Friday, October 20, 2017
Scripture Speaks: What Belongs to God:
" Jesus’ enemies try to set a trap for Him. A coin buys Him freedom from it. Gospel (Read Mt 22:15-21) For the last several weeks, our Gospel readings have shown us that Jesus used parables to help the religious elites of Jerusalem hear a call to believe in Him as their Messiah. They fell on …"
St. Paul of the Cross:
"Passionate Preacher St. Paul of the Cross (Priest and Founder) was born in 1694 to a large middle-class family which was very devout. He was the second of their sixteen children and worked for a time to help support his younger brothers and sisters. He joined the army of Venice at age twenty. In 1720, …"
Christ, Loneliness, and Redemptive Suffering:
"Christ's example teaches us not only how to cope with suffering but how to tap into redemptive suffering, by “offering up” our sufferings, joining them with Christ’s Passion, for the remission of sins and for spiritual benefits for ourselves and for others..."
Thursday, October 19, 2017
St. Isaac Jogues, St. John de Brébeuf, and Companions:
"North American Martyrs The French Jesuit priests St. Isaac Jogues (1607-1646), St. John de Brebeuf (1593-1649), and their companions St. John de Lalande, St. René Goupil, St. Anthony Daniel, St. Charles Garnier, St. Gabriel Lalemant, and St. Noel Chabanel were among the first missionaries to the North American Indians, and were the first martyrs of …"
"How often is our intent to be as helpful and charitable as possible to everyone who needs us, so that others may have the peace and help from us that they require? And how often do we fail at providing this help? Sometimes we just ignore the call for help altogether. And sometimes we give …"
Why Catholicism? Because It Offers True Forgiveness:
"The Church is not an evil force out to condemn the world. It’s a beacon of mercy, offering pardon and peace even to the worst failures among us. If that’s not good, I don’t know what is..."
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
6 Reasons to Take Your Family to Daily Mass As Often As Possible | ChurchPOP
(If this is not possible for you, I recommend watching EWTN Daily Mass on tv or online. I watch every morning and it is such a blessing, my day would not be complete without it.)
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
How to Know When Judgement is Near
"St. Paul reveals a progression of events that bears our stark resemblance to our times..."
by Mark Mallett
The 100 Years War: The Church and Communism - Crisis Magazine:
" The past 100 years from 1917 to 2017 have been an encapsulation of the protoevangelium, when God told the serpent “I will put enmity between you and the woman.” This 100-years-war has signified a most pronounced phase in the enmity. It began in 1917 with both (what are the odds?) the revelation of Our Lady …"
Have Confidence in God’s Tenderness:
"It is true that in some things man resembles God, but not in all. So great is the distance that separates them that, instead of imagining that He thinks and acts as men do, we may be sure it is far otherwise. But people have an idea that it is so and insist that this …"
Monday, October 16, 2017
Sunday, October 15, 2017
The Love & Humor of St. Teresa of Avila:
"St. Teresa of Avila was a Sixteenth Century Spanish Carmelite nun. She is credited with the reform of the Carmelite order, and she and St. John of the Cross together established the Discalced (“shoeless”) Carmelites. I first encountered her when I was an undergraduate at the University of Notre Dame. Each of the dorms at Notre …"
Saturday, October 14, 2017
The Traditional Mass: A Remedy for Modern Man's Spiritual Ills - Crisis Magazine:
"King Henri IV, after a long and bitter fight for the French Calvinist cause, finally sought to quell the fires of religious war by adopting his country’s traditional faith. “Paris is well worth a Mass,” he is rumored to have said, confirming the impression that he continued to reject Romanish ritual in his heart, even …"
Friday, October 13, 2017
Thursday, October 12, 2017
Prayer of the Mind:
by Mother Angelica
"The first Christians soon learned that there were many ways of expressing themselves to God. There were times they spoke to God about His Beauty — or their needs — and that was conversational Prayer. They spoke to Him silently in their thoughts, and as they spoke to Him they realized He answered them. He …"
LadyOur of Perpetual Help:
"Q: What is the story behind the image of Our Lady of Perpetual Help? The icon (about 54 x 41.5 centimeters) depicts our Blessed Mother Mary under the title “Mother of God,” holding the Child Jesus. The Archangels Michael and Gabriel, hovering in the upper corners, hold the instruments of the Passion: St. Michael (in …"
Pope Leo XIII: The Pope of the Rosary:
