Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Keeper of the Storm



Keeper of the Storm
by Mark Mallett

The Hour of Lawlessness



This article is fairly long, but very worth reading.   It looks at what the Church,  the Scriptures, the Popes, and the Desert Fathers have said about past persecutions, the future storms and most importantly, what is facing faithful Catholics today....right now....

"I have told you this so that when their hour comes you may remember that I told you." (John 16:4)

The Hour of Lawlessness

by Mark Mallett

Preparing for Persecution



Preparing for Persecution

Father Anthony Mary's Homily 6/30/15 on Sodom and Gomorrah, with Holy Lightening and Thunder (literally)

Today's Homily on EWTN by Fr. Anthony Mary was outstanding as always. Near the end (at about the 13:37 mark on the video), he started speaking about today's reading of the outcome at Sodom and Gomorrah. He, of course, tied it in with the SCOTUS decision last week.

 While the video ends at the conclusion of the Homily, it was exciting to watch the rest of the Mass this morning on EWTN. A severe thunderstorm was passing over Irondale, Alabama at the time of the Mass, and a torrential rain could be heard pounding the little chapel. Thunder could also be heard in the background.

 During the preparation for Holy Communion, when Father Anthony Mary lifted the chalice of the Eucharist, a mighty thunder boom exploded and probably shook the whole chapel and everyone in it (and it was packed full)! It was as if Almighty God was emphasizing the Sermon just given, and pointing out "This is MY Word!" It was wonderfully powerful and exquisite timing! Only wish the video had captured that moment, I sure will never forget it!

How to Face the Storms in Life

How to Face the Storms in Life

Do not look forward in fear to the changes in life;
rather, look to them with full hope that as they arise,
God, whose very own you are,
will lead you safely through all things;
and when you cannot stand it,
God will carry you in his arms.

Do not fear what may happen tomorrow;
the same understanding Father who cares for you
today will take care of you then and every day.

He will either shield you from from suffering
or will give you unfailing strength to bear it.

Be at peace,
and put aside all anxious thoughts and imaginations.

~ St. Francis de Sales

Fifteen Ways Christ Suffered in Love

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Fifteen Ways Christ Suffered in Love

Monday, June 29, 2015

Peter, Paul, and the Missionary Adventure



Today, on the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, the Word on Fire blog features an excerpt from Episode 5 of the"CATHOLICISM" series, titled "The Indispensable Men: Peter, Paul, and the Missionary Adventure.

Peter, Paul, and the Missionary Adventure | Word on Fire

Fr. Anthony Mary Homily 6/27/15

"As believers we have stood alone before...Jesus was seemingly alone on the Cross, but He rose victorious. The Truth will always prevail." -Saturday's ‪#‎homily‬ by Fr. Anthony Mary (of EWTN), regarding last week's ‪#‎SCOTUS‬ decision.

Faithful Catholics: You Are Not Alone



Faithful Catholics: You Are Not Alone

Catholic Betrayal -The Vortex



Where have Church leaders been?

 Where were they 6/26/15?

Bishops who've remained silent or have coddled gay-friendly priests have brought us to this point.

The Vortex—Catholic Betrayal

Archbishop William Lori on Same Sex Marriage Decision



Catholic Leaders Resolve to Hold Firm to Biblical Marriage Teaching Meanwhile, legal scholars weigh the decision's ‘catastrophic’ impact on the free exercise of religion

St. Paul: ‘God Gave Them Over to a Debased Mind, to Do Those Things Which Are Not Fitting’



St. Paul discussed same-sex relations in the first chapter of his letter to the Romans. Printed below is what he had to say as translated in the New King James Version of the Bible

St. Paul: ‘God Gave Them Over to a Debased Mind, to Do Those Things Which Are Not Fitting’ | CNS News

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Why A Catholic Marriage Is Different

From "Regina Magazine",  Catholic online magazine:

A Catholic Bride

Six Beautiful Brides On Why A Catholic Marriage is Different

The Role of the Christian Family in the Modern World and The True Purpose of Marriage





The true purpose of marriage is that spouses are to lead one another to Eternal Life and the Glory of Heaven.

