Sunday, May 31, 2015

Catholicism: Trinity

Fr. Robert Barron's "Catholicism" series, on The Holy Trinity

The Blessed Trinity



The Blessed Trinity

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Understanding the 'Dark Night of the Soul'

 Understanding the ‘dark night of the soul’

Understanding the ‘dark night of the soul’ 

"The feeling of spiritual emptiness, or being abandoned by God, is natural in the process of growing closer to Christ..."
by Emily Stimpson

Sacredness in Liturgy

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A 'Liturgy Snob' Answers Her Critics - Crisis Magazine

by Rachel Lu

Why I am NOT Leaving the Catholic Church

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Why I Am NOT Leaving the Catholic Church
by Tod Worner

Biblical Interpretation and the Liturgy

Dr. Scott Hahn and Fr. Robert Barron...

Friday, May 29, 2015

Family of Love: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Solemnity of the Holy Trinity

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Family of Love: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Solemnity of the Holy Trinity | St. Paul Center For Biblical Theology

Is It Time for the Benedict Option?

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"In the face of moral and social disintegration, St. Benedict established core communities of intentional disciples..."


Is It Time for the Benedict Option?

Fr. Dwight Longenecker

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( I would love to connect with such a community, if only online. Are you familiar with any? Websites? Any in planning stages? It might be helpful and informative, for all interested in such communities, to have an online group with details and contact info, as these intentional faithful Catholic communities are being formed. Please email me at...
bethiemccarthy(at)yahoo.com )

Two Leading Prelates: Catholics Must Protect Family, Faith



Two Leading Prelates: Catholics Must Protect Family, Faith

What's Your Happiness Level?

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"Are you sincerely seeking to serve others with simplicity,  joy and love?"

What’s Your Happiness Level?
by Fr. Dwight Longenecker

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Is Christianity Becoming a Hate Crime?

From "Women of Grace":

We the People

Is Christianity Becoming a Hate Crime?

Prepare Now ~ Only the Brave Will Survive

Special Forces Training – Because Something’s Coming!

"If you are not preparing yourself now, and your family now, bracing yourselves spiritually for the darkness into which civilization is descending, you will not survive. You will inherit Satan for your father. People do not suddenly decide to suffer for the Faith. They prepare themselves to suffer great hardships for the Faith, by undergoing little hardships and sacrifices in advance. You could think of it as a kind of dress rehearsal. Our Blessed Lord Himself said conversely: If you cannot be trusted in small matters, you cannot be trusted in larger ones (Luke 16:10). Heroes do not miraculously appear. They have the stuff of heroism inside them all along, cultivated and molded and formed, waiting to emerge publicly if and when the correct circumstances arise." 
 ~ Michael Voris

Vortex: Only the Brave Will Survive

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

How Christian America Dies

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While "the gates of Hell" will not take down the Catholic Church, Christian America may be taking her last gasping breaths.....

How Christian America Dies

Mary-nating: Soaking in God's Graces

Great Article by:

Fr. Richard Heilman

This wonderful Priest celebrates his 27th Priesthood Anniversary today, wish him a Happy Anniversary, here:  Fr. Richard Heilman


"The “one thing necessary” (unum necessarium) constitutes the essential foundation for the interior life and consists in hearing the word of God and living by it (I will serve!). It stems from the story of Martha and Mary (Lk 10:38-42), where we first see that, amazingly, the Second Person of the Holy Trinity was sitting right in their living room. Now, Martha remains busy with the good and noble protocol of hospitality while Mary sits at the feet of Jesus, her eyes locked on His holy face, peering into His soul, hanging on His every word. Mary is actually in adoration, soaking in everything our Lord wants to give her. I like to say that she is “Mary-nating” — soaking in the gusher of God’s graces. Mary had come to understand what St. Augustine said: “God loves each of us as if there were only one of us.” Remarkable!

When Martha objects to Mary’s lack of activity, Jesus tells Martha that she remains anxious and upset about many things while Mary has chosen the better portion, the “one thing necessary” (unum necessarium). Mary was the one who was making the guest truly feel welcomed while Martha remained detached, going through the motions of the demands of protocol. God is light and love and truth Who brings order and meaning and serenity to our lives. While we remain disconnected from our Source, we remain easily agitated and frustrated in our disordered and chaotic existence as we continue to walk in darkness.

