Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Walking With Mary in Lent: 10 Little Steps:
"In the wee hours of the morning, shivering from the cold, damp interior of the darkened Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem, I lingered in prayer at the rock of Calvary. Resting my hand on the cold rock where the noble cross of Jesus Christ stood upright on the first Good Friday, I prayed. …"
Are We Tested beyond Our Strength?:
"An acquaintance recently said to me: “You know how everyone says that God won’t test you beyond your strength? That is total nonsense.” By this, I think he meant that God sends us many trials that overwhelm us and frankly seem like they are just too much for us to handle. My family has had …"
Temptations Not to Be Reasoned With:
"As soon as we reason with the temptation, particularly in difficult matters or where difficulties are easily excited and hard to answer for those who are not well informed in such matters, or in things that appeal to self-love, and that our natural malice approves, we are in the greatest danger of defeat. So it was that Eve fell."
Monday, February 27, 2017
In Partial Praise of Pharisees - Crisis Magazine:
"The Pharisees tend to get a bad rap. Okay, maybe they deserve the criticism. But at the peak of their power they were known as a revolutionary movement. They were like T-totalers without a self-contradictory name. They were the religious radicals who decided to take piety seriously, very seriously in fact. And they were taken …"
“For I have learnt for a fact that nothing so effectively obtains, retains, and regains grace, as that we should always be found not high-minded before God, but filled with holy fear.” -St. Bernard
“We must fear God out of love, not love him out of fear.” -St. Francis de Sales
Gift of Fear: Infused gift of the Holy Spirit that confirms the virtue of hope and inspires a person with profound respect for the majesty of God. Its corresponding effects are protection from sin through dread of offending the Lord, and a strong confidence in the power of his help. The fear of the Lord is not servile but filial. It is based on the selfless love of God, whom it shrinks from offending. Whereas in servile fear the evil dreaded is punishment; in filial fear it is the fear of doing anything contrary to the will of God. The gift of fear comprises three principal elements: a vivid sense of God’s greatness, a lively sorrow for the least faults committed, and a vigilant care in avoiding occasions of sin. It is expressed in prayer of the Psalmist, “My whole being trembles before you, your ruling fills me with fear” (Ps 119:120). One of its salutary effects is to induce a spirit of deep humility in dealing with others, especially with inferiors, since it makes a person aware that he or she stands constantly before the judgment of God. (Fr. John Hardon, Modern Catholic Dictionary)
Are Your Lents Disappointing? Maybe Stop Doing it Alone:
"I recently finished a book about rites of passage for Catholic men and boys. One of the main purposes of a rite of passage, at least for the adolescent transition to manhood, was to establish a clear sense of belonging and purpose. On your own, you really can’t generate such things since an individual cannot …"
The Benedict Option in Practice: Living the Rural Life is Surprisingly Normal:
" Some tend to treat a move to the country as if it is a move to something wildly different from “normal” life. As someone who lives in the country, I have an opinion there, but first – a lot of people are talking about rural life these days, so where did all this talk come …"
George MacDonald’s The Wise Woman:
"I recently had the great pleasure to introduce my five-year old son to George MacDonald’s The Wise Woman, or the Lost Princess: A Double Story. In the back of my mind I thought, “won’t these moral lessons be so good for somebody…” (thinking, of course, my son). It is true, my young son in his …"
"Corporal Mortification Presence of God – O Jesus Crucified, grant that my love for You may make me willing to crucify my flesh with You and for You. MEDITATION As a result of original sin, man no longer has complete dominion over his senses and his flesh; therefore he is filled with evil tendencies which …"
Saturday, February 25, 2017
Friday, February 24, 2017
Scripture Speaks: Do Not Worry:
"The Sermon on the Mount is full of bracing challenges for those who seek the kingdom of God. Today’s Gospel gives us perhaps the most difficult challenge of all. Why? Gospel (Read Mt 6:24-34) In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus gives His followers extended instruction about how life in the kingdom of God is …"
The Truth and the Life:
“I am the truth and the life” (cf. John 14:6). I am the Word that was “at the beginning,” the word of the eternal Father, his concept, his wisdom, the true light that enlightens every man (John 1:9). I am the truth itself and consequently the support, the nourishment, and the life of all who …"
God and Mammon?:
"In the ancient world, most peoples believed in a universe populated by many gods. However, even without the help of biblical revelation, Greek philosophers figured something out. There could only be one Supreme Being, only one almighty and omnipotent Ruler of all, only one God. In the twelfth chapter of Luke, Jesus asks a question. …"
Thursday, February 23, 2017
The Origins of Lent:
" Q: What are the origins of Lent? Did the Church always have this time before Easter? Lent is a special time of prayer, penance, sacrifice and good works in preparation of the celebration of Easter. In the desire to renew the liturgical practices of the Church, The Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy of Vatican Council …"
Sitting in the Sun:
" I was watching a movie in which the mom, an older middle-aged woman in her 40s or 50s, looked forward to sitting on her back step after work, basking in the warm afternoon sun. What she really wished for was to vacation someday in the warmth of Spain, but her whole life had slipped away …"
Parenting: The Social Justice Issue of Our Time:
"Catholicism teaches that the family is the building block of society, but we often fail to realize the practical significance of these words. The parenting methods we choose to employ in the family “school of love” become a kind of first catechism in building a just society, what Pope St. John Paul II referred to as a “civilization of love.”
Jesus prayed for you!
“I do not pray for these only, but also for those who believe in me through their word, that they may all be one; even as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.”
