Francisco and Jacinta—we would like to present in this short article twenty points that we should know about this important event. We also invite you to meditate—that is to say, to pray over these points. Then we …"
Spiritual Reading Arms Us for Battle:
"Spiritual reading arms us for all those daily battles with negativity, temptation, and sin, filling our minds, hearts, and souls with truth, building us in Christ, and strengthening us for combat."
Dare to Be Different for God’s Sake:
"Jesus uses two images in Sunday’s Gospel to describe His disciples – salt and light, “You are the salt of the earth… You are the light of the world.” Two things about these two images. First of all, salt is different from food and light is different from darkness, “God separated the light from the …"
Monday, February 6, 2017
Patti Maguire Armstrong: Pro-Life Troops Advance into Enemy Territory:
"The dueling Marches are over. Opposition was an underlying theme based on the organizers insistence: No Pro-lifers Welcome vs. All Life is Welcome...."
Catholics Bring Light to the Darkness of Opioid Addiction
As an epidemic of drug addiction consumes the United States, Church ministries reach out to help affected persons and their families.
Nicholas W. Smith
A 17th century classic on conforming our will with God's will. Uniformity with God's will is the easiest way to achieve peace of heart and happiness in this world, and this book is the best guide to discovering God's will for us and living it out in our daily lives. Impr. 428 pgs, PB