This can only be achieved, of course, through a Sacramental Marriage.... Holy Matrimony.

What most of the world now refers to as "marriage" is a lie.  This aberration of true marriage has no chance of leading another to Eternal Life and the Glory of Heaven.  It is quite the opposite.

Lord, we pray for those who have been deceived.

 "Love Wins" only when it leads to You!

APOSTOLIC EXHORTATION 
FAMILIARIS CONSORTIO
 OF POPE JOHN PAUL II 
on the Role of the Christian Family 
in the Modern World

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Victory over Death and the Gift of Life



13th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (Cycle B)

The Theme of this Sunday's Readings: Victory over Death and the Gift of Life"

by Michael E. Hunt

When God created man, he was created to be immortal—to live forever in fellowship with his Creator God...."

Friday, June 26, 2015

Church has one option left: Evangelize

Marriage ruling means Church has one option left: Evangelize


by George Weigel

Sacrament of Holy Matrimony is Changeless



"He said in reply, "Have you not read that from the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female’ and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore, what God has joined together, no human being must separate.” - Mathew 19:4-6

Mission of Joy

I love Denver Catholic's positive approach to today's ruling....

"We here at the Denver Catholic figure that we have two options for how to respond going foward:
Go on the defensive. We've clearly lost the culture war, but we can try to convince the public that our view is the correct one.
Realize that we don't live in a Christian culture, and therefore must engage it as missionaries.
Option one is equivalent to declaring ourselves victims. Option two is to accept the challenge of living as authentic followers of Jesus Christ in a world that has largely forgotten Him.
Jesus Christ is real. We Christians have experienced the sweetness of a personal relationship with Him. Our mission is not to punish or coerce those who have not experienced this—instead, we must invite them into relationship. What better way to do this than to show the joy of living the Catholic faith?
We ask you to join us in the ‪#‎MissionofJoy‬ campaign.
Our goal is to fill social media, and Catholic media especially, with messages of hope and joy, not victimhood and retaliation.
Please consider doing the following:
Take time to reflect on how you, personally, can be a missionary of joy
Create memes, videos, infographics, etc.—wherever your strengths lay—to show the joy of living the Church's teaching, or share ours!
Share your messages through your own social media channels using the hashtag #MissionofJoy



"Let's not respond to this as victims. 

Remember, we are His missionaries. 

We are on a #MissionofJoy"



Who Has the Final Word on Gay Marriage?

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Who has the final word on gay marriage?
by Marge Fenelon

Upon This Rock, Homily by Fr. Mitch Pacwa


Homily by Fr. Mitch Pacwa, 6/25/15, on building our house, our life, upon the rock of Jesus Christ, not upon the shifting sand of this world. What a perfect Homily to reflect on today with the Supreme Court changing the definition of marriage and making it "the law of the land".

(Note..the Supreme Court decision came out early today (6/25/15), rather than next Monday or Tuesday, possibly because the Daily Reading of the Mass on Tuesday is from Genesis 19:15-29...the story of Sodom and Gomorrah)  

Please share...

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

If You Only Knew

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“You didn’t choose me. I chose you.” (John 15:16)

When God Says No to Your Yes

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When God Says No to Your Yes


Start Dressing and Behaving Better at Mass, Says American Bishop


"The sloppy and even offensive way people dress while attending Mass is something I’ve witnessed personally and regularly receive complaints about..."

Start Dressing and Behaving Better at Mass, Says American Bishop

St. John the Baptist and the Birth of a New Era





St. John the Baptist and the Birth of a New Era | Word on Fire

John the Baptist: Forerunner of Christ

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"John the Baptist was a martyr for the defense of marriage."
~ Fr. Mark Mary (EWTN)

John the Baptist: Forerunner of Christ

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

The Redemptive Suffering of St. John of the Cross



The Redemptive Suffering of St. John of the Cross

The 'Benedict Option' and the Barbarian Challenge

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"Scratch the soul of many a conservative and beneath you will find a villager. Something is there that attracts these Americans to more natural and simpler lifestyles...."