~ John 17:20-21
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
EWTN's Fr. Mitch Pacwa Homily, The Chair of St. Peter, Apostle (Feast)
The Chair of Peter:
"Today is the Feast of the “Cathedra” or Chair of St. Peter, a recurrence dating back to the fourth century that honors and celebrates the primacy and authority of St. Peter. The word “cathedra” means seat or throne and is the root of the word cathedral, the church where a bishop has his throne and …"
Ephesians Six: Prayers in Spiritual Warfare:
"St. Paul, in his letter to the Ephesians, chapter six, brilliantly describes the real spiritual battle that is the human experience on earth. Defending our selves and families against the wiles of the devil requires grace, not self-reliance; prayer, not fear; wisdom, not folly. It is foolish and outside Church teaching to deny that the …"
A Meditation on the Theology of the Face:
“Thou hast said, “Seek ye My face. My heart says to Thee, “Thy face, Lord, do I seek.” (Psalm 27:8) Do our faces reflect the divine signature of Christ? Genesis declares that man is “made in the image of God.” Humanity is set apart from the rest of creation with an eternal soul capable of …"
A Thomistic Litany of Humility:
"Cardinal Merry del Val’s classic Litany of Humility is known to many Catholics. It’s a powerfully worded prayer, one that always makes a splash. However, revisiting it as a Dominican, the litany raises questions for me. There surges within me a need to make distinctions…or even to write a new litany. Dominican friars aren’t always …"
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
EWTN Fr. Joseph's Homily, 'Evil Will Never Have the Last Word'
Revelation Is a Call to Battle:
"The battle scenes that are recounted in the Book of Revelation are truly spectacular. One is a battle in the heavens themselves: Then war broke out in heaven; Michael and his angels battled against the dragon. The dragon and its angels fought back, but they did not prevail and there was no longer any place …"
Give Thanks After Each Mass:
"As in the lives of all of the saints, the center and heart of the life of St. Philip Neri was Jesus present in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. Neri, known for his joy, love for the youth, and fervor in prayer found his strength in Holy Mass. The joyful saint observed something that …"
Feed the Goats:
"At other times, Jesus says he does not come to condemn the world but to save the world (John 3:17; 12:47). The word is κρίνω, to separate, or to judge. He did not come to judge us. But here today he comes in his glory with all his angels and sitting on his glorious throne before …"
Monday, February 20, 2017
ANNOUNCING Fr. Mitch Pacwa's ministry's NEW Evangelization Project! A Pro-Life Documentary "Beginning of Life Issues" - Catholic Medical Professionals from around the world share their expertise and attest to when life begins and why it needs to be protected. Why is this documentary so important? In the United States it is currently legal to kill human beings at their most vulnerable time, and we are doing so in a number of ways. This documentary will help expose this killing in order to help change hearts on this issue.
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Mary: The Promised Woman:
by Mother Angelica
"As the centuries passed and mankind lived in more darkness and became more depraved, God would send His prophets to encourage and enlighten His creatures. Though His creatures chose to rule themselves, He would not abandon them. He would send them glimpses of what was to come through His Prophets. He would intervene in their …"
Saturday, February 18, 2017
Giving Like God (Matthew 5:38-48):
"Giving Like God (Matthew 5:38-48) “Finally, may Christ inflame the desires of all men to break through the barriers which divide them, to strengthen the bonds of mutual love, to learn to understand one another, and to pardon those who have done them wrong.” St. Pope John XXIII, Pacem in terris Matthew 5:38-48 ‘You have …"
Friday, February 17, 2017
The Interior Life: Both Active and Contemplative:
"The Interior Life: Both Active and Contemplative There are periods in which the interior life becomes easy and sweet. Who has not had times when he was able, without any difficulty, to live for days filled with fervor? The pity is that we have not been able to determine why or how we arrived …"
Scripture Speaks: Choosing Perfection:
"Jesus told His followers to “be perfect.” Is that even possible? Gospel (Read Mt 5:38-48) In His extended teaching to His followers in the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus called them to a remarkable way of life. It is helpful to understand the historical context for this session on the mountain. In the Old Testament, …"
Turn the Other Cheek?:
“Love your enemies.” “Turn the other cheek.” (Mat 5:38-40). This sounds admirable to some, but preposterous to others. The 19th century philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche thought such talk promotes a society of weaklings. Karl Marx thought these words keep the oppressed under the thumbs of the capitalists. Does Jesus want us to be doormats, suckers who …"
Priest, Prophet, and King:
"Although what we owe to Jesus is included in the commandment to love God, it is nevertheless worth considering what we owe to him as the Christ, that is, as the mediator and bond of God’s love for us and ours for him. To do this we should look to Christ’s own explanation of the …"
Thursday, February 16, 2017
SAINT OF THE DAY - Saint Claude de la Colombiere
St. Claude de la Colombiere (1641-1682) was born to a noble family in France and became a Jesuit priest. He was known for his solid and serious sermons and his dedication to observing the rule of his Order with exactness.
He became the rector of a Jesuit house next to the Monastery of the Visitation where St. Margaret Mary Alacoque lived, who was given special revelations from Jesus of His Sacred Heart. Claude became St. Margaret Mary's spiritual director, and, like her, became a zealous promoter of devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
In 1676 he was sent to England to attend the wife of the future King James II, serving at court as preacher and confessor. When anti-Catholic persecutions broke out,
Claude was falsely accused of being involved in a 'papist plot' and was thrown into prison. While there his health suffered due to mistreatment.
He was preserved from execution and instead banished from England by royal decree. He returned to his native France, where his fragile health continued to deteriorate until he died a few years later.
The day after his death, St. Margaret Mary received supernatural assurance that he needed no prayers, as he was already in heaven.
His feast day is February 15.
When Life Disappoints You:
"Sometimes, life just smacks you a good sucker-punch right to the noggin. And often that blow nearly takes your breath away. Someone you love dies, you lose a job, someone you care about gets sick, you lose a pet, etc. And then, out of the blue, hopelessness and grief show up for an uninvited,