A very significant modern example of this is seen in the Martha-like indifference to the presence of the Divine in so many of our present-day liturgies, compared to a more Mary-like contemplative way of worshiping. Contemplative awe and veneration has always been the distinctive way Catholics worshiped, until recent decades. The unintended consequence of the modern initiative to push for a more irreverent way of worshiping that is performance oriented and man-centered, lacking in a deep sense of the sacredness of God, has led to an epidemic of detachment from the Divine, facilitating the modern prevalence of "acedia" - spiritual sloth (indifference towards spiritual things). Like Martha, God is “right there in our midst,” but we act as though He is not, or if He is, “What’s the big deal?”"

Monday, May 25, 2015

The Spirit of Truth

"The Spirit of Truth is under attack..."

Vatican Pope Doves

The Spirit of Truth

by Mark Mallett

Theology of the Body


Maybe a Summer reading and study project....

General Audiences: John Paul II's "Theology of the Body"

Four years of teaching on chastity, man & woman relationships, and sacramental marriage.... directly from a Saint of the Church!

Guess Ireland missed this

Why Are We So Divided Today?

Why Are We So Divided Today?

Why Are We So Divided Today?

by Fr. Richard Heilman

The Joyful Death of Catholic Ireland

Irish Referendum

The Joyful Death of Catholic Ireland - Crisis Magazine

Prayer for the Church in Ireland


Prayer for the Church in Ireland

Sunday, May 24, 2015

How to Live in the Presence of God

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"The Savior is described by St. Luke as telling His followers to pray continually. It is a universal duty applying to all believers. It means that we are really commanded both to pray always, and forbidden to cease doing so. What can the Holy Spirit possibly mean?"

How to Live in the Presence of God

FATHER JOHN A. HARDON, S.J

On the Holy Spirit in the Life of the Church and the World


"Dominum et Vivifcantem" Pope Saint John Paul II's encyclical "On the Holy Spirit in the Life of the Church and the World"

Sentimental Theology

“Sentimental Theology” is the famous article by Brother Francis, M.I.C.M. which threw us into the limelight in the late 1940’s. It is as relevant today as it was then, for “Sentimental thinking about religious matters is [still] very much with us today.”

Sentimental Theology

A Prayer for Courage


Pentecost Sunday

A Prayer for Courage

by Mark Mallett

Pentecost Is for Us

Pentecost Is for Us!

Pentecost Is for Us!

Experience the Holy Spirit

Friday, May 22, 2015

A New Wind: Scott Hahn Reflects on Pentecost


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"The giving of the Spirit to the new people of God crowns the mighty acts of the Father in salvation history....."

A New Wind: Scott Hahn Reflects on Pentecost | St. Paul Center For Biblical Theology

Franciscan University 2015 Summer Conferences




"Franciscan University of Steubenville will celebrate 40 years of conferences this summer. Since the first gathering for Catholic priests in 1975, the University's conferences have grown to provide spiritual renewal each summer to more than 52,000 people."

Read more about this summer's conferences:

Franciscan University 2015 Summer Conferences:  Celebrating 40 Years

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Daily Catholic Mass on EWTN - 5/12/15 - Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers

As Christians, we must maintain Peace amid persecution, and we must do so because people are searching for Truth.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Drawing a Bead on Mary

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Drawing a Bead on Mary

Papal Devotion of Blessed Mother Inspires Others



Mary and The Moslems, by Patti Maquire Armstrong





"While other Christian religions either totally ignore or minimize Mary’s role in salvation, Catholics and Muslims share a great love and reverence for the mother of our Lord, Jesus Christ.  The fact that Mary appeared at Fatima, Portugal, a Catholic town bearing this revered Muslim name, (named for a Muslim princess) is a great sign for our times."....

Patti Maguire Armstrong: Mary and The Moslems:   "At times, it seems that Muslims and Christians have no common ground. Yet, there is one who can bring us together--Mary, our Blessed Mother..."