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 …"
Thursday, August 17, 2017
Mary and the Great American Solar Eclipse:
"Darkness is coming over America. For the first time in nearly 100 years a total solar eclipse will be visible from coast to coast across the United States. Monday August 21st will be “The Great American Eclipse.” It will be an American-centric event. Millions of people are travelling to see the totality of the eclipse, …"
"The man walking to Confession looked ragged and poor; probably homeless. Perhaps that’s why people just ignored him when he was hit by a passing trolley and thrown to the side of the road. He was eventually taken to the hospital, but they didn’t have the resources to give the best possible care to homeless …"
Avoiding the Temptation to Over-Sentimentalize the Faith:
'There is a growing tendency in certain church circles—both Protestant and Catholic—to over-emphasize sentimentality. Sentimentality allows us to focus predominantly on our feelings. This can also come from a false sense of piety and an over-emphasis on personal devotions, which inevitably leave us spiritually dry. Our faith is true regardless of how we feel in …"
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
The Saints and Academic Difficulties:
"I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you. Psalm 32:8 Imagine, if you can, that one of the greatest professional athletes of our times absolutely hated to play sports as a boy, and was clumsy and uncoordinated. This hypothetical situations could well …"
Are You on the Path to Holiness?:
"The upcoming Fall Quarter at the Avila Institute will feature a Graduate Program course on Introduction to Spiritual Theology taught by Dr. Joseph Hollcraft. You can sign up for this course or Theology of Divine Mercy, Conversion and Suffering by applying for the Graduate Studies Program. Are you on the path to holiness? Everyone is Called to …"
St. King Stephen of Hungary:
"St. Stephen of Hungary (975-1038) played an important role in Christianizing his country. Stephen was born a pagan, but as a youth, he and his father, Duke Geza, were baptized by the Bohemian bishop St. Adalbert of Prague. At the age of twenty Stephen married Gisela, the sister of the Emperor St. Henry II. In …"
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin:
"Finally the Immaculate Virgin, preserved free from all stain of original sin, when the course of her earthly life was finished, was taken up body and soul into heavenly glory, and exalted by the Lord as Queen over all things, so that she might be the more fully conformed to her Son, the Lord of …"
My Mother — The Church:
by Mother Angelica
"The word “Church” means many things to many people. To some the Church is merely a structure, a body of laws designed to make everyone as miserable as possible, an authoritarian body which takes delight in exercising the prerogative of telling the world what it can and cannot do. There are others who look upon …"
Making Assumptions about the Assumption:
"Every year the Church obliges Catholics to attend Mass on August 15th, in the middle of summer, to honor the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The belief pertaining to Mary’s Assumption, while celebrated for centuries (many saints have homilies on the Assumption), was elevated to the status of dogma with the Apostolic Constitution Munificentissimus …
God is Faithful: A Retreat Guide on Mary’s Assumption into Heaven:
"The newest Retreat Guide from RC Spirituality, God Is Faithful: A Retreat Guide on Mary’s Assumption into Heaven, is now available at www.RCSpirituality.org. The Blessed Virgin Mary led a life full of suffering. But she never let that suffering obscure her faith in …"
Almighty, ever-living God,
you have taken the mother of your Son,
the immaculate Virgin Mary,
body and soul into the glory where you dwell.
Keep our hearts set on heaven
so that, with her, we may share in your glory.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Forming A Healthy Conscience:
"Each one of us is born with and endowed with a singular conscience by which we are obliged to form, to cultivate, and to follow in order to live a richer and more moral life. However, this necessitates a properly formed conscience within the soul. If we do not properly form a conscience we will …"
Monday, August 14, 2017
Fire of Love: Lessons from St. Maximilian Kolbe:
" There is no saint that has a greater impact upon my spiritual life than St. Maximilian Kolbe. This fact is ironic as early on in my conversion to Catholicism I did not like him at all. I thought he looked too stern in his pictures, and that he talked too much about the Immaculata, a …"
St. Maximilian Kolbe (Priest and Martyr):
"As a child, Maximilian Kolbe (1894-1941) had a deep devotion to Our Lady. On one occasion he had a vision in which Mary offered him either a white garment, symbolizing purity, or a red one, symbolizing martyrdom. “I choose both,” the boy replied. His heart was transfixed by Our Lady. Later he prayed that when …"
What We Learn from Elijah’s Encounter with God:
"He had called down fire from heaven and God responded. He has put the prophets of Baal to shame. And then he had slaughtered them. That’s 1 Kings 18. But in the next chapter we find Elijah fleeing into the wilderness not only afraid for his life but in despair. What had happened? King Ahab …"
Healing the Wounds of the Hookup Culture:
"Dating Detox: 40 Days of Perfecting Love in an Imperfect World, was released jointly by Ignatius Press and the Augustine Institute. The following are some reasons why you should read this book, whether you are preparing for marriage yourself or you know someone who is..."
Friday, August 11, 2017
For the safety of all military personnel and citizens throughout the world, through the intercession of Fr. Kapaun:
Prayer for the Beatification and Canonization of Fr. Kapaun
Lord Jesus, in the midst of the folly of war, your servant, Chaplain Emil Kapaun, spent himself in total service to you on the battlefields and in the prison camps of Korea, until his death at the hands of his captors. We now ask you, Lord Jesus, if it be your will, to make known to all the world the holiness of Chaplain Kapaun and the glory of his complete sacrifice for you by signs of miracles and peace. In your name, Lord, we ask, for you are the source of peace, the strength of our service to others, and our final hope. Amen.
Chaplain Kapaun, pray for us.
For more on Fr. Kapaun:
Brother John Therese Marie made his perpetual vows today with the Franciscan Missionaries of the Eternal Word Televion Network. We are blessed to have him in the service of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
God Bless you Brother John Therese You are an instrument of the Kingdom of God!
My favorite Saint....she choose to leave everything to
follow St. Francis of Assisi, to learn to give her whole life,
mind, heart, soul and spirit to Our Lord Jesus Christ.....
St. Clare of Assisi:
"St. Clare of Assisi (1193-1253) was born of a noble family, twelve years after the birth of her famous townsman St. Francis, who had a major influence on her life. At the age of eighteen, Clare left home secretly and, with Francis’ help, arranged to reside in a Benedictine convent. Her family’s attempts to persuade …"
Scripture Speaks: Faith Amidst the Storm:
"This Sunday's Gospel tells us that Jesus let the apostles struggle for many hours in a violent storm before going to them. Why did He wait so long? Gospel (Read Mt 14:22-33) After the miraculous feeding of the five thousand (last Sunday’s Gospel), Jesus sent both His disciples and the vast crowd away. The disciples took …"