"Pope Leo XIII is the longest lived pope in Church history, dying at 93. A brilliant writer, poet, and theologian, he established the Pontifical Academy of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome in 1879 (now known as the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas, or the Angelicum). He was passionate about hunting and viniculture, and was …"
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
The Promises of Patience:
“Since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of flesh and spirit, making holiness perfect in the fear of God.” ~2 Corinthians 7:1 I’m on hold with another medical billing company who doesn’t yet have our new address – or current insurance policy, or correct phone number. It’s an incessant …"
Modern Day Proverbs:
"It’s amazing to think, as many scholars argue, that the Book of Proverbs originates from ordinary people, whose sayings were collected by scribes in Jerusalem and eventually became part of the Bible. Proverbs, both religious and secular, are sayings we humans live by, and which we formulate while living. W. H. Auden compiled a book …"
An Unexplainable Peace in a Chaotic World:
"Have you tried to understand the gruesome killing of concert attendees in Las Vegas? So many unanswerable questions: What was the motive for the taking innocent lives? Why didn’t someone notice something about the killer in time? How in the world did the killer get so many sophisticated guns and ammo into a hotel room …"
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Patti Maguire Armstrong: 100 Year Fatima Event October 13:
"Hurricanes, earthquakes, fires, missiles…oh my! What is God doing? Actually, a better question is what are we doing? And more specifically ..."
The 100th Anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima:
This Friday, October 13th....
"This spring will mark 100 years since the Fatima apparitions, and an opportunity to reflect deeply again upon their message. The Angel of Peace appeared three times to the shepherd children, Lucia, Jacinta and Francisco, beginning in the spring of 1916 in Fatima, Portugal. These visitations prepared the way for the six apparitions of Our …"
The Mysterious Holy House of Loreto:
" In the Italian town of Loreto there stands a house. It has stood there for over seven centuries and may stand for another seven, yet. Each day it is visited by the many who come to gaze upon it. The house has attracted, and no doubt shall continue to attract the pious and the penitent, …"
20 Quick Tips to Start Praying the Rosary:
"The month of October is the month of the most Holy Rosary. We would warmly encourage all to pray the most Holy Rosary. This article presents the sayings of the saints—Jesus and Mary’s dearest friends. Then we will present twenty aids or helps to motivate you to take in your hands your spiritual slingshot so …"
Saul the Persecutor, Paul the Apostle:
"Stephen died at the hands of a mob — men who were “enraged” (Acts 7:54) by his accusations. His murderers were many, but we know the name of just one of them: Saul. St. Luke tells us: “Saul was consenting to his death” (Acts 8:1). Members of the mob left their cloaks with him as they …"
Monday, October 9, 2017
Our Lady of Good What?:
"Mary has many names, or shall we call them titles? The Litany of Loreto refers to many different titles of Mary, but not all of them. Some of her titles refer to a city name corresponding to an apparition location, for example, Our Lady of Lourdes or Our Lady of Fatima. There are also devotional …"
Mother Mary and the Big Screen: An Interview with Director Leonardo Defilippis:
"I recently had the pleasure of speaking with famed Catholic actor, producer, and film director Leonardo Defilippis. We discussed everything from the wonders of the Rosary to the remarkable works of Shakespeare to the scourge of Communism, not to mention Leonardo’s numerous ministerial projects over the years. One such project is his new series Queen …"
'Work Out Your Salvation with Fear and Trembling':
" In his letter to the Philippians, St. Paul tells us how to live out our salvation in terms that are sobering and startling: So then, my beloved, obedient as you have always been, not only when I am present but all the more now when I am absent, work out your salvation with fear and …"
Sunday, October 8, 2017
Saturday, October 7, 2017
Friday, October 6, 2017
Fullness of Sin: Evil Must Exhaust Itself
"The Church must drink Christ's Cup... but then, she will also share His Victory!"
by Mark Mallett
2017 Father Charles Irvin essay contest winner: Talking about Jesus to someone who doesn't know him
by Grace Schoenle
The question for the 2017 essay: How would I explain Jesus Christ and what he means to me to someone who doesn’t know him?