Sunday, December 31, 2017

Hope in Jesus


Pray for Papa Francis



Pray for

Pope

 Papa Francis!


Serve Jesus

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8 (Spiritual) New Year's Resolutions for Catholics



8 (Spiritual) New Year's Resolutions for Catholics

Saturday, December 30, 2017

New Year’s Resolutions, Confession, and the Mother of God



New Year’s Resolutions, Confession, and the Mother of God

"New Year’s Day always struck me as something of an odd holiday. Why do we humans find it necessary to set aside a day to mark yet another full trip around the sun? Different cultures have celebrated the new year at different times: the Jewish people celebrate the new year in their liturgy on Rosh …"

Scripture Speaks: The Feast of the Holy Family



Scripture Speaks: The Feast of the Holy Family

"Today, the Church gives us an episode from Jesus’ early family life to ponder.  Why? Gospel (Read Lk 2:22-40) St. Luke tells us that after the wonder of Jesus’ remarkable birth, announced by angels and praised by shepherds, His parents did what all devout Jews did in that day after the birth of a firstborn …"

Humanity & Holiness with the Holy Family

Humanity & Holiness with the Holy Family

Humanity & Holiness with the Holy Family:

"The Feast of the Holy Family challenges us to grow in the virtues of piety, honor, patience, and forbearance. And to learn to laugh together...."

(Friends can become Family...family is not always only mother, father, sister, brother . 
Those Jesus traveled with became his earthly family, though the Holy Family will always be
Jesus, Mary, Joseph)

The Holy Family, the Holy Trinity, and You



The Holy Family, the Holy Trinity, and You

Friday, December 29, 2017

May the Lord Be With You



Ut autem Dominus vobiscum

May the Lord be with you,
and keep you....forever.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

The Altar as Threshold



The Altar as Threshold

"The altar is indeed the holy place before which we can say as we can nowhere else: “I am here, O Lord.”

The Twelve Days of Emmanuel



The Twelve Days of Emmanuel

"Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and his name shall be called Emmanuel (which means, God with us) (Mt 1:23) The joy of Christmas is the joy of Emmanuel. Our God is not distant from us: he is in our very midst. Nor is his presence some abstract proposition. His closeness is …"

What the Magi Can Teach Us



What the Magi Can Teach Us

"The Magi, who came in search of the Child-King Jesus from the East, are sometimes called the Wisemen.  Their travelling was difficult — no comfortable cars with music, air-conditioning, nor luxurious motels and restaurants along the way. There travelling was long — many long arduous and grueling miles. Physically, their travelling would have been very stressful; if …"

St. John the Apostle



St. John the Apostle:

"St. John was probably the youngest of the Apostles of Jesus Christ and the one who is referred to as “the disciple whom Jesus loved.” He was the only Apostle who was at the foot of the Cross, along with the Blessed Mother, Mary, the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. The others had abandoned …"

O Holy Family

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St. John the Beloved and the Sacred Heart of Jesus



St. John the Beloved and the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Feast of St. John the Beloved

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Blessed Feast of St. John, Apostle and Evangelist!

A reading from the first letter of John:

“Beloved: What was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we looked upon and touched with our hands concerns the Word of life — for the life was made visible; we have seen it and testify to it and proclaim to you the eternal life that was with the Father and was made visible to us — what we have seen and heard we proclaim now to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; for our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. We are writing this so that our joy may be complete.”
~ 1 John 1:1-4

St. John, pray for us!

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

The Deeper Meaning of Christmas

The Deeper Meaning of Christmas

The Deeper Meaning of Christmas

"In the days of Caesar Augustus, an era of peace was established in the Mediterranean world after centuries of strife.  But this peace was forged by the proud ambition of emperors and the edge of their armies’ swords. Upon this stage appears a baby acclaimed as king by eastern dignitaries.  Neither Caesar nor Herod will …"

Mary & John the Baptist: Two Ways of Being Christian

Mary & John the Baptist: Two Ways of Being Christian

Mary & John the Baptist: Two Ways of Being Christian

"There are two fundamental ways of encountering the word of God. The first way is to receive it. The second is to share it. Mary exemplifies the first; John the Baptist the second. During Advent and into Christmas, the Church places these two figures before us as focal points of contemplation. We come to faith …"

Sts. Wenceslaus & Stephen: Two Saints for Christmas Time

Sts. Stephen & Wences­laus: Two Saints for Christmas Time

Sts. Wenceslaus & Stephen: Two Saints for Christmas Time

"St Stephen 

The day after Christmas is the feast of St. Stephen, deacon and martyr, and an important day for us, as we have a boy named for him. Mass and Holy Communion are the perfect way to celebrate every day, but when this is not possible, the Mass prayers honoring a child’s saint are a …"

Charity is True, Eternal and Perfect Love

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Christmastide: The Celebration Has Just Begun!



Christmastide: The Celebration Has Just Begun!

"What does December 26th mean to you?..."

Monday, December 25, 2017

King of Heaven and Earth


The Word Became Flesh

Prince of Peace, King of Kings....Let His Kingdom Come


Love God

Love One Another

Love Truth

Let His Kingdom Come!

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Breath of Heaven, Light of the World


Vigil of Christmas



Vigil of Christmas

“Today you will know that the Lord is coming to save us; and tomorrow you will see his glory.”