The 'Benedict Option' and the Barbarian Challenge - Crisis Magazine

Monday, June 22, 2015

Using the Catholic Faith as Part of Recovery



Using the Catholic Faith as Part of Recovery

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Prayer for Those in the Chains of Addiction

"God of mercy, we bless you in the name of your Son, Jesus Christ, who ministers to all who come to Him. Give your strength to all who are bound by the chains of addiction. Enfold them in your love and restore them to freedom through your grace.

Lord, look with compassion on all those who have lost their health and have broken relationships because of their attachment to the object of their addiction. Restore to them the assurance of your unfailing mercy, and strengthen them in the work of recovery. To those who care for them, grant patient understanding and a love that perseveres."

Amen

Which Papal Document will Renew the Earth?

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Which Papal Document will Renew the Earth? - Crisis Magazine

What Does A Strong Catholic Faith Look Like?

What Does A Strong Catholic Faith Look Like?

What Does A Strong Catholic Faith Look Like?

Know Yourself and Recognize the Seven Pallbearers That Kill a Man’s Character



Know Yourself and Recognize the Seven Pallbearers That Kill a Man’s Character

Sunday, June 21, 2015

A Powerful Parable Against the Premises of Unbelief

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A Powerful Parable Against the Premises of Unbelief 
Msgr. Charles Pope

What Does It Mean to Be Catholic Anymore?



What Does It Mean to Be Catholic Anymore?

A Steadfast Heart


Give Us, O Lord, a Steadfast Heart
Thomas Aquinas

Give us, O Lord, a steadfast heart, which no unworthy affection may drag downwards; give us an unconquered heart, which no tribulation can wear out; give us an upright heart, which no unworthy purpose may tempt aside. Bestow upon us also, O Lord our God, understanding to know you, diligence to seek you, wisdom to find you, and a faithfulness that may finally embrace you; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Do You Not Yet Have Faith?



12th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (Cycle B)

The Theme of the Readings:
 Do You Not Yet Have Faith?

by Michael E. Hunt


"Jesus' question to the Apostles in today's Gospel Reading is the focus of the Sunday liturgies for the remainder of the Sundays in Ordinary Time prior to Advent.  In the Gospel Readings, we follow in the footsteps of the Apostles as they (and we) experience His words and wondrous deeds, as they (and we) come to have a deeper personal relationship with Jesus, and as they (and we) come to believe He is the Messiah promised by the prophets."

Pope Francis' 10 Secrets to Happiness



 Pope Francis reveals top 10 secrets to happiness

Father's Day Thoughts


16 Father's Day Thoughts You'll Never Find in a Greeting Card

Thoughts From a Saint, Popes, and a Servant of God

Back to Eden?

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Back to Eden?
by Mark Mallett

Listening to Christ



Listening to Christ
by Mark Mallett

Friday, June 19, 2015

Fr. Robert Barron on "Laudato Si"



Father Robert Barron on the Pope's new encyclical "Laudato Si"

Sacred Heart Major Seminary

Sacred Heart Major Seminary in my hometown of Detroit. 
(watch video)

"Sacred Heart Major Seminary is a Christ-centered Catholic community of faith and higher learning committed to forming leaders, according to the Heart of Jesus Christ, who will bring the truth of the Gospel to an increasingly secularized world.
Sacred Heart is a leading center of the New Evangelization serving the needs of the Archdiocese of Detroit and contributing to the mission of the universal Church. Located in the heart of the city of Detroit, our students and faculty are challenged with the reality of a broken world in need of grace."

 What REALLY matters. Beautiful!

Big Families are Good for the Environment!

Just doing our part to save the world, one or two babies at a time.

Big Families Say “Laudato Si!”

by Simcha Fischer

Guard Your Heart



“Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.” (Proverbs 4:23)

Guard Your Heart

The Lord is Close

Time to Say Goodbye


Leaving a Situation That Is Unhealthy and Unhappy 

St. Romuald (Abbot)

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St. Romuald (Abbot)

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Monday, June 15, 2015

Benedict Option: Not for Faint of Heart

Benedict Option

from onepeterfive.com :

"Persecution grows more likely by the day. In the absence of the cultivated practice of virtue, do we have the spiritual stamina to face what is coming?"

The Benedict Option: Not for the Faint of Heart