 –Introit to the Christmas Vigil Mass

When God Became Small: A Christmas Meditation



When God Became Small: A Christmas Meditation:

"The advent of Christmas is one of the busiest and noisiest times of year—a season of getting and spending in which we lay waste our credit cards. It should be a holy time, but it has become an orgy of consumerism in the temples of commerce. It is not peaceful, and it is certainly not …"

Blessed Christmas Eve

Saturday, December 23, 2017

The Late Consecration, by Mark Mallett



The Late Consecration

"When I gave my son to Our Lady, I didn't see this coming..."

by Mark Mallett

Scripture Speaks: Last Sunday in Advent

Scripture Speaks: Last Sunday in Advent

Scripture Speaks: Last Sunday in Advent

"On this last Sunday in Advent, an angel startles a young woman in Nazareth.  What was old, and what was new in his message to her? Gospel (Read Lk 1:26-38) How many times have we heard this Scripture read?  If it is very familiar to us, we should make the effort to hear it now …"

For You Alone

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A Christmas Prayer for the Forgotten



During this joyous Christmas season, which is often filled with family and friends, let us not forget those who feel forgotten or unloved during this time of year. We may not be able to physically help these individuals, but we are able to pray for them. Click here for a Christmas prayer for the forgotten.

A Christmas Prayer for the Forgotten

Friday, December 22, 2017

Do you see what I see?

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"The shepherd boy to the little lamb...'Do you see what I see'?"

O Emmanuel

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God with us

Was Jesus Really Born in Bethlehem on December 25th?



Was Jesus Really Born in Bethlehem on December 25th?

Sacred Heart of Christ...Always Giving

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The Crown, Christmas, and the Ordinary Little People

The Crown, Christmas, and the Ordinary Little People

The Crown, Christmas, and the Ordinary Little People:

"Our God is so great, that he exults in littleness and humility. He is so great that even when he appears as lowly and humble as possible, kings still come from the east to adore him..."

Wrestling With Grief At Christmas



Wrestling With Grief At Christmas

"Losing someone is tough. Losing someone close is tougher. Facing the holidays for the first time without them is the worst. This past month, the thought of the upcoming holidays has brought many tears and anxious nights lying awake, wishing I could just fast forward to June. How can I be happy for Christmas? How …"

Thursday, December 21, 2017

The Coming Effect of Grace, by Mark Mallett


The Coming Effect of Grace

"What is coming through Our Lady will renew the face of the earth because "nothing like it has happened ever since the Word became Flesh"...

by Mark Mallett

Risk it All

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If you’re missing someone this Christmas this song’s dedicated to you - ...

My God and my All

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A simple prayer by St. Francis of Assisi which is also the Franciscan motto: Deus meus et Omnia -- My God and my All!

St. Clare on Her Last Earthly Christmas

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"At Christmas in 1252, her last on earth, Clare was not well enough to go to Midnight Mass at the Church of St. Francis with her sisters and the friars. She became very lonely and began to cry. Then realizing that her lonely cell was better lodging than had Mary and Joseph, she began to meditate on the Christmas Mystery. Suddenly her cell burst into light, her cell walls were shaken by the sound of a great organ and she was able to see the Church of St. Francis ablaze with candles. She watched the Celebrant ascend the Altar and participated at Mass listening to the beautiful chants. She had been unable to go to Church and God in His loving tenderness had brought Church to her."
(https://stclare-queens.org/st-clare-of-assisi/)

O Rex Gentium, Prince of Peace



O Rex Gentium

Prince of Peace

Latin:

O Rex Gentium, et desideratus earum,
lapisque angularis, qui facis utraque unum:
veni, et salva hominem,
quem de limo formasti.

English:

O King of the nations, and their desire,
the cornerstone making both one:
Come and save the human race,
which you fashioned from clay.

The Love of the Holy Family in Bethlehem



The Love of the Holy Family in Bethlehem

"Such trials God prepares for holy souls! When Joseph thought himself obliged to abandon as faithless the one whom he had chosen as the purest of virgins, he was about to do what would be fatal both to the mother’s purity and the child’s life. He could not be unaware that the Blessed Virgin was …"



JMJ

If We Truly Believe in the Mass, It Should Change Everything



If We Truly Believe in the Mass, It Should Change Everything

"The Ark of the Covenant was covered with precious gold. Our Lord is far greater than the Ark that was the 'house' of the Ten Commandments. Our Catholic churches house our Lord!..."

Christmas: The Light in the Darkness

Christmas: The Light in the Darkness

Christmas: The Light in the Darkness

"The real gift we receive each Christmas is the light of God in celebrating the birth of Our Lord and Savior. It is up to us to rely on God to keep that light burning bright throughout our entire lives..."

O Oriens, O Dayspring, Radiant Dawn



The O Antiphons, also known as The great Os are Magnificat antiphons used at Vespers of the last seven days of Advent in Western Christian traditions. They are also used as the alleluia verses on the same days in the Catholic Mass.

They are referred to as the "O Antiphons" because the title of each one begins with the interjection "O". Each antiphon is a name of Christ, one of his attributes mentioned in Scripture. They are:

December 17: O Sapientia (O Wisdom)
December 18: O Adonai (O Lord)
December 19: O Radix Jesse (O Root of Jesse)
December 20: O Clavis David (O Key of David)
December 21: O Oriens (O Dayspring)
December 22: O Rex Gentium (O King of the nations)
December 23: O Emmanuel (O With Us is God)

LISTEN:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ngcQDQfhlA&list=PLM_BPPe3btzjYhja2ufL8ffepQLsk3KQ8

MORE INFO:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/O_Antiphons

Pray the Rosary

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Pray the Rosary

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Love Alone

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Meaningful Christmas: 7 Lights from Benedict XVI



Meaningful Christmas: 7 Lights from Benedict XVI

"The meaning is itself a person: The Son of the living God, who was born in a stable in Bethlehem. The meaning has power. It is God. And God is good..."

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Poisoned Apple of Feminist Ideology


Beware the Poisoned Apple of Feminist Ideology 
"One day, feminist ideology will finally be revealed for what it is: no longer the fairest of them all ..."
by Carrie Gress